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  • Corrina Lawson 5:00 pm on 2018/04/19 Permalink
    Tags: A Bollywood Affair, , , , barbara ferrer, beverly jenkins, , , farrah rochon, i'll catch you, , , something like love, Sonali Dev, , tonight and forever   

    The Great RITA Read: The Lost Voices 

    As someone who did not grow up reading romance, I’ve been more than impressed at the quality of the books that have won the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for excellence in Romance fiction. Out of over 65 books, I would say only three were subpar, and those suffered from not aging well.

    I intended to make this next article in my Great RITA Read series about how romance handles trauma, particularly female trauma, but I can’t do that until I talk about the elephant in the room with the RITA Awards: The authors it has failed to honor.

    Since 1982, no black author has won a Golden Medallion/Rita Award. This is particularly frustrating since one of the co-founders of RWA was a black woman, Vivian Stephens, a Dell and Harlequin editor who was committed to excellence in romance and to shepherding the success of romance authors.

    There are things RWA as an organization and RWA members can do to solve this problem, with the first being admitting the scope of the problem and listening to authors of color.

    But what I can do is recommend books by authors of color that you may not have heard about because they have not been marketed widely.

    I’m not recommending these books so readers can educate themselves. I’m recommending them because they’re damn fine books and they contain stories that deserve to be enjoyed by all readers. I believe firmly in the power of story, that stories can change the world, and that racism is causing so many of these brilliant voices to be lost.

    My list is by no means a definitive list of wonderful romances by authors of color; only a place to get started. To find more, I would urge you to look at the “Customers Who Also Bought” section at barnesandnoble.com under each of these books, which will bring you down a delightful rabbit hole to more wonderful stories.

    Pick these up, read them, enjoy them. And let them lead you to other great stories and voices.

    A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole 
    This lovely book is about a former foster child who finds out that she is betrothed to an African prince. He’s determined to find his missing bride, she mistakes him for a pauper, and a terrific romance ensues. I received an advance copy of this book and my eldest daughter (24) grabbed it and promptly disappeared with it for days, to read it several times. I can think of no greater recommendation than that.

    A Bollywood Affair, by Sonali Dev
    I met Sonali Dev at an RWA event for readers and was thoroughly charmed by her, carrying my signed copy of her book home to read on the plane. I almost wished that plane ride had been long enough to finish the book because it was hard to tear myself away when we landed. It’s the story of a young woman from India who comes to the United States for an education, aware that she must be the best person she can be to appease the prospective in-laws who have taken care of her ever since she was proposed to by their son as a child. It’s the story of a young man, a Bollywood star, who wants to break away from family traditions. The book is lush and emotional and intense and real and I loved it.

    Something Like Love, by Beverly Jenkins
    I must confess I was unaware of the enormous body of Jenkins’ work until watching Love Between the Covers, a documentary about romance writers and readers. (I also highly recommend it.) That is my loss because the power of Jenkins’ voice comes through in her fiction. Her acceptance speech when receiving the RWA’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 is not to be missed. I picked this book to represent her because it’s one of my favorite romance genres, a Western, and the hero and heroine have a fraught first meeting when he robs her train, a train she’s taking to escape an arranged marriage in Chicago. The hero can’t get the heroine out of his mind, but his lawlessness and the bounty hunters on his trail are a serious impediment to romance, especially as the heroine is the town’s newly elected mayor. Of course, love wins out, beautifully.

    I’ll Catch You, by Farrah Rochon 
    This one is a sports romance, more specifically, a fun NFL romance, in which a pro football player and his agent get closer than Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. ever did in Jerry Maguire. This book is part of Harlequin’s now-canceled Kimani line for black authors. Other fantastic former Kimani authors include Reese Ryan, whose new book, Savannah’s Secrets, is just out from Harlequin Desire, and you can find a long list of Kimani books listed here at Barnes & Noble.

