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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2018/01/23 Permalink
    Tags: , beyond danger, , getaway, , kat martin, looking for a hero, , never dare a wicked earl, , renee ann miller, , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Artists, Sexy Detectives, and Caring Highlanders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a guy who gets help investigating his father’s murder, a woman who gets a Highlander’s protection, and a nurse who gets a gig caring for a ridiculously sexy philanderer.

    Surrender to the Highlander, by Lynsay Sands
    Edith Drummond wakes up from a health problem to find several hunky Highlander guys taking care of her. (#lifegoals) The only one she’s drawn to, though, is Niels Buchanan. He becomes infatuated with her right away, and wants to protect her from the mysterious, hidden figure who keeps trying to poison her. Niels will need to deal with Edith’s family’s enemies if he’s going to keep her alive and embark on a beautiful, sexy life with her. Oh, and he also needs to do whatever he can to prevent her from going to a nunnery. (This is fair, as both he and Edith want to do very un-nun-like things together.) Will they manage to dodge the bad guys? And will Edith get to untie Niels’ kilt over and over and over and over (and over) again? This is the fifth book in Sands’ Scottish Highlanders series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on January 30.)

    Beautiful Tempest, by Johanna Lindsey
    The very gentle-bred Jacqueline Malory recently had some major adventures that involved a ship and a handsome pirate, and she’s about to have some more! Jacqueline and her older brother are taken as “guests” on the ship of a very mysterious man—and that ship is sailing away from England, which could either be really good or really bad. (Seems like any time with this mysterious man would be really good!) Our gal thinks he might be a pirate, but the truth is he might actually be a nobleman who is looking to get his honor back. That said, he’s quite intrigued by the tasty morsel that is Jacqueline and doing some not-so-honorable things with her. This is the latest book in Lindsey’s passionate Malory-Anderson series. (Available in paperback on January 30.)

    Beyond Danger, by Kat Martin
    Texas mogul Beau Reese has a lot to deal with right now, and it pretty much started when his father knocked up a teenage girl. (Yup, that’ll definitely put a damper on one’s day.) Then said father, a former senator, is found dead in his study. Detective Cassidy Jones is already in the picture by this point, as she was hired to find out who was stalking Beau’s dad. Now that he’s dead, Cassidy and Beau will need to work very closely together in order to figure out who dunnit. The good thing is that they don’t really suspect each other. Also, Beau has the kind of body no woman would mind working closely with. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that things only go up from there! This is the second book in Martin’s super suspenseful Texas Trilogy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 30.)

    Getaway, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint offers two stories in one! In “Partners,” Matthew Bates and Laurel Armand are professional enemies, which is too bad, because they both wouldn’t mind getting decidedly unprofessional with each other. Then they need to investigate a murder case together, which means they are forced to work in close proximity. (Laurel, you lucky, lucky gal!) Can they manage to solve the case, ideally with Matthew shirtless at least half the time? In “Art of Deception,” artist Adam Haines goes to Kirby Fairchild’s ancestral home. He needs a quiet place to paint. (Adam, you can use all of our places! We promise to be super quiet while we watch you paint naked. The pleasure is all ours!) Being close to him is really nice, but then he starts to act a bit strange. The attraction is still there, so phew, but Kirby is very curious to see what exactly he is up to. (Available in paperback on January 30.)

    Looking for a Hero, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint also offers two stories in one! In “Marriage Wanted,” divorce attorney Nash Davenport plans to stay as far away from the altar as he possibly can. (Easy to do in his line of work.) Then he meets wedding planner Savannah Charles, who has absolutely nothing against the institution of marriage. (Nash, buddy, we promise you that Savannah is an awesome and realistic woman with healthy expectations.) Can Nash drop his snarky attitude? In “My Hero,” romance writer Bailey York finds some much-needed inspiration in Parker Davidson. He has everything a heroine would want in a hero—dreamy face, charming personality, a trim, fit waist that begs to be encircled by loving arms. Will she manage to realize that Parker is the one for her, and that he’s jonesing to prove he’s real-life husband material? (Bailey, far be it from US to say “Get your nose out of that romance novel,” but would you please open your peepers just a little bit wider?!) (Available in paperback on January 30.)

