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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/19 Permalink
    Tags: debbie macomber, , , , , , , , , the fifth doctrine, , the wyoming kid   

    Romance Roundup: Ranchers, Reunited Friends, and Gym Lovers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two guys and a gal who are all about fitness (and each other), a teacher who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with a rancher, and a tough woman who needs to convince the U.S. government that she’s not a criminal.

    The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr
    Readers who love a good friendship-focused story will enjoy this reprint! Emma Shay Compton’s life isn’t going so great at the moment. Her mega-rich husband, it turns out, was mega-corrupt, and he ends up committing suicide to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. This leaves Emma with nothing (like, zilch), so she goes home to Sonoma County in order to rebuild her life from the bottom up. (Emma, you go girl!) She runs into her former best friend, Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma used to be like sisters, and then Riley did something quite naughty and they fell out of touch. Here’s hoping these two ladies reconcile over a really good bottle (or two) of wine! (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Wyoming Kid, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Wyoming Kid,” teacher Joy Fuller refuses to fall in love with rodeo cowboy-turned-rancher Lonny Ellison. This throws Lonny in for a bit of a loop, because he’s become quite accustomed to ladies throwing their proverbial and literal panties at him. (Lonny, buddy, Joy is no ordinary woman. If you really want her panties you’ll have to work very, very hard for them!) Then Lonny starts to mentor one of Joy’s troubled students, and she starts to realize that there’s WAY more to Lonny than his very talented buns of steel. (Let’s just say that while Lonny may be a former rodeo cowboy he has certainly NOT lost his capabilities!) Can Lonny show Joy that he’s a man worth keeping? Will Joy realize that Lonny is the real deal? And will they honeymoon in the Caribbean or the Pacific? Oh, and fret not, romance readers who can’t get enough cowboys: This volume includes a bonus story, “The Horseman’s Son,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis
    This reprint features Lily Danville, who is going through an exceptionally rough time right now. She’s going back home to Cedar Ridge, Colorado, which is filled with many sad and painful memories for her. (Sending you tons and tons of hugs, Lily!) Things take a turn for the better when she gets a job at a popular resort. Trouble is, the resort is owned by the family of Aidan Kincaid. This would normally be all fine and dandy, because Aidan is the kind of guy who makes women feel all kinds of yummy feelings, but he and Lily will need to work through some major issues before they can start a new chapter of their lives together. Lily, we all admire your courage and strength! And Aidan, lacking any discernible talent in the artistic department would NEVER stop us from trying to replicate your body in ice sculpture form! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Fifth Doctrine, by Karen Robards
    Bianca St. Ives had an upbringing that was, shall we say, Not Exactly Traditional. Forget about dolls and proms and pizza outings with friends. Instead, our gal got to learn a whole lotta martial arts and how to handle explosives. (Now THAT would have made for a killer college essay!) Now she’s all grown up, and she pays her bills by swindling con men. Life is just peachy until a mission goes very, very wrong. For one, her dad—who also was in her same profession—is killed. Top secret government documents go missing. Also missing is money to the tune of $200 million. The U.S. government is not 100 percent convinced that her father is dead, nor do they think she is completely innocent, either. Bianca will need to think really hard and fast if she’s going to survive this latest conundrum. Here’s hoping she busts herself out of this mess ASAP, and that maybe she gets a much-needed helping hand or two! This is the third book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Misadventures in a Threesome, by Elizabeth Hayley
    Fitness instructor Jasmine Pritchett just had THE BEST job interview EVER. She got to bare her professional soul to gym owners Maddox Gibson and Wilder Vaughn. That’s twice the biceps and gluteus maximus and all of that good stuff. Oh, and let’s just say that both men are also very taken with our gal and her healthy ways. (Indeed, Jasmine, we all worship at your altar of awesomeness!) The timing is perfect, because each of these three beautiful people can use a bit of cheering up. They each certainly bring something to the table. (Maddox is more grounded while Wilder is the adventurous one. As for Jasmine, well, she is quite the determined go-getter.) Jasmine, Maddox, and Wilder, you three enjoy yourselves thoroughly, and while you’re at it, please share your top tips for a toned body and make sure you have at least one superbaby! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features Bodine Longbow, who 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 paperback on March 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/19 Permalink
    Tags: debbie macomber, , , , , , , , , the fifth doctrine,   

    Romance Roundup: Ranchers, Reunited Friends, and Gym Lovers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two guys and a gal who are all about fitness (and each other), a teacher who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with a rancher, and a tough woman who needs to convince the U.S. government that she’s not a criminal.

