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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/10/22 Permalink
    Tags: , christmas in silver springs, , , lori wilde, , , ravenous steel, , , , the christmas dare, the duke's stolen bride, wyoming heart   

    Romance Roundup: Jilted Brides, Stolen Brides, and Wyoming Ranchers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a jilted bride about to engage in some much-needed fun, a woman determined to save her family in a most unorthodox way, and a mouthwatering rancher who has a deliciously hands-on approach. 

    The Christmas Dare, by Lori Wilde
    It looks as if Kelsey James is about to have The Worst Christmas Ever thanks to her fiance pulling off The Ultimate Douchenozzle Move. Case in point: He dumped her right before their wedding when she was already wearing her white dress. Not ok. At all. Fortunately, our gal has a really good friend who convinces her to kick up her heels and have some much-needed F.U.N. (BRB, Kelsey! Sending this amazing friend of yours flowers!) Kelsey ends up bumping into Noah MacGregor, her old high school sweetheart, and let’s just say he most definitely has gotten sweeter with age! (Noah, your biceps. We must all see them. Thanks!) Here’s hoping that Kelsey gets over her ridiculous ex-fiance STAT, that she has the best Christmas of her life, and that she and Noah celebrate many, many holidays to come! This is the tenth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    The Duke’s Stolen Bride, by Sophie Jordan
    Marian Langley is eager to save her family from poverty, so she sets out to become the best mistress who ever mistressed. She’s a tad innocent, though, so she enlists the help of Nathaniel, the Duke of Warrington. He is by far the most, ahem, naughty man that society has to offer. He agrees to give Marian a helping hand (hehe) and teach her Seduction 101. (Now THIS is a syllabus we’d all like to see!) Trouble is, Nathaniel starts falling for Marian big time. She is, after all, a nice person with a big heart who just wants to prevent her family from starving. (Marian, you are a woman to be admired!) Nathaniel is finally forced to take action on his feelings—something he’s never truly done before, tsk tsk—when Marian gets blackmailed into engagement by a truly horrible man. This is not the time to dillydally. Will Nathaniel put a stop to this engagement and also realize that a better life is right around the corner and that it involves marriage to Marian? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.)

    Of Blood and Bone, by Nora Roberts
    The dystopian magical drama continues! The Doom sickness has killed billions of people around the world, and some of those who were not affected by it became endowed with magical powers. One of those is thirteen-year-old Fallon Swift. She lives on a farm with her loving mother and stepfather, and now she’s about to start training with Mallick. He’s centuries old and will teach her everything she needs to know to survive in this dangerous world. (And oh, it’s quite dangerous! There are gangs of so-called Raiders and Purity Warriors who try to hunt people like Fallon down, so yeah, she needs all the training she can get.) Fallon will have to work very hard for a long time in order to live up to being The One who will save humanity. Here’s hoping she’ll develop an even larger circle of family and friends to help her get through it! This is the second book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. (Available in paperback on October 29.)

    Christmas in Silver Springs, by Brenda Novak
    Harper Devlin married and up-and-coming rock star who has just decided to ditch her now that he’s becoming famous. (Dude, not cool. Not cool at all.) She decides to take their two daughters to her sister’s house in Silver Springs for Christmas. (Good for you, Harper! We all have it on GREAT authority that Silver Springs is a wonderful place filled with nice people!) She meets Tobias Richardson, a very nice man with a dark past. He spent 13 years in prison and still feels major guilt and doesn’t believe that he deserves to be happy. (Tobias, buddy, you absolutely deserve love and laughter in your life and we’re pretty darn sure Harper is the woman for you!) They end up spending a lot of time together, and Harper soon realizes that Tobias is a very special man, the kind of man who would, ya know, be there for his family and not abandon anyone and take his responsibilities seriously. (Harper, we’re sure the rock star has appeal, but it sounds like you have found yourself a REAL man this time around!) This is the sixth book in Novak’s Silver Springs series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Ravenous Steel, by Helen Hardt
    The drama between Marjorie Steel and Bryce Simpson—and all of the involved families—continues! Bryce did a not-so-nice thing to Marjorie recently (i.e. he dumped her), but after a bout of sadness, Marjorie is ready to bounce back. She even has plans to bounce into bed with a very hot personal trainer. Alas, the family drama is just too deep for everyone to keep their distance, and Marjorie and Bryce find themselves back where they belong: in each other’s beautiful faces. Bryce’s late father, it turns out, was even more corrupt that anyone thought, so it’ll be all hands on deck for a bit as everyone sorts through the proverbial muck. (This is totally fine because no woman would mind taking an all-hands approach to Bryce!) Bryce, please get over your hangups and realize that you are worthy of love and that Marjorie is the woman for you! And Marjorie, we’re sure that personal trainer has a sunny disposition BUT BRYCE! Go forth, Marjorie and Bryce, and make lots of babies! This is the eleventh book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers series. (Available in paperback on October 29.) 

