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Primăvara și cărțile ei

    Iarna a luat sfârșit, ghioceii au înflorit din nou. A venit primăvara și odată cu ea numeroase titluri vor cunoaște calea tiparului peste hotare. Ca întotdeauna listele mele au crescut simțitor și aștept cu nerăbdare traducerea acestor cărțulii și la noi. Bineînțeles că nu pot păstra doar pentru mine, așa că voi împărtăși cu voi câteva recomandări, de care sper să ne bucurăm curând.

“The Crown’s Fate” de Evelyn Skye

     Povestea din “Jocul coroanei” se continuă cu un historical fantasy de excepție plasat în Rusia Imperială.

   Rusia se află la un pas de o mare schimbare. Încoronarea Pașei se apropie, iar Vika este acum Magul Imperial, un rol mult mai dificil și mai periculos decât s-ar fi așteptat. Pașa are de înfruntat propriile sale probleme, are dubii privind legitimitatea sa, Vika îl detestă, iar cel mai bun prieten său a murit. Când își face apariția un nou pretendent al tronului, Pașa conștientizează că trebuie, mai mult ca niciodată, să-și apere poziția și imperiul. Pentru Nikolai sfârșitul jocului s-a soldat cu o înfrângere, însă a scăpat din ghearele morții. Este doar o umbră, dar nu poate rămâne ascuns la nesfârșit. O revoluție, noi forțe magice sunt doar câteva motive pentru ca Vika, Nikolai și Pașa să lupte. Pentru a-și apară lumea și pe ei înșiși…

“Carry On” de Rainbow Rowell

   Simon Snow este, fără îndoială, cea mai proastă alegere care ar fi putut fi făcută. Asta crede colegul său de cameră, Baz, care, deși este un vampir rău, are dreptate. În jumătate din timp Simon nu-și poate face bagheta să funcționeze, iar în cealaltă jumătate dă foc la ceva. Tot răul pare să i se fi întâmplat lui Simon. Este în ultimul al la Școala de Magie Watford și enervantul nemesis al său nici nu s-a deranjat încă să apară… ,,Carry On” este o scrisoare de dragoste pentru poveștile romantice și pentru puterea cuvintelor, pentru fiecare ,,ales” care a avut mai multe în minte decât să salveze lumea…

“Strange the Dreamer” de Laini Taylor

Este o frumoasă poveste despre:
Urmările unui război dintre zei și oameni
Un oraș misterios rămas fără nume
Un eroc mitic cu mâinile pătate de sânge
Un tânăr bibliotecar cu un singur vis
O fată periculoasă
Alchimie, coșmaruri, monștri, prietenie și trădare, iubire și măcel…

“The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli” de Alyssa Palombo

   O fată la fel de frumoasă ca și Simonetta Cattaneo niciodată nu ar accepta o cerere în căsătorie în Italia secolului XV, dar renunță la acest principiu pentru a se mărită cu Marco Vespucci. Acest tânăr chipeș și bine educat face parte din anturajul puternicei familii de Medici. Înainte de căsătorie, reușește să intre în cercul de politicieni, poeți, artiști și filosofi al lui Lorenzo și Giuliano de Medici. Giuliano este fascinat de frumusețea, rafinamentul și cultura sa, însă ea îl cunoaște pe pictorul Sandro Botticelli de care se îndrăgostește. Declarată cea mai frumoasă femeie din Florența, ea răspunde invitației pictorului de a poza pentru un tablou. Cu timpul ea învață cum să-și administreze mariajul, statutul în societatea florentină. Între Simonetta și Sandro ia naștere o poveste de dragoste pasională, ce duce la imortalizarea ei într-o capodoperă: Nașterea lui Venus.

“The Horse Dancer” de Jojo Moyes

   Sarah primește de la bunicul său un cal superb, numit Boo, cu care se antrenează în parcuri și pe alei. În speranța că într-o zi va putea urma o școală de echitație de elită din Franța, departe de cartierul său sărăcăcios din Londra. Dar când bunicul său se îmbolnăvește este obligată să alterneze călăria cu școala și vizitele la spital. Natașa, o tânără avocată trecută printr-un divorț, și-a pierdut încrederea în sine. Noul iubit este un om de nimic și este obligată să-și împartă casa cu fostul soț. Destinul le aduce pe cele două protagoniste împreună, iar Natașa o ia sub aripa sa pe Sarah. Însă fata de paisprezece ani păstrează un secret, un secret care va schimba viețile celor implicați, odată pentru totdeauna…

Sper că am reușit să vă tentez.
Să aveți o primăvară minunată și să vă bucurați de multe cărți frumoase!

