On The Bookshelves Tuesday 8/31/2010

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

Historical Romance

  Never Trust a Rogue by Olivia Drake

"Give yourself plenty of time to savor this fast-paced, nonstop delight of a book."
    Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed by Tracy Anne Warren

"Warren’s incomparable talents lie not just in plotting and pace, but in creating characters like the Byrons of Braebourne, who leap off the pages."
  Seduced By a Highlander by Paula Quinn

"Quinn again displays her talents in an engrossing story brimming with atmosphere and passionate characters whose emotions run as deep as their senses of honor.”
    The Hawk by Monica McCarty

"McCarty adroitly presents a well-written story replete with characters who are passionate and honorable and a backdrop that is rich in history and color."
  Reckless by Anne Stuart

"The strong plotline and marvelously crafted characters flesh out a love story that’s a feast for those who prefer lots of heat and depth of plot."
    The Unclaimed Duchess by Jenna Petersen

"Petersen sets the pages on fire with characters who find continual solace in passion whenever they can’t talk through their problems."

Contemporary Romance

  Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

"Crusie is brilliant as always and this novel is worth the wait!"
    Into the Wild by Beth Ciotta

"Reminiscent of Romancing the Stone and Indiana Jones, Ciotta has an exciting story with humor, sex, romance, mystery and a to-die-for hero."
  Burning Up by Susan Andersen

"Andersen has another fast-paced, charming romance with plenty of heat and cool dialogue. Her books are just a delight."
    Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery

"Mallery sets up some very tough choices for her heroine, making this book compelling and intense."

Series Romance

  The Virgin’s Proposition by Anne McAllister

"This is a beautifully crafted story that deftly balances tragedy, sexual tension and the sweetness of falling in love."
    Mesmerizing Strange by Jennifer Greene

"Unique characters, humor, a good mystery, a new setting and a heartwarming hero and heroine make this an mesmerizing book, one readers won’t want to put down."

Romantic Suspense

  Renegade by Lora Leigh

"Mikayla and Nik are well-developed characters who share a sweet and erotic passion. This is a hot one for the bookshelf!"
    Body Heat by Brenda Novak

"Within a compelling, suspenseful story filled with nonstop action and a bit of romance, Novak tackles the issue of racial hatred well."
  Kiss Me, Kill Me by Maggie Shayne

"A strong setup in the beginning, an intricate plot and authentic characters makes this story one compelling read."
    Last To Die by Kate Brady

"The author seems to have an innate talent for creating gripping suspense with witty and determined characters."


  An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd

"The meticulously realized period detailing is an intrinsic part of a story that is much more than a whodunit."
    While Galileo Preys by Joshua Corin

"Corin has created a quirky, savvy profiler in Esme Stuart and a first-rate antagonist in the sniper."
  The Echo of Violence by Jordan Dane

"Although frightening in its intensity, the atrocities in this tale also spotlight the amazing power of the human spirit."
    Wicked Witch Murder by Leslie Meier

"Meier continues this cozy series with appealing subject matter and the skilled writing that keeps fans coming back for more."

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

  Sins of the Soul by Eve Silver

"Make sure you snap up this book and this series ASAP."
    Chosen by Jeanne C. Stein

"In this pivotal but emotionally brutal book, skillful Stein reveals some critical answers and delivers some devastating blows. Like a fine wine, this series is improving with age."
  Dark Peril by Christine Feehan

"The love affair between these protagonists is warm and infused with tenderness."
    Mob Rules by Cameron Haley

"Readers who love Laurell K. Hamilton’s early, edgier Anita Blake novels will definitely want to give this story a try."
  Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle

"As always, Castle has the perfect formula, mixing together the right amounts of sexy fun, offbeat humor and perilous danger."
    When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck

"From the very first page, you’ll be enveloped in the story of When Blood Calls and the rest of the world will disappear."
  The Darkest Edge of Dawn by Kelly Gay

"The tight plotting keeps the pace brisk and the action exciting. This author is definitely on the rise!"
    Sparks by Laura Bickle

"Anya never takes herself too seriously and there is a scene in a baby supercenter that is absolutely not to be missed."

Sci Fi/Fantasy

  Blameless by Gail Carriger

"Instead of letting events drag her around the continent, Alexia decides what she’s going to do at nearly every step of her journey, and her increasing level of outrage at the affronts to her person are delightful to read (while managing to be harrowing at the same time)."
    The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

"Sanderson is, if nothing else, absolutely amazing at worldbuilding."
  A Star Shall Fall by Marie Brennan

"The worldbuilding is richly nuanced and the plot complex, with a lengthy and initially bewildering cast of characters."
    Truthseeker by C.E. Murphy

"Featuring a contemporary setting with a fantastical twist, there are no dark demons or vampires here: just a faerie prince, a practical-minded young woman with the knack of knowing the truth and a compelling story that will leave you wanting more."

Mainstream Fiction

  Exclusive by Fern Michaels

"Witty, charming and complicated, these four childhood chums prove that life is a gift no matter what age you are. "
    In A Heartbeat by Rosalind Noonan

"Noonan does a wonderful job of blending the mystery behind the crime with a cast of well-developed characters whose personal stories pull the reader into the novel."
  1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber

"The characters are well rounded and well thought out, they have issues they work on and change during the telling of their story."
    Torn Between Two Lovers by Carl Weber

"As soon as you think you’ve figured out who did what, the author throws you for a loop and dispels your preconceived notions."


  Love’s First Bloom by Delia Parr

"Parr, a wonderful, talented author, has given readers a story filled with romance and mystery, peopled with lovable characters who just want to do the right thing for themselves and the people they love."
    In Every Heartbeatby Kim Vogel Sawyer

"Sawyer’s story about lasting friendships between schoolmates takes you beyond simple soul-searching into the heart of soul mending."
  The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall

"Bringing the interesting world of the Amish to life, Woodsmall demonstrates that there are many challenges to 'living plain' that everyone can understand and sympathize with."
    A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin

"Strong historical facts woven together with persuasive characters makes A Memory Between Us, the second book in the Wings of Glory series, a gripping tale of war, intrigue and love."

Young Adult

  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

"Readers will be thrilled and amazed with this prequel to The Mortal Instruments, tearing their way through a beautifully constructed story of action, magic, mayhem and romance."
    Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

"At once laugh-out-loud funny and tearjerkingly sad, this heartrending novel is impossible to put down."
  Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

"Lenah is a multilayered woman who understands the test of time, yet experiences life as if just born."
    Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

"By turns outrageous, funny, touching and sweet, this excellent novel will stay with readers long after they close the covers."
  Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

"Buffy meets The X-Files in this darkly sexy story starring a strong, sassy heroine."
    Unraveled by Gena Showalter

"The characters are a mix of courageous, stubborn and entirely lovable. They would all fight to the death instead of sacrificing their friends."

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