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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/01/03 Permalink
    Tags: , born of vengeance, , collision course, , marie harte, promise not to tell, , , roni loren, , spring forward, the ones who got away, the spring girls   

    Romance Roundup: Mechanics, Cult Survivors, and High School Sweethearts 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a romantic mechanic, reunited high school sweethearts, and a modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

    Spring Forward, by Catherine Anderson
    Crystal Malloy has a full plate of responsibility. She’s trying to take care of her grandfather, for one. He lives in a retirement community and likes to break the rules now and then. (Sounds like he’s a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time!) Her care duties put her in front of Tanner Richards, a Very Hot Man who occasionally helps her grandfather. (Let’s make one thing clear, though: Tanner is two generations younger than his older friend and has the face and body and arms to prove it!) Tanner and Crystal start seeing more of each other, and soon realize they’d like to see each other in a setting that’s a tad sexier than a nursing home. (Yes, this sounds like an excellent idea!) Will Crystal lighten up a bit? And will Tanner show her that beautiful body of his over and over again? This is the fourth book in Anderson’s Mystic Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    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, and 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 hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on January 2.)

    The Spring Girls, by Anna Todd
    Gather round, Louisa May Alcott fans! This modern retelling of Little Women features four sisters living on a military base in New Orleans with their mother while their father serves in Iraq. (Major kudos to military members and military families stationed, well, everywhere!) Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are each trying to carve out a life for themselves. Meg wants to be an officer’s wife. (Follow your bliss, Meg, but please make sure you go to college first!) Jo wants to escape to New York City. (Can’t say we blame you, Jo! If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere!) Beth works really hard and doesn’t want to leave the house. (We all have those days, Beth!) And Amy is, well, Amy. They’re all still really young, so there’s plenty of time to watch them grow and blossom and pursue their dreams. (Wait! We’re still going to get Laurie, right?!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    The Ones Who Got Away, by Roni Loren
    Liv Arias and Finn Dorsey were high school sweethearts. Then something awful happened during their senior year, not just to them, but also to a bunch of their classmates. The group was collectively referred to as The Ones Who Got Away, and now, 12 years later, they are about to relive the horror for a documentary. (Note to self: Stop whining about the traumatizing experience that was every high school math class!) Liv and Finn haven’t seen each other in a long time, and let’s just say that the years have been very kind to both of them. They’ve gone from teenagers to man and woman, and they are each bringing their A-game this time around. Can they learn to love each other as adults and help each other overcome their shared traumas? This is the first book in Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Collision Course, by Marie Harte
    Florist Joey Reeves is a single mom with zero spare time on her hands. Then she meets Lou Cortez, a tattoo-covered mechanic who is so different from her that he might as well be from a different planet. (A sexy planet. One filled with sexy men, each of them eager to please their very own lucky lady.) Anyway, Joey wants to keep a lid on it because…well…single mom and…what if something goes wrong and…scared of everything and…omigod Joey just go for it! Life is too short, and Lou really needs help wiping oil residue off of his mighty, mighty form. Joey will soon realize, though, that she can be the yin to Lou’s yang, and that together they can create car and flower-loving babies. So Joey, you go hire that babysitter, grab a damp towel, and get down the fun stuff ASAP! This is the fourth book in Harte’s Body Shop Bad Boys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Born of Vengeance, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    The latest book in Kenyon’s The League: Nemesis Rising series features Bastien Cabarro and Ember Wyldestarrin, who used to be each other’s wingman. They’ve both had it rough, to say the least. He was framed for his family’s murder, for one. As for Ember, her parents were killed and she had to go into exile. Ember wants to stay away from the troubles plaguing her world, but she is eager to make people pay for their actions. As for Bastien, he’s got a lot of people relying on him to complete certain missions, so there is no time to waste. He and Ember are both thirsty for justice, and certainly for each other. There’s a whole lot of intrigue and mystery going on, so here’s hoping Ember and Bastien manage to keep their heads above water through it all and ultimately realize that they are, like, kind of perfect for each other. (Available in paperback on January 2.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2017/09/19 Permalink
    Tags: all i want for halloween, , his perfect partner, , lia riley, marie harte, priscilla oliversas, , , such a pretty girl, tempted at twilight, tess diamond, the corner of forever and always, the scotsman who saved me   

    Romance Roundup: Costume Parties, Actresses, and Tender Scotsmen 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a trauma surgeon in need of some R&R, a high society Englishwoman who’s in love with a Scot, and an FBI profiler with an especially eerie case.

