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  • Amanda Diehl 3:00 pm on 2017/10/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , alisha rai, beauty like the night, , christina lauren, dating you/hating you, , elyse springer, hate to want you, heels over head, , , kirsten ashley, nalini singh, nina bocci, roman crazy, , , , the chase, the deep end, the duchess deal, the pages of the mind, , , what's your sign?   

    Romance Recommendations for Your Zodiac Sign 

    Playing matchmaker with readers and romance novels is so much fun! I’m also a huge zodiac junkie. I read my horoscope routinely and go absolutely nuts for compatibility charts. Inspired by traits of the twelve signs, here are some reading recommendations, though don’t take them too seriously. I won’t tell if you want to dip into the recs for other signs!

    Aquarius: Heels Over Head, by Elyse Springer
    First off, Aquarius is a water sign and a romance featuring professional divers and swimmers is pretty on the nose. Brandon Evans is aloof and carefree. He also knows how good of a diver he is. Meanwhile, Jeremy Reeve is struggling with his family’s feelings on his sexuality. He thinks his only hope of being accepted is by winning an Olympic medal. While Brandon and Jeremy seem like opposites on the surface, they’re rather complementary as teammates and it’s beautiful to see the divers find a sense a community within their sport.

    Pisces: The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare
    Pisces are known to be compassionate and selfless, but that can often bite them in the butt later on. The Duchess Deal has a battle-scarred hero who has a nightly hobby of fighting London’s riffraff, but what he wants deep down is an heir. Emma Gladstone is the daughter of a vicar and a seamstress, and she sees beneath the Duke of Ashbury’s physical insecurities. She agrees to help him with his heir problem, but she has a few conditions. Ash forbids kissing. Emma wants to share a meal every night. Though they both agree to help one another, they’ll definitely get more than they bargained for with this arrangement.

    Aries: Hate to Want You, by Alisha Rai
    Speaking as an Aries myself, I know we’re a bit turbulent and moody, but we’re also confident and incredibly passionate. Hate to Want You is pretty emotional and is bursting with dramatic family secrets and scandals. In a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler feel as though they can’t be together because of their families and accompanying baggage. But one night a year, they agree to meet in the bedroom. However, their forbidden romance can no longer remain a secret as their arrangement becomes complicated: Livvy doesn’t show for their scheduled yearly meeting and instead returns to their hometown.

    Taurus: The Pages of the Mind, by Jeffe Kennedy
    Tauruses are known to be practical and responsible, but a bit uncompromising, which is why Dafne, the scholarly librarian heroine of The Pages of the Mind, is a great fit. Dedicated to her job, she travels on behalf of her queen to help successfully incorporate the northern kingdoms into her queen’s realm. There, she meets a barbarian king with a significant language barrier between them. Dafne’s resolve never falters even as King Nakoa has her submit to marriage in order to broker a new alliance. Dafne handles things in stride, surprisingly, and the way she adapts to a new kingdom is rather sweet.

    Gemini: The Deep End, by Kristen Ashley
    Gemini are often defined as having two different personalities and the submissive Alpha hero of The Deep End is sure to appeal to both. Outside the bedroom, Olivier is strong, masculine, and all Alpha. Then he joins the Honey Club and meets Amelie, a cold, calculating Domme who likes her men submissive. Having an “Alpha-sub” is an interesting twist in characterization, especially since the heroine is often in a position of power in the bedroom. This romance is also heavy on erotic content, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in a beautiful, developing romance between Olly and Amelie.

    Cancer: Beauty Like the Night, by Joanna Bourne
    While Cancers can be incredibly empathetic, they can also be a bit manipulative. Sorry, Cancers! But a historical romance with espionage and spy shenanigans is a perfect romance read for you. Sèverine de Cabrillac and Raoul Deverney are brought together by a similar goal: justice. When Sèverine seeks out Raoul’s help in rescuing her missing daughter, Raoul knows that this mission could very well lead him to the killer of his estranged wife. Brought together by grief and worry, the pair quickly become a formidable and rather cutthroat team. It’s a romance with some bite!

