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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/03/20 Permalink
    Tags: cross breed, deadly secret, , , hurricane bay, , lora leigh, , no safe secret, , , , the sweetest thing,   

    Romance Roundup: Immortal Women, Private Investigators, and Green-Eyed Sailors 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a private investigator being framed for murder, a lawyer who needs to investigate her estranged husband’s family, and an immortal woman who has finally met her life partner.

    Twice Bitten, by Lynsay Sands
    Immortal lady Elspeth Argeneau is ready to feel some freedom. At the age of 140, she’s finally moved away from her over-controlling mother. (Clearly, nagging mothers are the same across species.) She’s ready to get some action in the sack, and so this is the perfect time for her landlady’s grandson, Wyatt, to reappear in her life. Wyatt still remembers Elspeth from when they first met four years ago, and he’s eager to show her what she could be getting more of. This won’t be too hard, as Elspeth soon realizes she’d like to take several bites of him. (Go for it, sister!) When some shady characters try to finish Elspeth off, the former Special Forces soldier kicks his skills up a notch to keep her safe. Will Elspeth realize that Wyatt is the man she’s meant to be with forever? This is the 27th book in Sands’ Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 27.)

    Cross Breed, by Lora Leigh
    Cassandra Sinclair may be a member of the Breeds—humans who carry animal-like capabilities both in and out of the bedroom—but she’s also her own interesting mix. She’s wolf, coyote, AND human, and let’s just say that her Breed neighbors are a tad overprotective of her. She manages to escape them to pursue a personal mission, and ends up having a rollicking good time with a guy who could very well be meant to be her mate for life. (Oh, Cassandra, please tell us more!) She’s not too thrilled with him, though. (Let’s just say she’s got some family issues to sort out and knows that she shouldn’t be dilly-dallying with the wrong guy.) But then some major tensions between Breeds and humans start to arise, and Cassandra and her new friend (her new, HOT friend) will need to stick together if they are going to survive. This is the 32nd book in Leigh’s Breeds series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on September 25.)

    No Safe Secret, by Fern Michaels
    Molly has a picture-perfect life, complete with a house that HGTV executives would want to feature on every single show. Unfortunately, though, her life is not as great as it seems. To start with, she’s got a demanding husband WHO BETTER BACK OFF of our gal! Also, she’s got a pretty dark past that’s coming back to haunt her more than 20 years after she escaped it. (Horrible things happened to her on prom night, for one.) Molly will need to think fast on her feet if she’s going to get the better of those who would see her harmed. Here’s hoping she manages to put a stop to their shenanigans ASAP, and that she finally gets the peaceful life she deserves. Hang in there, Molly! We’re all cheering you on! (Available in paperback on March 27.)

    Deadly Secret, by Tara Thomas
    Our gal, Bea, is a lawyer who wants to make it to Congress. This is all fine and dandy, but now she’s been called upon to investigate the Benedict family and their massive business empire. Trouble is, she’s kind of secretly married to none other than Knox Benedict. True, they are estranged, and he’s actually one of the better members of his family, but this could still create a little conflict of interest. (Knox, you can show us all your conflict of interest any day of the week, if you know what we mean!) Knox would much rather woo his woman back than get involved in muddy family waters, but this could actually be really good for their relationship. Bea and Knox, knock this family drama out of the park once and for all, and embrace a future that involves being in each other’s lives—and Bea as a Congresswoman! This is the second book in Thomas’ Sons of Broad series. (Available in paperback on March 27.)

    The Sweetest Thing, by Jill Shalvis
    Tara has zero desire to go back to Lucky Harbor, Washington, but since her life has been quite bumpy lately, it’s really her only option. Besides, her sisters are there renovating an inn, so Tara will definitely be able to keep busy and try to NOT think of the downhill spiral that is her current situation. She meets a smoking hot, green-eyed sailor who wants to show her all sorts of good times. (Cue all of our sailboat, lovemaking fantasies!) Things start to go well for our heroine, but then her ex-husband shows up wanting her back. Will Tara realize that she’s right where she’s supposed to be? And will this sailor fellow whisk her away to tropical climes for some fun in the sun? This is the second book in Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 27.)

