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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/31 Permalink
    Tags: cooper's charm, , deadly satisfaction, dragon sworn, endless summer, , , megan erickson, nora roberts, , , , trice hickman,   

    Romance Roundup: Greek God Descendants, Photojournalists, and Small Town Murders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two battling photographers who want to get it on, a descendant of the Greek god Apollo out to save her people, and a bodyguard who is about to show his lovely protectee that great guys DO exist.

    You Will Pay, by Lisa Jackson
    Senior detective Lucas Dalton—who can inspect us any day of the week—is on a very old case to figure out what happened to two summer camp kids who disappeared many years ago. He actually worked as a summer camp counselor when it all happened, so it’s all a tad personal for our guy. (And you thought that summer job you had during your high school years was intense!) His inspections bring him back in touch with Bernadette Alsace, who was a teen counselor during those dark days, and they are very intrigued by each other’s adult versions. She once made a promise not to spill the beans on what really happened so long ago, but Lucas has a way of making a woman want to reveal all. Here’s hoping this old mess gets resolved, and that Lucas and Bernadette can focus on better times ahead! (Available in paperback on July 31.)

    Dragonsworn, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Medea is the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo—yeah, THAT Apollo—but he wasn’t exactly a grandfatherly figure in her life. In fact, he wants to destroy her people, so Medea needs to think fast if she’s going to save them. She recruits the cursed dragon Falcyn to help her fight. The thing is, while Falcyn absolutely, 100 percent hates everything Greek-related (they might have destroyed his loved ones a long time ago), he’s had enough drama to last a century. Still, he is feeling major feelings for Medea, so he might just be enticed to join her crusade. Medea and Falcyn, it sounds like you both have a lot (seriously, A LOT) of family issues to work through, for one. Stick by each other’s side and sort out your respective issues—and then maybe take a vacation on a remote tropical island. This is the latest book in Kenyon’s extensive Dark-Hunter series. (Available in paperback on July 31.)

    Endless Summer, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “One Summer,” celebrity photographer Bryan Mitchell and photojournalist Shade Colby are getting on each other’s last nerve. They Don’t Agree On Things, which is tough enough, but now they have to go on a cross-country photography trip together. Bryan and Shade, just take turns picking the music and, oh yeah, realize that you are both perfect for each other! In “Lessons Learned,” publicist Juliet Trent is on a mission to make her new client, ridiculously sexy chef Carlo Franconi, the sexiest chef in the world. (This was already a fact, but now it’s time to make it official.) The thing is, simply being around Carlo makes any woman want to get nekkid. (Just not in the kitchen, Juliet! Because burns.) Will Carlo end up bringing her delicious meals in bed while wearing nothing but a smile? (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

    Cooper’s Charm, by Lori Foster
    Two sisters are about to get some much-need R&R in the lovely town that is Cooper’s Charm. Phoenix Rose’s life was going swimmingly until a break-in at her home left her feeling devastated and insecure. She lost her fiance, her business—you get the picture. (Phoenix, we are SO taking you out for a nice dinner!) She decides to hightail it to Cooper’s Charm, a peaceful town filled with some very nice people, including a hunky widower who is quite possibly the nicest man she’s ever met. (You go, girl!) She’s soon joined by her sister, Ridley Rose, who finds some romance of her own with a scuba instructor. Ridley soon realizes that peeling his wetsuit away from his six-pack abs would be SO much fun. A story that involves two sisters and a beautiful town and two hunky guys to help said sisters take their minds off of things? Yes, please! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    Darkest Night, by Megan Erickson
    Bodyguard Jock Bosh’s latest assignment is to keep Fiona Madden safe. Some Bad Men have been out to get her for the past 10 years, so she’s feeling a bit wired, to say the least. (Fiona, we are booking you a relaxing spa day STAT.) She starts to feel safe with Jock, though, which makes perfect sense, because Jock’s body has been known to stop traffic. When Jock starts to risk his life keeping her safe, it helps Fiona realize that 1. Not all men are disgusting pigs and 2. Jock makes her feel emotions she never knew she was capable of feeling. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys—like, forever—and that Jock and Fiona makes lots of love and babies together! This is the second book in Erickson Wired & Dangerous series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 31.)

