New Releases For February 5th, 2013

Posted February 3, 2013 by girlswit in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

***Please do not post any spoilers for the new releases. No need to ruin it for anyone.

See Now Then: A Novel
Jamaica Kincaid
In See Now Then, the brilliant and evocative new novel from
Jamaica Kincaid—her first in ten years—a marriage is revealed in all its joys
and agonies. This piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the
passing of time operates on the human consciousness unfolds gracefully, and
Kincaid inhabits each of her characters—a mother, a father, and their two
children, living in a small village in New England—as they move, in their own
minds, between the present, the past, and the future: for, as she writes, “the
present will be now then and the past is now then and the future will be a now
then.” Her characters, constrained by the world, despair in their domestic
situations. But their minds wander, trying to make linear sense of what is, in
fact, nonlinear. See Now Then is Kincaid’s attempt to make clear what is
unclear, and to make unclear what we assumed was clear: that is, the beginning,
the middle, and the end.

     Since the publication of
her first short-story collection, At the Bottom of the River, which was
nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Kincaid has demonstrated a
unique talent for seeing beyond and through the surface of things. In See Now Then, she envelops the reader in a world that is both
familiar and startling—creating her most emotionally and thematically daring
work yet.

Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3) By Ally Carter
Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were
born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of
loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most
seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in
common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or
stealing—whatever they want. 
No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be
counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line.
When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation,
he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new
role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped
off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to
steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might
be the mark.  
Forced to keep a level head as she and her
crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and
far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it
off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if
she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

Etiquette &
Espionage (Finishing School #1) By
Gail Carriger 
It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly.
It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time.
Welcome to Finishing School.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial
to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and
climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company
never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter
to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s
Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have
hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything.
Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the
also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest
possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first
year’s education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol
Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and
droll humor Gail’s legions of fans have come to adore. 

the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the
bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though
if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s
grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know
about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When
Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her
grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is
inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one
mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must
stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for
the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.  

Pantomime By Laura Lam
Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the
glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are
wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems
possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and
knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone
can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble
family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees
to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the
circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.
But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in
their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

This Wicked Magic (This Witchery #2) By  Michele Hauf 
His destined mate…
Certainly Jones has pushed
it too far this time. Gnawing and clawing at his soul are the demons he
unknowingly carried back from his quest into their land. Weak and exhausted,
the dark witch gazes down the dim, cobbled street at his only hope—a lone vehicle
with blazing headlights. Desperate, he makes a mad dash for the light, and the
striking woman illuminated in its wake.
Vika senses him before she
sees him. The good witch with emerald eyes and fiery red hair has never dabbled
in dark magic. But one look at CJ turns her life upside down. Soon Vika is
lured into his dangerous world…and his powerful arms. A few sultry kisses are
not enough to save CJ from his demons—it’s going to take some seriously potent
sorcery. And they’re running out of time.

As the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter—and a member of Ipswitch’s
Royal family—Xandra Morgan should be a witch of incredible power. But things
don’t always turn out like you expect… 

While she hasn’t lived up to her family’s
expectations, Xandra has come to terms with her latent magic and made a life
for herself in Austin, Texas, running a coffee shop where she makes potions of
a non-magical nature. While things aren’t perfect, Xandra is happy—until she
runs into powerful warlock Declan Chumomisto.

Xandra hasn’t seen Declan in years, and though
she’s still overwhelmed by his power, she doesn’t trust him. And when her own
powers awaken one night and lead her to the body of a woman in the woods
bearing the symbol of Isis—the same one that has marked Xandra since the day
she met Declan—she’s filled with a terrible suspicion, soon confirmed: the
woman is connected to him. 

Xandra doesn’t want to believe that Declan is
capable of murder, but as the body count mounts, and Xandra’s own powers spiral
out of control, she’s not sure she can trust her own instincts…

The Queen Is Dead (The Immortal Empire #2) By Kate Locke
When her brother Val gets in
over his head in an investigation of Half-Blood disappearances and goes missing
himself, it’s up to Xandra, newly crowned Goblin Queen, to get him back and
bring the atrocities to light. Xandra must frequent the seediest parts of
London, while also coping with what she is, the political factions vying for
her favor, and the all too-close scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who wants her
head. Add this to a being a suspect in a murder investigation, a werewolf
boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on destroying the
monarchy, and Xandra barely knows which way is up. One thing she does know is
that she’s already lost one sibling, she’s not about to lose another. 

