Sunday Wrap-Up #17

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, Showcase Sunday, Stacking the Shelves and IMM. 
I will post Sunday Wrap-up every other week.

Last week on the blog:
Time Chances Everything by Melinda Dozier (Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway)
Bloglovin Blog Hop (Giveaway)
Werewolves Be Damned by Stacey Kennedy (Review, Top Ten & Giveaway)
His Risk to Take Tessa Bailey (Review & Giveaway)
Cleaning Your Shelves (Giveaway Hop)
How Beauty Loved the Beast by Jax Garren (Review)
Ctrl Z by Danika Stone (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Review)
North of Need by Laura Kaye (Review)

Next week on the blog:
In the Fire by Amanda Usen (Cover Reveal & Giveaway)
Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh(Review)
Sinful Sirens Giveaway Hop (Giveaway)
Karmic Connection by Libby Mercer (Excerpt)
An Affair of Vengeance by Jamie Michele (Review)
West of Want by Laura Kaye (Review)
Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout (Review)

 

 This post is going to be rather long. I do these posts every other week and last week was the biannual book sale at the library and I kind of went overboard.

An Affair of Vengeance
By: Jamie Michele
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Undercover CIA officer Evangeline Quill stalks Oliver McCrea for one reason: the handsome scoundrel can lead her to the untouchable shipping magnate who ordered her parents’ assassination. She doesn’t want to see the pain in his golden eyes. Compassion for an outlaw,

however chivalrous he may be, won’t help her exact revenge on her nemesis.

But Evangeline is the first good thing that battle-weary McCrea has touched in five long years, and even though he knows he should evade her pursuit, he can’t bring himself to turn away from her. She reminds him of the man he used to be, a man he isn’t sure he can ever be again, not with the ugliness of the underworld slowly disintegrating his humanity.

The closer they get, the hotter their forbidden desire becomes, but they’ll need more than passion to escape a deadly trap set by the criminal mastermind who manipulates both their lives.

 An Affair of Deceit
By: Jamie Michele
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Diligent attorney Abigail Mason doesn’t have a lot of time–not for the father, a legendary spymaster, who abandoned her years ago, and not for the charming CIA agent who’s suddenly asking questions about his whereabouts. But her interest is definitely piqued–just what has her father done to find

himself in the agency’s crosshairs?

A trained psychologist, Agent James Riley doesn’t need his degree to figure out that the persistent, sexy Abigail will be a problem? both for his investigation and his heart. And while he needs her cooperation, he’s not ready for the hands-on, dangerous role she insists on taking in the search for her father.

As the two uncover startling truths about a secretive past, can Riley shield the woman he’s come to love from a madman who wants her to pay for the sins of her father?

Rapture’s Edge
By: J.T. Geissinger
Genre: Paranormal Romance

SECRETS…In the hidden world that exists beside our own, a mirror world of ancient magic and elegant deceptions, a world of people who are so much more than they first appear, a war is brewing. Most of these Gifted people—the Ikati, a savage, sensual race of lethal predators—are content to hide behind human smiles, disguising their splendor in order to survive. But others are discontent. And they will hide no longer.

BETRAYALS…Eliana lives for two things only: vengeance on the man who killed her father and seeing her father’s dream of living in the open with humans come to pass. But that dream is far too dangerous for The Hunt, a group of elite Ikati assassins with one objective: eliminate her before she can expose their secrets to the world.

SEDUCTION…Demetrius is haunted by the memory of the woman he once loved. He will risk everything to save her from the killers on her tail…and convince her, before the ancient walls between two worlds crumble, that only together can they defeat their real enemy, a brilliant, cunning traitor far more deadly than either of them can guess.

 Fire of the Dragon
By: Lori Dillon
Genre: Time Travel/Paranormal Romance
A MaidenWrenched back in time through the magical power of an old dragon tapestry found in a vintage clothing store, Jill Donahue lands in an ancient medieval town where the villagers decide to sacrifice her to the local dragon. As if the threat of being eaten alive by a giant flying lizard isn’t bad enough, she learns there’s a curse surrounding the tapestry and she has to break it in order to get back to her time. But she isn’t the only one whose fate is tied to the ancient weaving…

A Dragon

Baelin of Gosforth is a valiant knight who has been cursed by a vindictive witch to live as a dragon for eleven months out of each year. Now he has thirty days to break the curse or he turns back into a fire-breathing beast and, as much as he hates to admit it, he needs Jill’s help to do it.

