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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/07/16 Permalink
    Tags: before we were strangers, , , , , one fine duke, , reunited in walnut river, , , , , the soldier, willing to die   

    Romance Roundup: Fiery Debutantes, Lady Detectives, and Lovey-Dovey Neighbors 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a debutante who wants to nab one man and falls for another, a finance professional who wants to get the promotion she deserves, and a detective on maternity leave with a tragic case to solve. 

    One Fine Duke, by Lenora Bell
    Miss Mina Penny is finally (but FINALLY) ready to enjoy her first London Season. She was raised in the country by her overprotective uncle, and she would love nothing more than to kick up her heels a bit. Oh, she also knows who she wants to nab for a husband: Rafe Bentley. He’s the biggest rake in town, but there is one person who is determined to stop his bad behavior whenever possible, and that’s his brother, Drew. Drew is the Duke of Thorndon, and let’s just say that society and socializing and society and small talk and society are just not his proverbial cup of tea. (Drew, we admire the way you stay true to yourself in a world that’s constantly pulling you in a certain direction!) Drew is determined to make sure that Mina does not ruin her life by aligning herself with his wastrel brother. He decides to do this by kissing her until her legs turn to jelly, which makes them both seriously rethink their priorities. This is the third book in Bell’s School for Dukes series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 23.) 

    Reunited in Walnut River, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Our gal Anna Wilder is a crazy awesome finance professional, and she just has to do one more thing before she dominates the world slash gets a promotion: take over her hometown’s hospital. The only thing standing in her way is attorney—and hometown hunk—Richard Green. (Oh, that Richard would stand in ALL of our ways!) They shared The Ultimate Kiss many, many years ago, right before Anna said “Peace out!” to her town, determined to never look back. Now, Richard absolutely, most definitely does NOT want Anna to succeed in her hospital takeover, and he’s willing to use every tool at his disposal to prevent it from happening. (Richard, you can dispose of your clothing pronto!) Here’s hoping that Anna gets her promotion in a way that won’t cause a snafu in her community—and that Richard realizes he’s never really lost that loving feeling! This reprint includes a bonus story, “A Matter of the Heart,” by Patricia Davids. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 23.) 

    Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak
    Sloane McBride’s mother abandoned her family when Sloane was just five years old. At least, that’s what everyone told Sloane. She couldn’t take the family drama anymore, though, so she got the heck out of her small Texas town at the age of eighteen, landing in New York City to pursue a modeling career. Now she’s an adult, and the loss of another person in her life prompts her to find out what really happened to her mom. (Sloane, we are all sending you a bajillion hugs right now!) She goes back home to Texas, and let’s just say she has a ton of people and issues to confront, including the boyfriend she left behind. Here’s hoping that Sloane finds the answers that she’s looking for, and that she gets another shot at all of the love she deserves! (Available in paperback on July 23.) 

    Willing to Die, by Lisa Jackson
    Detective Regan Pescoli is busy enjoying her maternity leave when her sister and brother-in-law are found murdered. She starts looking into the case with her partner, Selena Alvarez, and things just get scarier and scarier. (It’s quite possible that her sister’s family had some seriously horrible enemies.) On top of everything, Regan now also needs to care for her teenage niece. This is certainly a lot for anyone to handle, and let’s not forget that Regan also recently squeezed a tiny human out of her. (Regan, we are all SO coming over to help babysit and clean your house while you take a well-deserved—and uninterrupted—five-hour nap!) Will Regan be able to solve this murder mystery? Can she make space in her home and heart for her niece? And when everything does settle down, will she get to have lots of snuggle time with her brand-new baby? This book is part of Jackson’s To Die series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 30.) 

    Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery
    Sisters Harper Szymanski and Dr. Stacey Bloom are each going through A Challenging Time. Harper recently got divorced and is stuck with a way-too-expensive house. Oh, and her teenage daughter isn’t exactly the epitome of happiness and sunshine at the moment. Yes, Harper most definitely needs a day off, complete with her beverage of choice. (That said, there’s a local cop—a HOT local cop—who has the hots for our gal!) As for Stacey, she’s six months pregnant and most definitely not feeling that whole maternal glow thing. (Stacey, you also deserve a day off! Sans drink, of course!) These two sisters will need to lean on each other big time if they’re going to get through their respective dramas. Hang in there, ladies! When it’s all over, you can plan a beautiful family day at the beach! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Mischief Bay series. (Available in paperback on July 30.) 

