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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/07/23 Permalink
    Tags: debbie macomber, , , , , , romance reviews, starting over, window by the bay,   

    Empty Nests Prompt Heroines to Step Outside of Their Comfort Zones in Debbie Macomber’s Window on the Bay 


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    While many a parent may rejoice at getting their house back when their college-bound kids take off for the university life, some might feel a tad restless at finding themselves with an empty nest. Such is the case for one of the heroines in Debbie Macomber’s latest, Window on the Bay, who realizes she has a lot of extra time on her hands when her younger child, a daughter, moves into her college dorm. As a result, said heroine realizes she is ready to live primarily for herself again and starts trying the things she’s always dreamed of doing. A Macomber novel can stand on its own merit, but with the Fall 2019 semester coming up, this is indeed a timely story. 

    Window on the Bay introduces us to two women, Jenna and Maureen, a nurse and librarian, respectively, who have been close friends since college and were just about to take off for a dream trip to Paris when Maureen got pregnant. Sadly, that trip to Paris was put on the back burner. Both women subsequently got married, had children, and later divorced their husbands. While Jenna’s husband was a serial cheater, Maureen and her ex-husband were simply not a good match and parted amicably. Jenna has two children, a son and a daughter who are both now in college, and Maureen has a daughter in her early twenties. Unlike Maureen’s ex-husband, Jenna’s ex does not keep in touch with his kids. 

    For Jenna, everything changes when her daughter opts to move into a dorm rather than live at home. While Maureen has already lived alone without her own daughter, this is Jenna’s first time experiencing a truly empty nest. Her older son was already away at school. As a result, Jenna’s house has lost a great deal of energy and activity, and she needs to find ways to fill up her new free time. 

    To Jenna’s credit, she doesn’t want to mope around. Instead, she’s determined to make her new life work for herself. (One major step she takes is in the redecorating arena, which includes buying new dishes and towels. Even the most “What’s the big deal about THAT?” reader might feel the need to make a Target run after reading this book.) Jenna’s life takes an unexpected turn when her elderly mother sustains an injury and needs surgery. 

    Enter Dr. Rowan Lancaster, said elderly mom’s silver fox of a surgeon. 

    Now, Jenna and Maureen are not completely alien to the concept of dating. They’ve each dated their fair share of men over the years, but none of said men ever came close to making them feel real feelings. Jenna never thought she’d date another medical professional (her ex-husband was a surgeon—and exceptionally whiny and arrogant), but she soon realizes that while Rowan and her ex-husband share a profession, they could not be more different. Rowan is thoughtful and introspective. That said, he’s not boring. His kisses more than make Jenna feel like a natural woman and prove that while he has a stoic demeanor, he has a deeply passionate and sensitive soul. Jenna soon learns that Rowan is dealing with his own familial issues—and it just might take her awhile to understand his side of the story. 

    As for Maureen, everything changes when Logan, a construction worker and plumber, starts coming by her library on a regular basis requesting book recommendations. Logan is truly unlike any man Maureen has ever dated and makes her step outside of her comfort zone. (Sometimes to humorously awkward results, but still. He tries and she tries.) 

    Romance aside, Jenna and Maureen navigate other life events the best they can. One of the major challenges Jenna faces is letting her two kids make their own decisions and choose their own paths in life. Jenna’s daughter, for example, might give Jenna a run for her money as she starts navigating college life, but it’s Jenna’s son who ends up really shaking up his mother when he makes a choice she doesn’t like. As for Maureen, she finds herself being supportive of her daughter, who has been trying to get pregnant, without being too interfering. 

    Throughout all of this turmoil, Jenna and Maureen have each other, and when they manage to get together amidst all of the craziness there is plenty of tea and wine. Jenna also manages to carve out an enviable amount of “Me Time,” with her baths and her window seat that overlooks a beautiful local Seattle bay. (After raising two kids and taking care of her mom and dealing with the fallout of a terrible marriage and divorce, Jenna has certainly earned her zen time.) Indeed, this is what makes Window on the Bay so entertaining. Reading as Jenna learns to relinquish control over her children’s lives and focus on living her own best life serves as a strong reminder that we can’t control everything, nor should we want to. Jenna and her children are each finding their own sense of freedom, and while there are stumbles, everyone eventually learns how to navigate their own lives. And that’s what makes them happy.

