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    Hot New Releases for July and a Book Giveaway! by Andrea Williamson
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andrea_williamsonI don’t know about you, but the higher the temperature rises, the more often I find myself at the pool.  During the hot summer, it can be difficult to keep my kids entertained, so we’re lucky enough to have one within walking distance of our house.  And speaking of hot…

This month’s topic is HEROES!  Boy, do we love our heroes.  We love them cynical, tortured, stuffy, protective, romantic, arrogant or reserved.  Some of our favorite heroes exhibit one or a few of those qualities and some exhibit all of the above.  A few of my favorite heroes are Julia Quinn’s Anthony Bridgerton, Suzanne Enoch’s St. Aubyn (Saint) and Bram Johns, Kathryn Smith’s Devlin Ryland, Colleen Gleason’s Max Pesaro, Lisa Kleypas’s Jack Devlin and Marcus, Lord Westcliff and Jacquie D’Alessandro’s Logan Jennsen.  Each one of these heroes is different, yet they captured my heart in their own way.  What is your favorite type of hero?  Which type of hero would you like to see more books written about?  Who are some of your favorite heroes and why?  Tell us and one random poster (living within the United States) will win a book!

Until August, happy reading!


The Disgraceful Mr. Ravenhurst by Louise Allen
The Conqueror’s Lady by Terri Brisbin
Surrender Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
Don’t Tempt Me by Loretta Chase
The Scandals of an Innocent by Nicola Cornick
Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran
My Wicked Marquess by Gaelen Foley
The Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock
Nothing But Scandal by Allegra Gray
Surrender to the Devil by Lorraine Heath
Chosen Woman by Shirl Henke
Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries
Mountain Wild by Stacey Kayne
Make Me Yours by Betina Krahn
The Heiress in His Bed by Tamara Lejeune
historical-3For the Earl’s Pleasure by Anne Mallory
Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory
Wickedly Ever After by Michelle Marcos
A Wicked Liaison by Christine Merrill
Sapphire Dream by Pamela Montgomerie
Loving a Lost Lord by Mary Jo Putney
What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
Mystic Warrior by Patricia Rice
Dangerous as Sin by Alix Rickloff
Tamed by a Laird by Amanda Scott
Runaway by Bobbi Smith
Wicked Little Game by Christine Wells
The Redemption of Micah by Beth Williamson
Four Dukes and a Devil by Cathy Maxwell, Elaine Fox, Jeaniene Frost, Sophia Nash & Tracy Anne Warren


Man of Fortune by Rochelle Alers
Bending the Rules by Susan Andersen
Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl
Save Me by Africa Fine
Round the Clock by Dara Girard
Sensual Winds by Carmen Green
Intimate Seduction by Brenda Jackson
I Shot You Babe by Leslie Langtry
Straight From the Hip by Susan Mallery
Mating Game by Janice Maynard
And Mistress Makes Three by Francis Ray
Double Play by Jill Shalvis
Instant Gratification by Jill Shalvis
Romance Backstage by Kim Shaw
Love is a Four-Legged Word by Kandy Shepherd
Real Men Last All Night by Lori Foster, Lora Leigh, Cheyenne McCray & Heidi Betts
Sand, Sun … Seduction! by Stephanie Bond, Leslie Kelly & Lori Wilde

rs2Romantic Suspense

Mountain Investigation by Jessica Andersen
One Scream Away by Kate Brady
Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy
Larger Than Life Kay Hooper
Burn by Linda Howard
Outcast by Joan Johnston
The Mist by Carla Neggers
Fade to Black by Leslie Parrish
Run to Me by Christy Reece
Black Hill by Nora Roberts
Breakpoint by JoAnn Ross
Ice by Stephanie Rowe
Checks & Balances by Elaine Sims
Everywhere She Turns by Debra Webb

para2Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Dying Bites by D.D. Barant (UF)
Taken by Sin by Jaci Burton
Atlantis Unmasked by Alyssa Day
Eve of Chaos by S.J. Day (UF)
Midnight’s Master by Cynthia Eden
Hidden Currents by Christine Feehan
Best Wishes Always by Lucy Finn
Rapture by Jacquelyn Frank
Dust to Dust by Heather Graham
The Highwayman by Michele Hauf
Dragons Prefer Blondes by Candace Havens (UF)
Skinwalker by Faith Hunter (UF)
Breath of Fire by Tammy Kane
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu (UF)
A Stroke of Magic by Tracy Madison
para3Blue Moon by Alyson Noël (UF)
Edge of Dawn by Patti O’Shea
Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer
City of Souls by Vicki Pettersson (UF)
Sucker For Love by Kimberly Raye
Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland (UF)
Seduce the Darkness by Gena Showalter
Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
Prey by Rachel Vincent (UF)
Wild Wolf by Karen Whiddon
Huntress by Christine Warren, Marjorie M. Liu, Caitlin Kittredge & Jenna Maclaine (UF)
Strange Brew by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs and more (UF)

