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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What romance novels are toppling off your nightstand this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 8:38 pm on 2018/11/06 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Master Vampires, Wyoming and Texas Ranchers, and Naughty Widows 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a desperate heiress who needs to pay off a blackmailer, a Wyoming rancher and single dad who gets some much-needed help, and a high-society widow who falls for the deliciously wrong kind of man. Plus: lots of vampires.

    Wyoming Legend, by Diana Palmer
    Micah Torrance may be a handsome, rugged man built to run a Wyoming ranch, but underneath that chiseled exterior is a guy who needs a bit of help. He’s got his energetic little daughter, for one, and, well, running a big Wyoming ranch is tougher than it sounds. Fortunately, he gets help from Karina Carter, a champion ice skater who is having a bit of R&R after an accident. She is eager to get back to the ice, but then she gets to know Micah and his kid and realizes that everything she truly, madly, deeply wants is much closer than she thinks. Will Micah find, ahem, enthusiastic ways to express his budding love for Karina? And will Karina realize that Micah is WAY better than any gold medal? This is the eighth book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    Unhinged, by Helen Hardt
    The love saga between ER nurse Erin Hamilton and vampire Dante Gabriel continues! Long story short: Dante bit Erin and became addicted to her blood and they now have a crazy-hot chemistry that would resuscitate a maiden aunt’s long-lost libido. The thing is, Erin isn’t sure she wants to buy into the whole vampire thing, even if Dante constantly makes her want to ditch her scrubs and bare herself to him body and soul. (Oh, Erin, please don’t fight the feelings that Dante makes you feel!) Still, they can’t stay away from each other, so now they’re going to decipher the Vampyre Texts and dodge a gang of vampire thugs. Dante also needs to deal with some major dark energy. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat all of the negative forces in their lives and just focus on each other! This is the second book in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Snow, by Nora Roberts
    Two stories in one! In “A Will and a Way,” Pandora McVie ends up having to spend Christmas in the Catskills with the very hunky Michael Donahue. He is the co-beneficiary of her late uncle’s will, who clearly wanted to hook these two youngsters up. Pandora is NOT a happy camper. (Um, Pandora, no offense, but Michael is gorgeous and I just did a Google image search of the Catskills and WOW they’re beautiful—so open your eyes!) In “Local Hero,” single mom Hester Wallace is working hard to make ends meet while raising her son in a Manhattan apartment. (Totally feel you, Hester! Keeping oneself alive in a Manhattan apartment is no easy feat.) Her neighbor Mitch Dempsey offers to help her out, which melts our gal’s heart. (Mitch, would you please walk my dog while you’re at it?) Will this be the last holiday season they spend unattached? (Available in paperback.)

    Love in Catalina Cove, by Brenda Jackson
    Vashti Alcindor faced a major teen pregnancy-related crisis when she was younger, so she left her hometown of Catalina Cove determined to never return. Fast forward ten-plus years, and our gal has inherited a bed and breakfast from her aunt. The establishment is in major need of some HGTV-level renovation, and Vashti decides to fix it up and give life in Catalina Cove another whirl. (Vashti, you are our inspiration!) Oh, she also meets and falls for Sawyer Grisham, the new sheriff who recently pulled her over for speeding, proving that romance can flower in the most inconvenient of circumstances. Things are going quite well until some painful secrets start to come out. Vashti, stay strong and don’t let anyone ruin your new life! And Sawyer, make sure to stick by her side throughout all of the drama – and forgive her for speeding! This is the first book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Shades of Wicked, by Jeaniene Frost
    New series alert! Master vampire Ian makes no apologies for his controversial but smoldering, sexy existence. (Yep, we’re all totally fine with this.) And as for our vampire law-abiding gal, Veritas, her job is to make sure that guys like Ian, who live by their own set of rules and don’t really listen to vampire society, doesn’t get TOO out of line. (Oh, but Veritas, Ian can be so good when he’s bad!) Still, both Veritas and Ian have a bone to pick with a demon named Dagon. (We’ll put it this way: Dagon is so bad that even Veritas is willing to get a bit dirty if it means his downfall.) Ian and Veritas will need to join forces if they’re going to defeat Dagon. And if it means that she’ll occasionally get to put her hands all over Ian’s body then, well, good for you, Veritas! This is the first book in Frost’s Night Rebel series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward
