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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/03/27 Permalink
    Tags: a lord apart, a touch of sun, , forget me not, in her sights, , katie ruggle, laura blakely, , , , , the trouble with cowboys, victoria james   

    Romance Roundup: Bounty Hunters, Reunited Spouses, and Prodigal Cowboys 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a bounty hunter who gets some help tracking down her mother, a soap opera star who is about to get her big movie break, and a cowboy who comes back home after an eight-year absence.

    In Her Sights, by Katie Ruggle
    Our gal Molly Pax works hard. Not only is she a bounty hunter, but she and her sisters also own a bail recovery business. Yes, Molly is a busy gal indeed, and she becomes busier when her mom jumps bail and puts the family home up for collateral. (Note to self: Give Mom an extra big hug ASAP!) This prompts all kinds of criminals in the region to start viewing Molly and her family as their next targets. Molly needs to find her mom (like, right now) and she ends up getting help from rival bounty hunter and cutie patootie John Carmondy. (You know the type—exceptionally tall, sensual, and vigorous. That kind of guy.) He and Molly have this whole You’re-My-Enemy-And-Yet-I-Want-To-Bone-You kind of relationship. Oh, get over yourselves, you two! Find Molly’s conniving mother, ward off the enemies, and then proceed to, ahem, address your feelings for each other! This is the first book in Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 26.)

    A Touch of Sun, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint contains two stories in one! In “Mind Over Matter,” documentary maker David Brady has finally found a real psychic to be his next subject. Trouble is, that psychic’s agent, A.J. Fields, is also her daughter, and A.J. is NOT going to let her mom be made fun of by anyone, even a hottie such as David. David is persistent, though, and he soon realizes that he just might have feelings for the elusive A.J. In “Dual Image,” soap opera star Ariel Kirkwood gets a coveted role in a film written by sexy screenwriter Booth DeWitt. She can’t get too carried away with her crush, though, because she’s busy trying to get custody of her brother’s son. As for Booth, he and his ex-wife had a super duper public breakup, and so he is VERY reluctant to embark on a public relationship with an actress. Can they find a way to each get what they want while also living a happy, private life together? (Available in paperback on March 26.)

    Forget Me Not, by Brenda Jackson
    Ashley Ryan is still feeling the heartbreak three years after her husband’s death. Her girlfriends decide to take her to Catalina Cove, Louisiana for some much-needed R&R. She meets Ray Sullivan, a hunky, strong and silent type of guy who looks exactly like her late husband, Devon. Turns out, Devon did not die in a car crash. Instead, he woke up in a local hospital with amnesia. “Ray” is very, very drawn to Ashley, and Ashley really wants her husband back. (And who wouldn’t? Devon has always been the best kind of guy—with the best kind of heart and body! This is NOT a man any woman would easily forget.) Ashley is determined to win her man back. (Ashley, we absolutely, 100 percent support you in this!) Here’s hoping that Devon and Ashley manage to reconnect on some level and that she and Devon move on to create a brand-new life together! This is the second book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 26.)

    A Lord Apart, by Jane Ashford
    Daniel Frith, Viscount Whitfield, has just lost his parents, and he soon learns that they left a house to a Penelope Pendleton. Daniel has no idea who this woman is, but he is pleasantly surprised when he does finally meet her. Not only is she beautiful and kind, but she’s also really good at estate-related paperwork, which he detests. (Penelope, would you please help us all with our taxes? Thanks!) As for Penelope, her brother recently engaged in some horrendously scandalous behavior, and so her family needs to lay low for a bit. The new house just might be the answer. The thing is, she didn’t realize the house would come with such a ridiculously handsome distraction. Daniel and Penelope have no more room for scandal in their respective lives, but they soon realize they wouldn’t mind engaging in some scandalous behavior with each other. Go for it, you two! This is the second book in Ashford’s Way to a Lord’s Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 26.)

    The Trouble with Cowboys, by Victoria James
    Tyler Donnelly had zero plans to return to Wishing River, Montana. (He left eight years ago after having a major fight with his dad and was all like “Peace out, forever!”) His dad recently had a stroke, though, so Tyler goes back to his hometown and LOTS of things have changed. One major change is Lainey Sullivan. She is all grown up and runs the local diner her grandmother left her. (Her grandmother also warned her against falling for cowboys, which is going to be a problem, because Tyler is the kind of hunky guy who would make the most confident of women rethink her life choices.) That said, Tyler’s father has been a huge help to Lainey over the years, so she can’t just look the other way whenever Tyler walks by. (Neither could we, Lainey. Neither could we.) She’ll need to convince Tyler to stick around for good. Tyler, please let go of your grudges, make peace with your dad, and proceed to build a happy life with Montana’s #1 lady! (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 26.)

