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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, , b.j. daniels, 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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  • Amanda Diehl 3:00 pm on 2017/10/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , alisha rai, beauty like the night, , christina lauren, dating you/hating you, , elyse springer, hate to want you, heels over head, , , kirsten ashley, , nina bocci, roman crazy, , , , the chase, the deep end, the duchess deal, the pages of the mind, , , what's your sign?   

    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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