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  • Cristina Merrill 4:17 pm on 2018/12/04 Permalink
    Tags: , , helena hunting, , janna mcgregor, , , , , , , , , tara sivec   

    Romance Roundup: Prisoners of War, Long-Lost Heiresses, and Beauty Salon Owners 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a former prisoner of war who is determined to have his happy ending, a lady who gets a very interesting house-sitting gig, and a angsty California rancher who returns home to find some peace and love.

    Earl to the Rescue, by Jane Ashford
    Originally published as “Gwendeline,” this revised version of Ashford’s debut novel features Gwendeline Gregory, a young woman trying to survive a London Season. It’s not easy, to say the least. For one, there’s a creepy dude who might want to, ahem, cause her great scandal. Plus there’s the fact that London high society can be SO judgmental. (Sending you all of the positive vibes, Gwendeline!) The drama is about to hit the fan, but then Alex St. Audley, Earl of Merryn shows up looking so fine and ready to give her a helping hand. (He DOES have very nice hands!) This looks promising indeed, but Gwendeline is not a hundred percent sure she can trust him. Here’s hoping that Alex has a solid plan in place with good intentions, and that it all involves him rocking her world and walking her down the aisle! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Cajun Cowboy, by Sandra Hill
    Beauty salon owner Charmaine LeDeux has a bit of a loan shark problem, so she needs to go in hiding for a bit. Fortunately, she’s still married to Raoul Lanier, and they’ve just inherited a ranch. (Well, she WAS pretty mad to find out that they were still married, but at least she now has a secure place to stay!) Raoul is a rancher, and let’s just say his flock (or herd?) of steer isn’t looking too great. (This isn’t metaphorical talk. We’re literally talking about cows here. There’s nothing wrong with Raoul or his body. He is divine.) Anyway, Raoul still has the hots for Charmaine, and she still has feelings for him, even though she doesn’t want to admit it. The thing is, she has decided she’s a born-again virgin. Raoul is going to have to work very, very hard to convince Charmaine that he’s the only man for her. This is the second book in Hill’s Cajun series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Story of Us, by Tara Sivec
    This reprint features Eli, a soldier who just survived five years as a prisoner of war. (Dude, the next round of beers is on us!) The main thing that kept him going all that time was the thoughtand the many wonderful memoriesof Shelby Eubanks. They were crazy in love back in the day, and he’s never, ever forgotten her. Now that Eli has finally been freed, he’s determined to win his lady back. (That’s the spirit, buddy! Don’t let anything stifle your dreams!) The only thing is, Shelby is not the woman he left behind. She’s become a total conformist who lives her life according to other people’s wishes. (Shelby, who do we need to sneer at? Just point us in the right direction!) Eli, you’ve already been through so much, but it looks like you’ll need to push even harder to make things the way they should be. You can do this, buddy! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Shacking Up, by Helena Hunting
    Ruby Scott was having a great time at a party and even got to make out with a super duper hot guy. Then he coughed on her. The result: She got too sick to successfully audition for a role she really, really needed. (She miiiiight be having money trouble, and she miiiiight have banked everything on this one audition.) Then she gets the opportunity to house-sit and pet-sit for hotel magnate Bancroft Mills. He lives in a high-falutin’ penthouse apartment, so she’ll get to work in style. (Ruby, please give us some HGTV-worthy descriptions about kitchen fixtures and bathroom amenities!) When she realizes that Bancroft is the same guy who unintentionally got her sick and botched her audition and ruined her life (okay, maybe that was a bit much) she still realizes that she wants to see him nekkid. Ruby, forgive him! And Bancroft, pull some strings and help her get another audition! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Silent Scream, by Karen Harper  
    The romanceand adventure and intriguebetween wife-and-husband team Claire Britten and Nick Markwood continues! Claire, a forensic psychologist, just got the opportunity to work on an archaeological site. (Cool!) Oh, and it’s located at a Florida peat bog. (Claire, we are thrilled for you and will cheer you on from the comfort of our air-conditioned homes and offices!) Things are going dandy until bodies start coming up out of the bog. It turns out these bodies just might be connected to a murder case Nick is working on – and that someone doesn’t want Nick sticking his handsome face in their murder business. Here’s hoping that Claire and Nick manage to dodge whatever bad guys are involved in these murders, that Claire still manages to live out her “Jurassic Park” digging fantasies, and that she and Nick take a relaxing, dead body-free vacation when it’s all over! This is the fifth book in Harper’s South Shores series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Someone Like You, by Leigh Greenwood
    Rafe Jerry was banished from his family’s California ranch, and he was all like “Peace out, I hated you all anyway!” He decided to go to war (yep, that sounds like one way to get your mind off of things) and it’s turned him into a lean, mean, emotionally-damaged machine. When the war ends, he decides to go back home and claim his land. (That’s right, Rafe! You fight for what’s yours!) His journey brings him face-to-face with Maria de la Guerra, the woman who might hold the key to Rafe’s blackened heart. She’s, like, a really nice person, which makes her WAY different from the other people Rafe has known throughout his life. Rafe, dude, let go of the past and embrace a future with this lovely, kind-hearted woman! This is the fourth book in Greenwood’s Night Riders series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    See How She Dies, by Lisa Jackson  
