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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/06/05 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Baseball Players, Astrophysicists, and Dog-Loving Heroes 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman with a resort to run and a murder to solve, a troubled guy who goes back into the world of BDSM, and a lonely astrophysicist eager for love.

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    Bodine Longbow runs the family business, the Bodine Ranch and Resort in western Montana. (When can we book our vacations?) She’s recently gotten some extra help in the form of new hire Callen Skinner, who would make any woman immediately want to know way more about him. Then some gruesome things start happening—dead bodies start popping up—and Callen is the first suspect. Bodine knows that Callen can’t be the one (not in THAT sense), and together they start digging a little bit deeper into the danger. Further complicating matters is the reappearance of Bodine’s long-lost aunt, who might be able to shed some more light on the situation. Here’s hoping Bodine and Callen figure things out sooner rather than later, and that they enjoy all of the romantic possibilities Montana has to offer. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Run to Ground, by Katie Ruggle
    This is the first book in Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, which is about extremely hot men who can handle tough missions in the wild but also have enough love in their hearts for their women and their pups. (What more does a woman want in a partner?!) Theo Bosco has suffered some pretty terrible losses. He lost his beloved mentor, for one, and he also lost his K9 companion. Now he has a new doggie coworker. He also has a new love interest: Juliet Jackson, who rescued her siblings and decided to bring them to the remote beauty of the Colorado Rockies. (Sounds perfect and peaceful!) Can they move past the pain and focus on planning a kid and dog-friendly wedding? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 6.)

    Home Run, by Heidi McLaughlin
    Our very special heroine, Ainsley Burke, has caught the eye of the very sexy baseball player Cooper Bailey. He’s very focused, though, on making it to the major leagues. He wouldn’t mind giving Ainsley a taste of the goodness (oh, that we could all have a sample!), but he doesn’t think he can totally commit just yet. As for Ainsley, she is understandably distracted by this hot hitter who adds an aesthetic appeal to any room he enters. (That form-fitting uniform alone gets the ovaries churning.) Anyway, they both might need to let go of some personal issues before they can proceed to make house together and create cute babies. (Make at least one in the dugout, you two crazy lovebirds!) This is the second book in McLaughlin’s Boys of Summer series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    Wolf Hunt, by Paige Tyler
    Hottie SWAT officer Remy Boudreaux is back home in New Orleans for training. (Oh, Remy, please throw some fun in there while you’re at it!) He and some work buddies go out to the French Quarter one night, and Remy runs into his old high school crush, Triana Bellamy. This all happens the night of a tropical storm, which is perfect, because holing up in a boarded-up house with no electricity and only Remy for protection and entertainment sounds idyllic. Remy is reluctant to get too deeply involved with another woman, but the attraction between these two just runs WAY too deeply to be ignored. Here’s hoping they embrace their future together—and put that tropical storm time to good use! This is the latest book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 6.)

    A Sky Full of Stars, by Samantha Chase
    Romance enthusiasts who admire a hero with brains will love the latest book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series! Dr. Owen Shaughnessy is a phenomenal astrophysicist, but he’s a tad shy, so the social scene isn’t really his jam. One night he meets artist Brooke Matthews, who is his opposite in many ways, and they are soon mega-attracted to each other. (Brooke, don’t let that quiet exterior fool you. Owen can and will rock your world!) The timing is perfect, too: He needs to study a meteor shower, and she signs up as his assistant. (Owen, we’d all follow you to the moon and back!) Hurry up and make ridiculously cute and smart and creative babies, you two! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    The Farthest Edge, by Kristen Ashley
    Looking for a little BDSM action? (That was a rhetorical question.) Branch is a man who likes to live off of the grid, and only a woman like Evangeline makes him want to come back to the real world and live a little. (Oh, Branch, couldn’t you just give the rest of us a chance?!) As for Evangeline, our gal thought she was done with her days at the Honey Club, but Branch is the kind of guy who would make any woman want to strip down and focus. She and Branch want to push each other to their respective limits, and soon they realize they want to go even deeper emotionally. Can they find a happy middle ground? Ashley’s latest – of which the cover alone makes one smile in sweet anticipation – is the second book in her Honey series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    What romances are you reading this week?

