Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Droolworthy Historical Romance

I have been on a historical romance kick lately and of course I had to search ahead to see what is coming out in the next few months. Hopefully you will agree with me, that these books are good picks!

Highlander Ever After by Jennifer Ashley. April 2008

Zarabeth has always loved Egan McDonald, the one person whose thoughts she's never been able to read. Now, fleeing from a husband who wants her dead, her only refuge is in Egan's remote Scottish castle. There, she not only finds the handsome, charming, aggravating Egan, but also an ancient curse, Egan's large, boisterous (and nosy) family, debutants determined to land Egan
in marriage, and dark secrets from Egan's past

To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt. May 2008
Lady Emeline Gordon is the model of sophistication in London’s elite social circles, always fashionable and flawlessly appropriate. As such, she is the perfect chaperone for Rebecca, the young sister of a successful Boston businessman and former Colonial soldier.

Samuel Hartley may be wealthy, but his manners are as uncivilized as the American wilderness he was raised in. Who wears moccasins to a grand ball? His arrogant disregard for propriety infuriates Emeline, even as his boldness excites her.

But beneath Samuel’s rakish manner, he is haunted by tragedy. He has come to London to settle a score, not to fall in love. And as desperately as Emeline longs to feel this shameless man’s hands upon her, to taste those same lips he uses to tease her, she must restrain herself. She is not free. But some things are beyond a lady’s control…

Bedding the Baron by Deborah Raleigh. April 2008
Only the most damnable curiosity could compel Fredrick Smith to seek the truth about the father who abandoned him. And only a torrential storm could force him to stop at an inn en route. But a treasure he finds there...a raven-haired beauty whose drab attire can't disguise her latent sensuality. And soon Fredrick's most pressing need is to melt Mrs. Portia Walker's icy reserve, and make her smile, sigh, and cry out with passion...

From the moment Fredrick enters Portia's inn--wet clothes clinging to sleek muscles, angelic features, shimmering gray eyes--she is vibrantly aware of the danger he presents. Portia was almost ruined once, and swore that no man would control her destiny again. But vows are no matc
h for a desire that could be pure folly--or the most exquisite bliss.

In Bed With the Devil by Lorraine Heath. June 2008

They call him the Devil Earl—a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything—even strike a bargain with the devil himself.

Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy. Catherine can help Lucian gain everything he wants. But what she asks for in exchange will put their very lives in jeopardy. When danger closes in, Catherine discovers a man of immense passion and he discovers a woman of immeasurable courage. As secrets from his dark past are revealed, Lucian begins to question everything he knows to be true, including the yearnings of his own heart

The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn. June 2008
Jack Audley has been a highwayman. A soldier. And he has always been a rogue. What he is not, and never wanted to be, is a peer of the realm, responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of hundreds. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. And if his birth proves to be legitimate, then he will find himself with the one title he never wanted: Duke of Wyndham.

Grace Eversleigh has spent the last five years toiling as the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. It is a thankless job, with very little break from the routine... until Jack Audley lands in her life, all rakish smiles and debonair charm. He is not a man who takes no for an answer, and when she is in his arms, she's not a woman who wants to say no. But if he is the true duke, then he is the one man she can never have...

Are there any you are drooling over that I should add to my list?



Stacy~ said...

The Heath & Quinn are definitely on my list, as is a previous one you mentioned, by Jo Goodman. I've added Kleypas' Wallflower Christmas to my list too:

Wallflower excerpt

Sarai said...

So looking forward to Julia Quinn's and Lisa Keyplas has the second book in her new historical series coming out waiting for that.
Also looking forward to the Naked Gentleman by Sally Mackenzie (although her books are hit and miss with me) Can't wait for Rules For Being a Mistress by Tamara Lejeune comes out so far I think that might be it as far as historicals go. I'll have to add the these on that list now!

Kristie (J) said...

Hmmm - the only one I'm really looking forward to on this list is o Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt. But I'm looking forward to it quadruple amount - so that makes up for only one out of four.

Ana said...

I really can not wait for the Julia Quinn!!!!And of course, Seduce me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas

BUT what about the new Loretta Chase - Your Scandalous Ways? It is set in Venice! And the heroine is a divorcee! and the hero is a dark , brooding, ex-thief official of Law (or something like that)!!!!! That is the one I would kill for to have right now.

Ana said...

Peeps!!! How could I forget? The new Joanna Bourne - MY lord and Spymaster! And the new cover is out, and it sooooooooo much better than the last one:

Kwana said...

You are not helping my TBR pile at all Kristie/Katie (you'll have to explain that one day:). This makes things so hard with all these great books. Thanks!

Katie(babs) said...

Stacy! you are too too kind. Now another book to add to my on-going TBR list!!
And I just went to the library and picked up 5 more books I had on hold! I seriously have about 25 books on a desk waiting to be read, including 10 ebooks!! ACK.

Carolyn Jean said...

Oh, man, maybe it's a hangover from Demon Night and my improper fascination with Ranger, but that TO TASTE TEMPTATION is looking MIGHTY FINE!

Misty G said...

I'm loving the Julia Quinn cover! It reminds me of a good PBS or BBC regency movie cover.

Misty G said...

I forgot to mention, I guess I'm drooling like others for the second book in the latest Kleypas historical romance.

C2 said...

I'm looking forward to the Heath, Quinn, and Kleypas, too! And you might want to add Lynn Kurland's With Every Breath (coming in June) and Jo Beverley's A Lady's Secret (coming any day now!!) and Gayle Callan's A Wager with a Scoundrel (coming in May).

Rowena said...

I want to read that new JQ that'll be coming out soon. I've got her other latest, I just haven't had time to read it yet but I want to...I love JQ.