What's as delish as turkey? This week's new romances

9:23 PM, Nov 29, 2013   |    comments
"Wake to Darkness" by Maggie Shayne. (Photo: Harlequin)
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If the holiday distracted you from this week's new romance releases, HEA is here to get you caught up.

Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne. Rachel de Luca's uncanny sense of perception is the key to her success as a self-help celebrity. Even before she regained her sight, she had a gift for seeing people's most carefully hidden secrets. But the secret she shares with Detective Mason Brown is one she has promised to keep. As for Mason, he sees Rachel more clearly than she'd like to admit. After a single night of adrenaline-fueled passion, they have agreed to keep their distance-until a string of murders brings them together again. Mason thinks that he can protect everyone he loves, including Rachel, by taking them to a winter hideaway, but danger follows them up the mountain.

Unforgettable Summer by Sami Lee. Wild Crush, Book 1. Champion surfer Ty Butler is living the dream-a great career, a globe-trotting lifestyle, and his pick of women. Then a visit to his hometown forces him to face Summer Campbell. A decade on, she still gives him an adrenaline rush to beat the biggest waves. She's also as unavailable as ever, or so he thinks. When the truth comes out, Ty decides it's time to lay old ghosts to rest-and lay Summer flat out in bed. Ten years ago Summer committed the ultimate sin by falling for her sister's boyfriend. She rejected Ty's love out of duty, even marrying another man in an attempt to move on. An attempt that failed. She never forgot Ty-or the havoc loving him wreaked in her life. Her body wants to finish what they started long ago. Her head tells her she can indulge in a wicked affair with no regrets. But when the pro-surfing tour inevitably calls him away, her heart could crumble like a sandcastle beneath his feet.

Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan. Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to go to Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS decided otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won't be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up. Marcus Gardner wasn't always a lumberjack. Once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he's burned out and back home in Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. As the north winds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don't. Making a relationship last beyond a snowstorm could prove impossible when one man won't live in the country and the other won't return to the city. Yet the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye. Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome--pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees. Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...

Highland Ever After by Maya Banks. After Scotland's three strongest clans forge an alliance, an uneasy king plots to consolidate power-he orders sweet Taliesan McHugh to submit to a marriage that will give him control of the coveted McHugh keep. Taliesan accepts her fate, until she is swept into the powerful embrace of Brodie Armstrong, a warrior who defies his king and devotes himself to the one mission: winning Taliesan's heart.

Twilight with the Infamous Earl by Alexandra Hawkins. Lord Chillingsworth's reputation precedes him-the infamous "Frost" is as legendary on the field of honor as he is in the bedroom. Which makes it surprising that young Emily Cavell has taken up the cause of closing Frost's favorite gambling hell. Could it be that the most jaded Lord of Vice is finally willing to risk everything and gamble on her heart?

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean. He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London's corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he's dreamed of . . . absolution.

Warrior Untamed (Warrior Series #3) by Melissa Mayhue. Bridget MacCulloch is a fearless warrior driven to seek revenge for her father's death. When the brash Norseman who saved her life rebuffs Bridget's help in defeating her most loathsome foe, she refuses to surrender her quest. Her need for vengeance is equaled only by her growing attraction to the mighty Halldor. Halldor O'Donar must find the missing Sword of the Ancients. Only with this weapon can he destroy the monster that has entered the Mortal's world and is determined to bring about its very downfall. Though he's forbidden Bridget from accompanying him on his mission, he soon discovers the stubborn--yet sinfully irresistible-- warrior princess heeds no one but herself. Now they must learn to trust each other if they're to defeat their enemies or risk everything as they surrender to a desire that has the power to conquer all.

Down Range by Lindsay McKenna. Trained to kill, but built for love... Captain Morgan Boland is at the top of her game, as is her former lover, Navy SEAL Jake Ramsey. Then a military computer selects them to partner in a special op. The mission can't be compromised by their personal history-and they have truckloads of it. But the Afghan assignment might provide the discipline they need to finally get it together-outside the bedroom, that is. A lot has happened over the two years since they last went their separate ways. And there's way more to Morgan than Jake has ever given her credit for....

