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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/09/17 Permalink
    Tags: a gingerbread romance, , debra webb, immortal born, lacey baker, , , , , strangers she knows, , the lies we tell, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Innovative Architects, Single Parents, and Vampire Babies 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an architect who enters a gingerbread house-building contest, a woman whose remote life is about to get extra dangerous, and a very hot man who falls for a very special lady who has a vampire baby. 

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    This reprint features our gal Delaney Holbrook, who is no wilting violet! Rather than mope around when things got rough, she rolled up her literal and proverbial sleeves and worked hard to improve her life. (Delaney, when is your self-help book coming out? Thanks!) Oh, she also vowed to stay away from besuited men, but Malcolm Carlesso, the CEO of a family company, is going to make Delaney’s vow a tad difficult. (He looks mighty fine wearing a suit. He also looks mighty fine wearing nothing but a smile.) Delaney becomes good friends with Malcolm’s estranged sister, Callie Smith. Callie has been living a lonely life. Then she finds out that Malcolm is her brother. Trouble is, Malcolm has some deep-seated family issues and thinks he wants nothing to do with Callie. Here’s hoping that issues get resolved sooner rather than later, that Callie gets the family and love she deserves, that Delaney helps Malcolm out of his suit, and that future holidays are filled with lots of love and family! (Available in paperback on September 17.) 

    A Gingerbread Romance, by Lacey Baker
    Taylor is a gifted architect, and if she wants to earn her next promotion, she’ll need to win a contest that involves building life-size gingerbread houses. (Taylor, we have MANY questions, but in the interest of time we’ll just say “Good luck!”) When Taylor’s gingerbread-house building partner flakes out on her (the nerve!), she teams up with baker and single dad Adam, who could really use a big break of his own. He may have the most delicious buns in town, but his bakery is just not getting the recognition it deserves. (Oh, Adam, we would all love to stop by and take a bite out of your sample tray!) Taylor and Adam end up spending a lot of time together, along with his daughter, Brooke, and they soon realize they’d like to, ahem, bake gingerbread houses together for the rest of their lives. Can Taylor and Adam manage to wow the world with their gingerbread-related abilities? Does Adam know how to make chocolate-covered strawberries that Taylor can eat straight off of his abs? And will Taylor realize that the life she’s always wanted is right under her nose? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    Strangers She Knows, by Christina Dodd
    Kellen Adams lives on a remote California island that doesn’t have much connection to the outside world. This is not an accident—a murderer is out to get Kellen and her family. (Kellen, that’s a great reason to live off of the grid. That said, we’ll all share our Netflix passwords with you ASAP!) She won’t be able to hide for too long, though. For one, her daughter is also in danger. Kellen also recently had a bullet removed from her brain. She’ll need to act quickly and smartly if she’s going to come out of this ordeal without further pain and save her kid. Here’s hoping that Kellen manages to dodge the bad guys and then proceed to live a peaceful life in which she can roam freely throughout the world and do normal things like jog in the park, find romance with a super duper hunky guy who gives her all of the neck rubs, and have lots of fun with her daughter and feel totally safe with her every day! This is the third book in Dodd’s Cape Charade series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    The Lies We Tell, by Debra Webb
    A serial killer is out to get our gal Dr. Rowan Dupont, but rather than shrink away, she’s feeling very “Bring it ON!” and is totally ready to meet him face-to-face and take him down. (That’s right, Rowan! You get that psycho! We will all cheer you on from a safe distance!) The thing is, Rowan’s mom supposedly committed suicide many years ago, and this serial killer might be able to provide some insight, hence Rowan’s need to get close to him. Fortunately, she’s not alone. Her childhood friend and Police Chief Billie Brannigan is eager to help her and make sure she stays safe. They’ll need to work together for long hours and share some deep, intimate secrets if they’re going to make this work. (That’s not such a bad thing. Billie, after all, has a face and body that would make any woman want to linger the way she’d linger over a hot a fudge sundae.) Rowan and Billie, you solve this mystery pronto. When the craziness is all over, pack your bathing suits and head somewhere tropical STAT! This book is part of Webb’s Undertaker’s Daughter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    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 reprint is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of The One series. (Available in paperback on September 24.) 

