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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/03 Permalink
    Tags: all-american cowboy, an affair with a spare, built to last, devoted to pleasure, dylann crush, entanglements, , julie garwood, , , , shana galen, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Fashion Models, Wyoming Ranchers, and War Spies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a seductive war spy, a small-town lady-turned-model, and a TV star with a hot bodyguard.

    Wired, by Julie Garwood
    Allison Trent is a part-time model, but her real love is hacking. That’s right, she’s a top-notch hacker with a zest for writing and breaking code. She’s so good, in fact, that FBI agent and Hunk of Our Hearts Liam Scott wants her to do some very sensitive investigative work for him. She turns him down, which of course makes Liam want her and her computer skills even more. (Something tells me they won’t need to worry about imposing that whole No-Electronics-In-The-Bedroom rule.) Allison has some secrets, though, and letting the FBI in on them isn’t exactly part of her life plan. That said, Liam has a face and body that are too tempting for her quicksilver fingers to ignore. Here’s hoping they find some happy middle ground that will involve getting into only the best kind of trouble! (Available in paperback on July 3.)

    All-American Cowboy, by Dylann Crush
    Beck is a city guy. He has zero interest in small-town life. Then he goes to Holiday, Texas, and meets his match in Charlie Walker. She’s a true cowgirl, and she runs a honky tonk that was founded by Beck’s grandfather. (Charlie, we all admire how you’ve always stayed true to yourself!) One look at Charlie is pretty much all it takes to make Beck rethink his life choices. (Beck, we knew you weren’t any fool!) Suddenly he realizes that small-town life—specifically, a small-town life with Charlie—has mega-appeal. (Beck, you and Charlie can always take adventurous out-of-town trips together!) Will Charlie show Beck all of the wonderful things Holiday has to offer? And will Beck show Charlie every nook and cranny of his chiseled body? This is the first book in Crush’s Holiday, Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Entanglements, by Nora Roberts
    Two Roberts favorites are back in one volume! In “Blithe Images,” fashion model Hilary Baxter has just gotten a modeling contract with a very hot magazine, and soon becomes very attractive to the magazine’s publisher, Bret Bardoff. As for Bret, he soon realizes there is WAY more to our gal than a pretty face. Make your move, buddy! In “Song of the West,” our heroine, Samantha Evans, decides to be a Good Twin Sister and leave her comfortable city life to be with her super duper pregnant twin, who is feeling lonely in Wyoming. Samantha goes to be with her, and soon clashes with Jake Tanner, the sexiest rancher for at least 200 miles who would make any woman stop what she’s doing and stare. Really hard. Then she and Jake get stranded together during a blizzard. (Hold her, Jake! Hold her very tightly!) Two stories that take place in two very different places and feature sexy people? Yes, please! (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 3.)

    An Affair with a Spare, by Shana Galen
    Rafe Beaumont is the fifth son of an earl, so he won’t be inheriting any fortunes any time soon. He’s found his true calling, though: seducing war secrets out of obliging ladies. (Well, Rafe, if it’s for your country then we won’t judge!) His latest assignment is Collette Fortier, but she refuses to fall for the very sexy Rafe. She needs to protect her father. (Collette, you are a wonderful and loyal daughter!) When Rafe realizes why Collette isn’t succumbing to his very potent charms, he offers his assistance free of charge. (Rafe, we KNEW you were a true gentleman!) Here’s hoping they manage to save Collette’s father—and that Rafe finds another occupation now that he’s found the woman of his dreams! This is the third book in Galen’s Survivors series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 3.)

    Built to Last, by Julie Ann Walker
    Jamen “Angel” Agassi is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. A recent mission went wrong, and he just had to change his identity. This cannot happen again, because he is ready to take down a major criminal kingpin for good. (You’ve got this, Angel! You’ve got the moves! You’ve got the body! You’ve got the thrusting capabilities of, well, you get the picture.) There’s a teeny tiny problem, though, and her name is Sonya Butler. She’s an Interpol agent, and Angel cannot let her figure out his real identity. (Oh, Angel, surely you can give us all—I mean, her—a glimpse of yourself. Just. One. Little. Peek.) Sonya is a pretty awesome lady, though, so we’ve got every reason to feel confident in her ability to make Angel, ahem, reveal himself to her in more ways than one. This is the latest book in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Devoted to Pleasure, by Shayla Black
    Cutter Bryant is military-turned-bodyguard, so you know he’s maintained his impressive physique. (Which goes well with his…personality. We’ll go with personality, wink wink!) Anyway, his latest assignment is to protect Shealyn West. She’s the star of a major television drama (Shealyn, can we find it on Netflix?) and she’s got some serious psycho on her tail. Cutter needs to do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if it includes him roaring loudly while ripping off his own shirt. (Especially if it includes this.)  Will they manage to take down Shealyn’s blackmailer? Will she manage to maintain her career? And will Cutter prove to Shealyn that she can never go wrong with a guy like him? This is the first book in Black’s Devoted Lovers series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 3.)

