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DJ's August Must-Reads

BY DJ DeSmyter, JULY 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

As July starts winding down - can you believe we’re already halfway through the month?! - I can’t help but think about all the drool-worthy books releasing in August. Today I’m sharing my picks for next month, which is a nice mix of contemporary romance, Young Adult and New Adult. Take a look:


Mr. Right Goes Wrong by Pamela Morsi

When: August 1, 2014

What It’s All About: Mazzy moves back home with her son in an attempt to rebuild her life, even if that means working for her ex. Mazzy’s not looking for love, but sweet and reliable Eli Latham still has his eyes — and heart — set on her, even after loving her for years and being burned more than once. He knows Mazzy has a thing for bad boys, so Eli decides it’s time to ditch Mr. Nice and channel his inner bad boy. Will his makeover finally win Mazzy over or is she the one who has to change in order to find happiness?


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Find Your Perfect Summer Romance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 16, 2014 | PERMALINK

Summer is in full swing, and those planning to relax with a vacation (or staycation!) might need a book or three to keep them company. As always, we've got some recommendations. Use the chart below to figure out which summer romance best suits your vacay plans. You can enlarge the image by clicking on it, or using the link below. Happy reading!


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What We're Reading: Lovin' Some Loveswept

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, JULY 15, 2014 | PERMALINK

Every once in a while you stumble upon the perfect summer read. Lucky for me, I stumbled twice in a row after picking up review copies of two of Loveswept's new titles — Have Mercy, by debut author Shelley Ann Clark (out now), and Ruthie Knox's Truly, which comes out on August 5.

The covers of Have Mercy and Truly side by side

In Have Mercy, bass player and struggling bar owner Tom McKinney is fascinated by soulful singer Emme Hayes. When he joins her band and their state-to-state van tour, they make more than just beautiful music together. What follows is funny, heartfelt, and knock-your-socks off sexy, because Tom is a submissive, eager to have Em set the rules of their game — especially if said game keeps his mind off his troubles at home. The words "Yes, ma'am" have never been as electric as they are in Have Mercy, deployed by Clark's sharp and clever pen.

If that doesn't have your curiosity a bit piqued, then how's this for some fan-yourself-worthy dialogue? "You look good kneeling at my feet, sugar."  "I'm always kneeling at your feet," Tom said. "Even when I'm standing."

Whew. Is it hot in here? If Have Mercy is Clark's first single, then I can't wait for the whole album!


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Friday Giveaway: Outlander TV Prize Packs

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

Raise your hand if you're excited for Starz's upcoming adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. *RT staff all raise their hands* You've read the books, you've swooned over Jamie and his kilt, and you've probably watched the show's trailer numerous times. And with only twenty-nine — yes, twenty-nine — days left until the show premieres, we're getting more and more excited.

And to help feed your enthusiasm and make the wait a little more bearable, we have a Jamie-tastic giveaway! Thanks to the lovely people at Starz and Random House, we're giving away five prize packs that include: one TV-tie-in paperback edition of Outlander, one Outlander t-shirt and one "Pocket Jamie"! Here's a photo of the goodies:

Front of t-shirt, Pocket Jamie and TV-tie-in book.

Back of t-shirt.

The shirts are available in either women's medium or men's large (Starz sent us a random assortment) and they are fitted and can run small. They are a cotton-polyester blend. The shirt color is more of a dark purple and text color is lilac.


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Excerpt Break: Then Came You By Jill Shalvis

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

The cover of THen Came You by Jill ShalvisWe don't know about you, but we need an excerpt break. Today we've got a flirty scene from Then Came You by Jill Shalvis, the latest in her Animal Magnetism series. Slightly awkward veterinary intern Emily hasn't stopped thinking about the amazing one-night-stand she had with vet Wyatt, who just happens to be her new boss. In this scene Wyatt gives Emily a ride home, and despite Wyatt's alpha peronality, it's Emily making the first move. Enjoy!