    Immortal Born, by Lynsay Sands
    Allie Chambers is the ultimate friend, as she agreed to take care of her late friend’s baby vampire boy. Little Liam is adorable, but he needs blood in order to survive, which isn’t the easiest thing to come by. (Note to self: Stop complaining about late-night formula runs!) Desperate, Allie decides to rob a blood bank. This is how she meets Magnus, who causes many a woman to do a doubletake and reapply her lipstick. It doesn’t take Magnus long to realize he’d like to be Allie’s mate for life and the father to her new little boy. (Magnus, you are a rare and radiant creature: a studly man with a heart of gold AND a backside of steel!) It’s a good thing that Magnus wants to stick around, as some terrible immortals are causing a ruckus. Magnus will need to be on extra high alert if he’s going to keep Allie and Liam safe and convince Allie that he’s the man for her. This is the latest book in Sands’ extensive Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 24.) 

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/09/13 Permalink
    Tags: a royal christmas wish, frost and flame, met her match, , , the deception, the stalking, the transformation of philip jettan   

    Romance Roundup: Handsome Princes, Friendly Friends, and Immortal Warriors 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who finds herself married to a prince, a small-town lady who falls for the local newbie, and a possessed, immortal warrior who just might have found his mate for life. 

    The Deception, by Kat Martin
    Talk about a horrible day. Kate Gallagher spent the last two years searching for her missing teenage sister, and she just got a phone call to identify said missing teenage sister’s body at the morgue. (Kate, please get ready for some seriously loooooong hugs!) Kate is determined to find out who her sister’s killer is, so she solicits the services of Maximum Security employee Jason Maddox. Jason is rightfully horrified by what happened to Kate’s sister and so he agrees to help her. He soon feels a deep need to protect Kate, which is great, because their journey will involve tracking down a deadly bounty hunter and a human trafficking ring. Kate and Jason, it sounds like the two of you have quite a bit to do, so get to doing it—and then each other! This is the second book in Martin’s Maximum Security series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

    A Royal Christmas Wish, by Lizzie Shane
    Jenny has just met a very cute guy at the park named Dom, who, it turns out, is none other than the prince of San Noelle. (Meeting a prince? Now THAT’S a reason to get some exercise! #motivation.) Our gal suffers from a severe lack of self-esteem, though, which makes her highly doubt that this princely encounter will ever take a turn onto the Romantic Highway. (Girl, you need a better GPS!) Then Jenny meets a mysterious countess and—POOF! She wakes up and finds herself married to her newly-found prince. Pretty soon, she finds herself swept up in every aspect of royal life—and falling pretty madly, truly, deeply in love with her new husband. There is a catch, though: It will all be over at the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve. Is there a chance for their romance? Will Dom approach Jenny at some point while wearing nothing but a Santa hat? And can Jenny show Dom’s crown jewels the love and appreciation they deserve? (Available in paperback and NOOK.) 

    The Transformation of Philip Jettan, by Georgette Heyer
    Philip Jettan has always had the hots for his cute neighbor, Cleone Charteris, and yes, they are best friends, but Cleone just doesn’t think that Philip has what it takes to set her heart and panties on fire. (Cleone, we have a feeling that underneath that boring country outfit of his is the chiseled body of a virile, passionate man!) One issue is that they have completely different hobbies. He’s a country guy who doesn’t care for fashion or culture or anything like that, while she’s all about it. Philip decides to go to Paris to become fancy and learn how to impress Cleone. Thanks to his new bestie, the Marquis de Château-Banvau, Philip learns all kinds of popular activities, such as dueling, poetry writing, and fashion. When he returns home, Cleone isn’t all too thrilled with his changed appearance. Philip, buddy, sounds like you need to put all of your newly-found skills to some serious use and get to courting! This reprint was previously published under the title “Powder and Patch” and is part of the Modern Library’s so-called Torchbearers series, which features writings by lady authors of different eras. (Available in paperback and NOOK.) 