    Sola Morte used to be on the wrong side of the law (think cat burglary and safecracking), but now she’s gone clean and is focused on taking care of her granny. She hasn’t forgotten Assail, though. He’s a vampire, and let’s just say that futures between vampires and human women are NOT looking too bright. She needs to stay away from him. Then Assail ends up in a coma, and his cousins ask Sola to chill by his bedside and give him a reason to keep going. (Oh, that we all had that chance!) Then she finds herself in the middle of a war that involves vampires and vampire enemies and lots and lots of fangs and teeth. Here’s hoping she manages to survive this vampire war—and that she and Assail figure out their future together ASAP! This is the latest book in Ward’s extensive Black Dagger Brotherhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Archangel’s Prophecy, by Nalini Singh
    Elena Deveraux was a mortal who was turned immortal and became the consort of Archangel Raphael, and because of this she has a pretty sweet pair of wings that, ya know, allow her to live up in the clouds with him. (The ability to fly AND a hunky man to boot? Elena, you are one very lucky lady!) A major problem is brewing, though, which is that Elena is regressing and becoming more human again. She and Raphael need to figure out what the problem is ASAP before their future together becomes truly doomed. Oh, and major catastrophes are taking place around the world, and Elena and Raphael need to deal with them, too. Elena and Raphael, you can do this! We have faith in you! And when the drama is over, you should seriously consider booking a couples’ massage! This is the latest book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Barbarous, by Minerva Spencer
    Lady Daphne Davenport is a respectable widow, which means she should NOT be falling hard for the steaming hot privateer, Hugh Redvers. She’s a lady and he’s just not the kind of man she should be courting in public. She also needs to keep her distance because she miiiiight have cheated him out of lands and a title and so forth—not that Hugh knows it. (Daphne, you bad girl! We can’t wait to hear all of your juicy secrets!) Still, Daphne wouldn’t mind being pillaged and plundered by Hugh, because he puts all of those high-society dandies to shame. As for Hugh, he can’t resist our tough, beautiful gal. Here’s hoping that Daphne comes clean about everything, and that Hugh isn’t too upset with her. (Just take it inside, you two! And by “inside” we mean “to the bedroom!”) This is the second book in Spencer’s Outcasts series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Too Far Gone, by Allison Brennan
    Special Agent and total badass Lucy Kincaid is eager to enjoy some quality time this summer with her hunky husband, Sean, and her husband’s son, Jesse. Trouble is, a respected scientist whose personal and professional life was in tatters just went haywire, kept a bunch of innocent people hostage, and then died in a shootout with the FBI. Lucy needs to get to the bottom of this, but soon it seems as if someone might be out to get her. She and Jesse get into a major car accident, and other things just start to unravel from there. Will our gal be able to crack this case? Will she and her loved ones make it out safely? And when the drama is over, will she and her husband and stepson finally be able to relax and enjoy their summer? This is the latest book in Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    American Drifter, by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray
    Yup, you read those author names correctly! The romance writer and actor have teamed up to create a story about River, a U.S. Army veteran with PTSD. River has some major demons, so he decides to get lost in Brazil and just drift around with no end in sight. (Oh, River, we’d love nothing more than to find you and provide, ahem, comfort!) He meets a very special lady by the name of Natal, and instantly feels attracted to her, but she is the mistress of a gangster, and so he needs to tread carefully. They escape the area together, with the drug lord and his gang in pursuit. Oh, and the Brazilian government might also be involved. River and Natal, you two lovebirds just focus on escaping to a safe place, and then maybe also focus on making sweet, sweet love in a beautiful and remote mountain cabin! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Beautiful Sinner, by Sophie Jordan
    Cruz Walsh was recently released from prison. He was accused of a crime he didn’t commit, so now he’s quite intent on making sure he only surrounds himself with people he trusts. (Good for you, buddy!) Then he gets stuck in a supply closet with Gabriella, an old high school acquaintance who looks WAY different from the days when people called her “Flabby Gabby.” (Gabriella, as far as we’re concerned, you are—and have always been—Ms. Fabulous McFabulous!) She is trying to land a major scoop that will help her career get wings—and help her get the heck out of her teeny, tiny town. But being stuck in a supply closet can be a surprisingly sexy situation that makes you want to slow things down and reevaluate your life, especially with a guy like Cruz. Here’s hoping they both get the fresh start they’re looking for! This is the fifth book in Jordan’s Devil’s Rock series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Runaway Princess, by Christina Dodd
