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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/02/05 Permalink
    Tags: alana albertson, downward dog, gentleman sinner, healing hearts, , jodi ellen malpas, , , , , sonya lalli, the fearless king, the good ones, the matchmaker's list   

    Romance Roundup: Matchmaking Grannies, Romance Bookstore Owners, and Celebrity Yoga Instructors 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman whose grandmother is determined to help her find a husband, a hot, single dad who falls for his town’s newest bookstore owner, and a frontier doctor who must convince his nurse that he is 100 percent marriage material.

    The Matchmaker’s List, by Sonya Lalli
    Raina Anand has finally caved and said “Yes!” to her grandmother. Her granny wants to help Raina find a nice man to marry, which Raina has been avoiding for a very long time. (Raina, your grandmother sounds awesome! When she’s done fixing you up, would it be cool if she helped the rest of us?) Raina proceeds to meet a long list of single guys and go out on dates with them, and let’s just say nothing is going well. (Raina, my friend, we’ve all been there!) Plus, she’s feeling the pressure to marry from her loving and, ahem, determined family. She wants to be a good Indian girl, but she also wants some room to breathe. Will it be possible for her to find some common ground with her family? Will the bond between Raina and her grandmother survive this tumultuous time? Do any of these suitors display husband-worthy attributes AND possess a six-pack? Fingers crossed that it’s a big, whooping “Yes!” to all! (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 5.)

    Gentleman Sinner, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Our gal Izzy White has worked VERY hard to get to where she is today. Instead of letting her dark past get the best of her, she’s found her calling as a nurse and is just all-around awesome. (Izzy, you are a pure source of light and inspiration!) The trouble is, she’s just done a good deed for someone else, and this causes her dark past to find her again. (Izzy, we’ve got our fists up and our sneers ready! Just tell us who to intimidate!) She’s rescued by the gloriously beautiful Theo Kane. Any other person would be scared of him—and for good reason because, well, we’ll just say he’s a tough guy—but with Izzy he is pure gentleman. Theo has some demons of his own to work with, and Izzy just might be the best person to help him out. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys who want to cause Izzy harm, that Theo confronts his feelings and comes out of it a better man, and that he proceeds to rock Izzy’s world for the rest of their lives together! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 5.)

    The Good Ones, by Jenn McKinlay
    Ryder Copeland is your average, divorced, single-dad architect with a body worth worshipping who just wants to create a better life for his daughter. He is pretty sure he wants to leave his small North Carolina town, but then he meets Maisy Kelly. She just inherited her aunt’s Victorian house, and she wants to convert it into a romance bookstore. (WE’LL HELP YOU, MAISY! WE WILL SO, SO HELP YOU!) There’s no denying that Maisy and Ryder are, like, legit perfect for each other. The thing is, he was pretty set on getting out of Dodge. Ryder, buddy, please take a deep look inside, past your many layers of muscles and sinew, and search your big heart. Maisy is one in a million, and she’ll make sure your daughter has lots of love and books in her life that will absolutely expand her horizons. So whip out your, erm, protractor and some fresh grid paper and start designing a beautiful home for three! This is the first book in McKinlay’s Happily Ever After series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 5.)

    The Fearless King, by Katee Robert
    Our gal Journey King has been managing her family’s business—and doing a darn good job of it, too! Then her dad comes back to Houston with every intention of swiping it from her. (Not cool, Papa Bear. Not cool.) Journey does the only thing she thinks she can do: ask Frank Evans for help. Frank may have a cool, polished exterior to go with that chiseled jawline, but he also knows how to get dirt on people. (Oh, and let’s just say that no woman would mind getting dirty with Frank. Like, ever. Because he’s quite sexy.) Frank isn’t all too thrilled about getting involved with the King family, but there’s no denying he has The Feelings for Journey. (Good for you, Frank! Because Journey is an awesome, hardworking lady!) Here’s hoping that Journey manages to retain the family business, that Frank manages to keep her safe from her enemies, and that, when all the drama is over, she and King take a well-deserved, romantic vacation together! This is the second book in Robert’s Kings series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 5.)