    The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr
    Readers who love a good friendship-focused story will enjoy this reprint! Emma Shay Compton’s life isn’t going so great at the moment. Her mega-rich husband, it turns out, was mega-corrupt, and he ends up committing suicide to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. This leaves Emma with nothing (like, zilch), so she goes home to Sonoma County in order to rebuild her life from the bottom up. (Emma, you go girl!) She runs into her former best friend, Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma used to be like sisters, and then Riley did something quite naughty and they fell out of touch. Here’s hoping these two ladies reconcile over a really good bottle (or two) of wine! (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Wyoming Kid, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Wyoming Kid,” teacher Joy Fuller refuses to fall in love with rodeo cowboy-turned-rancher Lonny Ellison. This throws Lonny in for a bit of a loop, because he’s become quite accustomed to ladies throwing their proverbial and literal panties at him. (Lonny, buddy, Joy is no ordinary woman. If you really want her panties you’ll have to work very, very hard for them!) Then Lonny starts to mentor one of Joy’s troubled students, and she starts to realize that there’s WAY more to Lonny than his very talented buns of steel. (Let’s just say that while Lonny may be a former rodeo cowboy he has certainly NOT lost his capabilities!) Can Lonny show Joy that he’s a man worth keeping? Will Joy realize that Lonny is the real deal? And will they honeymoon in the Caribbean or the Pacific? Oh, and fret not, romance readers who can’t get enough cowboys: This volume includes a bonus story, “The Horseman’s Son,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis
    This reprint features Lily Danville, who is going through an exceptionally rough time right now. She’s going back home to Cedar Ridge, Colorado, which is filled with many sad and painful memories for her. (Sending you tons and tons of hugs, Lily!) Things take a turn for the better when she gets a job at a popular resort. Trouble is, the resort is owned by the family of Aidan Kincaid. This would normally be all fine and dandy, because Aidan is the kind of guy who makes women feel all kinds of yummy feelings, but he and Lily will need to work through some major issues before they can start a new chapter of their lives together. Lily, we all admire your courage and strength! And Aidan, lacking any discernible talent in the artistic department would NEVER stop us from trying to replicate your body in ice sculpture form! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Fifth Doctrine, by Karen Robards
    Bianca St. Ives had an upbringing that was, shall we say, Not Exactly Traditional. Forget about dolls and proms and pizza outings with friends. Instead, our gal got to learn a whole lotta martial arts and how to handle explosives. (Now THAT would have made for a killer college essay!) Now she’s all grown up, and she pays her bills by swindling con men. Life is just peachy until a mission goes very, very wrong. For one, her dad—who also was in her same profession—is killed. Top secret government documents go missing. Also missing is money to the tune of $200 million. The U.S. government is not 100 percent convinced that her father is dead, nor do they think she is completely innocent, either. Bianca will need to think really hard and fast if she’s going to survive this latest conundrum. Here’s hoping she busts herself out of this mess ASAP, and that maybe she gets a much-needed helping hand or two! This is the third book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Misadventures in a Threesome, by Elizabeth Hayley
    Fitness instructor Jasmine Pritchett just had THE BEST job interview EVER. She got to bare her professional soul to gym owners Maddox Gibson and Wilder Vaughn. That’s twice the biceps and gluteus maximus and all of that good stuff. Oh, and let’s just say that both men are also very taken with our gal and her healthy ways. (Indeed, Jasmine, we all worship at your altar of awesomeness!) The timing is perfect, because each of these three beautiful people can use a bit of cheering up. They each certainly bring something to the table. (Maddox is more grounded while Wilder is the adventurous one. As for Jasmine, well, she is quite the determined go-getter.) Jasmine, Maddox, and Wilder, you three enjoy yourselves thoroughly, and while you’re at it, please share your top tips for a toned body and make sure you have at least one superbaby! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features Bodine Longbow, who 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 paperback on March 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/02/26 Permalink
    Tags: believe in me, changing habits, debbie macomber, , enamored, hired, it's getting scot in here, , , , , , you had me at jaguar, zoey castile   

