Monday Mailbag: Mills & Boon new releases – August 2011

Monday Mailbag: Mills & Boon new releases – August 2011

Reckless by Anne Stuart (The House Rohan, Book 2)Night of the Vampires by Heather GrahamThe Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test, Book 1)Embraced by Blood by Laurie London (Sweetblood, Book 2)

Reckless by Anne Stuart (The House Rohan, Book 2)

8/2011 — 9781921794186 — Mira — Excerpt
Historical romance

Adrian Alistair Rohan lost his faith, and now, a dedicated member of the depraved Heavenly Host, he loses himself in his only pleasure — the seduction and debauchery of beautiful women. Rich, charming and devastatingly skilled in the art of love, he never fails in his conquests…until Charlotte Spenser.

Charlotte is facing a desolate, passionless future, none of which matters to Adrian, who imagines her a toy until better prey arrives. But beneath her drab exterior, Charlotte is a woman as enchanting as she is brilliant and, lured into Adrian’s world, soon she becomes the seducer — and he the seduced…

Night of the Vampires by Heather Graham

8/2011 — 9781921794643 — Mira
Paranormal romance

As a soldier, Cole Granger fights to restore peace to a world divided by war and evil. His extraordinary talents are enlisted to prevent the President’s horrific premonition from becoming reality. Nothing — and no one — will stop him from fulfilling his duty. Especially not the mysterious young woman who claims to be his comrade’s sister. Enemy or ally, he can’t yet determine. But one thing he knows for certain is that he must keep her close. Very close.

Megan Fox’s quest to uncover a family secret leads her to the centre of vampire riots in West Virginia. To find the answers she needs — and clear herself of suspicion — she must join forces with Cole. They work undercover to bring justice, but they can’t disguise the potent attraction that draws them together. Yet trust doesn’t come easily for Cole…and when Megan unearths the grim, dark truth, can she trust him to believe her?

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test, Book 1)

8/2011 — 9781921794858 — Harlequin Teen
Teen fiction

It’s always been just Kate and her mum — but now her mother is dying. And when her dying wish is to move back to her childhood home, Kate agrees. So she starts at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live much longer.

Then she meets Henry. Dark, tortured and mesmerising. He claims to be Hades, the God of the Underworld. If Kate accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while she attempts to pass his tests.

Kate is certain Henry is crazy — until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride — and a goddess.

But if she doesn’t…

Embraced by Blood by Laurie London (Sweetblood, Book 2)

8/2011 — 9781921794193 — MiraExcerpt
Paranormal romance

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy — Guardian enforcers who safeguard humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors.

Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he’s managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won’t rest until he’s dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation — Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he’ll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet — a rare blood type that’s addictive to vampires — makes her a prime target. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed…then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won’t let Alfonso near her heart again — until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together…and into an assassin’s snare.


  1. Anna Cowan says:

    I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the Rohan book – I was very conflicted about those! Though of all of them the third hit closest to the mark for me. 

  2. Kat says:

    Anna, the entire premise of the Heavenly Hosts annoyed me, but for some reason I really liked the romance. But it’s the kind of story that, if I’d read it in a different mood, I might have thrown against the wall.

  3. Anna Cowan says:

    I found them compulsively readable, but on the wrong side of the “no means no” line. I think the heroines are just a little too earnest in their desire to get away. But the thing that bugged me most, actually, was how inconsistent her characters are. Their moods and motivations change to suit the scene, not the overall arc, so I couldn’t keep hold of them. I remember in the first book having two lines in one chapter that would be like, “She had given up her pride long ago, and would do anything for a warm bed and something to eat.” And then, “She would rather starve than give up her honour.”


  4. Kat says:

    Yeah, it hearkens back to the epic romances of the 80s where the romance plot and…expectations? trumped all, including character development and consistency. I have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy those, and the stars were appropriately aligned when I read Reckless. Did you like the first book? Is it worth getting?

  5. Anna Cowan says:

    I enjoyed reading the first, about the same as I enjoyed the second (although the heroine was maybe slightly less appealing? I can’t really remember…) The third one was my favourite, though. Aside from some highjinks at the end, it very nearly pulled it off :-)

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