New Books

27 Jun

On Monday, I didn’t think I would buy books this week but…

New Books

…earlier this week I ordered:

Sarah Mayberry – Her Best Friend

What’s a girl to do when she’s secretly in love with a friend and he’s married to someone else? She gets over it. That’s what Amy Parker has done. Rather than lose her best bud Quinn Whitfield with an ill-timed, crazy confession of affection, she’s taken the smart route. She’s eased away from him. Just enough to get past the unrequited bits. And you know, it’s working.

Until the day Quinn announces he’s now single. That’s right. He’s single. And he wants to hang out. With her. Get reconnected the way they used to be.

Oh, this is so not good for Amy’s equilibrium. Daily doses of Quinn remind her of everything she loves about him. But if he’s free…and she’s free…well, maybe the time has come for one of those crazy confessions.

I like friends-to-lovers stories and I usually like Sarah Mayberry’s novels, so I bought this (and read it already).

…Friday night, while waiting for The Boyfriend to get home from work, I browsed Harlequin’s website. (The first time I did that after I don’t know how many weeks/months.) I ordered these books:

Kristin Hardy – The Boss’s Proposal

He’s good-looking, relentlessly charming—and he’s trouble architect Maxine McBain sure doesn’t need. Even though her new boss Dylan Reynolds has a playboy reputation, he’s working hard to turn a crucial joint company project into his alone. Though she knows the price of mixing business with pleasure, Max has no problem using charm to put Dylan off his game—while keeping herself safely out of passion’s way….

Dylan wanted to wrap up the Portland project quickly to help out his ailing father. But Maxine’s brilliant ideas—and Dylan’s instant attraction to her—are intriguing enough to keep him around for a while. And now he’ll do anything to show her that their sizzling partnership is perfect not only in bed…but for a lifetime.

I like Kristin Hardy’s novels so when I saw she had a new one out I bought it. Simple as that.

Carla Kelly – Marrying the Royal Marine

Illegitimate Polly Brandon has never felt like more than an ugly duckling. So she’s amazed when Hugh Philippe Junot pays her such close attention as they sail for Portugal.

Under ordinary circumstances she knows this distinguished lieutenant colonel of marines would never have looked at her, but having his protection for the journey is comforting—and something more that she’s afraid to give a name to. Should she trust what she sees in Hugh’s eyes—has she turned from an ugly duckling into a beautiful, desirable swan?

I enjoyed the one novel I’ve read by Carla Kelly and when I saw this I thought “Why not?” Also, I like that her characters often are not fabulously titled people.

Lucy Monroe – The Shy Bride

Thrust into the limelight, child star Cassandra timidly enchanted audiences night after night…. But when her parents died, Cass retreated into her own world—too shy to leave her home. Once a year she shares her musical passion by offering lessons in a charity auction…. This year, money talks. The winning bid: $100,000!

Enter Neo Stamos, arrogant Greek tycoon. He wants Cass with a burning desire, though he knows that, shy and sweet, she will need a gentle awakening…. But Neo’s the master of seduction!

Now this one I bought for the author. I wanted to try one of her novels and this is what I got. Dreadful title, btw, especially because reading the blurb, I can’t find the word “bride” – or at least “marriage” – anywhere.

LaVyrle Spencer – Sweet Memories

Ever since Theresa Brubaker had hit adolescence, everyone she met focused on her newly voluptuous body. The unwanted attention made her painfully self-conscious, introverted and shy. Then, one Christmas, her brother arrived home for the holidays with an army buddy.

Brian Scanlon was different; he looked at her eyes, not her chest, and he seemed truly interested in her. With his gentle attention, he brought Theresa out of her shell. She felt alive for the first time in years.

But soon Theresa faced a decision that could free her forever…and tear them apart.

I like LaVyrle Spencer’s novels. Years ago, I read comments about this novel on a forum and when I saw that this one was published again, I bought it. Strange what sticks in one’s brain.

…yesterday, again after work, The Boyfriend stumbled upon a sale – English books for 2,50€ each. He choose these books for me:

  • Sue Grafton – R is for Ricochet
  • Susan Hill – The Vows of Silence
  • Derek Landy – Skulduggery Pleasant – The Faceless One (he bought this because of the cover)

Today (Sunday), I had eight new books, seven of them a total surprise but all the more welcome for it.

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7 Responses to “New Books”

  1. Jace Monday, June 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    I’m so tempted to try Sarah Mayberry. 🙂 I like friends-to-lovers stories too. 🙂

    I had to 😀 at the Skulduggery Pleasant book. I wanted to get it for my son but he wasn’t interested. 🙂 2.50 Euros for a book is a steal, isn’t it?

  2. Leslie Monday, June 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    Love Mayberry and Spencer. I do have a couple Carla Kellys on the tbr pile that I really should get to.

    Surprise books are always a treat. Enjoy!

  3. Taja Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    I apologize for taking this long to reply!

    Jace – Do try Mayberry! 😀 I liked Her Best Friend and would recommend it (and all the other novels I’ve read by her *g*).

    I didn’t know what to think of the Skulduggery Pleasant book when I first saw it. LOL But now I’m actually kind of interested! 🙂

    Yeah, 2,50 Euro is a steal. English books in brick-and-mortar stores usually start at 8 Euro and go up to 13 Euro.

    Leslie – Based on your reviews, I think you would like Kelly’s novels, if I may say so. I started Marrying the Royal Marine yesterday evening and really like it so far. Older man, younger woman and it works IMO. 🙂 I’m really looking forward to finally reading that Spencer book. 🙂

  4. Christine Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    I love that The Boyfriend spotted those books, thought of you and brought them home to you! VERY sweet. MAJOR points if you ask me. 😉

    So the Spencer book is a reissue? I’ve heard wonderful things about her work–I think from Leslie and Hilcia? I really want to try her. The book you got sounds great!

  5. Taja Monday, July 5, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    Christine – yeah, he has his moments! 😉 No, honestly, I was all “awwwh!” when he showed me his haul. I’m looking forward to reading them even though they are all mysteries (you very rarely find romance novels here, let alone for a reduced price). Because he bought them for me.

    I’m really looking forward to the Spencer book. Yeah, I’m finally able to read it!

  6. nath Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 3:52 am #

    Very nice from the boyfriend! 😀 Jeez, I wished people would buy me books LOL.

    Very nice haul, although I got you beaten 😛

  7. Taja Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    nath – yeah, I think so, too. 😀 And I don’t think there’s any doubt that you can beat me on book hauls anytime you want. 😉 Good for you!

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