    Romance Roundup: Studious Ladies, London Socialites, and Seriously Sexy Male Escorts 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a high-society lady who gets a very sexy traveling buddy, three former nuns who decide to leave their religious order, and two jaguar shifters who embark on a dangerous mission.

    Believe in Me, by Ella Quinn
    Lady Augusta Vivers really wanted to go to university in Italy and pursue her passion for languages and geography, but her mother was all like “Find a husband this London Season OR ELSE!” Our gal isn’t feeling the whole whirlwind of balls and such. Then she meets Lord Phineas Carter-Wood, who shares her passion for travel and also makes her flutter her fan faster. He’s just as intrigued by her, and finds a way to finagle his way into her itinerary when her cousins arrange for her to finally escape England and go to Europe. He and Augusta proceed to galavant around Europe and have all kinds of adventures. Here’s hoping they realize they’re perfect for each other, that they decide to flout society’s rules and live the lives they want, and that they get to swim nekkid together in some pristine Mediterranean waters at least once! This is the sixth book in Quinn’s Worthingtons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 26.)

    Changing Habits, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint is about three women, Angie, Joanna, and Kathleen, who were nuns in a religious order and decided to leave said religious order in favor of new lives. (Lots of changes were happening and they were just NOT totally feeling those changes, so good for you, ladies!) Life is not going to be easy for them outside of the convent, but they’ve each experienced a crisis of faith and seriously desire new beginnings. (Special shout-out to ladies everywhere of all times in all places who take brave leaps to live the lives they want!) Will they each find a fulfilling life outside of the convent walls? Will they get a chance to pursue their passions? And will each of them get a chance at a loving relationship? (Available in paperback on February 26.)

    It’s Getting Scot in Here, by Suzanne Enoch
    Amelia-Rose Baxter is a proud London socialite who loves the London life. She wants to marry a fellow sophisticated Londoner and stay in London and do London things. Trouble is, she’s been selected to marry a Highlander, and her would-be brother-in-law, Niall MacTaggert, is eager to help make the union work. (If his eldest brother doesn’t get married ASAP their family risks losing their ancestral estate, which would be no bueno.) Niall wants to prove to our gal that the Highlands—and Highlanders—are not all that bad, and he ends up falling for her in the process. Amelia never thought she’d fall for a man like Niall (SISTER, ARE YOU BLIND?!?!) but she soon comes to her sense and realizes that marriage to Niall would be WAY more exciting than she’d ever expected. Amelia, we all knew you’d come to your senses! Go ahead and pursue this new life! We’ll all come and visit you! This is the first book in Enoch’s Wild Wicked Highlanders series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    Enamored, by Maisey Yates
    Two beloved stories reprinted in one volume! In “Enamored,” Diego Laremos and his estranged wife, Melissa, are reunited after being separated for five years. (There was a bit of a misunderstanding that prompted the separation, so we’re all going to need A LOT of wine to go with this story!) Anyway, now Melissa and Diego are back in each other’s lives, and it’s pretty clear early on that they still have feelings for each other. (Oh, there might have also been a secret son involved in their story, which means we all just might need something stronger than wine!) Here’s hoping that Diego and Melissa each choose the path of forgiveness and build a life together that only involves looking forward! This volume includes “Claim Me, Cowboy,” which features a sexy rancher who needs a fake fiancee and finds a willing—and utterly lovely—woman. Game on. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 26.)

