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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/02/19 Permalink
    Tags: california girls, finding forever, , lee tobin mcclain, , low country hero, misadventures of a curvy girl, mornings on main, , , , , , the scoundrel in her bed   

    Romance Roundup: Curvaceous Heroines, Reunited Sweethearts, and Baseball Players 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who finds way more than she bargained for in a small, Texas town, a curvy lady who has attracted the attentions of two very sexy guys, and a single mom who meets a very special contractor.

    Mornings on Main, by Jodi Thomas
    Jillian James is only visiting Laurel Springs, Texas to learn more about her deadbeat father and why he abandoned his family. She is definitely NOT going to stick around this tiny town. Then she meets Connor Larady, who quite possibly has the biggest heart a man could have. Not only is he a single father, he also takes care of his grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s. Oh, and he’s absolutely heartbroken about the prospect of closing down said grandmother’s beloved quilt shop. Jillian and Connor end up becoming quite close, and she also becomes very close to his grandmother. Will Jillian find out the truth about her family’s past? Will she allow herself to let love into her heart and her life? And will Connor provide Jillian with multiple, ahem, reasons to stay in Laurel Springs? (Available in paperback on February 19.)

    Misadventures of a Curvy Girl, by Sierra Simone
    Ireland Mills has finally said “Peace out!” to fad diets and any other attempts to change her body. She’s tired of feeling ashamed about her body and has decided to embrace it 100 percent. (Excuse me, Ireland? We all love you. Like, a lot.) She ends up becoming VERY close to TWO extremely hunky guys—Caleb Carpenter and Ben Weber. Oh, and these two guys have no problem with the fact that they are both attracted to Ireland. (You know what they say—when it rains, it pours!) When Ireland’s car ends up going kaput on a random dirt road, Caleb and Ben both come to rescue, and the three of them engage in some exceptionally sexy time. Their only problem is that they’re seriously falling for her—and she’s having a hard time believing it. Ben and Caleb will need to put in some major overtime if they’re going to convince Ireland that they love her exactly the way she is. (Get to it, you two!) This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 19.)

    California Girls, by Susan Mallery
    Three sisters are going through a very tough time right now, relationship-wise. TV host Finola finds out that her husband is having an affair with some vapid little pop star. Zennie just broke up with her own man, but she’s feeling more “Meh” about it than anything else. She decides to become a surrogate for her best friend, but pregnancy turns out to be, to put it succinctly, Not Totally Fun. As for Ali, her fiance sends his brother to break up with her, and then keeps checking up on her to make sure she’s okay. (Dude, really? If you were so concerned, did you HAVE to do your stupid brother’s dirty work?) So yes, these three ladies are going through a lot right now. It’s a darn good thing they have each other, plus that California sunshine and, we hope, plenty of California wine. (Except for you, Zennie! You’re sticking with smoothies!) Here’s hoping they provide each other with the kind of loving support only close family and friends can give! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    The Scoundrel in Her Bed, by Lorraine Heath
    Finn Trewlove is the bastard son of a nobleman, and he has a Very Secret History with Lady Lavinia Kent, who is the daughter of an earl. They were quite lovey-dovey back in the day, then something very bad happened that put an end to things. She went on to get involved in London’s seedy underworld and dedicate herself to a cause. (For the record, Finn was her inspiration for this!) Years later, Lavinia and Finn are reunited, and let’s just say they both soon feel the unstoppable urge to get nekkid together. (Don’t fight the feelings, you two!) They’ll need to overcome quite a few dangers and class-related issues if they’re going to finally get the happy ending they deserve. Lavinia and Finn, when it’s all over, the two of your should seriously consider an extended Mediterranean trip that involves lots of sunshine and light clothing and the freedom to skinny dip in crystal-clear waters! This is the third book in Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    Finding Forever, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two fan favorites! In “Rules of the Game,” Parks Jones may be a professional baseball player with a body made for a tight-fitting uniform, but that doesn’t change the fact that Brooke Gordon can’t stand him. (Oh, Brooke, surely Parks has at least one redeemable quality to go with that chiseled body of his!) They need to work together, and Parks is eager to prove to Brooke that he’s a decent guy. Good luck, buddy! In “Second Nature,” reporter Lee Radcliffe gets the chance to interview famous—and reclusive—horror writer Hunter Brown. He has one condition, though, which is that she needs to go on a camping trip with him. Lee, strap on your best hiking boots and your comfiest khakis and get your story and your man! (And don’t forget your bug spray!) (Available in paperback on February 26.)