eroitca2Erotica/Erotic Romance

What She Wants by Lucinda Betts
Secret Ties by Opal Carew
Darkness Burning by Delilah Devlin
Wolf Tales VIII by Kate Douglas
Skin Deep by Anna J. Evans
Object of Desire by Calista Fox
Deeper by Megan Hart
Breaking Midnight by Emma Holly
Sweet Restraint by Beth Kery
Games Girls Play by Deanna Lee
Secrets, Vol. 27 by Leigh Court, Nicole North, Hannah Murray & Liane Gentry Skye
Tempted by a Cowboy by Vonna Harper, Melissa MacNeal & Delilah Devlin

42 Responses to “Hot New Releases for July and a Book Giveaway! by Andrea Williamson”

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  1. kh
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 1:02 am

    handsome, independant, shy

    i want more atlethes in my stories

  2. cyclops8
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 1:46 am

    I love my heroes to be tortured alpha males. Some of my favorite heroes include Benedict from Loretta Chase’s “Lord Perfect” and Nick from Lisa Kleypas’ “Worth Any Price.” I love that they’re broody.

  3. Leslie
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 4:13 am

    I like the anti-hero types. The ones who keep saying that they’re not the good guy. They totally down play anything good that they do. Those types of heroes are my favorites.

    One of my favorite heroes is Nick Gentry from Lisa Kleypas’ WORTH ANY PRICE.

    I’d like to see more everyday type of heroes. The guys who work for a living rather than the billionaires.

  4. Stacy ~
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 6:48 am

    Definitely the tortured hero, the ones who hide their emotions because they do feel so strongly. The ones who see deeper and love the heroine as she is. The ones who surprise you. And the ones who’ve maybe had to suffer just a little – when it comes to love, it doesn’t come so easily, therefore they can’t take it for granted.

  5. I Heart Book Gossip
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 8:12 am

    I usually fall for the broken/ twisty types, like Z from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I love that there’s something emotionally wrong with them and need a little fixing.

  6. Laurie G
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 8:51 am

    I too seem to like the returning warriors …mercenaries, SEALS, exmilitary men in general.., and tortured souls …loners who find love and HEA with the love of a good, patient woman.

    Let’s see examples…Catherine Mann’s military men, Christina Skye’s Code name serie’s men, Diana Palmer’s Ex Mercs and Elizabeth Lowell’s tortured souls… In A Woman Without Lies the hero hated woman. Also in Eden’s Burning… many of her heroes seem to dislike woman…. The Warrior, The Outlaw, Granite Man.

  7. KatiDancy
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 11:07 am

    Great list, Andrea! I already have a bunch of these books and am slowly making my way through them.

    Lately I’ve been wishing for more of the “I’m in love w/my best friend’s sister” stories. I don’t know why, but that’s a trope that always works for me.

    But I also love a reformed rake and love the dark and twisty hero!

  8. Buffie
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 11:53 am

    Gosh, look at those books!!! There are so many that I want to read, but I don’t know if I’m the only one but I tend to have a harder time during the summer finding the time to read.

    Andrea, you know me, I love ’em all! 😛

  9. Jody F.
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 12:40 pm

    I prefer heroes that have flaws, either physical or something tragic in their past. It adds a sexy vulnerability to them and you can’t help wanting to help them.

  10. cheryl c.
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 12:44 pm

    I am way too “easy” because I like a lot of different kinds of heroes. It seems that I fall in love/lust with whatever hero is in the current book I am reading. I guess that makes me promiscuous, doesn’t it? 😉

    I will say that ONE of my favorites is the tortured Alpha male.

  11. Sunny
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 1:29 pm

    Wow, I’m so behind in my reading! Thanks so much for compiling this list each month, it’s a great help.

    Heroes… well for me I like a hero who is intelligent, creative and somewhat flawed. Perfection would be boring.

  12. LisaK
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 1:34 pm

    Unlike many, I’m not exactly a fan of reformed rakes. I’m okay with them but somehow all that womanizing doesn’t do it for me – neither in real life nor in fiction.

    I think Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Gena Showalter write wonderful heroes (‘course there others, too, but those are my favs!).

