May Book Club: ‘The Duke and the Lady in Red’ by Lorraine Heath

The second in the series of our Avon Romance Virtual Book Club was The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath.

DukeWhen Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.

We asked our trusty reviewers to share their thoughts on this dark romance.

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June Book Club: ‘All of Me’ by Jennifer Bernard

The third title in our monthly Avon Romance Virtual Book Club was All of Me, the first in a brand new series from the bestselling author of the ‘Bachelor Fireman’ series, Jennifer Bernard.

All of me

Caleb Hart is a brilliant pitcher, but after a meltdown during his third major league game, he’s been sent back to the local Triple A team to sort himself out. Tasked with providing for his sister and twin brothers, Caleb knows he has to improve his game, quick. Unfortunately, things start out just as badly in Kilby, Texas until he runs into Sadie Merritt outside the Catfish clubhouse.

As the mayor’s assistant, Sadie has been tasked with bringing a petition from a group of conservative townspeople concerned about the bad reputation of the Kilby Catfish. They’re wild on and off the field and some people in Kilby want them gone. When Sadie and Caleb are paired together to improve the team’s image, their instant chemistry comes as a surprise and Caleb decides he wants to spend as much time with her as possible-in bed or out. Sadie has been burned before by a spoiled athlete, but as they get to know each other, she discovers Caleb is irresistible and they plunge into an intense and steamy relationship.

But when Caleb’s ex-con father comes to town, Caleb struggles with supporting his family and keeping his father out of trouble. As the truth begins to come out, disaster follows disaster that threatens the precious new relationship between Caleb and Sadie.

We turned to our team of avid readers for their views…

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April Book Club: ‘Broken’ by Cynthia Eden

Welcome to the first in the series of the Avon Romance Virtual Book Club! Our April book was Broken by Cynthia Eden, the start of an exciting new romantic suspense series – LOST.
The LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer.

Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he’s rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it’s clear he hasn’t forgotten her.

We sent out Broken to members of our book club to devour and give us their thoughts. Here is what they had to say…

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