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  • Cristina Merrill 8:38 pm on 2018/11/06 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , carly bloom, , , Diana Palmer, , , , , , katee robert, , , , , , , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Master Vampires, Wyoming and Texas Ranchers, and Naughty Widows 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a desperate heiress who needs to pay off a blackmailer, a Wyoming rancher and single dad who gets some much-needed help, and a high-society widow who falls for the deliciously wrong kind of man. Plus: lots of vampires.

    Wyoming Legend, by Diana Palmer
    Micah Torrance may be a handsome, rugged man built to run a Wyoming ranch, but underneath that chiseled exterior is a guy who needs a bit of help. He’s got his energetic little daughter, for one, and, well, running a big Wyoming ranch is tougher than it sounds. Fortunately, he gets help from Karina Carter, a champion ice skater who is having a bit of R&R after an accident. She is eager to get back to the ice, but then she gets to know Micah and his kid and realizes that everything she truly, madly, deeply wants is much closer than she thinks. Will Micah find, ahem, enthusiastic ways to express his budding love for Karina? And will Karina realize that Micah is WAY better than any gold medal? This is the eighth book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    Unhinged, by Helen Hardt
    The love saga between ER nurse Erin Hamilton and vampire Dante Gabriel continues! Long story short: Dante bit Erin and became addicted to her blood and they now have a crazy-hot chemistry that would resuscitate a maiden aunt’s long-lost libido. The thing is, Erin isn’t sure she wants to buy into the whole vampire thing, even if Dante constantly makes her want to ditch her scrubs and bare herself to him body and soul. (Oh, Erin, please don’t fight the feelings that Dante makes you feel!) Still, they can’t stay away from each other, so now they’re going to decipher the Vampyre Texts and dodge a gang of vampire thugs. Dante also needs to deal with some major dark energy. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat all of the negative forces in their lives and just focus on each other! This is the second book in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Snow, by Nora Roberts
    Two stories in one! In “A Will and a Way,” Pandora McVie ends up having to spend Christmas in the Catskills with the very hunky Michael Donahue. He is the co-beneficiary of her late uncle’s will, who clearly wanted to hook these two youngsters up. Pandora is NOT a happy camper. (Um, Pandora, no offense, but Michael is gorgeous and I just did a Google image search of the Catskills and WOW they’re beautiful—so open your eyes!) In “Local Hero,” single mom Hester Wallace is working hard to make ends meet while raising her son in a Manhattan apartment. (Totally feel you, Hester! Keeping oneself alive in a Manhattan apartment is no easy feat.) Her neighbor Mitch Dempsey offers to help her out, which melts our gal’s heart. (Mitch, would you please walk my dog while you’re at it?) Will this be the last holiday season they spend unattached? (Available in paperback.)