    Downward Dog, by Alana Albertson
    Suffice it to say that celebrity yoga instructor Kira Morgan is going through a rough time right now. She made a sex tape with her ex-boyfriend (whoops!) that got leaked to the media by said ex-boyfriend’s weird friend (double whoops!). She ended up getting fired from her TV show, dumped by her boyfriend, and has the media dogging her every move. The only shining light in her life right now is her rescue beagle, Lady. (Kira, if you and Lady need a safe house we’re all offering our spare couches, rooms, and doggie beds!) Then she gets a request from Britain’s Prince Henry. He wants her to teach yoga at his charity fundraiser, and while Kira doesn’t want the public eye on her, the effort would benefit rescue dogs. Kira and Henry are going to end up spending a lot of time together, which makes them realize they wouldn’t mind continuing spending time together for the rest of their lives! This is the second book in Albertson’s Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback on February 5.)

    Healing Hearts, by Sarah M. Eden
    Pickings are slim in the frontier town of Savage Wells, which is why doctor Gideon MacNamara decides to go the mail-order bride route. The result is that Miriam, a nurse, comes to town, thinking he only wanted a helper and not realizing he also wanted a wife. (To be clear, there was some kind of miscommunication. Gideon himself would never mislead a lady!) Gideon decides to hire Miriam rather than pressure her into anything, because he is a really nice guy with a beautiful heart to match his beautiful face and body. Sure enough, he and Miriam start to feel all of the feelings and fall in love for reals. Miriam realizes that marriage to Gideon might be a very, very yummy prospect. This budding romance, though, is threatened when Miriam’s former medical associate shows up. Will Gideon persuade Miriam to stick around? Will Miriam follow her heart and realize that Gideon is the man for her? And will at least one horse poop on this pesky intruder? This is the second book in Eden’s Proper Romance series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on February 5.)

    What romance novels are toppling off your nightstand this week?

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  • BN Editors 2:00 pm on 2018/08/16 Permalink
    Tags: abbi glines, courtney cole, , , his true queen, jodi ellen malpas, , losing the field, , , saving beck, that guy   

    From Here to You Author Jamie McGuire Shares 5 Favorite Romance Picks 

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    What’s not to like about romance novels? They’re entertaining and relatable. Everyone wants to feel loved and accepted. I adore this genre so much because readers get to experience all kinds of different relationships and types of love. When it comes to my own reading, I tend to dabble in a lot of different kinds of books—non-fiction stories about entrepreneurs, self-help books, and sci-fi fantasy—but I always return to romance.

    Here are a few of the titles that I’ve been enjoying recently:

    Losing the Field, by Abbi Glines
    Football, teenage angst, strong friendships and sweet young love. Everything that makes a perfect YA romance!

    Saving Beck, by Courtney Cole
    Courtney has written the kind of story that makes you stop and think. It’s heartbreakingly realistic, and one you’ll feel deep in your soul.

    That Guy, by Kim Jones
    HILARIOUS! You’ll find yourself saying “no way” throughout the book, but hysterically laughing the entire time.

    His True Queen, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    British Royalty and American Hollywood actor? LOVE! I’m still not over the royal wedding, and this series made me feel like I was reading a story straight out of the headlines!

    Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis
    You caught me. I know this isn’t a romance novel, but a good romance starts with loving yourself first, right? Rachel gets raw and real about all the things women struggle with and gives her best advice on how to overcome those challenges. Lots of laugh out loud moments and girl chat that will make you feel like you just made a new best friend. Rachel is the best kind of human!

    From Here to You is on B&N bookshelves on August 21.

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/03/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , covert game, fast burn, flight of the white wolf, jodi ellen malpas, , , one unforgettable kiss, , , , wait for dark,   

    Romance Roundup: Wolf Shifters, Memory Loss, and Navy Pilots  

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a man whose beloved wife has lost her entire memory of him, two detectives investigating multiple deaths, and two bodyguards who just want to protect each other.  

    Wait for Dark, by Kay Hooper 
    What seems like a crop of random, deadly accidents in a North Carolina mountain town are actually deliberate murders. To make matters even more creepy, the victims get a note 24 hours before their deaths saying “Wait for Dark.” Special Crimes Unit investigator and all-around awesome lady Hollis Templeton and her team go to check it out, along with Hollis’ very sexy man, telepath Reese DeMarco. Here’s hoping they figure out who this evil, evil killer is soon, and that they then take a nice little mountain resort vacation. This is the latest book in Hooper’s multi-layered Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. (Available in paperback.)  

