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  • Cristina Merrill 7:49 pm on 2018/10/09 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Spunky Widows, Layover Flings, and Manly Mannies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a manny who falls for the mom of his latest charges, two strangers who start a fling during a long layover, and a rich guy who goes bride hunting in London and falls for a widow.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry Smith is delightfully busy this holiday season. She’s got family to look after, decorations to hang up, and many, many Christmas treats to bake. (Merry, we’ll help you!) She’s also doing the temp thing at a consulting firm, so this is a good time to disengage from her demanding boss whenever she has a chance. (We certainly feel for you, Merry!) She doesn’t really have time to date, so her mother and brother take it upon themselves to create an online dating profile for her. They leave out her photo, though, because they have some semblance of boundaries. Merry soon starts trading emojis with a kindhearted dude online, but when she realizes who it is, she’s not exactly thrilled. Will she give him a Christmas chance? (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    A Very Special Christmas, by Mary Balogh
    This is a collection of some of the author’s Christmas romances, and boy does it deliver! The main story in this collection is “A Christmas Bride.” Super duper wealthy guy Edgar Downes has GOT to find a bride, mainly because he promised his aging father that he would. He decides to hightail it to London, which is filled with eligible ladies on the husband hunt. He’s not interested in the childish debutantes, though. Instead, he meets and falls for a widow, the beautiful Helena, Lady Stapleton. (She was wearing a red dress when they first met, and let’s just say that no one in London can pull off that color quite like our gal!) Helena and Edgar are from two very different social classes, though. He’s rich and she’s, well, not rich. Oh, fie on those crusty upper crust people, you two, and follow your hearts into the sack and down the altar! (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Covert Game, by Christine Feehan
    Gino Mazza and Zara Hightower are involved in some pretty intense dealings. Gino is a deadly member of the paranormal GhostWalkers group, and he suffers from a severe lack of cuddling. Zara recently wiped a crime lord’s computer of valuable information—because she’s amazing like that—but now she’s been taken hostage. Her situation isn’t pretty, so Gino’s going to have to do some fancy footwork in order to get her out. (He’s already quite fancy in the sack, so we’re confident he’s got plenty of other skills up his sleeve.) Zara and Gino, now’s the time to show the world what you’re made of, so suit up and get yourselves out of this very bad situation! And when it’s over, get yourselves off on a little getaway that involves a remote tropical bungalow, yoga, and a no-clothing policy. This is the fourteenth book in Feehan’s GhostWalkers series. (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Mutts and Mistletoe, by Natalie Cox
    Our gal Charlie isn’t having the smoothest of Christmas seasons. Her apartment was just obliterated by a gas leak, her boyfriend ditched her for his personal trainer and her mom is gallivanting with Husband Number We’ve Lost Track At This Point. Needless to say, Charlie is physically and emotionally drained. (Charlie, we are SO bringing you a vat of delicious, hot soup!) She decides to spend the holidays at Cozy Canine Cottages, a doggy day care center that belongs to her cousin. She’s not a puppy person, but she’s got nowhere else to go. The dogs are driving Charlie a tad bonkers, but Charlie ends up getting some much-needed help from Cal, an exasperating but panty-melting sexy local vet. Will Charlie’s bad situation settle down? Will she learn to embrace the wonders of puppy love? And when the dogs have finally gone to sleep for the night, will Charlie and Cal engage in some good old-fashioned Christmas Eve-romping? (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Fight or Flight, by Samantha Young
    Ava Breevort is working really hard to keep it together. She just buried her best friend in Phoenix, and all she wanted for her flight back to Boston was a seat in first class. That last seat, though, ends up being taken by Caleb Scott, a Scotsman who is as arrogant as he is sexy. They end up having some very fun times during a layover, and they continue said fun times when Caleb ends up in Boston, where Ava lives. Oh, and it turns out, Caleb is not the jerky kind of guy Ava thought he was. Deep, deep down, far below that cranky, gruff, can’t-nobody-tie-me-down exterior, beats the heart of a kind and passionate man who needs and wants more hugs. Caleb ends up moving to Boston, so here’s hoping they manage to work out their differences and build something long-lasting! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Misadventures with a Manny, by Toni Aleo
    Our heroine Vera Woods has three sons – and her husband just abandoned them all for the nanny. Making matters worse, her three boys are not the easiest little guys to take care of. They’ve gone through six replacement nannies, and things are just not looking up. Vera ends up finding the help she needs through Lincoln Scott, a manny with many years of experience. The family he worked for during the past six years has just moved to Germany, so he’s out of a job. He and Vera need each other, and they soon realize they also want each other. Quite badly. (To be clear: Lincoln is a manny. He does NOT have a Dad Bod.) Vera and Lincoln, you make sure to have lots of fun together as you get to know each other – ya now, after the kids are put to sleep! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 9.)  

