Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, March 9, 2012

Week ending March 9, 2012

Bray-Weber, Jennifer. A Kiss in the Wind. Carina: Harlequin. Mar. 2012. c.228p. eISBN 9781426893490. EPUB $5.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Set in the Caribbean in the early 1700s, this romantic romp introduces Marisol, who rejects the narrow life prescribed for a woman in her time and station and goes to sea with her pirate father, embracing instead this gritty, dangerous, but oh so exciting life and becoming a consummate sailor, thief, and liar. And well she does, for she will need every feminine wile to deal with Blade Tyburn, a rival captain hated by her father. Marisol is seeking her lost brother, and Blade will prove vital to her quest. Lost treasure, a ghost ship, and a hurricane provide obstacles to Marisol’s final goal, and, of course, there is that ever-present attraction to Blade.
Verdict Lot of twists and turns involving intrigue, betrayal, and greed turn what could be a predictable romance into a page-turner. Throw in the romantic and sexual tension between Marisol and Blade, and fans of hot, sexy historical romances will not be disappointed.‚ Judy Murray, Monroe Cty. Lib. Syst., MI

Fayer, Amelia. Lust in the Library: An Erotic Novella. Avon Impulse. Mar. 2012. NAp. eISBN 9780062201126. EPUB 99¢. EROTIC ROMANCE
Sara Owens works in a college library where she spends her days shelving books and ordering materials for students like William Hammond. He comes in every day requesting books on varying topics hoping to get Sara’s attention. With a little help from desk clerk Veronica, the two meet up in a quiet section of the library and cannot keep their hands off each other. This exotic novella also includes a subplot about Veronica and her ex-boyfriend Andrew, which would have to be classified as cozy erotica. There are several encounters that are more romantic than hard core‚ almost like erotica for beginners.
Verdict As long as you can ignore the library inaccuracies, this is a fun short read that more than librarians will enjoy.‚ Ryan A. Franklin, Mattoon P.L., IL

Fox, Harper. Scrap Metal. Samhain. Mar. 2012. 519Kb. eISBN 9781609287016. EPUB $5.50. M/M ROMANCE
In this latest novel from Fox (Winter Knights), Nichol tries to save the family sheep farm, where Cameron has come to escape a gang from Glasgow. The two gay men soon find love as well. Unfortunately, Nichol’s grandfather reveals that he has a thing about gay people, but he assumes Cameron is there merely to work for them. When tragedy strikes, a secret is revealed. Will the lovers survive?
Verdict Nichol has lived on the island farm all his life but has aspirations for something more. Cameron’s personal issues have followed him. Their sex scenes serve to enhance the story. Fox has created a farm in Scotland that will have her fans wishing they were there, while demonstrating that prejudice against gays exists in even remote locales. Readers of M/M romance will enjoy this one.‚ Lynn Reynolds, Westfield State Univ. Lib., MA

McKade, Mackenzie. Irresistible. Samhain. Mar. 2012. NAp. eISBN 9781609288747. EPUB $3.50. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Sydney Boyle, orphaned and adopted by the Duncan family, has always had a crush on her older stepbrother Sean. He ignored her and left home for college shortly after she came to live with the Duncans, but their relationship has always been strained when he came home, especially at holiday time. When their father dies years later, Sean returns to run the family publishing company, where Sydney also works. Sydney is convinced to join Sean, her stepsister and her boyfriend, and two married friends on a week-long family trip to Montana. Right from the start, sparks fly between Sydney and Sean, and the sparks are not all in anger.
Verdict This is a very quick read with hot, scorching sex and a happy ending. Not too much character development or plot, but it is enjoyable and did this reviewer mention the sex?‚ Susan Hayes, Chattahoochee Valley Libs., Columbus, GA

Williamson, Brenda. Under Her Brass Corset. Carina: Harlequin. 2012. 191p. ISBN 9781426893292. EPUB $4.99. FANTASY ROMANCE/STEAMPUNK
The death of her father had signaled the beginning of many misfortunes for Abigail Thatch. The lack of funds has forced her to fight for her family’s home, her ex-fiancé has tarnished her good name, and she can’t quite shake the feeling that someone is stalking her. Unbeknownst to Abigail, Capt. Jasper Blackthorn has been watching her from the shadows, ready to charm his way into her home for an artifact he left with her father for safekeeping. Fighting the mutual passion and growing danger surrounding them, Abigail and Jasper begin their quest for a legendary treasure in the Caribbean. The hunt for treasure may begin with a mystical object, but it ends with two people accepting the full potential of love.
Verdict Fantasy and light steampunk elements give interesting depth to this novel. As a heroine, Abigail is confident and likable, and though the chemistry with Jasper seems rather sudden, it is well written and tangible. The additional characters take a backseat to the hero/heroine, but they contribute a well-considered backstory to the mysterious Captain Blackthorn. The edgy romantic elements often lead to the feeling of a light plot, but if readers are looking for a quick, steamy read, this may fit the bill.‚ Debra M. Dudek, Fountaindale P.L. Dist., Bolingbrook, IL

Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"