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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/05/15 Permalink
    Tags: , beach wedding weekend, casey mcquiston, , , , no longer lost, rachel magee, red white & royal blue, , , sniper's pride, the cowboy and his baby, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Charming Ranch Hands, British Princes, and Wedding Hullabaloo 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a brave woman who needs some extra help escaping her abusive husband, an American president’s son and a British prince who REALLY don’t like each other, and a gal who ends up falling for her best friend’s brother.

    Sniper’s Pride, by Megan Crane
    Our gal Mariah McKenna is trying to escape an especially awful husband. Case in point: He tried to kill her. (Mariah, all of our spare bedrooms are all yours!) She decides to skedaddle to Grizzly Harbor in Alaska and hires special operatives hottie Griffin Cisneros to help keep her safe. It becomes clear early on that Griffin is one exceptional example of the male species. (Griffin, we’d all hire you any day of the week for just about any task! Lawn mowing, dishwashing, un-making the bed, etc.) As for Griffin, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that Mariah is one tough cookie who has been through a lot. (Go ahead, Griffin! Make our gal feel like a natural woman!) Here’s hoping they manage to dodge—and even defeat—Mariah’s crazy husband and that Griffin shows her that some men are actually very, very good! This is the second book in Crane’s Alaska Force series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    The Cowboy and His Baby, by Jessica Clare
    No ranch hand fills out a pair of jeans quite like Dustin, and none of the ladies in his Wyoming town are resistant to his charms. As far as Dustin is concerned, he’s certainly living the life. Then he meets Annie, an animal trainer who is in the area working on a film. Annie is quite focused on her canine coworkers, but she soon becomes a wee bit distracted by the sight of Dustin. (Talk about liking it ruff!) Annie and Dustin begin to engage in the kind of carnal relations that would make our most liberal family members blush. (Annie, we are all SO proud of you!) Their activities are so potent that Annie ends up becoming pregnant. (Did we mention that Dustin looks exceptionally good in jeans? And a cowboy hat? And…yeah?) Will Dustin convince Annie that the Wyoming life—with him—is one worth living? And will he and Annie be able to live on a giant plot of land and fill it with babies and puppies? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    No Longer Lost, by Angel Payne & Victoria Blue
    Maclain Stone and Taylor Matthews seem to have a REALLY hard time admitting that they, like, want and need each other. (What the heck is wrong with you two?!) Then a stalker goes after Taylor, and this prompts her to seek Maclain’s help. She literally goes to his front door. (Taylor, we all hope you were prepared and wore your nicest lingerie!) As for Maclain, he’s ready to take this opportunity to step up his game, flex his muscles, and prove to Taylor that he can provide her with top-notch protection AND the, ahem, roller coaster rides of her life! (Oh, that we could all sample a slice of Maclain before our gal takes over the whole buffet!) Maclain, please show Taylor that you’re worth your weight in gold. As for you, Taylor, please stop dilly dallying and realize that Maclain is both figuratively and literally solid and that he’ll protect you for the rest of your lives together! This is the ninth book in the authors’ Secrets of Stone series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
    Alex Claremont-Diaz, the President of the United States’ son, and Prince Henry, heir to the British throne, really, really can’t stand each other. Like, they really don’t like each other. At all. (Gentlemen, don’t you understand that you’re both WAY too hot to be fighting?!) Things take a turn, though, after the tabloids catch the two of them fighting. This prompts a major public relations campaign in order to preserve the special relationship between the U.S. and Britain. Alex and Henry have to embark on a bit of a fake friendship in order to stave off any pesky rumors, and it doesn’t take either of them long to realize that there was some crazy delicious sexual tension brewing between them. (Now THIS is the kind of special relationship we all want to read about!) Alex and Henry will need to come to terms with the fact that they wouldn’t mind jumping into bed together. (Like, every day.) Here’s hoping they realize they are perfect for each other, that British and American relations remain intact, and that the next royal wedding gets exceptionally thorough and extensive media coverage! (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 14.)

