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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/09/03 Permalink
    Tags: , , , dark illusion, evie dunmore, jen deluca, , meredith wild, my kind of wonderful, , , , the shop on main street, well met   

    Romance Roundup: Trailblazing Suffragettes, Small Town Affairs, and Renaissance Faire Romances 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who gets an interesting new gig at the local Renaissance Faire, a cancer survivor who is ready to have some fun, and a wife who wants revenge against her philandering husband. 

    Dark Illusion, by Christine Feehan
    Our gal Julija Brennan has finally escaped her mega-controlling family, and instead of simply running off into the sunrise to enjoy her freedom, she’s using her time to warn the Carpathian people about imminent danger. (Julija, when your mission is over, we are all SO taking you out for some well-deserved F.U.N.!) Trouble is, people are having a hard time believing her, so now she’s on the run for her life. She ends up meeting Isai Florea, who up until recently has been living in a Carpathian monastery. (Fortunately, monastery life has not had any adverse effects on his delicious body or his ability to inspire passion in others!) It pretty much just takes one look at Julija to make Isai realize that they should mate for life. Julija is pretty determined to retain her independence, though. Can Julija find a balance between true love and personal freedom? Will the Carpathian people finally listen to Julija and prepare for the upcoming danger? And will Isai stick by Julija’s side throughout this whole ordeal and give her all of the hugs and foot rubs she deserves? This is the latest book in Feehan’s extensive Carpathian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on September 3.) 

    Well Met, by Jen DeLuca
    Emily’s sister just had a really bad accident, so Emily does the Nice Sister Thing and spends her summer taking care of her and also hanging out with her teenage niece. Emily also gets conscripted into volunteering with the local Renaissance Faire, where she meets Simon, the volunteer coordinator. Simon takes the whole production VERY seriously. The faire is, to be fair, his family’s legacy, but still. He refuses to hear Emily’s ideas for improving it. Plus, he doesn’t care for her Shakespearean theories or her happy-go-lucky attitude. (Emily, we would all LOVE to hear your improvement ideas, we have Shakespeare theories of our own, and we could all learn a thing or two from your positive attitude!) Simon, though, soon realizes there’s more to Emily than he thought, and it has nothing to do with Emily’s wench costume. (Okay fine, it might have a little bit to do with Emily’s wench costume. Emily, we’re all positive you look sexy AND classy! Work it, girl!) Simon, buddy, instead of giving our gal such a hard time, admit that you like her and ask her out on a date. And Emily, stay true to yourself. And both of you save those costumes for later! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 3.) 

    My Kind of Wonderful, by Jill Shalvis
    Bailey Moore has finally kicked cancer’s disgustingly hairy booty, and now she’s ready to move on with her life and have some worldly adventures. (Bailey, let’s all rendezvous in the city of your choice!) The first stop on her journey is the Cedar Ridge Resort in Colorado. She’s barely got her skis on, though, when she realizes that taking these bold, fresh steps is not going to be easy. Bailey’s mom is a tad suffocating, for one, and her ex-fiancé doesn’t seem to understand that whole You’ve Been Great But Now It’s Time To Go Our Separate Ways thing. (Bailey’s mom, please let go! And Bailey’s ex-fiance, please let go!) Things look up, though, when Bailey meets Hud Kincaid, the head of ski patrol, who can show us his first aid kit any day of the week. Hud is a very sweet guy who comes from a huge, loving family. He’s also got a hugely loving….way about him. Will this be enough, though, when Bailey’s past comes back to haunt her? This reprint is the second book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on September 3.)

    Bringing Down the Duke, by Evie Dunmore
    It’s 1879, and Annabelle Archer has just earned a scholarship to be among the first women to study at the University of Oxford, and in return, she has to support the women’s suffrage movement. (Annabelle, we’re all going to need a minute to bask in the awesomeness of this moment. Okay…few more seconds. And a few more. Okay, we’ll need five minutes. Okay…we’re almost there. Wow.) Anyhoo, as part of her mission, Annabelle needs to recruit an influential man to the suffragist movement, and she chooses Sebastian Deveraux, the Duke of Montgomery. Sebastian has his own proverbial fish to fry. He’s a political star and he needs a woman who is going to elevate his standing. Annabelle is the broke daughter of a country vicar, so she doesn’t exactly fit this mold. Oh, Sebastian, please get your snooty nose out of the air, look down, and realize that Annabelle is—by far—the woman you want to have by your side for life! This is the first book in Dunmore’s League of Extraordinary Women series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 3.)

