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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/10 Permalink
    Tags: how to keep a secret, johanna lindsey, lauren blakely, marry me by sundown, , off the grid, , , sarah castille, sarah morgan, strong hold, , the real deal, when we found home   

    Romance Roundup: Lady Martial Artists, Investigative Reporters, and Boyfriends-For-Hire 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an American heiress who gets captured by a rugged man, a martial artist whose old flame is her new manager, and lots of ladies who are about to deal with some major family drama.

    Off the Grid, by Monica McCarty
    Investigative reporter Brittany Blake is on the hunt—for her missing brother. He’s in the Navy, and they’ve given her some very pathetic explanations as to his disappearance. Being the tough, no-nonsense woman she is, she’s decided to take matters into her own capable hands and goes looking for him. (That’s the spirit, Brittany! You keep being your feisty self!) Her search puts her in the path of John Donovan, and let’s just say no woman would mind bumping into his very masculine body any day of the week. (Seriously, John, how DO you manage to get those biceps? Please show us!) John has some of his own business to see to. He’s a member of SEAL Team Nine, and someone is targeting him and his mates. Will John and Brittany manage to find out what happened to her brother? And will they act out all of their fantasies together for the rest of their lives? This is the second book in McCarty’s Lost Platoon series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Strong Hold, by Sarah Castille
    Fight promoter Zack Grayson needs to find the MMA’s next big star. He ends up finding it in Shayla “Shilla the Killa” Tanner, whose heart he broke several years ago. (Zack, you have FIVE WHOLE MINUTES to provide an explanation. Don’t you dare try our patience!) Shayla never forgot Zack, but she’s quite scarred from her past. Her husband was abusive, so she’s very reluctant to open her heart again. (Shayla, we are SO taking you out for a pleasant and peaceful picnic!) Working together brings out the deeply-buried feelings in both Shayla and Zack. She wants to love again and not get hurt, and he wants to stay in her proverbial and literal grip for the rest of his life. Shayla, open your heart to the possibilities! And Zack, don’t you dare screw this one up! This is the fifth book in Castille’s Redemption series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Marry Me by Sundown, by Johanna Lindsey
    American heiress Violet Mitchell has returned home to Philadelphia from London, only to discover that the men in her family have seriously screwed up their finances. Rather than melt into a puddle of despair, she gets it together and travels to Montana to find her father’s fortune. (There might be gold and/or silver. Lots of gold and/or silver.) She meets Morgan Callahan, her father’s partner, and let’s just say he’s WAY different from the London dandies Violet just had to put up with. As for Morgan, he thinks Violet is out to steal his goods (She will be, Morgan, but not in the way you think!), so he holds her captive for a little bit, which sounds absolutely delicious. He soon becomes mega-impressed by Violet’s ability to thrive in the harsh wilderness. Here’s hoping they manage to get the fortunes they so desperately need and want, and that they enjoy many a tumble underneath the open Montana sky! (Available in hardcover and NOOK on July 10.)

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    Callie Smith is a bit of a private lady, so it’s not entirely easy when she discovers she has an older brother, Malcolm, and a younger sister, Keira. Meeting long-lost siblings involves Talking About Feelings, which is something our gal prefers to put in her proverbial No Thank You file. As for Malcolm, he’s not totally in touch with his emotions, either. (Come on, dude, lighten up just a little bit!) The three siblings end up living together and getting to know each other, and even though it’s going to be a long journey until they start feeling like a family, they are willing to give it a try. Oh, and Callie and Malcolm just might end up finding love with two very nice people along the way if they play their cards right. Romance and family drama set among the beautiful greenery of Washington state? Yes, please! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 10.)

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    Three generations of ladies are about to get in touch with their respective issues and emotions this summer! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and they are each dealing with some major marital problems. Lauren seems to have the perfect life, but she knows it might just fall apart at any minute. Oh, and her teenage daughter, Mack, is showing signs of having problems. As for Jenna, she and her husband are having a hard time getting pregnant. Lauren and Jenna’s mom, Nancy, is also staying with them for the summer, and she has had some issues that have prevented her from being the best mom she could be. Will these four ladies learn to trust each other and open up? And will they realize that they have all of the support they need in each other? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 10.)

    The Real Deal, by Lauren Blakely
    April Hamilton is in a pickle. She has a family reunion to attend, and let’s just say that being single at said family reunion is NOT fun. At all. (April, your super-duper meddling family just wants you to be happy!) She ends up soliciting some help from a website called GigsForHire, where Theo Banks is ready to pretend to be any woman’s boyfriend—for a fee. His only goal in life at this point is to settle his debts and get his life back on track. (Okay, Theo, we won’t judge, but let’s just take a moment to admit that you have a body worth cuddling!) Theo and April go to her family’s reunion, and they proceed to have all kinds of silly fun. Here’s hoping they realize how lucky they are to have found each other, and that they proceed to live happy, fun-filled lives together! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 10.)