    Love in Catalina Cove, by Brenda Jackson
    Vashti Alcindor faced a major teen pregnancy-related crisis when she was younger, so she left her hometown of Catalina Cove determined to never return. Fast forward ten-plus years, and our gal has inherited a bed and breakfast from her aunt. The establishment is in major need of some HGTV-level renovation, and Vashti decides to fix it up and give life in Catalina Cove another whirl. (Vashti, you are our inspiration!) Oh, she also meets and falls for Sawyer Grisham, the new sheriff who recently pulled her over for speeding, proving that romance can flower in the most inconvenient of circumstances. Things are going quite well until some painful secrets start to come out. Vashti, stay strong and don’t let anyone ruin your new life! And Sawyer, make sure to stick by her side throughout all of the drama – and forgive her for speeding! This is the first book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Shades of Wicked, by Jeaniene Frost
    New series alert! Master vampire Ian makes no apologies for his controversial but smoldering, sexy existence. (Yep, we’re all totally fine with this.) And as for our vampire law-abiding gal, Veritas, her job is to make sure that guys like Ian, who live by their own set of rules and don’t really listen to vampire society, doesn’t get TOO out of line. (Oh, but Veritas, Ian can be so good when he’s bad!) Still, both Veritas and Ian have a bone to pick with a demon named Dagon. (We’ll put it this way: Dagon is so bad that even Veritas is willing to get a bit dirty if it means his downfall.) Ian and Veritas will need to join forces if they’re going to defeat Dagon. And if it means that she’ll occasionally get to put her hands all over Ian’s body then, well, good for you, Veritas! This is the first book in Frost’s Night Rebel series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward
    Sola Morte used to be on the wrong side of the law (think cat burglary and safecracking), but now she’s gone clean and is focused on taking care of her granny. She hasn’t forgotten Assail, though. He’s a vampire, and let’s just say that futures between vampires and human women are NOT looking too bright. She needs to stay away from him. Then Assail ends up in a coma, and his cousins ask Sola to chill by his bedside and give him a reason to keep going. (Oh, that we all had that chance!) Then she finds herself in the middle of a war that involves vampires and vampire enemies and lots and lots of fangs and teeth. Here’s hoping she manages to survive this vampire war—and that she and Assail figure out their future together ASAP! This is the latest book in Ward’s extensive Black Dagger Brotherhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Archangel’s Prophecy, by Nalini Singh
    Elena Deveraux was a mortal who was turned immortal and became the consort of Archangel Raphael, and because of this she has a pretty sweet pair of wings that, ya know, allow her to live up in the clouds with him. (The ability to fly AND a hunky man to boot? Elena, you are one very lucky lady!) A major problem is brewing, though, which is that Elena is regressing and becoming more human again. She and Raphael need to figure out what the problem is ASAP before their future together becomes truly doomed. Oh, and major catastrophes are taking place around the world, and Elena and Raphael need to deal with them, too. Elena and Raphael, you can do this! We have faith in you! And when the drama is over, you should seriously consider booking a couples’ massage! This is the latest book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Barbarous, by Minerva Spencer
    Lady Daphne Davenport is a respectable widow, which means she should NOT be falling hard for the steaming hot privateer, Hugh Redvers. She’s a lady and he’s just not the kind of man she should be courting in public. She also needs to keep her distance because she miiiiight have cheated him out of lands and a title and so forth—not that Hugh knows it. (Daphne, you bad girl! We can’t wait to hear all of your juicy secrets!) Still, Daphne wouldn’t mind being pillaged and plundered by Hugh, because he puts all of those high-society dandies to shame. As for Hugh, he can’t resist our tough, beautiful gal. Here’s hoping that Daphne comes clean about everything, and that Hugh isn’t too upset with her. (Just take it inside, you two! And by “inside” we mean “to the bedroom!”) This is the second book in Spencer’s Outcasts series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Too Far Gone, by Allison Brennan
    Special Agent and total badass Lucy Kincaid is eager to enjoy some quality time this summer with her hunky husband, Sean, and her husband’s son, Jesse. Trouble is, a respected scientist whose personal and professional life was in tatters just went haywire, kept a bunch of innocent people hostage, and then died in a shootout with the FBI. Lucy needs to get to the bottom of this, but soon it seems as if someone might be out to get her. She and Jesse get into a major car accident, and other things just start to unravel from there. Will our gal be able to crack this case? Will she and her loved ones make it out safely? And when the drama is over, will she and her husband and stepson finally be able to relax and enjoy their summer? This is the latest book in Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    American Drifter, by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray
    Yup, you read those author names correctly! The romance writer and actor have teamed up to create a story about River, a U.S. Army veteran with PTSD. River has some major demons, so he decides to get lost in Brazil and just drift around with no end in sight. (Oh, River, we’d love nothing more than to find you and provide, ahem, comfort!) He meets a very special lady by the name of Natal, and instantly feels attracted to her, but she is the mistress of a gangster, and so he needs to tread carefully. They escape the area together, with the drug lord and his gang in pursuit. Oh, and the Brazilian government might also be involved. River and Natal, you two lovebirds just focus on escaping to a safe place, and then maybe also focus on making sweet, sweet love in a beautiful and remote mountain cabin! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Beautiful Sinner, by Sophie Jordan
