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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/02/12 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Young Widows, Devoted Sisters, and Ranchers Galore 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a tough lady who helps a detective solve a cold case, a human woman who gets caught up in some major werewolf and vampire-related drama, and a rancher who gets much-needed help from his childhood friend.

    Map of the Heart, by Susan Wiggs
    History buffs will love this reprint! Camille Palmer is finally settling back into a peaceful existence after the tragic death of her husband. She’s got a teenage daughter and a dad to look after, so she’s quite busy. (Camille, massages and champagne on all of us!) Then a mysterious package arrives, and the three of them go back to France, where Camille’s dad lived during World War II. Oh, and Camille meets a very handsome former naval officer during her travels. (Note to Camille: Find out ASAP if he kept his uniform!) A nice lady who gets another chance at love with a hunky man in the French countryside while surrounded by loved ones? Yes, we’ll all take that tale with a glass of wine and a chocolate croissant! (Available in paperback on February 12.)

    Say You’re Sorry, by Karen Rose
    A serial killer has just messed with the wrong woman! Not only does our gal, Daisy Dawson, manage to fend off an attack, she also manages to steal a valuable piece of evidence off of her attacker: a necklace. (Daisy, after we treat you to a spa day we’d love it if you showed us your self-defense moves!) Said necklace is of great interest to Special Agent Gideon Reynolds, who has a few very important things going on for him: buns of steel, arms of steel, abs of steel, and a—well, you get the picture!  Anyway, he’s been working on a cold case for 17 years, and now, thanks to this necklace, he just might finally have what he needs to solve it. He and Daisy will end up working closely together. They’ll need to be super careful, though, as the killer now wants to target both of them. Daisy and Gideon, stay two steps ahead of the game, and when you finally win, treat yourselves to a romantic, long weekend getaway! This is the first book in Rose’s Sacramento series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on February 12.)

    Long, Tall Texans: Ethan/Connal, by Diana Palmer
    Two stories in one! “Ethan” features Ethan Hardeman and Arabella Craig. They, ahem, had relations when Arabella was 18 years old, which she really, really enjoyed, but then Ethan married another woman. (Ethan, we’re going to be generous and give you THREE WHOLE MINUTES to explain why you broke our gal’s heart!) Years have gone by, and now Arabella and Ethan are reconnected. Those years haven’t been too kind to Ethan—he’s divorced and, let’s just put it this way, Not Happy. Will he and Arabella get another chance at love? In “Connal,” Connal Tremayne finds himself somehow married to Penelope Matthews, who has pretty much loved him her whole life. Until recently he was a widower, and now he finds himself with a brand-new bride. (Sadly, he is not happy about this.) Here’s hoping that he and Penelope clear the air between them—and that they proceed to fill a Texas ranch with lots of cute puppies and babies! These reprinted stories are part of Palmer’s delicious Long, Tall Texans series. (Available in paperback on February 12.)

    Shadow Pact, by Tally Adams
    All Emily wants to do is find her missing sister, but instead, she finds herself in the middle of a major kerfuffle involving vampires and werewolves and a whole lot of attitude. She gets saved by William, a vampire-werewolf hybrid (and major hottie) who is ready and willing and able to assist Emily in her mission. Together, they’ll need to navigate some palace-like intrigue, complete with a vampire queen and a werewolf king who have less-than-noble intentions. (Think Game of Thrones with a more supernatural angle and characters with superior hygiene.) Emily will need to gather up every last ounce of courage she has if she’s going to survive all of this drama and find her sister. Emily, put your big-girl panties on and do whatever it takes to find her! And while you’re at it, show William how a human woman can rock his world! This is the first book in Adams’ Immortal Romance series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 12.)

    Devil’s Daughter, by Lisa Kleypas
    Phoebe, Lady Clare is a young widow, and she’s just met West Ravenel at a family wedding. She finds him exceptionally sexy, but she’s kind of determined to not like him. (He allegedly bullied her late husband when they were in boarding school together WAY back in the day.) She can’t help but become attracted to him, though, because West has that effect on women. Oh, and West soon discovers that Phoebe has quite the colorful family history, which gives him hope that she is not the cold-hearted, aristocratic woman he thought she might be. Phoebe, school was a very long time ago! Give West and his chiseled arms and jawline a chance! And West, be a gentleman and show Phoebe that while you can definitely be, ahem, naughty, you are also a nice guy who has come a long way in life! This is the fifth book in Kleypas’ Ravenels series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 19.)

