Monday, April 4, 2016

Books I'm Looking Forward To In April

Well, it's another month and another look at books I've pre-ordered. Best not read this, Lea.  ;-) Looking over them, there's nothing that really really grabs me. I think the blurbs caught my attention and I can only hope the body of works holds up to the blurbs.

(All prices are Amazon's)

1.  The Viscount Needs a Wife
     Author: Jo Beverley
     Publisher: Penguin
     Releases: April 5
     Price: $7.99

Since being widowed two years ago, Kitty Cateril has been trapped in her late husband's home, where she is expected to mourn forever. Desperate to escape, Kitty will consider any option—even a hasty marriage to a stranger with no intention of abandoning his bachelor ways.
London life suits Beau Braydon, especially his work keeping Britain safe. So when he inherits the title of Viscount Dauntry, he has no intention of resettling on a rural estate. He can’t resist the opportunity to marry a sensible widow who can manage Beauchamp Abbey for him—until he realizes Kitty is more than he bargained for...
Before Kitty and Dauntry can adjust to each other, a threat to the royal family takes them to London. Soon someone is determined to prevent Dauntry from exposing the villain, and secrets in Kitty's past threaten their growing love...

I love the marriage of convenience trope and I like Jo Beverley, so this was a no brainer.

2.  A Gentleman's Position
     Author: K J Charles
     Publisher: Random House
     Releases: April 5
     Price:  $2.99

Power, privilege, and the rigid rules of class leave two hearts yearning for connection in the sizzling new Society of Gentlemen novel from K. J. Charles. 
Among his eccentric though strictly principled group of friends, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom everyone depends for advice, moral rectitude, and discreet assistance. Yet when Richard has a problem, he turns to his valet, a fixer of unparalleled genius—and the object of Richard’s deepest desires. If there is one rule a gentleman must follow, it is never to dally with servants. But when David is close enough to touch, the rules of class collide with the basest sort of animal instinct: overpowering lust.
For David Cyprian, burglary and blackmail are as much in a day’s work as bootblacking—anything for the man he’s devoted to. But the one thing he wants for himself is the one thing Richard refuses to give: his heart. With the tension between them growing to be unbearable, David’s seemingly incorruptible master has left him no choice. Putting his finely honed skills of seduction and manipulation to good use, he will convince Richard to forget all about his well-meaning objections and give in to sweet, sinful temptation.

Although I don't read much m/m, I read everything K J Charles writes. It all started with Think of England and I've followed her through the Magpie series and now the Society of Gentlemen. None of her stories have involved the 'ton'.  Heh

3.  White Tiger
     Author: Jennifer Ashley
     Publisher: Penguin
     Releases: April 5
     Price: $7.99

Wanted and on the run... 
For twenty years, Kendrick, a white tiger Shifter, has been the Guardian of un-Collared Shifters who spend their lives living in secret—and in fear of being shunted into Shiftertowns. When Kendrick’s group is discovered and forced to flee, Kendrick is more desperate than ever to protect them
His only salvation was in a beautiful stranger. 
In a diner in the middle of nowhere, lonely waitress Addison Price has seen a lot of unusual drifters come and go, but none has ever captivated—and intimidated—her like the imposing fugitive who wields a broadsword with incredible skill. But when he risks all to protect her, Addison’s fear turns to empathy—and empathy to desire as she learns more about her savior. Soon she’s more than willing to help the crushingly sensual white tiger and his cubs in a passionate bid for freedom. Whatever the cost.

I love Ashley in all her incarnations. I follow her Mackenzie/McBride series as well as her Shifters and the Captain Lacy mysteries she writes as Ashley Gardner.

4.  Duncan's Bride
     Author: Linda Howard
     Publisher: HarperCollins
     Releases: April 5
     Price: $2.99

Available digitally for the first time ever, Duncan’s Bride is a classic novel of romantic suspense from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Linda Howard
It's been seven years since rancher Reese Duncan's first wife left him high and dry, and he's been trying to rebuild his life ever since. What he needs is a dependable mate—someone uncomplicated with whom he can start a family and who will help out around the ranch. At first glance, city girl Madelyn Patterson seems all wrong. But Madelyn isn't after his money or his land. She wants the one thing Reese can't guarantee—his heart.
This is a re-release that I'm willing to pay 2.99 to read, because hey, it's Linda Howard, a fellow Alabama girl.  :-)

5.  Lost Among the Living
     Author: Simone St. James
     Publisher: Penguin
     Releases: April 5
     Price:  $9.99
England, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex's wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to the family’s estate in the Sussex countryside. But there is much she never knew about her husband’s origins…and the revelation of a mysterious death in the Forsyths’ past is just the beginning…
All is not well at Wych Elm House. Dottie's husband is distant, and her son was grievously injured in the war. Footsteps follow Jo down empty halls, and items in her bedroom are eerily rearranged. The locals say the family is cursed, and that a ghost in the woods has never rested. And when Jo discovers her husband’s darkest secrets, she wonders if she ever really knew him.  Isolated in a place of deception and grief, she must find the truth or lose herself forever.

And then a familiar stranger arrives at Wych Elm House…

This is the biggy this month, for me. I love St. James and her stories and I don't mind paying full price for them.

6. The Obsession
    Author: Nora Roberts
    Publisher: Penguin
    Releases: April 12
    Price: 14.99

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.
Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton. 
Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

I know, I know - I said no more Nora! But you got to admit it sounds so good. And I've got time to think really hard about keeping it or deleting it to wait for MMP prices (which are still high).

