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  • Cristina Merrill 3:39 pm on 2018/11/27 Permalink
    Tags: , celia kyle, christy carlyle, , , fern michaels, , , , , , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Magical Wedding Dresses, Christmas Romances, and Dog Lovers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a widow who falls for a younger man, a tiger shifter who wants to protect his people and his woman, and a lady who loses her heart to a baseball player and a cuddly Husky.

    Someone to Trust, by Mary Balogh
    Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, is a widow, and she decides her next step will be to find another suitable husband of whom society will approve and will have a respectable name and BOOOOORRRIIIIING!!! (Elizabeth, we would not judge you AT ALL for wanting to kick up your heels a bit!) She meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges at a Christmas party and the two soon form a bit of a bond. Oh, and they share a snow-melting kiss. Only thing is, she is nine years older than him, so neither of them really think there’s a future there. (Elizabeth and Colin, stop creating drama where there is no drama!) They reunite during London’s next Season, and let’s just say that neither of them has forgotten the other. All it takes is one waltz for them to realize that an age difference doesn’t matter and that they’d like to be nekkid together for many years to come! This is the fifth book in Balogh’s Westcott series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Keep You Close, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorite stories in one! In “Night Shift,” late-night radio announcer Cilla O’Roarke is in major trouble thanks to a creepy caller. Detective Boyd Fletcher is on the case, and let’s just say no woman would mind having him on her side in a jam. (Or on top of her. Or under. Any way would work, really.) Boyd is eager to do his job, but he is also eager to get to know our gal better and perhaps arrange a more permanent romantic situation. In “Night Moves,” Maggie Fitzgerald used to live a very fast-paced life. Then it all just kind of caught up with her and left her broken-hearted, so she decides to isolate herself for a bit. (Maggie, if you need/want book recommendations, we’ve got tons!) She meets landscaper Cliff Delaney, who likes to keep things nice and trim in just about every aspect of his life expect for the bedroom. Is Maggie about to get the peace and tranquility she’s looking for, along with a super duper yummy guy? (Available in paperback on November 27.)

