Summer is coming --  although here in the northeast I’m still trying to reconcile the date on the calendar with gray skies, chilly temperatures and constant rain. However hope springs eternal and I’m gearing up for hot summer days, ice cold cokes, bare feet, the smell of fresh cut grass, and a book, or twenty, to read as I lie in my favorite chair under the cool shade of a big umbrella. There are several books I can’t wait to get my hands on. So as I turn off the phone, stop playing Angry Birds, ignore emails and slip quietly into a world not of my own making, the books I’m definitely going to read this summer include:

1.    Changing the Game  by Jaci Burton.


Here’s what I know: The strong characters and story line in the first book, The Perfect Play, has me chomping at the bit to see what Jaci Burton has cooked up for us in the second book in the series. Changing the Game is a contemporary romance about sports agent Liz Darnell and her number one client - major league baseball player Gavin Riely. Liz is use to winning at all costs, but will that mean loosing Gavin?  The tag line is: Most people play by the rules. Gavin and Liz aren't most people...


Why I want to read it: I loved the first book in the series (see review here) which has a hero and heroine with chemistry, real dialogue, relatable dilemmas and a strong story line so I’m curious/excited to read Gavin’s story. It’s a series from an author who has yet to let me down, I like her work and trust that she’s going to take me on an adventure that will be far away from the world I live in.


2.    Nightfall  by Ellen Connor.


Here’s what I know:  It’s a paranormal/apocalyptic romance about Jenna, a woman whose father prepares her for the end of the world and Mason, the ex-marine who owes a life debt to her father.  Jenna doesn’t believe the end of the world is coming, but when the world starts falling apart Jenna begins to believe. The tag line is: The Change Is Here.


Why I want to read it: Ellen Connor is a ‘new to me author’, and I try to read new authors at least once a month.  I received this book for review and two things immediately caught my attention. First – it’s a Dark Age Dawning novel – translation, its part of series. I’m a sucker for a series which is why I watch episodic television, meet with my friends at least once a week and keep a journal – I love a continuing story line.  Secondly the book is about the End. Of. The. World. Ever since I’ve read Joss Ware’s series The Envy Chronicles , I’ve been hooked on books with a post apocalyptic theme.

3.    Kiss of Snow  by Nalini Singh.


Here’s what I know: This is the tenth book in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series and I loved the first nine books. It’s a unique paranormal romance series and for more information on it see my review or go to Nalini’s website. Kiss of Snow features Hawke, the leader of the SnowDancer wolf pack and Sienna, a Psy.  Their pairing has been danced around for several books and with the tension heating up between the SnowDancer/DarkRiver packs and the Psy, this one promises to not only be explosive but to further the overall story arc of the series. I’m predicting it will be a pivotal book in the series.


Why I want to read it: It’s Nalini Singh writing a book for one of my favorite series. No more need be said. Oh, except that in the previous books Ms. Singh gets its right. She delivers in terms of story line, overall story arcs, character development, action, romance, and intrigue. She’s created a world that continues to grow with ever increasing dynamics. Each book is part of the larger whole yet each book is its own individual gem. If you’ve yet to read the series, I suggest you start at the beginning with Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling Series #1)  .



Here’s what I know: Actually, I don’t know much except that this is an historical romance and the third book in Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzie Brothers series. Lord Cameron is a single father and the black sheep of the Mackenzie clan. He meets Ainsley Douglas while she is sneaking around his bedroom. Six years later he meets her again, and again she’s caught sneaking into his bedroom. He thinks she wants a liaison, what she really wants is to retrieve some personal letters that could be damaging to the Queen.


Why I want to read it: Well truth be told I don't often read historical romance, but there are some authors who always grab my attention. Authors like Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Anna Campbell, Mary Jo Putney and Jennifer Ashley. All of these authors have one thing in common – it doesn’t matter that they are writing in an era long gone, their books transcend the era; the characters are alive, interesting and vibrant.  I fell into the world of the Mackenzie brothers with the first book,The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie  and continued with the second book,Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage . Both books presented, in a unique way, the anatomy of a relationship. They both begged the question: What is that indefinable thing between two seemingly different people that makes them not only fall in love but fight to keep that love alive? What makes them brave enough and vulnerable enough to take a journey that isn’t always easy but is extremely rewarding if they do the work? So of course I’m very interested to see if Lord Cameron, the third brother will have as rewarding/interesting a journey. 


