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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2018/02/12 Permalink
    Tags: any day now, arrogant bastard, devil in tartan, , jacin burton, , Maisey Yates, , , , shot on gold, smooth-talking cowboy, , zara coz   

    Romance Roundup: Olympic Hockey Players, Warrior Scotswomen, and Good Old-Fashioned Cowboys 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a couple that is working really hard to fight for their love, an Olympic hockey player who wants to show a figure skater a great time, and a woman who ditched her safe, boring life for something—and someone—far more exciting.

    Unraveled, by Helen Hardt
    Ryan Steel and Ruby Lee have managed to stay in love despite some pretty incredible odds. (Seriously, you two, no one would have blamed you if you each decided to go your separate ways.) Still, they are both amazing people, and Ryan is every woman’s unique fantasy rolled up into one rippled, muscular mass. They are now finally in it for the home stretch—then two people from their respective pasts show up and threaten to ruin everything. (Ruby and Ryan, who do we have to scare away? Let us at them!) Ryan’s brothers are willing to do what they can to help, because that’s what awesome brothers do, but ultimately, it’s up to Ryan and Ruby to forge their own paths in life and in love. (We’re rooting for you two!) This is the ninth book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers Saga series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 13.)

    Shot on Gold, by Jaci Burton
    Professional hockey player Will Madigan is at the Winter Games for the second time in his career, and he’s pretty gosh darn excited. (So is America and the rest of the world, because Will can give the Shirtless Tongan a run for his baby oil!) He soon meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She’s competing for the third and final time, and so she’s really hoping to take home the gold. (Amber, when you have a chance, would you please share your top five tips for toned legs? Thanks!) Their chemistry is off the charts, but is their affair something that can go on beyond the Olympic Village? Will and Amber, when the competition is over, take the time off you both deserve and make sure to really get to know each other. And please, please be safe and take the time to remove your ice skates first! This is the latest book in Burton’s extensive Play-by-Play series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 13.)

    Arrogant Bastard, by Zara Cox
    Our gal Faith used to be on a very different path in life. She was married and had motherhood on her mind. Oh, and she was also bored out of her skull. Then she met Killian Knight, who would make even the most prudish woman shed all of her inhibitions. Faith and Killian get involved in some pretty intense espionage, and that is precisely what makes their relationship so much fun. There’s also the fact that Killian possesses abs worth licking chocolate off of. (Or just licking in general. We’re not picky.) Can they manage to stay alive through all of the trouble? And when it’s over, will they realize that there’s far more to their relationship than they ever imagined? This is the fourth book in Cox’s Dark Desires series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 13.)

    Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr
    Sierra Jones needs to clear her head before she decides her next move in life. (Sierra, you take all the time you need!) She visits Sullivan’s Crossing, and stays at the home of her super nice brother and his super nice new wife. Things are going really well, until her past comes back to haunt her. Sierra’s not sure if she can handle these problems again (yes, you can!) so it helps that a super cute guy offers his emotional support. Oh, and he’s armed, as in, he has stunning biceps that are holding a heart-melting puppy. (Poof! We’re all pregnant!) A romantic story that features nice people, a beautiful setting, a good guy AND a cute canine? What more do we want in life?! This is the second book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. (Available in paperback on February 20.)

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London
    Lottie Livingstone and her clan are going to be homeless if they don’t come up with a scheme pronto. So they do what any Scotswoman—or Scotsman—would do: find a ship, load it up with illegal whisky, and try to turn a hefty profit. (Lottie, we admire your resourcefulness! Can we join the fun and drink some whisky while we’re at it? We’ll even bring our own Old Fashioned glass!) Our gal Lottie gets so good at this pillage and plunder-ish activity that she manages to capture a rival ship that holds the very panty-melting captain, Aulay Mackenzie. He has to watch, tied up no less, as she takes control of his ship. (Lottie, you have him tied up AND you take over his boat? Yeah, you’re pretty much our favorite heroine ever.) Here’s hoping they get over their differences soon, and that Lottie gets to untie Aulay’s binds AND his kilt! This is the fourth book in London’s Highland Grooms series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 20.)

