Today is the official release of Love at First Flight by Tess Woods (ebook, HarperCollins Australia). Here’s the blurb:
Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.
What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?
Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.
What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.
Love at First Flight will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.
Tess dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
I’ve always been inspired by the tragic love story, the story of great love that just can’t be. My favourite book, The Bridges of Madison County, stayed with me years after reading it and played on my mind. Then I read Twilight and out of nowhere I had to write my own book. Before this I had never entertained the idea of writing. But the longing in Twilight, and the knowing that the one you love is the one that is dangerous for you, resonated with me and I just had to write about that. So with the themes of desire and danger, I wrote a book about a married mother, because I wanted to write of what I know. I wanted to bring the great love story into the world of the typical suburban mum who is chasing after kids, working and running a home. I wanted her to have that Romeo and Juliet moment. So I wrote Love at First Flight.
Today is the official release of The Sheikh’s Princess Bride by Annie West (paperback and ebook, Mills & Boon). Here’s the blurb:
For Sheikh Tariq of Al-Sharath, one miserable marriage was enough. With a kingdom to rule, he has no time—or wish—to find a bride, but his children need a mother.
Could Princess Samira of Jazeer be the answer? Samira has sampled passion, and it left a bad taste. With the knowledge she can’t have the children she’s always wanted, Samira steps into Tariq’s ready-made family. Her only condition? No sex!
Samira thought royal duties and her love for Tariq’s children would fill the hole in her heart, but a craving is building that only the sheikh’s touch can cure…
Annie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
This story came about because I’d just written The Sultan’s Harem Bride. In it my Sultan, Asim, is protecting his sister, Samira, from intrusive press attention after scandal and tragedy. When I started that book I had no idea Samira would even appear on the page, but as soon as she did I knew I wanted to write her story. She’d been through so much and seemed so fragile, though with an underlying strength that appealed to me. I had to write The Sheikh’s Princess Bride to discover what happened to her. That’s how the Desert Vows duet came about. One of the things I loved about this story was that far from being fragile, Samira shows just how determined she is, even if it means facing down the man she’s too scared to let herself love. It’s she who proposes marriage to the man she thinks will make the perfect husband and father, even putting a caveat on their marriage—no sex! My favourite line from the book is when Tariq says ‘The next time you kiss me it won’t be because I ask, Samira, but because you want me.’ This is a story about the slow burn of seduction and learning to trust and love. Lots of smouldering passion and a very special happy ever after.
All ARRA members who leave a comment on this post will go in the draw to win a copy of the book. The giveaway will close on 15 April 2015.
Today is the official release of Missing You by Kylie Kaden (paperback, Random House). Here’s the blurb:
When Aisha met Ryan she fell hard for his good looks and easy charm. Why worry that he didn’t want children or a 9 to 5 job? Nothing and no one would come between them.
But with the birth of their high-needs son, Eli, their extraordinary love is shackled into an ordinary life, their passion blunted by responsibility.
Until Ryan can’t take it anymore.
Now, following a mysterious phone call late one night, Aisha leaves four-year-old Eli in the care of her elderly father Patrick – and doesn’t come back.
As Patrick struggles with the grandson he barely knows or understands, his frustration with his missing daughter and absent son-in-law quickly turns to fear.
Particularly when blood is found in Aisha’s abandoned car …
Missing You is a tantalising love story and a seductive suspense novel from the author of Losing Kate.
Kylie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
Missing You tells the tale of an extraordinary love shackled in an ordinary life. Parts are heart-warming—as you watch Aisha and Ryan fall in love—others heart-wrenching, as they face the realities of marriage, family conflict, parenthood. Their love never seems to waver, until, in the dark of night, Aisha leaves their four-year-old son with her dad, and doesn’t come back. So, as with Losing Kate, it has a mystery element hovering in the wing, but is a love story at heart. For me, romantic love isn’t about fleeting gestures. It’s about carving out a place in your life for someone long term; considering their needs, working as a team to make life together richer and happier. I wanted the story to be firmly grounded in reality, and be honest about the struggles life throws at us—it’s not a book for those who want to escape to a wondrous land of perfection, but I think it conveys a message that true love can withstand the realities of life, and grow stronger for the experience.