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2018/05/01 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Second Chance Love, Forgers, and Fake Boyfriends 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes couples getting a second chance at love, a woman trying to take care of her siblings, and two shifters who embark on quite the adventure.

    Someone to Care, by Mary Balogh
    Romance readers who want more silver foxes in their stories will love this yarn! It’s been two years since Viola Kingsley lost everything. She was the wife of an earl, but then she and her kids found out that said earl had a secret life—and wife—and so they were stripped of everything. (Yeah, it’s been pretty rough sailing. Viola, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to drown your sorrows in lots and lots of gin.) It’s sad, BUT she’s also now a free woman, and she crosses paths with Marcel Lamarr, the Marquess of Dorchester. He’s done the womanizing thing ever since his wife died, but Viola was always one woman who never succumbed to his very sexy ways. Now, more than twenty years after they first met, the timing is perfect, and the two of them start to get to know each other MUCH better. Marcel and Viola, the two of you only got better with age, so go forth and enjoy this new chapter of your lives together! This is the fourth book in Balogh’s Westcott Family series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 1.)

    A Duke Like No Other, by Valerie Bowman
    General Mark Grimaldi has worked extremely hard to succeed in his military career. (He doesn’t come from a noble background, for one, so he had to be three times as good as his more blue-blooded comrades.) Now he’s about to get a major promotion. The only thing is, the powers that be want him to be married before he gets it. What they don’t know is that Mark already has a wife. Nicole Huntington Grimaldi and her husband have been separated for ten years—and that’s been just fine by them. (Nicole, did Mark not have the muscles back then that he does now? Because you should REALLY get a glimpse of him in his current state!) Mark asks her to step up her acting game and pretend to be his adoring wife. Will they realize they’re still crazy about each other and proceed to make lots and lots of babies? This is the ninth book in Bowman’s Playful Brides series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 1.)

    A.L.F.A. Instincts, by Milly Taiden
    Two stories in one! In “Dangerous Mating,” agent Kari Tomlin is part of a shifter team searching for undercover shifter agent Bryon Day. (He’s been missing for a few months, so they’re all determined to find him one way or another.) Her efforts get her trapped in a dungeon, and her new dungeon mate is none other than Bryon. Will they get out of this alive? And will they get a chance to get to know each other really, really well, preferably after a shower and a hot meal? In “Fearless Mating,” shifter director Josh Tumbel needs to protect his people from shifter Candy Obermier. She works for the U.S. government, and let’s just say her boss is looking at the A.L.F.A. agency with dollar signs in the eyes. This is all rather annoying, and made worse by A.L.F.A. headquarters being taken hostage. Here’s hoping everyone makes it out okay—and that Josh and Candy realize that the other is not so bad! This is the second book in Taiden’s A.L.F.A. series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 1.)

    The Luck of the Bride, by Janna MacGregor
    March Lawson has been committing forgery for the past eight years—and for good reason. She’s had to raise her siblings ever since their parents died, and the man who holds her inheritance hasn’t released the funds. So she’s been forging his signature because she’s got mouths to feed. Then she meets this evil, non-fund-releasing man, and he turns out to be devastatingly handsome and charming. Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin, is NOT thrilled that his name has been forged, like, a lot (but who’s counting, right, buddy?). He also feels extremely guilty. (No offense, Michael, but serves you right! Our gal has had it rough.) He’s willing to show March what love is, not to mention a GREAT time in the boudoir. Can he find it in his heart to let it go? (Dude, just pretend she scribbled something and it happened to look like your name.) This is the third book in MacGregor’s Cavensham Heiresses series. (Available in paperback on May 1.)

