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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/12/12 Permalink
    Tags: any dream will do, , emma douglas, , kate baxter, , love in the afternoon, no place like you, , , , the duke knows best, the wicked vampire, wolf hunger   

    Romance Roundup: Vampire Party Girls, Rock Stars, and Lady Werewolves 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who is falling for her friend’s fiancé (with good reason!), a rock star who is reunited with his childhood sweetheart, and a London-loving lady who falls for a country-loving man.

    Love in the Afternoon, by Lisa Kleypas
    Beatrix Hathaway is not society’s typical lady. Forget about ballrooms and seasons and fancy dresses and snagging a filthy rich husband—she’d rather spend time outside enjoying nature and befriending animals. (Beatrix, we’ll take you on our weekend hikes any time!) A friend to the end, she helps her flirtatious buddy, Prudence Mercer, write letters to Prudence’s intended, the very handsome captain Christopher Phelan. Christopher is out to war, and he’s giving Prudence a heads up that he will be quite emotionally damaged when he gets back home. Beatrix ends up writing to Christopher for Prudence—and as Prudence—and these letters end up exchanging very private, heart-wrenching and heart-opening details. Christopher is convinced Prudence is the woman for him, but he’s about to be quite surprised when he finds out who’s really been helping him get in touch with his emotions. This is the fifth book in Kleypas’ Hathaways series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    No Place Like You, by Emma Douglas
    Leah Santelli and Zach Harper shared a very passionate night right before he left town to follow his bliss and become a rock star. (Zach, we would all be your groupies any day of the week!) Years go by, and Zach is now back in the town of Cloud Bay for a major music festival. Oh, and he has definitely struck it big. Leah still lives in Cloud Bay, and she’s been trying to make it big as a record producer. Zach is struck by the woman Leah has become, and he promptly starts to go ga-ga over her. (Gotta love it when a man recognizes a good thing!) As for Leah, she still hasn’t forgotten how hurt she was when Zach skipped town, so while she’s slap-happy to see Zach again, she’s understandably terrified of being hurt. Zach, this might be the perfect time to REALLY tap into your inner poet and spout some sonnets and songs! This is the first book in Douglas’ Cloud Bay series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Wicked Vampire, by Kate Baxter
    Sasha Ivanov is a blood-loving vampire AND one of the hottest party girls in the Los Angeles club scene. (Gotta love a heroine who knows how to have a good time!) She’s pretty insatiable when it comes to fun (and, well, blood), but she soon meets her match when she tries out a supernatural fight club. She makes the acquaintance of Ewan Brún, whose job is to kill vampires, which would surely cast a small shadow over his and Sasha’s budding attraction. Ewan and Sasha are irreversibly drawn to each other, which is good, because some especially dark forces are about to go after both of them. They will have to get into a bit of danger if they are then going to explore a passionate future together. Hang in there, you two! And Sasha, we promise that with Ewan by your side, you won’t ever miss your partying nights! This is the sixth book in Baxter’s Last True Vampire series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wolf Hunger, by Paige Tyler
    SWAT officer Max Lowry is a wolf shifter, and when he meets Lana, a fellow wolf shifter, he realizes he would like for them to spend the rest of their lives together making tons of cute little wolf cubs. The only thing is that she doesn’t realize she’s also a werewolf, so Max has to be all “You’re a werewolf, Lana” and then teach her about her heritage. (It’s kind of like how Hagrid said “yer a wizard” in the first Harry Potter book, except everyone involved in this story is sexy.) Max’s main goal right now is to keep his beloved safe from those who would track her down and kill her. As for Lana, she wouldn’t mind exploring her wilder, more animal instinctive ways with a man like Max. Can they stay safe from the bad guys and focus strictly on their between-the-sheets activity? This is the seventh book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook.)

    The Duke Knows Best, by Jane Ashford
    Lord Randolph Gresham is in London to find a wife. As soon as he accomplishes this task, he plans to take his bride straight back to his country parish and resume his quiet life. Then he meets Verity Sinclair, who much rather prefers the noisy fun London has to offer. Randolph may be a hottie worth painting, but Verify refuses to even consider socializing with him, because there is no way she is packing her trunks to move to a sleepy village. (Um, sorry, Verity, but have you seen Randy’s biceps?!) Then they are asked to sing a duet together, and all of that closeness starts to bring out a desire for even more closeness. Verity soon realizes that one could always do with more fresh country air—and that a man like Randolph can keep her entertained through many a country night in a way that no London soiree can rival! This is the fifth book in Ashford’s The Duke’s Sons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Any Dream Will Do, by Debbie Macomber
    Shay Benson did some very naughty things in order to help her brother avoid major trouble. (He never deserved your help, Shay!) That was years ago, though, and now she’s determined to rebuild her life. She meets Drew Douglas, a widower and pastor with two kids and, you know, a flock to lead. (Drew, buddy, sounds like you could use a nice woman in your life. I know a gal!) Unlike Shay’s brother and his shady acquaintances, Drew is, like, a super nice guy who has also been having a rough time. Shay, Drew, misery loves company, and guess what? When you two come together, you’ll realize that you don’t HAVE to be miserable any longer! Here’s hoping these two lovebirds soon realize that they can be super-duper happy together, and that Shay stays away from further family-related drama. (Available in paperback on December 26.)

