March’s New Releases

It feels like ages since we’ve talked about new release, but Hide Your Wallet is finally here! Below are some books we’re really excited for and it seems to be a back heavy month. However, we know there are other books that might be on your TBR piles. Here are a few:

  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ( A | BN | K | G | iB ) continues the Illuminae Files series!
  • Patricia Briggs fans, are you excited for Burn Bright ( A | BN | K | G | iB )?
  • With this Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas ( A | BN | K | G | iB ) releases this month.
  • Lara Adrian begins a new paranormal romance series with Born of Darkness ( A | BN | K | iB ).
  • I know some readers are conflicted about Lake Silence by Anne Bishop ( A | BN | K | G | iB ), but it’s out this March!

Bound to the Sicilian’s Bed

Bound to the Sicilian’s Bed by Sharon Kendrick

Author: Sharon Kendrick
Released: March 1, 2018 by Harlequin Presents
Genre: ,
Series: Conveniently Wed

Rocco’s outrageous proposition:

His estranged wife will spend one final weekend in his bed!

When Rocco’s runaway wife asks for a divorce, the Sicilian billionaire seizes his chance! They’ve never discussed their painful past, but this is the perfect opportunity to get Nicole out of his system for good. He offers her a deal: if Nicole wants to move on with her life, she will be his one last time!

RHG says: I’ll read anything by Sharon Kendrick. Wouldn’t you, little lizard?

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From Governess to Countess

From Governess to Countess by Marguerite Kaye

Author: Marguerite Kaye
Released: March 1, 2018 by Harlequin Historical
Genre: ,
Series: Matches Made in Scandal #1

The scandalous truth about the count’s new mistress!

A Matches Made in Scandal story

Count Aleksei Derevenko has hired governess Allison Galbraith for her skills as a herbalist, not a mistress! But when rumors spread, Allison is more shocked by her wanton reaction to Aleksei—inscrutable and impossibly handsome, his icy blue eyes promise white-hot nights of sin. She knows too well how fragile her reputation is, but will the price of their passion be worth paying?

RHG says: Who doesn’t like a good governess to Countess story?

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Love’s Serenade

Love’s Serenade by Sheryl Lister

Author: Sheryl Lister
Released: March 1, 2018 by NYLA
Genre: ,
Series: Decades #3

Escaping an arranged marriage, Leigh Jones flees her southern hometown for Harlem’s vibrant jazz scene to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. She finds more than she expected, namely Miles Cooper. The smooth-talking musician walked out on her three years ago, taking her music and her heart with him. Leigh has no intentions of falling for Miles or his charms again, until he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a recording contract. But when her past comes calling, she realizes Miles is the one person who can save her from a man who won’t take no for an answer.

Miles isn’t one for putting down roots or staying in one place for longer than a season. Yet, memories of Leigh’s sultry voice, beauty and sass make him long for the life and love he forfeited. Having walked away once, but never again, Miles sets out to prove he’s a changed man willing to go to any lengths to protect his woman. He’s determined to show Leigh, one passionate note at a time that the music they make together will last a lifetime.

Elyse says: I’m getting tired of historicals all happening during the same time period, so I was excited to see this was set in the Jazz Age.

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My Royal Temptation

My Royal Temptation by Riley Pine

Author: Riley Pine
Released: March 1, 2018 by Harlequin Dare
Genre: ,
Series: Arrogant Heirs #1

Some princes play nice…

This one plays very, very naughty…

Being the Crown Prince means extravagant luxury for Nikolai. Fast cars and faster women. Matchmaker Kate Winter’s job is to chain him down to one woman. Only, Kate’s way too tempting–igniting his blood and something far deeper. But Nikolai’s a prince…and his heart is the one crown jewel she can’t have!

Amanda says: A royal and his matchmaker!

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Bad Bachelor

Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London

Author: Stefanie London
Released: March 6, 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: ,
Series: Bad Bachelors #1

Everybody’s talking about the hot new app reviewing New York’s most eligible bachelors. But why focus on prince charming when you can read the latest dirt on the lowest-ranked “Bad Bachelors”—NYC’s most notorious bad boys.

If one more person mentions Bad Bachelors to Reed McMahon, someone’s gonna get hurt. A PR whiz, Reed is known as an ‘image fixer’ but his womanizing ways have caught up with him. What he needs is a PR miracle of his own.