    The Only Thing, by Marie Harte
    Hope Donnigan has a lovely life—good job, good friends, and so forth—but her mom is a tad overbearing. She doesn’t approve of Hope’s lifestyle, and wishes her daughter at least had a boyfriend. So yeah, Hope needs a fake boyfriend fast. (Hope, we’ll find you some suitable candidates yesterday!) Hope finds a willing participant in tattoo artist J.T. Webster. They met months ago at her sister’s wedding, and he fell for her pretty hard, so he’s not above the idea of faking a relationship with our gal. Then the two of them start to fall for each other for real, which means they might just live happily ever after and Hope’s mom can finally start planning a wedding. (Don’t worry, Hope. We won’t tell her the truth!) This is the third book in Harte’s Donnigans series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Caught Up in a Cowboy, by Jennie Marts
    Rockford James grew up loving two things: horses and hockey. He was drafted into the NHL, and that career was going just fine and dandy until he got injured. (It’s okay, Rockford! We all still want to wear your jersey!) Now he’s back in his hometown and eager to put the ranch he grew up on back in order. (We’ll all help you, Rockford! Shall we talk business on a clean haystack?) Oh, and he’s reconnected with Quinn Rivers, his high school sweetheart. She’s a grown up, single mom now, and she still gets the knee shakes when she sees Rockford. She wants to avoid getting tangled up with him, but, yeah, that’s just not going to happen. (Can’t say we blame you, Quinn. We’re sure Rockford looks amazing, especially when he’s wearing nothing but a cowboy hat!) This is the first book in Marts’ Cowboys of Creedence series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 1.)

    What romance novels are you excited to read this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2018/05/01 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Second Chance Love, Forgers, and Fake Boyfriends 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes couples getting a second chance at love, a woman trying to take care of her siblings, and two shifters who embark on quite the adventure.

    Someone to Care, by Mary Balogh
    Romance readers who want more silver foxes in their stories will love this yarn! It’s been two years since Viola Kingsley lost everything. She was the wife of an earl, but then she and her kids found out that said earl had a secret life—and wife—and so they were stripped of everything. (Yeah, it’s been pretty rough sailing. Viola, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to drown your sorrows in lots and lots of gin.) It’s sad, BUT she’s also now a free woman, and she crosses paths with Marcel Lamarr, the Marquess of Dorchester. He’s done the womanizing thing ever since his wife died, but Viola was always one woman who never succumbed to his very sexy ways. Now, more than twenty years after they first met, the timing is perfect, and the two of them start to get to know each other MUCH better. Marcel and Viola, the two of you only got better with age, so go forth and enjoy this new chapter of your lives together! This is the fourth book in Balogh’s Westcott Family series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 1.)

    A Duke Like No Other, by Valerie Bowman
    General Mark Grimaldi has worked extremely hard to succeed in his military career. (He doesn’t come from a noble background, for one, so he had to be three times as good as his more blue-blooded comrades.) Now he’s about to get a major promotion. The only thing is, the powers that be want him to be married before he gets it. What they don’t know is that Mark already has a wife. Nicole Huntington Grimaldi and her husband have been separated for ten years—and that’s been just fine by them. (Nicole, did Mark not have the muscles back then that he does now? Because you should REALLY get a glimpse of him in his current state!) Mark asks her to step up her acting game and pretend to be his adoring wife. Will they realize they’re still crazy about each other and proceed to make lots and lots of babies? This is the ninth book in Bowman’s Playful Brides series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 1.)

    A.L.F.A. Instincts, by Milly Taiden
    Two stories in one! In “Dangerous Mating,” agent Kari Tomlin is part of a shifter team searching for undercover shifter agent Bryon Day. (He’s been missing for a few months, so they’re all determined to find him one way or another.) Her efforts get her trapped in a dungeon, and her new dungeon mate is none other than Bryon. Will they get out of this alive? And will they get a chance to get to know each other really, really well, preferably after a shower and a hot meal? In “Fearless Mating,” shifter director Josh Tumbel needs to protect his people from shifter Candy Obermier. She works for the U.S. government, and let’s just say her boss is looking at the A.L.F.A. agency with dollar signs in the eyes. This is all rather annoying, and made worse by A.L.F.A. headquarters being taken hostage. Here’s hoping everyone makes it out okay—and that Josh and Candy realize that the other is not so bad! This is the second book in Taiden’s A.L.F.A. series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 1.)