    An heiress named London Danvers was kidnapped about 20 years ago when she was just four years old, and many, many ladies have come forward over the years pretending to be her. Zachary Danvers, however, is convinced that Adria Nash just might be who she claims to be. (Don’t worryeven though he and London may have the same last names this does not appear to be a Game of Thrones situation!) Adria knows a lot of things about London that no one else does, and she bears a strong resemblance to London’s mother. She just might be able to inherit London’s fortune. That is, if someone doesn’t succeed in killing her first. Adriaer, London? Or should we stick with Adria?whatever happens, you watch your back and keep your trusted ones close! Especially Zachary! Because he is F.I.N.E.! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Western Hearts, by Debbie Macomber and Jodi Thomas
    Two stories in one! In “Montana” by Debbie Macomber, Molly packs up her two sons and moves to Sweetgrass, Montana to be with her sick grandfather. There she meets Sam Dakota, a hunky guy who is currently working on her grandfather’s ranch. (Sam, you can work on our ranchesboth literal and proverbialany day of the week!) Oh, Molly, please, please get to know this Sam guy in every sense and consider embracing a new life in Big Sky Country! In “Ransom Canyon” by Jodi Thomas, rancher Staten Kirkland is having a hard time keeping his emotions in check. He’s had a rough past, and let’s just say it’s been really hard to let that rough past go. (Staten, we’re sending you all of the hugs!) The one woman who might be able to help him find some peace is Quinn O’Grady. Staten and Quinn, you two seek some solitude and get down to expressing your feelings! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Good, The Bad, and The Duke, by Janna MacGregor
    Lady Daphne Hallworth was accidentally left behind at home for the holidays, so she decides to work on opening a home for unwed mothers. (Daphne, you are awesome and we want to make donations!) Her project puts her in the path of the very handsome Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. Paul used to be best buds with her brother, and now he’s officially in Family Enemy Territory. (Paul, dude, what did you do?!) It turns out that Paul wants to open a hospital on the same slot of land as Daphne’s future women’s shelter. Oh, and he wants Daphne’s help in restoring his damaged reputation. During this philanthropic journey, all kinds of feelings start to emerge. Here’s hoping they manage to resolve their respective issuesand that they find a nice middle ground on the, er, ground they both want! This is the fourth book in MacGregor’s Cavensham Heiresses series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Hard Night, by Jackie Ashenden  
    Jacob Night is all about high-level rescue missions. He is, after all, a ex-Black Ops guy, plus the owner of a billion-dollar security company, plus the leader of the 11th Hour, a group of deliciously masculine guys who are ready to fight for justice any day of the week. (Oh, Jacob, we all wouldn’t mind having at least a smidgeon of your concern and protection!) Jacob has never been able to find his missing brother, though, so he sets off on his own personal mission, one that involves finding his brother’s ex, Faith. Trouble is, Faith has no memory, and so she can’t exactly help Jacob right now. As they become more involved, and as a group of men try to kill Faith, she and Jacob will have to question everything they know if they’re going to survive. Here’s hoping they manage to stay alive, that Faith turns out to be a good lady worthy of Jacob, and that they move forward to have a beautiful life together! This is the third book in Ashenden’s 11th Hour series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:16 pm on 2018/11/27 Permalink
    Tags: Abbie Roads, , , Fatal Dreams, , jessica clare, Long Tall Texans, meg tilly, megan crane, , , Red Ledger, Rogues to Riches, , , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Cowboys, London Bankers, and Leopard Shifters 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a wrongfully accused London banker-turned-duke who is out for revenge, a young lady who wants the love of her life to see her more womanly side, and a grumpy cowboy who finally meets the lady destined to turn his frown upside down.

    Leopard’s Run, by Christine Feehan
    Leopard shifter Timur Amurov is on a mission to see if Ashe Bronte is friend or foe. Ashe works in his sister-in-law’s bakery, but he’s not about to be fooled by her sweet demeanor and her top-notch customer service skills. Still, he can’t deny that he is mega-attracted to her, and that she has a calming, almost zen-like effect on him. As for Ashe, she’s trying to stay out of trouble. This includes resisting Timur and his gorgeous body and his wild leopard ways. (No offense, Ashe, but we don’t think you’ll last for too long, and that’s totally understandable when it comes to a guy like Timur.) Here’s hoping that Timur realizes that Ashe is not, in fact, the enemy, and that they both let go of their inhibitions and spend many a day licking chocolate batter off of each other! This is the latest book in Feehan’s Leopard series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Solace Island, by Meg Tilly
    Maggie Harris’ fiance just backed out of their wedding, which is no bueno, so she joins her sister on Solace Island to get away from it all for a little while. (Um, Maggie? Solace Island sounds like a wonderful place. What’s the address? We’d like to plug it into a GPS. Thanks!) Things are going well until they start to get a bit shady. Maggie is nearly run over by a car, for one. (Fortunately, she’s saved by the quick reflexes and chiseled jaw of her new neighbor, Luke Benson.) Then some more shady things happen, things that quite likely involve some shady people. Luke ends up letting Maggie and her sister live in his house, which has royalty-level security, because he really likes her and wants to keep her safe. Maggie will need to open up to Luke and give him the scoop on her life if they’re going to get close. (You can do it, Maggie!) This is the first book in Tilly’s Solace series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    SEAL’S Honor, by Megan Crane
