Romance Roundup: Ship Captains, Ranchers, and State Senate Candidates 

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman looking for a fresh start in a Pacific Northwest town, a Bad Boy who wants to have a happily ever after with a very sweet lady, and a state senate hopeful who needs help with his public image.

Cottage by the Sea, by Debbie Macomber
Annie Marlow has gone through a pretty dark time recently, so she decides to escape to the Pacific Northwest for some major R&R. (We’ll go whale watching with you, Annie!) She rents a cottage and starts to meet some interesting characters in her new community. One of these interesting characters is Keaton, a painter who would instantly make any woman feel better with his calm but also dashing swagger. (Keaton, can we just, like, sit next to you on a porch and rest our heads on your muscular shoulder?) Keaton and Annie get to know each other quite well, and Annie starts to think there just might be a life for her in her new town. (There is, Annie! There is!) Then a major opportunity comes up. Will Annie stick around or pull a disappearing act or, we hope, find some kind of middle ground? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 17.)

Bad for You, by J. Daniels
Sean “Stitch” Molina has done some terrible things in his life and paid the price, and now he’s determined to stay on the straight and narrow. (Just cut the baddies out of your life, buddy! It’s not a cure but it’s a darn good start!) His new life plan involves avoiding Shayla Perkins, because she’s a Good Girl and he’s a Bad Boy and he doesn’t want to be a Bad Influence. (Oh, but Sean, you and Shayla can balance each other out in the nicest of ways!) But they can’t stay apart for too long, mainly because Shayla plus Sean equals Sexy. (Like, a LOT of Sexy. Sexy times three. Infinity Sexy. Sexy.) Here’s hoping they manage to work through their issues and embark upon an adventurous life together! This is the third book in Daniels’ Dirty Deeds series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 17.)

The Other Miss Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn
Poppy Bridgerton was just wandering around the Dorset coast, completing minding her own business, when she came upon a super cool cave and THEN her curiosity got the best of her. She ends up getting kidnapped by two dudes, tied up, and then plunked straight onto the bed of Captain Andrew James Rokesby. (Yes, please, and thank you!) He’s a good guy, though, and he’s just trying to complete a mission to Portugal to deliver some documents. This means that our heroine is safe from being ravished by him, which is kind of sad because hello, Mr. Biceps! Anyway, Andrew knows he’ll have to marry her in order to help her avoid a mega-scandal. (See: good guy.) She doesn’t know, though, that they are already closer than she thinks, because he’s neighbors with her relatives. A kidnapping story with two nice people headed to warm, sunny Portugal? Yes, please! This is the third book in Quinn’s Rokesby series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on November 18.)

Rancher’s Dream, by B.J. Daniels
Our gal Drey Hunter, for some reason we’ll definitely want to know about, decided to leave Hawk Cahill and marry Someone Else. (Drey, how was leaving Hawk physically and emotionally possible?!) Then Drey’s husband disappears on their wedding night, and Drey finds herself alone in a creepy, high-tech mansion in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and she realizes that someone is trying to kill her. She enlists Hawk’s help, and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep Drey safe. (For the record: Hawk is more of a cozy log cabin kind of man who would build a woman a fire using his bare, masculine hands and then take her in front of said fire multiple times on a bearskin rug made of a bear he shot and then sewed up himself.) Hawk, protect Drey and give her a second chance! Drey, we’ll all drive you to your annulment appointment! This book is part of Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. (Available in paperback on August 1.)

The Duke Buys a Bride, by Sophie Jordan
Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, couldn’t just sit there and do nothing when he saw the lovely Alyse Bell being auctioned off. He decides to purchase her, but he didn’t realize that by doing this he kind of bought himself, like, a wife. (It’s okay, Marcus! You were likely hungover at the time. We applaud your good intentions.) Alyse doesn’t want to be married to Marcus, even if he is sex dipped in cheese and spread on a cracker. They run off together to his Scottish estate, thinking this will give them plenty of time to figure out how to break it all off. Then they realize that hey, they actually like each other and lifetime together would not be the worst thing that ever happened to either of them. Will Marcus show Alyse that naughty dukes can be very, very good? And will Alyse prove to Marcus that she would be a great wife AND a great duchess? This is the third book in Jordan’s Rogue Files series. (Available in paperback on July 24.)

Campaign for His Heart, by Joy Avery
Lauder Tolson is a former foster kid who is now running for North Carolina state senate, but being a sexy, single man doesn’t exactly make for the best public relations material. (Lauder, this is a shame, because we wouldn’t mind getting your flyers in our mailboxes!) He decides to soften his image by recruiting his childhood enemy Willow Dawson to play his sweetheart. Oh, and he might have broken her heart once upon a time. (Seriously, Lauder! What did our gal do to deserve your bad manners? Steal your pudding?) Willow isn’t feeling the warm fuzzies for Lauder these days, but she has her own plans to hatch, and he just might be the perfect man to help her. Willow, you focus on being your fabulous self! And Lauder, you must grovel if you want to win this gorgeous woman back. A lot. This is the second book in Avery’s Cardinal House series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

What exciting new romance novels are you packing in your beach bag this week?

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