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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/04/30 Permalink
    Tags: anything but a duke, christy carlyle, fluffy, getting hot with the scot, julia kent, , , , , , swan point, tangled up in you,   

    Romance Roundup: Small-Town Romances, Craigslist Mishaps, and Pop Culture Reporters 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a newly-divorced mom who gets it on with a former bad boy, a real estate professional who answers the wrong kind of ad on Craigslist, and a wounded police officer who needs to rethink his priorities.

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    Our gal Delaney Holbrook is no wilting violet! Rather than mope around when things got rough, she rolled up her literal and proverbial sleeves and worked hard to improve her life. (Delaney, when is your self-help book coming out? Thanks!) Oh, she also vowed to stay away from besuited men, but Malcolm Carlesso, the CEO of a family company, is going to make Delaney’s vow a tad difficult. (He looks mighty fine wearing a suit. He also looks mighty fine wearing nothing but a smile.) Delaney becomes good friends with Malcolm’s estranged sister, Callie Smith. Callie has been living a lonely life. Then she finds out that Malcolm is her brother. Trouble is, Malcolm has some deep-seated family issues and thinks he wants nothing to do with Callie. Here’s hoping that issues get resolved sooner rather than later, that Callie gets the family and love she deserves, that Delaney helps Malcolm out of his suit, and that future holidays are filled with lots of love and family! (Available in paperback on April 30.)

    Swan Point, by Sherryl Woods
    Adelia Hernandez is ready to start a new chapter for herself and her family. She just got divorced, and so she decides to hightail it to Serenity, South Carolina. She buys a house in a gorgeous, historic neighborhood, for one, and she also gets promoted to manager at a swanky boutique. (Adelia, you are on FIRE!) Indeed, things are going swimmingly. Then she meets Gabe Franklin. The former town troublemaker is back home on a mission to make things right with the people he wronged. (Gabe, we’re so glad you’re no longer a rascal, but we certainly hope you haven’t ENTIRELY lost your edge, wink wink!) Gabe ends up being way happier to be home than he expected, and that’s mainly because he really, really likes Adelia. It doesn’t hurt that everyone in town wants these two lovely people to get together. Will Gabe embrace this beautiful opportunity and prove to Adelia that he is still naughty in the best of ways? This reprint is the eleventh book in Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series. (Available in paperback on April 30.)

    Fluffy, by Julia Kent
    Our heroine, Mallory, is a professional fluffer in the real estate sense of the term. (NOT the pornographic one, thank you very much!) Her job is to stage houses so that real estate agents can sell them, pronto. When she becomes cash-strapped, she responds to an ad for a fluffer on Craigslist in the hopes of earning some moolah. Trouble is, the ad was for the OTHER type of fluffer and not HER type of fluffer. (Excuse us all, Mallory, while we grab a glass of wine to sip as we watch this tale unfold.) Mallory ends up on the set of one of those, ahem, adult films. If that wasn’t awkward enough, she also ends up in front of her old high school crush, Will Lotham. (One look at Will and it becomes clear why she never truly stopped carrying a torch for this smoldering man.) Lots of funny, weird, and sexy things start to happen, and it soon becomes clear that maybe answering that Craigslist ad was the best thing that ever happened to our gal! (Available in NOOK on April 30.)

    Tangled Up in You, by Samantha Chase
    Police officer Bobby Hannigan just sustained a gunshot wound, and if that wasn’t bad enough, it could be something that ends his law enforcement career. He gets some major cheering up, though, when he meets Teagan Shaughnessy, a kind-hearted single mom who just moved back to town. (Bobby, don’t be a dodo! You hurry up now and ask that nice lady out to dinner!) As for Teagan, she decides that while she certainly feels fond of Bobby, she’s not sure whether it’s the right time for a relationship. (That’s okay, Teagan. We’ll decide for you. And the answer is a resounding yes!) Teagan, you hurry up now and put on your sexiest dress and some heels and red lipstick and show Bobby that while life has thrown many curveballs your way, it has NEVER knocked down your spirit! As for you, Bobby, book a nice B&B for a romantic weekend for two and put on…nothing. At all. This is the seventh book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

    Anything But a Duke, by Christy Carlyle
    Aidan Iverson may have a lot going for him—tons of money, a Duke’s Den membership, a chiseled face and body worth taking up an entire wall of the Louvre—but he’s just not quite there as far as society is concerned. He decides that the only way he’s going to get in good with high society is to marry well. Enter Diana Ashby. She comes from the aristocratic world, but all she wants to do is tell the world about her awesome new invention. She agrees to help Aidan find a well-bred woman of marriageable age. (Oh, Aidan, don’t you realize that Diana is, like, one in a bajillion with a fine mind and a big heart and that many of these so-called “proper ladies” will only bore you to tears for the rest of your life?!) Here’s hoping that Aidan gets over himself ASAP and that Diana gets to continue her entrepreneurial streak! This is the second book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 30.)

