Romance: A doomed duke
In Sabrina York’s charming Lana and the Laird, part of her Untamed Highlanders series, an aristocrat leaves London to spend his final months in his Scottish castle. Lachlan Sinclair, aka the Doomed Duke, believes that the men of his family will die before age 30. While awaiting the end of his days, he meets the winsome Lana Dounreay, a young woman known to speak to animals and the dead. Their attraction is instant, but Lachlan tries to keep his distance, knowing that he has nothing to offer but impending grief. Lana, however, has other ideas. While she has no expectations of marriage—most men consider her supernatural gifts frightening—she has dreamed of Lachlan, and she knows they are destined to be lovers. Once they act on their desires, it’s with such passion that Lachlan begins to wish for a future with Lana. But first he must face the demons of the past and the threats in his present. Can the pair survive and destroy his curse? York has penned a tender, pleasurable romp with a dash of danger.
A woman finds herself in dire straits in Kat Martin’s Into the Whirlwind. When former lingerie model Megan O’Brien’s young son is kidnapped, she turns to P.I. Dirk Reynolds. Months ago, when he was her bodyguard, they had a fiery affair, but Megan couldn’t see the fast-driving, fast-living ex-Army Special Forces soldier as the steady family man she and her son need. However, she’s certain he can save her child. Still hurting from their breakup, Dirk is not keen on helping her, but her despair melts his resolve. Soon, he’s all-in with the beautiful redhead as they search for the child and then the answers to why O’Brien was targeted. As danger swirls around them, Meg realizes she made a mistake in ending things with Dirk, but he’s unwilling to trust her again. Not until they find the truth behind the kidnapping does Dirk face the truth in his heart. The second book in Martin’s BOSS, Inc. series, Into the Whirlwind is a high-octane mix of high stakes and high passion.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
Paranormal romance plus nonstop action equals one combustible read in To Love a Wolf, the latest SWAT novel from Paige Tyler. Werewolf and Dallas SWAT officer Landry Cooper finds beauty in a bank line in the guise of artist Everly Danu. When the bank is robbed, their meeting becomes that much more intense. As Everly and Landry spend more time together, their immediate attraction grows into a serious connection, and Landry is certain Everly is the soul mate his kind longs for. But she has no idea that he’s more than human, and when Everly’s family finds out about Landry’s true werewolf identity, it brings to light a painful event from Everly’s past. Can she overcome that ugly memory and her family’s misgivings to make a future with the man she loves? But there are other obstacles to surmount as Landry tracks a bomber who is taking his activities very close to home. The bestselling Tyler has delivered another sexy and suspenseful read.
This article was originally published in the June 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.