7.  Listen To Me: A Fusion Novel
     Author: Kristen Proby
     Publisher: HarperCollins
     Releases: April 12
     Price: $4.99

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new series, five best friends open a hot new restaurant, but one of them gets much more than she bargained for when a sexy former rock star walks through the doors—and into her heart.
Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy...exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.
Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.
Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?

The first thing that popped into my mind as I read the blurb was: can a brand new restaurant with no reputation, really totally support five separate people? Inquiring minds want to know and this inquiring mind is willing to pay the price to find out even though the author is new-to-me. Because - FOOD, y'all!! (Plus, I have a soft spot for rock stars, at least some of them.)

8.  Dirty: A Dive Bar Novel
     Author: Kylie Scott
     Publisher: MacMillan
     Releases: April 19
     Price: $4.99

Love—on the rocks….
The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that come with her.
Lydia Green doesn't know whether to scream or cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together.
Just when this runaway bride has nowhere left to turn, a handsome stranger offers her a broad, muscular shoulder to cry on. Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessmen she's normally drawn to. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and is facing his own crossroads. But Lydia's already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong--maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.
After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?
Dirty is the first book in the Dive Bar series from bestselling author Kylie Scott. 

Scott is the author of Play, with Anne and Mel so I'm willing to give her a chance with this new series

9.  Ride Hard: A Raven Riders Novel
     Author: Laura Kaye
     Publisher: HarperCollins
     Releases: April 26
     Price: 5.99

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders...

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He'll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers--the only family he's got--as well as those who can't defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club's doorstep scared that she's being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man's promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens' leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon's never backed down before...

This series is a spin off from the Hard Ink series, which for the most part I enjoyed. Hoping to find another MC club to root for.

10. The Earl Takes All
     Author: Lorraine Heath
     Publisher:  HarperCollins
     Releases: April 26
     Price:  $6.99

One summer night, Edward Alcott gives in to temptation and kisses Lady Julia Kenney in a dark garden. However, the passion she stirs within him is best left in the shadows as she weds his twin, the Earl of Greyling. But when tragedy strikes, to honor the vow he makes to his dying brother, Edward must pretend to be Greyling until the countess delivers her babe.
After her husband returns from a two-month sojourn, Julia finds him changed. Bolder, more daring, and more wicked—even if he does limit their encounters to kisses. With each passing day, she falls more deeply in love.
For Edward the embers of desire sparked on that long-ago night are quickly rekindled. He yearns to be her husband in truth. But if she discovers his ruse, she will despise him—and English law prevents him from marrying his brother’s widow. Yet he must dare to risk everything and reveal his secrets if he is to truly take all.

I haven't read many Lorraine Heath books, if any, but this is a sort of marriage of convenience and I want to see how she resolves the conundrum. Plus, the price isn't too bad.

11.  Magnate: The Knickerbocker Club
       Author: Joanna Shupe
       Publisher: Penguin
       Releases: April 26
       Price: $5.99

New York City's Gilded Age shimmers with unimaginable wealth and glittering power. The men of the Knickerbocker Club know this more than anyone else. But for one millionaire, the business of love is not what he expected...

Born in the slums of Five Points, Emmett Cavanaugh climbed his way to the top of a booming steel empire and now holds court in an opulent Fifth Avenue mansion. His rise in stations, however, has done little to elevate his taste in women. He loathes the city's "high society" types, but a rebellious and beautiful blue-blood just might change all that.

Elizabeth Sloane's mind is filled with more than the latest parlor room gossip. Lizzie can play the Stock Exchange as deftly as New York's most accomplished brokers--but she needs a man to put her skills to use. Emmett reluctantly agrees when the stunning socialite asks him to back her trades and split the profits. But love and business make strange bedfellows, and as their fragile partnership begins to crack, they'll discover a passion more frenzied than the trading room floor...

I saw the words Gilded Age and I didn't care that this was a new-to-me author. For this price, I'll take a chance.


I didn't realize I had so many books lined up for April. I know there are probably more that will pop up, just as some of these may be cancelled. But these all caught my attention for various reasons and one of the nice things about being retired and not having any regular bills except utilities to pay, is that I can afford to buy a list like this and all is well unless the DH finds out. ;-)


  1. Oh, oh, Duncan's Bride!!! I positively adore that book--I need to re-read and review it.

  2. The Nora Roberts book is a no-brainer with that blurb.

    Listen To Me looks like a Kylie Scott book so it was funny that the next book on the list was Kylie Scott.I'll admit to being a bit shy about reading her since really only one of her books got me and that was PLAY with Mal the drummer.

  3. OK, I won't look. But let's just say I did... :D

    Umm, firstly, the Biker one has put me off trying to write one now - everyone is doing it and the heroine comes from a bad background. So much for that idea lol. And secondly - Raven AND Haven? Oh, that's too much for me lol

    They all do sound good (not that I read any of this post hehehe) so I'll wait for reviews before I look any further. I hope there are some real winners in there for you Carolyn.

  4. Well, one thing, they've all got good covers. :-)

    You should see some of the covers over on SBTB that they're snarking today, lol. (Don't know how to make a link in the reply, so if you have any interest, just C&P.)

  5. I love the look of the Susan St. James one --off to add it to my amazon wishlist.