    Low Country Hero, by Lee Tobin McClain
    Anna George has ditched her abusive ex and taken her twin daughters to Safe Haven, South Carolina in search of peace and refuge. She gets a helping hand (a very strong, masculine, helping hand) from contractor Sean O’Dwyer. (Sean, if you ever need help adjusting your toolbelt, we’d all happily volunteer for the chance!) Sean didn’t think he wanted to do the whole family thing, but he soon realizes that Anna and her daughters are exceptionally special and that they have unlocked many, many wonderful feelings. He and Anna become very close as they do refurbishment work. Oh, Sean, please, please, please don’t dawdle! Let Anna know ASAP how you feel and put a ring on it! This is the first book in McClain’s Safe Haven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week? 

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/02/12 Permalink
    Tags: , devil's daughter, , , , long tall texans: ethan/connal, , , , say you're sorry, shadow pact, stroke of luck, , tally adams   

    Romance Roundup: Young Widows, Devoted Sisters, and Ranchers Galore 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a tough lady who helps a detective solve a cold case, a human woman who gets caught up in some major werewolf and vampire-related drama, and a rancher who gets much-needed help from his childhood friend.

    Map of the Heart, by Susan Wiggs
    History buffs will love this reprint! Camille Palmer is finally settling back into a peaceful existence after the tragic death of her husband. She’s got a teenage daughter and a dad to look after, so she’s quite busy. (Camille, massages and champagne on all of us!) Then a mysterious package arrives, and the three of them go back to France, where Camille’s dad lived during World War II. Oh, and Camille meets a very handsome former naval officer during her travels. (Note to Camille: Find out ASAP if he kept his uniform!) A nice lady who gets another chance at love with a hunky man in the French countryside while surrounded by loved ones? Yes, we’ll all take that tale with a glass of wine and a chocolate croissant! (Available in paperback on February 12.)

    Say You’re Sorry, by Karen Rose
    A serial killer has just messed with the wrong woman! Not only does our gal, Daisy Dawson, manage to fend off an attack, she also manages to steal a valuable piece of evidence off of her attacker: a necklace. (Daisy, after we treat you to a spa day we’d love it if you showed us your self-defense moves!) Said necklace is of great interest to Special Agent Gideon Reynolds, who has a few very important things going on for him: buns of steel, arms of steel, abs of steel, and a—well, you get the picture!  Anyway, he’s been working on a cold case for 17 years, and now, thanks to this necklace, he just might finally have what he needs to solve it. He and Daisy will end up working closely together. They’ll need to be super careful, though, as the killer now wants to target both of them. Daisy and Gideon, stay two steps ahead of the game, and when you finally win, treat yourselves to a romantic, long weekend getaway! This is the first book in Rose’s Sacramento series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on February 12.)

    Long, Tall Texans: Ethan/Connal, by Diana Palmer
    Two stories in one! “Ethan” features Ethan Hardeman and Arabella Craig. They, ahem, had relations when Arabella was 18 years old, which she really, really enjoyed, but then Ethan married another woman. (Ethan, we’re going to be generous and give you THREE WHOLE MINUTES to explain why you broke our gal’s heart!) Years have gone by, and now Arabella and Ethan are reconnected. Those years haven’t been too kind to Ethan—he’s divorced and, let’s just put it this way, Not Happy. Will he and Arabella get another chance at love? In “Connal,” Connal Tremayne finds himself somehow married to Penelope Matthews, who has pretty much loved him her whole life. Until recently he was a widower, and now he finds himself with a brand-new bride. (Sadly, he is not happy about this.) Here’s hoping that he and Penelope clear the air between them—and that they proceed to fill a Texas ranch with lots of cute puppies and babies! These reprinted stories are part of Palmer’s delicious Long, Tall Texans series. (Available in paperback on February 12.)

    Shadow Pact, by Tally Adams
    All Emily wants to do is find her missing sister, but instead, she finds herself in the middle of a major kerfuffle involving vampires and werewolves and a whole lot of attitude. She gets saved by William, a vampire-werewolf hybrid (and major hottie) who is ready and willing and able to assist Emily in her mission. Together, they’ll need to navigate some palace-like intrigue, complete with a vampire queen and a werewolf king who have less-than-noble intentions. (Think Game of Thrones with a more supernatural angle and characters with superior hygiene.) Emily will need to gather up every last ounce of courage she has if she’s going to survive all of this drama and find her sister. Emily, put your big-girl panties on and do whatever it takes to find her! And while you’re at it, show William how a human woman can rock his world! This is the first book in Adams’ Immortal Romance series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 12.)