    Never Dare a Wicked Earl, by Renee Ann Miller
    London’s most notorious Lothario Hayden Milton, the Earl of Westfield, almost had his manly bits shot off by a displeased mistress. Fortunately, her aim was not true and she shot his thigh instead. (No offense, Hayden, but you probably deserved it.) He gets a third medical assistant in Sophia Camden. (The first two just couldn’t stand him anymore because he was being a giant pain.) Sophia, though, is determined to stick around and show a guy what she’s capable of, medically. She strikes a deal with Hayden—if she can’t hack her new gig for 10 days, she’ll give in to his seductive ways. (Oh, defeat never sounded so delicious!) Sophia will obviously prove herself, because she is awesome, but will Hayden realize that he’s found a woman more precious than diamonds? (Buddy, she wants to HEAL people, not shoot them. Just stating the obvious.) This is the first book in Miller’s new Infamous Lords series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 30.)

    What romance novels are steaming up your nightstand this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/01/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , jasmine guillory, , judgment road, lindsay evans, on-air passion, , , sisters like us, , the wedding date   

    Romance Roundup: Bikers, Radio Hosts, and Wedding Dates 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a handsome radio host who is cynical about love, a tough biker guy who meets the love of his life, and two sisters with their own unique romantic situations—and a very overbearing mother.

    Fifty Shades Freed (Movie Tie-In), by E.L. James
    Recent college graduate Anastasia Steele and wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey have finally tied the knot. (As in, they got married. They’ve tied other knots, of course, but now we’re talking about THE knot.) It seems as if everything is all set for the both of them to ride off into the sunset with their best, ahem, tools and techniques, but nothing is simple in the complicated world of Christian Grey. They’ve got to deal with Ana’s crazy boss, for one, Christian’s issues, which are many, and a multitude of other things until they can reach their happy ending. Whether you’re already a fan of the books or looking to dip your manicured toe in the Fifty Shades universe, we can all agree that anything featuring Jamie Dornan’s chiseled face will cause many a double take! This is the third book in James’ Fifty Shades trilogy. (Available in paperback on January 16.)

    Judgment Road, by Christine Feehan
    There’s a new outlaw motorcycle club in the town of Caspar, and the guys in it have the women all aflutter. Enter Reaper, a guy who makes even the most eloquent of women stammer. He meets Anya Rafferty, a bartender who is working very hard to build a beautiful life for herself. She refuses to be intimated by a hot, dangerous guy like Reaper. (You’ve got this, Anya!) Reaper, a biker and a trained assassin, doesn’t want to admit it, but Anya has managed to soften his hard heart and wrap it around her little finger, and it’s not just because she knows how to make his preferred beverages juuuuust right. (This will SO get him teased in the assassin locker room!) Can these two independent souls forge a new, peaceful life together? This is the first book in Feehan’s Torpedo Ink series, which is part of her Sea Haven universea universe that is populated by sexy people with otherworldly, magical abilities. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 23.)

    Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery
    Sisters Harper Szymanski and Stacey Bloom are having a rough time lately. Harper is divorced and struggling to make ends meet and raise her teenage daughter. On the bright side, she’s attracted the notice of Lucas, the resident Hot Cop. (Frisk us, Lucas! Frisk us all!) Stacey, a married doctor, is pregnant and totally NOT feeling those motherly fuzzies. Harper and Stacey also have one major problem in common: their overbearing mother who will never, totally, 100 percent approve of anything they do. (Like, they could save a cute, drowning puppy and it wouldn’t suffice.) Hang in there, ladies! This difficult time will pass. And through all of the stress, don’t ever forget that you always have each other! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Mischief Bay series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on January 23.)

    About that Kiss, by Jill Shalvis
    Kylie and Joe shared a kiss. A beautiful kiss. The kind of kiss that makes you rethink your life and grab your purse and run out of your office cubicle in pursuit of your real dream. The kind of kiss that you compare to all other kisses. A kiss thatsorry, could go on forever here. Ahem. Anyway, Joe never called Kylie again because he’s determined to live that bachelor life. Now Kylie needs his sleuthing skills to locate a very valuable missing item. As much as our gal would love to save face, she REALLY needs his help. (Don’t worry, Kylie. Just make sure you wear your cutest outfits during your mission! And lipstick. Always wear lipstick.) As they spend more and more time together, Kylie realizes that she still really likes Joe. As for Joe, he realizes that he would be a big dumdum to let her go. This is the fifth novel in Shalvis’ very charming Heartbreaker Bay series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on January 23.)

