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  • Cristina Merrill 8:38 pm on 2018/11/06 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Master Vampires, Wyoming and Texas Ranchers, and Naughty Widows 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a desperate heiress who needs to pay off a blackmailer, a Wyoming rancher and single dad who gets some much-needed help, and a high-society widow who falls for the deliciously wrong kind of man. Plus: lots of vampires.

    Wyoming Legend, by Diana Palmer
    Micah Torrance may be a handsome, rugged man built to run a Wyoming ranch, but underneath that chiseled exterior is a guy who needs a bit of help. He’s got his energetic little daughter, for one, and, well, running a big Wyoming ranch is tougher than it sounds. Fortunately, he gets help from Karina Carter, a champion ice skater who is having a bit of R&R after an accident. She is eager to get back to the ice, but then she gets to know Micah and his kid and realizes that everything she truly, madly, deeply wants is much closer than she thinks. Will Micah find, ahem, enthusiastic ways to express his budding love for Karina? And will Karina realize that Micah is WAY better than any gold medal? This is the eighth book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    Unhinged, by Helen Hardt
    The love saga between ER nurse Erin Hamilton and vampire Dante Gabriel continues! Long story short: Dante bit Erin and became addicted to her blood and they now have a crazy-hot chemistry that would resuscitate a maiden aunt’s long-lost libido. The thing is, Erin isn’t sure she wants to buy into the whole vampire thing, even if Dante constantly makes her want to ditch her scrubs and bare herself to him body and soul. (Oh, Erin, please don’t fight the feelings that Dante makes you feel!) Still, they can’t stay away from each other, so now they’re going to decipher the Vampyre Texts and dodge a gang of vampire thugs. Dante also needs to deal with some major dark energy. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat all of the negative forces in their lives and just focus on each other! This is the second book in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Snow, by Nora Roberts
    Two stories in one! In “A Will and a Way,” Pandora McVie ends up having to spend Christmas in the Catskills with the very hunky Michael Donahue. He is the co-beneficiary of her late uncle’s will, who clearly wanted to hook these two youngsters up. Pandora is NOT a happy camper. (Um, Pandora, no offense, but Michael is gorgeous and I just did a Google image search of the Catskills and WOW they’re beautiful—so open your eyes!) In “Local Hero,” single mom Hester Wallace is working hard to make ends meet while raising her son in a Manhattan apartment. (Totally feel you, Hester! Keeping oneself alive in a Manhattan apartment is no easy feat.) Her neighbor Mitch Dempsey offers to help her out, which melts our gal’s heart. (Mitch, would you please walk my dog while you’re at it?) Will this be the last holiday season they spend unattached? (Available in paperback.)