    What romance novels are you cuddling up with this week?

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  • Tara Sonin 4:00 pm on 2017/11/16 Permalink
    Tags: a devil in scotland, a duke in shining armor, , any dream will do, , beyond scandal and desire, blood fury: black dagger legacy, , , , , , , headmaster, , highland ever after, , , , , , , , , , , , , suzanne enoch, , tempted, ,   

    Your Guide to Winter Romance: 16 Novels to Get You Through the Season 

    Even though the seasons change, there are always new romances to be read! Get your TBR ready for these winter reads to keep things steamy as snow starts to fall.

    Darker: Fifty Shades Darker, by EL James (11/28)
    The world of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele continues to grow and deepen with this new installment, Darker. Following the same storyline as the original second novel, there’s a special twist: the book is from Christian’s POV! He’s lost the love of his life, but this billionaire is not the kind of man who takes no for an answer.

    A Duke in Shining Armor, by Loretta Chase (11/28)
    Hugh is the seventh Duke of Ripley, and he’s totally a rake. But the one night he chooses to do the right thing and return his best friend’s bride to her wedding when she attempts to flee. They fall in love instead, and in this humorous and passionate novel a rake must romance a runaway bride.

    Past Perfect, by Danielle Steele (11/28)
    Danielle Steele returns with a sweeping romance that spans centuries. When Sybil and Blake Gregory move their family from the city that never sleeps to San Francisco, they find more than a fresh start. They find the ghosts of a family who lived there over one hundred years ago. How can two families—one living, one dead—share the same home?

    Enchantress of Numbers, by Jennifer Chiaverini (12/5)
    A woman’s love affair with numbers is told in stirring detail in this novel from a New York Times bestseller. Ada Lovelace was a nobleman’s daughter, but she far outshined his looming shadow thanks to her work in computer programming. Detailed and entrancing, this one is not to be missed.

    Year One, by Nora Roberts (12/5)
    Nora Roberts returns to the paranormal, exploring a dystopian, speculative future where a mysterious condition destroys all of humanity…except for those left behind, who now possess powers thanks to the blight. Called Uncannys, Max Fallon and Lana Bingham suddenly have more power than they ever have before, but can they protect their love while saving the world from the terrifying Doom?

    Any Dream Will Do, by Debbie Macomber (12/26)
    Shay Benson went to prison for a crime her brother committed, but now she’s determined to start over. A new town, a new job, and a new chance at love with a widowed pastor, Shay is feeling like her dreams have finally come true. That is, until her past sneaks up behind her and threatens to take it all away. Suspenseful yet hopeful, this is the perfect romance to give you some holiday cheer.

    Headmaster, by Tara Sue Me (1/16)
    A second chance at love and a BDSM romance all in one: Lennox owns the RACK Academy, where Dominants and submissives can practice their lifestyle in a safe environment…except for him. Lennox no longer participates in the lifestyle after the death of his submissive, Winnie. So he never intended on falling in love with her best friend…

    Blood Fury: Black Dagger Legacy, by JR Ward (1/9)
    The brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood are back, and sexier than ever. A fight is brewing against the dangerous society determined to wipe out their kind, but love has a way of distracting them from the danger around them. Except for Novo, who wants no part of love. Peyton was supposed to marry a female of his class and standing…but then the one he wanted fell for someone else. Together, they confront the demons of their pasts and present while their passion consumes them.

    Beyond Scandal and Desire, by Lorraine Heath (1/28)
    Mick was raised a commoner, but his dirty secret is that he’s a dirty bastard: born illegitmately to a Duke. He’s moved up in the world thanks to his own wit and grit, but his success has only emboldened his thirst for vengeance. On a quest to punish his father’s recognized son, he meets the lady Aslyn Hastings and finds himself equally possessed by her. The problem? She’s engaged to another.

