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  • Cristina Merrill 1:30 pm on 2018/05/22 Permalink
    Tags: , , fade to black, flamingo diner, , Lisa Jackson, , , , one last breath, , , , tempting the beauty queen, texas destiny   

    Romance Roundup: Scarred Cowboys, Wedding Dates, and Tempting Dukes 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who’s back home to take care of some family business, an actress who helps investigate her costar’s murder, and a mail-order bride who falls for her fiancé’s brother.

    Texas Destiny, by Lorraine Heath
    This reprint was just too hot to fade back into Romance Novel Memory Lane! Mail-order bride Amelia Carson has just arrived at Fort Worth, Texas, but the guy who picks her up is NOT her husband-to-be. Instead, his brother, Houston Leigh, has been assigned to pick up Amelia and bring her back to the ranch where she’s supposed to start her new chapter. Houston is tormented by his war past and has some very visible scars to prove that he’s been through, well, quite a lot. (You’re still sexy, Houston!) Houston and Amelia start their three-week journey back to the ranch, and let’s just say they get plenty of time to know each other and realize that A) Houston possesses a really nice body, B) Amelia is a brave and awesome woman and, C) Neither of them want their journey to end and both kind of want that older brother guy to find someone else. Gotta love it when two very sexy people have such a delicious conundrum to solve! (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 29.)

    Fade to Black, by Heather Graham
    Marnie Davante starred in a television series that ended up being more of a cult show than an Emmy winner. She is perfectly fine with this, because the fame—and the money—have helped her with her dream of starting a children’s theater. (Good for you, Marnie! We’ll help you sell tickets!) Then a costar is killed and the murderer is, like, NOWHERE to be seen. Private investigator Bryan McFadden is assigned to the case, and let’s just say no woman would ever need to use a magnifying glass to, ahem. Yeah. Anyway, he’s a little confused by his latest case, but he definitely likes Marnie and wants to keep her alive. Can Marnie and Bryan figure out who the bad guy is and manage to rip each other’s clothes off while they’re at it? And when it’s all over, can Marnie focus on her children’s theater dream? This is the latest book in Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 29.)

    Tempting the Beauty Queen, by Carolyn Hector
    Kenzie Swayne has a few weddings coming up—none of which are her own wedding—and she has GOT to find a date for them. (Totally feel you, Kenzie, especially if you’re trying to avoid any annoying questions from nosy friends and relatives!) Her acquaintance Ramon Torres agrees to be her wedding(s) date, but that’s mainly because he really wants to pick her brain and gain her expertise on a new business venture he’s considering. The thing is, this was what made him stand her up before—his larger-than-life ambition. (Buddy, nothing wrong with being ambitious, but did you HAVE to let it get the better of you?) Ramon soon realizes that he was a fool to let a woman like Kenzie slip through his fingers (his long, masculine fingers) and that he wants to make it up to her. (Good for you, Ramon! You’ve finally realized what a great woman Kenzie is. Now don’t screw it up!) This is the fifth book in Hector’s Once Upon a Tiara series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 22.)