Xandra Varden is the newly crowned Goblin Queen
of England. But her complicated life is by no means over.

There are the political factions vying for her favor, and the all too-close
scrutiny of Queen Victoria, who for some reason wants her head. Not to mention
her werewolf boyfriend with demands of his own, and a mother hell bent on
destroying the monarchy. Now she’s the suspect in a murder investigation —
and Xandra barely knows which way is up.

What she does know is that nothing lasts forever—and immortality isn’t all
its cracked up to be.

In a city full of vampires, trouble never sleeps.

At the tender age of twenty-seven, Merit became a
sword-wielding vampire. Since then, she’s become the protector of her House,
watched Chicago nearly burn to the ground, and seen her Master fall and rise.
Now she’ll see her mettle—and her metal—tested like never before.

It started with two . . . Two rogues vanishing
without a trace. Someone is targeting Chicago’s vampires, and anyone could be
next. With their house in peril, Merit and her Master, the centuries-old Ethan
Sullivan, must race to stop the disappearances. But as they untangle a web of
secret alliances and ancient evils, they realize their foe is more familiar,
and more powerful, than they could have ever imagined.

The Loved and the
Lost By
Lory S. Kaufman
are three time travelers desperate to return to 14th-century Verona to reclaim
their medieval family s shattered lives. It is a mission fraught with danger
and the risk of unexpected consequences for themselves and for their worlds.
For all three, it is a matter of the heart. For one, though, it is truly the
only thing that matters, as the fate of his eternal love and the life of their
unborn child is the prize to be won or lost forever. In this, the final book of
THE VERONA TRILOGY, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln go on the boldest adventure of
their lives. They will face hardship, tragedy, and threats from sources they
couldn t have imagined all in an effort to wrestle a future from the steely
grip of an unforgiving past

Dane always delivers a steamy, exciting ride” (
New York Times bestselling
author Larissa Ione), and she does it again in her new novel of two lovers
fighting for their lives against a rising threat, and a passion that’s just as

In the wake of the Magister’s rampage, chaos
rules. Left reeling, the Others and the humans scramble to create some sort of
unity in the face of growing unrest and violence from anti-Other hate
groups—and PR guru Molly Ryan is the witch who can do it. She grew up in the
human world but there’s nothing left for her there. She’s lost her PR firm and
her friends, and now she’s decided to put all her fight toward aiding the
Others in this dark new reality. Gage Garrity, one of the few Others who
survived the massacre, fears that the crusade will expose Molly to greater
dangers than ever before.

Now, together, with magick on their side, Molly
and Gage are on the road in a desperate struggle to unite a torn world. From
state houses to television news to legislative conference rooms across the
country, they’re fighting the good fight. And it’s bringing out a passion in
both of them they never expected—one as volatile, intense and all-consuming as
their relentless battle for world unity. A battle that could be their undoing…  

Magic at Midnight By Gena Showalter
charmed and sexy novellas set in Mysteria, the beguiling little Colorado town
where magic is in the air and passions run high—and not because of the altitude
. . . 

Hundreds of years ago, in the mountains of
Colorado, Mysteria was founded by a random act of demonic kindness. Today, it’s
a magnet for the supernatural, where magic quietly coexists with the mundane
world. But now two sisters are about to unleash a tempest of seduction that
will have tongues wagging for centuries to come . . . 

The Witches of
Mysteria and the Dead Who Love Them 

Genevieve is a witch with a bad case of unrequited
love for a local bar owner. But is his sudden change of heart the result of a
love potion—or a literally breathtaking passion?

A Tawdry Affair 
Glory, witch of love, wants her man.
Unfortunately, he barely knows she exists—until a magic pen brings her creative
fantasies of seduction, sex, and delicious revenge to life.

bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton,
Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat
into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is
charged with the care of Penton’s humans, though he longs to fight alongside
his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal’s
vicious leader, Will’s capture could doom the resistance. Yet he is determined
to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father—and to former
US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has
little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to
fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will’s polished charm—and
Randa’s guarded heart—finally give way to the warrior within. Fans of Susannah
Sandlin’s Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment
of the steamy paranormal series.

