Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TOP TEN TUESDAY (18): Spring TBR List

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

TOP TEN BOOKS ON MY SPRING TO-BE-READ LIST
(New Releases Only)

1. The Duke's Perfect Wife
(Highland Pleasures #4) by Jennifer Ashley [April 3]

Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart.

Hart has it all--a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him--his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss--his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart though he realized it too late.

Now, Eleanor has reappeared on Hart's doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes--and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination--Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him . . . or save him.

2. A Week To Be Wicked
(Spindle Cove #2) by Tessa Dare [March 27]

Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland.  Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be…anywhere but Spindle Cove.

These unlikely partners have one week
- to fake an elopement
- to convince family and friends they’re in “love”
- to outrun armed robbers
- to survive their worst nightmares
- to travel four hundred miles without killing each other

All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.  What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.  Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble.  And maybe…just maybe…love.

3. A Night Like This
(Smythe-Smith #2) by Julia Quinn [May 29]

Anne Wynter’s job as governess to three highborn young ladies can be a challenge – in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he's the first man who has truly tempted her, and it's getting harder and harder to remind herself that a governess has no business flirting with a nobleman.

Daniel Smythe-Smith might be in mortal danger, but that's not going to stop the young earl from falling in love. And when he spies a mysterious woman at his family's annual musicale, he vows to pursue her. But Daniel has an enemy, one who has vowed to see him dead. And when Anne is thrown into peril, he will stop at nothing to ensure their happy ending.

4. Lethal Rider
(Lords of Deliverance #3) by Larissa Ione [May 22]

Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.

Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.

5. Tangle of Need
(Psy-Changeling #11) by Nalini Singh [May 29]

Adria, wolf changeling soldier, has made a break with a past as
unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer whose lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It’s primal. And it consumes them as completely as the impending cataclysmic Psy war—a battle that may alter the very fate of the world.



6. Lover Reborn
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) by JR Ward [March 27]

Now back in the Brotherhood - and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was - Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams - trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld - Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he's told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King's throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?



7. The Immortal Rules
(Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa [April 24]
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

 
8. Insurgent
(Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth [May 1]
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.



9. The Selection
(The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass [April 24]

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.



10. Grave Mercy
(Grave Mercy #1) by Robin LaFevers [April 3]
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

9 comments:

  1. You have some spectacular taste. Seriously, I love the mix of romance and YA. ALSO I am beyond psyched for A Week To Be Wicked. Gotta love those spinsters gone wild.

    AND YAY GRAVE MERCY. That book is soooo bad-ass. I mean I'm like 44% in, but it's really awesome!

    My TTT

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  2. I've got the Highland Pleasures series on my TBR list; they sound SO good!


    Stop by and see my Top Ten / Teaser Tuesday!

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  3. YES, YES to all these books, especially Insurgent, The Selection, and Grave Mercy! :-D

    I still need to read the BDB series.

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  4. I loved Grave Mercy. And I'm looking forward to The Immortal Rules. I still need to pick up and read Divergent. And I might have to read the Lords of Deliverance series now. Great list (although I would need a book cover to hide the romance covers - they make me laugh so hard yet I would probably read them anyways).

    Thanks for visiting my Top Ten.

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  5. I've heard good things about Grave Mercy so I definitely want to read that book too. As well as The Immortal Rules. (And of course Insurgent and The Selection!)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Awesome list :D Haven't heard of the first 6; but they look great ;) Dying to read Immortal Rules and Insurgent. <3 And The Selection looks awesome :D And Grave Mercy is amazing ;) Hope you'll enjoy all of these :)
    Thank you for commenting on my Top Ten. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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  7. great picks! I am also eagerly awaiting the Selection, Immortal Rules, and Insurgent!

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  8. 6-10 are all on my list. I'm SO excited for Lover Reborn and Insurgent!! EEEE!

    Thank you for stopping by my TTT

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