    Deadly Satisfaction, by Trice Hickman
    Johnny Mayfield was murdered in Amber, Alabama, and let’s just say that many, many issues surrounded this tragedy. He was having an affair at the time, for one, and his lover was suspected of killing him. The good news is that Johnny’s widow, Geneva, is now happily remarried with a baby and has moved on with her life. (Good for you, Geneva! You certainly deserve SO much better!) But then her late husband’s ex-lover comes waltzing back in, claiming she was framed for the murder. (Step aside, Geneva! We’ll take care of this for you.) It doesn’t help that certain small-town meddlers are eager to get in on all of the drama. One thing is for certain: Everyone needs to solve this mystery before someone else gets hurt, or worse. Hang in there, Geneva! Things will be peaceful again before you know it, and you can focus on snuggling with your new man and your baby! This is the second book in Hickman’s Dangerous Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/03 Permalink
    Tags: all-american cowboy, an affair with a spare, built to last, devoted to pleasure, dylann crush, entanglements, , , nora roberts, , , shana galen, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Fashion Models, Wyoming Ranchers, and War Spies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a seductive war spy, a small-town lady-turned-model, and a TV star with a hot bodyguard.

    Wired, by Julie Garwood
    Allison Trent is a part-time model, but her real love is hacking. That’s right, she’s a top-notch hacker with a zest for writing and breaking code. She’s so good, in fact, that FBI agent and Hunk of Our Hearts Liam Scott wants her to do some very sensitive investigative work for him. She turns him down, which of course makes Liam want her and her computer skills even more. (Something tells me they won’t need to worry about imposing that whole No-Electronics-In-The-Bedroom rule.) Allison has some secrets, though, and letting the FBI in on them isn’t exactly part of her life plan. That said, Liam has a face and body that are too tempting for her quicksilver fingers to ignore. Here’s hoping they find some happy middle ground that will involve getting into only the best kind of trouble! (Available in paperback on July 3.)

    All-American Cowboy, by Dylann Crush
    Beck is a city guy. He has zero interest in small-town life. Then he goes to Holiday, Texas, and meets his match in Charlie Walker. She’s a true cowgirl, and she runs a honky tonk that was founded by Beck’s grandfather. (Charlie, we all admire how you’ve always stayed true to yourself!) One look at Charlie is pretty much all it takes to make Beck rethink his life choices. (Beck, we knew you weren’t any fool!) Suddenly he realizes that small-town life—specifically, a small-town life with Charlie—has mega-appeal. (Beck, you and Charlie can always take adventurous out-of-town trips together!) Will Charlie show Beck all of the wonderful things Holiday has to offer? And will Beck show Charlie every nook and cranny of his chiseled body? This is the first book in Crush’s Holiday, Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Entanglements, by Nora Roberts
    Two Roberts favorites are back in one volume! In “Blithe Images,” fashion model Hilary Baxter has just gotten a modeling contract with a very hot magazine, and soon becomes very attractive to the magazine’s publisher, Bret Bardoff. As for Bret, he soon realizes there is WAY more to our gal than a pretty face. Make your move, buddy! In “Song of the West,” our heroine, Samantha Evans, decides to be a Good Twin Sister and leave her comfortable city life to be with her super duper pregnant twin, who is feeling lonely in Wyoming. Samantha goes to be with her, and soon clashes with Jake Tanner, the sexiest rancher for at least 200 miles who would make any woman stop what she’s doing and stare. Really hard. Then she and Jake get stranded together during a blizzard. (Hold her, Jake! Hold her very tightly!) Two stories that take place in two very different places and feature sexy people? Yes, please! (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 3.)

    An Affair with a Spare, by Shana Galen
    Rafe Beaumont is the fifth son of an earl, so he won’t be inheriting any fortunes any time soon. He’s found his true calling, though: seducing war secrets out of obliging ladies. (Well, Rafe, if it’s for your country then we won’t judge!) His latest assignment is Collette Fortier, but she refuses to fall for the very sexy Rafe. She needs to protect her father. (Collette, you are a wonderful and loyal daughter!) When Rafe realizes why Collette isn’t succumbing to his very potent charms, he offers his assistance free of charge. (Rafe, we KNEW you were a true gentleman!) Here’s hoping they manage to save Collette’s father—and that Rafe finds another occupation now that he’s found the woman of his dreams! This is the third book in Galen’s Survivors series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 3.)