    Former SEAL Blue Hendricks is having a rough time readjusting to civilian life. Still, he refuses to turn his well-defined, muscular back on Everly Campbell, his old friend’s sister. Her roommate was just murdered, and she’s decided to turn to the only man she feels she can trust. Blue lives in a remote town in Alaska along with some of his fellow ex-military guys, and they are all going to band together to make sure Everly stays safe. Oh, and Blue soon realizes he doesn’t want to ever live another day without Everly by his side. (That’s right, buddy! Follow your bliss and find your happy ending!) Here’s hoping they manage to keep Everly safe, that they solve the mystery of her roommate’s murder, and that Everly and Blue proceed to spend many a cold Alaskan night keeping each other nice and warm! This is the first book in Crane’s Alaska Force series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy, by Jessica Clare
    Rancher Eli Pickett doesn’t do Christmas because a) He’s really, really busy with his herd and b) He’s still single, because he just can’t find a lady to embrace the ranch life. It could also be just because he’s a tad grumpy and prefers the company of his dogs to the company of society. Meanwhile, Cassandra Horn is trading in Manhattan for her parents’ winter cabin this holiday season. Sadly, she gets into a car crash and loses her memory. Eli finds her and takes care of her, which gives him a chance to express his more sensitive, caring side. (We knew you had one, Eli! We never lost faith!) They start to fall pretty hard for each other, but Cassandra isn’t so sure she should be just giving her heart out to the first cowboy who takes care of her. (Oh, trust us, Cassandra, you absolutely should!) Eli, once our gal gets her memory back, make sure you give her plenty of reasons to stick around! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Pride and Passion, by Nora Roberts
    Two old fan favorites in one volume! In “Search for Love,” Serenity Smith travels to the Brittany region of France to meet some estranged relatives. She recently lost her parents, so she’s not feeling too great. (Serenity, we’re sure the change of scenery will help to clear your head!) She ends up meeting the very cold Comtesse de Kergallen and the stuffy but sexy Christophe. She needs to convince them that she’s not some horrible person (family issues run deeply with this crowd). Oh, and she wouldn’t mind loosening every button of Christophe’s impeccably-tailored shirts. In “Irish Thoroughbred,” Roberts’ debut novel, Adelia Cunnane decides to move to the U.S. from Ireland after her aunt dies. She lives with her kind uncle, who works on a huge and prosperous horse farm owned by the very sexy Travis Grant. Adelia and Travis start to fall hard for each other. They’ll need to settle some differences, though, before they can have their happily ever after. (Available in paperback.)

    My One and Only Duke, by Grace Burrowes
    London banker Quinn Wentworth was about to be executed, which was why he agreed to marry pregnant widow Jane Winston. They met when her father was preaching to prisoners, and he offered her marriage so that she’d inherit his dough after his hanging and not starve. (Quinn, you’re not a good guy. You’re a GREAT guy!) Then it’s discovered that Quinn is, like, the long-lost heir to a dukedom, so he gets to escape the hangman’s noose. This means that he and Jane will end up spending WAY more time together than they had originally planned. Now, Quinn worked exceptionally hard to escape poverty, so he’s NOT going to just sit around and let whoever framed him get away with it. Quinn and Jane, once you’ve managed to rid yourselves of any bad apples, make sure you realize how lucky you are to have found each other! This is the first book in Burrowes’ Rogues to Riches series, and it includes a bonus novella, “Once Upon a Christmas Eve.” (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Exclusive/A Touch of Heaven, by Samantha Chase
    Two stories in one! In “Exclusive,” writer Taylor Scott gets a chance to interview a reclusive author. This is awesome for her career, to say the least, and the fact that said author has a cute assistant in the form of Mike Greene makes it all WAY sweeter. Mike, you may have buns of steel, but do NOT distract our gal from this career-changing opportunity! In “A Touch of Heaven,” Regan Amerson’s mom wins a home makeover from a reality TV show, and the show’s host is right up there, looks-wise, with the Property Brothers. (We love you, Jonathan and Drew!) Sawyer isn’t going through the best of times right now, but he’s still not about to let his cranky mood get in the way of pursuing our awesome gal. Sawyer, you go ahead and beg Regan for her affections, and then the two of you can proceed to build and design your future home! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Never Let Me Fall, by Abbie Roads
    Thomas Brown may be colorblind, but he has the ability to stare deep into a person’s soul and really read them, hence his career in assisting criminal investigators. (Thomas, you can stare into our souls – and at other places—any day of the week! By all means, come right on over!) His life changes when he meets Helena Grayse. She’s had an exceptionally rough life, and Thomas is the only one in a very long time to show her kindness. Trouble is, Helena hasn’t managed to completely shake off the baddies from her past. Indeed, the worst might be on its way. Will Thomas run scared, or will he stick around and help keep Helena safe? (Go for the latter option, Thomas! Helena is an amazing lady and she won’t let you down!) This is the third book in Roads’ Fatal Dreams series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Recall, by Meredith Wild
    The lovey-dovey-ness between assassin Tristan Stone and Isabel Foster continues! Isabel and Tristan just can’t stay away from each other, even though his world is a dark one and he was originally kinda, sorta hired to kill her. (Such is the power of Tristan’s magnetism, his passionate kisses, and his perfectly defined abdominal muscles.) Then someone from Tristan’s past resurfaces, indicating that said past might be a tad harder to leave than he thought. Here’s hoping that Tristan ditches his dark ways ASAP, and that he and Isabel then focus on building a beautiful and peaceful life together filled with love and babies and maybe a cute puppy or two! (Actually, there should definitely be puppies. A whole litter of them!) This book contains the fourth, fifth, and sixth installments in Wild’s Red Ledger series. (Available in paperback.)