    The Man You’ll Marry: An Anthology, by Debbie Macomber
    Two more fan favorites in one volume! So there’s this wedding dress, right? And basically when a single lady comes in contact with this wedding dress, the next guy she meets turns out to be the man she’s destined to be with forever. In “The First Man You Meet,” Shelly Hansen is absolutely terrified when she receives her great-aunt’s wedding dress because, quite frankly, she wanted to stay independent and never marry. Then she meets Mark Brady, who makes her feel all kinds of feelings. (Shelly, you can still be yourself AND be married! Open yourself to all of the possibilities!) In “The Man You Marry,” Jill Morrison receives that same dress from a friend when she’s in Hawaii. Now, Jill has already met Jordan Wilcox, who – and we’re being totally honest here – is a big crankypants who would benefit greatly from Jill’s love. As for Jill, she doesn’t think he’s meant to be The One, but then she realizes she just might be able to turn his [many, many] frowns upside down! (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Tiger’s Claim, by Celia Kyle
    Jaguar shifter Stella Moore is on a mission to take down an anti-shifter organization that did horrible things to her family. (If there’s one thing the world should know about our gal, it’s that no one messes with her family and gets away with it!) A wrench is thrown in her plans, however, and that wrench takes the chiseled form of billionaire playboy Cole Turner. Cole is a tiger shifter, and he is on his own mission, one that involves protecting his kind. Cole and Stella need to escape to a tropical island and pretend to be lovers in order for their mission to succeed, which sounds like the most win-win situation of all the win-win situations on the planet. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat their enemies and that they also manage to make sweet, sweet love (multiple times) along the way. This is the second book in Kyle’s Shifter Rogues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    You Had Me at Cowboy, by Jennie Marts
    Rancher Mason James is sick and tired of women using him to get to his brother, Rock, who left the family ranch to play professional hockey. (This family is clearly gifted with exceptional genes!) But Mason’s guarded heart melts when he meets Tessa Kane at his brother’s wedding. Little does Mason know that Tessa is a reporter trying to get a scoop on his brother, and little does Tessa realize how hard she’s going to fall for Mason. (Ah, gotta love it when two sexy people don’t realize at first just how gosh darn perfect they are for each other!) Tessa, we hope you still manage to get a scoop that will help your career. And Mason, we hope you won’t be too upset with Tessa – and that you show her why so many women were fools to go after your brother instead of you! This is the second book in Marts’ Cowboys of Creedence series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Fatal Invasion, by Marie Force
    Washington, DC’s hottest married couple, Lieutenant Sam Holland and Vice President Nick Cappuano, are back in action! Our gal Sam has quite the tragic case on her hands – a home was invaded, and the and eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. Sam has a big heart, and she’s determined to do everything she can to help these tiny cuties. (Sam, you are a hero to us all!) To make matters worse, Sam’s sergeant colleague is battling some inner demons, and so he’s not totally fit to serve and protect at the moment. Sam is doing everything she can to keep it all together. Fortunately, her husband Nick is the total package: smart, kind-hearted, supportive, and all kinds of yummy. Nick, you help your woman get through this latest round of job-related drama! And when it’s over, make sure she gets all of the flowers and the spa day she deserves! This is the latest book in Force’s Fatal series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    The Duke That I Marry, by Cathy Maxwell
    Miss Willa Reverly may be an heiress with tons of moolah, but she would much rather stay single than marry for any reason other than love. (Good for you, Willa! Follow your heart and never settle!) She ends up becoming promised to Matthew Addison, the Duke of Camberly. He has quite a bit on his plate. His newly-inherited estate is broke, for one, and his bride-to-be, Willa, is a tad too demanding. (Matthew, what Willa wants are called “feelings.” She wants you to feel loving emotions. For her. In your heart. And other places, of course.) Willa and Matthew are going to have to overcome many obstacles before they can enjoy their happy ending, so here’s hoping they realize they are better together than apart! This is the third book in Maxwell’s Spinster Heiresses series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    A Duke Changes Everything, by Christy Carlyle
    Nicholas Lyon worked—and gambled—really, really hard to amass his wealth and acquire a London gentlemen’s club. Then his evil brother dies, which leaves Nicholas to inherit his family’s estate. Nicholas does NOT want the estate. (#awfulupbringing) He just wants to do what he has to do to get rid of it and then go back to his life in London. He does go back home, though, and there he meets Thomasina Thorne. (Oh, Nicholas, you are in for a major treat!) She’s the steward of the estate, and while we can’t imagine she enjoyed working for Nicholas’ brother, she still likes working and doesn’t want to lose her job now that the new heir is in town. (Thomasina, major kudos to you and to all of the hard-working women of every time period!) Thomasina wants Nicholas to change his mind, and Nicholas wants to get out of dodge. Nicholas, please sort out your priorities and see what a gem you have found in Thomasina! This is the first book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Coming Home for Christmas, by Fern Michaels
    Three holiday stories in one! In “Silver Bells,” movie star Amy Lee decides to ditch her Hollywood life for the holidays and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. (Sounds quiet! And idyllic!) She ends up reconnecting with her high school boyfriend, and let’s just say he’s aged very, very well. In “Snow Angels,” Olympic skier Max Jorgenson gets an unexpected surprise when social worker Grace Landry ends up finding refuge in his log cabin. (Oh, Max, you can make your way into our Olympic Village any day of the week!) Here’s hoping Max has a nice bottle of wine and a big fire going on! In “Holiday Magic,” ski shop manager Stephanie Marshall is on the market – for a bonus. She wants to put a down payment on a house for her and her daughters. Will her hunky boss Eddie O’Brien give her a helping hand? And steamy kisses for the rest of their lives together? (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    My Forever Home, by Debbie Burns

    Tess Grasso may have dropped out of veterinary school, but that will NOT stop her from following her dream of owning a pet therapy business. (Don’t give up on your dreams, Tess!) She decides to work for a bit at a no-kill animal shelter. Here, she meets Mason Redding, a baseball player who is recovering from a major accident. He doesn’t want to share too much about himself these days, because he may have done something bad, but he soon realizes he wants to share his whole life with Tess. Plus, a really cute stray Husky dog enters the picture, which quickens their friendship. Tess and Mason, just bare your souls—and bodies—to each other and realize that you’re perfect for each other and that you need to band together and give that adorable Husky a loving home! This is the third book in Burns’ Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/27 Permalink
    Tags: a taste of pleasure, at sunrise, bluestone and vine, broken promise, chloe blake, cowboy on my mind, donna kauffman, fern michaels, , r.c. ryan, , , , truth or dare   

    Romance Roundup: Lady Police Officers, Folk Musicians, and Chefs. Lots of Chefs. 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a professional chef who gets a new start in Italy, a professional dessert chef who gets a new gig in Philadelphia, and a musician who finds healing with a former soldier-turned-vineyard owner.