    On-Air Passion, by Lindsay Evans
    Former basketball player Ahmed Clark has found a new calling as a radio host, and his favorite thing to gripe about is romance. As in, he hates it and doesn’t believe in it and thinks lovey dovey people are fools. In his defense, he’s been stalked for many years by women who want all of his money. (And his body, surely, but yeah, mostly his money.) Then Elle Marshall is a guest on his show to promote her business. She creates the perfect date experience for couples. (Elle, what is your website’s URL again? Thanks!) Ahmed and Elle deliciously clash on the airhe’s stubborn and she’s a romanticand soon he can’t believe how much he is attracted to Elle. (Believe it, Ahmed. Elle is awesome!) Oh, and Ahmed’s listeners are also loving every delicious minute. A great woman AND high ratings? Ahmed, let go of your insecurities and realize that you have a woman worth keeping for life! This is the first book in Evans’ Clarks of Atlanta series. (Available in paperback on January 16.)

    The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory
    Alexa Monroe has the elevator ride of her life when she gets stuck in one with the very hunky pediatric surgeon Drew Nichols. (Now THAT’S an argument against taking the stairs!) They soon agree that Alexa will be Drew’s Plus Oneand his pretend girlfriendat his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. (Drew, we’ll play whatever role you want us to play any day of the week!) After the wedding, they each need to go back to their respective jobshe’s a doctor and she’s the chief of staff for her city’s mayor. Can they balance their busy schedules with their burning desire for each other? Alexa and Drew, yes you can! (Seriously, there are apps for everything. They will help you both keep your relationship organized. But not too organized, wink wink!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 30.)

    What new romances are you curling up with this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2018/01/09 Permalink
    Tags: a wedding at two love lane, anna bennett, , blood fury, elizabeth's wolf, every dog has his day, heart of the wolf, , , kieran kramer, , , , terry spear, the rogue is back in town   

    Romance Roundup: Breeds, Brewery Owners, and Vampire Warriors 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a businesswoman who meets a baron in disguise, two vampire warriors who fall in love again during training, and a brewery owner who falls hard for a single mom during a snowstorm.