    Love in Catalina Cove, by Brenda Jackson
    Vashti Alcindor faced a major teen pregnancy-related crisis when she was younger, so she left her hometown of Catalina Cove determined to never return. Fast forward ten-plus years, and our gal has inherited a bed and breakfast from her aunt. The establishment is in major need of some HGTV-level renovation, and Vashti decides to fix it up and give life in Catalina Cove another whirl. (Vashti, you are our inspiration!) Oh, she also meets and falls for Sawyer Grisham, the new sheriff who recently pulled her over for speeding, proving that romance can flower in the most inconvenient of circumstances. Things are going quite well until some painful secrets start to come out. Vashti, stay strong and don’t let anyone ruin your new life! And Sawyer, make sure to stick by her side throughout all of the drama – and forgive her for speeding! This is the first book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Shades of Wicked, by Jeaniene Frost
    New series alert! Master vampire Ian makes no apologies for his controversial but smoldering, sexy existence. (Yep, we’re all totally fine with this.) And as for our vampire law-abiding gal, Veritas, her job is to make sure that guys like Ian, who live by their own set of rules and don’t really listen to vampire society, doesn’t get TOO out of line. (Oh, but Veritas, Ian can be so good when he’s bad!) Still, both Veritas and Ian have a bone to pick with a demon named Dagon. (We’ll put it this way: Dagon is so bad that even Veritas is willing to get a bit dirty if it means his downfall.) Ian and Veritas will need to join forces if they’re going to defeat Dagon. And if it means that she’ll occasionally get to put her hands all over Ian’s body then, well, good for you, Veritas! This is the first book in Frost’s Night Rebel series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward
    Sola Morte used to be on the wrong side of the law (think cat burglary and safecracking), but now she’s gone clean and is focused on taking care of her granny. She hasn’t forgotten Assail, though. He’s a vampire, and let’s just say that futures between vampires and human women are NOT looking too bright. She needs to stay away from him. Then Assail ends up in a coma, and his cousins ask Sola to chill by his bedside and give him a reason to keep going. (Oh, that we all had that chance!) Then she finds herself in the middle of a war that involves vampires and vampire enemies and lots and lots of fangs and teeth. Here’s hoping she manages to survive this vampire war—and that she and Assail figure out their future together ASAP! This is the latest book in Ward’s extensive Black Dagger Brotherhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Archangel’s Prophecy, by Nalini Singh
    Elena Deveraux was a mortal who was turned immortal and became the consort of Archangel Raphael, and because of this she has a pretty sweet pair of wings that, ya know, allow her to live up in the clouds with him. (The ability to fly AND a hunky man to boot? Elena, you are one very lucky lady!) A major problem is brewing, though, which is that Elena is regressing and becoming more human again. She and Raphael need to figure out what the problem is ASAP before their future together becomes truly doomed. Oh, and major catastrophes are taking place around the world, and Elena and Raphael need to deal with them, too. Elena and Raphael, you can do this! We have faith in you! And when the drama is over, you should seriously consider booking a couples’ massage! This is the latest book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Barbarous, by Minerva Spencer
    Lady Daphne Davenport is a respectable widow, which means she should NOT be falling hard for the steaming hot privateer, Hugh Redvers. She’s a lady and he’s just not the kind of man she should be courting in public. She also needs to keep her distance because she miiiiight have cheated him out of lands and a title and so forth—not that Hugh knows it. (Daphne, you bad girl! We can’t wait to hear all of your juicy secrets!) Still, Daphne wouldn’t mind being pillaged and plundered by Hugh, because he puts all of those high-society dandies to shame. As for Hugh, he can’t resist our tough, beautiful gal. Here’s hoping that Daphne comes clean about everything, and that Hugh isn’t too upset with her. (Just take it inside, you two! And by “inside” we mean “to the bedroom!”) This is the second book in Spencer’s Outcasts series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Too Far Gone, by Allison Brennan
    Special Agent and total badass Lucy Kincaid is eager to enjoy some quality time this summer with her hunky husband, Sean, and her husband’s son, Jesse. Trouble is, a respected scientist whose personal and professional life was in tatters just went haywire, kept a bunch of innocent people hostage, and then died in a shootout with the FBI. Lucy needs to get to the bottom of this, but soon it seems as if someone might be out to get her. She and Jesse get into a major car accident, and other things just start to unravel from there. Will our gal be able to crack this case? Will she and her loved ones make it out safely? And when the drama is over, will she and her husband and stepson finally be able to relax and enjoy their summer? This is the latest book in Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    American Drifter, by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray
    Yup, you read those author names correctly! The romance writer and actor have teamed up to create a story about River, a U.S. Army veteran with PTSD. River has some major demons, so he decides to get lost in Brazil and just drift around with no end in sight. (Oh, River, we’d love nothing more than to find you and provide, ahem, comfort!) He meets a very special lady by the name of Natal, and instantly feels attracted to her, but she is the mistress of a gangster, and so he needs to tread carefully. They escape the area together, with the drug lord and his gang in pursuit. Oh, and the Brazilian government might also be involved. River and Natal, you two lovebirds just focus on escaping to a safe place, and then maybe also focus on making sweet, sweet love in a beautiful and remote mountain cabin! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Beautiful Sinner, by Sophie Jordan
