Romance Roundup: Tea Shop Ladies, Personal Trainers, and Beauty Bloggers 

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a wagon train-leading cowboy, a sanitarium escapee who finds romance, and a beauty blogger who is spending her nights with a very sexy judge.

Bound for Eden, by Tess LeSue
Our plucky heroine, Alexandra, is escaping a dangerous, murderous pack of brothers with her own brother and sister, so she doesn’t have time to dilly dally. They join a wagon train, which is led by the very libidinous Luke Slater, who is pretty much every historical cowboy fantasy we’ve ever dreamed of. (Luke, we would all LOVE to get on your wagon train!) The trouble is, Alexandra has disguised herself as “Alex,” and she can’t let Luke know that she’s actually, you know, a lady with some very womanly needs. (At one point, Alexandra sees him nekkid in a tub and the pining just gets even worse from there.) Hang in there, Alex! I mean, Alexandra! You already had the courage to save your family and dodge the bad guys, so you absolutely have what it takes to get your dream guy. This is the first book in LeSue’s Frontiers of the Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

The Other Lady Vanishes, by Amanda Quick
Adelaide Blake just escaped a private sanitarium, so she’s got to lay low for a little bit. (Adelaide, we’ll do whatever it takes to help throw the hounds off of the scent!) She goes to Burning Cove, California, which is a Hollywood R&R haven, and gets a job at an herbal tea shop. Her work brings her in touch with widowed businessman Jake Truett. He’s pretending to just be another tired soul looking for some respite, and let’s just say that women would line up around the block for the chance to make him happy and relaxed. (This just miiiiiiiight be his cover, though.) When a famous local psychic is found dead, Adelaide and Jake get swept up in the mystery—not to mention a world of gangsters and other shady characters. Can they solve the murder and keep themselves above the fray? And can Adelaide be 100 percent honest with Jake about her past? (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK.)

Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts
Roberts’ latest thriller deals with a mass shooting—and the long-term effects it has on the victims. One guy decided to become a law enforcement officer, while one young lady grew up to become an artist. (She uses her artistic abilities to deal with the pain and help others, so yeah, she’s pretty awesome!) Just when everyone thinks they are finally healing from all of the tragedy, they realize that the whole ordeal may be far from over. Here’s hoping they manage to catch the bad guys and that everyone is able to heal together and move on! (Ideally over lots of fireside chats and s’mores and wine.) This is definitely a deep, dark, intense world to sink into, so grab your reading blanket and a beverage of choice and get cozy! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on May 29.)

Shadow Keeper, by Christine Feehan
Giovanni Ferraro loves to live up his Sexy Bad Boy reputation, mainly because it helps keep people from focusing on his family’s business. (He might be a shadow rider, which is not the easiest job to explain to your accountant.) Then he meets Sasha Provis. She grew up on a Wyoming ranch, so suffice to say she’s VERY different from the ditzy ladies who fawn over Giovanni. (True, he is worth fawning over, but so is our gal!) Sasha can take care of herself, thank you boys very much, but some bad people have evil designs on her. This makes Giovanni want to step up his cuddle game and prove to Sasha that he’s a guy worth keeping. Here’s hoping they manage to stay above the shady drama—and that Giovanni shows Sasha a great time in many imaginative ways! This is the third book in Feehan’s Shadow Riders series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 29.)

Midnight Promises, by Sherryl Woods
Elliott Cruz worked REALLY hard to win the heart of single mom Karen Ames. (He’s a personal trainer, so you know he’s got stamina!) They’ve been married now for a few years, but some conflicting desires and major family drama are causing a kerfuffle. Elliott wants to finance an opportunity with the money he and Karen have saved. (They initially wanted to use this money to have a baby, which is A Very Different Thing, and so Karen isn’t too thrilled with her man right now.) Oh, and a relative is cheating on his wife and dragging everyone else into the mess. Elliott and Karen, you two just focus on each other and figure out a nice compromise! Don’t forget why you got together in the first place—love and feelings and Elliott’s stunning biceps. Oh, and we will all babysit so that you two lovebirds can have a date night. Enjoy! This is the eighth book in Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series.

Pleasure in His Kiss, by Pamela Yaye
Karma Sullivan is a popular beauty blogger and the owner of the trendiest salon in the Hamptons. (Karma, we’re all booking our appointments—our many appointments—ASAP! Oh, and we are totally open to any DIY beauty tips you may have!) She’s also involved with Judge Morrison Drake, and let’s just say he’s more than welcome to wear nothing under his robe. Karma doesn’t want to get too close to him, though, because she’s got a family secret that can ruin everything Morrison has worked for. Karma, would you please realize that Morrison is a great man who loves you with a once-in-a-lifetime kind of passion? And Morrison, make sure you show Karma how much she means to you. (Over and over and over and—well, we’re all sure you get the picture, buddy!) This is the first book in Yaye’s Love in the Hamptons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 22.)

What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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