    Hired, by Zoey Castile
    Faith Abigail Charles put her life on hold to help her mother run for mayor of New Orleans. It’s really tough to be in the spotlight, though, playing The Perfect Daughter, so Faith decides to have some fun with Aiden Rios. He is sweet and sexy and—wait for it—a high-paid male escort. He and Faith get to know each other very well over the course of several, ahem, passionate evenings. (Faith, gotta admit, we wholeheartedly applaud this particular conquest of yours!) Faith soon realizes, though, that she wouldn’t mind seeing Aiden’s beautiful body all day every day for the rest of their lives together. When Faith and Aiden run into his client, Aiden’s secret is revealed. Will Faith forgive Aiden’s secrecy? Will her mother’s campaign survive a possible scandal? And will Aiden rip off his shirt and give Faith the time of her life at least three more times in an effort to make her stick around? This is the second book in Castile’s Happy Endings series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    You Had Me at Jaguar, by Terry Spear
    She-jaguar Valerie Chambers doesn’t think she needs protecting. Then she meets jaguar agent Howard Armstrong. He’s been assigned to look after her, and one look at him and his rippling muscles makes her all like “Well, there’s no shame in accepting a helping hand once in a while!” Valerie and Howard need to go on an international mission together in order to take down a killer. (Valerie, we totally understand if you want to pack your sturdiest clothes, but please know that we’d pass ZERO judgment if you ALSO want to splurge on some new lingerie!) Here’s hoping that Howard and Valerie manage to defeat this terrible killer, protect their fellow jaguar shifters, and turn their mission into an extended vacation that involves at least one tropical getaway! This is the first book in Spear’s Heart of the Shifter series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 26.)

    What romance novels are making your heart beat faster this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/01/29 Permalink
    Tags: amanda heger, beyond risk, , connie mann, crazy cupid love, debbie macomber, , mystic, , , , , , this matter of marriage   

    Romance Roundup: Greek God Descendants, Best Friends-Turned-Lovers, and Outer Space Romances 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman on a marriage mission, a Greek god descendant called upon to make some love matches, and two people who are determined to save their galaxy.

