[bksvol-discuss] Fw: Romance October 2009

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  • Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 10:43:50 -0400

New and Recently Released!

Storm of Visions - by Christina Dodd
Publisher: Penguin Group
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Pub Date: 08/04/2009
ISBN-13: 9780451227638
ISBN-10: 0451227638
Paranormal Romance. Though a descendant of twins born to spread either good or 
evil throughout the world, Jacqueline Vargha has denied her psychic visions
throughout her life and is reluctant to accept her place as one of the Chosen. 
But under the influence of her adoptive mother, Zusane, as well as the guidance
of sexy Caleb D'Angelo, she realizes she must embrace her gift--or let the 
devil's minions take over the world. If you like this suspenseful story, get
ready for the next book in the Chosen Ones series, Storm of Shadows.

A Duke of Her Own - by Eloisa James
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Pub Date: 08/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780061626838
ISBN-10: 006162683X
Historical Romance. In the 6th and final book in the Desperate Duchesses series 
(after This Duchess of Mine), Leopold Dautry, the infamous Duke of Villiers,
finally takes center stage. In 1784 London, the Duchess of Beaumont's ball is 
underway, and Leopold is on the prowl for a wife, who must be of noble birth.
Luckily, the Duke of Montagu's sophisticated and intelligent daughter, Eleanor, 
is also in attendance, but she's not the only high-born lady who will tempt
Leopold--for the outspoken Lisette, daughter of the Duke of Gilner, is waiting 
in the wings. Don't miss award-winning author Eloisa James' outstanding
conclusion to this popular series.

Mastered by Love - by Stephanie Laurens
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Pub Date: 08/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9780061246371
ISBN-10: 0061246379
Historical Romance. The Napoleonic Wars are over and Royce Varisey, 10th Duke 
of Wolverstone, has finally returned home to England. There he quickly becomes
the leader of the mysterious Bastion Club, an elite group of bachelors 
determined to decide their own futures. But when Royce travels to Wolverstone 
in Northumbria to begin his ducal duties, he reluctantly realizes that it is 
time for him to marry. His resistance fades even further when he meets Minerva
Chesterton, the castle's delightfully aloof chatelaine. Peppered with a dash of 
intrigue, Mastered by Love is the final installment in Australian author
Stephanie Laurens' Bastion Club series.

Born of Night - Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Publisher: St Martins Pr
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Pub Date: 09/29/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312942304
ISBN-10: 0312942303
First published in 1996, Kenyon's League series has been out of print for 
years--and fans have been clamoring its return. Now, the first book in her 
series has been completely re-written and is even bigger and better than before.

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. 
Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of
the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . ."

Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League--and has 
been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him
or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a 
woman whose father's political alliance has made her a target. As her world
becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast 
who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten
them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and 
learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them the most: each other.