    Smooth-Talking Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Olivia Logan is eager to win back her ex-boyfriend, so she recruits rancher Luke Hollister to give her a helping hand. (Good choice, Olivia! If any man knows how to use his hands, it’s Luke.) Funny thing is, Luke needs Olivia’s help, too. He wants her father to sell him some land, so this could really end up being a win-win situation for both of them. Then Luke and Olivia start to get the feels for each other—like, all of them—and pretty soon it’s hard to keep on pretending. Olivia, let that douchebag you dated go! And Luke, lay out a plushy blanket on a moonlit meadow and show Olivia why every woman needs a cowboy in her life! This book is part of Yates’ Gold Valley series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 20.)

    What romance novels are you gearing up for Valentine’s Day with?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2017/10/24 Permalink
    Tags: christmastime cowboy, , , first snow, Maisey Yates, , , misadventures of the first daughter, , , , , , wilde in love, wyoming winter   

    Romance Roundup: International Lawyers, Wyoming Ranchers, and Wine Tastings 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a single mom who gets some neighborly help, a first daughter who can’t stay out of trouble, and a lord who needs to escape unwarranted notoriety.

    First Snow, by Nora Roberts
    Two stories in one! In “A Will and a Way,” Pandora McVie ends up having to spend Christmas in the Catskills with the very hunky Michael Donahue. He is the co-beneficiary of her late uncle’s will, who clearly wanted to hook these two youngsters up. Pandora is NOT a happy camper. (Um, Pandora, no offense, but Michael is gorgeous and I just did a Google image search of the Catskills and WOW they’re beautiful—so open your eyes!) In “Local Hero,” single mom Hester Wallace is working hard to make ends meet while raising her son in a Manhattan apartment. (Totally feel you, Hester! Keeping oneself alive in a Manhattan apartment is no easy feat.) Her neighbor Mitch Dempsey offers to help her out, which melts our gal’s heart. (Mitch, would you please walk my dog while you’re at it?) Will this be the last holiday season they spend unattached? (Available in paperback on October 24.)

    Christmastime Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Sabrina Leighton and Liam Donnelly had the hots for each other as teenagers. Then Liam skipped town and Sabrina never heard from him again. Little did she know that her dad bribed Liam to get him out of Dodge, and Liam took the opportunity because his options in life were very, very limited. Sabrina never forgot her tattooed boyfriend, though, because a guy like Liam is always worth remembering. Now she’s busy helping her family set up a tasting room at their winery. (Can we go?) Liam comes back, with far more money and muscles than he had back in the day, and gets involved. Can these two former lovers let bygones be bygones and focus on rebuilding their sizzling relationship? This is the latest book in Yates’ Copper Ridge series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on October 24.)

    Snowfall at Willow Lake, by Susan Wiggs
    International lawyer Sophie Bellamy has just survived a hostage situation, so she decides to clear her head and reconnect with her family. (Sophie, get a massage while you’re at it!) She goes to the village of Avalon, located in the Catskills, where said family lives. (Note to self: Book a long weekend getaway in the Catskills. It’s clearly THE place to be!) She soon falls head over stiletto heels for veterinarian Noah Shepherd. He hasn’t had much luck in the romance department, but his connection with Sophie might mean that things are about to change big time. Two nice people who have been struggling to find peace and love and happiness finally finding peace and love and happiness? Yes, please! Noah and Sophie, we’ll all visit you once we book our trips! This is the fourth book in Wiggs’ Lakeshore Chronicles series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 24.)

    Misadventures of the First Daughter, by Mia Michelle and Meredith Wild
    Charlotte Daley’s dad is the new U.S. president, and now that he’s won the election, she wants more than ever to let her hair down. (Politics can be such a drag, and she’s a bit wilder than her prim and proper, scandal-free family.) Bodyguard Zane Parker has been assigned the near-impossible task of guarding Charlotte and keeping her on the straight and narrow before she heads back to college. It’s a tough job, but he soon realizes that he is majorly attracted to her. They soon strike a deal that involves Charlotte getting to have all of the fun she wants while also staying out of trouble. It will require being 100 percent obedient to Zane in the, ahem, submissive sense. (This seems like an absolutely wonderful situation!) Here’s hoping that Charlotte and Zane manage to have fun while also being safe, and that they work on perfecting that balance for the rest of their lives! This is the latest installment in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 30.)

