Sunday, July 15, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! -
What Are You Reading?
is hosted weekly on Mondays
by Sheila from
"One Person's Journey"

Post the books you read last week, books currently reading, and books you plan on finishing this week.

Check out this week's giveaway! Win a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book!

What I Read This Week...
When You Wish Upon a Duke
"When You Wish Upon a Duke"
By: Isabella Bradford
Raised in the Dorset countryside, Lady Charlotte Wylder doesn’t care one bit about well-bred decorum. The dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty would rather ride a horse than attend a stuffy ball. So when Charlotte learns that she is to leave immediately for London to wed the Duke of Marchbourne, a perfect model of aristocratic propriety, she is less than enchanted with her arranged marriage.

But to her delight, their first encounters are brazenly flirtatious, and their wedding night burns with passion. March’s broad shoulders and dark countenance make Charlotte want to rip every button off his waistcoast. She may even be falling in love with her new husband. Yet whenever their desire boils over, March reluctantly pushes Charlotte away. Will past secrets and present misunderstandings mire their marriage in scandal, or serve to strengthen a bond that is destined to last a lifetime?

The Great Escape (Wynette, Texas, #7)
"The Great Escape"
By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Where do you run to when your life has fallen apart?

Lucy Jorik is a champ at never embarrassing the family she adores—not surprising since her mother is one of the most famous women in the world. But now Lucy has done just that. And on her wedding day, no less, to the most perfect man she's ever known.

Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy flees the church in an ill-fitting blue choir robe and hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle plastered with offensive bumper stickers. She's flying into the unknown with a rough-looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence.

While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up—and fast.

Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction . . . and unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her but reveals nothing about himself. As the hot summer days unfold amid scented breezes and sudden storms, she'll also encounter a beautiful, troubled beekeeper; a frightened young boy; a modern-day evil queen; and a passion that could change her life forever.

Gateway to Heaven
"Gateway to Heaven"
By: Beth Kery
Life is rough when you're gorgeous, rich, talented and so sexy the media won't leave you alone. It was certainly the truth in Christian Lasher's case. He returns to the neighborhood of his childhood to escape the spotlight, hungering for a change in his creative endeavors. In the midst of his soul searching he meets Megan and is captured by the tantalizing hint of her hidden fires. Megan knows nothing about his wild, rebellious youth or his career as a rock star--and Christian would prefer to keep it that way. There was much, much more to her than the role of a fragile victim. Megan Shreve is a sculptor with creative depths and passions that tragedy had forced into the shadows. When she looks into Christian's eyes she sees herself for the first time as an exciting, sexy woman. She longs to discover more of herself in Christian's arms and in his bed. Two passionate souls destined for one another--unless the stifling roles imposed by tragedy and fame rip them apart.

Star Crossed (Battered Hearts, #2)
"Star Crossed"
By: Kele Moon

Heavyweight MMA fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go. 

The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.

As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.

Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts, #1)
"Defying the Odds"
By: Kele Moon
When struggling waitress Melody Dylan gives a handsome, lonely stranger a simple gift she has no clue her life is about to take a drastic turn.

The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.

What I'm Reading Now...
The Officer Says "I Do"
"The Officer Says I Do"
By: Jeanette Murray
He's a Marine...she grew up on a commune.
He always puts duty first...she's a free spirit with an unshakable belief in Fate.
He loves routine and order...she brings chaos and creativity wherever she goes.
They're going to balance each other perfectly--or drive each other completely, utterly insane...
On a wild pre-deployment celebration in Las Vegas, Captain Timothy O'Shay encounters free-spirited beauty Skye McDermott, and for once lets down his guard. Now his life is about to take off in directions he never could have imagined..


  1. I love these romances! I need to add a couple to my reading list. I've been deep in the paranormal/fantasy realm for a few weeks now. :)

    Between the Bind - It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  2. My favorite read last week was Sweet Revenge (audio) by Diane Mott Davidson. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  3. The Officer Says I Do looks really good, I can't wait to hear what you think about it!
    Enjoy your reading this week!
    Check out what I'm reading this week!

    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

  4. Defying the Odds and The Officer Says I Do are two that I might like to add to my TBR piles. I will eventually pick up the SEP book as she is usually a reliably fun romance read.
    Enjoy your books!

  5. I have a feeling you like romance. ;)

  6. The Great Escape has such a lovely cover! Enjoy your reading....


  7. Great week of reading. I've got The Great Escape up next as well as The Officer Says, I Do!

  8. These covers are beautiful, definitely draws you in! Enjoy!!

  9. You definitely have some HOT book covers here. Enjoy! :-)

  10. Looks like some great book covers!

    Hoping you are enjoying reading "The Officer Says I Do?"

    Enjoy your books!

  11. The Great Escape sounds like it could be hilarious ;) I'm picturing her escape in a choir robe, lol. Thanks for visiting me at my blog!

  12. Looks like you handled some pretty racy stuff this week. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

  13. It has been a long, long time since I've read a really good romance! Too long!

  14. The Great Escape looks good:) Feel free to stop by and say hello:)

  15. Looks like some fun reading! Have a great week! And...keep cool. It looks like we're going to get some heat again.

  16. Oh, When You Wish Upon a Duke sounds really good! And must check out The Great Escape, I recently read Call Me Irresistible, which has her running away, and focusing on other characters, so must see what this one's about! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog, nice lineup you have. :)

  18. All of these books look so good. Enjoy!

  19. Gateway to Heaven makes me think of Led Zeppelin. I hope you enjoy it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  20. Oooh so awesome looking steamy reads! :D I'm definitely going to have to check out Gateway to Heaven! :D It sounds like my kind of book. ;D haha

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Monday post! :D

    Happy Reading!

  21. Some sweet covers, hope you have a great reading week.

  22. The Great Escape has such a great cover! I hope you have a wonderful week.

  23. love the covers of your books this week, think I'll stop by Loose ID ;-)

    thanks for commenting!

  24. Again lots of romance :) Haven't read any of these, and I have quite a pile of romance to get to, but I have no idea when I'll do that... Happy reading!

  25. Gosh - The Great Escape sounds so interesting. I don't know about books with the series title of Battered Hearts...haha - don't think I could take it. Hope they're good, though.

    Have a great reading week!

  26. The Great Escape sounds like a lot of fun, I might have to add that one to my list!

  27. Again hot covers!
    definitely love the sound of Gateway to Heaven and the Officer says I do!
    Have a great week :)

  28. Wow looks like you had a great week for readin! The Great Escape looks like a really fun read. Have a great week!

  29. I love, love, love SEP. I've read them all and just started The Great Escape.

  30. Sorry it took me so long to reply - it's been one of those weeks.

    I haven't read any of these but they look great.

    Have a great weekend.