    Flamingo Diner, by Sherryl Woods
    Emma Killian has come back home to Winter Cover, Florida, and back to the Flamingo Diner, her family’s longtime business. Her father recently died, and she finds herself knee-deep in family and business issues and debts. (Emma, book a spa day. Now.) The more she learns about the family business, the more she realizes that her father’s death may not have been an accident. She gets help from police chief Mike Atkins, who’s always had a corner of his heart dedicated to Emma. Now they’re both adults with adult desires and adult feelings, and Mike is especially determined to make Emma want to stick around. Here’s hoping they solve Emma’s family mysteries, and that they then get to settle down to truly enjoy each other and explore their new relationship. (Mike used to be a bad boy, and even though he’s a cop, we’re sure he has some bad boy qualities that will make our gal think twice about moving away again.) (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    A Devil of a Duke, by Madeline Hunter
    Amanda Waverly has zero time to fool around with a man like Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford. She was born into a crime-loving family, and she has worked exceptionally hard to distance herself from that life. (She has a job as a secretary to a high-society lady, so good for you, Amanda, and other ladies who paved the way for women in the workforce!) The thing is, Gabriel is ridiculously sexy and just looking at him makes Amanda want to loosen her garters. As for Gabriel, well, people are always tempted by what they can’t have, and Amanda’s wanting to keep her distance only motivates him even more. Gabriel, we’re all for Amanda having a good time, but if you don’t treat our gal right for the rest of her life we’re all coming after you—and NOT in a good way! This is the second book in Hunter’s Decadent Dukes Society series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    One Last Breath, by Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush
    Rory Abernathy was pumped to marry Liam Bastian, then it turned into an episode worse than the Red Wedding. A gunman opened fire on the entire wedding party, for one. Oh, and Rory miiiiight have also stabbed someone. (We’re sure it was for a good reason, Rory!) Understandably traumatized (heck, I’m traumatized), Rory ran away, determined to never see Liam again. Liam tracked her down, though, because True Love, and not only does he find his woman, but he also finds the daughter she ended up having. (Yes, Liam, this is a lot to take in, so sit down and we’ll make you a cup of tea spiked with the best whiskey we can find!) Rory and Liam have a lot of catching up to do, especially because Rory feels like someone might still be after her. Rory and Liam, when this is all over, we’ll babysit so that you can have a normal date night! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/08/01 Permalink
    Tags: , , , dragonsworn, , liar's key, Lisa Jackson, , lucky in love, , ominous, , , rosalind noonan, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Murder Mysteries, Dragon Men, and Kissable Cowboys 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a dragon man with the hots for a very special lady, a single dad who knows how to barbecue, and a rancher who is reunited with his dream woman.

    Worth the Wait, by Lori Foster
    Two love stories in one! First, there’s hot single dad Hogan Guthrie, who has a beautiful body, a wonderful personality, AND can make delicious barbecue food. He doesn’t exactly jive with restaurant owner Violet Shaw, but they soon realize they’d like to, ah, use every tool at their disposal. Can they let go of their respective differences and give the rest of us valuable cooking tips? Then, there’s Sheriff Nathan Hawley, who has a major double take when he sees Brooklin Sweet. She’s trying to keep her distance from anyone and everyone, but let’s be honest, that’s not possible because it’s Nathan. Knowing Nathan, it will not take long before he makes Brooklin want to shed everything. (Don’t fight it, Brookin!) This is the second book in Foster’s Guthrie Brothers series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook and NOOK.)

    Ominous, by Nancy Bush, Lisa Jackson, and Rosalind Noonan
    A story written by three brilliant romance writers? Yes, please! Kat, Ruth, and Shiloh were besties as teenagers, and they were having fun swimming in a lake one summer when a creepy man spied them. (Note to self: Be on alert when swimming in friend’s building’s rooftop pool this summer!) Then something awful and violent happened, and the three young ladies were forever changed. They reunite 15 years later, and immediately go on edge when a local teen girl goes missing. The three women get a lovely note from the gruesome person, and they are determined to make sure that the bad guy goes down. Here’s hoping all three of them keep their heads, that they find romance along the way, and that all of the nice people involved take a nice beach-related (i.e. no more lakes) vacation. This is the second book in the authors’ Wyoming series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Liar’s Key, by Carla Neggers
    Art crimes specialist Emma Sharpe is less than thrilled when art thief Oliver York strikes again. She doesn’t want to get involved, but then her fellow super sleuth Colin Donovan (also her fiancé) decides that he does. Oh, and someone turns up dead, which of course changes everything for our gal. She gets drawn in, which doesn’t exactly thrill her, but no woman can really resist the call of the wild—or Colin’s convincing ways. They will get to do a bit of world traveling as they solve this mystery, one that goes back generations for Emma and her family. (Emma, you can scout wedding venues while you’re at it!) Can Emma and Colin finally put this art mystery to bed, and then go to bed? This is the latest book in Neggers’ Sharpe & Donovan series. (Available in paperback.)

    Devil’s Cut, by J.R. Ward
    Edward is facing some jail time, mainly because he might (but might not have!) murdered his father. (Okay, let’s all take a deep breath and exhale!) Edward doesn’t relish the thought of time in the slammer, and neither does Sutton Smythe. She’s the CEO of a competitor, so there’s a bit of a Romeo-Juliet thing going on there. As for Edward’s brother, Lane Baldwine, he does NOT believe that Edward killed anyone. Lane enlists the help of his one true love, Lizzie King, to help him solve this family-related mystery. Here’s hoping that Edward is not, in fact, guilty of murder, and that Lane and Lizzie figure out a solution that won’t result in any more deaths! This is the third book in Ward’s sexy, suspenseful Bourbon Kings series. (Certainly wouldn’t mind having a book OR a bottle!) (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on August 1.)

