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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/05/21 Permalink
    Tags: , cliff's edge, , heather graham, , , , luck of the draw, , , , the summoning, to tame a wild cowboy,   

    Romance Roundup: Small-Town Romances, Bakery Owners, and Protective Cowboys 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who inherits a haunted property, a bakery owner who ends up house sitting with an actor, and a sexy cowboy who finds out he’s a father.

    Cooper’s Charm, by Lori Foster
    Two sisters are about to get some much-need R&R in the lovely town that is Cooper’s Charm. Phoenix Rose’s life was going swimmingly until a break-in at her home left her feeling devastated and insecure. She lost her fiance, her business—you get the picture. (Phoenix, we are SO taking you out for a nice dinner!) She decides to hightail it to Cooper’s Charm, a peaceful town filled with some very nice people, including a hunky widower who is quite possibly the nicest man she’s ever met. (You go, girl!) She’s soon joined by her sister, Ridley Rose, who finds some romance of her own with a scuba instructor. Ridley soon realizes that peeling his wetsuit away from his six-pack abs would be SO much fun. A story that involves two sisters and a beautiful town and two hunky guys to help said sisters take their minds off of things? Yes, please! (Available in paperback on May 21.)

    The Summoning, by Heather Graham
    Kristi Stewart has just inherited a Savannah property, one with a rich ghost-y history. (Sadly, not the Patrick Swayze Let’s-Make-Pottery kind of ghost.) Our gal doesn’t believe in ghosts, which makes it all the more freaky when some weird stuff starts to happen. Things get especially crazy one night, which causes Kristi to run into the manly embrace of Dallas Wicker. Dallas has his own weird stuff to face. He’s investigating the death of a colleague, and it soon becomes clear that that colleague’s death and the odd things happening on Kristi’s property might be linked. (Dallas has a big brain and a big heart to go with his…big biceps!) Anyway, Kristi and Dallas will need to work together if they’re going to solve the mystery of these disappearances and move on to bigger and better things. Hang in there, you two! This is the latest book in Graham’s extensive Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and audiobook on May 21.)

    Undefeated, by Helen Hardt
    The sexy, vampire-ific drama continues between human lady Erin Hamilton and Not-Your-Grandmother’s-Vampire Dante Gabriel! In this installment, Dante and Erin venture together into the underground place where a very evil woman used to hold Dante captive. (She held him for 10 years, so yes, there are grudges.) Dante needs to make this evil person think she has control over him. He is totally willing to play the game, but he’s also on high alert to make sure none of his loved ones are hurt in the process. This is especially true when it comes to Erin, because she’s HIS woman. (Such is the strength of Dante’s, ahem, carnal desires for her.) Here’s hoping that Dante gets what he needs from this morbid underworld setting, that the nasty piece of work is finished off, and that Dante and Erin then proceed to take a peaceful, drama-free vacation when it’s all over! This is the fifth volume in Hardt’s Blood Bond series. (Available in paperback on May 21.)

    Cliff’s Edge, by Meg Tilly
    Eve Harris is the Sister of the Year. Not only does she agree to run the bakery she co-owns with her sister while said sister is on her honeymoon, she also offers to housesit. Trouble is, actor Rhys Thomas is also going to be at the house. He’s friends with Eve’s brother-in-law, who offered him a place to stay while he gets some peace and quiet after wrapping a film. One look is all it takes to realize why Rhys is doing the actor thing. His face and abs alone give the world hope for another Magic Mike film. (This might be a shout into the void BUT WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?!) What starts off as a fluffy-sounding spell together, however, soon turns into something more sinister. Someone just might be out to get Eve. Fortunately, Rhys is much more than a pretty face and smoking body, and he sure isn’t going to just sit around on his camera-ready tush while his new lady love gets all of the threats. You go, Rhys! This is the second book in Tilly’s Solace Island series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 21.)

