Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New from Berkley Jove 1-13-15

New This Month:

Trust No One
Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of River Road and Dream Eyes delivers another masterpiece of romantic suspense…

When Grace Elland finds her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon, murdered, a vodka bottle on his nightstand is a terrifying reminder of the horrors of her past—one that can be no coincidence.

To regroup, Grace retreats to her childhood home, Cloud Lake, where she meets venture capitalist Julius Arkwright, a man who lives to make money, by any means necessary. But the intense former Marine has skills that Grace can use—to figure out her future. And he’s the perfect man to help Grace when it becomes clear she is being stalked.

As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will walk Grace step by step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her as well…

Originally published January 2015 in hardcover by G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

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The V'Dan
Jean Johnson

A thrilling new perspective of the world created in the explosive, national bestselling Theirs Not to Reason Why series. It’s two hundred years earlier—the age of the First Salik War. And the battle against humanity has been engaged.

The V’Dan always believed they were the chosen race, destined to make a mark on the galaxy. For the last few centuries, they interacted peacefully with other sentient species—save for the Salik. Cold, amphibious, and vicious, the Salik were set on one goal: to conquer every race within their grasp.

Now that the Salik’s ruthless war has begun, the fate of the galaxy is in the hands of two strange companions: Li’eth, a prince under siege and his rescuer, Jacaranda MacKenzie. A beautiful ambassador from the Motherworld, Jackie possesses more than the holy powers of a goddess. She brings a secret weapon—a strange, wondrous, and dangerous new technology that could be her and Li’eth’s last and only hope to save their people from extinction…

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Shards of Hope
Nalini Singh

The “smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows are caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races…

Awakening in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira break free from their mysterious prison, only to find themselves in an inhospitable landscape far from civilization. To survive they must make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has targeted the Arrow squad, and Aden will cross any line to give his people hope for a new future. Zaira has no such hope. Too damaged to return from the abyss, her driving goal is to protect Aden, the only person who always comes back for her no matter what.

But Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough. The emotionless chill of the Silence Protocol existed for a reason: for the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

*Jaci Burton, New York Times bestselling author

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Seduction in Session
Shayla Black, Lexi Blake

The second Perfect Gentlemen novel from the New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series.

Privileged, wealthy, and wild: they are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy. But the threat of a scandal has one of them employing his most deceptive—and seductive—talents…

Recruited into the CIA at a young age, Connor Sparks knows how dirty the world can be. Only when he’s with his friends can he find some peace. So when an anonymous journalist threatens one of the Perfect Gentlemen, Connor vows to take down the person behind the computer, by whatever means necessary—even if it means posing as his target’s bodyguard.

Publishing a tabloid revealing Washington’s most subversive scandals has earned Lara Armstrong the ire of the political scene—and a slew of death threats. To keep herself from ending up a headline, Lara hires a bodyguard, a man as handsome as he is lethal.

When the bullets start to fly, Lara is surprised to find herself in Connor’s arms. But as they begin to unravel a mystery that just might bring down the White House, Lara is devastated when she discovers Connor’s true identity—and finds herself at the mercy of forces who will stop at nothing to advance their deadly agenda.

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Lisa Bingham

The bestselling author of Desperado returns with another sexy cowboy from the Taggart family…

The rugged and wild Taggart brothers know how to tame a restless beast, but a restless heart is a different matter…

When tragedy struck, Jace Taggart stepped in to run the family business and care for his brothers, sacrificing his own happiness to ensure their well-being. But after the beautiful Bronte Cupacek moves to town, Jace realizes he can’t ignore the hunger inside him much longer.

However, the last thing Bronte needs is another man in her life. After the end of a painful marriage, she just wants to focus on her daughters. They need her now more than ever. Yet no matter how hard Bronte tries to stand on her own two feet, it’s hard to resist the handsome cowboy who keeps coming to her aid.

Soon secrets from the past threaten everything dear to them. Only through embracing their undeniable connection can Jace and Bronte build a future together that no one can tear apart…

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The View from Prince Street
Mary Ellen Taylor

The author of The Union Street Bakery and At the Corner of King Street returns to Alexandria, Virginia, with a heartfelt tale of reconnection.

Rae McDonald was fifteen when a car accident took her sister’s life and threw her own into reckless turmoil. When she got pregnant a year later, she found a loving couple to adopt the child. Since then, she’s buried her grief and guilt under a heart of stone.