    But my all time favourite hero is Ross Cannon from Kleypas’s Lady Sophia’s Lover. I love me some man who’s mature and honest in everything he says and does (especially with his woman!). A sexy face, intelligence and a to-die-for body won’t hurt, either.

    And doesn’t anyone else here think of, for example, Zack Knight or Sin? Let’s hear it for the virgin heroes!

  13. LisaK
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 1:36 pm

    Oh, forgot to say that your list is fabulous as ever, Andrea! I always print it and look for books I might be interested in.

    And you can exclude me from the drawing since I’m not a U.S. citizen. *sniff*

  14. Andrea
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 1:53 pm

    Thanks, everyone! It’s no surprise to me that tortured alphas seem to be a favorite as well as Lisa Kleypas heroes.

    Leslie — I hear you on the everyday type of hero. Love ’em!

    Buffie — I just told Marisa the exact same thing–I never have as much time to read during the summer. So, as soon as the kids go back to school, look out! LOL

    Sunny — You are absolutely right–perfection is boring!

    Thanks again, everyone. Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  15. Maureen
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 2:12 pm

    I enjoy a variety of heroes. A couple of my favorites are Fletcher Rand from Mrs Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly and Esmond from Captives of the Night by Loretta Chase. I think my favorite heroes are the ones who fall for the heroine right away and are there for them whenever the heroine needs them.

  16. Andrea
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 2:37 pm

    LisaK — Have you check out RNTV’s tribute to the Virgin Hero? Several of the Virgin Hero blogs are on this page: . (I hope the link works!) Enjoy! 🙂

  17. Andrea
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 2:39 pm

    Oops, that should be “Have you checkED out…”

  18. Wendy
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 4:13 pm

    Favorite type of hero… that is a hard one since I like so many different types. Currently the ones I have been going for are ones like Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon and Z from J.R. Ward, the dark and deeply injured heros that need a special woman to help them. But I also like the geek that gets the girl in the end too.

  19. PJ
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 7:08 pm

    Another great month of books! It’s going to take me years to work my way through my tbr stash. 😉

    I like a lot of different hero types, Andrea but I do tend to gravitate more to the alpha types.

  20. Angie G
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 7:10 pm

    Like a bunch of you…I love all of Lisa Kleypas’ heros. She can even make bad guys good! How about Sebastian in The Devil in Winter? He redeemed himself in a big way.

    If a book is well written, I’ll take any hero that comes with it. I’m not too picky!

    Please don’t include my name in the contest drawing for this post. I’ve already been super lucky in recent weeks. Good luck to everyone!

  21. Just Jinny
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 7:59 pm

    Hello everyone! I’m new to the site, but alread in love. I am a huge, huge fan of romance novels!! Lately (it tends to, I’ve been drawn to the warrior heros. I love the big, possesive heros that don’t want to admit they have fallen in love but then will go to the ends of the earth for ‘their woman’. Gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. lol.

  22. orannia
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 8:18 pm

    That is one comprehensive list Andrea – thank you so much!

    As for heroes…dark and dangerous. I love Lucas from Nalini Singh’s Slave to Sensation…..*sigh*

    And please, no more talk about high temperatures and the need for cooling onself in the the pool (I’m kidding BTW 🙂 ) – it’s cold where I am…I’m having to keep warm by lying in front of the fire *grin*

  23. Marial
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 8:19 pm

    Gotta admit I love alpha heroes too. My favorite hero from recent memory is Nicholas from an Indecent Proposition by Emma Wildes.

  24. Amy S.
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 8:31 pm

    Alpha heroes!

  25. Gannon
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 8:44 pm

    Great list, Andrea! I have sooo many books in my TBR stash, I don’t know how I’m going to get to all of them….especially since I keep adding to them. LOL

    Give me an alpha hero, particularly a tortured one.

  26. Marisa
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 9:11 pm

    Wow, you’ve done it again, great list. Almost makes my head spin… there are so many books I need to get going on.

    I’ve already read Mary Jo Putney’s book Loving a Lost Lord, and I have to say her hero Adam is one of my new favorites. What is it about him that made me sit up and take notice? Hard to define. He’s a hero with amnesia, of mixed race (English and Indian) and a duke. I know that still doesn’t tell you much… but he had a quite strength combined with an intelligence and discipline that made me admire him.

  27. Christy H.
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 10:47 pm

    I like heroes who have a great sense of humor, are patient and those who look out for the underdog.

  28. Andrea
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 10:55 pm

    Welcome to the site, Just Jinny! If you love romance novels, you’ll fit right in. 😉

    Keep warm, Orannia!!