    Cruz Walsh was recently released from prison. He was accused of a crime he didn’t commit, so now he’s quite intent on making sure he only surrounds himself with people he trusts. (Good for you, buddy!) Then he gets stuck in a supply closet with Gabriella, an old high school acquaintance who looks WAY different from the days when people called her “Flabby Gabby.” (Gabriella, as far as we’re concerned, you are—and have always been—Ms. Fabulous McFabulous!) She is trying to land a major scoop that will help her career get wings—and help her get the heck out of her teeny, tiny town. But being stuck in a supply closet can be a surprisingly sexy situation that makes you want to slow things down and reevaluate your life, especially with a guy like Cruz. Here’s hoping they both get the fresh start they’re looking for! This is the fifth book in Jordan’s Devil’s Rock series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Runaway Princess, by Christina Dodd
    Miss Evangeline Scoffield is a sophisticated, mysterious woman—or so she would have everyone believe. She is really an orphan who recently inherited some money, so she’s intent on having a fun summer filled with expensive gowns and travel, all while pretending to be a beautiful, mysterious lady. A Very Sexy Man who is also A Crown Prince sees her and immediately realizes that she’s actually the Princess of Serephina. Oh, and she’s also supposed to be his fiancee, which didn’t totally fit in with her plans at first. (Evangeline—or is it Your Highness?—we’re all for you having a bit of fun and freedom, but have you had a chance to see this guy nekkid?) He is eager to win her over, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes. (Yes, yes, and yes!) Will he manage to win her over? And will they be able to rule together in harmony? This is the first book in Dodd’s Princess series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Bastard’s Bargain, by Katee Robert
    Keira O’Malley always fantasized about her wedding day, but she never imagined said wedding day would involve marriage to Dmitri Romanov. He’s a major power player in New York City who is known for his ruthless focus when it comes to taking care of business. As for Keira, she agrees to marry him only because her family is in danger. (Keira, call us delusional, but we’re actually feeling optimistic about this situation!) She doesn’t want to make marriage easy for him, but even she can’t deny that she wouldn’t mind licking a happy trail of chocolate off of his body every night. (Totally understandable, Keira. Totally understandable.) They’ll need to work together if they’re going to defeat their enemies. And when it’s over, they just might realize they actually like each other and want to stay married. Let the games begin! This is the sixth book in Robert’s O’Malley’s series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Big Bad Cowboy, by Carly Bloom
    Travis Blake experienced a lot of heartbreak in his hometown of Big Verde, Texas, so he escaped to Austin, intending to never return. Then his nephew calls him, and he’s very much in need of Travis’ help. Travis goes back, and figures he’ll sell the family ranch while he’s at it. But a very special lady by the name of Maggie is in his way. Maggie is so NOT falling for any of Travis’ charms, mainly because he is playing a role in the demise of her business. (Oh, Maggie, let’s be fair and give a shirtless Travis five minutes to explain himself! Actually, make that 10 minutes. Plus 20. A whole half hour of Travis explaining himself shirtless. Yes, that will work!) Then Maggie starts to see that Travis is actually A Good Guy and falls for him. Here’s hoping they work out a beautiful life together! This is the first book in Bloom’s Once Upon a Time in Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Earl I See Tonight, by Anna Bennett
    David Gray, Earl of Ravenport was just jilted by his fiancee, so he’s pretty sure he’s over the whole marriage thing. Then he gets a marriage proposal from heiress and artist Miss Fiona Hartley. She wants to get married pronto because she needs her dowry to pay off a blackmailer. That blackmailer wants to destroy her sister’s reputation, and Fiona is a nice sister who does NOT want to see that happen. (Fiona, we admire your bravery and determination to protect your family!) Fiona ends up spending a week at David’s estate, which is in need of some major TLC. David is positive being in a rundown place will drive Fiona away, but she’s no delicate miss. Oh, and they both soon realize that they can’t ignore the hot chemistry between them. David and Fiona, please open your eyes to the possibilities! And get rid of that blackmailer! This is the first book in Bennett’s Debutante series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wolf Rising, by Paige Tyler
    SWAT officer Jayden Brooks doesn’t believe in soulmates or The One or true love or any of that stuff THAT REALLY DOES EXIST! (Seriously, Jayden, open up that heart that lies beneath your chiseled pecs!) Then he rescues high school teacher Selena Rosa. She was being held hostage, and one whiff of this beautiful, sweet-smelling lady has Jayden rethinking his priorities. (Excuse me, Selena? What perfume were you wearing when you met Jayden? Please let us all know. Thanks!) As for Selena, one look at Jayden reminds her that she may be super duper buttoned up, but she is still a natural woman. They end up making out and Selena bites him, which unleashes her wolf gene. (That’s right, Selena! You unleash your inner wolf!) She starts to transform, and her wilder, more uncontrollable tendencies start coming out. Will the strong, devoted Jayden be able to keep her on track? This is the eighth book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2017/10/24 Permalink
    Tags: christmastime cowboy, Diana Palmer, , first snow, , , , misadventures of the first daughter, , , , , , wilde in love, wyoming winter   