    Getting Hot With the Scot, by Melonie Johnson
    Cassie Crow is ready to get serious. The pop culture TV reporter wants to take a more mature journalistic route. That said, she decides to cut herself some slack and let her guard down when she meets Logan Reid, a deliciously gorgeous Scottish dude who would make any woman want to throw caution to the wind. (Do it—I mean, him!—Cassie! Do him for all of us!) As for Logan, his career is kind of, sort of, built on being a prankster and posting pranking videos online. (Oh, Logan, please don’t be THAT guy! Use your brains in a way that complements your big heart and delectable backside!) Logan and Cassie soon realize that they actually, really, genuinely like each other. Can they find a way to merge their two very different lifestyles? Who will be the first to cross the pond to be with the other? When will Cassie get her Pulitzer? And while kilts are lovely, will Logan spend lots of time showing Cassie what’s under his? This is the first book in Johnson’s Sometimes in Love series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:39 pm on 2018/11/27 Permalink
    Tags: , celia kyle, christy carlyle, , , , , , , , , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Magical Wedding Dresses, Christmas Romances, and Dog Lovers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a widow who falls for a younger man, a tiger shifter who wants to protect his people and his woman, and a lady who loses her heart to a baseball player and a cuddly Husky.

    Someone to Trust, by Mary Balogh
    Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, is a widow, and she decides her next step will be to find another suitable husband of whom society will approve and will have a respectable name and BOOOOORRRIIIIING!!! (Elizabeth, we would not judge you AT ALL for wanting to kick up your heels a bit!) She meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges at a Christmas party and the two soon form a bit of a bond. Oh, and they share a snow-melting kiss. Only thing is, she is nine years older than him, so neither of them really think there’s a future there. (Elizabeth and Colin, stop creating drama where there is no drama!) They reunite during London’s next Season, and let’s just say that neither of them has forgotten the other. All it takes is one waltz for them to realize that an age difference doesn’t matter and that they’d like to be nekkid together for many years to come! This is the fifth book in Balogh’s Westcott series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Keep You Close, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorite stories in one! In “Night Shift,” late-night radio announcer Cilla O’Roarke is in major trouble thanks to a creepy caller. Detective Boyd Fletcher is on the case, and let’s just say no woman would mind having him on her side in a jam. (Or on top of her. Or under. Any way would work, really.) Boyd is eager to do his job, but he is also eager to get to know our gal better and perhaps arrange a more permanent romantic situation. In “Night Moves,” Maggie Fitzgerald used to live a very fast-paced life. Then it all just kind of caught up with her and left her broken-hearted, so she decides to isolate herself for a bit. (Maggie, if you need/want book recommendations, we’ve got tons!) She meets landscaper Cliff Delaney, who likes to keep things nice and trim in just about every aspect of his life expect for the bedroom. Is Maggie about to get the peace and tranquility she’s looking for, along with a super duper yummy guy? (Available in paperback on November 27.)