    What new romances are you beating (or bringing!) the heat with this week?

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  • Tara Sonin 5:00 pm on 2018/02/22 Permalink
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    A Romance (or Two!) For Every Astrological Sign 

    Do you believe fate is written in the stars? Are you obsessed with learning how the stars will align for your life in any given season? Then this list of Astrology-inspired romances is for you!

    Aries
    Aries signs are strong, full of leadership. They can be heroic and caring, but also impulsive and competitive. They love being the best at things—including, and especially, at winning the hearts of those they admire.  

    Black Dagger Brotherhood, by J. R. Ward
    Wrath is the leader of a group of vampires known as the Black Dagger Brotherhood—and he is set on vengeance against the people who killed his parents. After centuries of violence in pursuit of this goal, he meets a woman who will make him wonder if fighting for love is better than fighting for revenge.

    Forged in Steele, by Maya Banks
    Nothing says Aries more than military background fighters who work beyond the confines of the US Government, right? In this sexy novel, Steele leads his team on dangerous missions, protecting his heart in a thick layer of ice. Until he meets Maren, a doctor he cannot stop himself from wanting to protect, despite the secret he knows she is keeping.

    Taurus
    Known for being organized, supportive people, Taurus signs are ruled by the “Earth” element. They are patient and romantic, but can have a stubborn side, especially when it comes to the security of those they love. (Also, they can have a streak for indulging in the finer things in life!)

    A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
    Diana is a scholar at the top of her game…and a reluctant witch at the center of a grand conspiracy. She knows she should stay away from Matthew, a vampire and supposed enemy of her kind, but when she discovers that all of the supernatural world is after her because she possesses a dangerous document that could shake their order, she turns to him for protection.

    A Darker Shade of Magic, by Victoria Schwab
    Kell is one of the last Atari, a magical being with the ability to travel between worlds. He is essential to keeping the balance of magic between the worlds…but when he cannot help himself from stealing an item that does not belong in his world and the consequences prove fatal, he must risk it all to right the wrong before it claims the lives of those he loves.

    Gemini
    Geminis do not respond well to authority. They are adventurous and fun, but always like to be on the winning side of any debate. Some might call them judgmental, but that’s what makes their wit so striking.

    The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen Woodiwiss
    Aislinn’s home has been ravaged by a conqueror in this medieval romance. He is strong and courageous, but responsible for so much pain…and yet, she finds herself drawn to him even as she vows to destroy him.

    Hate to Want You, by Alisha Rai
    For one night every year, Livvy and Nicholas share a night of passion…even though their families hate one another. That is, until Livvy reneged on the deal, and something changed. But suddenly she is back, and Nicholas finds himself craving answers just as much as he continues to crave her.

    Cancer
    Nurturers, homebodies, and romantics—that’s who Cancers are. Sure, they may be prone to gossip and competition, but their hearts are incredibly sensitive and loyal to those they trust. (Just don’t break that trust, or else.)

    Yours Until Dawn, by Teresa Medeiros
    Samantha is a nurse charged with healing a fallen soldier back to health, but her task is difficult. Gabriel lost his sight, the woman he loved, and his place in the world. But her determination and care slowly brings him into the light, and into the arms of a woman who loves him like no other.

    Flowers from the Storm, by Laura Kinsale
    A classic story of love through pain and hardship, Maddy Timms finds herself in the unique position of being the only one who can save the dangerous, fascinating Duke of Jervaulx from himself.

    Leo
    Leos have a love of honesty that can get them in trouble. Sometimes jealous, often generous, Leos command attention and energy wherever they go. Named after the lion, it won’t surprise you to learn that Leos are natural leaders.

    Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
    Noble, proud, and heroic, Jamie Fraser embodies all of the qualities above…as does his love, Claire, who finds herself thrown into a different time and forced to marry the Highlander to keep herself safe. Two strong-willed souls battle for dominance in their relationship, but each will sacrifice everything to save the other if need be.

    London’s Perfect Scoundrel, by Loretta Chase
    Evelyn knows that the Marquis of St. Aubyn is not a man who should be trusted, but she needs his help in a mission more important than her pride. Headstrong and refusing to back down even when he denies her, eventually their fiery temperaments give way to flames in their hearts.

    Virgo
    Helpful and hardworking, Virgos are friends to all. Known for being practical (to the point of being preachy), these Earth signs get a lot of satisfaction out of creating things on their own.

    The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare
    A marriage of convenience is a practical thing to do. So the Duke of Ashbury decides that he will marry Emma Gladstone and employ a set of rules to ensure that they not cross any boundaries he isn’t prepared for. But Emma wants more than just a convenient marriage, she wants passion, and love…and their battle of wills will not cease until she gets what she wants.

    Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas
    Not wanting to entrap her inheritance in the hands of unscrupulous relatives, Evangeline decides she needs to marry someone who will keep it safe. So she decides to marry Lord St. Vincent, a rake beyond compare, and is determined to make him into the husband she knows she deserves.

    Libra
    The sign of the scales is known to embody balance and partnership, but Libras also have a dramatic side! They are ruled by the planet Venus—the planet of love—so they are often charming and romantic…and are often riled by things they deem unfair.

    If You Deceive, by Kresley Cole
    Ethan MacCarrick’s life was changed rorever when he was beaten and scarred as payment for a crime he was innocent of committing. Paid for by a powerful nobleman, Ethan has decided there will be no justice until he has bankrupted the man. But it still isn’t enough, so he decides fair is fair: he will seduce the man’s daughter, bed her, and then cast her aside, a ruined woman. But soon, he finds himself falling for his target.

    The Serpent Prince, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Simon is a Viscount hell-bent on revenge after being beaten almost to death. But his mission is put on hold while Lucy helps him heal—and when the attackers start to target her as well, he must make a choice between the woman he has grown to love and the fight that could cost them their lives.

    Scorpio
    Scorpios do not take no for an answer. Headstrong, passionate, and motivated by how much they can control both in and outside the bedroom, they are as intense as any romance love interest can get. Their symbol is the scorpion, so their bark can have some bite…but when they are on your side, there’s nothing better.

    The Siren, by Tiffany Reisz
    If a romance as described above is your cup of tea, you must meet Soren and Nora, the protagonists at the heart of the Original Sinners series. Soren is a Dominant, but more than that, he feels an inner need to hurt people (and derives sexual pleasure from it) that he controls by way of BDSM. Nora is his submissive—but she’s also the most prominent Dominatrix at the underground club they both visit. How did this arrangement unfold? You have to read the whole series to learn the full story.

    The Secret, by Julie Garwood
    Iain Maitland, a Highland clan Laird, totally fits this mold. When Judith Hampton meets him as her escort into the Highlands to help a friend give birth, she finds him to be everything her polite society has taught her to fear. Cold, calculating, and strong beyond belief; but eventually Judith’s light begins to warm Iain’s heart.

    Sagittarius
    A Sagittarius will never turn down a dare! These rule-breakers are fun-seeking adventurers you will never have a dull day with.

    The Danger of Desire, by Sabrina Jeffries
    Delia Trevor is the heroine inspired by this zodiac sign; seeking revenge for her brother’s death, she disguises herself as a man to infiltrate high society. Gambling with not only her reputation but her life, she finds herself in danger when the infamous Warren, Marquess of Knightford, recognizes her.

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean
    Gabriel St. John defies all the rules—he’s a known rake, his skills at seduction both admired and reviled in high society. Lady Calpurnia is the opposite: a total rule-follower, but not for long. Since no one wants to marry her anyway, she decides to pursue him, and together, they find a love that dares to break the mold.

    Capricorn
    Ever seen someone with a color-coded planner? They are probably a Capricorn. Known for being ambitious and organized, these folks are rarely quitters. But dedication can be a double-edged sword, as sometimes Capricorns can be cold.  

    To Beguile a Beast, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Helen has made mistakes in the past, but she is determined not to give up and to find a new life for herself. So when she takes a job as the mysterious and reclusive Sir Alistair’s housekeeper and finds him to be as cold and unfeeling as his reputation let on, her work is cut out for her. She isn’t afraid of his scars, or his past, or of what will happen if they fall in love.

    Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters are all still unmarried, which presents a problem for her lower-class family, which still has five children to support. But she is headstrong and refuses to marry for less than true love…and when a man she despises interferes with her sister’s happiness, she knows he is the last man she could ever love.

    Aquarius
    These Air-ruled people are friendly and eccentric, known for being inviting and kind. They always seek to root out injustice where they find it, and are at their best when they have a mission to achieve. But be careful: sometimes having a mission can lead someone on a path towards their own destruction.  

    The Lady Hellion, by Joanna Shupe
    Sophie has never shied away from a good fight: her latest battle is to protect the rights of prostitutes, but no one takes her seriously as a woman. So she decides to dress as a man to command the attention her cause desires…and to get an accomplice in her quest, like Damien Beecham, the only man she trusts to help her despite him having broken her heart months ago.

    Almost a Scandal, by Elizabeth Essex
    Sally Kent’s family has always served in the Navy…but when her brother decides not to, she is determined to take his place, even if she has to disguise herself in order to serve. The problem? She’s distracted by the disarmingly handsome Lieutenant David Colyear, who knows without a doubt that there’s a woman on board his ship whose secret he must keep.

