Thursday, December 8, 2011

Top 5 romance novels to cross my desk this week that live up to their titles/covers

List by Tosca

"If you prefer your romance a little spicier, if you prefer to walk on the wild side, this stellar line-up of writers will leave you hungry for more."
- From The mammoth book of hot romance edited by Sonia Florens

I edit our Romance eNewsletter and I try to read as much as I can across all romance genres. One of the things I often joke about with colleagues, family and friends is how the book covers and titles either over promise or under deliver. After how-ever-many-years of reading romances I'm still not sure which disappoints/surprises me the most. Today's selection, however, lets me know *exactly* what I'm going to be getting. See if you agree...

The mammoth book of hot romance / edited by Sonia Florens
Writers of 25 new unashamedly erotic romances are dropping the act, refusing to shy away just as things heat up. Here you will enjoy steamy tales of torrid affairs that seduce and captivate - romances to fascinate and beguile. Sirens, tempters, and hot sparks flying will leave your heart pounding and your blood rushing. From the crème de la crème of contemporary romance writers, including Lilith Saintcrow, Louisa Burton, Susan Sizemore, and more.

Tosca's comment: HOLY BANANAS! Do not - I repeat, DO NOT - read this on the bus. It leads to expressions on your face you cannot explain, and out-loud laughter that makes people dart away from you in fear and concern. I know this. It happened to me. Lesson learned: This book lives up to its name and title.

Slow ride / Erin McCarthy
As a tribute to her late journalist father, Tuesday Jones is planning a career benefit, auctioning off racing memorabilia and meet-and-greets with drivers. Ex-racing star Diesel Lange has had his own brush with death, and is determined not to waste another minute of his life- especially when he meets Tuesday. He wants nothing more than to shift their romance into high gear, but he knows she's still grieving. Can Diesel do the one thing he could never do on the track and take it slow? "Fans of Lori Foster and spicy romance will find the humor an additional bonus in this fun romp" (Booklist).

A novel seduction / Gwyn Cready
When snobbish book critic Ellery Sharpe screws up at Vanity Place magazine, her boss assigns her the ultimate punishment: write an ode to romance novels, a genre she considers the literary equivalent of word-search puzzles. To make matters worse, he hires her sexy former party boy ex, Axel Mackenzie, to shoot the photos. Axel really wants the project to succeed. For one, the magazine will double his fee if he convinces strong-willed Ellery to write a story no woman can resist. Besides, getting Ellery to fall for romance novels might be just the push she needs to believe people can change...even him. "Peppered with laugh-out-loud dialogue, hysterical antics, and plenty of colorful secondary characters, this yarn is an absolute crowd-pleaser" (Publishers Weekly).

Tosca's comment: This cover immediately put me in mind of a Scottish song my mother would sing to us sometimes. The song? 'Donald where's your trousers,' only she would sing 'trousers' as 'troosers.' I'm sure you didn't need to know that. Also, why does he have boxers on? Knit boxers, at that. I thought all a Scotsman wore under his kilt was his boots! Also, those are rugby thighs. Not that I was, like, looking...

Buckhorn beginnings / Lori Foster
Sawer - Honey Malone was on the run, fleeing a dangerous predator, when she lost control of her car, drove into a lake--and found herself up to her neck in breathtaking men. After the brothers nursed her through her injuries, she tried to leave, but she hadn't bargained on their stubborn protectiveness. Or the passionate bond that tied her to Sawyer.
Morgan - Morgan Hudson commanded a lot of respect as Buckhorn's biggest, baddest sheriff. How one petite city woman could turn him on his head was a mystery, not to mention being downright aggravating. But Misty Malone did just that, and Morgan couldn't wait 'til she went back where she belonged... But then he discovered why she'd come in the first place. Misty Malone had hoped to take refuge with her sister, who'd just married into a family of sinfully attractive brothers. They all treated her like gold-all but one. Morgan seemed to think she was some sort of femme fatale, out to seduce his brothers. But seduction was the last thing on her mind. Foremost was the baby she was secretly carrying. And then, how to avoid the sexual sparks flying between her and Morgan.

Tosca's comment: Oh! His buttons have come undone! Yeah. Team Abs. That's all I remember about this book. Team Abs and Team Stetson (which isn't a real team, but should be from this point on).

Embrace the Highland warrior / Anita Clenney
Second in a fast-paced, paranormal, Scottish Highland romance trilogy.When the demon that left Amanda Logan for dead discovers her empty grave, he comes seeking retribution and the mysterious book he believes she stole. But he isn't the only one after it...As a teen, Amanda fell in love with the boy next door, Cody MacBane. She didn't know that Cody was a Scottish warrior sent to protect her -- or that she was descended from an ancient warrior clan. When Amanda learns the truth, she feels betrayed and her life unravels. But as danger lurks, Amanda is forced to return to her clan and the Scottish warrior who's the only man she's ever loved.

Tosca's comment: So...there's, like, this warrior, right? And...he, like, needs embracing, yeah? WIN heh. Also, this cover? Total Team Back. I should write a Team Back post. I *so* should. And Team Stetson. Also, once? I saw a book that would be the perfect candidate for Team Tree Trunk Thighs. Which isn't a real team, but, it could happen...


Madhamster said...

And.... there's more to add to my bulging request list. Gee, thanks, Tosca.

catatonia said...

My job is done *dusts hands off* Until the next post, anyways :P