King’s Cage (Red Queen- nr. 3),Victoria Aveyard-prezentare

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   Mare Barrow este prizonieră, slăbită și chinuită de amintiri dureroase. Trăiește la mila unui băiat pe care l-a iubit, un trup și un suflet formate din minciuni și trădări.
Numele lui este Maven Calore, iar scopul său este să dețină controlul absolut asupra țării pe care o conduce și asupra prizonierei sale.
Între timp, pregătirile de război sunt în plină desfășurare, iar Garda Roșie nu mai poate sta pentru mult timp în umbră.
Prințul exilat, Cal, singurul pretendent la inima eroinei Mare nu se va opri până nu o va salva din mâinile unui dictator obsedat de putere.

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Lover Revealed-J.R.Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #4) vol.4 Frăția Pumnalului Negru-prezentare

Povestea singurului om acceptat în mijlocul vampirilor din Frăția Pumnalului Negru

   Butch O’Neal este, prin natura sa, un luptător. Un ex-polițist criminalist cu o viață grea, singurul om căruia i-a fost permis vreodată accesul în interiorul Frăției Pumnalului Negru. El vrea să pătrundă mai adânc în lumea vampirilor – să intre în terenul războiului cu inferiorii. Nu are nimic de pierdut. Inima lui aparține unei femele vampir, o frumusețe aristocratică superioară lui. Dacă nu o poate avea pe Marissa, atunci, măcar poate lupta cot la cot cu Frații…

   Soarta îl blestemă cu ceea ce își dorește mai mult. Când Butch se sacrifică pentru a salva un civil vampir de asasini, cade pradă celei mai întunecate forțe din război. Lăsat să moară, este descoperit printr-un miracol, iar Frăția o cheamă pe Marissa să-l aducă înapoi. Dar poate nici chiar iubirea ei nu va fi suficientă să-l salveze…

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) vol 3 (Frăția Pumnalului Negru)

  Am aflat despre Wrath-vampirul pursânge, Rhage-bestia criminală, acum este rândul lui Zsadist, probabil cel mai fascinant dintre toţi. Fiecare are câte ceva, dar Zsadist este acel ceva periculos ce te atrage fără să vrei….. Sperăm ca acesta seriei să fie publicată!

   În negura nopții, în Caldwell, New York, are loc un război mortal, furibund, între vampiri și asasinii lor. Există și o bandă secretă, o frăție ca nicio alta – șase războinici vampiri, apărători ai rasei lor. Dintre aceștia, Zsadist este cel mai terifiant membru al Frăției Pumnalului Negru.
Fost sclav al sângelui, vampirul Zsadist poartă încă cicatricile unui trecut plin de suferință și umilire. Renumit pentru furia lui nestinsă și faptele sinistre, el este un sălbatic temut de oameni și de vampiri deopotrivă. Furia îi este tovarăș și teroarea este singura lui pasiune — asta până când eliberează un aristocrat frumos de malefica Societate Lessening.

   Bella este vrăjită instantaneu de puterea clocotitoare pe care Zsadist o posedă. Dar chiar dacă dorința lor de a aparține unul altuia începe să-i stăpânească, setea de răzbunare a lui Zsadist împotriva persecutorilor Bellei îl conduce la un pas de nebunie. Acum Bella trebuie să-și ajute iubitul să depășească rănile trecutului său chinuitor și de a-și făuri un viitor împreună.

Lover Eternal, J.R.Ward(Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)-Iubit Etern (vol. 2 din seria Frăţia Pumnalului Negru)

Veşnic Îndrăgostit
Primul volum al acestei serii a fost publicat de Editura Leda/ Nopţi de patimă.