    Cruz Walsh was recently released from prison. He was accused of a crime he didn’t commit, so now he’s quite intent on making sure he only surrounds himself with people he trusts. (Good for you, buddy!) Then he gets stuck in a supply closet with Gabriella, an old high school acquaintance who looks WAY different from the days when people called her “Flabby Gabby.” (Gabriella, as far as we’re concerned, you are—and have always been—Ms. Fabulous McFabulous!) She is trying to land a major scoop that will help her career get wings—and help her get the heck out of her teeny, tiny town. But being stuck in a supply closet can be a surprisingly sexy situation that makes you want to slow things down and reevaluate your life, especially with a guy like Cruz. Here’s hoping they both get the fresh start they’re looking for! This is the fifth book in Jordan’s Devil’s Rock series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Runaway Princess, by Christina Dodd
    Miss Evangeline Scoffield is a sophisticated, mysterious woman—or so she would have everyone believe. She is really an orphan who recently inherited some money, so she’s intent on having a fun summer filled with expensive gowns and travel, all while pretending to be a beautiful, mysterious lady. A Very Sexy Man who is also A Crown Prince sees her and immediately realizes that she’s actually the Princess of Serephina. Oh, and she’s also supposed to be his fiancee, which didn’t totally fit in with her plans at first. (Evangeline—or is it Your Highness?—we’re all for you having a bit of fun and freedom, but have you had a chance to see this guy nekkid?) He is eager to win her over, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes. (Yes, yes, and yes!) Will he manage to win her over? And will they be able to rule together in harmony? This is the first book in Dodd’s Princess series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Bastard’s Bargain, by Katee Robert
    Keira O’Malley always fantasized about her wedding day, but she never imagined said wedding day would involve marriage to Dmitri Romanov. He’s a major power player in New York City who is known for his ruthless focus when it comes to taking care of business. As for Keira, she agrees to marry him only because her family is in danger. (Keira, call us delusional, but we’re actually feeling optimistic about this situation!) She doesn’t want to make marriage easy for him, but even she can’t deny that she wouldn’t mind licking a happy trail of chocolate off of his body every night. (Totally understandable, Keira. Totally understandable.) They’ll need to work together if they’re going to defeat their enemies. And when it’s over, they just might realize they actually like each other and want to stay married. Let the games begin! This is the sixth book in Robert’s O’Malley’s series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Big Bad Cowboy, by Carly Bloom
    Travis Blake experienced a lot of heartbreak in his hometown of Big Verde, Texas, so he escaped to Austin, intending to never return. Then his nephew calls him, and he’s very much in need of Travis’ help. Travis goes back, and figures he’ll sell the family ranch while he’s at it. But a very special lady by the name of Maggie is in his way. Maggie is so NOT falling for any of Travis’ charms, mainly because he is playing a role in the demise of her business. (Oh, Maggie, let’s be fair and give a shirtless Travis five minutes to explain himself! Actually, make that 10 minutes. Plus 20. A whole half hour of Travis explaining himself shirtless. Yes, that will work!) Then Maggie starts to see that Travis is actually A Good Guy and falls for him. Here’s hoping they work out a beautiful life together! This is the first book in Bloom’s Once Upon a Time in Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Earl I See Tonight, by Anna Bennett
    David Gray, Earl of Ravenport was just jilted by his fiancee, so he’s pretty sure he’s over the whole marriage thing. Then he gets a marriage proposal from heiress and artist Miss Fiona Hartley. She wants to get married pronto because she needs her dowry to pay off a blackmailer. That blackmailer wants to destroy her sister’s reputation, and Fiona is a nice sister who does NOT want to see that happen. (Fiona, we admire your bravery and determination to protect your family!) Fiona ends up spending a week at David’s estate, which is in need of some major TLC. David is positive being in a rundown place will drive Fiona away, but she’s no delicate miss. Oh, and they both soon realize that they can’t ignore the hot chemistry between them. David and Fiona, please open your eyes to the possibilities! And get rid of that blackmailer! This is the first book in Bennett’s Debutante series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wolf Rising, by Paige Tyler
    SWAT officer Jayden Brooks doesn’t believe in soulmates or The One or true love or any of that stuff THAT REALLY DOES EXIST! (Seriously, Jayden, open up that heart that lies beneath your chiseled pecs!) Then he rescues high school teacher Selena Rosa. She was being held hostage, and one whiff of this beautiful, sweet-smelling lady has Jayden rethinking his priorities. (Excuse me, Selena? What perfume were you wearing when you met Jayden? Please let us all know. Thanks!) As for Selena, one look at Jayden reminds her that she may be super duper buttoned up, but she is still a natural woman. They end up making out and Selena bites him, which unleashes her wolf gene. (That’s right, Selena! You unleash your inner wolf!) She starts to transform, and her wilder, more uncontrollable tendencies start coming out. Will the strong, devoted Jayden be able to keep her on track? This is the eighth book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/08/22 Permalink
    Tags: abandoned, allison brennan, brave new earl, harmony evans, , lorelai james, , racked and stacked, reborn, regina cole, , , to have and to harley, winning her forever   

