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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/10/31 Permalink
    Tags: a texas kind of christmas, angel in a devil's dress, , celia bonaduce, christmas with you, finding home again, , , kate bateman, lynsay sands, my favorite things, , rachael miles, , this earl of mine   

    Romance Roundup: Scullery Maids, Shipping Heiresses, and Vengeful Lords 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a reclusive artist who’s about to get a family for Christmas, an heiress who has a crafty plan to avoid marriage, and two reunited former sweethearts who have A LOT of catching up to do. 

    My Favorite Things, by Lynsay Sands
    Three reprinted Christmas short stories in one volume! In “All I Want,” Lady Prudence is desperate to make her waste-of-space of a father stop his chronic gambling. She tries to get him out of a gaming establishment but the proprietor, Lord Stockton, doesn’t let women into said gaming establishment. (Or into his heart, apparently!) Still, Prudence soon manages to make him feel all of the feelings. Can they resolve their differences and live a happy life that only involves seeing Prudence’s dad once a month? In “Three French Hens,” scullery maid Brinna gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she gets to switch places with a super duper rich lady who looks just like her. This means she gets courted by a bonafide gentleman, who is also quite handsome to boot. (Brinna, you go, girl!) In “The Fairy Godmother,” Odel’s fairy godmother tells her to get married by Christmas and gives her some fairy dust to help things move along. Odel doubts any of this will help—she took one of those anti-love vows—but then she meets Michel, who makes her rethink her thoughts. Oh, Odel, please realize that Michel is most definitely the man for you! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.)

    A Texas Kind of Christmas, by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, and Rachael Miles
    Three new stories in one volume! In Thomas’ “One Night at the St. Nicholas,” heiress Jacqueline Hartman is determined to avoid her evil stepmother’s plans to marry her off to the highest bidder. She escapes her crazy family and ends up spending an evening with the accused—and very hunky—bank robber Nathaniel Ward. (Give us all of the details, Jacqueline! Did you two sleep under the stars? Who kept who warm? Was there lots of snuggling involved?) In Bonaduce’s “Birdie’s Flight,” seamstress Birdie Flanagan gets a major surprise when she’s invited to a ball. She goes to said ball and meets Captain Douglas Newcastle, who can captain our bodies any day of the week! Will their connection last beyond the evening? In Miles’ “Spirit of Texas,” Eugenie Charpentier may be considered a spinster, but that doesn’t mean she’s immune to adventure. (That’s right, Eugenie! Show society just what a strong single lady you are!) She decides to find some adventure via former Texas Ranger Asher Graham, and she’s not totally unsuccessful, but they’ll each need to share their deepest, darkest secrets before they can find long-lasting bliss! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 29.)

    Christmas With You, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorites in one volume! In “Gabriel’s Angel,” reclusive and elusive artist Gabriel Bradley is quite content to be 100% on his own. That is, he doesn’t think he wants a nice woman in his life. (Really, Gabriel? Because some of us know how to make waffles, and those of us who don’t will totally learn the fastest route to the nearest breakfast haven!) Then he meets Laura Malone. She’s running away from some bad guys. Oh, she’s also extremely pregnant, so this is definitely NOT the time for her to be as stressed as she is. (Laura, we’ll all book you a nail appointment ASAP—both hands AND feet!) Gabriel offers her shelter and protection, and it doesn’t take long for him to realize he’d love a more permanent situation with our gal. In “Home for Christmas,” journalist Jason Law is back home and on a mission. He wants to woo back his old sweetheart, Faith Monroe. Trouble is, he did some not-so-nice things back in the day, like leave her. (Jason, buddy, we all know you’re a sexy, badass reporter who deserves all of the accolades, but now’s the time to do some serious groveling.) Will all of these beautiful people get the chance at love they deserve? (Available in paperback on October 29.) 

