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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/08/07 Permalink
    Tags: , , heather graham, highland devil, in shadows, lily blackwood, one perfect moment, pale as death, , , sally mackenzie, , the warrior of clan kincaid, what ales the earl   

    Romance Roundup: Single Mother Brewers, Sextuplets, and (lots of) Kilts 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a famous sextuplet who wants to get very intimate with a very special lady, a single mom who is learning the fine art of brewing, and an FBI man who wants to keep his beloved wife safe.

    In Shadows, by Sharon Sala
    Jack McCann married his sweetheart, Shelly, smack in between college and joining the FBI. The FBI is a pretty demanding job, no doubt, but he tries to see his beloved wife as often as he can. His latest assignment has kept him away from home for months, though, which means no cozy nights that involve home-cooked meals and Netflix and his loving wife. (Jack, we’re confident you’ll manage to make it all up to her!) Then Jack’s cover is blown, he gets shot in the back, and his enemy swears to pretty much murder everyone Jack loves. Ouch. Shelly’s been told that Jack is dead, but the truth is that he’s still alive, and he will stay away from her if it means keeping her safe. (Cue the “Awws!”) Here’s hoping that Jack figures out a plan that involves him staying alive AND going home to his adoring wife! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    Pale as Death, by Heather Graham
    LAPD detective Sophie Manning has a gruesome new case to work on, one that involves a dead body and zero evidence. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she’s starting to get visits from ghosts, and let’s just say she’s not exactly a believer. She really isn’t feeling the whole ghost thing, but what she IS feeling is the man who’s been assigned to help her out. Bruce McFadden is a consultant for the FBI’s paranormal unit. (Um, Bruce? Where can we apply for that kind of job? And can we please get an idea of the career trajectory? Thanks!) Bruce and Sophie will need to work very closely together if they’re going to solve this murder. And when it’s done, it will ideally bring them closer together in a very carnal, non-ghosty way. This is the latest installment in Graham’s extensive Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    Highland Devil, by Hannah Howell
    Sir Gybbon Murray was on his way back to his family’s stronghold when Mora Ogilvy tried to steal his horse. (Hear her out, Gybbon! Hear her out!) Turns out, Mora’s been through a rough patch in her life. Her evil cousins have taken over her home, and they’re trying to frame her for murder. No bueno. Fortunately for our gal, Gybbon believes her, and he brings her to his family’s place so that she can recover. Mora doesn’t want to stay very long, because she’s got some major plans, but then the threats from her family start to get WAY worse. Oh, and she realizes she wouldn’t mind being nekkid with Gybbon until death do them part. Can they rid themselves of her malicious extended family? And will they get the opportunity to make sweet love for many, many years to come? This is the latest book in Howell’s Murrays series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    The Warrior of Clan Kincaid, by Lily Blackwood
    Derryth MacClaren is on the run. There’s an evil nobleman out to get her, and so she skedaddles from her home. Then she’s ambushed and captured by Cull, who is all kinds of hot AND super duper nice to boot. (Best! Day! Ever!) They soon get to know each other very well, and Derryth recognizes the tattoo on his arm. She tells her man —who has zero memory of his childhood—that he’s the long lost son of the murdered Laird of Kincaid. Cull isn’t sure he’s too thrilled by this discovery, because he’s been on this whole revenge scheme, and now that can cost him Derryth. Get it together, Cull! If you could survive a harsh childhood and warrior existence, surely you can figure out a happy ending for you and your lady! This is the third book in Blackwood’s Highland Warrior series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 31.)

    What Ales the Earl, by Sally MacKenzie
    Penelope Barnes—and her young daughter—are the newest residents of Puddleton Manor’s Benevolent Home. Things are looking up, though, because Penelope is an awesome lady with a green thumb and she’s using said green thumb to become a budding beer brewer. (Oh, Penelope, we want to pick your brain on SO many levels!) As for the father of her child, it’s her childhood friend Harry Graham. He’s the son of an earl, and she’s penniless, so sadly their love could not go anywhere. But now he’s back from war, and his elder brother has died, which means our Harry boy is now THE earl. He’s not thrilled by the responsibility, but then he reconnects with Penelope and discovers that he’s a daddy. For Pete’s—er, Penelope’s—sake, Harry, move fast and marry that lovely lady! She’s seriously considering marrying a country vicar who would absolutely bore her to tears. Don’t you dare let that happen! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 31.)