Wyatt wrapped his fingers around Emily’s wrist and turned back to his truck.

“Hey. Hey,” she said, tapping him on the shoulder to slow him down. “What are you doing?”

“I’m driving you home.” He hustled her back up into the truck’s passenger seat.

“I can’t ask you to—“


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Held Captive: Prisoners In July Historical Romances

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 08, 2014 | PERMALINK

Breaking free of past crimes and decisions can do a world of good for a person. Sometimes, it can even lead to love, as illustrated by this month's roundup of enchanting historical reads. This month, we're highlighting the latest releases from a few of your favorite authors and their new characters who find themselves embarking on new paths. Let's take a look:

In Grace Burrowes’s The Captive, Duke of Mercia, Christian Severn, has one thing on his mind: revenge. It’s the only thing keeping him alive while imprisoned in a French stronghold, and his desire to exact revenge against his captors may come true when he finds himself suddenly free. But Gillian, Countess of Greendale, has other plans and tries to persuade him to give up his thirst for revenge to allow his kindness to prevail to provide a better life for his daughter. As Gillian and Christian grow closer, his plans begin to pan out.


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How Deployed U.S. Troops Celebrate The Fourth - And How Readers Can Give Back

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 03, 2014 | PERMALINK

source: Kim Lowe

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and fireworks! July 4 is the pinnacle of summer vacation, bringing families together to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day. Military personnel in far-flung places will also celebrate July 4th, although it may not be the traditional barbecue. I asked Tamara Argyle — a Navy surgeon, avid reader and aspiring author — about her holiday experience while deployed to a remote location in Afghanistan. Tamara shared that the international coalition was used to shelling overnight. But the insurgents rocketed them all day on July 4th, thus requiring them to wear full body armor even in the mess tent, giving new meaning to:

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

They were rewarded with a special dinner hosted by the Australian contingent who staffed the mess tent. Tamara enjoyed steak, corn-on-the cob and watermelon, bringing a little taste of home for the US troops.


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There Are So Many Romance Ebooks On Sale Right Now

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

There are so many ebooks on sale right now, we can't fit them all into our Cheaper By The Dozen post for tomorrow. So we're starting ebook sales early this week with a look at what romances readers can score right now for less than $3. All prices were discounted at the time of this posting.


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Loose Id Is Giving RT Readers A 20% Discount For The Month Of July

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

An image of a sexy man in glasses that reads 'Everyone knows that smart is sexy. Indulge that glorious brain of yours, get unleashed!'

We're enablers here at RT, and we're more than happy to keep your book-buying addiction going strong by bringing you as many deals and discount codes as we can find. This month romance ebook publisher Loose Id is making things easier by offering RT readers a special discount code. Valid from July 1 through July 31, readers can get 20% off their total purchase by using the coupon RTUNLEASHED. The coupon is good for two uses per person. Their titles are already reasonably priced (most of them are less than $8, with many in the $4-5 range), so 20% off is just the cherry on your massive ebook-hoarding sundae. Happy reading!


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More Genre Fiction Power Couples

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 01, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last week I wrote about some of genre fiction’s power couples, and the response was great. So many people reminded me of couples I missed, or told me about couples I didn’t know about. Today, I’m bringing you more genre fiction author couples who share both a life and a passion for writing.

Nico Rosso and Zoe Archer

A photo of Ilona and Gordon Andrews

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Nico Rosso and Zoe Archer both write romance, usually with some sort of supernatural edge. Steampunk romance, paranormal romance, historical romance with paranormal elements — between the two of them they’ve got it all covered. Most of their work is done separately, but together they penned the Ether Chronicles (Zoe wrote 3 in the series, Nico wrote 2), a western steampunk series. Currently, Nico is in the middle of his erotic, paranormal Demon Rock series, while Zoe is working on her Nemesis Unlimited novels.

Clay and Susan Griffith

A photo of Clay and Susan Griffith


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