    This Earl of Mine, by Kate Bateman
    Georgiana Caversteed is a beautiful shipping heiress, which means TONS of blockheaded men are after her and her fortune. If that wasn’t enough trouble, she’s also trying to avoid marriage to a creepy cousin. She hatches a plan that involves marrying a criminal who’s about to be executed. The guy she ends up marrying is Benedict William Henry Wylde, the second son of an earl. (Fact: Many a woman has fantasized about doing things with Benedict of which no clergyman would approve!) He and Georgiana bump into each other in Newgate Prison, and she decides he’ll do quite nicely for her little scheme. The thing is, Benedict is actually working undercover. Georgiana gets the surprise of her life when she sees Benedict alive and well at a society gathering weeks later. (Georgiana, we’ll all happily hold your fan and hold your wine and drink your wine—sorry, continue to respectfully hold your wine—while you collect your thoughts and emotions!) Now they must decide just how the heck they’re going to navigate this next phase of their lives. This is the first book in Bateman’s Bow Street Bachelors series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Finding Home Again, by Brenda Jackson
    Bryce Witherspoon and Kaegan Chambray were The It Couple of Catalina Cove many years ago—until they weren’t. They had a horrible misunderstanding and Kaegan broke up with Bryce over it. (Kaegan, buddy, did you at least PRETEND to listen to what Bryce had to say?!) Now Kaegan is back in town after 10 years, and let’s just say that he and Bryce never really lost that loving feeling. (This is welcome news, as Kaegan has grown to be quite the irresistible hottie!) That said, Bryce ends up revealing a very dark secret, which immediately kicks Kaegan into Mr. Lovey Dovey mode and motivates him to win back his woman. Good for you, Kaegan! Life is too short to be without the person you love! Here’s hoping they forgive each other, forget the past and move forward to create a new life together! This is the third book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Angel in a Devil’s Arms, by Julie Anne Long
    Everyone thought that Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt drowned in the Thames River 10 years ago. Spoiler alert: He didn’t. (Lucien, had we all seen you drowning, we would have scandalously lifted our skirts above our knees and gone running into the water to save you!) Now that Lucien’s “back from the dead,” he really wants to claim his stolen birthright. He also wants to jump into the sack with Angelique Breedlove, with whom he has just crossed paths. Angelique isn’t having it, though, due to some serious heartbreak in her past. (Angelique, sister, please, please, PLEASE reconsider this misguided decision of yours!) Here’s hoping that Lucien reclaims his birthright, that Angelique realizes it’s okay to fall in love again, and that the two of them proceed to live a long life together that involves lots of, ahem, frolicking! This is the second book in Long’s Palace of Rogues series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.)

    What romances are you excited to read this month?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/09/17 Permalink
    Tags: a gingerbread romance, , debra webb, immortal born, lacey baker, lynsay sands, , , , strangers she knows, , the lies we tell, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Innovative Architects, Single Parents, and Vampire Babies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an architect who enters a gingerbread house-building contest, a woman whose remote life is about to get extra dangerous, and a very hot man who falls for a very special lady who has a vampire baby. 

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    This reprint features our gal Delaney Holbrook, who is no wilting violet! Rather than mope around when things got rough, she rolled up her literal and proverbial sleeves and worked hard to improve her life. (Delaney, when is your self-help book coming out? Thanks!) Oh, she also vowed to stay away from besuited men, but Malcolm Carlesso, the CEO of a family company, is going to make Delaney’s vow a tad difficult. (He looks mighty fine wearing a suit. He also looks mighty fine wearing nothing but a smile.) Delaney becomes good friends with Malcolm’s estranged sister, Callie Smith. Callie has been living a lonely life. Then she finds out that Malcolm is her brother. Trouble is, Malcolm has some deep-seated family issues and thinks he wants nothing to do with Callie. Here’s hoping that issues get resolved sooner rather than later, that Callie gets the family and love she deserves, that Delaney helps Malcolm out of his suit, and that future holidays are filled with lots of love and family! (Available in paperback on September 17.) 