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/07/23 Permalink
    Tags: a seal never quits, abitail owen, debbie macomber, holly castillo, , , laughter in the rain, , , , , the one who stays, the rogue king, toni blake   

    Romance Roundup: Dragon Shifters, Undercover SEALs, and Small-Town Innkeepers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two women who find themselves torn between two men, a very special, supernatural lady who gets protection from a dragon shifter, and an innkeeper who falls for the new, mysterious stranger in town. 

    Laughter in the Rain, by Debbie Macomber
    Two reprinted stories in one! “Laughter in the Rain” gives us Abby Carpenter, a romantic-minded lady who is dating the somewhat bland Logan Fletcher. She doesn’t NOT like him, but he doesn’t exactly inspire passion in her. (Oh, Abby, surely underneath Logan’s difficult exterior lies a beautiful, soulful heart covered by six-pack abs!) Then Abby meets Tate Harding, who gives her some major butterflies. Logan sees this unwelcome activity and immediately gets all “STEP AWAY FROM MY WOMAN!” Logan will need to step up his game big time and prove to Abby that she will never be bored with him. In Lee Tobin McClain’s “Engaged to the Single Mom,” the first book in the author’s Rescue River series, a woman decides to fulfill two of her son’s biggest wishes—and is flummoxed on what to do when he says he wants a father. The answer might lie in the very capable hands of Troy Hinton. (Available in paperback on July 30.) 

    The Rogue King, by Abigail Owen
    The whole supernatural world and their mother is hunting down Kasia Amon. She has some special abilities that make her even extra appetizing to dragon shifters. One dragon shifter on her tail is Brand Astarot. He’s a bit of an outcast, and delivering Kasia to the Blood King would win him some major kudos—and perhaps even get him some highly-desirable revenge. (Um, Brand? What would it take for you to hunt all of US down? Some of us are really good at making…um…I dunno…banana bread? Daiquiris? Oh, breakfast in bed! Yes, that’s it! Breakfast in bed!) Then Kasia starts to make Brand feel feelings, which puts a damper on that whole revenge scheme thingie. Will Brand manage to win his lady love AND claim what’s his? (This is quite possible!) Can Kasia forgive Brand for wanting to turn her over to a bloodthirsty supernatural overlord? (Might be tough.) And when it’s all over, will Kasia and Brand start a new life together that will involve having lots of cute, little, dragon-shifting babies? (OMG how adorable would that be?!?!) This is the first book in Owen’s Inferno Rising series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 30.)

    A SEAL Never Quits, by Holly Castillo
    Lieutenant Amador “Stryker” Salas and his fellow SEALs are going undercover—on a Texas ranch! (Stryker, we have several questions. Will you and all of your hunky friends be shirtless while working outside for hours at a time? Will you all occasionally pour water on your heads to stay cool, water that will pour over your glistening, muscle-hardened bodies? And may we rub sunscreen all over each and every one of you?) Veterinarian Anya Gutierrez is also working on the ranch, and it doesn’t take long for our gal to realize that she wants to do the whole breeding thing with Stryker. She soon gets caught up in his mission, which puts Stryker into extra-protective mode. He’ll need to think quick and act fast and flex his muscles extra hard if he’s going to complete his mission AND keep Anya safe AND figure out a way for them to be together. (Stryker, we’ve seen your body—and we believe in you!) This is the first book in Castillo’s Texas Navy SEALs series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 30.) 

    The Conspiracy, by Kat Martin
    Harper Winston is on a mission to find her missing brother. He recently disappeared while sailing the Caribbean and the Coast Guard has been unable to locate him. She ends up going to Chase Garrett, her brother’s former best friend and now the owner of Maximum Security. Chase has feelings for Harper, but he’s very reluctant to get involved again with her family. (Sadly, much of the Winston clan is involved in some very shady dealings that would make the proverbial mafia blush.) Chase ends up helping Harper anyway, because The Feelings, and he’s going to work very hard to keep her safe. Good for you, Chase! When the drama is all over—and, we hope, her brother is found safe and sound and not involved in anything bad—you and your special woman should consider living in a peaceful land that’s far, far away from the in-laws! This is the first book in Martin’s Maximum Security series. (Available in paperback on July 30.) 