    Wyoming Heart, by Diana Palmer
    Cort Grier may be a filthy rich rancher, but he still likes to use his bare, manly-man hands to make sure his ranch runs smoothly. (Cort, we all admire your…everything!) He doesn’t have time for dating, and he’s certainly not going to waste his time with city women who don’t understand the ranch life. Then he gets a new neighbor in the form of bestselling author Mina Michaels, who understandably starts to have little hearts float above her head once she lays her rancher-starved eyes on Cort. (We all get it, Mina! We all absolutely get it!) Cort is a tough nut to crack, but, if anything, our gal sees this as a welcome and exciting challenge, because Cort. Because biceps. Because hormones. Because fireplace. Because bearskin rug. And so on and so forth. Can Mina manage to convince Cort that she’s the real deal? Will Cort give this city woman a chance? How many babies and puppies can Cort’s ranch hold? This is the ninth book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/05/21 Permalink
    Tags: , cliff's edge, , , , , lori wilde, luck of the draw, , , , the summoning, to tame a wild cowboy,   

    Romance Roundup: Small-Town Romances, Bakery Owners, and Protective Cowboys 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who inherits a haunted property, a bakery owner who ends up house sitting with an actor, and a sexy cowboy who finds out he’s a father.

    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 paperback on May 21.)

    The Summoning, by Heather Graham
    Kristi Stewart has just inherited a Savannah property, one with a rich ghost-y history. (Sadly, not the Patrick Swayze Let’s-Make-Pottery kind of ghost.) Our gal doesn’t believe in ghosts, which makes it all the more freaky when some weird stuff starts to happen. Things get especially crazy one night, which causes Kristi to run into the manly embrace of Dallas Wicker. Dallas has his own weird stuff to face. He’s investigating the death of a colleague, and it soon becomes clear that that colleague’s death and the odd things happening on Kristi’s property might be linked. (Dallas has a big brain and a big heart to go with his…big biceps!) Anyway, Kristi and Dallas will need to work together if they’re going to solve the mystery of these disappearances and move on to bigger and better things. Hang in there, you two! This is the latest book in Graham’s extensive Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and audiobook on May 21.)

    Undefeated, by Helen Hardt
    The sexy, vampire-ific drama continues between human lady Erin Hamilton and Not-Your-Grandmother’s-Vampire Dante Gabriel! In this installment, Dante and Erin venture together into the underground place where a very evil woman used to hold Dante captive. (She held him for 10 years, so yes, there are grudges.) Dante needs to make this evil person think she has control over him. He is totally willing to play the game, but he’s also on high alert to make sure none of his loved ones are hurt in the process. This is especially true when it comes to Erin, because she’s HIS woman. (Such is the strength of Dante’s, ahem, carnal desires for her.) Here’s hoping that Dante gets what he needs from this morbid underworld setting, that the nasty piece of work is finished off, and that Dante and Erin then proceed to take a peaceful, drama-free vacation when it’s all over! This is the fifth volume in Hardt’s Blood Bond series. (Available in paperback on May 21.)

    Cliff’s Edge, by Meg Tilly
    Eve Harris is the Sister of the Year. Not only does she agree to run the bakery she co-owns with her sister while said sister is on her honeymoon, she also offers to housesit. Trouble is, actor Rhys Thomas is also going to be at the house. He’s friends with Eve’s brother-in-law, who offered him a place to stay while he gets some peace and quiet after wrapping a film. One look is all it takes to realize why Rhys is doing the actor thing. His face and abs alone give the world hope for another Magic Mike film. (This might be a shout into the void BUT WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?!) What starts off as a fluffy-sounding spell together, however, soon turns into something more sinister. Someone just might be out to get Eve. Fortunately, Rhys is much more than a pretty face and smoking body, and he sure isn’t going to just sit around on his camera-ready tush while his new lady love gets all of the threats. You go, Rhys! This is the second book in Tilly’s Solace Island series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 21.)

