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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2018/01/08 Permalink
    Tags: , , curmudgeons, debbie macomber, , , , , , , lovable grumps, , , the wolf and the dove,   

    Our Favorite Sexy Curmudgeons: 8 Guys Whose Frowns We Want to Turn Upside Down 

    No one wants to be tied to a grump, but once in a while we come across that brooding kind of man we wouldn’t mind cheering up. You know the type. He doesn’t give the best first impression, but once you get to know him, it’s easy to look past his gruff exterior and appreciate the wonderful man within. (And you just know all of that seriousness and pent-up longing will release itself in some very pleasant ways!) Guys like these may not always make the best Plus Ones at dinner parties, but they’ll definitely make you remember dessert.

    Here are 8 of the sexiest curmudgeons in romance who can brood all they want!

    Hareton from Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
    No, we are NOT going in the Heathcliff direction! (True, he had it rough, but he was still awful.) Instead, let’s focus on Hareton. He wasn’t raised under the best of circumstances, to say the least, but throughout his harsh life he managed to show an innate sweetness. As he grew older he displayed a loyalty that would bode well for his upcoming marriage to young Catherine. A guy like that may not make the best impression on society, and he might curse in your presence upon your first meeting, but he’ll ultimately stay faithful to you and he’ll always be honest about his feelings.

    Sir William of Miraval in Candle in the Window, by Christina Dodd
    Sir William of Miraval is not the happiest of knights. He was blinded in battle, and his caretakers are growing frustrated with his awful attitude and poor hygiene. (Dude’s quite depressed, so he gets a pass at being curmudgeonly.) He meets his match when Lady Saura of Roget is summoned to help him get his act together. She’s blind, too, but this is a woman who know how to run a house and keep everyone in line. William soon falls in love with her, and he displays a fierce loyalty that would make any woman sigh. William, we knew that beneath that rugged, filthy, muscled exterior was a tender-hearted man yearning to break free!

    Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    There are many mighty good reasons why Mr. Darcy ALWAYS comes up in romantic conversations. He didn’t always have the best manners, and he could hardly be called the life of the party, but when a guy is willing to help your crazy family by keeping your nutty sister on the straight and narrow, well, there’s a lot to be said for that. (Imagine a guy who stays with you even though your extended family posts weird things on social media on an hourly basis.) Mr. Darcy, you practically invented the smolder, so you can smolder all you want!

    Wulfgar from The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen Woodiwiss
    To be fair, this Medieval knight had an exceptionally harsh life. He was a bastard, which wasn’t easy in those days. (He and Jon Snow of Game of Thrones would probably have a great deal to talk about.) You’re also under a lot of pressure when William the Conqueror wants you to, well, help him conquer England. This attitude of his mostly changes, though, when his posse conquers Darkenwald, the home of the very proud and beautiful Aislinn. It takes a very long time until they actually get along, and boy it’s fun to read that roller coaster of a relationship. Carry on with your growling ways, Wulfgar, and flex your muscles while you’re at it!

    Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
    Love him or hate him, Mr. Rochester was a curmudgeonly curmudgeon who needed some major intervention—and lots of time to soul-search—before he could find some inner peace and have his happy ending with Jane. True, he’d been through a lot in his life—bad marriage, saddled with a kid he wasn’t even sure was his, lost his eyesight, lost his hand, and more—but that doesn’t excuse some of the things he did. (Buddy, you might want to consider taking up poetry writing!) Still, he had some good qualities, and he ultimately changed for the better thanks to Jane. Mr. Rochester, brood as you please, and please make sure you show Jane your appreciation as often as humanely possible!

    Rocco from A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, by Debbie Macomber
    Poor Rocco’s a little bit in over his head. He’s the macho-est of macho men, and he has a teenage daughter with whom he doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye. Fortunately he meets Nichole, the modern-day equivalent of a gently-bred lady who recently ditched her cheating husband. Rocco may be more at home in a biker bar than, well, in many other places, but he’s solid, muscly proof that surprises can come in the most unexpected of packages. Rocco, bring on the cranky. We know that inside you’re really just a marshmallow with nothing but love for your woman!