    Lost and Found Sisters, by Jill Shalvis
    This reprint features Chef Quinn Weller, who is finally recovering from her sister’s death. Indeed, things in general are looking great. She’s got a job at one of Los Angeles’ best restaurants, a hunky boyfriend who wants to marry her, and a fabulous family. Then she learns that she has inherited something extremely valuable, but it comes with some very shocking family revelations. She decides to pack her bags and move to a small coastal town, which brings WAY more peace and satisfaction than she ever would have expected. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that a very handsome resident is mega into her. (Two hot guys vying for your hand, Quinn? What a lovely problem to have!) Will this city lady leave it all behind for a new chapter of her life? (Available in paperback on July 30.) 

    The One Who Stays, by Toni Blake
    Meg Sloan is perfectly happy on Summer Island. She runs the Summerbrook Inn, which used to belong to her granny, and she enjoys many close relationships within her community. (Sounds idyllic, Meg! May we all come for a visit and stay at your inn and post only the best photos of said inn on our Instagram accounts?) One area where things are not exactly all hunky-dory for Meg is her relationship with Zack Sheppard. The trouble with Zack is that he doesn’t want to be exclusive with Meg because he is a doofus who doesn’t appreciate a good woman and DIE, ZACK, DIE!!! Anyhoo, things get shaken up when Seth Darden shows up on Summer Island. He’s on a mission to dig into some deeply-buried family secrets. That said, he is pretty much instantly smitten when he meets Meg and realizes he wants her in his life on a permanent basis. (Seth, buddy, we’ll make every effort to keep Zack out of your way while you woo our gal!) Here’s hoping that Meg gets over Zack—like, forever—and opens her heart entirely to Seth! This is the first book in Blake’s Summer Island series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 30.)

    What romance novels are you swooning over this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/07/11 Permalink
    Tags: debbie macomber, , , , , long tall texans: donovan/emmett, , , , tempation's darling, the seekers, the wedding party, ,   

    Romance Roundup: ICU Nurses, Texas Cowboys, and Wedding Party Romances 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a lawyer who’s finally about to find true love, an ICU nurse reentering the dating world, and a writer who falls for an exceptionally handsome detective. 

    Under Currents, by Nora Roberts
    On the surface, Zane Bigelow’s childhood looked idyllic—successful parents and a big, fancy house and all that jazz—but said childhood was actually filled with all kinds of abuse. (Zane, you’ll need to run exceptionally fast in order to escape…our hugs!) Fast forward many years and Zane is now a successful—and smokingly gorgeous—lawyer. He decides to return to his hometown and be with his loved ones. There he meets Darby, a landscape artist who’s new to the area and has her own haunted past. (Darby, what is the name of your business? We all want to give it the positive Yelp reviews it deserves!) Darby and Zane may each have their own issues to grapple with – not to mention dark pasts they can’t seem to shake—but that doesn’t stop either of them from realizing they’d like to do the nekkid dance on a regular basis. Will they be able to dodge their demons and start a new chapter of their lives together? (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 9.) 

    Long, Tall Texans: Donavan/Emmett, by Diana Palmer
    Two stories in one! In “Donavan,” hottie-of-our-hearts Donavan Langley is very happy to be a walking, talking example of rugged Texas masculinity. (We are all very happy about this, too, Donavan.) Then Fay York walks into the local bar looking mighty fine and causing Donavan to do a major double take. He’s determined to avoid Fay by using his silly “She’s too fancy for me” argument. Will he open his heart to love? In “Emmett,” single dad Emmett Deverell decides to move to small-town Texas with his three loud and exhaustingly mischievous kids. (“Nanny 911,” anyone?) He decides they need a calm woman in their lives, but the only single gal in the area is Melody Cartman, and Emmett wouldn’t exactly call himself a member of her proverbial fan club. (No offense, Emmett, but you’re a doofus.) Will Emmett realize that Melody is a wonderful woman with whom he can build a beautiful life? These two reprinted stories are part of Palmer’s Long, Tall Texans series. (Available in paperback on July 9.) 