    The Shop on Main Street, by Carolyn Brown
    Carlene Lovelle’s life has just taken a very unwelcome turn: She found a pair of red panties in her husband’s suitcase. Not only that, but as the owner of Bless My Bloomers, a lingerie shop, she also knows who bought said red panties. Yep, Carlene is seeing red, alright. (Carlene, girlfriend, sounds like you need some red…wine! Which we are all totally providing!) Carlene decides to enter the local chili cook-off, one that her husband has won in the past, in the hopes that she’ll win the contest and leave the dirty, rotten scoundrel crying buckets of tears. (Carlene, we all absolutely believe you can make this happen, and we will be waiting with our cell phone cameras at the ready to capture his unmanly sobs!) A story that features a feisty woman who’s not going to just sit around and let her philandering husband have all of the fun and who has friends to cheer her on and even act as accomplices? Yes, please! This reprint, which was previously published as The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off and A Heap of Texas Trouble, is the second book in Brown’s Cadillac series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 3.) 

    Revenge, by Meredith Wild
    The love story between Tristan and Isabel continues! Isabel is quite sure of her feelings for Tristan. Trouble is, Tristan seems quite intent on a bit of bad behavior that involves Isabel’s ex. (Tristan, buddy, this is NOT the time to be insecure! Isabel loves you and wants nothing more than to rub some kind of sexy oil all over your body and then just go to town and…ahem. We’ll leave that to her!) Isabel and Tristan will need to work together, as there are some evil people with evil plans afoot. This will involve working with a bad guy named Kolt and his very…difficult family. Yes, difficult. We’ll go with difficult. (Tristan and Isabel, you two lovebirds might want to pack some sturdy clothing to go with that sexy oil!) Here’s hoping that our heroine and hero manage to defeat the bad guy, save the innocent people who depend on them, and then book an all-inclusive resort vacation that involves staying in a private villa with its own beach! This book is part of Wild’s Red Ledger series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on September 3.)

    What new romances are you excited to read this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:16 pm on 2018/11/27 Permalink
    Tags: Abbie Roads, , , Fatal Dreams, , , Long Tall Texans, , , meredith wild, , Red Ledger, Rogues to Riches, , , , ,   

    Romance Roundup: Cowboys, London Bankers, and Leopard Shifters 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a wrongfully accused London banker-turned-duke who is out for revenge, a young lady who wants the love of her life to see her more womanly side, and a grumpy cowboy who finally meets the lady destined to turn his frown upside down.

