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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/06/18 Permalink
    Tags: , cowboy to the core, evelyn lozada, holly lorincz, , jill shalvis, , , , , some like it scandalous, the lady traveler's guide to happily ever after, the lemon sisters, the perfect date,   

    Romance Roundup: Baseball Players, Horse Trainers, and Fake Engagements 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a single mom who meets a very sexy baseball player, a horse trainer who falls for her very sexy boss, and a lady traveler who needs to reconcile with her very sexy husband.

    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 reprint is the first book in Ward’s Firefighters series. (Available in paperback on June 18.)

    The Perfect Date, by Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz
    Our gal Angel Gomez has come a long way since she became a teen mom. Not only is she working like crazy to provide for herself and her young son, she’s also putting herself through nursing school. (Angel, we’re all going to babysit while you enjoy a relaxing spa day on us!) She meets Bronx Bolts pitcher Caleb Lewis, who, let’s just say, has never lacked for female attention. That said, he fails spectacularly at trying to impress Angel. It’s so bad that she throws a drink in his handsome face in a “Dynasty”-like moment we can only envy. Still, they manage to come to an agreement by which Angel will pretend to be Caleb’s very special lady. (He really, but REALLY, needs to keep those pesky tabloids off of his delectable backside.) It doesn’t take Caleb long to realize that Angel is an exceptionally special woman. As for Angel, she starts to reexamine her life and realizes that she is ready for love. Stop dawdling, you two! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Lemon Sisters, by Jill Shalvis
    Sisters Brooke and Mindy Lemon have always been a tad different. Brooke traveled and had tons of adventures and all that proverbial jazz, while Mindy led a more traditional life and now has three children. (Ladies, let us make this abundantly clear: We respect BOTH of your life choices and think you are BOTH awesome!) To Brooke’s surprise, Mindy shows up at her house and admits she’s having a not-so-great time these days and needs her sister’s love and support. Brooke decides to take Mindy’s kids back to their hometown of Wildstone, California so that Mindy can have some R&R. Brooke hasn’t been back home in seven years, and she soon runs into Garrett, The One That Got Away. (Brooke, we’ll all happily chase him down for you and make sure he never leaves your sight again!) Brooke and Garrett certainly have a lot of catching up to do. Will they be able to rekindle that flame? Will Mindy get the rest she deserves and figure out her next life move? Is Garrett good with kids? We sure hope so! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 18.)

    Cowboy to the Core, by Maisey Yates
    Our gal Jamie Dodge has a new boss in the form of saddle bronc rider Gabe Dalton. (It’s a good thing he’s not OUR boss, because just looking at him makes one want to do engage in NAUGHTY behavior that human resources would FROWN upon and result in all of us getting FIRED.) Anyhoo…Gabe is very grateful for Jamie’s presence because she’s very good at her job. (See: badass.) He also can’t deny that he has developed all of the feelings for her. (Gabe, we KNEW all of that riding—hehe—didn’t addle your brain or your heart!) He doesn’t want to get too close, though, because Jamie has some very protective relatives. Here’s hoping he finds a quiet moment to show Jamie how he feels about her, that she reciprocates his feelings, and that Gabe proceeds to show her why she won’t ever (like, ever) regret choosing him! This book is part of Yates’ Gold Valley series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 18.)

    Some Like It Scandalous, by Maya Rodale
    Sexy Manhattan millionaire Theodore Prescott is smack-dab in the middle of a major scandal, and the only thing that will save his beautiful backside is marriage. (Theodore, we all volunteer as tribute!) As for Daisy Swann, has her own proverbial fish to fry. She’s a budding makeup entrepreneur, and she needs the kind of feedback and promotion and endorsement that only a charming society man like Theodore can provide. She and Theodore decide to do The Fake Engagement Thing in order to preserve their respective reputations. It doesn’t take long for Theodore to realize that he really wants to impress Daisy in every way possible, both in society and in the bedroom, or for Daisy to realize she’d like to engage in the kind of behavior that would shock society prudes. Daisy and Theodore, please follow your hearts—and your dreams—and give everyone in town something to talk about! This is the second book in Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 18.)