    Elizabeth’s Wolf, by Lora Leigh
    Special-Forces soldier Dash was at a mega-low point in his life and career. Then he got some fan mail from a kid, and that kept his spirits up. Then the kid stops writing, and Dash realizes that she and her mother are in trouble, so he goes in pursuit of them. (He has some animalistic abilities that help him in his quest.) He finds them, and falls mega-hard for the little girl’s very hot and very single mama. Said sexy mama, Elizabeth, doesn’t have time to dilly dally, what with the evil forces that are trying to track down her and her little girl. Then she meets Dash, and suddenly realizes that having such a man in her life could only be a great thing. As for Dash, his protective wolf instincts kick in, and he would love nothing more than to create a safe, proverbial den for his new family. This book, revised since it was first printed, is the third installment in Leigh’s Breeds series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    A Wedding at Two Love Lane, by Kieran Kramer
    Greer Jones is doing very well for herself in her job at Two Love Lane, a very prestigious matchmaking agency. (Greer, you’ll, ah, hook us all up for free, right?!) She has no interest in finding love for herself, though. That said, she decides to enter a cocktail-party contest to win a very beautiful wedding gown, and she finds a date for it. The very handsome and very British Ford Smith is trying to stay under the radar. (Hard to see how that is possible considering that accent and those cheekbones but okay, we’ll play along.) Greer thinks he’s a broke artist, but he is, in fact, the Eighth Baron of Wickshire. (Ford, you can Eighth Baron of Wickshire us any day of the week!) Ford is falling hard for Greer, but he’s also proceeding with caution due to a past filled with greedy women. Trust us, Ford. Greer is an awesome lady who has her own thing going on! This is the second book in Kramer’s Two Love Lane series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Heart of the Wolf, by Terry Spear
    Bella is a female red werewolf who was adopted by grey wolves when she was still a puppy. Now she’s a woman fully grown, as they say, and the grey wolf alpha wants to mate with her. Bella’s like “Nope!” and decides to run away and do the lone wolf thing for a bit. She’s eventually followed and found by her childhood friend, Devlyn, and let’s just say he’s unlike any childhood friend anyone’s ever had. They start to make their way home, and encounter all kinds of creatures and humans who wouldn’t mind seeing them both dead. There’s also the matter of their growing attraction for each other. If they do come together, Devlyn will have to fight that pesky alpha male to the death for her. Fortunately, he realizes that some things are worth fighting for. (We have faith in you, Devlyn!) This is the first book in Spear’s Heart of the Wolf series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Rogue is Back in Town, by Anna Bennett
    Sam, a wayward brother from a wealthy family, is back in London. He’s ready to make peace with his brother, and his first step is to take up residence in a ramshackle townhouse. Unfortunately for Sam, the house is occupied by Miss Juliette Lacey. She wants to use the house for her own purposes, namely, to make her weird family seem just a tad more normal in society’s eyes. (Oh, Juliette, just embrace their flaws! It’ll make life easier. ) Sam and Juliette keep trying to kick each other out of the house and claim their territory, and they fall for each other in the process. Who will win this battle of wits and walls? (Hint hint, Sam and Juliette: You can totally get married and share the townhouse, although we’re pretty sure you’ll end up preferring the country life when you expand your family!) This is the third book in Bennett’s Wayward Wallflowers series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Every Dog Has His Day, by Jenn McKinlay
    Brewery owner Zachary Caine is the resident hunk and playboy of Bluff Point, and he has zero plans to change his ways. Then he meets a cute kitten named Chaos, and ends up becoming quite close to the kitten’s owners—single mom Jessie Connelly and her two daughters. Jessie refuses to fall for Zachary, because she’s gotten burned by sexy men in the past. That said, he’s very good with her daughters. (Trust your kids’ instincts, Jessie! They know when someone is good or bad, and Zachary is very, very good!) Then a snowstorm hits, and Jessie and Zachary are forced to get to know each other in all kinds of ways. (Side note: Here’s hoping that SOMEONE got lucky during the Bomb Cyclone!) When dirt from Jessie’s past comes to the surface, Zachary decides that no one is going to get to his woman or their girls without going through him first! This is the third book in McKinlay’s A Bluff Point Romance series. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook.)

    Blood Fury, by J.R. Ward
    Vampires Novo and Peyton are two of the newest recruits at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center. (As the name would suggest, it’s a very competitive program, and everyone involved is on a mission to destroy the Lessening Society and make the world a sunny place.) Novo is a tough, scrappy lady with a body that makes the CrossFit people stew in envy, and Peyton has that whole hot, haughty aristocratic thing going for him. (Peyton, you can look down your lordly nose at us any day of the week!) Peyton gives in to his more emotional side, though, and confesses his feelings and attraction to Novo. Sadly, our gal rejects him in favor of a guy who just makes her feel, in a word, meh. There just might be a second chance for these two during training. Novo and Peyton, please don’t blow it! This is the third book in Ward’s Black Dagger Legacy series. (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on January 9.)

    What romances are you snuggling up with this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2018/01/08 Permalink
    Tags: , , curmudgeons, , , , , , , , lovable grumps, , , the wolf and the dove,   

    Our Favorite Sexy Curmudgeons: 8 Guys Whose Frowns We Want to Turn Upside Down 

    No one wants to be tied to a grump, but once in a while we come across that brooding kind of man we wouldn’t mind cheering up. You know the type. He doesn’t give the best first impression, but once you get to know him, it’s easy to look past his gruff exterior and appreciate the wonderful man within. (And you just know all of that seriousness and pent-up longing will release itself in some very pleasant ways!) Guys like these may not always make the best Plus Ones at dinner parties, but they’ll definitely make you remember dessert.

    Here are 8 of the sexiest curmudgeons in romance who can brood all they want!

    Hareton from Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
    No, we are NOT going in the Heathcliff direction! (True, he had it rough, but he was still awful.) Instead, let’s focus on Hareton. He wasn’t raised under the best of circumstances, to say the least, but throughout his harsh life he managed to show an innate sweetness. As he grew older he displayed a loyalty that would bode well for his upcoming marriage to young Catherine. A guy like that may not make the best impression on society, and he might curse in your presence upon your first meeting, but he’ll ultimately stay faithful to you and he’ll always be honest about his feelings.

