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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/11/12 Permalink
    Tags: all fired up, andie j. christopher, , , , leave me breathless, , , patricia davids, restless rancher, , , the hope, the princess plan   

    Romance Roundup: Event Planners, Gossip Writers, and Amish Widows 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an arts and crafts store owner with some dark secrets, a popular writer who wants to take a more serious career route, and an Amish widow who is about to get a delicious blast from her past. 

    Leave Me Breathless, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Ryan Willis works in the protection business, which takes up a lot of brainpower and muscle. (Fortunately, he has both in spades!) He just finished a huge assignment, so he’s ready to wind down in his getaway home and listen to some soothing music and get some much-needed R&R. (You do that, Ryan, and we’ll all massage you while you’re at it!) He gets a bit of a surprise, though, when he meets Hannah Bright. She’s new in town and runs the local arts and craft store. (Hannah, you are a lifesaver! Some of us were quite low on knitting yarn!) Hannah and Ryan get to know each other, and it’s all quite wonderful for both parties. That said, Hannah has some big secrets, so she can’t let Ryan get too close. (Are you sure about that, sister?!) Here’s hoping that Hannah and Ryan reveal themselves to each other (hehe), that they create a foundation based on trust, and that the two of them enjoy many a frolic throughout their English village! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

    Not the Girl You Marry, by Andie J. Christopher
    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days gets a twist in Christopher’s latest! Journalist Jack Nolan has found his niche—as a writer who is really good at writing viral fluff pieces that make for great clickbait but aren’t exactly stretching anyone’s thinking skills. (Jack, buddy, we all promise to, er, NOT click on your articles!) He cuts a deal with his editor: He will write a hard-hitting story on…how to lose a girl. Then he’ll move on to covering politics. Too bad he meets event planner Hannah Mayfield, who is actually a really nice person and smart and beautiful to boot. She’s on a quest of her own, which is to show her boss that YES, she absolutely believes in the lovey-dovey stuff and that YES, she wants to plan super duper romantic weddings. (She does NOT actually believe in these things, but she DOES want a promotion. Get THAT PROMOTION Hannah! We all hope it comes with a BIG RAISE!) She needs to hang onto to Jack just as much as he needs to tick her off. Oh, Jack, please find a way to not screw up your budding relationship with Hannah! And Hannah, please don’t get TOO upset when you find out the truth behind Jack’s less-than-desirable behavior. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 12.) 

    Restless Rancher, by Jennifer Ryan
    Accountant Sonya Tucker has quite the task before her. She needs to help rancher Austin Hubbard turn his struggling ranch around, being as how Austin himself is struggling to just even get out of bed each morning. (Sonya, we’re not entirely sure why you would want Austin out of bed, but we are all still willing to follow along and support you in whatever you need to do!) Fortunately, Sonya is no wilting violet. She was, after all, raised by her mother in the Wild Rose Ranch, a Nevada brothel. (Sonya, sounds to us like you were always surrounded by hardworking women who taught you to be tough, and for that, we salute you and everyone involved in your upbringing!) It soon becomes clear that Austin is not as lackadaisical as he seems. He’s actually a good guy who wants to succeed. Will he manage to get off of his delectable heinie and prove to Sonya that he’s a very, very good man? This is the second book in Ryan’s Wild Rose series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 12.) 

    All Fired Up, by Lori Foster
    Ex-con Mitch Crews is on a mission to find some long-lost family, and let’s just say he’s pretty much starting from zero. (It’s okay, Mitch! We’ll all help you find your family! We know how to use The Google!)  His travels put him in the direct path of Charlotte Parrish. Her car has just broken down in his neck of the woods, and while Mitch may be a tad hardened due to stressful life experiences, he would never – but NEVER – leave a lady stranded. (Mitch, there are people who have had it WAY easier than you and would still not do the nice things you do!) Charlotte doesn’t think she has room in her life for bad boys and so she decides to do her best and forget about Mitch and resist his charms and BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! As if ANY woman could resist the ridiculously appealing Mitch. Mitch, please find a way to exhibit your best behavior while also showing Charlotte a good time in the, ahem, boudoir. This is the third book in Foster’s Road to Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 19.) 

