The Top 5 New Romance Releases March 2017

Last night, in my kitchen, vodka was everywhere…

All over the floors, the counters, the walls, and—yes—the ceiling.

Everywhere, vodka.

(HINT: If you say that last line with a Russian accent, it makes it sound a lot cooler than the mess that it was… it tried it on my husband, who is the neat-freak out of the two of us. Alas, it didn’t work.)

I’ve been trying to learn how to make the perfect martini, but discovered a VERY IMPORANT element that was not listed in any of the recipes that I’ve read…

You know those two cups that bartenders fill and then clamp together before shaking up a cocktail?

That “Clamp Together” part? It’s a crucial step.

OR: Everywhere, vodka.

(Did you say it with a Russian accent this time?)

While my martini-making-skills may be somewhat sub-par (I’ll let you know how it goes), my reading habits are as fine-tuned as a NASCAR engine. Armed with that bit of know-how, I set out to weed through all the new books hitting the shelves this month and bring you a list of the ones I’ve found most exciting (that I can’t wait to pick up and read for myself!).

And I’m thinking most of that reading will be done while sipping a martini…

Here are the 5 books that made the short list (in no particular order):

The Top 5 March Romance Releases

Romantic Suspense

Brighter Than the Sun (KGI Series Book 11) By Maya Banks  (Released March 7th)

Searing action and passion ignite the latest KGI novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Darkest Before Dawn

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.
Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. 
Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t…

As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on

any mission he’s assigned to, but when it comes to love, he’ll keep his distance. He’s content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated.

Zoe’s had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she’s determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend, Rusty Kelly. But it’s the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again. And Joe will have to put everything on the line to save Zoe, when secrets of her past resurface—and threaten to tear them apart…
(Check it out: Amazon)

Naughty Romance

Rule Master (Rules of Engagement) by Sienna Snow (Released March 7th)

His rules. Her pleasure. His way. 

Italian heiress and international financier Milla Castra knows she can’t avoid him forever. Irredeemably confident and controlled Lex Duncan once shared her craving for things deliciously forbidden. He was her lover. Her Master. And the husband she’s kept secret from everyone.

But Lex will never relinquish what’s his—and Milla is definitely his. And he knows she can’t resist the exquisite pleasure that awaits in his arms. When the violence of her past threatens them both, Lex will risk everything to keep Milla safe . . . before she submits to the cruelest master imaginable, Fear. (Check it out: Amazon)

Paranormal Romance

Wake a Sleeping Tiger (A Novel of the Breeds) by Lora Leigh (Released March 21st)

When readers of dark romance and unbridled desire want to be satisfied, they turn to #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and her “powerful and highly erotic” (Fresh Fiction) Breed novels. Now a Breed hides in the world of man—until a woman arouses the amused and wildly carnal animal within…

Once, he was Judd—Bengal Breed and brother to the notorious fugitive Gideon.
After Gideon disappeared, Judd was experimented on until his tortured body knew nothing but agony.

Now he is Cullen Maverick, serving as the commander of the Navajo Covert Law Enforcement Agency in the small community of Window Rock, Arizona. Despite his genetics, Cullen is able to pass as human because his Bengal traits are recessed. He lacks the ability to smell the emotions, bonds and fears that other Breeds take for granted. And he remains tormented that he wasn’t able to mate the woman he loved—at the cost of her life.

He’s no longer a Breed, merely a man. . . or so he thinks. But his tiger is about to be awakened by the one woman destined to be his—Chelsea Martinez. And their world will never be the same… (Check it out: Amazon)

Contemporary Romance

Playing With Trouble (Desire Bay) by Joya Ryan (Released March 21st)

Recently divorced, Laura Baughman is taking her life back. After a decade away, she’s returning to Yachats, Oregon—the small town she couldn’t wait to leave after graduation—to take over her late mother’s beloved flower shop. Yet once she arrives, Laura discovers the store has been neglected and her father has partnered in construction with Jake Lock. The once-scrawny high school band geek is now successful—and irresistibly sexy—and set to inherit her family’s business. That is, unless Laura can prove in the next thirty days that she has what it takes to run the company.

Despite the heat between Jake and Laura, romance is out of the question. After her last disastrous relationship, Laura has sworn off men—especially one bent on crushing her dreams. That’s just fine with Jake, who thinks the gorgeous blonde is a pain in the neck…though admittedly one he’d like to put his lips all over.
Jake has a proposal to mix business with pleasure. But when a deal goes south, Laura is ready to pack up and skip town all over again. Does he have what it takes to convince her to stay? (Check it out: Amazon)

Romantic Suspense

After the Dark by Cynthia Eden (Released March 28th)

In this gripping new series by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, a disgraced FBI profiler must save her reputation by stopping a sadistic killer she knows all too well.

Former FBI agent Samantha Dark was one of the most respected profilers in the bureau, an expert on the twisted minds and dark hearts of the most depraved criminals. But when her own former lover turned out to be the serial killer she was hunting, Samantha’s career was destroyed. Blamed for the FBI’s failure on the complex case, Samantha left Washington, DC, for the quiet anonymity of Alabama.

Now an all-too-familiar killer is hunting once again. She can catch the cunning assassin, but that means putting her trust in her former partner, Blake Gamble. Ex-military, Blake is tough, protective, precise. With her entire life on the brink, she knows he wants her back in the FBI…and possibly more.

But someone else wants her, too. A threat is waiting in the dark, a killer who has set his sights on the ultimate trophy victim — Samantha. (Check it out: Amazon)

❤️ One last note… ❤️
Next week, I’ve got an exclusive interview with top rated romance author, Betty Shreffler (who will be revealing some scandalous personal details & talking about her exciting new book release).

As always, thank you for spending time with me today. May all your future books be as spicy as a jalapeño in a heatwave!

Happy reading, my friends, and be blessed,
— Olivia —

P.S. This week’s awkward life realization: I try to never make the same mistake twice… usually it’s four of five times, you know, just to be sure.