When the past flies in your face, clip its

The Shadow Slayers, Book 1

Kara Reed is a supernatural failure. But where her magic falls short, her fists
get the job done. The criminal element doesn’t stand a chance once she hits San
Diego’s dark streets.

When two smoking-hot tenants move in next
door, she thinks her love life might finally be heating up. Just being near
Gavin and Julian is enough to make her want to offer her body on a platter.
Gavin and Julian know it’s only a matter of
time before the truth comes out. They’re fallen angels sent to watch over the
king’s daughter, one of the last females of her kind. Trouble is, she doesn’t
seem to think she needs watching—unless they’re watching her shimmy out of her
No matter how tempting her guardians, Kara’s
not about to let anything stop her from tracking down a sadistic killer who
carves into his victims and leaves them for dead. Even when she realizes her
target may be the very scourge of heaven from which her angels swore to protect
Warning: Contains a kick-ass heroine with a
foul mouth, a kind heart and a raging libido, and two fallen angel warriors who
wouldn’t have her any other way. Watch out for sex in the clouds, a
magical island of hedonism and a love triangle that gives new meaning to the
term “hot-wings”.

thinking and loyalty have taken human Sophie Lawson a long way in the UDA –
along with a healthy dose of magic immunity. But when her old boss Pete Sampson
asks for help after a mysterious two year disappearance, she’s determined to
find out what high placed demon has put two ruthless werewolf killers on his
tail. Of course, sucking up to her icy vampire department head and negotiating
a treacherous interoffice demon battle are the kind of workplace politics that
could easily get a “breather” way worse than reprimanded. And sexy
fallen angel Alex is doing whatever it takes to heat up Sophie’s professional
cool and raise feelings she’s done her best to bury. Too bad their
investigation is about to uncover the Agency’s darkest secrets…and powerful
entities happy to sign one inquisitive human’s pink slip in blood.

Out of the shadows… 

For more than a decade, Caro Barrett has had
doubts about the death of her husband, who disappeared while looking for a
tribe of day-walking vampires in an African rainforest. Now, their daughter is
struggling through her teenage years without a father. Waiting in the wings is
an ancient vampire ready to possess Caro’s heart—and to protect them both from
harm. And, with her husband declared legally dead, Caro feels it is finally
time to move on…

A hemisphere away in a windowless compound, an
Ottoman vampire lies dying from a rare blood disease, which has made him
vulnerable to the faintest bit of light. Yet he is determined to vanquish its
power over him—to feel the sun on his face one last time. And in Caro’s darkest
fears he will be lifted into the light of day…

Soul Deep (Dark
Souls #2)
 Anne Hope
Save her life…or save mankind. His choice
could cost him his soul.
For nearly two centuries, Marcus has been the
Watchers’ most faithful soldier. Sworn to protect humanity, driven by an
unrelenting compulsion to atone for past sins, he has rarely found a compelling
reason to question his mission, let alone defy his leader.
His partner, Regan, is his exact opposite, an
enigma he longs to solve. A free spirit and reckless to a fault, Regan acts
first and thinks later. Her smart mouth and tender heart have fascinated Marcus
for decades, but the Watchers’ strict vow of celibacy has forced him to ignore
the sizzling attraction between them. Until now.
When Regan goes rogue to protect a very
special little boy, Marcus is forced to make an impossible choice—commit an act
of treason or watch the woman he secretly loves die.
Hunted by enemies and allies alike, Regan and
Marcus run for their lives, fighting to thwart an age-old prophecy and guard a
boy whose destiny may very well be to destroy the world…or save it.
Warning: Contains violent battle scenes,
angels with twisted agendas, nail-biting suspense, intense emotion, burning-hot
sexual tension, and a sexy, stubborn hero who would rather face death than
admit what’s in his heart.

Undercover Wolf (Alpha Force #6) By Linda O. Johnston
Danger and desire collide in
a race against time
P.I. Quinn Parran’s mission
is simple: to join Alpha Force, a unique military team of shape-shifters, and
use their new elixir to enhance his shape-shifting abilities. With the aid of
Sergeant Kristine Norwood, each shifting experiment sparks something more
volatile than any challenge he’s ever encountered: a primal passion. And when
Quinn’s brother vanishes on his honeymoon and is suspected of murder, Quinn
must join forces with Kristine to investigate.
With no choice but to go
deep undercover as newlyweds, Kristine finds herself enjoying the charade a
little too much. She is attracted to Quinn, but isn’t about to get involved
with a shape-shifter. Until their quest becomes more dangerous, and Kristine
must put aside her doubts and put her full trust in Quinn….