    Leopard’s Run, by Christine Feehan
    Leopard shifter Timur Amurov is on a mission to see if Ashe Bronte is friend or foe. Ashe works in his sister-in-law’s bakery, but he’s not about to be fooled by her sweet demeanor and her top-notch customer service skills. Still, he can’t deny that he is mega-attracted to her, and that she has a calming, almost zen-like effect on him. As for Ashe, she’s trying to stay out of trouble. This includes resisting Timur and his gorgeous body and his wild leopard ways. (No offense, Ashe, but we don’t think you’ll last for too long, and that’s totally understandable when it comes to a guy like Timur.) Here’s hoping that Timur realizes that Ashe is not, in fact, the enemy, and that they both let go of their inhibitions and spend many a day licking chocolate batter off of each other! This is the latest book in Feehan’s Leopard series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Solace Island, by Meg Tilly
    Maggie Harris’ fiance just backed out of their wedding, which is no bueno, so she joins her sister on Solace Island to get away from it all for a little while. (Um, Maggie? Solace Island sounds like a wonderful place. What’s the address? We’d like to plug it into a GPS. Thanks!) Things are going well until they start to get a bit shady. Maggie is nearly run over by a car, for one. (Fortunately, she’s saved by the quick reflexes and chiseled jaw of her new neighbor, Luke Benson.) Then some more shady things happen, things that quite likely involve some shady people. Luke ends up letting Maggie and her sister live in his house, which has royalty-level security, because he really likes her and wants to keep her safe. Maggie will need to open up to Luke and give him the scoop on her life if they’re going to get close. (You can do it, Maggie!) This is the first book in Tilly’s Solace series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    SEAL’S Honor, by Megan Crane
    Former SEAL Blue Hendricks is having a rough time readjusting to civilian life. Still, he refuses to turn his well-defined, muscular back on Everly Campbell, his old friend’s sister. Her roommate was just murdered, and she’s decided to turn to the only man she feels she can trust. Blue lives in a remote town in Alaska along with some of his fellow ex-military guys, and they are all going to band together to make sure Everly stays safe. Oh, and Blue soon realizes he doesn’t want to ever live another day without Everly by his side. (That’s right, buddy! Follow your bliss and find your happy ending!) Here’s hoping they manage to keep Everly safe, that they solve the mystery of her roommate’s murder, and that Everly and Blue proceed to spend many a cold Alaskan night keeping each other nice and warm! This is the first book in Crane’s Alaska Force series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy, by Jessica Clare
    Rancher Eli Pickett doesn’t do Christmas because a) He’s really, really busy with his herd and b) He’s still single, because he just can’t find a lady to embrace the ranch life. It could also be just because he’s a tad grumpy and prefers the company of his dogs to the company of society. Meanwhile, Cassandra Horn is trading in Manhattan for her parents’ winter cabin this holiday season. Sadly, she gets into a car crash and loses her memory. Eli finds her and takes care of her, which gives him a chance to express his more sensitive, caring side. (We knew you had one, Eli! We never lost faith!) They start to fall pretty hard for each other, but Cassandra isn’t so sure she should be just giving her heart out to the first cowboy who takes care of her. (Oh, trust us, Cassandra, you absolutely should!) Eli, once our gal gets her memory back, make sure you give her plenty of reasons to stick around! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Pride and Passion, by Nora Roberts
    Two old fan favorites in one volume! In “Search for Love,” Serenity Smith travels to the Brittany region of France to meet some estranged relatives. She recently lost her parents, so she’s not feeling too great. (Serenity, we’re sure the change of scenery will help to clear your head!) She ends up meeting the very cold Comtesse de Kergallen and the stuffy but sexy Christophe. She needs to convince them that she’s not some horrible person (family issues run deeply with this crowd). Oh, and she wouldn’t mind loosening every button of Christophe’s impeccably-tailored shirts. In “Irish Thoroughbred,” Roberts’ debut novel, Adelia Cunnane decides to move to the U.S. from Ireland after her aunt dies. She lives with her kind uncle, who works on a huge and prosperous horse farm owned by the very sexy Travis Grant. Adelia and Travis start to fall hard for each other. They’ll need to settle some differences, though, before they can have their happily ever after. (Available in paperback.)

    My One and Only Duke, by Grace Burrowes
    London banker Quinn Wentworth was about to be executed, which was why he agreed to marry pregnant widow Jane Winston. They met when her father was preaching to prisoners, and he offered her marriage so that she’d inherit his dough after his hanging and not starve. (Quinn, you’re not a good guy. You’re a GREAT guy!) Then it’s discovered that Quinn is, like, the long-lost heir to a dukedom, so he gets to escape the hangman’s noose. This means that he and Jane will end up spending WAY more time together than they had originally planned. Now, Quinn worked exceptionally hard to escape poverty, so he’s NOT going to just sit around and let whoever framed him get away with it. Quinn and Jane, once you’ve managed to rid yourselves of any bad apples, make sure you realize how lucky you are to have found each other! This is the first book in Burrowes’ Rogues to Riches series, and it includes a bonus novella, “Once Upon a Christmas Eve.” (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Exclusive/A Touch of Heaven, by Samantha Chase
    Two stories in one! In “Exclusive,” writer Taylor Scott gets a chance to interview a reclusive author. This is awesome for her career, to say the least, and the fact that said author has a cute assistant in the form of Mike Greene makes it all WAY sweeter. Mike, you may have buns of steel, but do NOT distract our gal from this career-changing opportunity! In “A Touch of Heaven,” Regan Amerson’s mom wins a home makeover from a reality TV show, and the show’s host is right up there, looks-wise, with the Property Brothers. (We love you, Jonathan and Drew!) Sawyer isn’t going through the best of times right now, but he’s still not about to let his cranky mood get in the way of pursuing our awesome gal. Sawyer, you go ahead and beg Regan for her affections, and then the two of you can proceed to build and design your future home! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Never Let Me Fall, by Abbie Roads
    Thomas Brown may be colorblind, but he has the ability to stare deep into a person’s soul and really read them, hence his career in assisting criminal investigators. (Thomas, you can stare into our souls – and at other places—any day of the week! By all means, come right on over!) His life changes when he meets Helena Grayse. She’s had an exceptionally rough life, and Thomas is the only one in a very long time to show her kindness. Trouble is, Helena hasn’t managed to completely shake off the baddies from her past. Indeed, the worst might be on its way. Will Thomas run scared, or will he stick around and help keep Helena safe? (Go for the latter option, Thomas! Helena is an amazing lady and she won’t let you down!) This is the third book in Roads’ Fatal Dreams series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Recall, by Meredith Wild
    The lovey-dovey-ness between assassin Tristan Stone and Isabel Foster continues! Isabel and Tristan just can’t stay away from each other, even though his world is a dark one and he was originally kinda, sorta hired to kill her. (Such is the power of Tristan’s magnetism, his passionate kisses, and his perfectly defined abdominal muscles.) Then someone from Tristan’s past resurfaces, indicating that said past might be a tad harder to leave than he thought. Here’s hoping that Tristan ditches his dark ways ASAP, and that he and Isabel then focus on building a beautiful and peaceful life together filled with love and babies and maybe a cute puppy or two! (Actually, there should definitely be puppies. A whole litter of them!) This book contains the fourth, fifth, and sixth installments in Wild’s Red Ledger series. (Available in paperback.)