    Luck of the Draw, by B.J. Daniels
    All Garrett Sterling wanted to do was have a little bit of Me Time and ride his horse around his family’s Montana property. (Totally understandable, Garrett! We all want a bit of You Time, too!) Then something awful happens, and it involves a dead person. If that wasn’t bad enough, a lady who has always been very special to Garrett becomes the prime suspect. Garrett is ready to do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if she is reluctant to give him any useful information. (Sister, you can trust Garrett any day of the week!) Is this woman truly to blame for anything? What exactly is her relationship history with Garrett? And, when the time is right, will Garrett surprise her by reclining on his side on a bearskin rug in front of a working fireplace wearing nothing but an easily-removable bandana and holding a red rose between his teeth? This is the second book in Daniels’ Sterling’s Montana series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 21.)

    To Tame a Wild Cowboy, by Lori Wilde
    This story features cowboy Rhett Lockhart who—OH SWEET JEBUS YES! MORE COWBOYS! BRING US ALL OF THE COWBOYS! ALWAYS! Anyway, Rhett has just discovered that the baby girl recently abandoned at the local hospital is, in fact, the baby girl he fathered after a one-night stand. To his credit, he pretty much immediately realizes he wants to be a father. The only problem is that the baby’s foster mother, Tara Alzate, is a bit skeptical about Rhett’s parenting capabilities. (This is totally fair, as Rhett wasn’t exactly stable, reliable Dad material.) Rhett suggests to Tara that they enter a marriage of convenience so they can both be in the baby’s life. Rhett and Tara soon realize that they have way more in common than they ever would have thought. Can they lovingly enter a new chapter of their lives together? This is the latest book in Wilde’s Cupid, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 21.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/12 Permalink
    Tags: a lethal legacy, after, , between you and me, , georgia beers, heather graham, , , , , the do-over, this scot of mine, toxic game   

    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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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: a dangerous game, , dark water rising, heather graham, , , , o'hurley's return, , , , , unmasked,   

    Romance Roundup: Criminal Psychologists, Motorcycle Clubs, and Reunited Ex-Spouses 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who needs her former lover’s help, a criminal psychologist with a fascinating new case, and a vampire whose honey is ready to help him get through a very dark time.  

    Lilac Lane, by Sherryl Woods
    Single mom Kiera Malone has worked very hard to provide a good life for her children. Life is starting to finally go her way, then her fiancé dies of a heart attack. She decides to visit Chesapeake Shores and spend time with her father and grown daughter. She gets a job at her son-in-law’s Irish pub, and soon clashes with the chef, Bryan Laramie. There’s major sexual tension just underneath those arguments, with plenty of unleashed passion waiting to boil over. Everyone in town starts taking bets (can we join?) to see how soon these two kitchen coworkers will start to climb all over each other. Will they manage to get under each other’s aprons (literally and figuratively) and realize that they are actually kind of perfect for each other? This reprint is the fourteenth book in Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series. (Available in paperback on January 22.)