    Hurricane Bay, by Heather Graham
    Someone is trying to set up private investigator Dane Whitelaw for murdering his ex-girlfriend. Dane is positive that this is actually the work of a serial killer living and working in the Miami area. (We believe you, Dane!) Dane ends up joining forces with Kelsey Cunningham. Her best friend has just gone missing, and Kelsey knows that Dane is her best resource. They both get involved in a pretty dark world, and everything comes to a grinding halt when Dane’s ex-girlfriend is found, strangled to death by his tie. Now Kelsey doesn’t want to trust anyone, not even Dane, who has actually had her heart for many years now. Kelsey, you can trust Dane! You know he’s a good guy with a big heart to go with those stunning biceps. This book includes a bonus story, “A Man Worth Remembering,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 27.)

    What new romances are turning your head this spring?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2018/01/09 Permalink
    Tags: a wedding at two love lane, anna bennett, , blood fury, elizabeth's wolf, every dog has his day, heart of the wolf, , , kieran kramer, lora leigh, , , , the rogue is back in town   

    Romance Roundup: Breeds, Brewery Owners, and Vampire Warriors 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a businesswoman who meets a baron in disguise, two vampire warriors who fall in love again during training, and a brewery owner who falls hard for a single mom during a snowstorm.

    Elizabeth’s Wolf, by Lora Leigh
    Special-Forces soldier Dash was at a mega-low point in his life and career. Then he got some fan mail from a kid, and that kept his spirits up. Then the kid stops writing, and Dash realizes that she and her mother are in trouble, so he goes in pursuit of them. (He has some animalistic abilities that help him in his quest.) He finds them, and falls mega-hard for the little girl’s very hot and very single mama. Said sexy mama, Elizabeth, doesn’t have time to dilly dally, what with the evil forces that are trying to track down her and her little girl. Then she meets Dash, and suddenly realizes that having such a man in her life could only be a great thing. As for Dash, his protective wolf instincts kick in, and he would love nothing more than to create a safe, proverbial den for his new family. This book, revised since it was first printed, is the third installment in Leigh’s Breeds series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    A Wedding at Two Love Lane, by Kieran Kramer
    Greer Jones is doing very well for herself in her job at Two Love Lane, a very prestigious matchmaking agency. (Greer, you’ll, ah, hook us all up for free, right?!) She has no interest in finding love for herself, though. That said, she decides to enter a cocktail-party contest to win a very beautiful wedding gown, and she finds a date for it. The very handsome and very British Ford Smith is trying to stay under the radar. (Hard to see how that is possible considering that accent and those cheekbones but okay, we’ll play along.) Greer thinks he’s a broke artist, but he is, in fact, the Eighth Baron of Wickshire. (Ford, you can Eighth Baron of Wickshire us any day of the week!) Ford is falling hard for Greer, but he’s also proceeding with caution due to a past filled with greedy women. Trust us, Ford. Greer is an awesome lady who has her own thing going on! This is the second book in Kramer’s Two Love Lane series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Heart of the Wolf, by Terry Spear
    Bella is a female red werewolf who was adopted by grey wolves when she was still a puppy. Now she’s a woman fully grown, as they say, and the grey wolf alpha wants to mate with her. Bella’s like “Nope!” and decides to run away and do the lone wolf thing for a bit. She’s eventually followed and found by her childhood friend, Devlyn, and let’s just say he’s unlike any childhood friend anyone’s ever had. They start to make their way home, and encounter all kinds of creatures and humans who wouldn’t mind seeing them both dead. There’s also the matter of their growing attraction for each other. If they do come together, Devlyn will have to fight that pesky alpha male to the death for her. Fortunately, he realizes that some things are worth fighting for. (We have faith in you, Devlyn!) This is the first book in Spear’s Heart of the Wolf series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Rogue is Back in Town, by Anna Bennett
    Sam, a wayward brother from a wealthy family, is back in London. He’s ready to make peace with his brother, and his first step is to take up residence in a ramshackle townhouse. Unfortunately for Sam, the house is occupied by Miss Juliette Lacey. She wants to use the house for her own purposes, namely, to make her weird family seem just a tad more normal in society’s eyes. (Oh, Juliette, just embrace their flaws! It’ll make life easier. ) Sam and Juliette keep trying to kick each other out of the house and claim their territory, and they fall for each other in the process. Who will win this battle of wits and walls? (Hint hint, Sam and Juliette: You can totally get married and share the townhouse, although we’re pretty sure you’ll end up preferring the country life when you expand your family!) This is the third book in Bennett’s Wayward Wallflowers series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Every Dog Has His Day, by Jenn McKinlay
    Brewery owner Zachary Caine is the resident hunk and playboy of Bluff Point, and he has zero plans to change his ways. Then he meets a cute kitten named Chaos, and ends up becoming quite close to the kitten’s owners—single mom Jessie Connelly and her two daughters. Jessie refuses to fall for Zachary, because she’s gotten burned by sexy men in the past. That said, he’s very good with her daughters. (Trust your kids’ instincts, Jessie! They know when someone is good or bad, and Zachary is very, very good!) Then a snowstorm hits, and Jessie and Zachary are forced to get to know each other in all kinds of ways. (Side note: Here’s hoping that SOMEONE got lucky during the Bomb Cyclone!) When dirt from Jessie’s past comes to the surface, Zachary decides that no one is going to get to his woman or their girls without going through him first! This is the third book in McKinlay’s A Bluff Point Romance series. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook.)