    Stroke of Luck, by B.J. Daniels
    Montana hottie Will Sterling could use a helping hand right now. (Oh, Will, we all volunteer as tribute!) The Sterling Ranch’s season is about to start, but a blizzard threatens to make the opening a not-so-smooth endeavor. Plus, the guests staying at the ranch lodge are getting cranky. (Oh, just have some wine, you grouchy lot!) Fortunately, Will is about to get some much-needed help from his old childhood friend, Poppy Carmichael, and let’s just say that she and Will are children no more. They soon realize that they’d love nothing more than to spend the blizzard together, secluded, and nekkid in a quiet room with a giant fireplace. (#polarvortexfun #bringiton) Sadly, something very bad is going on (think: killer), and they’ll need to take care of it pronto. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge said killer, get the ranch the successful opening it deserves, and then find all kinds of fun ways to keep each other warm during those long, Montana winters. This is the first book in Daniels’ Sterling’s Montana series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on February 19.)

    What romance novels are keeping your nightstand warm this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:26 pm on 2018/12/21 Permalink
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    The Top 10 Must-Read Romances of 2018 


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    The genre just gets better and better every year.

    2018 was another great year for the romance genre. Authors continued to push the envelope in just about every time period with a wide variety of characters and situations, while television adaptations of beloved stories such as Outlander and Poldark continued to enjoy popularity and appreciation.

    If you’re looking to catch up on your romance reading this holiday season, or even looking for gift ideas for your fellow romance reader, here are some of 2018’s best reads!

    Someone to Trust, by Mary Balogh
    A man falls in love with an older woman in this installment of Balogh’s Westcott Family series. Fans know that Balogh isn’t afraid to explore romance between couples of a certain age. While the vast majority of the romance genre tends to skew younger, focusing on couples in their twenties and thirties, Balogh also gives older characters a chance at finding romance. In this lovely tome, widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield wants to get remarried to a respectable man. She ends up falling for Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, who is nine years younger than her. It seems unlikely that they’ll end up together, but when they meet again a year later they realize that yep, those feelings aren’t going away. Like, ever.

    More to Love, by Alison Bliss
    Professional interests collide in this lovely story, the third in Bliss’ A Perfect Fit series. Jessa Gibson is ready to make her mark on the Granite, Texas food scene with her gourmet food truck. Her only problem is the local health inspector, Max Hager. He seems to have it out for her, constantly accusing her of health code violations, which would be infuriating if he wasn’t so gosh darn sexy. It turns out that he and Jessa have off-the-charts chemistry, which is going to make it really hard for him to reveal who he really is: a man who is NOT a health inspector. (Yes, he has some explaining to do.)

    Shot on Gold, by Jaci Burton
    Two professional athletes get it on in this installment of Burton’s Play-by-Play series. Hockey player Will Madigan and figure skater Amber Sloane are ready to get it on at the Winter Olympics. They are each competing for gold, especially Amber, because it’s her third time there and she plans on retiring after this round. She is mega-focused indeed, but Will really likes the fact that she’s both gorgeous and ambitious and has a life and isn’t a Stage 5 clinger. He’s pursuing her big time, which would normally be a win-win for any woman, but Amber is going to focus no matter what it takes. When the Olympic games are over, they’ll need to figure out whether they want to play games with each other year-round.

    Rancher’s Dream, by B.J. Daniels
    Old lovers reunite in this cowboy-centric story, which is part of Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. Drey Hunter pretty much just had the worst wedding night ever. Her new husband disappeared on her, and now she’s all alone in a mountain cabin. She soon realizes that her life is also in some serious danger, so she gets help from her old flame Hawk Cahill. They were crazy in love once upon a time, and let’s just say that feeling never really went away. He’s as devoted as ever, and she starts to realize she never wants to be parted from him again. Can they solve the mystery and then live their lives together in peace?

    On-Air Passion, by Lindsay Evans
    The first book in Evans’ Clarks of Atlanta series features two people who clash over their very different ideas of love. Elle Marshall is pumped to talk about her dating service, a service that promises to create The Perfect Date for couples, on the radio. Basketball player-turned-radio host Ahmed Clark is NOT an optimist when it comes to L.O.V.E., and he and Elle end up clashing big-time. On the air. Where listeners can listen. These two arguers are so adorably curmudgeonly with each other that the radio station decides to capitalize on their popularity with viewers by arranging a media-friendly date. It doesn’t take them long to realize that they might actually like each other.

