Monday, July 5, 2010

New July Releases I can't wait to read!

Okay... so it's been a while since I've looked forward to reading so many new releases in one month. I'm really excited! Two of them release tomorrow and I'll probably read the first one to arrive. There were originally six books I was just drooling over, but I read Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh early, so here are the five left on my list.

Demon Blood by Meljean Brook
Release Date: July 6, 2010
Long before she was transformed into a Guardian and trained to fight demons, Rosalia knew darkness all too well. Raised by a demon, Rosalia learned to guard her heart—and her soul—until she found a man worthy of her love. Once, she thought that man would be the powerful vampire, Deacon…until he betrayed the Guardians.

After losing everything to the lies of a demon, Deacon lives only for revenge—and is taken aback when Rosalia offers to help. A vampire who has nothing—who is nothing—isn’t worthy of her attention. But Rosalia wants to do more than just look, and the explosive need between them can’t be held in check. And when Deacon’s vengeful quest creates a dangerous alliance of their enemies, she will be his only hope…

The Search by Nora Roberts
Release Date: July 6, 2010
To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life-a quaint house on an island off Seattle's coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescues. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare...

Several years ago, Fiona was the only survivor of the Red Scarf serial killer, who shot and killed Fiona's cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.

On Orcas Island, Fiona found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. But all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He's the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon's house, and he's at his wit's end.

To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can't handle. Simon, however, is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he's a rugged and in-tensely private artist, known for the exquisite furniture he creates from wood. Simon never wanted a puppy-and he most definitely doesn't want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to his hormones.

As Fiona embarks on training Jaws, and Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona's life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands...

Dark and Stormy Knights Anthology edited by P.N. Elrod with Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Carrie Vaughn, Vicki Pettersson and more.
Release Date: July 20, 2010
It was a dark and stormy knight, and nine dark defenders embarked upon a most perilous quest….

They’re the ultimate defenders of humanity—modern day knights who do dark deeds for all the right reasons. In this all-star collection, nine of today’s hottest paranormal authors bring us thrilling, all-new stories of supernatural knights that are brimming with magic mystery and mayhem.

John Marcone sets aside his plans to kill Harry Dresden to go head-to-head with a cantrev lord in Jim Butcher’s Even Hand. Kate Daniels is called upon for bodyguard duty to protect Saimen, a shifter she trusts less than the enemy in Ilona Andrews’ A Questionable Client. Cormac must stop a killer werewolf before it attacks again on the next full moon in Carrie Vaughn’s God’s Creatures. And in Vicki Pettersson’s Shifting Star, Skamar gets more than she bargained for when she goes after a creature kidnapping young girls—and enlists the aid of her frustratingly sexy neighbor.

When everything’s on the line, will these knights complete their missions and live to fight again another day? Find out in Dark and Stormy Knights!

Last Night's Scandal by Loretta Chase
Release Date: July 27, 2010
After surviving the perils of Egypt, Peregrine Dalmay, Earl of Lisle, is back in London, facing the most dire threat of all: his irrational family . . . and Miss Olivia Wingate-Carsington. A descendant of notorious—but very aristocratic—swindlers, the delectable redhead has the ability to completely unhinge him and a long history of dragging him into her scandalous schemes.

Olivia may be Society's darling, but she's aware a respectable future looms menacingly. And so when Lisle is forced to go on a family mission, she sees this as the perfect chance for one last adventure—even if it is with the one man in the world she can't wrap around her finger. But really, she only wants to help . . .

Which is why Lisle and Olivia find themselves in a gloomy Scottish castle inhabited by spiteful ghosts and craven murderers . . . and a shocking secret: the greatest peril of all may be burning within their own stubborn hearts.

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: July 27, 2010


Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .


Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.


I think this is a pretty good mix: one paranormal romance, one contemporary romance suspense, one urban fantasy anthology and two historical romances. I just needed a good science-fiction romance in there to round it off. But wait! I'll be reading Susan Grant's new release Sureblood by August 1st, so that should do it. That's some great summer reading to look forward to, don't you think?

What books are you waiting for and can't wait to read this hot month of July?


  1. I will be running to Borders on 7/27 for the Hoyt book. I have been waiting for it since last year. I REALLY hope it will be good, the premise sounds fab.

  2. I'm with you, I've been stalking this book for a long time too! It just sounds different from Hoyt's other series. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :)

  3. The Search and Bonds of Justice are the two books I've been looking forward to reading for the July early releases. At month end I have loads of books I want to buy: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong, Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden, Into the Crossfire by Lisa Marie Rice, and Bedding the Enemy by Mary Wine.