Lisa Smyth survived the fateful crash, but never told the truth about what happened. And when a family obligation draws her back to Alexandria, the weight of Lisa’s guilt grows heavier by the day.

As both women confront a past refusing to be forgotten, long-buried artifacts are discovered by the Shire Architectural Salvage Company that point to a shared history between families. Now, Rae and Lisa must finally ask themselves if denying the past is worth sacrificing the future.

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Maya Banks

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy and the Breathless Trilogy knows what makes readers hot. Now she turns it up in Mastered, the explosive first book in a new series of a desire too dangerous to resist.

What he wants, he takes with no remorse or guilt.

She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched. A lamb among wolves, she clearly didn’t belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did—but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognized the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn’t leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control.

What he wants, she isn’t sure she can give him.

The moment he told her what he wanted, she couldn’t resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn’t sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn’t destroy her in the end.

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Morrigan's Cross
Nora Roberts

The Circle Trilogy begins with an epic tale that breaks down the boundaries between reality and the otherworldly, while forging together the passions of the men and women caught in a battle for the fate of humanity…

In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea…

Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family’s embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for over a thousand years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss. But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this world—and those beyond it…

Hoyt is no match for the dark siren. But his powers come from the goddess Morrigan, and it is through her that he will get his chance at vengeance. At Morrigan’s charge, he must gather five others to form a ring of power strong enough to overcome Lilith. A circle of six: himself, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms, and the one he’s lost. And it is in this circle, hundreds of years in the future, where Hoyt will learn how strong his spirit—and his heart—have become…

Originally published September 2006 in mass market paprback for Jove Books.

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Off the Clock
Roni Loren


Overtime has never felt so good…

Marin Rush loves studying sex. Doing it? That’s another story. In the research lab, Marin’s lack of practical knowledge didn’t matter, but now that she’s landed a job at The Grove, a high-end, experimental sex therapy institute, she can’t ignore the fact that the person most in need of sexual healing may be her.

Dr. Donovan West, her new hotshot colleague, couldn’t agree more. Donovan knows that Marin’s clients are going to eat her alive unless she gets some hands-on experience. And if she fails at the job, he can say goodbye to a promotion, so he assigns her a list of R-rated tasks to prepare her for the wild clientele of The Grove’s X-wing.

But some of those tasks are built for two, and when he finds Marin searching for a candidate to help her check off her list, Donovan decides there’s only one man for the job—him. As long as they keep their erotic, off-the-clock activities strictly confidential and without strings, no one will get fired—or worse, get attached…

Exclusive to this edition only—a bonus short story

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Wickedly Ever After
Deborah Blake

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…

Having triumphed over a powerful enemy and ended up with both a wonderful guy—Sheriff Liam McClellan—and an adorable adopted daughter to raise as a Baba Yaga, Barbara Yager is ready to welcome her happily ever after.

But first she must bring Liam to the Otherworld and get the Queen’s permission to marry him. The Queen, however, is not so easily persuaded. She gives them three impossible tasks to complete in two weeks’ time—and if they fail Barbara will have to watch Liam slowly age and die like all humans, and kiss her happily ever after good-bye forever.

Includes an exclusive preview of the next Baba Yaga Novel, Wickedly Powerful

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Romancing the Running Back
Jeanette Murray


They’re not on the same page in the playbook…

When Anya Fisher is asked to be the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding, she jumps at the chance to go to Santa Fe. There’s nothing left for her in Atlanta—except a bitter and controlling almost-ex husband. Starting over as an online personal shopper is challenging, but not as much as having to plan wedding festivities with uptight groomsman Josiah Walker…

As a Santa Fe Bobcats running back, Josiah wants to make his mark on the field, not on the earth. A serious conservationist, he’s all about saving energy. So why is he wasting so much on the flighty fashionista in his best friend’s wedding? One kiss leads to another—and more. But when Josiah discovers that Anya has just as much substance as style, their harmless little fling may go into overtime…

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Naughty Wishes Part I: Body
Joey W. Hill

In Naughty Wishes Part I, the fearlessly sensual author of Naughty Bits—and “one hell of a writer”*—now draws readers into the desires of one woman, and the two men who make her every fantasy come true.

Samantha and her roommates Geoff and Chris have always shared an innocent and casual intimacy, but for Sam it has cloaked a deeper desire that remains tantalizingly out of reach. The two men have been best friends since childhood, and that friendship keeps them frustratingly hands-off toward her and each other. She wants to respect their code of honor, but Sam craves something more primitive, and she knows they feel the same way. Maybe there’s a way to bring it out in both of them—one man at a time.