    The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren
    Olive Torres is at a bit of a low point right now. She just got laid off, for one, and she has to spend her sister’s wedding attached to best man Ethan Thomas. (Olive, the next happy hour is on us!) Then something rather horrible but also rather wonderful happens: Everyone in the wedding party gets a bad bout of food poisoning. Ethan and Olive, however, are not afflicted, which means they get to go on the honeymoon that the bride and groom can no longer enjoy. The two head off to Maui, and soon realize they have WAY more in common than they’d ever imagined. Plus, watching Ethan run around in the Hawaiian surf and flashing his abs and smile makes Olive want to loosen her bikini strings. (Do it, Olive! Seduce him on a secluded beach in broad daylight! Do it for all of us!) Olive and Ethan, you two make sure to enjoy yourselves thoroughly and focus on each other—both on your “honeymoon” and when you get back home! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 14.)

    Beach Wedding Weekend, by Rachel Magee
    Once upon a time, Brody broke up with Paige right before he galavanted off to Europe. Oh, he also told Paige right before he left that someday they could be together again. And then what did the weasel do? He waltzed back into her life with an actress on his arm. (Brody, you suck.) Paige is heartbroken, because she really, truly cared for Brody. She knows she’ll run into him at an upcoming wedding, though, so, ever resourceful, she asks her best friend’s brother, Aiden, to pretend to be her boyfriend. (Let’s just that pretending with Aiden is not difficult AT ALL.) Aiden is totally fine with playing the fake boyfriend, as he does not believe in relationships. Then he realizes that his perfect match has been right under his nose for a very, very long time. Good for you, Aiden! Go get your woman! As for the rest of us, we’ll focus on tripping Brody when he least expects it. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 15.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:49 pm on 2019/05/09 Permalink
    Tags: , , new romance, , the mister   

    Dark Themes in E L James’ The Mister are Balanced by Emotionally Mature Characters 

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    Fans of the Fifty Shades world no doubt wondered where E L James could possibly go after her bestselling books, and the answer can be found in her latest yarn, The Mister. What the novel lacks in sexy shock value—if you’re hoping for some more erotic, BDSM action, you’ll need to look elsewhere—it makes up for with darker themes and emotionally mature leading characters.

    The title character is Maxim Trevelyan, a London-based, modern-day libertine with aristocratic roots and a huge bank account who sleeps around without a real care in the world. (Superfans will note his last name is the same as the maiden name of Christian Grey’s adopted mother, Grace Trevelyan-Grey. There’s also one mention of the city of Seattle in the book. Doth we detect a sequel, Mistress James? One that features cameos from some of our old favorite characters?)

    Maxim grew up with all of the trappings of a privileged English upbringing—fancy schools, fancy homes, fancy friends, etc. Unlike the business-minded Christian Grey, though, Maxim barely has any drive to make himself useful, and instead of requiring one lucky lady to sign a non-disclosure agreement for a long-ish arrangement, he has nightly bed partners. The most anyone can say for Maxim is that he could be a great musician if he applied himself and took advantage of the many tools at his disposal.

    When we first meet Maxim, he’s just slept with his late elder brother’s widow (yes, this sounds terrible, but she’s also Maxim’s best friend and it takes two to tango) and is facing a life as the new Earl of Trevethick. Being the new earl doesn’t appeal to Maxim at all. Indeed, he’s rather emotionally drained, which is why the time is prime for the presence of a certain special lady.

    Enter Alessia Demachi, a young Albanian woman who came to the United Kingdom hoping for a better life and instead found out she was smuggled in via a sex trafficking ring. She manages to escape her guides thanks to her knowledge of the English language and some major determination. While she has a couple of familial connections who help her find work as Maxim’s cleaner, she’s still illegal, incredible vulnerable, and cannot afford to make any wrong moves. For reasons the reader will find out, going back to Albania is simply not an option.

    Maxim senses this vulnerability and, to his credit, makes it his mission to keep her safe. Yes, he wants Alessia in his bed, but he also comes to appreciate her non-physical qualities. The result is a relationship in which Maxim’s ability to truly love and genuinely adore another person is unleashed. When Maxim learns of the real danger Alessia is in, he spirits her away to his estate in Cornwall—a setting that will no doubt appease Poldark fans who are mourning the upcoming end of the popular television seriesand they get to know each other in all kinds of ways.