    The Princess Plan, by Julia London
    Eliza Tricklebank owns a delicious gossip gazette, and she’s just gotten the story tip of a lifetime. The personal secretary of none other than Prince Sebastian of Alucia has been murdered. Sebastian is eager to find out who killed his employee, and he starts off his investigation by investigating Eliza. (Oh, Eliza, you lucky, lucky lady!) This is all happening at a very inopportune time for Sebastian. There’s a trade deal going down, plus he’s under some big-time pressure to find a royal bride and produce a royal heir and do all of the royal things. (Sebastian, if you ever need a break from all of that royal stuff, we’ll all happily take you out for a night on the town while you wear the crafty yet tasteful disguise of your choice!) Eliza and Sebastian will need to work very closely together if they’re going to solve the murder mystery. This is the first book in London’s A Royal Wedding series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 19.)

    The Hope, by Patricia Davids
    Amish widow Ruth Mast figures that her life is going to be a tad quieter moving forward now that her husband is gone. Then a Very Special Man by the name of Owen Mast returns to Cedar Grove, and this kind of makes Ruth want to hide behind a sheet that’s been hung out to dry. Owen doesn’t have the best reputation in town. Oh, he also broke Ruth’s heart once upon a time. If all of this wasn’t bad enough, he is STILL ridiculously handsome and he STILL gives Ruth the butterflies! Ruth is ready to just go about her business and ignore Owen. Then a lost little girl shows up on Owen’s porch, and both he and Ruth are moved to help her and keep her safe. (See, Ruth?! Owen has clearly changed for the better so please, please, please listen to what he has to say!) Here’s hoping that Ruth and Owen cooperate to help this poor kid—and that they each get over their issues and get to know the people they’ve each become! This is the second book in Davids’ Amish of Cedar Grove series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 19.) 

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/11/05 Permalink
    Tags: christie craig, , , don't breathe a word, leopard's wrath, , lyssa kay adams, , , , snowbound at christmas, someone to remember, spun out,   

    Romance Roundup: Leopard Shifters, Second Basemen, and Army Ladies 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a baseball player who really wants to score, two former lovers reunited after 36 years apart, and a personal assistant who’s about to pull a major switcharoo with her identical twin sister. 

    Leopard’s Wrath, by Christine Feehan
    Shifter Mitya Amurov’s high-crime family has prevented him from living his best life. (Let’s just say there was No Such Thing as holidays filled with laughter and love or meaningful conversations while gathered around a fire roasting marshmallows.) As a result, Mitya’s leopard is exceptionally feral and protective. (This is a great thing because Mitya’s face and body are 100% worth protecting!) Still, it’s a tough life. Mitya finally gets his big break, though, when he meets Ania Dover. She has a way of calming Mitya and turning his feral beast into a purring kitten. He’s reluctant to get too close, though, because his family is evil. As for Ania, she has her own issues. She’s out for some good, old-fashioned revenge and refuses to let anything or anyone get in her way. That said, she wants to bone Mitya quite badly. (Totally understandable, Ania. Totally understandable.) Here’s hoping that Mitya manages to tame the beast within, that Ania settles her scores, and that the two of them then focus on what matters most: each other! This is the twelfth novel in Feehan’s Leopard series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 5.)

    The Bromance Book Club, by Lyssa Kay Adams
    Gavin Scott might be a second baseman for the Nashville Legends, but there is one area in which he has not scored in years. His wife, Thea, has just revealed that she has always—but always—faked orgasms during their marriage. (Deep breaths, Gavin. Deep breaths.) He is absolutely devastated by this news, but he’s also determined to woo his woman. (That’s the spirit, buddy!) Gavin ends up getting some much-needed help by joining a romance book club, one in which all of the members are guys. Hot guys. The best of masculinity that Nashville has to offer. The reason for every destination bachelorette party. Those kinds of guys. Together, the guys all read a romance novel titled “Courting the Countess” and use it as a relationship playbook—and as a way to help Gavin save his marriage. Will reading this romance novel help Gavin get his wife back? Can a book club save a marriage? How many pounds, exactly, can each of these guys bench press? This is the first book in Adams’ Bromance Book Club series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 5.) 

