New month, new releases! Here are the books I’m planning on buying this month.
(Also, WordPress tells me it’s been three weeks since I last blogged. I think my blogging muse has disappeared on an extended holiday.)
Patricia Briggs’ FIRE TOUCHED (urban fantasy): A new Mercy Thompson book! Mercy is one of the original trailblazing UF heroines for me, and I’m glad this series is still going strong. I’ve pre-ordered this book, and this is basically my weekend plans sorted.
Mercy Thompson is back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer . . .
Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans and the fae, Mercy, Adam and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
Out March 8
Anne Bishop’s MARKED IN FLESH (urban fantasy): I’m eyeing this one with a bit more trepidation. I enjoyed the first book in the series, but had more mixed results with the second and third. Still going to buy it though.
For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community…
Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.
But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…
Out March 8
Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?
Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves–Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.
Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.
Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?
Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes, and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.
Out March 8
Amy Jo Cousins’ BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARD PLACE (NA M/M romance): Two more novellas in Cousins’ Bend or Break NA series. On a (kind of) related note, I’m sad that Samhain Publishing’s closing – some of my favourite authors debuted there, and I always thought of them as one of the better indie publishing houses.
When friends lose the benefits, can the friendship be saved?
Love Me Like A Rock
With the right art tools, there’s almost nothing Austin can’t make real. Except an official relationship with his best friend, rowing teammate and occasional hookup, Vinnie.
Emotional and sexual frustration fuel a spark between Austin and Sean, the nude model in drawing class. After a quick and very dirty encounter, all the reasons Austin has been waiting for Vinnie go fuzzy in his mind.
But if Austin can’t get his head and his heart on the same page, he could lose both his friend, and his lover.
Vincent always assumed he and Austin would eventually end up together. But now that Austin’s in love with another man, Vinnie is at a loss.
After the world’s most awkward one-night stand with Bryan, a dance major, Vinnie is drawn to his vibrant spirit and calm center.
Physically, the rowing jock and the glittery dancer can match each other stroke for booty pop. But for the lovers to meet on common ground, they’ll have to find a way to get moving in the same direction.
Out March 22
Julia Quinn’s BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON (historical romance): Thoughts on Julia Quinn’s return to the Bridgertons? I’m not sure. I’m going to get this because it’s a Bridgerton book, but I haven’t loved her more recent historicals. Good reviews on Goodreads though.
Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places…
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband… someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should…
There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he’s arrogant, annoying, and she’s absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can’t stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor…
Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without…
Out March 29
And my maybes:
- Seanan McGuire’s CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY: I’m a die-hard Toby Daye fan, but haven’t connected with McGuire’s InCryptid series. I think I’m a book behind already, though I’ve heard this book is better than the previous one.
- Alwyn Hamilton’s REBEL OF THE SANDS: New-to-me author, and I can’t remember where I first saw this now, but it’s YA fantasy and you know I’m a sucker for those.
- Jaclyn Moriarty’s A TANGLE OF GOLD: I loved Jaclyn Moriarty’s Ashbury/Brookfield YA series, but you know what? I still haven’t read any of The Colours of Madeleine books because it’s so difficult to get these books here.