Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Coming Soon: Anticipated Releases for March 2011

Happy top o' the Month to ye!
See, I am getting into my St.Patty's Day mood! Besides getting hammered and enjoying some March Madness (Ashley March's March Madness- the ULTIMATE month long blog event celebrating historical romance readers and writes: just got to Ashley's blog to join in all the fun and enter sweet giveaways), I'll be stalking the online book retailers HEAVY! So many great books are coming out!!! I've even had the chance to read a few of them already and can vouch for their AWESOMENESS! Enjoy your March with Many Magnificent Reads!

Here are the Anticipated Release for March 2011

March 1st- WOAH! The month is just beginning and already some wicked-amazing books are sitting pretty on the shelves (not for long). Jo Beverley adds to her beloved Malloren World with a book that I found VERY satisfying and entertaining, Olivia Drake has a release in store, Julie James WOWS my socks off with her latest contemporary (and YES, a contemporary has cracked my predominantly historical Anticipated Releases list, so you KNOW it has to be good!), and Monica Burns is ready to pleasure  us with her latest. Actually, after reading the blurb to Burns' release, I literally blurted "Ohmigosh! I have to read this book!"-Hope you feel the same!

'An Unlikely Countess' by Jo Beverley
Read an excerpt: here

"A hero called Cate, who's not at all effeminate, and a heroine called Prudence, who isn't particularly prudent. They meet one dark night in Yorkshire, both impoverished and at their limit, so how do they end up as Earl and Countess of Malzard. And can they survive the trouble that brings?"Source

'Scandal Of The Year' by Olivia Drake
The youngest of the Crompton heiresses, Blythe yearns to marry into the aristocracy to bolster her family’s place in society. The widowed Duke of Savoy seems to be the perfect choice, yet it’s another man who sets her heart to pounding: the new footman, James. He’s devilishly handsome and far more fascinating than any of her noble suitors. And he alone has the power to stir her romantic dreams.
Little does she know, however, James Ryding is the true heir to the Crompton fortune. He’s posing as a servant in order to find evidence to prove her parents are imposters. By charming Blythe, he hopes to use her to regain his rightful inheritance. But as heat flares between them, he realizes that fulfilling his quest will mean ruining the beautiful, spirited woman who has captured his heart."Source

'A Lot Like Love' by Julie James
Read an excerpt: here
"The FBI wants her cooperation.
As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.
Agent McCall just wants her.
As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more. . ."Source

'Pleasure Me' by Monica Burns
Read an excerpt: here
"Youth and beauty are a courtesan’s greatest assets. At forty-one, Lady Ruth Attwood appears to have lost both, as her latest lover just abandoned her for a younger mistress. Struggling with the knowledge that she’s no longer considered desirable, she’s uncertain whether to be offended or flattered when a younger man makes her an unusual offer. In need of funds, she agrees. But then she does the unthinkable. She falls in love.

Despite his reputation as a man’s man, Baron Garrick Stratfield has never been with a woman. His physical impairment is such that he knows not even a whore will touch him, and he needs a mistress who’s willing to be kept without sharing his bed. But passion is just a delicious kiss away because his new mistress is wreaking havoc with his senses. Worse yet, someone is not only out to ruin his reputation, but frame him for murder."Source

March 22nd- Only one book on the list for this day. The wonderful Candace Camp ends her Willowmere series with this anticipated release.

'An Affair Without End' Candance Camp
"If a sophisticated beauty proposes a clandestine affair, could even the most proper gentleman resist? New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp concludes her scintillating Willowmere series with a seductive tale of an alluring lady who dares to break the rules. . . .