    Romance Roundup: Fake Wedding Planners, Investigative Reporters, and Assassins 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a former dancer trying to reclaim her childhood home, an investigative reporter looking into the death of her mother, and a trained assassin who is reunited with his lady love.

    Winning Her Forever, by Harmony Evans
    Trent Waterson may be a successful construction entrepreneur and a man of many different passions, but former dancer Sonya Young still won’t give him the time of day. Of course, she’s very busy working towards her dreams and being all-around fabulous, but it’s also quite likely she hasn’t seen Trent wearing nothing but a hard hat. (It’s worth it, Sonya! Totally worth it!) Then Sonya discovers that her childhood home is going into foreclosure, and that Trent’s brother is trying to buy the property. Trent is a big family man, but he’s also really big on Sonya. Can he find a way to help her? (Yes, Trent, yes you can!) And then can they both realize they’re perfect for each other and then get married and have lots of babies? This is the first book in Evans Bay Point Confessions series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 21.)

    Racked and Stacked, by Lorelai James
    Truck driver Larissa Thorpe grew up being a tomboy thanks in part to having three older brothers, and the whole tomboy thing has stuck with her into adulthood. This never really bothered her. Then she meets Ike Palmer, a cowboy who would bring out the feminine side of a brick wall. Our gal is an awesome lady, but Ike doesn’t think he’ll ever be into her in THAT way. (Oh, Ike, you adorably unaware hunk, you. You just DON’T understand the awesomeness that is Larissa!) Then they start working together very closely, which is great, because Larissa will get to show Ike how amazing she is and Ike will realize that it’s time for him to look at a different kind of woman. Act fast, Ike! Awesome ladies like Larissa don’t just grow on trees! This is the ninth book in James’ Blacktop Cowboys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    To Have and To Harley, by Regina Cole
    Bethany Jernigan is ready to be the ultimate maid of honor. The thing is, Bethany will have to work with the main wedding planner, a guy named Trey Harding, who is SO not what a wedding planner is expected to be. Trey and his staff members are all a bunch of rough-looking, tattooed motorcycle riders who have found themselves in a giant tornado of tulle and place settings and seating charts and GAH! It’s all too much! Trey starts to fall really hard for Bethany, but he has a lot to lose if he comes clean to everyone involved and admits that he is not, in fact, a wedding planner. (Trey, no offense, but people probably won’t be THAT surprised.) Here’s hoping Trey figures out a way to reveal the truth AND keep all of his loved ones in his life! This is the first book in Cole’s Bikers and Brides series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Abandoned, by Allison Brennan
    Investigative reporter Max Revere is about to crack the toughest case of her life: her mom’s disappearance. Max’s mom left her when she was nine years old, but she sent her regular correspondence. That correspondence stopped, though, and her mom was considered legally dead. (Hugs, Max! We’re giving you all of the hugs!) Max wants to find out what happened to her mom, and she has one clue to start off with. (Knowing our gal, she’s going to make the absolute most of that one clue.) When investigators fail to help her look into the con man her mom had been involved with, she realizes she’ll need to push up her sleeves even further and dig even deeper. Here’s hoping Max finds all of the answers she’s looking for—and that at least one friendly face will help her in her quest! This is the first book in Brennan’s Max Revere series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on August 14.)

    Brave New Earl, by Jane Ashford
    Benjamin Romilly, the Earl of Furness, is still grieving the death of his wife, which was five years ago. She died in childbirth, and while his child survived, he’s found it extremely difficult to move on. Enter Miss Jean Saunders, a cousin by marriage. She loved Benjamin’s late wife, and hates the thought of her child suffering in any way. She shows up to make sure he’s being a good father and that his son isn’t being neglected. Benjamin isn’t quite feeling this whole visit at first, but pretty soon he and Jean start getting to really know each other and falling in love. Can Jean bring Benjamin back to life? And can this new blended family find their own happily ever after? This is the first book in Ashford’s Way to a Lord’s Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Reborn, by Meredith Wild
    Tristan Stone is a paid assassin, and his experiences have hardened him into a killing machine who has zero recollection of his past. Then he’s hired to kill Isabel Foster, his former lover who has never forgotten her yummy hunk of burning love. (Before he became really bad, Tristan was, in fact, really, really good, and he and Isabel had a deep, intense connection.) Instead of killing her, Tristan decides to keep her safe. (Yay, Tristan! We knew you were still good at heart! Keep that momentum going, buddy!) Tristan and Isabel will have to go through quite a bit together until they find their happy ending, so here’s hoping their love remains strong enough—and that they never have to be separated from each other again! This tome contains the first three books in Wild’s Red Ledger series. (Available in hardcover and paperback.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/05/08 Permalink
    Tags: all's fair in love and wolf, allison brennan, born to love, , i am justice, , , , , , , the greatest risk, until there was us   

    Romance Roundup: Crime-Fighting Women, Wolf Shifters, and Sexy Groomsmen 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a heroine who fights crime against women across the globe, a wolf shifter who wants to prove his innocence to his new love, and a guy who is about to find some very unexpected romance.

