Romance Roundup: College Romances, Runaway Ladies, and High School Enemies-Turned-Lovers 


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This week’s Romance Roundup includes two people out to eliminate a deadly virus, a lady who makes a gutsy move to escape her evil fiance, and a farmer who gets thrown into a very different world and meets a very different type of woman.

Toxic Game, by Christine Feehan
Dr. Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team are on a very important rescue mission. There are some wounded people with their lives at stake, and if everyone doesn’t get the heck out of an Indonesian jungle ASAP then a deadly virus will kill them all. (Draden, we’re all breaking out our Ghostbusters costumes and helping you!) Then Draden gets infected, and he’s found by Shylah Cosmos, who is also eager to track down this virus and make it disappear. They soon become quite attracted to each other, but then Shylah gets infected, too. Can she and Draden make it out of the jungle alive AND wipe out this horrible disease? (Shylah and Draden, we believe in you both! And just think, should the two of you ever get the flu at the same time, that will be a walk in the park compared to this adventure!) This is the latest book in Feehan’s extensive GhostWalkers series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

After, by Anna Todd
College romance alert! Perpetual Good Girl Tessa has just started her freshman year of college. She has a boyfriend back home, but things change when she meets Hardin. (Let’s just say he’s got that whole I’m-A-Hot-British-Bad-Boy-With-A-Big-Heart-Buried-Deep-Deep-Deep-Down vibe down pat.) Hardin is pretty much the hottest guy she’s ever met and she secretly wants to bone him. (Tessa, you get ZERO judgment from any of us because we’ve pretty much all been there!) When Tessa and Hardin find themselves alone, they share the kind of kiss that you describe in vivid detail in the middle of the night to your best friend who attends college in a different state. They soon engage in the kind of relationship that involves Hardin disappearing every now and then, but Tessa is determined to, ahem, learn more about him. Tessa, you pursue this relationship to your heart’s content! Whatever happens, you’ll have some REALLY interesting stories to tell your granddaughters one day! This is the first book in Todd’s After series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

A Lethal Legacy, by Heather Graham
New York’s sexiest investigative duo are at it again! Psychologist Kieran Finnegan and special agent Craig Frasier have an especially creepy new assignment. A man named Finn Douglas is renovating an old manor house he inherited on the New York coast, and his business partner’s body has just been found. He’s convinced it wasn’t an accident, so Kieran and Craig are called in to investigate. It turns out that beneath that manor are many caverns that hold some pretty dark secrets. Kieran and Craig will need to work very hard to figure out exactly what’s going on. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, that this Finn dude gets to live out his HGTV renovation dreams, and that everyone gets the chance to have a relaxing spa day when the drama is all over! This is the fourth book in Graham’s New York Confidential series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

This Scot of Mine, by Sophie Jordan
Our gal Lady Clara has just made an exceptionally bold move to escape her disgusting fiance: She told everyone that she’s pregnant with another man’s baby. (Yep, THAT will make high society scatter away from you!) She hightails it to Scotland, totally ready to be alone for the rest of her life. Then she meets Laird Hunt MacLarin, and let’s just say neither of them have trouble feeling the, ahem, sizzle for each other. The problem is that poor Hunt comes from a long line of men who, er, kind of died before their firstborns were born, so he’s been very reluctant to get married. For this reason, he’s actually glad that Clara is already pregnant. Surely him not being the baby daddy means he’ll be spared from an early death, right? The only problem is that Clara’s eggo is not, in fact, preggo. Oh, Hunt! You are in MUCH better shape than your predecessors, and you and Clara are 100 percent meant to live a long life together filled with lots of babies! This is the latest book in Jordan’s Rogue Files series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

Between You and Me, by Susan Wiggs
Farmer Caleb Stoltz’s life revolved around his farm, his faith, and his orphaned niece and nephew, who he promised to raise. (Caleb, if anyone deserves a relaxing, long-weekend getaway it’s YOU!) As busy as he is, he still lives a somewhat quieter kind of existence, which changes when something bad happens and he has to deal with all things urban and medical and hospital-y. That’s when he meets Dr. Reese Powell. Like her parents, she’s a medical hotshot and she loves the fast-paced life that comes with it. (Reese, you a smart and ambitious woman with beautiful hair and an inspiration to us all!) There’s no doubt that Reese and Caleb are mega-attracted to each other, but they’ll still need to go through a lot before they can have their happily ever after. (Available in paperback on March 12.)

The Do-Over, by Georgia Beers
Bella Hunt and Easton Evans were mortal enemies in high school, mainly because Easton was the Ultimate Mean Girl and was just awful to Bella. It took Bella a LONG time to get over the pain. She did move on, though, and now she has a great life. Bella gets a big shock, though, when Easton walks into the conflict resolution class she’s about to teach. (Easton, you better be respectful to Bella and take lots and lots of notes!) Easton is still as beautiful as she was in high school. Oh, she’s also, like, nice now, which throws Bella in for a loop. They soon realize that they feel some very adult feelings for each other. (Now THIS will make for a fun high school reunion story!) Here’s hoping that Easton truly has become a nicer person, and that these two ladies can manage to forgive the past and create a beautiful life together! (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 12.)

What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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