    Blood Fury, by J.R. Ward
    Vampires Novo and Peyton are two of the newest recruits at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center. (As the name would suggest, it’s a very competitive program, and everyone involved is on a mission to destroy the Lessening Society and make the world a sunny place.) Novo is a tough, scrappy lady with a body that makes the CrossFit people stew in envy, and Peyton has that whole hot, haughty aristocratic thing going for him. (Peyton, you can look down your lordly nose at us any day of the week!) Peyton gives in to his more emotional side, though, and confesses his feelings and attraction to Novo. Sadly, our gal rejects him in favor of a guy who just makes her feel, in a word, meh. There just might be a second chance for these two during training. Novo and Peyton, please don’t blow it! This is the third book in Ward’s Black Dagger Legacy series. (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on January 9.)

    What romances are you snuggling up with this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/12/06 Permalink
    Tags: amelia grey, , , , jon land, lora leigh, , notorious pleasures, , , rugged texas cowboy, simply irresistible, the rising, to the duke with love,   

    Romance Roundup: Vigorous Cowboys, Strapping Contractors, and Doomsday Love Stories 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a group of people who need to conquer the worlds of dark and light magic, a very lucky woman who gets kidnapped by the most ardent cowboy that ever lived, and a high society lady who ends up falling for her boring fiancé’s far more exciting brother.

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Romance readers who love a bit of fantasy and doomsday in their books will enjoy Roberts’ latest yarn. A mysterious illness wipes out more than half of the world’s population, and magick—both good and bad—is becoming the new normal. Lana Bingham and her hunky man, Max, practice the good kind of magic, but they’re going to have to work very hard in order to avoid—and help beat—the bad kind. They decide to ditch New York City in search of a safer environment (and, presumably, cheaper rent), and collaborate with a colorful cast of characters along the way. With magick and mayhem and romance, this will be the perfect sink-your-teeth-into-it winter story! This is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the Ones series. (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on December 5.)

    The Rising, by Heather Graham and Jon Land
    Young love gets a turn in this amazing thriller! Alex Chin and Samantha Dixon are about to graduate from high school with all kinds of college opportunities and scholarship offers. (Alex is pretty much the guy we all wanted to date in high school and Samantha is the sort of kindhearted, brainy girl you want to get the guy.) Then Alex gets a football injury and from there things start to go kaput. His parents are murdered, and he and Alex soon start to dodge some pretty sinister bad guys. It turns out that Alex’s late parents had some dark secrets, secrets that are now haunting their living son and his girlfriend. Here’s hoping Alex and Samantha manage to dodge these bad guys soon—and that they make it on time to freshman orientation! (Available in paperback on December 5.)