    Two Alone/A Secret Splendor, by Sandra Brown
    Two stories in one! In “Two Alone,” businesswoman Rusty Carlson finds herself stranded in the very remote woods with Vietnam vet Cooper Landry. Neither of them are exactly thrilled by this, even though they are both very attractive people—she finds him a tad scary and he’s afraid she’ll hurt his chances of survival. Oh, Rusty and Cooper. Let go of your biases and enjoy this quality time with each other and nature! In “A Secret Splendor,” Arden Gentry is feeling quite lonely and sad after losing her son and getting divorced. (Sending you all of the hugs, Arden!) She decides to track down the other son she gave birth to a long, long time ago. He lives in Hawaii, and Arden soon suddenly doubts whether she should even bother. Here’s hoping that everything works out for our gal, and that she finds some much-needed peace! (Available in paperback.)

    Long, Tall Texans: Calhoun & Justin, by Diana Palmer
    Two gloriously handsome brothers find true love in this tome! In “Calhoun,” orphan Abby Clark could only ever rely on the Ballenger brothers to keep her safe. The downside is that they still see her as a girl, especially Calhoun Ballenger, and let’s just say she does NOT want Calhoun to think of her as a girl. She’s ready to prove to him that she’s a grown woman and that she has some very womanly desires. Go get your man, Abby! In “Justin,” Shelby Jacobs wants to make amends with Justin Ballenger. This won’t be easy, mainly because she broke off their engagement six years ago. She still loves him, though, because no sane woman could ever forget a man like Justin. Justin, buddy, please, please, please hear her out! She had her reasons for calling things off, and her heart has always been yours! This is the first volume in Palmer’s Long, Tall Texans series. (Available in paperback.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:39 pm on 2018/11/27 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Magical Wedding Dresses, Christmas Romances, and Dog Lovers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a widow who falls for a younger man, a tiger shifter who wants to protect his people and his woman, and a lady who loses her heart to a baseball player and a cuddly Husky.

    Someone to Trust, by Mary Balogh
    Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, is a widow, and she decides her next step will be to find another suitable husband of whom society will approve and will have a respectable name and BOOOOORRRIIIIING!!! (Elizabeth, we would not judge you AT ALL for wanting to kick up your heels a bit!) She meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges at a Christmas party and the two soon form a bit of a bond. Oh, and they share a snow-melting kiss. Only thing is, she is nine years older than him, so neither of them really think there’s a future there. (Elizabeth and Colin, stop creating drama where there is no drama!) They reunite during London’s next Season, and let’s just say that neither of them has forgotten the other. All it takes is one waltz for them to realize that an age difference doesn’t matter and that they’d like to be nekkid together for many years to come! This is the fifth book in Balogh’s Westcott series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Keep You Close, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorite stories in one! In “Night Shift,” late-night radio announcer Cilla O’Roarke is in major trouble thanks to a creepy caller. Detective Boyd Fletcher is on the case, and let’s just say no woman would mind having him on her side in a jam. (Or on top of her. Or under. Any way would work, really.) Boyd is eager to do his job, but he is also eager to get to know our gal better and perhaps arrange a more permanent romantic situation. In “Night Moves,” Maggie Fitzgerald used to live a very fast-paced life. Then it all just kind of caught up with her and left her broken-hearted, so she decides to isolate herself for a bit. (Maggie, if you need/want book recommendations, we’ve got tons!) She meets landscaper Cliff Delaney, who likes to keep things nice and trim in just about every aspect of his life expect for the bedroom. Is Maggie about to get the peace and tranquility she’s looking for, along with a super duper yummy guy? (Available in paperback on November 27.)

    The Man You’ll Marry: An Anthology, by Debbie Macomber
    Two more fan favorites in one volume! So there’s this wedding dress, right? And basically when a single lady comes in contact with this wedding dress, the next guy she meets turns out to be the man she’s destined to be with forever. In “The First Man You Meet,” Shelly Hansen is absolutely terrified when she receives her great-aunt’s wedding dress because, quite frankly, she wanted to stay independent and never marry. Then she meets Mark Brady, who makes her feel all kinds of feelings. (Shelly, you can still be yourself AND be married! Open yourself to all of the possibilities!) In “The Man You Marry,” Jill Morrison receives that same dress from a friend when she’s in Hawaii. Now, Jill has already met Jordan Wilcox, who – and we’re being totally honest here – is a big crankypants who would benefit greatly from Jill’s love. As for Jill, she doesn’t think he’s meant to be The One, but then she realizes she just might be able to turn his [many, many] frowns upside down! (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Tiger’s Claim, by Celia Kyle
    Jaguar shifter Stella Moore is on a mission to take down an anti-shifter organization that did horrible things to her family. (If there’s one thing the world should know about our gal, it’s that no one messes with her family and gets away with it!) A wrench is thrown in her plans, however, and that wrench takes the chiseled form of billionaire playboy Cole Turner. Cole is a tiger shifter, and he is on his own mission, one that involves protecting his kind. Cole and Stella need to escape to a tropical island and pretend to be lovers in order for their mission to succeed, which sounds like the most win-win situation of all the win-win situations on the planet. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat their enemies and that they also manage to make sweet, sweet love (multiple times) along the way. This is the second book in Kyle’s Shifter Rogues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    You Had Me at Cowboy, by Jennie Marts
