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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/09/17 Permalink
    Tags: a gingerbread romance, , debra webb, immortal born, lacey baker, , nora roberts, , , strangers she knows, , the lies we tell, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Innovative Architects, Single Parents, and Vampire Babies 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an architect who enters a gingerbread house-building contest, a woman whose remote life is about to get extra dangerous, and a very hot man who falls for a very special lady who has a vampire baby. 

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    This reprint features our gal Delaney Holbrook, who is no wilting violet! Rather than mope around when things got rough, she rolled up her literal and proverbial sleeves and worked hard to improve her life. (Delaney, when is your self-help book coming out? Thanks!) Oh, she also vowed to stay away from besuited men, but Malcolm Carlesso, the CEO of a family company, is going to make Delaney’s vow a tad difficult. (He looks mighty fine wearing a suit. He also looks mighty fine wearing nothing but a smile.) Delaney becomes good friends with Malcolm’s estranged sister, Callie Smith. Callie has been living a lonely life. Then she finds out that Malcolm is her brother. Trouble is, Malcolm has some deep-seated family issues and thinks he wants nothing to do with Callie. Here’s hoping that issues get resolved sooner rather than later, that Callie gets the family and love she deserves, that Delaney helps Malcolm out of his suit, and that future holidays are filled with lots of love and family! (Available in paperback on September 17.) 

    A Gingerbread Romance, by Lacey Baker
    Taylor is a gifted architect, and if she wants to earn her next promotion, she’ll need to win a contest that involves building life-size gingerbread houses. (Taylor, we have MANY questions, but in the interest of time we’ll just say “Good luck!”) When Taylor’s gingerbread-house building partner flakes out on her (the nerve!), she teams up with baker and single dad Adam, who could really use a big break of his own. He may have the most delicious buns in town, but his bakery is just not getting the recognition it deserves. (Oh, Adam, we would all love to stop by and take a bite out of your sample tray!) Taylor and Adam end up spending a lot of time together, along with his daughter, Brooke, and they soon realize they’d like to, ahem, bake gingerbread houses together for the rest of their lives. Can Taylor and Adam manage to wow the world with their gingerbread-related abilities? Does Adam know how to make chocolate-covered strawberries that Taylor can eat straight off of his abs? And will Taylor realize that the life she’s always wanted is right under her nose? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    Strangers She Knows, by Christina Dodd
    Kellen Adams lives on a remote California island that doesn’t have much connection to the outside world. This is not an accident—a murderer is out to get Kellen and her family. (Kellen, that’s a great reason to live off of the grid. That said, we’ll all share our Netflix passwords with you ASAP!) She won’t be able to hide for too long, though. For one, her daughter is also in danger. Kellen also recently had a bullet removed from her brain. She’ll need to act quickly and smartly if she’s going to come out of this ordeal without further pain and save her kid. Here’s hoping that Kellen manages to dodge the bad guys and then proceed to live a peaceful life in which she can roam freely throughout the world and do normal things like jog in the park, find romance with a super duper hunky guy who gives her all of the neck rubs, and have lots of fun with her daughter and feel totally safe with her every day! This is the third book in Dodd’s Cape Charade series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    The Lies We Tell, by Debra Webb
    A serial killer is out to get our gal Dr. Rowan Dupont, but rather than shrink away, she’s feeling very “Bring it ON!” and is totally ready to meet him face-to-face and take him down. (That’s right, Rowan! You get that psycho! We will all cheer you on from a safe distance!) The thing is, Rowan’s mom supposedly committed suicide many years ago, and this serial killer might be able to provide some insight, hence Rowan’s need to get close to him. Fortunately, she’s not alone. Her childhood friend and Police Chief Billie Brannigan is eager to help her and make sure she stays safe. They’ll need to work together for long hours and share some deep, intimate secrets if they’re going to make this work. (That’s not such a bad thing. Billie, after all, has a face and body that would make any woman want to linger the way she’d linger over a hot a fudge sundae.) Rowan and Billie, you solve this mystery pronto. When the craziness is all over, pack your bathing suits and head somewhere tropical STAT! This book is part of Webb’s Undertaker’s Daughter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Romance readers who love a bit of fantasy and doomsday in their books will enjoy Roberts’ latest yarn. A mysterious illness wipes out more than half of the world’s population, and magick—both good and bad—is becoming the new normal. Lana Bingham and her hunky man, Max, practice the good kind of magic, but they’re going to have to work very hard in order to avoid—and help beat—the bad kind. They decide to ditch New York City in search of a safer environment (and, presumably, cheaper rent), and collaborate with a colorful cast of characters along the way. With magick and mayhem and romance, this will be the perfect sink-your-teeth-into-it winter story! This reprint is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of The One series. (Available in paperback on September 24.) 

