Hello, and welcome back! Spring is trying hard to take over here, and judging by the weather forecast I saw this morning, after tomorrow, it may be able to do just that. While I enjoyed having a "real" winter for a change, I'm ready for spring now! Not to mention, some of the books due to be released this spring.
In the meantime, though, I have several new books to share with you this week, so let's get started. First up is Susan Meier's Tycoon's Double Trouble (Silhouette Romance #1650) (Silhouette Romance), the second in her "Daycare Dads" series. This time out, Sadie Evans is the object of Troy Cramer's desire--to help him with his wayward daughters, that is. Troy and Sadie went to school together, and he's so impressed by the way she changed her life, he knows she can work wonders with his twin daughters. Trouble is, he hadn't counted on falling for Sadie. For her part, Sadie isn't interested in the sort of life uber-rich Troy lives, with bodyguards around all the time, unable to enjoy the simple things in life because of his career and responsibilities. Too bad she's enamored of both his girls and their father. It's very interesting to see the way Troy grows throughout this story, from a man accustomed to getting what he wants, when he wants it, keeping the world at arms's length, to a man willing to take a risk for his heart's desire. Plus we get to revisit the Evans family. I'm looking forward to the next story in this series and giving this one four of Cupid's five arrows.
Kasey Michaels' Kissing Game (Warner Forever) is next. Lady Allegra Nesbitt is trying to outwit her prankster father Oxie, and their London neighbor Armand Gauthier piques her interest--not too much, of course. I'm sure for fans of historical farces, this will be delightful. I didn't find it so. Allegra and her eccentric father with his constant tricks grated on my nerves, and I had to wonder why on earth Armand would want her. I'm giving it only two arrows.
Finally is Marsha Canham's The Iron Rose (Signet). Juliet Dante is none of the things proper English misses should be--after all, how many went around in breeches, captaining pirate ships? Her new prisoner, Varian St. Clare, is none too pleased to have been captured by a woman, though the idea of such a young woman in her position is intriguing. I've enjoyed Ms. Canham's novels in the past, and this one was fun, but perhaps I wasn't in the mood for a historical when I read this, because I didn't love it. Varian and Juliet have a rather large number of obstacles in the path to their happy ending, but it's an enjoyable journey. I'm giving this one three arrows.
The last thing I want to mention is for those of you who haven't yet checked it out, my survey on what readers want is up, and while I've gotten some responses, I'm hoping for a lot more before the end of April.
Until next week, happy reading!