And A Curse

Forced to face many challenges along the way—from the harsh world they travel through to the fiery passion they both try to deny—each is determined to break the curse so the other can get their happily-ever-after. And it just might work, if Jill can manage to overlook the fire-breathing, bat-winged remnants of Baelin’s dragon half long enough to see the man beneath the beast and get the job done.

South of Surrender
By: Laura Kaye
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious summer storms that threaten the mortal realm, dangerously drain Chrys, and earn the ire of the Olympic gods who ordered Eurus dead.

Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather’s horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible—and beautiful—creature crashing down from the heavens.

Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can’t resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who’s ever loved the real him.

Dragonfly
By: Leigh T. Moore
Genre: New Adult
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

When her best friend moves at the start of senior year, Anna Sanders resolves to keep her head down and follow her plans through graduation. Until Lucy, a beautiful, mysterious girl, and Jack, her gorgeous twin brother, transfer to Anna’s school.

The two draw Anna into their rich, extravagant life on the Gulf Coast with their distant, single father. Anna can’t resist falling for Jack, even after he pushes her away.

Just when she’s finally learning to be strong, Anna uncovers their father’s closely guarded secret and is pulled back–this time even closer. His secret could change all their lives.

Aside from Suddenly Royal the rest I bought at the library book sale

Suddenly Royal
By: Nichole Chase
Genre: New Adult

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Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

Indecent/Wicked
By: Tori Carrington
Genre: Erotica
“Indecent” From the moment Lucky Clayborn struts into his office, psychologist Colin McKenna wants the fiery redhead “badly.” But how can he possibly have a proper patient/doctor relationship–something his career depends upon–when all he wants to do is to get lucky…with Lucky? Lucky figures the sexy doc needs his head examined if he thinks she’ll be telling him her deepest thoughts. Because all she’s thinking about is getting naked with him She hadn’t counted on his sexy bedside manner breaking through her mind’s defenses–or her heart’s.

“Wicked”

Will Sexton can’t wait to run into his knockout neighbor every day as she leaves for work in her sexy dance costume. But what he’d “really” like is a chance to see what’s underneath the soft material. Renae’s been craving a wild session in the sack with Will, too, and when they get together–again…and again–she thinks she’s getting exactly what she needs. Insane, illicit, “incredible sex,” no strings attached. But she soon realizes she doesn’t want to be just the woman Will has forbidden sex with. She wants to be the woman he’ll never, “ever” forget.

No Rest for the Wicked
By: Kresley Cole
(Immortals After Dark, #3, 5, 6 & 10)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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A vampire soldier weary of life…

Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire—a nightmare in his mind—against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.

A valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him…

When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.

Competitors in a legendary hunt…

The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?

Redwood Bend
By: Robyn Carr
Genre: Contemp. Romance
Former actor Dylan Childress left the L.A. scene behind years ago for a quiet life running an aviation company in Montana. But with business slowing down, Dylan is starting to wonder whether he should take one of the offers Hollywood keeps sending his way. He figures a motorcycle trip to Virgin River with his buddies might help him decide what path to take. But his own troubles are left at the side of the road when he spots a woman stranded on the way into town.

Katie Malone and her twin boys’ trip to Virgin River is stopped short by a tire as flat as her failed romance. To make matters worse, it’s raining, the boys are hungry and Katie is having trouble putting on the spare. So when some bikers pull up beside them, offering to help, all Katie feels is relief. Then she sees sexy, leather-clad Dylan Childress, and in one brief moment the world turns on its axis.

Katie’s a sensible single mother and Dylan’s a die-hard commitment-phobe. Neither one is looking for long-term romance. But sometimes it takes only a moment to know you’ve found something that could change your life forever.

Any Man of Mine
By: Rachel Gibson
Genre: Contemp. Romance
Autumn Haven’s Las Vegas “to-do” list said to catch a show and play the slots–not wake up married to a sexy jerk like Sam LeClaire. The first moment she saw him eyeing her like a luscious piece of the dessert buffet, her usually responsible self told her run. And she did–right into the wildest fantasy weekend of her life. But Monday morning jolted her back to reality, and before she could say “pass the coffee,” Sam was gone.