    Built to Last, by Julie Ann Walker
    Jamen “Angel” Agassi is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. A recent mission went wrong, and he just had to change his identity. This cannot happen again, because he is ready to take down a major criminal kingpin for good. (You’ve got this, Angel! You’ve got the moves! You’ve got the body! You’ve got the thrusting capabilities of, well, you get the picture.) There’s a teeny tiny problem, though, and her name is Sonya Butler. She’s an Interpol agent, and Angel cannot let her figure out his real identity. (Oh, Angel, surely you can give us all—I mean, her—a glimpse of yourself. Just. One. Little. Peek.) Sonya is a pretty awesome lady, though, so we’ve got every reason to feel confident in her ability to make Angel, ahem, reveal himself to her in more ways than one. This is the latest book in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Devoted to Pleasure, by Shayla Black
    Cutter Bryant is military-turned-bodyguard, so you know he’s maintained his impressive physique. (Which goes well with his…personality. We’ll go with personality, wink wink!) Anyway, his latest assignment is to protect Shealyn West. She’s the star of a major television drama (Shealyn, can we find it on Netflix?) and she’s got some serious psycho on her tail. Cutter needs to do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if it includes him roaring loudly while ripping off his own shirt. (Especially if it includes this.)  Will they manage to take down Shealyn’s blackmailer? Will she manage to maintain her career? And will Cutter prove to Shealyn that she can never go wrong with a guy like him? This is the first book in Black’s Devoted Lovers series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 3.)

    What new romances are you beating (or bringing!) the heat with this week?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/27 Permalink
    Tags: a taste of pleasure, at sunrise, bluestone and vine, broken promise, chloe blake, cowboy on my mind, donna kauffman, , nora roberts, r.c. ryan, , , , truth or dare   

    Romance Roundup: Lady Police Officers, Folk Musicians, and Chefs. Lots of Chefs. 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a professional chef who gets a new start in Italy, a professional dessert chef who gets a new gig in Philadelphia, and a musician who finds healing with a former soldier-turned-vineyard owner.