    The Real Deal, by Lauren Blakely
    This reprint features heroine April Hamilton, who is in a pickle. She has a family reunion to attend, and let’s just say that being single at said family reunion is NOT fun. At all. (April, your super-duper meddling family just wants you to be happy!) She ends up soliciting some help from a website called GigsForHire, where Theo Banks is ready to pretend to be any woman’s boyfriend—for a fee. His only goal in life at this point is to settle his debts and get his life back on track. (Okay, Theo, we won’t judge, but let’s just take a moment to admit that you have a body worth cuddling!) Theo and April go to her family’s reunion, and they proceed to have all kinds of silly fun. Here’s hoping they realize how lucky they are to have found each other, and that they proceed to live happy, fun-filled lives together! (Available in paperback on March 26.)

    What romance novels are you reading this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/08/10 Permalink
    Tags: a stallion dream, , bad reputation, , desperate girls, , highland betrayal, katie ruggle, kirstan higgins, , , , , through the fire   

    Romance Roundup: Ballet Dancers, Attorneys, and Fierce Highland Lasses 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a ballet dancer who is trying to get back in the dancing game, a K9 unit lady who really wants to prove herself, and a high-powered attorney with a tough case—and an extremely hot bachelor—to deal with.

    Bad Reputation, by Stefanie London
    Wes Evans is the son of Broadway royalty, but all he really wants to do is strike it big on his own and make a huge impression on the art world. He’s already made a huge impression in general, thanks to an online app called Bad Bachelors that touts his, ahem, endowment to the public. (And no, we’re not talking about art donations, here.) His endowment is quite large (teehee) but Wes doesn’t want people to focus on THAT, which is really hard (haha) because he’s so darn hot. He finds hope in ballet dancer Remi Drysdale. Her last chance at getting back into the ballet game lies in Wes’ large, soothing, manly, capable hands. The thing is, Wes and Remi soon realize that they actually like each other. A lot. (Oh, Remi, you are in for SUCH a treat!) Here’s hoping they manage to put on an amazing production that puts their respective careers on track! This is the second book in London’s Bad Bachelor series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 7.)

    Through the Fire, by Katie Ruggle
    It’s hard to imagine, but our gal Kit Jernigan is having a tough time fitting in with her new K-9 unit. (With the humans, that is, not the puppies!) She knows who is behind the latest killing, but no one will believe her, so she enlists the help of fire spotter Wesley March. (Oh, we spot something, alright. We spot a hottie!) Kit and Wesley will need to work very closely together if they’re going to catch this killer, who might be WAY closer than anyone would ever suspect. (Oh, that we all had the chance to work closely with Wesley and his rippling muscles!) Can Kit and Wesley nab this terrible, terrible person? And will Kit get the chance to strip Wesley of all of his firefighting gear? (Do it slowly, Kit! Savor that moment and do it with confidence!) This is the fourth book in Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 7.)

    Good Luck with That, by Kristan Higgins
    Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met at a weight-loss camp when they were teenagers, and they became best buds for life. Then Emerson dies, which is super duper sad because she was a super duper supportive friend, and her last wish was that her gals finally let go of their pain and live their best lives. (BRB! Making a shrine to Emerson!) Georgia needs to let her ex-husband love her, because she is awesome and 100 percent worthy of love. Oh, and she needs to get her annoying mother and brother off of her case. (Georgia, do you need us to stand by your side and growl and snarl at them? Because we would totally do that!) As for Marley, she needs to overcome some major survivor’s guilt. Her twin sister died, and this has had some terrible romance-related consequences for our gal. Georgia and Marley, you are both awesome ladies and you must realize that you both deserve happy, love-filled lives! (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 7.)

    Desperate Girls, by Laura Griffin
    Defense attorney Brynn Holloran LOVES being described as tough, intimidating, and so on and so forth. She’s put a lot of bad guys behind bars, and she is showing zero signs of stopping. But then a murderer she once helped put behind bars is out again, and he’s looking for some major revenge. She decides to hire some private security, and let’s just say her new personal guard, Erik, would make ANY lady instantly feel safer. (Erik, you should take Brynn to a secludedand securemountain cabin and make her feel safe on top of a fluffy bearskin rug! Just saying.) Brynn still wants to pursue this particular investigation, though, because she refuses to cower. Can Brynn and Erik manage to dodge Brynn’s would-be killer? And put him back behind bars? And when all the drama is overand maybe at least twice before it’s all overcan Erik let Brynn slowly but surely undress him down to his beautiful skin? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 7.)

