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  • Cristina Merrill 6:31 pm on 2018/10/02 Permalink
    Tags: , , helen hardt, , , mira lyn kelly, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Arson Investigators, ER Nurses, and Hotel Heirs 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a sous chef who falls for her hunky neighbor, a defense attorney who is being framed, and a lady who gets some much-needed help from her longtime crush.

    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 paperback on October 2.)

    Alaskan Holiday, by Debbie Macomber
    Sous chef Josie Stewart has a sweet new job opportunity lined up at a highfalutin restaurant in Seattle. Before she embarks upon this glamorous new chapter, she decides to do a six-month stint cooking at a lodge in Klutina Lake, Alaska. She soon realizes that she likes the place—like, a lot—and she also likes her new neighbor, Palmer Saxon. He is a sword craftsman, so you know he’s got that whole protective, use-all-my-resources-to-make-sure-you-don’t-starve thing going on. Oh, he’s also smoldering and silent and mysterious, which makes him even more irresistible to our gal. The thing is, our gal really had her heart set on going to The Emerald City and making her mark on the food scene there. Josie, think of the many, many nights – and the many, many ways – in which you and Palmer can keep each other warm! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Consumed, by J.R. Ward
    Anne Ashburn is not having the best time right now. She was once a fearless firefighter, but then she made a mistake and now she’s relegated to arson investigations. This may sound totally cool, but it’s just not enough for our gal. Then a bunch of weird fires start popping up around the city, which gets her fires going. She’s also crushing on Danny McGuire, who is considered her department’s bad boy. He may be all abs and sinew, but Danny’s going through a tough time of his own right now, and it seems that helping Anne investigate these mysterious fires is going to get his engines going again. It doesn’t take long for them both to realize that they’d like to help each other put on—and also take off—their bunker gear. Here’s hoping they catch the arsonist, and that they each find the love and peace – and promotions – they deserve! This is the first book in Ward’s Firefighters series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Unchained, by Helen Hardt
    Dante Gabriel has escaped. He was held as a blood slave for years by a female vampire, and let’s just say it was no picnic. (Dude, sending you all the hugs!) He decides to rob a blood bank to satisfy his blood thirst, and that’s when he meets ER nurse Erin Hamilton. She’s working the night shift, and let’s just say she did NOT expect to find a super hot man in front of her, the kind of super hot man who would make any rational woman immediately want to drop panty. (Oh, that we all could have a wonderfully gorgeous surprise such as Gabriel interrupt our work day!) They each decide they’re just WAY too attracted to each other and embark upon a delicious affair. But Gabriel is afraid he’ll end up hurting Erin, and she’s got a major secret to keep. Can they find a way to create a loving and peaceful life together? This is the first book in Hardt’s Blood Bond saga. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Death is Not Enough, by Karen Rose
    Our guy Thorne had a very troubled youth, and this motivated him to become the top-notch defense attorney in Baltimore that he is today. He specifically helps young people who are in the same boat as he once was. (Smart with a giant heart AND a face chiseled by the angels? Oh, Thorne, you really are the total package!) He’s got a secret love, though, for Gwyn Weaver. (Gwyn, please, please, please tell us you feel the same way for Thorne!) When Thorne wakes up with a dead woman in his bed, he’ll need to work extremely hard to figure out who exactly is out to get him. Thorne, we all believe in you, buddy! And Gwyn, give him a helping hand – and please realize that he will never let you down! This is the latest book in Rose’s Baltimore series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Just This Once, by Mira Lyn Kelly
    Sean Wyse III may be the heir to a luxury chain of hotels, but he’s not some coddled little shrimp. This is a guy who loves his friends and wants to help them, which is why he kicks out Molly Brandt’s good-for-nothing, freeloading roommate. Just to make sure the deadbeat doesn’t come back, he moves in with Molly himself. The thing is, Molly and Sean both have had the feelings for each other for quite some time, and they’re both still trying to keep it under wraps. (Oh, Sean, just please make sure you don’t keep everything under wraps!) Living in close proximity forces them both to confront their feelings for each other and acknowledge the fact that, yes, they would, in fact, love to be nekkid together as often as possible. Sean and Molly, stop dawdling and get to business! This is the third book in Kelly’s Wedding Date series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2018/02/12 Permalink
    Tags: any day now, arrogant bastard, devil in tartan, helen hardt, jacin burton, , , , , , shot on gold, smooth-talking cowboy, , zara coz   

    Romance Roundup: Olympic Hockey Players, Warrior Scotswomen, and Good Old-Fashioned Cowboys 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a couple that is working really hard to fight for their love, an Olympic hockey player who wants to show a figure skater a great time, and a woman who ditched her safe, boring life for something—and someone—far more exciting.