    The Greatest Risk, by Kristen Ashley
    Sixx is a mistress at a very high-end club known as The Bee’s Honey, and let’s just say the patrons of this fine establishment get erotic experiences they’ll never forget. Stellan is a master at this same club. (How do we get a lifetime membership?!) He and Sixx have the major hots for each other—watching the other one be a sexy boss at work can do that to a person—and things between them are finally about to go down. The thing is, Sixx has some ginormous emotional walls built up around her. Stellan is determined to break past those walls in as loving and gentle a way as possible. Will Sixx let him in? And will Stellan be able to bare all to our sensitive gal, both emotionally and physically, but especially physically? (Stellan, we’re all giving you positive vibes!) This is the third and final book in Ashley’s Honey trilogy. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Shattered, by Allison Brennan
    Two very different women will need to unite if they’re going to solve decades-old murders. Maxine Revere is an investigative reporter, and she is trying to help her friend’s wife get exonerated for the murder of their son. Thing is, other boys have been murdered over the course of several years, and Maxine is convinced all of the cases, including this latest one, are linked. She teams up with Lucy Kincaid, a cop who hates reporters. (Suffice to say there is no love lost between these women.) They’re going to have to get over their respective disdain over the other’s profession if they’re going to solve these murders and help a mother avoid prison. Maxine and Lucy, get it together, you two! You’re more on the same page than you think. And when it’s all over, you can go out for margaritas and tacos! This is the fourth book in Brennan’s Max Revere series. (Available in paperback.)

    I Am Justice, by Diana Muñoz Stewart
    Our gal Justice Parish was saved from the streets and trained to fight crime against women around the world. (Justice, you’re our hero! Call us up if you ever need a place to crash!) Now she’s on one of her biggest assignments yet—she’s targeting a sex trafficking ring in the Middle East. (Again, Justice, you’re our hero!) Her mission brings her face-to-face with Sandesh Ross, who is by far the hottest thing in the desert. He’s also got some do-good tasks on his list, and he’s very, very intrigued by Justice. Then she gets injured, and, even worse, her cover is blown. Can they get their act together and work together to rescue ladies in danger? And when it’s over, can Sandesh find it in his sexy body to nurture Justice back to health AND show her the time of her life? This is the first book in Stewart’s Band of Sisters series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Born to Love, by Leigh Greenwood
    Holt Price, a former Night Rider, thinks he has the next chapter of his life figured out. He’s going back home to Galveston, Texas, and he’s going to reconnect with the woman he always thought he would marry. (Hmmm, Holt, buddy, sounds like we should all help you out and a do quick abs check. Ya know, to make sure you still have them. And no, we can’t take your word for it.) Then he meets a lovely lady by the name of Felicity Moore. She’s pretty much the perfect woman for him, so here’s hoping that Holt doesn’t take too long to realize this. (Buddy, sometimes life hands you a beautiful, new opportunity, and you have to take that beautiful, new opportunity and give it your best kiss! And a neck rub. A foot massage wouldn’t hurt, either.) This is the third book in Greenwood’s Night Riders series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    All’s Fair in Love and Wolf, by Terry Spear
    Jenna St. James is on a mission to bring wolf shifter Sarandon Silver to justice. (We get it, Jenna. It should absolutely be illegal for him to be that hot.) Sarandon is eager to prove his innocence, though, and he’s going to stop at nothing to make sure Jenna realizes that he’s a very good wolf man. (Ahem, Sarandon? We wouldn’t mind a bit of proof ourselves, wink wink.) The Silver Town pack is eager to help Sarandon prove his innocence, and we really hope that means tons of hot, shirtless wolf-shifting men in one room. Will Sarandon find it in his heart to forgive Jenna for tracking him down? (Buddy, she was just trying to do her job!) And will Jenna show Sarandon just how lucky he is to have her tailing him? (Jenna, show him all of your best moves!) This is the latest book in Spear’s Silver Town Wolf series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Until There Was Us, by Samantha Chase
    Megan Montgomery had a Very Good Time at her cousin’s wedding two years ago. She did the yummy with Alex Rebat, one of the groomsmen. (Megan, sounds like you enjoyed a fantasy we all have!) She still hasn’t forgotten about him, and he’s still pretty hooked on her, too. (Totally understandable on both ends.) Now Megan is back in town, and Alex is determined to prove to her that he’s more than just a beautiful face with a body to match and sexy eyes and a tight behind and cheekbones that could cut ice. (Although none of these things are necessarily hurting his case.) Megan and Alex, get to know each for real ASAP and start planning your own nuptials! This is the eighth book in Chase’s Montgomery Brothers series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    What romance novels are you excited to dig into this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 12:00 pm on 2017/08/15 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Investigative Reporters, Food Entrepreneurs, and Restaurant Owners 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a sheltered woman who meets a very different kind of guy, an organic food business owner who falls for a smoking hot lawyer, and a guy who wants to make a strong-willed woman his permanent wedding date.