    Tonight and Forever, by Brenda Jackson
    This is the prolific and talented Jackson’s own favorite book and it’s one of those stories that romance does so well: tales of people who are healed by love. The heroines goes home to Texas after a bitter divorce, only to become involved with a doctor who is still mourning his late wife. It’s intense and emotional and sweet and heartbreaking and it will make you want to binge all of Jackson’s books.

    I’ve listed these books to get everyone started but rest assured, there are hundreds of wonderful stories from talented authors who have not nearly gotten enough notice. You can also look for books by Barbara Ferrer (possibly the only Cuban-American author to win a Rita), Alisha Rai, and Jamie Pope/Sugar Jamison.

    Please, make your own recommendations below in the comments!

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  • Amanda Diehl 4:00 pm on 2018/02/20 Permalink
    Tags: , baron, beverly jenkins, breathless, , , east in paradise, erin nicholas, forever mine, fraternize, , , , , rachel van dyken, , , rose lerner, sweet disorder, , , ,   

    Romance Recommendations for Your New Year’s Resolutions 

    With January over, it’s possible that many of us (myself including) of already hit a wall with our new year’s resolutions. We’ve either fallen off the wagon entirely or the restless January feeling has begun to creep into our goals. Whoever thought January was a good time to get on track with personal goals clearly did not know how sluggish the month is. Truly, Januarys are like the Mondays of calendar months. But, if you need a little boost to get back into the swing of things, here are a few romances that’ll help light a fire under your butt!

    New Experiences

    For some, their new year’s goals are all about embracing adventure. Whether it’s visiting somewhere new or fully living in the spirit of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, take advantage of thrilling opportunities!

    Roman Crazy, by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
    If you’ve ever dreamed of throwing caution to the wind and living abroad, Roman Crazy will scratch that itch. In the midst of finalizing her divorce, Avery Bardot decides that what she needs is a good ol’ Roman holiday. But while spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, she winds up reconnecting with a sexy architect from her past. As the season ends, Avery will have to choose whether to return to her life in the States or let her vacation last a little while longer.

    East in Paradise, by Tif Marcelo
    Bryn Aquino used to manage a Filipino restaurant, but now she’s pursuing her own dreams of opening up a foodie business of her own. She has an MBA and an excited investor, and she’s ready to get to work starting a “culinary retreat.” When her retreat winds up going viral on social media, Bryn is shocked at the idea of her life becoming reality TV fodder. The pay and publicity would be amazing, but there’s just one catch. Viewers are vying for a romance between Bryn and the retreat’s landlord: army reservist Mitchell Dunford.

    Financial Goals

    Perhaps not the most exciting resolution, it’s sometimes necessary to achieve peak-levels of adulting. Maybe you want to save a certain amount of money each month or cut back on impulsive purchases.

    Baron, by Joanna Shupe
    While Ava Jones isn’t well-off financially, she’s the sort of heroine who will do whatever it takes to make she and her family are cared for and fed. Ava makes her living as “Madame Zolikoff,” a performer who insists she can convene with the spirit world. But her schemes might have come to an end when respected and rich Will Sloane threatens to expose her as a fraud. He needs her helping in winning over the masses for his upcoming political campaign. You can’t knock Ava’s hustle, especially with her humble upbringings of begging, borrowing, and stealing.

    The Chase, by Vanessa Fewings
    Zara Leighton works at an art investigation firm, appraising art collections and delving into the world of art thievery. The Chase is truly a good lesson in superfluous spending, especially when Tobias Wilder, enigmatic billionaire, makes an appearance. From decked out galas to art exhibitions only for A-list clients, it’ll give you the luxe atmosphere some people can only dream of without managing to hurt your wallet.

    Body Positivity

    This is an all encompassing resolution since we’re all on different body positivity journeys. I, for one, have joined a gym in an effort to lose weight and complete a 5K sometime this year. But others might just want to change their eating habits or simply learn to be comfortable in the skin they’re in!