    A Gingerbread Romance, by Lacey Baker
    Taylor is a gifted architect, and if she wants to earn her next promotion, she’ll need to win a contest that involves building life-size gingerbread houses. (Taylor, we have MANY questions, but in the interest of time we’ll just say “Good luck!”) When Taylor’s gingerbread-house building partner flakes out on her (the nerve!), she teams up with baker and single dad Adam, who could really use a big break of his own. He may have the most delicious buns in town, but his bakery is just not getting the recognition it deserves. (Oh, Adam, we would all love to stop by and take a bite out of your sample tray!) Taylor and Adam end up spending a lot of time together, along with his daughter, Brooke, and they soon realize they’d like to, ahem, bake gingerbread houses together for the rest of their lives. Can Taylor and Adam manage to wow the world with their gingerbread-related abilities? Does Adam know how to make chocolate-covered strawberries that Taylor can eat straight off of his abs? And will Taylor realize that the life she’s always wanted is right under her nose? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    Strangers She Knows, by Christina Dodd
    Kellen Adams lives on a remote California island that doesn’t have much connection to the outside world. This is not an accident—a murderer is out to get Kellen and her family. (Kellen, that’s a great reason to live off of the grid. That said, we’ll all share our Netflix passwords with you ASAP!) She won’t be able to hide for too long, though. For one, her daughter is also in danger. Kellen also recently had a bullet removed from her brain. She’ll need to act quickly and smartly if she’s going to come out of this ordeal without further pain and save her kid. Here’s hoping that Kellen manages to dodge the bad guys and then proceed to live a peaceful life in which she can roam freely throughout the world and do normal things like jog in the park, find romance with a super duper hunky guy who gives her all of the neck rubs, and have lots of fun with her daughter and feel totally safe with her every day! This is the third book in Dodd’s Cape Charade series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    The Lies We Tell, by Debra Webb
    A serial killer is out to get our gal Dr. Rowan Dupont, but rather than shrink away, she’s feeling very “Bring it ON!” and is totally ready to meet him face-to-face and take him down. (That’s right, Rowan! You get that psycho! We will all cheer you on from a safe distance!) The thing is, Rowan’s mom supposedly committed suicide many years ago, and this serial killer might be able to provide some insight, hence Rowan’s need to get close to him. Fortunately, she’s not alone. Her childhood friend and Police Chief Billie Brannigan is eager to help her and make sure she stays safe. They’ll need to work together for long hours and share some deep, intimate secrets if they’re going to make this work. (That’s not such a bad thing. Billie, after all, has a face and body that would make any woman want to linger the way she’d linger over a hot a fudge sundae.) Rowan and Billie, you solve this mystery pronto. When the craziness is all over, pack your bathing suits and head somewhere tropical STAT! This book is part of Webb’s Undertaker’s Daughter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    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 reprint is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of The One series. (Available in paperback on September 24.) 

    Immortal Born, by Lynsay Sands
    Allie Chambers is the ultimate friend, as she agreed to take care of her late friend’s baby vampire boy. Little Liam is adorable, but he needs blood in order to survive, which isn’t the easiest thing to come by. (Note to self: Stop complaining about late-night formula runs!) Desperate, Allie decides to rob a blood bank. This is how she meets Magnus, who causes many a woman to do a doubletake and reapply her lipstick. It doesn’t take Magnus long to realize he’d like to be Allie’s mate for life and the father to her new little boy. (Magnus, you are a rare and radiant creature: a studly man with a heart of gold AND a backside of steel!) It’s a good thing that Magnus wants to stick around, as some terrible immortals are causing a ruckus. Magnus will need to be on extra high alert if he’s going to keep Allie and Liam safe and convince Allie that he’s the man for her. This is the latest book in Sands’ extensive Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 24.) 