    Sir William of Miraval in Candle in the Window, by Christina Dodd
    Sir William of Miraval is not the happiest of knights. He was blinded in battle, and his caretakers are growing frustrated with his awful attitude and poor hygiene. (Dude’s quite depressed, so he gets a pass at being curmudgeonly.) He meets his match when Lady Saura of Roget is summoned to help him get his act together. She’s blind, too, but this is a woman who know how to run a house and keep everyone in line. William soon falls in love with her, and he displays a fierce loyalty that would make any woman sigh. William, we knew that beneath that rugged, filthy, muscled exterior was a tender-hearted man yearning to break free!

    Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    There are many mighty good reasons why Mr. Darcy ALWAYS comes up in romantic conversations. He didn’t always have the best manners, and he could hardly be called the life of the party, but when a guy is willing to help your crazy family by keeping your nutty sister on the straight and narrow, well, there’s a lot to be said for that. (Imagine a guy who stays with you even though your extended family posts weird things on social media on an hourly basis.) Mr. Darcy, you practically invented the smolder, so you can smolder all you want!

    Wulfgar from The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen Woodiwiss
    To be fair, this Medieval knight had an exceptionally harsh life. He was a bastard, which wasn’t easy in those days. (He and Jon Snow of Game of Thrones would probably have a great deal to talk about.) You’re also under a lot of pressure when William the Conqueror wants you to, well, help him conquer England. This attitude of his mostly changes, though, when his posse conquers Darkenwald, the home of the very proud and beautiful Aislinn. It takes a very long time until they actually get along, and boy it’s fun to read that roller coaster of a relationship. Carry on with your growling ways, Wulfgar, and flex your muscles while you’re at it!

    Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
    Love him or hate him, Mr. Rochester was a curmudgeonly curmudgeon who needed some major intervention—and lots of time to soul-search—before he could find some inner peace and have his happy ending with Jane. True, he’d been through a lot in his life—bad marriage, saddled with a kid he wasn’t even sure was his, lost his eyesight, lost his hand, and more—but that doesn’t excuse some of the things he did. (Buddy, you might want to consider taking up poetry writing!) Still, he had some good qualities, and he ultimately changed for the better thanks to Jane. Mr. Rochester, brood as you please, and please make sure you show Jane your appreciation as often as humanely possible!

    Rocco from A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, by Debbie Macomber
    Poor Rocco’s a little bit in over his head. He’s the macho-est of macho men, and he has a teenage daughter with whom he doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye. Fortunately he meets Nichole, the modern-day equivalent of a gently-bred lady who recently ditched her cheating husband. Rocco may be more at home in a biker bar than, well, in many other places, but he’s solid, muscly proof that surprises can come in the most unexpected of packages. Rocco, bring on the cranky. We know that inside you’re really just a marshmallow with nothing but love for your woman!

    Rhys Winterborne in Marrying Winterborne, by Lisa Kleypas
    Welshman Rhys Winterborne worked extremely hard to get to where he is. He owns a major department store, and even though he is supremely wealthy, his modest background means that society doesn’t have much room for him at their social gatherings. He’s determined to win over his lady love, and what’s more, he knows he’s not always the most pleasant man to be around. You can’t go wrong with a guy who admits his faults and is eager to prove his devotion. That said, he also shows an exceptionally sweet and caring side. Rhys, no one is fooled! Admit it. You’re a softie.

    Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades series, by E.L. James
    Christian makes all of the other guys on this list seem joyful by comparison. He spends a lot of time brooding over Anastasia and his dark past. (Christian, buddy, you should seriously consider volunteering at an animal shelter. Giving your time just might help!) And he certainly knows how to, ahem, release his frustrations. Whether his dark ways turn you on or off, no woman can deny that life with Christian would never be boring!

