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  • Corrina Lawson 5:00 pm on 2018/04/19 Permalink
    Tags: A Bollywood Affair, , alisha rai, , barbara ferrer, , , , farrah rochon, i'll catch you, , , something like love, Sonali Dev, , tonight and forever   

    The Great RITA Read: The Lost Voices 

    As someone who did not grow up reading romance, I’ve been more than impressed at the quality of the books that have won the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for excellence in Romance fiction. Out of over 65 books, I would say only three were subpar, and those suffered from not aging well.

    I intended to make this next article in my Great RITA Read series about how romance handles trauma, particularly female trauma, but I can’t do that until I talk about the elephant in the room with the RITA Awards: The authors it has failed to honor.

    Since 1982, no black author has won a Golden Medallion/Rita Award. This is particularly frustrating since one of the co-founders of RWA was a black woman, Vivian Stephens, a Dell and Harlequin editor who was committed to excellence in romance and to shepherding the success of romance authors.

    There are things RWA as an organization and RWA members can do to solve this problem, with the first being admitting the scope of the problem and listening to authors of color.

    But what I can do is recommend books by authors of color that you may not have heard about because they have not been marketed widely.

    I’m not recommending these books so readers can educate themselves. I’m recommending them because they’re damn fine books and they contain stories that deserve to be enjoyed by all readers. I believe firmly in the power of story, that stories can change the world, and that racism is causing so many of these brilliant voices to be lost.

    My list is by no means a definitive list of wonderful romances by authors of color; only a place to get started. To find more, I would urge you to look at the “Customers Who Also Bought” section at barnesandnoble.com under each of these books, which will bring you down a delightful rabbit hole to more wonderful stories.

    Pick these up, read them, enjoy them. And let them lead you to other great stories and voices.

    A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole 
    This lovely book is about a former foster child who finds out that she is betrothed to an African prince. He’s determined to find his missing bride, she mistakes him for a pauper, and a terrific romance ensues. I received an advance copy of this book and my eldest daughter (24) grabbed it and promptly disappeared with it for days, to read it several times. I can think of no greater recommendation than that.

    A Bollywood Affair, by Sonali Dev
    I met Sonali Dev at an RWA event for readers and was thoroughly charmed by her, carrying my signed copy of her book home to read on the plane. I almost wished that plane ride had been long enough to finish the book because it was hard to tear myself away when we landed. It’s the story of a young woman from India who comes to the United States for an education, aware that she must be the best person she can be to appease the prospective in-laws who have taken care of her ever since she was proposed to by their son as a child. It’s the story of a young man, a Bollywood star, who wants to break away from family traditions. The book is lush and emotional and intense and real and I loved it.

    Something Like Love, by Beverly Jenkins
    I must confess I was unaware of the enormous body of Jenkins’ work until watching Love Between the Covers, a documentary about romance writers and readers. (I also highly recommend it.) That is my loss because the power of Jenkins’ voice comes through in her fiction. Her acceptance speech when receiving the RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 is not to be missed. I picked this book to represent her because it’s one of my favorite romance genres, a Western, and the hero and heroine have a fraught first meeting when he robs her train, a train she’s taking to escape an arranged marriage in Chicago. The hero can’t get the heroine out of his mind, but his lawlessness and the bounty hunters on his trail are a serious impediment to romance, especially as the heroine is the town’s newly elected mayor. Of course, love wins out, beautifully.

    I’ll Catch You, by Farrah Rochon 
    This one is a sports romance, more specifically, a fun NFL romance, in which a pro football player and his agent get closer than Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. ever did in Jerry Maguire. This book is part of Harlequin’s now-canceled Kimani line for black authors. Other fantastic former Kimani authors include Reese Ryan, whose new book, Savannah’s Secrets, is just out from Harlequin Desire, and you can find a long list of Kimani books listed here at Barnes & Noble.

    Tonight and Forever, by Brenda Jackson
    This is the prolific and talented Jackson’s own favorite book and it’s one of those stories that romance does so well: tales of people who are healed by love. The heroines goes home to Texas after a bitter divorce, only to become involved with a doctor who is still mourning his late wife. It’s intense and emotional and sweet and heartbreaking and it will make you want to binge all of Jackson’s books.

