Category Archives: Megan Hart

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Keri Arthur: DARKNESS FALLS: 2nd December 2014: Buy (US)
Abigail Barnette: THE BRIDE (paperback): 9th April 2014: Buy (US)
Ally Condie: as-yet-untitled new novel: 4th November 2014: Buy (US)
Kim Harrison: THE WITCH WITH NO NAME: 9th September 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: LOVELY WILD: 25th November 2014: Buy (US)
Mark Henry: BEACH BLANKET BLOODBATH: 4th April 2014: Buy (US)
Nancy Holzner: FIRESTORM: 25th November 2014: Buy (US)
Sophie Littlefield: INFECTED: 6th January 2015: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: CRESS (paperback): 3rd February 2015: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: WINTER: 3rd February 2015: Buy (US)
Kathleen Peacock: THORNHILL (paperback): 6th January 2015: Buy (US)
Kathleen Peacock: WILLOWGROVE: 6th January 2015: Buy (US)
Lissa Price: ENDERS (paperback): 6th January 2015: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz: THE KING: 25th November 2014: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: THE SCARLETS: 5th August 2014: Buy (US)

11 New Covers (Armstrong, Elliott, Hart, Jones, Koch, Littlefield, McGarry, Moss, Reisz, Stiefvater)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

V. C. Andrews: GYPSY EYES: 27th January 2015: Buy (US)
Madeline Ashby: COMPANY TOWN: 30th September 2014: Buy (US)
Abigail Barnette: THE BRIDE: 4th March 2014: Buy (US)
Amy Rose Capetta: UNMADE: 13th January 2015: Buy (US)
CAPTIVATED (Megan Hart’s LETTING GO & Tiffany Reisz’s SEIZE THE NIGHT): 28th October 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: EVERY PART OF YOU (paperback): 2nd January 2015: Buy (US)
Kim Harrison: THE WITCH WITH NO NAME: 9th September 2014: Buy (US)
K. L. Kincy: DEADLY DELICIOUS: 23rd March 2014: Buy (US)
Justine Larbalestier: RAZORHUST: 25th June 2014: Buy (AU)
Katie McGarry: RED AT NIGHT: 1st April 2014: Buy (AU)
Kelly Meade: BLACK ROOK: 15th July 2014: Buy (US)
Kelly Meade: WHITE KNIGHT: 1st January 2015: Buy (US)
Veronica Rossi: INTO THE STILL BLUE (paperback): 23rd December 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Shepherd: HER DARK CURIOSITY (paperback): 23rd December 2014: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: untitled 3rd Raven Cycle novel: 28th October 2014: Buy (US)

April 2014 Releases

Done with March 2014 Releases? Here are April 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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January 2014 Releases

Done with December 2013 Releases? Here are January 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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[REVIEW] Tear You Apart – Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Tear You Apart
Harlequin Mills & Boon (US: 27th August 2013; AU: 28th August 2013; UK: 6th September 2013)
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I love how Megan Hart’s books for Harlequin Spice/Mira are erotic FICTION, not erotic ROMANCE. (And yes, there is a difference.) They feel refreshingly real, with flawed characters that don’t always get what they want, but when they do it comes with a heavy price that may not be worth it. I love this, because hell knows I hate being patronised by books wherein everyone lives happily ever after and the condescending message is that if you’re not loved, your life is not worth living. But I digress.

And while I solidly enjoyed Tear You Apart (four stars), I do have some quibbles.

The cover copy. The summary. Whatever you call it, this is on the back cover (or inner flap of a hardcover), and describes what the book is about. Except in the book’s case, it farking doesn’t. Because instead of…I don’t know, telling us about the freaking story, there’s some vague thing about being on a train and unable to stop, or not wanting to stop. Turns out that’s an edited extract from Chapter 21, I think.

But that’s kind of forgivable, because the cover image lets us know what’s up: an apple and a ring, aka symbols of forbidden fruit and infidelity. Aka cheating on a spouse. So why didn’t they just bloody say so and compose a proper summary? Because a lot of readers don’t like cheating in their fiction. Particularly romance readers. Even though this book is clearly labelled as erotic FICTION, not erotic ROMANCE. So, yes, the publisher tried to trick those reluctant readers into reading the book, despite that it has an aspect troubling for them.

Not cool, Harlequin. Just be up-front and honest; we’ll respect you more.

Tear You Apart is told from the point of view of Elisabeth Amblin, assistant at an art gallery. She meets photographer Will, and very quickly they’re rooting. Even though she’s already married. She doesn’t have the balls to leave her husband, though – Ross isn’t abusive or anything; he’s just inconsiderate. But Elisabeth and Will continue their affair.