    The Stalking, by Heather Graham
    Police officer Cheyenne Donegal is in the process of hunting down a suspected killer when said suspected killer turns up dead. It’s ruled a suicide, but our gal is not convinced. This is partly because her cousin was murdered in high school by a killer known as The Mortician, and she believes the two deaths might be linked. (Cheyenne, you are a super sleuth and we all admire your bravery and tenacity!) She teams up with detective and FBI consultant Andre Rousseau. Andre and Cheyenne knew each other back in the day in high school, and they have each since then blossomed into two attractive and very capable adults who have found success in their respective fields. Together, they’ll need to dig quite deep in order to solve this mystery, as well as find a local girl who has just gone missing. Cheyenne and Andre, once you’ve completed your mission, please make sure you book yourselves a relaxing couples massage! This is the latest book in Graham’s extensive Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    Met Her Match, by Jude Devereaux
    Terri Rayburn has an undeservedly bad reputation in her hometown, but, like the tough lady she is, she decides to ignore it and just keep living her life and be her awesome self and help run the local lake resort. (That’s right, Terri! You do you and don’t let ANYONE get you down! And maybe take as many little vacations and getaways as you can!) One day, she gets home from a trip and finds Nate Taggert on the premises. (Oh, that we could all come home from Whole Foods or Walgreens or CVS or our local coffee shop and find a guy like Nate Taggert just inside the front door wearing nothing but a smile!) Nate, it turns out, is engaged to the local mayor’s daughter, who is currently out of town. Nate and Terri soon get to know each other and become buddies, and he realizes that A) His fiancee is completely wrong for him B) Terri is an awesome lady who deserves a break in life and C) He would love nothing more than to make Terri’s dreams come true. Here’s hoping that Nate and Terri get out of dodge and travel the world together! (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    Frost and Flame, by Gena Showalter
    Bane of Adwaeweth may be a feared immortal warrior who is possessed by a ferocious beast, but underneath all of that incredible toughness is a heart that goes very, very soft when he meets Nola Lee. (Bane, buddy, that’s what we mortals like to call “feelings.”) Nola is having a bit of a hard time right now. She’s battling addiction and illness, for one, and this has messed with her self-esteem and has her feeling quite vulnerable. (Nola, we are all 100% confident that you are a strong woman who is capable of WAY more than you think!) Then Nola meets Bane, and things start to look up for the first time in a long time. (Let’s just say that he pretty much can literally make her socks roll up and down, he’s that sexy!) They’ll need to battle some fierce enemies, though, before they have a shot at a peaceful life together. Here’s hoping that opportunity comes sooner rather than later! This is the second book in Showalter’s Gods of War series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/09/03 Permalink
    Tags: , , , dark illusion, evie dunmore, jen deluca, , , my kind of wonderful, , , , the shop on main street, well met   

    Romance Roundup: Trailblazing Suffragettes, Small Town Affairs, and Renaissance Faire Romances 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who gets an interesting new gig at the local Renaissance Faire, a cancer survivor who is ready to have some fun, and a wife who wants revenge against her philandering husband. 

    Dark Illusion, by Christine Feehan
    Our gal Julija Brennan has finally escaped her mega-controlling family, and instead of simply running off into the sunrise to enjoy her freedom, she’s using her time to warn the Carpathian people about imminent danger. (Julija, when your mission is over, we are all SO taking you out for some well-deserved F.U.N.!) Trouble is, people are having a hard time believing her, so now she’s on the run for her life. She ends up meeting Isai Florea, who up until recently has been living in a Carpathian monastery. (Fortunately, monastery life has not had any adverse effects on his delicious body or his ability to inspire passion in others!) It pretty much just takes one look at Julija to make Isai realize that they should mate for life. Julija is pretty determined to retain her independence, though. Can Julija find a balance between true love and personal freedom? Will the Carpathian people finally listen to Julija and prepare for the upcoming danger? And will Isai stick by Julija’s side throughout this whole ordeal and give her all of the hugs and foot rubs she deserves? This is the latest book in Feehan’s extensive Carpathian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on September 3.) 

    Well Met, by Jen DeLuca
    Emily’s sister just had a really bad accident, so Emily does the Nice Sister Thing and spends her summer taking care of her and also hanging out with her teenage niece. Emily also gets conscripted into volunteering with the local Renaissance Faire, where she meets Simon, the volunteer coordinator. Simon takes the whole production VERY seriously. The faire is, to be fair, his family’s legacy, but still. He refuses to hear Emily’s ideas for improving it. Plus, he doesn’t care for her Shakespearean theories or her happy-go-lucky attitude. (Emily, we would all LOVE to hear your improvement ideas, we have Shakespeare theories of our own, and we could all learn a thing or two from your positive attitude!) Simon, though, soon realizes there’s more to Emily than he thought, and it has nothing to do with Emily’s wench costume. (Okay fine, it might have a little bit to do with Emily’s wench costume. Emily, we’re all positive you look sexy AND classy! Work it, girl!) Simon, buddy, instead of giving our gal such a hard time, admit that you like her and ask her out on a date. And Emily, stay true to yourself. And both of you save those costumes for later! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 3.) 