    Vengeance Road, by Christine Feehan
    Our gal Breezy Simmons was born into a motorcycle club, and let’s just say it was populated by the types of people your mother warned you against. Breezy escaped that life, but she never forgot Steele, the vice president of Torpedo Ink who broke her heart. (This is understandable. Steele would make the most pious of nuns rethink her vows.) It turns out that Steele drove Breezy away in order to keep her safe, but when she re-enters his life requesting help he decides he’ll never lose her again. Indeed, Steele is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe and be with her forever. As for Breezy, she wouldn’t mind having (like, at all) another tussle or two with Steele. Here’s hoping they figure out a solution soon, and that Steele gives Breezy all kinds of reasons to never, ever doubt him again! This is the second book in Feehan’s Torpedo Ink series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    A Dangerous Game, by Heather Graham
    Criminal psychologist Kieran Finnegan was just wrapping things up at the office for the day, totally ready to go home and snuggle with her boyfriend and maybe even have a glass of wine and do a face mask. Then a very distressed woman shoves her baby into Kieran’s arms, runs away, and is subsequently murdered. (Kieran, we wouldn’t blame you AT ALL if you went for a second glass of vino tonight!) Kieran’s special agent boyfriend Craig Fraser helps her out by enlisting the help of the FBI. Oh, he also wants Kieran to stay out of this particular situation. The thing about Kieran, though, is that she has a HUGE heart. She discovers a very dangerous group of people who were linked to that poor woman, and soon decides she wants to help bring them down. You’ve got this, Kieran! We all believe in you! This is the third book in Graham’s New York Confidential series. (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    O’Hurley’s Return, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorites are reprinted in one volume! In “Skin Deep,” actress Chantel O’Hurley is being threatened, and it’s gotten so bad that she needs to hire private investigator Quinn Doran. Quinn’s hardened personality goes well with his rock-hard body, but underneath all of that hardness (heehee) is a heart ready to give her all of the love in the world. Will Chantel be the one to unlock his softer side? In “Without a Trace,” super-hottie Trace O’Hurley isn’t exactly proud of his dark past. Then he meets Gillian Fitzpatrick, who needs his help if she’s going to save her brother. Together, they’ll need to help take down a terrorist organization. Can they manage what seems to be impossible? Will Trace find redemption and be reunited with his family? How many pounds can he bench press? Whatever happens, here’s hoping that he and Gillian manage to rescue her brother and then start a new chapter together! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Unmasked, by Helen Hardt
    Vampires aren’t supposed to be able to levitate, but then vampire Dante Gabriel and his nurse lady love Erin Hamilton find themselves floating above their bed. (To be clear, Dante has no problem levitating other parts of his body the natural way!) Levitation is just one bizarre ability Dante suddenly develops, and it triggers memories of his time in captivity. (He spent years as a blood slave to a female vampire, and let’s just say it wasn’t the sunniest period of his existence.) As for Erin, she’s ready to help Dante through this difficult period and do whatever it takes for him to feel better. (Oh, that we’d all be so lucky for such a beautiful opportunity!) Dante and Erin will need to stay sharp if they’re going to survive this next wave of drama, so here’s hoping they both use every tool under their belt. (Especially Dante!) This is the fourth volume in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series, and it contains parts 10, 11, and 12. (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Dark Water Rising, by Sharon Sala
    Sam and Haley Quaid went through some major tragedy right before they got divorced: Their 10-year-old son died. Before they parted ways, though, Sam gave Haley a note letting her know that he’d always be there for her if she ever needed him. (Now THAT’S a good man!) Three years later, Haley reaches out to Sam, and he figures that she’s in trouble. Not only is there a hurricane on the way, but two escaped prisoners are headed towards Haley’s area. Sam’s lovey-dovey feelings for Haley are kicked back into mega-overdrive, and he’s ready to come to her rescue. (And if coming to Haley’s rescue involves running very, very quickly while baring his teeth in a “Don’t screw with me” snarl and ripping open his button-down shirt to reveal his “I workout at least five days a week” abs, then so be it!) Sam, buddy, go rescue your woman, and when the drama is over, rebuild your lives together! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on January 29.)

    What hot new romances are keeping you warm this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:41 pm on 2018/12/26 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Innocent Matchmakers, Scottish Lairds, and Hot Aussies 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup features a lost and lonely husband who wants his wife to come home, a wannabe matchmaker who needs to learn about love and attraction, and a woman who is ready to take control of her life and go after the man she’s always wanted.

    O’Hurley Born, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint contains two beloved stories! In “The Last Honest Woman,” widow Abby O’Hurley is working hard to create a good life for her and her two sons. Oh, and she’s also keeping her past on the DL. Journalist and biographer Dylan Crosby, though, is convinced she’s hiding some horrendously dark secrets and wants to uncover them. Then he gets to know our gal, and realizes that she’s, like, a really good person and a strong woman. Dylan, buddy, please give up any harebrained schemes you have and devote your life to making Abby smile! In “Dance to the Piper,” recording mogul Reed Valentine meets his match in dancer Maddy O’Hurley. The only issue is that Reed has trouble expressing his feelings. As in, he’s afraid that showing said feelings will cause lightning to strike and burn his morose soul to a crisp. Will he unlock his safety-bolted heart and let Maddy’s love inside of it? (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    Ten Kisses to Scandal, by Vivienne Lorret
    Briar Bourne is matchmaker-in-training with the Bourne Matrimonial Agency. She has great ambitions to fix people up, but she’s not exactly an encyclopedia of knowledge and experience when it comes to attraction between the sexes. She enlists the help of Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont, to teach her a thing or two, and let’s just say he’s loosened many a London corset. Now he’s going to teach Briar about the laws of attraction, and he insists on receiving kisses from her as payment. (Oh, Nicholas, you lovable scoundrel, you!) His Sexiness has no intentions to settle down and become a family man. Then he gets to know Briar better, and realizes that the rake life is no longer everything it’s cracked up to be. (Nicholas, we KNEW you were a smarty pants!) This is the second book in Lorret’s Misadventures in Matchmaking series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on December 24.)

