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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/03/12 Permalink
    Tags: a.c. arthur, , covert game, fast burn, flight of the white wolf, , kay hooper, 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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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/08/01 Permalink
    Tags: carla neggers, , , dragonsworn, , liar's key, , lori foster, lucky in love, nancy bush, ominous, , , rosalind noonan, , worth the wait   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What romance novels are you diving into this week?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 6:33 pm on 2014/08/26 Permalink
    Tags: hot zone, , , , lori foster, no limits, , , , the homecoming   

    Romance Roundup: A Fallen Football Hero, a MMA Fighter, and a Dust Bunny 

    The HomecomingThis week’s romance roundup brings you a sexy surfer, a pack of ghost hunters, and small-town boy who’s finally come home.

    The Homecoming, by Robyn Carr
    Who doesn’t love a good tale of redemption, of returning home broken and defeated, only to discover that righting past wrongs is a more meaningful triumph than you could ever have imagined? Handsome golden boy Seth Sileski left Thunder Point with a brilliant football career ahead of him, until a terrible accident shattered his dreams (and those of his supporters) and left him feeling alone and adrift. Returning home to face the stinging disappointment of family and friends, Seth finds himself working to win back the heart of high school guidance counselor Iris McKinley, the girl he could never quite leave behind. Iris has plenty of valid reasons to want nothing more to do with Seth—but as it turns out, she’s the second chance he wants the most. The sixth novel in Carr’s outstanding Thunder Point series features an imperfect yet relatable hero, a heroine you’ll root for, and a wonderful cast of secondary characters. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 26)

    No Limits, by Lori Foster
    Cannon Colter is a mixed martial arts fighter, a hero, and a gentleman—but perhaps not in that order. Three years ago he rescued the beautiful Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, but he refused to become romantically involved with her, thinking her too young and inexperienced. Still, she left quite an impression on him, and when the two are reunited (practically thrown together) thanks to Yvette’s surprise inheritance, the sparks fly. Still, Yvette’s not sure she can trust him, and before long Cannon realizes that even in their sleepy town, danger is always lurking. The first book in Foster’s new Ultimate series, No Limits is a fast-paced blend of mystery, suspense, and steam. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 26)

    It’s in His Kiss, by Jill Shalvis
    If you haven’t checked out Shalvis’s wonderful Lucky Harbor series, you’re in for quite a treat! The tenth book tells the story of city slicker Becca Thorpe, who moves to Lucky Harbor for the chance to start over and slow things down, only to find them heating up when she meets local surfer Sam Brody. When Sam offers her a job, it looks like Becca might actually be staying awhile—until her difficult brother follows her and tries to convince her to return to the life she left behind. Will her newfound freedom and a burgeoning romance with Sam be enough to convince Becca to take a chance on a satisfying new life in Lucky Harbor? (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 26)

    Hot Zone, by Jayne Castle
    The third book in Castle’s terrifically weird and innovative Rainshadow series follows the (often harrowing) misadventures of one Sedona Snow. Although Sedona is doing her best to settle down and recover from her difficult past by working at a hotel and tavern on Rainshadow, trouble follows her—in the form of an unruly mob of ghost hunters who take up residence at her inn. Not only that, but Sedona’s shifty ex-husband is back in her life and on the prowl, and she’s having to confront some strange and unwanted feelings towards Cyrus Jones, Rainshadow’s new Guild boss. And on top of everything, it’s Halloween, a holiday Sedona does not feel like getting into the spirit of. At least she’s got her trusty dust bunny sidekick, Lyle. Dust bunny sidekick? You heard me. And if you find that concept intriguing, you’ll want to start with the first book in the series, The Lost Night. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 26)

    What new romance novels are you getting lost in this week?

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