Balogh, Mary. The Secret Mistress. Delacorte. ISBN 9780385343312. $24.
A fun-loving, outrageous heroine and a staid, serious hero find love against all odds. This distinctive story is a prequel to Balogh’s earlier Mistress books and a rare delight. (LJ 6/15/11)
Bourne, Joanna. The Black Hawk. Berkley Sensation. ISBN 9780425244531. pap. $7.99.
An assassin’s blade reunites a pair of star-crossed spies in this beautifully written, skillfully plotted suspenseful romance that has links to The Forbidden Rose, answers a number of questions, and will tempt new readers into checking out Bourne’s earlier books. (LJ 11/1/11)
Chase, Loretta. Silk Is for Seduction. Avon. (Dressmakers, Bk. 1). ISBN 9780061632686. pap. $7.99.
A fashion designer sets out to convince a duke that her fledgling establishment should be chosen to dress his future bride. An outrageous, seductive relationship sparks between them in the process. A lush, alluring romance from one of the masters of the genre. (LJ 6/15/11)
Cooper, Isabel. No Proper Lady. Sourcebooks Casablanca. ISBN 9781402259524. pap. $6.99.
A fierce warrior maiden from a violent, demon-plagued future and a Victorian nobleman with an agenda of his own fall unexpectedly in love and save the future in this highly charged, sexy, funny, and infinitely refreshing twist on an old-time travel theme. (LJ 8/11)
Goodman, Jo. A Place Called Home. Zebra: Kensington. ISBN 9780821774182. pap. $6.99.
An unlikely pair find they have far more in common than they expected when they become the guardians of their late friends’ three children in this sensual, insightful, heart-tugging story from a writer who is well known for her popular historicals. (LJ 10/15/11)
James, Eloisa. When Beauty Tamed the Beast. Avon. ISBN 9780062021274. pap. $7.99.
A supposedly pregnant heroine and a seemingly impotent hero are thrown together in this funny, offbeat, deliciously sensual story that takes the famed fairy tale to a new level with its vivid description and exquisite writing. (LJ 2/15/11)
Lin, Jeannie. The Dragon and the Pearl. Harlequin Historical. ISBN 9780373296620. pap. $6.25.
The beautiful consort of the late Emperor and a powerful warlord are attracted in spite of mutual distrust. This vivid, politically rich romance follows Butterfly Swords and is set during the Tang Dynasty in China. (LJ 8/11)
Moore, Kate. To Seduce an Angel. Berkley Sensation. (Sons of Sin, Bk. 3). ISBN 9780425243695. pap. $7.99.
Blackmail, vengeance, and old hatreds keep the action moving in this captivating story that brings an exceptional trilogy to a conclusion and will inspire readers to seek out the previous volumes. (LJ 8/11)
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. Call Me Irresistible. Morrow. ISBN 9780061351525. $25.99.
A town’s favorite son and an unconventional, outspoken screw-up find unexpected romance in this funny, insightful romance from one of the genre’s best. With links to several of Phillips’s earlier romances. (LJ 12/10)
Putney, Mary Jo. Nowhere Near Respectable. Zebra: Kensington. (Lost Lords, Bk. 3). ISBN 9781420117226. pap. $6.99.
A fearless half-Hindi warrior princess and a disreputable bastard gaming club owner thwart a plot against the crown in this realistic, action-packed adventure that charms and challenges readers. Another winner from the always popular Putney. (LJ 4/15/11)