    The Luck of the Bride, by Janna MacGregor
    March Lawson has been committing forgery for the past eight years—and for good reason. She’s had to raise her siblings ever since their parents died, and the man who holds her inheritance hasn’t released the funds. So she’s been forging his signature because she’s got mouths to feed. Then she meets this evil, non-fund-releasing man, and he turns out to be devastatingly handsome and charming. Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin, is NOT thrilled that his name has been forged, like, a lot (but who’s counting, right, buddy?). He also feels extremely guilty. (No offense, Michael, but serves you right! Our gal has had it rough.) He’s willing to show March what love is, not to mention a GREAT time in the boudoir. Can he find it in his heart to let it go? (Dude, just pretend she scribbled something and it happened to look like your name.) This is the third book in MacGregor’s Cavensham Heiresses series. (Available in paperback on May 1.)

    The Only Thing, by Marie Harte
    Hope Donnigan has a lovely life—good job, good friends, and so forth—but her mom is a tad overbearing. She doesn’t approve of Hope’s lifestyle, and wishes her daughter at least had a boyfriend. So yeah, Hope needs a fake boyfriend fast. (Hope, we’ll find you some suitable candidates yesterday!) Hope finds a willing participant in tattoo artist J.T. Webster. They met months ago at her sister’s wedding, and he fell for her pretty hard, so he’s not above the idea of faking a relationship with our gal. Then the two of them start to fall for each other for real, which means they might just live happily ever after and Hope’s mom can finally start planning a wedding. (Don’t worry, Hope. We won’t tell her the truth!) This is the third book in Harte’s Donnigans series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Caught Up in a Cowboy, by Jennie Marts
    Rockford James grew up loving two things: horses and hockey. He was drafted into the NHL, and that career was going just fine and dandy until he got injured. (It’s okay, Rockford! We all still want to wear your jersey!) Now he’s back in his hometown and eager to put the ranch he grew up on back in order. (We’ll all help you, Rockford! Shall we talk business on a clean haystack?) Oh, and he’s reconnected with Quinn Rivers, his high school sweetheart. She’s a grown up, single mom now, and she still gets the knee shakes when she sees Rockford. She wants to avoid getting tangled up with him, but, yeah, that’s just not going to happen. (Can’t say we blame you, Quinn. We’re sure Rockford looks amazing, especially when he’s wearing nothing but a cowboy hat!) This is the first book in Marts’ Cowboys of Creedence series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 1.)

    What romance novels are you excited to read this week?

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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2018/02/27 Permalink
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    Romance Spring Preview: 24 of Our Most Anticipated Novels 

    Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but Spring will soon be here! There is no better time for romance to bloom than when the frost thaws and our world starts to become sunnier, hotter…you get the idea. Here are 25 of our most anticipated romances coming this season.

    February

    The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand (February 20)
    It’s a tale as old as time: twins who couldn’t be more different, find themselves living a life where the grass is always greener, and learning something in the process. Harper is low-key, relaxed…and a complete romantic disaster. Tabitha is dignified, with a high standard for taste (and the debt to match)…not to mention a teenage daughter she can’t reign in. By switching islands and living the other sister’s life, they find a way to bury the resentments of the past, and both find hope for the future.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas (February 20)
    Garrett Gibson has never taken no for an answer—that’s how she became a doctor in an age and a society where women were discouraged from doing anything of the sort. She may be daring, but she’s never taken a risk in matters of the heart…until she meets Ethan Ransom, a detective for Scotland Yard, and gives into the throes of passion. But when she is pulled into a dangerous case, the stakes are raised, and she could lose more than her heart.

    A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole (February 27)
    We’ve all gotten strange emails claiming we’re betrothed to an overseas prince, right? Naledi Smith knows they’re a scam, and one she doesn’t have time for. But in this case, they’re true: Prince Thabiso has been looking for the missing girl he was supposed to marry—and when he meets Naledi, she thinks he’s nothing but a regular person like her. And so he decides to play along, believing he can convince her to love the man behind the crown.

