What a Character! - The Romance Zone
I read romance for—well, for the romance, of course. From sweet to steamy, I don’t care what the heat level is … as long as I’m riveted by the conflict, passion and interplay between the characters. I want a heroine I can relate to, and a hero I can yearn for. If the author gives me that, I will devour the story and read ‘The End’ with great reluctance.
In this May line up, the characters, from quirky to deadly, will keep you reading long after the stars come out.
Indiana Jones, anyone? How about in high heels and a very short skirt? This feisty heroine has made an online career for herself looking pretty while she prowls old tombs for ghosts--and tangles with a handsome archaeologist.
Excavated by Noelle Adams. Contemporary novella.
Lucy has more than enough in her life to juggle. With a failed marriage, three broken engagements, a popular ghost-hunting show, and a Bichon Frise, she doesn't need any more complications. So when she heads to the Orkney Islands to investigate and film a prehistoric site, she doesn't expect to be confronted with the man who broke her heart in college. She also doesn't expect to still be irresistibly attracted to him.
Philip has devoted his life to his career in archaeology, and he doesn't appreciate being forced to entertain a nitwit ghost-hunter on his dig site. But when he discovers the ghost-hunter is Lucy, his controlled, driven existence suddenly spirals out of control. A week of hot sex might be a reasonable indulgence--given the circumstances--but anything more than that is strictly off the table.
They have far too much history between them, and it's just too hard to dig it all up.
Love a mystery? Here’s one where the hero discovers he’s more than just an observer … and what he doesn’t know just might kill him.
Stranger on the Shore, by Josh Lanyon. MM, contemporary.
Twenty years ago, little Brian Arlington was kidnapped from his family's Long Island estate and was never seen again. The trail went cold, but investigative journalist Griff Hadley has always thought there was more to the story—much more. When the Arlingtons' patriarch invites him to stay at their estate to research his true crime book, Griff can't say no. It's the story of a lifetime.
But not everyone is happy about Griff's presence. Relatives and staff alike regard him coldly, including Pierce Mather, the Arlingtons' attractive lawyer, who is more than a little wary of Griff's motives.
When a stranger shows up claiming to be the long-lost Brian, Griff and Pierce are united in their suspicions. Startled to have found an ally in the buttoned-up lawyer, Griff soon realizes it's hard to keep a professional distance. Even in the midst of a groundbreaking investigation, even in the face of a shocking family secret…
Summertime, and the car and motorcycle enthusiasts are out revving up their engines. Rev yours with this debut author’s steamy read.
Inspire Me; a Hot Rod Novel by Jenna Dales. Contemporary.
A woman who has ignored what she wanted and the smoldering hero who will open her eyes to everything she could have...
Rev me up...
On a stormy night in Portland, Oregon, cynical ad exec Lily Bishop crashes into a stunning classic car driven by a dark, handsome stranger with strong hands. His powerful touch makes her remember old dreams she thought she abandoned twenty years ago. Back then, she traded her MFA in photography for a lucrative advertising position that twists people’s deepest desires into just another data point.
0 to 60, baby...
Though he’s struggling to take his hot rods to the big time, mechanic Raine Reyes won’t accept help from anyone -- certainly not an uptown woman like Lily whose miles-wide reckless streak brings out the repressed bad boy in him. He knows he should run from her offer to be the new face of her next expensive advertising campaign, but he’s too tempted… by her. He sees right through her to the forgotten needs, the neglected fantasies, and the woman she always wanted to be.
Warning: Contains sex and lifestyle scenes for adventurous adult readers only.
Here’s a sweet, hot treat perfect for summer.
Vanilla on Top; a Walk on the Wild Side novel by CJ Ellison. Contemporary, On sale for .99 till May 31st, 2014!
Discover your inner bad girl, and set her free...
Heather Pierce is done being a wallflower, both personally and professionally. Desperate to live a different life for one night, she attends a speed dating event. Maybe here, anonymous unless she chooses otherwise, she can become someone new. When a man way out of her league sits across from her, Heather gathers her courage and takes charge of what she wants, secretly fearing he won't desire the real person she's desperate to hide.
Top acquisitions officer and international playboy Tony Carmine is about to close the biggest deal of his career. But then he meets Heather at a speed dating event . . . and discovers losing control may be exactly what he needs. Her blossoming sensuality occupies his every thought, consuming him with the need to possess the most intriguing lover he's ever encountered-until he walks into the boardroom and sees Heather on the other side of the negotiating table.
Characters? How about a whole lineup of over the top alphas…
Dark and Deadly; Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance. Anthology.
Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare...
BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley
Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.
ALEJANDRO'S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day
He's a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She's a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don't only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.
BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton
A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure.
DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison
Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents--the ability to master dreams. Jordan Lane resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions.
ROGUE'S PASSION by Laurie London
Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he's hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman with special psychic abilities, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for her...even as he struggles to stay away.
THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn
Alex's mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But the hounds are cunning and when a human female witnesses their attack and saves Alex's life, he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her.
THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak
Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father's cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules. He’ll do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything...
TRAPPED by Caris Roane
Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She's been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he'd leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. The trouble is, he's still the one man who can curl her toes.
You’ll remember this next heroine as the little sister in one of Bailey’s Line of Duty novels. This girl doesn’t do anything the easy way.
Unfixable by Tessa Bailey. Contemporary NA.
A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...
He’s the last thing she wants…but the only thing she needs.
Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.
Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.
But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-crap-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?
This next author proves that Young Adult is for everyone, when it’s this riveting.
The Sweetest Dark, by Shana Abé. YA, historical paranormal
Romance, adventure and ancient magic against the rich backdrop of post-Victorian England. Here there be dragons …
Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.
England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.
Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.
So there you have them, reader!
Columnist: Cathryn Cade writes red hot romance for Samhain Publishing. Her erotic paranormal romances will take you from Hawaii to galaxies far away, with heroes who are more than men, and heroines who are woman enough for any adventure.& She loves to hear from readers, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and email. Stop by her website at http://www.cathryncade.com for these links, and to see her complete book list, read excerpts and fabulous reviews, and sign up for her newsletter.