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Spring romance roundup

William Williams discusses her first romance novel.
William Williams discusses her first romance novel.
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Romance readers have a wide range of titles to enjoy this spring.

"Fallout" by Sadie Jones (Harper, $25.99) is the author's fourth novel. The book is set in 1970's London. Playwright Leigh Radley is in love with Luke Kanowski, a playboy who wants a career in the theater, but settles for a relationship with would be-producer Paul Driscoll. She becomes a successful stage manager and ends up supporting both men. Kanowski has an affair with Nina Jacobs whose marriage to producer Tony Moore may end up destroying his chances of ever having a career in theater.

"Hold Me In Contempt" by Wendy Williams (William Morrow, $14.99) is an interracial love story. Lawyer Kimberly Kind meets King, a hot swinger and playboy. The erotic interplay between them heats up the pages of this first novel.

"Otherwise Engaged" by Amanda Quick (Putnam), pen name of Jayne Ann Krentz, is one of the series set in the 19th century London. Amy Doncaster travels the world writing travelogues. She saves the life of Benedict Stanbridge and the two have an instant attraction. But the killer Bridegroom threatens their lives and they must work to find out who he is.

"Spellbound" by Sylvia Day (William Morrow) focuses on two favorite Day characters, Max and Victoria. Fans of her writing need no further details.

"The Book of You" by Claire Kendel (HarperCollins, $31) is the story of a man bent on possessing his colleague. Clarissa spent one drunken night with Rafe, an expert on fairy tales. Now he won't leave her alone. As she serves jury duty in a stalker's criminal trial she chronicles details and begins to realize Rafe is the same.

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In "Recklessly Royal" ($5.99) by Nichole Chase, Princess Catherine meets David, who has arrived for the wedding of Duchess Samantha Rousseau and Catherine's brother Prince Alex.

"When the Duke Was Wicked" ($7.99) by Lorraine Heath is the start of a new series. Lady Grace Mabry, scarred by childhood illness, meets the Duke of Lovington.

"Romancing the Duke" by Tessa Dare is the first of the "Castles Ever After" series. Ophelia Goodnight longs to meet her prince.

"Wulfe Untamed" by Pamela Palmer is the eighth and final part of an urban fantasy series. Wulfe was separated at an early age from his mate Radiant. He lived on for centuries. The Mage are going to release the Daemon. Wulfe must save the human Natalie but it will mean he will become evil forever.

"Moonlight on My Mind" ($5.99) by Jennifer McQuiston contains elements of her own life as a vet and infectious disease controller. The story is set in the early Victorian era.

In "Three Weeks with Lady X" ($5.99) Eloisa James returns to the Regency Period. Thorn Dautry attempts to win over Laetitia Rainsford.

"How To Seduce a Vampire (Without Really Trying)" ($7.99) by Kerrelyn Sparks is anaother vampire romance from the best seller. Vampire Zolran Czakvar has lived alone for seven centuries. Warrior woman Neona vows to get to know this strange man.

Caroline Linden's "It Takes a Scandal" ($5.99) is about a pamphlet written by Lady Constance about her many lovers and circulated secretly among the ladies of the Regency Period.

"How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days" by Laura Lee Guhrke is a twist on the marriage of convenience plot. Edie and the Duke of Margrave marry. He lives on one continent and she on another, but five years later he decides to make the marriage real. Can he do it 10 days?

"Redemption of the Duke" by Gayle Callen is about Adam Chamberlin, a man responsible for the death of fellow soldier Mathias Cooper. Callen becomes Duke of Ruthford and meets Cooper's sister Faith. He offers her a job in his house and the sparks begin to fly.

Wendy Williams
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Wendy Williams

Author Wendy Williams discusses her novel which is about an interracial couple. The novel is steamy, erotic and destined to please lovers of romances. Some critics have called it a more erotic version of "Fifty Shades of Grey."

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Williams

Wendy Williams has written a steamy novel about interracial relationship. Critics compare the erotic book to "Fifty Shades of Grey" and say they expect Williams to earn a place on the best seller list.

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W. Williams

Wendy Williams has entered the world of romance novel writing with a new book receiving rave reviews from romance novel critics. Many are comparing the work to "Fifty Shades of Grey" which topped bestseller lists for months.