    Devil’s Daughter, by Lisa Kleypas
    Phoebe, Lady Clare is a young widow, and she’s just met West Ravenel at a family wedding. She finds him exceptionally sexy, but she’s kind of determined to not like him. (He allegedly bullied her late husband when they were in boarding school together WAY back in the day.) She can’t help but become attracted to him, though, because West has that effect on women. Oh, and West soon discovers that Phoebe has quite the colorful family history, which gives him hope that she is not the cold-hearted, aristocratic woman he thought she might be. Phoebe, school was a very long time ago! Give West and his chiseled arms and jawline a chance! And West, be a gentleman and show Phoebe that while you can definitely be, ahem, naughty, you are also a nice guy who has come a long way in life! This is the fifth book in Kleypas’ Ravenels series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 19.)

    Stroke of Luck, by B.J. Daniels
    Montana hottie Will Sterling could use a helping hand right now. (Oh, Will, we all volunteer as tribute!) The Sterling Ranch’s season is about to start, but a blizzard threatens to make the opening a not-so-smooth endeavor. Plus, the guests staying at the ranch lodge are getting cranky. (Oh, just have some wine, you grouchy lot!) Fortunately, Will is about to get some much-needed help from his old childhood friend, Poppy Carmichael, and let’s just say that she and Will are children no more. They soon realize that they’d love nothing more than to spend the blizzard together, secluded, and nekkid in a quiet room with a giant fireplace. (#polarvortexfun #bringiton) Sadly, something very bad is going on (think: killer), and they’ll need to take care of it pronto. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge said killer, get the ranch the successful opening it deserves, and then find all kinds of fun ways to keep each other warm during those long, Montana winters. This is the first book in Daniels’ Sterling’s Montana series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on February 19.)

    What romance novels are keeping your nightstand warm this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/02/05 Permalink
    Tags: alana albertson, downward dog, gentleman sinner, healing hearts, , , , , , , sonya lalli, the fearless king, the good ones, the matchmaker's list   

    Romance Roundup: Matchmaking Grannies, Romance Bookstore Owners, and Celebrity Yoga Instructors 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman whose grandmother is determined to help her find a husband, a hot, single dad who falls for his town’s newest bookstore owner, and a frontier doctor who must convince his nurse that he is 100 percent marriage material.

    The Matchmaker’s List, by Sonya Lalli
    Raina Anand has finally caved and said “Yes!” to her grandmother. Her granny wants to help Raina find a nice man to marry, which Raina has been avoiding for a very long time. (Raina, your grandmother sounds awesome! When she’s done fixing you up, would it be cool if she helped the rest of us?) Raina proceeds to meet a long list of single guys and go out on dates with them, and let’s just say nothing is going well. (Raina, my friend, we’ve all been there!) Plus, she’s feeling the pressure to marry from her loving and, ahem, determined family. She wants to be a good Indian girl, but she also wants some room to breathe. Will it be possible for her to find some common ground with her family? Will the bond between Raina and her grandmother survive this tumultuous time? Do any of these suitors display husband-worthy attributes AND possess a six-pack? Fingers crossed that it’s a big, whooping “Yes!” to all! (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 5.)

    Gentleman Sinner, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Our gal Izzy White has worked VERY hard to get to where she is today. Instead of letting her dark past get the best of her, she’s found her calling as a nurse and is just all-around awesome. (Izzy, you are a pure source of light and inspiration!) The trouble is, she’s just done a good deed for someone else, and this causes her dark past to find her again. (Izzy, we’ve got our fists up and our sneers ready! Just tell us who to intimidate!) She’s rescued by the gloriously beautiful Theo Kane. Any other person would be scared of him—and for good reason because, well, we’ll just say he’s a tough guy—but with Izzy he is pure gentleman. Theo has some demons of his own to work with, and Izzy just might be the best person to help him out. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys who want to cause Izzy harm, that Theo confronts his feelings and comes out of it a better man, and that he proceeds to rock Izzy’s world for the rest of their lives together! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 5.)

