Monday, June 29, 2009

June 30: five new book releases

There are five new books coming out today - woohoo! The publicized summaries are available below.

Now I just have to figure out in what order I'm going to read them ... whenever there's a new release I feel like the race is on to finish it and write the first review on I'm a historical romance fanatic, but even I can't read five books at once (unfortunately).

Don't Tempt Me
Author: Loretta Chase
Release Date: June 30, 2009
List Price: $6.99 | Author Homepage | Excerpt

Summary (from back cover):
Spunky English girl overcomes impossible odds and outsmarts heathen villains.

That's the headline when Zoe Lexham returns to England. After twelve years in the exotic east, she's shockingly adept in the sensual arts. She knows everything a young lady shouldn't and nothing she ought to know. She's a walking scandal, with no hope of a future ... unless someone can civilize her.

Lucien de Grey, the Duke of Marchmont, is no knight in shining armor. He's sarcastic, cynical, easily bored, and dangerous to women. He charms, seduces, and leaves them - with parting gifts of expensive jewelry to dry their tears. But good looks and charm, combined with money and rank, make him welcome everywhere. The most popular bachelor in the Beau Monde can easily save Zoe's risque reputation ... if the wayward beauty doesn't lead him into temptation, and a passion that could ruin them both.

Bound By Your Touch
Author: Meredith Duran
Release Date: June 30, 2009
List Price: $7.99 | Author Homepage | Excerpt

Summary (from back cover):
Silver-tongued Viscount Sanburne is London’s favorite scapegrace. Alas, Lydia Boyce has no interest in being charmed. When his latest escapade exposes a plot to ruin her family, she vows to handle it herself. Certainly she requires no help from a too-handsome dilettante whose main achievement is being scandalous.

But Sanburne’s golden charisma masks a sharper mind and darker history than she realizes. He shocks Lydia by breaking past her prim facade to the woman beneath . . . and the hidden fire no man has ever recognized. But as she follows him into a world of intrigue, she will learn that the greatest danger lies within—in the shadowy, secret motives of his heart.

My Wicked Marquess
Series: The Inferno Club, Book 1
Author: Gaelen Foley
Release Date: June 30, 2009
List Price: $7.99 | Author Homepage | Book Page | Excerpt

Summary (from back cover):
To London’s aristocracy, the Inferno Club is a scandalous society no proper young lady would acknowledge. But though they are publicly notorious for pursuing all manner of debauchery, in private they are warriors who would do anything to protect king and country.

The Marquess of Rotherstone has decided it’s time to restore the family’s good name. But as a member of the Inferno Club, he knows there is only one way to redeem himself in Society’s eyes: marry a lady of impeccable beauty and breeding, whose reputation is, above all, spotless.

Someone quite unlike Daphne Starling. True, she’s temptingly lovely, but a jilted suitor has nearly ruined her reputation. Still, Max cannot resist her allure—or the challenge of proving London’s gossips wrong. He would do anything to win her hand ... and show that even a wicked marquess can make a perfect husband.

Surrender to the Devil
Series: The Scoundrels of St. James, Book 3
Author: Lorraine Heath
Release Date: June 30, 2009
List Price: $6.99 | Author Homepage

Summary (from back cover):
A Devilish Duke on a Quest for Pleasure ...

Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own—safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

To bed her but not wed her. That's what Sterling Mabry, the eighth Duke of Greystone, wants. But Frannie abhors arrogant aristocrats interested only in their own pleasure. So why then does the thought of an illicit tryst with the devilish duke leave her trembling with desire? Her willing body begs for release . . . and a wicked, wonderful surrender.

Julia Quinn's What Happens in London is written about in the previous entry.

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