    Fraternize, by Rachel Van Dyken
    As one of professional football’s only plus-sized cheerleaders, Emerson knows all eyes are on her. She’s living her dream, but she also knows that it can come at a high cost to stay in shape while maintaining a positive attitude about her body. Of course, there’s also the benefit of being surrounded by attractive athletes. Emerson’s can-do personality is infectious and I loved the mindset that healthiness isn’t necessarily achieved by hitting a certain number on a scale.

    Sweet Disorder, by Rose Lerner
    With a disabled hero and a plus-sized heroine, Sweet Disorder is a standout historical romance that promises what its title suggests: sweetness. What’s truly great about this romance is that neither the hero’s disability nor the heroine’s weight is central to the plot of the story. Both aspects are part of their identities and that’s that! Instead, Nicholas Dymond is trying to help his younger brother win an election and the town’s charter allows Phoebe Sparks’ husband to vote. Too bad she doesn’t have one…yet.

    Self-Care

    It’s tough to just take a moment to breathe or enjoy something you really love. Some of us are conditioned to work, work, work, but it’s okay to accept help and care from others, and to just indulge a little.

    Breathless, by Beverly Jenkins
    Portia Carmichael runs one of the best hotels in the Arizona Territory and she certainly doesn’t expect to be reunited with a man from her past. And while readers can always count on Jenkins for an amazing romance, Portia’s hotel staff and the women she surrounds herself with provide an amazing sense of girl power. It’s a good reminder that sometimes self-care isn’t always about being alone, but also being in the company of those who support and uplift you in positive ways.

    Forever Mine, by Erin Nicholas
    There’s something about seeing a friend or loved one enjoying a hobby they’re passionate about. Their excitement and happiness can easily become your own as you watch then geek out over things like fandom, sports, or even a favorite crafting project. And that’s the precise feeling readers will get when they meet Maya Goodwin: martial artist, cosplay enthusiast, and all around nerd. Finding something that relaxes you or puts you in a positive mindset is a great way to exercise self-care. The only downside to not being Maya is the fact that there’s not a hunky doctor to go along with it.

    Career Goals

    Vying for a new position at work? Hoping to land a dream job? Your new year’s resolution might favor your more professional side. Climb that ladder; you got this!

    Dating You/Hating You, by Christina Lauren
    Evie Abbey knows she’s good at being a talent agent, despite having to deal with a toxic boss day in and day out. However, one of the bright spots in her day is her charming, budding relationship with fellow agent, Cater Aaron. When they both realize their companies are merging and the new agency can only keep one of them, their relationship quickly comes up short when faced with having to compete for employment. A great read for anyone who’s had to deal with sexism in the workplace!

    The Beauty of Us, by Kristen Proby
    So far, opening a restaurant with her best friends has granted Riley Gibson with a certain degree of success. But Riley soon has the chance of a lifetime to get their restaurant on national television as part of the Best Bites TV Network. She just has to convince her friend and head chef, Mia that letting a camera crew into the kitchen is a good idea. The inner workings of a restaurant are fascinating and Riley’s creativity in trying to keep things fresh borders on maniacal (but in a fun way!). Too bad attractive executive producer, Trevor Cooper, is about to complicate things.

    Which books are great for a new year’s resolution pep talk?

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  • Sarah Skilton 4:00 pm on 2018/02/08 Permalink
    Tags: all of you, beverly jenkins, christina lee, , kate willoughby, , out of the game, , romancing the duke, so lonely, , the spymaster's lady, topaz, uncertain magic   

    6 Forever Alones Who Find Love  

    Whether it’s by choice or circumstance, Forever Alones believe they’re destined for a life of solitude. Of course, this makes for an especially sweet romance when they’re proven wrong. Featuring spies and spinsters, telepaths and tattoo artists, and one hell of a brooding duke, these tales prove it’s never too late for love to change your heart.

