If you’re feeling more devilish than angelic these days, make your descent through our list of books that bring to mind the seven deadly sins. We confess, we think you’ll covet them all! (Ed. Note: Sinfulness is in the eye of the beholder. YMMV. All of these books and authors are lovely, and not at all sinful…unless they want to be.)
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With an antihero named Murhder at the center of the newest entry in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, we could have assigned this to several sins! But these sexy vampires definitely inspire more lust than fear in paranormal romance readers. In THE SAVIOR, Murhder returns from exile in search of redemption, which may come from helping Dr. Sarah Watkins, a biomedical researcher who’s uncovered some unsavory secrets about her company. The heat is on in more ways than one, and soon the pair finds that resisting their attraction is…[wait for it]…murder.
A vampire and a scientist’s fates are passionately entwined in a race against time in this thrilling romance in the #1 New York Times bestselling “utterly absorbing and deliciously erotic” (Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author) Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled—but Murhder’s insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption.
Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiancé. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture.
As Murhder and Sarah’s destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers... or resume his lonely existence forevermore?
Turns out lying isn’t a mortal sin, technically, or this Agatha Christie-ish suspense novel would be a perfect fit for that category, too--since Harriet “Hal” Westaway is a con woman, a fake tarot reader working the boardwalk in a holiday town. When Hal receives a letter telling her that she’s inherited a fortune from an unknown relative, she’s sure it’s a mistake—she doesn’t have any rich relatives, or any relatives, period, since her mom died—but she’s happy to pose as the “right” Hal if it gets her some cash. But when she shows up at the Westaway family manse, she quickly suspects that she might be the mark, not the con. Family secrets fly hard and fast as various Westaways fight to claim the estate—and someone’s willing to kill for it.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware’s fourth novel, “her best yet” (Library Journal, starred review).
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.
Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
Three friends make a Valentine’s Day pact to change whatever in their life weighs on them most—and as is fitting for that time of year, it mostly involves love. But each one gets a little too greedy…Emmy wants not just a man, but a guy in every port; Adriana’s chasing some engagement bling and a house in Scarsdale; and Leigh, who already has a dream job, dream guy and dream apartment, develops a wandering eye even so. Of course there’s a lesson to be learned here, but in the hands of the author who brought us The Devil Wears Prada, doing so is glittery, comic fun.
The bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing is back with a delicious novel about a trio of best friends in Manhattan who agree to change their lives in the most personal and dramatic way possible—and to do it within one calendar year.
Meet Emmy, Leigh, and Adriana. Best friends since college, each has seen her share of career foils and romantic foibles over the past decade. Now, as they approach thirty, they’re looking toward their future...and they’re not quite sure they like what they see.
When they are each alone on Valentine’s Day, the trio makes a pact. Within one year, each woman will change the thing that most challenges her. For Emmy, it will be to find romance—or a fling—in every foreign country she visits. For Leigh, a book editor with a dream boyfriend and dream apartment, no change seems necessary—until she starts to notice a brilliant and brooding man named Jesse. And for commitment-phobic, drop-dead-gorgeous Adriana, her goal is to have an engagement ring and a house in Scarsdale. Each woman starts the year with the best of intentions—which is exactly why the pact goes immediately, and exceptionally, awry.
Filled with delicious insider details, Chasing Harry Winston whisks readers into the heart of an elite world and unforgettable characters. Let the games begin!
To represent pride, how could we not choose this delightful retelling of Pride and Prejudice? If it rings a bell, perhaps you were hooked on the original web series that ran about five years ago—and if you’re just discovering it, get ready to devour the story of Lizzie Bennet, impoverished grad student stuck living at home with her sisters, Jane and Lydia. This sparkling modern twist on a beloved classic is a treat it would be a sin to pass up. [#sorrynotsorry]
From the award-winning YouTube series, grad student Lizzie becomes a viral sensation with her YouTube reflections on life, love, and her thesis troubles. Off-camera, Lizzie and her sisters encounter the rich Bing Lee and his haughty friend William Darcy, and nothing is ever the same for these spirited, clever, and quirky sisters.