    Rhys Winterborne in Marrying Winterborne, by Lisa Kleypas
    Welshman Rhys Winterborne worked extremely hard to get to where he is. He owns a major department store, and even though he is supremely wealthy, his modest background means that society doesn’t have much room for him at their social gatherings. He’s determined to win over his lady love, and what’s more, he knows he’s not always the most pleasant man to be around. You can’t go wrong with a guy who admits his faults and is eager to prove his devotion. That said, he also shows an exceptionally sweet and caring side. Rhys, no one is fooled! Admit it. You’re a softie.

    Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades series, by E.L. James
    Christian makes all of the other guys on this list seem joyful by comparison. He spends a lot of time brooding over Anastasia and his dark past. (Christian, buddy, you should seriously consider volunteering at an animal shelter. Giving your time just might help!) And he certainly knows how to, ahem, release his frustrations. Whether his dark ways turn you on or off, no woman can deny that life with Christian would never be boring!

    Who are your favorite fictional curmudgeons?

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  • Rachel Paxton 4:00 pm on 2017/12/21 Permalink
    Tags: , anita hughes, , , christmas in london, debbie macomber, , 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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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/12/19 Permalink
    Tags: an engagement in seattle, brynn kelly, debbie macomber, edge of truth, , , need to know, , , , sophie barnes, the art of running in heels, the duke of her desire,   

    Romance Roundup: Journalists, Runaway Brides, and Hot Marriages of Convenience 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a reality television bride who ditches her groom, a man who has GOT to find a bride willing to go to Alaska, and a kidnapped journalist who’s about to embark on the romantic adventure of a lifetime.

    Need to Know, by Fern Michaels
    Readers who love a good story that involves a group of close-knit female friends sabotaging the life of a scumbag man will love this yarn! Garland Lee is a very famous singer (the kind who has major music honchos on her side AND actual talent) and she’s about to get seriously screwed over by her lawyer. It turns out that said lawyer, Arthur Forrester, has been spending years swindling Garland, and he’s about to drag her through the mud even more. At least, that’s his plan. He doesn’t realize how strong the women of the Sisterhood are, or how far they’ll go to protect their good friend, Garland. In fact, them eating his proverbial lunch is going to be the least of his problems. Just do as they say, Arthur, and you might be able to escape with the clothes on your back! This reprint is part of Michaels’ extensive Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback on December 26.)

    Twisted, by Helen Hardt
    The love story of Ruby Lee and Ryan Steel continues! Ryan is still feeling down and out about his shady family, and he doesn’t seem to realize that in spite of this, Ruby loves him and wants to be with him and provide him with a loving home that is free of backstabbing relatives. (Oh, that we were all ensured of this!) Ruby has her own haunted past, but she’s determined to see the latest round of family drama through and hang on to her man. Ruby and Ryan, hang in there, and don’t lose sight of what’s important! Oh, and the two of you and any future offspring you produce have an open invitation to our homes for the holidays! This is the eighth book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on December 26.)

    An Engagement in Seattle, by Debbie Macomber
    Two marriage-of-convenience stories in one! In “Groom Wanted,” Julia Conrad needs to save her business, and it looks as if marriage to Aleksandr Berinski is her quickest solution. As for Aleksandr, a Russian biochemist with a visa that’s about to expire, he needs to stick around if he’s going to continue doing his research. (Aleksandr, we’d all love to research YOU!) Can they each get what they need AND realize that they are perfect for each other? In “Bride Wanted,” Chase Goodwin uses a roadside billboard for, well, “Bride Wanted” purposes. It’s not difficult for him to meet women, per se, he just needs to find a woman who is willing to live with him in the frozen world that is Alaska. Lesley Campbell is up for the challenge, because she is a sensible woman who knows that Chase, with his kind heart and angelic face and body worth worshipping, will do everything he possibly can to keep her warm at night. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 26.)

