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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2018/07/18 Permalink
    Tags: , bad for you, campaign for his heart, , , j. daniels, joy avery, , rancher's dream, , , , the duke buys a bride, the other miss bridgerton   

    Romance Roundup: Ship Captains, Ranchers, and State Senate Candidates 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman looking for a fresh start in a Pacific Northwest town, a Bad Boy who wants to have a happily ever after with a very sweet lady, and a state senate hopeful who needs help with his public image.

    Cottage by the Sea, by Debbie Macomber
    Annie Marlow has gone through a pretty dark time recently, so she decides to escape to the Pacific Northwest for some major R&R. (We’ll go whale watching with you, Annie!) She rents a cottage and starts to meet some interesting characters in her new community. One of these interesting characters is Keaton, a painter who would instantly make any woman feel better with his calm but also dashing swagger. (Keaton, can we just, like, sit next to you on a porch and rest our heads on your muscular shoulder?) Keaton and Annie get to know each other quite well, and Annie starts to think there just might be a life for her in her new town. (There is, Annie! There is!) Then a major opportunity comes up. Will Annie stick around or pull a disappearing act or, we hope, find some kind of middle ground? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 17.)

    Bad for You, by J. Daniels
    Sean “Stitch” Molina has done some terrible things in his life and paid the price, and now he’s determined to stay on the straight and narrow. (Just cut the baddies out of your life, buddy! It’s not a cure but it’s a darn good start!) His new life plan involves avoiding Shayla Perkins, because she’s a Good Girl and he’s a Bad Boy and he doesn’t want to be a Bad Influence. (Oh, but Sean, you and Shayla can balance each other out in the nicest of ways!) But they can’t stay apart for too long, mainly because Shayla plus Sean equals Sexy. (Like, a LOT of Sexy. Sexy times three. Infinity Sexy. Sexy.) Here’s hoping they manage to work through their issues and embark upon an adventurous life together! This is the third book in Daniels’ Dirty Deeds series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 17.)

    The Other Miss Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn
    Poppy Bridgerton was just wandering around the Dorset coast, completing minding her own business, when she came upon a super cool cave and THEN her curiosity got the best of her. She ends up getting kidnapped by two dudes, tied up, and then plunked straight onto the bed of Captain Andrew James Rokesby. (Yes, please, and thank you!) He’s a good guy, though, and he’s just trying to complete a mission to Portugal to deliver some documents. This means that our heroine is safe from being ravished by him, which is kind of sad because hello, Mr. Biceps! Anyway, Andrew knows he’ll have to marry her in order to help her avoid a mega-scandal. (See: good guy.) She doesn’t know, though, that they are already closer than she thinks, because he’s neighbors with her relatives. A kidnapping story with two nice people headed to warm, sunny Portugal? Yes, please! This is the third book in Quinn’s Rokesby series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on November 18.)

    Rancher’s Dream, by B.J. Daniels
    Our gal Drey Hunter, for some reason we’ll definitely want to know about, decided to leave Hawk Cahill and marry Someone Else. (Drey, how was leaving Hawk physically and emotionally possible?!) Then Drey’s husband disappears on their wedding night, and Drey finds herself alone in a creepy, high-tech mansion in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and she realizes that someone is trying to kill her. She enlists Hawk’s help, and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep Drey safe. (For the record: Hawk is more of a cozy log cabin kind of man who would build a woman a fire using his bare, masculine hands and then take her in front of said fire multiple times on a bearskin rug made of a bear he shot and then sewed up himself.) Hawk, protect Drey and give her a second chance! Drey, we’ll all drive you to your annulment appointment! This book is part of Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. (Available in paperback on August 1.)

    The Duke Buys a Bride, by Sophie Jordan
    Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, couldn’t just sit there and do nothing when he saw the lovely Alyse Bell being auctioned off. He decides to purchase her, but he didn’t realize that by doing this he kind of bought himself, like, a wife. (It’s okay, Marcus! You were likely hungover at the time. We applaud your good intentions.) Alyse doesn’t want to be married to Marcus, even if he is sex dipped in cheese and spread on a cracker. They run off together to his Scottish estate, thinking this will give them plenty of time to figure out how to break it all off. Then they realize that hey, they actually like each other and lifetime together would not be the worst thing that ever happened to either of them. Will Marcus show Alyse that naughty dukes can be very, very good? And will Alyse prove to Marcus that she would be a great wife AND a great duchess? This is the third book in Jordan’s Rogue Files series. (Available in paperback on July 24.)