    Wilde in Love, by Eloisa James
    Lord Alaric Wilde is back home after spending years abroad getting into all kinds of trouble and having a variety of adventures. He’s also ridiculously good looking. This is all why most of England’s ladies practically mob him when his boat docks. (Imagine Brad Pitt circa Legends of the Fall showing up at your local airport and…wait! Where did everybody go?) He soon meets Willa Ffynche, who wants people to think of her as nothing more than a polite, well-bred young lady. Little does society know that she’s got a raunchy sense of humor that would make the ballroom chaperones faint. (Willa, we are all SO adding you to our brunch and happy hour groups!) That said, she doesn’t want to be associated with Alaric. Can he convince Willa that he’s way more open to love and commitment than people think? This is the first book in James’ Wildes of Lindow Castle series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on October 31.)

    Wyoming Winter, by Diana Palmer
    J.C. Calhoun just wants to lay low and take care of his Wyoming ranch. (We support this, J.C. You are clearly a caring man with strong, capable hands!) He is still smarting from the hurt he felt when his fiancée became pregnant by another man. Now J.C. has just met a little girl, and she leads him right back to Colie Jackson. J.C. is still upset with Colie, but even he can’t deny that he still has feelings for her. As for Colie, she needs his help, as there are some very mean people on her trail with the worst intentions. Will J.C. find it in his heart to forgive her, and can they move on together and build a life on his ranch? (Oh, you two, think of all the cozy winters you can have together!) This is the latest book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 31.)

    What romances are warming your nightstand this fall?

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  • Sara Brady 4:00 pm on 2014/12/15 Permalink
    Tags: Carole Mortimer, Cathy Lamb, , , , Holiday, Joss Wood, , Maisey Yates, Mary Burton, Mary Carter, , , sparks will fly,   

    Under the Mistletoe: Holiday Romance Books 

    Susan Mallery's The Christmas Wedding RingAt a loss for what to get that romance lover in your life this holiday season? Try one of these new holiday-themed romances, perfect for curling up next to a fire with a cup of eggnog or cider.

    Choir of Angels, by Debbie Macomber 
    This beautifully packaged reissue presents three of Macomber’s classic holiday stories—Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, Those Christmas Angels, and Where Angels Go—in a gift that’s perfect for a tender heart new to the genre.

    The Christmas Bouquet, by Sherryl Woods 
    The newest in Woods’ O’Brien series finds medical student Caitlyn falling in love with resident Noah—and unexpectedly pregnant. The surprise baby stories are catnip to a certain kind of romance reader, so if she has a stack of Harlequin Presents with titles like The Billionaire’s Baby Secret, grab this one for her stocking.

    The Christmas Wedding Ring, by Susan Mallery
    A must-have for Mallery fans, this is a holiday-themed retelling of her 1998 Silhouette The Wedding Ring Promise. Molly Anderson has always had a crush on her older sister’s ex-boyfriend Dylan Black, and now, dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, she’s ready to fall into Dylan’s arms.

    Christmas With a Billionaire, by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates, and Joss Wood
    These three novellas—Mortimer’s Billionaire Under the Mistletoe, Yates’s Snowed in with Her Boss, and Wood’s A Diamond for Christmas—will please any harried romance fan. They’re the perfect length to squeeze in while a pie is in the oven or in between turkey bastings.

    Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel and Starry Night, by Debbie Macomber
    More holiday joy for Macomber fans: Mr. Miracle features a novice guardian angel helping two childhood enemies overcome their past and find love, and Starry Night follows a big-city reporter fleeing to the wilds of Alaska, where she falls for a reclusive author.

    Our First Christmas, by Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Mary Carter, and Cathy Lamb
    The great thing about anthologies is that you often buy them because you like one of the authors, then end up discovering new favorites. This anthology of holiday stories starts with Jackson’s Under the Mistletoe, about estranged spouses finding their way back to each other. In Burton’s A Ranger for Christmas, a history professor and a lawman team up to solve a crime, while Carter’s A Southern Christmas takes on the old trope of a woman trying to win back her wrong-for-her ex while overlooking the just-right guy next to her. Finally, Lamb’s Christmas in Montana starts with Laurel going home in disgrace after losing her job, then having to face her successful ex-boyfriend.

    A Husband for Christmas, by Diana Palmer
    This reissue of Palmer’s stories Snow Kisses and Lionhearted features wide-open spaces, a heroine healing from a traumatic past, and the kind of outdoorsy, cowboy-hat-wearing heroes certain readers can’t resist.

    Do you have a favorite holiday read you always return to?

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