    The Art of Running in Heels, by Rachel Gibson
    Lexie Kowalsky was about to walk down the aisle—in front of millions of viewers. Yes, she chose the reality television journey of life, and it bit her in the behind. She realizes that the man she was about to marry was SO not The One, so she ran away while still wearing her entire wedding outfit. (Better late than never, Lexie!) She decides to hightail it to Sandspit, Canada, which is surely a lovely place once you get to know it. She shares a plane with Seattle Chinooks star Sean Knox, who is more than welcome to show up at all of our front doors wearing nothing but a hockey net. Turns out that Lexie is Sean’s coach’s daughter, so any relations between them are likely to break that whole Don’t-Mix-Puck-With-Pleasure rule. (Meh, rules were made to be broken!) Sean and Lexie, give that tiny town something to talk about! (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on December 26.)

    The Duke of Her Desire, by Sophie Barnes
    Thomas Heathmore, the Duke of Coventry, has agreed to help his friend’s sister navigate the tricky, scandal-searching clutches of high society. The thing is, Amelia’s brother has just inherited a dukedom, so her proverbial stock has gone up through the roof. She has GOT to learn the ways of her new world. But she actually doesn’t care about any of it. In fact, she’s way more interested in opening a school. (Hail to all of the women who pioneered—and continue to pioneer—in the field of education!) Amelia isn’t too interested in what Thomas has to say about the society life, but she has to admit that she would NOT mind seeing him without his shirt once in a while. Can Thomas just embrace the amazing woman Amelia is, and can Amelia just give in to her desire for him? This is the second book in Barnes’ Diamonds in the Rough series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 26.)

    Edge of Truth, by Brynn Kelly
    Journalist Tess Newell isn’t having the best time of her career at the moment. She’s just been kidnapped and imprisoned in an underground cell, and it’s quite unlikely that anyone will ever find her and rescue her from her terrorist kidnappers. Then French Foreign Legionnaire member Flynn rescues her, and they embark on an escapade together that makes them both want to be much, much closer. (Um, Flynn? Would you please rescue us, too? A lot of us work in cubicles, which is a type of cell, if you think about it, so….yeah! Come on over!) They’ve both got to dodge some pretty bad people if they’re going to keep their heads on their necks, which they would really like to do. Will they survive all of this? And if they do, can they then take a safe and isolated vacation that involves them removing each other’s fatigues and any bandages so that they are each completely nekkid? This is the second book in Kelly’s Legionnaires series. (Available in paperback on December 26.)

    What romances are you cozying up to this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/12/12 Permalink
    Tags: , debbie macomber, emma douglas, jane ashford, kate baxter, , love in the afternoon, no place like you, , , , the duke knows best, the wicked vampire, wolf hunger   

    Romance Roundup: Vampire Party Girls, Rock Stars, and Lady Werewolves 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who is falling for her friend’s fiancé (with good reason!), a rock star who is reunited with his childhood sweetheart, and a London-loving lady who falls for a country-loving man.