    Fifty Shades fans will certainly see similarities between those stories and The Mister. Like Christian, Maxim is, to put it bluntly, filthy rich. Also, the whole Angry Boy-Man theme is strong in the beginning of The Mister, as Maxim has some deep-seated family issues. Still, he lacks the emotional devastation of Christian Grey, and it takes a much shorter time for him to recognize the genuine feelings he has for Alessia. He has experienced tragedy, but not to the point where he feels the need to crack the proverbial and literal whip on another human being. And while he has money, Maxim is not exactly using it to sweep Alessia off of her feet. Instead, he uses it to help her meet her basic needs. He also makes plans to harness whatever power he has to help her gain legal status.

    As for Alessia, she doesn’t give off an air of outward confidence, but she is a very strong character. Indeed, she certainly wouldn’t have gotten as far as she has without having some guts. She and Maxim don’t have the flirtatious banter of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, but then their circumstances are quite different. Alessia barely has more than the clothes on her back and doesn’t even possess a cell phone. This is not to say the book lacks in sexy times—there’s certainly plenty of THAT and it’s often quite fun—but like the Fifty Shades books, it’s still very much about the emotional journey between the two leads. As the book progresses, the reader will learn more and more about the awful things Alessia has had to endure. It’s all quite dark. Should author James venture into more thriller romance territory, she might find an even stronger niche as a romance writer.

    On its own, The Mister is an entertaining read, one that marks a decided turn towards the author’s British roots. Fifty Shades fans hoping for an extension of that world may find The Mister a bit vanilla in comparison, but those who are willing to embrace new characters and a setting that takes place across the pond, will find plenty to enjoy.

    The Mister is on B&N bookshelves now.

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/05/07 Permalink
    Tags: , dawn lanuza, , jenny hale, , , , , stay a little longer, the bride test, the summer house, the yankee widow, tightrope   

    Romance Roundup: Bed and Breakfast Owners, Civil War Widows, and Long-Distance Relationships 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two people doing the long-distance flirtation thing, a Civil War widow who falls for a man under her care, and three ladies taking the bed and breakfast route in life.

    Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts
    Roberts’ latest thriller deals with a mass shooting—and the long-term effects it has on the victims. One guy decided to become a law enforcement officer, while one young lady grew up to become an artist. (She uses her artistic abilities to deal with the pain and help others, so yeah, she’s pretty awesome!) Just when everyone thinks they are finally healing from all of the tragedy, they realize that the whole ordeal may be far from over. Here’s hoping they manage to catch the bad guys and that everyone is able to heal together and move on! (Ideally over lots of fireside chats and s’mores and wine.) This is definitely a deep, dark, intense world to sink into, so grab your reading blanket and a beverage of choice and get cozy! (Available in paperback on May 7.)

    The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang
    Khai Diep has autism, and while it hasn’t stopped him from finding a successful career, he just doesn’t think that love is in his future. That is, he doesn’t think he’s capable of feeling romantic love for another person. (Khai, we have total faith that you are one of the most romantic of the romantics and that you have your own secret sauce of lovey-dovey-ness!) Fortunately, Khai’s family is very supportive of him, which is why his devoted mama goes back to her native Vietnam to find him a potential bride. She finds said potential bride in Ho Chi Minh City in the lovely form of Esme Tran. Esme doesn’t blink twice at the opportunity to go to America and meet a prospective husband, and she ends up falling super duper hard for Khai. Here’s hoping that Khai realizes he is totally capable of loving another person and that he and Esme are meant to be together and have tons of babies! (Sounds like you’ll also have an awesome mother-in-law, Esme!) (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 7.)

    Tightrope, by Amanda Quick
    Amalie Vaughn is a trapeze artist-turned-bed-and-breakfast-owner. Trouble is, an inventor slash bed and breakfast guest has just been murdered by the robot he created (which is quite unusual) and now everyone is convinced that Amalie’s new enterprise is haunted. (We’ll all still be your guests, Amalie! The doors all have locks on them, right? Haha!) The drama puts Amalie in touch with Matthias Jones. He’s been on the hunt for that very robot invention that just killed its owner, and he and Amalie might be able to help each other out. Can they trust each other and work together to solve this mystery? Will Amalie’s bed and breakfast gain the recognition and revenue it deserves? Do Matthias’ clothes conceal a beautiful soul AND a stunning physique? Fingers crossed that the answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 7.)