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/04/16 Permalink
    Tags: , fumbled, love to the rescue, lynsay sands, , , radclyffe, , , the hollow, the summer retreat, the trouble with vampires, unbroken cowboy   

    Romance Roundup: First-Grade Teachers, NFL Players, and Bull Riders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a healthcare professional who ends up face-to-face with her high school crush, a history professor who finds major chemistry with an immortal vampire, and two heartbroken sisters who are about to have a magical summer.

    Love to the Rescue, by Radclyffe
    Our gal Brody Clark has a lot—like, A LOT—of issues to confront after 10 years of avoiding them. (Brody, whatever you need, whether that’s hugs or wine or chocolate or extra wine, we’re all here for you!) She’s joining a new medevac flight crew, which is a pretty big deal, and it puts her back in the path of Val Valentine. Val and Brody knew each other back in the day, and let’s just say that Brody never forgot Val. As for Val, she’s focused on creating a veterinary practice that caters to the really rich, pet-loving folks. (Sounds awesome, Val, but please don’t neglect the strays!) Val’s plans get a slight wrench, though, when someone from her past asks for help. She and Brody could both use some major emotional support. Here’s hoping they both come to terms with their painful pasts and that they realize everything they need can be found in each other! This is the fifth book in Radclyffe’s Rivers Community series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 16.)

    The Trouble with Vampires, by Lynsay Sands
    Immortal vampire Santo Notte has been doing his own thing for almost three thousand years. Then he comes across history professor Petronella Stone and realizes that the bachelor life may be a tad overrated. (Sometimes, finding the right person takes a while. Like, a long time. Centuries. #nevergiveuphope.) As for Petronella, Santo is far more than a reliable source for her next research book. (Oh, the research opportunities! The fact-checking possibilities!) Santo makes Petronella want to loosen her proverbial and literal professorial garb and do things that would make people of all eras blush. Trouble is, Santo realizes that he might pose a major danger to Petronella and her nephew. Can Santo find a way to keep his new little family safe and build a life with them? This is the latest book in Sands’ extensive Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)  

    The Summer Retreat, by Sheila Roberts
    First-grade teacher Celeste Jones was SO ready to enjoy the summer with her boyfriend. Then he dumped her for the side of bacon with whom he was cheating on Celeste for months. (And by bacon, we mean girlfriend.) This is especially sucky because Celeste was hoping for a diamond ring. She decides to head on over to Moonlight Harbor, where her sister, Jenna, works at the Driftwood Inn, located on the Washington State coast. (Sounds idyllic! Where do we book our rooms? We promise to write glowing Yelp reviews!) Like Celeste, Jenna has some of her own man-related healing to do. Hang in there, ladies! You are both awesome, beautiful, and professional women and the right guys will come along very soon for each of you! This is the third book in Roberts’ Moonlight Harbor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

    The Hollow, by Nora Roberts
    The battle against evil continues, as friends Fox, Caleb, and Gage work alongside Cybil, Layla, and Quinn to battle evil in the town of Hawkins Hollow. Fox, the town’s lawyer, and Layla both have the ability to read minds. This is a newer ability for Layla, and she’s feeling a bit awkward about it, because it makes things QUITE intimate with Fox. (Oh, Layla, we all heard what the fox says, and it says ‘Go for it!’) As for Fox, he wouldn’t mind having a chance to show Layla just how delicious he can be. (Fox, remove your shirt! Like, now!) That said, these six friends have a demon to attack, so there’s no time to dilly dally. Here’s hoping that Fox and Layla manage to help defeat this pesky demon and bring safety back to the town of Hawkins Hollow. And when it’s all over, may they embark on a strictly-nude vacation on a secluded tropical island! This is the second book in Roberts’ Sign of Seven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

    Fumbled, by Alexa Martin
    Poppy Patterson worked extremely hard to go from pregnant high school student to self-sufficient single mom. (Poppy, we salute you and think that you deserve ALL of the spa days!) Then life puts her old flame and baby daddy T.K. Moore back into her life. He has a successful NFL career going on, but he never forgot Poppy. When he sees her again, his long-suppressed mushy, lovey-dovey side comes out and he realizes that he better not be a goon and screw up this amazingly wonderful second chance at love. T.K., we’re glad the football and the sports and the…other sports-related stuff haven’t interfered with your head or heart. Go and get your woman—and get to know your child – and embrace this new chapter of your life! This is the second book in Martin’s Playbook series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 23.)