    Flight of the White Wolf, by Terry Spear
    Amelia White and Gavin Summerfield are arctic wolf shifters, which is convenient, because the plane she’s flying with him on board gets sabotaged and they end up stranded in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. Things between these two attractive people were already a tad awkward. The last time they saw each other Amelia whipped out her taser on him and was all “FEEL MY WRATH!” (Surely, Amelia, you did this for a very good reason, and we will listen to that reason while sipping from giant glasses of wine!) Now they’ve both cooled off, which is good, because they’ll need each other to keep warm. Gavin and Amelia, you are both strong, resourceful individuals. You can survive this, and maybe even make a fun little trip out of it. (You both would certainly look very sexy embracing that whole Lost in the Wild look!) This is the second book in Spears’ White Wolf series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)  

    Fast Burn, by Lori Foster
    Sahara Silver really wants to recruit Brand Berry to join her elite bodyguard business. (Talk about office candy—no woman would mind meeting HIM by the microwave!) In all seriousness, he’s got a quite impressive set of skills that complement his chiseled exterior. He’s all lonely with his feelings for Sahara, though, because her agency will always be her number one priority, but he gets the opportunity to step up his game when she’s kidnapped. They’ll need to work together in order to get her free and survive a very messy situation. Then maybe, just maybe, when it’s all over, Sahara will realize that she can absolutely continue being her badass self AND find time in between missions to show Brand what bodyguard women are made of! This is the fourth book in Foster’s Body Armor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 20.) 

    Covert Game, by Christine Feehan
    Gino Mazza and Zara Hightower are involved in some pretty intense dealings. Gino is a deadly member of the paranormal GhostWalkers group, and he suffers from a severe lack of cuddling. Zara recently wiped a crime lord’s computer of valuable information—because she’s amazing like that—but now she’s been taken hostage. Her situation isn’t pretty, so Gino’s going to have to do some fancy footwork in order to get her out. (He’s already quite fancy in the sack, so we’re confident he’s got plenty of other skills up his sleeve.) Zara and Gino, now’s the time to show the world what you’re made of, so suit up and get yourselves out of this very bad situation! And when it’s over, get yourselves off on a little getaway that involves a remote tropical bungalow, yoga, and a no-clothing policy. This is the latest book in Feehan’s extensive GhostWalkers series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 20.)  

    With This Man, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Jesse Ward is a Very Hot Husband and he knows it. This is all fine and dandy, as he and his wife are crazy about each other. Then she’s involved in a serious car accident, and the resulting head injury means she can’t remember the last 16 years of her life. (Oh, and she can’t remember him at all, either, which is pretty devastating for our hero.) Jesse may have that whole cool and confident exterior, but his wife always brought out his more lovey-dovey side. Now he needs to work extremely hard in order to win her over again. You can do this, Jesse! You’ve got the face. You’ve got the personality. And, to paraphrase Christopher Marlowe, you’ve got the body that would launch a thousand panties. Woo your woman until she gets to the point where she may not even need to remember you—but she’ll still want to stick around! This is the fourth book in Malpas’ This Man series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 20.) 

    One Unforgettable Kiss, by A.C. Arthur 
    Navy pilot Garrek Taylor has always desired one thing—to maintain a healthy distance between himself and his family and their shady history. (Many of us have been there, Garrek, so we feel your pain!) But then he’s faced with a military scandal, so he needs to lie low at his Virginia hometown. (Whatever happened, Garrek, we would all follow you around the world in little rowboats if we had to!) He doesn’t stay completely out of the way, though. He ends up winning an auction to go on a date with town beauty and home restorer Harper Presley. (Harper, please, please, please share your top renovating tips with us!) Harper has her own skeletons to hide, but Garrek makes her want to open up to him in all kinds of ways. Garrek and Harper, let go of the past and focus solely on each other and your future together! This is the second book in Arthur’s Taylors of Temptation series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 20.) 

    What romances are sweeping you off your feet this week?