    Romance Roundup: International Lawyers, Wyoming Ranchers, and Wine Tastings 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a single mom who gets some neighborly help, a first daughter who can’t stay out of trouble, and a lord who needs to escape unwarranted notoriety.

    First Snow, by Nora Roberts
    Two stories in one! In “A Will and a Way,” Pandora McVie ends up having to spend Christmas in the Catskills with the very hunky Michael Donahue. He is the co-beneficiary of her late uncle’s will, who clearly wanted to hook these two youngsters up. Pandora is NOT a happy camper. (Um, Pandora, no offense, but Michael is gorgeous and I just did a Google image search of the Catskills and WOW they’re beautiful—so open your eyes!) In “Local Hero,” single mom Hester Wallace is working hard to make ends meet while raising her son in a Manhattan apartment. (Totally feel you, Hester! Keeping oneself alive in a Manhattan apartment is no easy feat.) Her neighbor Mitch Dempsey offers to help her out, which melts our gal’s heart. (Mitch, would you please walk my dog while you’re at it?) Will this be the last holiday season they spend unattached? (Available in paperback on October 24.)

    Christmastime Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Sabrina Leighton and Liam Donnelly had the hots for each other as teenagers. Then Liam skipped town and Sabrina never heard from him again. Little did she know that her dad bribed Liam to get him out of Dodge, and Liam took the opportunity because his options in life were very, very limited. Sabrina never forgot her tattooed boyfriend, though, because a guy like Liam is always worth remembering. Now she’s busy helping her family set up a tasting room at their winery. (Can we go?) Liam comes back, with far more money and muscles than he had back in the day, and gets involved. Can these two former lovers let bygones be bygones and focus on rebuilding their sizzling relationship? This is the latest book in Yates’ Copper Ridge series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on October 24.)

    Snowfall at Willow Lake, by Susan Wiggs
    International lawyer Sophie Bellamy has just survived a hostage situation, so she decides to clear her head and reconnect with her family. (Sophie, get a massage while you’re at it!) She goes to the village of Avalon, located in the Catskills, where said family lives. (Note to self: Book a long weekend getaway in the Catskills. It’s clearly THE place to be!) She soon falls head over stiletto heels for veterinarian Noah Shepherd. He hasn’t had much luck in the romance department, but his connection with Sophie might mean that things are about to change big time. Two nice people who have been struggling to find peace and love and happiness finally finding peace and love and happiness? Yes, please! Noah and Sophie, we’ll all visit you once we book our trips! This is the fourth book in Wiggs’ Lakeshore Chronicles series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 24.)

    Misadventures of the First Daughter, by Mia Michelle and Meredith Wild
    Charlotte Daley’s dad is the new U.S. president, and now that he’s won the election, she wants more than ever to let her hair down. (Politics can be such a drag, and she’s a bit wilder than her prim and proper, scandal-free family.) Bodyguard Zane Parker has been assigned the near-impossible task of guarding Charlotte and keeping her on the straight and narrow before she heads back to college. It’s a tough job, but he soon realizes that he is majorly attracted to her. They soon strike a deal that involves Charlotte getting to have all of the fun she wants while also staying out of trouble. It will require being 100 percent obedient to Zane in the, ahem, submissive sense. (This seems like an absolutely wonderful situation!) Here’s hoping that Charlotte and Zane manage to have fun while also being safe, and that they work on perfecting that balance for the rest of their lives! This is the latest installment in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 30.)

    Wilde in Love, by Eloisa James
    Lord Alaric Wilde is back home after spending years abroad getting into all kinds of trouble and having a variety of adventures. He’s also ridiculously good looking. This is all why most of England’s ladies practically mob him when his boat docks. (Imagine Brad Pitt circa Legends of the Fall showing up at your local airport and…wait! Where did everybody go?) He soon meets Willa Ffynche, who wants people to think of her as nothing more than a polite, well-bred young lady. Little does society know that she’s got a raunchy sense of humor that would make the ballroom chaperones faint. (Willa, we are all SO adding you to our brunch and happy hour groups!) That said, she doesn’t want to be associated with Alaric. Can he convince Willa that he’s way more open to love and commitment than people think? This is the first book in James’ Wildes of Lindow Castle series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on October 31.)