    Her Unexpected Valentine, by Sherelle Green
    More professional interests collide in this story, the fifth book in Green’s Bare Sophistication series. Hair and makeup guru Nicole LeBlanc and creative director Kendrick Burrstone only just met, but it soon becomes evident that they have exceptional chemistry together. Kendrick isn’t one for love, though, and he also doesn’t like to get involved with anyone at work. As for Nicole, she wouldn’t mind finding The One, but Kendrick isn’t exactly making things easy. This could have to do with some secrets he has, secrets that involve an extortion plot against him. (Did we mention that he also has a crazy ex-girlfriend?) Indeed, Kendrick and Nicole have a lot to go through together before they’ll be able to find their happily ever after.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas
    Romance readers who appreciate historical heroines ahead of their time will love the fourth book in Kleypas’ Ravenels series. Dr. Garrett Gibson is a lady doctor, and she’s working really hard to help London’s poor. She gets some help from Ethan Ransom, a former detective with whom she decides to have a one-night affair. They decide to stay away from each other after that one night – that one extremely entertaining night – but they are reunited when he has an assignment. They’ll need to work together and work smartly if they’re going to take down a treacherous government. Medical AND political drama, plus two sexy people right in the thick of it? Yes, please!

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London
    And we have another historical heroine story, the fourth one in London’s Highland Grooms series. The livelihood of Lottie Livingstone’s clan rests entirely on her strong, capable shoulders. She has zero time to dilly dally, which is why she leads a scheme that involves taking over Aulay Mackenzie’s ship. This annoys and inconveniences him, to say the least, but he still can’t help admiring Lottie. When authorities start to get involved, and it looks as if they want to lock up Lottie and throw away the key, Aulay will need to evaluate his feelings for her and decide on what he really wants out of life.

    What Ales the Earl, by Sally MacKenzie
    Craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy this particular historical romance. Childhood friends and former lovers Penelope Barnes and Harry Graham are reunited after 10 long years apart. During that time, Penelope honed her beer-making skills, gave birth to and raised their daughter, and endured all kinds of judgment from her family and society for her life choices. As for Harry, he went off to war and came back and inherited his family’s title due to his brother’s death. (Yep, that’s a lot of activity in a decade!) Harry and Penelope are still in love, because a love like theirs doesn’t die. Ever. He’ll have to prove to her, though, that he’s never going to let them be parted again.

    About that Kiss, by Jill Shalvis
    Two people who shared one passionate kiss and then went their separate ways are reunited in the fifth book in Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series. It pains Kylie Masters to ask Joe Malone for help, but she really needs someone with great finding skills to help her recover something quite precious. Joe won’t say no to helping her, but he doesn’t expect to end up falling heads over heels for her, even though they quite the makeout session. He always thought he’d be a player bachelor, but spending some real quality time with Kylie has him rethinking his priorities. Will he admit that his love for her is deeper than either of them realize?  

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  • Tara Sonin 3:00 pm on 2018/04/26 Permalink
    Tags: , a swift purse cry, broken harbor, , circle of friends, , , , darkfever, donna jo napoli, duchess of sin, , , , forbidden love, golden surrender, , hush, irish born, irish lady, irish warrior, jeanette baker, , , , , kathleen grissom, lady of conquest, laurel mckee, lisa kleypas, luck magic & mystery, , , robin maxwell, , santa montefiere, scandalous desires, seduce me at sunrise, siobhan dowd, talk sweetly to me, , , the girl in the castle, , the kitchen house, the lost duke of wyndham, , the wild irish, the wonder   

    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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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2018/02/27 Permalink
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    Romance Spring Preview: 24 of Our Most Anticipated Novels 


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    Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but Spring will soon be here! There is no better time for romance to bloom than when the frost thaws and our world starts to become sunnier, hotter…you get the idea. Here are 25 of our most anticipated romances coming this season.