    A Taste of Pleasure, by Chloe Blake
    Chef Danica Nillson has the opportunity of a lifetime: a fresh start and new career in Italy! (Danica, please get prepared for visitors. LOTS of visitors.) She doesn’t want romance, but then she meets single dad Antonio Dante Lorenzetti. He’s a very successful restauranteur, and he has zero time to dilly dally and give in to the major feelings Danica brings out in him. (Antonio, buddy, stop trying to resist this perfect, gorgeous woman!) Then he gets to know her—and her cooking—and wonders how he ever lived without either. Here’s hoping they both come to their senses soon and realize they just might be perfect for each other. And that they have several interactions that involve chocolate gelato and aprons. (As in, wearing nothing BUT aprons.) This is the second book in Blake’s Deliciously Dechamps series, which is perfect if you want to read about sexy people who know their way around a kitchen. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Truth or Dare, by Fern Michaels
    Seeking a yarn about a bunch of sexy, chivalrous men who protect helpless children and treat their dogs well and have a strong bond with each other? Then this one is for you! Joe Espinosa is driving on a country road with his trusty dog, Cyrus, by his side. Then Cyrus starts going nuts and paws hysterically at the window. Joe follows Cyrus’ lead, and together they discover three frightened children. Joe and Cyrus first put the children in safe hands (we’ll give Cyrus most of the credit in all of this because he’s so cute and fluffy!), and then Joe calls a meeting with his fellow Men of the Sisterhood. Together, these hot dudes realize there are more children in danger, and they band together to help them. Guys, you are all awesome, and you deserve all the beer and nachos and wings when this scary stuff is over. (Please make sure Cyrus gets a deliciously stinky dog treat, too!) This is the fourth book in Michaels’ Men of the Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Broken Promise, by Tara Thomas
    Charleston police officer Alyssa Adams is pretty much every woman’s hero. Her calling in life is to track down lost women and rescue them, or at least bring closure to their worried families. (Alyssa, if these rescued ladies ever need our services, you can call on us!) Alyssa also desperately wants to find out what happened to her sister, who disappeared ten years ago. She’s about to get some much-needed help from Kipling Benedict, a member of the city’s very powerful Benedict family. A female relative of his has just been kidnapped by his family’s nemesis (Kipling, buddy, what on earth happened that your family has a nemesis?), and he knows that our gal is his best bet on finding her. Can they each find their respective relatives? And can they manage to cope with the Charleston heat by tearing each other’s clothes off at least twice while they’re at it? This is the third book in Thomas’ Sons of Broad series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    At Sunrise, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “Summer Desserts,” dessert chef Summer Lydon is about to settle down for a little while. Her latest gig is to fix up the menu at a swanky Philadelphia hotel. This involves getting involved with hotel owner Blake Cocharan, who would be the proverbial chocolate on every woman’s pillow. Will Blake give Summer a solid list of reasons to stick around? Like, permanently? In “Temptation,” socialite Eden Carlbough is busy running a girls’ camp. Thanks to some camp shenanigans, she ends up climbing an apple tree, and then falling out of said apple tree directly into the arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. (Chase, you can pick our apples any day of the week!) They don’t exactly have the feels for each other right away, but then their heads clear and they each realize the other is not so bad at all. Oh, Chase, make sure you plan a romantic orchard evening with Eden that involves a huge blanket underneath the stars—and being nekkid! (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    Cowboy on My Mind, by R.C. Ryan
    Ben Monroe used to be his town’s Bad Boy, but then he went on the straight and narrow and is now a sheriff’s deputy. (Ben, just don’t get TOO goody two-shoes on us, if you know what we mean! And in case you don’t, what we mean is don’t lose your sexy!) Then he’s reunited with his high school crush, Becca Henderson. She’s never forgotten him (what woman would?) and she now finds him more exciting than ever. (Oh, he is, Becca. He is.) When Becca’s life is endangered, Ben realizes that he’s willing to quite a bit to protect his woman. Do it, Ben! Don’t you dare hesitate! This is the first book in Ryan’s Montana Strong series, which means that many sexy Montana men are on the way. It also features a bonus story, “Rocky Mountain Cowboy,” which is about a reporter who gets to interview a very hot Olympic snowboarder. Yum! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Bluestone and Vine, by Donna Kauffman
    Musician Pippa MacMillan needs a vocal break, so she leaves Ireland for some R&R in small-town Virginia. She meets Seth Brogan, a former soldier who still has all of his muscles and wants to turn his property into a vineyard. (Seth, when can we start putting orders in for bottles?!) He’s on a healing journey of his own, so he and Pippa develop quite the deep connection. Pippa also realizes that she is loving the small-town life, and it’s not just because of Seth’s muscular arms. Then Pippa’s voice start to get better, and she’s faced with the choice of going back to her old life or building a new one with the very dishy Seth. Oh, Pippa, surely you can find some kind of middle ground that involves making the music you love AND making babies with the man you love! This is the second book in Kauffman’s Blue Hollow Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/06/13 Permalink
    Tags: , by invitation only, calypso, , , , , , , , , , love and ruin, , nora roberts, , rainy day friends, , , the cast, , the perfect couple   

    10 Beach Reads to Get You into That Summer State of Mind 

    Summer is nearly here! That means plenty of time for lounging about in the great outdoors. Here are 10 page-turning stories to enjoy as you soak up the sun. Some are light and breezy, and others are a bit darker—covering everything from murders to social media scandals. There are fresh starts and betrayals and secrets. They all have one thing in common, though: They’re each filled with beautiful, colorful characters who will make you want to keep turning the pages, even when the going gets rough. (Especially when the going gets rough, actually.)

    So put on your biggest shades, slather on the SPF-whatever-you-need, and enjoy! Just don’t forget to turn over once in a while.

    The Cast, by Danielle Steel
    Hoping to dip your toes into a glamorous, Hollywood-esque story? Seek no further! Steel’s yarn is about a woman, Kait Whittier, who has a respectable magazine writing career. After meeting Zack Winter, a television producer, Kait becomes inspired to write a TV series based on her grandmother’s life. She soon finds herself in the middle of a major production filled with all kinds of people. All is going quite well, until she is confronted with a major maternal-related issue. Will she be able to get through it? And will her new inner circle help her?

    The Perfect Couple, by Elin Hilderbrand
    Fans of The Castaways and A Summer Affair will have a chance to revisit some of their favorite characters in this novel! It’s wedding season on Nantucket, which doesn’t exactly thrill the locals. (So. Many. Tourists.) Then a bride-to-be is found dead just a few hours before the ceremony was supposed to begin, and many of those who were close to her are prime suspects. Chief of Police Ed Kapenash is on the case, and he soon realizes that no lovey-dovey couple—or family, for that matter—is perfect. He’s going to have to ask some difficult questions in order to solve this case and bring the bride’s loved ones closure.

