Thursday, September 1, 2011

WISHLIST: September 2011 Releases

Title: "Sweet Venom"
Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Genre: Young Adult-Paranormal
Series: Medusa Girls #1
Release Date: September 6th
Description: Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.  Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.
Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters. These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.
Why I'm Interested: Love Greek mythology and the Medusa angle seems pretty creative.

Title: "Envy"
Author: JR Ward
Genre: Paranormal Romance-Angels and Demons 
Series: Fallen Angels #3
Release Date: September 6th
Description: Seven deadly sins. Seven souls to save. And a man and a woman treading the lines of danger, desire and deliverance ...As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas DelVecchio Jr grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father. Hired to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in Veck is both professional and arousingly personal. But Veck and Sophia have a common interest. He's Jim Herron, a mysterious stranger enlisted to save the soul of a killer's latest victim, one precariously hovering between heaven and hell. Before Herron's job is done, Veck and Sophia will be inexorably drawn into a battle of good against evil, where the risk is nothing less than total damnation.
Why I'm Interested: Big fan of JR Ward's paranormals and really enjoying this series!

Title: "A Lily Among Thorns"
Author: Rose Lerner
Genre: Historial Romance-Regency
Series: n/a
Release Date: September 15th
Description: It was him. Serena couldn't breathe. She'd been looking for him for years—the man who'd lifted her out of the dregs of London's underworld. She remembered that he'd looked like an angel. But either she'd embellished or he'd grown up. Because he didn't look like an angel now. He looked like a man, solid and broad, and taller than she'd thought. And now he needed her help.
Solomon recognized her as soon as they were alone in the dark. He'd not forgotten that night five years ago either. But Serena had changed. She was stronger, fiercely independent and, though it hardly seemed possible, even more beautiful. She was also neck-deep in trouble. Yet he'd help cook a feast for the Prince Regent, take on a ring of spies, love her well into the night—anything to convince her that this time he was here to stay.

Why I'm Interested: Loved her debut In For a Penny so can't wait to read this one!  Been a long wait!

Title: "The Dragon and the Pearl"
Author: Jeannie Lin
Genre: Historial Romance-Tang Dynasty China
Series: n/a
Release Date: September 20th
Description: Former Emperor’s consort Ling Suyin is renowned for her beauty; the ultimate seductress. Now she lives quietly alone—until the most ruthless warlord in the region comes and steals her away.
Li Tao lives life by the sword, and is trapped in the treacherous, lethal world of politics. The alluring Ling Suyin is at the center of the web. He must uncover her mystery without falling under her spell—yet her innocence calls out to him. How cruel if she, of all women, can entrance the man behind the legend.

Why I'm Interested: Love the unique setting of Tang Dynasty, China.  Liked Lin's previous book Butterfly Swords.

Title: "Unclaimed"
Author: Courtney Milan
Genre: Historial Romance-Regency 
Series: Turner Family #2
Release Date: September 20th
Description: Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and he’s known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check… until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he’s waited for all his life.
But Jessica is a courtesan, not the genteel lady Sir Mark believes. Desperate to win free of a life she despises, she seizes her chance when Mark’s enemies make her an offer she can’t refuse: Seduce Mark and tarnish his good name, and a princely sum will be hers. Yet as she comes to know the man she’s sworn to destroy, Jessica will be forced to choose between the future she needs—and the love she knows is impossible.

Why I'm Interested: The first book in this series (Unveiled) is one of my favorites this year and the character of Mark Turner was extremely fascinating to me in that story.  Just saw a fantastic review of this on Goodreads!

Title: "Scandalous Desires"
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Genre: Historial Romance-Georgian
Series: Maiden Lane #3
Release Date: September 21st
Description: Charming Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. Yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him a year ago for help—and spent one memorable night in his bed...talking.
Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind--and a year ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back...and he’s asking for her help.

Why I'm Interested: Have been a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt since her debut The Raven Prince.  Loved the first two in this series (Wicked Intentions) and (Notorious Pleasures).  Been looking forward to Silence's story since Wicked Intentions.

Title: "In Total Surrender"
Author: Anne Mallory
Genre: Historial Romance-Victorian
Series: Secrets #3
Release Date: September 27th
Description: Andreas Merrick is the king of London's dark underworld, having amassed unimaginable wealth and power...and a fierce reputation that leaves even the bravest men quaking in their boots. Yet one person is maddeningly unintimidated by his fearsome presence: the persistent Miss Phoebe Pace.
Equal parts honey and steel, Phoebe will stop at nothing to find her missing brother and save her family. Though associating with Andreas means peril and scandal, she never expects to experience a passion so intense that it threatens to consume her. But enigmatic Andreas is no ordinary man to love. He brings dangers from all sides -- without and within -- while tempting her beyond her wildest dreams...

Why I'm Interested: Really getting into Mallory's stories.  Loved the first two in this series and am eager for Andreas's story.

Title: "Always a Temptress"
Author: Eileen Dreyer
Genre: Historial Romance-Regency 
Series: Drake's Rakes #3
Release Date: September 27th
Description: Captain Harry Lidge has done his duty. After losing too many good men on the battlefield, he's ready to put his responsibilities behind him and live a life free of care. But first he has one last mission: find out what the most outrageous woman in London, the same woman who betrayed him nearly a decade earlier, is concealing, before her secrets take down the crown.
Surrounded by ardent admirers and a few loyal friends, Lady Kate Seaton glides through the ton on a confection of couture gowns and bon mots. No one suspects that beneath her lighthearted façade Kate hides a sorrow so scandalous she'll do anything to keep it hidden. But only when she trusts Harry with the truth and only when he trusts her with his heart can they stop the villains all too willing to kill Kate to attain their ultimate goal: destroy England.
Why I'm Interested: Seen a lot of recommendations for Dreyer's books though I haven't read any of them yet. 

Title: The Darkest Surrender
Author: Gena Showalter
Genre: Paranormal Romance-Angels/Demons, Mythology, etc.
Series: Lords of the Underworld #8
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.
Known among her people as The Disappointment, Kaia must bring home the gold in the Harpy Games or die. Strider is a distraction she can’t afford because he has an agenda of his own – steal first prize, an ancient godly artifact, before the winner can be named. But as the competition heats up, only one prize will matter – the love neither had thought possible…

Why I'm Interested: I love Showalter's Lords of the Underworld.  Strider's demon of Defeat seems intriguing and I love the harpies!

Title: "Lola and the Boy Next Door"
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary-Romance
Series: n/a
Release Date: September 29th
Description: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
Why I'm Interested: Fell in love with Perkins's debut Anna and the French Kiss so eager for another of this author's writing.

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