    If Not for You, by Debbie Macomber
    The very sheltered Beth Prudhomme is finally taking her life into her own hands. She decides to move from Chicago to Portland and reconnect with her Aunt Sunshine, who is kind of the proverbial black sheep of Beth’s controlling family. Beth also meets the very good-looking Sam Carney. Beth doesn’t think he’s the one for her (he has tattoos, for gosh sakes!) and her parents for sure would SO not approve. (Beth, this is even MORE reason for you to give him a chance!) Then Beth gets into a really bad accident, and who visits her almost every day in the hospital? Yep, you guessed it! This sparks a very nice romance, which is threatened when Beth’s parents blow into town from the Windy City. Can Beth and Sam’s blossoming romance survive the worst catastrophe of all: meddlesome parental units? This is the latest book in Macomber’s New Beginnings series. (Available in paperback on August 22.)

    Sweet Stallion, by Deborah Fletcher Mello
    Naomi Stallion is all about organic food, and she’s got a thriving business she wants to bring to her town in Utah. (Naomi, we’ll help you set up shop!) She’s got to go toe-to-toe with corporate attorney Patrick O’Brien over the property she wants to buy in order to expand her business. (No woman would really mind going toe-to-toe with Patrick, but Naomi has a lot at stake, so she can’t afford to get too starry-eyed.) Patrick is a tad conservative, especially compared to our more free-spirited gal, and he doesn’t really get that whole organic food thing. He is a country guy, though, so surely Naomi will open his eyes to better practices. And when someone else gets involved in Naomi’s business in a not-so-great way, Patrick realizes that he wants to be there for her, like, all the time. Step up to the plate, Patrick, and show us all those biceps while you’re at it! (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 22.)

    Shattered, by Allison Brennan
    Two very different women will need to unite if they’re going to solve decades-old murders. Maxine Revere is an investigative reporter, and she is trying to help her friend’s wife get exonerated for the murder of their son. Thing is, other boys have been murdered over the course of several years, and Maxine is convinced all of the cases, including this latest one, are linked. She teams up with Lucy Kincaid, a cop who hates reporters. (Suffice to say there is no love lost between these women.) They’re going to have to get over their respective disdain over the other’s profession if they’re going to solve these murders and help a mother avoid prison. Maxine and Lucy, get it together, you two! You’re more on the same page than you think. And when it’s all over, you can go out for margaritas and tacos! This is the fourth book in Brennan’s Max Revere series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on August 22.)

    The Beauty of Us, by Kristen Proby
    Riley Gibson can’t say no when her restaurant, Seduction, has a chance to be featured on the Best Bites TV network. That, however, would involve having cameras in the kitchen on a regular basis, which can kind of get in the way at times. Then she meets the show’s executive producer, Trevor Cooper, and realizes that the benefits will outweigh any inconveniences by a whole lot. (Trevor, you can follow us all around with or without a camera any time!) Trevor really wants to feature Riley’s restaurant on his show, and, oh, he also wants to be around Riley both on and off of the clock. Here’s hoping they both get their romantic priorities straight, and that Riley’s restaurant gets the recognition it deserves! This is the fifth book in Proby’s Fusion series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 22.)

