Friday, January 7, 2011

New Releases: January/February 2011

It is time again for those new releases! And it's a really good time of the year, there are lots of upcoming releases and you know I want to read them all. However since that's not possible, I'll be highlighting a few of the books I'm really looking forward to reading for January and February. A few of my favorite writers have new releases and that's exciting!

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Release Date: January 18, 2011

Lucy Jorik is the daughter of the former President of the United States.

Meg Koranda is the offspring of legends.

One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible—Ted Beaudine—the favorite son of Wynette, Texas. The other is not happy about it. Not happy at all....

But even though Meg knows breaking up her best friend’s wedding is the right thing to do, no one else seems to agree. Faster than Lucy can say, “I don’t,” Meg becomes the most hated woman in town. A town where she’s stuck with a dead car, an empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom.

Broke, stranded, and without her famous parents at her back, Meg is sure she can survive on her own wits. What’s the worst that can happen? Lose her heart to the one and only Mr. Irresistible? Not likely. Not likely at all....
Let's begin with Susan Elizabeth Phillips' new contemporary romance. SEP is one of my favorite contemporary romance writers and I've been waiting for her new release for a while. I will be buying Call Me Irresistible while it's hot off the presses!

Shadow Fever by Karen Marie Moning
Release Date: January 18, 2011

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves. Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.
And what about Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning? I've been waiting for the end of this series for quite a while! As a matter of fact, I haven't read Dreamfever yet, WAITING for this book just so I can finish the series in style, making this a highly anticipated book for me.

Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, Book 2) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: January 25, 2011

Their lives were perfect . . .
Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.
Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading, is far from perfect - and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all of London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, is much too impeccable for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire - desire that causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero's wedding nears, and Griffin's enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?
Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt is the second book in her Maiden Lane series. I loved, loved Wicked Intentions, the first book... and can't wait to read Hero's story, so this is another highly anticipated book.

Scandal of the Year: Abandoned at the Altar by Laura Lee Guhrke
Release Date: January 25, 2011

One tryst was all she wanted . . .

From their very first meeting, Julia knew that Aidan Carr, the oh-so-proper Duke of Trathen, had a bit of the devil in him, a devil who secretly yearned for what he could not have, a devil who harbored a desire for her. So when she needed to be caught in a compromising situation, Aidan was the answer to her prayers.

One tryst just wasn't enough . . .

Aidan is supposed to be looking for a bride, yet his scandalous liaison with Julia is all he can think about. Hot, erotic memories of kissing her skin, falling into her bed, pulling her naked body on top of his own continue to torment and tempt him. What is it about this brazen seductress that he finds so hard to resist? And how can he stop himself from falling into her bed a second time?
I already have the first book in this series Wedding of the Season in my TBR. I'll probably wind up reading both of these books as a set, one after the other. I don't know why, but the summary for Scandal of the Year just calls to me. :)

The Sea Thy Mistress by Elizabeth Bear
Release Date: February 1, 2011

This direct sequel to Elizabeth Bear’s highly acclaimed All the Windwracked Stars picks up the story some fifty years after Muire went into the sea and became the new Bearer of Burdens.

Beautiful Cathoair, now an immortal warrior angel, has been called back to the city of Eiledon to raise his son--Muire’s son as well, cast up on shore as an infant. It is seemingly a quiet life. But deadly danger approaches…the evil goddess Heythe, who engineered the death of Valdyrgard, has travelled forward in time on her rainbow steed. She came expecting to gloat over a dead world, the proof of her revenge, but instead she finds a Rekindled land, renewed by Muire’s sacrifice.

She will have her revenge by forcing this new Bearer of Burdens to violate her oaths and break her bounds and thus bring about the true and final end of Valdyrgard. She will do it by tormenting both Cathoair and his son Cathmar. But Mingan, the gray wolf, sees his old enemy Heythe’s return. He will not allow it to happen again.
AND, oh boy! This is the last book in Elizabeth Bear's latest trilogy. I read and loved All the Windwracked Stars, Book 1, really enjoyed By the Mountain Bound, Book 2, and The Sea Thy Mistress, Book 3 is the end of this wonderful cyberpunk fantasy trilogy, with all its mythological details and characters. I received an ARC from Tor/Forge Books and will post an early review for this book.  :)

Absolutely, Positively (Lucy Valentine, Book 3) by Heather Webber
Release Date: February 1, 2011

“Exposed” by a Boston Herald reporter, Lucy is suddenly the talk of the town. Long back-story short: Even though the rest of her Valentine ancestors were blessed by Cupid with psychic abilities, Lucy’s only special power lies in her ability to find things. This skill has proven quite a blessing for those who come to her matchmaking agency in search of finding their long-lost loves. Now that Lucy’s secret is out, she has more new clients than she knows what to do with. But soon a certain man of mystery steals Lucy’s spotlight…

No, it’s not Sean Donahue, the sexy fireman-turned-private-eye who’s stolen Lucy’s heart. It’s a masked man in a cowboy hat, dubbed “The Lone Ranger,” who’s been throwing handfuls of cash across the Common. Now all of Beantown’s abuzz. Can Lucy unmask the mysterious money man, track down all her clients’ old flames, and turn up the heat on her love life? Absolutely, positively…
And last, but certainly not least, is the next installment in the Lucy Valentine series, Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber. I read the first book in this series late last year and loved Lucy! (No pun intended). I have the second book already, and hope to catch up with Lucy and Sean's light and fun adventures with this book.