    Immortal Born, by Lynsay Sands
    Allie Chambers is the ultimate friend, as she agreed to take care of her late friend’s baby vampire boy. Little Liam is adorable, but he needs blood in order to survive, which isn’t the easiest thing to come by. (Note to self: Stop complaining about late-night formula runs!) Desperate, Allie decides to rob a blood bank. This is how she meets Magnus, who causes many a woman to do a doubletake and reapply her lipstick. It doesn’t take Magnus long to realize he’d like to be Allie’s mate for life and the father to her new little boy. (Magnus, you are a rare and radiant creature: a studly man with a heart of gold AND a backside of steel!) It’s a good thing that Magnus wants to stick around, as some terrible immortals are causing a ruckus. Magnus will need to be on extra high alert if he’s going to keep Allie and Liam safe and convince Allie that he’s the man for her. This is the latest book in Sands’ extensive Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 24.) 

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2019/08/29 Permalink
    Tags: , hot and badgered, hot shot, how to cross a marquess, i've got you babe, , lynette austin, nora roberts, , , , , the aussie next door, the macgregor brides   

    Romance Roundup: Australian Adventures, Feuding Neighbors, and Warm-hearted Marines 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two shifters who have an exceptionally sexy meet cute, an American woman in Australia who has a hot Aussie neighbor, and a former Marine whose lonely world is about to become not-so-lonely. 

    Hot and Badgered, by Shelly Laurenston
    Grizzly shifter Berg Dunn was just hanging out in his hotel room and minding his own business (all while lounging in bed shirtless and looking so fine, we presume) when Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan landed face-first (and nekkid) on his balcony. (Ouchies, Charlie! Hang tight while we run and get you some pain medication and a fluffy bathrobe!) Charlie clearly has some issues going on, and yet the first thing she does upon seeing Berg is ask him to give her his best gun. (#priorities) The thing is, our gal is on a mission to save her sisters because, frankly, their wastrel father certainly isn’t going to lift a finger to help. Fortunately, Berg is very much willing to help Charlie, and he will actually be quite useful. He’s in the protection specialist field, which means he’s more than equipped (hehe) to give Charlie a helping hand. Here’s hoping that Charlie and Berg rescue Charlie’s sisters ASAP—and that afterwards they go straight back to that hotel room where they first met and make excellent use of it! This is the first book in Laurenston’s Honey Badger Chronicles. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 27.)

    The Aussie Next Door, by Stefanie London
    Angie Donovan had barely stepped off of the plane in Australia when she thought “Yep, I’m doing whatever it takes to stay here!” She lived in many foster homes growing up and now she’s finally found a place where she feels she belongs. Now she has two months to find herself a nice Australian man who will marry her and make her visa issues disappear. She starts to date a myriad of dudes, but none of them seem as nice as her sexy neighbor, Jace Walters. (Angie, it sounds like you need to put on your cutest outfit and go ask Jace for a cup of sugar! And whether you want an actual cup of sugar or whether sugar is a euphemism for something else, we say go for it!) Jace grew up in a huge family with zero privacy, and now he’s relishing living alone. These two people may come from very different backgrounds, but it soon becomes clear that they can complement each other in all kinds of fun ways. Here’s hoping they realize they are perfect for each other, that Jace pops the question pronto, and that their honeymoon involves local, eco-friendly activities. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 27.) 

    The MacGregor Brides, by Nora Roberts
    Family patriarch Daniel MacGregor is 90-years-old—and still kicking in the matchmaking department. He’s already helped his children find the loves of their lives, and now he’s focused on helping his beloved granddaughters find husbands. The thing is, Laura, Gwendolyn, and Julia are all happily engaged—in their careers. (That’s right, ladies! You truck on and pursue your passions and NEVER give them up for ANYONE! That said, please listen to your grandfather!) Fortunately, Grandpa MacGregor has found each lady an exceptional guy. For Laura, there is Royce, a security pro and manly man with broad shoulders and an easy smile. (Laura, you go, girl!) Gwendolyn gets Branson, a mystery writer who needs her medical expertise and ends up wanting her heart. (Branson, when can we get our free and autographed copies of your book? Thanks!) Then there’s Julia, who flips houses and butts heads with Cullum, construction pro and enemy. (Oh, come on, Julia! Admit that you want to help Cullum out of his toolbelt every night!) Yes, we suspect that wedding bells will be ringing quite soon for each of these very special couples! This reprint is part of Roberts’ MacGregors series. (Available in paperback on August 27.)