    Luck of the Draw, by B.J. Daniels
    All Garrett Sterling wanted to do was have a little bit of Me Time and ride his horse around his family’s Montana property. (Totally understandable, Garrett! We all want a bit of You Time, too!) Then something awful happens, and it involves a dead person. If that wasn’t bad enough, a lady who has always been very special to Garrett becomes the prime suspect. Garrett is ready to do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if she is reluctant to give him any useful information. (Sister, you can trust Garrett any day of the week!) Is this woman truly to blame for anything? What exactly is her relationship history with Garrett? And, when the time is right, will Garrett surprise her by reclining on his side on a bearskin rug in front of a working fireplace wearing nothing but an easily-removable bandana and holding a red rose between his teeth? This is the second book in Daniels’ Sterling’s Montana series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 21.)

    To Tame a Wild Cowboy, by Lori Wilde
    This story features cowboy Rhett Lockhart who—OH SWEET JEBUS YES! MORE COWBOYS! BRING US ALL OF THE COWBOYS! ALWAYS! Anyway, Rhett has just discovered that the baby girl recently abandoned at the local hospital is, in fact, the baby girl he fathered after a one-night stand. To his credit, he pretty much immediately realizes he wants to be a father. The only problem is that the baby’s foster mother, Tara Alzate, is a bit skeptical about Rhett’s parenting capabilities. (This is totally fair, as Rhett wasn’t exactly stable, reliable Dad material.) Rhett suggests to Tara that they enter a marriage of convenience so they can both be in the baby’s life. Rhett and Tara soon realize that they have way more in common than they ever would have thought. Can they lovingly enter a new chapter of their lives together? This is the latest book in Wilde’s Cupid, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 21.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:59 pm on 2018/12/18 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Army Nurses, Brothel Owners, and Fun-Seeking Widows 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a very nice lady who rallies her group of besties to help a neglected boy, an Army nurse who falls hard for a fellow veteran, and a widow who ends up sharing a life-changing kiss with an old flame.

    Safe and Sound, by Fern Michaels
    Our gal Isabelle Flanders Tookus can’t just sit back and do nothing when she realizes eight-year-old Ben Ryan is being neglected. (He lives with his horrendously greedy stepfather and that stepfather’s wife, and let’s just say they are NOT providing the little dude with a nurturing, loving home.) Isabelle knew Ben’s grandmother once upon a time and never forgot that woman’s kindness. She calls The Sisterhood for help, and like the truly wonderful and united group they are they come together to help Ben. Oh, they also start to track down Ben’s missing grandmother. A story that features a helpless kid, a missing woman and a group of smart and strong ladies out for justice is bound to provide a good, wild ride, so sit back with your warmest socks and reading beverage of choice! This is the latest book in Michaels’ extensive Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback on December 18.)

    The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr
    Dakota Jones has just left the military, and he’s seeking a bit of R&R as he decides what to do next with his life. (Oh, Dakota, we’d all be MORE than happy to give you some ideas as we sip wine on a bearskin rug in front of a fireplace wearing nothing but perfume!) He decides to have a mini reunion with his siblings, who live in Sullivan’s Crossing. He also just wants to lay low in general. No one fails to notice Dakota and his biceps, though, and he soon becomes the object of affection for many a lady in town. (Sorry, Dakota, but this was inevitable!) There’s one lady, though, who thinks she is immune to his very sexy charms, but she’s really not because that is literally impossible with a guy like Dakota. (Nice try, though!) Can he make her see reason? This is the third book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. (Available in paperback on December 18.)