Elizabeth Shore lived in a time when men had power, lots of it, but she was a strong person herself and wanted so much out of life. She had grown up in a good family with her parents and three brothers. Alas she was married at 12 and sent to live with her husband at 14. Although he was not cruel towards her, there was no love and William was impotent, while Elizabeth wanted children one day. They ran a mercer’s shop but Elizabeth never gave up hope of one day getting a divorce and living her life the way she wanted to.
Opportunity knocked one day when Lord Hastings, King Edward’s right-hand man and best friend, walked into their store. He was immediately taken with the beautiful Elizabeth and convinced her to meet with him at his place of residence later that day. This was Elizabeth’s opportunity to finally find desire and perhaps get legal advice to end her marriage to her husband, and a friendship began that lasted many years. But when she is introduced to Edward, the King of England, she was shocked to find out that he would want her by his side and that Will, Lord Hastings, would advise her to leave him and become the King’s mistress.
This starts a long and sometimes dangerous journey through tough times as Edward and Elizabeth fall in love but Ned decides to call Elizabeth, Jane (as the Queen’s name is Elizabeth), and she is now known as Jane Shore, Mistress to King Edward IV. Their affair is not a secret but Jane has a very good sense of humour and keeps Ned on his toes. Of course, she is still very good friends with Lord Hastings and while Ned and Will are around, she is safe. Jane works hard to help the poor and find apprenticeships for the young boys in Cheapside and is loved by many, but not all. Her family and friends shun her but love keeps her going. She even gets her own home, but it is also a lonely time with Ned called away, and naturally he needs to spend time with his Queen and children.
I did find this one hard to get into at first but once I did, I really enjoyed it. The banter between Ned and Elizabeth will keep you smiling but is also shows what a hard life it was back then when treason and accusations of witchcraft can have you beheaded or burnt at the stake. When Ned takes ill and dies, this starts accusations about many things and towards many people and Elizabeth finds herself under arrest and tried for treason and witchcraft. People are held hostage and friends killed as the fight over who will be the next King of England heats up. But during this hard time, Elizabeth finds another protector, the new King Richard’s Crown Solicitor. Finally she has found someone she does not have to share. I do recommend this one. It is rich in passion and the way of life in this era.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. All ARRA members who leave a comment by 14 April 2015 will go in the draw to win the book.
Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst, has been through so much since her marriage to the notorious Lord Blackhurst. She was so naïve and thought that he loved her, but she soon learned that that was not the case. She was abused and then when her husband is murdered, she is accused of the murder. Although she is acquitted, she is still shunned by her family and the ton. She has had no contact with her family for two years and has become a recluse known to society as the Black Raven. With rumours still being passed around, Lisbeth keeps to herself with just her servants to talk to and her butler and housekeeper who are very supportive to her. There are numerous wagers in the clubs offering money if someone can get close to her but her ever-caring butler stops them from getting into her house.
Oliver Whitely, the Earl of Bellamy, has just returned home from the wars to take over from his brother who died in a tragic riding accident. He comes home to find out that the estate is close to bankrupt owing to his brother investing in a speculation started by Lord Blackhurst. The investment went belly up leaving a lot of people very poor and the Black Raven very wealthy. Oliver has a night on the town and is talked into trying to win one of the wagers to get into the house of the Black Raven. He needs the money badly. He gives it a go but it is freezing sitting on the doorstep of the house waiting to see if he will be allowed in.
Lisbeth has decided that it is time to re-enter society and find her husband’s murderer. But to do this she needs someone to help her and the Earl of Bellamy is her choice. So she finally allows someone to enter her home. Their first meeting will have you smiling. The banter between a drunken Oliver and a very nervous Lisbeth is very amusing but there is a serious side to all of this and Oliver agrees to be Lisbeth’s escort until the end of the season.
