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  • Amanda Diehl 3:00 pm on 2017/10/12 Permalink
    Tags: a new leash on love, , , beauty like the night, , , , , elyse springer, , heels over head, , , kirsten ashley, , , , , , , , the deep end, , the pages of the mind, , ,   

    Romance Recommendations for Your Zodiac Sign 

    Playing matchmaker with readers and romance novels is so much fun! I’m also a huge zodiac junkie. I read my horoscope routinely and go absolutely nuts for compatibility charts. Inspired by traits of the twelve signs, here are some reading recommendations, though don’t take them too seriously. I won’t tell if you want to dip into the recs for other signs!

    Aquarius: Heels Over Head, by Elyse Springer
    First off, Aquarius is a water sign and a romance featuring professional divers and swimmers is pretty on the nose. Brandon Evans is aloof and carefree. He also knows how good of a diver he is. Meanwhile, Jeremy Reeve is struggling with his family’s feelings on his sexuality. He thinks his only hope of being accepted is by winning an Olympic medal. While Brandon and Jeremy seem like opposites on the surface, they’re rather complementary as teammates and it’s beautiful to see the divers find a sense a community within their sport.

    Pisces: The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare
    Pisces are known to be compassionate and selfless, but that can often bite them in the butt later on. The Duchess Deal has a battle-scarred hero who has a nightly hobby of fighting London’s riffraff, but what he wants deep down is an heir. Emma Gladstone is the daughter of a vicar and a seamstress, and she sees beneath the Duke of Ashbury’s physical insecurities. She agrees to help him with his heir problem, but she has a few conditions. Ash forbids kissing. Emma wants to share a meal every night. Though they both agree to help one another, they’ll definitely get more than they bargained for with this arrangement.

    Aries: Hate to Want You, by Alisha Rai
    Speaking as an Aries myself, I know we’re a bit turbulent and moody, but we’re also confident and incredibly passionate. Hate to Want You is pretty emotional and is bursting with dramatic family secrets and scandals. In a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler feel as though they can’t be together because of their families and accompanying baggage. But one night a year, they agree to meet in the bedroom. However, their forbidden romance can no longer remain a secret as their arrangement becomes complicated: Livvy doesn’t show for their scheduled yearly meeting and instead returns to their hometown.

    Taurus: The Pages of the Mind, by Jeffe Kennedy
    Tauruses are known to be practical and responsible, but a bit uncompromising, which is why Dafne, the scholarly librarian heroine of The Pages of the Mind, is a great fit. Dedicated to her job, she travels on behalf of her queen to help successfully incorporate the northern kingdoms into her queen’s realm. There, she meets a barbarian king with a significant language barrier between them. Dafne’s resolve never falters even as King Nakoa has her submit to marriage in order to broker a new alliance. Dafne handles things in stride, surprisingly, and the way she adapts to a new kingdom is rather sweet.

    Gemini: The Deep End, by Kristen Ashley
    Gemini are often defined as having two different personalities and the submissive Alpha hero of The Deep End is sure to appeal to both. Outside the bedroom, Olivier is strong, masculine, and all Alpha. Then he joins the Honey Club and meets Amelie, a cold, calculating Domme who likes her men submissive. Having an “Alpha-sub” is an interesting twist in characterization, especially since the heroine is often in a position of power in the bedroom. This romance is also heavy on erotic content, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in a beautiful, developing romance between Olly and Amelie.

    Cancer: Beauty Like the Night, by Joanna Bourne
    While Cancers can be incredibly empathetic, they can also be a bit manipulative. Sorry, Cancers! But a historical romance with espionage and spy shenanigans is a perfect romance read for you. Sèverine de Cabrillac and Raoul Deverney are brought together by a similar goal: justice. When Sèverine seeks out Raoul’s help in rescuing her missing daughter, Raoul knows that this mission could very well lead him to the killer of his estranged wife. Brought together by grief and worry, the pair quickly become a formidable and rather cutthroat team. It’s a romance with some bite!