    The Man You’ll Marry: An Anthology, by Debbie Macomber
    Two more fan favorites in one volume! So there’s this wedding dress, right? And basically when a single lady comes in contact with this wedding dress, the next guy she meets turns out to be the man she’s destined to be with forever. In “The First Man You Meet,” Shelly Hansen is absolutely terrified when she receives her great-aunt’s wedding dress because, quite frankly, she wanted to stay independent and never marry. Then she meets Mark Brady, who makes her feel all kinds of feelings. (Shelly, you can still be yourself AND be married! Open yourself to all of the possibilities!) In “The Man You Marry,” Jill Morrison receives that same dress from a friend when she’s in Hawaii. Now, Jill has already met Jordan Wilcox, who – and we’re being totally honest here – is a big crankypants who would benefit greatly from Jill’s love. As for Jill, she doesn’t think he’s meant to be The One, but then she realizes she just might be able to turn his [many, many] frowns upside down! (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Tiger’s Claim, by Celia Kyle
    Jaguar shifter Stella Moore is on a mission to take down an anti-shifter organization that did horrible things to her family. (If there’s one thing the world should know about our gal, it’s that no one messes with her family and gets away with it!) A wrench is thrown in her plans, however, and that wrench takes the chiseled form of billionaire playboy Cole Turner. Cole is a tiger shifter, and he is on his own mission, one that involves protecting his kind. Cole and Stella need to escape to a tropical island and pretend to be lovers in order for their mission to succeed, which sounds like the most win-win situation of all the win-win situations on the planet. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat their enemies and that they also manage to make sweet, sweet love (multiple times) along the way. This is the second book in Kyle’s Shifter Rogues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    You Had Me at Cowboy, by Jennie Marts
    Rancher Mason James is sick and tired of women using him to get to his brother, Rock, who left the family ranch to play professional hockey. (This family is clearly gifted with exceptional genes!) But Mason’s guarded heart melts when he meets Tessa Kane at his brother’s wedding. Little does Mason know that Tessa is a reporter trying to get a scoop on his brother, and little does Tessa realize how hard she’s going to fall for Mason. (Ah, gotta love it when two sexy people don’t realize at first just how gosh darn perfect they are for each other!) Tessa, we hope you still manage to get a scoop that will help your career. And Mason, we hope you won’t be too upset with Tessa – and that you show her why so many women were fools to go after your brother instead of you! This is the second book in Marts’ Cowboys of Creedence series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Fatal Invasion, by Marie Force
    Washington, DC’s hottest married couple, Lieutenant Sam Holland and Vice President Nick Cappuano, are back in action! Our gal Sam has quite the tragic case on her hands – a home was invaded, and the and eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. Sam has a big heart, and she’s determined to do everything she can to help these tiny cuties. (Sam, you are a hero to us all!) To make matters worse, Sam’s sergeant colleague is battling some inner demons, and so he’s not totally fit to serve and protect at the moment. Sam is doing everything she can to keep it all together. Fortunately, her husband Nick is the total package: smart, kind-hearted, supportive, and all kinds of yummy. Nick, you help your woman get through this latest round of job-related drama! And when it’s over, make sure she gets all of the flowers and the spa day she deserves! This is the latest book in Force’s Fatal series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    The Duke That I Marry, by Cathy Maxwell
    Miss Willa Reverly may be an heiress with tons of moolah, but she would much rather stay single than marry for any reason other than love. (Good for you, Willa! Follow your heart and never settle!) She ends up becoming promised to Matthew Addison, the Duke of Camberly. He has quite a bit on his plate. His newly-inherited estate is broke, for one, and his bride-to-be, Willa, is a tad too demanding. (Matthew, what Willa wants are called “feelings.” She wants you to feel loving emotions. For her. In your heart. And other places, of course.) Willa and Matthew are going to have to overcome many obstacles before they can enjoy their happy ending, so here’s hoping they realize they are better together than apart! This is the third book in Maxwell’s Spinster Heiresses series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    A Duke Changes Everything, by Christy Carlyle
    Nicholas Lyon worked—and gambled—really, really hard to amass his wealth and acquire a London gentlemen’s club. Then his evil brother dies, which leaves Nicholas to inherit his family’s estate. Nicholas does NOT want the estate. (#awfulupbringing) He just wants to do what he has to do to get rid of it and then go back to his life in London. He does go back home, though, and there he meets Thomasina Thorne. (Oh, Nicholas, you are in for a major treat!) She’s the steward of the estate, and while we can’t imagine she enjoyed working for Nicholas’ brother, she still likes working and doesn’t want to lose her job now that the new heir is in town. (Thomasina, major kudos to you and to all of the hard-working women of every time period!) Thomasina wants Nicholas to change his mind, and Nicholas wants to get out of dodge. Nicholas, please sort out your priorities and see what a gem you have found in Thomasina! This is the first book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Coming Home for Christmas, by Fern Michaels
    Three holiday stories in one! In “Silver Bells,” movie star Amy Lee decides to ditch her Hollywood life for the holidays and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. (Sounds quiet! And idyllic!) She ends up reconnecting with her high school boyfriend, and let’s just say he’s aged very, very well. In “Snow Angels,” Olympic skier Max Jorgenson gets an unexpected surprise when social worker Grace Landry ends up finding refuge in his log cabin. (Oh, Max, you can make your way into our Olympic Village any day of the week!) Here’s hoping Max has a nice bottle of wine and a big fire going on! In “Holiday Magic,” ski shop manager Stephanie Marshall is on the market – for a bonus. She wants to put a down payment on a house for her and her daughters. Will her hunky boss Eddie O’Brien give her a helping hand? And steamy kisses for the rest of their lives together? (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    My Forever Home, by Debbie Burns

    Tess Grasso may have dropped out of veterinary school, but that will NOT stop her from following her dream of owning a pet therapy business. (Don’t give up on your dreams, Tess!) She decides to work for a bit at a no-kill animal shelter. Here, she meets Mason Redding, a baseball player who is recovering from a major accident. He doesn’t want to share too much about himself these days, because he may have done something bad, but he soon realizes he wants to share his whole life with Tess. Plus, a really cute stray Husky dog enters the picture, which quickens their friendship. Tess and Mason, just bare your souls—and bodies—to each other and realize that you’re perfect for each other and that you need to band together and give that adorable Husky a loving home! This is the third book in Burns’ Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

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