    Someone to Remember, by Mary Balogh
    Matilda Westcott is perfectly content being a spinster daughter who lives to take care of her aging mother. Or so she thinks. Then she reconnects with an old flame, Charles Sawyer, Viscount Dirkson. They had A Thing a long time ago—36 years ago, to be exact—and that thing Failed Miserably and so they Parted Ways and Never Saw Each Other Again. (Charles, we’re all for hearing both sides of the story BUT WHAT DID YOU DO?!?!) Fate has now reunited them. Charles sees Matilda at a dinner party and he’s immediately all like “Yup, I’d still tap that.” Matilda feels the same way (Charles has evolved from Hot Guy to Silver Fox), but it’s going to take a while before she lowers her proverbial wall and lets Charles back into her heart. Charles, buddy, this is your time to shine and show Matilda what a wonderful man you are. And Matilda, please, please, please give him another chance! This is the seventh book in Balogh’s Westcott series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on November 5.)

    Spun Out, by Lorelai James
    Our gal Bailey Masterson learned many, many things in the Army, from shooting to dodging grenades. (Bailey, when the zombie apocalypse strikes, may we all please be on your team? Thanks!) Her skills are put to the test when she starts caring for five-year-old Olivia Hale. Little Olivia is adorable, but she’s also a tad misbehaved. Oh, and Olivia’s father, Streeter Hale, would make any woman want to misbehave in a different kind of way. Streeter, a cattle rancher, doesn’t have time to date. He’s too busy being rugged and handsome and working on his cattle game while being rugged and handsome. He’s also a very rugged and handsome man. Rugged. Handsome. Yup, that’s Streeter for you! Streeter is very appreciative of Bailey’s positive effect on his daughter. He’s also very appreciative of Bailey’s face and body. (Side note, Bailey: How DO we get your toned arms?) Here’s hoping that Streeter gets over his whole “I Don’t Date” attitude pronto and that he proceeds to woo the wonder woman that is Bailey! This is the tenth book in James’ Blacktop Cowboys series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 5.) 

    Don’t Breathe a Word, by Christie Craig
    Police detective Juan Acosta has it rough. He was working undercover when his pregnant wife was murdered, which means he needs A LOT of hugs. (Juan, we’ve all got you covered!) He is eager to get revenge, but meeting Vicki Holloway makes him hit the proverbial pause button on his plans. Vicki has her own shadowy past. Her sister was murdered by an abusive ex, leaving Vicki to care for her niece, skip town, and emerge somewhere new with new identities for both of them. (Vicki, you and your niece are welcome over any time! We have plenty of wine and the Disney channel!) Juan knows that something is different about Vicki, even if she won’t reveal anything to him. Juan, you be extra nice and patient with Vicki. And Vicki, please know that Juan is 100% trustworthy and will make for an excellent—not to mention exceptionally sexy—life partner! This is the second book in Craig’s Texas Justice series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 5.)

    Snowbound at Christmas, by Debbie Mason
    Cat O’Connor is a former cop who has just found a very different type of gig. She’s now the personal assistant to her identical twin sister, Chloe, a soap opera star. (Cat, we are going to need details about how this career change happened and we are going to need to hear these details over giant margaritas!) Then Chloe decides to go AWOL in order to make a career-changing audition and asks Cat to act in her place. Things are actually going quite well until leading man Grayson Alexander begins to smell something fishy. Funny enough, he’s not exactly who he says, either. One thing is for sure, though: Grayson would really like to get nekkid with Cat. And the feeling is mutual, because Grayson would look pounce-able in even the most hideous of ugly Christmas sweaters. Here’s hoping these two beautiful people come clean about who they are and proceed to engage in all kinds of winter-themed sexy escapades! This is the fifth book in Mason’s Christmas, Colorado series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 5.)

    What brand new romance novels are you looking forward to this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/10/31 Permalink
    Tags: a texas kind of christmas, angel in a devil's dress, , celia bonaduce, christmas with you, finding home again, , , kate bateman, , my favorite things, , rachael miles, , this earl of mine   

    Romance Roundup: Scullery Maids, Shipping Heiresses, and Vengeful Lords 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a reclusive artist who’s about to get a family for Christmas, an heiress who has a crafty plan to avoid marriage, and two reunited former sweethearts who have A LOT of catching up to do. 

