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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: a dangerous game, , dark water rising, , , lilac lane, , o'hurley's return, , , , , unmasked,   

    Romance Roundup: Criminal Psychologists, Motorcycle Clubs, and Reunited Ex-Spouses 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who needs her former lover’s help, a criminal psychologist with a fascinating new case, and a vampire whose honey is ready to help him get through a very dark time.  

    Lilac Lane, by Sherryl Woods
    Single mom Kiera Malone has worked very hard to provide a good life for her children. Life is starting to finally go her way, then her fiancé dies of a heart attack. She decides to visit Chesapeake Shores and spend time with her father and grown daughter. She gets a job at her son-in-law’s Irish pub, and soon clashes with the chef, Bryan Laramie. There’s major sexual tension just underneath those arguments, with plenty of unleashed passion waiting to boil over. Everyone in town starts taking bets (can we join?) to see how soon these two kitchen coworkers will start to climb all over each other. Will they manage to get under each other’s aprons (literally and figuratively) and realize that they are actually kind of perfect for each other? This reprint is the fourteenth book in Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series. (Available in paperback on January 22.)

    Vengeance Road, by Christine Feehan
    Our gal Breezy Simmons was born into a motorcycle club, and let’s just say it was populated by the types of people your mother warned you against. Breezy escaped that life, but she never forgot Steele, the vice president of Torpedo Ink who broke her heart. (This is understandable. Steele would make the most pious of nuns rethink her vows.) It turns out that Steele drove Breezy away in order to keep her safe, but when she re-enters his life requesting help he decides he’ll never lose her again. Indeed, Steele is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe and be with her forever. As for Breezy, she wouldn’t mind having (like, at all) another tussle or two with Steele. Here’s hoping they figure out a solution soon, and that Steele gives Breezy all kinds of reasons to never, ever doubt him again! This is the second book in Feehan’s Torpedo Ink series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    A Dangerous Game, by Heather Graham
    Criminal psychologist Kieran Finnegan was just wrapping things up at the office for the day, totally ready to go home and snuggle with her boyfriend and maybe even have a glass of wine and do a face mask. Then a very distressed woman shoves her baby into Kieran’s arms, runs away, and is subsequently murdered. (Kieran, we wouldn’t blame you AT ALL if you went for a second glass of vino tonight!) Kieran’s special agent boyfriend Craig Fraser helps her out by enlisting the help of the FBI. Oh, he also wants Kieran to stay out of this particular situation. The thing about Kieran, though, is that she has a HUGE heart. She discovers a very dangerous group of people who were linked to that poor woman, and soon decides she wants to help bring them down. You’ve got this, Kieran! We all believe in you! This is the third book in Graham’s New York Confidential series. (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    O’Hurley’s Return, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorites are reprinted in one volume! In “Skin Deep,” actress Chantel O’Hurley is being threatened, and it’s gotten so bad that she needs to hire private investigator Quinn Doran. Quinn’s hardened personality goes well with his rock-hard body, but underneath all of that hardness (heehee) is a heart ready to give her all of the love in the world. Will Chantel be the one to unlock his softer side? In “Without a Trace,” super-hottie Trace O’Hurley isn’t exactly proud of his dark past. Then he meets Gillian Fitzpatrick, who needs his help if she’s going to save her brother. Together, they’ll need to help take down a terrorist organization. Can they manage what seems to be impossible? Will Trace find redemption and be reunited with his family? How many pounds can he bench press? Whatever happens, here’s hoping that he and Gillian manage to rescue her brother and then start a new chapter together! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Unmasked, by Helen Hardt
    Vampires aren’t supposed to be able to levitate, but then vampire Dante Gabriel and his nurse lady love Erin Hamilton find themselves floating above their bed. (To be clear, Dante has no problem levitating other parts of his body the natural way!) Levitation is just one bizarre ability Dante suddenly develops, and it triggers memories of his time in captivity. (He spent years as a blood slave to a female vampire, and let’s just say it wasn’t the sunniest period of his existence.) As for Erin, she’s ready to help Dante through this difficult period and do whatever it takes for him to feel better. (Oh, that we’d all be so lucky for such a beautiful opportunity!) Dante and Erin will need to stay sharp if they’re going to survive this next wave of drama, so here’s hoping they both use every tool under their belt. (Especially Dante!) This is the fourth volume in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series, and it contains parts 10, 11, and 12. (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Dark Water Rising, by Sharon Sala
    Sam and Haley Quaid went through some major tragedy right before they got divorced: Their 10-year-old son died. Before they parted ways, though, Sam gave Haley a note letting her know that he’d always be there for her if she ever needed him. (Now THAT’S a good man!) Three years later, Haley reaches out to Sam, and he figures that she’s in trouble. Not only is there a hurricane on the way, but two escaped prisoners are headed towards Haley’s area. Sam’s lovey-dovey feelings for Haley are kicked back into mega-overdrive, and he’s ready to come to her rescue. (And if coming to Haley’s rescue involves running very, very quickly while baring his teeth in a “Don’t screw with me” snarl and ripping open his button-down shirt to reveal his “I workout at least five days a week” abs, then so be it!) Sam, buddy, go rescue your woman, and when the drama is over, rebuild your lives together! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on January 29.)