    February

    The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand (February 20)
    It’s a tale as old as time: twins who couldn’t be more different, find themselves living a life where the grass is always greener, and learning something in the process. Harper is low-key, relaxed…and a complete romantic disaster. Tabitha is dignified, with a high standard for taste (and the debt to match)…not to mention a teenage daughter she can’t reign in. By switching islands and living the other sister’s life, they find a way to bury the resentments of the past, and both find hope for the future.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas (February 20)
    Garrett Gibson has never taken no for an answer—that’s how she became a doctor in an age and a society where women were discouraged from doing anything of the sort. She may be daring, but she’s never taken a risk in matters of the heart…until she meets Ethan Ransom, a detective for Scotland Yard, and gives into the throes of passion. But when she is pulled into a dangerous case, the stakes are raised, and she could lose more than her heart.

    A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole (February 27)
    We’ve all gotten strange emails claiming we’re betrothed to an overseas prince, right? Naledi Smith knows they’re a scam, and one she doesn’t have time for. But in this case, they’re true: Prince Thabiso has been looking for the missing girl he was supposed to marry—and when he meets Naledi, she thinks he’s nothing but a regular person like her. And so he decides to play along, believing he can convince her to love the man behind the crown.

    The Marquis and I, by Ella Quin (February 27)
    Charlotte has been kidnapped, thanks to her brother-in-law’s recklessness (and the enemies he made as a result). But then she is rescued by a man even more unscrupulous, and her reputation is in tatters. She wants nothing to do with Constantine, the Marquis who rescued her…but he is determined to win her heart.

    The Sins of Lord Lockwood, by Meredith Duran (February 27)
    Liam is on a quest for revenge after his wedding to Anna was taken from him thanks to a conspiracy. But Anna has not given up on the man she loves, despite his pleas to leave him to his life of vengeance.

    March

    A Rogue of Her Own, by Grace Burrowes (March 6)
    Miss Charlotte Windham has no intention of ever marrying, and the best way to ensure that no one would ever want to marry her is a simple scandal. Lucas Sherborne is the perfect man to rope into her plan—but instead, thanks to his own desires to marry a woman of influence and wealth, they end up at the altar instead. A marriage neither one of them truly wanted turns into a love they never knew they needed.

    Ashes on the Moor, by Sarah M. Eden (March 6)
    It is 1871, and Evangeline has been sent by her grandfather to a small mill town to teach—and if she fails, she will never see her inheritance or her younger sister, the last family she has left, again. She keeps her upper-class status a secret as she finds a community in the town, bonding with Dermot, an Irish brick mason and his son…but when her secret is revealed, she must piece together the unraveling threads of her life to find a happy ending.

    High Voltage, by Karen Marie Moning (March 6)
    The Fever series continues with Dani protecting the people of Dublin against the forces of evil gathering strength beneath the surface. Her bond with Ryodan is stronger than ever, but even the immortal cannot protect her from the horrors from her past.

    With This Man, by Jodi Ellen Malpas (March 20)
    Jesse Ward is back in the new installment in this erotic romance series, and his entire world is rocked thanks to a tragic accident. Jesse and Ava were happy. But then she ends up in the hospital, and they aren’t sure she’s going to make it. Which would be bad enough…except that when she does pull through, she cannot remember him. Or anything about the last sixteen years. So Jesse is once again given a problem he might not be able to conquer: seducing his wife, and proving to her that the last sixteen years are worth remembering.

    Accidental Heroes, by Danielle Steele (March 20)
    Someone on plane A321 is going to do something terrible, and only Homeland Security agent Ben Waterman can figure out who, and how to stop them in time. In this thriller, a TSA agent informs him of a suspicious postcard with a mysterious message, and together they must rise to the occasion and become heroes to save the day.

    His Wicked Charm, by Candace Camp (March 27)
    Lilah hates Constantine Moreland. To make things worse, his twin brother married her best friend. But when his sisters are kidnapped, she helps him on the case and discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

    Hurts to Love You, by Alisha Rai (March 27)
    Evangeline Chandler is an heiress, which means she knows the rules: don’t embarrass the family, don’t reveal your true feelings, and don’t hook up with the help. But she can’t help the attraction she feels for Gabriel, even if they can never be together. That is, until they find themselves unable to stop being together.

    Twice Bitten, by Lynsay Sands (March 27)
    Elspeth Argeneau has been alive for almost two centuries, but it’s only after getting away from her very controlling mother that she feels like she can start to experience life. Between hunting vampires, she can certainly find time for a fling. Especially with a guy who has no idea what she is.