    Not the Duke’s Darling, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Freya de Moray is working as a chaperone under a fake name—and keeping her membership with the secret order of the Wise Women under wraps. (Freya, may we please join this awesome-sounding organization? Thanks!) She needs to lay low because her family has been disgraced and she has nowhere to go. Then she runs into Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe, at a party, which kicks her into action. He’s the one responsible for her family’s troubles, so she’s ready to take him down. As for Christopher, he knows he’s not exactly on Freya’s “Nice” list, but he still can’t help but admire her courage and resilience. (See, Freya? He’s not all bad!) Oh, he’s also being blackmailed, so he has some of his own major issues to deal with. That said, he really wants to keep Freya safe. Here’s hoping they manage to join forces, that Freya’s family’s honor is restored, and that she and Christopher move on to bigger and better things together! This is the first book in Hoyt’s Greycourt series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 18.)

    Undaunted, by Helen Hardt
    The hotness between ER nurse Erin Hamilton and vampire Dante Gabriel continues! They been through a lot together, these two, and yet it still seems as if their troubles are only just beginning. To start off with, Dante needs to break into a cemetery and recover his father’s body in order to claim his estate. (Dude, we’ll let you take the lead on this one and cheer you on from a distant, alibi-filled place!) As for Erin, a missing doctor returns to her hospital and is acting kind of weird. She’s also having some bizarre dreams. Then there’s the matter of Dante developing some unexpected abilities. Plus, some vampire thugs are out to get Erin. Yes, these two lovebirds certainly have a lot to deal with, but between Erin’s smarts and overall awesomeness and Dante’s steely gaze and abs, we’re confident they’ll make it through the darkness! This is the third book in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series and contains parts 7, 8 and 9. (Available in paperback on December 18.)

    Highlander Ever After, by Paula Quinn
    Adam MacGregor is the son of a clan chief, and he is required to marry a high-falutin’ lady. Englishwoman Sina de Arenberg is chosen for the job, and suffice it to say she’s not feeling it. (This has zero to do with Adam’s looks, because he is quite sexy, and more to do with her snobbery against Highlanders.) As for Adam, he’s finds Sina and her strong personality a tad overwhelming. Once they get to know each other, though, they soon realize that marriage might not be so bad after all. Things are starting to get quite cozy between them when Sina is called back to the English court. She thought she would have missed that life terribly, but when she arrives she’s all like “Meh.” Oh, Sina, we’re so glad you’ve seen the light—and all of Adam! Now demand that a carriage take you back to your real home ASAP and show your man how much you love him! This is the fourth book in Quinn’s Highlander Heirs series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 18.)

    Dirty Little Secret, by Jennifer Ryan
    Noah Cordero’s beloved stepfather just passed away. He left half of his ranch to a woman Noah has never met before—the very lovely Roxy Cordero. (To be clear, they are NOT related in any possible way.) Roxy is less than thrilled to be inheriting this ranch from her late estranged father, and that’s mainly because she’s also inherited a brothel called the Wild Rose Ranch. (Excuse us for a moment, Roxy, as we must brew some tea before we hear this particular story!) Roxy grew up in this establishment, and let’s just say she wouldn’t mind if people never found out about it. Like, ever. (Roxy, you have nothing to be ashamed of, but yes, we understand why this probably won’t go on your resume!) Here’s hoping that Roxy and Noah stop dilly-dallying around their feelings and that they build new and happy lives together! This is the first book in Ryan’s Wild Rose series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on December 18.)

    Long, Tall Texan, by Lori Wilde
    Texas socialite Delaney Cartwright may be engaged but she does NOT want to get married. Still, she’s afraid of the repercussions if she doesn’t get married, so she decides to give it all one final go and kidnap her fiance in the hopes of spending a passionate night with him. Huge mistake, though, as she ends up kidnapping detective Nick Vinetti instead. (Oh, that every mistake was so delicious!) Nick has his own love issues, being as how his ex-wife ditched him during their honeymoon. (Huh?! Did she get hit on the head by a coconut and forget who he was? Or did she just not get the chance to see Nick nekkid?) Delaney and Nick soon realize that they like each other very much and wouldn’t mind having lots of rolls in the proverbial hay together. When she lands in some major trouble, this gives Nick a chance to realize that he is SO not letting her go. This reprint was previously published as “There Goes the Bride,” and is the first book in Wilde’s Wedding Veil Wishes series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 18.)