Goddess of the Hunt - by Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Pub Date: 07/28/2009
ISBN-13: 9780345506863
ISBN-10: 0345506863
Historical Regency. As an 11-year-old tomboy, Lucy Waltham was nicknamed 
"Goddess of the Hunt" by her older brother's friend Toby Aldridge, on whom she
developed a deep crush. Now Lucy and Toby are all grown up, but he's about to 
marry someone else, a prim and proper society belle. Desperate to win Toby's
heart, Lucy turns to her wealthy friend, the Earl of Kendall, to help her make 
Toby jealous--but will her plan have unintended consequences? Full of 
characters and humorous dialogue, this outstanding debut novel is the 1st book 
in a trilogy; next up is Surrender of a Siren.
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Dark Lover - by Brenda Joyce
Publisher: Harlequin Books
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Pub Date: 07/28/2009
ISBN-13: 9780373773701
ISBN-10: 0373773706
Paranormal Romance. A slayer for the Historical Crimes Unit at the Center for 
Demonic Activity, Samantha Rose has just landed a new assignment. A page has
been stolen from the Book of Power--a rare Celtic manuscript--and it's up to 
her to get it back. Little does Samantha know that her investigation will
reunite her with the one man she can't forget, immortal warrior Ian Maclean, 
who once delighted in publicly rejecting her. Readers are sure to enjoy the
way author Brenda Joyce "fuses scorchingly sexy romance and magical intrigue" 
(Booklist) in this 3rd book in the Rose Trilogy.
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Tasty Romances That You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Deep Dish - by Mary Kay Andrews
Publisher: Harper
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Pub Date: 03/01/2008
ISBN-13: 9780060837365
ISBN-10: 0060837365
Contemporary Romance. Life couldn't be any better for 30-year-old chef Gina 
Foxton; she's got her own Georgia public television cooking show and she also
happens to be dating the show's producer. But when Gina discovers her beloved 
in the arms of another--and then her show gets canceled--she needs to make
a change, and fast. She sets her sights on a job with a national cooking 
channel, but so has ultra-macho Tate "Kill It and Grill It" Moody. Fans of 
Mary Kay Andrews' Savannah Breeze and Hissy Fit won't be disappointed by this 
delectable tale.
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Delicious - by Susan Mallery
Publisher: Harlequin Books
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Pub Date: 02/01/2006
ISBN-13: 9780373770564
ISBN-10: 0373770561
Contemporary Romance. For years, The Waterfront was the jewel of the Buchanan 
family's restaurant empire, but the Seattle hotspot is now on the verge of
closing. The family needs to turn the restaurant around quickly, so Cal 
Buchanan calls his ex-wife, renowned chef Penny Jackson. Penny is reluctant to
get involved--or to reveal that she's pregnant--but when Cal makes her an offer 
she can't refuse, she agrees to step in and take over the kitchen. As they
work together, passion flares and they find themselves in a variety of steamy 
situations. Delicious is the 1st book in the Buchanan family series, followed
by Irresistible.
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Just a Taste - by Deirdre Martin
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
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Pub Date: 01/02/2008
ISBN-13: 9780425218976
ISBN-10: 042521897X
Contemporary Romance. When French chef Vivi Robitaille decides to open a bistro 
in the U.S., she finds the perfect location right across the street from
Dante's, an Italian restaurant that is a Brooklyn institution. Needless to say, 
the owners of Dante's--widower Anthony Dante and his brother, a retired
professional hockey player--aren't pleased with the new competition. An all-out 
culinary war ignites, but it isn't long before Anthony and Vivi discover
their own smoking-hot chemistry. Just a Taste is the 7th fun and breezy book in 
Deirdre Martin's New York Blades series.

How To Knit A Wild Bikini - by Christie Ridgway
Publisher: Berkley Books
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Pub Date: 06/03/2008
ISBN-13: 9780425221938
ISBN-10: 0425221938
Contemporary Romance. Fed up with demanding clients, personal chef Nikki 
Carmichael finds refuge at the Malibu, California, knitting shop Malibu & Ewe.
There Nikki talks with her fellow knitters about her latest headache: magazine 
editor Jay Buchanan, a sexy man with a picky palate. But, as Nikki works
to satisfy Jay's taste buds, they eventually find common ground in the 
kitchen--and in the bedroom. How To Knit A Wild Bikini is the 1st book in the 
& Ewe trilogy, followed by Unravel Me and Dirty Sexy Knitting.