    About that Kiss, by Jill Shalvis by (1/23)
    Kylie and Joe had one incredible kiss. And then he never called again! But when something valuable gets stolen, the only one she can turn to is the one guy who rebuffed her.

    Tempest, by Beverly Jenkins (1/30)
    Regan Carmichael is a free-spirited woman even in the Old West…and so she plans to marry a man she’s never met, so her freedom can’t be tamed by the lasso of love. Those plans change when she finds herself falling for her intended groom.

    A Devil in Scotland, by Suzanne Enoch (1/30)
    It’s the early 19th Century in Scotland, and Callum MacCraeath is perfectly fine being a bachelor. That is, until his older brother decides to marry a woman he wants for himself. This one is sure to be a deliciously steamy romance full of temptation and torment!

    Surrender to the Highlander, by Lynsay Sands (1/30)
    In this Highland romance, after being sent to a nunnery, Edith Drummond’s life changes drastically when she awakes after a mysterious illness to find herself surrounded by rugged, brutish Highlanders. Niels Buchanan saves her life by informing her that she isn’t ill; she’s been poisoned. While he helps her heal, Niels finds himself falling for the lovely lass, and is determined to rescue her from the nunnery by marrying her himself.

    Highland Ever After, by Maya Banks (February 2018)
    We’re so excited to return to Banks’ dangerously seductive Scottish world in the second installment of her Montgomerys and Armstrongs series. The King demands that Talisan McHugh marry a man to secure an alliance….which she reluctantly submits to, as she believes her physical disability would prevent a man from choosing to love her naturally. Until she meets Brodie Armstrong, who chooses to defy the king and save Talisan from a marriage without love and passion, and take her for himself.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas (2/27)
    Dr. Garrett Gibson is the only female doctor in all of England, and that’s not the only way she defies convention. Determined to pursue passion just as voraciously as any man would, she meets Ethan Ransom, a former detective turned rumored assassin…and she never shies away from a bit of danger.

    The Marquis and I, by Ella Quinn (2/27)
    When Charlotte Carpenter is kidnapped, she learns the reason why: her brother-in-law put a brothel out of business, and they intend to hold her until his pays. When Charlotte attempts an escape, she is rescued by one of the men who frequented the former establishment. Will Charlotte trust a known rake, or put her fate in the hands of men who want to see her family pay?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:27 pm on 2017/08/10 Permalink
    Tags: any dream will do, black sheep, , grand slam, heidi mclaughlin, , , , , , , the flirtation, the forbidden, zara cox   

    Romance Roundup: Pastors, Naval Officers, and BDSM-Loving Nannies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman and a pastor who really need each other, a widow about to get another chance at love, and two reunited lovers with some serious family issues.

    Any Dream Will Do, by Debbie Macomber
    Shay Benson did some very naughty things in order to help her brother avoid major trouble. (He never deserved your help, Shay!) That was years ago, though, and now she’s determined to rebuild her life. She meets Drew Douglas, a widower and pastor with two kids and, you know, a flock to lead. (Drew, buddy, sounds like you could use a nice woman in your life. I know a gal!) Unlike Shay’s brother and his shady acquaintances, Drew is, like, a super nice guy who has also been having a rough time. Shay, Drew, misery loves company, and guess what? When you two come together, you’ll realize that you don’t HAVE to be miserable any longer! Here’s hoping these two lovebirds soon realize that they can be super-duper happy together, and that Shay stays away from further family-related drama. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on August 8.)

    Map of the Heart, by Susan Wiggs
    History buffs will love Wiggs’ latest! Camille Palmer is finally settling back into a peaceful existence after the tragic death of her husband. She’s got a teenage daughter and a dad to look after, so she’s quite busy. (Camille, massages and champagne on all of us!) Then a mysterious package arrives, and the three of them go back to France, where Camille’s dad lived during World War II. Oh, and Camille meets a very handsome former naval officer during her travels. (Note to Camille: Find out ASAP if he kept his uniform!) A nice lady who gets another chance at love with a hunky man in the French countryside while surrounded by loved ones? Yes, we’ll all take that tale with a glass of wine and a chocolate croissant! (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on August 22.)

    The Forbidden, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Our gal Annie hasn’t ever really felt the feelings for any guy. (That is, she hasn’t ever really felt the feelings in her pants, if you know what I mean. Do you? You do? Okay, moving on!) Then her friends take her out for a night of fun and she meets Jack, who instantly makes her feel all of the feelings she never thought she’d ever feel. They have a very, very memorable night together, one that surely involves Jack using every trick in his book. (Oh, Annie, tell us more! Give us all of the savory details over a vat of wine and carb-filled appetizers!) Annie and Jack aren’t exactly in a position (hehe, “position,” LOL) to take their special relationship public, though. Can their love help them get to a place where they can have everything out in the open, and we can read all about it? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 8.)

