On The Bookshelves Tuesday 3/29/2011

Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.

Historical Romance
 Never a Gentleman
by Eileen Dreyer

“Well-known contemporary author Dreyer’s second in the Drake’s Rakes series is pure joy to read!”
  Captured by a Rogue Lord
by Katherine Ashe

“Ashe knows how to captivate readers with her action-packed romance brimming over with marvelous characters, sexual tension, witty repartee and action, action, action.”
 Highlander’s Curse
by Melissa Mayhue

“A page-turner if there ever was one!”
  Claimed by the Highlander
by Julianne MacLean

“[MacLean's] richly portrayed characters and intriguing, fast-paced plot combine in a read that will leave you speechless with delight. ”
 My Irresistible Earl
by Gaelen Foley

“Foley never sacrifices character or romance while whisking readers away on fast-paced escapades and daring missions and giving them a glorious deep-sigh read.”
  A Borrowed Scot
by Karen Ranney

“Strong plotlines and memorable characters combined with heated sensuality and dashes of humor and adventure are why readers turn to Ranney for a delightful and delicious evening’s read.”
Contemporary Romance 
 The Welcome Home Garden Club
by Lori Wilde

“... Wilde creates a compassionate story containing some tears, some laughter and a warm-hearted ending.”
  My One and Only
by Kristan Higgins

“The combination of humor and heartfelt emotion makes this story emotionally entertaining and a pleasure to read.”
 Driftwood Cottage
by Sherryl Woods

“With endearing characters, authentic dialogue and strong yet complex family relationships, this latest novel in the Chesapeake Shores series does not disappoint.”
  The Bum Magnet
by K.L. Brady

“Hilarious! Readers will love Charisse and the funny way she relates her life story.”
 The Sweetest Thing
by Jill Shalvis

“A lot of hot sex, some delightful humor and plenty of heartwarming emotion make this a book readers will love.”
  Unexpected Interruptions
by Trice Hickman

“Readers will love the heroine’s integrity, love for her friends and desire to succeed using her wits instead of her body.”
Romantic Suspense 

Into the Night
by Janelle Denison

“This first entry into a new series is sure to garner a devoted following.”


  Shiver of Fear
by Roxanne St. Claire

“The supremely talented St. Claire returns with the second chapter in her Guardian Angelinos series.”
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy 
 Lover Unleashed
by J.R. Ward

“As Ward doesn’t hesitate for a second to explore the extreme highs and lows of human behavior, her novels resonate with a darkly edgy appeal!”
  The Darkest Secret
by Gena Showalter

“It is difficult to keep a long-running series compelling, but Showalter manages it wonderfully!”
 Rush of Darkness
by Rhyannon Byrd

“Byrd’s alternate reality is a thrilling and frightening place to visit!”
  Surrender the Dark
by L.A. Banks

“[Banks'] books are rich with details and characters that stand the test of time, and this is yet another thoroughly enjoyable example of her supreme storytelling style.”
 The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
by Molly Harper

“The second in Harper’s Naked Werewolf series gives us even more paranormal romantic goodness.”
  Master and Apprentice
by Sonya Bateman

“With a creative take on djinns (genies) and werewolves, the novel features a unique and engaging treatment of traditional archetypes.”
 Eternal Rider
by Larissa Ione

Eternal Rider is the first in a new series, Lords of Deliverance, featuring the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.”
  Vampire Mine
by Kerrelyn Sparks

“An interesting and intriguing addition to Sparks’ vampire series adds angels and demons to the mix.”

The Beloved Dead
by Tony Hays

“Hays is a brilliant writer of historical mysteries set in fifth-century England.”


  Sticky Fingers
by Nancy Martin

“Martin’s got a knack for gritty and funny characters, wacky situations and piling on the complications to keep pages spinning, punctuated with the kind of chuckles only Martin can elicit.”

by Lisa Jackson

“Top-notch suspense from a true master!”


by Jonathan Kellerman

“Money, sex and subterfuge are all key elements in Kellerman’s twisty tale, but which leads to murder?”

The Alpine Vengeance
by Mary Daheim

“Daheim is still writing strong stories 22 volumes into her Alpine series, and this one is first rate!”


  Dead By Midnight
by Carolyn Hart

“Hart’s latest is first-rate entertainment for mystery lovers.”

Darkest Fire
by Tawny Taylor

“Totally absorbing, Taylor’s series first captures your attention while crafting a hot romance.”


Science Fiction/Fantasy 

Con & Conjure
by Lisa Shearin

“If you love your fantasy with dark danger and an irreverent attitude, this is absolutely the series for you!”


by Catherynne M. Valente

“Based on and transforming traditional Russian folklore, this is a marvelously original story.”

by Steven Brust

“The tiassa is an agent of change, and there is change aplenty in this episodic novel in Brust’s Vlad series, told from multiple points of view.”


  Children of Scarabeaus
by Sara Creasy

“Less action-oriented than its predecessor, the plot here is more politically driven as Creasy expands the world she developed in order to explore all of the ramifications of bioengineering.”
Mainstream Fiction 

The Goodbye Quilt
by Susan Wiggs

The Goodbye Quilt offers a poignant portrayal of the relationship between a mother and her college-age daughter.”


  The Dry Grass of August
by Anna Jean Mayhew

“Readers everywhere will relate to the voice of naïve Jubie Watts and her love and concern for a person close to her who is harshly mistreated.”

The Knitting Diaries
by Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery & Christina Skye

“Each story is a stand-alone novella with the unique voice and style of its author, but the shared themes of community and family make them cohesive.”

  My Jane Austen Summer
by Cindy Jones

“Jones’ characters are hysterical.”

Dolci Di Love
by Sarah-Kate Lynch

“Lynch’s excellent descriptions of Italy make for lovely prose and avoid the all-too-common touristy voice that plagues many novels set in unfamiliar territory.”

  The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted
by Bridget Asher

“[Asher] delicately weaves a tale of love and loss with undying devotion to family and the secrets they keep. ”
Young Adult 

Born at Midnight
by C.C. Hunter

“Hunter — Christie Craig in her YA debut — packs on the twists and turns, and then leaves you hanging with an amazing hook ending, just waiting for more.”


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