    Tempted at Twilight, by Jamie Pope
    Trauma surgeon Elias Bradley just got into a major accident that injured his highly-skilled hands. He decides to get a little R&R on his family’s island retreat. (Elias, we’ll feed you grapes as you lounge in the sun!) There he meets Dr. Cricket Warren, a smarty pants heroine with TWO PhDs, thank you very much. (Cricket, you’re our hero! We’ll keep all of your books and papers organized for you!) She doesn’t know much about the opposite sex, but Elias is willing to prove that it’s never too late to learn—and that his hands are not completely out of commission. When she gets pregnant, they both need to hunker down (With Elias? Yes, please!) and decide whether they’d like to keep the vacation going for the rest of their lives. This is the fourth book in Pope’s Tropical Destiny series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 19.)

    The Corner of Forever and Always, by Lia Riley
    Our heroine Tuesday Knight (yep, that’s her name!) has been chewed up and spat out by New York City’s Broadway scene. The now out-of-work actress decides to hightail it down south to Everland, Georgia, where she gets a job as a princess at a historical amusement park. (Tuesday, that, um, actually sounds like a lot of fun!) She soon crosses paths with Beau Marino, the town’s mayor, who brings all of the sexy to the local political landscape. Tuesday doesn’t exactly thrill him at first, being as how she is very free-spirited and he is bitter from his failed marriage. (Dude, lighten up a little!) That said, they both want to save the amusement park. Can they join forces and save the fun—and then REALLY let the good times roll? This is the second book in Riley’s Everland, Georgia series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    All I Want for Halloween, by Marie Harte
    Sadie Liberato is finally ready to let down her hair and have some fun. She goes to a masked costume party feeling fine and frisky. There she meets Gear Blackstone, who is also masked, and let’s just say he’s the kind of guy you want an unobstructed view of. He’s on the rebound thanks to his ex and to his now former best friend. (That’s right, Gear! Let it go and have some fun and move on!) Sadie and Gear end up having the kind of passionate night we would all want to brag about on social media the following morning, but then they disappear from each other’s lives. They can’t forget each other, though, so they each go on their own quest to find the other. (Sadie, I’ve got a rental car, a GPS, and snacks for the road if you need ‘em!) Here’s hoping they find each other soon—and that they find some more fun uses for those masks! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    His Perfect Partner, by Priscilla Oliveras
    Divorced advertising executive Tomás Garcia is busy doing the single dad thing, and so he’s not exactly focused on finding love again. That said, he’s mega-attracted to Yazmine, his daughter’s gorgeous and awesome dance teacher. As for Yazmine, well, Tomás is tastier than most men. She’s not into his whole workaholic side, but she soon realizes that Tomás has quite a bit of love to give. (And Yazmine, have you SEEN his body?!) They’ve each got some issues they need to work through if they’re going to have a happy life together. Here’s hoping they manage to find a balance between work and play—and that they prioritize the play! This is the first book in Oliveras’ Matched to Perfection series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    The Scotsman Who Saved Me, by Hannah Howell
    Emily Stanton and her family were just attacked in the woods. She managed to survive, but she’s very badly injured. The lucky man who finds her is Scotsman Iain MacEnroy. He’s all kinds of handsome, and he’s also a really nice guy, hence the reason he picks Emily right up and treats her wounds. (Oh, Iain, that they raised more men like you!) Emily soon realizes that she wants Iain to kiss everything and make it all better for her for, like, the rest of her life. Trouble is, she’s an Englishwoman with quite the highfalutin background, and he’s a Scot. True, they are both in America now, but their respective pasts are not too far behind either of them. Can these two budding lovebirds flip the birdie on society and proceed to live the lives they want? This is the first book in Howell’s Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    Such a Pretty Girl, by Tess Diamond
    FBI profiler Grace Sinclair loves catching the bad guys, but her newest case is a whole other level of creepy. The victims look like her, and that’s certainly a good reason to keep the average Jane away. But our gal’s a professional, and she’s moving forward with her investigation. It’s going to be a tad more difficult, though, with Special Agent Gavin Walker strutting around. They shared a passionate night two years ago, and then Grace pulled a perfect disappearing act on him. Now he’s been assigned to Grace’s team, and let’s just say no woman would mind having a guy like Gavin grace her cubicle. They soon start to feel all of the feelings for each other again, which is great, because they’re going to have to act fast in order to catch this latest criminal. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/07/06 Permalink
    Tags: , , chasing down a dream, , fuel for fire, , , just the thing, marie harte, , , wired   

    Romance Roundup: Hackers, Self-Defense Instructors, and Small-Town Drama 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a heartbroken lady out to find a new love this Season, an animal shelter worker, and a former Marine looking for a way to ease his pain.