    Rancher Mason James is sick and tired of women using him to get to his brother, Rock, who left the family ranch to play professional hockey. (This family is clearly gifted with exceptional genes!) But Mason’s guarded heart melts when he meets Tessa Kane at his brother’s wedding. Little does Mason know that Tessa is a reporter trying to get a scoop on his brother, and little does Tessa realize how hard she’s going to fall for Mason. (Ah, gotta love it when two sexy people don’t realize at first just how gosh darn perfect they are for each other!) Tessa, we hope you still manage to get a scoop that will help your career. And Mason, we hope you won’t be too upset with Tessa – and that you show her why so many women were fools to go after your brother instead of you! This is the second book in Marts’ Cowboys of Creedence series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Fatal Invasion, by Marie Force
    Washington, DC’s hottest married couple, Lieutenant Sam Holland and Vice President Nick Cappuano, are back in action! Our gal Sam has quite the tragic case on her hands – a home was invaded, and the and eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. Sam has a big heart, and she’s determined to do everything she can to help these tiny cuties. (Sam, you are a hero to us all!) To make matters worse, Sam’s sergeant colleague is battling some inner demons, and so he’s not totally fit to serve and protect at the moment. Sam is doing everything she can to keep it all together. Fortunately, her husband Nick is the total package: smart, kind-hearted, supportive, and all kinds of yummy. Nick, you help your woman get through this latest round of job-related drama! And when it’s over, make sure she gets all of the flowers and the spa day she deserves! This is the latest book in Force’s Fatal series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    The Duke That I Marry, by Cathy Maxwell
    Miss Willa Reverly may be an heiress with tons of moolah, but she would much rather stay single than marry for any reason other than love. (Good for you, Willa! Follow your heart and never settle!) She ends up becoming promised to Matthew Addison, the Duke of Camberly. He has quite a bit on his plate. His newly-inherited estate is broke, for one, and his bride-to-be, Willa, is a tad too demanding. (Matthew, what Willa wants are called “feelings.” She wants you to feel loving emotions. For her. In your heart. And other places, of course.) Willa and Matthew are going to have to overcome many obstacles before they can enjoy their happy ending, so here’s hoping they realize they are better together than apart! This is the third book in Maxwell’s Spinster Heiresses series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    A Duke Changes Everything, by Christy Carlyle
    Nicholas Lyon worked—and gambled—really, really hard to amass his wealth and acquire a London gentlemen’s club. Then his evil brother dies, which leaves Nicholas to inherit his family’s estate. Nicholas does NOT want the estate. (#awfulupbringing) He just wants to do what he has to do to get rid of it and then go back to his life in London. He does go back home, though, and there he meets Thomasina Thorne. (Oh, Nicholas, you are in for a major treat!) She’s the steward of the estate, and while we can’t imagine she enjoyed working for Nicholas’ brother, she still likes working and doesn’t want to lose her job now that the new heir is in town. (Thomasina, major kudos to you and to all of the hard-working women of every time period!) Thomasina wants Nicholas to change his mind, and Nicholas wants to get out of dodge. Nicholas, please sort out your priorities and see what a gem you have found in Thomasina! This is the first book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Coming Home for Christmas, by Fern Michaels
    Three holiday stories in one! In “Silver Bells,” movie star Amy Lee decides to ditch her Hollywood life for the holidays and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. (Sounds quiet! And idyllic!) She ends up reconnecting with her high school boyfriend, and let’s just say he’s aged very, very well. In “Snow Angels,” Olympic skier Max Jorgenson gets an unexpected surprise when social worker Grace Landry ends up finding refuge in his log cabin. (Oh, Max, you can make your way into our Olympic Village any day of the week!) Here’s hoping Max has a nice bottle of wine and a big fire going on! In “Holiday Magic,” ski shop manager Stephanie Marshall is on the market – for a bonus. She wants to put a down payment on a house for her and her daughters. Will her hunky boss Eddie O’Brien give her a helping hand? And steamy kisses for the rest of their lives together? (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    My Forever Home, by Debbie Burns

    Tess Grasso may have dropped out of veterinary school, but that will NOT stop her from following her dream of owning a pet therapy business. (Don’t give up on your dreams, Tess!) She decides to work for a bit at a no-kill animal shelter. Here, she meets Mason Redding, a baseball player who is recovering from a major accident. He doesn’t want to share too much about himself these days, because he may have done something bad, but he soon realizes he wants to share his whole life with Tess. Plus, a really cute stray Husky dog enters the picture, which quickens their friendship. Tess and Mason, just bare your souls—and bodies—to each other and realize that you’re perfect for each other and that you need to band together and give that adorable Husky a loving home! This is the third book in Burns’ Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 7:46 pm on 2018/11/20 Permalink
    Tags: , , lady travelers society, , montana cahills, road to love, , , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Egyptian Scholars, Paramilitary Heroines, and Cowboy Rescue Missions 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a rare artifacts hunter who gets a new and very interesting coworker, a woman whose newfound skills are put to the test, and a lady on a mission to rescue her cowboy.