    Unraveled, by Helen Hardt
    Ryan Steel and Ruby Lee have managed to stay in love despite some pretty incredible odds. (Seriously, you two, no one would have blamed you if you each decided to go your separate ways.) Still, they are both amazing people, and Ryan is every woman’s unique fantasy rolled up into one rippled, muscular mass. They are now finally in it for the home stretch—then two people from their respective pasts show up and threaten to ruin everything. (Ruby and Ryan, who do we have to scare away? Let us at them!) Ryan’s brothers are willing to do what they can to help, because that’s what awesome brothers do, but ultimately, it’s up to Ryan and Ruby to forge their own paths in life and in love. (We’re rooting for you two!) This is the ninth book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers Saga series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 13.)

    Shot on Gold, by Jaci Burton
    Professional hockey player Will Madigan is at the Winter Games for the second time in his career, and he’s pretty gosh darn excited. (So is America and the rest of the world, because Will can give the Shirtless Tongan a run for his baby oil!) He soon meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She’s competing for the third and final time, and so she’s really hoping to take home the gold. (Amber, when you have a chance, would you please share your top five tips for toned legs? Thanks!) Their chemistry is off the charts, but is their affair something that can go on beyond the Olympic Village? Will and Amber, when the competition is over, take the time off you both deserve and make sure to really get to know each other. And please, please be safe and take the time to remove your ice skates first! This is the latest book in Burton’s extensive Play-by-Play series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 13.)

    Arrogant Bastard, by Zara Cox
    Our gal Faith used to be on a very different path in life. She was married and had motherhood on her mind. Oh, and she was also bored out of her skull. Then she met Killian Knight, who would make even the most prudish woman shed all of her inhibitions. Faith and Killian get involved in some pretty intense espionage, and that is precisely what makes their relationship so much fun. There’s also the fact that Killian possesses abs worth licking chocolate off of. (Or just licking in general. We’re not picky.) Can they manage to stay alive through all of the trouble? And when it’s over, will they realize that there’s far more to their relationship than they ever imagined? This is the fourth book in Cox’s Dark Desires series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 13.)

    Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr
    Sierra Jones needs to clear her head before she decides her next move in life. (Sierra, you take all the time you need!) She visits Sullivan’s Crossing, and stays at the home of her super nice brother and his super nice new wife. Things are going really well, until her past comes back to haunt her. Sierra’s not sure if she can handle these problems again (yes, you can!) so it helps that a super cute guy offers his emotional support. Oh, and he’s armed, as in, he has stunning biceps that are holding a heart-melting puppy. (Poof! We’re all pregnant!) A romantic story that features nice people, a beautiful setting, a good guy AND a cute canine? What more do we want in life?! This is the second book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. (Available in paperback on February 20.)

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London
    Lottie Livingstone and her clan are going to be homeless if they don’t come up with a scheme pronto. So they do what any Scotswoman—or Scotsman—would do: find a ship, load it up with illegal whisky, and try to turn a hefty profit. (Lottie, we admire your resourcefulness! Can we join the fun and drink some whisky while we’re at it? We’ll even bring our own Old Fashioned glass!) Our gal Lottie gets so good at this pillage and plunder-ish activity that she manages to capture a rival ship that holds the very panty-melting captain, Aulay Mackenzie. He has to watch, tied up no less, as she takes control of his ship. (Lottie, you have him tied up AND you take over his boat? Yeah, you’re pretty much our favorite heroine ever.) Here’s hoping they get over their differences soon, and that Lottie gets to untie Aulay’s binds AND his kilt! This is the fourth book in London’s Highland Grooms series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 20.)

    Smooth-Talking Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Olivia Logan is eager to win back her ex-boyfriend, so she recruits rancher Luke Hollister to give her a helping hand. (Good choice, Olivia! If any man knows how to use his hands, it’s Luke.) Funny thing is, Luke needs Olivia’s help, too. He wants her father to sell him some land, so this could really end up being a win-win situation for both of them. Then Luke and Olivia start to get the feels for each other—like, all of them—and pretty soon it’s hard to keep on pretending. Olivia, let that douchebag you dated go! And Luke, lay out a plushy blanket on a moonlit meadow and show Olivia why every woman needs a cowboy in her life! This book is part of Yates’ Gold Valley series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 20.)