    To the Duke, With Love, by Amelia Grey
    The Duke of Griffin’s bad boy reputation is finally catching up to him, and the real victims just might be his twin sisters. No member of good society will want to associate with those girls thanks to their rake of a brother. (Really, buddy, couldn’t you have been just a LITTLE bit more discreet?!) The Duke needs to act fast, so he hires the very respectable Esmerelda Swift to be their chaperone. Esmerelda is determined to do her job well because, hey, a woman’s got to eat and the girls need to make a good match. That said, she’s finding it difficult to resist his many, many charms. As for the Duke, he soon realizes that he wants to charm her over and over again for the rest of his life. Can Esmerelda make an honest man out of him, and will they manage to they keep his sisters’ reputations intact? This is the second book in Grey’s Rakes of St. James series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 5.)

    Rugged Texas Cowboy, by Lora Leigh
    Two hot cowboy stories in one! In “Cowboy and the Captive,” our heroine Melina gets kidnapped by Jardin, a cowboy to whom any woman would gladly hand over a pair of handcuffs. He has some major beef with her family, which is why he decides to kidnap her, but he didn’t expect that she’d be so awesome and make him feel all kinds of feelings. Now he might just want to shift his focus to adding love and excitement to her life and bedroom. In “Cowboy and the Thief,” Angel Manning wants to reclaim an Irish relic that is supposed to help her find her soulmate. (Angel, once you find that and use it for yourself, would you please send that our way?) She needs to reclaim it from the very sexy Jack Riley, which isn’t the worst task in the world, as he might try all kinds of delicious things in order to make Angel rethink her priorities. Plenty of fun and action all around! (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 5.)

    Notorious Pleasures, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Lady Hero Batten’s life is going just as it should be. She’s engaged to the Marquis of Mandeville, who is fabulously wealthy and titled and has the sense of humor of a laundry basket and the romantic inclinations of a —oh, wait! He doesn’t have any. Hero’s okay with this, though, because really, what else can a woman of her station want or expect? Then Hero meets her fiancé’s brother, Griffin Remmington. He and Hero get off to a rough start, even though he stirs something inside of Hero that she never thought was possible. They can’t resist each other for long, because Hero’s quite the terrific lady and Griffin is so unlike any man she’s ever met and has many surprises beneath that sexy exterior. (Ditch your fiancé, Hero, and go for the real man who won’t bore you to tears!) This reprint is the second book in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. (Available in paperback on December 5.)

    Simply Irresistible, by Jill Shalvis
    Maddie Moore’s glamorous Los Angeles life has just done a one-eighty. She ditched her boyfriend, for one, which she actually wanted to do, but then she also unexpectedly lost her job. (Sorry, Maddie! Happy hour drinks and appetizers are on us!) She decides to do something impulsive and head north to Lucky Harbor, Washington. Her mother left her an inn there, so this might be a good time for a slight career change. Maddie decides to also take a break from dating while she’s at it, but then she meets a tall, dark, and handsome man and, well, need we say more? He’s a contractor, and he’s going to help her make this inn sparkle again. Once they do that, we strongly hope, they will christen every square inch of that inn! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 5.)

    What romance novels are keeping you warm this winter?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/11/21 Permalink
    Tags: always you, , cajun crazy, denise grover swank, desire in a kiss, , lora leigh, , , , , sandra hill, the brightest embers, wake a sleeping tiger   

    Romance Roundup: Soccer Coaches, Food Empire Heirs, and New Orleans Detectives 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a couple doing battle with demon realms, a fabulously wealthy and handsome man who wants to meet a nice, genuine woman, and a children’s soccer coach who is reunited with an old flame.

    Bay of Sighs, by Nora Roberts
    Mermaid lovers will delight in the second book in Roberts’ Guardians trilogy. The series features three women and three men on a quest to find three magic stars before an evil enemy gets to them first. This installment features Annika, a mermaid who needs to help find the water star. Also on her team is Sawyer King, a time and space-traveling hottie. As they work together, and with the others, they start falling for each other. And who can blame them? He’s a good-hearted hunk and she’s a sweet, innocent beauty with a swimmer’s body. This is seriously like all of our “Doctor Who” and “Little Mermaid” fantasies combined! Here’s hoping Annika and Sawyer manage to save the day—and that they have time for at least one romantic, non-work-related swimming session. (Available in paperback on November 28.)