    The Yankee Widow, by Linda Lael Miller
    Our heroine, Caroline, has just lost her husband in the Civil War, which leaves her alone with their farm and their daughter. This is not exactly the safest situation to be in, as the Battle of Gettysburg is going to start very, very soon and take place very, very close to her farm. (Caroline, we’ll pack up our petticoats and pitchforks and feminine sanitary supplies and join you ASAP!) While all of this hullabaloo is going on, Caroline takes care of two injured men, each of them from different sides of the war. She ends up falling big time for one of them, but since she’s a single lady with a kid surrounded by a lot of violence she needs to be extremely careful. Caroline, you follow your heart and—in your own way—let your man know how you feel! And if he doesn’t feel the same way about you, well, we’ll just have to chase him down while brandishing our pitchforks, now won’t we? (Available in hardcover and NOOK on May 7.)

    Stay a Little Longer, by Dawn Lanuza
    Elan and Caty randomly met when Elan randomly gave Caty a ride to the airport. It ended up being one fateful car ride, because the two decided to keep in touch and continue with their flirtatious banter. (Oh, that every trip to and from the airport was filled with such excitement!) Elan may live in the Philippines and Caty may live in Canada, but these two potential lovebirds just can’t seem to shake each other. (Kudos to couples around the globe who keep the flame alive over long distances!) Elan and Caty realize that they actually really like each other and that maybe they should consider taking their relationship to a whole new level. Caty and Elan, please, please, please realize that you’re made for each other and do what you can to ensure that you both end up in the same city, house, and bed for the rest of your lives! (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 28.)

    The Summer House, by Jenny Hale
    Besties Callie Weaver and Olivia Dixon have finally purchased their dream beach house and are in the process of turning it into a bed and breakfast. (Callie and Olivia, we promise to book our rooms STAT and post our best photos on Instagram!) Callie ends up getting cozy with Luke Sullivan, a local hottie who would make any summer beachgoer rethink her life choices and consider staying year-round. (Luke’s body puts the entire cast of “Baywatch” to shame.) Indeed, things are going quite swimmingly for everyone involved. Then Callie and Olivia find a diary that can upend the lives of a lot of people they know. Will these two ladies still be able to pursue their bed and breakfast dream? Will said bed and breakfast feature grapefruit mimosas and a wide selection of croissants? (Fingers crossed!) And are any of the local beaches secluded enough to allow Callie and Luke to spend many a day warm and nekkid on the sand? (Available in paperback on May 7.)

    What new romance novels are sweeping you off your feet this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/04/30 Permalink
    Tags: anything but a duke, , fluffy, getting hot with the scot, julia kent, , , , , , swan point, tangled up in you,   

    Romance Roundup: Small-Town Romances, Craigslist Mishaps, and Pop Culture Reporters 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a newly-divorced mom who gets it on with a former bad boy, a real estate professional who answers the wrong kind of ad on Craigslist, and a wounded police officer who needs to rethink his priorities.

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    Our gal Delaney Holbrook 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 April 30.)

    Swan Point, by Sherryl Woods
    Adelia Hernandez is ready to start a new chapter for herself and her family. She just got divorced, and so she decides to hightail it to Serenity, South Carolina. She buys a house in a gorgeous, historic neighborhood, for one, and she also gets promoted to manager at a swanky boutique. (Adelia, you are on FIRE!) Indeed, things are going swimmingly. Then she meets Gabe Franklin. The former town troublemaker is back home on a mission to make things right with the people he wronged. (Gabe, we’re so glad you’re no longer a rascal, but we certainly hope you haven’t ENTIRELY lost your edge, wink wink!) Gabe ends up being way happier to be home than he expected, and that’s mainly because he really, really likes Adelia. It doesn’t hurt that everyone in town wants these two lovely people to get together. Will Gabe embrace this beautiful opportunity and prove to Adelia that he is still naughty in the best of ways? This reprint is the eleventh book in Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series. (Available in paperback on April 30.)

    Fluffy, by Julia Kent
    Our heroine, Mallory, is a professional fluffer in the real estate sense of the term. (NOT the pornographic one, thank you very much!) Her job is to stage houses so that real estate agents can sell them, pronto. When she becomes cash-strapped, she responds to an ad for a fluffer on Craigslist in the hopes of earning some moolah. Trouble is, the ad was for the OTHER type of fluffer and not HER type of fluffer. (Excuse us all, Mallory, while we grab a glass of wine to sip as we watch this tale unfold.) Mallory ends up on the set of one of those, ahem, adult films. If that wasn’t awkward enough, she also ends up in front of her old high school crush, Will Lotham. (One look at Will and it becomes clear why she never truly stopped carrying a torch for this smoldering man.) Lots of funny, weird, and sexy things start to happen, and it soon becomes clear that maybe answering that Craigslist ad was the best thing that ever happened to our gal! (Available in NOOK on April 30.)