Now a successful wedding planner, Autumn hasn’t clapped eyes on the heart-breaking hockey superstar for over two years… until she organizes his teammate’s “Special Day,” where Sam makes a BIG play to pick up where he left off! But she has vowed any man of hers plays for keeps. Is Sam the man for her or does she banish him to the sin bin forever?

The Perfect Mistress
By: Victoria Alexander
Genre: Historic Romance
Widowed Julia, Lady Winterset, has inherited a book—a very shocking book—that every gentleman in London seems to want. For a charismatic businessman, it’s a chance to build an empire. For a dashing novelist, it could guarantee fame. But to a proud, domineering earl, it means everything. . .

Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale, can’t let the obstinate Julia release the shameless memoir that could ruin his family’s name. But the only way to stop her may be equally sordid—if far more pleasurable. For his rivals are intent on seducing the captivating woman to acquire the book. And Harrison isn’t the sort to back away from a competition with the stakes this high. Now the winner will claim both the scandalous memoirs and the heart of their lovely owner. . .

Hot Property
By: Carly Phillips
Genre: Contemp. Romance
Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks–and personal life–of a sports hero and the public’s adoration. But this hot property’s lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can’t spare. Now it’s up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track. Amy finds it’s easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper’s refusal to put his own needs first, she’s starting to think that life in the fast lane isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball–one she never saw coming…
Hold Me
By: Betsy Horvath
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Katie McCabe’s life is going nowhere fast when FBI Special Agent Lucas Vasco jumps into her car at an intersection. Luc, his undercover guise blown, is on the run from the Mafia and expects to be killed at any moment. What he doesn’t plan on is finding himself attracted to the firecracker beside him. He feels compelled to protect her when her life is threatened, and insists she stay with him for her own safety.

After learning she has become the target of a psychotic hit man, Katie is whisked off to Luc’s house to hide. Once there, she’s shocked to discover that she and Luc have an unexpected connection–a connection Luc already knew existed, but withheld. Will their intense attraction reach flashpoint despite their misunderstandings and the pain of the past?

 

In Bed with a Highlander
By: Maya Banks
Genre: Historical Romance
Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin’s strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.

Lucky Charm
By: Carly Phillips
Genre: Contemp. Romance
Long ago, as revenge on a Corwin who stole her son’s fiancee, a witch proclaimed an eternal curse that every Corwin male who married for love would be destined to lose his love and his fortune …

Derek thought he could outsmart the long-standing Corwin curse by breaking up with Gabrielle, his first love— and marrying someone else. Now, divorced and broke, all he has left is his teenage daughter and a healthy respect for ancient sorcery. But then Gabrielle returns, determined to defeat the curse and rekindle their passion. But will her stubborn streak and her unwavering love be the lucky charm Derek so desperately needs?

Lucky Streak
By: Carly Phillips
Genre: Contemp. Romance
When Mike Corwin awakens after some wild partying in Vegas $100,000 richer and married to Amber, the gorgeous woman he met the night before, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. The bad news is that Amber’s a con who takes his money and runs. Seems the family curse has finally hit him. Hard.But to Amber, Mike isn’t business as usual. If only she didn’t need the money to ensure her father’s safety, she might actually have fallen for the intense lawman. Instead, she’s forced to betray him.

Now Mike’s hell-bent on divorce and Amber’s on the run…but when a twist of fate reunites them, can they turn their run of bad fortune into a lucky streak?

Lucky Break
By: Carly Phillips
Genre: Contemp. Romance
Jason Corwin knows he should resist his attraction to Lauren Perkins. After all, it was one of her ancestors who came up with the curse that had haunted every Corwin male since. But after one night of mind-blowing sex with his supposed–and very seductive–enemy, he can’t bring himself to stay away.
All Lauren wants is to sell her late grandmother’s old house and leave the past behind forever. But that’s not an easy thing to do with gorgeous contractor Jason Corwin whispering sweet, sexy somethings in her ear. About “staying.” Then a saboteur and the promise of hidden treasure change everything, and one lucky break that just might put an end to the Corwin curse.
The Capture of the Earl Glencrae
By: Stephanie Laurens
Genre: Historical Romance
Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she’ll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman across a candlelit ballroom, she knows beyond doubt that he’s the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason–when he hero abducts her!