    How To Cross a Marquess, by Jane Ashford
    Neighbors Fenella Fairclough and the Marquess of Chatton (aka Roger) have a long history. Once upon a time, their parents tried to make them get married and they were like “Nope, leave us alone we hate each other step away now and die, enemies, die!” They each went their separate ways. Roger went on to marry someone else and Fenella went to live with her grandmother, who helped her overcome her shyness. Fast forward a few years later and Roger and Fenella are back in the neighborhood. Roger is a widower and Fenella is not the timid girl she used to be. (Oh, and Roger still has a beautiful body. Better, even.) Fenella and Roger, it sounds like the two of you need to let bygones be bygones and spend some real quality time together. Preferably, this will involve walking to an isolated meadow far away from prying eyes and getting nekkid. Will these two childhood enemies realize that their adult versions are so much better and deserve a second chance? And will they finally tear down the proverbial fence—and then proceed to tear off each other’s clothes? This is the third book in Ashford’s Way to a Lord’s Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 27.)

    I’ve Got You, Babe, by Lynnette Austin
    All former Marine Tucker Wylder wants to do is tinker away in his family’s vintage car restoration business in the hopes that it will distract him from a very painful past. Indeed, he is determined to avoid trouble and drama and just life in general at all costs. (Tucker, buddy, sounds like you need—and deserve—a long, relaxing fishing trip!) Then single mom Elisa Danvers and her three-year-old daughter, Daisy, arrive in Misty Bottoms, Georgia, which immediately puts Tucker on Protective And Loving alert. This is good, because Elisa desperately needs a helping hand. She’s a bit independent, though, so it might take a bit of convincing to make her accept help. (Tucker. Your shirt. Lose it.) Tucker offers to take Elisa and her daughter in until Elisa gets back on her feet, because no amount of pain or inner demons can make him forget that he is a perfect gentleman who would NEVER leave a lady in distress. (Tucker, you are THE BEST!) It doesn’t take Tucker long to realize that he and Elisa and Daisy are the perfect match and that they would all make a beautiful family! This is the second book in Austin’s Must Love Babies series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 27.) 

    Hot Shot, by Fern Michaels
    Lawyer Lizzie Fox is a member of The Sisterhood, a group of women intent on getting justice for all. (Sounds idyllic! How do we all join the club and contribute to the cause?) Lizzie’s husband, Cosmo Crickett, has just been shot, and the group has no idea who did it or why. That said, Cosmo does have some pretty powerful enemies, so the group bands together to comfort Lizzie and help her solve the mystery. (Seriously, how do we join this group?!) It turns out that Cosmo’s troubles may stem from Happy Village, a community he built for seniors who have lost spouses that has a not-so-happy history. (Think old rival gangs that are still fighting.) Lizzie and company will need to work very hard—and stay on their toes—if they’re going to defeat these horrible troublemakers. Good luck, all! When it’s over, please, please, please let us into your beautiful circle! This is the fifth book in Michaels’ The Men of the Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback on August 27.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/08/13 Permalink
    Tags: , , michelle hazen, , nora roberts, on the corner of love and hate, , , , , the pagan stone, the wallflower wager, unbreak me, what doesn't kill her   

    Romance Roundup: Animal Lovers, Wily Widows, and Cute Politicians 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a traumatized woman who’s about to get lots of tender loving (and delicious meals), a widow with a plan who ends up falling in love unexpectedly, and two old friends who are about to see each other in a very different light. 

