Thursday, June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Heart of a Desert Warrior

Heart of a Desert Warrior
Harlequin Presents #3071 - July 2012
© By Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0373130775
ISBN-13: 978-0373130771
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Lucy Monroe pens another sweeping romance in Heart Of A Desert Warrior.

Iris Carpenter threw herself into her work as a geologist after her romance with Asad Hanif ended so abruptly several years ago. When her work brings her to the Middle East and their contact is Sheikh Asad, surely it can't be the same man who broke her heart. Iris is floored by the magnetic man who stands before her and her assistant. This Asad is more dangerous to her heart then the man from six years ago.

Sheikh Asad never forgot the young woman he left behind in the states. He knew he had to fulfill his duties to the people of Bedouin by marrying a neighboring princess. Now he is a widow with a young daughter in his care. Asad never forgot the woman who captivated him and he pulls every string he has to get Iris and her team on the project for his people.

Iris has built some high walls around her heart and is convinced that nothing the Sheikh will do can tear those walls down. But Asad has grown into a man who knows what he wants and he wants Iris in his life and his bed.

Can these two strong willed people be able to bend to find a love that is worth keeping?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great Summer Reads!

Sheikh’s Scandal
The Chatsfield #1 mini-series
Harlequin Presents #3233
May 2014 (04-15-14)
© By Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0373132395
ISBN-13: 978-0373132393

WELCOME TO THE CHATSFIELD from Harlequin (check out the website devoted to the series)

When the Sheikh comes to town...

Sheikh Sayed of Zeena Sarha and his harem of beautiful women are staying at the exclusive, opulent Chatsfield Hotel, London, for the last stop on his worldwide tour before his wedding. But when his engagement is unceremoniously broken, Sayed sets his sights on his sexy chambermaid!

Liyah Amari only took the position as chambermaid to find the truth about her birth father. But her search
ends in heartache, leaving Liyah vulnerable to this powerful sheikh’s desires. Now their one night of passion could result in a scandalous consequence for the proud Sheikh!

Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!

On Sale for $1.99 until June 30, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Hot Desert Nights

Hot Desert Nights
Anthology with Lucy Monroe, Kim Lawrence & Louise Allen
Sep 2007 UK ~ Sep 2007 Aus/NZ ~ Jul 2007 North America
US ISBN-10: 0-373-83721-6  ISBN-13: 978-0-373-83721-2

Mistress To A Sheikh by Lucy Monroe
Jade sacrifices nearly everything to succumb to the sensuous pleasures of wealthy sheikh Khalil...only to realize she's simply another notch in his well-worn bedpost. But Jade can be sneakier than forty thieves when it means getting what she wants!

Read an excerpt

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Great Summer Reads!

Debbie Macomber's Website
A sweet romance by Debbie Macomber from her Bloosom Street Series.  

Debbie Macomber returns to Seattle’s beloved Blossom Street in this heartfelt tale of friendship, renewal, and discovering what’s truly important in life.

For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career—her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.
With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia’s spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey’s best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby’s future in surprising and profound ways.

As A Good Yarn becomes a second home—and the women a new kind of family—Libby relishes the different person she’s become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.

Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love.

Publisher: Ballantine Books
First Published: April 2, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, e-Book, Large Print, Audiobook
ISBN-13: 978-0-345-52883-4

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday - He's The One (Seducing Tabby)

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by Linda Lael Miller et. al.
with Seducing Tabby by Lucy Monroe
Originally published June 2005 in BEACH BLANKET BAD BOYS
Kensington Brava Mass Market - July 2013
ISBN-10: 0758210957 ~ ISBN-13: 978-0758210951

Seducing Tabby

“Secret Service?  Really?”

“Jane said her dad said he heard it from Tom Crane, the realtor.”

“Well, Patty Lane said her mother heard from her hair dresser that he’s nobility, like an earl or something.”

“Maybe he’s both.”

Tabby’s friends spoke in low undertones laced with breathless curiosity.  Wearing identical expressions of titillated speculation, the only two women in Port Diamond shyer than she was turned to face Tabby.

“Do you know anything?” asked one.

“He’s got a boat docked here at the marina,” the other added.  “A luxury cruiser.”

“My dad runs the marina, not me,” Tabby reminded them.

“But you’ve got to have heard something.”

Tabby had spent most of her adult life being pumped for information about her gorgeous, thin sister, Helene.  So, this was nothing new.  She was adept at sidestepping answers she did not want to give, but at least when it came to Helene, she could answer the inquiries when she wanted to.

