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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/01/03 Permalink
    Tags: Anna Todd, born of vengeance, , collision course, , , promise not to tell, , , roni loren, , spring forward, the ones who got away, the spring girls   

    Romance Roundup: Mechanics, Cult Survivors, and High School Sweethearts 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a romantic mechanic, reunited high school sweethearts, and a modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

    Spring Forward, by Catherine Anderson
    Crystal Malloy has a full plate of responsibility. She’s trying to take care of her grandfather, for one. He lives in a retirement community and likes to break the rules now and then. (Sounds like he’s a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time!) Her care duties put her in front of Tanner Richards, a Very Hot Man who occasionally helps her grandfather. (Let’s make one thing clear, though: Tanner is two generations younger than his older friend and has the face and body and arms to prove it!) Tanner and Crystal start seeing more of each other, and soon realize they’d like to see each other in a setting that’s a tad sexier than a nursing home. (Yes, this sounds like an excellent idea!) Will Crystal lighten up a bit? And will Tanner show her that beautiful body of his over and over again? This is the fourth book in Anderson’s Mystic Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Virginia Troy was in a cult as a kid, and a fire in the cult compound killed her mother, so yeah, she’s had it rough. Years have gone by, and Virginia now owns her own art gallery in Seattle. (Virginia, you go, girl!) Tragedy strikes again, though, when one of her artists commits suicide. The artist left behind some clues, and Virginia gets help looking into these clues from private investigator Cabot Sutter. He was also part of that cult as a kid, and so he knows our gal better than anyone. (Did we mention that he also now has the physique and mind of a mature, adult man, one to whom any woman would give her best “Come hither” look?) Now that they’re free adults, Virginia and Cabot can explore their feelings for each other and look into this murder. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that they build a loving and peaceful life together! (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on January 2.)

    The Spring Girls, by Anna Todd
    Gather round, Louisa May Alcott fans! This modern retelling of Little Women features four sisters living on a military base in New Orleans with their mother while their father serves in Iraq. (Major kudos to military members and military families stationed, well, everywhere!) Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are each trying to carve out a life for themselves. Meg wants to be an officer’s wife. (Follow your bliss, Meg, but please make sure you go to college first!) Jo wants to escape to New York City. (Can’t say we blame you, Jo! If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere!) Beth works really hard and doesn’t want to leave the house. (We all have those days, Beth!) And Amy is, well, Amy. They’re all still really young, so there’s plenty of time to watch them grow and blossom and pursue their dreams. (Wait! We’re still going to get Laurie, right?!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    The Ones Who Got Away, by Roni Loren
    Liv Arias and Finn Dorsey were high school sweethearts. Then something awful happened during their senior year, not just to them, but also to a bunch of their classmates. The group was collectively referred to as The Ones Who Got Away, and now, 12 years later, they are about to relive the horror for a documentary. (Note to self: Stop whining about the traumatizing experience that was every high school math class!) Liv and Finn haven’t seen each other in a long time, and let’s just say that the years have been very kind to both of them. They’ve gone from teenagers to man and woman, and they are each bringing their A-game this time around. Can they learn to love each other as adults and help each other overcome their shared traumas? This is the first book in Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Collision Course, by Marie Harte
    Florist Joey Reeves is a single mom with zero spare time on her hands. Then she meets Lou Cortez, a tattoo-covered mechanic who is so different from her that he might as well be from a different planet. (A sexy planet. One filled with sexy men, each of them eager to please their very own lucky lady.) Anyway, Joey wants to keep a lid on it because…well…single mom and…what if something goes wrong and…scared of everything and…omigod Joey just go for it! Life is too short, and Lou really needs help wiping oil residue off of his mighty, mighty form. Joey will soon realize, though, that she can be the yin to Lou’s yang, and that together they can create car and flower-loving babies. So Joey, you go hire that babysitter, grab a damp towel, and get down the fun stuff ASAP! This is the fourth book in Harte’s Body Shop Bad Boys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Born of Vengeance, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    The latest book in Kenyon’s The League: Nemesis Rising series features Bastien Cabarro and Ember Wyldestarrin, who used to be each other’s wingman. They’ve both had it rough, to say the least. He was framed for his family’s murder, for one. As for Ember, her parents were killed and she had to go into exile. Ember wants to stay away from the troubles plaguing her world, but she is eager to make people pay for their actions. As for Bastien, he’s got a lot of people relying on him to complete certain missions, so there is no time to waste. He and Ember are both thirsty for justice, and certainly for each other. There’s a whole lot of intrigue and mystery going on, so here’s hoping Ember and Bastien manage to keep their heads above water through it all and ultimately realize that they are, like, kind of perfect for each other. (Available in paperback on January 2.)

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  • Tara Sonin 5:00 pm on 2016/09/19 Permalink
    Tags: Anna Todd, , , nothing more   

    More Sizzling Romance in Anna Todd’s Nothing More 

    After wasn’t the end for fans of Anna Todd, fortunately—and her new novel, Nothing More, is a soapy, sweet, and sexy story of a boy who must decide between a second chance at love, and a dangerous new start.

    Readers of After—Todd’s Wattpad-famous novel—are already familiar with the main character in Nothing More, Landon Gibson. After all, he’s Hardin Scott’s step-brother and Tessa’s best friend, and he witnessed their torrid, on-again-off-again love affair from the sidelines. At the conclusion of the series, After Ever Happy, readers do know that Landon got married…but the woman’s identity has always remained a mystery.

    That mystery will be solved in this new series, as readers see Landon during his and Tessa’s NYU years: trying to move on from old wounds while avoiding getting hurt by new people.

    Landon is Hardin’s foil in every way: sensitive, caring, seemingly untouched by the darkness that haunts his step-brother. The kind of guy who calls his mom his best friend, covers for his cute coworker, Posey, when she brings her autistic little sister to work, and vows to stay friends with his ex, Dakota, who dumped him just before he was about to cross the country to be with her. If a perfect man does exist, he is surely a combination of Todd’s two heroes; Hardin’s brawn and possessiveness, with Landon’s generosity and kindness.

    Landon moved to New York City anyway, taking a chance on a future without Dakota (and possibly so that he could be around just in case she changes her mind). That’s where he meets Nora, who works with Tessa—and who is everything Dakota is not. She’s brazen, and bold, and unfamiliar. They share an illicit kiss, and Landon is left feeling torn between lingering feelings for Dakota and the desire to explore the fiery connection he shares with Nora. But as Hardin’s imminent visit to New York draws nearer and nearer, Landon fears his romantic exploits are getting in the way of protecting the people he loves most.

    Anna Todd’s world is laden with secrets, plot twists, and sizzling scenes rife with tension. Readers of After will be just as drawn to Landon, Posey, Dakota and Nora—all while still hungering for Hardin, whose cameos still bring the pages to life.

    Nothing More hits B&N shelves on September 20.

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