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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/03/05 Permalink
    Tags: annie rains, Blood Brothers, day of the dragon, , , , , misadventures with a book boyfriend, nora roberts, , , slow ride, springtime at hope cottage, victoria blue   

    Romance Roundup: Dragon Shifters, Former Male Models, and Artifact Seekers 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a reporter who investigates a supernaturally-touched town, an academic who meets a very sexy dragon shifter, and a male model who starts an interesting new business venture—and falls hard for a client.

    Blood Brothers, by Nora Roberts
    Caleb Hawkins and his two best friends, Fox and Gage, saw some pretty creepy things when they were kids. (They might have taken a camping trip, and they might have seen some evil, supernatural-ish stuff.) Now they are all grown upand Quite Hotand the evil stuff is coming up again in their town of Hawkins Hollow. Caleb, a descendant of the town’s founders, ends up having a major connection with visiting reporter Quinn Black. She’s writing a book about the town and its mysterious ways, and she and Caleb soon realize that they want to have the kind of relationship that leaves very little to the imagination. Before they can truly settle down, though, they’ll need to band together with other men and women to help bring peace to Hawkins Hollow. This is the first book in Roberts’ Sign of Seven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 5.)

    Day of the Dragon, by Katie MacAlister
    Our gal Thaisa is a serious scholar who doesn’t really believe in all of that supernatural mumbo jumbo. Then she meets dragon shifter Archer Andras, who would make even the most steadfast of women question everything she believes in. (In the best possible ways, of course!) Thaisa soon finds herself in the middle of a dragon war, one that also involves Archer’s twin brother. (Yup, there’s two of him, which brings a whole new meaning to that ubiquitous Game of Thrones catchphrase, “WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?!?!”) She’ll need to translate an ancient text in order to help win this war, and she’s not sure she can do this while keeping her clothes on, because Archer. (It’s okay, Thaisa. We certainly wouldn’t!) This is the second book in MacAlister’s Dragon Hunter series, and it includes a bonus novel, “Wolf’s Mate” by Celia Kyle. That yarn is about a woman who gets some much-needed protection from a sexy werewolf shifter. Howl at the moon, indeed! (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 5.)

    Springtime at Hope Cottage, by Annie Rains
    New York City magazine editor Josie Kellum is all about the fast-paced life. Then she gets majorly injured and ends up recovering in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. (Josie, please send us your temporary address ASAP so we can send you flowers, a teddy bear, and a box of your favorite sweets!) On the bright side, her physical therapist ends up being local widower Tucker Locklear. They soon develop the hots for each other. (Tucker has VERY healing hands!) The thing is, Tucker is reluctant to get close to anyone again, and Josie wants to go back to her New York City life. Josie and Tucker, please get your heads out of the clouds and realize that you’re perfect for each other and that you can absolutely make a beautiful life together! This is the second book in Rains’ Sweetwater Springs series, and it includes the bonus story “Last Chance Bride” by Hope Ramsay. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 5.)

    Hold Back the Dark, by Kay Hooper
    Residents of Prosperity, North Carolina are killing each other off and waking up with zero memories of what they did. (Yeah, everyone’s pretty much in crisis mode.) Enter our gal, Chief Deputy Katie Cole. She knows she can’t handle all of this on her own, and so she’s working with Sheriff Jackson Archer. They’re also getting some much-needed help in the form of the Special Crimes Unit. Everyone’s getting deeper and deeper into a giant murder mystery mess, so they’re going to have to think fast and work together in order to solve it—and stay alive. This is the latest book in Hooper’s Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. (Available in paperback on March 5.)

    Misadventures with a Book Boyfriend, by Victoria Blue
    Former model Oliver Connely was a household name, but then his career went kaput. He needs money—like, pronto—so he creates a business venture called Book Boyfriend Incorporated. This business venture involves him making his lady clients feel, ahem, not so lonely. (Oliver, do you accept payment via Venmo? Asking for a friend!) He ends up having feelings, though, for Bailey Hardin, a client whose political husband has just turned up dead. Things get even more intense when Oliver’s friend decides to get involved in the related political drama. Oliver and Bailey, it sounds like the two of you need to do a serious Marie Kondo on your social lives! Once you’ve cut out those who bring you no joy, you can focus on each other and the numerous beautiful babies you’ll make! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 5.)

    Slow Ride, by Lori Foster
    Our gal Ronnie Ashford has met a ridiculously hot guy at a bar, and just when it looks like they will have A Lot Of Fun together, she learns that he is none other than Jack Crews. Normally, this discovery would make her scream in ecstasy rather than frustration, but Jack is the person she’s supposed to work with soon in order to acquire artifacts for her bosses. (She would rather work alone, thank you very much.) Jack is all like, “Aw, baby, we can be partners AND lovers!” while she’s all like “Please hide those distracting biceps of yours underneath an ugly Christmas sweater STAT!” (For the record, this would NOT diminish Jack’s sexiness level in any way whatsoever.) Oh, Ronnie, please realize that you and Jack can absolutely be partners in both work and life. And Jack, please take every opportunity to show Ronnie that every day with you would be quite the adventure! This is the second book in Foster’s Road to Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/02/27 Permalink
    Tags: before we were strangers, , , , , devil's cub, , honeysuckle summer, , , josh and hazel's guide to not dating, , my favorite half-night stand, nora roberts, of blood and bone, , , , , the best of us, the conspiracy,   

    Romance Is in the Air During B&N’s Book Haul 

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    Romance novels are the perfect way to stave off the late winter chill—and a number of them are 50 percent off during Barnes & Noble’s Book Haul Blowout, from February 27 to March 4. In the books below you’ll find a firefighting lady with some new blazes to investigate, a guy who has feelings for his old friend’s sister, and two best friends who are finally about to realize that they are perfect for each other! Get ready to refresh your romance reading, and head over to your nearest Barnes & Noble and get your Book Haul on!