    The Wallflower Wager, by Tessa Dare
    Gabriel Duke worked hard (like, really hard) to escape the slums and become a filthy rich man. He’s now on a quest to get even with his enemies. He does NOT have the time or patience for his neighbor, Lady Penelope Campion, and her bajillion animals. See, Penelope would rather take care of wounded animals—everything from otters to parrots—than do the whole society thing. (Penelope, we are all SO coming over and helping you out with these cute, cuddly creatures, including the hedgehog!) Penelope and Gabriel strike a deal: She’ll get rid of the animals if Gabriel helps her find good homes for them. (Gabriel, buddy, do you REALLY want to be That Guy who doesn’t like animals?!) Oh, and Penelope soon realizes she’d like to take Gabriel’s little black heart and nurture it back to life. Sounds like these two neighbors should merge their properties and devote the rest of their lives to being friends to the animals (#friendstotheanimals)—and making each other super duper happy! This is the third book in Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series. (Available in paperback on August 13.) 

    Unbreak Me, by Michelle Hazen
    Horse trainer Andra Lawler was assaulted in college, and let’s just say her recovery has been very, very difficult. (Andra, with your permission, we are all going to give you TONS of hugs!) She has chosen to live in isolation on her family’s horse farm. (Hint: She eats A LOT of lonely, frozen dinners.) Then she hires LJ Delisle, a sexy, Haitian-Creole cowboy man with a knack for cooking supremely delicious meals, to help her on the farm. LJ promptly rolls his sleeves up his very muscular arms and starts to make her meals. (The first thing he makes for Andra is a lemon velvet cake, so he’s guaranteed a spot on our Nice List for life!) It doesn’t take either of them long to realize that they’ve each met an exceptionally wonderful person. Things are a bit shaky, though, because people in Andra’s small Montana town don’t trust LJ. (They are shallow and horrible and need to realize that LJ is THE BEST!) Here’s hoping that Andra feels better soon, that LJ ignores the haters, and that they have a big, beautiful wedding complete with all kinds of delicious food! (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 13.) 

    The Duchess in His Bed, by Lorraine Heath
    Aiden Trewlove owns a club that caters to women’s naughtier fantasies, which pretty much makes him our Best Friend Ever. (Aiden, every beer moving forward is on us!) He has zero desire to fall in love or even so much as fool around with a client (#naughtybutprofessional), but he does get quite the run for his money when Selena Sheffield, the Duchess of Lushing, shows up at his club. She’s a recent widow with some major plans to secure her future, and those plans might involve using Aiden’s chiseled face and body. The thing is, Aiden has quite the big, warm heart to go with said chiseled face and body. (It should also be noted that Selena’s late husband didn’t exactly put her in the throes of passion. Like, ever.) Selena wants to throw her plans out the door, but life just isn’t going to be that easy. Selena, we’re very excited to hear about your plans, and we’re confident you’ll find a way to build yourself a beautiful life AND get the man of your dreams! This is the fourth book in Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 20.) 

    The Pagan Stone, by Nora Roberts
    Longtime friends Gage, Fox, and Caleb have come a long way since they started fighting a demon in their town of Hawkins Hollow. Now the battle is almost over, but as they embark on the last step of this terrifying journey, Gage needs to sort out his feelings for his crush, Cybil, pronto. (Fox and Caleb have already found their mates for life, so Gage needs to seriously step up his game if he wants to get in on the next holiday card exchange!) Gage is confident he and his friends can defeat the demon called Lazarus Twisse. He just really needs to also focus on the very strong and smart and beautiful Cybil. (Buddy, sounds like you need to bring her breakfast in bed wearing nothing but…you know what? Just wear nothing!) Can Gage and Cybil work together to defeat this demon? Will the three couples bring peace to Hawkins Hollow? Does Gage have a killer recipe for waffles that involves using real butter and is somehow still relatively low in calories? This reprint is the third book in Roberts’ Sign of Seven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 20.) 

    What Doesn’t Kill Her, by Christina Dodd
    Our gal Kellen Adams suffered a bullet to her brain, which caused a yearlong memory gap. This had her feeling not so great for a while, but as she’s learned more and more about what happened to her, she’s gained a whole lotta much-needed confidence. (That’s right, Kellen! We don’t know what happened either, but we’re positive you are nothing less than a strong, focused woman with enviable biceps!) Now she’s on a mission, and she doesn’t have a whole lot to guide her. This would bother an average person, to say the least, but Kellen is getting a better idea of all of the awesome things she’s capable of. No doubt she’ll manage to defeat her enemies and save the day—and keep her daughter safe—while looking fabulous at the same time. Here’s hoping that when the drama is all over, she’ll get the pampering spa day she deserves! This is the second book in Dodd’s Cape Charade series. (Available in paperback on August 20.) 