    Driven to Distraction, by Lori Foster
    Mary Daniels has a pretty cool job that requires acquiring rare artifacts for her boss, and her latest assignment puts her in close proximity with the supernaturally sexy Brodie Crews. (Note to self: Research alternative career opportunities!) They’ll need to spend a few hours in a car together for her latest assignment, which would normally sound like a huge chore, but traveling with Brodie would make any woman request that he pull off to the side and take things to the next level. (Or two.) (Actually, make that three.) As for Brodie, he is quite intrigued by this buttoned-up lady and would love to, ahem, explore her in every way possible. (Yes, Brodie! You are on the right track! And Mary, you are a lucky, lucky girl!) When an enemy rears their ugly head, intent on taking the same artifact Mary and Brodie are after, Brodie will need to think fast in order to protect Mary. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys and get their treasure! (Get to it, you two! And, Brodie, when the drama is over, show Mary multiple times how good a bad boy can be!) This is the first book in Foster’s Road to Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    The Woman Left Behind, by Linda Howard
    Jina Modell is doing just fine in the communications department of a paramilitary organization. She loves her job, which doesn’t require our non-outdoorsy gal to leave the air-conditioned comfort of her office. (Good for you, Jina! There’s nothing wrong with loving indoor-ish things like yoga and curling up with a good book!) Then she is selected to work in the field as an on-site drone operator. (Okay, that’s a pretty flippin’ awesome change of pace! Yay, Jina! Don’t turn this opportunity down!) This requires undergoing extensive physical training under the watchful, steely gaze of her team leader, Levi. (Fact: No woman would mind spending as much time as possible with Levi, especially if it means getting really sweaty together.) Under his tutelage, Jina transforms from a tech geek into a daring operative. While out in Syria, a deceitful Congresswoman screws up their mission, which causes the base Jina is working on to explode—and Jina to get separated from her team. Everyone on Jina’s team thinks that Jina has gone to that big hard drive in the sky, but the truth is she’s still alive. Now she’s going to have to employ her brand-new skills to survive until she can reunite with her team and get out of Syria. As for Levi, he is NOT going anywhere until he finds the woman who makes him feel all of the feels. (Available in paperback.)

    The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl, by Victoria Alexander
    Miss Sidney Honeywell is a very successful author thanks to her “Tales of a Lady Adventurer in Egypt” series. There’s a teeny, tiny problem, though. Her readers think the stories are real, and that she’s actually writing about her own exploits. Our gal can’t reveal the truth, though, because then London would be in an uproar and her reputation would just go SPLAT! She crosses paths with Harry Armstrong, who (and we’ll be honest and fair here) is an actual scholar on Egypt. He wants to write about his Egyptian adventures, and he’s not happy that Sidney is getting so much glory and unintentionally hogging his would-be fans. (Harry, we know you’re upset—okay, super duper angry—but it’s much easier for a man to run off and have adventures than it is for a lady and besides, if you tell a really good story then people will still read your stuff and you won’t have to be so jealous and okay, okay—stop glaring at us!) Sidney finally gets a chance for some real adventure when the Earl of Breton invites her to go to Egypt. Trouble is, he’s bringing his his nephew Harry with him. And Harry’s determined to expose Sidney. Harry, we’re all for a bit of exposition here, but it should be of the come-to-bed-and-undress-each-other type. Get over your issues and get to seducing Sidney, because the two of you are actually made for each other! This is the third book in Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Wrangler’s Rescue, by B.J. Daniels
    Everyone get out of Ashley Jo’s way—her man has just gone missing, and she is NOT going to sit around weeping into a handkerchief. Cyrus Cahill, who is pretty much every woman’s Montana cowboy fantasy rolled up into one delicious bite, promised Ashley Jo that he’d be back in her loving embrace after buying a bull for his ranch. (This was a totally plausible promise on his part, because Cyrus is, in fact, a rancher.) He never came back, though, which is bizarre, because a Cahill man never goes back on his word. Everyone in the town of Gilt Edge is convinced that Cyrus is dead, but Ashley Jo’s spidey senses say otherwise. (That’s right, Ashley Jo—you follow your heart and your gut and don’t let anyone ever convince you to do otherwise!) She’s going to embark on a rescue mission if it’s the last thing she does, because nothing gets in between a fierce and fearless woman and her nekked-times-in-front-of-the-fireplace fantasy. Here’s hoping Ashley Jo’s fellow townspeople put on their best cold weather gear and help her out, that they all find Cyrus ASAP, that he’s not too hurt from his troubles (Buddy, if you are, Ashley Jo will take excellent care of you!), and that Cyrus and Ashley Jo have the best sexy reunion in the history of sexy reunions! This book is part of Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

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    Romance Roundup: Master Vampires, Wyoming and Texas Ranchers, and Naughty Widows 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a desperate heiress who needs to pay off a blackmailer, a Wyoming rancher and single dad who gets some much-needed help, and a high-society widow who falls for the deliciously wrong kind of man. Plus: lots of vampires.

    Wyoming Legend, by Diana Palmer
    Micah Torrance may be a handsome, rugged man built to run a Wyoming ranch, but underneath that chiseled exterior is a guy who needs a bit of help. He’s got his energetic little daughter, for one, and, well, running a big Wyoming ranch is tougher than it sounds. Fortunately, he gets help from Karina Carter, a champion ice skater who is having a bit of R&R after an accident. She is eager to get back to the ice, but then she gets to know Micah and his kid and realizes that everything she truly, madly, deeply wants is much closer than she thinks. Will Micah find, ahem, enthusiastic ways to express his budding love for Karina? And will Karina realize that Micah is WAY better than any gold medal? This is the eighth book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    Unhinged, by Helen Hardt
    The love saga between ER nurse Erin Hamilton and vampire Dante Gabriel continues! Long story short: Dante bit Erin and became addicted to her blood and they now have a crazy-hot chemistry that would resuscitate a maiden aunt’s long-lost libido. The thing is, Erin isn’t sure she wants to buy into the whole vampire thing, even if Dante constantly makes her want to ditch her scrubs and bare herself to him body and soul. (Oh, Erin, please don’t fight the feelings that Dante makes you feel!) Still, they can’t stay away from each other, so now they’re going to decipher the Vampyre Texts and dodge a gang of vampire thugs. Dante also needs to deal with some major dark energy. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat all of the negative forces in their lives and just focus on each other! This is the second book in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Snow, by Nora Roberts
    Two stories in one! In “A Will and a Way,” Pandora McVie ends up having to spend Christmas in the Catskills with the very hunky Michael Donahue. He is the co-beneficiary of her late uncle’s will, who clearly wanted to hook these two youngsters up. Pandora is NOT a happy camper. (Um, Pandora, no offense, but Michael is gorgeous and I just did a Google image search of the Catskills and WOW they’re beautiful—so open your eyes!) In “Local Hero,” single mom Hester Wallace is working hard to make ends meet while raising her son in a Manhattan apartment. (Totally feel you, Hester! Keeping oneself alive in a Manhattan apartment is no easy feat.) Her neighbor Mitch Dempsey offers to help her out, which melts our gal’s heart. (Mitch, would you please walk my dog while you’re at it?) Will this be the last holiday season they spend unattached? (Available in paperback.)