    Leo: Dating You/Hating You, by Christina Lauren
    Leos are charismatic, funny, and often the life of the party. They’re also stubborn and demand a lot of attention. And trust me, Dating You/Hating You is going to demand nearly all of your free time. It’s also really hilarious. Evelyn Abbey thought she met a really great guy at a friend’s Halloween Party, but when she realizes that same guy, Carter Aaron, is now her competition at work after a company merger, their romance quickly skids to a halt. There’s an office prank war, an oblivious boss who things dog treats are granola bars, and some serious girl power in this battle-of-the-sexes workplace romance.

    Virgo: The Winter King, by C.L. Wilson
    When it comes to Virgos, they’re incredibly detailed, but are also frequently drawn to nature. A fantasy romance seems like a sure bet! Wilson’s fantasy romances have some amazing world-building from the differing kingdoms to how magic operates from person to person. The heroine can also summon storms. How cool is that! Wynter Atrialan hopes to get revenge on the king of Summerlea by taking one of his daughters, Khamsin Coruscate, as his bride. What Wynter doesn’t count on is Khamsin enjoying her newfound sense of freedom. The settings are descriptive and the courtship is lovely in this utterly bewitching fantasy romance.

    Libra: A New Leash on Love, by Debbie Burns
    Gentle and with a love of keeping company, Libras always strike me as being on the sweeter side of the astrological spectrum. A New Leash on Love is an adorable contemporary romance, as if it weren’t obvious by the chocolate lab puppy on the cover. Megan Anderson runs the local no-kill shelter, dedicating her life to helping animals in need. Craig Williams hates that he has to take his daughter’s new dog to the shelter, but since his divorce seems to suffer one misstep after another. When he drops the dog off, he isn’t counting on a tense confrontation with the shelter’s owner. Their first meeting doesn’t go particularly well, to say the least, but things definitely improve on their second meeting. And the third. Pick this one up, if you like romances with plenty of cute, furry secondary characters.

    Scorpio: The Chase, by Vanessa Fewings
    Scorpios are the ones you call when you need some resourceful and courageous. They can meet a challenge head-on, but they’re steadfast in their beliefs and can hold things close to the vest. The Chase is a contemporary romance with elements of suspense as the heroine, Zara Leighton, is enlisted to track down an international art thief. It’s a case she could only dream of. There’s just one problem and that’s her investigation firm’s billionaire client: Tobias Wilder. Enigmatic and mysterious, Tobias seems like the perfect suspect—or Zara’s greatest distraction.

    Sagittarius: Roman Crazy, by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
    If there’s one weakness to being a Sagittarius, it’s the call of wanderlust and the need for travel! With her divorce nearing finalization, Avery Bardot restarts her life for the summer in beautiful Rome, Italy. She spends her days exploring the city and her nights eating amazing food. It’s in Rome, surprisingly, that she meets the one man she never forgot: Marcello Bianchi, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Though with the summer quickly approaching its end, Avery isn’t sure if she can give up her adventurous life in Italy and return to the States.

    Capricorn: Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh
    Capricorns are masters of self-control, but when it comes to their family, all bets are off. Silver Mercant helps run an international emergency response network. It’s practically her job to remain calm under pressure. Then she meets Valentin Nikolaev, a bear shifter and leader of his powerful clan. There’s something about Silver that sparks an undeniable interested in Val and when an unknown force begins to threaten Silver’s life, Val will protect her at any cost. And we all know what happens when you poke a bear.

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

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

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

    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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  • Tara Sonin 11:00 am on 2017/08/29 Permalink
    Tags: a christmas to remember, an unwilling conquest, , , , , , , , , fall for romance, , , immortally yours: an argeneau novel, , , , , , , megan frampton, melissa de la cruz, , nalini singh, , once a rebel, pride and prejudice and mistletoe, , , , , , vivienne loret, , wilde in love: the wildes of lindow castle   

    Romance Fall Preview Guide: 16 Books to Get You Through the Season 

    I know, we all wish summer could last forever…but with fall fast approaching, we wanted to give you everything you need so that as the warm days dwindle, your books still have some sizzle! Here are sixteen fall romances you don’t want to miss:

    Once a Rebel, by Mary Jo Putney, August 29th
    If you love rogues who find romance, you’ll love this romance about the war of 1812. Lord Audley is tasked with finding widow Callista Brooke and bringing her back to England from where she currently is: stuck in the center of the conflict in Washington. But when Gordon arrives, he gets more than he bargained for: Callie is more than just a mission, she was his first love—and her father was the reason Gordon was convicted of a crime he did not commit.