    The Brightest Embers, by Jeaniene Frost
    Ivy and Adrian have gone through a lot together—think missing family members, curses, and keeping human and demon realms separated. They’ve managed to keep that romance alive, though. (Kudos to the two of you for not letting the little things bring you down!) But now things are about to get even harder. Ivy needs to find a relic that will save people who are trapped in demon realms, and this particular relic might also do her more harm than good. Adrian wants to use every tool at his disposal to keep her alive, but it’s not going to be easy on him, either. Here’s hoping these two manage to rescue all of the victims trapped in that pesky demon realm, and that they then take a relaxing vacation together that involves lounging under the sun while a butler brings them piña coladas! This is the third and final book in Frost’s A Broken Destiny series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Desire in a Kiss, by Nicki Night
    Christian Chandler is tired of meeting women who are after his money. He’s the heir to a major food empire, and let’s just say the ladies wouldn’t mind making a permanent financial situation with him. (In all fairness, Christian, they might ALSO be after your chiseled derrière, which should have its own holiday greeting card.) He decides to try the online dating thing under a fake name, and soon connects with Serenity Williams. She’s a non-gold-digging woman who recently started her own non-profit organization. (Serenity, where do we sign up for volunteering opportunities?!) She is falling hard for Christian, whom she knows as “Chris,” and our guy is loving every moment with her. Then she finds out that he’s a much bigger deal than he let on. Can Serenity forgive him? (Serenity, he has nothing but the best intentions! We promise!) This is the second book in Night’s Chandler Legacy series. (Available in paperback on November 21.)

    Cajun Crazy, by Sandra Hill
    Simone LeDeux has decided to leave the whole Chicago cop career thing behind her and help her mom recover from surgery. She heads home to New Orleans, and decides to start an agency called Legal Belles, which is devoted to catching lowlife, cheating spouses. (Three cheers for you, Simone!) Oh, and while she’s in town she’s decided to stay away from Cajun men. She’s dated them in the past, and they’ve all hurt her, and yet she’s always been irresistibly drawn to them. So, no. Then another one soon comes into her life. Adam Lanier is going to help her crack a very interesting new case. He has a body worth painting, plus he’s got that whole hot single dad thing going on, so he’s absolutely worthy of a second look. (Get on that ASAP, Simone! He’s totally different from all of the others!) This is the second book in Hill’s Cajun series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Wake a Sleeping Tiger, by Lora Leigh
    This is the latest book in Leigh’s very creative and extensive Breeds series, which is about women and men with deeply-rooted animal mating instincts who are trying to keep their secrets from us regular, boring humans. (Darn it!) Judd, a Bengal Breed, is living undercover as Cullen Maverick in Window Rock, Arizona. He is the commander of the Covert Law Enforcement Agency. His Bengal traits are recessed, so he gets by okay without drawing too much unwanted attention to himself, other than the fact that he’s super hot. Then he runs into Chelsea Martinez, and all of those supposedly-hidden tiger traits start bubbling up to the surface. Cullen—excuse me, Judd—get down to it and show us what you’re capable of! (Available in paperback on November 28.)

    Always You, by Denise Grover Swank
    Matt Osborn loves coaching his five-year-old nephew’s soccer team, but he didn’t realize just how, ahem, enthusiastic for him the kids’ moms would be. (Really, Matt? With those arms and that smile of yours?) He has zero desire to get serious with anyone. Unlike his male friends, he won’t be giving in to the whole matrimony thing. One of the ladies, though, is single mom Anna. She and Matt go WAY back. In fact, they almost got engaged at one point. Now she’s taking care of her dad, so she’s rather busy. That loving feeling hasn’t gone away, though, and it soon comes back stronger than ever. Come on, you two! The past is the past, let it go, move forward, and all of that jazz! This is the third book in Swank’s Bachelor Brotherhood series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    What romance novels are you excited for this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/11/14 Permalink
    Tags: a hope divided, , close contact, , , , lora leigh, , m.f. wild, , misadventures of a valedictorian, , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Broke Dukes, Valedictorians, Civil War Heroines 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a duke who needs to marry a wealthy lady, a woman who needs her lover’s professional protection, and a high school valedictorian who is about to have a bit of a wild time.