    My Kind of Wonderful, by Jill Shalvis
    Bailey Moore has finally kicked cancer’s disgustingly hairy booty, and now she’s ready to move on with her life and have some worldly adventures. (Bailey, let’s all rendezvous in the city of your choice!) The first stop on her journey is the Cedar Ridge Resort in Colorado. She’s barely got her skis on, though, when she realizes that taking these bold, fresh steps is not going to be easy. Bailey’s mom is a tad suffocating, for one, and her ex-fiancé doesn’t seem to understand that whole You’ve Been Great But Now It’s Time To Go Our Separate Ways thing. (Bailey’s mom, please let go! And Bailey’s ex-fiance, please let go!) Things look up, though, when Bailey meets Hud Kincaid, the head of ski patrol, who can show us his first aid kit any day of the week. Hud is a very sweet guy who comes from a huge, loving family. He’s also got a hugely loving….way about him. Will this be enough, though, when Bailey’s past comes back to haunt her? This reprint is the second book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on September 3.)

    Bringing Down the Duke, by Evie Dunmore
    It’s 1879, and Annabelle Archer has just earned a scholarship to be among the first women to study at the University of Oxford, and in return, she has to support the women’s suffrage movement. (Annabelle, we’re all going to need a minute to bask in the awesomeness of this moment. Okay…few more seconds. And a few more. Okay, we’ll need five minutes. Okay…we’re almost there. Wow.) Anyhoo, as part of her mission, Annabelle needs to recruit an influential man to the suffragist movement, and she chooses Sebastian Deveraux, the Duke of Montgomery. Sebastian has his own proverbial fish to fry. He’s a political star and he needs a woman who is going to elevate his standing. Annabelle is the broke daughter of a country vicar, so she doesn’t exactly fit this mold. Oh, Sebastian, please get your snooty nose out of the air, look down, and realize that Annabelle is—by far—the woman you want to have by your side for life! This is the first book in Dunmore’s League of Extraordinary Women series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 3.)

    The Shop on Main Street, by Carolyn Brown
    Carlene Lovelle’s life has just taken a very unwelcome turn: She found a pair of red panties in her husband’s suitcase. Not only that, but as the owner of Bless My Bloomers, a lingerie shop, she also knows who bought said red panties. Yep, Carlene is seeing red, alright. (Carlene, girlfriend, sounds like you need some red…wine! Which we are all totally providing!) Carlene decides to enter the local chili cook-off, one that her husband has won in the past, in the hopes that she’ll win the contest and leave the dirty, rotten scoundrel crying buckets of tears. (Carlene, we all absolutely believe you can make this happen, and we will be waiting with our cell phone cameras at the ready to capture his unmanly sobs!) A story that features a feisty woman who’s not going to just sit around and let her philandering husband have all of the fun and who has friends to cheer her on and even act as accomplices? Yes, please! This reprint, which was previously published as The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off and A Heap of Texas Trouble, is the second book in Brown’s Cadillac series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 3.) 

    Revenge, by Meredith Wild
    The love story between Tristan and Isabel continues! Isabel is quite sure of her feelings for Tristan. Trouble is, Tristan seems quite intent on a bit of bad behavior that involves Isabel’s ex. (Tristan, buddy, this is NOT the time to be insecure! Isabel loves you and wants nothing more than to rub some kind of sexy oil all over your body and then just go to town and…ahem. We’ll leave that to her!) Isabel and Tristan will need to work together, as there are some evil people with evil plans afoot. This will involve working with a bad guy named Kolt and his very…difficult family. Yes, difficult. We’ll go with difficult. (Tristan and Isabel, you two lovebirds might want to pack some sturdy clothing to go with that sexy oil!) Here’s hoping that our heroine and hero manage to defeat the bad guy, save the innocent people who depend on them, and then book an all-inclusive resort vacation that involves staying in a private villa with its own beach! This book is part of Wild’s Red Ledger series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on September 3.)

