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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/06/19 Permalink
    Tags: delores fossen, french quarter kisses, it takes two, jenny holiday, , lori wilde, , , the last rodeo, the prize, valentine texas, , ,   

    Romance Roundup: New Orleans Chefs, Art Thieves, and Maids of Honor 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a rancher who is fighting to keep his land, two art thieves who want to be on the straight and narrow, and a journalist who gets to report on a super duper hot chef.

    French Quarter Kisses, by Zuri Day
    Pierre LeBlanc is a celebrity chef, and he also owns the best restaurant in New Orleans. (Pierre, please, please, please hook us up with reservations!) He’s also got a big secret that has nothing to do with his classified recipes. Journalist Rosalyn Arnaud is following the story trail on him, and quite frankly she doesn’t think he’s all that. He has a bit of a playboy reputation, which doesn’t really fly with our no-nonsense gal. (Oh, Rosalyn, please give him a chance to unbutton his shirt!) Still, the sparks fly like crazy between them, but Pierre is afraid of baring all, proverbially speaking. Will he learn to trust Rosalyn? And will Rosalyn realize that Pierre has a giant heart to go with his angelic face and manly man physique? This is the first book in Day’s Love in the Big Easy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Worth the Wait, by Lori Foster
    Two intertwining loves stories in one book! Single dad Hogan Guthrie is working his barbecue skills at a local diner, which totally makes sense, because any woman would be more than happy to sample his sauce. He doesn’t totally get along with Violet Shaw, the restaurant’s owner, but pretty soon they find themselves wanting to, ahem, cook in each other’s kitchens. Then there’s sheriff Nathan Hawley, whose new neighbor, Brooklin Sweet, makes him do a major double take. She doesn’t want to get involved with anyone, though, which is likely due to a bit of darkness in her past. Plus, she hasn’t seen Nathan’s abs, yet, nor has she given his handcuffs a try in any way shape or form. (Get on that bicycle ASAP, Brooklin, because Nathan is one tasty, law-abiding citizen!) (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    The Prize, by Vanessa Fewings
    The love saga between art investigator Zara Leighton and art thief Tobias Wilder continues! Zara tried to stay wholly good. She tried to resist Tobias and his thrilling ways. But both of these things are absolutely, 100 percent impossible, because Tobias is the kind of guy who makes women of any age want to pose for him, totally nude. (Oh, you’re not an artist, Tobias? Just an art thief? Well, we want to pose nude for you anyway!) Zara thinks she might be done with Tobias for good, but now he has an offer she can’t refuse. He proposes they do one more risky art-related job. Once they do this, both of their names will be clear. Here’s hoping they can pull this one off, and that they then take a remote, tropical vacation where there is an NBS policy—Nothing But Sunscreen. This is the third book in Fewings’ Icon trilogy. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Valentine, Texas, by Lori Wilde
    Rachael Henderson has just been left at the altar for the second time. (It’s not you, Rachael! It’s them!) Things take a turn for the better, though, when she’s arrested by sheriff Brody Carlton. (Oh, yes, Brody. Press us against your blessed body any day of the week!) All of this drama inspires our gal to create Romanceaholics Anonymous, a program for the perpetually lovesick and heartbroken. (Tell us more, Rachael. Much more.) Rachael is trying really hard to stick to this program and overcome her love issues, and she comes to the conclusion that Brody is an unwelcome distraction. (Rachael, no offense, but no.) Will she realize that Brody is not like the others, and that there’s way more to him than just his impressive forearms? This story, originally published as “Addicted to Love,” is the third book in Wilde’s Wedding Veil Wishes series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on June 26.)

    It Takes Two, by Jenny Holiday
    Wendy Liu is thrilled to be her best friend’s maid of honor, but she’s not too keen on running into the bride’s brother, Noah Denning. Wendy and Noah had A Thing many years ago, and he might have broken her heart. (Noah, you’re a bozo for letting Wendy go. A lovable bozo. But still, a bozo.) Now they’re thrown together in Las Vegas for some pre-wedding fun, and they’ve decided to get a bit competitive. He wants to plan the best bachelor party, and she wants to plan the best bachelorette party. (As long as this involves Noah getting nekkid AT ALL and AT ANY POINT, this sounds like a win-win!) Noah and Wendy, please realize that the past is the past and you are both now mature adults who need to start a fun new chapter of your lives together! This is the second book in Holiday’s Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    The Last Rodeo, by Delores Fossen
    Lucian Granger doesn’t have the best reputation in his Texas town. Words like “standoffish” and “aloof” barely begin to describe him. It’s too bad he’s like this, because he’s got a body worth braving the toughest rodeo. (Lucian, we’d all like to show you a rodeo—in our pants!) Things are about to change, though, because he’s just found out that he could lose the land he’s worked so hard for. In an effort to keep his land, he decides to tell people he’s going to settle down with Karlee O’Malley, his assistant. One kiss, though, is all it takes for Lucian to realize that he might have genuine feelings for her. Here’s hoping Lucian doesn’t screw up this golden opportunity to settle down with a nice woman, and that he clears up all of his land and emotional issues! This is the latest book in Fossen’s Wrangler’s Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2018/04/17 Permalink
    Tags: a match made in bed, , delores fossen, lone star blues, , , , secrets of the tulip sisters, , , the family gathering, welcome to moonlight harbor   