    A Taste of Pleasure, by Chloe Blake
    Chef Danica Nillson has the opportunity of a lifetime: a fresh start and new career in Italy! (Danica, please get prepared for visitors. LOTS of visitors.) She doesn’t want romance, but then she meets single dad Antonio Dante Lorenzetti. He’s a very successful restauranteur, and he has zero time to dilly dally and give in to the major feelings Danica brings out in him. (Antonio, buddy, stop trying to resist this perfect, gorgeous woman!) Then he gets to know her—and her cooking—and wonders how he ever lived without either. Here’s hoping they both come to their senses soon and realize they just might be perfect for each other. And that they have several interactions that involve chocolate gelato and aprons. (As in, wearing nothing BUT aprons.) This is the second book in Blake’s Deliciously Dechamps series, which is perfect if you want to read about sexy people who know their way around a kitchen. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Truth or Dare, by Fern Michaels
    Seeking a yarn about a bunch of sexy, chivalrous men who protect helpless children and treat their dogs well and have a strong bond with each other? Then this one is for you! Joe Espinosa is driving on a country road with his trusty dog, Cyrus, by his side. Then Cyrus starts going nuts and paws hysterically at the window. Joe follows Cyrus’ lead, and together they discover three frightened children. Joe and Cyrus first put the children in safe hands (we’ll give Cyrus most of the credit in all of this because he’s so cute and fluffy!), and then Joe calls a meeting with his fellow Men of the Sisterhood. Together, these hot dudes realize there are more children in danger, and they band together to help them. Guys, you are all awesome, and you deserve all the beer and nachos and wings when this scary stuff is over. (Please make sure Cyrus gets a deliciously stinky dog treat, too!) This is the fourth book in Michaels’ Men of the Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Broken Promise, by Tara Thomas
    Charleston police officer Alyssa Adams is pretty much every woman’s hero. Her calling in life is to track down lost women and rescue them, or at least bring closure to their worried families. (Alyssa, if these rescued ladies ever need our services, you can call on us!) Alyssa also desperately wants to find out what happened to her sister, who disappeared ten years ago. She’s about to get some much-needed help from Kipling Benedict, a member of the city’s very powerful Benedict family. A female relative of his has just been kidnapped by his family’s nemesis (Kipling, buddy, what on earth happened that your family has a nemesis?), and he knows that our gal is his best bet on finding her. Can they each find their respective relatives? And can they manage to cope with the Charleston heat by tearing each other’s clothes off at least twice while they’re at it? This is the third book in Thomas’ Sons of Broad series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    At Sunrise, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “Summer Desserts,” dessert chef Summer Lydon is about to settle down for a little while. Her latest gig is to fix up the menu at a swanky Philadelphia hotel. This involves getting involved with hotel owner Blake Cocharan, who would be the proverbial chocolate on every woman’s pillow. Will Blake give Summer a solid list of reasons to stick around? Like, permanently? In “Temptation,” socialite Eden Carlbough is busy running a girls’ camp. Thanks to some camp shenanigans, she ends up climbing an apple tree, and then falling out of said apple tree directly into the arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. (Chase, you can pick our apples any day of the week!) They don’t exactly have the feels for each other right away, but then their heads clear and they each realize the other is not so bad at all. Oh, Chase, make sure you plan a romantic orchard evening with Eden that involves a huge blanket underneath the stars—and being nekkid! (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    Cowboy on My Mind, by R.C. Ryan
    Ben Monroe used to be his town’s Bad Boy, but then he went on the straight and narrow and is now a sheriff’s deputy. (Ben, just don’t get TOO goody two-shoes on us, if you know what we mean! And in case you don’t, what we mean is don’t lose your sexy!) Then he’s reunited with his high school crush, Becca Henderson. She’s never forgotten him (what woman would?) and she now finds him more exciting than ever. (Oh, he is, Becca. He is.) When Becca’s life is endangered, Ben realizes that he’s willing to quite a bit to protect his woman. Do it, Ben! Don’t you dare hesitate! This is the first book in Ryan’s Montana Strong series, which means that many sexy Montana men are on the way. It also features a bonus story, “Rocky Mountain Cowboy,” which is about a reporter who gets to interview a very hot Olympic snowboarder. Yum! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Bluestone and Vine, by Donna Kauffman
    Musician Pippa MacMillan needs a vocal break, so she leaves Ireland for some R&R in small-town Virginia. She meets Seth Brogan, a former soldier who still has all of his muscles and wants to turn his property into a vineyard. (Seth, when can we start putting orders in for bottles?!) He’s on a healing journey of his own, so he and Pippa develop quite the deep connection. Pippa also realizes that she is loving the small-town life, and it’s not just because of Seth’s muscular arms. Then Pippa’s voice start to get better, and she’s faced with the choice of going back to her old life or building a new one with the very dishy Seth. Oh, Pippa, surely you can find some kind of middle ground that involves making the music you love AND making babies with the man you love! This is the second book in Kauffman’s Blue Hollow Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/03/20 Permalink
    Tags: cross breed, deadly secret, fern michaels, , hurricane bay, , , , no safe secret, , , , the sweetest thing,   