    What new romances are you excited to read this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2019/08/29 Permalink
    Tags: , hot and badgered, hot shot, how to cross a marquess, i've got you babe, , lynette austin, , , , , , the aussie next door, the macgregor brides   

    Romance Roundup: Australian Adventures, Feuding Neighbors, and Warm-hearted Marines 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two shifters who have an exceptionally sexy meet cute, an American woman in Australia who has a hot Aussie neighbor, and a former Marine whose lonely world is about to become not-so-lonely. 

    Hot and Badgered, by Shelly Laurenston
    Grizzly shifter Berg Dunn was just hanging out in his hotel room and minding his own business (all while lounging in bed shirtless and looking so fine, we presume) when Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan landed face-first (and nekkid) on his balcony. (Ouchies, Charlie! Hang tight while we run and get you some pain medication and a fluffy bathrobe!) Charlie clearly has some issues going on, and yet the first thing she does upon seeing Berg is ask him to give her his best gun. (#priorities) The thing is, our gal is on a mission to save her sisters because, frankly, their wastrel father certainly isn’t going to lift a finger to help. Fortunately, Berg is very much willing to help Charlie, and he will actually be quite useful. He’s in the protection specialist field, which means he’s more than equipped (hehe) to give Charlie a helping hand. Here’s hoping that Charlie and Berg rescue Charlie’s sisters ASAP—and that afterwards they go straight back to that hotel room where they first met and make excellent use of it! This is the first book in Laurenston’s Honey Badger Chronicles. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 27.)

    The Aussie Next Door, by Stefanie London
    Angie Donovan had barely stepped off of the plane in Australia when she thought “Yep, I’m doing whatever it takes to stay here!” She lived in many foster homes growing up and now she’s finally found a place where she feels she belongs. Now she has two months to find herself a nice Australian man who will marry her and make her visa issues disappear. She starts to date a myriad of dudes, but none of them seem as nice as her sexy neighbor, Jace Walters. (Angie, it sounds like you need to put on your cutest outfit and go ask Jace for a cup of sugar! And whether you want an actual cup of sugar or whether sugar is a euphemism for something else, we say go for it!) Jace grew up in a huge family with zero privacy, and now he’s relishing living alone. These two people may come from very different backgrounds, but it soon becomes clear that they can complement each other in all kinds of fun ways. Here’s hoping they realize they are perfect for each other, that Jace pops the question pronto, and that their honeymoon involves local, eco-friendly activities. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 27.) 

    The MacGregor Brides, by Nora Roberts
    Family patriarch Daniel MacGregor is 90-years-old—and still kicking in the matchmaking department. He’s already helped his children find the loves of their lives, and now he’s focused on helping his beloved granddaughters find husbands. The thing is, Laura, Gwendolyn, and Julia are all happily engaged—in their careers. (That’s right, ladies! You truck on and pursue your passions and NEVER give them up for ANYONE! That said, please listen to your grandfather!) Fortunately, Grandpa MacGregor has found each lady an exceptional guy. For Laura, there is Royce, a security pro and manly man with broad shoulders and an easy smile. (Laura, you go, girl!) Gwendolyn gets Branson, a mystery writer who needs her medical expertise and ends up wanting her heart. (Branson, when can we get our free and autographed copies of your book? Thanks!) Then there’s Julia, who flips houses and butts heads with Cullum, construction pro and enemy. (Oh, come on, Julia! Admit that you want to help Cullum out of his toolbelt every night!) Yes, we suspect that wedding bells will be ringing quite soon for each of these very special couples! This reprint is part of Roberts’ MacGregors series. (Available in paperback on August 27.)

    How To Cross a Marquess, by Jane Ashford
    Neighbors Fenella Fairclough and the Marquess of Chatton (aka Roger) have a long history. Once upon a time, their parents tried to make them get married and they were like “Nope, leave us alone we hate each other step away now and die, enemies, die!” They each went their separate ways. Roger went on to marry someone else and Fenella went to live with her grandmother, who helped her overcome her shyness. Fast forward a few years later and Roger and Fenella are back in the neighborhood. Roger is a widower and Fenella is not the timid girl she used to be. (Oh, and Roger still has a beautiful body. Better, even.) Fenella and Roger, it sounds like the two of you need to let bygones be bygones and spend some real quality time together. Preferably, this will involve walking to an isolated meadow far away from prying eyes and getting nekkid. Will these two childhood enemies realize that their adult versions are so much better and deserve a second chance? And will they finally tear down the proverbial fence—and then proceed to tear off each other’s clothes? This is the third book in Ashford’s Way to a Lord’s Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 27.)