When Chris goes out of town for the week with his landscaping company, it’s time for her to initiate her adventurous goal. Her plan is to go toe-to-toe with Geoff, the alpha of their trio, and tease to life that Dominant side of him she’s waited so long for him to express. And Geoff is more than willing to claim her. But things don’t go exactly as planned. They’re even better.

Includes a teaser for Naughty Wishes II: Heart

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Outside the Lines
Lisa Desrochers

The first in an edgy new contemporary romance series that follows a family on the run, from the author of the USA Today bestselling A Little Too Far series…

As the oldest son of a Chicago crime lord, Robert Delgado always knew how dangerous life could be. With his mother dead and his father in prison, he’s taking charge of his family’s safety—putting himself and his siblings in witness protection to hide out in a backwater Florida town.

Fourth grade teacher Adri Wilson is worried about the new boy in her class. Sherm is quiet and evasive, especially when he’s around his even cagier older brother. Adri can’t help her attraction to Rob, or the urge to help them both in whatever way she can.

But the Delgados have enemies on two sides of the mob—their father’s former crew and the rival family he helped take down. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds them. And if Rob isn’t careful, Adri could end up in the crossfire…

Includes an exclusive preview of the next On the Run novel, Over the Line.

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Loud is How I Love You
Mercy Brown

One girl’s heart gets rocked to the core in the first novel in this sexy New Adult series.

Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the '90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don’t sleep with your bandmates! But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

“So full of voice I can nearly taste it. . . Emmylou is bursting with strength and inspiration and—bless her heart—genuine flaws. . . Travis is perfection: a bowl of sugar balanced in a set of long, naughty, guitar-playing fingers.”—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling authors of the Beautiful series.

Includes an exclusive preview of the next Hub City Romance from Mercy Brown

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To Have and to Master
Sparrow Beckett

Following Playing Hard to Master and Finding Master Right, Sparrow Beckett delivers a seductive tale of surrendered innocence with this third novel in the Masters Unleashed series.

Konstantin, a powerful Dominant, is used to fast living and wanton submissives. But after years of his grandmother haranguing him to marry, he agrees to meet a girl from her rural Russian village. Naturally submissive, Varushka turns out to be everything Konstantin wants in a woman.

At first her innocence is disturbing, but her enthusiasm for life captivates him. When their relationship becomes a mutual seduction, Konstantin introduces Varushka to wicked pleasures she never imagined. His attentive care wins her absolute devotion. However, when Varushka’s father finds out about Konstantin’s past, he whisks her back home to Russia.

Will Konstantin fight to reclaim her, or will his guilt convince him to relinquish the only woman he’s ever loved?

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RENEGADE (by Lisa Bingham)

Dear Reader,

I’m so excited to announce the release of RENEGADE, the second book in the Taggart Brother’s novels. I know that, as an author, I should love all my books equally. But…

I have to admit that RENEGADE has become one of my all-time favorite projects.

When I began writing the book, I feared that Jace, the tall, reserved cowboy, would give me some trouble. After all, he’s a man of few words with a whole host of responsibilities. He’s become the anchor of the family, keeping the ranch and the Taggart brothers together through a host of troubles. With so much at stake in his life, I wanted to make sure that he came across as a living, breathing character with needs of his own.

I needn’t have worried. From the moment that I started the book, Jace leapt off the page—so much so, that there were times when I couldn’t type fast enough. And Bronte Cupacek—the passionate woman who tempts him into believing in a happily-ever-after all his own—became a force to be reckoned with as well. They are two lonely people, each so burdened with providing a warm and loving home for others, that they sometimes forget that they deserve the same opportunities for themselves. I truly enjoyed having these characters take over my life and thoughts for a few months.

But the magic didn’t stop there. The youngest Taggart brother, Barry, plays a predominant role in the book, proving that sometimes wisdom resides in the youngest hearts. In addition, Bronte brings with her a ready-made family (and yes, a few of her older daughter’s antics were not-so-loosely based on own girls, who were about the same age at the time.)

Even more touching, I did not realize that the struggles being fought by Bronte’s youngest daughter would soon echo the pain felt by the family of a dear friend. By writing this novel, I had unwittingly mirrored my friend’s experiences in coping with such issues, helping me to empathize with her plight so that we could buoy one another up during a difficult time.

