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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2019/05/29 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Private Investigators, English Professors, and College Love Affairs 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who looks into her mother’s disappearance, a newly-single college professor who’s about to have a summer fling, and a straight-laced college student who falls for a very naughty—and sexy—kind of guy.

    Liar, Liar, by Lisa Jackson
    Our gal Remmi had an unconventional upbringing, to say the least. She was raised by her mom, who worked as a celebrity impersonator in Las Vegas and disappeared when Remmi was only 15. Even crazier, Remmi’s twin half-siblings also disappeared around the same time. (Remmi, we’re going to have to sit down with a glass of wine and take notes while you give us all this backstory!) Fast forward 20 years and a mysterious death prompts the adult Remmi to look into her mom’s disappearance. In order to do this, she turns to Noah Scott, her high school boyfriend who now runs his own private investigative firm. (Noah also has grown into the kind of body that would make any woman want to do some, ahem, private investigating.) Their findings yield some pretty shady stuff about Remmi’s family. Here’s hoping that Remmi solves her family’s mystery sooner rather than later, and that she and Noah build a loving, stable life together! (Available in paperback on May 28.)

    Spitfire in Love, by Isabelle Ronin
    College students Kara Hawthorne and Cameron St. Laurent may have just met their match in each other. Kara is a hardworking, straight-laced kind of young woman whose younger brother just wrecked Cameron’s motorcycle. This means that Kara, unfortunately, might have to do some groveling. (Cameron, you behave now and don’t be too hard on Kara!) Kara and Cameron soon get to know each other very well, even though Cameron is determined to keep his sob story of a past secret. (Cameron, buddy, now that you’re in college, this might be a good time to open up and explore your feelings. Bare your soul to Kara! And your abs!) Will Cameron let Kara know how he really feels about her? Can Kara cut loose a little bit and have some fun? Does at least one of them have a single dorm room that will guarantee maximum privacy and a resident advisor who will look the other way during No Visitor Hours? Oh, that the answer be “Hell, yes!” to all of these questions! (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 28.)

    As You Wish, by Jude Deveraux
    Elise, Kathy, and Olivia need to get away from it all, so they each head to Summer Hill, Virginia. Each lady has experienced some major love-related drama. Elise’s husband, for one, just impregnated his mistress. The good thing is that Elise is finally ready to stop living life according to other people’s wishes. (Elise, we’ll all help you plan the most FABULOUS of vacations!) As for Kathy, she also finds out that her husband is a lying, cheating scumbag who should be forced to walk across hot coals on his knees. Olivia, on the other hand, has finally just married her one true love. (She is 60 years young, so it’s definitely A Big Deal.) Gotta love it when three ladies get some well-deserved R&R while also getting much-needed friend time! Will Elise and Kathy also find true love to boot? This is the third book in Deveraux’s Summerhouse series. (Available in paperback on May 28.)

    The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory
    Alexa Monroe was riding an elevator and completely minding her own business when said elevator got stuck and she found herself stuck in the elevator with Drew Nichols, a hunky hunk of a man if there ever was one. (#bestelevatorrideever) The two of them start chatting, and they soon realize they have some pretty major chemistry. Trouble is, they live in different cities and have demanding careers. Drew is a pediatric surgeon and Alexa is the chief of staff for her city’s mayor. They’re not totally sure they’ll be able to swing a relationship. That said, Alexa is willing to be Drew’s fake girlfriend for his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. They’re not really thinking about life beyond this wedding, but they soon realize that they’d like to get to know each other better in all kinds of ways. Oh, make it work, you two, for yourselves and for humanity! Your combined brains and beauty and drive will certainly change the world—and produce exceptionally smart and gorgeous children! (Available in paperback on May 28.)

    The Ultimatum, by Karen Robards
    Bianca St. Ives is really, really good at her job. She cons con men out of money they stole, kind of like a modern-day Robin Hood, except she’s a badass lady with nicer hair. (Bianca, we all worship at your feet!) Sadly, her latest mission has gone horribly wrong, and it involves millions of missing dollars and the U.S. government, which, let’s be honest, is not an ideal combination. If that wasn’t bad enough, Bianca’s father was killed in the kerfuffle and the government is now trailing her every move. Will Bianca survive this disaster and clear her name? Is there the slightest possibility that she’ll get a helping hand from a hunky hunk? How exactly does one get her toned arms? Grab your reading blanket and/or reading socks and beverage of choice, because this thriller is clearly going to be quite the nail-biter! This reprint is the first book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in paperback on May 28.)