    I’ve Got You, Babe, by Lynnette Austin
    All former Marine Tucker Wylder wants to do is tinker away in his family’s vintage car restoration business in the hopes that it will distract him from a very painful past. Indeed, he is determined to avoid trouble and drama and just life in general at all costs. (Tucker, buddy, sounds like you need—and deserve—a long, relaxing fishing trip!) Then single mom Elisa Danvers and her three-year-old daughter, Daisy, arrive in Misty Bottoms, Georgia, which immediately puts Tucker on Protective And Loving alert. This is good, because Elisa desperately needs a helping hand. She’s a bit independent, though, so it might take a bit of convincing to make her accept help. (Tucker. Your shirt. Lose it.) Tucker offers to take Elisa and her daughter in until Elisa gets back on her feet, because no amount of pain or inner demons can make him forget that he is a perfect gentleman who would NEVER leave a lady in distress. (Tucker, you are THE BEST!) It doesn’t take Tucker long to realize that he and Elisa and Daisy are the perfect match and that they would all make a beautiful family! This is the second book in Austin’s Must Love Babies series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 27.) 

    Hot Shot, by Fern Michaels
    Lawyer Lizzie Fox is a member of The Sisterhood, a group of women intent on getting justice for all. (Sounds idyllic! How do we all join the club and contribute to the cause?) Lizzie’s husband, Cosmo Crickett, has just been shot, and the group has no idea who did it or why. That said, Cosmo does have some pretty powerful enemies, so the group bands together to comfort Lizzie and help her solve the mystery. (Seriously, how do we join this group?!) It turns out that Cosmo’s troubles may stem from Happy Village, a community he built for seniors who have lost spouses that has a not-so-happy history. (Think old rival gangs that are still fighting.) Lizzie and company will need to work very hard—and stay on their toes—if they’re going to defeat these horrible troublemakers. Good luck, all! When it’s over, please, please, please let us into your beautiful circle! This is the fifth book in Michaels’ The Men of the Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback on August 27.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/08/13 Permalink
    Tags: , , michelle hazen, , , on the corner of love and hate, , , , , the pagan stone, the wallflower wager, unbreak me, what doesn't kill her   

    Romance Roundup: Animal Lovers, Wily Widows, and Cute Politicians 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a traumatized woman who’s about to get lots of tender loving (and delicious meals), a widow with a plan who ends up falling in love unexpectedly, and two old friends who are about to see each other in a very different light. 

    The Wallflower Wager, by Tessa Dare
    Gabriel Duke worked hard (like, really hard) to escape the slums and become a filthy rich man. He’s now on a quest to get even with his enemies. He does NOT have the time or patience for his neighbor, Lady Penelope Campion, and her bajillion animals. See, Penelope would rather take care of wounded animals—everything from otters to parrots—than do the whole society thing. (Penelope, we are all SO coming over and helping you out with these cute, cuddly creatures, including the hedgehog!) Penelope and Gabriel strike a deal: She’ll get rid of the animals if Gabriel helps her find good homes for them. (Gabriel, buddy, do you REALLY want to be That Guy who doesn’t like animals?!) Oh, and Penelope soon realizes she’d like to take Gabriel’s little black heart and nurture it back to life. Sounds like these two neighbors should merge their properties and devote the rest of their lives to being friends to the animals (#friendstotheanimals)—and making each other super duper happy! This is the third book in Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series. (Available in paperback on August 13.) 