    Who are your favorite fictional curmudgeons?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/01/03 Permalink
    Tags: , born of vengeance, , collision course, , , promise not to tell, , , roni loren, , spring forward, the ones who got away, the spring girls   

    Romance Roundup: Mechanics, Cult Survivors, and High School Sweethearts 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a romantic mechanic, reunited high school sweethearts, and a modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

    Spring Forward, by Catherine Anderson
    Crystal Malloy has a full plate of responsibility. She’s trying to take care of her grandfather, for one. He lives in a retirement community and likes to break the rules now and then. (Sounds like he’s a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time!) Her care duties put her in front of Tanner Richards, a Very Hot Man who occasionally helps her grandfather. (Let’s make one thing clear, though: Tanner is two generations younger than his older friend and has the face and body and arms to prove it!) Tanner and Crystal start seeing more of each other, and soon realize they’d like to see each other in a setting that’s a tad sexier than a nursing home. (Yes, this sounds like an excellent idea!) Will Crystal lighten up a bit? And will Tanner show her that beautiful body of his over and over again? This is the fourth book in Anderson’s Mystic Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Virginia Troy was in a cult as a kid, and a fire in the cult compound killed her mother, so yeah, she’s had it rough. Years have gone by, and Virginia now owns her own art gallery in Seattle. (Virginia, you go, girl!) Tragedy strikes again, though, when one of her artists commits suicide. The artist left behind some clues, and Virginia gets help looking into these clues from private investigator Cabot Sutter. He was also part of that cult as a kid, and so he knows our gal better than anyone. (Did we mention that he also now has the physique and mind of a mature, adult man, one to whom any woman would give her best “Come hither” look?) Now that they’re free adults, Virginia and Cabot can explore their feelings for each other and look into this murder. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that they build a loving and peaceful life together! (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on January 2.)

    The Spring Girls, by Anna Todd
    Gather round, Louisa May Alcott fans! This modern retelling of Little Women features four sisters living on a military base in New Orleans with their mother while their father serves in Iraq. (Major kudos to military members and military families stationed, well, everywhere!) Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are each trying to carve out a life for themselves. Meg wants to be an officer’s wife. (Follow your bliss, Meg, but please make sure you go to college first!) Jo wants to escape to New York City. (Can’t say we blame you, Jo! If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere!) Beth works really hard and doesn’t want to leave the house. (We all have those days, Beth!) And Amy is, well, Amy. They’re all still really young, so there’s plenty of time to watch them grow and blossom and pursue their dreams. (Wait! We’re still going to get Laurie, right?!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    The Ones Who Got Away, by Roni Loren
    Liv Arias and Finn Dorsey were high school sweethearts. Then something awful happened during their senior year, not just to them, but also to a bunch of their classmates. The group was collectively referred to as The Ones Who Got Away, and now, 12 years later, they are about to relive the horror for a documentary. (Note to self: Stop whining about the traumatizing experience that was every high school math class!) Liv and Finn haven’t seen each other in a long time, and let’s just say that the years have been very kind to both of them. They’ve gone from teenagers to man and woman, and they are each bringing their A-game this time around. Can they learn to love each other as adults and help each other overcome their shared traumas? This is the first book in Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Collision Course, by Marie Harte
    Florist Joey Reeves is a single mom with zero spare time on her hands. Then she meets Lou Cortez, a tattoo-covered mechanic who is so different from her that he might as well be from a different planet. (A sexy planet. One filled with sexy men, each of them eager to please their very own lucky lady.) Anyway, Joey wants to keep a lid on it because…well…single mom and…what if something goes wrong and…scared of everything and…omigod Joey just go for it! Life is too short, and Lou really needs help wiping oil residue off of his mighty, mighty form. Joey will soon realize, though, that she can be the yin to Lou’s yang, and that together they can create car and flower-loving babies. So Joey, you go hire that babysitter, grab a damp towel, and get down the fun stuff ASAP! This is the fourth book in Harte’s Body Shop Bad Boys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Born of Vengeance, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    The latest book in Kenyon’s The League: Nemesis Rising series features Bastien Cabarro and Ember Wyldestarrin, who used to be each other’s wingman. They’ve both had it rough, to say the least. He was framed for his family’s murder, for one. As for Ember, her parents were killed and she had to go into exile. Ember wants to stay away from the troubles plaguing her world, but she is eager to make people pay for their actions. As for Bastien, he’s got a lot of people relying on him to complete certain missions, so there is no time to waste. He and Ember are both thirsty for justice, and certainly for each other. There’s a whole lot of intrigue and mystery going on, so here’s hoping Ember and Bastien manage to keep their heads above water through it all and ultimately realize that they are, like, kind of perfect for each other. (Available in paperback on January 2.)

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