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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/10/09 Permalink
    Tags: alaskan holiday, annabeth albert, arctic heat, , diana biller, , janice lynn, misadventures at city hall, , , sarah smith, the widow of rose house,   

    Romance Roundup: Alaskan Rangers, Quarreling Coworkers, and Gilded Age Widows 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a wounded warrior who ends up falling for a very special lady, a cancer survivor who’s about to meet a very hunky man in the Alaskan wilderness, and a chef who just might have a major change of plans. 

    Wrapped Up in Christmas, by Janice Lynn
    Our gal Sarah Smith is really into that whole volunteer-slash-be-a-good-person thing, and one of the projects she’s just completed is making a quilt for a wounded warrior. Veteran Bodie Lewis ended up being the lucky recipient, and let’s just say he really needs a bit of extra loving. (Bodie, we all volunteer as tribute!) The Army Ranger survived a horrible tragedy that killed many of his brothers in arms. He decides to find the quilt maker and thank this person for adding some sweetness to his life. He is delightfully surprised when it turns out to be Sarah, who is a lovely lady inside and out. (Bodie, if you don’t treat Sarah right, we are all going to stand in front of your house and cross our arms and sneer at you in disapproval!) When Bodie finds her, she’s working on building her bed and breakfast and thinks he’s a handyman. Bodie decides to play along and get to hammering. (Hehe!) Here’s hoping he comes clean soon—ideally while wearing nothing but the quilt Sarah made—and that Sarah is very understanding about everything! (Available in paperback and available on audiobook.)

    Arctic Heat, by Annabeth Albert
    Investment banker and city man Owen Han has just beaten cancer, and now he’s determined to live the life he really wants. He goes to Alaska to pursue his dream of a more rugged existence, a rugged existence that involves volunteering with park rangers. (Owen, only YOU could look sexy in long underwear!) His new adventure puts him directly in the path of ranger Quilleran Ramsey, who is the kind of specimen for whom one would risk frostbite AND hypothermia. (Quilleran, would it be okay if we all just sit down and look at you for an afternoon? A day? Forever?) Quilleran does not have time for volunteers who have no idea how dangerous and risky and downright treacherous the Alaskan wilderness can be. He would rather just smolder his own way through the snow—and through life—instead of letting someone like Owen distract him. His resistance doesn’t last long, though, and he and Owen proceed to engage in all kinds of snow-melting activities. Will this budding romance last beyond the season? This is the third book in Albert’s Frozen Hearts series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

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

    Faker, by Sarah Smith
    Our gal Emmie Echavarre is a fun and easygoing lady, but she has to hide her softer side Monday through Friday. The thing is, she works at a power tool company, and let’s just say her burly male coworkers aren’t into the girlie girl things that she likes. (Don’t worry, Emmie! All of us ladies will just plan a super fun happy hour that involves the drink and girl talk of your choice!) There’s one area, though, in which Emmie can 100% be herself, and that’s when she’s with her coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate and Emmie have not been on the friendliest of terms. (Like, ever.) Whenever Emmie dares to be polite and even friendly to Tate, his responses are less than enthusiastic. (Tate. Buddy. Dude. Come ON!) They’ll both need to chill, though, as they’ve been paired up for a charity construction project. Tate and Emmie, please ignore your differences and realize that you are perfect for each other! And Tate, please make sure you wear your hard hat. You look mighty fine in it! (Available in paperback and NOOK.) 

    The Widow of Rose House, by Diana Biller
    Gilded Age romance alert! (Seriously, we need more of these!) Alva Webster’s estranged and abusive husband just died (AWESOME!!!) and so she’s finally able to settle down in New York after having to deal with years of horrible gossip and media attention. (Alva, do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of all of us cracking open champagne bottles in celebration!) She decides to restore a very old house known as Liefdehuis, which would be fine under normal circumstances, but this particular abode is a tad haunted. (How bad is it? Well, the Property Brothers won’t be passing by anytime soon. Pity.) Alva ends up getting some insight from Professor Samuel Moore. He’s an electrical lighting genius and a member of the very scientific Moore family, and he’s quite intrigued by Alva and her house. But mainly by Alva. Indeed, it doesn’t take him long to realize that he would love to be in Alva’s life on a permanent basis. Samuel, buddy, you better make sure you are EXTRA BUT EXTRA nice to Alva! And Alva, please realize that Samuel is the real deal and unlike any other man you’ll ever know! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

    Misadventures at City Hall, by Victoria Blue
    Skye Delaney really wanted to work in the Los Angeles city manager’s office, but a major scandal involving corruption derailed this particular plan. (Hang in there, Skye! Your next dream is right around the corner!) She decides to pursue a seat on the city council (Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation would be so proud!), but soon realizes that she’s not the only person with her eye on it. Kyle Armstrong is also running for city council, which is a tad awkward, because he and Skye pretty much want to help each other out of their power suits. (This is still possible, you two!) Here’s hoping they figure out who should run for city council, that they are both good sports about it, and that, whatever happens, they embark to have scandal-free political careers! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 8.) 