    One Perfect Moment, by A.C. Arthur
    Dr. Gage Taylor is a famous sextuplet. As in, he and his siblings had their moves tracked for years and were featured nationwide and everyone has always known who they are and…yeah, it’s all been extremely invasive and exhausting. (Oh, come here, Gage! We’ll make it all better!) The one person who didn’t know who Gage was was television producer Ava Cannon. In her defense, Gage has been aggressively avoiding the media spotlight in recent years, because he’s a great, talented, sexy man who wants to get by on his own merit. (Good for you, buddy!) They start to get friendly again, which is very, very nice, but Ava might have to choose between trying to get him back in the spotlight and keeping him in her bed. (The latter option, Ava! The latter!) Here’s hoping they figure out a solution that involves Ava keeping her career AND her man. This is the third book in the Taylors of Temptation series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    What romance novels are warming your nightstand this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:30 pm on 2018/05/22 Permalink
    Tags: , , fade to black, flamingo diner, heather graham, , , , , one last breath, , , , tempting the beauty queen, texas destiny   

    Romance Roundup: Scarred Cowboys, Wedding Dates, and Tempting Dukes 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who’s back home to take care of some family business, an actress who helps investigate her costar’s murder, and a mail-order bride who falls for her fiancé’s brother.

    Texas Destiny, by Lorraine Heath
    This reprint was just too hot to fade back into Romance Novel Memory Lane! Mail-order bride Amelia Carson has just arrived at Fort Worth, Texas, but the guy who picks her up is NOT her husband-to-be. Instead, his brother, Houston Leigh, has been assigned to pick up Amelia and bring her back to the ranch where she’s supposed to start her new chapter. Houston is tormented by his war past and has some very visible scars to prove that he’s been through, well, quite a lot. (You’re still sexy, Houston!) Houston and Amelia start their three-week journey back to the ranch, and let’s just say they get plenty of time to know each other and realize that A) Houston possesses a really nice body, B) Amelia is a brave and awesome woman and, C) Neither of them want their journey to end and both kind of want that older brother guy to find someone else. Gotta love it when two very sexy people have such a delicious conundrum to solve! (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 29.)

    Fade to Black, by Heather Graham
    Marnie Davante starred in a television series that ended up being more of a cult show than an Emmy winner. She is perfectly fine with this, because the fame—and the money—have helped her with her dream of starting a children’s theater. (Good for you, Marnie! We’ll help you sell tickets!) Then a costar is killed and the murderer is, like, NOWHERE to be seen. Private investigator Bryan McFadden is assigned to the case, and let’s just say no woman would ever need to use a magnifying glass to, ahem. Yeah. Anyway, he’s a little confused by his latest case, but he definitely likes Marnie and wants to keep her alive. Can Marnie and Bryan figure out who the bad guy is and manage to rip each other’s clothes off while they’re at it? And when it’s all over, can Marnie focus on her children’s theater dream? This is the latest book in Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 29.)

    Tempting the Beauty Queen, by Carolyn Hector
    Kenzie Swayne has a few weddings coming up—none of which are her own wedding—and she has GOT to find a date for them. (Totally feel you, Kenzie, especially if you’re trying to avoid any annoying questions from nosy friends and relatives!) Her acquaintance Ramon Torres agrees to be her wedding(s) date, but that’s mainly because he really wants to pick her brain and gain her expertise on a new business venture he’s considering. The thing is, this was what made him stand her up before—his larger-than-life ambition. (Buddy, nothing wrong with being ambitious, but did you HAVE to let it get the better of you?) Ramon soon realizes that he was a fool to let a woman like Kenzie slip through his fingers (his long, masculine fingers) and that he wants to make it up to her. (Good for you, Ramon! You’ve finally realized what a great woman Kenzie is. Now don’t screw it up!) This is the fifth book in Hector’s Once Upon a Tiara series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 22.)