    This Matter of Marriage, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features Hallie McCarthy, a lady who loves a good plan and plans to meet her dream guy within one year so they can get married and live happily ever after. She proceeds to go on a series of exceptionally bad dates. As in, each one of these exceptionally bad dates deserves its own podcast series. (Hang in there, Hallie! We admire your tenacity!) Also suffering on the dating scene is Hallie’s hunky neighbor, Steve Marris. He’s trying to win back his ex-wife, even though she’s marrying someone else. (Steve, buddy, let us introduce you to an obscure song no one has ever heard of that’s sung by a princess no one knows named Elsa called “Let It Go.” Because, really, that’s what you should do.) Pretty soon, though, Hallie and Steve each have a much-needed double take and realize that everything they want in life literally lives next door. Invite us to the wedding, please! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Crazy Cupid Love, by Amanda Heger
    Eliza Herman has some pretty big career shoes to fill. She’s a descendant of Eros, as in, the Greek god of all things sexy. Thanks to a recent family emergency, she has to take a job as a Cupid-for-hire in a local shop and get couples to fall in love with each other. (Eliza, we just have two words for you: “Liam” and “Hemsworth.” Or “Idris” and “Elba.” We’ll also settle for “Chris” and “Pine.” And please make sure they’re all “nekkid.”) Anyhoo, Eliza’s mentor is going to be none other than Jake Sanders, an unforgettable kind of man whom she never was able to forget. When Eliza’s enchantments start to go horribly wrong, she and Jake will need to work very closely together in order to make everything right. Oh, they’ll also have to acknowledge their feelings for each other. Get to stepping, you two! This is the first book in Heger’s Let’s Get Mythical series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    Beyond Risk, by Connie Mann
    Charlotte Tanner is a former Fish & Wildlife Officer who is feeling all of the guilt ever since a drowning accident happened on her watch. (Charlotte, we will never stop thinking that you’re an amazing woman and we’re sending you ALL of the hugs and positive vibes right now!) She decides to move back to central Florida for some healing, and there she meets up with Lieutenant Hunter Boudreau, her best friend who wants to protect her because, as it turns out, that drowning was no accident. Someone was actually out to get Charlotte, and she is still in danger. This gets Hunter into major “Not MY woman!” mode. He and Charlotte will need to work very closely together if they’re going to keep Charlotte safe, catch the bad guy, and then embark on a new chapter together. This is the first book in Mann’s Florida Wildlife Warriors series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    Mystic, by Cheryl Brooks
    Outer space-romance alert! Sulaksha Enduran’s lover died from a mysterious plague that is wreaking havoc, so she decides to do some investigating. She ends up getting help from Zetithian mystic Aidan Banadansk. He just saved her life and agreed to go on her quest, so we know he’s got a big heart. (He’s also got a body worth describing to everyone in the entire universe, including your 90-year-old grandmother who still uses handkerchiefs and knits you socks every year!) Their detective work unveils a conspiracy that puts an entire planet at risk. They’ll need to act fast if they’re going to eradicate this disease and save the galaxy. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, that everyone is spared this awful disease, and that Aidan and Sulaksha spend the rest of their lives together exploring new galaxies and having all kinds of fun and sexy adventures! This is the second book in Brooks’ Cat Star Legacy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, by Susan Mallery
    This reprint features two sisters who are reluctantly reunited. Kelly Murphy has her own thing going on as a tulip farmer. Then her small town gets two comebacks in the form of Griffith Burnett, who takes one look at Kelly and immediately gets all “Hey, girl” on her, and Kelly’s estranged sister, Olivia. Kelly and Olivia haven’t exactly been on Christmas-card terms for the past ten years, so life is about to get way more dramatic for both of them. They’d each rather get a root canal than hug and make up. (See, ladies? You have more in common than you think!) Secrets upon secrets are about to be spilled, which might put a damper on this delicate sisterhood. Oh, come on, you two! Just get over yourselves, go out for margaritas and nachos, and focus on the good times ahead! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    Three generations of ladies are about to get in touch with their respective issues and emotions this summer! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and they are each dealing with some major marital problems. Lauren seems to have the perfect life, but she knows it might just fall apart at any minute. Oh, and her teenage daughter, Mack, is showing signs of having problems. As for Jenna, she and her husband are having a hard time getting pregnant. Lauren and Jenna’s mom, Nancy, is also staying with them for the summer, and she has had some issues that have prevented her from being the best mom she could be. Will these four ladies learn to trust each other and open up? And will they realize that they have all of the support they need in each other? (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:41 pm on 2018/12/26 Permalink
    Tags: debbie macomber, , , , , , , , vivienne lorret   

    Romance Roundup: Innocent Matchmakers, Scottish Lairds, and Hot Aussies 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup features a lost and lonely husband who wants his wife to come home, a wannabe matchmaker who needs to learn about love and attraction, and a woman who is ready to take control of her life and go after the man she’s always wanted.