Unravel Me (Shatter
Me #2)
 Tahereh Mafi
it’s almost
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a
place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of
the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment,
free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But
Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than
she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter
, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she
wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing
between her heart—and Adam’s life.

City of a Thousand
Dolls By
 Miriam Forster
The girl with no past, and no future, may be
the only one who can save their lives.
Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City
of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a little girl. Now sixteen, she lives on
the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians,
healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. She makes her way
as Matron’s errand girl, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail
her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s
handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until
one by one, girls around her start to die.
Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha
decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting
involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand
Dolls—but also her life.


With his strong psychic ability, FBI Agent Joss
Crawford longs for the woman he loved in a past life. But after years of
searching, a new case is drawing him into the last place he’d ever want to find
her: an underground slave ring. Going undercover to infiltrate the network, he
meets Drucella Chapman–the mastermind’s fiancée. Joss has every reason to
believe she’s evil. So why is he irresistibly drawn to her? 


Drucella has made it her personal mission to bring
the slave ring down. But the sadistic ring leader is even more careful than he
is cruel. In order to gain information, Dru has had to get close to the very
man she wishes to kill, using her gift to read his memories bit by bit. She’d
do anything to finish the job, but agreeing to marry him may have been a step
too far–even for her. 


Though Joss and Dru are both undercover, nothing
can disguise the sense of déjà vu they experience when they meet. Neither can
afford to be distracted from the mission at hand, but perhaps their reunion is
exactly what this mission needs…

Prophet of the Dead:
Brotherhood of the Griffon, Book V By
 Richard Lee Byers
anticipated climax to a series that has been building in popularity, Richard
Lee Byers is at his best working with tales of the undead.  
Prophet of the Dead fulfills
on the promise of the title, giving fans a satisfying end to the current
threats facing the Brotherhood of the Griffon.

Fireblood By Jeff Wheeler
Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work
to banish the plagues that ravage the kingdoms. He believes the answer to
ending the devastation lies in the Scourgelands. Yet, Tyrus’s first expedition
into the cursed woods failed after being defeated by mysterious minions who
stalked and killed most of his band.
Now a prisoner in his own tower, Tyrus has
summoned his nephew Annon—a Druidecht possessing innate magic called the
fireblood—on the guise of finding a hidden treasure with which to purchase his
twin sister Hettie’s freedom. But in reality, Tyrus is using his niece and
nephew, and their magic, as an opportunity to escape and resume his desperate
mission. And to aid them, he has enlisted the warrior-monk Paedrin—who is
almost as green as the siblings when it comes to traveling these troubled
lands. The trio is determined, and along the way they grow to trust each
other—and new additions to the group—in order to accomplish their
missions…whether or not those missions are one and the same.
But the Arch-Rike—ruthless ruler of
Kenatos—has learned of these plans, and has sent the fearsome Kishion to
destroy all those that oppose him. Now Tyrus and his unwitting allies must face
down not only the plague, but this new enemy—and fulfill their quest before a
fresh horror is unleashed on the world…

Dead Things By Stephen Blackmoore
is such an ugly word, but it’s a title Eric Carter is stuck with.

He sees ghosts, talks to the dead. He’s turned it
into a lucrative career putting troublesome spirits to rest, sometimes taking
on even more dangerous things. For a fee, of course.

When he left LA fifteen years ago, he thought he’d
never go back. Too many bad memories. Too many people trying to kill him.

But now his sister’s been brutally murdered and
Carter wants to find out why.

Was it the gangster looking to settle a score? The
ghost of a mage he killed the night he left town? Maybe it’s the patrion saint
of violent death herself, Santa Muerte, who’s taken an unusually keen interest
in him.

Carter’s going to find out who did it, and he’s
going to make them pay.

As long as they don’t kill him first.