    Flamingo Diner, by Sherryl Woods
    Emma Killian has come back home to Winter Cover, Florida, and back to the Flamingo Diner, her family’s longtime business. Her father recently died, and she finds herself knee-deep in family and business issues and debts. (Emma, book a spa day. Now.) The more she learns about the family business, the more she realizes that her father’s death may not have been an accident. She gets help from police chief Mike Atkins, who’s always had a corner of his heart dedicated to Emma. Now they’re both adults with adult desires and adult feelings, and Mike is especially determined to make Emma want to stick around. Here’s hoping they solve Emma’s family mysteries, and that they then get to settle down to truly enjoy each other and explore their new relationship. (Mike used to be a bad boy, and even though he’s a cop, we’re sure he has some bad boy qualities that will make our gal think twice about moving away again.) (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    A Devil of a Duke, by Madeline Hunter
    Amanda Waverly has zero time to fool around with a man like Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford. She was born into a crime-loving family, and she has worked exceptionally hard to distance herself from that life. (She has a job as a secretary to a high-society lady, so good for you, Amanda, and other ladies who paved the way for women in the workforce!) The thing is, Gabriel is ridiculously sexy and just looking at him makes Amanda want to loosen her garters. As for Gabriel, well, people are always tempted by what they can’t have, and Amanda’s wanting to keep her distance only motivates him even more. Gabriel, we’re all for Amanda having a good time, but if you don’t treat our gal right for the rest of her life we’re all coming after you—and NOT in a good way! This is the second book in Hunter’s Decadent Dukes Society series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    One Last Breath, by Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush
    Rory Abernathy was pumped to marry Liam Bastian, then it turned into an episode worse than the Red Wedding. A gunman opened fire on the entire wedding party, for one. Oh, and Rory miiiiight have also stabbed someone. (We’re sure it was for a good reason, Rory!) Understandably traumatized (heck, I’m traumatized), Rory ran away, determined to never see Liam again. Liam tracked her down, though, because True Love, and not only does he find his woman, but he also finds the daughter she ended up having. (Yes, Liam, this is a lot to take in, so sit down and we’ll make you a cup of tea spiked with the best whiskey we can find!) Rory and Liam have a lot of catching up to do, especially because Rory feels like someone might still be after her. Rory and Liam, when this is all over, we’ll babysit so that you can have a normal date night! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Tara Sonin 3:00 pm on 2018/04/26 Permalink
    Tags: , a swift purse cry, broken harbor, Brooklyn, circle of friends, , , , darkfever, donna jo napoli, duchess of sin, edward rutherfurd, , , forbidden love, golden surrender, heather graham, hush, irish born, irish lady, irish warrior, jeanette baker, , karen harper, , , kathleen grissom, lady of conquest, laurel mckee, , luck magic & mystery, maeve binchy, , robin maxwell, , santa montefiere, scandalous desires, seduce me at sunrise, siobhan dowd, talk sweetly to me, , , the girl in the castle, the irish princess, the kitchen house, the lost duke of wyndham, the princes of ireland, the wild irish, the wonder   

    24 Swoonworthy Novels Inspired by Ireland 

    Here are twenty-five novels with stories, settings, and characters inspired by Ireland. Sláinte!

    Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts
    Set in County Mayo, Ireland, the place Iona Sheehan has come to learn about her ancestors thanks to the stories from her grandmother—this romance is as spellbinding as its setting. Iona meets family she never knew, and a handsome stable owner, Boyle McGrath. But falling for her homeland and for him become more complicated when secrets from the past are revealed.