    The Summer That Made Us, by Robyn Carr, September 5th
    Every summer ends, but none like the summer on Lake Waseka that destroyed the Hempstead sisters. Their lives are perfect: two sisters married to two brothers, all with kids of their own…until tragedy strikes, and the perfection of their summer world is drowned by death and regret. They don’t talk about what happened, until one sister decides that she will bring her family back together one last time.

    Secrets in Death, J.D. Robb, September 5th
    Lt. Eve Dallas is back in the 45th installment in this bestselling series, and this time she realizes there’s something even more deadly than a knife or a gun…secrets. When Larinda Mars, a notable professional blackmailer, is murdered, anyone with something to hide becomes a suspect.

    Wicked Deeds (Krewe of Hunters), by Heather Graham, September 19th
    Just when Vickie Preston, historian extraordinaire, and her former protector (now lover) Special Agent Griffin Pryce think they’ve outsmarted all the villains and outrun all the danger…an author is murdered, bringing their new beginning to a swift halt. Because the murder isn’t cut and dry, which means the paranormal Krewe of Hunters is needed once more, and Vickie and Griffin can’t tear themselves away from one another, or a good case.

    Archangel’s Viper, by Nalini Singh, September 26th
    Holly Chang is running from her past, struggling to accept a power she never asked for after a brutal attack. And when it becomes clear someone will take her dead—but preferably alive, for a hefty sum—she has to rely on a stalwart, strong, and seductive vampire to protect her. And he is too close to the people who hurt her for comfort.

    Chasing Christmas Eve, by Jill Shalvis, September 26th
    It’s never too early for holiday cheer…but Colbie Albright is feeling anything but cheery when she show up in the Bay Area after escaping New York and her fame as a renowned YA author. And when she ends up literally underwater and is saved by Spencer Baldwin, she wants what she knows she shouldn’t have…and come Christmas, she’ll have to go back to her old life.

    Immortally Yours: An Argeneau Novel, by Lynsay Sands, September 26th
    Eternity is inherently sexy…except when you’ve spent it in unrequited love. Beth has been in love with Scotty, a Scottish vampire, for over a century—ever since he saved her from certain devastation. But he’s never felt the same way about her…or so she thought. The truth could be more devastating than the rogue he saved her from all those years ago…that they are fated lovers, and Scotty has stayed away on purpose. The tension between them scorches the pages as Beth realizes she has to fight for what she wants.

    A Christmas to Remember, by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Loret, September 26th
    This anthology, featuring some veritable stars of the romance world, is not to be missed! The four stories include “I Will”, in which a Lord must marry a woman of worth or lose his inheritance; “Deck the Halls with Love” by Lorraine Heath, which introduces readers to the Marquess of Chetwyn, who broke Lady Meredith’s heart by proposing to someone else…and now that she’s betrothed, he wants her back; “No Groom at the Inn” by Megan Frampton, in which a bachelor tries to outsmart his own mother by pretending to have a woman in his life; and “The Duke’s Christmas Wish” by Vivienne Lorret, in which the science-minded Duke of Vale falls for a reckless and beautiful woman.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber, October 8th
    Debbie Macomber returns with a Christmas story just hot enough to lift your spirits as the weather grows colder. She tells the story of Merry Smith, who is living the life she wants—family, career, and holiday cheer. But her mother decides to meddle and give her the gift she won’t give herself: a social life, with prospective matches galore! And while what Merry finds in the online dating world makes her happy indeed, will the fantasy come crashing down when reality sets in?