    I’ve listed these books to get everyone started but rest assured, there are hundreds of wonderful stories from talented authors who have not nearly gotten enough notice. You can also look for books by Barbara Ferrer (possibly the only Cuban-American author to win a Rita), Alisha Rai, and Jamie Pope/Sugar Jamison.

    Please, make your own recommendations below in the comments!

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  • Rachel Paxton 3:00 pm on 2018/03/07 Permalink
    Tags: alexis daria, alisha rai, bet me, cathy yardley, , , how the duke was won, , lenora bell, level up, neanderthal seeks human, penny reid, , , sweet reads, take the lead   

    Choose Your Next Romance Novel Based on Your Favorite Dessert 

    A good romance novel is like a good dessert. It’s a treat you give yourself, and you don’t need anyone else to enjoy it. So why not choose your next romance novel based on your favorite dessert? Not sure what to choose? Well, let us help! Here are 6 scrumptious romance novels you can read while eating your favorite dessert.

    Chocolate Covered Donuts: Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie
    You want something a little bit bad, but also something you could totally get away with for breakfast. Eating a donut on the train is perfectly acceptable, and so is reading Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie. The romance follows Min and Calvin, who start their courtship with a bet. Calvin thinks Min is cranky, while Min thinks Cal is a jerk. The result is a hilarious story, with a romance that fills your heart with joy (just like chocolate covered donuts). There’s, uh, also a scene at the end that will cause you to never think about donuts the same way.

    Molten Chocolate Cake: Hate to Want You, by Alisha Rai
    You want pure, rich seduction that makes you forget about anything other than what’s in front of you, which is exactly what Hate to Want You is offering. You will lose yourself in this steamy story of Livvy and Nicholas, exes who have a one night a year agreement (if you know what I mean). But when Livvy moves back to town, Nicholas just can’t seem to get her out of his head—even if he knows he must. The characters are compelling and things definitely get a little messy, but you will crave their happy ending.

    Ice Cream Sundae: Neanderthal Seeks Human, by Penny Reid
    You want something fun—something you can pick up any night of the week that will just make you feel happy. No big existential questions, no hard choices—just fun and flirty. That’s why you should read Neanderthal Seeks Human. Heroine Janie Morris is the exact type of character you’d want to be your best friend and take out to ice cream. She’s funny, smart, and awkward. After she loses her apartment, job, and boyfriend all in the same day, she’s taken pity on by Quinn—the very handsome security guard she’s been crushing on.

    Lemon Meringue Pie: Royally Screwed (Royally #1), by Emma Chase
    Pies range from sweet to savory, classic to trendy, fruit to custard. Basically, the humble pie does it all, and no one does as many pies as the British (if The Great British Bake Show is to be believed). That’s why the best book for you is Royally Screwed, which follows Crowned Prince Nicholas and waitress Olivia. Nicholas is used to girls falling all over themselves to be with him, which is the opposite of what Olivia does when she meets him. Instead, she throws a pie in his face. The humble pie becomes the first line in their love story.

    Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream: How the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes), by Lenora Bell
    Arguably not a dessert at all, scones are a British tradition. A scone with some delicious home-made jam, topped with clotted cream? Perfection. Just like this debut Regency romance from Lenora Bell, How the Duke Was Won. A scandalous Duke needs a bride with a spotless reputation, naturally, but what he doesn’t know is that the lady he’s courting is only pretending to be Lady Dorothea. With delightful characters, breezy dialogue, and crazy antics, this is everything Regency romance readers crave.

    Chocolate Chip Cookies: Take the Lead (Dance Off #1), by Alexis Daria
    The important thing about cookies is they can be eaten anywhere—even on the move. Even if you’re say, dancing (though maybe you shouldn’t eat while dancing). But they are the perfect TV watching snack, which is why they pair so well with Take the Lead. Based around a televised dance competition (think Dancing with the Stars), this story follows Gina Morales, a dancer on her fifth season who’s never even made it to the finals. But she knows this year will be different. For one, her partner is the ruggedly handsome star from the Alaskan Wilderness reality show, Living Wild. Unfortunately, he simply has no interest in dancing.