    On the Corner of Love and Hate, by Nina Bocci
    Emmanuelle Peroni’s father is the mayor of his town, and he wants her to help his protege, Cooper Endicott, win the local election. More specifically, Emmanuelle needs to help Cooper improve his image, because, well, while Cooper is a rising political star he is also a longtime flirt who has loved the ladies just a little too much over the years. (Oh, Cooper, we’d all be more than happy to give you, ahem, a guiding hand or two. Preferably two.) Emmanuelle is constantly putting out public relations fires because Cooper’s love life keeps coming up. (Yes, something has indeed come up many, many times for Cooper.) As much as this new gig annoys Emmanuelle, she finds herself falling for Cooper big time. This is totally understandable, because Cooper is quite the cutie and he and Emmanuelle used to be very good friends. Oh, Cooper, please realize that Emmanuelle is the woman you want to have by your side forever—both in politics and in life! This is the first book in Bocci’s Hopeless Romantics series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 20.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/08/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , brazen and the beast, dangerous embrace, , love at first bark, marry in secret, nora roberts, , , , the house on olive street, the missing piece   

    Romance Roundup: Treasure Hunters, Disgraced Naval Officers, and Animal Shelter Volunteers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman on a quest for some sunken treasure, a high society lady who thought she was a widow—until her husband showed up at her wedding, and two animal shelter volunteers with a very interesting backstory. 

    Dangerous Embrace, by Nora Roberts
    Two reprinted fan favorites in one volume! In “Treasures Lost, Treasures Found,” our gal Kate Hardesty is on a mission to find sunken treasure. (No, she has not lost her mind! Her late father was an explorer and did a lot of preparatory research, so her mission is quite legit.) Kate will need to dive to exceptional depths if she’s going to have a chance at finding the goods, so she reaches out to Ky Silver. He is a blast from Kate’s past, and he looks REALLY good in a diving suit. (Well done, Ky! Well done!) Trouble is, they didn’t exactly part on the best of terms. Will they find this wonderful treasure AND let bygones be bygones? In “Risky Business,” dive shop owner Liz Palmer is living the good life in Cozumel, Mexico. Then her employee gets killed. Enter his super hot twin brother. Together, they’ll need to dodge some serious bad guys. Will this man get to find some peace and closure? And when all the drama is over, will he and Liz get to spread out nice and nekkid on a secluded Mexican beach? (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 30.) 

    Brazen and the Beast, by Sarah MacLean
    Lady Henrietta “Hattie” Sedley may be The Big 2-9, but she’s not going to let THAT stop her from being fabulous and having fun and taking over her father’s business. (That’s right, Hattie! You tell those overfed, self-absorbed “high society” people to stick their sexist, backwards opinions where the proverbial and literal sun doesn’t shine!) Oh, she also wants to have some more, ahem, carnal fun. Just as she’s about to go out in search of said carnal fun, she finds a super hot guy known around town as Beast tied up inside of her carriage. (Talk about a meet cute!) Beast has quite the reputation for being a bit of a deliciously naughty character. Hattie unties him (why?), and when he discovers her carnal plans, he decides he is more than willing to help. They both also soon realize they’ll be in each other’s lives on a far more permanent basis. (Sounds good, you two! May the biggest problem in your lives together be toning down that meet cute story for the grandkids!) This is the second book in MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 30.) 

    The Missing Piece, by Sharon Sala

    Private investigator Charlie Dodge is about to get involved in a huge case, and it kind of comes at an inconvenient time. His wife has early-onset Alzheimer’s, and so she doesn’t really remember life with her husband. (Charlie, buddy, surely this can be solved if you just stand in front of your wife shirtless and start flexing your muscles, no?) Charlie needs to look into something for millionaire Carter Dunleavy. Carter has purposefully disappeared from the public eye because some really bad people want him dead, and so he desperately needs Charlie’s help. (Charlie, we’re all totally willing to hang out with your beloved wife while you take on this case and remind her that you are a manly man among men who loves her very much! We’ve all seen “The Notebook!” We have ideas! And confidence!) Here’s hoping that Charlie solves this mystery soon, that he and his wife can still have many happy times, and that somehow everyone involved can take the tropical vacation they deserve! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 30.) 

