Author: Douglas Coupland
Publisher: Vintage Canada
“The Liz Dunns of this world tend to get married, and then twenty-three months after their wedding and the birth of their first child they establish sensible lower maintenance hairdos that last them forever. Liz Dunns take classes in croissant baking, and would rather chew on soccer balls than deny their children muesli… I am a traitor to my name.” Liz Dunn is one of the world’s lonely people. She’s in her late thirties and has a boring cubicle job at a communications company, doing work that is only slightly more bearable than the time she spends alone in her depressingly sterile box of a condo. Her whole life, she’s tried to get to the root of her sadness, to figure out what she’s been doing wrong, with little success. But then, one night in 1997, everything changes: while standing in the parking lot of a video store, arms full of sappy movies she’s rented to help her convalesce from oral surgery, she witnesses the passing of the Hale-Bopp comet. For Liz, this streak of light across the sky is a portent of radical change — and for her, radical change means finally accepting her lot: “I realized that my life, while technically adequate, had become all it was ever going to be … No more trying to control everything — it was now time to go with the flow.” In that moment, and for the first time, Liz feels truly free. A day after Liz makes the decision to seek peace in her life rather than control, along comes another comet, in the form of a stranger admitted to the local hospital with her name and number inscribed on his MedicAlert bracelet. For the new Liz, the phone call from the hospital feels like “the fulfillment of a prophecy”; the young man, it turns out, is her son, whom she gave up for adoption when she was sixteen. Jeremy shows the scars of his years as a foster child and his most recent drug reaction, but is otherwise beautiful and charming. And when he moves in with Liz to recuperate, it’s as if both of them had been waiting for this moment all their lives. A lost soul and occasional visionary, Jeremy upends Liz’s quiet existence — shocking her coworkers and family, redecorating her condo, getting her to reevaluate her past and take an active role in her future. But he’s also very ill with multiple sclerosis. Her son’s life-and-death battle induces a spiritual awakening in Liz — then triggers a chain of events that take her to the other side of the world and back, endangering her life just as an unexpected second chance at happiness finally seems within reach. With Eleanor Rigby, Douglas Coupland has given us a powerful and entertaining portrait of a woman who could be any one of us — someone who thinks it is too late to make anything of her life, who feels defeated by the monotony of her days, yet who also holds within her the potential for monumental change and for great love. When Liz asks, “What happens when things stop being cosmic and become something you can hold in your hand in a very real sense?” she’s not just talking about stray meteors anymore. The excitement of not really knowing the answer is what life’s all about. In the end, Liz discovers that life is no longer a matter of keeping an even keel until you die, or settling for peace and quiet, but of embracing faith and hope and change.
«Esta noche no vas a dormir…». Sangre cubana y un amor casi carnal por el arte, Luis es un seductor instintivo, de los que carecen de reglas e inhibiciones; por eso, ninguna mujer se le resiste, y sus conquistas terminan puntualmente en el taller de Navigli en el que pinta. Sobre sexo, cree saber incluso más de lo que necesita, al menos, hasta que conoce a la propietaria de una tiendecita de vinilos en la que el tiempo parece haberse detenido, quien, sin pedirle permiso, pasa de ser su enemiga jurada a ser su obsesión. Todo por culpa de un hurón. Pues sí, porque, cuando la graciosa mascota comienza a sobrar en casa de ella, una noche de primavera en la que Milán parece mágica, Luis se transforma en el Príncipe Azul: se ocupará de Lucky, pero, a cambio, ella tendrá que posar para él una tarde a la semana, durante seis semanas. Un contrato auténtico, del que Luis perderá pronto el control, arrebatado por una pasión que lo llevará, en el juego del placer, más lejos de lo que nunca ha llegado. Y, mientras persigue la inspiración y, poco a poco, conquista a su presa, no se dará cuenta de que, en realidad, el cazador ha sido cazado y de que puede que, con ella, haya encontrado el amor. Pero ¿está listo para reconocerlo y aceptarlo? Todas las veces que quieras es una historia de erotismo arrollador, que desvela a las mujeres lo que todo hombre querría ocultarles, dentro y fuera de la cama: también los hombres se enamoran y, con el corazón, el sexo sí que no tiene límites…
RITA® Award-winning author Sarah MacLean reveals the identity of The Fallen Angel's final scoundrel in the spectacular conclusion to her New York Times bestselling Rules of Scoundrels series . . . By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London's darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city's most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now. Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems, and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana's secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A once-popular young man helping to support his family after a tragic accident falls irrevocably in love with a fiercely independent and driven college student who wants to avoid romantic entanglements. By the best-selling author of Beautiful Disaster. Original.
