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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/01/03 Permalink
    Tags: , born of vengeance, catherine anderson, 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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  • Rachel Paxton 4:00 pm on 2017/12/21 Permalink
    Tags: , anita hughes, , catherine anderson, christmas in london, , , lighting the flames, , , , , Sarah Wendell, the christmas room   

    6 Holiday Romances We Love 

    Winter is a time of magic. The air feels crisp and cool; smells of cinnamon fill the air; and houses are covered with twinkling lights. For many, it’s the happiest time of the year (there’s even a song to this affect), so it’s no wonder people want to take this time to kick back with a feel-good book and let the magic just wash over them. Luckily, there is no shortage of holiday romances to keep us occupied this season!

    Here are 6 holiday romances that fill us with cheer.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry is too busy for a social life—that includes dating. She’s got Christmas cookies to make and holiday cheer to spread. Plus, her boss Jayson Bright is not great. But, fearing Merry is missing out on life, her mother and brother sign her up for a dating website (sans permission) and the matches pour in. Unbeknownst to Merry, one of them is Jayson. This lovely romance is the reading equivalent of sitting next to a warm fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa.

    The Christmas Room, by Catherine Anderson
    The charming cover pulls you in, and luckily the story is just as sweet. When Maddie McLendon moves to Montana with her son and grandson, she thinks maybe the harsh Montana winter wasn’t the best time. Still waiting for the contractors to break ground, her and her family are left to live in trailers and tents. But that’s not the worst of it—the worst of it is her neighbor Sam. After Sam’s daughter takes an interest in Maddie’s son, Sam makes it his personal mission to run the family off by being worse than Scrooge. But is there a happy ending on the horizon?

    A Tiara Under the Tree (Once Upon a Tiara #4), by Carolyn Hector
    A fun story centered around a Christmas Eve pageant, A Tiara Under the Tree follows Waverly, a former pageant queen in hiding thanks to an embarrassing meme gone viral. But she’s not out of the pageant world yet—not if business mogul Dominic has anything to say about it. He wants to sponsor Waverly in the upcoming pageant, but their professional relationship soon sizzles. This book is part of Hector’s Once Upon a Tiara series, but it can stand alone if you’re just looking for one read to heat up your Christmas.

    Christmas in London, by Anita Hughes
    When show producers get a taste of Louisa’s cinnamon rolls late one night, they’re a huge hit, earning her a spot on the network’s annual Christmas Eve Dinner TV special. With just a week before Christmas, Louisa leaves NY for London, hoping to get exposure and meet her baking idol Digby Bunting in the process. Then there’s Kate, the show’s producer, who gets a second chance at love with an old flame. With decadent food descriptions, some of the most famous London sights, and two happy endings, it’s hard to find a book that more perfectly encapsulates what we love about Christmas.

    Lighting the Flames, by Sarah Wendell
    If you’re looking for more than just Christmas stories this holiday season, check out Lighting the Flames, which takes place at a Jewish summer (or in this case, Winter) camp. Gen and Jeremy have been going to Camp Meira since they were seven, first as campers, then as staff. But their friendship turned frosty when Jeremy left camp early with no explanation, and now they’re back for a special Winter Camp during Hanukkah. This is a sweet story, with plenty of love and light. If you’re interested in more Chanukah romances, check out Burning Bright: Four Chanukah Love Stories, (by Megan Hart, KK Hendin, Stacey Agdern, and Jennifer Gracen) which has short romances from four stunning romance authors.

    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, by Melissa de la Cruz
    Nothing fills me with joy quite like a Jane Austen retelling, so imagine my excitement upon discovering this modern, gender-swapped, Christmas themed one. Darcy is our rich, powerful woman at odds with her family, who comes back to her hometown in Ohio for Christmas. But a chance encounter with Luke Bennet under the mistletoe has Darcy reeling, and now nothing will be the same. This charming re-telling will give you all those warm-fuzzy feelings for the long, cold nights.

    What holiday romances do you love?

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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2017/01/04 Permalink
    Tags: catherine anderson, , mulberry moon, mystic creek, new leaf, , silver thaw   

    Romance is Aglow in Catherine Anderson’s Mulberry Moon 

    Catherine Anderson returns to the picturesque and healing town of Mystic Creek, Oregon, in her latest romance, Mulberry Moon. The story of a bachelor with a heart of gold and a guarded, sensitive café owner, Mulberry Moon is the perfect addition to Anderson’s canon of sweet and easy-paced romances with a happily ever after as beautiful as the town she depicts.

    Each Mystic Creek novel explores one of the Sterling brothers—previous books Silver Thaw and New Leaf saw Jeb and Barney find loves of their own, and this time, it’s Ben’s turn. After years of being successful in the rodeo—and avoiding permanent attachments by way of his constant travel—Ben has decided to make like his brothers and start a real life. The problem? He can’t find the right woman. Ben has a bit of criteria when it comes to the perfect woman: she has to be adventurous and spontaneous, but not too much, since he wants to settle down on his farm. She can’t be squicked by dirt, and has to be a fan of animals of all kinds. And, well, she has to be Sissy Sue Bentley, owner of the town café, because ever since he started noticing her a year ago, no other woman would do.

    Sissy, however, has no intention of being with Ben—or any other man, for that matter. Thanks to a mysterious and tragic past, she is content with managing her café, and living a small-town life…and that definitely does not include getting her heart broken by rodeo bachelor Ben Sterling. But when a minor crisis involving eighty-eight escaped chickens brings Ben and Sissy together—and the days that follow continue to prove how reliable, steadfast, and helpful Ben can be…and how spontaneous, animal-loving, and caring Sissy is…it seems inevitable that these two will fall in love.

    One of Anderson’s trademarks of the Mystic Creek series is the exploration of the setting—the women have escaped trauma to find peace and serenity in nature, which Sissy certainly does. But she also finds peace and serenity in Ben, who saves her from many a snafu (if you’re a fan of damsel-in-distress romances, this will definitely be a favorite!), and in whom she decides to confide her deepest, darkest secret. By the time Ben and Sissy have confessed their love to one another, however, this secret past comes to Mystic Creek to roost. They will need to unite against an unforeseen threat before they can claim the happiness and love they both deserve.

    A heartwarming, slow-burn romance that will warm up your winter nights.

    Mulberry Moon is on B&N bookshelves now.

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