    The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After, by Victoria Alexander
    Violet Hagen has spent the last seven years traveling the globe and having all kinds of experiences and adventures. (Violet, we all SO want to read your memoirs!) She has to go back to England, though, because her late uncle, the Earl of Ellsworth, made a truly inconvenient stipulation in his will. (Dude, if you were still alive, we’d all whack you with our fans!) The will requires that Violet reconcile with her uncle’s heir, who is actually her husband, James. If she doesn’t reconcile with him, she’ll lose her money. Trouble is, James broke her heart many years ago. (James, buddy, since YOU are alive we absolutely WILL whack you with our fans!) They’ve both changed quite a bit over the years, though. (Long story short: He’s a better man and she’s a stronger woman.) Will James manage to woo Violet so that they can start a new chapter of their married lives? This is the fourth book in Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 27.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/19 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Ranchers, Reunited Friends, and Gym Lovers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two guys and a gal who are all about fitness (and each other), a teacher who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with a rancher, and a tough woman who needs to convince the U.S. government that she’s not a criminal.

    The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr
    Readers who love a good friendship-focused story will enjoy this reprint! Emma Shay Compton’s life isn’t going so great at the moment. Her mega-rich husband, it turns out, was mega-corrupt, and he ends up committing suicide to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. This leaves Emma with nothing (like, zilch), so she goes home to Sonoma County in order to rebuild her life from the bottom up. (Emma, you go girl!) She runs into her former best friend, Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma used to be like sisters, and then Riley did something quite naughty and they fell out of touch. Here’s hoping these two ladies reconcile over a really good bottle (or two) of wine! (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Wyoming Kid, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Wyoming Kid,” teacher Joy Fuller refuses to fall in love with rodeo cowboy-turned-rancher Lonny Ellison. This throws Lonny in for a bit of a loop, because he’s become quite accustomed to ladies throwing their proverbial and literal panties at him. (Lonny, buddy, Joy is no ordinary woman. If you really want her panties you’ll have to work very, very hard for them!) Then Lonny starts to mentor one of Joy’s troubled students, and she starts to realize that there’s WAY more to Lonny than his very talented buns of steel. (Let’s just say that while Lonny may be a former rodeo cowboy he has certainly NOT lost his capabilities!) Can Lonny show Joy that he’s a man worth keeping? Will Joy realize that Lonny is the real deal? And will they honeymoon in the Caribbean or the Pacific? Oh, and fret not, romance readers who can’t get enough cowboys: This volume includes a bonus story, “The Horseman’s Son,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis
    This reprint features Lily Danville, who is going through an exceptionally rough time right now. She’s going back home to Cedar Ridge, Colorado, which is filled with many sad and painful memories for her. (Sending you tons and tons of hugs, Lily!) Things take a turn for the better when she gets a job at a popular resort. Trouble is, the resort is owned by the family of Aidan Kincaid. This would normally be all fine and dandy, because Aidan is the kind of guy who makes women feel all kinds of yummy feelings, but he and Lily will need to work through some major issues before they can start a new chapter of their lives together. Lily, we all admire your courage and strength! And Aidan, lacking any discernible talent in the artistic department would NEVER stop us from trying to replicate your body in ice sculpture form! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Fifth Doctrine, by Karen Robards
    Bianca St. Ives had an upbringing that was, shall we say, Not Exactly Traditional. Forget about dolls and proms and pizza outings with friends. Instead, our gal got to learn a whole lotta martial arts and how to handle explosives. (Now THAT would have made for a killer college essay!) Now she’s all grown up, and she pays her bills by swindling con men. Life is just peachy until a mission goes very, very wrong. For one, her dad—who also was in her same profession—is killed. Top secret government documents go missing. Also missing is money to the tune of $200 million. The U.S. government is not 100 percent convinced that her father is dead, nor do they think she is completely innocent, either. Bianca will need to think really hard and fast if she’s going to survive this latest conundrum. Here’s hoping she busts herself out of this mess ASAP, and that maybe she gets a much-needed helping hand or two! This is the third book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Misadventures in a Threesome, by Elizabeth Hayley
    Fitness instructor Jasmine Pritchett just had THE BEST job interview EVER. She got to bare her professional soul to gym owners Maddox Gibson and Wilder Vaughn. That’s twice the biceps and gluteus maximus and all of that good stuff. Oh, and let’s just say that both men are also very taken with our gal and her healthy ways. (Indeed, Jasmine, we all worship at your altar of awesomeness!) The timing is perfect, because each of these three beautiful people can use a bit of cheering up. They each certainly bring something to the table. (Maddox is more grounded while Wilder is the adventurous one. As for Jasmine, well, she is quite the determined go-getter.) Jasmine, Maddox, and Wilder, you three enjoy yourselves thoroughly, and while you’re at it, please share your top tips for a toned body and make sure you have at least one superbaby! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features Bodine Longbow, who runs the family business, the Bodine Ranch and Resort in western Montana. (When can we book our vacations?) She’s recently gotten some extra help in the form of new hire Callen Skinner, who would make any woman immediately want to know way more about him. Then some gruesome things start happening—dead bodies start popping up—and Callen is the first suspect. Bodine knows that Callen can’t be the one (not in THAT sense), and together they start digging a little bit deeper into the danger. Further complicating matters is the reappearance of Bodine’s long-lost aunt, who might be able to shed some more light on the situation. Here’s hoping Bodine and Callen figure things out sooner rather than later, and that they enjoy all of the romantic possibilities Montana has to offer. (Available in paperback on March 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/19 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Ranchers, Reunited Friends, and Gym Lovers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two guys and a gal who are all about fitness (and each other), a teacher who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with a rancher, and a tough woman who needs to convince the U.S. government that she’s not a criminal.