    Galaxy Cake (Or Galaxy Anything): Level Up (Fandom Hearts #1), by Cathy Yardley
    Seen all over Facebook walls and Pinterest boards for months, the galaxy cake is stunning, yes, but it’s also cool. It’s a cake made for sci-fi fans, reminding them of movies set amongst the stars. So it deserves a book whose characters can appreciate it—a book like Level Up. The romance follows Tessa Rodriguez, a geeky introvert who wants to be promoted to video game engineer, and her co-worker/roommate Adam London, as they attempt to create a fandom-based video game in just 3 weeks.

    What romances would you recommend based on a favorite dessert?

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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2018/02/27 Permalink
    Tags: a court of frost and starlight, a devil of a duke, , a rogue of her own, , alisha rai, , , ashes on the moor, , , , devil in tertan, , ella quin, , , , , his wicked charm, , hurts to love you, , , , , , , , , , , meredith duran, natural blonde instincts, , , sarah m. eden, someone to care, , the designs of lord randolph cavanaugh, the high tide club, the identicals, , the other lady vanishes, the sins of lord lockwood, , the world of all souls, too wilde to wed, , we can't wait!,   

    Romance Spring Preview: 24 of Our Most Anticipated Novels 

    Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but Spring will soon be here! There is no better time for romance to bloom than when the frost thaws and our world starts to become sunnier, hotter…you get the idea. Here are 25 of our most anticipated romances coming this season.

    February

    The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand (February 20)
    It’s a tale as old as time: twins who couldn’t be more different, find themselves living a life where the grass is always greener, and learning something in the process. Harper is low-key, relaxed…and a complete romantic disaster. Tabitha is dignified, with a high standard for taste (and the debt to match)…not to mention a teenage daughter she can’t reign in. By switching islands and living the other sister’s life, they find a way to bury the resentments of the past, and both find hope for the future.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas (February 20)
    Garrett Gibson has never taken no for an answer—that’s how she became a doctor in an age and a society where women were discouraged from doing anything of the sort. She may be daring, but she’s never taken a risk in matters of the heart…until she meets Ethan Ransom, a detective for Scotland Yard, and gives into the throes of passion. But when she is pulled into a dangerous case, the stakes are raised, and she could lose more than her heart.

    A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole (February 27)
    We’ve all gotten strange emails claiming we’re betrothed to an overseas prince, right? Naledi Smith knows they’re a scam, and one she doesn’t have time for. But in this case, they’re true: Prince Thabiso has been looking for the missing girl he was supposed to marry—and when he meets Naledi, she thinks he’s nothing but a regular person like her. And so he decides to play along, believing he can convince her to love the man behind the crown.

    The Marquis and I, by Ella Quin (February 27)
    Charlotte has been kidnapped, thanks to her brother-in-law’s recklessness (and the enemies he made as a result). But then she is rescued by a man even more unscrupulous, and her reputation is in tatters. She wants nothing to do with Constantine, the Marquis who rescued her…but he is determined to win her heart.

    The Sins of Lord Lockwood, by Meredith Duran (February 27)
    Liam is on a quest for revenge after his wedding to Anna was taken from him thanks to a conspiracy. But Anna has not given up on the man she loves, despite his pleas to leave him to his life of vengeance.

    March

    A Rogue of Her Own, by Grace Burrowes (March 6)
    Miss Charlotte Windham has no intention of ever marrying, and the best way to ensure that no one would ever want to marry her is a simple scandal. Lucas Sherborne is the perfect man to rope into her plan—but instead, thanks to his own desires to marry a woman of influence and wealth, they end up at the altar instead. A marriage neither one of them truly wanted turns into a love they never knew they needed.