    Tangled Up in You, by Samantha Chase
    Police officer Bobby Hannigan just sustained a gunshot wound, and if that wasn’t bad enough, it could be something that ends his law enforcement career. He gets some major cheering up, though, when he meets Teagan Shaughnessy, a kind-hearted single mom who just moved back to town. (Bobby, don’t be a dodo! You hurry up now and ask that nice lady out to dinner!) As for Teagan, she decides that while she certainly feels fond of Bobby, she’s not sure whether it’s the right time for a relationship. (That’s okay, Teagan. We’ll decide for you. And the answer is a resounding yes!) Teagan, you hurry up now and put on your sexiest dress and some heels and red lipstick and show Bobby that while life has thrown many curveballs your way, it has NEVER knocked down your spirit! As for you, Bobby, book a nice B&B for a romantic weekend for two and put on…nothing. At all. This is the seventh book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

    Anything But a Duke, by Christy Carlyle
    Aidan Iverson may have a lot going for him—tons of money, a Duke’s Den membership, a chiseled face and body worth taking up an entire wall of the Louvre—but he’s just not quite there as far as society is concerned. He decides that the only way he’s going to get in good with high society is to marry well. Enter Diana Ashby. She comes from the aristocratic world, but all she wants to do is tell the world about her awesome new invention. She agrees to help Aidan find a well-bred woman of marriageable age. (Oh, Aidan, don’t you realize that Diana is, like, one in a bajillion with a fine mind and a big heart and that many of these so-called “proper ladies” will only bore you to tears for the rest of your life?!) Here’s hoping that Aidan gets over himself ASAP and that Diana gets to continue her entrepreneurial streak! This is the second book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 30.)

    Getting Hot With the Scot, by Melonie Johnson
    Cassie Crow is ready to get serious. The pop culture TV reporter wants to take a more mature journalistic route. That said, she decides to cut herself some slack and let her guard down when she meets Logan Reid, a deliciously gorgeous Scottish dude who would make any woman want to throw caution to the wind. (Do it—I mean, him!—Cassie! Do him for all of us!) As for Logan, his career is kind of, sort of, built on being a prankster and posting pranking videos online. (Oh, Logan, please don’t be THAT guy! Use your brains in a way that complements your big heart and delectable backside!) Logan and Cassie soon realize that they actually, really, genuinely like each other. Can they find a way to merge their two very different lifestyles? Who will be the first to cross the pond to be with the other? When will Cassie get her Pulitzer? And while kilts are lovely, will Logan spend lots of time showing Cassie what’s under his? This is the first book in Johnson’s Sometimes in Love series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/04/23 Permalink
    Tags: blackberry summer, every last breath, , heidi cullinan, juno rushdan, kristan higgins, , , , , , the doctor's secret, the pursuits of lord kit cavanaugh, the view from alameda island   

    Romance Roundup: Forbidden Office Romances, Entrepreneurial Lords, and Covert Operatives 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a nurse who falls for the new doctor in town, a newly-divorced woman finding her way in life, and two friends who are ready to confront some long-standing issues.

    The Doctor’s Secret, by Heidi Cullinan
    Dr. Hong-Wei Wu is experiencing some major career burnout, so he hightails it to Copper Point, Wisconsin, a quiet town where he can continue to work as a surgeon and also get some much-needed R&R. (Buddy, book yourself a series of massages STAT.) He soon finds a job at a hospital, where he meets surgical nurse Simon Lane. They soon bond over Hong-Wei’s delicious Taiwanese dishes—and various other things. (It certainly doesn’t hurt that these two fine, strapping men have torsos worth poeticizing!) Trouble is, the hospital they work at doesn’t have an official It’s-Okay-To-Date-Your-Co-worker policy. (Oh, come on, people! We’re all adults here!) Here’s hoping that Hong-Wei and Simon find a way to maintain their relationship and start a new chapter of their lives together and, you know, keep their livelihoods! This is the first book in Cullinan’s Copper Point Medical series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 23.)