    O’Hurley Born, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint contains two beloved stories! In “The Last Honest Woman,” widow Abby O’Hurley is working hard to create a good life for her and her two sons. Oh, and she’s also keeping her past on the DL. Journalist and biographer Dylan Crosby, though, is convinced she’s hiding some horrendously dark secrets and wants to uncover them. Then he gets to know our gal, and realizes that she’s, like, a really good person and a strong woman. Dylan, buddy, please give up any harebrained schemes you have and devote your life to making Abby smile! In “Dance to the Piper,” recording mogul Reed Valentine meets his match in dancer Maddy O’Hurley. The only issue is that Reed has trouble expressing his feelings. As in, he’s afraid that showing said feelings will cause lightning to strike and burn his morose soul to a crisp. Will he unlock his safety-bolted heart and let Maddy’s love inside of it? (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    Ten Kisses to Scandal, by Vivienne Lorret
    Briar Bourne is matchmaker-in-training with the Bourne Matrimonial Agency. She has great ambitions to fix people up, but she’s not exactly an encyclopedia of knowledge and experience when it comes to attraction between the sexes. She enlists the help of Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont, to teach her a thing or two, and let’s just say he’s loosened many a London corset. Now he’s going to teach Briar about the laws of attraction, and he insists on receiving kisses from her as payment. (Oh, Nicholas, you lovable scoundrel, you!) His Sexiness has no intentions to settle down and become a family man. Then he gets to know Briar better, and realizes that the rake life is no longer everything it’s cracked up to be. (Nicholas, we KNEW you were a smarty pants!) This is the second book in Lorret’s Misadventures in Matchmaking series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on December 24.)

    1105 Yakima Street, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features abandoned husband Bruce Peyton, whose wife, Rachel, has just left him. She’s pregnant and under a lot of stress, so she decided to get lost and lay low. (She did a pretty darn good job, too, because no one knows where she is right now.) Oh, and Bruce is having trouble with his 13-year-old daughter, Jolene. Yep, Bruce is not exactly at a high point in his life right now. He’s not alone, though, because of a bunch of his neighbors are also experiencing their own family-related issues. Bruce wants to be a good friend to them, but he really wants Rachel’s help. He also just wants Rachel back home. Bruce, buddy, remember that Rachel is pregnant and likely hormonal and you need to do what it takes to make your home a welcoming and nurturing place! This book is part of Macomber’s extensive Cedar Cove series. (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    The Presence, by Heather Graham
    Toni MacNally are on a fun money-making scheme, one that involves buying a decrepit Scottish castle and telling incoming tourists that it’s haunted by a totally made-up laird named Bruce MacNiall. All is fine and dandy until a total fine and dandy hunk shows up and tells everyone that he is, in fact, the Laird MacNiall. (Dude, you can be laird of our anything any day of the week!) Then some of the ladies in the nearby town end up dead, and Toni starts to wonder whether this hottie man has anything to do with it. (No! It cannot be! We refuse to believe it! He’s just too sexy!) Toni will need to use all of her sleuthing skills to help figure out who the murderer is – and learn more about this mysterious and sexy guy. This book also contains a bonus story, “When Twilight Comes,” by B.J. Daniels. It’s about a woman and her child who get stuck in a storm with the very handsome Harry Ballantine. (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    Just Kate, by Linda Lael Miller
    Romance readers who wouldn’t mind an escape to the Land Down Under will enjoy this two-in-one reprint! In “Just Kate,” our gal Kate Blake just got screwed over by both her father AND her fiance. (Kate, our pitchforks are sharpened and ready to go! Just give us the who and the when!) She decides to take control of her life and go after what she really wants – her late sister’s husband, Sean Harris. (Oh, boy, we SO want to be invited to the next family gathering!) Kate and Sean have lots of feelings to sort through, and a lot of family issues to confront, so here’s hoping they both have limitless amounts of patience and stamina. This volume also contains “What a Westmoreland Wants” by Brenda Jackson, which features Australian rancher Callum Austell. He is very eager to win the favor of Gemma Westmoreland, but let’s just say she’s going to make him work for it. (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    Misadventures with My Ex, by Shayla Black
    Once upon a time, Eryn Hope and Weston Quaid were super duper close to getting married. Then he discovered something about her that made him skedaddle on their wedding day. (Dude, really?) Three years later, Weston is in full control of his family’s business and fortune – and Eryn is in desperate need of some help. He agrees to help her bistro business get off of the ground, but in return, she’ll need to be his mistress. (Dude, again, really?) Eryn isn’t too hurt by this, though, because she still has The Feelings for Weston, and they both still have The Chemistry. Weston and Eryn, forgive and forget and move forward! Life is too short to not, ahem, be with each other every single night! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 26.)

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