Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
|Wicked Surrender by Jade Lee
"Strong writing and three-dimensional characters add depth to a powerful and unusual plot that captivates."
|My Lord Scandal by Emma Wildes
"Wicked and wild, deliciously sensual, with a hint of Romeo and Juliet, Wildes’ latest is a delight."
|The Countess and the King by Susan Holloway Scott
"Through glittering descriptions of 17th-century England, Katherine comes to vibrant life. This is what historical biographies should do."
|The Gentleman Poet by Kathryn Johnson
"[I]f one looks at this novel as being about a young woman’s growth, life in a new world and the dangers inherent in society, then this is a tale far beyond Shakespeare and with the added recipes, engaging and clever. "
|Contemporary Romance||Romantic Suspense|
|What Love Tastes Like by Zuri Day
"The story is presented with the right balance of romance, humor, business intrigue and pure fun. "
|Deadly Little Secrets by Jeanne Adams
"Adams wastes no time setting up the heart-stopping action and bringing her characters to life. This is one of this year’s best romantic suspense books!"
|Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen
"Georgie is a modern girl with a penchant for disaster, a royally distasteful family and a sexy, if unreliable, suitor."
|The Spider’s Web by Margaret Coel
"The latest of this long-lasting series by New York Times bestselling author Coel shows again her expertise about the Arapaho Indians."
|The Tale of Oat Cake Crag by Susan Wittig Albert
"No violence, not even implied, may make this story too treacly for some readers, but others may consider it the perfect read for a hot summer afternoon spent in a Victorian rose garden."
|The Crocodile’s Last Embrace by Suzanne Arruda
"Set in Kenya in the 1920s, the Jade del Cameron series is often compared to Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series, though Indiana Jones movies seem closer to the mark."
|Atlantis Betrayed by Alyssa Day
"Day serves up her best book to date with this exhilarating, funny adventure."
|Dust by Joan Frances Turner
"The undead are given a life cycle of their own, full memories of their living existence and a thorough system of values and ethics, all of which compels readers to regard them not as mere monstrous automatons after your brains, but as creatures remarkably similar to us (it’s a myth, by the way, that zombies eat brains)."
|Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra
"This Children of the Sea story is entertainment at its finest. The secondary story about the son is a well-done tale of a teenager with more than just the usual coming-of-age problems."
|No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon
"Kenyon’s gift for layered characterization invests readers quickly in the trials and tribulations of all her protagonists. Half the fun of a Kenyon novel is discovering what new curveball she is going to throw!"
|Chains of Fire by Christina Dodd
"The rocky relationship between two of the Chosen Ones reignites in this next chapter in Dodd’s mystical series."
|Cross Your Heart by Michele Bardsley
"Her newest hero is a sexy and irreverent charmer, just what’s needed to shake up the set-in-her-ways heroine."
|Cruel Enchantment by Anya Bast
"Here’s a story about deep love and deep hate, and all of the complications of both."
|An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire
"[T]his is an entertaining read that fans of the series will definitely enjoy — the rose goblin has an expanded role and there are several fascinating revelations."
|Riding the Night by Jaci Burton
"Burton stands out in this genre not only because she can write super-steamy sex scenes but because her plots, characters and subplots are engagingly complex."
|I Spy A Naughty Game by Jo Davis
"Action-suspense meets explicit sex in this continuation of Davis’ I Spy series. It’s as if your favorite government agent anti-terrorist TV show was X-rated."
|Forbidden by Christina Phillips
"Set in the time of the Roman Empire, Phillips’ wonderful story of the romance between a Roman soldier and a Celt is more than entertaining."
Sci Fi /Fantasy
|Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
"Of all the alternate history fantasies published in the last few years, this one may just be this reviewer’s favorite."
|Veil of Shadows by Shiloh Walker
"Walker is an expert storyteller who builds this story with layers of passion, betrayal and menace!"
|The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass
"Glass’ novel eloquently explores the variety of choices life often presents us with, and the resulting intended and unintended consequences."
|Out of the Shadows by Joanne Rendell
"The details from the life of Mary Shelley and her classic horror novel, Frankenstein, add depth and richness to Rendell’s story that explores ambition and the dark side of science."
|Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner
"Meissner has an ability to mesh a present-day story with a parallel one in the past, creating a fascinating look at two lives where each tale is enhanced by the other."
|The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan
"The Miracle of Mercy Land asks readers to consider how they would change parts of their lives they aren’t happy with, if they had the opportunity to do so."
|Firelight by Sophie Jordan
"Jordan executes a refreshing and exciting tale of forbidden supernatural love and desire."
|The Duff by Kody Keplinger
"This for-more-mature-teens novel deftly illustrates how even consensual sex can be emotionally destructive, and captures thoughts about self-image and the many different types of relationships."
|Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
"Nastasya fights so hard to keep sorrow from her life, using sarcasm to hide, but in time the readers are gliding along by her side, relishing the tale."
|Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin
"Werlin’s themes include abusive relationships, religious tolerance and the intricacies of female friendship. A heartbreaking story of the difference between being ordinary and Extraordinary."