    Hmmmm, more votes for alphas and LK heroes! I sense a pattern…

  29. Caffey
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 11:29 pm

    I love this list!!! I can just print it up and take with me!! Awesome, thanks!

    I love a variety so I’m going with what I’m reading now, and this is a MIK (Men in Kilt) I love a Scotsman! Very alpha but too had that tender side with in him. A great talker at the best time 😀 I love reading these heroes in Medieval Romances and always love to have more of them!

    Connor MacAlister in THE WEDDING by Julie Garwood is what I’m reading and he’s the MIK. He’s one that so strong in his love for her, and I love how he’s winning her over!!


  30. Andrea
    on Jul 7th, 2009
    @ 9:39 am

    My son picked a number and comment #18 — Wendy is the winner!! Congratulations, Wendy! If you’ll send your full name and address to with “July Releases Blog Winner” in the subject line, we’ll get your book out to you. Thanks!

    And thank you to everyone who commented about your favorite heroes and types of heroes. See you next month!

  31. Aeradia
    on Jul 7th, 2009
    @ 12:24 pm

    For those in the Men in Kilts set, how about Drustan, Daegus, Hawk, Cian and Adam out of Karen Marie Moning’s series?
    For the paranormal crowd, try Kresley Cole’s Wroth brothers or the Woede. Any of Nalini Singh’s heroes. Feehan’s Jonas, Jackson and Ilya rock. Sorry to Z fans, but Hollywood is the way to go for me in Ward’s series.
    For contemporary heroes: Any of Lori Foster’s brothers (Hudson or Winston) but you should definitely read Noah Harper and Mick Dawson’s stories.
    For those of you who don’t mind a little more heat, Wolf, out of Lora Leigh’s series, is amazing. Thanks for the question, now I have so much re-reading to do!

  32. Wendy
    on Jul 7th, 2009
    @ 4:14 pm

    Thank you much! I sent my information to the address. Please thank your son as well for picking me.

  33. Andrea
    on Jul 7th, 2009
    @ 4:32 pm

    You’re welcome, Wendy. Enjoy the book! 🙂

  34. Pam P
    on Jul 7th, 2009
    @ 6:52 pm

    “A few of my favorite heroes are Julia Quinn’s Anthony Bridgerton, Suzanne Enoch’s St. Aubyn (Saint) and Bram Johns, Kathryn Smith’s Devlin Ryland, , Lisa Kleypas’s Jack Devlin and Marcus, Lord Westcliff”

    Andrea, I see we have several heros in common. I like both tortured and beta heroes. More Kleypas favorites – Derek Craven and Nick Gentry. A new favorite, Sebastian St. Cyr, a Viscount who investigates murdres in CS Harris series of the same name (What Angels Fear is first).

    Congrats, Wendy!

  35. orannia
    on Jul 8th, 2009
    @ 4:59 am

    Congrats Wendy and thank you Andrea 🙂

  36. scottsgal
    on Jul 9th, 2009
    @ 8:47 pm

    I love the strong but tender hot cowboy

  37. Deedles
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 12:20 am

    I would have to say handsome, powerful and protective.

  38. Belinda
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 3:02 am

    I like the accidental hero. Thanks!

  39. MMW
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 11:09 pm

    I love historical romance – so my favorite hero’s include Stephanie Laurent’s Bar Cynster. The men are extremely good-looking and arrogant but know that the women really do run the show.

    thanks for the giveaway!!

  40. Alicia
    on Jul 11th, 2009
    @ 2:05 pm

    The Anti-hero.

    Jack Reacher would be my ultimate hero.

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  41. Alexandrea M
    on Jul 11th, 2009
    @ 10:54 pm

    Oooh! I love most of those authors. My man I like reading about is strong, does some sort of physical stuff in the book like brawls or fences, and is aggressively virile! 😉 Dark hair and eyes too. I just finished this great Christine Dodd book and it had it all!

  42. Acorn
    on Jul 22nd, 2009
    @ 2:41 pm

    My favorite type of hero is also the type I’d like to read more about; the tortured hero. Reading about a man who has come from a terrible background makes him far more interesting to me as a person, and much for interesting to read about. I can try to find the good in him.

    The worst tortured hero I’ve read about is Sean Culhane from Christine Monson’s STORMFIRE. His mother was raped and murdered in front of him when he was young and that set him on the path of revenge. He kidnaps the daughter of his enemy, the man behind his mothers murder, and treats her horribly. So, yeah, he’s my favorite kind of hero! 🙂

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