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  • Cristina Merrill 7:46 pm on 2018/11/20 Permalink
    Tags: , , lady travelers society, lori foster, montana cahills, road to love, , , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Egyptian Scholars, Paramilitary Heroines, and Cowboy Rescue Missions 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a rare artifacts hunter who gets a new and very interesting coworker, a woman whose newfound skills are put to the test, and a lady on a mission to rescue her cowboy.

    Driven to Distraction, by Lori Foster
    Mary Daniels has a pretty cool job that requires acquiring rare artifacts for her boss, and her latest assignment puts her in close proximity with the supernaturally sexy Brodie Crews. (Note to self: Research alternative career opportunities!) They’ll need to spend a few hours in a car together for her latest assignment, which would normally sound like a huge chore, but traveling with Brodie would make any woman request that he pull off to the side and take things to the next level. (Or two.) (Actually, make that three.) As for Brodie, he is quite intrigued by this buttoned-up lady and would love to, ahem, explore her in every way possible. (Yes, Brodie! You are on the right track! And Mary, you are a lucky, lucky girl!) When an enemy rears their ugly head, intent on taking the same artifact Mary and Brodie are after, Brodie will need to think fast in order to protect Mary. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys and get their treasure! (Get to it, you two! And, Brodie, when the drama is over, show Mary multiple times how good a bad boy can be!) This is the first book in Foster’s Road to Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    The Woman Left Behind, by Linda Howard
    Jina Modell is doing just fine in the communications department of a paramilitary organization. She loves her job, which doesn’t require our non-outdoorsy gal to leave the air-conditioned comfort of her office. (Good for you, Jina! There’s nothing wrong with loving indoor-ish things like yoga and curling up with a good book!) Then she is selected to work in the field as an on-site drone operator. (Okay, that’s a pretty flippin’ awesome change of pace! Yay, Jina! Don’t turn this opportunity down!) This requires undergoing extensive physical training under the watchful, steely gaze of her team leader, Levi. (Fact: No woman would mind spending as much time as possible with Levi, especially if it means getting really sweaty together.) Under his tutelage, Jina transforms from a tech geek into a daring operative. While out in Syria, a deceitful Congresswoman screws up their mission, which causes the base Jina is working on to explode—and Jina to get separated from her team. Everyone on Jina’s team thinks that Jina has gone to that big hard drive in the sky, but the truth is she’s still alive. Now she’s going to have to employ her brand-new skills to survive until she can reunite with her team and get out of Syria. As for Levi, he is NOT going anywhere until he finds the woman who makes him feel all of the feels. (Available in paperback.)