    Romancing the Duke, by Tessa Dare
    Izzy Goodnight, “at her best when invisible” is “overdue for a ravishing.” As a child, she was a beloved character in her father’s serial, a fantasy adventure that included a sweeping romance. But as a spinster of 26, wild-haired Izzy learned long ago that fairy tale endings and happily-ever-afters are for other people, not her. But then she unexpectedly inherits a castle, with a grumpy, scarred-but-sexy Duke to go with it. As they vie for the rights to the property, sparks fly between them that prove impossible to ignore. A fun historical with a Beauty and the Beast vibe.

    Topaz, by Beverly Jenkins
    Today there’s nothing unusual about an unmarried, 28-year-old newspaperwoman. But in 1884, it’s extremely rare. Especially if the newspaperwoman is black. Accomplished, ambitious, “too tall” journalist Katherine Love doesn’t need or want a man in her life, until the story she’s broken wide open lands her in danger. Enter Dixon Wildhorse, a Black Seminole marshal from Oklahoma’s Indian country. The strapping lawman has been sent by Kate’s father to rescue (and wed) Kate. Although Kate feels an undeniable attraction to Dix, she’s equally determined to continue her career. Whose will power will prove strongest?

    Out of the Game, by Kate Willoughby
    In her third stand-alone book from the In the Zone series about contemporary hockey players, Willoughby introduces readers to the gorgeous team playboy, Alex, who never intends to settle down the way his friends and teammates have. But a torrid kiss from Claire several months earlier has rarely left his mind, and when he gets the opportunity to spend a weekend with her, he jumps at the chance—and discovers he might be ready for a relationship after all.

    The Spymaster’s Lady, by Joanna Bourne
    In this Regency-era swashbuckler, Annique Villiers has been a spy for as long as she can remember. A French double-agent entrusted with the much-coveted Albion plans, her code name is “Fox Cub,” and “she’s made mistakes which haunt her at night and which [she] cannot erase.” As Annique puts it, “To love, in our profession…is madness.” But after teaming up with a dashing enemy agent, Robert Grey, to enact a bonkers-awesome prison break, Annique and Grey find themselves willing to twist a few laws if it means getting closer to each other.

    All of You, by Christina Lee
    This New Adult romance features Bennett, a hot, tattooed, male virgin who captivates the imagination of his frisky downstairs neighbor, Avery. Though Bennett and Avery come from similarly dysfunctional pasts, their methods of coping couldn’t be more different. Convinced that being single is the only way to stay sane, Avery eschews relationships, preferring short-lived hookups. Bennett, however, is wary of no-strings sex, determined to hold out for something real. Will he find it with Avery?

    Uncertain Magic, by Laura Kinsale
    Fans of Sookie Stackhouse will love this supernatural Gaelic romance about Roderica (“Roddy”) Delamore, an Irish lass whose telepathy allows her to read the minds of everyone around her. Roddy is resigned to a lonely existence, dressing up as a boy and tending to her father’s horses, whose physical ailments she deciphers with her gift. She’s certain “no man could abide to have his mind an open book for his wife to read,” but then she discovers there is one man upon whom her powers don’t work; too bad he’s the terrifying Devil Earl of Ireland, Faelan Savigar, and he may be hiding an even bigger secret than Roddy.

    What Forever-Alone-no-more romances do you love?

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  • Tara Sonin 4:00 pm on 2017/11/16 Permalink
    Tags: a devil in scotland, a duke in shining armor, , , beverly jenkins, 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 5:00 pm on 2017/07/06 Permalink
    Tags: , beverly jenkins, chasing down a dream, , fuel for fire, , , just the thing, , , , wired   

    Romance Roundup: Hackers, Self-Defense Instructors, and Small-Town Drama 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a heartbroken lady out to find a new love this Season, an animal shelter worker, and a former Marine looking for a way to ease his pain.