5.    Addicted to You  by Bethany Kane.


Here's what I know: Again, I don’t know much, but I do know that it’s a contemporary romance with a friends to lover’s story line. It is a “One Night of Passion” book, meaning it’s part of series, so, more books to come. It features a film director who has hidden himself in a tiny backwoods town after a tragedy and the woman who fights to save him from himself. The tag line is: All it takes is a moment for your life to change—one night of desire to make you feel alive…


Why I want to read it: I’m a lover of contemporary romance and I particularly like both the idea of friends to lovers and of the woman rushing in to save the man. I’m also a big fan of author Beth Kerry who happens to be the alter ego of Bethany Kane. I’m curious to see how Bethany and Beth differ in terms of writing style and character development.

Several other books I’m also looking forward to are:
Dangerous Pleasure  by Lora Leigh -  the ninth in her Bound Hearts series.  There are over lapping characters in this series, however you don’t have to start at the beginning. This is a series where each book stands alone.

Shadow Walker  by Allyson James. This is  the third book in her paranormal/urban fantasy Stormwalker series and I’m looking forward to the continuing adventures of Janet and Mick.  (See my review of the first book, Stormwalker, here)


Storm Kissed  by Jessica Anderson which features Dez, a character I want to know more about. This is the sixth book in her paranormal Novels of the Final Prophecy series. The previous book Blood Spells  (see review here) was exciting and revalatory, and I’m really looking forward to finding out how the Night Walkers save the world.



Just Like Heaven   by Julia Quinn. This is an historical romance and a new series from Ms. Quinn.  I’m a huge fan of her books and this one features Honoria Smythe-Smith as the heroine. We’ve been hearing about these Smythe-Smith women for many books and I’m eager to finally read their stories.

Storm's Heart   by Thea Harrison, the second book in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. I loved the first book Dragon Bound   (see review here) and I’m expecting great things from this one.

What about you? I’m curious, what books are you looking forward to reading this summer.

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by Angela-Marie ‎05-23-2011 01:37 PM - edited ‎05-23-2011 01:39 PM

Oh, Marisa, will you be angry with me if I tell you I've read the first three books, and the last book, on your list already? They are TOTALLY worth the wait.


To your list you should also add In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks because it's an awesome historical!


Angela James

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎05-23-2011 06:31 PM

Hey Angela - I'm not angry - but I'm very jealous. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Nightfall because I'm really looking forward to reading that one.


I've been hearing great buzz about Maya Banks' In Bed with a Highlander. I'm a fan of her contemporary series and I'm interested to see how her voice translates when writing historicals. Thanks for the heads up.


by SoozeSC on ‎05-24-2011 11:34 AM
only 10 books?? hee hee...I think I am in the process of reading 10books now! For summer reading, I have saved a couple of recent Jill Shalvis, and Lori Foster books in the TBRnext list. Planning to give a weekend to read Kristan Higgins' My One & Only. I have a bunch of titles from the Susans: Andersen,Mallery and Eliz Phillips, and several others as well as a new Rachel Gibson, and few Jennifer Cruisie & Lori Foster titles I've not read. hile away the summer. Will definitely check out these from your list--Betheny Kane, and Jennifer Ashley. Yay for a new Julia Quinn series! :- ) I like Jaci Burton too--discovered her when I was looking for nookbook deals! Thanks for the heads up!
by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎05-25-2011 07:48 AM

Hey SoozeSC - Yeah, I sort of lied - it's more like 20 books I can't wait to read this summer. I also have several books on my TBR pile I'll  be reading this summer including Lori Foster's Trace of Fever, Erin McCarthy's The Chase and Deidre Knight's  Red Mortal. I'm thinking I'm going to have to take a longer vacation.

by pimpinsgirl on ‎05-25-2011 11:26 PM
Hi all! I am new to the blogs and am interested in this one though I have not read many romance novels. I am wondering if you could give me a few starter books to check out. Thanks. Carrie
by JessicaRJR on ‎05-26-2011 06:29 AM

I'm really looking forward to Lora Leigh's new "Dangerous Pleasure" too! Am a huge fan of her series. Also Storm's Heart looks to be good. Sigh, I'm going to be glued to my bedroom for the next week again :smileyhappy:

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎05-26-2011 06:40 AM

Hi pimpinsgirl and welcome! So glad to have you here.  There are so many romance books to choose from and of course every week we're talking books, books and more romance books. It would be great if you could give us a hint as to what sub-genre interests you; paranormal, historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, erotic romance, urban fantasy, westerns... ?


I suggest you follow Melanie Murray's column and her New Release Tuesday Thread on Romantic Reads:


Also the New and Recommended Thread


And of course the message board on Romantic Reads is chock full of book recommendations.


Right now I'm reading a great historical - The Heir by Grace Burrows

I've also just finished reading a wondeful romantic suspense Breaking Point by Pamela Clare

If you're looking for a new paranormal you can't go wrong with Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison