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  • Cristina Merrill 3:53 pm on 2018/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , God of War, Happily Inc., , karen schaler, , , , , , Twilight Texas   

    Romance Roundup: Paranormal Warriors, Inn Proprietors, and Spunky Seamstresses 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an ad executive who MUST get into the Christmas spirit, a Marine who needs lots of love and hugs, and an independent seamstress who strikes a deal with a sexy duke.

    Christmas Camp, by Karen Schaler
    In this, the latest from the writer of Neflix’s hit flick The Christmas Prince, Haley Hanson isn’t really the type to decorate the halls with boughs of holly. The ad executive would rather spend Christmas in the Caribbean working. The thing is, this year she needs to land a major Christmas-related account, so her boss sends her to a Christmas bootcamp of sorts to rev up her holiday spirits. Haley gets revved up alright—by the camp owner’s hunky son, Jeff. (Jeff, we’d like to deck your halls with…nothing. Absolutely nothing. Your halls should be naked. And by “your halls” we mean “your body.”) Haley and Jeff soon realize that they like each other a whole lot, but then they run into a major disagreement. Will they be able to get over their differences? And will Jeff continue to show Haley how much fun life outside of work can be for many, many years to come? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 16.)

    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, 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 paperback on October 23.)

    Not Quite Over You, by Susan Mallery
    Banker Drew Lovato once broke Silver Tesdal’s heart—and his bank turned down her application for a loan. Drew decides to finance Silver’s wedding-related business venture himself, and he miiiiight have some romantically-inclined ulterior motives. (Drew, it’s official. After a brief hiatus, we are back on Team Drew!) Silver is thrilled to get her enterprise up and running, but resisting Drew will prove to be impossible. They were high school sweethearts, for one, and the years have been very good to them both. Still, there are some painful secrets that need to be discussed out in the open. Here’s hoping Drew and Silver give things a real second chance to blossom, and that they let go of their painful pasts and look straight ahead into their futures together! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)  

    Shadow and Ice, by Gena Showalter
    Knox of Iviland is the fiercest warrior there ever was, and he works for an exceptionally intense boss—the king of a battle-weary, paranormal land. Knox’s Number One Job has always been to win new realms for his king to lord over. (Talk about a toxic office culture!) Knox may be Hot Stuff in his world, but he’s still a slave. He can win his freedom, though, with his latest assignment. The thing is, he and Vale London end up stumbling into each other’s lives. She was on a mini-vacation with her foster sister when she randomly found herself in the middle of an epic battle featuring exceptionally hunky fighters. (Now THAT’S a story for the Yelp review!) Knox and Vale end up falling for each other quite hard, but Knox is still in the middle of his whole fight-for-my-freedom mission. Knox and Vale, you’re both smart and strong and sexy. Figure something out! This is the first book in Showalter’s Gods of War series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Winter at the Beach, by Sheila Roberts
    Jenna Jones is the new proprietor of the Driftwood Inn, and her mission this winter is to make the tourist beach haven of Moonlight Harbor profitable in the colder times. She does this by creating a festival, Seaside with Santa, and to her credit the tourists start coming back in droves. She’s awfully busy with all of this, plus there’s the fact that two very different men are trying to win her heart. (Jenna, just tell us which one you really want and we’ll get rid of the other one for you in a legal and non-violent way! Problem solved!) Things are going quite well until Mother Nature starts to turn everything into a wintry, blustery mess. Jenna, you’ve got this! You will save Christmas! And your town’s economy! And you’ll end up with the man of your dreams! And we’ll all help you in any way we can, even if it means crashing in a sleeping bag on the inn’s lobby floor! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    The Christmas Key, by Lori Wilde
    Mark Shepherd was doing well in the Marines, but then a mission went wrong and he got injured and lost one of his fellow soldiers. He’s feeling the guilt big time, and he decides to visit the fallen soldier’s family in Twilight, Texas. There he meets Naomi Luther, who he soon realizes is the perfect woman to have and hold his tender, broken heart. She’s also the sister of his fallen comrade. Thanks to a bit of mistaken identity, she doesn’t learn who he really is right away, and Mark isn’t exactly keen to come clean. Mark, buddy, sometimes in life you have to take a major risk for the things that matter most, so straighten your spine and strut over to Naomi’s place and tell her everything – including how you really feel. Oh, and wear a tight T-shirt that shows off your impressive pectorals and is easy to rip off! This is the ninth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Duchess by Design, by Maya Rodale
    Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, needs to find himself a filthy rich American heiress to save his family’s ruined estate. His quest takes him to Manhattan, where he meets spunky, independent seamstress Adeline Black. All she wants to do is dress high society ladies. She has zero desire to actually be a high society lady. She and Brandon come up with a plan: He’ll make sure she gets the opportunity to display her craft at high society events, and she’ll accompany him to said high society events and help him find a bride who can do the duchess thing. Their respective missions will surely be accomplished! Ah, but then they start to fall in love, which is totally understandable, because Adeline is an awesome, modern woman and Brandon, for all of his faults, is a hottie with a heart of gold. Is there a future for them? This is the first book in Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 7:49 pm on 2018/10/09 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , natalie cox, , , toni aleo   

    Romance Roundup: Spunky Widows, Layover Flings, and Manly Mannies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a manny who falls for the mom of his latest charges, two strangers who start a fling during a long layover, and a rich guy who goes bride hunting in London and falls for a widow.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry Smith is delightfully busy this holiday season. She’s got family to look after, decorations to hang up, and many, many Christmas treats to bake. (Merry, we’ll help you!) She’s also doing the temp thing at a consulting firm, so this is a good time to disengage from her demanding boss whenever she has a chance. (We certainly feel for you, Merry!) She doesn’t really have time to date, so her mother and brother take it upon themselves to create an online dating profile for her. They leave out her photo, though, because they have some semblance of boundaries. Merry soon starts trading emojis with a kindhearted dude online, but when she realizes who it is, she’s not exactly thrilled. Will she give him a Christmas chance? (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    A Very Special Christmas, by Mary Balogh
    This is a collection of some of the author’s Christmas romances, and boy does it deliver! The main story in this collection is “A Christmas Bride.” Super duper wealthy guy Edgar Downes has GOT to find a bride, mainly because he promised his aging father that he would. He decides to hightail it to London, which is filled with eligible ladies on the husband hunt. He’s not interested in the childish debutantes, though. Instead, he meets and falls for a widow, the beautiful Helena, Lady Stapleton. (She was wearing a red dress when they first met, and let’s just say that no one in London can pull off that color quite like our gal!) Helena and Edgar are from two very different social classes, though. He’s rich and she’s, well, not rich. Oh, fie on those crusty upper crust people, you two, and follow your hearts into the sack and down the altar! (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Covert Game, by Christine Feehan
    Gino Mazza and Zara Hightower are involved in some pretty intense dealings. Gino is a deadly member of the paranormal GhostWalkers group, and he suffers from a severe lack of cuddling. Zara recently wiped a crime lord’s computer of valuable information—because she’s amazing like that—but now she’s been taken hostage. Her situation isn’t pretty, so Gino’s going to have to do some fancy footwork in order to get her out. (He’s already quite fancy in the sack, so we’re confident he’s got plenty of other skills up his sleeve.) Zara and Gino, now’s the time to show the world what you’re made of, so suit up and get yourselves out of this very bad situation! And when it’s over, get yourselves off on a little getaway that involves a remote tropical bungalow, yoga, and a no-clothing policy. This is the fourteenth book in Feehan’s GhostWalkers series. (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Mutts and Mistletoe, by Natalie Cox
    Our gal Charlie isn’t having the smoothest of Christmas seasons. Her apartment was just obliterated by a gas leak, her boyfriend ditched her for his personal trainer and her mom is gallivanting with Husband Number We’ve Lost Track At This Point. Needless to say, Charlie is physically and emotionally drained. (Charlie, we are SO bringing you a vat of delicious, hot soup!) She decides to spend the holidays at Cozy Canine Cottages, a doggy day care center that belongs to her cousin. She’s not a puppy person, but she’s got nowhere else to go. The dogs are driving Charlie a tad bonkers, but Charlie ends up getting some much-needed help from Cal, an exasperating but panty-melting sexy local vet. Will Charlie’s bad situation settle down? Will she learn to embrace the wonders of puppy love? And when the dogs have finally gone to sleep for the night, will Charlie and Cal engage in some good old-fashioned Christmas Eve-romping? (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Fight or Flight, by Samantha Young
    Ava Breevort is working really hard to keep it together. She just buried her best friend in Phoenix, and all she wanted for her flight back to Boston was a seat in first class. That last seat, though, ends up being taken by Caleb Scott, a Scotsman who is as arrogant as he is sexy. They end up having some very fun times during a layover, and they continue said fun times when Caleb ends up in Boston, where Ava lives. Oh, and it turns out, Caleb is not the jerky kind of guy Ava thought he was. Deep, deep down, far below that cranky, gruff, can’t-nobody-tie-me-down exterior, beats the heart of a kind and passionate man who needs and wants more hugs. Caleb ends up moving to Boston, so here’s hoping they manage to work out their differences and build something long-lasting! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Misadventures with a Manny, by Toni Aleo
    Our heroine Vera Woods has three sons – and her husband just abandoned them all for the nanny. Making matters worse, her three boys are not the easiest little guys to take care of. They’ve gone through six replacement nannies, and things are just not looking up. Vera ends up finding the help she needs through Lincoln Scott, a manny with many years of experience. The family he worked for during the past six years has just moved to Germany, so he’s out of a job. He and Vera need each other, and they soon realize they also want each other. Quite badly. (To be clear: Lincoln is a manny. He does NOT have a Dad Bod.) Vera and Lincoln, you make sure to have lots of fun together as you get to know each other – ya now, after the kids are put to sleep! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 9.)  

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:31 pm on 2018/10/02 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , mira lyn kelly, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Arson Investigators, ER Nurses, and Hotel Heirs 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a sous chef who falls for her hunky neighbor, a defense attorney who is being framed, and a lady who gets some much-needed help from her longtime crush.

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Romance readers who love a bit of fantasy and doomsday in their books will enjoy Roberts’ latest yarn. A mysterious illness wipes out more than half of the world’s population, and magick—both good and bad—is becoming the new normal. Lana Bingham and her hunky man, Max, practice the good kind of magic, but they’re going to have to work very hard in order to avoid—and help beat—the bad kind. They decide to ditch New York City in search of a safer environment (and, presumably, cheaper rent), and collaborate with a colorful cast of characters along the way. With magick and mayhem and romance, this will be the perfect sink-your-teeth-into-it winter story! This is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the Ones series. (Available in paperback on October 2.)

    Alaskan Holiday, by Debbie Macomber
    Sous chef Josie Stewart has a sweet new job opportunity lined up at a highfalutin restaurant in Seattle. Before she embarks upon this glamorous new chapter, she decides to do a six-month stint cooking at a lodge in Klutina Lake, Alaska. She soon realizes that she likes the place—like, a lot—and she also likes her new neighbor, Palmer Saxon. He is a sword craftsman, so you know he’s got that whole protective, use-all-my-resources-to-make-sure-you-don’t-starve thing going on. Oh, he’s also smoldering and silent and mysterious, which makes him even more irresistible to our gal. The thing is, our gal really had her heart set on going to The Emerald City and making her mark on the food scene there. Josie, think of the many, many nights – and the many, many ways – in which you and Palmer can keep each other warm! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Consumed, by J.R. Ward
    Anne Ashburn is not having the best time right now. She was once a fearless firefighter, but then she made a mistake and now she’s relegated to arson investigations. This may sound totally cool, but it’s just not enough for our gal. Then a bunch of weird fires start popping up around the city, which gets her fires going. She’s also crushing on Danny McGuire, who is considered her department’s bad boy. He may be all abs and sinew, but Danny’s going through a tough time of his own right now, and it seems that helping Anne investigate these mysterious fires is going to get his engines going again. It doesn’t take long for them both to realize that they’d like to help each other put on—and also take off—their bunker gear. Here’s hoping they catch the arsonist, and that they each find the love and peace – and promotions – they deserve! This is the first book in Ward’s Firefighters series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Unchained, by Helen Hardt
    Dante Gabriel has escaped. He was held as a blood slave for years by a female vampire, and let’s just say it was no picnic. (Dude, sending you all the hugs!) He decides to rob a blood bank to satisfy his blood thirst, and that’s when he meets ER nurse Erin Hamilton. She’s working the night shift, and let’s just say she did NOT expect to find a super hot man in front of her, the kind of super hot man who would make any rational woman immediately want to drop panty. (Oh, that we all could have a wonderfully gorgeous surprise such as Gabriel interrupt our work day!) They each decide they’re just WAY too attracted to each other and embark upon a delicious affair. But Gabriel is afraid he’ll end up hurting Erin, and she’s got a major secret to keep. Can they find a way to create a loving and peaceful life together? This is the first book in Hardt’s Blood Bond saga. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Death is Not Enough, by Karen Rose