    Love in the Afternoon, by Lisa Kleypas
    Beatrix Hathaway is not society’s typical lady. Forget about ballrooms and seasons and fancy dresses and snagging a filthy rich husband—she’d rather spend time outside enjoying nature and befriending animals. (Beatrix, we’ll take you on our weekend hikes any time!) A friend to the end, she helps her flirtatious buddy, Prudence Mercer, write letters to Prudence’s intended, the very handsome captain Christopher Phelan. Christopher is out to war, and he’s giving Prudence a heads up that he will be quite emotionally damaged when he gets back home. Beatrix ends up writing to Christopher for Prudence—and as Prudence—and these letters end up exchanging very private, heart-wrenching and heart-opening details. Christopher is convinced Prudence is the woman for him, but he’s about to be quite surprised when he finds out who’s really been helping him get in touch with his emotions. This is the fifth book in Kleypas’ Hathaways series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    No Place Like You, by Emma Douglas
    Leah Santelli and Zach Harper shared a very passionate night right before he left town to follow his bliss and become a rock star. (Zach, we would all be your groupies any day of the week!) Years go by, and Zach is now back in the town of Cloud Bay for a major music festival. Oh, and he has definitely struck it big. Leah still lives in Cloud Bay, and she’s been trying to make it big as a record producer. Zach is struck by the woman Leah has become, and he promptly starts to go ga-ga over her. (Gotta love it when a man recognizes a good thing!) As for Leah, she still hasn’t forgotten how hurt she was when Zach skipped town, so while she’s slap-happy to see Zach again, she’s understandably terrified of being hurt. Zach, this might be the perfect time to REALLY tap into your inner poet and spout some sonnets and songs! This is the first book in Douglas’ Cloud Bay series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Wicked Vampire, by Kate Baxter
    Sasha Ivanov is a blood-loving vampire AND one of the hottest party girls in the Los Angeles club scene. (Gotta love a heroine who knows how to have a good time!) She’s pretty insatiable when it comes to fun (and, well, blood), but she soon meets her match when she tries out a supernatural fight club. She makes the acquaintance of Ewan Brún, whose job is to kill vampires, which would surely cast a small shadow over his and Sasha’s budding attraction. Ewan and Sasha are irreversibly drawn to each other, which is good, because some especially dark forces are about to go after both of them. They will have to get into a bit of danger if they are then going to explore a passionate future together. Hang in there, you two! And Sasha, we promise that with Ewan by your side, you won’t ever miss your partying nights! This is the sixth book in Baxter’s Last True Vampire series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wolf Hunger, by Paige Tyler
    SWAT officer Max Lowry is a wolf shifter, and when he meets Lana, a fellow wolf shifter, he realizes he would like for them to spend the rest of their lives together making tons of cute little wolf cubs. The only thing is that she doesn’t realize she’s also a werewolf, so Max has to be all “You’re a werewolf, Lana” and then teach her about her heritage. (It’s kind of like how Hagrid said “yer a wizard” in the first Harry Potter book, except everyone involved in this story is sexy.) Max’s main goal right now is to keep his beloved safe from those who would track her down and kill her. As for Lana, she wouldn’t mind exploring her wilder, more animal instinctive ways with a man like Max. Can they stay safe from the bad guys and focus strictly on their between-the-sheets activity? This is the seventh book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook.)

    The Duke Knows Best, by Jane Ashford
    Lord Randolph Gresham is in London to find a wife. As soon as he accomplishes this task, he plans to take his bride straight back to his country parish and resume his quiet life. Then he meets Verity Sinclair, who much rather prefers the noisy fun London has to offer. Randolph may be a hottie worth painting, but Verify refuses to even consider socializing with him, because there is no way she is packing her trunks to move to a sleepy village. (Um, sorry, Verity, but have you seen Randy’s biceps?!) Then they are asked to sing a duet together, and all of that closeness starts to bring out a desire for even more closeness. Verity soon realizes that one could always do with more fresh country air—and that a man like Randolph can keep her entertained through many a country night in a way that no London soiree can rival! This is the fifth book in Ashford’s The Duke’s Sons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Any Dream Will Do, by Debbie Macomber
    Shay Benson did some very naughty things in order to help her brother avoid major trouble. (He never deserved your help, Shay!) That was years ago, though, and now she’s determined to rebuild her life. She meets Drew Douglas, a widower and pastor with two kids and, you know, a flock to lead. (Drew, buddy, sounds like you could use a nice woman in your life. I know a gal!) Unlike Shay’s brother and his shady acquaintances, Drew is, like, a super nice guy who has also been having a rough time. Shay, Drew, misery loves company, and guess what? When you two come together, you’ll realize that you don’t HAVE to be miserable any longer! Here’s hoping these two lovebirds soon realize that they can be super-duper happy together, and that Shay stays away from further family-related drama. (Available in paperback on December 26.)

    What romance novels are you cuddling up with this week?

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  • Tara Sonin 4:00 pm on 2017/11/16 Permalink
    Tags: a devil in scotland, a duke in shining armor, , , , beyond scandal and desire, blood fury: black dagger legacy, , , debbie macomber, , ella quinn, , headmaster, hello stranger, highland ever after, , , , , , , , , , , , surrender to the highlander, suzanne enoch, , tempted, the marquis and i,   

    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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