The Trouble with Virtue by Stephanie Laurens and Alison DeLaine. In A Comfortable Wife, Miss Antonia Mannering has made plans that include her long-ago friend Lord Philip Ruthven. She knows Philip is popular with the ladies, but he has never married. But when love enters the equation, Antonia might be getting more than she bargained for. And in A Lady by Day, the Countess of Mareck, has secured a second chance at respectability. And she certainly will not risk it for Sir Noah Rutledge, who's returned to London. With the ton watching closely, she must be careful not to fall for an unsuitable man.

My Wicked Fantasy by Karen Ranney. After Mary Kate Bennett becomes a young widow, she's left to fend for herself without a penny. When she is in a terrible carriage accident, Mary Kate awakens in the bed of the mysterious Archer St. John-and to a life more luxurious than she could have ever imagined. But more unsettling is the desire this wickedly handsome stranger sets off in her.

The Switch by Lynsay Sands. When they first met Lord Jeremy William Radcliffe, Charlie and her twin sister, Elizabeth were escaping from their uncle-taking turns acting the young gentleman to avoid detection. But Charlie couldn't help falling head over heels-and out of a window-for the handsome lord. Of course, that was only the beginning; Lord Radcliffe insisted on showing "him" and her lovely sister to London. Though it was a great game to play a boy, there was more fun in being female. And after one brush of his fiery lips when her guise was gone, Charlie swore to be nothing but his fiery woman forevermore.

The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch. On a mission to rescue his runaway sister from the lure of flowery compliments and a useless lot of satin-clad scalawags disguised by their snooty titles, Ranulf MacLawry, Marquis of Glengask, has roared into British society like a storm across the Highlands. But he's about to find out that satin has its appeal, especially when it covers the curves of Miss Lady Charlotte Hanover-whose tongue is as sharp as her skin is soft... Lady Charlotte Hanover has had her fill of hot-headed men, having lost her fianc√© in an utterly unnecessary duel. When did brawn ever triumph over brains? And yet there is something solid and appealing about the brash Highlander who's as dangerous in the ballroom as in battle. Sometimes bigger really is better... in The Devil Wears Kilts.

Highland Master (The Murrays) by Hannah Howell. Lady Triona McKee's life is under desperate siege. The marriage she thought would answer her dreams has left her struggling alone to provide for her people, while an arrogant kinsman prepares to take her land. But one look into the cynical green eyes of her cousin's boldest knight warns Triona that even a promise of help is just as dangerous. . .Betrayal taught Sir Brett Murray to make protecting others his only life. Still, the growing desire he can't help but feel for this entrancing widow makes him long to earn more than her trust. But in trying to save all she cherishes, he can't see how an honor-scarred knight can stay in her world and her heart. . .unless he risks everything to prove his love is now and forever always.

The Pulse by Shoshanna Evers. Book one in the heart-pounding Pulse Trilogy - a gripping erotic romance set in post-apocalyptic New York City one year after an electromagnetic pulse destroys America's power grid. Emily Rosen lives in a military camp at Grand Central Station, where women sell their bodies to soldiers for extra rations. When she discovers a dark secret-that America is rebuilding outside of New York City, and everything the city's refugees have been told is a lie-she escapes, the soldiers hot on her heels... But Christopher Mason, a convict who broke out of prison after the Pulse, finds Emily first. Although he's survived this long on the streets by looking out only for himself, Emily is beautiful, alluring, and impossible to leave behind. Now Emily must convince this intimidating, magnetic stranger to be her guide as they journey out of New York and into the unknown. She'll barter with her body, but sex with Mason can never be currency-it's pure passion, and everything she desires. Despite the crumbling world around them, can Emily and Mason discover true love blooming in the darkest of places?


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