    Pisces
    Fantasy lovers known for having huge imaginations, this Fish sign is always on the lookout for perfect love. But sometimes that can lead them into dangerous situations, where they trust people they shouldn’t.

    The Secret Pearl, by Mary Balogh
    Fleur has resorted to desperate lengths to stay alive and afloat in London society. So when she gets a chance to be a governess and escape a life on the streets, she jumps at the chance…only to find her new employer is the mysterious man who took her to bed one night she could never forget.

    Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn
    Colin Bridgerton is charming, handsome, totally gossip-worthy…and his sister’s best friend, Penelope, has been secretly in love with him for years. When she discovers a secret that changes how she sees him—and Colin’s feelings for her begin to change—will the scandal of his past bring down their romance?

    What’s your sign? And what’s your favorite romance?

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  • Tara Sonin 7:00 pm on 2018/01/24 Permalink
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    Prepare For The Royal Wedding With 50 Royal Reads 

    If you’re anything like me, the new royal wedding is pretty much the only news you care about these days. But we have until May 2018 to wait until Prince Harry and Princess Meghan (sorry, I don’t care what the official rules say, she’s a princess!) tie the knot…so here are fifty royal reads to tide you over until happily ever after.

    The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
    The story couldn’t be better than a fairytale: a regular girl falls in love with a prince. Bex always thought something like that could happen to her sister, Lacey, the romantic one…but instead she’s the one who winds up falling in love with Nick, who just so happens to be the next in line for the throne of England.

    Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
    Witness the rise and fall of the Queens of England from the perspective of an influential man on the sidelines, as he experiences his own rise to becoming the man who pulls the strings behind the curtain. Who was Thomas Cromwell, and how did he become Henry VIII’s right hand man?

    The Virgin’s Lover, by Philippa Gregory
    The master of historical fiction weaves a captivating tale of royalty and romance—as Elizabeth I becomes Queen, Amy Dudley knows this means her husband will once again find himself in her thrall. Elizabeth knows she must marry to ensure her country’s political safety, but the only man she wants is the one she can’t have.

    The King’s Mistress, by Emma Campion
    King Edward III had a mistress—but who was Alice Perrers? Was she a manipulative, ambitious woman who sought a station higher than she should have, or was she a prisoner of her own circumstances?

    The Sisters of Versailles, by Sally Christie
    One of the greatest court scandals never before written about in English is the focus of this scandalous, steamy novel. Four sisters are thrust into the orbit of King Louis XV, each of them occupying a place in the King’s bed for enough time to change history.

    Girl on the Golden Coin, by Marci Jefferson
    A girl goes from poor exile to the center of the English and French courts, relying on her connection to royal Stuart blood to advance her station. But she makes a terrible mistake: refusing to become the mistress of the French King, and in exchange is burdened with the task of seducing the English one as punishment. But she cannot, under any circumstances, fall in love with him.

    Sisi, by Allison Pataki
    Married to the Emperor Franz Joseph, Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Hungary is beloved by her people—but despite the gilded lifestyle she leads, Sisi is tempted by another life all together. She loves another man, Count Andrassy, and is willing to risk her marriage, her children, and her country itself to keep him. But turmoil follows Sisi wherever she goes, and as the First World War gathers steam, she must decide where her loyalties lie.

    Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, by Alison Weir
    One of history’s most fascinating Queens, Anne Boleyn’s rise to power is explored in this fast-paced and romantic novel in which a teenage girl from a scheming family finds herself growing closer and closer to the King, heedless of whichever women she must cast aside—including the current Queen, and even her own sister—to get there.

    Victoria, by Daisy Goodwin
    Inspired by the diaries of this long-reigning Queen, this novel follows another teenage Queen as she navigates the traditions and unspoken rituals of the monarchy…and in many cases, defies them, in order to forge an empire of her own.

    Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
    If you’re in the mood for some YA royalty, check out this series about a society where red-blooded people are controlled by those with magical, silver blood. That is, until Mare is revealed as a red-blooded girl with Silver powers. As she grows closer to the crown—and the brothers surrounding it—Mare realizes it may not be her destiny to become Queen of the Silver world, but the leader of the rebellion to destroy it.

    Dark Breaks the Dawn, by Sara B. Larson
    A reimagining of Swan Lake, this fantasy features a princess of the Light Kingdom on the cusp of coming into her full magical ability. But when she is thrust into a war with the Dark Kingdom—and realizes the King has corrupt plans to usurp her mother and control both thrones—she realizes that the cost of not controlling her magic could be the loss of her kingdom.

    Abundance, by Sena Jeter Naslund
    Marie Antoinette’s legacy is an infamous one, but thisliteary novel explores who she was before she met the guillotine. A child-bride forced to unite two countries; a beloved Queen who thrives on the love from her people; and an outsider unwilling to concede to elements stronger than herself.