   Dacă în primul volum citim povestea lui  Wrath, un vampir sexi şi tulburător, ultimul vampir pursange de pe pămănt, şi Beth, o femeie frumoasă, puternică şi pasională, care se dovedeşte a fi sufletul său pereche, în volumul doi aflăm povestea lui Rhage. Ce ar trebui reţinut: în primul volum facem cunoştinţă cu toţi cei şase, fiind prezentaţi cu defecte şi calităţi, dar şi cu ceea ce sălăşluieşte în interiorul lor. Din acest motiv seria devine şi mai fascinantă, asta pentru că veţi dori să-i descoperiţi pe fiecare şi să le aflaţi poveştile. Ar fi cea mai mare bucurie a noastră ca şi cititori, dacă această seria s-ar continua, ar fi publicată şi la noi.

Prezentare pentru volumul doi.

 

   În negura nopții, în Caldwell, New York, se află terenul mortal al unui război furibund între vampiri și asasinii lor. Există și o bandă secretă, o frăție ca nicio alta – șase războinici vampiri, apărători ai rasei lor. Posedat de o bestie criminală, Rhage este cel mai periculos din Frăția Pumnalului Negru. Rhage este vampirul cu cel mai feroce apetit din cadrul Frăției. El este cel mai bun luptător, cel mai impulsiv și cel mai vorace amant – pentru că în el arde un blestem nemilos aruncat de Fecioara Scrib (Scribe Virgin).

   Posedat de întuneric, Rhage se teme de momentul în care dragonul ce sălășluiește în el se va dezlănțui, devenind astfel un pericol pentru toți cei din jurul lui. Mary Luce, supraviețuitoarea multor vicistitudini, este aruncată fără știre în lumea vampirilor, sprijinită de protecția lui Rhage. Cu un blestem ce-i amenință viața la rândul ei, Mary nu caută iubirea. Ea și-a pierdut credința în miracole cu ani în urmă; dar când atracția animalică intensă a lui Rhage se transformă în ceva mult mai emoțional, el știe că el trebuie să și-o însușească pe Mary. Mary va fi doar pentru el. Și, în timp ce dușmanii lor se apropie, Mary se luptă cu disperare să câștige viața veșnică alături de cel pe care-l iubeşte…

 

Norse Mythology-Neil Gaiman-prezentare

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Notă GoodReads: 4.18
   Un maestru al literelor și un povestitor de excepție, Neil Gaiman prezintă o versiune a miturilor nordice care l-au inspirat în crearea propriilor narațiuni fantastice.
Marile povești nordice sunt discutate în mod critic, dar și literar prin crearea unei povești care începe cu cele nouă lumi legendare, explorarea zeităților, dwarfi și giganți și culmină cu Ragnarok, amurgul zeilor și renașterea unui nou timp și a unor noi oameni.
Gaiman ramâne fidel mitologiei reîncarnându-i pe Odin, cel mai mare dintre zei, înțelept și viclean, Thor, fiul său, incredibil de puternic, dar nu la fel de înțelept și Loki, fiul giganților, un trișor și un iscusit manipulator.
Sub pana lui Gaiman zeii apar în fața cititorilor cu caracteristicile lor competititve, cu tendința de a lăsa pasiunea să le dicteze acțiunile facând ca aceste mituri străvechi să prindă din nou viață.
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Rise of the Horde (Romane Warcraft nr. 1)-Christie Golden-prezentare

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Notă GoodReads: 4.30

   Chiar dacă tânărul comandant Thrall a reușit să distrugă blestemul demonic care i-a bântuit generații de semeni, iată că orcii încă se află în lupta împotriva păcatelor pe care le-au săvârșit în trecutul lor sângeros.
Războaiele devastatoare s-au purtat cu inamicii lor străvechi- Alianța.
Însă furia și setea de sânge care i-a condus pe orci în distrugerea a tot ceea ce le stătea în cale aproape că i-a consumat și pe ei. Acum mult timp, în idilica lume a Draenorului, clanurile nobile de orci trăiau în pace alături de enigmaticii lor vecini, draeneii.
Dar agenții Legiunii Arzânde au avut alte planuri pentru cele două rase conlocuitoare. Lordul-demon Kil’jaeden va da startul unui lanț întunecat care în vâltoarea lor va viza eradicarea draeneilor, dar unește clanurile de orci într-o singură capabilă de ură și distrugere.
O poveste originală de magie, război și eroism bazată pe multi-premiata serie de jocuri video create de Blizzard.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls-Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

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Notă GoodReads: 4.71 
   Ilustrată și inspirațională, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls spune poveștile a 100 de femei eroine de la Elizabeta I până la Serena Williams.