    What hot new romances are keeping you warm this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2017/10/10 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , lilac lane, , misadventures with a super hero, , right where we belong, , , , twelve days of christmas   

    Romance Roundup: Superheroes, Hero Dukes, and Heroic Single Moms 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who was just rescued by her hunky boss, a naughty new girl in town who attracts a naughty man, and two pub coworkers who clash deliciously in the kitchen.

    Misadventures with a Super Hero, by Angel Payne
    Our heroine Emma works the night shift at a fancy schmancy Los Angeles hotel. She gets into a bit of a scrape, and is saved by Bolt, a mysterious, sexy superhero who instantly makes it all better. Emma soon finds out, though, that the man behind the mask is Reece Richards, her boss. He already had major effects on her, and was the star of her Doing-It-In-the-Boardroom fantasy. Now he’s also a superhero? It’s just a little too much sometimes! (But not really, because any time with Reece will never be enough.) Reece needs to defeat a supervillain who’s out to wreak havoc. Can Emma and Reece defeat the bad guy, and then get to getting it on all over that hotel? This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 10.)

    Twelve Days of Christmas, by Debbie Macomber
    Julia Padden is on a mission to make grouchy (and hunky) neighbor, Cain Maddox, feel the Christmas spirit. She even bakes him Christmas treats. (Cain, I’ll take those off of your hands!) Cain is going to be quite the challenge, though, so Julia decides to write about her efforts on a blog she starts called “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” because writing is a cathartic way to relieve stress. Slowly but surely, Julia and Cain start getting on friendlier terms—and the blog starts to go viral. Then things start taking a turn for the romantic, leaving Julia to decide whether it might be time to come clean. Can Cain handle the fact that everyone kind of knows who he is, and that Julia was the one to reveal his not-so-pretty side? (Available in paperback on October 17.)

    Nauti Angel, by Lora Leigh
    Our gal Angel Calloway is the new woman in town, and people aren’t exactly warming up to her at first. They think she might be dangerous, for one. (Oh, Angel, to be in your boots! Be the naughty, new girl in town so that we all may live vicariously through you!) She soon catches the eye of Reece “Duke” Duquaine, a former Army investigator and resident Bad Boy who can serve us breakfast in bed any day of the week. Duke wants to learn more about Angel, and Angel is finding him incredibly hard to resist. (Totally understandable, Angel. Totally understandable.) Can they each manage to get past those tough exteriors and find the loving person within? And can Angel prove to everyone that she only wants to be bad for Duke? This is the fourth book in Leigh’s Nauti Girls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 7.)

    Duke of Desire, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Lady Iris Jordan has just been kidnapped by the very dangerous Lords of Chaos. (Seriously, this is NOT a good thing.) She manages to shoot the one who tries to whisk her away in his carriage, only to realize (whoops!) that he was actually trying to save her. Her personal savior is none other than Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore. He’s on a mission to destroy the Lords of Chaos, and now he has a new mission: to keep Iris safe. Marriage is the best way to protect her, and he soon discovers that she’s not just going to sit around all day being his simpering duchess. They’re going to have to band together in order to be safe from the Lords of Chaos, and work through some of Raphael’s issues. This is totally doable, though, because the sight of Raphael’s abs alone is enough motivation for any woman to want to make things work. This is the latest book in Hoyt’s extensive Maiden Lane series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 17.)

    Right Where We Belong, by Brenda Novak
    Savanna Gray has had it exceptionally rough lately. Her husband was thrown in the slammer for attacking three women, so she did the sensible thing and got a divorce ASAP and skedaddled out of town with her two kids. (Savanna, we’ll babysit for you while you have a well-deserved spa day!) She hightails it to Silver Springs, where she moves her family into a farmhouse that needs a little bit of TLC. Sweet and sexy local Gavin Turner is happy to lend Savanna a helping hand. He was abandoned in a gas station as a child, and he doesn’t want anyone to feel the way he felt. (Like, ever.) He starts to help her fix up the house, and they slowly but surely start falling for each other. She’s reluctant to give her heart away again, though. Here’s hoping she realizes that Gavin is the real deal, with a body to match that beautiful soul. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 31.)

    Lilac Lane, by Sherryl Woods
    Single mom Kiera Malone has worked very hard to provide a good life for her children. Life is starting to finally go her way, then her fiancé dies of a heart attack. She decides to visit Chesapeake Shores and spend time with her father and grown daughter. She gets a job at her son-in-law’s Irish pub, and soon clashes with the chef, Bryan Laramie. There’s major sexual tension just underneath those arguments, with plenty of unleashed passion waiting to boil over. Everyone in town starts taking bets (can we join?) to see how soon these two kitchen coworkers will start to climb all over each other. Will they manage to get under each other’s aprons (literally and figuratively) and realize that they are actually kind of perfect for each other? This is the latest book in Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 17.)

    What romance novels are you cozying up with this week?

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