    Darkfever, by Karen Marie Moning
    The start to this bestselling paranormal romance series begins with a murder. When Mac’s sister is murdered, she goes to Ireland, determined to track down the evil that took her family away. But soon she realizes the journey to the truth involves another world, living amidst her own: the world of the Fae. Can she find the truth, defeat evil forces, and find love—and get out alive?

    Seduce Me at Sunrise, by Lisa Kleypas
    Kev Merripan is half Roma, half Irish…so he knows can never have the woman he wants. His background, and a dangerous past, would prevent it forever. That is, until Winnifred Hathaway returns home and another suitor begins to compete for her affection.

    Scandalous Desires, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Mickey O’Connor, an Irish man raised in London, is a self-made man on the wrong side of society. He has everything he wants, except one thing: a woman. Silence Hollingbrook has wedged her way into his heart after one night…and now, he has another chance to make her his.

    The Lost Duke of Wyndham, by Julia Quinn
    Jack Audley is a soldier, a lone-wolf…and now, unfortunately, named the Duke of Wyndham. A title he never asked for, in a society he reviles. But there is a chance that his claim is illegitimate…if his parents married in Ireland, before he was born. And then he meets Grace Eversleigh, and everything Jack thought he wanted is suddenly secondary to loving her.

    The Princes of Ireland, by Edward Rutherfurd
    An epic historical saga of the entirety of Irish history from Ireland in A.D. pre-Christian society through the founding of the Free Irish State, this novel follows fictional families through eras of Irish triumph and travails.

    Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin
    The coming of age story of a girl caught between homes: the one she left behind, in Ireland, and the one she might have to leave when family tragedy strikes, in Brooklyn. Eilis wanted a chance at a new life, but never imagined she would find love with an Italian man in America. But will she give it up, to honor her homeland?

    The Girl in the Castle, by Santa Montefiore
    Kitty Deverill has a lovely life living in Castle Deverill in beautiful Ireland. She and Jack O’Leary fall in love…a love threatened by a jealous friend, a war between the Irish and the British, and the destruction of her home. Downton Abbey fans will love this dramatic portrayal of upstairs-downstairs hope and heartbreak.

    The Irish Princess, by Karen Harper
    If you love historical narratives from outside perspectives, you will love the story of Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a girl born to Irish royalty…and a girl who knew the wrath of Henry VIII almost as much as his wives. The King imprisons her father, destroying her family, she must seek allegiances and avoid enemies in the perilous English court.

    A Swift Pure Cry, by Siobhan Dowd
    The death of Shell’s mother sends her religious father into a tailspin. As Shell tries to mourn while helping her brother and sister, her best friend Declan drops another bombshell: he’s leaving Ireland for America. Scandal, love, betrayal, and more can be found in this beautiful story of grief and growing up.

    The Wild Irish, by Robin Maxwell
    Elizabeth is Queen in England, having just proved victorious against the Spanish Armaada. But across the sea, Ireland is brewing with conflict. Grace O’Malley is more than just a pirate—she is the protector of her homeland against English invaders. And the only way to protect them now is to meet Elizabeth face-to-face.

    Broken Harbor, by Tana French
    The Dublin Murder Squad is back, with Mick Kennedy investigating cases other detectives couldn’t handle. When a man and his children are murdered and his wife ends up in the hospital, Mick is ready with the answers…until evidence arises that he cannot explain, and his own past begins to dangerously mingle with the present.

    Circle of Friends, by Maeve Binchy
    In the beginning, it was Benny and Eve. They grew up in Knockglen with different circumstances, but always had one another. In Dublin, their circle widens to include Nan and Jack. But happiness in this circle of friends is not meant to be, as friendships new and old are tested when secrets from the past are unearthed.

    Hush, by Donna Jo Napoli
    A young adult novel by celebrated author Donna Jo Napoli stars an Irish princess who is kidnapped by her kingdom’s enemies. She vows to remain silent in order to save herself—and the secrets of her kingdom—while her captors take her to a world she never thought she would see.