    Wyoming Winter, by Diana Palmer
    J.C. Calhoun just wants to lay low and take care of his Wyoming ranch. (We support this, J.C. You are clearly a caring man with strong, capable hands!) He is still smarting from the hurt he felt when his fiancée became pregnant by another man. Now J.C. has just met a little girl, and she leads him right back to Colie Jackson. J.C. is still upset with Colie, but even he can’t deny that he still has feelings for her. As for Colie, she needs his help, as there are some very mean people on her trail with the worst intentions. Will J.C. find it in his heart to forgive her, and can they move on together and build a life on his ranch? (Oh, you two, think of all the cozy winters you can have together!) This is the latest book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 31.)

    What romances are warming your nightstand this fall?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:28 pm on 2017/09/12 Permalink
    Tags: a chesapeake shores christmas, barking up the wrong tree, , , christmas with my cowboy, , Diana Palmer, i'll be home for christmas, , , lindsay mckenna, margaret way, , , , , the winter wedding plan   

    Romance Roundup: Cowboys, Writers, and Tons of Christmas Romances 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a single mom who needs to make good with her sister, couples on the verge of reconciling, and an animal-loving lady who needs help finding a home for an old dog and a parrot.

    The Winter Wedding Plan, by Olivia Miles
    Single mom Charlotte Daniels has some major groveling to do. (She might have fooled around with her sister’s ex—when said ex and said sister were still together—so that might have something to do with it.) The two sisters have mostly moved on from the episode, but still, the past hurts. Now Charlotte and Kate will work together for Kate’s event planning company. There’s a major client involved in their latest gig, so no one can afford to screw up this particular opportunity. That said, said client is Mr. Hottie McHot, and he asks Charlotte to pretend to be his fiancée for the event. Charlotte really wants to prove herself to everyone, and that means no fooling around, but this is no ordinary guy, so she’ll need to strike a delicate balance if she’s going to come out ahead. (Charlotte, we all have faith in you!) This is the second book in Miles’ Misty Point series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    Barking Up the Wrong Tree, by Jenn McKinlay
    Carly DeCusati wants to get her life together. First things first, though: She needs to find a home for an old golden retriever and a very talkative parrot. One person who is willing to lend her a helping hand is James Sinclair. He’s a physical therapist, so you know he’s tender in all the right ways. (James, every inch of our collective bodies hurt. Literally, every inch. Come on over and make it better!) It doesn’t take long for James and Carly to bond and fall in love, but James has got some secrets. Can he open his heart and his life to his new lady love? (Carly, if anything, take the dog to a farm run by a kind, elderly couple and let that annoying bird fly south!) This is the second book in McKinlay’s Bluff Point Romance series, which is perfect for romance readers who like stories that feature cuddly canines. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    A Chesapeake Shores Christmas, by Sherryl Woods
    Mick and Megan O’Brien are ready to tie the knot again. They were apart for many years, but that old loving feeling never died, so they have decided to stick by each other’s sides for good. (Megan and Mick, we always knew you two kids would make it!) Their adult children are pretty thrilled, except for their son, Connor, who felt abandoned by his mom and was so traumatized he became a divorce attorney. Yeah, this family has seen better atmospheres, but it’s Christmas, so here’s hoping they manage to find some common ground and get excited for the upcoming nuptials. Oh, and that Connor finds a nice lady who will stir all of the romantic feelings that are surely buried deep, deep inside of him. (Hmm, any chance we can help you with that, Connor?) This is the fourth book in Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    I’ll Be Home for Christmas, by Debbie Macomber, Brenda Novak, and Sherryl Woods
    Three holiday stories in one! In Macomber’s “Silver Bells,” a teenage girl decides to set up her single dad with a very nice lady. He’s reluctant to tie the knot again, though. (Dude, your kid KNOWS you! TRUST her judgment!) In Novak’s “On a Snowy Christmas,” two political enemies end up stranded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains after a private plane crashes. They’ve got to work together if they are going to survive. Can they put their political differences aside and realize there might be more to the other person than their voting history? In Woods’ “The Perfect Holiday,” a matchmaker of an aunt decides to introduce her niece to a very, very nice man. (Excuse me, Auntie, but would you please join all of our families? Thanks!) Sounds like loads of holiday fun, so put on your fuzziest socks, grab a glass of wine or a cup of hot chocolate, and get cozy! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    Chasing Christmas Eve, by Jill Shalvis
    YA fantasy novel writer Colbie Albright desperately needs a temporary getaway from her lovable but crazy family, so she decides to spend some time in San Francisco. There she meets Spencer Baldwin, who should really be listed as one of the city’s major attractions. (Let’s just say no woman would mind being taken for a joyride down Lombard Street with a guy like Spencer!) As for Spencer, he loves Colbie’s sense of humor and general awesomeness. Here’s hoping these two budding lovebirds realize ASAP that they are perfect for each other—and that the hardest thing they will have to do is decide if they want a house with a fabulous view of the San Francisco Bay or of the Pacific Ocean! This is the latest book in Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    Christmas With My Cowboy, by Lindsay McKenna, Diana Palmer, and Margaret Way
    Three MORE stories in one, and these feature SEXY COWBOYS! In McKenna’s “Kassie’s Cowboy,” (Gah! Already getting so excited!) former Marine Travis Grant finds his childhood sweetheart, Kassie Murphy. She’s just been in a car accident, so Travis feels the need to care for her. Oh, and all of the love feelings are 100 percent intact, so it’s going to be a very cozy Christmas! In Palmer’s “The Snow Man,” Meadow Dawson needs some help managing her Colorado ranch. She soon meets a super-duper hunky cattleman by the name of Dal Blake. He’s not too thrilled that Meadow’s dog keeps digging under his fence, but he’s not one to abandon a lady in need. (Dude, the puppy’s digging is totally a sign that you and Meadow belong together!) And in Way’s “Her Outback Husband,” Scott and Darcey MacArthur are reunited after a painful rumor drove them apart. Can they make amends in time for the holidays—and before those long winter nights really start to kick in? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    What romances are you cozying up with this week?