    Wired, by Julie Garwood
    Allison Trent is a part-time model, but her real love is hacking. That’s right, she’s a top-notch hacker with a zest for writing and breaking code. She’s so good, in fact, that FBI agent and Hunk of Our Hearts Liam Scott wants her to do some very sensitive investigative work for him. She turns him down, which of course makes Liam want her and her computer skills even more. (Something tells me they won’t need to worry about imposing that whole No-Electronics-In-The-Bedroom rule.) Allison has some secrets, though, and letting the FBI in on them isn’t exactly part of her life plan. That said, Liam has a face and body that are too tempting for her quicksilver fingers to ignore. Here’s hoping they find some happy middle ground that will involve getting into only the best kind of trouble! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    A New Leash on Love, by Debbie Burns
    Megan Anderson has a dream job at a no-kill animal shelter. (Megan, how and where can we make a donation?!) Her job brings her in touch with Craig Williams. He’s the kind of guy who would do really well starring in mattress commercials. He’s a little stressed out at the moment, but one meeting with Megan makes him think that life could get much better quite soon. Megan isn’t really into him, though, at least not at first, but she soon starts to have many mattress-related thoughts about him. Here’s hoping they get to know each other really soon, and that they move into a big house with lots of land that will accommodate their many babies—both human and animal! This is the first book in Burns’ Rescue Me series, which is perfect for romance readers who are passionate about saving their furry friends. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

    Just the Thing, by Marie Harte
    Gavin Donnigan isn’t feeling so great. He’s got the super-duper guilty feels about the deaths he witnessed while in the Marine Corps. He is trying to find some catharsis by teaching a self-defense class. (Gavin, will you help us all work on our fighting stance? Or our form? Whatever brings you closer, really. Thanks!) One of his new students might make everything a whole lot better. Zoe York is getting over the death of her twin sister (sending major hugs your way, Zoe!), and the mere sight of Gavin is already making her heart beat a lot faster. Can these two find comfort and true love with each other—and share some exceptionally sexy times together? This is the second book in Harte’s Donnigans series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    Fuel for Fire, by Julie Ann Walker
    Covert operative Dagan Zoelner and CIA agent Chelsea Duvall have had the feelings for each other for quite some time. They have yet to act on their feelings, though, which they mistakenly think might be for the best. (Our gal Chelsea, for one, knows a thing or two about Dagan’s past that may not bode well for his life and career.) The thing is, they are actually quite perfect for each other. Chelsea and Dagan, just think of all the super-duper awesome missions you can go on together! And when you have kids, you can teach them everything you know. It’ll become a thriving family enterprise! This is the latest book in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series, which features hot guys who know motorcycles and often go on dangerous government missions. Vroom! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 4.)

    The Wicked Heir, by Elizabeth Michels
    Lady Isabelle Fairlyn is dealing with some major heartbreak: The love of her life has just been betrothed to her twin sister. She’s now on a mission to find a new guy before the end of the Season, and she specifically wants someone who is really good at dancing, plus a good dresser. (No offense, Isabelle, but these qualities do not always maketh a hot manly man.) Then she meets Fallon St. James, a dishy hunk who is the head of the Spare Heirs club. He needs to keep his activities on the down low, so being out and about in public courting someone like Isabelle isn’t his best option. But then she starts to get the flirts from a shady guy, and Fallon realizes that he really wants to win the new lady of his heart. This is the third book in Michels’ Spare Heirs series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

    Chasing Down a Dream, by Beverly Jenkins
    The town of Henry Adams, Kansas is brimming with joys and dramas, highs and lows. Tamar July’s cousin is about to die, and Tamar has been asked to help arrange the funeral. (Tamar and her family don’t exactly have the best relationship, so this might be a tad difficult.) Gemma wants to adopt two children—a brother and sister who were found on the side of a road after a storm, poor babies!—but she is told that as a white woman she cannot adopt African American children. Then we’ve got Jack and Rocky, who are about to get some help in planning their wedding. So much to do in so little time, so grab your favorite reading blanket and ignore the outside world! This is the latest book in Jenkins’ Blessings series, which is perfect for romance readers who want to get cozy with some small-town happenings. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 4.)

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