    Window on the Bay, by Debbie Macomber
    Intensive care nurse Jenna Boltz has been doing the single mom thing for the past 20 years, and now she’s facing an empty nest thanks to her kids going to college. (Jenna, you clearly did an awesome job with your kids! Oh, and we’re all coming over with pizza and wine and planning tons of fun times!) She doesn’t quite know what to do with herself. One thing is for sure: Jenna is not ready to navigate the dating world. (That’s okay, Jenna. No one ever really is!) Then she meets Dr. Rowan Lancaster, a silver fox of a man who helps Jenna’s elderly mom when she breaks her hip. (Rowan, we are all SO bringing our relatives to you—from babies to grannies!) Rowan certainly has that whole Stiff and Silent Man act down pat, but beneath that stony exterior beats a heart that soon becomes wholly devoted to Jenna. Oh, Rowan, Jenna’s about to go through a really tough time, so please put on your best face (as in, you know, smile) and use your envy-worthy body to give our gal a helping hand! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 16.)

    The Wedding Party, by Jasmine Guillory
    Alexa Monroe from The Wedding Date is getting married, and her best friends Maddie and Theo are both going to be involved in the big day. This would be all fine and dandy if Maddie and Theo didn’t hate each other so much after their one-night stand. (To be fair, Maddie and Theo, you both made—er, un-made?—that bed and if you want a fresh start you’ll need to strip that bed and make sure you use hypoallergenic laundry detergent and then follow up with a couple of dream-inducing dryer sheets and…wait! Wrong list of instructions!) Anyhoo, Theo and Maddie need to work together in order to help make Alexa’s wedding day dreams come true. (And you both BETTER do that because Alexa is AWESOME and if you DON’T we will all SNEER at you!) How soon will it take for each of them to realize they are perfect for each other? Will they find a private moment during the wedding reception to unabashedly make out? And where the heck are all of OUR wedding invitations?! (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 16.) 

    Temptation’s Darling, by Johanna Lindsey
    Our gal Vanessa has led a pretty freedom-filled life with her exiled father in the Scottish Highlands. (What time period is this? Can Jamie Fraser come out and play?) Then Papa Bear pushes her go to London for her debut. She’ll be living with her estranged mother while this happens, and she soon becomes acquainted with her mother’s guest, Lord Montgomery Townsend. His main job in life is to cover up the Prince Regent’s many, many scandals. (He’s basically the equivalent of a modern-day, top-notch celebrity public relations professional, except he has way cooler outfits.) Montgomery is mega-intrigued by this newcomer, and he’s determined to prevent her mother from making her marry the insipid son of a high-profile family. He also wants to give her a helping hand as she navigates this scary world of high society. The thing is, he soon realizes that he wouldn’t mind being the one to rock her world. Go get your woman, Montgomery! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 16.) 

    The Seekers, by Heather Graham
    Nonfiction writer Keri Wolf has a new gig as a crew member of a TV show that looks into paranormal-related stuff. The latest show subject is an allegedly haunted Pennsylvania inn. Everything is going as it should—until a dead body turns up. (Yup, that’ll definitely ruin the fun.) If that weren’t creepy enough, a ghost appears, which totally messes with Keri’s head. (Keri, we would not judge you AT ALL if you need a moment—and a giant glass of wine—to compose yourself.) The only person who understands what she’s going through is former detective Joe Dunhill. He’s looking into the whole Dead Body Thing and he’s a very good candidate for the job because, in addition to having a beautiful face that would convince anyone to spill the beans, he can also communicate with the dead. Here’s hoping that Keri and Joe solve the mystery soon, and that they then do something fun and calming, like nekkid yoga on a secluded beach. This is the latest book in Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 23.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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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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