  4. OH, I can't believe I forgot the Elizabeth Hoyt!! Good list! :P

  5. Ooh, I hadn't seen that Dark and Stormy Knight! I'm always up for some Harry Dresden, Kate Daniels, and Cormac. Will be looking for it!

    I'm also looking forward to the Chase and Hoyt--though I've still not successfully gotten back on the historicals, yet. Hope springs eternal, and I love both of these writers.

    It looks like you have some great reading ahead, Hilcia!

  6. Oh, the Elizabeth Hoyt book sounds good. I am looking forward to Bonds of Justice as well and I simply must get a move on and read the Guardian series!

  7. You know, I might have to get The Search. I've never read a Nora Roberts book -- I know, I know, but I've never been into het contemporaries, and that's all she writes -- but I love doggies, so... there you go. :)

    And I've been wondering for a few years now, but this seems like an opportunity to ask -- am I the only one who looks at cover paintings like the one on Last Night's Scandal and wonders where all her layers of underwear are? [bemused smile] I mean, these are historicals, from a period in history when everyone, including most poor people, wore multiple layers of clothing. But for some reason, the current generation of historical romance artists (or the art directors, or whoever is designing these covers) has decided that once you unzip [coughcough] the back of a 19th century woman's gown, there you go -- skin. [squint] Is it just me, or does anyone else think that's weird...? :)


  8. Tabitha you have a long list for end of month. I hope you enjoy BoJ, but I can't wait to read The Search. :)

    Ames, that Hoyt looks appealing. Don't forget now! ;P

    Renee, Dark and Stormy Knights includes some really great authors. I almost missed it too & want it now. :) You know? Reading the historical/rom americana has helped me get into the groove again. Although I'm still not reading too many new releases -- Kleypas and Balogh being exceptions. But I'm definitely looking forward to the Chase and the Hoyt.

    Orannia, I hope you enjoy BoJ! I did! I think you'll love the Guardian series... specially since you love the Changeling/Psy series. It's an excellent PNR series and I love it.

    Angie, trust you to notice! LOLOL! That is just SO true! Where's the chemise or the corset? And all the other stuff? It really does look like that lady in the Chase cover is wearing a modern evening gown. *g*

    You'll try The Search? Ohhh I can't wait to hear what you think of it. This is one of NR's Suspense/Rom books... I tend to like these. The romance is not the main focus, but it's there. I usually love her research, so I expect she'll include the puppy a lot & the setting sounds interesting. :)

  9. I am definitely going to get Demon Blood!

  10. Because I am a huge NR fan I am for sure getting the search. Last 2 months and counting I've dedicated my life I meant my time lol to reading both NR and JD Robb. I'll probably try Hoyt's book too. Surely this month is going to be filled with excitement. Have fun reading!

  11. Firepages, I can't wait for that book!

    Natalie, I'm really looking forward to Nora's new release, and I know exactly how you feel -- catching up with her body of work is time consuming but a pleasure. :) And ohhh, I hope you enjoy Elizabeth Hoyt. I loved her first Georgian series and enjoyed the last one.

  12. Oooh yeah - Dark and Stormy Knights! Almost forgot about that one. It has a great lineup of authors. Will have to put that one on my To Be Bought list, pronto. ;)

  13. Some good ones Hils. I've got the NR and the anthology requested from the library. And I'll get the Hoyt too.

    A Wild Light by Marjorie M. Liu is out on the 27th. That's a very good series. And Jeri Smith-Ready has her next book in the WVMP radio series out the same day. Lots of good ones this month.:)

  14. What stories are you looking forward to in the Dark and Stormy Knights? Warning, the stories are really short.

    Well you already know what books I'm looking forward to from my post at Breezing Through.

    I read the blurb for Demon Blood and it sounds really good :D I think I'm just going to skip Demon Forged LOL.

  15. KMont, I'm really looking forward to reading that anthology!

    Leslie, I'm still behind on the WVMP series by Smith-Ready... I really need to catch up with her!

    Nath, well... the Ilona Andrews story, of course. :) But there are other authors there whose stories I want to read. Jim Butcher, Lilith Saintcrow, Knight and Vaughn. We'll see who really catches my attention. :)

  16. Did you ever read Jim Butcher's novels?

  17. Nath, I have the first book by Butcher in my TBR. It has been there for a long time. I'm going to read the short story and see if it gives me that little push I need. ;P


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