    The Marquis and I, by Ella Quin (February 27)
    Charlotte has been kidnapped, thanks to her brother-in-law’s recklessness (and the enemies he made as a result). But then she is rescued by a man even more unscrupulous, and her reputation is in tatters. She wants nothing to do with Constantine, the Marquis who rescued her…but he is determined to win her heart.

    The Sins of Lord Lockwood, by Meredith Duran (February 27)
    Liam is on a quest for revenge after his wedding to Anna was taken from him thanks to a conspiracy. But Anna has not given up on the man she loves, despite his pleas to leave him to his life of vengeance.

    March

    A Rogue of Her Own, by Grace Burrowes (March 6)
    Miss Charlotte Windham has no intention of ever marrying, and the best way to ensure that no one would ever want to marry her is a simple scandal. Lucas Sherborne is the perfect man to rope into her plan—but instead, thanks to his own desires to marry a woman of influence and wealth, they end up at the altar instead. A marriage neither one of them truly wanted turns into a love they never knew they needed.

    Ashes on the Moor, by Sarah M. Eden (March 6)
    It is 1871, and Evangeline has been sent by her grandfather to a small mill town to teach—and if she fails, she will never see her inheritance or her younger sister, the last family she has left, again. She keeps her upper-class status a secret as she finds a community in the town, bonding with Dermot, an Irish brick mason and his son…but when her secret is revealed, she must piece together the unraveling threads of her life to find a happy ending.

    High Voltage, by Karen Marie Moning (March 6)
    The Fever series continues with Dani protecting the people of Dublin against the forces of evil gathering strength beneath the surface. Her bond with Ryodan is stronger than ever, but even the immortal cannot protect her from the horrors from her past.

    With This Man, by Jodi Ellen Malpas (March 20)
    Jesse Ward is back in the new installment in this erotic romance series, and his entire world is rocked thanks to a tragic accident. Jesse and Ava were happy. But then she ends up in the hospital, and they aren’t sure she’s going to make it. Which would be bad enough…except that when she does pull through, she cannot remember him. Or anything about the last sixteen years. So Jesse is once again given a problem he might not be able to conquer: seducing his wife, and proving to her that the last sixteen years are worth remembering.

    Accidental Heroes, by Danielle Steele (March 20)
    Someone on plane A321 is going to do something terrible, and only Homeland Security agent Ben Waterman can figure out who, and how to stop them in time. In this thriller, a TSA agent informs him of a suspicious postcard with a mysterious message, and together they must rise to the occasion and become heroes to save the day.

    His Wicked Charm, by Candace Camp (March 27)
    Lilah hates Constantine Moreland. To make things worse, his twin brother married her best friend. But when his sisters are kidnapped, she helps him on the case and discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

    Hurts to Love You, by Alisha Rai (March 27)
    Evangeline Chandler is an heiress, which means she knows the rules: don’t embarrass the family, don’t reveal your true feelings, and don’t hook up with the help. But she can’t help the attraction she feels for Gabriel, even if they can never be together. That is, until they find themselves unable to stop being together.

    Twice Bitten, by Lynsay Sands (March 27)
    Elspeth Argeneau has been alive for almost two centuries, but it’s only after getting away from her very controlling mother that she feels like she can start to experience life. Between hunting vampires, she can certainly find time for a fling. Especially with a guy who has no idea what she is.

    April

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward (April 10)
    The Black Dagger Brotherhood saga continues with the story of Sola Morte, a human woman—and former criminal—who is trying to reform herself and live the life she needs to in order to keep her grandmother safe. What she doesn’t need is a distraction, especially from Assail, the only man she’s ever truly felt something for…though she doesn’t know the truth that he is a vampire, and deals in arms with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But when his life is in danger, Sola must risk it all to bring them together again.

    Natural Blonde Instincts, by Jill Shalvis (April 16)
    After trying to do her own thing, Kenna has decided it’s time to join the family business and prove herself capable of taking the reigns. The problem? Her boss is hot, powerful, and not falling for her feminine wiles.