    Wired, by Julie Garwood
    Allison Trent is a part-time model, but her real love is hacking. That’s right, she’s a top-notch hacker with a zest for writing and breaking code. She’s so good, in fact, that FBI agent and Hunk of Our Hearts Liam Scott wants her to do some very sensitive investigative work for him. She turns him down, which of course makes Liam want her and her computer skills even more. (Something tells me they won’t need to worry about imposing that whole No-Electronics-In-The-Bedroom rule.) Allison has some secrets, though, and letting the FBI in on them isn’t exactly part of her life plan. That said, Liam has a face and body that are too tempting for her quicksilver fingers to ignore. Here’s hoping they find some happy middle ground that will involve getting into only the best kind of trouble! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    A New Leash on Love, by Debbie Burns
    Megan Anderson has a dream job at a no-kill animal shelter. (Megan, how and where can we make a donation?!) Her job brings her in touch with Craig Williams. He’s the kind of guy who would do really well starring in mattress commercials. He’s a little stressed out at the moment, but one meeting with Megan makes him think that life could get much better quite soon. Megan isn’t really into him, though, at least not at first, but she soon starts to have many mattress-related thoughts about him. Here’s hoping they get to know each other really soon, and that they move into a big house with lots of land that will accommodate their many babies—both human and animal! This is the first book in Burns’ Rescue Me series, which is perfect for romance readers who are passionate about saving their furry friends. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

    Just the Thing, by Marie Harte
    Gavin Donnigan isn’t feeling so great. He’s got the super-duper guilty feels about the deaths he witnessed while in the Marine Corps. He is trying to find some catharsis by teaching a self-defense class. (Gavin, will you help us all work on our fighting stance? Or our form? Whatever brings you closer, really. Thanks!) One of his new students might make everything a whole lot better. Zoe York is getting over the death of her twin sister (sending major hugs your way, Zoe!), and the mere sight of Gavin is already making her heart beat a lot faster. Can these two find comfort and true love with each other—and share some exceptionally sexy times together? This is the second book in Harte’s Donnigans series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    Fuel for Fire, by Julie Ann Walker
    Covert operative Dagan Zoelner and CIA agent Chelsea Duvall have had the feelings for each other for quite some time. They have yet to act on their feelings, though, which they mistakenly think might be for the best. (Our gal Chelsea, for one, knows a thing or two about Dagan’s past that may not bode well for his life and career.) The thing is, they are actually quite perfect for each other. Chelsea and Dagan, just think of all the super-duper awesome missions you can go on together! And when you have kids, you can teach them everything you know. It’ll become a thriving family enterprise! This is the latest book in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series, which features hot guys who know motorcycles and often go on dangerous government missions. Vroom! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    The Wicked Heir, by Elizabeth Michels
    Lady Isabelle Fairlyn is dealing with some major heartbreak: The love of her life has just been betrothed to her twin sister. She’s now on a mission to find a new guy before the end of the Season, and she specifically wants someone who is really good at dancing, plus a good dresser. (No offense, Isabelle, but these qualities do not always maketh a hot manly man.) Then she meets Fallon St. James, a dishy hunk who is the head of the Spare Heirs club. He needs to keep his activities on the down low, so being out and about in public courting someone like Isabelle isn’t his best option. But then she starts to get the flirts from a shady guy, and Fallon realizes that he really wants to win the new lady of his heart. This is the third book in Michels’ Spare Heirs series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

    Chasing Down a Dream, by Beverly Jenkins
    The town of Henry Adams, Kansas is brimming with joys and dramas, highs and lows. Tamar July’s cousin is about to die, and Tamar has been asked to help arrange the funeral. (Tamar and her family don’t exactly have the best relationship, so this might be a tad difficult.) Gemma wants to adopt two children—a brother and sister who were found on the side of a road after a storm, poor babies!—but she is told that as a white woman she cannot adopt African American children. Then we’ve got Jack and Rocky, who are about to get some help in planning their wedding. So much to do in so little time, so grab your favorite reading blanket and ignore the outside world! This is the latest book in Jenkins’ Blessings series, which is perfect for romance readers who want to get cozy with some small-town happenings. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

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