When Oliver, Earl of Stewkesbury, asks the dashing Lady Vivian Carlyle to ensure that his American cousins meet the cream of London society, he doesn’t anticipate the danger she will pose to his own self-control. Thrown into intimate contact with the lovely lady, Oliver finds he cannot stop thinking of Vivian—of her wit, of her smile . . . of her lips. And when Vivian, who has sworn never to subject herself to the bonds of matrimony, boldly suggests that she and Oliver become lovers instead, her scandalous proposal is temptation indeed! But with an alarming series of jewel thefts rocking London, the ever-outrageous Vivian insists on trying to discover the perpetrator despite Oliver’s admonitions. And when a bold lady steps into danger, it is a gentleman’s duty to protect her at all costs. What neither Oliver nor Vivian can anticipate, however, is that the ultimate cost may be both their hearts. . . . "Source

March 29th- Looks like the never-ending train of fabulous reads will be making another stop! Eileen Dreyer releases the next installment to her Drake's Rakes series, Gaelen Foley adds to her dazzling Inferno Club series, Katharine Ashe gives readers something to squeal about with her second Historical Romance (which I've got my eye on like a hawk!), and two contemporaries barge their way into the list; The next book in Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series, and a BRILLIANT release from Kristan Higgins which woah-ed the hell out of me! Good luck toting all these from the book store to the car!

'Never A Gentleman' by Eileen Dreyer 
Read an excerpt: here
Miss Grace Fairchild is under no illusions about her charms. Painfully plain, she is a soldier's daughter who has spent her life being useful, not learning the treacherous ways of the ton. She may have been caught in a scandal with society's favorite rogue, but how can she marry him when it means losing herself?
Diccan Hilliard doesn't know which of his enemies drugged him and dumped him in Grace's bed, but he does know the outcome. He and Grace must marry. To his surprise, a wild, heady passion flares between them. Yet Diccan is trapped in a deadly game of intrigue Grace knows nothing about. Will his lies destroy Grace just as he realizes how desperately he needs her? And how can he hope for a future with her, when an old enemy has set his murderous sights on them both?"Source

'My Irresistible Earl' by Gaelen Foley
Read an excerpt: here
"She has loved him for as long as she can remember...
Once, she had vowed to marry the Earl of Falconridge. Now, she vows to forget him. After he abandoned her for a life of shrouded secrets, Mara, Lady Pierson, has succeeded in keeping him away, until he appears in London unexpectedly, making her fall in love all over again.

Forced back into Mara’s life by duty, the earl quickly stays for love. He has never forgotten this passionate beauty and never meant to break her heart. But their newfound happiness is endangered—because the Inferno Club demands much of its members, and his vital mission is exposing a deadly plot that could threaten their very lives"Source

'Captured By A Rogue Lord' by Katharine Ashe 
Read an excerpt: here
"She would marry no man…
Serena Carlyle dreams of a happily ever after. Firmly on the shelf at twenty-five, instead she’s determined to find the perfect match for her beautiful younger sister. What better prospect than their neighbor, the wealthy, rakishly handsome Earl of Savege? Now Serena can beg his help in halting a local band of smugglers. Then, one night, stealing away from yet another disappointing ball, Serena finds herself trapped alone with a stranger …
Until he captured her—body and soul
His kiss was irresistible, his caress unforgettable, and he hides a devastating secret. A Robin Hood upon the sea, Alex Savege is the brazen pirate Redstone, seizing the yachts of spoiled noblemen to settle an old debt. Serena needs a hero, but her heart is in the gravest danger—for it is soon to be captured by a man as skilled at seduction as he is at plunder."Source

'The Sweetest Thing' by Jill Shalvis 
Read an excerpt: here
"Two Men Are One Too Many . . .
Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly-renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But sexy Ford Walker has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can’t control—especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she’s lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor."Source

'My One And Only' by Kirstan Higgins http://www.kristanhiggins.com/
Read an excerpt: here
"Divorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister's destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she's being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.

Harper can't help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick's eyes, Harper's always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting—just around the bend.."Source

Book Overflow: I usually try to limit my Anticipated Releases to just 10 books, bu since SO many amazing books are coming out this month and since I included a few contemporary releases with my usually historical list, I have a few more book you should consider picking up this month:

*Debut Avon Author, Lecia Cornwell has her first historical release,'Secrets Of A Proper Countess',on 3/29/2011 http://www.leciacornwall.com/secrets-proper-countess1.php
*Julianne Maclean has TWO releases slated for March that will kick off her new Highland Trilogy. 'Captured By The Highlander' on 3/1/2011 and 'Claimed By The Highlander' on 3/29/2011!
Enjoy & Happy Readings!

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