Fresh FIction Box Not To Miss

Fresh for your After Valentine Reading

February 24, 2013

With Valentine’s Day still fresh in our hearts, we can enjoy several charming, sexy, new to paperback love stories to help keep the romance flowing. First, there’s a second shot at first love, the much talked about upcoming sequel in Shannon Stacey‘s ALL HE EVER DESIRED (Kowalski Family series #5) due February 26th from Carina Press.




Rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man, Ryan Kowalski decided after college to leave Whitford, Maine, but now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge. Ryan is quickly forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he catches a vandal only to learn the boy is Lauren’s son…

The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. She has enough man trouble already with a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son. But fact is- her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong. As a result, Lauren finds herself escorting him to Ryan’s door every day to work off his debt and atone for his crime.

In close contact, Ryan and Lauren can’t deny the chemistry between them is more powerful than ever. Still, can a few searing kisses erase the pain of their past and lay the foundation for a second chance at true love?

Next up, new to paperback (Feb. 5th) is a friends-to-lovers, road trip romance that promises something naughty and nice. With the tease of secrets and a sexy pair of handcuffs, Erin Nicholas‘s EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT (Anything and Everything series) from Samhain has caught our attention.




Luke Hamilton’s requirements for the perfect woman are straightforward: live, work and play in his beloved hometown and get along with his mother. Dr. Kat Dayton’s got it all. It’s obvious to Luke his long-time friend belongs with him; especially after the insanely hot kiss she lays on him at his birthday party.

While Kat can’t deny she’s imagined a kiss like that—and more—for years, she’s much less convinced they’re destined for happily ever after. Still, Luke figures that’s nothing a friendly kidnapping and a three-day road trip won’t fix.

Kat would love to let Luke in, but fears if he discovers the truth—that committee meetings bore her to tears and she’d rather have a root-canal than go to another potluck—his white-picket-fence dreams of a life together will be crushed.

Being stuck in an RV with Luke should be three days of flirtatious fun, but for Kat it’s heavenly hell. The close confines and good old-fashioned lust are making a mockery of her perfect-woman façade, and if he finds out about the mistake that might cost her job—and force her to leave town for good—it’ll take more than a sexy pair of handcuffs to keep him close.




Not ready to say goodbye to an extra helping of chocolate, and all the best parts of the month of love, then there’s Harlequin’s new to paperback Valentine’s anthology, BE MINE, featuring three sweet and sexy novellas from Jennifer Crusie, Victoria Dahl and Shannon Stacey.

SIZZLE by Jennifer Crusie

In the mood for a sexy accountant? When successful ad executive Emily Tate meets Richard Parker business takes a backseat. He’s the accountant who’s been sent to keep her under budget and, more importantly, in line, with her ad campaign for sensual new perfume, Sizzle. And if Emily’s not careful, she just might melt in Richard’s hands.

TOO FAST TO FALL by Victoria Dahl

How about love with an officer of the law? Driving is Jenny Stone’s escape-from her past, her problems, and her quiet life in Jackson Hole. But when Deputy Nate Hendricks stops her for speeding, again, she knows she’s in danger of losing more than just her license. She could lose her heart. Nate seems to think that Jenny should replace her love for fast driving with something even more…heart pumping. Despite Jenny’s need for speed she’s never been one for defying the law and looks like in this case the law won.

ALONE WITH YOU by Shannon Stacey

Last, but not least, there’s Stacey’s “One that got away” romance: When waitress Darcy Vaughan’s friend asks her to help out with the launch of a fledgling restaurant, she’s happy to oblige. Little does she know the owner is Jake Holland, the perfect guy who slipped through her fingers after their one night of passion. But for Darcy and Jake, that night is proving to be not nearly enough.

Tina Peacock is a freelance writer, romance novelist, and long time educator. You can follow her adventures in authorhood on Twitter @book_crack and Facebook.

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