    Love in Catalina Cove, by Brenda Jackson
    Vashti Alcindor faced a major teen pregnancy-related crisis when she was younger, so she left her hometown of Catalina Cove determined to never return. Fast forward ten-plus years, and our gal has inherited a bed and breakfast from her aunt. The establishment is in major need of some HGTV-level renovation, and Vashti decides to fix it up and give life in Catalina Cove another whirl. (Vashti, you are our inspiration!) Oh, she also meets and falls for Sawyer Grisham, the new sheriff who recently pulled her over for speeding, proving that romance can flower in the most inconvenient of circumstances. Things are going quite well until some painful secrets start to come out. Vashti, stay strong and don’t let anyone ruin your new life! And Sawyer, make sure to stick by her side throughout all of the drama – and forgive her for speeding! This is the first book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Shades of Wicked, by Jeaniene Frost
    New series alert! Master vampire Ian makes no apologies for his controversial but smoldering, sexy existence. (Yep, we’re all totally fine with this.) And as for our vampire law-abiding gal, Veritas, her job is to make sure that guys like Ian, who live by their own set of rules and don’t really listen to vampire society, doesn’t get TOO out of line. (Oh, but Veritas, Ian can be so good when he’s bad!) Still, both Veritas and Ian have a bone to pick with a demon named Dagon. (We’ll put it this way: Dagon is so bad that even Veritas is willing to get a bit dirty if it means his downfall.) Ian and Veritas will need to join forces if they’re going to defeat Dagon. And if it means that she’ll occasionally get to put her hands all over Ian’s body then, well, good for you, Veritas! This is the first book in Frost’s Night Rebel series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward
    Sola Morte used to be on the wrong side of the law (think cat burglary and safecracking), but now she’s gone clean and is focused on taking care of her granny. She hasn’t forgotten Assail, though. He’s a vampire, and let’s just say that futures between vampires and human women are NOT looking too bright. She needs to stay away from him. Then Assail ends up in a coma, and his cousins ask Sola to chill by his bedside and give him a reason to keep going. (Oh, that we all had that chance!) Then she finds herself in the middle of a war that involves vampires and vampire enemies and lots and lots of fangs and teeth. Here’s hoping she manages to survive this vampire war—and that she and Assail figure out their future together ASAP! This is the latest book in Ward’s extensive Black Dagger Brotherhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Archangel’s Prophecy, by Nalini Singh
    Elena Deveraux was a mortal who was turned immortal and became the consort of Archangel Raphael, and because of this she has a pretty sweet pair of wings that, ya know, allow her to live up in the clouds with him. (The ability to fly AND a hunky man to boot? Elena, you are one very lucky lady!) A major problem is brewing, though, which is that Elena is regressing and becoming more human again. She and Raphael need to figure out what the problem is ASAP before their future together becomes truly doomed. Oh, and major catastrophes are taking place around the world, and Elena and Raphael need to deal with them, too. Elena and Raphael, you can do this! We have faith in you! And when the drama is over, you should seriously consider booking a couples’ massage! This is the latest book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Barbarous, by Minerva Spencer
    Lady Daphne Davenport is a respectable widow, which means she should NOT be falling hard for the steaming hot privateer, Hugh Redvers. She’s a lady and he’s just not the kind of man she should be courting in public. She also needs to keep her distance because she miiiiight have cheated him out of lands and a title and so forth—not that Hugh knows it. (Daphne, you bad girl! We can’t wait to hear all of your juicy secrets!) Still, Daphne wouldn’t mind being pillaged and plundered by Hugh, because he puts all of those high-society dandies to shame. As for Hugh, he can’t resist our tough, beautiful gal. Here’s hoping that Daphne comes clean about everything, and that Hugh isn’t too upset with her. (Just take it inside, you two! And by “inside” we mean “to the bedroom!”) This is the second book in Spencer’s Outcasts series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Too Far Gone, by Allison Brennan
    Special Agent and total badass Lucy Kincaid is eager to enjoy some quality time this summer with her hunky husband, Sean, and her husband’s son, Jesse. Trouble is, a respected scientist whose personal and professional life was in tatters just went haywire, kept a bunch of innocent people hostage, and then died in a shootout with the FBI. Lucy needs to get to the bottom of this, but soon it seems as if someone might be out to get her. She and Jesse get into a major car accident, and other things just start to unravel from there. Will our gal be able to crack this case? Will she and her loved ones make it out safely? And when the drama is over, will she and her husband and stepson finally be able to relax and enjoy their summer? This is the latest book in Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    American Drifter, by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray
    Yup, you read those author names correctly! The romance writer and actor have teamed up to create a story about River, a U.S. Army veteran with PTSD. River has some major demons, so he decides to get lost in Brazil and just drift around with no end in sight. (Oh, River, we’d love nothing more than to find you and provide, ahem, comfort!) He meets a very special lady by the name of Natal, and instantly feels attracted to her, but she is the mistress of a gangster, and so he needs to tread carefully. They escape the area together, with the drug lord and his gang in pursuit. Oh, and the Brazilian government might also be involved. River and Natal, you two lovebirds just focus on escaping to a safe place, and then maybe also focus on making sweet, sweet love in a beautiful and remote mountain cabin! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Beautiful Sinner, by Sophie Jordan