    Campaign for His Heart, by Joy Avery
    Lauder Tolson is a former foster kid who is now running for North Carolina state senate, but being a sexy, single man doesn’t exactly make for the best public relations material. (Lauder, this is a shame, because we wouldn’t mind getting your flyers in our mailboxes!) He decides to soften his image by recruiting his childhood enemy Willow Dawson to play his sweetheart. Oh, and he might have broken her heart once upon a time. (Seriously, Lauder! What did our gal do to deserve your bad manners? Steal your pudding?) Willow isn’t feeling the warm fuzzies for Lauder these days, but she has her own plans to hatch, and he just might be the perfect man to help her. Willow, you focus on being your fabulous self! And Lauder, you must grovel if you want to win this gorgeous woman back. A lot. This is the second book in Avery’s Cardinal House series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

    What exciting new romance novels are you packing in your beach bag this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:44 pm on 2017/07/18 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Special Forces Ladies, ER Nurses, and Football Players 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes several ladies in the special forces, a woman and a football player whose one-night stand leads to a baby, and a nurse who wants to protect her childhood home.

    Dark Carousel, by Christine Feehan
    Tariq Asenguard is looking for his mate for life and does a major double take when Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, looking so fine. He wants her, but he doesn’t realize that our girl already knows what he’s about. Charlotte has stuff to do. She is on a mission to figure out who murdered a loved one. She and Tariq are soon drawn to each other, which totally makes sense because she’s awesome and brave and he’s cool and oozing sexiness. They also have a very niche interest in common. He collects old carousel horses and she restores them. See? There’s someone for everyone! This is the 30th—yep, 30th—book in Feehan’s Dark series. (Available in paperback on July 25.)

    Fatal Threat, by Marie Force
    Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland is eager to investigate a body that has just washed up from a river. (It’s all yours, Sam, as far as we’re concerned!) Secret Service agents, however, prevent our gal from getting close to the crime scene. (Nincompoops! All of them!) All she wants to do is investigate this new case and then go home and cuddle up with her yummy husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano. There are forces, though, that are preventing her from doing the things she needs and wants to do. Add to that a threat to her family and a shady person from her husband’s past and, well, there’s only so much a gal can handle before the gray hairs start popping up. (Not that you wouldn’t rock them, Sam!) This is the latest book in Force’s Fatal series, which is perfect for romance readers who are craving a story about a sexy, long-term couple. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 25.)

    Locked in Temptation, by Brenda Jackson
    Police detective Joy Ingram has just exposed a major underground surrogate baby making ring. She cannot be distracted by the very sexy force that is security expert Stonewall Courson. (Sorry, Joy, but have you seen his biceps?!) He’s a reformed ex-con, and so he knows a thing or two about shady characters. He’s determined to protect Joy when her latest investigation proves to be more dangerous than one might have thought. (Underground surrogacy is no easily-disguised feat, that’s for sure!) Joy wants to maintain her fierce independence, while Stonewall wants to flex his manly-man muscles and prove to Joy how much he cares. (Let him, Joy, let him!) Here’s hoping they avoid the danger, catch the bad guys, that those babies end up in nice homes, and that Joy and Stonewall get to making some of their own! This is the third book in Jackson’s Protectors series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 25.)

    Before the Dawn, by Cynthia Eden
    Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost has some major family baggage: His brother was a serial killer known as “Iceman.” (Suddenly, that crazy aunt of yours doesn’t seem so bad!) Tucker is recruited into a special division of the FBI, one that hires people with personal ties to serial killers. Tucker goes back to Louisiana to investigate some murders, and he runs into his former lover, Dawn Alexander. He saved her from his crazy brother back in the day, but this is the first time in seven years that they’ve seen each other. They are both a little terrified that someone like the Iceman is in action, and their respective instinct is to hold each other close. (Tucker, we’ll certainly give you all of the hugs you need!) Can they keep their heads on and pick up where they left off? This is the second book in Eden’s Killer Instinct series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 25.)

    Until You Loved Me, by Brenda Novak
    Scientist Ellie Fisher just had a rough revelation: Her fiancé cheated on her with another dude. She’s feeling a bit down, to say the least, so she decides to enjoy a one-night stand with the very manly Hudson King. She disappears on him after having quite the blast, and she doesn’t even care that she never learned his full name. (You go, girl!) Then she finds out that she’s pregnant. She tracks him down, only to find out that he’s, like, a professional football player. (Don’t worry, Ellie. I wouldn’t have recognized him, either.) Hudson isn’t too thrilled about the situation, but he grew up a lonely orphan and doesn’t want that for his offspring. And as much as neither of them might want to admit, they actually like each other. Can they skip the whole soul-searching bit and just admit that they have each found The One? This is the third book in Novak’s Silver Springs series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 25.)

    In the Market for Love, by Joy Avery
    ER nurse Vivian Moore feels some very conflicting emotions when real estate developer Alonso Wright struts into her hospital. (Alonso, feel free to visit our workplaces any day of the work week!) He wants to snatch up some property in her old neighborhood, including her childhood home, which would so NOT be cool with our gal. (On the flip side, Alonso has a body and smile that should come with individual warning labels.) It turns out that Alonso actually has some pretty philanthropic motives. He wants to build a community center in memory of his late grandfather. Vivian refuses to negotiate, though. Then a crooked business person gets involved, and a pesky hurricane hits the area, all of which make Alonso realize that he can get through any problem with the very strong and beautiful Vivian by his side. Alonso, buddy, the way to a woman’s heart is to buy her childhood home for her and let her redo it the way she wants! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    What romance novels are you reading in the heat of summer?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:44 pm on 2017/07/18 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Special Forces Ladies, ER Nurses, and Football Players 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes several ladies in the special forces, a woman and a football player whose one-night stand leads to a baby, and a nurse who wants to protect her childhood home.