    Unbroken Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Dane Parker worked really hard to escape the trailer park life and become a big shot on the bull riding scene. (He’s also worked really hard on his ridiculously beautiful physique. Dane, you can point us all in the direction of the beach ANY day of the week!) Then Dane gets injured and has to hang up his hat for a while, which leaves him devastated. An old family friend, Beatrix Leighton, decides to recruit Dane to help her start her animal sanctuary. She’s been crazy in love with Dane since, like, forever. Will Dane realize that true love has always been much closer than he realized? Will he heal and get his career back—or even possibly find a new calling? And will he take Beatrix on at least one long horse ride into an abandoned, flower-filled meadow and make sweet love to her under the stars with the horse remaining at a safe distance? This is the latest book in Yates’ Gold Valley series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/06/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , lynsay sands, , , , , , , , , , , wicked and the wallflower   

    Romance Roundup: Soccer Stars, Widowed Princesses, and Best Friends 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a young woman with memory loss, a widowed princess who finds herself in an arranged marriage, and a lady who is on the hunt for a passionate husband.

    Undeniable Attraction, by Kayla Perrin
    Melissa Conwell and Aaron Burke had a thing years ago, and now Aaron is looking to make things between them permanent. They see each other again at a family wedding, and let’s just say the years have been very kind to them both. (Aaron, for one, is a soccer superstar, and those are BY FAR the most consistently hot and fit athletes.) Melissa is determined to play it cool, but let’s be honest—no woman stands a chance against Aaron’s charm or his smile or his rock-hard thighs. (FYI, Aaron, your uniform shorts are too long!) He is determined to use all of these traits to his advantage and win our gal, body and soul. (Oh, Aaron, you can have both ANY day of the week!) Here’s hoping that Aaron brings his A game, and that Melissa keeps her mind and heart wide open for him! This is the first book in Perrin’s Burkes of Sheridan Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Princess, by Elizabeth Elliott
    Princess Isabel Plantagenet is a young widow, and her father forces her to get remarried solely for the purpose of maintaining his power. (Major shout-out to the GOOD fathers out there!) Faulke Segrave is a sexy widow, but—and this is a big but—his dead wives (yes, that’s plural, I’m afraid) died under some strange circumstances. Oh, and he’s suspected of high treason. Anyhoo. He and Isabel are pretty much thrown together against their respective wills, but they soon realize there is WAY more to the other person than they thought. Are they each what they seem? Will they learn to trust each other with their secrets? And, should they end up truly liking and loving each other, can they manage to live peaceful lives together, far away from their shadier relations? This is the fifth book in Elliott’s Montagues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wicked and the Wallflower, by Sarah MacLean