Blood Oranges By Caitlín R. Kiernan
My name’s Quinn.
If you buy into my reputation, I’m the most
notorious demon hunter in New England. But rumors of my badassery have been
slightly exaggerated. Instead of having kung-fu skills and a closet full of
medieval weapons, I’m an ex-junkie with a talent for being in the wrong place
at the right time. Or the right place at the wrong time. Or…whatever.
Wanted for crimes against inhumanity I
(mostly) didn’t commit, I was nearly a midnight snack for a werewolf until I
was “saved” by a vampire calling itself the Bride of Quiet. Already cursed by a
werewolf bite, the vamp took a pint out of me too.
So now…now, well, you wouldn’t think it could
get worse, but you’d be dead wrong.
When the Night
Whispers By
 Savanna WellesValerie Wilson Wesley
A riveting, modern-day gothic tale about
a woman who succumbs and then must save herself from a dark lover
night was the first time I tasted champagne—French he told me, and as I loved
all things French I was enchanted. I barely remember what we said—only that I
did most of the talking: about leaving the South, my dreams of becoming a
writer, my thoughts of Harlem . . . and of you. He said very little, only this:
“The moment I saw you I knew you would be mine forever. And even death,
even that, could not part us.”
Jocelyn’s life feels empty,
devoid of passion and purpose. After she finds a journal written by her
“doomed” great-grandmother, Caprice, she is spellbound by her story: the
escape from a loveless marriage, her seduction by a nameless lover who is both
“demon and savior.” Then, as if stepping out of a dream, Jocelyn
meets Asa, her mysterious next door neighbor.

Asa is charming, handsome, and daring and, as if by magic, she
is drawn into his hedonistic lifestyle. Yet there is something unsettling
about Asa. Luna is suspicious of this man, and although Jocelyn is
dismissive of Luna and amused by her friend’s warnings, she can’t completely
ignore them. She begins to wonder if things with Asa aren’t quite what they

Kissed: Belle;
Sunlight and Shadow; Winter’s Child By
 Cameron Dokey
makes the heart grow fonder—and love grow stronger—in three romantic fairy tale
retellings from the author of Once.
Belle lacks her sisters’
awe-inspiring beauty, so she withdraws from society to focus on her art in Belle.
But when her father is held captive by a terrifying Beast, Belle is the only
one with the courage and creativity to save him…though she must first believe
in herself.
In Sunlight and
, Princess Mina is kidnapped. Desperate to be reunited with her
daughter, the Queen of the Night promises Mina’s hand in marriage to the prince
who can rescue her. Yet as Mina and her prince encounter trials of love and
fate, Mina must summon the strength to find her own happiness.
In Winter’s Child,
Grace’s best friend is lured from home by a dazzling Snow Queen. Grace sets out
on a dangerous, mystical journey to find him, and along the way, she discovers
the meaning of true love.

Jace, and Ash: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country.
They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Gabe,
it’s making one particular fantasy come true with a woman who was forbidden
fruit. Now she’s ripe for the picking… 

When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the
ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what
he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s
not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires. 

Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than
once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best
friend. So what if Gabe’s fourteen years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her
league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult
now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires. 

As Gabe pulls her into his provocative world, she
realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him or how exacting his demands
can be. Their relationship is intense and obsessive, but as they cross the line
from secret sexual odyssey to something deeper, their affair runs the risk of
being exposed—and vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either

Touch & Go By Lisa Gardner
#1 New
York Times
 bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of Catch Me and Love
You More
, returns with a heart-thumping thriller about what lurks
behind the facade of a perfect family.

This is my family: 
Vanished without a trace…
Justin and Libby Denbe have
the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful
fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street
in Boston’s elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends
and family.  A perfect life.
 This is what I
know:  Pain has a flavor…
When investigator Tessa
Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on
the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer.  The family appears to have
been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining
behind.  No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive.  Just an entire
family, vanished without a trace.
 This is what I
fear:  The worst is yet to come…
Tessa knows better than
anyone that even the most perfect façades can hide the darkest secrets. 
Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings,
a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small
sacrifices.  Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family? 
And how far would such a person be willing to go?
This is the truth: 
Love, safety, family…it is all touch and go.

Crystal Cove (Friday Harbor #4) By Lisa Kleypas
LOVE . . .
TO DEFY. . . .
In New York Times bestselling author Lisa
Kleypas’s Crystal Cove,
Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday
Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the
safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty,
nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability.
But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something
missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do
whatever it takes to change her destiny.
What Justine soon discovers is that someone
cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find
her soul mate. Determined to change her fate, Justine finds a way to break the
enchantment, never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow.
And when Justine meets the mysterious Jason
Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threaten
everything she holds dear . . . because Jason has secrets of his own, and he
wants more from her than fate will ever allow.


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