    Leo: Dating You/Hating You, by Christina Lauren
    Leos are charismatic, funny, and often the life of the party. They’re also stubborn and demand a lot of attention. And trust me, Dating You/Hating You is going to demand nearly all of your free time. It’s also really hilarious. Evelyn Abbey thought she met a really great guy at a friend’s Halloween Party, but when she realizes that same guy, Carter Aaron, is now her competition at work after a company merger, their romance quickly skids to a halt. There’s an office prank war, an oblivious boss who things dog treats are granola bars, and some serious girl power in this battle-of-the-sexes workplace romance.

    Virgo: The Winter King, by C.L. Wilson
    When it comes to Virgos, they’re incredibly detailed, but are also frequently drawn to nature. A fantasy romance seems like a sure bet! Wilson’s fantasy romances have some amazing world-building from the differing kingdoms to how magic operates from person to person. The heroine can also summon storms. How cool is that! Wynter Atrialan hopes to get revenge on the king of Summerlea by taking one of his daughters, Khamsin Coruscate, as his bride. What Wynter doesn’t count on is Khamsin enjoying her newfound sense of freedom. The settings are descriptive and the courtship is lovely in this utterly bewitching fantasy romance.

    Libra: A New Leash on Love, by Debbie Burns
    Gentle and with a love of keeping company, Libras always strike me as being on the sweeter side of the astrological spectrum. A New Leash on Love is an adorable contemporary romance, as if it weren’t obvious by the chocolate lab puppy on the cover. Megan Anderson runs the local no-kill shelter, dedicating her life to helping animals in need. Craig Williams hates that he has to take his daughter’s new dog to the shelter, but since his divorce seems to suffer one misstep after another. When he drops the dog off, he isn’t counting on a tense confrontation with the shelter’s owner. Their first meeting doesn’t go particularly well, to say the least, but things definitely improve on their second meeting. And the third. Pick this one up, if you like romances with plenty of cute, furry secondary characters.

    Scorpio: The Chase, by Vanessa Fewings
    Scorpios are the ones you call when you need some resourceful and courageous. They can meet a challenge head-on, but they’re steadfast in their beliefs and can hold things close to the vest. The Chase is a contemporary romance with elements of suspense as the heroine, Zara Leighton, is enlisted to track down an international art thief. It’s a case she could only dream of. There’s just one problem and that’s her investigation firm’s billionaire client: Tobias Wilder. Enigmatic and mysterious, Tobias seems like the perfect suspect—or Zara’s greatest distraction.

    Sagittarius: Roman Crazy, by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
    If there’s one weakness to being a Sagittarius, it’s the call of wanderlust and the need for travel! With her divorce nearing finalization, Avery Bardot restarts her life for the summer in beautiful Rome, Italy. She spends her days exploring the city and her nights eating amazing food. It’s in Rome, surprisingly, that she meets the one man she never forgot: Marcello Bianchi, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Though with the summer quickly approaching its end, Avery isn’t sure if she can give up her adventurous life in Italy and return to the States.

    Capricorn: Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh
    Capricorns are masters of self-control, but when it comes to their family, all bets are off. Silver Mercant helps run an international emergency response network. It’s practically her job to remain calm under pressure. Then she meets Valentin Nikolaev, a bear shifter and leader of his powerful clan. There’s something about Silver that sparks an undeniable interested in Val and when an unknown force begins to threaten Silver’s life, Val will protect her at any cost. And we all know what happens when you poke a bear.

    What’s your sign? (And what’s your favorite romance?)

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/07/06 Permalink
    Tags: a new leash on love, , chasing down a dream, , fuel for fire, , , just the thing, , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Hackers, Self-Defense Instructors, and Small-Town Drama 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a heartbroken lady out to find a new love this Season, an animal shelter worker, and a former Marine looking for a way to ease his pain.