    Romance Roundup: Veterans, Single Moms, and Bookworms 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a military guy seeking some R&R, a single mom starting a new chapter of her life, and a bookish lady who is about to engage is some very sexy, non-book-related activities.

    The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr
    Dakota Jones has just left the military, and he’s seeking a bit of R&R as he decides what to do next with his life. (Oh, Dakota, we’d all be MORE than happy to give you some ideas as we sip wine on a bearskin rug in front of a fireplace wearing nothing but perfume!) He decides to have a mini reunion with his siblings, who live in Sullivan’s Crossing. He also just wants to lay low in general. No one fails to notice Dakota and his biceps, though, and he soon becomes the object of affection for many a lady in town. (Sorry, Dakota, but this was inevitable!) There’s one lady, though, who thinks she is immune to his very sexy charms, but she’s really not because that is literally impossible with a guy like Dakota. (Nice try, though!) Can he make her see reason? This is the third book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK.)

    Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, by Susan Mallery
    Two sisters are reluctantly reunited in Mallery’s latest! 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 April 17.)

    Welcome to Moonlight Harbor, by Sheila Roberts
    Jenna Jones isn’t having the easiest time right now. She’s getting divorced, is facing financial hardship with a daughter to raise, and isn’t exactly jumping for joy at the prospect of turning forty. (Um, excuse us, Jenna, but you are still a fabulous woman with nothing BUT fabulous years ahead of you!) Oh, and her loafer ex-husband wants spousal support so he can go live the high life with his new flame. (Jenna, we can take care of this particular problem and make it look like an accident! Oh, you want to keep things legal? Well, the offer stands!) Jenna’s great-aunt Edie begs her to join her at a small Washington coastal town and help her restore the Driftwood Inn. The inn is badly in need of some TLC—okay, fine, a LOT of TLC—but Jenna is determined to make things better for herself and her teenage daughter and maybe, just maybe, get another chance at romance! This is the first book in Roberts’ Moonlight Harbor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 17.)

    A Match Made in Bed, by Cathy Maxwell
    Miss Cassandra Holwell isn’t considered a conventionally beautiful woman by society’s standards. She’s considered too tall, for one, and WAY too well-read. (Cassandra, to the rest of us, you sound like a highly-educated supermodel!) She does, however, have a large fortune, and she’s thinking she wants to marry the Duke of Camberly. Then fate steps in, and it takes the form of the garter-loosening hunk that is Soren York, Earl of Dewsberry. (Let’s just say he makes women think “Duke of who?”) Cassandra and Soren’s families are enemies—her family miiiiiight have screwed his over back in the day—but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s wanted her for a very, very long time. Here’s hoping they manage to overcome their differences and realize they could have a really fun life together, both in and out of the sack! This is the second book in Maxwell’s Spinster Heiresses series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 17.)

    Lone Star Blues, by Delores Fossen
    Dylan Granger may be a Hot Cowboy, but his wife, Jordan, still left him to join the military. (Many cheers for lady veterans!) It turns out that Dylan had a wild night one night with Jordan’s cousin and got said cousin pregnant. (Oh, Dylan, you just HAD to go in THAT direction, didn’t you?!) Now Jordan is back in town to help raise the resulting baby, because she’s an awesome lady who doesn’t shy away from tough times. She and Dylan haven’t seen each other in a while, but the love and the feelings and Dylan’s abs are all still in place. Can they overcome their past obstacles and build a new life together? And will Dylan find sexy new ways to show Jordan that she belongs in his heart and bed forever? This is the eighth book in Fossen’s Wrangler’s Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 17.)

    What romances are on your nightstand this week?

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