However, Tabby knew nothing more than the other women about the mysterious Englishman who had so recently moved to Port Diamond.

Nothing except that despite the fact she’d never said more than ten words to Calder Maxwell, he sparked a desire in her that fried her nerve endings and froze her vocal chords.  She’d woken up pulsing from a dream induced climax for the first time in her life the night she’d met him.

“I can tell you he’s not Secret Service.  He’s from England , not Washington .”

“Well, you know what I mean.   He looks like he could give James Bond a run for his money.”

Tabby looked across the room at the gorgeous man standing with her dad and Helene and had to agree.  A cross between Timothy Dalton and Carry Grant, he was every fantasy she’d ever had rolled into one perfect package - the only flaw being, his obvious interest in Helene.

Just like every other male who came into contact with the Payton sisters, he found Helene’s sweet nature and gorgeous looks irresistible.  Tabby had seen them talking on the pier near his boat house a couple of times, but hadn’t been able to nerve herself up enough to join them.  Helene wouldn’t have minded.  She was always happy to see her sister.

Tabby doubted Calder would have been as appreciative, which is why she’d stayed matter how much she’d longed to simply stand close enough to hear his voice.

Noticing her gaze still fixed on Calder, Tabby’s friend gave a theatrical sigh.  “He’s yummy, isn’t he?”


At that moment, the object of their speculation turned and caught the trio of women gawking at him.  One corner of his mouth tilted, but it couldn’t quite be called a smile and his dark gaze assessed them with cool regard.

“Oh, my gosh, he’s looking this way.  Quick, turn around and pretend to be getting food at the buffet.”

Tabby rolled her eyes.  “He’s already seen us.  I don’t think he’ll be fooled.”  And she didn’t particularly want him thinking she was interested in the buffet.

A throwback to her paternal great-grandmother, she didn’t have the willowy figure of her mom and sister, or anything approaching her dad’s athletic build.  Nope, she was a little too round, a lot too curved, and slightly too short for that.

“He’s headed this way!”

And suddenly she was alone, deserted by her gossiping friends.

He stopped in front of her, his tall frame towering over her own five-feet-five-inches.  He would fit in with the rest of her family just fine.  In fact, he and Helene made a striking couple, she thought with an inner twinge.

“Good evening, Miss Payton.”

Her heart fluttered at the smooth English accent and her lungs refused to issue forth enough air to power words of greeting.  It had felt like this the first time they met in her bookstore too.  He’d come in looking for a book on home improvement of all things and she’d barely said six words to him between recommending a title and ringing up his purchase.

Feeling crowded by his proximity though he wasn’t standing all that close, she took an involuntary step backward and ran into one of the buffet tables.  She grabbed for the edge to steady herself and got a handful of crab salad instead.

Turning to look, she stared in horrified stupefaction at the mess covering her hand.  Mom was going to have a hissy fit.  The salad required a two-day prep and was her most recent culinary pride and joy.  Now an entire buffet size bowl of it was good only for the garbage disposal.

“I can’t believe I just did that,” she muttered.

“Can I help you?”

She looked up at him then, too upset by her predicament to be her usual tongue-tied self around him.  “Do you have any suggestions for hiding the evidence?”

“Perhaps, we could take the bowl to the kitchen?”

“And leave a gap on the table?”

He took hold of her wrist and lifted her hand away from the bowl, careful not to let the crab salad anywhere near his dinner suit or her dress.  “Go clean up and I will take care of our small disaster.”

In spite of her embarrassed chagrin, the feel of his fingers curled around her wrist was surprisingly nice.

“It’s not your disaster.”  She sighed self-deprecatingly.  “It’s mine and I can’t leave it to you.”  Even if she wished she could.

“Of course, I’m at fault.  I startled you.”  She opened her mouth to argue, but he shook his head.  “Don’t let it concern you.  I have some experience in this sort of thing.”

“Rescuing women from the wrath of their temperamental chef mothers?”

He smiled, even white teeth flashing all too briefly.  “Hiding the evidence.”

Her eyes widened in mock horror.  “Oh, my gosh, you’re a member of the British mafia and here everyone was thinking you were some sort of displaced nobleman or spy, or something.”

That made him laugh and she felt the sound all the way to her toes.

“You have a nice laugh.”  She couldn’t believe she’d said that.  Trust her to go from mute to uttering inanities.  What an improvement.

“And you have a charming sense of humor, but you also have a hand that is about drip crab salad on your
lovely dress.”