    Lady Felicity Faircloth is about to get some much-needed help in landing a husband. Her helper is none other than Devil, the illegitimate son of a duke who is quite familiar with London’s shadier side. Oh, and Felicity has a very strict requirement: Her husband-to-be must be a passionate man. Translation: She wants a guy who will provide her with many wild times in the boudoir. (Kudos to you, Felicity, for asking for what you want!) Devil and Felicity soon discover, though, that they’d really like to jump into bed with each other. The only problem for Devil is that he originally had this whole major revenge scheme that involved using Felicity as bait. Enough of that, Devil! Realize that you have found something much better than revenge: a strong woman who wants to be your true partner in every possible way! This is the first book in MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    Untamed Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Bennett Dodge and Kaylee Capshaw have been best friends for years. They’ve always been there for each other, had each other’s backs. The one thing they haven’t done, though, is the one thing they’ve always wanted to do: rip each other’s clothes off with abandon and proceed to act out their deepest fantasies. (Yes, the sexual frustration has reached frustratingly high levels.) Bennett has just found out that he has a son. Oh, and Kaylee decides to kiss him, and it’s pretty much the best kiss he’s ever had. (Good for you, Kaylee! Someone had to finally make a move!) Things and feelings are clearly about to change forever, so Kaylee and Bennett, for gosh sakes, get your respective acts together and realize that you are perfect for each other! This is the latest book in Yates’ Gold Valley series, and it includes a bonus novella, titled “Mail Order Cowboy,” which should absolutely become a thing. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Cottages on Silver Beach, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Elliot Bailey isn’t exactly beloved by Megan Hamilton’s family. Let’s just say he did A Naughty Thing back in the day, and no one has ever quite forgiven him. At least not yet. (We’re feeling hopeful for you, buddy!) Now he’s come back home to Haven Point. He’s a bestselling author and the book he’s working on right now is, like, super duper personal and makes him realize that he still feels feelings for Megan. He rents a cabin from Megan, but he’s mistaken if she plans to get cozy with him. He’s going to have to work super hard if he’s going to win back her heart. (Grovel, Elliot. Just get down on your hands and knees right now.) And Megan, please know that Elliot has come a long way and is eager to prove that he’s always been one of the good guys. This is the eighth book in Thayne’s Haven Point series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Highlander’s Promise, by Lynsay Sands
    Aulay Buchanan is ready for a little R&R in his clan’s hunting lodge. (Sounds delightful, Aulay! May we join you? Nekkid?) Then he finds a beautiful young woman who has lost her memory and has no idea who she is. She DOES, however, think someone is out to kill her. (Um, Aulay, we think that weird guy in Accounting doesn’t like us very much. So can we hide out in your lodge with you? Nekkid?) Oh, and in her delusion she also thinks that Aulay is her husband. This will prove difficult for Aulay, because he’s extremely attracted to her, but he doesn’t want to behave dishonorably. (Oh, Aulay! Nothing that involves you wearing zero clothing could EVER be considered dishonorable!) Here’s hoping they figure out the murder plot, that the mystery lady gets her memory back, and that she and Aulay are able to start over and begin a new chapter of their lives together! This is the sixth book in Sands’ Scottish Highlanders series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on June 26.)

    What romance novels are you putting in your beach bag this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/06/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , lynsay sands, , , , , , , , , , , wicked and the wallflower   

    Romance Roundup: Soccer Stars, Widowed Princesses, and Best Friends 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a young woman with memory loss, a widowed princess who finds herself in an arranged marriage, and a lady who is on the hunt for a passionate husband.

