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  • Cristina Merrill 4:26 pm on 2018/12/21 Permalink
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    The Top 10 Must-Read Romances of 2018 


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    The genre just gets better and better every year.

    2018 was another great year for the romance genre. Authors continued to push the envelope in just about every time period with a wide variety of characters and situations, while television adaptations of beloved stories such as Outlander and Poldark continued to enjoy popularity and appreciation.

    If you’re looking to catch up on your romance reading this holiday season, or even looking for gift ideas for your fellow romance reader, here are some of 2018’s best reads!

    Someone to Trust, by Mary Balogh
    A man falls in love with an older woman in this installment of Balogh’s Westcott Family series. Fans know that Balogh isn’t afraid to explore romance between couples of a certain age. While the vast majority of the romance genre tends to skew younger, focusing on couples in their twenties and thirties, Balogh also gives older characters a chance at finding romance. In this lovely tome, widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield wants to get remarried to a respectable man. She ends up falling for Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, who is nine years younger than her. It seems unlikely that they’ll end up together, but when they meet again a year later they realize that yep, those feelings aren’t going away. Like, ever.

    More to Love, by Alison Bliss
    Professional interests collide in this lovely story, the third in Bliss’ A Perfect Fit series. Jessa Gibson is ready to make her mark on the Granite, Texas food scene with her gourmet food truck. Her only problem is the local health inspector, Max Hager. He seems to have it out for her, constantly accusing her of health code violations, which would be infuriating if he wasn’t so gosh darn sexy. It turns out that he and Jessa have off-the-charts chemistry, which is going to make it really hard for him to reveal who he really is: a man who is NOT a health inspector. (Yes, he has some explaining to do.)

    Shot on Gold, by Jaci Burton
    Two professional athletes get it on in this installment of Burton’s Play-by-Play series. Hockey player Will Madigan and figure skater Amber Sloane are ready to get it on at the Winter Olympics. They are each competing for gold, especially Amber, because it’s her third time there and she plans on retiring after this round. She is mega-focused indeed, but Will really likes the fact that she’s both gorgeous and ambitious and has a life and isn’t a Stage 5 clinger. He’s pursuing her big time, which would normally be a win-win for any woman, but Amber is going to focus no matter what it takes. When the Olympic games are over, they’ll need to figure out whether they want to play games with each other year-round.

    Rancher’s Dream, by B.J. Daniels
    Old lovers reunite in this cowboy-centric story, which is part of Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. Drey Hunter pretty much just had the worst wedding night ever. Her new husband disappeared on her, and now she’s all alone in a mountain cabin. She soon realizes that her life is also in some serious danger, so she gets help from her old flame Hawk Cahill. They were crazy in love once upon a time, and let’s just say that feeling never really went away. He’s as devoted as ever, and she starts to realize she never wants to be parted from him again. Can they solve the mystery and then live their lives together in peace?

    On-Air Passion, by Lindsay Evans
    The first book in Evans’ Clarks of Atlanta series features two people who clash over their very different ideas of love. Elle Marshall is pumped to talk about her dating service, a service that promises to create The Perfect Date for couples, on the radio. Basketball player-turned-radio host Ahmed Clark is NOT an optimist when it comes to L.O.V.E., and he and Elle end up clashing big-time. On the air. Where listeners can listen. These two arguers are so adorably curmudgeonly with each other that the radio station decides to capitalize on their popularity with viewers by arranging a media-friendly date. It doesn’t take them long to realize that they might actually like each other.

    Her Unexpected Valentine, by Sherelle Green
    More professional interests collide in this story, the fifth book in Green’s Bare Sophistication series. Hair and makeup guru Nicole LeBlanc and creative director Kendrick Burrstone only just met, but it soon becomes evident that they have exceptional chemistry together. Kendrick isn’t one for love, though, and he also doesn’t like to get involved with anyone at work. As for Nicole, she wouldn’t mind finding The One, but Kendrick isn’t exactly making things easy. This could have to do with some secrets he has, secrets that involve an extortion plot against him. (Did we mention that he also has a crazy ex-girlfriend?) Indeed, Kendrick and Nicole have a lot to go through together before they’ll be able to find their happily ever after.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas
    Romance readers who appreciate historical heroines ahead of their time will love the fourth book in Kleypas’ Ravenels series. Dr. Garrett Gibson is a lady doctor, and she’s working really hard to help London’s poor. She gets some help from Ethan Ransom, a former detective with whom she decides to have a one-night affair. They decide to stay away from each other after that one night – that one extremely entertaining night – but they are reunited when he has an assignment. They’ll need to work together and work smartly if they’re going to take down a treacherous government. Medical AND political drama, plus two sexy people right in the thick of it? Yes, please!

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London
    And we have another historical heroine story, the fourth one in London’s Highland Grooms series. The livelihood of Lottie Livingstone’s clan rests entirely on her strong, capable shoulders. She has zero time to dilly dally, which is why she leads a scheme that involves taking over Aulay Mackenzie’s ship. This annoys and inconveniences him, to say the least, but he still can’t help admiring Lottie. When authorities start to get involved, and it looks as if they want to lock up Lottie and throw away the key, Aulay will need to evaluate his feelings for her and decide on what he really wants out of life.

    What Ales the Earl, by Sally MacKenzie
    Craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy this particular historical romance. Childhood friends and former lovers Penelope Barnes and Harry Graham are reunited after 10 long years apart. During that time, Penelope honed her beer-making skills, gave birth to and raised their daughter, and endured all kinds of judgment from her family and society for her life choices. As for Harry, he went off to war and came back and inherited his family’s title due to his brother’s death. (Yep, that’s a lot of activity in a decade!) Harry and Penelope are still in love, because a love like theirs doesn’t die. Ever. He’ll have to prove to her, though, that he’s never going to let them be parted again.

    About that Kiss, by Jill Shalvis
    Two people who shared one passionate kiss and then went their separate ways are reunited in the fifth book in Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series. It pains Kylie Masters to ask Joe Malone for help, but she really needs someone with great finding skills to help her recover something quite precious. Joe won’t say no to helping her, but he doesn’t expect to end up falling heads over heels for her, even though they quite the makeout session. He always thought he’d be a player bachelor, but spending some real quality time with Kylie has him rethinking his priorities. Will he admit that his love for her is deeper than either of them realize?  

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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 


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    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 


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    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 


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    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 


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    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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