    Smitten by the Brit, by Melonie Johnson
    Up until recently, things were going quite well for English professor Bonnie Blythe. Not only does she have an enviable career teaching literature, but her boyfriend also proposed. Something Bad happened, though, which prompts our gal to break off her engagement. (Good for you, Bonnie! Better to identify trouble before you say “I do!”) She soon meets Theo Wharton, a very sexy British man who pretty much embodies all of our British man fantasies. (Oh, may he have the dashing looks and work ethic of Captain Wentworth in Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” combined with the INSERT YOUR BRITISH MALE FANTASY AND HIS WINNING TRAIT HERE.) Bonnie thinks this will be nothing more than a fun summer fling, but she soon realizes that she and Theo just might have a chance at that whole long-term relationship thing. (Girl, you didn’t get that PhD for nothing!) This is the second book in Johnson’s Sometimes in Love series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 28.)

    What romance novels are you looking forward to this week?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/19 Permalink
    Tags: , , , karen robards, , , , , , the fifth doctrine, , the wyoming kid   

    Romance Roundup: Ranchers, Reunited Friends, and Gym Lovers 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Tara Sonin 3:00 pm on 2018/04/26 Permalink
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    24 Swoonworthy Novels Inspired by Ireland 


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    Here are twenty-five novels with stories, settings, and characters inspired by Ireland. Sláinte!

    Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts
    Set in County Mayo, Ireland, the place Iona Sheehan has come to learn about her ancestors thanks to the stories from her grandmother—this romance is as spellbinding as its setting. Iona meets family she never knew, and a handsome stable owner, Boyle McGrath. But falling for her homeland and for him become more complicated when secrets from the past are revealed.

    Darkfever, by Karen Marie Moning
    The start to this bestselling paranormal romance series begins with a murder. When Mac’s sister is murdered, she goes to Ireland, determined to track down the evil that took her family away. But soon she realizes the journey to the truth involves another world, living amidst her own: the world of the Fae. Can she find the truth, defeat evil forces, and find love—and get out alive?

    Seduce Me at Sunrise, by Lisa Kleypas
    Kev Merripan is half Roma, half Irish…so he knows can never have the woman he wants. His background, and a dangerous past, would prevent it forever. That is, until Winnifred Hathaway returns home and another suitor begins to compete for her affection.

    Scandalous Desires, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Mickey O’Connor, an Irish man raised in London, is a self-made man on the wrong side of society. He has everything he wants, except one thing: a woman. Silence Hollingbrook has wedged her way into his heart after one night…and now, he has another chance to make her his.

    The Lost Duke of Wyndham, by Julia Quinn
    Jack Audley is a soldier, a lone-wolf…and now, unfortunately, named the Duke of Wyndham. A title he never asked for, in a society he reviles. But there is a chance that his claim is illegitimate…if his parents married in Ireland, before he was born. And then he meets Grace Eversleigh, and everything Jack thought he wanted is suddenly secondary to loving her.

    The Princes of Ireland, by Edward Rutherfurd
    An epic historical saga of the entirety of Irish history from Ireland in A.D. pre-Christian society through the founding of the Free Irish State, this novel follows fictional families through eras of Irish triumph and travails.

    Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin
    The coming of age story of a girl caught between homes: the one she left behind, in Ireland, and the one she might have to leave when family tragedy strikes, in Brooklyn. Eilis wanted a chance at a new life, but never imagined she would find love with an Italian man in America. But will she give it up, to honor her homeland?

    The Girl in the Castle, by Santa Montefiore
    Kitty Deverill has a lovely life living in Castle Deverill in beautiful Ireland. She and Jack O’Leary fall in love…a love threatened by a jealous friend, a war between the Irish and the British, and the destruction of her home. Downton Abbey fans will love this dramatic portrayal of upstairs-downstairs hope and heartbreak.

    The Irish Princess, by Karen Harper
    If you love historical narratives from outside perspectives, you will love the story of Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a girl born to Irish royalty…and a girl who knew the wrath of Henry VIII almost as much as his wives. The King imprisons her father, destroying her family, she must seek allegiances and avoid enemies in the perilous English court.

    A Swift Pure Cry, by Siobhan Dowd
    The death of Shell’s mother sends her religious father into a tailspin. As Shell tries to mourn while helping her brother and sister, her best friend Declan drops another bombshell: he’s leaving Ireland for America. Scandal, love, betrayal, and more can be found in this beautiful story of grief and growing up.