    Unbreak Me, by Michelle Hazen
    Horse trainer Andra Lawler was assaulted in college, and let’s just say her recovery has been very, very difficult. (Andra, with your permission, we are all going to give you TONS of hugs!) She has chosen to live in isolation on her family’s horse farm. (Hint: She eats A LOT of lonely, frozen dinners.) Then she hires LJ Delisle, a sexy, Haitian-Creole cowboy man with a knack for cooking supremely delicious meals, to help her on the farm. LJ promptly rolls his sleeves up his very muscular arms and starts to make her meals. (The first thing he makes for Andra is a lemon velvet cake, so he’s guaranteed a spot on our Nice List for life!) It doesn’t take either of them long to realize that they’ve each met an exceptionally wonderful person. Things are a bit shaky, though, because people in Andra’s small Montana town don’t trust LJ. (They are shallow and horrible and need to realize that LJ is THE BEST!) Here’s hoping that Andra feels better soon, that LJ ignores the haters, and that they have a big, beautiful wedding complete with all kinds of delicious food! (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 13.) 

    The Duchess in His Bed, by Lorraine Heath
    Aiden Trewlove owns a club that caters to women’s naughtier fantasies, which pretty much makes him our Best Friend Ever. (Aiden, every beer moving forward is on us!) He has zero desire to fall in love or even so much as fool around with a client (#naughtybutprofessional), but he does get quite the run for his money when Selena Sheffield, the Duchess of Lushing, shows up at his club. She’s a recent widow with some major plans to secure her future, and those plans might involve using Aiden’s chiseled face and body. The thing is, Aiden has quite the big, warm heart to go with said chiseled face and body. (It should also be noted that Selena’s late husband didn’t exactly put her in the throes of passion. Like, ever.) Selena wants to throw her plans out the door, but life just isn’t going to be that easy. Selena, we’re very excited to hear about your plans, and we’re confident you’ll find a way to build yourself a beautiful life AND get the man of your dreams! This is the fourth book in Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 20.) 

    The Pagan Stone, by Nora Roberts
    Longtime friends Gage, Fox, and Caleb have come a long way since they started fighting a demon in their town of Hawkins Hollow. Now the battle is almost over, but as they embark on the last step of this terrifying journey, Gage needs to sort out his feelings for his crush, Cybil, pronto. (Fox and Caleb have already found their mates for life, so Gage needs to seriously step up his game if he wants to get in on the next holiday card exchange!) Gage is confident he and his friends can defeat the demon called Lazarus Twisse. He just really needs to also focus on the very strong and smart and beautiful Cybil. (Buddy, sounds like you need to bring her breakfast in bed wearing nothing but…you know what? Just wear nothing!) Can Gage and Cybil work together to defeat this demon? Will the three couples bring peace to Hawkins Hollow? Does Gage have a killer recipe for waffles that involves using real butter and is somehow still relatively low in calories? This reprint is the third book in Roberts’ Sign of Seven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 20.) 

    What Doesn’t Kill Her, by Christina Dodd
    Our gal Kellen Adams suffered a bullet to her brain, which caused a yearlong memory gap. This had her feeling not so great for a while, but as she’s learned more and more about what happened to her, she’s gained a whole lotta much-needed confidence. (That’s right, Kellen! We don’t know what happened either, but we’re positive you are nothing less than a strong, focused woman with enviable biceps!) Now she’s on a mission, and she doesn’t have a whole lot to guide her. This would bother an average person, to say the least, but Kellen is getting a better idea of all of the awesome things she’s capable of. No doubt she’ll manage to defeat her enemies and save the day—and keep her daughter safe—while looking fabulous at the same time. Here’s hoping that when the drama is all over, she’ll get the pampering spa day she deserves! This is the second book in Dodd’s Cape Charade series. (Available in paperback on August 20.) 

    On the Corner of Love and Hate, by Nina Bocci
    Emmanuelle Peroni’s father is the mayor of his town, and he wants her to help his protege, Cooper Endicott, win the local election. More specifically, Emmanuelle needs to help Cooper improve his image, because, well, while Cooper is a rising political star he is also a longtime flirt who has loved the ladies just a little too much over the years. (Oh, Cooper, we’d all be more than happy to give you, ahem, a guiding hand or two. Preferably two.) Emmanuelle is constantly putting out public relations fires because Cooper’s love life keeps coming up. (Yes, something has indeed come up many, many times for Cooper.) As much as this new gig annoys Emmanuelle, she finds herself falling for Cooper big time. This is totally understandable, because Cooper is quite the cutie and he and Emmanuelle used to be very good friends. Oh, Cooper, please realize that Emmanuelle is the woman you want to have by your side forever—both in politics and in life! This is the first book in Bocci’s Hopeless Romantics series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 20.)

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