Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New Releases

Ending the month of May with a lovely group of historical romance. Anyone have other genres on their list?

Lisa Kleypas is a long time favorite of many a romance reader. According to Goodreads, I read the first book in this series but I don't remember it. Hopefully, reading Marrying Winterborne will jog my memory.

Marrying Winterborne
Lisa Kleypas
Historical Romance
The Ravenels/Book 2

A Ruthless Tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A Sheltered Beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne.

The twelfth and final book in an incredible series. This is the final book in the series. Which is sad for those of us who have reveled in the wonders of the Highland Guard. For those who have not experienced Monica McCarty's wonderful world, you have twelve books to look forward to!

The Ghost
Monica McCarty
Historical Romance
The Highland Guard/Book 12

Joan Comyn swore allegiance to Robert the Bruce the day she witnessed England’s barbarous king torturing her famous mother, Scot patriot Bella MacDuff. Now the mysterious beauty slips into men’s hearts like a specter and entices England’s most illustrious barons to unwittingly divulge their secrets, then shares them with her king. Known only as the Ghost even among her Highland Guard brethren, Joan has become the most wanted spy in England.

The man determined to uncover her identity poses her biggest threat yet. Alex Seton once stood with Bruce but now fights for the enemy. Though Joan knows she must avoid the handsome warrior or risk discovery, his knightly chivalry touches a place in her long since buried. When his suspicions grow apparent, Joan realizes she must do everything in her power to stop Alex from revealing her mission and convince the powerful fighter to join forces with the Highland Guard once more. But as the ultimate battle in the great war approaches, will Alex chose love or honor?

Finally! I feel like I've been waiting for Montgomery's books forever! Here's hoping he lives up to his reputation. He's a very bad man. The good kind of bad. :)

Duke of Sin
Elizabeth Hoyt
Historical Romance
Maiden Lane/Book 10


Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.


Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery's household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.


Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can't resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .

I'm not usually big into anthologies, partly because there are usually only a couple of authors I read. In the case of Gambled Away, there is Joanna Bourne and Molly O'Keefe. The variety of time periods and locations, make this worth a look.

Gambled Away
Historical Romance

Get revenge. Pay a debt. Save a soul. Lose your heart.

Spanning centuries and continents, five brand-new novellas from beloved historical romance authors tell the stories of men and women who find themselves wagered in a game of chance and are forced to play for the highest stakes of all: love.

Gideon and the Den of Thieves by Joanna Bourne

London, 1793 - Soldier of fortune Gideon Gage has come home from halfway around the world, fully prepared to face down a ruthless gang to save his sister. But there's one member of the gang he could never have been prepared for: fascinating Aimée, driven from her own home by the French Revolution and desperately in need of his help.

Raising The Stakes by Isabel Cooper

California, 1938 - When the flute she won in last night's poker game unexpectedly summons an elven warrior bound to her service, two-bit con artist Sam takes quick advantage. With Talathan's fairy powers at her command, her shakedown of a crooked preacher is a sure thing...but would she rather take a gamble on love?

All or Nothing by Rose Lerner

England, 1819 - Architect Simon Radcliffe-Gould needs someone to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done at a scandalous house party. Irrepressible gambling den hostess Maggie da Silva would rather be his mistress, but she'll take what she can get...

The Liar's Dice by Jeannie Lin

Tang Dynasty China, 849 A.D. - Lady Bai's first taste of freedom brings her face to face with murder. A dangerous and enigmatic stranger becomes her closest ally as she investigates the crime, but can she trust her heart or her instincts when everyone is playing a game of liar's dice?

Redeemed by Molly O’Keefe

Denver, 1868 - After agonizing years in the Civil War’s surgical tents, Union doctor James Madison has nothing left to lose. But when beautiful, tortured Helen Winters is the prize in a high-stakes game of poker, he goes all in to save her—and maybe his own soul.


  1. Leslie, can you believe I'm behind on the Elizabeth Hoyt series? I need to catch up!

    I'm definitely getting Redeemed by Molly O'Keefe. I'm just loving that series!

    1. Not too far behind I hope? The narrator for the Hoyt audio books is quite good if you're interested.

      I need to read the Molly O'Keefe series since I've enjoyed her writing in the past.

  2. Hmmm, Duke of Sin wasn't on my radar, but so far, all the reviews I've seen are very good for teh book. Maybe I'll pick it up.

    I still haven't read Lisa Kleypas' last release, sigh. However, I'm curious for her next one, Devil in Spring... So maybe I'll read her again soon.

    Wow, final book?! I know you like this series of Monica McCarty. I hope it ends with a bang!

    1. I know Hoyt is not one of your favs. Are you up on the series?

      I'll read the Kleypas but might wait until I can get it as an audio book from the library. Just not feeling it right now.

      I'm almost relieved I have so many books to read before getting to The Ghost. It will be sad to see the series come to an end.