Along Came a Duke
Author: Elizabeth Boyle
Publisher: Harper Collins
“Wit, passion, and adventure, Elizabeth Boyle has it all!” —Julia Quinn New York Times bestselling RITA® Award winner Elizabeth Boyle is a wonder, and with Along Came a Duke—the first book in her delectable Rhymes with Love series based on well-known nursery rhymes—she proves once more that no one writes wittier, more endearing and original historical romance. Returning once more to England during the colorful Regency Era, Boyle transports readers to the small town of Kempton, where a local curse prevents the female residents from wedding—a fact that cannot deter a plucky young heiress who needs to marry to inherit her fortune, as she strikes out for London to wed a rakish and unsuspecting duke. Funny, touching, and wonderfully sensuous, Along Came a Duke is a prime example of the exceptional romantic magic that puts Elizabeth Boyle in the same master class as Lisa Kleypas and Christina Dodd.
Her past is wrought with demons. His past is full of heartbreak. Yet he's the one person that can remind her what it means to live. Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that's housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn't mean she's forgotten everything Pearce put her through. She knows there's only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet - and Julliard - becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for. Blake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he'll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard. But he doesn't expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he's seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can't fight his need to save her from herself. Lines blur as their pasts are wrenched into the open, and they have to ask themselves whether they're too broken to ever to be fixed, or if they're the healing the other needs.
Rosalie Laurent is the proud owner of Luna Luna, a little post-card shop in St. Germain, and if it were up to her, far more people would write cards. Her specialty is producing "wishing cards," but where her own wishes are concerned the quirky graphic artist is far from lucky. Every birthday Rosalie sends a card inscribed with her heart's desire fluttering down from the Eiffel Tower - but none of her wishes has ever been fulfilled. Then one day when an elderly gentleman trips up in her shop and knocks over a post-card stand, it seems that her wish cards are working after-all. Rosalie finds out that it is Max Marchais, famed and successful author of children's books who's fallen into her life. When he asks her to illustrate his new (and probably last) book, Rosalie is only too glad to accept, and the two - very different - maverick artists become friends. Rosalie's wishes seem to be coming true at last, until a clumsy American professor stumbles into her store with accusations of plagiarism. Rosalie is hard pressed to know whether love or trouble is blowing through her door these days, but when in doubt, she knows that Paris is Always a Good Idea when one is looking for the truth and finding love.
Billion Dollar Baby
Author: Aiden Bates, Austin Bates
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Getting attached was the cardinal sin... As an omega FBI agent, Giovanni Rizzi has done more undercover operations than are good for him. He's on his third op in two years and having trouble remembering who he's supposed to be. When a one-night-stand ends up being his new boss, the mission gets messy. Alpha Marcus Stern's new FBI job isn't everything he expected it to be, his authority hampered at every turn. If the boredom doesn't kill him, the loneliness just might. Especially since the hot one-nighter he can't forget turns out to work in his department. If only he could shake the nagging feeling that he's missing something... Gio's investigation and Marcus' digging collide. The men can't deny the draw between them - but the ethics of their relationship is the definition of complicated. When an unexpected pregnancy and a break in the case send the men scrambling, will they be able to overcome all the secrets between them, or will their relationship go down in a hail of bullets?
Strange Sweet Song
Author: Adi Rule
Enrolling in a prestigious music academy where she ignores local myths about a monster in the nearby forest, Sing da Navelli struggles with doubts about her musical talent and trains under a mysterious young vocal coach who harbors dark secrets.
Author: Mary Balogh
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Claudia Martin, headmistress of a girls' school, has resigned herself to life without love until she meets Joseph, the Marquess of Attingsborough, who is willing to defy convention and break every rule in society to make her his.
With his work in Montana completed now that the Callahan-Warren feud has ended in marriage rather than bloodshed, Degan Grant sets out for California because it is far away from the home he wants to forget--until the US Marshal who saved his life calls in a favor. All Degan has to do is apprehend three outlaws on the marshal's list and turn them over to the law.
I knew the exact moment I'd become a 'yes' girl.December 16th, a cold winter's night, four years ago.The night my innocence was stolen, the night I made the mistake of saying no--a mistake I'd never make again.The dream of a 'happily ever after' was now a locked away myth. I promised myself that I'd never return to the place of my worst nightmare, that I'd never let anyone get close, but then again, I never thought I'd meet someone like him.The intense, confident and beautiful Ky Crawford.I had no plans to become someone's Prince Charming.I couldn't be. I refused to be. My plan was simple--do whatever it takes to correct my biggest mistake, my one regret that now controlled my life.I was on track. I had plans, but then everything changed when I saw her--the girl in the red jacket, the girl who I was told couldn't say no.The reserved yet stunning Eden Rivers.A girl who can't say no.A guy who craves redemption.A chance encounter?It all comes down to this.One question.One month.Be My December?
An insider's guide to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series offers profiles of the members of the Brotherhood and their romantic adventures, includes a teaser for the upcoming novel in the series, Lover Avenged, and features an original short story about Zsadist and Bella. Original.
A Bond of Blood
Author: Bella Forrest
Derek will rip Caleb's heart out the moment he lays eyes on him for what he's done. Rose is convinced that the vampire is innocent. But my daughter has been fooled. Nobody but Caleb could have stolen away our dear friend. I gaze out at the dark waters rushing past us in the submarine, as we speed closer and closer toward our destination...