No, this charming romance isn’t really about a glutton, but it does feature some sexy pie-making on the cover, which is good enough for us! Lillie Turner thought she’d escaped her days working in the family diner when she left home for a new life in Chicago. But when her dad calls her home, ostensibly because of his health, she finds herself sucked right back in—and what’s more, she has to enter the local bake-off and deal with her irritatingly hot ex, Nick. Is Lillie a glutton for punishment, or are these the ingredients for a perfect match? [Nope, not gonna stop with the bad puns.]
A down-home, feel-good debut Southern romance, From Scratch explores one woman’s journey back home to Dallas, Texas, where her family is cooking up a plan that doesn’t quite suit her tastes…
Thirty-year-old Lillie Turner grew up with maple syrup stuck to her skin and bacon grease splattered on her clothes, courtesy of working in the family diner. Thank goodness she escaped all that when she moved to Chicago five years ago. Now a successful strategy consultant and newly engaged to a man who complements her like biscuits and gravy, she has everything she wants.
When an urgent phone call about her father’s health pulls Lillie back to Dallas, she soon learns it was a ruse to bring her home so she can run the diner she’d rather avoid and compete in the Upper Crust, an annual baking competition, with no option to withdraw. Lillie is furious and ready to run back to Chicago, but her father’s haggard appearance makes her wonder if he’s hiding something. Things go from bad to worse when Nick, her handsome ex and the only man she ever truly loved, reappears, looking as scrumptious as ever.
Lillie’s trip home forces her to question the path she’s chosen, find her place in the family she abandoned, and wonder if the life she left behind is what she really wants after all.
The halls of this sorority are teeming with emotion—need, desire, pain, joy. But the linked stories in this collection reveal another longing: envy. Each sister has her eye on the others, wishing for the seemingly perfect lives they show to the outside world…and yet even the most beautiful or popular among them wants more. This is no late-night pillow fight; this is women coming of age in dark and powerful ways.
Sisterhood is forever…whether you like it or not.
Prep meets Girls in White Dresses in Genevieve Sly Crane’s deliciously addictive, voyeuristic exploration of female friendship and coming of age that will appeal to anyone who has ever been curious about what happens in a sorority house.
Twinsets and pearls, secrets and kinship, rituals that hold sisters together in a sacred bond of everlasting trust. Certain chaste images spring to mind when one thinks of sororities. But make no mistake: these women are not braiding each other’s hair and having pillow fights—not by a long shot.
What Genevieve Sly Crane has conjured in these pages is a blunt, in-your-face look behind the closed doors of a house full of contemporary women—and there are no holds barred. These women have issues: self-inflicted, family inflicted, sister-to-sister inflicted—and it is all on the page. At the center of this swirl is Margot: the sister who died in the house, and each chapter is told from the points of view of the women who orbit her death and have their own reactions to it.
With a keen sense of character and elegant, observant prose, Crane details the undercurrents of tension in a world where perfection comes at a cost and the best things in life are painful—if not impossible—to acquire: Beauty. A mother’s love. And friendship…or at least the appearance of it. Woven throughout are glimmers of the classical myths that undercut the lives of women in Greek life. After all, the Greek goddesses did cause their fair share of destruction….
What happens if your dream life is better than your real one? Kate Waithman, widowed young, is getting engaged for the second time…until she starts having vivid dreams of her late husband, Patrick. And not “oh, I remember him” dreams, but dreams that feel like he’s there, in the life they would have shared if he had lived. As Kate lives more and more of her “asleep life,” it appears that Patrick is trying to tell her something. But can she hang onto this dream—if it is a dream—long enough to find out what? This heartfelt novel is a perfect mix of Sliding Doors and P.S. I Love You.
Sliding Doors meets P.S. I Love You in this richly told novel from the author of The Sweetness of Forgetting about the struggle to overcome the past when our memories refuse to be forgotten.
After her husband’s sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she’s planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn’t she more excited?
At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she’s really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband’s hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.