Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lusting for Covers (229)

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Here's my candidate for the week:

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (July 7, 2015)
Series: Second Circle Tattoos, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning, summoning the nerve to take back her past. She's determined to forget her old life and is looking for an artist who can tattoo over the scars on her back.

Trent Andrews, local legend and owner of the Second Circle tattoo studio, has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And in spite of her mysterious past and the difficult road ahead, he quickly realizes that Harper is funny, smart, and--under her ridiculously oversized clothing and SPF 100 sunscreen--totally hot. He's happy to take on the challenge of designing a meaningful and deadly full-back tattoo for her.

But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper's phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. Running was the only thing that saved her last time, but now that she's started to put down roots in Miami, she'll have to decide if she can finally fight back instead. 

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That smile, the tatts, the color tone . . . it's all working for me.

Kame's Pick:

At the Spy's Pleasure by Tina Gabrielle
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (May 26, 2015)
Genre: Historical Romance

Every gentleman has his secrets...

London 1821

After years of marriage to a selfish man who preferred gambling to his young bride, Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell, now seeks what she was long denied—a satisfying lover. Naturally, a lady needs a list of eligible candidates, which doesn’t include the dangerously handsome (if far too arrogant) Gareth Ramsey…until he steals a sinful kiss from Jane’s all-too-willing lips.

Reputed as an arrogant barrister, Gareth’s real occupation is as a spy in the service of His Majesty, and his suspect is on Jane’s list of possible lovers. With her life in danger, there’s no safer place for Jane than with him—and in his bed. But Jane is as distracting as she is infuriating, and keeping her by his side while he pursues his mission might just endanger them both… 

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Kame: ahhh – open shirt – chest 
It's not my usual genre, but the blurb has peaked my interest . . . 

Pat's Pick:

Laid Out by Sidney Halston
Publisher: Loveswept (August 18, 2015)
Series: Worth the Fight, 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and Cecy Robson, Sidney Halston’s scorching new MMA romance proves there are no holds barred when it comes to seduction.
Growing up an Army brat, Violet Channing could never meet her dad’s high expectations. But in the eyes of her best friend, she could do no wrong. He even insisted that he should be her first kiss. Now Cain Sorensen is all grown up, hardened by years in special ops and always looking for a good fight. Tall, with striking blue eyes and impossibly blond hair, he’s a modern-day Viking warrior. Of course, Violet’s all grown up, too, and she’s ready to surrender to his every command.

Cain knows he’s bad for Violet. His work is dangerous, and his hobbies are downright deadly. As a private mercenary and a mixed martial arts fighter, he could never let such an innocent soul into his world. And yet his most grueling combat training is no match for Violet’s killer curves, hot touch, and suggestive glances. Now all of Cain’s most explosive fantasies are coming true—but once they cross the line between friends and lovers, there’s no turning back.

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Pat: Those eyes, and scruff......~sigh~


What cover are you currently lusting for? Tell me, I want to know! Follow the directions above on how to post your own Lusting for Covers, and leave a comment telling me what you think of the covers for The Strongest Steel, At the Spy's Pleasure and Laid Out?


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Lover Of Romance said...

okay Strongest Steel just got added to my list!! love the cover and blurb...some of my favorite contemporaries have the "tattoo parlor" setting, so I am excited to read this soon. And the eyes on Laid out...whew...intense and I love that he real? LOL

The_Book_Queen said...

I know, those eyes! If he's real, I want him. LOL

L. said...

Love this week's covers! I just received At the Spy's Pleasure by Entangled today and I'm so looking forward to reading the book! :))

The_Book_Queen said...

Definitely -- those eyes and scruff! Perfect. :D

The_Book_Queen said...

Oh, I look forward to your review on it!

Scarlett Cole said...

So happy you love The Strongest Steel cover. Trent is just delicious, isn't he? Scarlett xoxo

Scarlett Cole said...

Hope you love the book. Let me know what you think if you end up reading it. Scarlett x (p.s. Totally agree with you on Cain's eyes!)

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great picks I love and intrigued with The Strongest Steel & Laid Out covers they both looks and sounds utterly fantastic! Thank you for stopping by my blog! :)

KAMEBookReview said...

I just preordered The Strongest Steel because of the blurb and I have Laid Out for review.

The_Book_Queen said...

Oh yes, I can happily look at him all day. :)

Melody May said...

YUMMY! You guys have some great covers this week.

Sophia Rose said...

I love the way the smile was included in the top hot pick, and yeah that open shirt look makes promises. Oh those piercing eyes, Pat!

Red Iza said...

I'm getting used to cat-calling at my screen every monday, thanks girls ! The half-open shirt and the handsome blonde guy are inviting, but the smile on the Strongest steel's cover is what wins me :)

The_Book_Queen said...

They really do. And thank you for stopping by as well! :)

The_Book_Queen said...

We tried!

The_Book_Queen said...

I'm so glad they included that smile -- the cover just would NOT have been the same without it!

The_Book_Queen said...

Hehe, Lusting for Covers = Cat-Calling. Mean we're doing something right! :)

Scarlett Cole said...

Thanks so much for pre-ordering. I totally appreciate it. Let me know what you think when you have had a chance to read it.

Scarlett Cole said...

It's so very Trent! Glad you liked it.

Scarlett Cole said...

So happy you liked it, and thanks for the message :-)