    The Wild Irish, by Robin Maxwell
    Elizabeth is Queen in England, having just proved victorious against the Spanish Armaada. But across the sea, Ireland is brewing with conflict. Grace O’Malley is more than just a pirate—she is the protector of her homeland against English invaders. And the only way to protect them now is to meet Elizabeth face-to-face.

    Broken Harbor, by Tana French
    The Dublin Murder Squad is back, with Mick Kennedy investigating cases other detectives couldn’t handle. When a man and his children are murdered and his wife ends up in the hospital, Mick is ready with the answers…until evidence arises that he cannot explain, and his own past begins to dangerously mingle with the present.

    Circle of Friends, by Maeve Binchy
    In the beginning, it was Benny and Eve. They grew up in Knockglen with different circumstances, but always had one another. In Dublin, their circle widens to include Nan and Jack. But happiness in this circle of friends is not meant to be, as friendships new and old are tested when secrets from the past are unearthed.

    Hush, by Donna Jo Napoli
    A young adult novel by celebrated author Donna Jo Napoli stars an Irish princess who is kidnapped by her kingdom’s enemies. She vows to remain silent in order to save herself—and the secrets of her kingdom—while her captors take her to a world she never thought she would see.

    The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
    Lavinia arrives on a Virginia plantation in the years before the Civil War traumatized by her journey from Ireland, that left her parentless and alone. But her loneliness only increases, because even as she is invited into the good gracious of her masters, she is still apart from them—and even more apart from the slaves on the plantation, including Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter.

    Duchess of Sin, by Laurel McKee
    Dublin is no match for Conlan McTeer, the Duke of Adair…but he is no match for Lady Anna Blacknall. When they meet in a nefarious location and succumb to a moment of temptation, nothing is ever the same…but years later, when they reunite, their passion certainly is.

    The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue
    From the author of Room comes a haunting tale of a nurse visiting an Irish village to witness a mystery…a girl no older than eleven, living alone in a cabin, who believes she is living off manna from heaven. As in, has survived months without food. Part mystery, part thriller, but all heart, this novel is not to be missed.

    Forbidden Love, by Karen Robards
    Exactly what the title suggests! Once, Megan was a student at Maam’s Cross Court. Justin—the sixth Earl of Weston—was her guardian. But she is no longer than young girl she once was, and now she wants him in her heart, and her bed. One catch? He’s married.

    Lady of Conquest, by Teresa Medeiros
    Conn is a fearless warrior of Ireland, commander to the Fianna, his soldiers. But one enemy he never thought he’d meet is a beautiful woman named Gelina—and she wants his life as payment for the ones he ruined. But instead of killing one another, they find themselves falling in love, instead…

    Irish Lady, by Jeanette Baker
    Meghann McCarthy has a new life It looks nothing like the one she had before, in Belfast, poor, and desperately in love with Michael Devlin—until he broke her heart. But then he gets accused of murder, and since she’s a lawyer…well, she’ll put it all on the line to save him.

    Golden Surrender, by Heather Graham
    Princess Erin is the beautiful heir to the Irish throne—a throne of vengeance, if she has anything to say about it, against one man: Prince Olaf of Norway, the one who destroyed her kingdom. But her father has other plans…such as marrying her off to the prince himself, thus uniting once warring kingdoms. Can she learn to love a man she hates?

    Talk Sweetly to Me, by Courtney Milan
    A romance between a British wallflower and an Irish rake is complicated by the fact that she has no interest in romance, or scandal, or anything he can offer…except, perhaps, his heart.

    Irish Born, by Nora Roberts
    All of the Concannon sisters are found in this trilogy bind-up! Maggie, the free-spirited girl who carves her own path; Brianna, the loving caretaker; and Shannon, the American who yearns to find her home in Ireland.

    Irish Warrior, by Kris Kennedy
    A captive Irish warrior, Finian finds help in the most unlikely of places…a beautiful woman, Senna de Valery, who wants out just as much as he does. Despite their attraction, they must focus on the difficult journey to come…including what it means for Senna, and the secret she holds that many men would kill for.

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2017/06/13 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Miami Affairs, Avenging Siblings, and Jilted Brides 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes some very busy heroines, a smoking hot Miami bachelor who has met his match, and some major family drama.