    All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin
    Giffin’s latest tale is about a major incident that goes viral on social media. Nina Browning is living the good life in Nashville. Her wealthy husband just sold his tech company for a major profit, and their son got accepted to Princeton. Living a very different life is Tom Volpe, a single dad working multiple jobs to raise his daughter, Lyla, while making sure she doesn’t screw things up at her new prep school. One night, at a wild party, a scandalous photo is taken that can shake up everything these two families have worked for. Can they manage to survive the scandal and pick up the pieces of their lives?

    Calypso, by David Sedaris
    Humor book alert! Funnyman David Sedaris’s latest book is about his purchase of a beach house. This may seem like The Dream for just about anyone, but, as Sedaris learns, it’s not all fun and games. He thought it would be a relaxing retreat, but he still can’t escape the facts of life, such as middle age and mortality. There are plenty of his patented and hilarious ruminations on both in this volume, so be prepared for lots of belly laughs in spite of yourself—and maybe some stares from the people sitting nearby.

    Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts
    Roberts’ latest book deals with a mass shooting at a mall, and how it affects the lives of the survivors for years to come. One man decides to go into law enforcement, while one woman finds a much-needed outlet in her art. Years have passed since that horrible night, but the pain still lingers, and it may not even be over yet. Let’s just say that someone bad is waiting to cause more chaos. Fans know that Roberts (and her alter writing ego, J.D. Robb) consistently delivers thrillers filled with the most wonderful human characters.   

    The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews
    Attorney Brooke Trappnell has been summoned by 99-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick to the old lady’s beach home. Josephine wants to make things right with the descendants of her old girl gang. They called themselves The High Tide Club back in the day, and let’s just say they used to have oodles of fun together. (Case in point: They went skinny dipping. A lot.) Of course, many things have happened since those days. Oh, and Josephine also wants Brooke to help her protect her land from greedy hands. Brooke soon finds herself in the middle of decades-old drama as she reunites everyone at Josephine’s home.

    Love and Ruin, by Paula McLain
    McLain is at it again! After the success of The Paris Wife, a fictional account of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to Hadley Richardson, his first of multiple marriages, this new tome delves into Hemingway’s marriage with journalist Martha Gellhorn. Martha travels to Madrid to report on the Spanish Civil War and ends up crossing paths with the soon-to-be-super-famous writer. Throughout their relationship, one of her main struggles is to make sure she remains her own person, which many a modern reader can appreciate. Hemingway scholars know how this particular love story ends, but it’s still fun to read about a romance between two interesting and intelligent people with lots of inner turmoil.

    By Invitation Only, by Dorothea Benton Frank
    A wedding is about to take place, and let’s just say the bride and groom come from very different backgrounds. Fred’s family are Southern peach farmers, while Shelby comes from a wealthy Chicago family. One side is very hardworking, while the other side—or certain folks on it—have a bit of a sense of entitlement. Everyone is feeling a little bit out of their element, especially the two mothers. Will Fred and Shelby’s relationship survive class differences? And will everyone be feeling the love when Fred and Shelby say “I do?” (That is, IF they do?)

    Cottage by the Sea, by Debbie Macomber
    Annie Marlow has been through some pretty painful experiences, so she decides to hightail it to the Pacific Northwest. There she meets a colorful cast of characters, including Keaton, who helps her fix up her seaside rental cottage. He’s a very nice, zen kind of guy, which Annie really needs right now. Life is going smoothly, and then Annie gets a major opportunity thrown her way. Add to that a landlady with some major emotional walls around her and a teenager who might be in desperate need of Annie’s help, and you’ve got a page turner you won’t be able to put down.

    Rainy Day Friends, by Jill Shalvis
    Lanie Jacobs’ husband recently passed away, and she’s still getting over her grief when she discovers that she wasn’t his only wife. She’s devastated, to say the least, and she decides to make a fresh start for herself by working at the Capriotti Winery. It’s a family-run venture, and Lanie gets plenty of distraction from the noisy Capriotti family. There’s also the matter of Mark Capriotti, an Air Force veteran who is now the deputy sheriff. He and Lanie soon realize that they really like each other. Then a 21-year-old newcomer with some dark secrets shows up, which just might ruin everything that Lanie has worked for.

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2018/05/15 Permalink
    Tags: , bound for eden, , midnight promises, nora roberts, pamela yaye, pleasure in his kiss, , , shadow keeper, , , tess lesue,   

    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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