    The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl, by Victoria Alexander
    Miss Sidney Honeywell is a very successful author thanks to her “Tales of a Lady Adventurer in Egypt” series. There’s a teeny, tiny problem, though. Her readers think the stories are real, and that she’s actually writing about her own exploits. Our gal can’t reveal the truth, though, because then London would be in an uproar and her reputation would just go SPLAT! She crosses paths with Harry Armstrong, who (and we’ll be honest and fair here) is an actual scholar on Egypt. He wants to write about his Egyptian adventures, and he’s not happy that Sidney is getting so much glory and unintentionally hogging his would-be fans. (Harry, we know you’re upset—okay, super duper angry—but it’s much easier for a man to run off and have adventures than it is for a lady and besides, if you tell a really good story then people will still read your stuff and you won’t have to be so jealous and okay, okay—stop glaring at us!) Sidney finally gets a chance for some real adventure when the Earl of Breton invites her to go to Egypt. Trouble is, he’s bringing his his nephew Harry with him. And Harry’s determined to expose Sidney. Harry, we’re all for a bit of exposition here, but it should be of the come-to-bed-and-undress-each-other type. Get over your issues and get to seducing Sidney, because the two of you are actually made for each other! This is the third book in Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Wrangler’s Rescue, by B.J. Daniels
    Everyone get out of Ashley Jo’s way—her man has just gone missing, and she is NOT going to sit around weeping into a handkerchief. Cyrus Cahill, who is pretty much every woman’s Montana cowboy fantasy rolled up into one delicious bite, promised Ashley Jo that he’d be back in her loving embrace after buying a bull for his ranch. (This was a totally plausible promise on his part, because Cyrus is, in fact, a rancher.) He never came back, though, which is bizarre, because a Cahill man never goes back on his word. Everyone in the town of Gilt Edge is convinced that Cyrus is dead, but Ashley Jo’s spidey senses say otherwise. (That’s right, Ashley Jo—you follow your heart and your gut and don’t let anyone ever convince you to do otherwise!) She’s going to embark on a rescue mission if it’s the last thing she does, because nothing gets in between a fierce and fearless woman and her nekked-times-in-front-of-the-fireplace fantasy. Here’s hoping Ashley Jo’s fellow townspeople put on their best cold weather gear and help her out, that they all find Cyrus ASAP, that he’s not too hurt from his troubles (Buddy, if you are, Ashley Jo will take excellent care of you!), and that Cyrus and Ashley Jo have the best sexy reunion in the history of sexy reunions! This book is part of Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/31 Permalink
    Tags: cooper's charm, , deadly satisfaction, dragon sworn, endless summer, , lori foster, megan erickson, , , , , trice hickman,   

    Romance Roundup: Greek God Descendants, Photojournalists, and Small Town Murders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two battling photographers who want to get it on, a descendant of the Greek god Apollo out to save her people, and a bodyguard who is about to show his lovely protectee that great guys DO exist.

    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 each other’s 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 paperback on July 31.)

    Dragonsworn, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Medea is the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo—yeah, THAT Apollo—but he wasn’t exactly a grandfatherly figure in her life. In fact, he wants to destroy her people, so Medea needs to think fast if she’s going to save them. She recruits the cursed dragon Falcyn to help her fight. The thing is, while Falcyn absolutely, 100 percent hates everything Greek-related (they might have destroyed his loved ones a long time ago), he’s had enough drama to last a century. Still, he is feeling major feelings for Medea, so he might just be enticed to join her crusade. Medea and Falcyn, it sounds like you both have a lot (seriously, A LOT) of family issues to work through, for one. Stick by each other’s side and sort out your respective issues—and then maybe take a vacation on a remote tropical island. This is the latest book in Kenyon’s extensive Dark-Hunter series. (Available in paperback on July 31.)

    Endless Summer, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “One Summer,” celebrity photographer Bryan Mitchell and photojournalist Shade Colby are getting on each other’s last nerve. They Don’t Agree On Things, which is tough enough, but now they have to go on a cross-country photography trip together. Bryan and Shade, just take turns picking the music and, oh yeah, realize that you are both perfect for each other! In “Lessons Learned,” publicist Juliet Trent is on a mission to make her new client, ridiculously sexy chef Carlo Franconi, the sexiest chef in the world. (This was already a fact, but now it’s time to make it official.) The thing is, simply being around Carlo makes any woman want to get nekkid. (Just not in the kitchen, Juliet! Because burns.) Will Carlo end up bringing her delicious meals in bed while wearing nothing but a smile? (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

