Confessions of a Lingerie Addict by Jennifer Ashley
Dorchester, May 31st
I like the idea of a once-shy girl opening up to her sexuality, as long as it is by her own choice, and not because the "hero" forces her to do it. This one is out already, but I haven't picked it up because I wanted to see what others think about it. Anyone read it yet?
Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
Berkley, July 5th
I like this little blurb: "What would happen if Buffy the Vampire Slayer got married, moved to the suburbs and became a stay-at-home mom?" I think this is a book that could be really good, or really disappointing, depending on execution.
Dare to Love by Yahrah St. John
Arabesque, July 5th
I don't know much about this one, but I like this cover, and Monica has really made me realize more about my buying habits and makes me want to step out of my comfort zone. This is a new-to-me author. Looks like this is her second book.
Over Her Dead Body by Kate White
Warner, July 11th
From the cover, I'd peg this as a chick-lit-mystery, but I'm not familiar with the author. Looks like this one is the fourth in a series, but I like this cover a lot. And it got a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
The Bought Bride by Juliet Landon
Harlequin Historicals, August 1st
The title and cover blurb make me a little leary, I think execution could go either way on this one, but I do love the cover. And it's only $5.50, so I will probably go ahead and pick it up.
Have Glass Slippers, Will Travel by Lisa Cach
Pocket, August 30th
I like this whimsical cover, which is drawn but not cartoony. And I have liked Cach's books, particularly her latest two.
The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe
Bantam, September 27th
Another one I don't know much about, but I've been meaning to try an Abe book (anyone know how to do the accent?), and I like the cover. Looks like a fantasy romance, two of my favorite genres.
Dear Penelope by Sharon Ihle
Leisure, September 30th
Another one I don't know much about. But I like the cover a lot, and I have enjoyed romances that revolved around letters (My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway). And I've always like the name Penelope, she was my favorite character in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. (Anyone else seen Club Dread, where that guy pronounces her name as Pee-na-lope instead of Pen-el-o-pee? That just cracks me up.)
Stuck in Shangri-La by Kasey Michaels
HQN, November 1st
I liked The Butler Did It, though not enough for it to be a keeper, so I will probably read this one to see how Michaels contemporaries are. Anyone else noticed how nice the covers for HQN and Harlequin in general are looking lately?
Card Sharks by Liz Maverick
NAL, November 1st
I didn't care for Maverick's Adventures of an Ice Princess. The heroine was the epitome of all that has made me leary of chick-lit-style books. I'm not bashing (really, Maili, I'm not), because I have found a couple of chick lit and chick-lit-romance books that I have enjoyed, like MJD, but I really don't like the vapid, shallow, shopping, trying to trap a guy type like the one in Ice Princess. And I don't know that this one is actually a romance, but I do like the cover.
Strictly Taboo by Jaid Black
Berkley, December 6th
I've got One Dark Night sitting on my bookshelf and one day I will get to it, but I think I will still buy this one. I want to support erotic romance now that it is becoming popular, and Black is an author who has been around for a while (in e-books). This one has three original short stories, one a historical, one contemporary, one futuristic.