She extended her arm further from her body, having no desire to ruin the dress it had taken four hours of shopping in San Diego to find.  “I’ll just go wash this off.”

She took as long as she could in the ladies room, washing her hands, tidying her appearance and wishing she could fall through a hole in the floor rather than go back out and face Calder Maxwell.

She got a moment alone with the focus of her fantasies and what did she do?

Go diving in a buffet bowl.

She never had been all that handy in the kitchen.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Humpday Hottie!

In honor of Father's Day this weekend!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Great Summer Reads!

Lori Foster Website 
This is a fantastic series by Lori Foster.  If you haven't already, you should read all the books in the Love Undercover series.  

A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously hot, sensual new novel that continues the Love Undercover series.

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret “Margo” Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6’4″ of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own…

Beneath Margo’s tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he’ll have to prove he’s all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter…

Harlequin ·  978-0373778577

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Heatseeker

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Heat Seeker
by Lucy Monroe
Final book in the Atrati series
Trade Paperback
Kensington Brava - February 2013
ISBN-10: 0758242034
ISBN-13: 978-0758242037

Excerpt from Chapter 1

"Abort.  Abort."  The one word Kadin had not expected to hear in the humidity of Morocco’s moonless night came over his ear piece.

"Hold that order," he barked in a whisper.  "Why?" he demanded of his second in command, Neil Kennedy, otherwise known as Spazz and a fricken whiz with computers and all things electronic.

"She’s screaming your name, Trigger.  They have to know we’re here."

If Kadin hadn’t been belly down on the ground, commando crawling toward their target, his legs would have given out on him.

"My name?"

"Yes.  The first time, I thought she was just screaming something like your first name, but she just shouted, ‘Kadin Marks, don’t you leave me behind.’  She doesn’t sound good, boss, but we can’t risk going in if they’re expecting us."

"They’re not."


"She’s remembering the past, not begging us to rescue her in the present."  Rachel Gannon had no reason to believe that Kadin would there for her these days.

He’d given up on being her hero a long time ago.


"Belay the order to abort.  The mission is still on," Kadin said through the communication ear buds.

His five man team affirmed they’d heard the order and Kadin began moving forward again.  The urge to hurry burned inside him, but he couldn’t risk this mission going FUBAR.

Not when it was Rachel’s life on the line.

He'd let her down enough already for any one lifetime.  Kadin had walked away when they were old enough to be considered adults, but had still been kids really.  At least she had.  By the time he was twenty, he'd earned his nickname Trigger as a trained and highly effective MARSOC assassin.

A sniper with more kills than he ever wanted her to know about, he'd walked away so the violence of his life didn't touch hers.  But she'd taken her own path into service of their country and lost more than anyone should have to while doing it.

Her only sister had committed suicide while Rachel was undercover for the DEA.  The ten years since their last meeting wouldn't have changed Rachel enough for that not to have had a devastating effect on her.

There was no surprise in the fact she had taken the dangerous assignment in Egypt following up on the intel
his team and another Goddard Project agent had garnered in Zimbabwe six months before.

The only shock was that Rachel still cried Kadin's name when she was in need.  She had to have learned he was no knight in shining armor ten years ago, and still she called for him.

This time he would not let her down.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Great Summer Reads!

It is Week 2 in my summer blog series Great Summer Reads.  I'm sharing books from some of my favorite
authors. Hope you'll join me by reading with me or sharing some of your Great Summer Reads.  Watch Facebook and Twitter for little extras! #greatsummerreads

With school ending in just a few weeks, what better way to get into summer than with Kate Davie's series Girls Most Likely to....and because summer is filled with fun and parties, I've chosen Life of the Party to share with you.
Kate Davies Website
Book three of the Girls Most Likely to…

In high school, Tess Bonham was the go-to for party planning. So it's no surprise that she's built that talent into a successful party planning business. Tess loves her job—most of the time. Planning her own ten-year reunion weekend promises to be the highlight of her career, even if making it perfect for her former classmates means she won't actually have time to enjoy it herself.

Hotelier Jeremy Wright has wanted Tess for months, and he's tired of watching her sacrifice her social life to her overbooked calendar. So when she's short-staffed, Jeremy jumps at the chance to help out with her reunion during the day—if Tess surrenders the nights to him. He's got plans for a private party, and she's the guest of honor…

Tess should say no. But she really, really wants to say yes. Spending time with Jeremy reminds her just how much fun life can be. But she's not sure she can be "just friends" once she knows how amazing the benefits are…