    Ashes on the Moor, by Sarah M. Eden (March 6)
    It is 1871, and Evangeline has been sent by her grandfather to a small mill town to teach—and if she fails, she will never see her inheritance or her younger sister, the last family she has left, again. She keeps her upper-class status a secret as she finds a community in the town, bonding with Dermot, an Irish brick mason and his son…but when her secret is revealed, she must piece together the unraveling threads of her life to find a happy ending.

    High Voltage, by Karen Marie Moning (March 6)
    The Fever series continues with Dani protecting the people of Dublin against the forces of evil gathering strength beneath the surface. Her bond with Ryodan is stronger than ever, but even the immortal cannot protect her from the horrors from her past.

    With This Man, by Jodi Ellen Malpas (March 20)
    Jesse Ward is back in the new installment in this erotic romance series, and his entire world is rocked thanks to a tragic accident. Jesse and Ava were happy. But then she ends up in the hospital, and they aren’t sure she’s going to make it. Which would be bad enough…except that when she does pull through, she cannot remember him. Or anything about the last sixteen years. So Jesse is once again given a problem he might not be able to conquer: seducing his wife, and proving to her that the last sixteen years are worth remembering.

    Accidental Heroes, by Danielle Steele (March 20)
    Someone on plane A321 is going to do something terrible, and only Homeland Security agent Ben Waterman can figure out who, and how to stop them in time. In this thriller, a TSA agent informs him of a suspicious postcard with a mysterious message, and together they must rise to the occasion and become heroes to save the day.

    His Wicked Charm, by Candace Camp (March 27)
    Lilah hates Constantine Moreland. To make things worse, his twin brother married her best friend. But when his sisters are kidnapped, she helps him on the case and discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

    Hurts to Love You, by Alisha Rai (March 27)
    Evangeline Chandler is an heiress, which means she knows the rules: don’t embarrass the family, don’t reveal your true feelings, and don’t hook up with the help. But she can’t help the attraction she feels for Gabriel, even if they can never be together. That is, until they find themselves unable to stop being together.

    Twice Bitten, by Lynsay Sands (March 27)
    Elspeth Argeneau has been alive for almost two centuries, but it’s only after getting away from her very controlling mother that she feels like she can start to experience life. Between hunting vampires, she can certainly find time for a fling. Especially with a guy who has no idea what she is.

    April

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward (April 10)
    The Black Dagger Brotherhood saga continues with the story of Sola Morte, a human woman—and former criminal—who is trying to reform herself and live the life she needs to in order to keep her grandmother safe. What she doesn’t need is a distraction, especially from Assail, the only man she’s ever truly felt something for…though she doesn’t know the truth that he is a vampire, and deals in arms with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But when his life is in danger, Sola must risk it all to bring them together again.

    Natural Blonde Instincts, by Jill Shalvis (April 16)
    After trying to do her own thing, Kenna has decided it’s time to join the family business and prove herself capable of taking the reigns. The problem? Her boss is hot, powerful, and not falling for her feminine wiles.

    The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens (April 24)
    The titular character of this historical romance is loyal only to those closest to him—for everyone else, his top priority has always been his finances. But when an investment falls through, he is torn between seeking restitution for his losses…and seeking the heart of a brilliant woman.

    A Devil of a Duke, by Madeline Hunter (April 24)
    Gabriel is a rake of the first order, used to getting everything he wants from the world, and from women. Which is why it’s incredibly frustrating to be falling for—and bedding—a woman who will give him her body, but not her name or her heart.

    May

    A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas (May 1)
    A continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, this story bridges the initial three novels with the latter tales in the series. Feyre and Rhysand are rebuilding their world following a devastating conflict: love, war, loyalty, and friendship collide for another adventure in the world of the High Fae.

    Someone to Care, by Mary Balogh (May 1)
    Viola has not been able to move on from the shame and trauma of being stripped of her title after the death of her Earl husband. Not the young debutante she once was, but not ready for the grave, either, Viola isn’t sure where she fits…until she finds herself falling for the Marquess of Dorchester, a notorious rake…and a man worth risking her limited standing in society for.

    The World of All Souls, by Deborah Harkness (May 8)
    There is much more to the story of Oxford historian and witch Diana Bishop and time-traveling vampire Matthew Clairmont…and this guide to the world in which they met and fell in love reveals all!

