posted on May 6, 2014 by Jaycie Cash

PICK AT LEAST ONE OF THE GREAT READS BLOOMING THIS MAY

Some blooming great books written by Writerspace Top Shelf authors are sprouting up this May. So go ahead, pick your own bouquet of fantastic reads. They’re all sure to help your delight grow, whether read out in the sunshine or while sitting in the shade.

Almost Like Being in Love Almost Like Being in Love (Lost Hearts #2)
By Christina Dodd
eBook
Self Published, reissued from 06/04
Released April 4, 2014
www.ChristinaDodd.com

New York Times author Christina Dodd’s bestselling romantic suspense series, Lost Hearts:

Mystery and misery scar their young lives. Three sisters and their foster brother are torn apart by tragedy and scattered across the country to grow up alone…

After Pepper Prescott witnesses a brutal murder, she’s forced to flee a vengeful killer, leaving behind her home, her business…and the identity she’s spent years cultivating. She seeks shelter in the only place she’s ever felt safe—the small mountain town of Diamond, Idaho. Diamond was where she had spent a year of high school in a loving foster home. And met the boy who captured her heart, and taught her body to love…only to be forced to leave him without a backward glance.

Her flight brings her face to face with Dan Graham again. His time in the Special Forces has left him wounded, body and soul. Like Pepper, he hides a dangerous secret that could get them both killed. Yet no matter what bitterness and anger has kept them apart, sweet, swift passion still brightly flares each time they touch. Can they learn to trust each other before murder and treachery finds them? Or is it too late for them both?

Lady in BlackLady in Black “Lost Hearts #1”
By Christina Dodd
eBook
Published by Christina Dodd,
Released April 1, 2014, reissued from 2/93 & 4/13
www.ChristinaDodd.com

A straitlaced lady-butler, A powerful billionaire, And kidnapping, conflict, and steamy sex in the shower. New York Times best seller Christina Dodd brings you her classic romantic suspense full-length novel  . . . Margaret Guarneri had found sanctuary managing the home of a rich, elderly man … until the day he received a threat of kidnapping. Enter Reid Donovan, dynamic, wealthy in his own right, and suspicious of the gorgeous young widow who so diligently cares for his grandfather.

Distrust, extortion, and the shadows of the past drive Reid and Margaret apart. Wild, uninhibited passion brings them together. They must learn to trust each other before they can vanquish a killer…and in the process, they discover a passion more powerful than anything either of them could imagine. But has love come too late for the handsome billionaire and his lady in black?

The BridegroomThe Bridegroom (A Stone Creek Novel #5)
By Linda Lael Miller
eBook
Published by HQN
Released April 29, 2014, reissued from 08/09
www.LindaLaelMiller.com

A straitlaced lady-butler, A powerful billionaire, And kidnapping, conflict, and steamy sex in the shower. New York Times best seller Christina Dodd brings you her classic romantic suspense full-length novel  . . . Margaret Guarneri had found sanctuary managing the home of a rich, elderly man … until the day he received a threat of kidnapping. Enter Reid Donovan, dynamic, wealthy in his own right, and suspicious of the gorgeous young widow who so diligently cares for his grandfather.

Distrust, extortion, and the shadows of the past drive Reid and Margaret apart. Wild, uninhibited passion brings them together. They must learn to trust each other before they can vanquish a killer…and in the process, they discover a passion more powerful than anything either of them could imagine. But has love come too late for the handsome billionaire and his lady in black?

LawlessLawless
By Diana Palmer
eBook
Published by Harlequin HQN
Released April 29, 2014,
Reissued from 07/03
www.DianaPalmer.com

Five years ago, Judd Dunn, a hard-edged Texas Ranger, put Christabel Gaines’s father behind bars—where he belonged. But Judd’s involvement in Crissy’s life was far from over. With their jointly owned ranch on the verge of bankruptcy, Judd wed her in name only, promising to save their land and vowing to ignore the sexual tension between them.

Now, just when Judd decides to release Crissy from their sham of a marriage, he is blindsided by a bloodthirsty foe who is setting the stage for unspeakable evil by preying upon Judd’s greatest weakness—his wife. No longer a starry-eyed schoolgirl, Crissy’s a smart, fearless woman with unfulfilled desires. And she will do anything in the name of love—including taking a bullet for her husband.

With their very lives at stake, Crissy and Judd must confront their darkest demons, their new rivals and their deepest desires—and face up to a mutual destiny they cannot outrun.

The Cowboy and the LadyThe Cowboy and the Lady
By Diana Palmer
eBook
Published by Harlequin
Released May 5, 2014
Reissued from 08/82
www.DianaPalmer.com

At sprawling Casa Verde, old flames still burn…

Seven years ago Amanda Carson watched her affluent, well-respected family lose both face and fortune. Then her childhood crush—ice-cold cowboy Jace Whitehall—made her an offer she had to refuse. Now Amanda has returned to Casa Verde, Jace’s luxurious home. And Jace isn’t about to let her forget who she is or what she’s lost.