    Our guy Thorne had a very troubled youth, and this motivated him to become the top-notch defense attorney in Baltimore that he is today. He specifically helps young people who are in the same boat as he once was. (Smart with a giant heart AND a face chiseled by the angels? Oh, Thorne, you really are the total package!) He’s got a secret love, though, for Gwyn Weaver. (Gwyn, please, please, please tell us you feel the same way for Thorne!) When Thorne wakes up with a dead woman in his bed, he’ll need to work extremely hard to figure out who exactly is out to get him. Thorne, we all believe in you, buddy! And Gwyn, give him a helping hand – and please realize that he will never let you down! This is the latest book in Rose’s Baltimore series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Just This Once, by Mira Lyn Kelly
    Sean Wyse III may be the heir to a luxury chain of hotels, but he’s not some coddled little shrimp. This is a guy who loves his friends and wants to help them, which is why he kicks out Molly Brandt’s good-for-nothing, freeloading roommate. Just to make sure the deadbeat doesn’t come back, he moves in with Molly himself. The thing is, Molly and Sean both have had the feelings for each other for quite some time, and they’re both still trying to keep it under wraps. (Oh, Sean, just please make sure you don’t keep everything under wraps!) Living in close proximity forces them both to confront their feelings for each other and acknowledge the fact that, yes, they would, in fact, love to be nekkid together as often as possible. Sean and Molly, stop dawdling and get to business! This is the third book in Kelly’s Wedding Date series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/09/18 Permalink
    Tags: alexa martin, , bound for sin, , , , i am grace, intercepted, josh & hazel's guide to not dating, mistress for hire, , , , the grand sophy   

    Romance Roundup: Vengeful Detectives, Adventurous Widows, and Justice-Seeking Ladies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a scorned wife out for some good, old-fashioned revenge, two best friends who realize that The One is much closer than they think, and a lovely lady who’s about to solve other people’s problems.

    Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren
    Hazel Camille Bradford and Josh Im are two best friends whose friendship goes way back to their college days. Case in point: Hazel threw up on Josh’s shoes when they first met. (Yup, you two definitely met in college!) Personality-wise they’re both quite different—Hazel tends to embrace chaos and has a ton of pets while Josh is more mellow and likely to stick to a boring routine. Still, neither of them have had much luck on the dating scene. (Josh’s girlfriend just cheated on him, for one, so he’s feeling especially tender these days.) Hazel and Josh soon start to realize that their happily ever after might be a wee bit closer than either of them ever suspected. Will they realize that their rock-solid friendship—and Josh’s beautiful face and body—can be the foundation upon which they can build the rest of their lives together? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    I Am Grace, by Diana Munoz Stewart
    Gracie Parish was rescued as a child by the Parish family and then thrust into the world of the League of Warrior Women, a group of some very tough ladies who seek to right the wrongs. That’s all fine and dandy, but Gracie’s life has suffered in the relationship department due to mega-secrecy rules. Then she meets special agent Leif “Dusty” McAllister, who would make any woman want to bare her soul to him multiple times. Dusty wants to infiltrate the Parish family and learn their secrets, and he’s willing to do this at any cost—even if it means seducing Gracie and eventually breaking her heart. Then he gets to know our gal—and her family—and realizes they’re, y’know, actually trying to make the world a better place. Dusty, if you get it together ASAP and show Gracie how much you care then we’ll just let bygones be bygones! This is the second book in Stewart’s Band of Sisters series. (Available in paperback.)