Delicious - by Sherry Thomas
Publisher: Bantam Books
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Pub Date: 07/29/2008
ISBN-13: 9780440244325
ISBN-10: 0440244323
Historical Romance. In Victorian England, Bertie Somerset has just died, 
leaving his bastard-born brother, Stuart Somerset, the sole heir to beautiful 
Park. But when Stuart, a rising political star, arrives at his new digs, he 
finds himself dangerously attracted to Fairleigh's talented chef, Madame Verity
Durant, with whom his brother previously had an affair--and who hides a 
potentially explosive secret. Readers who count themselves as foodies shouldn't
miss this book, for "rarely have food and culinary expertise been made so 
exquisitely essential to the overall feel of a romance" (Library Journal).
First Chapter
Booklist Top 10 Romance Fiction: 2009

Always look twice - Dawson, Geralyn
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
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Pub Date: 09/02/2008
ISBN-13: 9780451224880
ISBN-10: 0451224884
Ex-military intelligence officer Mark Callahan must join forces with his 
estranged wife and ex-team member, Annabelle Monroe, when members of his former
unit are murdered--a tentative alliance that leads to danger, betrayal, and 

The bridegroom : a Stone Creek novel - Miller, Linda Lael
Publisher: HQN
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Pub Date: 07/28/2009
ISBN-13: 9780373773886
ISBN-10: 0373773889
Booklist (07/01/2009):  *Starred Review* Lydia Fairmont will do anything for 
the precious great-aunts who raised her, including marrying the towns gross,
greedy banker, Jacob Fitch, who has threatened to evict Lydia and her fragile 
relatives if she doesnt become his wife. In a last-ditch attempt to avoid
the inevitable nuptials, Lydia sends a letter to her childhood friend Gideon 
Yarbro, hoping he'll come to her rescue. But her knight in shining armor is
on a dangerous undercover assignment, and even if he does arrive in time to 
sweep her off her feet, its more than likely that little time will pass before
she exchanges her wedding gown for widows weeds. Miller makes the last days of 
the Old West in Arizona spring to life through her unforgettable characters
and attention to historical detail. Add to this Millers signature brand of 
suspense and sensuality, and the fourth book in Millers outstanding Stone Creek
series (The Man from Stone Creek, 2006; A Wanted Man, 2007; The Rustler, 2008) 
is sure to please.
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Dogs and goddesses - Crusie, Jennifer
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Pub Date: 02/03/2009
ISBN-13: 9780312944377
ISBN-10: 0312944373

Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich collaborate in a splendidly 
original and sublimely funny tale of three friends and dog lovers who acquire
unusual powers and confront a very cranky, 4,000-year-old Mesopotamian goddess. 
 The novel takes place in Ohio.
Hot flash - Carmichael, Kathy
Publisher: Medallion Press
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Pub Date: 02/01/2009
ISBN-13: 9781934755037
ISBN-10: 1934755036
When Jill devises a plan with her friends to get married to pay for her son's 
art school education, she hits a snag when a schoolteacher who lives in town
falls in love with her.

Laced with magic - Bretton, Barbara
Publisher: Berkley Books
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Pub Date: 08/04/2009
ISBN-13: 9780425227527
ISBN-10: 0425227529
Library Journal (08/15/2009):  Continuing her magical mystery series, begun 
with "Casting Spells", Bretton gives half-sorceress, knitting-shop owner Chloe
Hobbs her biggest challenge yet: the arrival of her human lover's ex-wife 
claiming to have talked to their daughterwho just happens to be dead! Ghosts,
a vindictive faerie, argumentative townsfolk, and a cast of colorful creatures 
add charm and humor to a well-written tale rich with knitting detail and
small-town flavor. It cleverly tells the story from multiple viewpoints -- one 
chapter at a time. Best known for excellent contemporary romance, Bretton
has created a paranormal series that is both engaging and timely; for those who 
like their fantasy with a down-home flair.

The Magic Knot - Taylor, Helen Scott
Publisher: Leisure Books
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Pub Date: 01/27/2009
ISBN-13: 9780505527967
ISBN-10: 0505527960
Booklist (02/15/2009):  *Starred Review* Rosenwyn Rose Tremain thinks she's a 
normal person with a career in accounting. But not only is Rose a key player
in a magical adventure, she's shocked to discover that she's not even human; 
she's a Cornish Pisky queen. And she must rescue the Pisky folks from her
evil, druid father.