    Dragonsworn, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Cursed dragon Falcyn, who also takes a very sexy, manly human form, has two major problems: humanity in general, and Greek humans. (Falcyn, you clearly need a good cuddle, and we’re all lined up to help!) He may not exactly immediately feel the hots for our gal, Medea, then. She’s the granddaughter of Apollo, who was, cough cough, a Greek god. Apollo wants to destroy her people, which is so NOT a grandfatherly activity. Then Apollo does something evil that turns Falcyn into an even deadlier weapon, and Medea must do what she can in order to save her people. (Medea, we’ll help you while standing at a safe distance wearing fire suits and holding axes!) This is the latest book in Kenyon’s very sexy and extensive Dark Hunter series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on August 1.)

    Lucky in Love, by Carolyn Brown
    Beau Luckadeau isn’t exactly living his best life right now. True, the rancher is doing very well with ranching activities. (Beau, we’ll help you fill that ranch up with babies!) That said, he wants to get rid of a persistent gold-digging lady, all while thinking about an amazing woman he met once upon a time. Then he’s reunited with said amazing woman, Milli Torres, who shows up to work at a nearby ranch. She’s a tad mortified to see him again, but surely they can give things another go. Milli, put on your most form-fitting jeans and your most flattering flannel shirt and get your man! And Beau, pick some wildflowers and practice your sexy dance, because you’ve got some serious courting to do! This is the first book in Brown’s Lucky Cowboys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

    What romance novels are you diving into this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/05/31 Permalink
    Tags: an affair with a notorious heiress, dying breath, , , , Lisa Jackson, , merely a marriage, , , tempo of love, you will pay   

    Romance Roundup: Architects, Highlanders, and Historians 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a sensitive architect with a murky past, a historian who can see ghosts, and a woman who takes a bet.

    Merely a Marriage, by Jo Beverley
    Lady Ariana Boxstall has a major case of matchmaker syndrome when it comes to her younger brother. (In her defense, there are some succession issues going on, and he has got to get off of his heinie and walk down the aisle, pronto.) He’s all for it, as long as she gets married first. Fair enough. Soon, Ariana reconnects with the Earl of Kynaston, who broke her heart eight years ago. Things have changed, though, and they are both more interested in each other as adults than they would care to admit. He’s sworn off of love and she just wants to get married for her family’s sake, or so they each think. Will these two be able to just get over themselves and get on top of each other? (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 30.)

    You Will Pay, by Lisa Jackson
    Senior detective Lucas Dalton—who can inspect us any day of the week—is on a very old case to figure out what happened to two summer camp kids who disappeared many years ago. He actually worked as a summer camp counselor when it all happened, so it’s all a tad personal for our guy. (And you thought that summer job you had during your high school years was intense!) His inspections bring him back in touch with Bernadette Alsace, who was a teen counselor during those dark days, and they are very intrigued by their adult versions. She once made a promise not to spill the beans on what really happened so long ago, but Lucas has a way of making a woman want to reveal all. Here’s hoping this old mess gets resolved, and that Lucas and Bernadette can focus on better times ahead! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on May 30.)

    Dying Breath, by Heather Graham
    Historian Vickie Preston survived a serial killer attack when she was a teenager, and ever since then she’s been able to see ghosts. These days, a killer is on the loose in Boston, and Vickie’s historical abilities are called upon by the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s paranormal investigations unit. (Can we all join?) It looks like this killer might have a special interest in our gal. Special Agent Griffin Price, who is quite special indeed with those abs and arms, is on the case. He and Vickie knew each other back in the day, and they are mighty pleased to be reconnected. They both need to stay on their toes (not for too long, we hope, wink wink!) if they are going to catch this killer. This is the latest book in Graham’s extensive Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on May 30.)

