Monday, July 27, 2009

Three books coming out July 28 by Duran, James, and Laurens

Tomorrow three new historical romances come out; I wish I could go out and buy all three, but unfortunately this week is the last week of summer classes (graduate from college on Friday, woohoo!) ... and I don't usually read Stephanie Laurens (anymore) ... or Eloisa James (though might make an exception here) ... and I'm not sure I'm going to like Meredith Duran's heroine (just going off the excerpt).

Lol, I promise I'm not trying to be difficult!! ::sigh:: One gets so picky the more historicals one reads (or is that just me?). Anyway, I'm going to post the summaries below and will let you know what the reviews say once they start rolling in!

Written on Your Skin
Author: Meredith Duran
Release Date: July 28, 2009
List Price: $7.99

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SUMMARY (from back cover)

~ The Society Beauty Who Saved His Life ... ~

Beauty, charm, wealthy admirers: Mina Masters enjoys every luxury but freedom. To save herself from an unwanted marriage, she turns her wiles on a darkly handsome stranger. But Mina's would-be hero is playing his own deceptive game. A British spy, Phin Granville has no interest in emotional entanglements ... until the night Mina saves his life by gambling her own.

~ The Jaded Spy Who Vowed to Forget Her ... ~
Four years later, Phin inherits a title that frees him from the bloody game of espionage. But memories of the woman who saved him won't let Phin go. When he learns that Mina needs his aid, honor forces him back into the world of his nightmares.

~ In Lives Built on Lies, Love is the Darkest Secret of All ... ~
Deception has ruled Mina's life just as it has Phin's. But as the beauty and the spy match wits in a dangerous dance, their practiced masks begin to slip, revealing a perilous attraction. And the greatest threat they face may not be traitors or murderous conspiracies, but their own dark desires ...

A Duke of Her Own
Series: The Desperate Duchesses, Book 6
Author: Eloisa James

Release Date: July 28, 2009

List Price: $7.99

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SUMMARY (from back cover)

Leopold Dautry,
the notorious Duke of Villiers, must wed quickly and nobly - and his choices, alas, are few. The Duke of Montague's daughter, Eleanor, is exquisitely beautiful and fiercely intelligent. Villiers betroths himself to her without further ado.

After all, no other woman really qualifies. Lisette, the outspoken daughter of the Duke of Gilner, cares nothing for clothing or decorum. She's engaged to another man, and doesn't give a fig for status or title. Half the ton believes Lisette mad - and Villiers is inclined to agree.

Torn between logic and pasison, between intelligence and imagination, Villiers finds himself drawn to the very edge of impropriety. But it is not until he's in a duel to the death, fighting for the reputation of the woman he loves, that Villiers finally realizes that the greatest risk may not be in the dueling field ...

But in the bedroom. And the heart.

Mastered By Love
Series: The Bastion Club, Book 8 of 8
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Release Date: July 28, 2009

List Price: $7.99

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SUMMARY (from back cover)

The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride.

As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as "Dalziel," Royce Varisey, 10th Duke of Wolverstone served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England's most august noble titles, he must now take on that gravest duty of all: marriage.

Yet the young ladies the grandes dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle's willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene facade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort and his nights with sheer pleasure. Determined to claim her, he embarks on a seduction to prove his mastery over every inch of her body ... and every piece of her heart.

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