    The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
    Lavinia arrives on a Virginia plantation in the years before the Civil War traumatized by her journey from Ireland, that left her parentless and alone. But her loneliness only increases, because even as she is invited into the good gracious of her masters, she is still apart from them—and even more apart from the slaves on the plantation, including Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter.

    Duchess of Sin, by Laurel McKee
    Dublin is no match for Conlan McTeer, the Duke of Adair…but he is no match for Lady Anna Blacknall. When they meet in a nefarious location and succumb to a moment of temptation, nothing is ever the same…but years later, when they reunite, their passion certainly is.

    The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue
    From the author of Room comes a haunting tale of a nurse visiting an Irish village to witness a mystery…a girl no older than eleven, living alone in a cabin, who believes she is living off manna from heaven. As in, has survived months without food. Part mystery, part thriller, but all heart, this novel is not to be missed.

    Forbidden Love, by Karen Robards
    Exactly what the title suggests! Once, Megan was a student at Maam’s Cross Court. Justin—the sixth Earl of Weston—was her guardian. But she is no longer than young girl she once was, and now she wants him in her heart, and her bed. One catch? He’s married.

    Lady of Conquest, by Teresa Medeiros
    Conn is a fearless warrior of Ireland, commander to the Fianna, his soldiers. But one enemy he never thought he’d meet is a beautiful woman named Gelina—and she wants his life as payment for the ones he ruined. But instead of killing one another, they find themselves falling in love, instead…

    Irish Lady, by Jeanette Baker
    Meghann McCarthy has a new life It looks nothing like the one she had before, in Belfast, poor, and desperately in love with Michael Devlin—until he broke her heart. But then he gets accused of murder, and since she’s a lawyer…well, she’ll put it all on the line to save him.

    Golden Surrender, by Heather Graham
    Princess Erin is the beautiful heir to the Irish throne—a throne of vengeance, if she has anything to say about it, against one man: Prince Olaf of Norway, the one who destroyed her kingdom. But her father has other plans…such as marrying her off to the prince himself, thus uniting once warring kingdoms. Can she learn to love a man she hates?

    Talk Sweetly to Me, by Courtney Milan
    A romance between a British wallflower and an Irish rake is complicated by the fact that she has no interest in romance, or scandal, or anything he can offer…except, perhaps, his heart.

    Irish Born, by Nora Roberts
    All of the Concannon sisters are found in this trilogy bind-up! Maggie, the free-spirited girl who carves her own path; Brianna, the loving caretaker; and Shannon, the American who yearns to find her home in Ireland.

    Irish Warrior, by Kris Kennedy
    A captive Irish warrior, Finian finds help in the most unlikely of places…a beautiful woman, Senna de Valery, who wants out just as much as he does. Despite their attraction, they must focus on the difficult journey to come…including what it means for Senna, and the secret she holds that many men would kill for.

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/03/20 Permalink
    Tags: cross breed, deadly secret, , heather graham, 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 5:00 pm on 2017/12/06 Permalink
    Tags: amelia grey, , heather graham, , , , , notorious pleasures, , , rugged texas cowboy, simply irresistible, the rising, to the duke with love,   

    Romance Roundup: Vigorous Cowboys, Strapping Contractors, and Doomsday Love Stories 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a group of people who need to conquer the worlds of dark and light magic, a very lucky woman who gets kidnapped by the most ardent cowboy that ever lived, and a high society lady who ends up falling for her boring fiancé’s far more exciting brother.

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Romance readers who love a bit of fantasy and doomsday in their books will enjoy Roberts’ latest yarn. A mysterious illness wipes out more than half of the world’s population, and magick—both good and bad—is becoming the new normal. Lana Bingham and her hunky man, Max, practice the good kind of magic, but they’re going to have to work very hard in order to avoid—and help beat—the bad kind. They decide to ditch New York City in search of a safer environment (and, presumably, cheaper rent), and collaborate with a colorful cast of characters along the way. With magick and mayhem and romance, this will be the perfect sink-your-teeth-into-it winter story! This is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the Ones series. (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on December 5.)