    The post Romance Roundup: Baseball Players, Astrophysicists, and Dog-Loving Heroes appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/06/05 Permalink
    Tags: , come sundown, , , , , , , run to ground, , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Baseball Players, Astrophysicists, and Dog-Loving Heroes 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman with a resort to run and a murder to solve, a troubled guy who goes back into the world of BDSM, and a lonely astrophysicist eager for love.

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    Bodine Longbow runs the family business, the Bodine Ranch and Resort in western Montana. (When can we book our vacations?) She’s recently gotten some extra help in the form of new hire Callen Skinner, who would make any woman immediately want to know way more about him. Then some gruesome things start happening—dead bodies start popping up—and Callen is the first suspect. Bodine knows that Callen can’t be the one (not in THAT sense), and together they start digging a little bit deeper into the danger. Further complicating matters is the reappearance of Bodine’s long-lost aunt, who might be able to shed some more light on the situation. Here’s hoping Bodine and Callen figure things out sooner rather than later, and that they enjoy all of the romantic possibilities Montana has to offer. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Run to Ground, by Katie Ruggle
    This is the first book in Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, which is about extremely hot men who can handle tough missions in the wild but also have enough love in their hearts for their women and their pups. (What more does a woman want in a partner?!) Theo Bosco has suffered some pretty terrible losses. He lost his beloved mentor, for one, and he also lost his K9 companion. Now he has a new doggie coworker. He also has a new love interest: Juliet Jackson, who rescued her siblings and decided to bring them to the remote beauty of the Colorado Rockies. (Sounds perfect and peaceful!) Can they move past the pain and focus on planning a kid and dog-friendly wedding? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 6.)

    Home Run, by Heidi McLaughlin
    Our very special heroine, Ainsley Burke, has caught the eye of the very sexy baseball player Cooper Bailey. He’s very focused, though, on making it to the major leagues. He wouldn’t mind giving Ainsley a taste of the goodness (oh, that we could all have a sample!), but he doesn’t think he can totally commit just yet. As for Ainsley, she is understandably distracted by this hot hitter who adds an aesthetic appeal to any room he enters. (That form-fitting uniform alone gets the ovaries churning.) Anyway, they both might need to let go of some personal issues before they can proceed to make house together and create cute babies. (Make at least one in the dugout, you two crazy lovebirds!) This is the second book in McLaughlin’s Boys of Summer series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    Wolf Hunt, by Paige Tyler
    Hottie SWAT officer Remy Boudreaux is back home in New Orleans for training. (Oh, Remy, please throw some fun in there while you’re at it!) He and some work buddies go out to the French Quarter one night, and Remy runs into his old high school crush, Triana Bellamy. This all happens the night of a tropical storm, which is perfect, because holing up in a boarded-up house with no electricity and only Remy for protection and entertainment sounds idyllic. Remy is reluctant to get too deeply involved with another woman, but the attraction between these two just runs WAY too deeply to be ignored. Here’s hoping they embrace their future together—and put that tropical storm time to good use! This is the latest book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 6.)

    A Sky Full of Stars, by Samantha Chase
    Romance enthusiasts who admire a hero with brains will love the latest book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series! Dr. Owen Shaughnessy is a phenomenal astrophysicist, but he’s a tad shy, so the social scene isn’t really his jam. One night he meets artist Brooke Matthews, who is his opposite in many ways, and they are soon mega-attracted to each other. (Brooke, don’t let that quiet exterior fool you. Owen can and will rock your world!) The timing is perfect, too: He needs to study a meteor shower, and she signs up as his assistant. (Owen, we’d all follow you to the moon and back!) Hurry up and make ridiculously cute and smart and creative babies, you two! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    The Farthest Edge, by Kristen Ashley
    Looking for a little BDSM action? (That was a rhetorical question.) Branch is a man who likes to live off of the grid, and only a woman like Evangeline makes him want to come back to the real world and live a little. (Oh, Branch, couldn’t you just give the rest of us a chance?!) As for Evangeline, our gal thought she was done with her days at the Honey Club, but Branch is the kind of guy who would make any woman want to strip down and focus. She and Branch want to push each other to their respective limits, and soon they realize they want to go even deeper emotionally. Can they find a happy middle ground? Ashley’s latest – of which the cover alone makes one smile in sweet anticipation – is the second book in her Honey series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    What romances are you reading this week?