    Two Alone/A Secret Splendor, by Sandra Brown
    Two stories in one! In “Two Alone,” businesswoman Rusty Carlson finds herself stranded in the very remote woods with Vietnam vet Cooper Landry. Neither of them are exactly thrilled by this, even though they are both very attractive people—she finds him a tad scary and he’s afraid she’ll hurt his chances of survival. Oh, Rusty and Cooper. Let go of your biases and enjoy this quality time with each other and nature! In “A Secret Splendor,” Arden Gentry is feeling quite lonely and sad after losing her son and getting divorced. (Sending you all of the hugs, Arden!) She decides to track down the other son she gave birth to a long, long time ago. He lives in Hawaii, and Arden soon suddenly doubts whether she should even bother. Here’s hoping that everything works out for our gal, and that she finds some much-needed peace! (Available in paperback.)

    Long, Tall Texans: Calhoun & Justin, by Diana Palmer
    Two gloriously handsome brothers find true love in this tome! In “Calhoun,” orphan Abby Clark could only ever rely on the Ballenger brothers to keep her safe. The downside is that they still see her as a girl, especially Calhoun Ballenger, and let’s just say she does NOT want Calhoun to think of her as a girl. She’s ready to prove to him that she’s a grown woman and that she has some very womanly desires. Go get your man, Abby! In “Justin,” Shelby Jacobs wants to make amends with Justin Ballenger. This won’t be easy, mainly because she broke off their engagement six years ago. She still loves him, though, because no sane woman could ever forget a man like Justin. Justin, buddy, please, please, please hear her out! She had her reasons for calling things off, and her heart has always been yours! This is the first volume in Palmer’s Long, Tall Texans series. (Available in paperback.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/08/22 Permalink
    Tags: abandoned, , brave new earl, harmony evans, , lorelai james, meredith wild, racked and stacked, reborn, regina cole, , , to have and to harley, winning her forever   

    Romance Roundup: Fake Wedding Planners, Investigative Reporters, and Assassins 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a former dancer trying to reclaim her childhood home, an investigative reporter looking into the death of her mother, and a trained assassin who is reunited with his lady love.

    Winning Her Forever, by Harmony Evans
    Trent Waterson may be a successful construction entrepreneur and a man of many different passions, but former dancer Sonya Young still won’t give him the time of day. Of course, she’s very busy working towards her dreams and being all-around fabulous, but it’s also quite likely she hasn’t seen Trent wearing nothing but a hard hat. (It’s worth it, Sonya! Totally worth it!) Then Sonya discovers that her childhood home is going into foreclosure, and that Trent’s brother is trying to buy the property. Trent is a big family man, but he’s also really big on Sonya. Can he find a way to help her? (Yes, Trent, yes you can!) And then can they both realize they’re perfect for each other and then get married and have lots of babies? This is the first book in Evans Bay Point Confessions series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 21.)