    Fairytale, by Danielle Steele, October 10th
    Camille is not living a modern fairytale, that’s for sure. Well, she was once: when her parents were in love and happy, in their family vineyard…until her mother died, and her father was swept up in the clutches of a woman who has snatched him from his wife’s memory. A wicked stepmother, two wicked stepbrothers…and a friend in the most unlikely of places make this sweet romance worthy of the title.

    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, by Melissa de la Cruz, October 17th
    A gender-flipped classic is made modern in this hilarious and romantic novel by bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz. Meet Darcy, a relentless beauty who wants for nothing—not even love. She barely tolerates her family, but when her mom gets sick, she goes home to Pemberley (Ohio, lol) and meets Luke Bennet, the neighbor’s son. As relentlessly ambitious as Darcy is, Luke is her total opposite…and yet they find themselves in bed, and in a great deal of trouble.

    Duke of Desire, by Elizabeth Hoyt, October 17th
    When the infamous Lords of Chaos kidnap Lady Iris Jordan, she does whatever she can to escape…including shooting the masked man who intended to rescue her! The Duke of Dyemore wants to destroy the Lords, but by rescuing this damsel in distress, he has doomed them both to a fate they want to avoid: marriage. At least at first, until they both realize nothing can rescue them from the love they feel for each other.

    The Beautiful Ones, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, October 24th
    Antonia is meant to find a husband during her first season in Losail, but she is harboring a secret: her telekinetic ability makes her a target for gossip, and not exactly marriageable material. Until she meets Hector Auvray, a performer who teaches her to control her magic before it consumes her. However, Antonia has no idea that the attraction she feels for Hector may be more dangerous than her own power…

    Wilde in Love: The Wildes of Lindow Castle, by Eloisa James, October 31st
    Alaric Wilde is the son of a Duke, which means he can go on and be as much of a rake as he pleases. After years abroad with a reputation that precedes itself, he returns home and meets the one woman intent on not pleasing him: Willa. But Willa keeps her true self hidden from society, and she has no intention of letting a man with no morals like Alaric into her bed, or her heart.

    An Unwilling Conquest, by Stephanie Laurens, November 1st
    Harry Lester will never love a woman, but he certainly enjoys them. That is, until he meets a widow, Lucinda, and decides that she’s the one for him. The problem? Lucinda has no interest in Harry, or his help, and can get by just fine on her own. But Harry is determined, and sooner or later, he knows Lucinda will open her heart to him.

    No Other Duke Will Do, by Grace Burrowes, November 7th
    Debt has brought down the great Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford. When his sister decides to find him a wealthy bride, he doesn’t have much choice but to abide. Elizabeth Windham is recovering from a scandal, and knows finding a husband will put the rumor mill to rest. Sparks fly between the unexpected couple, but can they overcome their respective problems to find happiness?

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2017/06/13 Permalink
    Tags: a miami affair, , , lexi blake, nalini singh, , one week to the wedding, revenge, , , sherelle green, , the darkest promise, the ultimatum   

    Romance Roundup: Miami Affairs, Avenging Siblings, and Jilted Brides 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes some very busy heroines, a smoking hot Miami bachelor who has met his match, and some major family drama.

    The Ultimatum, by Karen Robards
    Our heroine Bianca St. Ives had a rather unconventional childhood. The result is that she is now The Best when it comes to conning con men out of the money they stole. (You go, girl! They deserve it!) She even runs a multinational firm with her dear old dad, so there’s plenty of family fun. (“Hey, Dad, remember that scumbag thief we apprehended while zip lining in Costa Rica? Ah, good times!”) Her latest mission, though, went rather poorly, and her dad might have been killed in action. The government is not so convinced, though, and they want to use Bianca as bait to find him. Our gal is going to have to use every skill at her disposal if she’s going to survive this latest fiasco. Bianca, when it’s over, we’ll take you out for margaritas! This is the first book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on June 13.)

    Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh
    Silver Mercant has some major responsibilities as the Trinity Accord handles some unification issues. Silver is the director of this major emergency response-thingie, for one, so she really has no time to dilly-dally. (Silver, we’d all like to apply to be your personal assistant! You’ll never go a day without fresh dry cleaning!) Then she crosses paths with Valentin Nikolaev, and she realizes that everyone needs to dilly-dally once in a while. (It’s very healthy of you to realize this, Silver!) She’s not supposed to let her emotions get the better of her, but Valentin can elicit a passionate response from a plastic bag. When someone tries to poison Silver, he gets all “Oh, hell, no!” and steps up his game to keep her safe. Can they dodge the bad guys and build a beautiful life together? This is the first book in Singh’s Psy-Changeling Trinity series, which is a spinoff of her Psy-Changeling series. So much fun and romance and action! (Available in hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on June 13.)

    A Miami Affair, by Sherelle Green
    Joshua DeLong is a top-notch corporate raider with a body that would look great in any bedroom. He has no plans to settle down romantically, though. Then he meets public relations guru Becca Wright. She doesn’t have time for a guy like Joshua in her life—bad boys aren’t really her thing—but she needs him to support her charity. In order to do this, she must dress up a bit and accompany him to fancy parties and go on excursions on his yacht. (Becca, can we pretty please be your wing woman during these lovely excursions?) They both soon realize that there is far more beneath the surface, and that they’d like to spend WAY more time together. This is the second book in the very sexy Millionaire Moguls series, which is perfect for romance readers who love a Miami-based love story! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 20.)

    The Darkest Promise, by Gena Showalter
    Cameo is possessed by the demon of Misery, which means that if she experiences anything remotely close to the emotion of joy she will lose her memory. (And we thought the Monday blues were rough!) Out of options to reclaim her life, she sneaks into a mythical land ruled by Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual, who also possesses The Body Both My Grandmother and Maiden Aunt Would Admire. He is on a mission to destroy his enemies (Oh, Lazarus, aren’t we all!) but he is quite intrigued by Cameo. He wants to turn her frown upside down, and also perform more literal, acrobatic tasks that would take Cameo beyond joy. (Cameo, may we please test the waters for you first?) Will they figure out a situation in which she can finally feel true happiness and NOT lose her memories of him? This is the latest book in Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on June 13.)

    One Week to the Wedding, by Olivia Miles
    Two sisters try to make amends in the first book in Miles’ Misty Point series. Kate Daniels is planning her best friend’s wedding, but it’s really hard to not feel a bit sorry for herself. Her own fiancé just cheated on Kate with her younger sister, Charlotte. (It’s okay, Kate! We don’t judge you at all!) As for Charlotte, she feels awfully awful about everything, and she really wants to make things right. The opportunity presents itself when Kate needs to go home. Things soon start to look up for Kate, which is good, because she has to put on a good face for her best friend. (Kate, if it helps, we’ll be your Plus One and make sure you dance with the cutest single guy at the reception!) Here’s hoping that Kate and Charlotte get back to being sisterly very soon, and that Kate finds a true romantic partner who will always stick by her side! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 13.)

    Revenge, by Lexi Blake
    Drew Lawless and his siblings are on a mission to avenge their parents’ deaths. Drew decides to get investigative reporter Shelby Gates involved in his mission, and they soon become very attracted to one another. It probably has to do with a bit of shared history, plus the fact that Drew has got that whole righteous, smoldering attitude thing going on. (I mean, the guy wants to avenge his dead parents. It does NOT get any sweeter or more sentimental than that!) Drew and Shelby need to keep their heads above water if they’re going to, well, keep their heads and move on to more important things. Here’s hoping that they can look forward to happier times and that Shelby is accepted into Drew’s close-knit family! This is the third book in Blake’s Lawless series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 13.)

    What romances are smoldering on your TBR pile this week?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 5:00 pm on 2014/06/03 Permalink
    Tags: beth kery, j. kenner, , m. leighton, nalini singh, , , , shield of winter   

    Romance Roundup: Musclebound Marines, Gorgeous Surf Instructors, and a Dreamy Lead Guitarist 

    Shield of WinterIt’s a great time to be a romance reader—there are wonderful new books coming out every time you turn around. But how can you keep track of them all? The Barnes & Noble Book Blog’s weekly Romance Roundup is at your service. We’ll help keep you abreast of the newest releases, from contemporary to historical to paranormal (and everything in between) so you can make sure that not a single smoldering read slips through your fingertips. This week’s roundup features a trip to paradise, a suspicious strip club owner, and a shy wallflower who nabs a hot rockstar (naturally).

    Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh
    If you’re a fan of Singh’s bracing paranormal contemporary Psy-Changeling series, you’re probably already aware that the 13th book in the series, Shield of Winter, is out today! It focuses on the sexy, stolid assassin-soldier (or “Arrow”) Vasic, who is assigned to protect one of the last empaths, Ivy Jane, as she struggles to prevent the spread of a virulent and terrifying infection. If you’re a paranormal romance buff but haven’t yet checked out Singh, you are in for a smart, well-written series filled with delicious characters and edge-of-your-seat action. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on June 3)

    Nauti Enchantress, by Lora Leigh
    In the second book in the fiery Nauti Girls series (a spinoff of the popular Nauti Boys books), the four Mackay girls are all grown up and on the prowl—especially Lyrica, who would do anything to get the attention of sexy Marine Graham Brock. Little does she know he’s already quite aware of her presence, just a little concerned that the rambunctious, hot-to-trot younger half-sister of his best friend Dawg might be a tad dangerous for him to become involved with. (I, personally, would avoid dating the little sister of anyone named Dawg. Even if I were a Marine.) Not only that, but as Graham and Lyrica grow closer, he discovers that she has a secret so explosive it threatens to tear the Mackay family apart. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 3)

    Heated, by J. Kenner
    Wrinkled shirt got you down? Just run a copy of Heated over it—that’s right, it’s that steamy. (That was the one and only household tip you will ever find in a romance roundup.) This crackling crime drama follows Sloane O’Dell, a hard-bitten off-duty cop whose inquiries into a woman’s disappearance lead her to a strip club run by the notorious Tyler Sharp. Sloane knows that Tyler is trouble, and Tyler knows that Sloane is a woman he just has to have. And you, dear reader, know that this is when things get good. A fast-paced story with plenty of action on both sides of the sheets, the second book in Kenner’s Most Wanted series is sure to pull you in for a fun ride. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 3)

    There’s Wild, Then There’s You, by M. Leighton
    Violet Wilson is shy, timid, and clumsy—and yet, like many of us, she also finds sexy rock stars to be well nigh irresistible—especially one Jet Blevins, a lead guitarist who’s used to girls falling all over him and is intrigued by Violet’s reticence. The two could not be more different—she’s is a quiet introvert, and he’s a wicked party animal who relishes his wild lifestyle and has no desire to settle down. But somehow Jet is drawn to perennial wallflower Violet, who has her own problems, and is definitely not interested in a rebel like him. Against all odds, do these two likable, complex, and very different characters have a chance at lasting love? (Does Jimmy Page know how to lay down some sweet guitar licks?!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 3)

    Paradise Rules, by Beth Kery
    When famous blues singer Lana Rodriguez returns home for a visit to beautiful Honolulu, it’s with great reluctance—and the hope she isn’t recognized by anyone. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for her, handsome champion surfer Jason Koa is a big fan—and he wants more from Lana than just her autograph. Lana holds Jason at arm’s length for as long as she can, but he’s determined to break through her icy demeanor (in a number of hot ways). But is she willing to play by his rules? And what happens when the two are embroiled in a very public scandal? This immersive read by erotic virtuoso Kery will have you feeling the sand between your toes, the sun on your back, and the hot surf instructor beneath—but I’ve already said too much. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 3)

    Fall From India Place, by Samantha Young
    Marco D’Alessandro broke Hannah Nichols’ heart five years ago, and she thought she’d seen the last of him (and good riddance, right?). But he’s still the only man she ever loved, and Marco never really got over her either, so when their paths cross again, he does his best to win her back—that is, until Hannah discovers a secret that could drive them apart just as their happily ever after is ready to begin. This is the 4th book in Young’s On Dublin Street series, which is filled with colorful characters (and studmuffin book boyfriends!). Jump in on this one or begin with the hugely popular On Dublin Street, the book that started it all!

    What spring romance has your heart all a flutter?

     
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