    Helen of Troy, by Margaret George
    One of the first wars caused by a woman of royal importance, The Trojan War has inspired songs and stories for centuries. But who was Helen, the woman who abandoned her marriage in favor of an enemy prince?

    The Wild Queen, by Carolyn Meyer
    A Queen forced to relinquish her title and all she holds dear finds the courage to take control of her future—by returning to the place of her birth, Scotland, and securing another marriage in the hopes of taking back her throne. The one snag? The person she needs to dethrone is her cousin, Elizabeth I.

    The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Adieh
    Khalid is the Caliph of Khorasan, the ruler who marries a new girl each night—and orders her execution every time the sun rises. But for some reason, Shahrzad, a beautiful girl who volunteers to marry him—with plans to seek revenge for the murder of her best friend—is not killed on the first sunrise of her marriage.

    The Selection, by Kiera Cass
    The Bachelor meets Fantasy in this series about thirty-five girls competing for the hand of the Prince…and the throne that comes with it. What girl wouldn’t want that? Meet America singer, who is forced to leave behind the boy she loves to fight for a prince she is convinced she could never love.

    To Marry a Prince, by Sophie Page
    Bella doesn’t believe in fairytales, or true love. But then she is saved by a handsome strange—Richard, who just so happens to be the heir to the throne. But Bella’s fairytale romance soon hits a snag, when she butts heads with the royal family, feels like public property instead of a princess, and wonders whether an ordinary girl has any place loving a prince.

    The Commoner, by John Burnham Schwartz
    Haruk is the first Japanese woman not in the aristocracy to become a central figure in the monarchy. By marrying the Crown Prince, Haruko is derided by royal society and suffers because of it. But thirty years after the marriage, she is the Empress, and tasked with trapping yet another young woman in a marriage…this time, to her son, to secure his place on the throne.

    Royally Screwed, by Emma Chase
    Nicholas is used to getting everything he wants. And as a prince, he has everything anyone could ever want…except true love, which he finds when a beautiful girl defies him instead of bowing down. Olivia Hammond is exactly what he needs in his life…now he just has to convince the entire monarchy that she deserves him.

    Ever the Hunted, by Erin Summerill
    Britta Flannery tracks criminals with her bounty-hunter father…until he is murdered by her best friend, Cohen, the boy she thought she loved. To bring him to justice, she must venture to the far reaches of her kingdom, armed only with a magic she cannot control, and the bravery to face the truth about her father’s death.

    Long May She Reign, by Rhiannon Thomas
    She was twenty-third in line for the throne, but in this brutal and beautiful novel, Freya becomes Queen when the entire court is poisoned. But is she safe upon a throne she was never supposed to possess? And who can she trust, when she is surrounded by even more power-hungry people than before?

    The Red Queen, by Philippa Gregory
    The White Queen’s enemy has her story told in this Philippa Gregory novel; Margaret Beaufort has given her life to ensuring that her son, Henry Tudor, will sit on the English throne.

    Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
    Three Queens, each born with a power that could spell their ascension to the throne…and each charged with the terrible task of killing her sisters in order to take it. Game of Thrones fans who love dark magic and badass female characters will devour this sordid, sexy YA.

    Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
    Alina is a refugee with incredible power—and when she uses it to save her best friend’s life during a war caused by dark magic, she is thrust into the royal world of the Grisha. These magical warriors are ruled by The Darkling, and while Alina knows she must keep her wits about her and her power under control in order to save her kingdom, she is tempted by the promise of power and passion.

    The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, by Julia London
    Lady Greer wants to avoid marriage at all costs, including if that means going off alone to find an inheritance controlled by the Earl of Radnor…also known as the Prince of Powys. But Rhodrick is notorious and possibly even villainous. Greer cannot fall in love with him before securing the way out of an unhappy marriage…but her dark prince has other plans.

    Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
    Katsa’s Grace—the special power that sets her apart from society—is killing people. She uses this power in her position close to the King, but in this classic and fast-paced fantasy full of conspiracy, court intrigue, and romance, Katsa wishes she were free to choose her own destiny.

    Everless, by Sarah Holland
    In Sempera, time is blood—and both are owned by the Gerlings, who extract it from the poor and vulnerable in exchange for adding time to their own lifespans. When Jules finds herself working at the Gerling estate—and closer to the past she thought she’d escaped long ago—the secrets she finds in the blood are more than she bargained for.

    The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black
    When Jude was a child, her parents were murdered and she was sent away to live with the Faeries at their mysterious High Court. Now, she wants to become one of them, despite the derision with which Prince Cardan views humans.