    The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr
    Readers who love a good friendship-focused story will enjoy this reprint! Emma Shay Compton’s life isn’t going so great at the moment. Her mega-rich husband, it turns out, was mega-corrupt, and he ends up committing suicide to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. This leaves Emma with nothing (like, zilch), so she goes home to Sonoma County in order to rebuild her life from the bottom up. (Emma, you go girl!) She runs into her former best friend, Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma used to be like sisters, and then Riley did something quite naughty and they fell out of touch. Here’s hoping these two ladies reconcile over a really good bottle (or two) of wine! (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Wyoming Kid, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Wyoming Kid,” teacher Joy Fuller refuses to fall in love with rodeo cowboy-turned-rancher Lonny Ellison. This throws Lonny in for a bit of a loop, because he’s become quite accustomed to ladies throwing their proverbial and literal panties at him. (Lonny, buddy, Joy is no ordinary woman. If you really want her panties you’ll have to work very, very hard for them!) Then Lonny starts to mentor one of Joy’s troubled students, and she starts to realize that there’s WAY more to Lonny than his very talented buns of steel. (Let’s just say that while Lonny may be a former rodeo cowboy he has certainly NOT lost his capabilities!) Can Lonny show Joy that he’s a man worth keeping? Will Joy realize that Lonny is the real deal? And will they honeymoon in the Caribbean or the Pacific? Oh, and fret not, romance readers who can’t get enough cowboys: This volume includes a bonus story, “The Horseman’s Son,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis
    This reprint features Lily Danville, who is going through an exceptionally rough time right now. She’s going back home to Cedar Ridge, Colorado, which is filled with many sad and painful memories for her. (Sending you tons and tons of hugs, Lily!) Things take a turn for the better when she gets a job at a popular resort. Trouble is, the resort is owned by the family of Aidan Kincaid. This would normally be all fine and dandy, because Aidan is the kind of guy who makes women feel all kinds of yummy feelings, but he and Lily will need to work through some major issues before they can start a new chapter of their lives together. Lily, we all admire your courage and strength! And Aidan, lacking any discernible talent in the artistic department would NEVER stop us from trying to replicate your body in ice sculpture form! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Fifth Doctrine, by Karen Robards
    Bianca St. Ives had an upbringing that was, shall we say, Not Exactly Traditional. Forget about dolls and proms and pizza outings with friends. Instead, our gal got to learn a whole lotta martial arts and how to handle explosives. (Now THAT would have made for a killer college essay!) Now she’s all grown up, and she pays her bills by swindling con men. Life is just peachy until a mission goes very, very wrong. For one, her dad—who also was in her same profession—is killed. Top secret government documents go missing. Also missing is money to the tune of $200 million. The U.S. government is not 100 percent convinced that her father is dead, nor do they think she is completely innocent, either. Bianca will need to think really hard and fast if she’s going to survive this latest conundrum. Here’s hoping she busts herself out of this mess ASAP, and that maybe she gets a much-needed helping hand or two! This is the third book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Misadventures in a Threesome, by Elizabeth Hayley
    Fitness instructor Jasmine Pritchett just had THE BEST job interview EVER. She got to bare her professional soul to gym owners Maddox Gibson and Wilder Vaughn. That’s twice the biceps and gluteus maximus and all of that good stuff. Oh, and let’s just say that both men are also very taken with our gal and her healthy ways. (Indeed, Jasmine, we all worship at your altar of awesomeness!) The timing is perfect, because each of these three beautiful people can use a bit of cheering up. They each certainly bring something to the table. (Maddox is more grounded while Wilder is the adventurous one. As for Jasmine, well, she is quite the determined go-getter.) Jasmine, Maddox, and Wilder, you three enjoy yourselves thoroughly, and while you’re at it, please share your top tips for a toned body and make sure you have at least one superbaby! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features Bodine Longbow, who runs the family business, the Bodine Ranch and Resort in western Montana. (When can we book our vacations?) She’s recently gotten some extra help in the form of new hire Callen Skinner, who would make any woman immediately want to know way more about him. Then some gruesome things start happening—dead bodies start popping up—and Callen is the first suspect. Bodine knows that Callen can’t be the one (not in THAT sense), and together they start digging a little bit deeper into the danger. Further complicating matters is the reappearance of Bodine’s long-lost aunt, who might be able to shed some more light on the situation. Here’s hoping Bodine and Callen figure things out sooner rather than later, and that they enjoy all of the romantic possibilities Montana has to offer. (Available in paperback on March 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:26 pm on 2018/12/21 Permalink
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    The Top 10 Must-Read Romances of 2018 


