At the beginning of every month this year, I’m telling you about a couple of upcoming contemporary romance novels worth coveting. These are books I really, really want to read, or have read early copies of and can highly recommend.
And if you tell me about a contemporary romance novel being published in March that you’re looking forward to, you could win a $10 book gift certificate for yourself AND the author. (Giveaway details at the end of this post.)
This month, I’m highlighting a book I’ve read and one I haven’t yet.
Hot Under Pressure by Louisa Edwards
Prepare to turn up the heat with the final book in the sizzling “Rising Star Chef” trilogy from romance author Louisa Edwards.
Henry Beck thought he’d already faced the toughest kitchen challenge of his life. After all, what could top sweating it out as a Navy cook on a submarine? But when he learns his competition for the title of Rising Star Chef is the sweet hippie girl he married…and left…ten years ago, the heat is on.
Now Beck and Skye Gladwell are going head to head in the finals…and sparking up old flames every time they touch. But Skye wants more than a win over the man who abandoned her when she needed him most—she wants a divorce! Then her sexy almost-ex makes a deliciously dangerous proposition. He’ll give in to her demands, but if his team wins the RSC, he has a demand of his own…one last taste of the only woman he ever loved.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Publication date: 27 March
I haven’t read any of the Rising Star Chef series yet, but only because glomming on Louisa Edwards’ books is favorite hobby of mine, so as soon as I finish one I feel a desperate need to start the next one.
Now that the last in the series is coming out, I can buy them all, clear a few weekends, and lose myself in her steamy kitchens with some of the most sensuous-sounding food…not to mention her very hot chefs.
Protector by Catherine Mann
TRUST, LOVE …AND LIES.
After barely surviving enemy torture, Captain Chuck Tanaka doesn’t trust himself to do more than ride a desk—but new orders leave him no choice. Assigned to the investigation of a mob boss whose luxury cruise ship is reportedly a hub for terrorist activity, Tanaka goes undercover. His target: Jolynn Taylor, the mob boss’s daughter
As a child, Jolynn saw her beloved uncle murdered. Since then, she’s stayed far away from her father’s crooked empire. But when he falls ill, she returns, hoping to mend the gap between them. Instead, she finds herself on the run, one step ahead of unknown enemies. The only thing keeping her alive is the man she knows as Charles Tomas, the only man she’s ever been able to trust.
Unfortunately, he’s also the man determined to destroy her family…
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Publication date: 6 March
I really enjoyed this fast-paced military suspense, where no one is what they seem and the hero has every reason to doubt his ability to be heroic.
You can read my full review here.
Answer at least one of the questions in bold below. By “contemporary romance” I mean romance between human beings set in the present day. It can be romantic suspense, inspirational, erotic, category-length or whatever.
I’ll choose one winner on Tuesday March 13th. That person will get a $10 gift certificate to the online book retailer of their choice, AND I’ll send the same to the author they mention.
If the winner mentions more than one author, I’ll ask her to choose which one gets the gift certificate.
This is open internationally.
What contemporary romance novel(s) are you looking forward to in March? Have you read anything by the authors I mentioned? Which of their books do you like best?
Note: Comment by March 13th and you’ll also be eligible for my $25 gift certificate giveaway.