Four Big Hardcover Romances, Jan. 2013: Adrian, Evanovich/Kelly, Krentz, and Moyes

Adrian, Lara. Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel. Delacorte. Jan. 2013. 288p. ISBN 9780345532602. $25; eISBN 9780345532619. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Having flourished in mass market, the Midnight Breed series moved into hardcover last January with Darker After Midnight, which debuted in the top ten on the New York Times best sellers list. It also ended with a shocker. What better time, then, to refresh the series by leaping 20 years into the future? Even as the Breed warriors and their mates keep the (uneasy) peace between humans and vampires, Breedmate Mira‚ now seen as a warrior to be watched‚ must start rethinking things when her childhood love goes rogue. No end to vampire romance!

Evanovich, Janet & Dorien Kelly. The Husband List. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2013. 320p. ISBN 9780312651329. $27.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Wealthy Caroline Maxwell’s mother has drawn up a husband list for her, and while it certainly includes Lord Bremerton, it does not include Jack Culhane, a nervy, free-spirited Irish American who roams the world with Caroline’s brother, making a fortune and generally enjoying himself. Since this is 1894 New York, Caroline hasn’t got as much leeway as she might like, but Jack is beginning to notice her flashing eyes and wit. If the name Culhane sounds familiar, reread Love in a Nutshell and you’ll find his descendant. With a one-day laydown on January 8.

Krentz, Jayne Ann. Dream Eyes. Putnam. Jan. 2013. 352p. ISBN 9780399158957. $26.95. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
When friend and mentor Evelyn Ballinger dies, psychic counselor Gwen Frazier returns to Oregon‚ reluctantly, because two years ago a killer targeted members of one of Evelyn’s research studies, and only Gwen got out alive. Now the killer is back, but at least Gwen can depend on the help of psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith. Despite mutual attraction, Judson cannot give in wholly to Gwen, even as their investigation leads them through strange new dreamscapes and decades-long deception. Part of the Dark Legacy series, begun with Copper Beach.

Moyes, JoJo. Me Before You. Pamela Dorman Bks: Viking. Jan. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9780670026609. $27.95. POP FICTION
The British author of popular books like The Last Letter of You Lover, which won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Award, Moyes returns with the story of small-town Louisa (“Lou”) Clark. She’s hardly gone beyond the confines of village, family, and steady boyfriend when she takes a much-needed job as caretaker to Will Traynor, a relentlessly big-living, risk-taking financial type now paralyzed after a motorcycle accident. Never mind how irritable Will is, Lou is really starting to care‚ and determines to show him that life can be worth the trouble to live. With a five-city tour; Moyes is a big seller in the UK, and her publisher is aching to break her out here.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.