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    The genre just gets better and better every year.

    2018 was another great year for the romance genre. Authors continued to push the envelope in just about every time period with a wide variety of characters and situations, while television adaptations of beloved stories such as Outlander and Poldark continued to enjoy popularity and appreciation.

    If you’re looking to catch up on your romance reading this holiday season, or even looking for gift ideas for your fellow romance reader, here are some of 2018’s best reads!

    Someone to Trust, by Mary Balogh
    A man falls in love with an older woman in this installment of Balogh’s Westcott Family series. Fans know that Balogh isn’t afraid to explore romance between couples of a certain age. While the vast majority of the romance genre tends to skew younger, focusing on couples in their twenties and thirties, Balogh also gives older characters a chance at finding romance. In this lovely tome, widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield wants to get remarried to a respectable man. She ends up falling for Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, who is nine years younger than her. It seems unlikely that they’ll end up together, but when they meet again a year later they realize that yep, those feelings aren’t going away. Like, ever.

    More to Love, by Alison Bliss
    Professional interests collide in this lovely story, the third in Bliss’ A Perfect Fit series. Jessa Gibson is ready to make her mark on the Granite, Texas food scene with her gourmet food truck. Her only problem is the local health inspector, Max Hager. He seems to have it out for her, constantly accusing her of health code violations, which would be infuriating if he wasn’t so gosh darn sexy. It turns out that he and Jessa have off-the-charts chemistry, which is going to make it really hard for him to reveal who he really is: a man who is NOT a health inspector. (Yes, he has some explaining to do.)

    Shot on Gold, by Jaci Burton
    Two professional athletes get it on in this installment of Burton’s Play-by-Play series. Hockey player Will Madigan and figure skater Amber Sloane are ready to get it on at the Winter Olympics. They are each competing for gold, especially Amber, because it’s her third time there and she plans on retiring after this round. She is mega-focused indeed, but Will really likes the fact that she’s both gorgeous and ambitious and has a life and isn’t a Stage 5 clinger. He’s pursuing her big time, which would normally be a win-win for any woman, but Amber is going to focus no matter what it takes. When the Olympic games are over, they’ll need to figure out whether they want to play games with each other year-round.

    Rancher’s Dream, by B.J. Daniels
    Old lovers reunite in this cowboy-centric story, which is part of Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. Drey Hunter pretty much just had the worst wedding night ever. Her new husband disappeared on her, and now she’s all alone in a mountain cabin. She soon realizes that her life is also in some serious danger, so she gets help from her old flame Hawk Cahill. They were crazy in love once upon a time, and let’s just say that feeling never really went away. He’s as devoted as ever, and she starts to realize she never wants to be parted from him again. Can they solve the mystery and then live their lives together in peace?

    On-Air Passion, by Lindsay Evans
    The first book in Evans’ Clarks of Atlanta series features two people who clash over their very different ideas of love. Elle Marshall is pumped to talk about her dating service, a service that promises to create The Perfect Date for couples, on the radio. Basketball player-turned-radio host Ahmed Clark is NOT an optimist when it comes to L.O.V.E., and he and Elle end up clashing big-time. On the air. Where listeners can listen. These two arguers are so adorably curmudgeonly with each other that the radio station decides to capitalize on their popularity with viewers by arranging a media-friendly date. It doesn’t take them long to realize that they might actually like each other.