But Elisabeth doesn’t approve of gallery owner and BFF Naveen cheating on his wife. Yet she encourages her other friend Andrea to cheat on her husband. So basically Elisabeth believes that only women should be allowed to cheat. Which seems a bit sexist.

Only when one of her recently-engaged twin daughters calls off the wedding does Elisabeth have the balls to leave Ross. Which means now she’s free to publicly get with Will and live happily ever after. But Will doesn’t want to. The end. Which is a happy enough ending for me, because Elisabeth finally does what she’s been meaning to do for some time (split from Ross), and gains independence and agency. Romance fans won’t like it, but screw them; it’s good enough for me.

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Holly Black: THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN (paperback): 12th August 2014: Buy (US)
Jessica Brody: THE INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR: 14th January 2014: Buy (US)
Máire Claremont: A LADY UNDONE: 4th February 2014: Buy (AU)
Stephanie Diaz: EXTRACTION: 22nd July 2014: Buy (US)
Em Garner: CONTAMINATED (paperback): 2nd July 2014: Buy (US)
Em Garner: untitled 2nd CONTAMINATED novel: 26th August 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: EVERY PART OF YOU (paperback): 1st September 2014: Buy (US)
Kristi Helvig: BURN OUT: 8th April 2014: Buy (US)
Jessa Holbrook: WHILE YOU’RE AWAY (paperback): 20th May 2014: Buy (US)
Darynda Jones: SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE (paperback): 26th August 2014: Buy (US)
Marie Langager: BEYOND OUR STARS: 19th December 2013: Buy (US)
Richelle Mead: SILVER SHADOWS: 29th July 2014: Buy (US)
Kass Morgan: THE 100 (paperback): 5th August 2014: Buy (US)
Lisa Ann O’Kane: ESSENCE: 3rd June 2014: Buy (US)
Amy Christine Parker: GATED (paperback): 27th May 2014: Buy (US)
Amy Christine Parker: ASTRAY: 26th August 2014: Buy (US)
Madeleine Roux: SANCTUM: 26th August 2014: Buy (US)

3rd December 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Lauren Dane & Megan Hart
There All Along (Anthology of two novellas)
Penguin Berkley (US & CA: 3rd December 2013)
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“LAND’S END” BY LAUREN DANE: The Land’s End highway is one of the most dangerous places in the universe. The constant peril of brigands keeps Verity Coleman stuck in Silver Cliffs, dreaming of the open road – and of Loyal Alsbaugh, the tall and silent highway patrolman. When her town is attacked, Verity has a chance to win over Loyal’s muted heart. But will his wounded past make him leave her along the road, or can she convince him to take her along? “BY THE SEA OF SAND” BY MEGAN HART: Captain Kason Reed was willing to give his life to the Sheirran Defense Forces, but now he can’t remember anything but bits and pieces of the war. When his sexual attraction to his caregiver, Teila, causes him to make advances toward her, she becomes the aggressor, urging him with her body to explore the memories of his past – memories that all seem to draw him back to Teila…

J. Kenner
Take Me (Stark, Novella)
Random House Bantam (US & CA: 3rd December 2013); Hachette Headline (UK: 3rd December 2013)
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I’ve long dreamed of my fairy tale wedding, but it wasn’t until I met Damien Stark – who captured me with his kisses and undid me with his touch – that I began to believe it was my destiny. Though we both carry secrets and scars, our shared passion heals us, binding us together. We have surrendered to each other completely, and our mutual ecstasy is the brightest light in my life. But darkness still snakes through the cracks in our armour. Ghosts from our past have moved in, bringing fresh pain that cuts deep and threatens to destroy everything we hold dear. Damien is my anchor to this world, and I am his. But if we are going to keep each other, we have to fight the shadows of our pasts to move forward into our future.

Where Were You When You Read…?

You know all those memes where you list favourite book moments, tropes, characters, all-time faves, keeper shelf, re-reads, etc? I can’t do those. At all. Because my memory is atrocious. And there are simply too many books to read once, so no re-reading. No trying the same book later. You really only do get one chance with me ;-)

So I don’t really have book memories. But for some special novels, I remember where I was when I read part of them. (The usual bed/bath/couch doesn’t count, because those are my regular reading places.) These three are all five-star books, by the way :-)

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December 2013 Releases

Done with November 2013 Releases? Here are December 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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