    Dark Carousel, by Christine Feehan
    Tariq Asenguard is looking for his mate for life and does a major double take when Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, looking so fine. He wants her, but he doesn’t realize that our girl already knows what he’s about. Charlotte has stuff to do. She is on a mission to figure out who murdered a loved one. She and Tariq are soon drawn to each other, which totally makes sense because she’s awesome and brave and he’s cool and oozing sexiness. They also have a very niche interest in common. He collects old carousel horses and she restores them. See? There’s someone for everyone! This is the 30th—yep, 30th—book in Feehan’s Dark series. (Available in paperback on July 25.)

    Fatal Threat, by Marie Force
    Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland is eager to investigate a body that has just washed up from a river. (It’s all yours, Sam, as far as we’re concerned!) Secret Service agents, however, prevent our gal from getting close to the crime scene. (Nincompoops! All of them!) All she wants to do is investigate this new case and then go home and cuddle up with her yummy husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano. There are forces, though, that are preventing her from doing the things she needs and wants to do. Add to that a threat to her family and a shady person from her husband’s past and, well, there’s only so much a gal can handle before the gray hairs start popping up. (Not that you wouldn’t rock them, Sam!) This is the latest book in Force’s Fatal series, which is perfect for romance readers who are craving a story about a sexy, long-term couple. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 25.)

    Locked in Temptation, by Brenda Jackson
    Police detective Joy Ingram has just exposed a major underground surrogate baby making ring. She cannot be distracted by the very sexy force that is security expert Stonewall Courson. (Sorry, Joy, but have you seen his biceps?!) He’s a reformed ex-con, and so he knows a thing or two about shady characters. He’s determined to protect Joy when her latest investigation proves to be more dangerous than one might have thought. (Underground surrogacy is no easily-disguised feat, that’s for sure!) Joy wants to maintain her fierce independence, while Stonewall wants to flex his manly-man muscles and prove to Joy how much he cares. (Let him, Joy, let him!) Here’s hoping they avoid the danger, catch the bad guys, that those babies end up in nice homes, and that Joy and Stonewall get to making some of their own! This is the third book in Jackson’s Protectors series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 25.)

    Before the Dawn, by Cynthia Eden
    Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost has some major family baggage: His brother was a serial killer known as “Iceman.” (Suddenly, that crazy aunt of yours doesn’t seem so bad!) Tucker is recruited into a special division of the FBI, one that hires people with personal ties to serial killers. Tucker goes back to Louisiana to investigate some murders, and he runs into his former lover, Dawn Alexander. He saved her from his crazy brother back in the day, but this is the first time in seven years that they’ve seen each other. They are both a little terrified that someone like the Iceman is in action, and their respective instinct is to hold each other close. (Tucker, we’ll certainly give you all of the hugs you need!) Can they keep their heads on and pick up where they left off? This is the second book in Eden’s Killer Instinct series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 25.)

    Until You Loved Me, by Brenda Novak
    Scientist Ellie Fisher just had a rough revelation: Her fiancé cheated on her with another dude. She’s feeling a bit down, to say the least, so she decides to enjoy a one-night stand with the very manly Hudson King. She disappears on him after having quite the blast, and she doesn’t even care that she never learned his full name. (You go, girl!) Then she finds out that she’s pregnant. She tracks him down, only to find out that he’s, like, a professional football player. (Don’t worry, Ellie. I wouldn’t have recognized him, either.) Hudson isn’t too thrilled about the situation, but he grew up a lonely orphan and doesn’t want that for his offspring. And as much as neither of them might want to admit, they actually like each other. Can they skip the whole soul-searching bit and just admit that they have each found The One? This is the third book in Novak’s Silver Springs series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 25.)

    In the Market for Love, by Joy Avery
    ER nurse Vivian Moore feels some very conflicting emotions when real estate developer Alonso Wright struts into her hospital. (Alonso, feel free to visit our workplaces any day of the work week!) He wants to snatch up some property in her old neighborhood, including her childhood home, which would so NOT be cool with our gal. (On the flip side, Alonso has a body and smile that should come with individual warning labels.) It turns out that Alonso actually has some pretty philanthropic motives. He wants to build a community center in memory of his late grandfather. Vivian refuses to negotiate, though. Then a crooked business person gets involved, and a pesky hurricane hits the area, all of which make Alonso realize that he can get through any problem with the very strong and beautiful Vivian by his side. Alonso, buddy, the way to a woman’s heart is to buy her childhood home for her and let her redo it the way she wants! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    What romance novels are you reading in the heat of summer?

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