    Highland Betrayal, by Alyson McLayne
    Laird Callum MacLean has plans to marry Maggie MacDonnell, because betrothal and duty and clans and such. (He doesn’t appreciate yet how truly amazing and fierce his bride-to-be is.) His plans are delayed, though, when his father dies under some very suspicious circumstances. Some folks think it’s suicide, but Callum is convinced he was murdered, and so he needs to figure out who killed his father before he can bring Maggie to his home. Maggie isn’t doing too well herself, though, so she decides to escape her home in search of her fiance. She ends up finding him, and let’s just say she’s feeling a tad abandoned. (Let him explain, Maggie! But yes, make him work for it!) Here’s hoping they manage to resolve the sinister stuff, and that they realize they’ve found a strong and wonderful life partner in each other! This is the third book in McLayne’s Sons of Gregor MacLeod series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 7.)

    A Stallion Dream, by Deborah Fletcher Mello
    Major power couple alert! Collin Stallion, in addition to pretty much being the man of every woman’s dreams, is working hard to free a wrongfully convicted person. (Oh, Collin, we wouldn’t mind keeping you company during late-night paperwork reviewing sessions!) His collaborator in this high-profile mission is attorney London Jacobs. In addition to being a gorgeous and kind-hearted woman, London is extremely no-nonsense, and she refuses to fall for Collin’s charm. (London, we admire your tenacity, but we wouldn’t judge you at all for making an exception for a guy like Collin!) Then they start to get to really knowand likeeach other, which would be all fine and dandy except that some creep is after Collin and London’s ex-fiance is working hard to win her back. (It’s not going to happen, buddy, so back off or else!) Can they free an innocent person? And can they then go on to have a sexy and fulfilling life together? This is the latest book in Fletcher-Mello’s extensive Stallions series. (Available in paperback on August 21.)

    What exciting new romance novels are thrilling you this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/06/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , katie ruggle, , , , , , run to ground, samantha chase, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Baseball Players, Astrophysicists, and Dog-Loving Heroes 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman with a resort to run and a murder to solve, a troubled guy who goes back into the world of BDSM, and a lonely astrophysicist eager for love.

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    Bodine Longbow 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 hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Run to Ground, by Katie Ruggle
    This is the first book in Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, which is about extremely hot men who can handle tough missions in the wild but also have enough love in their hearts for their women and their pups. (What more does a woman want in a partner?!) Theo Bosco has suffered some pretty terrible losses. He lost his beloved mentor, for one, and he also lost his K9 companion. Now he has a new doggie coworker. He also has a new love interest: Juliet Jackson, who rescued her siblings and decided to bring them to the remote beauty of the Colorado Rockies. (Sounds perfect and peaceful!) Can they move past the pain and focus on planning a kid and dog-friendly wedding? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 6.)

    Home Run, by Heidi McLaughlin
    Our very special heroine, Ainsley Burke, has caught the eye of the very sexy baseball player Cooper Bailey. He’s very focused, though, on making it to the major leagues. He wouldn’t mind giving Ainsley a taste of the goodness (oh, that we could all have a sample!), but he doesn’t think he can totally commit just yet. As for Ainsley, she is understandably distracted by this hot hitter who adds an aesthetic appeal to any room he enters. (That form-fitting uniform alone gets the ovaries churning.) Anyway, they both might need to let go of some personal issues before they can proceed to make house together and create cute babies. (Make at least one in the dugout, you two crazy lovebirds!) This is the second book in McLaughlin’s Boys of Summer series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    Wolf Hunt, by Paige Tyler
    Hottie SWAT officer Remy Boudreaux is back home in New Orleans for training. (Oh, Remy, please throw some fun in there while you’re at it!) He and some work buddies go out to the French Quarter one night, and Remy runs into his old high school crush, Triana Bellamy. This all happens the night of a tropical storm, which is perfect, because holing up in a boarded-up house with no electricity and only Remy for protection and entertainment sounds idyllic. Remy is reluctant to get too deeply involved with another woman, but the attraction between these two just runs WAY too deeply to be ignored. Here’s hoping they embrace their future together—and put that tropical storm time to good use! This is the latest book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 6.)