    The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews (May 8)
    In this perfect early-spring beach read, a woman is given an arduous task by an aging heiress: find the descendants of her long-deceased friends, with whom she was not able to make amends before they died, and bring them together.

    The Other Lady Vanishes, by Amanda Quick (May 8)
    1930’s California is a place of beauty and danger when a woman escapes from a sanitarium and starts a new life, only to be tempted by a widowed businessman and drawn into a murder mystery.

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London (May 16)
    Lottie is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her home safe, including taking her Highland clan to the ocean for illegal whiskey sales and holding a captain from a rival clan captive after an attack on her vessel. Aulay never thought he’d let himself get bound by a woman’s heart, and yet he can’t help but want to possess Lottie as much as he wants her ship.

    Too Wilde to Wed, by Eloisa James (May 29)
    Since being jilted, North went to war and cultivated a reputation for being ill-suited to marriage. But he doesn’t know that his almost-bride, Diana, never intended to hurt him, and her reputation has paid a price as well.

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  • Tara Sonin 5:00 pm on 2018/02/22 Permalink
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    A Romance (or Two!) For Every Astrological Sign 

    Do you believe fate is written in the stars? Are you obsessed with learning how the stars will align for your life in any given season? Then this list of Astrology-inspired romances is for you!

    Aries
    Aries signs are strong, full of leadership. They can be heroic and caring, but also impulsive and competitive. They love being the best at things—including, and especially, at winning the hearts of those they admire.  

    Black Dagger Brotherhood, by J. R. Ward
    Wrath is the leader of a group of vampires known as the Black Dagger Brotherhood—and he is set on vengeance against the people who killed his parents. After centuries of violence in pursuit of this goal, he meets a woman who will make him wonder if fighting for love is better than fighting for revenge.

    Forged in Steele, by Maya Banks
    Nothing says Aries more than military background fighters who work beyond the confines of the US Government, right? In this sexy novel, Steele leads his team on dangerous missions, protecting his heart in a thick layer of ice. Until he meets Maren, a doctor he cannot stop himself from wanting to protect, despite the secret he knows she is keeping.

    Taurus
    Known for being organized, supportive people, Taurus signs are ruled by the “Earth” element. They are patient and romantic, but can have a stubborn side, especially when it comes to the security of those they love. (Also, they can have a streak for indulging in the finer things in life!)

    A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
    Diana is a scholar at the top of her game…and a reluctant witch at the center of a grand conspiracy. She knows she should stay away from Matthew, a vampire and supposed enemy of her kind, but when she discovers that all of the supernatural world is after her because she possesses a dangerous document that could shake their order, she turns to him for protection.

    A Darker Shade of Magic, by Victoria Schwab
    Kell is one of the last Atari, a magical being with the ability to travel between worlds. He is essential to keeping the balance of magic between the worlds…but when he cannot help himself from stealing an item that does not belong in his world and the consequences prove fatal, he must risk it all to right the wrong before it claims the lives of those he loves.

    Gemini
    Geminis do not respond well to authority. They are adventurous and fun, but always like to be on the winning side of any debate. Some might call them judgmental, but that’s what makes their wit so striking.

    The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen Woodiwiss
    Aislinn’s home has been ravaged by a conqueror in this medieval romance. He is strong and courageous, but responsible for so much pain…and yet, she finds herself drawn to him even as she vows to destroy him.

    Hate to Want You, by Alisha Rai
    For one night every year, Livvy and Nicholas share a night of passion…even though their families hate one another. That is, until Livvy reneged on the deal, and something changed. But suddenly she is back, and Nicholas finds himself craving answers just as much as he continues to crave her.

    Cancer
    Nurturers, homebodies, and romantics—that’s who Cancers are. Sure, they may be prone to gossip and competition, but their hearts are incredibly sensitive and loyal to those they trust. (Just don’t break that trust, or else.)