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah Maclean
    Lady Calpurnia has no interest in being a typical ‘lady’, even if it means she remainds unmarried. But being unmarried doesn’t mean going unsatisfied, and so she decides to find a partner willing to break the rules with her, like Gabriel St. John, whose reputation for being wicked is exactly what she’s looking for.

    Crimson Bound, by Rosamund Hodge
    Rachelle is a servant to the realm, one of a select few capable of fighting dangerous creatures and protecting the prince. But she hates Armand, the man whose life she is supposed to put before her own. Court conspiracies, dark magic, and forbidden love run amok in this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

    Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson
    Elisa is the younger princess, married to a King in secret…and despite thinking she’s not special, she is the one destined to save her kingdom.

    The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn
    Simon Basset and Daphne Bridgerton are about to become engaged…but it’s really all a ruse to keep Simon out of the clutches of society’s rules, and Daphne hopes to find a suitor of her own since she has the stamp of approval from a Duke. But despite their courtship of convenience, they find themselves falling for one another.

    The Secret, by Julie Garwood
    Judith has traveled from her English home to the Highlands in order to help an old friend through childbirth…but the truth is she comes from Highland royalty, as the daughter of Laird Maclean. She only intended to learn about her father, but instead falls for another Laird, Ian, who confuses and excites her and draws her closer to a place she never thought she could call home.

    Sins of a Wicked Duke, by Sophie Jordan
    Fallon is working class, never meant to fall in love with someone above her station. But when she disguises herself as a footman in a wealthy household, she falls head over heels for her boss: Dominic Hale. Dominic finds himself intrigued by his young employee, but a torrid romance could ruin them both.

    The Switch, by Lynsay Sands
    Twin sisters escaping their uncle take turns pretending to be a boy in order to keep themselves safe. But Charlie winds up falling for Lord Jeremy Radcliffe, and she finds it more difficult to keep up the ruse while she’s in danger of losing her heart.

    Devil’s Bride, by Stephanie Laurens
    Devil has lived up to his name and compromised the honor of governess Honoria Wetherby…but instead of giving in to his rakish ways he winds up proposing marriage. But Honoria cares little for keeping her honor; she wants a lover who can live up to her expectations—and quickly puts Devil to the test.

    The Prince Who Loved Me, by Karen Hawkins
    Prince Alexsey is a notorious flirt with no plans to marry. So when he meets Bronwyn—a girl who prefers books to vain matters of beauty—he is convinced his Grandmother won’t allow the match. But when sparks fly between them, and a wicked stepmother gets in the way of their newfound passion, they have to prove that an ordinary girl and a prince can find happily ever after.

    In the Prince’s Bed, by Sabrina Jeffries
    In order to secure her lost inheritance and save her family’s prospects, Katherine will do anything…including marry a childhood friend. But Alexander Black, the Earl of Iverslley, also needs a woman of wealth to warm his bed, and so he does what any rake would do to get the other man out of the way.

    The Serpent Prince, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    In this sensuous historical romance, Lucy lives a content country life—until her routine is disrupted by a naked Viscount beaten half to death, whom she must heal back to health. But while Simon is consumed by his quest for vengeance against his attackers, Lucy is consumed by her desire for him.

    A Royal Invitation, by Nora Roberts
    Two love stories intertwine in this romance series from bestselling author Nora Roberts. In one, Prince Bennett is obsessed with Lady Hannah and will not rest until she belongs to him. In the second, a princess flees the confines of the palace in search of a simpler life…but falling for Vermont archaeologist Delaney Caine proves to be anything but simple, indeed.

    The Trouble with Princes, by Tracy Anne Warren
    Ariadne is ready to make a change: when she receivs her inheritance, she will publicl declare her intent never to marry, but to find a lover instead. Rupert Whyte is the prince of a small kingdom, also determined to enjoy his freedom…that is, until marriage gets in the way. But while he seeks an independent lifestyle, he fears Ariadne is about to make a terrible mistake…

    The Heir and the Spare, by Maya Rodale
    An American has charmed London society with her sparkling wit and personality. But Emilia only has the intention of being charmed by one man—Lord Phillip. However, the man she thinks is Phillip, is actually his twin, Devon, the spare child forced to endure society rituals while his brother, the heir, spends their fortune. But Emilia does not know the difference, and unwittingly finds herself being courted by two men who share the same face.

    Be My Prince, by Julianne Maclean
    Forced into an impossible situation, Lady Alexandra is tasked with the impossible: she must become engaged to Prince Randolph to secure her family’s future. Instead, she falls for his younger brother, Nicholas, and the resulting war between her passion and her duty threatens to ruin everyone she holds dear.

    Splendor, by Brenda Joyce
    A woman of little means, Carolyn has managed to garner notoriety as a columnist in a London paper under a male pseudonym. But when her wry wit targets a foreign prince, he stops at nothing to discover her true identity—and to show her the beauty of all she claims to hate, by whisking her away to his home court of St. Petersburg.