    Cooper’s Charm, by Lori Foster
    Two sisters are about to get some much-need R&R in the lovely town that is Cooper’s Charm. Phoenix Rose’s life was going swimmingly until a break-in at her home left her feeling devastated and insecure. She lost her fiance, her business—you get the picture. (Phoenix, we are SO taking you out for a nice dinner!) She decides to hightail it to Cooper’s Charm, a peaceful town filled with some very nice people, including a hunky widower who is quite possibly the nicest man she’s ever met. (You go, girl!) She’s soon joined by her sister, Ridley Rose, who finds some romance of her own with a scuba instructor. Ridley soon realizes that peeling his wetsuit away from his six-pack abs would be SO much fun. A story that involves two sisters and a beautiful town and two hunky guys to help said sisters take their minds off of things? Yes, please! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    Darkest Night, by Megan Erickson
    Bodyguard Jock Bosh’s latest assignment is to keep Fiona Madden safe. Some Bad Men have been out to get her for the past 10 years, so she’s feeling a bit wired, to say the least. (Fiona, we are booking you a relaxing spa day STAT.) She starts to feel safe with Jock, though, which makes perfect sense, because Jock’s body has been known to stop traffic. When Jock starts to risk his life keeping her safe, it helps Fiona realize that 1. Not all men are disgusting pigs and 2. Jock makes her feel emotions she never knew she was capable of feeling. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys—like, forever—and that Jock and Fiona makes lots of love and babies together! This is the second book in Erickson Wired & Dangerous series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 31.)

    Deadly Satisfaction, by Trice Hickman
    Johnny Mayfield was murdered in Amber, Alabama, and let’s just say that many, many issues surrounded this tragedy. He was having an affair at the time, for one, and his lover was suspected of killing him. The good news is that Johnny’s widow, Geneva, is now happily remarried with a baby and has moved on with her life. (Good for you, Geneva! You certainly deserve SO much better!) But then her late husband’s ex-lover comes waltzing back in, claiming she was framed for the murder. (Step aside, Geneva! We’ll take care of this for you.) It doesn’t help that certain small-town meddlers are eager to get in on all of the drama. One thing is for certain: Everyone needs to solve this mystery before someone else gets hurt, or worse. Hang in there, Geneva! Things will be peaceful again before you know it, and you can focus on snuggling with your new man and your baby! This is the second book in Hickman’s Dangerous Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/06/19 Permalink
    Tags: , french quarter kisses, it takes two, jenny holiday, lori foster, , , , the last rodeo, the prize, valentine texas, , ,   

    Romance Roundup: New Orleans Chefs, Art Thieves, and Maids of Honor 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a rancher who is fighting to keep his land, two art thieves who want to be on the straight and narrow, and a journalist who gets to report on a super duper hot chef.

    French Quarter Kisses, by Zuri Day
    Pierre LeBlanc is a celebrity chef, and he also owns the best restaurant in New Orleans. (Pierre, please, please, please hook us up with reservations!) He’s also got a big secret that has nothing to do with his classified recipes. Journalist Rosalyn Arnaud is following the story trail on him, and quite frankly she doesn’t think he’s all that. He has a bit of a playboy reputation, which doesn’t really fly with our no-nonsense gal. (Oh, Rosalyn, please give him a chance to unbutton his shirt!) Still, the sparks fly like crazy between them, but Pierre is afraid of baring all, proverbially speaking. Will he learn to trust Rosalyn? And will Rosalyn realize that Pierre has a giant heart to go with his angelic face and manly man physique? This is the first book in Day’s Love in the Big Easy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Worth the Wait, by Lori Foster
    Two intertwining loves stories in one book! Single dad Hogan Guthrie is working his barbecue skills at a local diner, which totally makes sense, because any woman would be more than happy to sample his sauce. He doesn’t totally get along with Violet Shaw, the restaurant’s owner, but pretty soon they find themselves wanting to, ahem, cook in each other’s kitchens. Then there’s sheriff Nathan Hawley, whose new neighbor, Brooklin Sweet, makes him do a major double take. She doesn’t want to get involved with anyone, though, which is likely due to a bit of darkness in her past. Plus, she hasn’t seen Nathan’s abs, yet, nor has she given his handcuffs a try in any way shape or form. (Get on that bicycle ASAP, Brooklin, because Nathan is one tasty, law-abiding citizen!) (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    The Prize, by Vanessa Fewings
    The love saga between art investigator Zara Leighton and art thief Tobias Wilder continues! Zara tried to stay wholly good. She tried to resist Tobias and his thrilling ways. But both of these things are absolutely, 100 percent impossible, because Tobias is the kind of guy who makes women of any age want to pose for him, totally nude. (Oh, you’re not an artist, Tobias? Just an art thief? Well, we want to pose nude for you anyway!) Zara thinks she might be done with Tobias for good, but now he has an offer she can’t refuse. He proposes they do one more risky art-related job. Once they do this, both of their names will be clear. Here’s hoping they can pull this one off, and that they then take a remote, tropical vacation where there is an NBS policy—Nothing But Sunscreen. This is the third book in Fewings’ Icon trilogy. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Valentine, Texas, by Lori Wilde
    Rachael Henderson has just been left at the altar for the second time. (It’s not you, Rachael! It’s them!) Things take a turn for the better, though, when she’s arrested by sheriff Brody Carlton. (Oh, yes, Brody. Press us against your blessed body any day of the week!) All of this drama inspires our gal to create Romanceaholics Anonymous, a program for the perpetually lovesick and heartbroken. (Tell us more, Rachael. Much more.) Rachael is trying really hard to stick to this program and overcome her love issues, and she comes to the conclusion that Brody is an unwelcome distraction. (Rachael, no offense, but no.) Will she realize that Brody is not like the others, and that there’s way more to him than just his impressive forearms? This story, originally published as “Addicted to Love,” is the third book in Wilde’s Wedding Veil Wishes series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on June 26.)

