THE VIRGIN'S GUIDE TO MISBEHAVING
Clare has a knack for creating chemistry between the most unlikely of characters and clearly revels in defying expectations in her stories. As a result, her fourth Bluebonnet novel is a delightfully quirky, touching and deliciously steamy journey involving two characters who have spent a lifetime defined by their scars — both the visible and the invisible. Their relationship is redefining and risky in the best ways, though to understand the real stakes, newcomers would do well to start this series at the beginning and watch these characters develop fully.
Shy, withdrawn Elise Markham has spent her life trying to behave — until now. Elise is determined to reinvent herself — and who better to help her than Rome, the newest hire at Wilderness Survival Expeditions and quite possibly the hottest man she’s ever seen? Having spent a life with con-artist parents who ruined his prospects, Rome is more than happy just having a paycheck and a roof over his head. But the idea of showing Elise just how to indulge her naughty side is too enticing to pass up. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jun., 304 pp., $7.99)