The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn’t wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him–and he’s prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal.

Herbed-Wine Cuisine
By: Janice Therese Mancuso
Genre: Cookbook
You can serve truly memorable meals using Mancuso’s simple techniques for transforming store-bought or homemade wines into savory cooking wines. As easy as mixing herbal vinegar, the process flavors white, red, and rose wines with herbs, fruits, and spices. Mancuso tells you how to prepare and use more than 50 combinations and offers more than 100 easy-to-make recipes for every part of the meal, with many low-fat and low- or no-salt dishes. Try Sun-Dried Cheese Torta (made with Mixed Herb Burgundy), Marinated London Broil (using Garlic, Parsley, and Chives Rhine), Broccoli and Monterey Jack Quiche (with Lemon-Dill Rhine), or Tomato and Roasted Garlic Sauce (with Oregano and Garlic Burgundy).

Ill Wind
By: Rachel Caine
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she’s trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she’s resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life…

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he’s stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she’s racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast…

22 Thoughts on “Sunday Wrap-Up #17

  1. Wow…what a great week and what an awesome book haul! Good luck getting around to all of those. I can’t wait for the next Lux book to come out. Going to check out your review of that next.

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  2. Haha…just kidding…next week.

  3. Great haul! Congrats on getting signed copies. I’ve seen Dragonfly on other blogs and it looks great. Enjoy all 🙂

    My SS: http://www.bookhi.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/showcase-sunday-26.html

  4. You got some really good stuff here. Just added Dragonfly to Goodreads. That one looks really good. I got Suddenly Royal last week and can’t wait to start it. Enjoy all these! And thanks for stopping by mine earlier 🙂

    Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books

  5. Wow, that is an awesome stack! Hope you like them all. Happy reading.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  6. Your comment on my blog brought me here. I reeally liked the way you merged all the ‘Showcasing’ memes, making things easier..I was also thinking of linking two features together on mine…btw you’ve got some really interesting titles, Suddenly Royal and all…enjoy your reading:)

  7. What a great haul! I love book sales because I can stock up on all the books I’ve been waiting to read. I hope you enjoy them all.

    My Weekly Wrap Up

  8. WOW what a haul! Hope you really enjoy everything!

  9. Great haul! I can’t wait to read these as well. I hope you enjoy them : )

    my Book Haul and Blog Birthday international giveaway

  10. Hello abs and butts! Hehe! Great haul this week!

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

  11. You know I’m hearing some great things about J.T.’s books. And you really have an amazing collection here last week. 🙂 Hope you enjoy them all and have a great week!

    If you’d like to stop by, I have a Sunday Post up as well:
    http://melissa-melsworld.blogspot.com/2013/05/sunday-post-11.html

  12. Oh wow, great haul! All the books look great. Suddenly Royal looks extra fantastic – I want to get my hands on a copy, too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my Stacking The Shelves post. ^.^
    Happy Reading! 😀

    —–
    Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd

  13. You got so many awesome books! I love library sales too! I really hope you enjoy the Maya Banks book…it is a lot of fun. I need to read some of Carly Phillips books someday…

    Have a great week!

  14. Omg so many awesome books 😀
    I’ve heard of some of them and the others sounds great as well 😀
    Happy reading

    Rashika @ Tangled in Pages

  15. awesome reads! hope you get to enjoy all of them 🙂

  16. Okay I want to come to your house and read! Girl you are gonna have F.U.N.!! Cannot wait to hear more about them!!

    Enjoy your week!

  17. So many books I haven’t heard of! Dragonfly sounds really good! I hope you enjoy all these new reads! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  18. Awesome update and look at that haul! Happy Reading!

  19. So many good books for you this week!! You are going to be busy!!

    Thanx for visiting my StS and Sunday Post!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  20. Wow! So many books Kristin! I also got Dragonfly. I’m looking forward to it! And Suddenly Royal! That is one of my favorite books this year! I loved it. And you got quite a few that I am now adding to the TBR!

    Thanks for stopping by my STS!

    Jessica@Lovin’ Los Libros

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