    An Affair with a Notorious Heiress, by Lorraine Heath
    Alistair Mabry, the Marquess of Rexton, is eager to find a very suitable, very scandal-free bride. (When you’re the result of a very scandalous union, you don’t want to let history repeat itself.) He’s just found a young lady who will do the trick, but he is soon WAY more attracted to her sister, Tillie. Tillie, Lady Landsdowne, might have been involved in something a bit naughty, because now no eligible bachelor will touch her with even the fingertip of an impeccably gloved hand. Anyway, she’s more focused on her helping her little sister make a good match. Then Alistair comes along with his broad shoulders and makes her really want to do some naughty things. Come on, you two! Give society something (more) to talk about! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 30.)

    Tempo of Love, by Kianna Alexander
    Reporter Nona Gregory has just landed the scoop of a lifetime: a profile on the very talented and very secretive architect Ken Yamada. (Hey, Ken, mind if we hold your compass?) He’s also a drummer by night, so his sex appeal is quite astonishing, to say the least. He and Nona start to get very close very quickly, but he’s afraid that she’ll discover some really bad family secrets. (Ken, nothing in the world would make any woman shy away from you!) As for Nona, she’s got that whole scoop thing to consider. Can our amazing heroine nab her Pulitzer AND get the guy? (Nona, we certainly have faith in you!) This is the latest book in Alexander’s very sizzling Gentlemen of Queen City series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 30.)

    What romances are you packing in your beach bag this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 7:00 pm on 2016/07/18 Permalink
    Tags: , , kim jones, Lisa Jackson, , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Actresses, Motorcycle Hotties, and Bourbon Kings 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman striking out on her own, the heir to a family dynasty, and a very sexy furniture maker.

    Sinner’s Revenge, by Kim Jones
    The motorcycle fun continues in the second book in Jones’ Sinner’s Creed series. Life hasn’t been so great for Shady lately. The eight-year member of the Sinner’s Creed Motorcycle Club wants to avenge the death of his best friend. He’s got only one thought on his mind: destruction. (Dude, can you lighten up, like, just a little bit?) Revenge seems simple enough, but then he meets Diem, and she’s starts to chip away at the cold metal chains encircling his tender, hurting heart. She’s complicated and stunning and drives him up the wall, so of course he becomes 100% hooked. But he can’t give into his feelings for her. Period. Right? (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 19.)

    Illusion Town, by Jayne Castle
    Is there any type of story Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz CAN’T write? (Answer: No!) Writing as Jayne Castle, the author brings us the first novel in her new Illusion Town series. Illusion Town is a desert gambling city in a similar vein to Las Vegas. Hannah West wakes up next to dreamboat Elias Coppersmith. They are married, and they have no idea how it happened. (They’re probably not alone in this.) Now they’ve got to figure out what the heck happened while they each dig up long-buried secrets from their pasts. Oh, and they also become mega-attracted to each other in the process. Here’s hoping the good in both of them outweighs any badness—and that they can skip the hassle of getting an annulment! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 26.)

    After She’s Gone, by Lisa Jackson
    Romance readers who want to add a little more suspense to their to-read stack can sink their teeth into this reprint. The third book in Jackson’s West Coast series features two sisters, Cassie and Allie Kramer. They are actresses, and they’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of Hollywood. Allie, however, has become the more successful actress of the two. When she goes missing, all eyes start to turn towards Cassie as a suspect, which is understandably kind of rough on her psyche. Cassie decides to find out what’s happened to her sister. Here’s hoping these two sibling manage to find each other soon, and that their relationship isn’t harmed by Hollywood jealousies! Oh, and that Cassie can get a little bit of R&R when it’s all over! (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 26.)

    Swept Away, by Robyn Carr
    Jennifer Chaise is the mistress of a very well-known businessman, thank you very much, and thanks to him she has the security she needs. Or so she thinks. When something violent happens, she barely says “Peace out” before taking off. She changes her look and her name and gets a job as a waitress in a small Nevada town. This would seem like the end of the world for some people, but not for our gal! She realizes she is happy standing on her own two feet. She also meets a cute cop named Alex. He’s a nice guy, but his spidey senses are telling him that there’s more to this lovely lady than meets the eye. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 26.)