    Bound for Sin, by Tess LeSue
    Georgiana Bee Blunt may be a refined city lady—and a widow—but she is NOT looking for some dandy to be her next husband. No, she wants a rugged manly man who knows how to use his hands and keep her family safe and help them get to California. (Georgiana, we are 100 percent on the same page as you!) She ends up maybe, kind of, sort of tricking the very manly Matt Slater into pretending to be her fiance. He doesn’t want a city woman or her many children, but then he realizes that there is far more to Georgiana than her impeccable manners. She’s actually a very tough cookie, and might make a better frontierswoman than he ever would have suspected. (This is true, Matt! It’s true!) Here’s hoping that Georgiana finds the safety for her family that she’s looking for, and that she and Matt have many a romp underneath a starlit Western sky! This is the second book in LeSue’s Frontiers of the Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features our heroine, Sophy, who is really good at fixing people’s problems. She’s taken in by her aunt, the very fancy Lady Ombersley, and soon becomes embroiled in her aunt’s family’s drama. There’s Cecelia, who is in love with a poet—and let’s just say her high society family does NOT approve. Then there’s Charles, who is a bit of a tyrant and has a weird fiancee to boot. (Buddy, think long and hard before you shackle yourself to that particular lady!) There are also some young children who could really use some F-U-N. Oh, and Lady Ombersley’s husband is, like, useless in all of this. Sophy certainly has her work cut out for her, so here’s hoping she also manages to have some fun in her new home and be appreciated for all of her hard work. Oh, and that Charles rethinks that bizarre relationship of his and realizes there could be a far more positive presence in his life! (Available in paperback.)

    Intercepted, by Alexa Martin
    Marlee Harper has been dating her NFL-playing boyfriend for the past 10 years, and unfortunately our gal has just found out that said NFL-playing boyfriend has been having his cake and eating it too for a very long time. (Marlee, it might take a lot of us, but we’ll tackle him to the ground for you!) She decides to swear off of athletes forever, even if they do have magnificent bodies. Then the team’s new quarterback Gavin Pope comes back into her life. Marlee thought he was just a fling back in the day, never to be seen again, but he’s back and looking yummier than ever! Oh, and he’s also a nice guy who wants to prove to Marlee that he’s nothing like her lying, cheating, disgusting ex-boyfriend. (That’s right, Gavin! You show her! Multiple times!) They’ll have to deal with some sports-related politics, though, if they’re going to have their happy ending. Hang in there, you two! This is the first book in Martin’s Playbook series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Mistress for Hire, by Niobia Bryant
    Once upon a time Jessa Bell cheated with a friend’s husband, but she has long since turned it all around and started an agency that helps wives catch their filthy rich philandering husbands in the act. Her employees are young ladies who work to catch those guys in the act, and if they get a taste of the good life while working, well, then that’s all fine and dandy. Jessa also marries a private detective named Hammer, which makes her feel happy and nice and normal. Then she catches him sleeping with one of her employees. This, plus a deadly enemy, is just a little too much for our gal. She decides to go on a mission of revenge and make anyone who gets in her way suffer to the extreme. (Not gonna lie, Jessa—we’re kind of impressed!) Will she survive all of this trouble and finally get some peace and quiet? (Jessa, when it’s all over, we are SO booking you a spa day!) This is the fifth book in Bryant’s Mistress series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 25.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2018/09/11 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Teacher Romances, Heroic Cowboys, and Matchmaking Sisters 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a mother and daughter on the run, a sexy drummer going incognito, and a restrained woman looking to break free.