    The Good Ones, by Jenn McKinlay
    Ryder Copeland is your average, divorced, single-dad architect with a body worth worshipping who just wants to create a better life for his daughter. He is pretty sure he wants to leave his small North Carolina town, but then he meets Maisy Kelly. She just inherited her aunt’s Victorian house, and she wants to convert it into a romance bookstore. (WE’LL HELP YOU, MAISY! WE WILL SO, SO HELP YOU!) There’s no denying that Maisy and Ryder are, like, legit perfect for each other. The thing is, he was pretty set on getting out of Dodge. Ryder, buddy, please take a deep look inside, past your many layers of muscles and sinew, and search your big heart. Maisy is one in a million, and she’ll make sure your daughter has lots of love and books in her life that will absolutely expand her horizons. So whip out your, erm, protractor and some fresh grid paper and start designing a beautiful home for three! This is the first book in McKinlay’s Happily Ever After series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 5.)

    The Fearless King, by Katee Robert
    Our gal Journey King has been managing her family’s business—and doing a darn good job of it, too! Then her dad comes back to Houston with every intention of swiping it from her. (Not cool, Papa Bear. Not cool.) Journey does the only thing she thinks she can do: ask Frank Evans for help. Frank may have a cool, polished exterior to go with that chiseled jawline, but he also knows how to get dirt on people. (Oh, and let’s just say that no woman would mind getting dirty with Frank. Like, ever. Because he’s quite sexy.) Frank isn’t all too thrilled about getting involved with the King family, but there’s no denying he has The Feelings for Journey. (Good for you, Frank! Because Journey is an awesome, hardworking lady!) Here’s hoping that Journey manages to retain the family business, that Frank manages to keep her safe from her enemies, and that, when all the drama is over, she and King take a well-deserved, romantic vacation together! This is the second book in Robert’s Kings series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 5.)

    Downward Dog, by Alana Albertson
    Suffice it to say that celebrity yoga instructor Kira Morgan is going through a rough time right now. She made a sex tape with her ex-boyfriend (whoops!) that got leaked to the media by said ex-boyfriend’s weird friend (double whoops!). She ended up getting fired from her TV show, dumped by her boyfriend, and has the media dogging her every move. The only shining light in her life right now is her rescue beagle, Lady. (Kira, if you and Lady need a safe house we’re all offering our spare couches, rooms, and doggie beds!) Then she gets a request from Britain’s Prince Henry. He wants her to teach yoga at his charity fundraiser, and while Kira doesn’t want the public eye on her, the effort would benefit rescue dogs. Kira and Henry are going to end up spending a lot of time together, which makes them realize they wouldn’t mind continuing spending time together for the rest of their lives! This is the second book in Albertson’s Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback on February 5.)

    Healing Hearts, by Sarah M. Eden
    Pickings are slim in the frontier town of Savage Wells, which is why doctor Gideon MacNamara decides to go the mail-order bride route. The result is that Miriam, a nurse, comes to town, thinking he only wanted a helper and not realizing he also wanted a wife. (To be clear, there was some kind of miscommunication. Gideon himself would never mislead a lady!) Gideon decides to hire Miriam rather than pressure her into anything, because he is a really nice guy with a beautiful heart to match his beautiful face and body. Sure enough, he and Miriam start to feel all of the feelings and fall in love for reals. Miriam realizes that marriage to Gideon might be a very, very yummy prospect. This budding romance, though, is threatened when Miriam’s former medical associate shows up. Will Gideon persuade Miriam to stick around? Will Miriam follow her heart and realize that Gideon is the man for her? And will at least one horse poop on this pesky intruder? This is the second book in Eden’s Proper Romance series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on February 5.)

    What romance novels are toppling off your nightstand this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/01/29 Permalink
    Tags: amanda heger, beyond risk, , connie mann, crazy cupid love, , , mystic, , , , , , this matter of marriage   

    Romance Roundup: Greek God Descendants, Best Friends-Turned-Lovers, and Outer Space Romances 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman on a marriage mission, a Greek god descendant called upon to make some love matches, and two people who are determined to save their galaxy.

