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New week, new list of recent contemporaries to discover|
13.12.13 - USA TODAY
Here are some newer contemporary and romantic suspense releases, compiled for you and HEA by some of our favorite authors (info provided by publishers and/or their websites).
Return to Santa Flores by Iris Johansen. At 19, Jenny Cashman is desperate for independence—and to once again see the man she loves. She leaves Europe, and heads to Las Vegas to see Steve Jason, a powerful mogul in his thirties who came to her rescue after her father died, paying for her years of expensive schooling. A classic tale of a love that seems impossible—and a hunger that is undeniable.
Matchpoint by Elise Sax. Lovably troublesome Gladie Burger runs into sizzling danger and a fiery love triangle in the second installment of the Matchmaker romance series. When Gladie's first real client, Belinda, turns out to be the lead suspect in a murder case, it's up to Gladie to find Belinda a man and keep her from being locked up behind bars, while simultaneously managing two gorgeous suitors of her own.
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber. A young widow, Jo Marie Rose purchases a bed-and-breakfast in Cedar Cove ready to begin her life anew. Jo's first guests, Joshua Weaver and Abby Kicaid, have both returned for family obligations and find the picturesque town still harbors painful memories. As Abby and Joshua try to heal from their pasts, and Jo Marie dreams of possibilities before her, they all realize that life can only move forward.
The Chocolate Touch: The Amour et Chocolat series by Laura Florand (Kensington). In the third of her Amour et Chocolat series, after The Chocolate Thief and The Chocolate Kiss, Laura Florand elevates contemporary romance to women's fiction with lush descriptions of Paris, artisanal chocolate, and the sensual pleasures of falling in love.
Flirting With Texas by Katie Lane (Forever). With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she's spent years trying to forget. Now she's dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for this rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.
Exhale by Dakota Harrison (Samhain Publishing). Dakota Harrison delights with this contemporary multicultural tale of a love rekindled in dangerous circumstances. A surgeon with highly-trained hands realizes his newest patient is the woman he declared his love to long ago. Now that he has her back, he plans on healing more than her injuries…
Black Knight, White Queen by Jackie Ashenden (Samhain Publishing). One control-freak chess player, one let-it-all-out artist, and one night in Bangkok that changes all the rules. Jackie Ashenden's globe-trotting steamy contemporary gives new meaning to the term "checkmate."
Heart Trouble by Tommie Conrad (Crimson Romance). Brandt Conner is living the good life. There are only two sore spots in his life: lack of a loving, romantic relationship and a brittle connection with his father. Marissa Sloan has no relationship with her father; she doesn't even remember the man. But her dreams and plans haven't worked out. When Marissa meets Brandt, sparks fly.
Always the Hero by Alison Roberts (Harlequin Medical Romances). It broke Abigail's heart to leave Tom Kendrick, but the delectable rescue paramedic was always chasing danger, always being the hero. It made Abby feel she came second in his life she couldn't risk their baby feeling that way, too. When an earthquake strikes Kaimotu, Tom is flown in to the rescue. Seeing Abby again is devastating—he'd thought he'd put the past to rest, but that pounding in his heart is not adrenaline… And to learn he is a father, too amid all the turmoil is galling until he realizes he has this one chance to fight for his child and the woman he loves.
Girl Least Likely to Marry by Amy Andrews (Harlequin KISS). Samuel Tucker is absolutely the last person scientist Cassie Barclay would ever date. Yes, he's gorgeous, but he's also far too cocky for his own good and thinks that Pi is a tasty afternoon treat. So when he asks her to dance at her friend Reese's non-wedding she's wondering why on earth she says yes!
The Maverick's Summer Love by Christyne Butler (Harlequin Special Edition). USA TODAY bestselling author Christyne Butler visits Rust Creek Falls, the setting for the popular Montana Mavericks: Rust Creek Cowboys. Rumor has it that Dean has a special interest in Shelby Jenkins. Yes, that Shelby Jenkins-the single mom who found herself in a "family way" back in high school. She's been fending off the town gossip forever, but Dean actually got into a fistfight trying to defend her honor! Sweet Shelby fears his love won't last. Just what are your intentions, Mr. Maverick?
It's a Boy! by Victoria Pade (Harlequin). In her latest Camdens of Colorado story, USA TODAY bestselling author Victoria Pade introduces readers to a suddenly single father and the woman who might be his perfect match, if they can get past their feuding families!