    The Soldier, by Grace Burrowes
    Devlin St. Just is finally home from war, and all he really wants is some goshdarn peace and quiet while he figures out what to do with his crumbling country estate. (We’ll all help you fix it up, Devlin! We’ve watched A LOT of HGTV! #weloveyoudrewandjonathan #stillcanttellyouapart #itdoesntmatteryourebothhot) Enter Emmaline Farnum, Devlin’s exceptionally pretty neighbor and the only woman who can control the wild, five-year-old child that has been terrorizing Devlin’s estate. (Dude, you survived all of this war and hardship and trauma and yet you can’t control a five-year-old?! Actually, scratch that. We don’t judge!) He decides to hire Emmaline to be the little girl’s governess, and he soon realizes that he may just want Emmaline for himself. Like, to be his wife. Forever. Because love. (Devlin, SO glad to see that while war has hardened your body—not that we’re complaining—it hasn’t hardened your heart!) This reprint is the second book in Burrowes’ Windhams: The Duke’s Obsession series. (Available in paperback on July 30.)

    What romance novels are you reading on the beach (or on the beach in your mind) this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/02/27 Permalink
    Tags: before we were strangers, , , , , devil's cub, , honeysuckle summer, , , josh and hazel's guide to not dating, , my favorite half-night stand, , of blood and bone, , , , , the best of us, ,   

    Romance Is in the Air During B&N’s Book Haul 


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    Romance novels are the perfect way to stave off the late winter chill—and a number of them are 50 percent off during Barnes & Noble’s Book Haul Blowout, from February 27 to March 4. In the books below you’ll find a firefighting lady with some new blazes to investigate, a guy who has feelings for his old friend’s sister, and two best friends who are finally about to realize that they are perfect for each other! Get ready to refresh your romance reading, and head over to your nearest Barnes & Noble and get your Book Haul on!

    Consumed, by J.R. Ward
    Anne Ashburn is focused on arson investigations at this point in her career, which sounds awesome, but it doesn’t compare to her previous gig. She used to be a firefighter, but then Something Bad Happened. The only person who can rev her engine at this time is her fellow firefighting coworker Danny McGuire, who deserves his own calendar. (Like, a daily calendar. For the entire year. A leap year.) When a bunch of random fires start happening all around their city, Anne and Danny must work together in order to find out what’s causing all of the dangerous trouble. Will Anne get a chance at career redemption? Will Danny realize that The One has been right under his nose this whole time? And will they get to, ahem, have relations, at least once inside of a fire truck? This is the first book in Ward’s Firefighters series. 

    The Conspiracy, by Kat Martin
    Harper Winston is on a mission to find her missing brother. He recently disappeared while sailing the Caribbean and the Coast Guard has been unable to locate him. She ends up going to Chase Garrett, her brother’s former best friend and now the owner of Maximum Security. Chase has feelings for Harper, but he’s very reluctant to get involved again with her family. (Sadly, much of the Winston clan is involved in some very shady dealings that would make the proverbial mafia blush.) Chase ends up helping Harper anyway, because The Feelings, and he’s going to work very hard to keep her safe. Good for you, Chase! When the drama is all over—and, we hope, her brother is found safe and sound and not involved in anything bad—you and your special woman should consider living in a peaceful land that’s far, far away from the in-laws! This is the first book in Martin’s Maximum Security series. 

    The Best of Us, by Robyn Carr
    Any reader who was and/or is super duper close to their aunt will love this yarn! Dr. Leigh Culver is a Colorado-based doctor, and she’s about to get a much-needed visit from her aunt, Helen Culver, who raised her and with whom she is exceptionally close. Together, they venture to Sullivan’s Crossing, where they both end up having a delightful time. (Sullivan’s Crossing, with its nice people and beautiful scenery, has that effect on just about everybody who visits!) Oh, and Helen ends up meeting a very special someone who makes her rethink her plan to never do winter again. (Like, ever.) Helen, we agree that snow and ice can be not-so-nice, but it sounds like this new person in your life will cause you nothing but pleasure! Here’s hoping that both Leigh and Helen get the rest and peace they both deserve, and that Helen decides to live close to her niece again. This is the fourth book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. 

    Of Blood and Bone, by Nora Roberts
    Thirteen-year-old girl Fallon Swift is about to embark on a pretty serious training mission. While a major sickness known as The Doom has wiped out a good chunk of humanity, it’s also left many survivors with magical powers. Fallon has those magical powers and needs to learn to harness them, so she leaves the farm she’s lived on with her mom and stepfather in order to train. Her trainer is a centuries-old dude named Mallick, and he’s going to train her to survive just about everything, including the evil Raiders and Purity Warriors who are on a mission to wipe out Fallon and her kind. Will Fallon survive this dystopian drama? Will she learn to use her powers to help conquer evil? And will she also have a chance to have some fun and make some friends and kiss at least one cute boy while she’s at it? This is the second book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. 

    Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren
    Once upon a time, in a magical place called College, Hazel Camille Bradford threw up on Josh Im’s shoes. They soon became fast friends, even though they were always rather different. Years later, Hazel still embraces the crazier side of life, complete with WAY too many pets, while Josh is the kind of guy who probably has his accountant’s phone number memorized. (You know what, Josh? We respect that!) Now, Josh’s girlfriend has just cheated on him, likely because she was too empty-headed to recognize the sexy beneath all of that nerdy. On the bright side, though, Josh and Hazel are finally free to truly explore their feelings for each other. (No offense, you two, but you REALLY need to get your eyes checked if you can’t realize that you’re the perfect balance!) Here’s hoping they both come to their senses and embark on a permanent situation that involves them always bringing out the best in each other! 

    My Favorite Half-Night Stand, by Christina Lauren
    Millie Morris is a professor at UC Santa Barbara, and she’s an expert in—wait for—female serial killers. When she and her four best professor friends, all of whom are dudes, are invited to a fancy schmancy black tie affair, they all make a pact to bring dates. They all decide to go the online route to find said dates, and let’s just say that Millie is not having the best of luck. Men are sending her photos of their junk, for one. (Millie, we’ll help you report those photos to the police so you can focus more on your love hunt!) She does have one positive experience online, though, and that involves flirting with her professor friend Reid Campbell under the name of “Catherine.” She and Reid recently had a one-night stand, and Millie can’t help but want just a little bit more. Oh, Millie, gather up your courage and reveal yourself to Reid—both online and in person! And Reid, please realize that True Love might be much closer than you ever expected! 

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    It’s going to be quite the summer for Lauren, Jenna and Nancy! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and their lives aren’t going so smoothly right now. Lauren’s teenage daughter isn’t being the most cooperative person right now, and poor Lauren is at her wit’s end. Jenna and her husband are trying to get pregnant, and lets’ just say it’s Not Working. Nancy is Lauren and Jenna’s mom, and she’s been going through some stuff of her own. Sounds like these lovely ladies will have a lot of soul-searching to do this summer, so here’s hoping they have plenty of ice cream and wine and that they take advantage of the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard for some much-needed healing! 

    Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak
    Sloane McBride left her Texas town at the age of 18 and never looked back. She doesn’t exactly have the warmest, fuzziest memories of her childhood. For one, her mom abandoned the family when Sloane was just five years old. Plus, there was a lot of family drama in general and it made life less-than-pleasant for our gal. That was years ago, though, and Sloane is ready to find out the truth about her family. She goes back to Texas and finds herself face-to-face with quite a bit of drama, including an old boyfriend. (Oh, and chances are she and said boyfriend never quite got over each other. #truelove) Will Sloane find the answers she’s looking for? Will she finally get some inner and outer peace? And book at least one much-deserved massage to help ease her tension? 

    Honeysuckle Summer, by Sherryl Woods
    Raylene Hammond has finally ditched her good-for-nothing husband and is spending some time with her good friends, whom she refers to as the Sweet Magnolias. Because our gal has been through an exceptionally tough time lately, they even protect her from the outside world. The only man who can infiltrate this bubble is sheriff’s deputy Carter Rollins. He’s a nice and patient guy—he’s raising two younger sisters, for one—but Raylene isn’t totally ready to let him into her heart just yet. (We feel you, Raylene, but please note that Carter is an exceptionally sweet guy who would only use his sinewy body to keep you safe and sound and, ahem, rock your world at least once a night!) Will Raylene let him in for good? And will the Sweet Magnolias receive some kind of karmic prize for being such amazing friends? This is the seventh book in Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series. 

    Devil’s Cub, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Dominic Alastair, the Marquis of Vidal, who is not exactly the most worthy of gentlemen. (Yes, he possesses a face and body carved by angels, but he’s also an exceptionally naughty man who could be a tad nicer to the ladies.) Case in point: When he has to flee to France from England, he takes with him the girl he was courting for marriage purposes, totally intending to just make her his mistress. Instead, he accidentally kidnaps her sister, Mary Challoner, who was totally onto his dishonorable schemes. (Mary, show us your ways and teach us how to read the signs of when a man is being deceitful!) Mary refuses to give into any of Dominic’s shenanigans, which kind of makes him want her even more. Dominic, buddy, you KNOW you have to get married to carry on your family’s title, and Mary is by far the best woman you’ll ever meet. Abandon your errant ways without losing your sexy and prove to her what a great husband you’d make if given the chance!

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Chef Lana Bingham and her hunky boyfriend, author Max, are hightailing it out of New York City. A deadly illness has wiped out much of the world’s population, and survivors are acquiring a variety of magickal skills, both the good and the bad types of magick. Indeed, things are looking quite dark all around, so Lana and Max will need to stick together and utilize the help of trusted friends to survive this horrible new world. There are other characters, too, who are fleeing New York City, including Arlys, a journalist, Chuck, a techie and hacker, Rachel, a doctor, and Jonah, a paramedic. This is a twisted, dystopian story, so grab your winter reading gear – plus a nice glass of wine or cup of tea—and enjoy! This is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. 

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