Hunky Irishman Niall O'Connor isn't just any ruggedly handsome biker. He's 
indebted to the powerful druid Tristan Jago, nearly to the point of servitude.
But Tristan is crucial to Niall's effort to keep his brother and sister safe 
from the Piskys. Niall and Rose, an unlikely couple with what appears to be
cross purposes, become tied together forever thanks to the Magic Knot. Battles 
with formidable vampires, nefarious druids, and a mighty, malevolent fairy
queen all need to be fought, but are Rose and Niall up to the challenge? This 
book is so well written that its hard to believe its Taylor's first novel,
as well as the first in a promising series of contemporary fantasy romances
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Practice Makes Perfect - James, Julie
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
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Pub Date: 03/03/2009
ISBN-13: 9780425226742
ISBN-10: 0425226743
Booklist (04/01/2009): *Starred Review* After eight years of grueling yet 
friendly competition, both Payton and J. D. anticipate partnership at their 
Chicago law firm. But after putting aside their personal animosities and 
working together to sign an important account, they realize each is vulnerable
to, and attracted by, the other. Unfortunately, their boss then announces that 
only one partner will be named this year from the litigation department,
and suddenly the competition is very real and not at all friendly. In her 
second novel, following Just the Sexiest Man Alive (2008), James presents a 
contemporary romance set in legal circles, and proves that she is a master at 
conveying both courtroom and behind-the-scenes maneuvering. As her charmingly
arrogant and ambitious characters spar endlessly and entertainingly, they 
inadvertently reveal their insecurities and personal foibles, while competing
for high stakes in both business and love.

So enchanting - Brockway, Connie
Publisher: Onyx
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Pub Date: 02/03/2009
ISBN-13: 9780451416292
ISBN-10: 0451416295
Witchling Amelie Chase has been banished to a Scottish hamlet and entrusted by 
her benefactor to Fanny Walcott. However, the village is cramping Amelie's
style, anonymous notes are threatening her life, and two handsome travelers 
arrive with tantalizing links to the pasts of both women.

Straight from the hip - Mallery, Susan
Publisher: HQN
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Pub Date: 06/30/2009
ISBN-13: 9780373773831
ISBN-10: 0373773838
Izzy has always been the fearless Titan sister. But when an oil rig blows up, 
leaving her barely able to see, her sisters find themselves as concerned by
her emotional withdrawal as by the possibility that the explosion was no 
accident. Are the mind games their long-lost brother Garth has been playing 
physical? Or is someone else out to get them? When her sisters enroll her in a 
survivor training camp, Izzy is not happy. Nick, her instructor, is determined
that she won't be left in the dark. In more ways than one. But if he tells her 
the terrible truth behind why he's helping her, he'll never see her again.
Unless they're both willing to take the biggest risk of all."
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When the duke returns - James, Eloisa
Publisher: Avon
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Pub Date: 12/01/2008
ISBN-13: 9780061245602
ISBN-10: 0061245607
Booklist (12/01/2008):  *Starred Review* Eleven years after their wedding by 
proxy, Lady Isidore, Duchess of Cosway, finally meets her husband, Simeon 
Duke of Cosway.Simeon had left England for a life of adventure and travel in 
the Middle East and India. Now he has returned and intends to claim his wife.
Isidore had hoped for agenuine marriage, but Simeon is nothing like what she 
expected. Not only does her surprisingly sexy husband have the audacity to
comment on her lack of domestic skills buthe seems more than willing to give 
Isidore an annulment if she wishes to end their marriage. But Isidore isn't
about to give up on her dreams of a life together, and she is willing to fight 
anyone, including Simeon, to see them fulfilled. James puts a clever spin
on a classic romantic plot in the latest scintillating installment in her 
superbly entertaining Georgian-era Desperate Duchesses series, once again 
readers with wonderfully original characters, wickedly witty writing, and 
lusciously sexy romance.

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