This week there were a crop of great new releases. Check them out and stretch your TBR list 🙂
Appetite for Seduction
By Paige Bennett
Quinn Foster is a restaurant critic with a discerning palate for fine food, and an equally discerning eye for the beauty of African American chef Jameka Rollins. A deliberate mix up of a review for Jameka’s restaurant, The Bayou Bistro, causes some severe misunderstandings between the two singles.
Helping this mix-up along is a work rival of Quinn’s, Stan Turner. Jealous of Quinn’s success and status at work, and of his growing romance with the lovely Jameka, Stan sets out with a plan to discredit Quinn and win Jameka away from the man. But as is the way with best laid plans, they often go awry, and can, in fact, get downright dangerous.
One More for the Road
By Dahlia DeWinters
Stay safe. Keep moving. Stay hidden.
Jude and Sky hit the road, following a radio promise of a survivors’ camp. Hope spurs them onward through a world populated by zombies, bandits, and crazies. En route, the couple encounters Elias, a brash, outspoken paramedic whose desire for Jude, and hers for him, is no secret.
Sky realizes Jude harbors an attraction for Elias. Knowing tomorrow is not promised to any of them, he desperately wants Jude to be safe if something happens to him. But at what cost?
Jude feels herself drawn to Elias’s playful, yet serious courtship, but fears for her relationship with Sky if she gives in to her desires. Is three really a crowd, or can it be the magic number?
Elias feels an immediate attraction to Jude and doesn’t mind sharing, as long as everyone is in agreement. The last thing he wants to do is ruin any relationship, which is so hard to come by in this new, unforgiving world.
By Inger Inversen
Known as Trace to his enemies and friends,
this lethal Dhampir leaves no trace of his victims behind.
The life of deadly Russian slayer, Trace, has always revolved around death and preventing humankind from learning about the legendary creatures of the night. But now his position as a Watcher has become a prison, and dealing death for the Nation isn’t as prestigious as he once believed it to be.
College dropout Bessina Darrow has witnessed things she isn’t permitted to see, a simple case of wrong place at the wrong time puts her life in danger. When Bessina becomes his new mark, Trace is prepared to eliminate her—until he discovers a way out for them both.
Protecting Bessina means defying the leaders of the Nation, an act that has them both running for their lives. The more Trace fights to disappear from danger, the more he unravels the secrets surrounding his world of lore—secrets he must unveil to finally save a life, instead of destroy it.
By Melissa Blue
Marcus Baird has been called a lot of things: Scottish bastard, heartless, ruthless, but thanks to his new neighbor, he could add ginger buff guy. The ruthless part is true, at least. His current occupation as a handyman is a front to fuel a bidding war between his former employer and the next private equity firm in his sights—an undertaking that should have all his attention, but Ivy makes him an offer he cannot refuse.
When Ivy Stewart imagined losing her virginity, she was at least a decade younger, a yes away from marriage, and her perfect man would make sweet, slow love to her. Waiting for that dream to unfold has kept her watching life from the sidelines. She’s done biding her time. It’s foolhardy to choose Marcus. He’s a man with secrets and an ugly past, but he’s honest about what their relationship will be, charming and…he’s very good with his hands.
Since Marcus took Ivy into his bed, he’s lived a lie. He could be the man she needs. He isn’t a workaholic and he doesn’t really have a heart of stone. But it’s only a matter of time before Ivy finds out the truth, and once again he’s nothing but a Scottish bastard.
By Suzette D. Harrison
Welcome to the sleepy, all-Black southern town of Bledsoe, where Colored residents proudly declare “ain’t nothing white here ‘cept milk and teeth.” It’s 1935. A press-and-curl costs a quarter. Records play on phonographs. And a telephone is a luxury. Meet twenty-three-year-old Taffy Bledsoe Freeman. She doesn’t need her gift of second sight to know her “mockery of a marriage” to a man twice her age is far good. After a seven-year exile Up North, Taffy travels down-home to the small town bearing her family’s name, plotting her escape from a marriage not worth the price of a press-and-curl. She only needs to retrieve the son her husband banished to her parents’ care, before boarding a train headed for the Windy City filled with liberty and opportunity. Instead, Taffy stumbles into Roam Ellis: her long-lost love and the man Taffy meant to marry. Twenty-six-year-old Roam Ellis is a “broad-shouldered, hard-bodied” Pullman porter riding the rails coast-to-coast, outrunning the bitter heartbreak Taffy left behind. Now, after a seven-year absence, Roam is face-to-face with first love. Anger ignites. Old wounds are exposed. But when pain subsides, passion rises, thrusting Taffy and Roam into a hurricane of buried secrets, betrayal, family secrets and lies. Reminiscent of the works of Bernice McFadden, Bertice Berry, and Andrea Smith (The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner) this Historical Romance is bathed in southern lore and sweeping imagery. Lyrical and powerful, Taffy is a story of restoration and redemption that you won’t soon forget.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”