When Reed strolls into Darcy Greer’s workplace offering to help save the struggling library, she isn’t buying it. The prickly Brooklynite knows Reed is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But the library does need his help. As she reluctantly works with Reed, she realizes there’s more to a man than his reputation. Maybe, just maybe, Bad Bachelor #1 is THE one for her.

Amanda says: The hero is the one who works in PR for a change!

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Marriage of Inconvenience

Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid

Author: Penny Reid
Released: March 6, 2018 by Cipher-Naught
Genre: ,
Series: Knitting in the City #7

There are three things you need to know about Kat Tanner (aka Kathleen Tyson. . . and yes, she is *that* Kathleen Tyson): 1) She’s determined to make good decisions, 2) She must get married ASAP, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy.

Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes: single, romantically indifferent to her, completely trustworthy. Sure, she might have a wee little crush on Dan the Security Man, but with clear rules, expectations, and a legally binding contract, Kat is certain she can make it through this debacle with her sanity—and heart—all in one piece.

Except, what happens when Dan O’Malley isn’t as indifferent—or as trustworthy—as she thought?

Elyse says: Knitting + Romance = Elyse Trap.

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The Merman King

The Merman King by Michelle Pillow

Author: Michelle Pillow
Released: March 6, 2018 by The Raven Books LLC.
Genre: ,
Series: Lords of the Abyss #6

NY Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author

Lucius, King of the Mermen, and ruler of the city of Atlantes, shoulders the guilt for his people’s curse. After being trapped under the sea for two millennia, the time has come for his people to possibly surface and breathe air. He’s ready to be the first to test the theory, but things do not go as expected when a captivating beauty seemingly falls into his lap—and his ocean.

Is Olivette a present from the gods, or a warning to stay punished beneath the waves where his people belong?

Elyse says: Merman romance. Need I say more?

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The Baby Plan

The Baby Plan by Kate Rorick

Author: Kate Rorick
Released: March 20, 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: ,

In Kate Rorick’s first adult fiction novel, we enter the wild, bewildering world of modern pregnancies. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shake your head as you wonder where everyone’s sanity went…

Meet the mothers…

Nathalie Kneller: Nathalie’s plan: to announce her pregnancy now that she’s finally made it past twelve weeks! But just as she’s about to deliver (so to speak) the big news to her family, her scene-stealing sister barfs all over the Thanksgiving centerpiece. Yup, Lyndi’s pregnant too, swiping the spotlight once more…  

Lyndi Kneller:  Lyndi’s plan: finally get her life together! She’s got a new apartment, new promotion, new boyfriend. What she didn’t count on—a new baby! She can barely afford her rent, much less a state-of-the-art stroller…

Sophia Nunez: Sophia’s plan: Once she gets her daughter Maisey off to college, she’ll finally be able to enjoy life as make-up artist to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and girlfriend to one of rock’s hottest musicians. But after 18 years she discovers the stork is once again on its way…

Now these women are about to jump headlong into the world of modern day pregnancy. It’s a world of over the top gender reveal parties (with tacky cakes and fireworks); where every morsel you eat is scrutinized and discussed; where baby names are crowd-sourced and sonograms are Facebook-shared. And where nothing goes as planned…

Sarah says: Kate Rorick/Kate Noble writes very funny conversations between very smart people, and I’m curious to see how this story, about three women who are pregnant at different stages of their lives, turns out.

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Courtly Scandals

Courtly Scandals by Erin Kane Spock

Author: Erin Kane Spock
Released: March 19, 2018 by Crimson Romance
Genre: ,
Series: Courtly Love #2

Amid the revelry of Queen Elizabeth’s court at Christmas, scandal after scandal finds a spirited young woman who learns to defy society, own her actions, and fall in love.

Pleasure takes priority during the twelve days of Christmas in Queen Elizabeth’s court, and newcomer Mary Montgomery jumps in with abandon. Unfortunately, such joie de vivre also leads to accusations that she has stabbed an earl, impersonated the Queen, and punched a countess in the face.

Despite the gossip swirling about her, Sir Charles, a knight and member of the Queen’s Guard, is drawn to her vibrancy. After all, scandals are nothing new at Queen Elizabeth’s court. Unfortunately, Mary does not have the wealth or rank to survive them unscathed and soon finds herself on the outside of society’s good graces. And though his loyalty taints his own reputation, Charles continues to stand by Mary’s side.