    What new romances are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:30 pm on 2019/10/01 Permalink
    Tags: a mrs. miracle christmas, , christmas in harmony harbor, , , hidden cove, , , , poemsie, , , , the sisters cafe   

    Romance Roundup: Christmas Miracles, Royal Secretaries, and Gallery Owners 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a married couple that wants to get pregnant, a single mom who meets a very handsome (and formal) British man, and a gallery owner who’s about to investigate her friend’s death. 

    A Mrs. Miracle Christmas, by Debbie Macomber
    Wife-and-husband team Laurel and Zach McCullough are not having the easiest time this holiday season. They really, really want to get pregnant, but let’s just say the right stripes aren’t exactly showing up on the pregnancy test. On top of that, they’ve moved in with Laurel’s grandmother, who cannot take care of herself. Oh, and there are, like, zero caregivers in the area to help out. (Zach and Laurel, you are both kind and tenacious people and we all admire your commitment to family!) Then Mrs. Miracle arrives on the scene, and one of her first orders of business is to help take care of Laurel’s granny, who soon thrives under her care. (Laurel, this is perfect! Now you and Zach have plenty of extra time on your hands to join giblets! To go all the way! In other words…go and make that baby!) Here’s hoping that Laurel gets preggo ASAP, that her grandmother gets to live her best life in her golden years, and that Mrs. Miracle decides to pass by all of our houses! (Available in hardcover and NOOK on October 1.) 

    Royal Holiday, by Jasmine Guillory
    Vivian Forest’s daughter, Maddie, just got an amazing gig: to style a British royal family member. (Maddie, we must all learn your Instagram handle STAT!) Vivian decides to join Maddie on this work trip to England and do the tourist thing while her daughter works. (Vivian, may we join you? Pretty, pretty please!!!) She crosses paths with Malcolm Hudson, who’s been the queen’s—sorry, The Queen’s—private secretary for many years, a job that requires him to be exceptionally formal all the time. (Vivian, please don’t be discouraged by Malcolm’s stoic demeanor! Beneath that Savile Row bespoke suit beats the warm heart of a very kind man who wants nothing more than to kiss you silly!) Malcolm and Vivian end up spending quite a bit of quality time together over the holidays. Once they share a delicious kiss under the mistletoe, it all just goes up (hehe) from there. Will they find a way to make things last past the holidays? Can Vivian see the joyous possibilities of relocating to the UK? And, most importantly, does Malcolm have a country house we can all visit? (Available in hardcover and NOOK on October 1.) 

    Poemsia, by Lang Leav
    Fun YA alert! Verity wants to be a poet. Like, a famous poet. The kind of poet whose work resonates with many, many people and literally changes their lives. (Verity, this is an awesome, awesome dream and we have 100% faith that you can make it happen!) She’s already got at least two entities on her side. One is her best friend, who is also her best cheerleader and believes in her and thinks she’s awesome. (Three cheers for Verity AND for this wonderful friend she has!) Verity also has her cat, Zorro. He’s not much of a poetry lover, but his cuddles still play an extremely important role in her life and provide her with much-needed warmth and affection. (It’s official, Zorro: We all love you, too!) Then Verity finds a book called “Poemsia,” which helps catapult her into social media stardom—and into a world where poets are treated like the rock stars they are. (Verity, please take us all to this magical place!) Add a super duper cute guy to the mix and it looks like our gal is in for the ride of her young life! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 1.) 

    The Sisters Cafe, by Carolyn Brown
    Originally published in 2013 as “The Blue-Ribbon Jalapeño Society Jubilee” and later as “What Happens in Texas,” this story follows twin sisters Cathy and Marty Andrew. They live in Cadillac, Texas, and they each have very different ideas when it comes to cowboys. Marty’s attitude is all “So many sexy cowboys, so little time” (which is totally understandable), while Cathy wants someone stable who can make her white picket fence dreams come true. (Nothing wrong with this, Cathy, but please don’t settle!) Now, Cathy is engaged to an up-and-coming politician, but neither he or his mother give our gal the warm fuzzies. (Oh, and did we mention that said up-and-coming politician ALWAYS takes his mother’s side? SO not cool!) Cathy, though, will ultimately need to be the one to decide whether to cut this sucker loose. (Pity, because some of us cough me cough had a great idea that involved running and screaming after the creep while brandishing a Swiffer.) Cathy, please think really hard about this engagement and ask yourself whether you actually really love someone else. Like a local cowboy. Ain’t nothing wrong with that! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 1.) 

