Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Coming Soon: Anticipated Releases for May 2011

I hope you all have enjoyed The first week of May! While some of us (looks around guiltily) have been falling behind, most of you have already pounced on the anticipated release that have made their way to the shelved this week. Kudos! This will be a big month because the highly anticipated Smythe-Smith book by Julia Quinn will hit shelves- but along side her release will be some fab books by newbies, oldies, and in betweenies. Make sure you get that credit care ready, cause you're going to need it!!!

Here are the Anticipated Releases for May 2011 !!!

May 3rd- Start off your month with these delicious reads. Kate Noble has her release, which looks like fun and will feature a heroine I know will lead our hero on a merry chase. Vanessa Kelly turns a villain into a heroine with the help of a hot regency doctor in her latest, and Emma Wildes begins her Ladies in Waiting series with her romping release!

'Follow My Lead' by Kate Noble 
Read an excerpt: here
Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne is feeling the weight of his responsibilities – one of which is to get married. Being the most sought after bachelor in London can be trying, so who can blame him if he seeks refuge from the voracious hordes of young debutantes at the decidedly female-free Historical Society? Female-free, that is, until Winnifred Cranemarches up to the door, demanding entrance.

Despite her prowess as a historian, Winn is denied membership to the Society. So she daringly offers an unusual bargain: if she can prove the authenticity of a certain painting, she’ll be granted recognition, fame, and respect. But to do that, she must go abroad. And to go abroad, she must have an escort, even a stubbornly unwilling one…

Jason has no desire to accompany Winn on her adventure across Europe, but even he is not immune to Winn’s passion for her profession. As the journey proves more difficult than planned, they must work together to stay one step ahead of their rivals… and the closer they get to the proof Winn seeks, the closer she and Jason become. But as their adventure turns dangerous, can Jason keep this headstrong bluestocking safe? And what will become of their growing bond when the adventure ends?Source

'My Favorite Countess' by Vanessa Kelly 
Read an excerpt: here
Spirited, stubborn, and entirely irresistible...
She is difficult, demanding, and at times, quite fierce. And Dr. John Blackmore can’t take his eyes off her. The Countess of Randolph is the most striking woman he has ever seen...and the most infuriating patient he has ever tended.
Mired in responsibility, Bathsheba doesn’t have time to convalesce in the country. She should be in London, hunting for a wealthy new lover to pay off her late husband’s vast debts, not dallying with a devastatingly handsome doctor.
But it is only a matter of time until the good doctor and the obstinate countess will have to contend with the sparks that fly between them. Once their bodies surrender, their hearts may follow... Source

'One Whisper Away' by Emma Wildes 
Read an excerpt: here
"Lady Cecily Francis is resigned to become the wife of Lord Drury, the man she suspects her sister is pining for. But upon her first scandalous encounter with the exotic Earl of Augustine--the American everyone is whispering about--Cecily is intrigued by the possibility of a more exciting life. If only she could contrive some way to marry the unconventional earl instead...
Around town he's known as Earl Savage. Although he inherited his title legitimately--and with it the responsibility for his three half-sisters--Augustine is half American and part Iroquois. He can't wait to settle his father's estate, marry his sisters off, and return to his native soil. Until charming Lady Cecily has him considering a prolonged stay in England..." Source

May 24- will see something special releasing from Tiffany Clare who will stop by on the 26th for an interview, Along with a WONDERFUL debut from Stefanie Sloane who will stop by the blog on her release day for an Interview/SPECIAL guest post and Giveaway!

'The Secret Desires of a Governess' by Tiffany Clare 
Read an excerpt: here
From the moment Abby meets her new employer—the mysterious, brooding Earl of Brendall—she is appalled by his brutish manner…and even moreso by her own attraction to him. Has she lost her senses? As a governess, Abby has no choice but to play by the rules. But as a woman, she cannot deny the fiery sensations he ignites—or the fantasies he inspires…
From the moment Elliott lays eyes on his new young governess, he knows he’s in trouble. Abby is intelligent, defiant, and utterly captivating, though Elliott must do his very best to resist her. But as the two grow closer, the passion burns hotter. Soon, the only thing that can destroy their love is the darkest secret of his past—and the secret desires of a governess…"Source

'The Devil In Disguise' by Stefanie Sloane
Read an excerpt: here
"Lord William Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, is a wicked rake with little regard for society—a most unlikely suitor for the prim and proper Lady Lucinda Gray. But his latest assignment for the Young Corinthians, an elite spy organization, involves protecting her from a kidnapping plot and to do this, the notorious “Iron Will” must get close to Lucinda, and convince her that he’s a man worthy of her attention. It is a simple enough task to use his devilish charm to seduce her, but William never would have guessed that he’d become enthralled by the lovely Lady Grey—or that he’d lose his own heart in the bargain.
Beautiful and fiercely intelligent, Lucinda has managed to gracefully sidestep even the most persistent suitors. Until the Duke of Clairemont, that is. His rugged features, sinfully sensuous mouth, and piercing eyes are as alluring as the champion thoroughbred he tantalizingly offers in exchange for the honor of courting her, and she finds it hard to resist either temptation. The feelings he stirs in her both excite and arouse, urging her on despite the very real danger he represents. But when the truth is revealed, will Lucinda risk her heart and her life for a chance at everlasting love?" Source

May 31st- Will see some true veterans (at least in my eyes) releases some excellent reads.Stopping by for a great interview will be Elizabeth Boyle on her release day. Authors  Debra Mullins , Samantha James,  Olivia Parker,and Julia Quinn have releases on the 31st as well.