I might add more later if something I adore catches my eye, but that's it for now! What about you? Any great releases you're looking forward to reading?


  1. Oh!! I so want to read Call Me Irresistible! but you have to admit that hand in the cover sort of looks like a foot.


    Also looking forward to Notorious Pleasures and Scandal of the Year :D

  2. I know you're a fan of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changelings series, Hils, but do you read her Guild Hunter series? If yes, well that's coming out at the end of the month... as well as the next Mercy Thompson books.

    I can't wait for Scandal of the Year, it just sounds so good! and I want Absolutely, Positively!! I just like that series :)

  3. When is the excitement going to stop? I am also looking forward for new SEP. I got a few of SEP's novels from Mariana (I think last year or maybe I downloaded a few from online). I also have few Hoyt's novels but still haven't found the courage to start on first page. I'm still on the Thriller side of novels, currently reading Allison Brennan's Love me to death. Hoping to finish this weekend so I could come back reading J.D. Robb and Robert Parker's series.

    Happy New Year!

  4. LOL, AnimeGirl, that hand does look like a foot! *g* But I can't wait to read the book. :) The Hoyt and Gurhke are must reads.

    Nath, I read and loved Angel's Blood (Book 1) and Angel's Pawn (novella). But then, I fell behind on the Guild Hunter series. I need to catch up! Thanks for reminding me. :) I also have the first book from the Omega series by Patricia Briggs in my TBR.

    SotY by Guhrke sounds grrreat! And I'm really looking forward to continuing reading the Lucy Valentine adventures. :)

    Lover of Romance, me too! Yay!

    Natalie, the excitement NEVER stops, lol!
    Isn't SEP wonderful? I'm so glad Mariana passed those on to you. Definitely try the Hoyt books... The Raven Prince? Do you have that one? :D And ohhhhh, I love thrillers... will look up Allison Brennan. (Have a couple of thrillers set aside for you).

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

  5. Hmm. Someone has mentioned Archangel's Kiss and the next Mercy Thompson book already :)

    I'll add Magic Slays (Ilona Andrews), GhosTV (Jordan Castillo Price) and One Was a Soldier (Julia Spencer-Fleming :)

  6. Orannia, I'll definitely be getting Magic Slays in May! The Julia Spencer-Fleming mysteries look really good! Thanks for the recommendation. :)

  7. I know US release isn't until July but I've ordered the UK book of You Belong to Me by Karen Rose. I can't wait. I LOVE Karen Rose's writing so much!

    I might pick up SEP's book but I'll wait for some reviews first. I'm definitely picking up Nalini Singh's Archangel's Consort.

    Nath, I saw on Amazon that Brigg's Rivermarked release date was changed to 3/1 from 1/25 that I previously saw. Is it still being release in January?

  8. Tabs, getting the early UK version of the Rose book is a great idea! I hope you enjoy it. :) I hope to catch up with some of her books this year. :)

  9. One word:


    Okay, y'all know I can't stop at one word...


    I'll be picking up the Heather Webber book, too. What a cute series, right?

  10. This month it's SEP, KMM & Hoyt. Those are the 3 that I'm most looking forward to. Pretty cool that all three are different sub-genres. :)

    Also Kaki Warner's 3rd book in her western trilogy just came out. And Jaci Burton's Perfect Play with that delicious football player is out this month. And Jill Shalvis' Animal Attraction is out next month. Lots of good stuff. :D

    FYI on Briggs - per her site, March is the release date. Definitely getting that one!

  11. Christine, you're reading the Fever books too?! Yay! Loving Lucy Valentine. :)

    Leslie, me too! SEP, KMM & Hoyt!

    I have GOT to catch up with Jill Shalvis! I'm putting that one on my TBB list. :) And Briggs... well... I have to catch up with her from the beginning (one of these days). lol!

  12. Yes, Hilcia. I read Darkfever back in 2007, but was inspired to re-read it in maybe late November because Smexybooks and FictionVixen were co-hosting a Fever Read Along for the upcoming release of Shadowfever. So I re-read Darkfever and LOVED it so much more than I did the first time I read it... AND then promptly devoured Bloodfever, Faefever and Dreamfever. Now I am on pins and needles for next week's release of Shadowfever. The wait is torture, but thankfully it's almost over. ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!

  13. I cannot wait for Call Me Irresistible! So looking forward to a new SEP, I miss her :)

    As all above have said: Archangel's Consort and River Marked... just counting down the days.

    The new Psycop!!!! Yay, so happy JCP is doing a new one :)

    The Elizabeth Bear looks interesting, I'm going to check on that series.

    Later on in the year, we have JR Ward, Nora Roberts and Rachel Gibson... so happy :)

  14. Christine, I'm reading Dreamfever before Shadowfever releases, but it has been a loooong time since I read that 3rd book. I've been quite patient. :)

    Mariana, you have some good series coming up. Psycop is one I'm starting this year. :) Ohhh, the Bear trilogy is interesting, definitely. Let me know what you think if you do read it.

  15. I am looking forward to the new SEP and Hoyt books too. I love both series.

  16. Hi Reny! I'm hoping to pick up the SEP book next, it has been a long-time coming. And can't wait for the new Hoyt. :D


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