    Christmas in Harmony Harbor, by Debbie Mason
    Our gal Evangeline Christmas is on a mission to save her family’s year-round holiday store. Her nemesis: the very hunky, if not entirely personable, real estate developer Caine Elliot. He’s just too powerful, and our gal is getting desperate. (Caine, buddy, do you REALLY have to bulldoze Evangeline’s shop? It provides SO much local charm. Don’t you understand the high real estate value of local charm?!) Evangeline proceeds to cut Caine a deal: If he fulfills three wishes from her shop’s Angel Tree, she’ll bow out gracefully and let him build whatever the heck he wants. This seems easy enough, but it turns out that Caine has major leftover issues from his childhood and that deep, deep down he really wants to toss away his hard hat and get into the Christmas spirit. Oh, Caine, please just let the giving spirit flow through your veins and realize that Evangeline is the woman for you and that you can build your little real estate empire just down the street! This is the ninth book in Mason’s Harmony Harbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 1.)

    Hidden Cove, by Meg Tilly
    Gallery owner Zelia Thompson has just been told that her friend died of a drug overdose. This is horribly, horribly sad, but Zelia is also WAY too smart to fall for this explanation. She knew her late friend very well and knows this is SO not what could have happened. Zelia is determined to unravel the mystery of her friend’s death and find out the truth. (Sounds good, Zelia, but first, we’re all giving you lots and lots of hugs!) She gets some help from crime novelist Gabe Conaghan. He’s come to Solace Island to take care of a small matter, but now it looks like he’s going to be in town for a bit longer than he planned. This is great for so many reasons—Zelia could use a helping hand, for one, and Gabe also brings quite the skillset to the proverbial table. (Oh, he also has a gorgeous face to go with that imaginative, clever brain of his!) Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, that Zelia gets the closure she needs, and that she and Gabe take a relaxing, tropical vacation together! This is the third book in Tilly’s Solace Island series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 1.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/09/24 Permalink
    Tags: a country christmas, a macgregor christmas, a wedding in december, , how the dukes stole christmas: a christmas romance anthology, , , , , , , , , , the christmas sisters   

    Romance Roundup: Aspen Weddings, Revolutionary War Fighters, and Advice Columnists 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a bride who’s having second thoughts about her upcoming nuptials, a woman who reunites with her husband and children, and a Scotswoman who reluctantly falls passionately in love with an Englishman. 

    A Wedding in December, by Sarah Morgan
    Rosie White is about to get married in Aspen, and her whole family is in town for the nuptials, but she’s having some serious second thoughts. (Rosie, if you decide against the whole marriage thing, we’ll keep our car engines running and our tanks full of gas for an efficient getaway!) As for her sister, Katie, she’s not too thrilled with Rosie’s choice of husband-to-be. She wants to talk Rosie out of it, but she keeps getting sidetracked by the best man, Jordan, who is distractingly hot and would make even the most prim and proper of brides and/or bridesmaids want to participate in the garter toss using his teeth. Adding to the drama are Katie and Rosie’s parents, who are on the verge of divorce and have zero desire to be all cute and cuddly, even if their baby girl is getting married. Here’s hoping that everyone finds the happy ending they want—and that Katie and Jordan get to eat wedding cake off of each other! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 24.) 

    Coming Home for Christmas, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Elizabeth Hamilton has had it extremely—but like, extremely—rough. Not only did she lose both of her parents, she also had a major bout of postpartum depression. Then she got into a car accident and lost her memory. When she did get her memory back, she doubted whether she was a good enough wife and mom. (Yes, you are, Elizabeth! On both counts! You are the best mom and wife ever and your family is lucky to have you!) Seven years later, her husband, Luke, finds her and brings her home for Christmas to fantastic results. Not only do Elizabeth’s kids adore her (because there is NO ONE like mom!) but Luke also still has that very loving feeling. (Buddy, time to, ahem, get creative and rekindle that romance!) Could this be the happy and hopeful new beginning the Hamilton family needs? Will Elizabeth realize she is an awesome person who is 100% capable of love? And does Luke still have a set of exceptionally manly biceps? This is the tenth book in Thayne’s Haven Point series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and audiobook on September 24.) 