He knows his intentions and where his priorities lie—he just isn’t sure how she’ll react when she finds out that the man who ruined her reputation is his half-brother. Indeed, before she can accept his affections, Mary must not only forgive herself for her past but realize she is worthy of love.

RHG says: The sequel to Courtly Pleasures which I LOVED so yay more Elizabethan romps!

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The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Author: Simone St. James
Released: March 20, 2018 by Berkley
Genre: ,

The “clever and wonderfully chilling” (Fiona Barton) suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare…

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . .

Elyse says: I actually read this already and it is AMAZING!

Sarah says: Elyse says it is so, so good, and is all about women protecting one another. I’ve been reassured that it is Safe for Sarahs/Sarah’s Brain.

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Counting on a Countess

Counting on a Countess by Eva Leigh

Author: Eva Leigh
Released: March 27, 2018 by Avon
Genre: ,
Series: The London Underground #2

For a shameless libertine and a wily smuggler in the London Underground, marriage is more than convenience—it’s strategy…

Christopher “Kit” Ellingsworth, war veteran and newly minted Earl of Blakemere, buries his demons under every sort of pleasure and vice. His scandalous ways have all but emptied his coffers . . . until a wealthy mentor leaves him a sizeable fortune. The only stipulation? He must marry within one month to inherit the money. Kit needs a bride and the bold, mysterious Miss Tamsyn Pearce seems perfect.

Husband hunting isn’t Tamsyn’s top priority—she’s in London to sell her new shipment of illicit goods—but she’s desperate for funds to keep her smuggling operation afloat. When a handsome earl offers to wed her and send her back to Cornwall with a hefty allowance, Tamsyn agrees. After all, her secrets could land her in prison and an attentive, love-struck spouse could destroy everything.

But when an unexpected proviso in the will grants Tamsyn control of the inheritance, their arrangement becomes anything but convenient. Now, Kit’s counting on his countess to make his wildest dreams a reality and he plans to convince her, one pleasurable seduction at a time.

Sarah says: Smuggler historical!

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Emergency Contact

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Released: March 27, 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: ,

From debut author Mary H.K. Choi comes a compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory—perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Amanda says: Honestly, I’m just in love with this cover.

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His Wicked Charm

His Wicked Charm by Candace Camp

Author: Candace Camp
Released: March 27, 2018 by HQN Books
Genre: ,
Series: The Mad Morelands #6

She’s too prim 

Lilah Holcutt dislikes Constantine Moreland from the moment she meets him. He may be handsome, but he’s frivolous, rash, impulsive and, worst of all, a flirt. Now that Con’s twin brother has married Lilah’s best friend, she’s seeing way more of Con than she’d like. And when Con’s sisters are inexplicably kidnapped, Lilah’s own curiosity and stubbornness get the better of her, and she finds herself swept into Con’s investigation.

He’s indifferent to propriety 

Con knows that Lilah hates him—he just wishes she weren’t so devastatingly beautiful, that he weren’t so attracted to her. Especially since they’re working closely together to solve the kidnapping, an adventure that leads them to Lilah’s peculiar childhood home, Barrow House, which sits atop an ancient fen and features an eerie maze on its grounds.

They’ll have to join together to conquer a sinister force 

The more Con and Lilah uncover, the more they’re convinced that the answers lie buried deep within Barrow House—answers to a mystery darker than either of them could ever have realized.

RHG says: It’s an “UGH YOU ANNOY THE SHIT OUT OF ME why is your hair so fluffy?” my best friend’s new husband’s twin mother is super annoying and so I cannot stop thinking about him. I love those.

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Hot and Badgered

Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

Author: Shelly Laurenston
Released: March 27, 2018 by Kensington
Genre: ,
Series: The Honey Badgers #1

It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .

Amanda says: HONEY BADGERS!

Sarah says: Sisters who look out for each other, complex examination of super powers and mental illness and managing both, and pure, unfiltered rage. Yes please!

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Hurts to Love You

Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

Author: Alisha Rai
Released: March 27, 2018 by Avon
Genre: ,
Series: Forbidden Hearts #3

Being bad never felt so good, in the third novel in Alisha Rai’s sexy Forbidden Hearts series!

Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave.

Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret . . . like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.

Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess.

When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.

Elyse says: I loved the first two books in this series.

Sarah says: I finally get to find out the big family secret, and Eva gets her romance, and it’s going to be so good.