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  • Sara Brady 4:00 pm on 2014/12/15 Permalink
    Tags: Carole Mortimer, Cathy Lamb, , , Diana Palmer, Holiday, Joss Wood, , , Mary Burton, Mary Carter, , , sparks will fly,   

    Under the Mistletoe: Holiday Romance Books 

    Susan Mallery's The Christmas Wedding RingAt a loss for what to get that romance lover in your life this holiday season? Try one of these new holiday-themed romances, perfect for curling up next to a fire with a cup of eggnog or cider.

    Choir of Angels, by Debbie Macomber 
    This beautifully packaged reissue presents three of Macomber’s classic holiday stories—Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, Those Christmas Angels, and Where Angels Go—in a gift that’s perfect for a tender heart new to the genre.

    The Christmas Bouquet, by Sherryl Woods 
    The newest in Woods’ O’Brien series finds medical student Caitlyn falling in love with resident Noah—and unexpectedly pregnant. The surprise baby stories are catnip to a certain kind of romance reader, so if she has a stack of Harlequin Presents with titles like The Billionaire’s Baby Secret, grab this one for her stocking.

    The Christmas Wedding Ring, by Susan Mallery
    A must-have for Mallery fans, this is a holiday-themed retelling of her 1998 Silhouette The Wedding Ring Promise. Molly Anderson has always had a crush on her older sister’s ex-boyfriend Dylan Black, and now, dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, she’s ready to fall into Dylan’s arms.

    Christmas With a Billionaire, by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates, and Joss Wood
    These three novellas—Mortimer’s Billionaire Under the Mistletoe, Yates’s Snowed in with Her Boss, and Wood’s A Diamond for Christmas—will please any harried romance fan. They’re the perfect length to squeeze in while a pie is in the oven or in between turkey bastings.

    Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel and Starry Night, by Debbie Macomber
    More holiday joy for Macomber fans: Mr. Miracle features a novice guardian angel helping two childhood enemies overcome their past and find love, and Starry Night follows a big-city reporter fleeing to the wilds of Alaska, where she falls for a reclusive author.

    Our First Christmas, by Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Mary Carter, and Cathy Lamb
    The great thing about anthologies is that you often buy them because you like one of the authors, then end up discovering new favorites. This anthology of holiday stories starts with Jackson’s Under the Mistletoe, about estranged spouses finding their way back to each other. In Burton’s A Ranger for Christmas, a history professor and a lawman team up to solve a crime, while Carter’s A Southern Christmas takes on the old trope of a woman trying to win back her wrong-for-her ex while overlooking the just-right guy next to her. Finally, Lamb’s Christmas in Montana starts with Laurel going home in disgrace after losing her job, then having to face her successful ex-boyfriend.

    A Husband for Christmas, by Diana Palmer
    This reissue of Palmer’s stories Snow Kisses and Lionhearted features wide-open spaces, a heroine healing from a traumatic past, and the kind of outdoorsy, cowboy-hat-wearing heroes certain readers can’t resist.

    Do you have a favorite holiday read you always return to?

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