    My Favorite Things, by Lynsay Sands
    Three reprinted Christmas short stories in one volume! In “All I Want,” Lady Prudence is desperate to make her waste-of-space of a father stop his chronic gambling. She tries to get him out of a gaming establishment but the proprietor, Lord Stockton, doesn’t let women into said gaming establishment. (Or into his heart, apparently!) Still, Prudence soon manages to make him feel all of the feelings. Can they resolve their differences and live a happy life that only involves seeing Prudence’s dad once a month? In “Three French Hens,” scullery maid Brinna gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she gets to switch places with a super duper rich lady who looks just like her. This means she gets courted by a bonafide gentleman, who is also quite handsome to boot. (Brinna, you go, girl!) In “The Fairy Godmother,” Odel’s fairy godmother tells her to get married by Christmas and gives her some fairy dust to help things move along. Odel doubts any of this will help—she took one of those anti-love vows—but then she meets Michel, who makes her rethink her thoughts. Oh, Odel, please realize that Michel is most definitely the man for you! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.)

    A Texas Kind of Christmas, by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, and Rachael Miles
    Three new stories in one volume! In Thomas’ “One Night at the St. Nicholas,” heiress Jacqueline Hartman is determined to avoid her evil stepmother’s plans to marry her off to the highest bidder. She escapes her crazy family and ends up spending an evening with the accused—and very hunky—bank robber Nathaniel Ward. (Give us all of the details, Jacqueline! Did you two sleep under the stars? Who kept who warm? Was there lots of snuggling involved?) In Bonaduce’s “Birdie’s Flight,” seamstress Birdie Flanagan gets a major surprise when she’s invited to a ball. She goes to said ball and meets Captain Douglas Newcastle, who can captain our bodies any day of the week! Will their connection last beyond the evening? In Miles’ “Spirit of Texas,” Eugenie Charpentier may be considered a spinster, but that doesn’t mean she’s immune to adventure. (That’s right, Eugenie! Show society just what a strong single lady you are!) She decides to find some adventure via former Texas Ranger Asher Graham, and she’s not totally unsuccessful, but they’ll each need to share their deepest, darkest secrets before they can find long-lasting bliss! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 29.)

    Christmas With You, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorites in one volume! In “Gabriel’s Angel,” reclusive and elusive artist Gabriel Bradley is quite content to be 100% on his own. That is, he doesn’t think he wants a nice woman in his life. (Really, Gabriel? Because some of us know how to make waffles, and those of us who don’t will totally learn the fastest route to the nearest breakfast haven!) Then he meets Laura Malone. She’s running away from some bad guys. Oh, she’s also extremely pregnant, so this is definitely NOT the time for her to be as stressed as she is. (Laura, we’ll all book you a nail appointment ASAP—both hands AND feet!) Gabriel offers her shelter and protection, and it doesn’t take long for him to realize he’d love a more permanent situation with our gal. In “Home for Christmas,” journalist Jason Law is back home and on a mission. He wants to woo back his old sweetheart, Faith Monroe. Trouble is, he did some not-so-nice things back in the day, like leave her. (Jason, buddy, we all know you’re a sexy, badass reporter who deserves all of the accolades, but now’s the time to do some serious groveling.) Will all of these beautiful people get the chance at love they deserve? (Available in paperback on October 29.) 

    This Earl of Mine, by Kate Bateman
    Georgiana Caversteed is a beautiful shipping heiress, which means TONS of blockheaded men are after her and her fortune. If that wasn’t enough trouble, she’s also trying to avoid marriage to a creepy cousin. She hatches a plan that involves marrying a criminal who’s about to be executed. The guy she ends up marrying is Benedict William Henry Wylde, the second son of an earl. (Fact: Many a woman has fantasized about doing things with Benedict of which no clergyman would approve!) He and Georgiana bump into each other in Newgate Prison, and she decides he’ll do quite nicely for her little scheme. The thing is, Benedict is actually working undercover. Georgiana gets the surprise of her life when she sees Benedict alive and well at a society gathering weeks later. (Georgiana, we’ll all happily hold your fan and hold your wine and drink your wine—sorry, continue to respectfully hold your wine—while you collect your thoughts and emotions!) Now they must decide just how the heck they’re going to navigate this next phase of their lives. This is the first book in Bateman’s Bow Street Bachelors series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Finding Home Again, by Brenda Jackson
    Bryce Witherspoon and Kaegan Chambray were The It Couple of Catalina Cove many years ago—until they weren’t. They had a horrible misunderstanding and Kaegan broke up with Bryce over it. (Kaegan, buddy, did you at least PRETEND to listen to what Bryce had to say?!) Now Kaegan is back in town after 10 years, and let’s just say that he and Bryce never really lost that loving feeling. (This is welcome news, as Kaegan has grown to be quite the irresistible hottie!) That said, Bryce ends up revealing a very dark secret, which immediately kicks Kaegan into Mr. Lovey Dovey mode and motivates him to win back his woman. Good for you, Kaegan! Life is too short to be without the person you love! Here’s hoping they forgive each other, forget the past and move forward to create a new life together! This is the third book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Angel in a Devil’s Arms, by Julie Anne Long
    Everyone thought that Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt drowned in the Thames River 10 years ago. Spoiler alert: He didn’t. (Lucien, had we all seen you drowning, we would have scandalously lifted our skirts above our knees and gone running into the water to save you!) Now that Lucien’s “back from the dead,” he really wants to claim his stolen birthright. He also wants to jump into the sack with Angelique Breedlove, with whom he has just crossed paths. Angelique isn’t having it, though, due to some serious heartbreak in her past. (Angelique, sister, please, please, PLEASE reconsider this misguided decision of yours!) Here’s hoping that Lucien reclaims his birthright, that Angelique realizes it’s okay to fall in love again, and that the two of them proceed to live a long life together that involves lots of, ahem, frolicking! This is the second book in Long’s Palace of Rogues series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.)