    What romances are you excited to read this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2018/01/23 Permalink
    Tags: , beyond danger, , getaway, johanna lindsey, kat martin, looking for a hero, , , , , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Artists, Sexy Detectives, and Caring Highlanders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a guy who gets help investigating his father’s murder, a woman who gets a Highlander’s protection, and a nurse who gets a gig caring for a ridiculously sexy philanderer.

    Surrender to the Highlander, by Lynsay Sands
    Edith Drummond wakes up from a health problem to find several hunky Highlander guys taking care of her. (#lifegoals) The only one she’s drawn to, though, is Niels Buchanan. He becomes infatuated with her right away, and wants to protect her from the mysterious, hidden figure who keeps trying to poison her. Niels will need to deal with Edith’s family’s enemies if he’s going to keep her alive and embark on a beautiful, sexy life with her. Oh, and he also needs to do whatever he can to prevent her from going to a nunnery. (This is fair, as both he and Edith want to do very un-nun-like things together.) Will they manage to dodge the bad guys? And will Edith get to untie Niels’ kilt over and over and over and over (and over) again? This is the fifth book in Sands’ Scottish Highlanders series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on January 30.)

    Beautiful Tempest, by Johanna Lindsey
    The very gentle-bred Jacqueline Malory recently had some major adventures that involved a ship and a handsome pirate, and she’s about to have some more! Jacqueline and her older brother are taken as “guests” on the ship of a very mysterious man—and that ship is sailing away from England, which could either be really good or really bad. (Seems like any time with this mysterious man would be really good!) Our gal thinks he might be a pirate, but the truth is he might actually be a nobleman who is looking to get his honor back. That said, he’s quite intrigued by the tasty morsel that is Jacqueline and doing some not-so-honorable things with her. This is the latest book in Lindsey’s passionate Malory-Anderson series. (Available in paperback on January 30.)

    Beyond Danger, by Kat Martin
    Texas mogul Beau Reese has a lot to deal with right now, and it pretty much started when his father knocked up a teenage girl. (Yup, that’ll definitely put a damper on one’s day.) Then said father, a former senator, is found dead in his study. Detective Cassidy Jones is already in the picture by this point, as she was hired to find out who was stalking Beau’s dad. Now that he’s dead, Cassidy and Beau will need to work very closely together in order to figure out who dunnit. The good thing is that they don’t really suspect each other. Also, Beau has the kind of body no woman would mind working closely with. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that things only go up from there! This is the second book in Martin’s super suspenseful Texas Trilogy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 30.)

    Getaway, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint offers two stories in one! In “Partners,” Matthew Bates and Laurel Armand are professional enemies, which is too bad, because they both wouldn’t mind getting decidedly unprofessional with each other. Then they need to investigate a murder case together, which means they are forced to work in close proximity. (Laurel, you lucky, lucky gal!) Can they manage to solve the case, ideally with Matthew shirtless at least half the time? In “Art of Deception,” artist Adam Haines goes to Kirby Fairchild’s ancestral home. He needs a quiet place to paint. (Adam, you can use all of our places! We promise to be super quiet while we watch you paint naked. The pleasure is all ours!) Being close to him is really nice, but then he starts to act a bit strange. The attraction is still there, so phew, but Kirby is very curious to see what exactly he is up to. (Available in paperback on January 30.)

    Looking for a Hero, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint also offers two stories in one! In “Marriage Wanted,” divorce attorney Nash Davenport plans to stay as far away from the altar as he possibly can. (Easy to do in his line of work.) Then he meets wedding planner Savannah Charles, who has absolutely nothing against the institution of marriage. (Nash, buddy, we promise you that Savannah is an awesome and realistic woman with healthy expectations.) Can Nash drop his snarky attitude? In “My Hero,” romance writer Bailey York finds some much-needed inspiration in Parker Davidson. He has everything a heroine would want in a hero—dreamy face, charming personality, a trim, fit waist that begs to be encircled by loving arms. Will she manage to realize that Parker is the one for her, and that he’s jonesing to prove he’s real-life husband material? (Bailey, far be it from US to say “Get your nose out of that romance novel,” but would you please open your peepers just a little bit wider?!) (Available in paperback on January 30.)

    Never Dare a Wicked Earl, by Renee Ann Miller
    London’s most notorious Lothario Hayden Milton, the Earl of Westfield, almost had his manly bits shot off by a displeased mistress. Fortunately, her aim was not true and she shot his thigh instead. (No offense, Hayden, but you probably deserved it.) He gets a third medical assistant in Sophia Camden. (The first two just couldn’t stand him anymore because he was being a giant pain.) Sophia, though, is determined to stick around and show a guy what she’s capable of, medically. She strikes a deal with Hayden—if she can’t hack her new gig for 10 days, she’ll give in to his seductive ways. (Oh, defeat never sounded so delicious!) Sophia will obviously prove herself, because she is awesome, but will Hayden realize that he’s found a woman more precious than diamonds? (Buddy, she wants to HEAL people, not shoot them. Just stating the obvious.) This is the first book in Miller’s new Infamous Lords series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 30.)