    Dead Girl Running, by Christina Dodd
    Our gal Kellen Adams needs a giant hug. For one, she can’t remember the last year of her life. She also has a gunshot scar on her forehead. (Kellen, all of us girlfriends of yours are getting in line to give you all of the hugs!) She decides to seek some peace in her new job as the assistant manager of a resort on the North Pacific Coast. It’s remote. It’s beautiful. It’s perfect. Then she finds a dead woman on the property, and things just get crazy again from there. More people get murdered, and Kellen is smack-dab in the thick of all the drama. She’ll need to stay sharp and use every tool in her toolbox to maintain her innocence, her job, and her sanity. Kellen, you hang in there and keep being your awesome self! Be careful about who you trust! And we hope that somewhere in there you meet a nice fellow who will love you and massage your feet every night! This is the first book in Dodd’s Cape Charade series. (Available in paperback on December 18.)

    Home to Wind River, by Lindsay McKenna
    Army nurse Lily Thompson just had an exceptionally rough tour in Afghanistan. She decides to seek some R&R at the Wind River Ranch, where she gets a job taking care of an elderly lady. Said elderly lady is the mom of Jake Murdoch, a former Marine who is dealing with his own demons. Fortunately, Lily doesn’t take Jake’s aloofness personally. She knows he’s going through some stuff. Still, that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t mind ripping off his plaid shirt with her teeth in the middle of an open field under a starry sky and then licking the warm chocolate syrup she managed to bring off of his abs while also…ahem. Pardon. Anyway, these two lovebirds will need to do some major soul-searching on their quest for inner peace. Here’s hoping they find that inner peace sooner rather than later, and that they the proceed to get very, very happy together in an imaginative range of ways! This is the seventh book in McKenna’s Wind River Valley series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 18.)

    What a Widow Wants, by Jenna Jaxon
    Fanny is a widow. Formerly known as Lady Stephen Tarkington, she is thrilled to finally stop mourning for her late husband, who was not much of a prize to begin with. Now she’s free to kick up her heels a bit, and she plans to go all out by dressing up as Aphrodite at a masquerade party. She ends up kissing a guy dressed up as a Roman god, and it’s a REALLY good kiss. Like, she wouldn’t mind more of THAT. Trouble is, that Roman god is none other than Matthew, Lord Lathbury. Fanny rejected his proposal back in the day, and he never really got over her. He wants to woo her again, but she’s not totally sure she’s feeling it. (Fanny, no offense, but would you PLEASE get your strong, smart, and beautiful head out of the clouds?!?!) Will Matthew be successful in winning Fanny’s heart back? And will Fanny open her heart for a chance at the great love she deserves? This is the third book in Jaxon’s Widow’s Club series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 18.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:53 pm on 2018/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , God of War, Happily Inc., , , lori wilde, , , , , Twilight Texas   

    Romance Roundup: Paranormal Warriors, Inn Proprietors, and Spunky Seamstresses 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an ad executive who MUST get into the Christmas spirit, a Marine who needs lots of love and hugs, and an independent seamstress who strikes a deal with a sexy duke.

    Christmas Camp, by Karen Schaler
    In this, the latest from the writer of Neflix’s hit flick The Christmas Prince, Haley Hanson isn’t really the type to decorate the halls with boughs of holly. The ad executive would rather spend Christmas in the Caribbean working. The thing is, this year she needs to land a major Christmas-related account, so her boss sends her to a Christmas bootcamp of sorts to rev up her holiday spirits. Haley gets revved up alright—by the camp owner’s hunky son, Jeff. (Jeff, we’d like to deck your halls with…nothing. Absolutely nothing. Your halls should be naked. And by “your halls” we mean “your body.”) Haley and Jeff soon realize that they like each other a whole lot, but then they run into a major disagreement. Will they be able to get over their differences? And will Jeff continue to show Haley how much fun life outside of work can be for many, many years to come? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 16.)

    Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Virginia Troy was in a cult as a kid, and a fire in the cult compound killed her mother, so yeah, she’s had it rough. Years have gone by, and Virginia now owns her own art gallery in Seattle. (Virginia, you go, girl!) Tragedy strikes again, though, when one of her artists commits suicide. The artist left behind some clues, and Virginia gets help looking into these clues from private investigator Cabot Sutter. He was also part of that cult as a kid, so he knows our gal better than anyone. (Did we mention that he also now has the physique and mind of a mature, adult man, one to whom any woman would give her best “come hither” look?) Now that they’re free adults, Virginia and Cabot can explore their feelings for each other and look into this murder. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that they build a loving and peaceful life together! (Available in paperback on October 23.)