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Not If I Save You First

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Author: Ally Carter
Released: March 27, 2018 by Scholastic Inc.
Genre: ,

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.

No phone.
No Internet.
And not a single word from Logan.

Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.

Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.

But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.
But she has to save him first.

Amanda says: Hero is the president’s son and the heroine’s dad works for the Secret Service.

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The Other Mother

The Other Mother by Carol Goodman

Author: Carol Goodman
Released: March 27, 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre:

From the author of the internationally bestselling The Lake of Dead Languages comes a gripping novel about madness, motherhood, love, and trust.

When Daphne Marist and her infant daughter, Chloe, pull up the gravel drive to the home of Daphne’s new employer, it feels like they’ve entered a whole new world. Tucked in the Catskills, the stone mansion looks like something out of a fairy tale, its lush landscaping hiding the view of the mental asylum just beyond its border. Daphne secured the live-in position using an assumed name and fake credentials, telling no one that she’s on the run from a controlling husband who has threatened to take her daughter away.

Daphne’s new life is a far cry from the one she had in Westchester where, just months before, she and her husband welcomed little Chloe. From the start, Daphne tries to be a good mother, but she’s plagued by dark moods and intrusive thoughts that convince her she’s capable of harming her own daughter. When Daphne is diagnosed with Post Partum Mood Disorder, her downward spiral feels unstoppable—until she meets Laurel Hobbes.

Laurel, who also has a daughter named Chloe, is everything Daphne isn’t: charismatic, sophisticated, fearless. They immediately form an intense friendship, revealing secrets to one another they thought they’d never share. Soon, they start to look alike, dress alike, and talk alike, their lives mirroring one another in strange and disturbing ways. But Daphne realizes only too late that being friends with Laurel will come at a very shocking price—one that will ultimately lead her to that towering mansion in the Catskills where terrifying, long-hidden truths will finally be revealed…

Elyse says: This gothic thriller looks really messed up and perfect for me.

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The Secret of Flirting

The Secret of Flirting by Sabrina Jeffries

Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Released: March 27, 2018 by Pocket Books
Genre: ,
Series: Sinful Suitors #5

“Quick pacing, witty dialogue, and charmingly original characters set Jeffries’ books apart” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), and The Secret of Flirting is the next thrilling romance in the bestselling Sinful Suitors series!

The moment spymaster Baron Fulkham meets the stunning Princess Anne of Chanay, he’s positive her royal persona is a ruse and that she’s actually Monique Servais, the mysterious actress he met three years before in Dieppe. But as he pursues his suspicions, he uncovers a plot of attempted assassination and betrayal that could very well destroy his career, expose his own secrets…and ruin the woman he’s rapidly coming to love.

The Secret of Flirting is a sizzling historical romance filled with fast-paced storytelling, an enchanting heroine, and a sexy hero, perfect for fans of Regency romance.

RHG says: He’s a spymaster, she’s a princess or maybe an actress, maybe there’s some light assassinations. Basically this looks like a bunch of plot and I’m in the mood for a lot of plot, especially if there’s a fake princess.

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Whiskey Sharp: Jagged

Whiskey Sharp: Jagged by Lauren Dane

Author: Lauren Dane
Released: March 27, 2018 by HQN Books
Genre: ,
Series: Whiskey Sharp #2

The sweetest reward comes after the longest wait 

Vicktor Orlov took one look at the wary gaze and slow-to-trust personality of the deliciously sexy and fascinating Rachel Dolan and knew he wanted more than just a casual friendship. But as a natural protector, he also knew bossiness and overprotective maneuvering would push her away. He’ll use every tool in his easygoing arsenal to convince her to take a chance on them.

Rachel’s flourishing new career as a tattoo artist has brought color back into a life previously damaged by violence. She knows she can trust Vic—it’s herself she’s not sure of. She doesn’t want to be caged or controlled, protected so much she has no ability to make her own choices. And damn if the man doesn’t know it.

When Vic finally drops all pretenses of “just friends” and focuses all his careful affection and irresistible seduction on her, Rachel knows she’s falling hard for the laid-back pretty-boy Russian she’s discovered has a relentlessly steel spine when it comes to her.

And she can’t resist.

Sarah says: It’s the sequel to Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled, which I very much enjoyed. I’m a little nervous to find out what awful crap the heroines’ parents are going to pull next. If abusive narcissist parents who gaslight and control their children are upsetting for you, approach with caution.

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