September 2010 Paperbacks

Fantasy

The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo

Ex-soldier-turned-vampire Felix Gomez confronts shadowy government agents, Eastern European vampire hunters, and lustful women when he investigates an outbreak of nymphomania at a secret government facility in Rocky Flats.

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

From the author of the “New York Times”-bestselling Night Huntress series comes the first chapter of a sexy spinoff, in which Cat and Bones’ closest confidantes are confronted with heart-stopping lust, love, and danger of their own.

Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

Sookie’s boyfriend has been very distant-in another state, distant. Now she’s off to Mississippi to mingle with the underworld at Club Dead-a little haunt where the vampire elite go to chill out. But when she finally finds Bill-caught in an act of betrayal-she’s not sure whether to save him…or sharpen some stakes.

Mystery

Scandal Sheet by Gemma Halliday

“Calvin Dean’s got a charming smile and an alpha-dog attitude. But that doesn’t mean Tina’s happy editor Felix Dunn has saddled her with the built bodyguard. How’s she supposed to get the scoop on Hollywood A-listers with him hulking nearby? When the threats escalate to actual violence–and murder!–she and Dean are thrust together in a way that brings a whole new meaning to working undercover. Suddenly it’s not just the imminent danger making Tina’s pulse jump. With the help of a bubbly blonde, an alcoholic obituary writer, and a pair of overzealous octogenarians, they’ll have to sort through the scandals to find which juicy piece of gossip is worth killing over..or risk becoming tomorrow’s headline”–Cover verso.

Bitter Medicine by Sara Paretsky

New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky’s fourth V.I. Warshawski novel Private eye V.I. Warshawski knows her friend Consuelo’s pregnancy is already risky-she’s sixteen and diabetic. Despite V.I.’s efforts to provide Consuelo with proper care, both mother and daughter die in the local hospital. Suspecting malpractice, V.I. begins an investigation- and a reluctant romance with an ER doctor. But deadly complications arise when a series of vicious murders and an attack on a women’s clinic lead her to suspect a cold-blooded cover-up. And if V.I. isn’t careful, she just might have delivered her final case…

A Savage Place by Robert Parker

TV reporter Candy Sloan has eyes the color of cornflowers and legs that stretch all the way to heaven. She also has somebody threatening to rearrange her lovely face if she keeps on snooping into charges of Hollywood racketeering. Spenser’s job is to keep Candy healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career. But her star witness has just bowed out with three bullets in his chest, two tough guys have doubled up to test Spenser’s skill with his fists, and Candy is about to use her own sweet body as live bait in a deadly romantic game–a game that may cost Spenser his life.

Romance

Hot & Bothered by Sara Bennett

When Victoria Hamilton’s father is murdered, and her half-brother is the prime suspect, she returns to Colorado Springs with her young daughter to prove her brother innocent. There, she’s reunited with her child’s father, who wants a chance to make things right. Original.

One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake

From a compelling new voice in sexy contemporary romance comes the first novel in her new Destiny series–an emotional story about giving in to forbidden passion.

My  Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell

The author of “Claiming the Courtesan” pens another passionate tale brimming with lust, tenderness, and betrayal.

Amaryllis by Jayne Castle

New York Times bestselling author Jayne Castle acclaimed for her novels of “delectably entertaining paranormal romantic suspense” (Booklist), the wildly popular alter ego of bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz takes off on a star-dusted excursion to a rich civilization where danger and passion are just a heartbeat away. . . .Amaryllis Lark is one of the best psychic detectives on St. Helen’s, the earth colony recently cut off from the mother planet, yet not so very different from home. . . . Lucas Trent, the rugged head of Lodestar Exploration, isn’t keen on the prim type–and from her crisp business suit to her cool evaluation of his request to bust a corporate thief, beautiful Amaryllis is excruciatingly proper. But when a bold hunch heats up into a twisting murder investigation, by-the-book Amaryllis must let her guard down and break some rules–and a red-hot love affair ignites. Now, as they race to solve a puzzle of deadly intrigue, no power–otherworldly or otherwise–can keep them apart!

Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl

Molly Jenkins has a secret job as a bestselling erotic fiction author, but when a creepy ex threatens to blow her cover, she returns to her hometown to lay low. When she falls for the former high school heartthrob–now the chief of police–Molly must reignite her writing career, fight off the town gossips as well as a stalker, and hide it all from her newfound beau.