    A Sky Full of Stars, by Samantha Chase
    Romance enthusiasts who admire a hero with brains will love the latest book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series! Dr. Owen Shaughnessy is a phenomenal astrophysicist, but he’s a tad shy, so the social scene isn’t really his jam. One night he meets artist Brooke Matthews, who is his opposite in many ways, and they are soon mega-attracted to each other. (Brooke, don’t let that quiet exterior fool you. Owen can and will rock your world!) The timing is perfect, too: He needs to study a meteor shower, and she signs up as his assistant. (Owen, we’d all follow you to the moon and back!) Hurry up and make ridiculously cute and smart and creative babies, you two! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    The Farthest Edge, by Kristen Ashley
    Looking for a little BDSM action? (That was a rhetorical question.) Branch is a man who likes to live off of the grid, and only a woman like Evangeline makes him want to come back to the real world and live a little. (Oh, Branch, couldn’t you just give the rest of us a chance?!) As for Evangeline, our gal thought she was done with her days at the Honey Club, but Branch is the kind of guy who would make any woman want to strip down and focus. She and Branch want to push each other to their respective limits, and soon they realize they want to go even deeper emotionally. Can they find a happy middle ground? Ashley’s latest – of which the cover alone makes one smile in sweet anticipation – is the second book in her Honey series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    What romances are you reading this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/06/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , katie ruggle, , , , , , run to ground, , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Baseball Players, Astrophysicists, and Dog-Loving Heroes 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman with a resort to run and a murder to solve, a troubled guy who goes back into the world of BDSM, and a lonely astrophysicist eager for love.

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    Bodine Longbow 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 hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Run to Ground, by Katie Ruggle
    This is the first book in Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, which is about extremely hot men who can handle tough missions in the wild but also have enough love in their hearts for their women and their pups. (What more does a woman want in a partner?!) Theo Bosco has suffered some pretty terrible losses. He lost his beloved mentor, for one, and he also lost his K9 companion. Now he has a new doggie coworker. He also has a new love interest: Juliet Jackson, who rescued her siblings and decided to bring them to the remote beauty of the Colorado Rockies. (Sounds perfect and peaceful!) Can they move past the pain and focus on planning a kid and dog-friendly wedding? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 6.)

    Home Run, by Heidi McLaughlin
    Our very special heroine, Ainsley Burke, has caught the eye of the very sexy baseball player Cooper Bailey. He’s very focused, though, on making it to the major leagues. He wouldn’t mind giving Ainsley a taste of the goodness (oh, that we could all have a sample!), but he doesn’t think he can totally commit just yet. As for Ainsley, she is understandably distracted by this hot hitter who adds an aesthetic appeal to any room he enters. (That form-fitting uniform alone gets the ovaries churning.) Anyway, they both might need to let go of some personal issues before they can proceed to make house together and create cute babies. (Make at least one in the dugout, you two crazy lovebirds!) This is the second book in McLaughlin’s Boys of Summer series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    Wolf Hunt, by Paige Tyler
    Hottie SWAT officer Remy Boudreaux is back home in New Orleans for training. (Oh, Remy, please throw some fun in there while you’re at it!) He and some work buddies go out to the French Quarter one night, and Remy runs into his old high school crush, Triana Bellamy. This all happens the night of a tropical storm, which is perfect, because holing up in a boarded-up house with no electricity and only Remy for protection and entertainment sounds idyllic. Remy is reluctant to get too deeply involved with another woman, but the attraction between these two just runs WAY too deeply to be ignored. Here’s hoping they embrace their future together—and put that tropical storm time to good use! This is the latest book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 6.)

    A Sky Full of Stars, by Samantha Chase
    Romance enthusiasts who admire a hero with brains will love the latest book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series! Dr. Owen Shaughnessy is a phenomenal astrophysicist, but he’s a tad shy, so the social scene isn’t really his jam. One night he meets artist Brooke Matthews, who is his opposite in many ways, and they are soon mega-attracted to each other. (Brooke, don’t let that quiet exterior fool you. Owen can and will rock your world!) The timing is perfect, too: He needs to study a meteor shower, and she signs up as his assistant. (Owen, we’d all follow you to the moon and back!) Hurry up and make ridiculously cute and smart and creative babies, you two! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    The Farthest Edge, by Kristen Ashley
    Looking for a little BDSM action? (That was a rhetorical question.) Branch is a man who likes to live off of the grid, and only a woman like Evangeline makes him want to come back to the real world and live a little. (Oh, Branch, couldn’t you just give the rest of us a chance?!) As for Evangeline, our gal thought she was done with her days at the Honey Club, but Branch is the kind of guy who would make any woman want to strip down and focus. She and Branch want to push each other to their respective limits, and soon they realize they want to go even deeper emotionally. Can they find a happy middle ground? Ashley’s latest – of which the cover alone makes one smile in sweet anticipation – is the second book in her Honey series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 6.)

    What romances are you reading this week?

    The post Romance Roundup: Baseball Players, Astrophysicists, and Dog-Loving Heroes appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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