    Undeniable Attraction, by Kayla Perrin
    Melissa Conwell and Aaron Burke had a thing years ago, and now Aaron is looking to make things between them permanent. They see each other again at a family wedding, and let’s just say the years have been very kind to them both. (Aaron, for one, is a soccer superstar, and those are BY FAR the most consistently hot and fit athletes.) Melissa is determined to play it cool, but let’s be honest—no woman stands a chance against Aaron’s charm or his smile or his rock-hard thighs. (FYI, Aaron, your uniform shorts are too long!) He is determined to use all of these traits to his advantage and win our gal, body and soul. (Oh, Aaron, you can have both ANY day of the week!) Here’s hoping that Aaron brings his A game, and that Melissa keeps her mind and heart wide open for him! This is the first book in Perrin’s Burkes of Sheridan Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Princess, by Elizabeth Elliott
    Princess Isabel Plantagenet is a young widow, and her father forces her to get remarried solely for the purpose of maintaining his power. (Major shout-out to the GOOD fathers out there!) Faulke Segrave is a sexy widow, but—and this is a big but—his dead wives (yes, that’s plural, I’m afraid) died under some strange circumstances. Oh, and he’s suspected of high treason. Anyhoo. He and Isabel are pretty much thrown together against their respective wills, but they soon realize there is WAY more to the other person than they thought. Are they each what they seem? Will they learn to trust each other with their secrets? And, should they end up truly liking and loving each other, can they manage to live peaceful lives together, far away from their shadier relations? This is the fifth book in Elliott’s Montagues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wicked and the Wallflower, by Sarah MacLean
    Lady Felicity Faircloth is about to get some much-needed help in landing a husband. Her helper is none other than Devil, the illegitimate son of a duke who is quite familiar with London’s shadier side. Oh, and Felicity has a very strict requirement: Her husband-to-be must be a passionate man. Translation: She wants a guy who will provide her with many wild times in the boudoir. (Kudos to you, Felicity, for asking for what you want!) Devil and Felicity soon discover, though, that they’d really like to jump into bed with each other. The only problem for Devil is that he originally had this whole major revenge scheme that involved using Felicity as bait. Enough of that, Devil! Realize that you have found something much better than revenge: a strong woman who wants to be your true partner in every possible way! This is the first book in MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    Untamed Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Bennett Dodge and Kaylee Capshaw have been best friends for years. They’ve always been there for each other, had each other’s backs. The one thing they haven’t done, though, is the one thing they’ve always wanted to do: rip each other’s clothes off with abandon and proceed to act out their deepest fantasies. (Yes, the sexual frustration has reached frustratingly high levels.) Bennett has just found out that he has a son. Oh, and Kaylee decides to kiss him, and it’s pretty much the best kiss he’s ever had. (Good for you, Kaylee! Someone had to finally make a move!) Things and feelings are clearly about to change forever, so Kaylee and Bennett, for gosh sakes, get your respective acts together and realize that you are perfect for each other! This is the latest book in Yates’ Gold Valley series, and it includes a bonus novella, titled “Mail Order Cowboy,” which should absolutely become a thing. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Cottages on Silver Beach, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Elliot Bailey isn’t exactly beloved by Megan Hamilton’s family. Let’s just say he did A Naughty Thing back in the day, and no one has ever quite forgiven him. At least not yet. (We’re feeling hopeful for you, buddy!) Now he’s come back home to Haven Point. He’s a bestselling author and the book he’s working on right now is, like, super duper personal and makes him realize that he still feels feelings for Megan. He rents a cabin from Megan, but he’s mistaken if she plans to get cozy with him. He’s going to have to work super hard if he’s going to win back her heart. (Grovel, Elliot. Just get down on your hands and knees right now.) And Megan, please know that Elliot has come a long way and is eager to prove that he’s always been one of the good guys. This is the eighth book in Thayne’s Haven Point series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Highlander’s Promise, by Lynsay Sands
    Aulay Buchanan is ready for a little R&R in his clan’s hunting lodge. (Sounds delightful, Aulay! May we join you? Nekkid?) Then he finds a beautiful young woman who has lost her memory and has no idea who she is. She DOES, however, think someone is out to kill her. (Um, Aulay, we think that weird guy in Accounting doesn’t like us very much. So can we hide out in your lodge with you? Nekkid?) Oh, and in her delusion she also thinks that Aulay is her husband. This will prove difficult for Aulay, because he’s extremely attracted to her, but he doesn’t want to behave dishonorably. (Oh, Aulay! Nothing that involves you wearing zero clothing could EVER be considered dishonorable!) Here’s hoping they figure out the murder plot, that the mystery lady gets her memory back, and that she and Aulay are able to start over and begin a new chapter of their lives together! This is the sixth book in Sands’ Scottish Highlanders series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on June 26.)

    What romance novels are you putting in your beach bag this week?

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