    Cruz Walsh was recently released from prison. He was accused of a crime he didn’t commit, so now he’s quite intent on making sure he only surrounds himself with people he trusts. (Good for you, buddy!) Then he gets stuck in a supply closet with Gabriella, an old high school acquaintance who looks WAY different from the days when people called her “Flabby Gabby.” (Gabriella, as far as we’re concerned, you are—and have always been—Ms. Fabulous McFabulous!) She is trying to land a major scoop that will help her career get wings—and help her get the heck out of her teeny, tiny town. But being stuck in a supply closet can be a surprisingly sexy situation that makes you want to slow things down and reevaluate your life, especially with a guy like Cruz. Here’s hoping they both get the fresh start they’re looking for! This is the fifth book in Jordan’s Devil’s Rock series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Runaway Princess, by Christina Dodd
    Miss Evangeline Scoffield is a sophisticated, mysterious woman—or so she would have everyone believe. She is really an orphan who recently inherited some money, so she’s intent on having a fun summer filled with expensive gowns and travel, all while pretending to be a beautiful, mysterious lady. A Very Sexy Man who is also A Crown Prince sees her and immediately realizes that she’s actually the Princess of Serephina. Oh, and she’s also supposed to be his fiancee, which didn’t totally fit in with her plans at first. (Evangeline—or is it Your Highness?—we’re all for you having a bit of fun and freedom, but have you had a chance to see this guy nekkid?) He is eager to win her over, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes. (Yes, yes, and yes!) Will he manage to win her over? And will they be able to rule together in harmony? This is the first book in Dodd’s Princess series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Bastard’s Bargain, by Katee Robert
    Keira O’Malley always fantasized about her wedding day, but she never imagined said wedding day would involve marriage to Dmitri Romanov. He’s a major power player in New York City who is known for his ruthless focus when it comes to taking care of business. As for Keira, she agrees to marry him only because her family is in danger. (Keira, call us delusional, but we’re actually feeling optimistic about this situation!) She doesn’t want to make marriage easy for him, but even she can’t deny that she wouldn’t mind licking a happy trail of chocolate off of his body every night. (Totally understandable, Keira. Totally understandable.) They’ll need to work together if they’re going to defeat their enemies. And when it’s over, they just might realize they actually like each other and want to stay married. Let the games begin! This is the sixth book in Robert’s O’Malley’s series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Big Bad Cowboy, by Carly Bloom
    Travis Blake experienced a lot of heartbreak in his hometown of Big Verde, Texas, so he escaped to Austin, intending to never return. Then his nephew calls him, and he’s very much in need of Travis’ help. Travis goes back, and figures he’ll sell the family ranch while he’s at it. But a very special lady by the name of Maggie is in his way. Maggie is so NOT falling for any of Travis’ charms, mainly because he is playing a role in the demise of her business. (Oh, Maggie, let’s be fair and give a shirtless Travis five minutes to explain himself! Actually, make that 10 minutes. Plus 20. A whole half hour of Travis explaining himself shirtless. Yes, that will work!) Then Maggie starts to see that Travis is actually A Good Guy and falls for him. Here’s hoping they work out a beautiful life together! This is the first book in Bloom’s Once Upon a Time in Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Earl I See Tonight, by Anna Bennett
    David Gray, Earl of Ravenport was just jilted by his fiancee, so he’s pretty sure he’s over the whole marriage thing. Then he gets a marriage proposal from heiress and artist Miss Fiona Hartley. She wants to get married pronto because she needs her dowry to pay off a blackmailer. That blackmailer wants to destroy her sister’s reputation, and Fiona is a nice sister who does NOT want to see that happen. (Fiona, we admire your bravery and determination to protect your family!) Fiona ends up spending a week at David’s estate, which is in need of some major TLC. David is positive being in a rundown place will drive Fiona away, but she’s no delicate miss. Oh, and they both soon realize that they can’t ignore the hot chemistry between them. David and Fiona, please open your eyes to the possibilities! And get rid of that blackmailer! This is the first book in Bennett’s Debutante series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wolf Rising, by Paige Tyler
    SWAT officer Jayden Brooks doesn’t believe in soulmates or The One or true love or any of that stuff THAT REALLY DOES EXIST! (Seriously, Jayden, open up that heart that lies beneath your chiseled pecs!) Then he rescues high school teacher Selena Rosa. She was being held hostage, and one whiff of this beautiful, sweet-smelling lady has Jayden rethinking his priorities. (Excuse me, Selena? What perfume were you wearing when you met Jayden? Please let us all know. Thanks!) As for Selena, one look at Jayden reminds her that she may be super duper buttoned up, but she is still a natural woman. They end up making out and Selena bites him, which unleashes her wolf gene. (That’s right, Selena! You unleash your inner wolf!) She starts to transform, and her wilder, more uncontrollable tendencies start coming out. Will the strong, devoted Jayden be able to keep her on track? This is the eighth book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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