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  • Cristina Merrill 3:39 pm on 2018/11/27 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Magical Wedding Dresses, Christmas Romances, and Dog Lovers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a widow who falls for a younger man, a tiger shifter who wants to protect his people and his woman, and a lady who loses her heart to a baseball player and a cuddly Husky.

    Someone to Trust, by Mary Balogh
    Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, is a widow, and she decides her next step will be to find another suitable husband of whom society will approve and will have a respectable name and BOOOOORRRIIIIING!!! (Elizabeth, we would not judge you AT ALL for wanting to kick up your heels a bit!) She meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges at a Christmas party and the two soon form a bit of a bond. Oh, and they share a snow-melting kiss. Only thing is, she is nine years older than him, so neither of them really think there’s a future there. (Elizabeth and Colin, stop creating drama where there is no drama!) They reunite during London’s next Season, and let’s just say that neither of them has forgotten the other. All it takes is one waltz for them to realize that an age difference doesn’t matter and that they’d like to be nekkid together for many years to come! This is the fifth book in Balogh’s Westcott series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Keep You Close, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorite stories in one! In “Night Shift,” late-night radio announcer Cilla O’Roarke is in major trouble thanks to a creepy caller. Detective Boyd Fletcher is on the case, and let’s just say no woman would mind having him on her side in a jam. (Or on top of her. Or under. Any way would work, really.) Boyd is eager to do his job, but he is also eager to get to know our gal better and perhaps arrange a more permanent romantic situation. In “Night Moves,” Maggie Fitzgerald used to live a very fast-paced life. Then it all just kind of caught up with her and left her broken-hearted, so she decides to isolate herself for a bit. (Maggie, if you need/want book recommendations, we’ve got tons!) She meets landscaper Cliff Delaney, who likes to keep things nice and trim in just about every aspect of his life expect for the bedroom. Is Maggie about to get the peace and tranquility she’s looking for, along with a super duper yummy guy? (Available in paperback on November 27.)