    The Flirtation, by Tara Sue Me
    Lynne is working as a nanny for a couple named Nathaniel and Abby, and one day they invite her to a BDSM meeting. (Oh, if only all of our bosses could be so cool and stop inviting us to their band rehearsals because they are preparing for A Big Show that will give them their Big Break!) Lynne is no stranger to the world of dominants and submissives, though, and she’s ready to be part of the fun again. While surfing some steamy online forums, she comes across Simon, her former dominant, and she decides to stay anonymous while catching up on his activities. But staying anonymous with a guy like Simon is impossible. His scent alone makes the strongest woman want to drop panty. Will he be thrilled with his blast from the past? This is the tenth book in Me’s Submissive series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 8.)

    Black Sheep, by Zara Cox
    Axel Rutherford and his dad don’t exactly have the best relationship. It might be because Axel’s dad kind of, sort of, emotionally manipulated Axel’s girlfriend (and did much worse) when she and Axel were still very young. Years went by, and Axel still has major feelings for said girlfriend, Cleo McCarthy. Cleo hasn’t forgotten Axel, and if anything the years have made her want him back in her life even more. They’ve each got (newsflash!) some really weird and evil family members, so here’s hoping they manage to escape from it all for good. This is the second book in Cox’s Dark Desires series, which is perfect for romance readers who want heaping doses of darkness and intensity in their love stories. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 8.)

    Grand Slam, by Heidi McLaughlin
    Travis Kidd plays left field for the Boston Renegades, and many a man-admiring lady would be more than happy to pay top-dollar for seats that provide an excellent view. One admirer of his is Saylor Blackwell. She is a public relations guru for his team, but the powers that be have a “No Touching” policy when it comes to finagling with the players. Saylor, understandably, really wants to finagle with Travis, though. Then a scandal breaks, and they will really need to spend some time together. Sounds like they’ve got plenty to keep them busy—and strengthen their bond! This is the third book in McLaughlin’s Boys of Summer series. (Note to romance readers: These books can be enjoyed in any weather. Then they can be framed and each piece hung up as tasteful home décor.) (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 15.)

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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2017/08/08 Permalink
    Tags: any dream will do, , lost souls,   

    Debbie Macomber’s Any Dream Will Do is a Sweet Story of Second-Chance Love 

    Debbie Macomber proves once again why she is the queen of uplifting second-chance romance in her new novel, Any Dream Will Do—the story of two lost souls finding hope in one another, when they least expect it.

    Shay is a good person who has done a terrible thing: after finding a way out of a dangerous life of gangs and violence, she’s started over only to fall prey to her brother Caden, when he asks her to steal money from the bank she works in. Shay’s greatest flaw is that she loves to the detriment of her own safety—including a drug-lord ex-boyfriend with an axe to grind for her brother, who owes him money—and so to save her brother from being hunted down for his debts, she does the deed. After a three-year stint in jail for embezzlement, she just wants to start over as far away from her past as possible.

    Drew is a pastor recovering from the loss of his wife. He’s lost faith in God, and in himself, but thankfully his two children keep him from utter despair. And so does Shay, when she finds her way into his church looking for a second chance, which he happily helps to provide. While Shay completes a year-long program designed to help former inmates adjust to life after incarceration, she and Drew grow close. Her bond with his children is immediately apparent, and Drew is overcome by how easily they accept her—while some churchgoers, however, turn their nose up that he would trust, and maybe come to love, an ex-convict.

    Macomber’s prose is light, despite the heaviness of some of the topics, such as drugs, imprisonment, death, and religion. She delves into the perspectives of her two lovelorn main characters with ease, making them immediately a couple the reader is compelled to root for. While Shay navigates the complexities of her new life and Drew journeys through grief, they find comfort in one another—comfort that scares and exhilarates them, especially when dangerous people from Shay’s past assert themselves in her present. The romance is heartwarming and wholesome, and so is Shay’s evolving relationship with Drew’s children. It’s refreshing to see a story where a prospective step-parent is accepted easily by kids craving love.

    But unfortunately, Shay is not accepted so easily by their community. When she is accused of committing the same crime that landed her in jail, but this time against Drew’s church, their relationship becomes complicated. Drew wants to trust her, but if he does not distance himself from her, he could lose his parish, his livelihood, and the trust of his congregation.

    Any Dream Will Do is a romance with a lot of heart, perfect for vacation reading as summer comes to a close. It is on B&N bookshelves now!

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