    The Rising, by Heather Graham and Jon Land
    Young love gets a turn in this amazing thriller! Alex Chin and Samantha Dixon are about to graduate from high school with all kinds of college opportunities and scholarship offers. (Alex is pretty much the guy we all wanted to date in high school and Samantha is the sort of kindhearted, brainy girl you want to get the guy.) Then Alex gets a football injury and from there things start to go kaput. His parents are murdered, and he and Alex soon start to dodge some pretty sinister bad guys. It turns out that Alex’s late parents had some dark secrets, secrets that are now haunting their living son and his girlfriend. Here’s hoping Alex and Samantha manage to dodge these bad guys soon—and that they make it on time to freshman orientation! (Available in paperback on December 5.)

    To the Duke, With Love, by Amelia Grey
    The Duke of Griffin’s bad boy reputation is finally catching up to him, and the real victims just might be his twin sisters. No member of good society will want to associate with those girls thanks to their rake of a brother. (Really, buddy, couldn’t you have been just a LITTLE bit more discreet?!) The Duke needs to act fast, so he hires the very respectable Esmerelda Swift to be their chaperone. Esmerelda is determined to do her job well because, hey, a woman’s got to eat and the girls need to make a good match. That said, she’s finding it difficult to resist his many, many charms. As for the Duke, he soon realizes that he wants to charm her over and over again for the rest of his life. Can Esmerelda make an honest man out of him, and will they manage to they keep his sisters’ reputations intact? This is the second book in Grey’s Rakes of St. James series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 5.)

    Rugged Texas Cowboy, by Lora Leigh
    Two hot cowboy stories in one! In “Cowboy and the Captive,” our heroine Melina gets kidnapped by Jardin, a cowboy to whom any woman would gladly hand over a pair of handcuffs. He has some major beef with her family, which is why he decides to kidnap her, but he didn’t expect that she’d be so awesome and make him feel all kinds of feelings. Now he might just want to shift his focus to adding love and excitement to her life and bedroom. In “Cowboy and the Thief,” Angel Manning wants to reclaim an Irish relic that is supposed to help her find her soulmate. (Angel, once you find that and use it for yourself, would you please send that our way?) She needs to reclaim it from the very sexy Jack Riley, which isn’t the worst task in the world, as he might try all kinds of delicious things in order to make Angel rethink her priorities. Plenty of fun and action all around! (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 5.)

    Notorious Pleasures, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Lady Hero Batten’s life is going just as it should be. She’s engaged to the Marquis of Mandeville, who is fabulously wealthy and titled and has the sense of humor of a laundry basket and the romantic inclinations of a —oh, wait! He doesn’t have any. Hero’s okay with this, though, because really, what else can a woman of her station want or expect? Then Hero meets her fiancé’s brother, Griffin Remmington. He and Hero get off to a rough start, even though he stirs something inside of Hero that she never thought was possible. They can’t resist each other for long, because Hero’s quite the terrific lady and Griffin is so unlike any man she’s ever met and has many surprises beneath that sexy exterior. (Ditch your fiancé, Hero, and go for the real man who won’t bore you to tears!) This reprint is the second book in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. (Available in paperback on December 5.)

    Simply Irresistible, by Jill Shalvis
    Maddie Moore’s glamorous Los Angeles life has just done a one-eighty. She ditched her boyfriend, for one, which she actually wanted to do, but then she also unexpectedly lost her job. (Sorry, Maddie! Happy hour drinks and appetizers are on us!) She decides to do something impulsive and head north to Lucky Harbor, Washington. Her mother left her an inn there, so this might be a good time for a slight career change. Maddie decides to also take a break from dating while she’s at it, but then she meets a tall, dark, and handsome man and, well, need we say more? He’s a contractor, and he’s going to help her make this inn sparkle again. Once they do that, we strongly hope, they will christen every square inch of that inn! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 5.)

    What romance novels are keeping you warm this winter?

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