What’s a little more post-holiday debt among friends? Grab some plastic and check this out. For your first-quarter-and-then-some, must-read reading pleasure, I offer you
Top Ten Reads for the Top o' the New Year
1. “What She Needs ," by Lacey Alexander – A mouthwatering treat for the erotic love story fan. Shy Jenna looked at sex as a one-on-one event shared w/in a commitment. Once sensual guide/sex psychologist Brent Powers plans her personalized hedonistic discovery – with him leading the exploration – Jenna learns how far she’ll go for sexual fulfillment, and how right she’s been all along.
2. “Sex and the Single Earl ,” by Vanessa Kelly – Sophie Stanton’s loved Simon St. James, 5th Earl of Trask, since she was a child. He knows this, so he figures she won’t mind his marrying her for her land. He doesn’t count on her being ridiculously passionate – or her being more dedicated to her true passions than the love for him Simon thought he’d manipulate. His downfall into HEA’s a joy to behold.
3. “Renegade ,” by Catherine Mann – Dark Ops flyboy Sgt. Mason “Smooth” Randolph parachutes off-course onto government testing ground and possibly is exposed to toxic substances as he’s subdued by covert government agent, Jill Walczak. Quarantined together, Jill’s got her eye on Randolph; she doesn’t need the hot-shot playing hero in her serial-killer investigation – or working his Smooth moves on her don’t-need-no-heroes life.
4. “Secrets of a Scandalous Bride ,” by Sophia Nash – Rowland Manning is a powerful, self-made man, and a bastard in every sense of the word. That’s why he’s especially pleased when elegant widow Elizabeth Ashburton comes to him for aid. And by pleased, he means rues the day she became the only one who could save him, er, his empire. Divine wrap to Nash's splendid Widow’s Club series.
5. “Coming Undone ,” by Lauren Dane – Big, tatted and built-for-the-long-haul Brody Brown gave up a lot to raise his younger sibs and see to their success. When former prima ballerina Elise Sorenson moves to Seattle to start a new life with her young daughter, she and Brody explore a no-strings, raw-and-exquisitely erotic affair that leads to more than either knew they deserved.
6. “Kismet ,” by Monica Burns -- Allegra Synnford is revered for her wisdom and power; the most sought-after courtesan chooses her lovers carefully. Sheikh Shaheen may want her, but he’s not happy about it. They seal a pleasurable, erotic deal, yet it causes danger to chase them as they race through the desert, and as they move on to England, where perhaps even more peril lies as Shaheen’s past catches up with him.
7. “Fugitive,” by Cheryl Brooks – Playful eroticism and paranormal fantasy meet interwoven tales of enduring commitment in the Cat Star Chronicles series. “Fugitive” introduces the enticing story of Manx, the feline gene that gives him the extraordinary sexual skills the human Drusilla can’t resist, and the machinations of a wild/creative cast of good and evil characters who’ll rock their lives in the amazing universes Brooks creates for them.
8. “The Earl and the Governess,” by Sarah Elliott – Nothing beats an “impoverished young woman is hired by the dashing peer to be governess to his ward" novel, except an exceptionally fine one written by a talented young author whose husband happens to be a Peer of the Realm. Not that that matters. But it’s cool. And the book’s marv.
9. "Hold On Tight ,” by Stephanie Tyler -- A hi-profile rescue mission goes FUBAR when a negotiator’s killed and Navy SEAL Chris Waldron’s investigated by a sexy ex who could ruin his career as easily as her search for the truth could cause them their lives. #3 in a hot 'n thrilling, back2 back Navy SEALs series.
10. “A Touch of Scandal ,” by Jennifer Haymore – Garrett, the scandalous Duke of Calton, is searching the woods for his sworn enemy when he’s surprised by a beautiful servant girl. Kate makes the war-torn soldier feel alive, yet when he learns she’s his betrayer’s sister, he’s got to decide quickly whom to trust. The wrong choice could cause him and Kate nothing but pain – or save their lives.
What novels are you looking forward to in the first quarter? In 2010?