Wednesday, January 8, 2014

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY (74): January 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting.  I am only going to be participating on a monthly basis where I will showcase the books that I am most intrigued by for the month.


Up From the Grave (Night Huntress, #7)
Up From the Grave
(Night Huntress #7)
by Jeaniene Frost

Urban Fantasy
Expected Publication: January 28, 2014

There’s always one more grave to dig...

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1)
Romancing the Duke
(Castles Ever After #1)
by Tessa Dare

Adult -- Historical Romance
Expected Publication: January 28, 2014

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.  And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?

No, no, and… Heh.  Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?  This one.

When the Rogue Returns (The Duke's Men, #2)
When the Rogue Returns
(The Duke's Men #2)
by Sabrina Jeffries

Adult -- Historical Romance
Expected Publication: January 21, 2014

Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talents for creating exquisite imitation jewels criminally. But there's no denying that her handiwork was used in the theft of the Dutch royal diamonds-- right after Isa disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron's mysterious bride-to-be... who turns out to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring widow. No longer the meek girl he once knew, Isa boldly asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her, after he helped steal the royal diamonds!

Piecing together the truth of the past reawakens their volatile passions, which burns hotter than ever. But with a decade of secrets between them, Victor and Isa must trust each other to bring the real thieves to justice-- without getting burned themselves.

Dark Bites (Dream-Hunter, #1; Hellchaser, #1; Were-Hunter, #1; Dark-Hunter, #2.5, 2.6, 7.5, 9.5, 9.6, 10.5)
Dark Bites
(Dark Hunter Short Story Collection)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Adult -- Paranormal Romance
Expected Publication: January 21, 2014

For years, eager fans have been clamoring for an all-in-one collection of #1 bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s novellas. At their enthusiastic behest, we have delivered this brand-new short story collection, including stories previously exclusive to Sherrilyn’s website, as well as an all-new, never-before seen story!

Sherrilyn Kenyon takes readers from the Dark-Hunters to the demigods, from Dream-Hunters to demons, and everything in between. Dangerous and exciting, each story is one thrill ride after the next, proving time and again how Sherrilyn has captivated millions of readers worldwide. Now, readers are invited to go deep into Kenyon’s rich and imaginative world and experience the heart-racing moments that never stop coming!

Included novellas--

From the World of the Dark-Hunters: Phantom Lover (V’Aiden), Winter Born (Dante), A Dark-Hunter Christmas (Gallagher), Until Death We Do Part (Velkan), A Hard Day’s Night Searcher (Rafael), Shadow of the Moon (Fury), Where Angels Fear to Tread (Zeke), Fear the Darkness (First Time in Print), House of the Rising Son (First Time in Print)

Unrelated Stories: Love Bytes, Santa Wears Spurs

Why Earls Fall in Love (Wicked Widows, #2)
Why Earls Fall in Love
(Wicked Widows #2)
by Manda Collins

Adult -- Historical Romance
Expected Publication: January 28, 2014

Society often makes strange bedfellows—and even more surprising betrothals...


Young widowed Georgina Mowbray is settling into her role as Lady Russell’s companion quite well—until the lady’s nephew Dominic, the Earl of Coniston, arrives in Bath for a visit. Georgie’s always found him shallow and too smooth, and trusts him as much as she trusts most men…which is to say, not at all. But Con turns out to be more intriguing than she remembers—and completely irresistible...


Pretty, practical Georgie is nothing like the women Con usually woos—especially since she seems blind to his charms. But his elderly aunt is so fond of her that Con is determined at least to be sociable…with the occasional flirtation thrown in just for fun. But things take a serious turn when a dangerous figure from Georgie’s unhappy past appears and threatens to bring her harm. Con will do whatever it takes to keep Georgie safe. And if he can show her that all men are not menaces, he might be able to keep her in his arms and never let go… 

 A Mad, Wicked Folly
A Mad, Wicked Folly
by Sharon Biggs Waller

Young Adult -- Historical Fiction
Expected Publication: January 23, 2014

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?  

Cruel Beauty 
Cruel Beauty
by Rosamund Hodge

Young Adult -- Fantasy
Expected Publication: January 28, 2014

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.  With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.  As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love. 


  1. Can't wait for Up From the Grave and Cruel Beauty - both sound amazing! I haven' heard of the others but I hope you enjoy them when you get the chance :)

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  2. I read the first four or so books in the Night Huntress series but then for some reason I stop but reading that blurb maybe I should start again as I do miss Bones! Not long now for Cruel Beauty which I have fancied for a bit now. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Intriguing collection of books! Enjoy....and I am intrigued by A Mad, Wicked Folly. Here' s MY WOW POST

  4. Cruel Beauty sounds really intriguing!
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  5. Awesome picks!!! I can't wait for Up From The Grave. I love the cover to Manda Collins.

  6. Fantastic choices... Cat and Bones *sob*

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    Nix (Scorching Book Reviews)


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