    April

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward (April 10)
    The Black Dagger Brotherhood saga continues with the story of Sola Morte, a human woman—and former criminal—who is trying to reform herself and live the life she needs to in order to keep her grandmother safe. What she doesn’t need is a distraction, especially from Assail, the only man she’s ever truly felt something for…though she doesn’t know the truth that he is a vampire, and deals in arms with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But when his life is in danger, Sola must risk it all to bring them together again.

    Natural Blonde Instincts, by Jill Shalvis (April 16)
    After trying to do her own thing, Kenna has decided it’s time to join the family business and prove herself capable of taking the reigns. The problem? Her boss is hot, powerful, and not falling for her feminine wiles.

    The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens (April 24)
    The titular character of this historical romance is loyal only to those closest to him—for everyone else, his top priority has always been his finances. But when an investment falls through, he is torn between seeking restitution for his losses…and seeking the heart of a brilliant woman.

    A Devil of a Duke, by Madeline Hunter (April 24)
    Gabriel is a rake of the first order, used to getting everything he wants from the world, and from women. Which is why it’s incredibly frustrating to be falling for—and bedding—a woman who will give him her body, but not her name or her heart.

    May

    A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas (May 1)
    A continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, this story bridges the initial three novels with the latter tales in the series. Feyre and Rhysand are rebuilding their world following a devastating conflict: love, war, loyalty, and friendship collide for another adventure in the world of the High Fae.

    Someone to Care, by Mary Balogh (May 1)
    Viola has not been able to move on from the shame and trauma of being stripped of her title after the death of her Earl husband. Not the young debutante she once was, but not ready for the grave, either, Viola isn’t sure where she fits…until she finds herself falling for the Marquess of Dorchester, a notorious rake…and a man worth risking her limited standing in society for.

    The World of All Souls, by Deborah Harkness (May 8)
    There is much more to the story of Oxford historian and witch Diana Bishop and time-traveling vampire Matthew Clairmont…and this guide to the world in which they met and fell in love reveals all!

    The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews (May 8)
    In this perfect early-spring beach read, a woman is given an arduous task by an aging heiress: find the descendants of her long-deceased friends, with whom she was not able to make amends before they died, and bring them together.

    The Other Lady Vanishes, by Amanda Quick (May 8)
    1930’s California is a place of beauty and danger when a woman escapes from a sanitarium and starts a new life, only to be tempted by a widowed businessman and drawn into a murder mystery.

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London (May 16)
    Lottie is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her home safe, including taking her Highland clan to the ocean for illegal whiskey sales and holding a captain from a rival clan captive after an attack on her vessel. Aulay never thought he’d let himself get bound by a woman’s heart, and yet he can’t help but want to possess Lottie as much as he wants her ship.

    Too Wilde to Wed, by Eloisa James (May 29)
    Since being jilted, North went to war and cultivated a reputation for being ill-suited to marriage. But he doesn’t know that his almost-bride, Diana, never intended to hurt him, and her reputation has paid a price as well.

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    A Romance (or Two!) For Every Astrological Sign 


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    Do you believe fate is written in the stars? Are you obsessed with learning how the stars will align for your life in any given season? Then this list of Astrology-inspired romances is for you!

    Aries
    Aries signs are strong, full of leadership. They can be heroic and caring, but also impulsive and competitive. They love being the best at things—including, and especially, at winning the hearts of those they admire.  

    Black Dagger Brotherhood, by J. R. Ward
    Wrath is the leader of a group of vampires known as the Black Dagger Brotherhood—and he is set on vengeance against the people who killed his parents. After centuries of violence in pursuit of this goal, he meets a woman who will make him wonder if fighting for love is better than fighting for revenge.

    Forged in Steele, by Maya Banks
    Nothing says Aries more than military background fighters who work beyond the confines of the US Government, right? In this sexy novel, Steele leads his team on dangerous missions, protecting his heart in a thick layer of ice. Until he meets Maren, a doctor he cannot stop himself from wanting to protect, despite the secret he knows she is keeping.

    Taurus
    Known for being organized, supportive people, Taurus signs are ruled by the “Earth” element. They are patient and romantic, but can have a stubborn side, especially when it comes to the security of those they love. (Also, they can have a streak for indulging in the finer things in life!)