    The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens (April 24)
    The titular character of this historical romance is loyal only to those closest to him—for everyone else, his top priority has always been his finances. But when an investment falls through, he is torn between seeking restitution for his losses…and seeking the heart of a brilliant woman.

    A Devil of a Duke, by Madeline Hunter (April 24)
    Gabriel is a rake of the first order, used to getting everything he wants from the world, and from women. Which is why it’s incredibly frustrating to be falling for—and bedding—a woman who will give him her body, but not her name or her heart.

    May

    A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas (May 1)
    A continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, this story bridges the initial three novels with the latter tales in the series. Feyre and Rhysand are rebuilding their world following a devastating conflict: love, war, loyalty, and friendship collide for another adventure in the world of the High Fae.

    Someone to Care, by Mary Balogh (May 1)
    Viola has not been able to move on from the shame and trauma of being stripped of her title after the death of her Earl husband. Not the young debutante she once was, but not ready for the grave, either, Viola isn’t sure where she fits…until she finds herself falling for the Marquess of Dorchester, a notorious rake…and a man worth risking her limited standing in society for.

    The World of All Souls, by Deborah Harkness (May 8)
    There is much more to the story of Oxford historian and witch Diana Bishop and time-traveling vampire Matthew Clairmont…and this guide to the world in which they met and fell in love reveals all!

    The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews (May 8)
    In this perfect early-spring beach read, a woman is given an arduous task by an aging heiress: find the descendants of her long-deceased friends, with whom she was not able to make amends before they died, and bring them together.

    The Other Lady Vanishes, by Amanda Quick (May 8)
    1930’s California is a place of beauty and danger when a woman escapes from a sanitarium and starts a new life, only to be tempted by a widowed businessman and drawn into a murder mystery.

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London (May 16)
    Lottie is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her home safe, including taking her Highland clan to the ocean for illegal whiskey sales and holding a captain from a rival clan captive after an attack on her vessel. Aulay never thought he’d let himself get bound by a woman’s heart, and yet he can’t help but want to possess Lottie as much as he wants her ship.

    Too Wilde to Wed, by Eloisa James (May 29)
    Since being jilted, North went to war and cultivated a reputation for being ill-suited to marriage. But he doesn’t know that his almost-bride, Diana, never intended to hurt him, and her reputation has paid a price as well.

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  • Tara Sonin 5:00 pm on 2018/02/22 Permalink
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    A Romance (or Two!) For Every Astrological Sign 

    Do you believe fate is written in the stars? Are you obsessed with learning how the stars will align for your life in any given season? Then this list of Astrology-inspired romances is for you!

    Aries
    Aries signs are strong, full of leadership. They can be heroic and caring, but also impulsive and competitive. They love being the best at things—including, and especially, at winning the hearts of those they admire.  

    Black Dagger Brotherhood, by J. R. Ward
    Wrath is the leader of a group of vampires known as the Black Dagger Brotherhood—and he is set on vengeance against the people who killed his parents. After centuries of violence in pursuit of this goal, he meets a woman who will make him wonder if fighting for love is better than fighting for revenge.

    Forged in Steele, by Maya Banks
    Nothing says Aries more than military background fighters who work beyond the confines of the US Government, right? In this sexy novel, Steele leads his team on dangerous missions, protecting his heart in a thick layer of ice. Until he meets Maren, a doctor he cannot stop himself from wanting to protect, despite the secret he knows she is keeping.

    Taurus
    Known for being organized, supportive people, Taurus signs are ruled by the “Earth” element. They are patient and romantic, but can have a stubborn side, especially when it comes to the security of those they love. (Also, they can have a streak for indulging in the finer things in life!)

    A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
    Diana is a scholar at the top of her game…and a reluctant witch at the center of a grand conspiracy. She knows she should stay away from Matthew, a vampire and supposed enemy of her kind, but when she discovers that all of the supernatural world is after her because she possesses a dangerous document that could shake their order, she turns to him for protection.

    A Darker Shade of Magic, by Victoria Schwab
    Kell is one of the last Atari, a magical being with the ability to travel between worlds. He is essential to keeping the balance of magic between the worlds…but when he cannot help himself from stealing an item that does not belong in his world and the consequences prove fatal, he must risk it all to right the wrong before it claims the lives of those he loves.