Yet beneath their heated words, something simmers, waiting. For what once drove Amanda from this land may be the one thing that can make her stay.

Nelson's BrandNelson’s Brand
By Diana Palmer
eBook
Published by Harlequin
Released May 5, 2014
Reissued from 01/91
www.DianaPalmer.com

CAN HE GET PAST BETRAYAL?

Allison Hathoway’s life was about healing. And she was good at it. Or had been good at it until the tragedy in South America. Now she couldn’t even fix herself. She didn’t know how to go on, didn’t know what to do, or who to be.

She had that in common with Gene Nelson. After the rancher found out the truth about his father, he’d realized his whole life was a lie. He’d gone a little wild, and saw no reason not to give in to his every desire. And the minute he saw Allison, he wanted her. But underneath their explosive passion, Allison and Gene found comfort in each other’s wounded souls. And a chance to start over.

Heather's SongHeather’s Song
By Diana Palmer
eBook
Published by Harlequin
Released May 14, 2014
Reissued from 01/91
www.DianaPalmer.com

ALL SHE EVER WANTED

Cole Everett watched Heather Shaw grow from a child into a girl hovering on the edge of womanhood…and then watched her walk away from him to make it as a singer. Just as her career is taking off, an accident brings Heather back to the ranch and back to Cole.

But it is far from a happy homecoming. Heather is confused by her growing awareness of Cole as a man, and hurt by how much he hates her for leaving. Yet he refuses to ask her to stay. What will it take to convince him that the song in her heart is only for him?

Cattleman's ChoiceCattleman’s Choice
By Diana Palmer
eBook
Published by Harlequin
Released May 14, 2014
Reissued from 03/85
www.DianaPalmer.com

Carson Wayne had come to Mandelyn Bush with the ultimate request: he needed her to teach him how to treat a lady. No doubt he’d asked the right person—Mandelyn was as polished and feminine as Carson was rough and reclusive. And she was the only person who could reason with him during one of his barroom brawls.

It was too intriguing a challenge to turn down. Mandelyn was curious about what lay beneath the outlaw’s hard shell. She suspected that the renegade was really a caring and sensitive man.

But what she hadn’t counted on were her own feelings for this irresistible rebel.

Rage of PassionRage of Passion
By Diana Palmer
eBook
Published by Harlequin
Released May 14, 2014
Reissued from 01/87
www.DianaPalmer.com

“ANYTHING WORTH HAVING IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR…”

From the moment the elegantly dressed society woman walked into the bar on the wrong side of town, rugged Texan Donavan Langley knew she was trouble—and just the type of woman he’d vowed to avoid. But the lovely Fay York awoke a tenderness in him that he’d never known…and a yearning for something he could never have.

The electrifying instant Fay gazed into a pair of glittering silver eyes, she fell hard for Donavan. Even though the rough-and-tumble cowboy was determined to keep his heart from her, he needed Fay. And it wasn’t such a big step from needing to loving….

The Rawhide ManThe Rawhide Man
By Diana Palmer
eBook
Published by Harlequin Special Releases
Released May 14, 2014
Reissued from 09/84
www.DianaPalmer.com

IT WAS A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE…

But convenient for whom? Jude Langston had practically kidnapped Bess White and brought her to his San Antonio ranch. It wasn’t that he’d wanted her so desperately—he didn’t even like Bess. No, Jude’s cool green eyes were firmly fixed on the shares of his company that she’d inherited.

Bess had always thought of Jude as the Rawhide Man—lean and rough. But then she discovered he could also be unexpectedly gentle, and it devastated her. For as much as she fought it, Jude had captured her heart. Yet how could she stay in a marriage that was so much less than such a union should be?

Otherwise EngagedOtherwise Engaged
By Amanda Quick
Hardcover and eBook
Published by H. C. Putnam
Released April 22, 2014
www.AmandaQuick.com

Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands.

But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . .

One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her . . . for now.

But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge—gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him—as tenuous as it may be.

For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from. . . .

Blind FaithBlind Faith “Sins Brothers #3”
By Rebecca Zanetti
eBook
Published by Grand Central Forever
Released May 06, 2014
www.RebeccaZanetti.com

A betrayal he couldn’t forget . . .

For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another . . . until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there’s only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he’d never trust again.

A love she couldn’t deny . . .

The moment Audrey Madison spies Nate across a crowded ballroom, she can barely breathe. He’s just as undeniably sexy as she remembers, yet there’s an edge to him now that’s as irresistible as it is dangerous. When he asks for her help, Audrey can’t refuse. But she has secrets of her own–secrets that, if Nate ever discovers them, may cost them both their lives . . .

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