    The Angels’ Share, by J.R. Ward
    The second novel in Ward’s Bourbon Kings series features the eldest son of the Bradford family, Edward. Edward has some daddy issues, and that comes even more to light when the Bradford patriarch dies. Everyone thinks it’s suicide, but then it starts to look more like a murder. There’s only one thing to do as far as Edward is concerned, and that is to drink his problems away. He also finds some distraction with the daughter of his family’s former horse trainer. (Not even the expensive, high-quality bourbon his family produces can dull his senses when it comes to her.) Together, they must dodge some shady characters, including a woman who wouldn’t mind getting her hands on Edward or his fortune. Once Edward takes care of business and gets things back in order (soon, we hope), he and his lady love can focus on more, ahem, important matters. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook on July 26.)

    Just Kiss Me, by Rachel Gibson
    Vivian Leigh Rochet cleaned houses for money when she was a teenager. Now she’s a big check-earning Hollywood star. (Bite it, mean high school girls!) She returns home to Charleston, South Carolina, and reconnects with Harrison Whitley-Shuler, on whom she had a major crush back in the day. He was a rich boy, though, and totally considered out of her league. He found success on Wall Street, until the lifestyle gave him a heart attack. Now he’s keeps things more on the Zen side as a furniture maker, which means he is very good with his hands. Vivian is still looking good after all of these years, so the timing might be right for giving that loving feeling a second chance! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 26.)

    What romances are you digging into this month?

  • Sara Brady 4:00 pm on 2014/12/15 Permalink
    Tags: Carole Mortimer, Cathy Lamb, , , , Holiday, Joss Wood, Lisa Jackson, , Mary Burton, Mary Carter, , , sparks will fly,   

    Under the Mistletoe: Holiday Romance Books 

    Susan Mallery's The Christmas Wedding RingAt a loss for what to get that romance lover in your life this holiday season? Try one of these new holiday-themed romances, perfect for curling up next to a fire with a cup of eggnog or cider.

    Choir of Angels, by Debbie Macomber 
    This beautifully packaged reissue presents three of Macomber’s classic holiday stories—Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, Those Christmas Angels, and Where Angels Go—in a gift that’s perfect for a tender heart new to the genre.

    The Christmas Bouquet, by Sherryl Woods 
    The newest in Woods’ O’Brien series finds medical student Caitlyn falling in love with resident Noah—and unexpectedly pregnant. The surprise baby stories are catnip to a certain kind of romance reader, so if she has a stack of Harlequin Presents with titles like The Billionaire’s Baby Secret, grab this one for her stocking.

    The Christmas Wedding Ring, by Susan Mallery
    A must-have for Mallery fans, this is a holiday-themed retelling of her 1998 Silhouette The Wedding Ring Promise. Molly Anderson has always had a crush on her older sister’s ex-boyfriend Dylan Black, and now, dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, she’s ready to fall into Dylan’s arms.

    Christmas With a Billionaire, by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates, and Joss Wood
    These three novellas—Mortimer’s Billionaire Under the Mistletoe, Yates’s Snowed in with Her Boss, and Wood’s A Diamond for Christmas—will please any harried romance fan. They’re the perfect length to squeeze in while a pie is in the oven or in between turkey bastings.

    Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel and Starry Night, by Debbie Macomber
    More holiday joy for Macomber fans: Mr. Miracle features a novice guardian angel helping two childhood enemies overcome their past and find love, and Starry Night follows a big-city reporter fleeing to the wilds of Alaska, where she falls for a reclusive author.

    Our First Christmas, by Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Mary Carter, and Cathy Lamb
    The great thing about anthologies is that you often buy them because you like one of the authors, then end up discovering new favorites. This anthology of holiday stories starts with Jackson’s Under the Mistletoe, about estranged spouses finding their way back to each other. In Burton’s A Ranger for Christmas, a history professor and a lawman team up to solve a crime, while Carter’s A Southern Christmas takes on the old trope of a woman trying to win back her wrong-for-her ex while overlooking the just-right guy next to her. Finally, Lamb’s Christmas in Montana starts with Laurel going home in disgrace after losing her job, then having to face her successful ex-boyfriend.

    A Husband for Christmas, by Diana Palmer
    This reissue of Palmer’s stories Snow Kisses and Lionhearted features wide-open spaces, a heroine healing from a traumatic past, and the kind of outdoorsy, cowboy-hat-wearing heroes certain readers can’t resist.

    Do you have a favorite holiday read you always return to?

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