    Blackberry Summer, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Single mom Claire Bradford loves her life in Hope’s Crossing, Colorado, but it all has become a bit…monotonous. True, she owns a successful bead shop business, but there is something missing. Then a car accident and robberies force her to rethink some of her life choices and change things up a bit. Oh, there’s also the arrival of Riley McKnight, her best friend’s younger brother who is now the town’s new chief of police. In addition to being a source of hope and comfort and security to the good people of Hope’s Crossing, Riley also makes Claire want to toss her hair back à la Rita Hayworth in “Gilda.” (Go for it, Claire! We all salute you!) Riley certainly has his work cut out for him with this new gig. Will he and Claire be able to settle into a new life together? And will they manage to have many a romantic frolic as they do so? This reprint is the first book in Thayne’s Hope’s Crossing series. (Available in paperback on April 30.)

    The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens
    Lord Christopher “Kit” Cavanaugh has decided to pursue a new passion and launch a business called Cavanaugh Yachts in Bristol. Unfortunately, said business ends up forcing Sylvia Buckleberry’s school for impoverished children out of its building. (Kit, don’t you have SOMEONE who can look into this kind of stuff for you?!) Sylvia is ready to go to bat for her kids and have a facedown with the ridiculously handsome Kit—until she realizes exactly who he is. They’ve met before, and let’s just say it wasn’t once upon a dream. She was, in fact, kind of rude to him. (Sylvia, we’re sure you had your reasons, but this is no time to cower! The kids need you! And Kit is really, really hot!) When it becomes clear that someone truly awful is trying to push them both out of business, Kit and Sylvia realize they’ll need to work together in order to save their businesses. Get to it, you two! This is the second book in Laurens’ Cavanaughs series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 30.)

    The View from Alameda Island, by Robyn Carr
    Our gal Lauren Delaney has just decided to end her 24-year marriage, and that’s a very, very good thing. Turns out that her “perfect” and “successful” husband was also a “giant jerk” who didn’t appreciate his wife. (Good for you, Lauren! We all admire your bravery! Now treat yourself to a spa day and a trip to Paris!) Things soon start to look up for Lauren. She even meets a nice man who also escaped a bad marriage. Then Lauren’s deadbeat ex-husband decides he wants Lauren back and commits all kinds of horrible actions in the misguided belief that they will actually work. (Begone, moron! You had your chance!) Lauren will need to seriously tune into her own head and heart if she’s going to deal with all of this drama. Sister, if anyone can do it, it’s you! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 30.)

    Good Luck with That, by Kristan Higgins
    Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met at a weight-loss camp when they were teenagers, and they became best buds for life. Then Emerson dies, which is super duper sad because she was a super duper supportive friend, and her last wish was that her gals finally let go of their pain and live their best lives. (BRB! Making a shrine to Emerson!) Georgia needs to let her ex-husband love her, because she is awesome and 100 percent worthy of love. Oh, and she needs to get her annoying mother and brother off of her case. (Georgia, do you need us to stand by your side and growl and snarl at them? Because we would totally do that!) As for Marley, she needs to overcome some major survivor’s guilt. Her twin sister died, and this has had some terrible romance-related consequences for our gal. Georgia and Marley, you are both awesome ladies and you must realize that you both deserve happy, love-filled lives! (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

    Every Last Breath, by Juno Rushdan
    Maddox Kinkade doesn’t exactly have a 9-to-5 job. Her latest gig involves neutralizing a lethal bioweapon, which…yeah, Maddox? Just want to take a moment and say thank you for protecting us all! She’s going to need a helping hand, though, and she finds it in Cole Matthews. He’s kind of, sort of, back from the dead and he isn’t too happy with Maddox because he thinks she betrayed him. (Cole, we’re a bit murky on the details, but please hear Maddox out!) They both need to put feelings aside for a second—because bioweapons and bad guys and evil forces intent on world destruction and/or domination—and this forces them to rethink their priorities. Oh, Maddox and Cole, please take care of this pesky little bioweapon (seriously, please do!) and when the drama is all over, channel all of that passionate energy into far more fun pursuits! This is the first book in Rushdan’s Final Hour series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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