    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.)

    No Other Duke Will Do, by Grace Burrowes
    Julian St. David is the Duke of Haverford, and things aren’t exactly peachy keen. He’s inherited a whole lot of debt, the kind that makes the modern-day student loan seem manageable by comparison. Julian’s sister comes up with a brilliant scheme: Throw the ball of the decade in the hopes that Julian will meet a super duper rich lady and marry her. He meets Elizabeth Windham, who finds herself in dire need of a husband after a scandal made her not-so-great marriageable material. (We’re sure it’s not your fault at all, Elizabeth!) They both soon develop a very strong desire to tear each other’s clothes off, which is totally fair, because Elizabeth is a smart and beautiful lady who loves to read and Julian has a rock-solid body and a huge library. (Literally!) Here’s hoping they get the happy ending they deserve! This is the third book in Burrowes’ Windham Brides series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Misadventures of a Valedictorian, by Mia Michelle and M.F. Wild
    Clare Winston is about to become her high school’s valedictorian. (Clare, you go, girl!) She’s never really had time for romance, and a personal tragedy has kept her from making any lasting friendships. Then she has a chance encounter with quarterback Eric Hayward, who is basically all of our high school crushes rolled into one. He’s not exactly boyfriend material, but hanging out with Clare makes him realize he might be missing out on the simpler pleasures of life. That said, he’s determined to take Clare away from her books for a little bit and, ahem, show her a really good time. He soon realizes that there is more to this so-called nerdy girl than meets the eye. Can these two youngsters forge a strong bond and embark on a deep and meaningful relationship? This is the seventh book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on November 14.)

    Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian, by E.L. James
    The billionaire dominant Christian Grey was taken down a peg when Anastasia Steele dumped him. The thing is, he just wants to do the whole dominant and submissive thing with Ana while she wants a real relationship with all of the romantic trimmings. (Good for you, Ana! Never settle for anything less!) Christian gets a little bit of help from his therapist, which is great, but he’s still got to deal with a couple of women from his past who are back to haunt him. (Get to it, Christian! Strutting around a room nekkid and looking sexy won’t be enough for our heroine—although it might be enough for some of us!) Fans know how this story ends, but reading from the guy’s perspective will open a whole new door into this love story. This book, a sequel to Grey, is part of James’ Fifty Shades of Grey universe and tells the story through Christian’s point of view. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    A Hope Divided, by Alyssa Cole
    Marlie Lynch is doing everything she possibly can to help the Union win the war against the South. (Think coded letters to warn of enemy uprisings, poultices galore, and helping escaped slaves, just to name a few.) She’s been fairly protected, thanks to everything her mother taught her and her white father’s name. (She’s never met him, but he’s helped her in an indirect way.) Then the Confederate Home Guard takes over her home. At the same time, escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is hiding in Marlie’s laboratory. Ewan and Marlie soon develop a very deep connection, which is a great thing, because they soon find themselves on the run together. A brave, medical-oriented historical heroine and a supersensitive, hunky man helping to restore peace to their country while also having mind-blowing chemistry? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! (Oh, and Dear Hollywood, please adapt for the screen. Thanks!) This is the second book in Cole’s Loyal League series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Close Contact, by Lori Foster
    MMA fighter Miles Dartman had a special understanding with personal shopper Maxi Nevar. She would initiate an amazing sexual encounter with him and then ditch him faster than he could say “How was it for you?” This hasn’t been enough, though, for our tenderhearted hero. He wants something deeper, as in, marriage and kids and the house with the white picket fence and a two-car garage and crown moldings everywhere and an open floor plan and…sorry, getting back on track now! Maxi comes to Miles in desperate need of his security services. Her ex-boyfriend has come back to haunt her, along with some shady former acquaintances, and she doesn’t feel very safe. (We’ll all distract them while you run, Maxi!) Here’s hoping they dodge the bad guys—and lose them forever—and that Maxi and Miles dive into a relationship that will withstand the toughest of times. This is the third book in Foster’s Body Armor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 28.)

    What romance novels are on your TBR pile this week?

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