    Yours Until Dawn, by Teresa Medeiros
    Samantha is a nurse charged with healing a fallen soldier back to health, but her task is difficult. Gabriel lost his sight, the woman he loved, and his place in the world. But her determination and care slowly brings him into the light, and into the arms of a woman who loves him like no other.

    Flowers from the Storm, by Laura Kinsale
    A classic story of love through pain and hardship, Maddy Timms finds herself in the unique position of being the only one who can save the dangerous, fascinating Duke of Jervaulx from himself.

    Leo
    Leos have a love of honesty that can get them in trouble. Sometimes jealous, often generous, Leos command attention and energy wherever they go. Named after the lion, it won’t surprise you to learn that Leos are natural leaders.

    Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
    Noble, proud, and heroic, Jamie Fraser embodies all of the qualities above…as does his love, Claire, who finds herself thrown into a different time and forced to marry the Highlander to keep herself safe. Two strong-willed souls battle for dominance in their relationship, but each will sacrifice everything to save the other if need be.

    London’s Perfect Scoundrel, by Loretta Chase
    Evelyn knows that the Marquis of St. Aubyn is not a man who should be trusted, but she needs his help in a mission more important than her pride. Headstrong and refusing to back down even when he denies her, eventually their fiery temperaments give way to flames in their hearts.

    Virgo
    Helpful and hardworking, Virgos are friends to all. Known for being practical (to the point of being preachy), these Earth signs get a lot of satisfaction out of creating things on their own.

    The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare
    A marriage of convenience is a practical thing to do. So the Duke of Ashbury decides that he will marry Emma Gladstone and employ a set of rules to ensure that they not cross any boundaries he isn’t prepared for. But Emma wants more than just a convenient marriage, she wants passion, and love…and their battle of wills will not cease until she gets what she wants.

    Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas
    Not wanting to entrap her inheritance in the hands of unscrupulous relatives, Evangeline decides she needs to marry someone who will keep it safe. So she decides to marry Lord St. Vincent, a rake beyond compare, and is determined to make him into the husband she knows she deserves.

    Libra
    The sign of the scales is known to embody balance and partnership, but Libras also have a dramatic side! They are ruled by the planet Venus—the planet of love—so they are often charming and romantic…and are often riled by things they deem unfair.

    If You Deceive, by Kresley Cole
    Ethan MacCarrick’s life was changed rorever when he was beaten and scarred as payment for a crime he was innocent of committing. Paid for by a powerful nobleman, Ethan has decided there will be no justice until he has bankrupted the man. But it still isn’t enough, so he decides fair is fair: he will seduce the man’s daughter, bed her, and then cast her aside, a ruined woman. But soon, he finds himself falling for his target.

    The Serpent Prince, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Simon is a Viscount hell-bent on revenge after being beaten almost to death. But his mission is put on hold while Lucy helps him heal—and when the attackers start to target her as well, he must make a choice between the woman he has grown to love and the fight that could cost them their lives.

    Scorpio
    Scorpios do not take no for an answer. Headstrong, passionate, and motivated by how much they can control both in and outside the bedroom, they are as intense as any romance love interest can get. Their symbol is the scorpion, so their bark can have some bite…but when they are on your side, there’s nothing better.

    The Siren, by Tiffany Reisz
    If a romance as described above is your cup of tea, you must meet Soren and Nora, the protagonists at the heart of the Original Sinners series. Soren is a Dominant, but more than that, he feels an inner need to hurt people (and derives sexual pleasure from it) that he controls by way of BDSM. Nora is his submissive—but she’s also the most prominent Dominatrix at the underground club they both visit. How did this arrangement unfold? You have to read the whole series to learn the full story.

    The Secret, by Julie Garwood
    Iain Maitland, a Highland clan Laird, totally fits this mold. When Judith Hampton meets him as her escort into the Highlands to help a friend give birth, she finds him to be everything her polite society has taught her to fear. Cold, calculating, and strong beyond belief; but eventually Judith’s light begins to warm Iain’s heart.

    Sagittarius
    A Sagittarius will never turn down a dare! These rule-breakers are fun-seeking adventurers you will never have a dull day with.