    A Country Christmas, by Debbie Macomber
    Two reprinted fan favorites in one volume! In “Return to Promise,” which is part of Macomber’s Heart of Texas series, rancher Cal Patterson and his wife, Jane, have just separated. Oh, she’s also left town with their kids, leaving Cal with plenty of time to think about what just happened. (Cal, buddy, we know the ranching life is hard and self-reflection may not be your strongest suit, but please, please, please think really hard about whether you are okay with losing Jane forever!) In “Buffalo Valley,” which is part of Macomber’s Dakota series, Vaughn Kyle just got out of the army and has come back home. He is engaged, but let’s just say that she and Vaughn have very different priorities in life. (He is humble. She is not. Yep. Clearly this is NOT a recipe for success.) Then Vaughn meets Carrie Hendrickson, a lovely local lady with whom he shares many values. Here’s hoping that Cal gets in touch with his more sensitive side and woos back his woman—and that Vaughn lets his fiancee down easy and embraces Carrie and life in Buffalo Valley with his entire giant heart! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 24.) 

    A MacGregor Christmas, by Nora Roberts
    This volume features two reprinted stories from Roberts’ MacGregors series. In “Rebellion,” the year is 1745, the season is winter, and the country is Scotland. Serena MacGregor absolutely hates all Englishmen, so she’s quite peeved when her brother brings his English friend to her family’s home. As for said English friend, Brigham Langston, it pretty much just takes one look at Serena for him to realize he’d love to be the jam to her biscuit. Or, the biscuit to her jam. Either way, he really, really likes her. He’ll need to work really hard in order to get over her prejudices and win her heart, and that’s totally fine because he’s all like “Challenge accepted!” In “In From the Cold,” it’s 1776 in America and injured minuteman Ian MacGregor is at the mercy of young widow Alanna Flynn. Fortunately, she’s a kindhearted lady who is willing to nurse him back to health. (We’ll tend to your wounds, Ian! We’ve read the Outlander series and watched the TV adaptation! Claire Fraser taught us well! Also, you have penicillin, right?) Will Alanna be able to help Ian, and will they survive the Revolutionary War? (Available in paperback on September 24.) 

    The Christmas Sisters, by Sarah Morgan
    This reprint features sisters Hannah, Beth, and Posy, who lost their parents when they were kids and were subsequently adopted by their mom’s friend and her husband. In Scotland. Twenty-five years later, all three ladies are back home in Scotland for Christmas, and they are each in some desperate need of time to unwind and rethink their lives. Hannah doesn’t want to get close to anyone. She’d rather work herself to the bone. (Brace yourself, Hannah—it’s Group Hug and Vacation time!) Posy wants a life of adventure but she’s stuck helping with her family’s cafe. (We’ll take over a couple of your shifts, Posy!) And then Beth is doing the stay-at-home mom thing, but she is itching to get her career back. (Hang in there, you brave and strong ladies, and make sure you all realize that it’s totally fine to want a better life!) Here’s hoping each lady manages to live the life she deserves, and that they all enjoy each other’s company during the holiday season! (Available in paperback on September 24.) 

    How the Dukes Stole Christmas, a Christmas Romance Anthology, by Tessa Dare, Sophie Jordan, Sarah MacLean, and Joanna Shupe
    Four Christmas stories in one delicious volume! In Dare’s “Meet Me in Mayfair,” Louisa Ward has GOT to find a rich husband so her family won’t get evicted. Then she waltzes with an exceptionally handsome man, the Duke of Thorndale. Trouble is, he’s the one with the power to evict her family, so she’s feeling a tad conflicted. In Jordan’s “Heiress Alone,” Annis Bannister gets stranded in the Scottish Highlands during a snowstorm. Her only hope for survival is her neighbor, a duke who is also a bit of a social hermit. (That’s okay, because the things he does best are best done in private, wink wink!) In MacLean’s “The Duke of Christmas Present,” Lady Jacqueline Mosby returns home after an extended absence, which stirs long-standing feelings inside the blackened heart of Eben, the Duke of Allryd. Can Jacqueline unlock his softer side? In Shupe’s “Christmas in Central Park,” Mrs. Rose Walker writes a popular advice and recipe column. Never mind that she doesn’t actually, you know, cook. (Rose, we absolutely understand that it’s a tough world out there and a gal’s gotta pay her bills!) Trouble is, her boss, the hunky Duke of Havemeyer, wants her to throw a Christmas shindig using her skillset. Sounds like a fun crop of stories worth absorbing with a giant mug of tea! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 24.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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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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