    A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
    Diana is a scholar at the top of her game…and a reluctant witch at the center of a grand conspiracy. She knows she should stay away from Matthew, a vampire and supposed enemy of her kind, but when she discovers that all of the supernatural world is after her because she possesses a dangerous document that could shake their order, she turns to him for protection.

    A Darker Shade of Magic, by Victoria Schwab
    Kell is one of the last Atari, a magical being with the ability to travel between worlds. He is essential to keeping the balance of magic between the worlds…but when he cannot help himself from stealing an item that does not belong in his world and the consequences prove fatal, he must risk it all to right the wrong before it claims the lives of those he loves.

    Gemini
    Geminis do not respond well to authority. They are adventurous and fun, but always like to be on the winning side of any debate. Some might call them judgmental, but that’s what makes their wit so striking.

    The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen Woodiwiss
    Aislinn’s home has been ravaged by a conqueror in this medieval romance. He is strong and courageous, but responsible for so much pain…and yet, she finds herself drawn to him even as she vows to destroy him.

    Hate to Want You, by Alisha Rai
    For one night every year, Livvy and Nicholas share a night of passion…even though their families hate one another. That is, until Livvy reneged on the deal, and something changed. But suddenly she is back, and Nicholas finds himself craving answers just as much as he continues to crave her.

    Cancer
    Nurturers, homebodies, and romantics—that’s who Cancers are. Sure, they may be prone to gossip and competition, but their hearts are incredibly sensitive and loyal to those they trust. (Just don’t break that trust, or else.)

    Yours Until Dawn, by Teresa Medeiros
    Samantha is a nurse charged with healing a fallen soldier back to health, but her task is difficult. Gabriel lost his sight, the woman he loved, and his place in the world. But her determination and care slowly brings him into the light, and into the arms of a woman who loves him like no other.

    Flowers from the Storm, by Laura Kinsale
    A classic story of love through pain and hardship, Maddy Timms finds herself in the unique position of being the only one who can save the dangerous, fascinating Duke of Jervaulx from himself.

    Leo
    Leos have a love of honesty that can get them in trouble. Sometimes jealous, often generous, Leos command attention and energy wherever they go. Named after the lion, it won’t surprise you to learn that Leos are natural leaders.

    Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
    Noble, proud, and heroic, Jamie Fraser embodies all of the qualities above…as does his love, Claire, who finds herself thrown into a different time and forced to marry the Highlander to keep herself safe. Two strong-willed souls battle for dominance in their relationship, but each will sacrifice everything to save the other if need be.

    London’s Perfect Scoundrel, by Loretta Chase
    Evelyn knows that the Marquis of St. Aubyn is not a man who should be trusted, but she needs his help in a mission more important than her pride. Headstrong and refusing to back down even when he denies her, eventually their fiery temperaments give way to flames in their hearts.

    Virgo
    Helpful and hardworking, Virgos are friends to all. Known for being practical (to the point of being preachy), these Earth signs get a lot of satisfaction out of creating things on their own.

    The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare
    A marriage of convenience is a practical thing to do. So the Duke of Ashbury decides that he will marry Emma Gladstone and employ a set of rules to ensure that they not cross any boundaries he isn’t prepared for. But Emma wants more than just a convenient marriage, she wants passion, and love…and their battle of wills will not cease until she gets what she wants.

    Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas
    Not wanting to entrap her inheritance in the hands of unscrupulous relatives, Evangeline decides she needs to marry someone who will keep it safe. So she decides to marry Lord St. Vincent, a rake beyond compare, and is determined to make him into the husband she knows she deserves.

    Libra
    The sign of the scales is known to embody balance and partnership, but Libras also have a dramatic side! They are ruled by the planet Venus—the planet of love—so they are often charming and romantic…and are often riled by things they deem unfair.

    If You Deceive, by Kresley Cole
    Ethan MacCarrick’s life was changed rorever when he was beaten and scarred as payment for a crime he was innocent of committing. Paid for by a powerful nobleman, Ethan has decided there will be no justice until he has bankrupted the man. But it still isn’t enough, so he decides fair is fair: he will seduce the man’s daughter, bed her, and then cast her aside, a ruined woman. But soon, he finds himself falling for his target.

    The Serpent Prince, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Simon is a Viscount hell-bent on revenge after being beaten almost to death. But his mission is put on hold while Lucy helps him heal—and when the attackers start to target her as well, he must make a choice between the woman he has grown to love and the fight that could cost them their lives.