    Romance Roundup: Immortal Women, Private Investigators, and Green-Eyed Sailors 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a private investigator being framed for murder, a lawyer who needs to investigate her estranged husband’s family, and an immortal woman who has finally met her life partner.

    Twice Bitten, by Lynsay Sands
    Immortal lady Elspeth Argeneau is ready to feel some freedom. At the age of 140, she’s finally moved away from her over-controlling mother. (Clearly, nagging mothers are the same across species.) She’s ready to get some action in the sack, and so this is the perfect time for her landlady’s grandson, Wyatt, to reappear in her life. Wyatt still remembers Elspeth from when they first met four years ago, and he’s eager to show her what she could be getting more of. This won’t be too hard, as Elspeth soon realizes she’d like to take several bites of him. (Go for it, sister!) When some shady characters try to finish Elspeth off, the former Special Forces soldier kicks his skills up a notch to keep her safe. Will Elspeth realize that Wyatt is the man she’s meant to be with forever? This is the 27th book in Sands’ Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 27.)

    Cross Breed, by Lora Leigh
    Cassandra Sinclair may be a member of the Breeds—humans who carry animal-like capabilities both in and out of the bedroom—but she’s also her own interesting mix. She’s wolf, coyote, AND human, and let’s just say that her Breed neighbors are a tad overprotective of her. She manages to escape them to pursue a personal mission, and ends up having a rollicking good time with a guy who could very well be meant to be her mate for life. (Oh, Cassandra, please tell us more!) She’s not too thrilled with him, though. (Let’s just say she’s got some family issues to sort out and knows that she shouldn’t be dilly-dallying with the wrong guy.) But then some major tensions between Breeds and humans start to arise, and Cassandra and her new friend (her new, HOT friend) will need to stick together if they are going to survive. This is the 32nd book in Leigh’s Breeds series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on September 25.)

    No Safe Secret, by Fern Michaels
    Molly has a picture-perfect life, complete with a house that HGTV executives would want to feature on every single show. Unfortunately, though, her life is not as great as it seems. To start with, she’s got a demanding husband WHO BETTER BACK OFF of our gal! Also, she’s got a pretty dark past that’s coming back to haunt her more than 20 years after she escaped it. (Horrible things happened to her on prom night, for one.) Molly will need to think fast on her feet if she’s going to get the better of those who would see her harmed. Here’s hoping she manages to put a stop to their shenanigans ASAP, and that she finally gets the peaceful life she deserves. Hang in there, Molly! We’re all cheering you on! (Available in paperback on March 27.)

    Deadly Secret, by Tara Thomas
    Our gal, Bea, is a lawyer who wants to make it to Congress. This is all fine and dandy, but now she’s been called upon to investigate the Benedict family and their massive business empire. Trouble is, she’s kind of secretly married to none other than Knox Benedict. True, they are estranged, and he’s actually one of the better members of his family, but this could still create a little conflict of interest. (Knox, you can show us all your conflict of interest any day of the week, if you know what we mean!) Knox would much rather woo his woman back than get involved in muddy family waters, but this could actually be really good for their relationship. Bea and Knox, knock this family drama out of the park once and for all, and embrace a future that involves being in each other’s lives—and Bea as a Congresswoman! This is the second book in Thomas’ Sons of Broad series. (Available in paperback on March 27.)

    The Sweetest Thing, by Jill Shalvis
    Tara has zero desire to go back to Lucky Harbor, Washington, but since her life has been quite bumpy lately, it’s really her only option. Besides, her sisters are there renovating an inn, so Tara will definitely be able to keep busy and try to NOT think of the downhill spiral that is her current situation. She meets a smoking hot, green-eyed sailor who wants to show her all sorts of good times. (Cue all of our sailboat, lovemaking fantasies!) Things start to go well for our heroine, but then her ex-husband shows up wanting her back. Will Tara realize that she’s right where she’s supposed to be? And will this sailor fellow whisk her away to tropical climes for some fun in the sun? This is the second book in Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 27.)