    Shattered, by Helen Hardt
    The Steel family hasn’t had it easy lately, so Ryan Steel is very much looking forward to his brothers’ upcoming weddings. Sure, there are conspiracy theories galore flying around, but Ryan just wants to watch his brothers tie the knot and eat some wedding cake. (Hey there, Ryan! Need a plus one or two? ‘Cause we’re all available between now and Thanksgiving!) Things are starting to look mighty happy and peaceful, but Ryan and his main squeeze, detective Ruby Lee, are going through a bit of a rough patch. (Fact: A rough patch with Ryan is better than the most perfect summer day!) Can Ruby and Ryan each get over their respective issues, and maybe take a nice vacation together when all of the drama is over and the mysteries have been solved? This is the seventh book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers Saga series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 29.)

    What romance novels are helping you bid farewell to summer?

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:30 pm on 2016/04/11 Permalink
    Tags: allison brennan, eight ways to ecstasy, forgetting august, j.l. berg, jeanette grey, jennifer ashley, , poisonous, , , , white tiger   

    Romance Roundup: Shape-shifters, Action Heroines, and a Second Chance at Love 

    This week’s romance roundup includes a shape-shifting hunk, a dude out of a coma, and a tough-as-nails lady investigative reporter.

    The Obsession, by Nora Roberts
    No one tells a story like the great Nora Roberts, so grab your favorite blanket and your reading beverage of choice (glass of Malbec, please!) and get cozy with her latest! Naomi Carson, formerly Naomi Bowes, does not want people to know she is the daughter of the killer Thomas David Bowes, hence the name change and the move to Sunrise Cove, an isolated place with some really nice residents. Those residents include sexy Xander Keaton, who really wants to get to know the mysterious newcomer. Roberts’ readers know the author delivers strong heroines and good-hearted heroes who love and appreciate them, not to mention expert pacing and plot twists to keep readers guessing ’til the very end. (Available in paperback, hardcover, NOOK and audiobook on April 12.)

    White Tiger, by Jennifer Ashley
    Readers who enjoy heroes with a protective streak will love book 8 in Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series. Kendrick, a white tiger Shifter, must live in secret and help protect his fellow Shifters, so he has no time to mess around. They’ve been discovered, and they need to skedaddle, pronto. He runs into waitress Addison Price, who ends up helping him because, let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to help a sweet, mysterious guy like Kendrick? Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s more appealing than an ice cream cone on a hot summer’s day. Ashley, who also writes as Allyson James, has plenty of paranormal books under her belt, including her Stormwalker series, so there’s WAY more where that came from! (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 5.)

    Eight Ways to Ecstasy, by Jeanette Grey
    Love it when a relationship spans the course of more than one book! The sequel to Grey’s Seven Nights to Surrender continues the story of artist Kate Reid and billionaire Rylan Bellamy. They had a fun time in Paris (and by “a fun time in Paris” we of course mean “a sexy romp in the City of Lights”), but, sadly, things didn’t exactly end well. Time for a rendezvous in New York City, where Kate is looking for a fresh start, and Rylan wants another chance. More time with a hot couple whose relationship spans not one but two iconic cities? We’ll take it! (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 5.)

    Forgetting August, by J.L. Berg
    August wasn’t exactly the greatest guy on the planet before he fell into a coma. As for his old flame, Everly, she’s moved on from him and their spotty history. When August gets out of his coma, he doesn’t remember her or what happened between them, but he’s determined to find out. Oh, and he might want to win her back. Question is, can he do so before she marries someone else? This is the first book in Berg’s Lost and Found duet. The sequel, Remembering Everly (available in NOOK and out in paperback on July 5), will continue the saga, which is awesome, because there’s nothing quite as promising or delicious as a second-chance love story! (Available in paperback on April 5.)

    Poisonous, by Allison Brennan
    The third book in Brennan’s Max Revere series is mostly thriller, which makes it a perfect fit for romance fans who want their heroines to get in on more of the action outside of the bedroom! Poisonous continues the story of investigative reporter Maxine Revere. She and her assistant, David Kane, set out to look into the death of teenager Ivy Lake, who was an Internet bully. The only person who seems affected by Ivy’s death is her brother, Tommy, who asks Max to look into his sister’s end. Best of luck to our brave heroine as she looks into this complex, multi-faceted tragedy. (Available in hardcover, NOOK and audiobook on April 12.)

     
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