    1105 Yakima Street, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features abandoned husband Bruce Peyton, whose wife, Rachel, has just left him. She’s pregnant and under a lot of stress, so she decided to get lost and lay low. (She did a pretty darn good job, too, because no one knows where she is right now.) Oh, and Bruce is having trouble with his 13-year-old daughter, Jolene. Yep, Bruce is not exactly at a high point in his life right now. He’s not alone, though, because of a bunch of his neighbors are also experiencing their own family-related issues. Bruce wants to be a good friend to them, but he really wants Rachel’s help. He also just wants Rachel back home. Bruce, buddy, remember that Rachel is pregnant and likely hormonal and you need to do what it takes to make your home a welcoming and nurturing place! This book is part of Macomber’s extensive Cedar Cove series. (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    The Presence, by Heather Graham
    Toni MacNally are on a fun money-making scheme, one that involves buying a decrepit Scottish castle and telling incoming tourists that it’s haunted by a totally made-up laird named Bruce MacNiall. All is fine and dandy until a total fine and dandy hunk shows up and tells everyone that he is, in fact, the Laird MacNiall. (Dude, you can be laird of our anything any day of the week!) Then some of the ladies in the nearby town end up dead, and Toni starts to wonder whether this hottie man has anything to do with it. (No! It cannot be! We refuse to believe it! He’s just too sexy!) Toni will need to use all of her sleuthing skills to help figure out who the murderer is – and learn more about this mysterious and sexy guy. This book also contains a bonus story, “When Twilight Comes,” by B.J. Daniels. It’s about a woman and her child who get stuck in a storm with the very handsome Harry Ballantine. (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    Just Kate, by Linda Lael Miller
    Romance readers who wouldn’t mind an escape to the Land Down Under will enjoy this two-in-one reprint! In “Just Kate,” our gal Kate Blake just got screwed over by both her father AND her fiance. (Kate, our pitchforks are sharpened and ready to go! Just give us the who and the when!) She decides to take control of her life and go after what she really wants – her late sister’s husband, Sean Harris. (Oh, boy, we SO want to be invited to the next family gathering!) Kate and Sean have lots of feelings to sort through, and a lot of family issues to confront, so here’s hoping they both have limitless amounts of patience and stamina. This volume also contains “What a Westmoreland Wants” by Brenda Jackson, which features Australian rancher Callum Austell. He is very eager to win the favor of Gemma Westmoreland, but let’s just say she’s going to make him work for it. (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    Misadventures with My Ex, by Shayla Black
    Once upon a time, Eryn Hope and Weston Quaid were super duper close to getting married. Then he discovered something about her that made him skedaddle on their wedding day. (Dude, really?) Three years later, Weston is in full control of his family’s business and fortune – and Eryn is in desperate need of some help. He agrees to help her bistro business get off of the ground, but in return, she’ll need to be his mistress. (Dude, again, really?) Eryn isn’t too hurt by this, though, because she still has The Feelings for Weston, and they both still have The Chemistry. Weston and Eryn, forgive and forget and move forward! Life is too short to not, ahem, be with each other every single night! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 8:38 pm on 2018/11/06 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Master Vampires, Wyoming and Texas Ranchers, and Naughty Widows 


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    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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