    The Man You’ll Marry: An Anthology, by Debbie Macomber
    Two more fan favorites in one volume! So there’s this wedding dress, right? And basically when a single lady comes in contact with this wedding dress, the next guy she meets turns out to be the man she’s destined to be with forever. In “The First Man You Meet,” Shelly Hansen is absolutely terrified when she receives her great-aunt’s wedding dress because, quite frankly, she wanted to stay independent and never marry. Then she meets Mark Brady, who makes her feel all kinds of feelings. (Shelly, you can still be yourself AND be married! Open yourself to all of the possibilities!) In “The Man You Marry,” Jill Morrison receives that same dress from a friend when she’s in Hawaii. Now, Jill has already met Jordan Wilcox, who – and we’re being totally honest here – is a big crankypants who would benefit greatly from Jill’s love. As for Jill, she doesn’t think he’s meant to be The One, but then she realizes she just might be able to turn his [many, many] frowns upside down! (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    Tiger’s Claim, by Celia Kyle
    Jaguar shifter Stella Moore is on a mission to take down an anti-shifter organization that did horrible things to her family. (If there’s one thing the world should know about our gal, it’s that no one messes with her family and gets away with it!) A wrench is thrown in her plans, however, and that wrench takes the chiseled form of billionaire playboy Cole Turner. Cole is a tiger shifter, and he is on his own mission, one that involves protecting his kind. Cole and Stella need to escape to a tropical island and pretend to be lovers in order for their mission to succeed, which sounds like the most win-win situation of all the win-win situations on the planet. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat their enemies and that they also manage to make sweet, sweet love (multiple times) along the way. This is the second book in Kyle’s Shifter Rogues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    You Had Me at Cowboy, by Jennie Marts
    Rancher Mason James is sick and tired of women using him to get to his brother, Rock, who left the family ranch to play professional hockey. (This family is clearly gifted with exceptional genes!) But Mason’s guarded heart melts when he meets Tessa Kane at his brother’s wedding. Little does Mason know that Tessa is a reporter trying to get a scoop on his brother, and little does Tessa realize how hard she’s going to fall for Mason. (Ah, gotta love it when two sexy people don’t realize at first just how gosh darn perfect they are for each other!) Tessa, we hope you still manage to get a scoop that will help your career. And Mason, we hope you won’t be too upset with Tessa – and that you show her why so many women were fools to go after your brother instead of you! This is the second book in Marts’ Cowboys of Creedence series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Fatal Invasion, by Marie Force
    Washington, DC’s hottest married couple, Lieutenant Sam Holland and Vice President Nick Cappuano, are back in action! Our gal Sam has quite the tragic case on her hands – a home was invaded, and the and eyewitnesses are five-year-old twins. Sam has a big heart, and she’s determined to do everything she can to help these tiny cuties. (Sam, you are a hero to us all!) To make matters worse, Sam’s sergeant colleague is battling some inner demons, and so he’s not totally fit to serve and protect at the moment. Sam is doing everything she can to keep it all together. Fortunately, her husband Nick is the total package: smart, kind-hearted, supportive, and all kinds of yummy. Nick, you help your woman get through this latest round of job-related drama! And when it’s over, make sure she gets all of the flowers and the spa day she deserves! This is the latest book in Force’s Fatal series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    The Duke That I Marry, by Cathy Maxwell
    Miss Willa Reverly may be an heiress with tons of moolah, but she would much rather stay single than marry for any reason other than love. (Good for you, Willa! Follow your heart and never settle!) She ends up becoming promised to Matthew Addison, the Duke of Camberly. He has quite a bit on his plate. His newly-inherited estate is broke, for one, and his bride-to-be, Willa, is a tad too demanding. (Matthew, what Willa wants are called “feelings.” She wants you to feel loving emotions. For her. In your heart. And other places, of course.) Willa and Matthew are going to have to overcome many obstacles before they can enjoy their happy ending, so here’s hoping they realize they are better together than apart! This is the third book in Maxwell’s Spinster Heiresses series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    A Duke Changes Everything, by Christy Carlyle
    Nicholas Lyon worked—and gambled—really, really hard to amass his wealth and acquire a London gentlemen’s club. Then his evil brother dies, which leaves Nicholas to inherit his family’s estate. Nicholas does NOT want the estate. (#awfulupbringing) He just wants to do what he has to do to get rid of it and then go back to his life in London. He does go back home, though, and there he meets Thomasina Thorne. (Oh, Nicholas, you are in for a major treat!) She’s the steward of the estate, and while we can’t imagine she enjoyed working for Nicholas’ brother, she still likes working and doesn’t want to lose her job now that the new heir is in town. (Thomasina, major kudos to you and to all of the hard-working women of every time period!) Thomasina wants Nicholas to change his mind, and Nicholas wants to get out of dodge. Nicholas, please sort out your priorities and see what a gem you have found in Thomasina! This is the first book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 27.)

    Coming Home for Christmas, by Fern Michaels
    Three holiday stories in one! In “Silver Bells,” movie star Amy Lee decides to ditch her Hollywood life for the holidays and go back home to Apple Valley, Pennsylvania. (Sounds quiet! And idyllic!) She ends up reconnecting with her high school boyfriend, and let’s just say he’s aged very, very well. In “Snow Angels,” Olympic skier Max Jorgenson gets an unexpected surprise when social worker Grace Landry ends up finding refuge in his log cabin. (Oh, Max, you can make your way into our Olympic Village any day of the week!) Here’s hoping Max has a nice bottle of wine and a big fire going on! In “Holiday Magic,” ski shop manager Stephanie Marshall is on the market – for a bonus. She wants to put a down payment on a house for her and her daughters. Will her hunky boss Eddie O’Brien give her a helping hand? And steamy kisses for the rest of their lives together? (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

    My Forever Home, by Debbie Burns

    Tess Grasso may have dropped out of veterinary school, but that will NOT stop her from following her dream of owning a pet therapy business. (Don’t give up on your dreams, Tess!) She decides to work for a bit at a no-kill animal shelter. Here, she meets Mason Redding, a baseball player who is recovering from a major accident. He doesn’t want to share too much about himself these days, because he may have done something bad, but he soon realizes he wants to share his whole life with Tess. Plus, a really cute stray Husky dog enters the picture, which quickens their friendship. Tess and Mason, just bare your souls—and bodies—to each other and realize that you’re perfect for each other and that you need to band together and give that adorable Husky a loving home! This is the third book in Burns’ Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 27.)

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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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