    Racked and Stacked, by Lorelai James
    Truck driver Larissa Thorpe grew up being a tomboy thanks in part to having three older brothers, and the whole tomboy thing has stuck with her into adulthood. This never really bothered her. Then she meets Ike Palmer, a cowboy who would bring out the feminine side of a brick wall. Our gal is an awesome lady, but Ike doesn’t think he’ll ever be into her in THAT way. (Oh, Ike, you adorably unaware hunk, you. You just DON’T understand the awesomeness that is Larissa!) Then they start working together very closely, which is great, because Larissa will get to show Ike how amazing she is and Ike will realize that it’s time for him to look at a different kind of woman. Act fast, Ike! Awesome ladies like Larissa don’t just grow on trees! This is the ninth book in James’ Blacktop Cowboys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    To Have and To Harley, by Regina Cole
    Bethany Jernigan is ready to be the ultimate maid of honor. The thing is, Bethany will have to work with the main wedding planner, a guy named Trey Harding, who is SO not what a wedding planner is expected to be. Trey and his staff members are all a bunch of rough-looking, tattooed motorcycle riders who have found themselves in a giant tornado of tulle and place settings and seating charts and GAH! It’s all too much! Trey starts to fall really hard for Bethany, but he has a lot to lose if he comes clean to everyone involved and admits that he is not, in fact, a wedding planner. (Trey, no offense, but people probably won’t be THAT surprised.) Here’s hoping Trey figures out a way to reveal the truth AND keep all of his loved ones in his life! This is the first book in Cole’s Bikers and Brides series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Abandoned, by Allison Brennan
    Investigative reporter Max Revere is about to crack the toughest case of her life: her mom’s disappearance. Max’s mom left her when she was nine years old, but she sent her regular correspondence. That correspondence stopped, though, and her mom was considered legally dead. (Hugs, Max! We’re giving you all of the hugs!) Max wants to find out what happened to her mom, and she has one clue to start off with. (Knowing our gal, she’s going to make the absolute most of that one clue.) When investigators fail to help her look into the con man her mom had been involved with, she realizes she’ll need to push up her sleeves even further and dig even deeper. Here’s hoping Max finds all of the answers she’s looking for—and that at least one friendly face will help her in her quest! This is the first book in Brennan’s Max Revere series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on August 14.)

    Brave New Earl, by Jane Ashford
    Benjamin Romilly, the Earl of Furness, is still grieving the death of his wife, which was five years ago. She died in childbirth, and while his child survived, he’s found it extremely difficult to move on. Enter Miss Jean Saunders, a cousin by marriage. She loved Benjamin’s late wife, and hates the thought of her child suffering in any way. She shows up to make sure he’s being a good father and that his son isn’t being neglected. Benjamin isn’t quite feeling this whole visit at first, but pretty soon he and Jean start getting to really know each other and falling in love. Can Jean bring Benjamin back to life? And can this new blended family find their own happily ever after? This is the first book in Ashford’s Way to a Lord’s Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Reborn, by Meredith Wild
    Tristan Stone is a paid assassin, and his experiences have hardened him into a killing machine who has zero recollection of his past. Then he’s hired to kill Isabel Foster, his former lover who has never forgotten her yummy hunk of burning love. (Before he became really bad, Tristan was, in fact, really, really good, and he and Isabel had a deep, intense connection.) Instead of killing her, Tristan decides to keep her safe. (Yay, Tristan! We knew you were still good at heart! Keep that momentum going, buddy!) Tristan and Isabel will have to go through quite a bit together until they find their happy ending, so here’s hoping their love remains strong enough—and that they never have to be separated from each other again! This tome contains the first three books in Wild’s Red Ledger series. (Available in hardcover and paperback.)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What romances are warming your nightstand this fall?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/09/05 Permalink
    Tags: , chasing red, chelle bliss, going dark, , , meredith wild, misadventures of a city girl, , , , , second chance girl, , the chosen   

    Romance Roundup: Giraffe Keepers, Mountain Men, and SEAL Agents 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a vampire who is feeling very protective, a gamekeeper who finds love with the new bad boy in town, and a famous divorcee who meets an isolated mountain man.

