"Three Maids for a Crown: A Novel of the Grey Sisters"
by Ella March Chase
The Grey sisters have simple desires: Jane wants a quiet life dedicated to scholarly pursuits, Katherine wants to marry the handsome man she thought loved her, and Mary just wants her sisters to be happy. But the sisters quickly find their hopes and dreams are nothing when it comes to what their parents want: the English throne. The Duke of
is prepared to gamble his daughters' lives for the crown, and at first it seems he has succeeded when Jane ascends the throne. But Jane's nine-day reign ends in disaster and soon each of the Grey sisters is paying her own price for their parents' ambition. Chase excels at recreating the fascinating, colorful, and ultimately quite dangerous Tudor era. Her poignantly
and well-researched novel is a perfect choice for historical fiction readers. (Broadway Paperbacks, $15.00)
by Carrie Lofty
When Lady Vivienne Bancroft's father dies, she expects to finally have the financial means to end her marriage to Miles Warren Durham. Instead, Bancroft learns that her late father hasn't left her a penny of his considerable fortune, and instead his only bequest is the nearly bankrupt Christie Diamond Brokerage House in South Africa. If Bancroft restores the company to solvency, she will earn a million dollar bonus, but it would seem the only way she can make that happen is if she agrees to take on a new business partner: her husband Miles. Lofty's splendidly original romance will dazzle readers with its multi-layered characters, passion-rich plot, and unique historical setting. (Pocket Books, $7.99)
"Definitely Not Mr. Darcy"
by Karen Doornebos
Chloe Parker has a worthless ex-husband, a failing antique letterpress business, and a house facing foreclosure. So when the opportunity to participate in a
presents itself, Parker, who is a walking encyclopedia of all things Austen, leaps at the chance – especially since winning the prize money will solve her financial problems. Once Parker arrives in England, she discovers that the television program is not the classy
production she expected, but is a reality-based dating show entitled "How to Date Mr. Darcy." Composed of equal measures of romance, captivating characters and clever writing, "Definitely Not Mr. Darcy" is a fun read. (Berkley, $15.00)
"No Proper Lady"
by Isabel Cooper
Sent into the past to England in 1888, Joan has one goal: find and kill Alexander Reynell. If Joan doesn't succeed, Reynell will use his book of dark magic to call forth demons that will ultimately destroy the world. The first human Joan encounters upon arriving is Simon Grenville, who has his own score to settle with Alexander and is more than willing to help Joan adapt by teaching her how to be a proper lady. While Grenville wants Joan to succeed in her mission, he never expected the price of helping her would be so high: saying goodbye to the woman with whom he has fallen in love. Cooper's inventive plot and tart wit blend together to create a magical romance. (Sourcebooks Casablanca. $6.99)
"The Woman Who Heard Color"
by Kelly Jones
Despite the fact that Isabella Fletcher insists her family has always owned a Kandinsky painting, "art detective" Lauren O'Farrell knows it is the same Kandinsky that "disappeared" during
. O'Farrell also believes that Fletcher's mother, Hanna, not only illegally acquired the painting, but also collaborated with the
by helping them steal millions of dollars worth of artwork. O'Farrell hopes Fletcher will provide her with the proof she needs, but when Fletcher begins discussing her mother's life, she realizes there is more to this story than she first thought. Shifting the story back and forth between the past and the present, Jones fashions a narrative about love and war, mothers and daughters, painting and history, courage and sacrifice, which is itself a work of art. (Berkley, $15.00)
by Kristen Painter
After her master, Lord Algernon, dies, vampire comarre Chrysabelle flees his estate with the ring of sorrows for Paradise City, New Florida. Once there, Chyrsabelle hopes Jonas Sweets can help her, but instead she finds herself forced into an uneasy alliance with cursed vampire Mal. Just when you think vampire romances have been done to death, Painter comes along with a fresh take on the whole relationship. (Orbit, $7.99)
by Carla Neggers
operative Colin Donovan wants to do is spend a few weeks resting and relaxing back home in Maine. But, when a nun is murdered at the nearby Sisters of the Joyful Heart Convent and another FBI agent, Emma Sharpe, just happens to be on the scene, Donovan has to put his plans on hold. A well-realized Maine setting, some intriguing details about the art world, and hero and heroine who generate plenty of romantic sparks all come together in "Saint's Gate." (MIRA, $24.95)
"Dark Taste of Rapture"
by Gena Showalter
AIR agent Hector Dean works alone for a good reason: his touch can kill. However, when a well-connected New Chicago "businessman" is murdered, he gets teamed up with AIR agent Noelle Tremain. Dean would've bet that pampered, socialite Tremain never would've survived AIR training let alone become an agent, but now the woman Dean can't forget is his worst nightmare: his new partner. Sexy, suspenseful, and imaginative, Showalter's latest paranormal romance is addictively readable. (Pocket Star Books, $7.99)
"The Gilded Shroud"
by Elizabeth Bailey
Ottilia Draycott thought becoming the Dowager Lady Poolbrook's new companion would be dull work, but Draycott hadn't factored investigating a murder into her new job duties. When the current Marchioness of Poolbrook is found strangled and her husband (and Lady Poolbrook's eldest son) the Marquis goes missing, the always outspoken Draycott finds herself helping Lord Francis Fanshawe (Lady Poolbrook's other son) to find the real murderer. Bailey brews up a clever historical mystery sweetened with just the right amount of romance. (Berkley, $15.00)
"The Year Everything Changed"
by Georgia Bockoven
Before he dies, wealthy businessman Jessie Reed wants to meet his four daughters and tell them that even though he may have abandoned each of them years ago, he never forgot them. As letters arrive for Elizabeth Walker, Ginger Reynolds, Rachel Nolan, and Christine Alvarado, each woman not only discovers sisters whom she never knew, but also faces the choice of forgiving her father or cutting him out of her life forever. With its realistic characters and engaging plot, Bockoven's latest novel is richly emotional and rewarding. (William Morrow, $14.99)
"Angels of Darkness"
by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brook, and Sharon Shinn
Angels provide the inspiration for this heavenly quartet of novellas. In Singh's sensual "Angel's Wolf," angel Nimra needs the help of Noel, a vampire assigned to her New Orleans court, to find out who is trying to kill her. In Andrews' dark "
Origins," Karina Tucker is kidnapped by a group of demons led by Lucas, who needs her blood to survive. Shinn's gothic-tinged "Nocturne," features a wounded archangel Raphael, who is discovered by Mariah, the new cook at the Gabriel School, in the headmistress's house. Brook's creative "Ascension" follows guardian angel Marc, who is forced to work with fellow guardian and former lover, Radha, while investigating a demon. (Berkley, $15.00)
"If This is Paradise, I Want My Money Back"
by Claudia Carroll