    Hurricane Bay, by Heather Graham
    Someone is trying to set up private investigator Dane Whitelaw for murdering his ex-girlfriend. Dane is positive that this is actually the work of a serial killer living and working in the Miami area. (We believe you, Dane!) Dane ends up joining forces with Kelsey Cunningham. Her best friend has just gone missing, and Kelsey knows that Dane is her best resource. They both get involved in a pretty dark world, and everything comes to a grinding halt when Dane’s ex-girlfriend is found, strangled to death by his tie. Now Kelsey doesn’t want to trust anyone, not even Dane, who has actually had her heart for many years now. Kelsey, you can trust Dane! You know he’s a good guy with a big heart to go with those stunning biceps. This book includes a bonus story, “A Man Worth Remembering,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 27.)

    What new romances are turning your head this spring?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/12/19 Permalink
    Tags: an engagement in seattle, brynn kelly, , edge of truth, fern michaels, , need to know, , , , sophie barnes, the art of running in heels, the duke of her desire,   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What romances are you cozying up to this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2017/01/09 Permalink
    Tags: crash and burn, fern michaels, , sisterhood is powerful, sisterhood series   

    Fern Michaels’ Crash and Burn is a Suspenseful Story of Friendship 

    Readers who prefer their romance novels to have a heavy dose of friendship will be particularly delighted by Crash and Burn, the latest book in Fern Michaels’ Sisterhood series. It’s clear that the leading ladies in Michaels’ book are exceptionally close and have no problem speaking their minds in front of each other and being honest—and it’s quite refreshing.

    The series, which started in 2003, centers around a group of women who have faced major issues in the “justice” system and are now doing what they can to make sure others do not share the same fate. Michaels fans who have been with the series since the beginning will no doubt be up to date on the characters and their backstories. As for readers who are new to the series, they might feel a little behind in the beginning, as the large caste of characters is enough to make an initiate’s head swim. That said, it’s not enough to keep you away. The women are an interesting and diverse group, including when it comes to age. Indeed, it’s quite fun to read about female friendships that cross generations.

    One of the major characters in this installment is Nikki Quinn. She’s a married lawyer with her own law firm, one that gets a major new client. That client is Livinia Lambert, wife of the Speaker of the House, Wilson “Buzz” Lambert. After many years of emotional suffering, Livinia wants out, and she can only trust the job to Quinn’s respected firm, which is staffed by some of the toughest lawyers in the Washington, D.C. area. (Oh, and they’re all ladies, which makes it all the more fun.) Livinia has everything already planned out for the most part, and she just needs help executing her plan. Nikki and her team gear up to do just that.

    In order to bring Livinia justice, Quinn and her circle must do battle with a major enemy, a group of male lawyers with their own firm who are known as the Chessmen. To say that they are not exactly ethical would be a gross understatement. They are mean and sleazy and unapologetic about it. Fortunately, Quinn and her circle are no shrinking violets. They’ve seen the worst and have come out stronger for it. Nothing—and no one—scares them. At least, not anymore.

    As the women comb through the various issues tied to Livinia’s case—due to her husband’s position, Livinia feels the need to make sure her husband is served in a timely and hush-hush manner, which doesn’t make things easy for the women trying to help her—their efforts begin to lead them back to a horrifying ordeal that took place decades before. As Nikki and her circle peel back the layers of their current case, and things begin to come full circle, everyone needs to stay on their toes if justice will be done.

    Friendships and legalese aside, there are plenty of lighthearted moments sprinkled throughout the book. Reading about Nikki and her husband, Jack Emery, is fun. Their scenes together are a treat. There’s a long-running gag of the simmering passions between a journalist, Maggie Spritzer, and the man who is gaga for her, Ted Robinson. There are also plenty of humorous bits—many of them at the Chessmen’s expense.

    In short, Michaels’ latest is a satisfying read that will please both new readers and those who are already familiar with the series. Faithful readers who have kept up with this long-running series will delight in being reunited with beloved characters, and new readers will have fun getting to know them.

    Crash and Burn is on B&N bookshelves now.

    The post Fern Michaels’ Crash and Burn is a Suspenseful Story of Friendship appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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