    What romances are you excited to read this month?

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/10/22 Permalink
    Tags: , christmas in silver springs, , , , , , ravenous steel, , , , the christmas dare, the duke's stolen bride, wyoming heart   

    Romance Roundup: Jilted Brides, Stolen Brides, and Wyoming Ranchers 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a jilted bride about to engage in some much-needed fun, a woman determined to save her family in a most unorthodox way, and a mouthwatering rancher who has a deliciously hands-on approach. 

    The Christmas Dare, by Lori Wilde
    It looks as if Kelsey James is about to have The Worst Christmas Ever thanks to her fiance pulling off The Ultimate Douchenozzle Move. Case in point: He dumped her right before their wedding when she was already wearing her white dress. Not ok. At all. Fortunately, our gal has a really good friend who convinces her to kick up her heels and have some much-needed F.U.N. (BRB, Kelsey! Sending this amazing friend of yours flowers!) Kelsey ends up bumping into Noah MacGregor, her old high school sweetheart, and let’s just say he most definitely has gotten sweeter with age! (Noah, your biceps. We must all see them. Thanks!) Here’s hoping that Kelsey gets over her ridiculous ex-fiance STAT, that she has the best Christmas of her life, and that she and Noah celebrate many, many holidays to come! This is the tenth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    The Duke’s Stolen Bride, by Sophie Jordan
    Marian Langley is eager to save her family from poverty, so she sets out to become the best mistress who ever mistressed. She’s a tad innocent, though, so she enlists the help of Nathaniel, the Duke of Warrington. He is by far the most, ahem, naughty man that society has to offer. He agrees to give Marian a helping hand (hehe) and teach her Seduction 101. (Now THIS is a syllabus we’d all like to see!) Trouble is, Nathaniel starts falling for Marian big time. She is, after all, a nice person with a big heart who just wants to prevent her family from starving. (Marian, you are a woman to be admired!) Nathaniel is finally forced to take action on his feelings—something he’s never truly done before, tsk tsk—when Marian gets blackmailed into engagement by a truly horrible man. This is not the time to dillydally. Will Nathaniel put a stop to this engagement and also realize that a better life is right around the corner and that it involves marriage to Marian? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.)

    Of Blood and Bone, by Nora Roberts
    The dystopian magical drama continues! The Doom sickness has killed billions of people around the world, and some of those who were not affected by it became endowed with magical powers. One of those is thirteen-year-old Fallon Swift. She lives on a farm with her loving mother and stepfather, and now she’s about to start training with Mallick. He’s centuries old and will teach her everything she needs to know to survive in this dangerous world. (And oh, it’s quite dangerous! There are gangs of so-called Raiders and Purity Warriors who try to hunt people like Fallon down, so yeah, she needs all the training she can get.) Fallon will have to work very hard for a long time in order to live up to being The One who will save humanity. Here’s hoping she’ll develop an even larger circle of family and friends to help her get through it! This is the second book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. (Available in paperback on October 29.)