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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2018/02/27 Permalink
    Tags: a court of frost and starlight, , , a rogue of her own, , , , , ashes on the moor, , , , devil in tertan, , ella quin, , , , , his wicked charm, , hurts to love you, , , jodi ellen malpas, , , , , , , , , natural blonde instincts, , , , , , the designs of lord randolph cavanaugh, , the identicals, , , the sins of lord lockwood, , the world of all souls, too wilde to wed, , we can't wait!,   

    Romance Spring Preview: 24 of Our Most Anticipated Novels 

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    Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but Spring will soon be here! There is no better time for romance to bloom than when the frost thaws and our world starts to become sunnier, hotter…you get the idea. Here are 25 of our most anticipated romances coming this season.


    The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand (February 20)
    It’s a tale as old as time: twins who couldn’t be more different, find themselves living a life where the grass is always greener, and learning something in the process. Harper is low-key, relaxed…and a complete romantic disaster. Tabitha is dignified, with a high standard for taste (and the debt to match)…not to mention a teenage daughter she can’t reign in. By switching islands and living the other sister’s life, they find a way to bury the resentments of the past, and both find hope for the future.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas (February 20)
    Garrett Gibson has never taken no for an answer—that’s how she became a doctor in an age and a society where women were discouraged from doing anything of the sort. She may be daring, but she’s never taken a risk in matters of the heart…until she meets Ethan Ransom, a detective for Scotland Yard, and gives into the throes of passion. But when she is pulled into a dangerous case, the stakes are raised, and she could lose more than her heart.

    A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole (February 27)
    We’ve all gotten strange emails claiming we’re betrothed to an overseas prince, right? Naledi Smith knows they’re a scam, and one she doesn’t have time for. But in this case, they’re true: Prince Thabiso has been looking for the missing girl he was supposed to marry—and when he meets Naledi, she thinks he’s nothing but a regular person like her. And so he decides to play along, believing he can convince her to love the man behind the crown.

    The Marquis and I, by Ella Quin (February 27)
    Charlotte has been kidnapped, thanks to her brother-in-law’s recklessness (and the enemies he made as a result). But then she is rescued by a man even more unscrupulous, and her reputation is in tatters. She wants nothing to do with Constantine, the Marquis who rescued her…but he is determined to win her heart.

    The Sins of Lord Lockwood, by Meredith Duran (February 27)
    Liam is on a quest for revenge after his wedding to Anna was taken from him thanks to a conspiracy. But Anna has not given up on the man she loves, despite his pleas to leave him to his life of vengeance.


    A Rogue of Her Own, by Grace Burrowes (March 6)
    Miss Charlotte Windham has no intention of ever marrying, and the best way to ensure that no one would ever want to marry her is a simple scandal. Lucas Sherborne is the perfect man to rope into her plan—but instead, thanks to his own desires to marry a woman of influence and wealth, they end up at the altar instead. A marriage neither one of them truly wanted turns into a love they never knew they needed.

    Ashes on the Moor, by Sarah M. Eden (March 6)
    It is 1871, and Evangeline has been sent by her grandfather to a small mill town to teach—and if she fails, she will never see her inheritance or her younger sister, the last family she has left, again. She keeps her upper-class status a secret as she finds a community in the town, bonding with Dermot, an Irish brick mason and his son…but when her secret is revealed, she must piece together the unraveling threads of her life to find a happy ending.

    High Voltage, by Karen Marie Moning (March 6)
    The Fever series continues with Dani protecting the people of Dublin against the forces of evil gathering strength beneath the surface. Her bond with Ryodan is stronger than ever, but even the immortal cannot protect her from the horrors from her past.

    With This Man, by Jodi Ellen Malpas (March 20)
    Jesse Ward is back in the new installment in this erotic romance series, and his entire world is rocked thanks to a tragic accident. Jesse and Ava were happy. But then she ends up in the hospital, and they aren’t sure she’s going to make it. Which would be bad enough…except that when she does pull through, she cannot remember him. Or anything about the last sixteen years. So Jesse is once again given a problem he might not be able to conquer: seducing his wife, and proving to her that the last sixteen years are worth remembering.

    Accidental Heroes, by Danielle Steele (March 20)
    Someone on plane A321 is going to do something terrible, and only Homeland Security agent Ben Waterman can figure out who, and how to stop them in time. In this thriller, a TSA agent informs him of a suspicious postcard with a mysterious message, and together they must rise to the occasion and become heroes to save the day.