    Gemini
    Geminis do not respond well to authority. They are adventurous and fun, but always like to be on the winning side of any debate. Some might call them judgmental, but that’s what makes their wit so striking.

    The Wolf and the Dove, by Kathleen Woodiwiss
    Aislinn’s home has been ravaged by a conqueror in this medieval romance. He is strong and courageous, but responsible for so much pain…and yet, she finds herself drawn to him even as she vows to destroy him.

    Hate to Want You, by Alisha Rai
    For one night every year, Livvy and Nicholas share a night of passion…even though their families hate one another. That is, until Livvy reneged on the deal, and something changed. But suddenly she is back, and Nicholas finds himself craving answers just as much as he continues to crave her.

    Cancer
    Nurturers, homebodies, and romantics—that’s who Cancers are. Sure, they may be prone to gossip and competition, but their hearts are incredibly sensitive and loyal to those they trust. (Just don’t break that trust, or else.)

    Yours Until Dawn, by Teresa Medeiros
    Samantha is a nurse charged with healing a fallen soldier back to health, but her task is difficult. Gabriel lost his sight, the woman he loved, and his place in the world. But her determination and care slowly brings him into the light, and into the arms of a woman who loves him like no other.

    Flowers from the Storm, by Laura Kinsale
    A classic story of love through pain and hardship, Maddy Timms finds herself in the unique position of being the only one who can save the dangerous, fascinating Duke of Jervaulx from himself.

    Leo
    Leos have a love of honesty that can get them in trouble. Sometimes jealous, often generous, Leos command attention and energy wherever they go. Named after the lion, it won’t surprise you to learn that Leos are natural leaders.

    Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
    Noble, proud, and heroic, Jamie Fraser embodies all of the qualities above…as does his love, Claire, who finds herself thrown into a different time and forced to marry the Highlander to keep herself safe. Two strong-willed souls battle for dominance in their relationship, but each will sacrifice everything to save the other if need be.

    London’s Perfect Scoundrel, by Loretta Chase
    Evelyn knows that the Marquis of St. Aubyn is not a man who should be trusted, but she needs his help in a mission more important than her pride. Headstrong and refusing to back down even when he denies her, eventually their fiery temperaments give way to flames in their hearts.

    Virgo
    Helpful and hardworking, Virgos are friends to all. Known for being practical (to the point of being preachy), these Earth signs get a lot of satisfaction out of creating things on their own.

    The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare
    A marriage of convenience is a practical thing to do. So the Duke of Ashbury decides that he will marry Emma Gladstone and employ a set of rules to ensure that they not cross any boundaries he isn’t prepared for. But Emma wants more than just a convenient marriage, she wants passion, and love…and their battle of wills will not cease until she gets what she wants.

    Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas
    Not wanting to entrap her inheritance in the hands of unscrupulous relatives, Evangeline decides she needs to marry someone who will keep it safe. So she decides to marry Lord St. Vincent, a rake beyond compare, and is determined to make him into the husband she knows she deserves.

    Libra
    The sign of the scales is known to embody balance and partnership, but Libras also have a dramatic side! They are ruled by the planet Venus—the planet of love—so they are often charming and romantic…and are often riled by things they deem unfair.

    If You Deceive, by Kresley Cole
    Ethan MacCarrick’s life was changed rorever when he was beaten and scarred as payment for a crime he was innocent of committing. Paid for by a powerful nobleman, Ethan has decided there will be no justice until he has bankrupted the man. But it still isn’t enough, so he decides fair is fair: he will seduce the man’s daughter, bed her, and then cast her aside, a ruined woman. But soon, he finds himself falling for his target.

    The Serpent Prince, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Simon is a Viscount hell-bent on revenge after being beaten almost to death. But his mission is put on hold while Lucy helps him heal—and when the attackers start to target her as well, he must make a choice between the woman he has grown to love and the fight that could cost them their lives.

    Scorpio
    Scorpios do not take no for an answer. Headstrong, passionate, and motivated by how much they can control both in and outside the bedroom, they are as intense as any romance love interest can get. Their symbol is the scorpion, so their bark can have some bite…but when they are on your side, there’s nothing better.