    Not Quite Over You, by Susan Mallery
    Banker Drew Lovato once broke Silver Tesdal’s heart—and his bank turned down her application for a loan. Drew decides to finance Silver’s wedding-related business venture himself, and he miiiiight have some romantically-inclined ulterior motives. (Drew, it’s official. After a brief hiatus, we are back on Team Drew!) Silver is thrilled to get her enterprise up and running, but resisting Drew will prove to be impossible. They were high school sweethearts, for one, and the years have been very good to them both. Still, there are some painful secrets that need to be discussed out in the open. Here’s hoping Drew and Silver give things a real second chance to blossom, and that they let go of their painful pasts and look straight ahead into their futures together! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)  

    Shadow and Ice, by Gena Showalter
    Knox of Iviland is the fiercest warrior there ever was, and he works for an exceptionally intense boss—the king of a battle-weary, paranormal land. Knox’s Number One Job has always been to win new realms for his king to lord over. (Talk about a toxic office culture!) Knox may be Hot Stuff in his world, but he’s still a slave. He can win his freedom, though, with his latest assignment. The thing is, he and Vale London end up stumbling into each other’s lives. She was on a mini-vacation with her foster sister when she randomly found herself in the middle of an epic battle featuring exceptionally hunky fighters. (Now THAT’S a story for the Yelp review!) Knox and Vale end up falling for each other quite hard, but Knox is still in the middle of his whole fight-for-my-freedom mission. Knox and Vale, you’re both smart and strong and sexy. Figure something out! This is the first book in Showalter’s Gods of War series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Winter at the Beach, by Sheila Roberts
    Jenna Jones is the new proprietor of the Driftwood Inn, and her mission this winter is to make the tourist beach haven of Moonlight Harbor profitable in the colder times. She does this by creating a festival, Seaside with Santa, and to her credit the tourists start coming back in droves. She’s awfully busy with all of this, plus there’s the fact that two very different men are trying to win her heart. (Jenna, just tell us which one you really want and we’ll get rid of the other one for you in a legal and non-violent way! Problem solved!) Things are going quite well until Mother Nature starts to turn everything into a wintry, blustery mess. Jenna, you’ve got this! You will save Christmas! And your town’s economy! And you’ll end up with the man of your dreams! And we’ll all help you in any way we can, even if it means crashing in a sleeping bag on the inn’s lobby floor! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    The Christmas Key, by Lori Wilde
    Mark Shepherd was doing well in the Marines, but then a mission went wrong and he got injured and lost one of his fellow soldiers. He’s feeling the guilt big time, and he decides to visit the fallen soldier’s family in Twilight, Texas. There he meets Naomi Luther, who he soon realizes is the perfect woman to have and hold his tender, broken heart. She’s also the sister of his fallen comrade. Thanks to a bit of mistaken identity, she doesn’t learn who he really is right away, and Mark isn’t exactly keen to come clean. Mark, buddy, sometimes in life you have to take a major risk for the things that matter most, so straighten your spine and strut over to Naomi’s place and tell her everything – including how you really feel. Oh, and wear a tight T-shirt that shows off your impressive pectorals and is easy to rip off! This is the ninth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Duchess by Design, by Maya Rodale
    Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, needs to find himself a filthy rich American heiress to save his family’s ruined estate. His quest takes him to Manhattan, where he meets spunky, independent seamstress Adeline Black. All she wants to do is dress high society ladies. She has zero desire to actually be a high society lady. She and Brandon come up with a plan: He’ll make sure she gets the opportunity to display her craft at high society events, and she’ll accompany him to said high society events and help him find a bride who can do the duchess thing. Their respective missions will surely be accomplished! Ah, but then they start to fall in love, which is totally understandable, because Adeline is an awesome, modern woman and Brandon, for all of his faults, is a hottie with a heart of gold. Is there a future for them? This is the first book in Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/06/19 Permalink
    Tags: , french quarter kisses, it takes two, jenny holiday, , lori wilde, , , 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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