    Marry in Secret, by Anne Gracie

    Lady Rose Rutherford is about to tie the knot with the most eligible bachelor in London. Just as they are about to say their vows, their wedding gets crashed by none other than Thomas Beresford. Rose and Thomas secretly married several years ago, and she actually thought he’s been dead for the past four years. (Nope, definitely not dead!) Thomas is at a bit of a low point in his life right now, and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to not be at a low point. He’s even willing to use his wife – that’s you, Rose! – to reclaim what’s his. This may all seem a tad dangerous, but if there is anyone who is NOT afraid it’s our gal. Rose is not going to just sit back while her husband – that’s you, Thomas! – has all of the revengeful fun. Rose and Thomas, it sounds like the two of you have a lot of catching up to do, so pardon us while we uncork one of our better bottles of wine right before we snuggle in with your story! This is the third book in Gracie’s Marriage of Convenience series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 30.) 

    The House on Olive Street, by Robyn Carr

    Another fan favorite has returned! Four lady writers – Barbara Ann, Beth, Elly, and Sable – are coming together over the death of their friend and fellow writer. They hole up in their late friend’s house, determined to finish her unfinished manuscript. (Now that’s love right there!) They’re all understandably sad over the death of their beloved friend, but this is also the perfect opportunity for each of them to take a break from their routines and get some real focus. Barbara Ann, for one, has lost control over every aspect of her life. (Girl, it’s just a phase! You’ve totally got this!) Beth needs to get away from her abusive husband. (Beth, our spare rooms and couches are all yours!) Elly, an academic, is lonely – and tired of living in her self-imposed isolation. (Time for a fun group trip!) As for Sable, she has a whole lotta past issues. (Yoga retreat!) Here’s hoping that each of these four wonderful ladies finds the inner and outer peace she wants and deserves! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 30.) 

    [ean6Love at First Bark, by Debbie Burns

    This story features PUPPIES! Need we say more? Yes? Okay! Mia Chambers has officially hit the career jackpot: She’s an animal portrait painter. Not only that, she also volunteers at an animal shelter with hunky architect Ben Thomas. Now, our gal Mia is actually a widow with a young son, and her late husband was Ben’s best friend. Ben has been in love with Mia for a looooong time, and the timing might finally be right for him to make his long-desired move. He gets his chance when some bozo abandons a bunch of helpless border collies in a nearby park. It’s all hands on deck at the shelter to rescue the dogs, and so Mia and Ben find themselves spending a bit of extra time together. Will Ben reveal his feelings to Mia as they give these beautiful puppies baths? Will Mia admit that she also has the hots for him? And will Ben, Mia, and her son end up living in a sprawling house of Ben’s design with a huge yard – all of which is designed especially to accommodate multiple canines? This is the fourth book in Burns’ Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 30.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/07/11 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , long tall texans: donovan/emmett, nora roberts, , , tempation's darling, the seekers, the wedding party, ,   

    Romance Roundup: ICU Nurses, Texas Cowboys, and Wedding Party Romances 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a lawyer who’s finally about to find true love, an ICU nurse reentering the dating world, and a writer who falls for an exceptionally handsome detective. 

    Under Currents, by Nora Roberts
    On the surface, Zane Bigelow’s childhood looked idyllic—successful parents and a big, fancy house and all that jazz—but said childhood was actually filled with all kinds of abuse. (Zane, you’ll need to run exceptionally fast in order to escape…our hugs!) Fast forward many years and Zane is now a successful—and smokingly gorgeous—lawyer. He decides to return to his hometown and be with his loved ones. There he meets Darby, a landscape artist who’s new to the area and has her own haunted past. (Darby, what is the name of your business? We all want to give it the positive Yelp reviews it deserves!) Darby and Zane may each have their own issues to grapple with – not to mention dark pasts they can’t seem to shake—but that doesn’t stop either of them from realizing they’d like to do the nekkid dance on a regular basis. Will they be able to dodge their demons and start a new chapter of their lives together? (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 9.) 