    Miss Evangeline Scoffield is a sophisticated, mysterious woman—or so she would have everyone believe. She is really an orphan who recently inherited some money, so she’s intent on having a fun summer filled with expensive gowns and travel, all while pretending to be a beautiful, mysterious lady. A Very Sexy Man who is also A Crown Prince sees her and immediately realizes that she’s actually the Princess of Serephina. Oh, and she’s also supposed to be his fiancee, which didn’t totally fit in with her plans at first. (Evangeline—or is it Your Highness?—we’re all for you having a bit of fun and freedom, but have you had a chance to see this guy nekkid?) He is eager to win her over, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes. (Yes, yes, and yes!) Will he manage to win her over? And will they be able to rule together in harmony? This is the first book in Dodd’s Princess series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Bastard’s Bargain, by Katee Robert
    Keira O’Malley always fantasized about her wedding day, but she never imagined said wedding day would involve marriage to Dmitri Romanov. He’s a major power player in New York City who is known for his ruthless focus when it comes to taking care of business. As for Keira, she agrees to marry him only because her family is in danger. (Keira, call us delusional, but we’re actually feeling optimistic about this situation!) She doesn’t want to make marriage easy for him, but even she can’t deny that she wouldn’t mind licking a happy trail of chocolate off of his body every night. (Totally understandable, Keira. Totally understandable.) They’ll need to work together if they’re going to defeat their enemies. And when it’s over, they just might realize they actually like each other and want to stay married. Let the games begin! This is the sixth book in Robert’s O’Malley’s series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Big Bad Cowboy, by Carly Bloom
    Travis Blake experienced a lot of heartbreak in his hometown of Big Verde, Texas, so he escaped to Austin, intending to never return. Then his nephew calls him, and he’s very much in need of Travis’ help. Travis goes back, and figures he’ll sell the family ranch while he’s at it. But a very special lady by the name of Maggie is in his way. Maggie is so NOT falling for any of Travis’ charms, mainly because he is playing a role in the demise of her business. (Oh, Maggie, let’s be fair and give a shirtless Travis five minutes to explain himself! Actually, make that 10 minutes. Plus 20. A whole half hour of Travis explaining himself shirtless. Yes, that will work!) Then Maggie starts to see that Travis is actually A Good Guy and falls for him. Here’s hoping they work out a beautiful life together! This is the first book in Bloom’s Once Upon a Time in Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Earl I See Tonight, by Anna Bennett
    David Gray, Earl of Ravenport was just jilted by his fiancee, so he’s pretty sure he’s over the whole marriage thing. Then he gets a marriage proposal from heiress and artist Miss Fiona Hartley. She wants to get married pronto because she needs her dowry to pay off a blackmailer. That blackmailer wants to destroy her sister’s reputation, and Fiona is a nice sister who does NOT want to see that happen. (Fiona, we admire your bravery and determination to protect your family!) Fiona ends up spending a week at David’s estate, which is in need of some major TLC. David is positive being in a rundown place will drive Fiona away, but she’s no delicate miss. Oh, and they both soon realize that they can’t ignore the hot chemistry between them. David and Fiona, please open your eyes to the possibilities! And get rid of that blackmailer! This is the first book in Bennett’s Debutante series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wolf Rising, by Paige Tyler
    SWAT officer Jayden Brooks doesn’t believe in soulmates or The One or true love or any of that stuff THAT REALLY DOES EXIST! (Seriously, Jayden, open up that heart that lies beneath your chiseled pecs!) Then he rescues high school teacher Selena Rosa. She was being held hostage, and one whiff of this beautiful, sweet-smelling lady has Jayden rethinking his priorities. (Excuse me, Selena? What perfume were you wearing when you met Jayden? Please let us all know. Thanks!) As for Selena, one look at Jayden reminds her that she may be super duper buttoned up, but she is still a natural woman. They end up making out and Selena bites him, which unleashes her wolf gene. (That’s right, Selena! You unleash your inner wolf!) She starts to transform, and her wilder, more uncontrollable tendencies start coming out. Will the strong, devoted Jayden be able to keep her on track? This is the eighth book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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