    Her Unexpected Valentine, by Sherelle Green
    More professional interests collide in this story, the fifth book in Green’s Bare Sophistication series. Hair and makeup guru Nicole LeBlanc and creative director Kendrick Burrstone only just met, but it soon becomes evident that they have exceptional chemistry together. Kendrick isn’t one for love, though, and he also doesn’t like to get involved with anyone at work. As for Nicole, she wouldn’t mind finding The One, but Kendrick isn’t exactly making things easy. This could have to do with some secrets he has, secrets that involve an extortion plot against him. (Did we mention that he also has a crazy ex-girlfriend?) Indeed, Kendrick and Nicole have a lot to go through together before they’ll be able to find their happily ever after.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas
    Romance readers who appreciate historical heroines ahead of their time will love the fourth book in Kleypas’ Ravenels series. Dr. Garrett Gibson is a lady doctor, and she’s working really hard to help London’s poor. She gets some help from Ethan Ransom, a former detective with whom she decides to have a one-night affair. They decide to stay away from each other after that one night – that one extremely entertaining night – but they are reunited when he has an assignment. They’ll need to work together and work smartly if they’re going to take down a treacherous government. Medical AND political drama, plus two sexy people right in the thick of it? Yes, please!

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London
    And we have another historical heroine story, the fourth one in London’s Highland Grooms series. The livelihood of Lottie Livingstone’s clan rests entirely on her strong, capable shoulders. She has zero time to dilly dally, which is why she leads a scheme that involves taking over Aulay Mackenzie’s ship. This annoys and inconveniences him, to say the least, but he still can’t help admiring Lottie. When authorities start to get involved, and it looks as if they want to lock up Lottie and throw away the key, Aulay will need to evaluate his feelings for her and decide on what he really wants out of life.

    What Ales the Earl, by Sally MacKenzie
    Craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy this particular historical romance. Childhood friends and former lovers Penelope Barnes and Harry Graham are reunited after 10 long years apart. During that time, Penelope honed her beer-making skills, gave birth to and raised their daughter, and endured all kinds of judgment from her family and society for her life choices. As for Harry, he went off to war and came back and inherited his family’s title due to his brother’s death. (Yep, that’s a lot of activity in a decade!) Harry and Penelope are still in love, because a love like theirs doesn’t die. Ever. He’ll have to prove to her, though, that he’s never going to let them be parted again.

    About that Kiss, by Jill Shalvis
    Two people who shared one passionate kiss and then went their separate ways are reunited in the fifth book in Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series. It pains Kylie Masters to ask Joe Malone for help, but she really needs someone with great finding skills to help her recover something quite precious. Joe won’t say no to helping her, but he doesn’t expect to end up falling heads over heels for her, even though they quite the makeout session. He always thought he’d be a player bachelor, but spending some real quality time with Kylie has him rethinking his priorities. Will he admit that his love for her is deeper than either of them realize?  

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/06/13 Permalink
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    10 Beach Reads to Get You into That Summer State of Mind 


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    Summer is nearly here! That means plenty of time for lounging about in the great outdoors. Here are 10 page-turning stories to enjoy as you soak up the sun. Some are light and breezy, and others are a bit darker—covering everything from murders to social media scandals. There are fresh starts and betrayals and secrets. They all have one thing in common, though: They’re each filled with beautiful, colorful characters who will make you want to keep turning the pages, even when the going gets rough. (Especially when the going gets rough, actually.)

    So put on your biggest shades, slather on the SPF-whatever-you-need, and enjoy! Just don’t forget to turn over once in a while.

    The Cast, by Danielle Steel
    Hoping to dip your toes into a glamorous, Hollywood-esque story? Seek no further! Steel’s yarn is about a woman, Kait Whittier, who has a respectable magazine writing career. After meeting Zack Winter, a television producer, Kait becomes inspired to write a TV series based on her grandmother’s life. She soon finds herself in the middle of a major production filled with all kinds of people. All is going quite well, until she is confronted with a major maternal-related issue. Will she be able to get through it? And will her new inner circle help her?

    The Perfect Couple, by Elin Hilderbrand
    Fans of The Castaways and A Summer Affair will have a chance to revisit some of their favorite characters in this novel! It’s wedding season on Nantucket, which doesn’t exactly thrill the locals. (So. Many. Tourists.) Then a bride-to-be is found dead just a few hours before the ceremony was supposed to begin, and many of those who were close to her are prime suspects. Chief of Police Ed Kapenash is on the case, and he soon realizes that no lovey-dovey couple—or family, for that matter—is perfect. He’s going to have to ask some difficult questions in order to solve this case and bring the bride’s loved ones closure.