    The Siren, by Tiffany Reisz
    If a romance as described above is your cup of tea, you must meet Soren and Nora, the protagonists at the heart of the Original Sinners series. Soren is a Dominant, but more than that, he feels an inner need to hurt people (and derives sexual pleasure from it) that he controls by way of BDSM. Nora is his submissive—but she’s also the most prominent Dominatrix at the underground club they both visit. How did this arrangement unfold? You have to read the whole series to learn the full story.

    The Secret, by Julie Garwood
    Iain Maitland, a Highland clan Laird, totally fits this mold. When Judith Hampton meets him as her escort into the Highlands to help a friend give birth, she finds him to be everything her polite society has taught her to fear. Cold, calculating, and strong beyond belief; but eventually Judith’s light begins to warm Iain’s heart.

    Sagittarius
    A Sagittarius will never turn down a dare! These rule-breakers are fun-seeking adventurers you will never have a dull day with.

    The Danger of Desire, by Sabrina Jeffries
    Delia Trevor is the heroine inspired by this zodiac sign; seeking revenge for her brother’s death, she disguises herself as a man to infiltrate high society. Gambling with not only her reputation but her life, she finds herself in danger when the infamous Warren, Marquess of Knightford, recognizes her.

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean
    Gabriel St. John defies all the rules—he’s a known rake, his skills at seduction both admired and reviled in high society. Lady Calpurnia is the opposite: a total rule-follower, but not for long. Since no one wants to marry her anyway, she decides to pursue him, and together, they find a love that dares to break the mold.

    Capricorn
    Ever seen someone with a color-coded planner? They are probably a Capricorn. Known for being ambitious and organized, these folks are rarely quitters. But dedication can be a double-edged sword, as sometimes Capricorns can be cold.  

    To Beguile a Beast, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Helen has made mistakes in the past, but she is determined not to give up and to find a new life for herself. So when she takes a job as the mysterious and reclusive Sir Alistair’s housekeeper and finds him to be as cold and unfeeling as his reputation let on, her work is cut out for her. She isn’t afraid of his scars, or his past, or of what will happen if they fall in love.

    Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters are all still unmarried, which presents a problem for her lower-class family, which still has five children to support. But she is headstrong and refuses to marry for less than true love…and when a man she despises interferes with her sister’s happiness, she knows he is the last man she could ever love.

    Aquarius
    These Air-ruled people are friendly and eccentric, known for being inviting and kind. They always seek to root out injustice where they find it, and are at their best when they have a mission to achieve. But be careful: sometimes having a mission can lead someone on a path towards their own destruction.  

    The Lady Hellion, by Joanna Shupe
    Sophie has never shied away from a good fight: her latest battle is to protect the rights of prostitutes, but no one takes her seriously as a woman. So she decides to dress as a man to command the attention her cause desires…and to get an accomplice in her quest, like Damien Beecham, the only man she trusts to help her despite him having broken her heart months ago.

    Almost a Scandal, by Elizabeth Essex
    Sally Kent’s family has always served in the Navy…but when her brother decides not to, she is determined to take his place, even if she has to disguise herself in order to serve. The problem? She’s distracted by the disarmingly handsome Lieutenant David Colyear, who knows without a doubt that there’s a woman on board his ship whose secret he must keep.

    Pisces
    Fantasy lovers known for having huge imaginations, this Fish sign is always on the lookout for perfect love. But sometimes that can lead them into dangerous situations, where they trust people they shouldn’t.

    The Secret Pearl, by Mary Balogh
    Fleur has resorted to desperate lengths to stay alive and afloat in London society. So when she gets a chance to be a governess and escape a life on the streets, she jumps at the chance…only to find her new employer is the mysterious man who took her to bed one night she could never forget.

    Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn
    Colin Bridgerton is charming, handsome, totally gossip-worthy…and his sister’s best friend, Penelope, has been secretly in love with him for years. When she discovers a secret that changes how she sees him—and Colin’s feelings for her begin to change—will the scandal of his past bring down their romance?

    What’s your sign? And what’s your favorite romance?

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