Friday 6 February 2015

January 2015 Romance Catch Up!

As you may have noticed, we dropped the ball with our weekly romance wrap ups during January. Why? Because summer.

We'll try to get back into a regular routine this month, but in the meantime, here are just a few of the January new releases that particularly made us squee. There were heaps of awesome new releases in January, so this is just a teensy no particular order.
If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries - Historical Romance

From the Blurb:

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.

Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancĂ© to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries is a historical romance, released by Pocket Books on January 27 2015.
Saltwater Skin by Laila Blake - Erotic Romance

From the Blurb:

In this last installment in the Breaking in Wave trilogy, Paul takes the helm and narrates the story of how he and Iris move in together. Two decades of a bachelor's lifestyle are not easy to merge into a life together, and Paul goes on a journey of embracing Iris in his seaside world.

Saltwater Skin by Laila Blake is an erotic romance, released January 6 2015.

Saltwater Skin is Book 3 in the Breaking in Waves series, and you need to start this series at the start! You can find Book 1, Driftwood Deeds, here. The series can also be purchased as a bundle.
Winning the King by Nicole Murphy - Science Fiction Romance

From the Blurb:

Blue eyes, golden curls, a body songs are composed about, and part of one of the most powerful families in the colonies, Diana Wiltmore is not used to ever hearing the word ‘no’. So when she sets her sights on a fling with the gorgeous, potent and single King of Angonia, Gareth, she is shocked when he turns her down flat. In an effort to put the rejection behind her, she agrees to her sister’s plan to gain some political leverage by cosying up to a rival planetary ruler.

Gareth has responsibilities and no time for a woman like Diana. She is all temptation and distraction, but Gareth wants more from a woman than decoration. But it is Diana standing by his side as his beloved home of Angonia is attacked and he starts to see that underneath the surface is a strong woman even more beautiful than her picture-perfect exterior.

Gareth’s people need him and to be there for them, he needs Diana. But has he ruined every chance he has of winning her heart?

Winning the King by Nicole Murphy is a science fiction romance, released by Escape Publishing on January 22 2015.
Trade Me by Courtney Milan - Contemporary Romance

From the Blurb:

Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Systems. But when he makes an offhand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.

To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.

But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart...but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.

Trade Me by Courtney Milan is a contemporary romance, released January 19 2015.
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn - Historical Romance

From the Blurb:

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second—or third—look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.

Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can't quite believe it's all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can't help thinking that he's hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn is a historical romance, released by Avon on January 27 2015.
A Wizard Rises by AJ Nuest - Fantasy Romance

From the Blurb:

The homecoming celebration held in honor of Princess Faedrah is fraught with perilous frustration. Her nightmares have returned thricefold and, to her horror, a horrendous blight has spread like a plague throughout the kingdom. Compounding her worries, Rhys’ arrival in her world has been welcomed with the exact horror-filled reaction she expected. Her beloved has been cast into the dungeons, and no amount of arguing with the king and queen will prove he’s her fated love.

Magical powers were supposed to be a gift, or so Rhys McEleod had always believed. Too bad the second he landed in Faedrah’s world the legacy he inherited slammed into his body like a weight. He’s got zero control and his constant visions of Faedrah fighting an evil entity aren’t helping. At least her parents made the right decision and stuck him away someplace safe. Until he can figure out his next move, prove himself an ally and uncover the clues to stopping Faedrah’s nightmares, he’s got no choice but to wait…and learn exactly what he’s become.

A Wizard Rises by AJ Nuest is a fantasy romance, released by Harper Impulse on January 29 2015.

A Wizard Rises is Book 3 in The Golden Key Legacy, and you need to start this series at the start! You can find Book 1, A Furious Muse, here.

What have you been reading? And, on a non-bookish note, who else is loving Agent Carter?