    Forbidden, by Jo Beverly
    After a terrible marriage, Serena Riverton is finally done with men. But in a moment of passion and desperation, she seduces Lord Middlethorp, ruining his chances at an honorable marriage. The consequences of one night of passion ensnare them both in a love affair that soon enough neither of them want to escape.

    Thorn, by Intisar Khanani
    A princess cursed to spend her life in the shadows of her family and the court, Alyrra has been forced to marry a foreign prince. But along the journey, they are attacked…and when her identity is mistake for someone else’s, she takes the chance to live someone else’s life.

    Reign of Madness, by Lynn Cullen
    Isabel and Fernando are the heart of the Spanish monarchy…and Juana, their third child, will never sit on their throne. So when she marries, she hopes it may be everything to her that being Queen never would be. That is, until Juana unexpectedly winds up on the throne, and her husband turns on her and seeks power for himself. Learn the story behind infamous Spanish monarch Juana the Mad in this captivating novel.

    Empress of the Night, by Eva Stachniak
    Catherine the Great relives the events of her life including her early years as a daughter-in-law to an Empress, her plans to usurp a King’s throne, and the years of occupying the throne herself.

    Medicis Daughter, by Sophie Perinot
    Catherine de Medici is a fascinating character of history…but her daughter is the one who stars in this story, as she moves from a daughter eager to please her powerful mother by marrying a man she did not love, and suffering in the bloodshed that followed.

    The Princess Saves Herself in this One, by Amanda Lovelace
    This beautiful poetry collection melds fairytales and real life to put the reader in the position of princess in her own story; conquering demons and dragons both physical and internal to find the happily ever after we all deserve.

    What royal reads are distracting you as we count down to the next royal wedding?

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  • Amanda Diehl 5:00 pm on 2017/11/15 Permalink
    Tags: , , it's not you it's me, julie garwood, , love is blind lynsay sands, , the bride   

    My Amicable Breakup with Historical Romances 

    To me historical romance is the bread and butter of the romance community, and many readers (including myself) have started with the subgenre. However, historical romance and I have had a falling out (that’s shown no signs of repair), and that’s okay!

    My first historical was The Bride, by Julie Garwood. I was swept away by how romantic it was. The castle, the violet-eyed heroine, and the swoony Alec Kincaid. From there, I devoured the Wallflower Quartet, by Lisa Kleypas. (My favorite is It Happened One Autumn, which isn’t the most popular opinion.) And of course, the best underrated historical romance I’ve ever read is tied between Love is Blind, by Lynsay Sands and Guilty Pleasures, by Laura Lee Guhrke.

    The long-ago time periods enraptured me as the characters strained against propriety and societal norms. Being naughty was frowned upon, which only made me turn the pages faster and faster, until one day I found myself struggling to finish a historical romance. Thinking it was me, I picked up another and had the same problem. It was like being stuck in the movie Groundhog Day where I seemed forever trapped in my historical romance book slump.

    This was definitely a situation of “it’s not you, it’s me.” I’m still unsure what prompted my sudden disinterest in a genre I used to love so deeply. My guess is that I overwhelmed myself too much, too soon. It was like a relationship that happened at breakneck speed. You meet and fall head over heels. You love everything about that person and suddenly, you’re spending every waking moment together and talking about moving in together.

    And then suddenly, you start to notice things that aren’t gelling. You’re always late and they’re always early. Are they chewing too loudly or am I just being overly sensitive? Their cologne or perfume no longer is the best smell you’ve ever smelled in the history of smells. With historical romances, I seemed to always find fault. There wasn’t enough sexytimes. The heroine was too innocent. The hero was too much of a jerk. But I realize now that none of my complaints were specific to the subgenre. I could have these complaints about contemporary romances or erotica. I was just being too difficult to please. Things didn’t necessarily go bad between me and historical romance, they just sort of petered off, and I had to sit down with myself and my reading tastes and admit that historically aren’t just working for me anymore.

    It’s hard when you see all your friends and fellow readers having such a good time with historicals. Why not me? I want to be a part of that too! It’s like seeing your ex at a bar and he or she is having a great time. They’re smiling and laughing and you suddenly remember, for a brief moment, what attracted you to them in the first place. Then you remember the boring nights where you struggled to make conversation with each other or, like me, read the same paragraph over and over in the hopes of making some progress in a book. It probably won’t work out again and you’d rather not repeat the slog through another book (or another attempt at a relationship).

    So the two of you lock eyes across the bar, give a gentle wave, and carry on about your business, which is my current standing with historical romances. I’m content see other people enjoying them and at times, I wish I could have a beautiful reunion with Tessa Dare and Elizabeth Hoyt. But why force it? Take a break, re-evaluate, and much like romantic pursuits, there are plenty of other fish in the sea. I can find a romance that suits my current needs.