   Ce ar fi dacă prințesa nu s-a mărita cu Prințul Fermecător și ar decide să devină astronaut? Cum ar fi dacă geloasa soră vitregă ar fi implicată emoțional și blândă? Și cum ar fi dacă regina chiar ar deține controlul regatului ei?
Ilustrată de 60 de artiste din toate colțurile globului, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls ne prezintă 100 de destine feminine remarcabile cum ar fi Ada Lovelace, Malala, Amelia Earhart sau Michelle Obama.
Motivante și emoționante sunt aceste povești adevărate pentru eroine care nu au nevoie de salvare.

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Brighter Than the Sun, by Maya Banks

Published March 7th 2017 by Berkley Books

   Searing action and passion ignite the latest KGI novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Darkest Before Dawn.

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering.
Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t…

   As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he’s assigned to, but when it comes to love, he’ll keep his distance. He’s content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated.

   Zoe’s had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she’s determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly. But it’s the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface—and threaten to tear them apart…goodreads

Ride Rough by Laura Kaye

Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Avon

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…

   Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.

Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.

Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

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 The Thing About Love by Julie James

Expected publication: April 18th 2017 by Berkley

   Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

   FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

   For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .

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A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

Published February 9th 2017

  Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

  I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

   But now he’s back.

  I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

  Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

   One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*

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Riveted by Jay Crownover (Saints of Denver #3)

Published February 14th 2017 by William Morrow

   From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

   Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

   Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

   When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.

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Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey

Published February 2nd 2017

Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.

It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.

The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.

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Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Published February 6th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

A new standalone romance from Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills…

They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he’d never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist…
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Get ready for breathtaking kisses, dreamy football players, a heroine who yearns for the guy she can’t have, and a hero who will do anything for the girl he loves…

RELEASE DATE: February 6

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #3) 

Published February 7th 2017 by HarperTeen

   In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

   Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

   As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

   When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Published February 7th 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company

Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman, difficult with his beard and huge appetite, to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir, the most sagacious of gods, is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by William Morrow

In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.

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The Hot One by Lauren Blakely (One Love) 

Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing

At first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend’s place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her back.
But trust me on this count – she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you’ve got to play to your strengths when you’re fighting an uphill battle. I’m prepared to fight for her…and to fight hard. I might have let her slip through my fingers the last time, but no way will that happen twice.
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He’s the one who got away…
The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that, stripping at my job, showing off his rock hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky, arrogant jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he’s not a jerk . . .? He’s the one I’ve tried like hell to forget but just can’t. Maybe I’m cursed to remember him. My money is on him being the same guy he always was, but what’s the harm in giving him a week to prove he’s a new man? I won’t fall for him again.
But how do you resist the hot one…

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Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Audio

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

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Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (The Ravenels #3)

Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Avon

An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy-and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven…

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Desired books for this winter

   Dorinţe literare am multe, dar fascinată la propriu sunt de câteva volume care mă tot atrag de ceva vreme şi pe care le-am pus pe lista de priorităţi. Iată cum arată planurile mele de lectură pentru lunile ce au mai rămas din anotimpul alb. Abia aştept să îmi fac timp pentru a le „devora”!

1.Ever The Hunted – Erin Summerill

   Publicată la sfârşitul lui decembrie, cartea a ajuns rapid pe lista mea de dorinţe, subiectul atrăgându-mă foarte mult.