    It Takes Two, by Jenny Holiday
    Wendy Liu is thrilled to be her best friend’s maid of honor, but she’s not too keen on running into the bride’s brother, Noah Denning. Wendy and Noah had A Thing many years ago, and he might have broken her heart. (Noah, you’re a bozo for letting Wendy go. A lovable bozo. But still, a bozo.) Now they’re thrown together in Las Vegas for some pre-wedding fun, and they’ve decided to get a bit competitive. He wants to plan the best bachelor party, and she wants to plan the best bachelorette party. (As long as this involves Noah getting nekkid AT ALL and AT ANY POINT, this sounds like a win-win!) Noah and Wendy, please realize that the past is the past and you are both now mature adults who need to start a fun new chapter of your lives together! This is the second book in Holiday’s Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    The Last Rodeo, by Delores Fossen
    Lucian Granger doesn’t have the best reputation in his Texas town. Words like “standoffish” and “aloof” barely begin to describe him. It’s too bad he’s like this, because he’s got a body worth braving the toughest rodeo. (Lucian, we’d all like to show you a rodeo—in our pants!) Things are about to change, though, because he’s just found out that he could lose the land he’s worked so hard for. In an effort to keep his land, he decides to tell people he’s going to settle down with Karlee O’Malley, his assistant. One kiss, though, is all it takes for Lucian to realize that he might have genuine feelings for her. Here’s hoping Lucian doesn’t screw up this golden opportunity to settle down with a nice woman, and that he clears up all of his land and emotional issues! This is the latest book in Fossen’s Wrangler’s Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/03/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , covert game, fast burn, flight of the white wolf, , , lori foster, one unforgettable kiss, , , , wait for dark,   

    Romance Roundup: Wolf Shifters, Memory Loss, and Navy Pilots  

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a man whose beloved wife has lost her entire memory of him, two detectives investigating multiple deaths, and two bodyguards who just want to protect each other.  

    Wait for Dark, by Kay Hooper 
    What seems like a crop of random, deadly accidents in a North Carolina mountain town are actually deliberate murders. To make matters even more creepy, the victims get a note 24 hours before their deaths saying “Wait for Dark.” Special Crimes Unit investigator and all-around awesome lady Hollis Templeton and her team go to check it out, along with Hollis’ very sexy man, telepath Reese DeMarco. Here’s hoping they figure out who this evil, evil killer is soon, and that they then take a nice little mountain resort vacation. This is the latest book in Hooper’s multi-layered Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. (Available in paperback.)  