    Long, Tall Texans: Donavan/Emmett, by Diana Palmer
    Two stories in one! In “Donavan,” hottie-of-our-hearts Donavan Langley is very happy to be a walking, talking example of rugged Texas masculinity. (We are all very happy about this, too, Donavan.) Then Fay York walks into the local bar looking mighty fine and causing Donavan to do a major double take. He’s determined to avoid Fay by using his silly “She’s too fancy for me” argument. Will he open his heart to love? In “Emmett,” single dad Emmett Deverell decides to move to small-town Texas with his three loud and exhaustingly mischievous kids. (“Nanny 911,” anyone?) He decides they need a calm woman in their lives, but the only single gal in the area is Melody Cartman, and Emmett wouldn’t exactly call himself a member of her proverbial fan club. (No offense, Emmett, but you’re a doofus.) Will Emmett realize that Melody is a wonderful woman with whom he can build a beautiful life? These two reprinted stories are part of Palmer’s Long, Tall Texans series. (Available in paperback on July 9.) 

    Window on the Bay, by Debbie Macomber
    Intensive care nurse Jenna Boltz has been doing the single mom thing for the past 20 years, and now she’s facing an empty nest thanks to her kids going to college. (Jenna, you clearly did an awesome job with your kids! Oh, and we’re all coming over with pizza and wine and planning tons of fun times!) She doesn’t quite know what to do with herself. One thing is for sure: Jenna is not ready to navigate the dating world. (That’s okay, Jenna. No one ever really is!) Then she meets Dr. Rowan Lancaster, a silver fox of a man who helps Jenna’s elderly mom when she breaks her hip. (Rowan, we are all SO bringing our relatives to you—from babies to grannies!) Rowan certainly has that whole Stiff and Silent Man act down pat, but beneath that stony exterior beats a heart that soon becomes wholly devoted to Jenna. Oh, Rowan, Jenna’s about to go through a really tough time, so please put on your best face (as in, you know, smile) and use your envy-worthy body to give our gal a helping hand! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 16.)

    The Wedding Party, by Jasmine Guillory
    Alexa Monroe from The Wedding Date is getting married, and her best friends Maddie and Theo are both going to be involved in the big day. This would be all fine and dandy if Maddie and Theo didn’t hate each other so much after their one-night stand. (To be fair, Maddie and Theo, you both made—er, un-made?—that bed and if you want a fresh start you’ll need to strip that bed and make sure you use hypoallergenic laundry detergent and then follow up with a couple of dream-inducing dryer sheets and…wait! Wrong list of instructions!) Anyhoo, Theo and Maddie need to work together in order to help make Alexa’s wedding day dreams come true. (And you both BETTER do that because Alexa is AWESOME and if you DON’T we will all SNEER at you!) How soon will it take for each of them to realize they are perfect for each other? Will they find a private moment during the wedding reception to unabashedly make out? And where the heck are all of OUR wedding invitations?! (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 16.) 

    Temptation’s Darling, by Johanna Lindsey
    Our gal Vanessa has led a pretty freedom-filled life with her exiled father in the Scottish Highlands. (What time period is this? Can Jamie Fraser come out and play?) Then Papa Bear pushes her go to London for her debut. She’ll be living with her estranged mother while this happens, and she soon becomes acquainted with her mother’s guest, Lord Montgomery Townsend. His main job in life is to cover up the Prince Regent’s many, many scandals. (He’s basically the equivalent of a modern-day, top-notch celebrity public relations professional, except he has way cooler outfits.) Montgomery is mega-intrigued by this newcomer, and he’s determined to prevent her mother from making her marry the insipid son of a high-profile family. He also wants to give her a helping hand as she navigates this scary world of high society. The thing is, he soon realizes that he wouldn’t mind being the one to rock her world. Go get your woman, Montgomery! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 16.) 

    The Seekers, by Heather Graham
    Nonfiction writer Keri Wolf has a new gig as a crew member of a TV show that looks into paranormal-related stuff. The latest show subject is an allegedly haunted Pennsylvania inn. Everything is going as it should—until a dead body turns up. (Yup, that’ll definitely ruin the fun.) If that weren’t creepy enough, a ghost appears, which totally messes with Keri’s head. (Keri, we would not judge you AT ALL if you need a moment—and a giant glass of wine—to compose yourself.) The only person who understands what she’s going through is former detective Joe Dunhill. He’s looking into the whole Dead Body Thing and he’s a very good candidate for the job because, in addition to having a beautiful face that would convince anyone to spill the beans, he can also communicate with the dead. Here’s hoping that Keri and Joe solve the mystery soon, and that they then do something fun and calming, like nekkid yoga on a secluded beach. This is the latest book in Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 23.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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