    The Danger of Desire, by Sabrina Jeffries
    Delia Trevor is the heroine inspired by this zodiac sign; seeking revenge for her brother’s death, she disguises herself as a man to infiltrate high society. Gambling with not only her reputation but her life, she finds herself in danger when the infamous Warren, Marquess of Knightford, recognizes her.

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean
    Gabriel St. John defies all the rules—he’s a known rake, his skills at seduction both admired and reviled in high society. Lady Calpurnia is the opposite: a total rule-follower, but not for long. Since no one wants to marry her anyway, she decides to pursue him, and together, they find a love that dares to break the mold.

    Capricorn
    Ever seen someone with a color-coded planner? They are probably a Capricorn. Known for being ambitious and organized, these folks are rarely quitters. But dedication can be a double-edged sword, as sometimes Capricorns can be cold.  

    To Beguile a Beast, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Helen has made mistakes in the past, but she is determined not to give up and to find a new life for herself. So when she takes a job as the mysterious and reclusive Sir Alistair’s housekeeper and finds him to be as cold and unfeeling as his reputation let on, her work is cut out for her. She isn’t afraid of his scars, or his past, or of what will happen if they fall in love.

    Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters are all still unmarried, which presents a problem for her lower-class family, which still has five children to support. But she is headstrong and refuses to marry for less than true love…and when a man she despises interferes with her sister’s happiness, she knows he is the last man she could ever love.

    Aquarius
    These Air-ruled people are friendly and eccentric, known for being inviting and kind. They always seek to root out injustice where they find it, and are at their best when they have a mission to achieve. But be careful: sometimes having a mission can lead someone on a path towards their own destruction.  

    The Lady Hellion, by Joanna Shupe
    Sophie has never shied away from a good fight: her latest battle is to protect the rights of prostitutes, but no one takes her seriously as a woman. So she decides to dress as a man to command the attention her cause desires…and to get an accomplice in her quest, like Damien Beecham, the only man she trusts to help her despite him having broken her heart months ago.

    Almost a Scandal, by Elizabeth Essex
    Sally Kent’s family has always served in the Navy…but when her brother decides not to, she is determined to take his place, even if she has to disguise herself in order to serve. The problem? She’s distracted by the disarmingly handsome Lieutenant David Colyear, who knows without a doubt that there’s a woman on board his ship whose secret he must keep.

    Pisces
    Fantasy lovers known for having huge imaginations, this Fish sign is always on the lookout for perfect love. But sometimes that can lead them into dangerous situations, where they trust people they shouldn’t.

    The Secret Pearl, by Mary Balogh
    Fleur has resorted to desperate lengths to stay alive and afloat in London society. So when she gets a chance to be a governess and escape a life on the streets, she jumps at the chance…only to find her new employer is the mysterious man who took her to bed one night she could never forget.

    Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn
    Colin Bridgerton is charming, handsome, totally gossip-worthy…and his sister’s best friend, Penelope, has been secretly in love with him for years. When she discovers a secret that changes how she sees him—and Colin’s feelings for her begin to change—will the scandal of his past bring down their romance?

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

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2017/11/28 Permalink
    Tags: a good day to marry a duke, a perfect obsession, alisha rai, , , betina krahn, cowboy legacy, , , , , the lady travelers guide to larceny with a dashing stranger, Victoria Alexander, , wrong to need you   

    Romance Roundup: Prodigal Hunks, Art Lovers, and Cowboy Sheriffs 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a forensic psychologist with murders to solve, a woman who needs donors in order to fund her charitable efforts, and a broke lady who needs to get her hands on a valuable piece of art.

    A Perfect Obsession, by Heather Graham
    A murderer is targeting beautiful women, and the latest body has been found close to Finnegan’s Pub. Pub co-owner and forensic psychologist Kieran Finnegan decides to consult on the case and dig deeper into these murders—and what she finds is even more disturbing than what she could have imagined. She works with her manly man of a boyfriend, FBI special agent Craig Frasier, and together they go into this sinister world. New developments, though, have Craig on especially high alert, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep Kieran safe. (Kieran, your fellow sure sounds like a keeper!) Can they solve this case before another victim gets hurt? This is the second book in Graham’s New York Confidential series. (Available in paperback on November 28.)