    One Perfect Kiss, by Jaci Burton
    Teacher romance alert! Josie Barnes has finally found home in Hope, Oklahoma. She has a house, a job teaching high school English, and lots of new and awesome friends. (Josie, you go, girl!) The only little nit in her life is the super duper hunky football coach, Zach Powers. He’s not too thrilled with Josie because she keeps benching his players for their poor grades, but he doesn’t fool himself for too long. He soon realizes that she is, in fact, an excellent teacher and a wonderful person—and that he wants to persuade her to stay in Hope for a very, very long time. (Zach, we knew you’d come around!) Here’s hoping that Josie and Zach find their connection sooner rather than later, that Zach’s players study for once, and that these two lovebirds build a big house on a giant property and fill it with babies and puppies! This is the eighth book in Burton’s Hope series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Do or Die Cowboy, by June Faver
    Cowboy Tyler Garrett may look REALLY good riding a horse and doing his cowboy thing, but he really has the heart of a musician and wants to strike it big on the country music scene. (We’re totally fine with this, Tyler, but please always keep the top three buttons of your shirt unbuttoned. Thanks!) He’s on his way to Dallas to record a demo when he comes across Leah Benson. She’s on the run, and she’s got precious cargo in tow: her daughter. There are some shady characters out to get both of them, but Tyler absolutely refuses to let any danger touch the new loves of his life. (That’s the spirit, Tyler!) Tyler certainly has his work cut out for him, but he’s not the type to shy away from conflict. Can he help eliminate the bad guys from Leah’s life? And will he find success and fulfillment on the country music scene? This is the first book in Faver’s Dark Horse Cowboys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    One More Moment, by Samantha Chase
    Our gal Charlotte Clark has no idea that she just randomly treated famous drummer Julian Grayson to coffee. She thought she was just doing a random, nice thing for a stranger, which is her style because she’s a super nice person who also helps the homeless and is on a mission to make the world a better place. (Charlotte, you are a gem!) Julian is more than happy to keep this special lady in the dark about his true identity, but then he gets mega-attached to her. He will need to come clean soon if he’s serious about keeping her in his life forever. A gentle suggestion, Julian—set the mood with a nice candlelight dinner, bring flowers (lot of flowers), and be prepared to grovel. Shirtless. As in, be shirtless when you grovel. You’ve got this, buddy! This is the third book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Arabella, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Arabella Tallant, the daughter of a country clergyman. Her carriage breaks down on the way to London, and she’s forced to accept help from the less-than-pleasant Mr. Robert Beaumaris. She overhears him make a not-so-nice comment about her, so in a sort of retribution she tells him she’s an heiress. (Robert, no offense, but you are kind of rude and deserve to be whacked with a glove!) Robert proceeds to accompany Arabella to high society events, and he soon realizes that she’s way more awesome than he ever would have thought. She saves a chimney sweep and a neglected dog, for example, so you know she’s a friend to the unfortunate. She’s got some troubles, though, and that includes an unruly younger brother. Will Robert continue to be a nuisance, or will he step up his game and help our gal live her best life? (Robert, if you choose the latter path, we will forego that whole glove-whacking thing!) (Available in paperback.)

    Frederica, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Frederica, a lovely young woman who wants nothing more than to help her sister make an excellent match. She seeks help from the Marquis of Alverstoke, a distant cousin who would love nothing more than to keep every single one of his relatives at bay. He’s intrigued by Frederica, though, probably because she’s asking for help on someone else’s behalf. (You see, Alverstoke? Not everyone wants to put their hands in your pockets to take your money! Although some women wouldn’t mind putting their hands in your pockets for a different reason, wink wink!) He decides to help all of the ladies make their way into society, but he soon realizes he just might want Frederica all to himself. Don’t screw this up, Alverstoke! Woo her and win her and lead her to the altar—and romance her for the rest of your lives! (Available in paperback.)

    Misadventures with a Master, by Mia Michelle and Meredith Wild
    Our heroine has lived a very limited life thanks to ridiculous social and political rules. She’s ready to break free (girl, we’ll all help you!) and she finds the opportunity in Crave, which pretty much sounds like the sexiest club in the world that gives people a chance to, ahem, live out their wildest fantasies. (Excuse me, but…where do we sign up? Online? Or do we just show up in the flesh? We’re game either way!) She meets Demitri, who pretty much has the power to make any woman want to immediately shed her inhibitions. Demitri wants to break our gal, though, and make her be submissive, but she’s got a very strong spirit. Here’s hoping they find some deliciously sexy middle ground! This is the thirteenth book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in select stores.)

    What romance novels are keeping you warm as temperatures drop this week?

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