    His Wicked Charm, by Candace Camp (March 27)
    Lilah hates Constantine Moreland. To make things worse, his twin brother married her best friend. But when his sisters are kidnapped, she helps him on the case and discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

    Hurts to Love You, by Alisha Rai (March 27)
    Evangeline Chandler is an heiress, which means she knows the rules: don’t embarrass the family, don’t reveal your true feelings, and don’t hook up with the help. But she can’t help the attraction she feels for Gabriel, even if they can never be together. That is, until they find themselves unable to stop being together.

    Twice Bitten, by Lynsay Sands (March 27)
    Elspeth Argeneau has been alive for almost two centuries, but it’s only after getting away from her very controlling mother that she feels like she can start to experience life. Between hunting vampires, she can certainly find time for a fling. Especially with a guy who has no idea what she is.


    The Thief, by J.R. Ward (April 10)
    The Black Dagger Brotherhood saga continues with the story of Sola Morte, a human woman—and former criminal—who is trying to reform herself and live the life she needs to in order to keep her grandmother safe. What she doesn’t need is a distraction, especially from Assail, the only man she’s ever truly felt something for…though she doesn’t know the truth that he is a vampire, and deals in arms with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But when his life is in danger, Sola must risk it all to bring them together again.

    Natural Blonde Instincts, by Jill Shalvis (April 16)
    After trying to do her own thing, Kenna has decided it’s time to join the family business and prove herself capable of taking the reigns. The problem? Her boss is hot, powerful, and not falling for her feminine wiles.

    The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens (April 24)
    The titular character of this historical romance is loyal only to those closest to him—for everyone else, his top priority has always been his finances. But when an investment falls through, he is torn between seeking restitution for his losses…and seeking the heart of a brilliant woman.

    A Devil of a Duke, by Madeline Hunter (April 24)
    Gabriel is a rake of the first order, used to getting everything he wants from the world, and from women. Which is why it’s incredibly frustrating to be falling for—and bedding—a woman who will give him her body, but not her name or her heart.


    A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas (May 1)
    A continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, this story bridges the initial three novels with the latter tales in the series. Feyre and Rhysand are rebuilding their world following a devastating conflict: love, war, loyalty, and friendship collide for another adventure in the world of the High Fae.

    Someone to Care, by Mary Balogh (May 1)
    Viola has not been able to move on from the shame and trauma of being stripped of her title after the death of her Earl husband. Not the young debutante she once was, but not ready for the grave, either, Viola isn’t sure where she fits…until she finds herself falling for the Marquess of Dorchester, a notorious rake…and a man worth risking her limited standing in society for.

    The World of All Souls, by Deborah Harkness (May 8)
    There is much more to the story of Oxford historian and witch Diana Bishop and time-traveling vampire Matthew Clairmont…and this guide to the world in which they met and fell in love reveals all!

    The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews (May 8)
    In this perfect early-spring beach read, a woman is given an arduous task by an aging heiress: find the descendants of her long-deceased friends, with whom she was not able to make amends before they died, and bring them together.

    The Other Lady Vanishes, by Amanda Quick (May 8)
    1930’s California is a place of beauty and danger when a woman escapes from a sanitarium and starts a new life, only to be tempted by a widowed businessman and drawn into a murder mystery.

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London (May 16)
    Lottie is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her home safe, including taking her Highland clan to the ocean for illegal whiskey sales and holding a captain from a rival clan captive after an attack on her vessel. Aulay never thought he’d let himself get bound by a woman’s heart, and yet he can’t help but want to possess Lottie as much as he wants her ship.

    Too Wilde to Wed, by Eloisa James (May 29)
    Since being jilted, North went to war and cultivated a reputation for being ill-suited to marriage. But he doesn’t know that his almost-bride, Diana, never intended to hurt him, and her reputation has paid a price as well.

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:27 pm on 2017/08/10 Permalink
    Tags: , black sheep, , grand slam, heidi mclaughlin, jodi ellen malpas, , , , , , the flirtation, the forbidden, zara cox   

    Romance Roundup: Pastors, Naval Officers, and BDSM-Loving Nannies 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman and a pastor who really need each other, a widow about to get another chance at love, and two reunited lovers with some serious family issues.

