"Call Me Irresistible" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
After Meg Koranda convinces her best friend Lucy Jorik to dump her fiancé Ted Beaudine, everyone in Wynette, Texas, is upset with Meg for breaking up the town's golden couple. Now all Meg wants to do is get the heck out of Wynette, but instead she's stuck there until she can get her car repaired. Phillips' deft pairing of a testosterone rich hero with a spunky heroine not only creates an abundance of sexy chemistry between Ted and Meg, but also an engaging plot with fabulously funny moments.
"The Last Letter from Your Lover" by JoJo Moyes
Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, $26.95
Waking up in a London hospital after a car accident, Jennifer Stirling can't remember anything. It is only after returning home with her husband that she gradually begins to piece together her old life. It isn't until Jennifer stumbles across a hidden love letter written to her by "B," though, that she realizes not only had she been involved in an affair, but she was willing to risk everything to be with her lover.
Four decades later, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles across one of the letters written to Jennifer while researching an article. Consumed with reuniting the couple, Jennifer begins searching for "B" - never expecting that in doing so she might find the solution to her own romantic problems. With its realistically complicated characters and emotionally complex plot, "The Last Letter from Your Lover" is hopelessly and hopefully romantic.
"The Lantern" by Deborah Lawrenson
After meeting and falling in love with Dom in Switzerland, Eve is completely stunned when he later asks her to move into "Les Genevriers," the crumbling farmhouse he purchased in the south of France. As the two of them settle into their new home, Eve finds herself not only becoming obsessed with Dom's past - and in particular, his first wife Rachel - but also the fate of one of "Les Genevrier's" earlier occupants, famous perfumer Marthe Lincel. While "The Lantern's" homage to Du Maurier's "Rebecca" is obvious, Lawrenson effortlessly evokes the sights, sounds, and scents of Provence while at the same time delivering a spellbinding tale of danger, deception, and desire.
"Summer Rental" by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press, $25.99
Ellis Sullivan is looking forward to spending a month with her best friends Dorie and Julia in the Outer Banks of North Carolina until she discovers that Ebbtibe, the home they are renting, doesn't exactly live up to its advance publicity. What is even worse is Ty Bazemore, the annoyingly sexy man living in the apartment over the garage at Ebbtibe turns out to be their new landlord! The bright and breezy plot of "Summer Rental" delivers just the right combination of sexy romance and warm friendship.
"Heiress in Love" by Christina Brooke
St. Martin's Paperbacks, $7.99
If Lady Jane Roxdale's husband Frederick wasn't already dead, she would kill him herself. The late Baron Roxdale left all of his money to Jane, but he left his estate, Lazenby Hall, and guardianship of his son Luke to the notorious rake Constantine Black. Without Jane's money Constantine has no hope of keeping Lazenby Hall afloat, and Jane is equally determined that she will not be separated from Luke. The solution to their dilemmas is obvious: Constantine must marry Jane. The problem is that neither Jane nor Constantine can stand one another. Brooke puts her own clever twist on the classic marriage of convenience plot, and the result is an elegantly written, subtly nuanced romance.
"Making Waves" by Tawna Fenske
Sourcebooks Casablanca, $6.99
With her freakishly high IQ and short attention span, Juli Flynn's employment history leaves a little something to be desired, but the advantage to being in-between jobs is that Juli can fulfill her uncle's deathbed wish that his ashes be sprinkled over the edge of a boat near St. Johns. When Juli arrives at the Virgin Islands, she mistakes Alex Bradshaw's boat for her charter boat. By the time everything is sorted out, Juli finds herself at sea with the incredibly sexy Alex and his cut-rate crew of corporate pirates. Fenske's wildly inventive plot and wonderfully quirky characters provide the perfect literary antidote to any romance reader's summer reading doldrums.
"Hush" by Cherry Adair
Pocket Star, $7.99
Of course, the one-time Acadia Gray indulges in something totally out of character – a one night stand with sexy stranger Zak Stark – and it ends in disaster. Before they even get to the awkward morning after part of their encounter, Acadia finds herself being snatched with Zak from their hotel room in Venezuela by an heavily armed (and quite cranky) group of mercenaries. Now held prisoner deep in the South American jungle, Acadia realizes if she ever wants to get out of this adventure alive, it will mean working closely with Zak. Packed with plenty of unexpected plot twists and lots of sexy passion, Cherry's latest testosterone-rich, adrenaline-driven suspense novel is addictively readable.
"Wicked in Your Arms" by Sophie Jordan
Crown Prince Sevastian Maksimi of Maldania knows his duty: find a wife and produce an heir. But just because Sevastion is in a rush to get married doesn't mean he would settle for someone like Grier Hadley. Despite her sizeable dowry, Grier knows her common origins severely narrow down the list of men willing to marry her. However, all it takes is one soul-searing kiss and both Sevastian and Grier are soon revising their ideas about their mutual marital compatibility. Jordan's latest novel has all the ingredients of a classic romance: a strong heroine with a sharp sense of wit, a sexy hero, and an entertaining, fanciful plot.
"Lie for Me" by Karen Young
Howard Books, $14.99
When Lauren Holloway's fiance Tucker Kane stumbles across the body of his ex-wife Margot, almost everyone in Houston assumes Tucker murdered her. Despite the overwhelming circumstantial evidence, Lauren believes Tucker is innocent until he disappears after asking her to provide him with an alibi. Nine months later, Lauren unexpectedly runs into Tucker, who convinces her that he is trying to clear his name. Lauren agrees to help Tucker, but soon she finds herself caught up in a dangerous game of deceit and murder. Fans of Mary Higgins Clark's brand of subtly chilling suspense will definitely want to give Young's latest well-crafted romantic suspense novel a try.
"In a Treacherous Court" by Michelle Diener
Gallery Books, $15.00
Flemish artist Susanna Horenbout travels to England at the command of Henry VIII. On her journey across the English Channel, Susanna is the recipient of a murdered man's dangerous secret. Now caught up in a web of deadly intrigue, Susanna finds the only person she can trust is the king's man: John Parker. With its richly detailed historical setting and intrigue-filled plot, "In a Treacherous Court" is simply irresistible.
"Missing Persons" by Clare O'Donohue
As a freelance television producer of crime shows, Kate Conway is used to interviewing suspects. But Kate isn't used to being a suspect herself. When Kate's husband Frank dies suddenly after dumping her for another woman, Kate becomes the Chicago police's top suspect. Now even as Kate takes on a new work assignment – investigating the disappearance of nursing student Theresa Moretti – she takes on the added duty of trying to find out who really killed her ex-husband. A delightfully entertaining heroine with a sharp sense of humor finds herself entangled into two different mysteries in this promising new series by O'Donohue.
"Wedding Magic" by Patricia Coughlin
Berkley Sensation, $15.00
Wedding planner Sophie Bennett thought the most difficult obstacle in securing "Ange de la Mer" for her client's wedding was going to be the historic home's cranky owner Owen Winters. As it turns out, Owen is fine with holding a wedding there; it's just the estate's resident ghost, Ivy Halliday, who is less than thrilled with another woman being married in her home. Sophie must find a way to make Ivy's own wedding dreams finally come true, while at the same time convincing Owen to take another chance at romance. Coughlin cleverly leavens her wonderfully imaginative, paranormal-flavored plot with just the right blend of dry wit and sexy romance.
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