    This Matter of Marriage, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features Hallie McCarthy, a lady who loves a good plan and plans to meet her dream guy within one year so they can get married and live happily ever after. She proceeds to go on a series of exceptionally bad dates. As in, each one of these exceptionally bad dates deserves its own podcast series. (Hang in there, Hallie! We admire your tenacity!) Also suffering on the dating scene is Hallie’s hunky neighbor, Steve Marris. He’s trying to win back his ex-wife, even though she’s marrying someone else. (Steve, buddy, let us introduce you to an obscure song no one has ever heard of that’s sung by a princess no one knows named Elsa called “Let It Go.” Because, really, that’s what you should do.) Pretty soon, though, Hallie and Steve each have a much-needed double take and realize that everything they want in life literally lives next door. Invite us to the wedding, please! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Crazy Cupid Love, by Amanda Heger
    Eliza Herman has some pretty big career shoes to fill. She’s a descendant of Eros, as in, the Greek god of all things sexy. Thanks to a recent family emergency, she has to take a job as a Cupid-for-hire in a local shop and get couples to fall in love with each other. (Eliza, we just have two words for you: “Liam” and “Hemsworth.” Or “Idris” and “Elba.” We’ll also settle for “Chris” and “Pine.” And please make sure they’re all “nekkid.”) Anyhoo, Eliza’s mentor is going to be none other than Jake Sanders, an unforgettable kind of man whom she never was able to forget. When Eliza’s enchantments start to go horribly wrong, she and Jake will need to work very closely together in order to make everything right. Oh, they’ll also have to acknowledge their feelings for each other. Get to stepping, you two! This is the first book in Heger’s Let’s Get Mythical series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    Beyond Risk, by Connie Mann
    Charlotte Tanner is a former Fish & Wildlife Officer who is feeling all of the guilt ever since a drowning accident happened on her watch. (Charlotte, we will never stop thinking that you’re an amazing woman and we’re sending you ALL of the hugs and positive vibes right now!) She decides to move back to central Florida for some healing, and there she meets up with Lieutenant Hunter Boudreau, her best friend who wants to protect her because, as it turns out, that drowning was no accident. Someone was actually out to get Charlotte, and she is still in danger. This gets Hunter into major “Not MY woman!” mode. He and Charlotte will need to work very closely together if they’re going to keep Charlotte safe, catch the bad guy, and then embark on a new chapter together. This is the first book in Mann’s Florida Wildlife Warriors series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    Mystic, by Cheryl Brooks
    Outer space-romance alert! Sulaksha Enduran’s lover died from a mysterious plague that is wreaking havoc, so she decides to do some investigating. She ends up getting help from Zetithian mystic Aidan Banadansk. He just saved her life and agreed to go on her quest, so we know he’s got a big heart. (He’s also got a body worth describing to everyone in the entire universe, including your 90-year-old grandmother who still uses handkerchiefs and knits you socks every year!) Their detective work unveils a conspiracy that puts an entire planet at risk. They’ll need to act fast if they’re going to eradicate this disease and save the galaxy. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, that everyone is spared this awful disease, and that Aidan and Sulaksha spend the rest of their lives together exploring new galaxies and having all kinds of fun and sexy adventures! This is the second book in Brooks’ Cat Star Legacy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, by Susan Mallery
    This reprint features two sisters who are reluctantly reunited. Kelly Murphy has her own thing going on as a tulip farmer. Then her small town gets two comebacks in the form of Griffith Burnett, who takes one look at Kelly and immediately gets all “Hey, girl” on her, and Kelly’s estranged sister, Olivia. Kelly and Olivia haven’t exactly been on Christmas-card terms for the past ten years, so life is about to get way more dramatic for both of them. They’d each rather get a root canal than hug and make up. (See, ladies? You have more in common than you think!) Secrets upon secrets are about to be spilled, which might put a damper on this delicate sisterhood. Oh, come on, you two! Just get over yourselves, go out for margaritas and nachos, and focus on the good times ahead! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    Three generations of ladies are about to get in touch with their respective issues and emotions this summer! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and they are each dealing with some major marital problems. Lauren seems to have the perfect life, but she knows it might just fall apart at any minute. Oh, and her teenage daughter, Mack, is showing signs of having problems. As for Jenna, she and her husband are having a hard time getting pregnant. Lauren and Jenna’s mom, Nancy, is also staying with them for the summer, and she has had some issues that have prevented her from being the best mom she could be. Will these four ladies learn to trust each other and open up? And will they realize that they have all of the support they need in each other? (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: a dangerous game, , dark water rising, , , , , o'hurley's return, , , , , unmasked,   

    Romance Roundup: Criminal Psychologists, Motorcycle Clubs, and Reunited Ex-Spouses 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who needs her former lover’s help, a criminal psychologist with a fascinating new case, and a vampire whose honey is ready to help him get through a very dark time.  

    Lilac Lane, by Sherryl Woods
    Single mom Kiera Malone has worked very hard to provide a good life for her children. Life is starting to finally go her way, then her fiancé dies of a heart attack. She decides to visit Chesapeake Shores and spend time with her father and grown daughter. She gets a job at her son-in-law’s Irish pub, and soon clashes with the chef, Bryan Laramie. There’s major sexual tension just underneath those arguments, with plenty of unleashed passion waiting to boil over. Everyone in town starts taking bets (can we join?) to see how soon these two kitchen coworkers will start to climb all over each other. Will they manage to get under each other’s aprons (literally and figuratively) and realize that they are actually kind of perfect for each other? This reprint is the fourteenth book in Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series. (Available in paperback on January 22.)