    Christmas in Silver Springs, by Brenda Novak
    Harper Devlin married and up-and-coming rock star who has just decided to ditch her now that he’s becoming famous. (Dude, not cool. Not cool at all.) She decides to take their two daughters to her sister’s house in Silver Springs for Christmas. (Good for you, Harper! We all have it on GREAT authority that Silver Springs is a wonderful place filled with nice people!) She meets Tobias Richardson, a very nice man with a dark past. He spent 13 years in prison and still feels major guilt and doesn’t believe that he deserves to be happy. (Tobias, buddy, you absolutely deserve love and laughter in your life and we’re pretty darn sure Harper is the woman for you!) They end up spending a lot of time together, and Harper soon realizes that Tobias is a very special man, the kind of man who would, ya know, be there for his family and not abandon anyone and take his responsibilities seriously. (Harper, we’re sure the rock star has appeal, but it sounds like you have found yourself a REAL man this time around!) This is the sixth book in Novak’s Silver Springs series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Ravenous Steel, by Helen Hardt
    The drama between Marjorie Steel and Bryce Simpson—and all of the involved families—continues! Bryce did a not-so-nice thing to Marjorie recently (i.e. he dumped her), but after a bout of sadness, Marjorie is ready to bounce back. She even has plans to bounce into bed with a very hot personal trainer. Alas, the family drama is just too deep for everyone to keep their distance, and Marjorie and Bryce find themselves back where they belong: in each other’s beautiful faces. Bryce’s late father, it turns out, was even more corrupt that anyone thought, so it’ll be all hands on deck for a bit as everyone sorts through the proverbial muck. (This is totally fine because no woman would mind taking an all-hands approach to Bryce!) Bryce, please get over your hangups and realize that you are worthy of love and that Marjorie is the woman for you! And Marjorie, we’re sure that personal trainer has a sunny disposition BUT BRYCE! Go forth, Marjorie and Bryce, and make lots of babies! This is the eleventh book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers series. (Available in paperback on October 29.) 

    Wyoming Heart, by Diana Palmer
    Cort Grier may be a filthy rich rancher, but he still likes to use his bare, manly-man hands to make sure his ranch runs smoothly. (Cort, we all admire your…everything!) He doesn’t have time for dating, and he’s certainly not going to waste his time with city women who don’t understand the ranch life. Then he gets a new neighbor in the form of bestselling author Mina Michaels, who understandably starts to have little hearts float above her head once she lays her rancher-starved eyes on Cort. (We all get it, Mina! We all absolutely get it!) Cort is a tough nut to crack, but, if anything, our gal sees this as a welcome and exciting challenge, because Cort. Because biceps. Because hormones. Because fireplace. Because bearskin rug. And so on and so forth. Can Mina manage to convince Cort that she’s the real deal? Will Cort give this city woman a chance? How many babies and puppies can Cort’s ranch hold? This is the ninth book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: a cowboy under the mistletoe, , , finding christmas, , , meant to be yours, , , , season of love, , , virgin river   

    Romance Roundup: Christmas Enthusiasts, Mystery Writers, and Rising Actresses 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a Navy veteran who needs ranching lessons STAT, a wedding coordinator who falls for her fling, and an actress who is reunited with the guy who broke her heart a long, long time ago.

    Finding Christmas, by Karen Schaler
    Our gal Emmie loves all things Christmas. Her boyfriend, Grant, however, is quite boring and just doesn’t understand what all of the fuss is about. (Dude, really? Surely you can AT LEAST enjoy the delicious food!) In order to get her man into the Christmas mood, Emmie sets up a scavenger hunt that will end in a romantic weekend getaway for two. Trouble is, her scavenger hunt is followed by Sam, a mystery writer who thought the clues were left for him by his agent. Emmie is not too thrilled when Sam ends up being the one to show up at the finish line, but then she and Sam end up enjoying all kinds of shenanigans together. (Nekkid?) When Grant finally shows his surly face, and he’s STILL not thrilled with ANYTHING (Dude, come ON!), Emmie has to wonder whether she’s wasting her time with him. (Sorry, Emmie, but…yup.) Will Emmie and Sam realize they are quite gosh darn perfect for each other? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 15.)

