Sunday 12 April 2015

Romance Wrap Up - April 12 2015

It's been a big week of exciting new releases, including two novels we've been anticipating with very little patience by Susanna Kearsley and Vonnie Davis, a cake-lit novella bundle of one of our favorite series by Rebecca Raisin, and the rerelease of a contemporary romance novel by Lily Malone, who is new to our reading list but who has already made an impression.

Without further ado, go forth and read:
New in Dual Contemporary/Historical Romance - A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley 

From the Blurb:

For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.

Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing-for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

As Mary's gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to her, Sara faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew-about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women are united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the unlikely coincidences of fate.

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley is a new dual contemporary/historical romance, released by Sourcebooks on April 7 2015. Side note: I've been listening to the audio version of this novel, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, and it's a really good. I love Katherine Kellgren's performances!
New in Paranormal Romance - A Highlander's Passion by Vonnie Davis 

From the Blurb:

As a bear-shifter in a pack roaming the Scottish countryside, Bryce Matheson embodies brute force and untamed abandon. As a widower, he’s running scared. When Bryce attempted to open his scarred heart to another, she grew tired of waiting for him to state his intentions, and the unearthly beauty spurned him for someone who wasn’t worthy. But now that fate has conspired to set Kenzie Denune free once again, Bryce vows to finally win her love.

Kenzie is a witch who summons her powers to protect those too weak to care for themselves. After surviving an abusive husband, she swears off men—even men like Bryce, whose iron muscles make her knees weak, and whose piercing eyes fill her with longing. Her life’s purpose is to help others. However, dark forces have different plans for her gifts. To save herself, Kenzie must team up with the shifter who has always stirred her soul—and trust in a passion powerful enough to set her blood aflame.

A Highlander's Passion by Vonnie Davis is a new paranormal romance, released by Loveswept on April 7 2015. This stand alone romance is Book 2 in the Highlander's Beloved series. You can read our review of A Highlander's Obsession, Book 1, right here.
New in Contemporary Romance - Fairway To Heaven by Lily Malone 

From the Blurb:

It’s going to take more than summer loving to heal old wounds, but a remote beach, old friendships and a bit of sunshine might just spark a second chance at love.

When Jennifer Gates drives to Sea Breeze Golf Club to kick off date-night with her boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find Golf Pro Jack giving one of his lady students a private—and very personal—lesson in bunker-play.

Lucky for Jenn, her best friend gives her the keys to the Culhane family’s beach shack on the white-pepper shores of Western Australia’s Geographe Bay. Jenn hopes a weekend on the coast with her young son will give her the space she needs to rebuild her confidence after Jack’s betrayal.

But she’s not the only person seeking sanctuary by the sea. Brayden Culhane is there too, and Jenn can’t look at Brayden without remembering the tequila-flavoured kiss they shared on the shack steps years ago.

As long-buried feelings are rekindled, and a friendship is renewed, Jenn knows it is more than lazy summer days bringing her mojo back. Romantic sunsets, ice-cold beers and the odd round of golf can only go so far, because this time trusting Brayden with her heart won’t be enough. Jenn has to learn to trust her body, too.

Fairway To Heaven by Lily Malone is a contemporary romance, released by Escape on April 8 2015. You can read a guest post from Lily Malone about how she comes up with her book titles right here.
New in Cake-Lit Romance - Gingerbread Café Trilogy Bundle by Rebecca Raisin

From the Blurb:

Enjoy the warmth, cupcakes and hot chocolate of The Gingerbread Café series, and follow Lil’s journey to happily ever after…

Lil has every recipe down, from gingerbread men to cinnamon muffins. So when gorgeous outsider Damon opens a shop opposite The Gingerbread Café, Lil refuses to let him steal her customers without a fight – no matter how much he makes her heart flutter.

When it comes to love, Lil’s never quite got the method right! But it looks like this time, deviating from the recipe might just lead Lil to the magic ingredient she’s been missing all along…

Gingerbread Café Trilogy Bundle by Rebecca Raisin is a new cake-lit bundle, released by Carina UK on April 10 2015. This trilogy was previously released as individual novellas, you can read our reviews here: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3.
On a note completely unrelated to this week's releases or romance (though there is a romantic subplot), I just discovered that The Diamond Conspiracy, the fourth book in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, was released at the end of March. I can't believe no one told me. I need to go and read it now.


If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can find Phoenix Rising, Book One in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences here. Go read it and be happy. ('s steampunk awesomeness.)

What have you been reading this week?