Coincidence? I think not.

I hope you will enjoy Jace and Bronte’s special story in RENEGADE.


~Lisa Bingham


TO HAVE AND TO MASTER (by Sparrow Beckett)

Dear Reader,

One popular romance trope — often found in historicals — is the arranged marriage. It’s spanned the centuries from the dawn of history to present day. For the last book in our Masters Unleashed series, we wanted to add a new twist on the arranged marriage.

Konstantin first showed up as the mysterious, knife-twirling Russian playboy in the first book, FINDING MASTER RIGHT. We got to know him a little more in the second book, PLAYING HARD TO MASTER, where he lets his two submissives go in order to stay true to the woman his babushka chooses for him from her rural village in Russia.

Although Varushka agrees to travel to New York to see whether she and Konstantin are compatible, she’s a simple girl from a small farming community, and she has no sexual experience. From the moment Konstantin sets eyes on her, he wrestles with his guilt about introducing her to the BDSM lifestyle. But he can’t imagine marrying a woman he’s not sexually compatible with, and she’s so naturally submissive, he can’t resist. Will she embrace the world he introduces her to, or will she run home to find a good boy to settle down with?

Arranged situations can mean different things — from circumstances where a husband is chosen for the woman with little to no input from her, to ones that are more like a dating service where the end goal for both parties is to find someone to happily and willingly marry.

Although it would be easy to assume that relationships arranged by other people have low chances of working out happily, many couples make a go of it. Arranged marriage statistics show they tend to end in divorce much less often than marriages that result from dating, although it is acknowledged that part of the longevity may be cultural taboos around divorce.

But love can begin in the strangest of places. Even with couples that meet through friends or by luck, the coincidences of how they met and fell in love show that love can start from almost any point. With family support, a couple has an even better chance of making it long-term.

One of my coworkers has been married to his wife for forty years after their parents arranged their marriage. They’d only met only a few times in the days leading up to their wedding, and even after all these years they dote on each other. As he told me, it wasn’t love at first sight, but it quickly grew into a deep, loving relationship.

How could an idea like that not make our little romantic hearts sing?

A worldly Master and a naïve, vanilla girl would seem like an odd, mismatched pair but they are so right for so many reasons. Read TO HAVE AND TO MASTER to find out for yourself, releasing January 19th, or pre-order today!

~Sparrow Beckett


OUTSIDE THE LINES (by Lisa Desrochers)

Dear Reader,

I have heard people refer to characters from books I’ve read and loved as “bad boys” simply because they have tattoos, ride bikes, and have indulged in more than their fair share of feminine favors. I know people like that in real life who I would never consider putting that label on. In the first book I ever had published, one of my POV characters was a demon. Now, that’s an honest to God bad boy. Writing from inside a demon’s head was an interesting experience, to say the least. But what I found writing from my sexy Mafioso’s POV in OUTSIDE THE LINES was that it wasn’t all that different. Robert Delgado was raised by his father, head of the premiere Chicago crime family, to have no conscience. In his world, the currency with which purchases are made is violence. As he puts it, “When doled out sparingly, at appropriate times, violence will buy you the world.” But when that philosophy comes back to bite him and his siblings after their father goes to prison, he’s forced to run to protect them. His only plan when he goes into hiding is stay there just long enough to regroup before going to back to Chicago in an old-school blaze of glory to reclaim his empire. He knows that will start a war that will end with a bloodbath in the streets, but it’s what he’s been groomed for. So, the question as I was writing OUTSIDE THE LINES was, when a guy like that is removed from his world of deception and death, dropped into a backwater Florida town, and finds himself falling for the only truly honest person he’s ever met, is he capable of changing? Does he even want to?

Like my readers, I need my happily-ever-after, but I was a little concerned Rob wasn’t going to give it to me. It’s a pretty big leap going from a cold-blooded killer to someone who could truly love a woman like Adri Wilson, his sweet backwater schoolmarm. And the other side of that equation is, would Adri be able to love Rob when she saw the truth of what he was? Mix in the small matters of Adri’s over-protective Chief of Police father digging into Rob’s past, a mob family struggling to fit into everyday Florida, and an ill-advised trip that leads to Adri’s capture by the thugs sent to kill Rob, and that happily-ever-after was touch and go for a while.

If this all sounds a little daunting, just know there’s good Sicilian food to make you feel better along the way. It’s a ride you don’t want to miss, capiche? ;-)

Happy reading!

~Lisa Desrochers


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