    Scorpio
    Scorpios do not take no for an answer. Headstrong, passionate, and motivated by how much they can control both in and outside the bedroom, they are as intense as any romance love interest can get. Their symbol is the scorpion, so their bark can have some bite…but when they are on your side, there’s nothing better.

    The Siren, by Tiffany Reisz
    If a romance as described above is your cup of tea, you must meet Soren and Nora, the protagonists at the heart of the Original Sinners series. Soren is a Dominant, but more than that, he feels an inner need to hurt people (and derives sexual pleasure from it) that he controls by way of BDSM. Nora is his submissive—but she’s also the most prominent Dominatrix at the underground club they both visit. How did this arrangement unfold? You have to read the whole series to learn the full story.

    The Secret, by Julie Garwood
    Iain Maitland, a Highland clan Laird, totally fits this mold. When Judith Hampton meets him as her escort into the Highlands to help a friend give birth, she finds him to be everything her polite society has taught her to fear. Cold, calculating, and strong beyond belief; but eventually Judith’s light begins to warm Iain’s heart.

    Sagittarius
    A Sagittarius will never turn down a dare! These rule-breakers are fun-seeking adventurers you will never have a dull day with.

    The Danger of Desire, by Sabrina Jeffries
    Delia Trevor is the heroine inspired by this zodiac sign; seeking revenge for her brother’s death, she disguises herself as a man to infiltrate high society. Gambling with not only her reputation but her life, she finds herself in danger when the infamous Warren, Marquess of Knightford, recognizes her.

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean
    Gabriel St. John defies all the rules—he’s a known rake, his skills at seduction both admired and reviled in high society. Lady Calpurnia is the opposite: a total rule-follower, but not for long. Since no one wants to marry her anyway, she decides to pursue him, and together, they find a love that dares to break the mold.

    Capricorn
    Ever seen someone with a color-coded planner? They are probably a Capricorn. Known for being ambitious and organized, these folks are rarely quitters. But dedication can be a double-edged sword, as sometimes Capricorns can be cold.  

    To Beguile a Beast, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Helen has made mistakes in the past, but she is determined not to give up and to find a new life for herself. So when she takes a job as the mysterious and reclusive Sir Alistair’s housekeeper and finds him to be as cold and unfeeling as his reputation let on, her work is cut out for her. She isn’t afraid of his scars, or his past, or of what will happen if they fall in love.

    Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters are all still unmarried, which presents a problem for her lower-class family, which still has five children to support. But she is headstrong and refuses to marry for less than true love…and when a man she despises interferes with her sister’s happiness, she knows he is the last man she could ever love.

    Aquarius
    These Air-ruled people are friendly and eccentric, known for being inviting and kind. They always seek to root out injustice where they find it, and are at their best when they have a mission to achieve. But be careful: sometimes having a mission can lead someone on a path towards their own destruction.  

    The Lady Hellion, by Joanna Shupe
    Sophie has never shied away from a good fight: her latest battle is to protect the rights of prostitutes, but no one takes her seriously as a woman. So she decides to dress as a man to command the attention her cause desires…and to get an accomplice in her quest, like Damien Beecham, the only man she trusts to help her despite him having broken her heart months ago.

    Almost a Scandal, by Elizabeth Essex
    Sally Kent’s family has always served in the Navy…but when her brother decides not to, she is determined to take his place, even if she has to disguise herself in order to serve. The problem? She’s distracted by the disarmingly handsome Lieutenant David Colyear, who knows without a doubt that there’s a woman on board his ship whose secret he must keep.

    Pisces
    Fantasy lovers known for having huge imaginations, this Fish sign is always on the lookout for perfect love. But sometimes that can lead them into dangerous situations, where they trust people they shouldn’t.

    The Secret Pearl, by Mary Balogh
    Fleur has resorted to desperate lengths to stay alive and afloat in London society. So when she gets a chance to be a governess and escape a life on the streets, she jumps at the chance…only to find her new employer is the mysterious man who took her to bed one night she could never forget.

    Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn
    Colin Bridgerton is charming, handsome, totally gossip-worthy…and his sister’s best friend, Penelope, has been secretly in love with him for years. When she discovers a secret that changes how she sees him—and Colin’s feelings for her begin to change—will the scandal of his past bring down their romance?

    What’s your sign? And what’s your favorite romance?

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