    Vengeance Road, by Christine Feehan
    Our gal Breezy Simmons was born into a motorcycle club, and let’s just say it was populated by the types of people your mother warned you against. Breezy escaped that life, but she never forgot Steele, the vice president of Torpedo Ink who broke her heart. (This is understandable. Steele would make the most pious of nuns rethink her vows.) It turns out that Steele drove Breezy away in order to keep her safe, but when she re-enters his life requesting help he decides he’ll never lose her again. Indeed, Steele is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe and be with her forever. As for Breezy, she wouldn’t mind having (like, at all) another tussle or two with Steele. Here’s hoping they figure out a solution soon, and that Steele gives Breezy all kinds of reasons to never, ever doubt him again! This is the second book in Feehan’s Torpedo Ink series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    A Dangerous Game, by Heather Graham
    Criminal psychologist Kieran Finnegan was just wrapping things up at the office for the day, totally ready to go home and snuggle with her boyfriend and maybe even have a glass of wine and do a face mask. Then a very distressed woman shoves her baby into Kieran’s arms, runs away, and is subsequently murdered. (Kieran, we wouldn’t blame you AT ALL if you went for a second glass of vino tonight!) Kieran’s special agent boyfriend Craig Fraser helps her out by enlisting the help of the FBI. Oh, he also wants Kieran to stay out of this particular situation. The thing about Kieran, though, is that she has a HUGE heart. She discovers a very dangerous group of people who were linked to that poor woman, and soon decides she wants to help bring them down. You’ve got this, Kieran! We all believe in you! This is the third book in Graham’s New York Confidential series. (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    O’Hurley’s Return, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorites are reprinted in one volume! In “Skin Deep,” actress Chantel O’Hurley is being threatened, and it’s gotten so bad that she needs to hire private investigator Quinn Doran. Quinn’s hardened personality goes well with his rock-hard body, but underneath all of that hardness (heehee) is a heart ready to give her all of the love in the world. Will Chantel be the one to unlock his softer side? In “Without a Trace,” super-hottie Trace O’Hurley isn’t exactly proud of his dark past. Then he meets Gillian Fitzpatrick, who needs his help if she’s going to save her brother. Together, they’ll need to help take down a terrorist organization. Can they manage what seems to be impossible? Will Trace find redemption and be reunited with his family? How many pounds can he bench press? Whatever happens, here’s hoping that he and Gillian manage to rescue her brother and then start a new chapter together! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Unmasked, by Helen Hardt
    Vampires aren’t supposed to be able to levitate, but then vampire Dante Gabriel and his nurse lady love Erin Hamilton find themselves floating above their bed. (To be clear, Dante has no problem levitating other parts of his body the natural way!) Levitation is just one bizarre ability Dante suddenly develops, and it triggers memories of his time in captivity. (He spent years as a blood slave to a female vampire, and let’s just say it wasn’t the sunniest period of his existence.) As for Erin, she’s ready to help Dante through this difficult period and do whatever it takes for him to feel better. (Oh, that we’d all be so lucky for such a beautiful opportunity!) Dante and Erin will need to stay sharp if they’re going to survive this next wave of drama, so here’s hoping they both use every tool under their belt. (Especially Dante!) This is the fourth volume in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series, and it contains parts 10, 11, and 12. (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Dark Water Rising, by Sharon Sala
    Sam and Haley Quaid went through some major tragedy right before they got divorced: Their 10-year-old son died. Before they parted ways, though, Sam gave Haley a note letting her know that he’d always be there for her if she ever needed him. (Now THAT’S a good man!) Three years later, Haley reaches out to Sam, and he figures that she’s in trouble. Not only is there a hurricane on the way, but two escaped prisoners are headed towards Haley’s area. Sam’s lovey-dovey feelings for Haley are kicked back into mega-overdrive, and he’s ready to come to her rescue. (And if coming to Haley’s rescue involves running very, very quickly while baring his teeth in a “Don’t screw with me” snarl and ripping open his button-down shirt to reveal his “I workout at least five days a week” abs, then so be it!) Sam, buddy, go rescue your woman, and when the drama is over, rebuild your lives together! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on January 29.)

    What hot new romances are keeping you warm this week?

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