The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day

They are London’s most scandalous couple. Isabel, Lady Pelham, and Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson, are well matched in all things their lusty appetites, constant paramours, wicked wits, provocative reputations, and their absolute refusal ever to ruin their marriage of convenience by falling in love with one another. Isabel knows such a charming rake will never appeal to her guarded heart, nor will she sway his philandering one. It is a most agreeable sham…until a shocking turn of events sends Gerard from her side. Now, four years later, Gerard has come home to Isabel. But the carefree, boyish rogue who left has been replaced by a brooding, powerful, irresistible man who is determined to seduce his way into her affections. Gone is the devil-may-care companion who shared her friendship and nothing more, and in his place is temptation itself a husband who desires Isabel body and soul and who will stop at nothing to win her love. No, this is not at all the man she had married. But he is the man who might finally steal her heart.

Rushed to the Altar by Jane Feather

The first novel in the sexy and scintillating Blackwater Brides trilogy of historical romances from a “New York Times”-bestselling author.

Unbelievable by Lori Foster

Two steamy classics from a “New York Times” and “USA Today”-bestselling author are back in this single volume. Includes “Fantasy” and “Tantalizing.”

The Clayborne Brides by Julie Garwood

First introduced in Julie Garwood’s magnificentNew York TimesbestsellerFor the Roses,the Clayborne brothers of Blue Belle, Montana, have been embraced by millions more through this trio of #1 bestselling novels. Now collected in one volume for the first time, these stories tell of three spirited brothers — once a mismatched gang of street urchins — who learn that love flourishes in the most unexpected places….One Pink RoseHeadstrong Travis takes a journey that opens his eyes to the splendor of his beloved West — and his heart to Bostonian Emily Finnegan.One White RoseSteady, quiet Douglas will do anything to protect a creature in need — and that includes the strong-willed Isabel Grant.One Red RoseThoughtful Adam learns a powerful secret from the irrepressible Genevieve Delacroix — that true freedom only comes when you trust your heart.

The Cowboy by Joan Johnston

Joan Johnston transports us to rugged present-day Texas—a place of wide-open prairies and unbridled ambitions—where two ranching families, the Blackthornes and the Creeds, are locked in a bitter century-old feud. Here, Johnston brings to life a breathtaking love story—between the Blackthornes’ oldest son and the Creeds’ beautiful daughter—a magnificent novel of passion, vengeance, and star-crossed love. Trace Blackthorne was taught from the cradle to take what he wanted. And he wanted Callie Creed. Eleven years ago, the feud between their families had torn them apart. But now Trace has come home, a ruthless hard-eyed stranger, making her an offer she couldn’t refuse: marry him and save her struggling family from financial ruin. But the secrets of the past return to haunt them. And Callie is once again compelled to make an impossible choice—between the family who desperately needs her and the only man she has ever loved.

An Impossible Attraction by Brenda Joyce

A terrible secret threatens to tear two unlikely lovers apart in this sweeping new installment in Joyce’s bestselling de Warenne Dynasty series.

The Sassy One by Susan Mallery

For the Marcelli sisters of California wine country, the season is ripe for romance! Francesca Marcelli married at eighteen — right on schedule, according to her warm, colorful family, who have always said a beauty like Francesca need never worry about finding love. But a few years later, finding herself on her own with a wide open future ahead of her, she pursues her educational passions — with a risky experiment that takes her straight into the arms of playboy CEO Sam Reese. Delighted by Francesca’s interest in a no-strings relationship, Sam suddenly finds himself needing her outside the bedroom when a secret from his past lands on his doorstep. But Francesca soon has a secret of her own to tell — a bombshell that will force the diehard bachelor to show his true colors. Are there “I do’s” in Sam and Francesca’s future? Only if she can persuade him that home truly is where the heart finds happiness.

Irresistible by Susan Mallery

Walker Buchanan returns from his stint in the marines to run the family business, but is distracted by single mom Eden Towers. Despite their attraction, both are wary about a relationship. But they soon learn love can happen when it’s needed the most.