   La doar şaptesprezece ani, Britta Flannery se simte în largul ei doar în mijlocul pădurii folosindu-şi pumnalul şi făcând ceea ce ştie cel mai bine: să prindă tâlhari şi asasini alături de tatăl ei. Viaţa îi este dată peste cap în momentul în care tatăl îi este ucis, iar ea îşi oferă libertatea în schimbul asasinului părintelui său. Lucrurile se complică în momentul în care Britta află că presupusul ucigaş este chiar singurul prieten pe care l-a avut vreodată, băiatul de care cândva s-a îndrăgostit – Cohen McKay. Povestea are în componenţă thriller, romance, fantasy, ceea ce o face extrem de captivantă.ever-the-hunted-erin-summerill

2. Poison’s Kiss – Breeana Shields

   Încă o apariţie recentă care m-a sedus iremediabil şi pe care abia aştept să o citesc. Marinda are sărutul otrăvit ceea ce o transformă în asasina perfectă şi chiar îşi face treaba destul de bine, reuşind să ucidă zeci de băieţi până când … i se ordonă să îl omoare chiar pe băiatul de care este îndrăgostită. Fata care îşi foloseşte buzele drept armă letală mi s-a părut a fi un personaj inedit, iar volumul mi-a atras atenţia şi prin faptul că pretinde a fi inspirat din folclorul indian.poisons-kiss-breeana-shields

3.Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

   Autori cunoscuţi îşi pun amprenta asupra acestei antologii care nu vreau să „scape” necitită. Mă fascinează ideea unor poveşti despre iubire, durere, răzbunare sau furie mixate cu doze de fantastic menite să introducă cititorul într-o lume de basm. Nume ca Renée Ahdieh, Susan Dennard, Soman Chainani, Marissa Meyer sau Adam Silvera promit să captiveze până la ultimul cuvânt.because-you-love

  4. A Torch Against The Night – Saaba Tahir

   Volumul doi din „Elias şi spioana cărturarilor” apărut la editura Arthur îl am de ceva vreme doar că timpul s-a cam jucat cu mine. De data aceasta îmi fac timp mai mult ca sigur să lecturez continuarea poveştii al cărei prim volum l-am găsit fascinant. Elias şi Laia continuă să fugă pentru a-şi salva vieţile şi a-l elibera pe fratele fetei. Cum vor reuşi să intre în închisoarea de maximă securitate rămâne să aflu citind. Pe de altă parte, sunt extrem de curioasă ce se va întâmpla cu Helene aflată acum sub puterea lui Marcus. Personal, îl văd pe Elias cu ea, aşa că încă sper într-un twist interesant pe parcurs.a-torch-against-the-night-saaba-tahir

 

O Vara La KamondO vară la Kamond. Povestiri de Claudia Lidia Badea

Câteva faţete ale întâlnirilor dintre bărbaţi şi femei, văzute şi povestite din punctul de vedere al unei femei, de fapt aceasta a fost intenţia mea când am început să scriu la carte.
Am început să scriu dintr-o joacă şi aveam foarte multe de povestit dar în momentul în care am simţit că anumite întâmplări reale sau imaginare îmi implică propria simţire, am ricoşat şi n-am vrut să scriu mai departe. Aş fi vrut să scriu despre iubire fără să mai pot iubi. Era mult mai simplu când scriam matematică sau istorie.

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Într-o vară fierbinte, un grup de prietene petrec împreună o scurtă vacanţă într-un loc foarte retras, la Kamond. Fiecare povesteşte câte o istorioară mai mult auzită decât trăită. Sunt întâmplări de viaţă, cele mai multe pline de haz, relatate la persoana întâia cu o subtilă ironie şi înţelegere pentru slăbiciunile umane.Cititorule, îţi promit o lectură plăcută şi instructivă.
Cuprinsul –Inhaltsverzeichnis: Kamond, Tânărul din tren (Der Junge Mann im Zug), Simţuri amestecate (Gemischte Gefühle), Momente unice (Schöne Augenblicke), Nimic neobişnuit (Nichts ungewöhnliches), Stejarul bătrân (Die alte Eiche), O viaţă de prisos (Ein Leben um sonst), Ţăranul din Tirol (Der Tiroler)

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Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian de E.L JAMESGrey Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian

La Editura Arrow a apărut cartea Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian de E.L JAMES

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of reader around the world.

CHRISTIAN GREY exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty – until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him – past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

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The Marriage Season (The Brides of Bliss County #3) by Linda Lael MillerThe Marriage Season

Will the marriage pact be fulfilled? Return to Mustang Creek, Wyoming, with #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller for more Brides of Bliss County!