    What romance novels are steaming up your nightstand this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/07/11 Permalink
    Tags: , harper sloan, , indigo lake, , johanna lindsey, kiss my boots, , secrets of the tulip sister, , , , wildfire   

    Romance Roundup: Navy Men, Tulip Farmers, and Manly Motorcycle Riders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two estranged sisters who have GOT to let things go, a gently-bred young lady about to go on a pirate adventure, and reunited childhood sweethearts.

    Some Kind of Hero, by Suzanne Brockmann
    Navy lieutenant Peter Greene is really good at transforming new recruits into lean, mean, SEAL machines. (Peter, would you PLEASE help us all reenact that final scene in An Officer and a Gentleman?) He’s just become a single dad though, and he is totally unprepared to take care of his 15-year-old daughter. When his daughter disappears, he enlists the help of romance writer Shayla Whitman. She’s a parent, too, and she knows a thing or two about highly emotional teenagers. Here’s hoping they rescue Peter’s daughter soon, that his daughter acclimates to her new life pronto, and that this happy ending involves finding a dream home to hold this beautiful, blended family! This is the latest book in Brockmann’s extensive Troubleshooters series, which is perfect for romance readers who love men in uniform! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 11.)

    Beautiful Tempest, by Johanna Lindsey
    The very gentle-bred Jacqueline Malory recently had some major adventure that involved a ship and a handsome pirate, and she’s about to have some more! Jacqueline and her older brother are taken as “guests” on the ship of a very mysterious man—and that ship is sailing away from England, which could either be really good or really bad. (Seems like any time with this mysterious man would be really good!) Our gal thinks he might be a pirate, but the truth is he might actually be a nobleman who is looking to get his honor back. That said, he’s quite intrigued by the tasty morsel that is Jacqueline and doing some not-so-honorable things with her. This is the latest book in Lindsey’s passionate Malory-Anderson Family series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on July 11.)

    Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, Susan Mallery
    Two sisters are reluctantly reunited in Mallery’s latest! Kelly Murphy has her own thing going on as a tulip farmer. Then her small town gets two comebacks in the form of Griffith Burnett, who takes one look at Kelly and immediately gets all “Hey, girl” on her, and Kelly’s estranged sister, Olivia. Kelly and Olivia haven’t exactly been on Christmas-card terms for the past ten years, so life is about to get way more dramatic for both of them. They’d each rather get a root canal than hug and make up. (See, ladies? You have more in common than you think!) Secrets upon secrets are about to be spilled, which might put a damper on this delicate sisterhood. Oh, come on, you two! Just get over yourselves, go out for margaritas and nachos, and focus on the good times ahead! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 11.)

    Indigo Lake, by Jodi Thomas
    Blade Hamilton just inherited some land in a place called Crossroads, Texas, so he decides to plant his fine derriere on his motorcycle and head on over there. He gets into a bit of a scrape, and is helped by the very lovely Dakota. She’s a bit dismayed to find out that he is a Hamilton. Her family and the Hamilton family have a long-standing feud, so this sexy man might cause her a bit of family-related grief. (Blade could never cause Dakota any grief himself, though, because he’s got a big heart to go with that big bike.) Weird drama aside, Blade soon realizes he likes the area and wants to stick around. (Please do, Blade! You make the prairie better!) Can these two keep their heads above the petty drama? This is the sixth book in Thomas’ Ransom Canyon series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on July 18.)

    Kiss My Boots, by Harper Sloan
    Our gal Quinn Davis is perfectly happy living her life in small-town Texas. That said, she has zero desire to shack up with a seductive cowboy. (Um, no offense, Quinn, but have you had your head checked recently?!) Then her old childhood friend, Tate Montgomery, comes back to town. He used to spend his summers with his grandparents in the town of Pine Oak, and he’s never forgotten Quinn. (A guy who never forgets a friend? Sounds like someone who has his priorities straight in life!) He and Quinn had a painful separation due to some drama back in the day, but the past is the past, and these two wonderful people are ready to get to know each other again as adults. (Okay, Quinn, we take it back. Your heart is open and free for Tate!) This is the second book in Sloan’s Coming Home Series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 18.)

    Wildfire, by Ilona Andrews
    The scorching heat between truthseeker Nevada Baylor and Connor “Mad” Rogan continues in the third book in Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series. Rogan is helping Nevada make her way through a very complex magical world. (Rogan, if you ever want to navigate the rest of us through ANYTHING—traffic, a series of puddles, the complicated matter that is the Electoral Collegetrafficplease, be our guest!) He is also trying to keep would-be suitors at bay, which is no easy feat because our gal Nevada is pretty awesome. Nevada certainly likes her handsome helper, but he comes with some annoyingly heavy baggage, including an ex-fiancé who just can’t seem to go away. These two lovebirds have a lot to get through together, so here’s hoping they’ve got all of the tools they need to make it work! (Hint, you two: Look within and look to each other!) (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 25.)

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