    Any Dream Will Do, by Debbie Macomber
    Shay Benson did some very naughty things in order to help her brother avoid major trouble. (He never deserved your help, Shay!) That was years ago, though, and now she’s determined to rebuild her life. She meets Drew Douglas, a widower and pastor with two kids and, you know, a flock to lead. (Drew, buddy, sounds like you could use a nice woman in your life. I know a gal!) Unlike Shay’s brother and his shady acquaintances, Drew is, like, a super nice guy who has also been having a rough time. Shay, Drew, misery loves company, and guess what? When you two come together, you’ll realize that you don’t HAVE to be miserable any longer! Here’s hoping these two lovebirds soon realize that they can be super-duper happy together, and that Shay stays away from further family-related drama. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on August 8.)

    Map of the Heart, by Susan Wiggs
    History buffs will love Wiggs’ latest! Camille Palmer is finally settling back into a peaceful existence after the tragic death of her husband. She’s got a teenage daughter and a dad to look after, so she’s quite busy. (Camille, massages and champagne on all of us!) Then a mysterious package arrives, and the three of them go back to France, where Camille’s dad lived during World War II. Oh, and Camille meets a very handsome former naval officer during her travels. (Note to Camille: Find out ASAP if he kept his uniform!) A nice lady who gets another chance at love with a hunky man in the French countryside while surrounded by loved ones? Yes, we’ll all take that tale with a glass of wine and a chocolate croissant! (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on August 22.)

    The Forbidden, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Our gal Annie hasn’t ever really felt the feelings for any guy. (That is, she hasn’t ever really felt the feelings in her pants, if you know what I mean. Do you? You do? Okay, moving on!) Then her friends take her out for a night of fun and she meets Jack, who instantly makes her feel all of the feelings she never thought she’d ever feel. They have a very, very memorable night together, one that surely involves Jack using every trick in his book. (Oh, Annie, tell us more! Give us all of the savory details over a vat of wine and carb-filled appetizers!) Annie and Jack aren’t exactly in a position (hehe, “position,” LOL) to take their special relationship public, though. Can their love help them get to a place where they can have everything out in the open, and we can read all about it? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 8.)

    The Flirtation, by Tara Sue Me
    Lynne is working as a nanny for a couple named Nathaniel and Abby, and one day they invite her to a BDSM meeting. (Oh, if only all of our bosses could be so cool and stop inviting us to their band rehearsals because they are preparing for A Big Show that will give them their Big Break!) Lynne is no stranger to the world of dominants and submissives, though, and she’s ready to be part of the fun again. While surfing some steamy online forums, she comes across Simon, her former dominant, and she decides to stay anonymous while catching up on his activities. But staying anonymous with a guy like Simon is impossible. His scent alone makes the strongest woman want to drop panty. Will he be thrilled with his blast from the past? This is the tenth book in Me’s Submissive series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 8.)

    Black Sheep, by Zara Cox
    Axel Rutherford and his dad don’t exactly have the best relationship. It might be because Axel’s dad kind of, sort of, emotionally manipulated Axel’s girlfriend (and did much worse) when she and Axel were still very young. Years went by, and Axel still has major feelings for said girlfriend, Cleo McCarthy. Cleo hasn’t forgotten Axel, and if anything the years have made her want him back in her life even more. They’ve each got (newsflash!) some really weird and evil family members, so here’s hoping they manage to escape from it all for good. This is the second book in Cox’s Dark Desires series, which is perfect for romance readers who want heaping doses of darkness and intensity in their love stories. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 8.)

    Grand Slam, by Heidi McLaughlin
    Travis Kidd plays left field for the Boston Renegades, and many a man-admiring lady would be more than happy to pay top-dollar for seats that provide an excellent view. One admirer of his is Saylor Blackwell. She is a public relations guru for his team, but the powers that be have a “No Touching” policy when it comes to finagling with the players. Saylor, understandably, really wants to finagle with Travis, though. Then a scandal breaks, and they will really need to spend some time together. Sounds like they’ve got plenty to keep them busy—and strengthen their bond! This is the third book in McLaughlin’s Boys of Summer series. (Note to romance readers: These books can be enjoyed in any weather. Then they can be framed and each piece hung up as tasteful home décor.) (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 15.)

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