Since Hadleigh, Melody and Bex—the best of best friends—entered into a marriage pact, two of them have found (and married) the men of their hearts. But Bex doesn’t think she’ll be as fortunate as the others. Her own first love died years ago in a faraway war, and Bex has lost hope for a happy marriage of her own. She concentrates on her business, a successful chain of fitness clubs, instead.

Then, when single father Tate Calder comes to Mustang Creek with his two sons in tow, who befriend Bex’s eight-year-old nephew, she and the handsome, aloof newcomer are constantly thrown together. But is the marriage season over? Or can a man with doubts about love be the right husband for a woman who wants it all?

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The Secrets of Attraction by Robin ConstantineThe Secrets of Attraction

Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine’s debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Madison Pryce thinks she’s got everything figured out—she’s working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie’s life upside down.

Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again.

Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse’s band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory…It has the addictive quality of The Hunger Games combined with the fantasy of Harry Potter and the brutality of Game of Thrones.” —Public Radio International

An Ember in the Ashes mixes The Hunger Games with Game of Thrones…and adds a dash of Romeo and Juliet.”— The Hollywood Reporter

This book is dark, complex, vivid, and romantic—expect to be completely transported.” —MTV.com

“Sabaa Tahir spins a captivating, heart-pounding fantasy.”— US Weekly

A “deft, polished debut” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), Sabaa Tahir‘s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and pulse-pounding read. Set in a rich, high-fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome, it tells the story of a slave fighting for her family and a young soldier fighting for his freedom.

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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Within These Walls by Ania AhlbornWithin These Walls

From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.

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“A Wicked Thing” by Rhiannon Thomas22535481

Rhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

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 Marked (Servants of Fate #1) by Sarah Fine21805566

In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know—including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis—is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon—who happens to be Cacy’s father. Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past. But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time. Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli—and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?

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 “Maid of Deception” (Maids of Honor #2) by Jennifer McGowan 13260425

Beatrice Knowles is a Maid of Honor, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s secret protectors. Known for her uncanny ability to manipulate men’s hearts, Beatrice has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the Queen’s court—or so she thinks. It has been three weeks since the Maids thwarted a plot to overthrow the Queen, and Beatrice is preparing to wed her betrothed, Lord Cavanaugh. However, her plans come to a crashing halt as rumors of a brewing Scottish rebellion spread among the court.

Beatrice’s new assignment is to infiltrate the visiting Scottish delegation using her subtle arts in persuasion. The mission seems simple enough, until the Queen pairs Beatrice with the worst of the lot—Alasdair MacLeod. Beatrice cannot help but think that the Queen is purposefully setting her up for failure. But Alasdair could be the key to unlocking the truth about the rebellion….and her own heart. Caught in a web of ever-more-twisting lies, Beatrice must rise up among the Maids of Honor and prove what she’s known all along: In a court filled with deception and danger, love may be the deadliest weapon of all.

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“Sweet Addiction” (Sweet Addiction #1) by Jessica Daniels22028454

Wedding hookups never amount to anything.

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan. And he’s too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one girl’s struggle to keep things casual, and one boy’s desire to never let her go.

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“Frenched” (Frenched #1) by Melanie Harlow21474459

When Tucker Branch, playboy heir to Branch Bolt and Screw, screws and bolts a week before their wedding, Mia Devine wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity. But her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, so Mia grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of her luxurious Paris honeymoon—alone.

She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.

The easygoing bartender’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn’t just a myth.

Nor is the simultaneous O.

The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy la vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with Lucas is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.

Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?

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“My Last Resolution” (A New Year’s Novella) by Whitney Gracia Williams20563712

My boyfriend is an asshole.

A pure, one of a kind, I-wish-I-was-making-this-up asshole.

Every year, I write “Dump his ass” as my most important resolution, but I’ve never done it.

Until now.

Well, kind of …

Instead of showing up to our “secret” engagement party, I’ve shown up to the airport–ready and willing to go wherever the next flight is bound. Determined to keep and fulfill all of my resolutions, I’m proud of myself for finally striking out on my own.

Until I never make it to my final destination. Until the sexy stranger who sat next to me on the plane changes everything. Until my “last resolution” is fulfilled a lot earlier than I thought…

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“The Kiss of Deception” (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearsonthe kiss of deception

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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