    Wrong to Need You, by Alisha Rai
    Jackson Kane did not leave his family under the best conditions. He was accused of a terrible crime he didn’t commit, and soon after left everything and everyone behind him. Now he’s decided to return home after a ten-year absence. (Dude, we all feel for you, but yes, it’s time to go home and make nice with the people who love you!) He soon meets up again with Sadia Ahmed, his late brother’s widow. She and Jackson always had feelings for each other that ran a tad deeper than normal. Sadia really needs all of the help she can get with her café, and Jackson is home again with some spare time on his masculine, capable hands. They are burning hotter than ever for each other, so this is an excellent time for them to reconnect in all kinds of delicious ways! This is the second book in Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Wicked Intentions, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, needs to hunt down a killer in St. Giles, London’s most awful slum, and he doesn’t know where to begin. He enlists the help of Temperance Dews, a widow who works to help the people of St. Giles. They strike a deal: She’ll help him track down the killer (she’s got a colorful roster of contacts, that’s for sure), and Lazarus will introduce her to high society so she can find a wealthy benefactor to help fund her charitable efforts. (It’s kind of like networking and fundraising in days of yore, but with murder.) Lazarus and Temperance start to fall for each other in a major way, which is totally understandable—she’s a nice person and he has some insatiable desires that many women wouldn’t mind sating. (We’re all up for the challenge, Lazarus!) Will they nab the killer, get some donors, and then seriously consider, ahem, joining forces for the rest of their lives? This reprint is the first book in Hoyt’s extensive Maiden Lane series. (Available in paperback on November 28.)

    A Good Day to Marry a Duke, by Betina Krahn
    Daisy Bumgarten isn’t exactly making the best impression on English society. The Nevada lady has got to marry well because she has three sisters who need support—and she already embarrassed herself while husband hunting in New York City. (Hang in there, Daisy! A New Yorker just wasn’t your destiny!) She meets Lord Ashton Graham, who can sense her desperation and finds it rather amusing. He also finds her way more attractive than he cares to admit. As for Daisy, Ashton makes her want to cool herself with a frilly fan. (Fact: A hottie like Ashton would make the Nevada deserts seem cool in comparison.) When someone tries to put Daisy in the line of society’s vicious fire, Ashton will need to prove that he’s a real man who is willing to stand up for his woman. This is the first book in Krahn’s Sin and Sensibility series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger, by Victoria Alexander
    Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s fancy schmancy life is left in shambles thanks to her husband’s downfall. She’s got one card up her silk sleeve, though, and that’s a very valuable painting in her family that could sell for a goodly sum. The painting, a Renaissance masterpiece, is currently in the clutches of a Venice-based art collector. Wilhelmina’s lady friends concoct a plan to help her get the painting back. Another person who wants that same painting is Dante Augustus Montague, a very attractive man who can ride our gondolas any day of the week. Dante has zero plans to relinquish his own claim on this exquisite piece of art. Then he meets Wilhelmina, and she makes him want to loosen up in all kinds of ways. A story that involves romance and art and travel? Yes, please! This is the second book in Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Cowboy Legacy, by B.J. Daniels
    Sheriff Flint Cahill has had it rough lately, what with a divorce from his crazy mean ex-wife. Fortunately, he’s just met Maggie Thompson, who is super nice—pretty much the opposite of his ex. (Way to go, Flint!) Then the worst happens—Maggie disappears. Flint is positive his ex-wife is involved, and he’s going to walk through fire if that’s what it takes to get Maggie back. (Flint, just make sure you take off your shirt at least twice. Thanks!) As for Maggie, she’s got to keep her wits about her and focus on staying alive, which isn’t easy when a major snowstorm is about to hit and you’re being held hostage by crazies. Can Maggie survive the torture, and can Flint work quickly enough and get her back before some serious damage is done? (Yes, you both can! Stay strong, you two!) This is the first book in Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    What romance novels are you reading this week?

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