    Flight of the White Wolf, by Terry Spear
    Amelia White and Gavin Summerfield are arctic wolf shifters, which is convenient, because the plane she’s flying with him on board gets sabotaged and they end up stranded in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. Things between these two attractive people were already a tad awkward. The last time they saw each other Amelia whipped out her taser on him and was all “FEEL MY WRATH!” (Surely, Amelia, you did this for a very good reason, and we will listen to that reason while sipping from giant glasses of wine!) Now they’ve both cooled off, which is good, because they’ll need each other to keep warm. Gavin and Amelia, you are both strong, resourceful individuals. You can survive this, and maybe even make a fun little trip out of it. (You both would certainly look very sexy embracing that whole Lost in the Wild look!) This is the second book in Spears’ White Wolf series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)  

    Fast Burn, by Lori Foster
    Sahara Silver really wants to recruit Brand Berry to join her elite bodyguard business. (Talk about office candy—no woman would mind meeting HIM by the microwave!) In all seriousness, he’s got a quite impressive set of skills that complement his chiseled exterior. He’s all lonely with his feelings for Sahara, though, because her agency will always be her number one priority, but he gets the opportunity to step up his game when she’s kidnapped. They’ll need to work together in order to get her free and survive a very messy situation. Then maybe, just maybe, when it’s all over, Sahara will realize that she can absolutely continue being her badass self AND find time in between missions to show Brand what bodyguard women are made of! This is the fourth book in Foster’s Body Armor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 20.) 

    Covert Game, by Christine Feehan
    Gino Mazza and Zara Hightower are involved in some pretty intense dealings. Gino is a deadly member of the paranormal GhostWalkers group, and he suffers from a severe lack of cuddling. Zara recently wiped a crime lord’s computer of valuable information—because she’s amazing like that—but now she’s been taken hostage. Her situation isn’t pretty, so Gino’s going to have to do some fancy footwork in order to get her out. (He’s already quite fancy in the sack, so we’re confident he’s got plenty of other skills up his sleeve.) Zara and Gino, now’s the time to show the world what you’re made of, so suit up and get yourselves out of this very bad situation! And when it’s over, get yourselves off on a little getaway that involves a remote tropical bungalow, yoga, and a no-clothing policy. This is the latest book in Feehan’s extensive GhostWalkers series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 20.)  

    With This Man, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Jesse Ward is a Very Hot Husband and he knows it. This is all fine and dandy, as he and his wife are crazy about each other. Then she’s involved in a serious car accident, and the resulting head injury means she can’t remember the last 16 years of her life. (Oh, and she can’t remember him at all, either, which is pretty devastating for our hero.) Jesse may have that whole cool and confident exterior, but his wife always brought out his more lovey-dovey side. Now he needs to work extremely hard in order to win her over again. You can do this, Jesse! You’ve got the face. You’ve got the personality. And, to paraphrase Christopher Marlowe, you’ve got the body that would launch a thousand panties. Woo your woman until she gets to the point where she may not even need to remember you—but she’ll still want to stick around! This is the fourth book in Malpas’ This Man series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 20.) 

    One Unforgettable Kiss, by A.C. Arthur 
    Navy pilot Garrek Taylor has always desired one thing—to maintain a healthy distance between himself and his family and their shady history. (Many of us have been there, Garrek, so we feel your pain!) But then he’s faced with a military scandal, so he needs to lie low at his Virginia hometown. (Whatever happened, Garrek, we would all follow you around the world in little rowboats if we had to!) He doesn’t stay completely out of the way, though. He ends up winning an auction to go on a date with town beauty and home restorer Harper Presley. (Harper, please, please, please share your top renovating tips with us!) Harper has her own skeletons to hide, but Garrek makes her want to open up to him in all kinds of ways. Garrek and Harper, let go of the past and focus solely on each other and your future together! This is the second book in Arthur’s Taylors of Temptation series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 20.) 

    What romances are sweeping you off your feet this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/11/14 Permalink
    Tags: a hope divided, , close contact, , , , , lori foster, 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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