Sparkling  One by Susan Mallery

For the Marcelli sisters of California wine country, the season is ripe for romance! A party plannerextraordinaire, Katie Marcelli loves her big, boisterous family — even when their chronic matchmaking drives her crazy! In the Marcelli household, fine wine and good food are as celebrated as true love, so when her eighteen-year-old sister announces her engagement, Katie promises her the perfect wedding. There’s only one hitch: the father of the groom, Zach Stryker, who is adamantly opposed to his son marrying so young. Now, despite her instant attraction to the handsome, arrogant attorney, Katie must approach with caution: Zach, who hired Katie for a major fund-raiser, holds the fate of her business in his hands — and how can she trust a man who is willing to break her sister’s heart? It will take a passionate battle of wills to determine if wedding bells will ring for a Marcelli bride, and to unlock the deepest desires — for family, love, and home — inside a strong-willed man’s heart. Meet the Marcelli family in a wonderful series that’s warm, witty, and stunningly sensual. Look forThe Sassy One, The Seductive One, andThe Marcelli Bride, all available from Pocket Star Books!

The Homecoming by JoAnn Ross

First in a heartwarming new series from the New York Times bestselling author – Former Navy SEAL Sax Douchett returns to his home town and is hailed as a local hero. But starting over is difficult when he unearths a long- buried secret that reunites him with a past he’s never forgotten. She’s Sheriff Kara Conway, a girl who’s always held a special place in his heart. But as he cautiously reconnects with Kara and bonds with her young son, another long-held secret in Shelter Bar threatens their second chance at a life together…

Montana Destiny by R.C. Ryan

“Emergency medic Marilee Trainor likes her freedom and lives for trouble. Then she stumbles upon a clue to the legendary McCord Gold and suddenly finds herself in a mysterious killer’s sights–and in the arms of irresistible playboy Wyatt McCord. This McCord cousin has been everywhere, yet the ranch is the only place he feels at home. Now Marilee’s courage and independence make him want to protect her, win her heart, and finally settle down. But trust is one thing Wyatt and Marilee can’t easily give. And their survival and everything they cherish depend on whether they can surrender to each other–to fight for their… Montana destiny.”–p.[4] of cover.

Deeply, Desperately by Heather Webber

The irrepressible star of “Truly, Madly” is back in business. This time, Lucy Valentine will go to the ends of the Earth to find true love for her clients . . . and maybe even herself.

Suspense/Thriller

One Scream Away by Kate Brady

New York Times bestselling author Killer Chevy Bankes is a master of disguise, and just paroled, he’s coming after the woman who sent him to jail, the beautiful antiques expert Beth Denison. A set of antique dolls brings Beth into his sight, and inspire Chevy’s disturbing crimes as he draws closer to Beth and her young daughter. Chevy sends the dolls to Beth one-by-one and she soon realizes that these antiques carry the same marks as his victims, signaling that the final piece in his collection will be for her. Neil Sheridan gave up his FBI shield five years ago, but his best friend Rick, a cop, pulls him in as a consultant on a case involving a serial killer who is eerily similar to a murderer Neil encountered in the past. The investigation leads Neil to Beth’s doorstep, and he is certain she isn’t telling him the truth. Neil is the only one who can get through Beth’s defenses and, as they grow closer, discover the secrets that Beth is hiding about her fateful night with Chevy.

Point Blank by Catherine Coulter

FBI Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich face the most explosive case of their careers, pitting them against an unstable villain-with a very long memory.

Stormy Nights by Lisa Jackson

Two stormy romance classics from the master of romantic suspense! Summer Rain Eleven years ago on a dusty Wyoming creek bank, Trent McCullough’s lips claimed hers for one mind-spinning moment. But Ainsley Hughes was promised to another man. Now a widow, Ainsley has come home to find her family ranch in shambles and a distant, oddly callous Trent in charge. Despite all her time away, his steely gaze still leaves her parched for his former affection.Hurricane Force Everyone knows Cord Donahue embezzled the family fortune and fled, only to drown in the icy waters of Puget Sound. Numb with grief at Cord’s betrayal, Alison Banning sought comfort in his brother’s arms. But three years later Alison is a widow-and the prodigal son has returned, alive and well. Alison longs to believe Cord’s innocence, but how can she ignore the bitter deceits of the past when doing so places her daughter’s future-and her own heart-in jeopardy?

Dirty Little Lies by Julie Leto

While attending a society masquerade ball, Marisela Morales comes face to face with her former lover Frankie Vega, a colleague at Titan International Investigations, but their reunion is cut short by a mysterious female assassin targeting a popular senator.

Pursuit by Karen Robards

After rookie lawyer Jessica Monaghan meets with the First Lady, the VIP is killed in a car accident in which Jessica manages to survive. When she suspects the accident was something else and she becomes the next target, she and experienced FBI agent Mark Ryan team up to uncover the plot behind the First Lady’s murder.

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