    Going Dark, by Monica McCarty
    Marine ecologist Annie Henderson heads over to Scotland to protest some offshore drilling that does not jive with her ideas of peace and happiness. She runs into Dan Warren, the sea boat captain who can captain all of our boats in any body of water any day of the week. Annie and Dan don’t exactly have the warm fuzzies for each other right away, but they soon get to know each other and Annie realizes there is more to him than his grumpy mood and his smoldering body. He might be undercover, though, so he can’t get too outwardly emotional, but Annie brings out his deep desire to write sappy poetry and give her all of the pleasure. This is the first book in McCarty’s new Lost Platoon series, which is about a group of SEAL agents who are presumed dead – but are very much alive and hot! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 5.)

    Chasing Red, by Isabelle Ronin
    Basketball player Caleb Lockhart is the ultimate catch with his lofty ambitions and rock-hard body. Veronica Stafford is a super smart college student who just got kicked out of her apartment and might need a place to crash. When they meet, Caleb realizes he’d like her to be part of his life plan. She was wearing a red dress, for one, which he found pretty hard to resist. (Note to self: Do some online shopping!) She’s not going to be the easiest lady to get, though, so Caleb will have to use every trick up his sleeve to win her over. Can he convince Veronica that he can offer her far more than just endless merrymaking sessions in between the sheets? This is the first book in Ronin’s Chasing Red series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 5.)

    Misadventures of a City Girl, by Chelle Bliss and Meredith Wild
    Madison Atwood just got divorced from a major Hollywood figure, so she’s got to nurse a broken heart while also dodging the media. (Think paparazzi, tabloids, TMZ, the works.) She finds solace in Avalon Springs, California, and she finds more than she bargained for when she runs into Luke Dawson. He’s got that whole sexy mountain man thing going for him, which helps make up for his broodiness. He wants to live in isolation, which might be hard to do with a woman like Madison. They begin an acquaintance, which is quickened when they end up under the same roof together for a short period that involves frolicking for hours on end. (Now THAT’S how you disconnect from the outside world!) Here’s hoping that makes them realize they are actually quite perfect for each other! This is the first book in the very entertaining Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on September 12.)

    Second Chance Girl, by Susan Mallery
    Matthias Mitchell is feeling all of the pains after a family betrayal, so he does what seems like the most sensible thing to do: He moves. His new home is Happily Inc., California, a popular wedding destination town crawling with bridesmaids. He figures this will ensure hookups galore but ZERO commitments, thank you very much. (Dude, really?! Come on!) He soon realizes, though, that local gamekeeper Carol Lund is a very special lady indeed. Carol cares for a giraffe (A GIRAFFE!!! CUTE!!!), and Matthias decides he wants to help Carol adopt a herd because – and this is news to yours truly – giraffes can actually get pretty lonely. (Sounds like a metaphor for our buddy Matthias.) Will he give up his romping ways and realize that Carol is the only woman he ever wants to romp with? This is the second book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    The Chosen, by J.R. Ward
    This is the latest book in Ward’s very sexy and entertaining Black Dagger Brotherhood series. In this installment, the Black Dagger Brotherhood is engaging in a bit of manhandling. Their captive is Xcor, who leads the Band of Bastards, and he is undergoing some pretty intense interrogation tactics. Granted, he hasn’t always been on his best behavior, but he’s still a person with feelings. More specifically, he still has feelings for Layla. She’s the Chosen, and she’s pretty much always loved Xcor right back. (After everything he’s been through, what woman wouldn’t want to give him all of the TLC she has to offer?!) Here’s hoping that these two lovers catch a break and that they can work together to save their people from unpleasant things, like death and doom and catastrophe and pretty much any other awful thing there is. No pressure, you two! (Available in paperback on September 26.)

    Archangel’s Viper, by Nalini Singh
    Holly Chang has had it rough. She used to be known as Sorrow, so we can only imagine, and recently she was turned into a bloodthirsty lady by a nutty archangel. She’s caught the eye of Venom, a private guard of the Archangel Raphael. (Venom, you can stand guard over all of us any day of the week!) Venom may be a dangerous vampire, but Holly soon brings out his softer side, which is no way diminishes his sinewy physique. This is a good thing, because someone has put a bounty on Holly, and times are rough in the Guild Hunter world. Can Holly and Venom manage to control their bloodier urges and create a peaceful existence together? (Or at least one that involves them fighting the bad guys together?) This is the tenth book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    What romances are on your TBR pile this month?

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