    What romance novels are you gearing up for Valentine’s Day with?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/12/19 Permalink
    Tags: an engagement in seattle, brynn kelly, , edge of truth, , helen hardt, 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 12:00 pm on 2017/08/15 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Investigative Reporters, Food Entrepreneurs, and Restaurant Owners 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a sheltered woman who meets a very different kind of guy, an organic food business owner who falls for a smoking hot lawyer, and a guy who wants to make a strong-willed woman his permanent wedding date.

    If Not for You, by Debbie Macomber
    The very sheltered Beth Prudhomme is finally taking her life into her own hands. She decides to move from Chicago to Portland and reconnect with her Aunt Sunshine, who is kind of the proverbial black sheep of Beth’s controlling family. Beth also meets the very good-looking Sam Carney. Beth doesn’t think he’s the one for her (he has tattoos, for gosh sakes!) and her parents for sure would SO not approve. (Beth, this is even MORE reason for you to give him a chance!) Then Beth gets into a really bad accident, and who visits her almost every day in the hospital? Yep, you guessed it! This sparks a very nice romance, which is threatened when Beth’s parents blow into town from the Windy City. Can Beth and Sam’s blossoming romance survive the worst catastrophe of all: meddlesome parental units? This is the latest book in Macomber’s New Beginnings series. (Available in paperback on August 22.)

    Sweet Stallion, by Deborah Fletcher Mello
    Naomi Stallion is all about organic food, and she’s got a thriving business she wants to bring to her town in Utah. (Naomi, we’ll help you set up shop!) She’s got to go toe-to-toe with corporate attorney Patrick O’Brien over the property she wants to buy in order to expand her business. (No woman would really mind going toe-to-toe with Patrick, but Naomi has a lot at stake, so she can’t afford to get too starry-eyed.) Patrick is a tad conservative, especially compared to our more free-spirited gal, and he doesn’t really get that whole organic food thing. He is a country guy, though, so surely Naomi will open his eyes to better practices. And when someone else gets involved in Naomi’s business in a not-so-great way, Patrick realizes that he wants to be there for her, like, all the time. Step up to the plate, Patrick, and show us all those biceps while you’re at it! (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 22.)

    Shattered, by Allison Brennan
    Two very different women will need to unite if they’re going to solve decades-old murders. Maxine Revere is an investigative reporter, and she is trying to help her friend’s wife get exonerated for the murder of their son. Thing is, other boys have been murdered over the course of several years, and Maxine is convinced all of the cases, including this latest one, are linked. She teams up with Lucy Kincaid, a cop who hates reporters. (Suffice to say there is no love lost between these women.) They’re going to have to get over their respective disdain over the other’s profession if they’re going to solve these murders and help a mother avoid prison. Maxine and Lucy, get it together, you two! You’re more on the same page than you think. And when it’s all over, you can go out for margaritas and tacos! This is the fourth book in Brennan’s Max Revere series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on August 22.)

    The Beauty of Us, by Kristen Proby
    Riley Gibson can’t say no when her restaurant, Seduction, has a chance to be featured on the Best Bites TV network. That, however, would involve having cameras in the kitchen on a regular basis, which can kind of get in the way at times. Then she meets the show’s executive producer, Trevor Cooper, and realizes that the benefits will outweigh any inconveniences by a whole lot. (Trevor, you can follow us all around with or without a camera any time!) Trevor really wants to feature Riley’s restaurant on his show, and, oh, he also wants to be around Riley both on and off of the clock. Here’s hoping they both get their romantic priorities straight, and that Riley’s restaurant gets the recognition it deserves! This is the fifth book in Proby’s Fusion series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 22.)

    Shattered, by Helen Hardt
    The Steel family hasn’t had it easy lately, so Ryan Steel is very much looking forward to his brothers’ upcoming weddings. Sure, there are conspiracy theories galore flying around, but Ryan just wants to watch his brothers tie the knot and eat some wedding cake. (Hey there, Ryan! Need a plus one or two? ‘Cause we’re all available between now and Thanksgiving!) Things are starting to look mighty happy and peaceful, but Ryan and his main squeeze, detective Ruby Lee, are going through a bit of a rough patch. (Fact: A rough patch with Ryan is better than the most perfect summer day!) Can Ruby and Ryan each get over their respective issues, and maybe take a nice vacation together when all of the drama is over and the mysteries have been solved? This is the seventh book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers Saga series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 29.)

    What romance novels are helping you bid farewell to summer?

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