    Wired, by Julie Garwood
    Allison Trent is a part-time model, but her real love is hacking. That’s right, she’s a top-notch hacker with a zest for writing and breaking code. She’s so good, in fact, that FBI agent and Hunk of Our Hearts Liam Scott wants her to do some very sensitive investigative work for him. She turns him down, which of course makes Liam want her and her computer skills even more. (Something tells me they won’t need to worry about imposing that whole No-Electronics-In-The-Bedroom rule.) Allison has some secrets, though, and letting the FBI in on them isn’t exactly part of her life plan. That said, Liam has a face and body that are too tempting for her quicksilver fingers to ignore. Here’s hoping they find some happy middle ground that will involve getting into only the best kind of trouble! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    A New Leash on Love, by Debbie Burns
    Megan Anderson has a dream job at a no-kill animal shelter. (Megan, how and where can we make a donation?!) Her job brings her in touch with Craig Williams. He’s the kind of guy who would do really well starring in mattress commercials. He’s a little stressed out at the moment, but one meeting with Megan makes him think that life could get much better quite soon. Megan isn’t really into him, though, at least not at first, but she soon starts to have many mattress-related thoughts about him. Here’s hoping they get to know each other really soon, and that they move into a big house with lots of land that will accommodate their many babies—both human and animal! This is the first book in Burns’ Rescue Me series, which is perfect for romance readers who are passionate about saving their furry friends. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

    Just the Thing, by Marie Harte
    Gavin Donnigan isn’t feeling so great. He’s got the super-duper guilty feels about the deaths he witnessed while in the Marine Corps. He is trying to find some catharsis by teaching a self-defense class. (Gavin, will you help us all work on our fighting stance? Or our form? Whatever brings you closer, really. Thanks!) One of his new students might make everything a whole lot better. Zoe York is getting over the death of her twin sister (sending major hugs your way, Zoe!), and the mere sight of Gavin is already making her heart beat a lot faster. Can these two find comfort and true love with each other—and share some exceptionally sexy times together? This is the second book in Harte’s Donnigans series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    Fuel for Fire, by Julie Ann Walker
    Covert operative Dagan Zoelner and CIA agent Chelsea Duvall have had the feelings for each other for quite some time. They have yet to act on their feelings, though, which they mistakenly think might be for the best. (Our gal Chelsea, for one, knows a thing or two about Dagan’s past that may not bode well for his life and career.) The thing is, they are actually quite perfect for each other. Chelsea and Dagan, just think of all the super-duper awesome missions you can go on together! And when you have kids, you can teach them everything you know. It’ll become a thriving family enterprise! This is the latest book in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series, which features hot guys who know motorcycles and often go on dangerous government missions. Vroom! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    The Wicked Heir, by Elizabeth Michels
    Lady Isabelle Fairlyn is dealing with some major heartbreak: The love of her life has just been betrothed to her twin sister. She’s now on a mission to find a new guy before the end of the Season, and she specifically wants someone who is really good at dancing, plus a good dresser. (No offense, Isabelle, but these qualities do not always maketh a hot manly man.) Then she meets Fallon St. James, a dishy hunk who is the head of the Spare Heirs club. He needs to keep his activities on the down low, so being out and about in public courting someone like Isabelle isn’t his best option. But then she starts to get the flirts from a shady guy, and Fallon realizes that he really wants to win the new lady of his heart. This is the third book in Michels’ Spare Heirs series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

    Chasing Down a Dream, by Beverly Jenkins
    The town of Henry Adams, Kansas is brimming with joys and dramas, highs and lows. Tamar July’s cousin is about to die, and Tamar has been asked to help arrange the funeral. (Tamar and her family don’t exactly have the best relationship, so this might be a tad difficult.) Gemma wants to adopt two children—a brother and sister who were found on the side of a road after a storm, poor babies!—but she is told that as a white woman she cannot adopt African American children. Then we’ve got Jack and Rocky, who are about to get some help in planning their wedding. So much to do in so little time, so grab your favorite reading blanket and ignore the outside world! This is the latest book in Jenkins’ Blessings series, which is perfect for romance readers who want to get cozy with some small-town happenings. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

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