    All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin
    Giffin’s latest tale is about a major incident that goes viral on social media. Nina Browning is living the good life in Nashville. Her wealthy husband just sold his tech company for a major profit, and their son got accepted to Princeton. Living a very different life is Tom Volpe, a single dad working multiple jobs to raise his daughter, Lyla, while making sure she doesn’t screw things up at her new prep school. One night, at a wild party, a scandalous photo is taken that can shake up everything these two families have worked for. Can they manage to survive the scandal and pick up the pieces of their lives?

    Calypso, by David Sedaris
    Humor book alert! Funnyman David Sedaris’s latest book is about his purchase of a beach house. This may seem like The Dream for just about anyone, but, as Sedaris learns, it’s not all fun and games. He thought it would be a relaxing retreat, but he still can’t escape the facts of life, such as middle age and mortality. There are plenty of his patented and hilarious ruminations on both in this volume, so be prepared for lots of belly laughs in spite of yourself—and maybe some stares from the people sitting nearby.

    Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts
    Roberts’ latest book deals with a mass shooting at a mall, and how it affects the lives of the survivors for years to come. One man decides to go into law enforcement, while one woman finds a much-needed outlet in her art. Years have passed since that horrible night, but the pain still lingers, and it may not even be over yet. Let’s just say that someone bad is waiting to cause more chaos. Fans know that Roberts (and her alter writing ego, J.D. Robb) consistently delivers thrillers filled with the most wonderful human characters.   

    The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews
    Attorney Brooke Trappnell has been summoned by 99-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick to the old lady’s beach home. Josephine wants to make things right with the descendants of her old girl gang. They called themselves The High Tide Club back in the day, and let’s just say they used to have oodles of fun together. (Case in point: They went skinny dipping. A lot.) Of course, many things have happened since those days. Oh, and Josephine also wants Brooke to help her protect her land from greedy hands. Brooke soon finds herself in the middle of decades-old drama as she reunites everyone at Josephine’s home.

    Love and Ruin, by Paula McLain
    McLain is at it again! After the success of The Paris Wife, a fictional account of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to Hadley Richardson, his first of multiple marriages, this new tome delves into Hemingway’s marriage with journalist Martha Gellhorn. Martha travels to Madrid to report on the Spanish Civil War and ends up crossing paths with the soon-to-be-super-famous writer. Throughout their relationship, one of her main struggles is to make sure she remains her own person, which many a modern reader can appreciate. Hemingway scholars know how this particular love story ends, but it’s still fun to read about a romance between two interesting and intelligent people with lots of inner turmoil.

    By Invitation Only, by Dorothea Benton Frank
    A wedding is about to take place, and let’s just say the bride and groom come from very different backgrounds. Fred’s family are Southern peach farmers, while Shelby comes from a wealthy Chicago family. One side is very hardworking, while the other side—or certain folks on it—have a bit of a sense of entitlement. Everyone is feeling a little bit out of their element, especially the two mothers. Will Fred and Shelby’s relationship survive class differences? And will everyone be feeling the love when Fred and Shelby say “I do?” (That is, IF they do?)

    Cottage by the Sea, by Debbie Macomber
    Annie Marlow has been through some pretty painful experiences, so she decides to hightail it to the Pacific Northwest. There she meets a colorful cast of characters, including Keaton, who helps her fix up her seaside rental cottage. He’s a very nice, zen kind of guy, which Annie really needs right now. Life is going smoothly, and then Annie gets a major opportunity thrown her way. Add to that a landlady with some major emotional walls around her and a teenager who might be in desperate need of Annie’s help, and you’ve got a page turner you won’t be able to put down.

    Rainy Day Friends, by Jill Shalvis
    Lanie Jacobs’ husband recently passed away, and she’s still getting over her grief when she discovers that she wasn’t his only wife. She’s devastated, to say the least, and she decides to make a fresh start for herself by working at the Capriotti Winery. It’s a family-run venture, and Lanie gets plenty of distraction from the noisy Capriotti family. There’s also the matter of Mark Capriotti, an Air Force veteran who is now the deputy sheriff. He and Lanie soon realize that they really like each other. Then a 21-year-old newcomer with some dark secrets shows up, which just might ruin everything that Lanie has worked for.

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