Oliver is stunned to find he is so attracted to Lisbeth from their first meeting, as is Lisbeth to Oliver. Lisbeth is very set in her ways thanks to her abusive husband and she must follow her lists to the letter and is always checking the time, which Oliver finds amusing. As their journey through society gets noticed and Oliver is winning more of the wagers, they are getting closer to each other, and Oliver finds it very hard to keep his hands from Lisbeth. Lisbeth is waking up to the fact that passion does not always mean pain. There are many secrets revealed as they work together to find out the truth.
I loved this story from the first page. It will have you laughing and smiling with the banter between Lisbeth and Oliver and as the sensual pull between them grows very nicely throughout the story. As they get closer to the killer, danger also lurks, and the fact that I had no idea who the villain was until it is made known made this one even better. Congrats Ms Samuels on a wonderful debut, which I highly recommend. The characters add so much to the story. I especially loved Oliver’s aunt and I am looking forward to many more stories from you.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
Caitlyn is running from her ex-fiancé, Justin, a nasty piece of work who keeps tracking her down. She’s changed her name, her job, her address, uses a post office box to protect her location, and still he finds her new mobile number. She doesn’t trust the police, especially after finding Justin in bed with Detective Carolyn Martin, not to mention what happened with her father. She’s working as a chauffeur when a disreputable fellow slides into the back seat of her car and offers her a lot of money to drive him around.
Fetch (Sean) is an undercover police officer whose alias may have been blown by a pizza delivery guy he busted years ago. He’s spent over two years working to get into the Black Pariahs (motorcycle club) as a dim, low-level delivery boy. He enjoys the challenge of being on his toes 24/7 and is very good at inhabiting his role and telling lies.
Caitlyn knows Fetch is bad news but his blue eyes, attention to detail and gentleman-like behaviour pull her in. She also can’t resist the big tip he’s giving her to drive him around for a day or two. She’s in dire need of extra cash and sick of being hit on by drunk guys on buck’s nights. Fetch/Sean calls Caitlyn ‘Driver’ and is drawn to her, especially her don’t-touch vibe even though she flirts with him. They both break with their codes and assumed identities when extenuating circumstances force them into a road trip and their mutual attraction keeps pushing their boundaries.
The role reversal of Caitlyn and Sean (bad guy/good guy), especially with their opposite appearances really emphasises the don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover idea. The nastiness of the Black Pariahs motorcycle club provides a gritty background and real-life feel to the story. It’s a road trip story where the protagonists snipe at each other but have that underlying sexual tension. There’s a side story of a rescued blue heeler, which does chime a little heavily on the analogy stakes but it’s a good paced story where you’ll be metaphorically pushing the protagonists together and hoping for a good resolution to both Caitlyn’s and Sean’s problems. Enjoy the road trip and look out for the spot where the book gets its title, it’s not what you might think.
Reviewed by Gina
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
It was great to see many of you at ARRC2015—I hope you all had as great a time as we did. April is a huge month for us—it’s raining new titles!
Releasing 8 April
Red Dust Dreaming by Eva Scott. Eva Scott debuts a new rural romance: in the battle of duty versus desire, only one can survive the hot Australian sunshine.
The Envoy by Ros Baxter. New in the fresh, sexy world of The Seek: he can’t trust anyone, so why should he trust his heart?
Fairway to Heaven by Lily Malone. It’s going to take more than summer loving to heal old wounds, but a remote beach, old friendships and a bit of sunshine might just spark a second chance at love.
No Rescue by Jenny Schwartz. Coastal romance short read at its best: She went to Sydney to hide, instead she was found by love.
Releasing 22 March
Out of Rhythm by Shona Husk. They might be one of the hottest up-and-coming bands in Australia, but the members of Selling the Sun have a lot to learn about life, love, sex, and each other.
Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot. From Romantic Book of the Year winner Kendall Talbot comes an adrenaline-fuelled new series with sexy characters, exotic locations, and action-packed adventure.
Chaos Broken by Rebekah Turner. The final instalment of the Chronicles of Applecross trilogy finds Lora left in charge – and quickly losing control.
Spiritbound by Dani Kristoff. The Sydney coven is suffering from a man drought – some witches complain, and some witches just get creative.
Love your love with a bit of laughter? May we suggest Juliet Madison’s Romantic Comedy Collection? Three hilarious stories, one fantastic price.
Kate and the Escape Team