    The post Romance Roundup: Baseball Players, Astrophysicists, and Dog-Loving Heroes appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Tara Sonin 12:58 pm on 2017/05/30 Permalink
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    Romance and Mystery Sizzle in Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown 


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    Come Sundown is a perfect mystery-romance for fans who have Nora Roberts on auto-buy, but fans of newer psychological thrillers that pack an emotional punch—like Paula Hawkins’ Girl on the Train and Emma Donaghue’s Room will find a satisfying read as well.

    Alice Bodine ran away from home to become a Hollywood movie star, never to return. Except that once Hollywood had chewed her up and spat her out, she decided to come back to the place she once thought of as a prison. The book opens with her attempt to return home to her family, prepared to answer for her terrible behavior. But disaster strikes, and Alice disappears.

    Once again, Nora Roberts takes a sprawling, but close-knit family with deep emotional ties and pulls the rug out from under them with devastating revelations from the past. Four generations of women are the bedrock of the Bodine family, ending with Bodine Longbow, who runs the family ranch and resort in the beautiful Montana landscape. No one discusses the tragedy of Alice’s disappearance over two decades before—instead, the hopes of the Bodine and Longbow clan rest on Bodine’s shoulders; a weight she is perfectly content to bear. Between orchestrating the wedding of a town diva to manning (lady-ing?) the entertainment for the resort, plus the horses…Bodine is a busy, strong lady, and totally in control. Which explains why the re-appearance of her childhood crush Callen Skinner back at the ranch—on land his father was forced to sell to hers because of gambling debt—sets her on edge. Not to mention that his return coincides with the mysterious deaths of two local women—and Bodine’s attraction to him complicates things, indeed.

    Meanwhile, in interludes that stretch throughout the past, readers learn Alice’s fate after her abduction. Forced to live in captivity, she endures unspeakable brutality until her connection to who she once was is completely severed…and when she is discovered near the ranch, the mystery of Alice’s past becomes a major part of Bodine’s present.

    Roberts deftly manages the two timelines and makes Bodine and Alice excellent foils of one another, though of different generations. Having watched her aunt, mother and grandmother suffer after the loss of Alice, Bodine believes in familial responsibility, and the strength women have to hold their families together. Alice, on the other hand, felt burdened by her family, and ostracized by them for wanting different things. In some ways, Bodine is who she is because Alice left. The emotional thread of watching this family sew themselves back together after a horrific separation is handled with sensitivity and is balanced well with the other half of the story—the unsolved mystery of who kidnapped Alice to begin with.

    It wouldn’t be a Nora Roberts novel without romance, of course, and Callen and Bodine are a perfectly paired, classic match: the rough handed, brooding cowboy with a mysterious past, and the put-together, no-nonsense entrepreneur. Bodine and Callen sizzle on the page, but thankfully, she doesn’t deny her attraction to him for very long. Roberts’ romance-writng is still top-notch, and the tension of not knowing whether Callen was involved with the town killings—or Alice’s disappearance itself—while Bodine is falling in love with him is quite entrancing on the page.

    Mystery conclusions are most satisfied when left unspoiled, so I will leave you with this: Come Sundown is like Montana itself, which serves as a tumultuous and beautiful backdrop to this family epic. Vast in scope, it can be easy to miss the simple, small details—so read with a careful eye, and prepare to be surprised by the sometimes harsh truths only the Midwest can reveal.

    Come Sundown is on B&N bookshelves now.

    The post Romance and Mystery Sizzle in Nora Roberts’ Come Sundown appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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