'Lord Langley Is Back In Town' by Elizabeth Boyle 
Read an excerpt: here
"Minerva Sterling swore she'd never marry again. So why is she suddenly engaged to the most notorious rake in London?
A diplomat and a spy, the dashing Lord Langley is happy to be home after years spent abroad, though less so to discover the ladies he so callously loved and left have been anxiously awaiting his return. Hoping to put his checkered past - and his persistent ex-lovers - behind him, he proposes to staid, serious Minerva Sterling . . . and maneuvers her into a compromising position to ensure her assent.
At the brazen rake's mercy - since anything less than a wedding and her reputation is destroyed - Minerva agrees, but only under strict conditions: no more attempted seductions, no kisses or scandalous behavior. But Langley's a man ruled by passion - especially when he realizes how fiercely he burns for his reluctant intended . . . and how willing he is to risk life itself to truly win her heart." Source

'Too Wicked To Love' by Debra Mullins 
Read an excerpt: here
"Too wicked to love....but too tempting to resist!
Having already been deceived by a heartless fiancé, the young heiress Genevieve Wallington-Wallis knows better than to trust any man—which is why her attraction to John Ready is so very disturbing. Though devilishly handsome, he is far too mysterious—and a humble coachman, no less! But one inadvertent kiss and Genevieve is lost.
John dares not reveal his true identity to anyone or it’s the gallows for certain! He must concentrate on clearing his name—and prevent the fiend who sullied it, the notorious Raventhorpe, from working his evil on another innocent victim. But being this close to the clever, courageous, and exquisite Miss Wallington-Wallis is driving him to distraction. And surrendering to his desire—not to mention to love—may prove the most dangerous risk of all. Source

'The Sins of Viscount Sutherland' by Samantha James 
Read an excerpt: here
"He is reckless, bold, dangerous . . .
Men envy him, women desire him . . .
And one woman wants her revenge.
Claire Ashcroft has good reason to despise Viscount Grayson Sutherland—and not because of his arrogance, charm, and irresistible allure. A wildly unpredictable man with a frightening reputation, Sutherland is responsible for the death of someone Claire loved deeply. She'd kill him if the could. Instead, she'll employ her feminine wiles to make him pay. And once he's deeply, irreversibly in love with her, she'll shatter his vulnerable heart and leave him broken. Her scheme works perfectly... too perfectly." Source

'Guarding A Notorious Lady' by Olivia Parker
Read an excerpt: here
Exquiste trouble . . .
A woman of pristine breeding, Lady Rosalind Devine is also an unrepentant meddler and snoop--which is why her brother refuses to leave her to her own devices while on his wedding trip. But Rosalind will not make things easy for any unseen, unwanted "nursemaid"--and vows to use her considerable wiles to expose her mystery guardian.
Nicholas Kincaid, the Marquess of Winterbourne, agreed to secretly guard his friend's spoiled, stubborn sister, though her infuriating penchant for mischief is causing him to question his decision. Though bound by the rules of society--and friendship-- Rosalind's spirit and sensuality have sparked a fierce desire in Nicholas to play a very different role in her life, one that entails passion, ecstasy . . . and unavoidable scandal." Source

'Just Like Heaven' by Julia Quinn
Read an excerpt: here
A) a really bad violinist
B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child
C) NOT in love with her older brother's best friend
D) All of the above

A) the Earl of Chatteris
B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles
C) NOT in love with his best friend's younger sister
D) All of the above

A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
B) survive a deadly fever AND world's worst musical performance
C) fall quite desperately in love.

It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you KNOW the answer is...

D) All of the above "  Source
So I hope you've got your pre-orders in because you DO NOT want to be the last one to get your copy of these reads! Make sure you stop back by and leave your thoughts on the books once you've read or feel free to comment now and let me know which books I should have included!

Happy Readings!


  1. I'm super excited about GUARDING A NOTORIOUS LADY, LORD LANGLEY IS BACK IN TOWN and THE SECRET DESIRE OF A GOVERNESS. I ended up buying the Vanessa Kelly bundle for Kindle ($9.99 what a deal-3 books:Mastering the Marquess, Sex and the Single Earl and My Favorite Countess)

  2. I am very excited about JUST LIKE HEAVEN - I have been anxiously awaiting this book for what seems like forever! Follow My Lead and My Favorite Countess were both excellent.

  3. Wow, what a great list! I need to get a job just to pay for all of these books....NOT! LOL! Just borrow hubby's credit card as always! ;-)
    A couple of the books you mentioned I have been waiting for, can't wait to read them. A couple of authors are new to me, have to check them out.
    Thanks for the list!

  4. I was lucky enough to get a copy of Just Like Heaven through Amazon's Vine program and I just finished it. I really enjoyed it. Both the hero and heroine were great characters.

  5. @Kati, Aww, you lucky ducky! I want the bundle! I don't have a kindle (yet) but in the mean time, I'll just have to stick with the pretty paperbacks.

    @Maria, Yes they do!

    @Dtchycat, Yeah, a lot of people have been eagerly awaiting this book. I wasn't as WOW'd by Quinn's last novel (10 things-which I've reviewed if you want to check out. Just go to reviews page) but I am hoping this latest gives us the classic Quinn we all love!

    @Dalila, I wish I had a DH with a credit card!!! I am working so much to pay for my book habit that I hardly have time to enjoy the reads!! Glad you've found some new-to-you's and I hope they prove enjoyable!

    @Jen M, Everyone is looking at you with the evil eye!!!! Good to know the book has pleased already!

    Happy Readings Dolls!

  6. Thanks for including Lord Langley is Back in Town. Hope you enjoy it. What a great month for books--Really. Now I have to go do some preordering...Emma Wildes and Samantha James!!!!

  7. They all look great. I especially want to read Emma Wildes book!



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