    A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe, by Jessica Clare
    Our gal Sage Cooper has been single in her small town for…ever. What’s more is that her dad recently passed away and so life on her family’s beloved ranch is quite lonely. Then Navy veteran Jason Clements shows up at her door, looking so fine and needing a crash course in how to be a cowboy. He just got a job at a local ranch, but there’s quite a scarcity of horses on Navy ships, so he needs to learn the ranch life FAST without letting his PTSD get in the way. (Jason, some of us don’t know our cows from our horses—actually, that’s not true, cows are harder to ride, per the Google—but we’d still be more than happy to make ourselves useful in any way we can!) As for Sage, she soon understandably becomes quite taken with the tall, refreshing drink of water that is this Navy hero. Sage, you go and get your man while still remaining your wonderful self! And Jason, please realize that Sage is a keeper who will make you a nice home—and that the two of you would make a great team! This is the third book in Clare’s Wyoming Cowboy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 15.)

    Meant To Be Yours, by Susan Mallery
    Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen doesn’t think the whole marriage thing is for her. That said, she is VERY good at her job. (Renee, to each her own, but please realize that even if a personal wedding isn’t your style, you are, without a doubt, totally and 100% worthy of love!) Then she meets thriller writer Jasper Dembenski, and it looks like he just might be the one to change her mind. They engage in the most delicious of flings, and it doesn’t take either of them long to 1) realize they like each other a lot, 2) want to massage each other while nekkid. Oh, and Jasper also finds Renee to be a very inspiring inspiration for his writing. Here’s hoping these two flingers realize they are perfect for each other and that they live a very happy life together that involves best-selling novels and lots of romantic, sunset kisses! This is the fifth book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    Twice in a Blue Moon, by Christina Lauren
    Our gal Tate Jones fell crazy in love with Sam Brandis during a two-week vacation when they were young. It was so intense, in fact, that Tate even revealed her paternity to him: She’s the long-lost daughter of a very famous actor. This prompted Sam to do something very, very naughty. Fast forward several years and Tate is an actress who just landed her first big break. The screenwriter is none other than Sam. (Sam, you may have evolved from Cute Snotrag to Holy Tamale He’s Sexy Snotrag, but you are still a snotrag with a capital “S” and you better have evolved, personality-wise, since you last saw Tate!) Has Sam developed a moral code over the past few years and morphed into an all-around good guy? Is he willing to explore the genuine feelings he will now develop for the very awesome Tate? Will the very awesome and hardworking Tate start to get the kinds of roles for which she’s worked so hard? And, finally, will Sam make sure that Tate doesn’t overwork herself and pleasure her with every trick up his sleeve? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    Season of Love, by Debbie Macomber
    Two reprinted fan favorites in one volume! In “Thanksgiving Prayer,” Seattle resident Claudia Masters meets Alaskan visitor Seth Lessinger and instantly has all of the feelings. (This is totally understandable. Seth has a giant heart and fills out his flannels quite nicely!) As for Seth, he wants to convince Claudia to marry him and move to Alaska, but that’s not always the easiest thing to do. (Seth, buddy, you already have all of the rippling muscles and, ahem, equipment you need! And Claudia, we’ll all come visit you in The Last Frontier state!) In “The Gift of Christmas,” Jo Marie and Andrew meet during a Mardi Gras parade, and she is instantly the smitten kitten. She later finds out, though, that he’s engaged. To another woman. Who is NOT Jo Marie. In fact, this other woman is WAY different from our gal. It doesn’t even seem like this lady and Andrew even really, truly, like each other. (Andrew, buddy, please think twice—maybe three times—before you marry this other woman, because true love is important and you do NOT want to settle down with the wrong woman!) (Available in paperback on October 22.)

    Virgin River, by Robyn Carr
    Widow Melinda Monroe is desperately in need of a change of scenery, so she replies with a resounding “Yes!” to a nursing job ad. Said nursing job is in the remote California town of Virgin River, and it involves beautiful scenery complete with redwood trees and a rent-free cabin. (Melinda, we are all SO going to visit you! Your cabin has plumbing, right?) She soon starts to regret her decision, though, because the town is a tad more rural and isolated than she expected. That said, there IS former Marine Jack Sheridan, who could easily melt away the worst of snowstorms. (Jack, drop and give us twenty—push-ups! Twenty push-ups!) Still, Melinda is ready to pack her bags and forget this move ever happened. Then she finds an abandoned baby and her plans completely change, because she is a nice person who would NEVER pass by a helpless baby. Two lonely and attractive people, plus a cute baby, plus a gorgeous setting? Melinda and Jack, it seems like the two of you have everything you need for a beautiful life together! This reprint is the first book in Carr’s Virgin River series, which is being adapted for Netflix. (Available in paperback on October 22.)

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