    Maybe historical romances and I will have tear-stained, beautiful reunion one day, or perhaps that ship as sailed. But much like a hot and heavy, passionate relationship, I’m grateful for the time we had together, even if we didn’t have our happy ending.

    How enduring is your love for historical romance?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/07/06 Permalink
    Tags: , , chasing down a dream, , fuel for fire, , julie garwood, just the thing, , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Hackers, Self-Defense Instructors, and Small-Town Drama 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a heartbroken lady out to find a new love this Season, an animal shelter worker, and a former Marine looking for a way to ease his pain.

    Wired, by Julie Garwood
    Allison Trent is a part-time model, but her real love is hacking. That’s right, she’s a top-notch hacker with a zest for writing and breaking code. She’s so good, in fact, that FBI agent and Hunk of Our Hearts Liam Scott wants her to do some very sensitive investigative work for him. She turns him down, which of course makes Liam want her and her computer skills even more. (Something tells me they won’t need to worry about imposing that whole No-Electronics-In-The-Bedroom rule.) Allison has some secrets, though, and letting the FBI in on them isn’t exactly part of her life plan. That said, Liam has a face and body that are too tempting for her quicksilver fingers to ignore. Here’s hoping they find some happy middle ground that will involve getting into only the best kind of trouble! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    A New Leash on Love, by Debbie Burns
    Megan Anderson has a dream job at a no-kill animal shelter. (Megan, how and where can we make a donation?!) Her job brings her in touch with Craig Williams. He’s the kind of guy who would do really well starring in mattress commercials. He’s a little stressed out at the moment, but one meeting with Megan makes him think that life could get much better quite soon. Megan isn’t really into him, though, at least not at first, but she soon starts to have many mattress-related thoughts about him. Here’s hoping they get to know each other really soon, and that they move into a big house with lots of land that will accommodate their many babies—both human and animal! This is the first book in Burns’ Rescue Me series, which is perfect for romance readers who are passionate about saving their furry friends. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

    Just the Thing, by Marie Harte
    Gavin Donnigan isn’t feeling so great. He’s got the super-duper guilty feels about the deaths he witnessed while in the Marine Corps. He is trying to find some catharsis by teaching a self-defense class. (Gavin, will you help us all work on our fighting stance? Or our form? Whatever brings you closer, really. Thanks!) One of his new students might make everything a whole lot better. Zoe York is getting over the death of her twin sister (sending major hugs your way, Zoe!), and the mere sight of Gavin is already making her heart beat a lot faster. Can these two find comfort and true love with each other—and share some exceptionally sexy times together? This is the second book in Harte’s Donnigans series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    Fuel for Fire, by Julie Ann Walker
    Covert operative Dagan Zoelner and CIA agent Chelsea Duvall have had the feelings for each other for quite some time. They have yet to act on their feelings, though, which they mistakenly think might be for the best. (Our gal Chelsea, for one, knows a thing or two about Dagan’s past that may not bode well for his life and career.) The thing is, they are actually quite perfect for each other. Chelsea and Dagan, just think of all the super-duper awesome missions you can go on together! And when you have kids, you can teach them everything you know. It’ll become a thriving family enterprise! This is the latest book in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series, which features hot guys who know motorcycles and often go on dangerous government missions. Vroom! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    The Wicked Heir, by Elizabeth Michels
    Lady Isabelle Fairlyn is dealing with some major heartbreak: The love of her life has just been betrothed to her twin sister. She’s now on a mission to find a new guy before the end of the Season, and she specifically wants someone who is really good at dancing, plus a good dresser. (No offense, Isabelle, but these qualities do not always maketh a hot manly man.) Then she meets Fallon St. James, a dishy hunk who is the head of the Spare Heirs club. He needs to keep his activities on the down low, so being out and about in public courting someone like Isabelle isn’t his best option. But then she starts to get the flirts from a shady guy, and Fallon realizes that he really wants to win the new lady of his heart. This is the third book in Michels’ Spare Heirs series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

    Chasing Down a Dream, by Beverly Jenkins
    The town of Henry Adams, Kansas is brimming with joys and dramas, highs and lows. Tamar July’s cousin is about to die, and Tamar has been asked to help arrange the funeral. (Tamar and her family don’t exactly have the best relationship, so this might be a tad difficult.) Gemma wants to adopt two children—a brother and sister who were found on the side of a road after a storm, poor babies!—but she is told that as a white woman she cannot adopt African American children. Then we’ve got Jack and Rocky, who are about to get some help in planning their wedding. So much to do in so little time, so grab your favorite reading blanket and ignore the outside world! This is the latest book in Jenkins’ Blessings series, which is perfect for romance readers who want to get cozy with some small-town happenings. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

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