    The Ultimatum, by Karen Robards
    Our heroine Bianca St. Ives had a rather unconventional childhood. The result is that she is now The Best when it comes to conning con men out of the money they stole. (You go, girl! They deserve it!) She even runs a multinational firm with her dear old dad, so there’s plenty of family fun. (“Hey, Dad, remember that scumbag thief we apprehended while zip lining in Costa Rica? Ah, good times!”) Her latest mission, though, went rather poorly, and her dad might have been killed in action. The government is not so convinced, though, and they want to use Bianca as bait to find him. Our gal is going to have to use every skill at her disposal if she’s going to survive this latest fiasco. Bianca, when it’s over, we’ll take you out for margaritas! This is the first book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on June 13.)

    Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh
    Silver Mercant has some major responsibilities as the Trinity Accord handles some unification issues. Silver is the director of this major emergency response-thingie, for one, so she really has no time to dilly-dally. (Silver, we’d all like to apply to be your personal assistant! You’ll never go a day without fresh dry cleaning!) Then she crosses paths with Valentin Nikolaev, and she realizes that everyone needs to dilly-dally once in a while. (It’s very healthy of you to realize this, Silver!) She’s not supposed to let her emotions get the better of her, but Valentin can elicit a passionate response from a plastic bag. When someone tries to poison Silver, he gets all “Oh, hell, no!” and steps up his game to keep her safe. Can they dodge the bad guys and build a beautiful life together? This is the first book in Singh’s Psy-Changeling Trinity series, which is a spinoff of her Psy-Changeling series. So much fun and romance and action! (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on June 13.)

    A Miami Affair, by Sherelle Green
    Joshua DeLong is a top-notch corporate raider with a body that would look great in any bedroom. He has no plans to settle down romantically, though. Then he meets public relations guru Becca Wright. She doesn’t have time for a guy like Joshua in her life—bad boys aren’t really her thing—but she needs him to support her charity. In order to do this, she must dress up a bit and accompany him to fancy parties and go on excursions on his yacht. (Becca, can we pretty please be your wing woman during these lovely excursions?) They both soon realize that there is far more beneath the surface, and that they’d like to spend WAY more time together. This is the second book in the very sexy Millionaire Moguls series, which is perfect for romance readers who love a Miami-based love story! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 20.)

    The Darkest Promise, by Gena Showalter
    Cameo is possessed by the demon of Misery, which means that if she experiences anything remotely close to the emotion of joy she will lose her memory. (And we thought the Monday blues were rough!) Out of options to reclaim her life, she sneaks into a mythical land ruled by Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual, who also possesses The Body Both My Grandmother and Maiden Aunt Would Admire. He is on a mission to destroy his enemies (Oh, Lazarus, aren’t we all!) but he is quite intrigued by Cameo. He wants to turn her frown upside down, and also perform more literal, acrobatic tasks that would take Cameo beyond joy. (Cameo, may we please test the waters for you first?) Will they figure out a situation in which she can finally feel true happiness and NOT lose her memories of him? This is the latest book in Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on June 13.)

    One Week to the Wedding, by Olivia Miles
    Two sisters try to make amends in the first book in Miles’ Misty Point series. Kate Daniels is planning her best friend’s wedding, but it’s really hard to not feel a bit sorry for herself. Her own fiancé just cheated on Kate with her younger sister, Charlotte. (It’s okay, Kate! We don’t judge you at all!) As for Charlotte, she feels awfully awful about everything, and she really wants to make things right. The opportunity presents itself when Kate needs to go home. Things soon start to look up for Kate, which is good, because she has to put on a good face for her best friend. (Kate, if it helps, we’ll be your Plus One and make sure you dance with the cutest single guy at the reception!) Here’s hoping that Kate and Charlotte get back to being sisterly very soon, and that Kate finds a true romantic partner who will always stick by her side! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 13.)

    Revenge, by Lexi Blake
    Drew Lawless and his siblings are on a mission to avenge their parents’ deaths. Drew decides to get investigative reporter Shelby Gates involved in his mission, and they soon become very attracted to one another. It probably has to do with a bit of shared history, plus the fact that Drew has got that whole righteous, smoldering attitude thing going on. (I mean, the guy wants to avenge his dead parents. It does NOT get any sweeter or more sentimental than that!) Drew and Shelby need to keep their heads above water if they’re going to, well, keep their heads and move on to more important things. Here’s hoping that they can look forward to happier times and that Shelby is accepted into Drew’s close-knit family! This is the third book in Blake’s Lawless series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 13.)

    What romances are smoldering on your TBR pile this week?

    The post Romance Roundup: Miami Affairs, Avenging Siblings, and Jilted Brides appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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