    Consumed, by J.R. Ward
    Anne Ashburn is focused on arson investigations at this point in her career, which sounds awesome, but it doesn’t compare to her previous gig. She used to be a firefighter, but then Something Bad Happened. The only person who can rev her engine at this time is her fellow firefighting coworker Danny McGuire, who deserves his own calendar. (Like, a daily calendar. For the entire year. A leap year.) When a bunch of random fires start happening all around their city, Anne and Danny must work together in order to find out what’s causing all of the dangerous trouble. Will Anne get a chance at career redemption? Will Danny realize that The One has been right under his nose this whole time? And will they get to, ahem, have relations, at least once inside of a fire truck? This is the first book in Ward’s Firefighters series. 

    The Conspiracy, by Kat Martin
    Harper Winston is on a mission to find her missing brother. He recently disappeared while sailing the Caribbean and the Coast Guard has been unable to locate him. She ends up going to Chase Garrett, her brother’s former best friend and now the owner of Maximum Security. Chase has feelings for Harper, but he’s very reluctant to get involved again with her family. (Sadly, much of the Winston clan is involved in some very shady dealings that would make the proverbial mafia blush.) Chase ends up helping Harper anyway, because The Feelings, and he’s going to work very hard to keep her safe. Good for you, Chase! When the drama is all over—and, we hope, her brother is found safe and sound and not involved in anything bad—you and your special woman should consider living in a peaceful land that’s far, far away from the in-laws! This is the first book in Martin’s Maximum Security series. 

    The Best of Us, by Robyn Carr
    Any reader who was and/or is super duper close to their aunt will love this yarn! Dr. Leigh Culver is a Colorado-based doctor, and she’s about to get a much-needed visit from her aunt, Helen Culver, who raised her and with whom she is exceptionally close. Together, they venture to Sullivan’s Crossing, where they both end up having a delightful time. (Sullivan’s Crossing, with its nice people and beautiful scenery, has that effect on just about everybody who visits!) Oh, and Helen ends up meeting a very special someone who makes her rethink her plan to never do winter again. (Like, ever.) Helen, we agree that snow and ice can be not-so-nice, but it sounds like this new person in your life will cause you nothing but pleasure! Here’s hoping that both Leigh and Helen get the rest and peace they both deserve, and that Helen decides to live close to her niece again. This is the fourth book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. 

    Of Blood and Bone, by Nora Roberts
    Thirteen-year-old girl Fallon Swift is about to embark on a pretty serious training mission. While a major sickness known as The Doom has wiped out a good chunk of humanity, it’s also left many survivors with magical powers. Fallon has those magical powers and needs to learn to harness them, so she leaves the farm she’s lived on with her mom and stepfather in order to train. Her trainer is a centuries-old dude named Mallick, and he’s going to train her to survive just about everything, including the evil Raiders and Purity Warriors who are on a mission to wipe out Fallon and her kind. Will Fallon survive this dystopian drama? Will she learn to use her powers to help conquer evil? And will she also have a chance to have some fun and make some friends and kiss at least one cute boy while she’s at it? This is the second book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. 

    Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren
    Once upon a time, in a magical place called College, Hazel Camille Bradford threw up on Josh Im’s shoes. They soon became fast friends, even though they were always rather different. Years later, Hazel still embraces the crazier side of life, complete with WAY too many pets, while Josh is the kind of guy who probably has his accountant’s phone number memorized. (You know what, Josh? We respect that!) Now, Josh’s girlfriend has just cheated on him, likely because she was too empty-headed to recognize the sexy beneath all of that nerdy. On the bright side, though, Josh and Hazel are finally free to truly explore their feelings for each other. (No offense, you two, but you REALLY need to get your eyes checked if you can’t realize that you’re the perfect balance!) Here’s hoping they both come to their senses and embark on a permanent situation that involves them always bringing out the best in each other! 

    My Favorite Half-Night Stand, by Christina Lauren
    Millie Morris is a professor at UC Santa Barbara, and she’s an expert in—wait for—female serial killers. When she and her four best professor friends, all of whom are dudes, are invited to a fancy schmancy black tie affair, they all make a pact to bring dates. They all decide to go the online route to find said dates, and let’s just say that Millie is not having the best of luck. Men are sending her photos of their junk, for one. (Millie, we’ll help you report those photos to the police so you can focus more on your love hunt!) She does have one positive experience online, though, and that involves flirting with her professor friend Reid Campbell under the name of “Catherine.” She and Reid recently had a one-night stand, and Millie can’t help but want just a little bit more. Oh, Millie, gather up your courage and reveal yourself to Reid—both online and in person! And Reid, please realize that True Love might be much closer than you ever expected! 

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    It’s going to be quite the summer for Lauren, Jenna and Nancy! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and their lives aren’t going so smoothly right now. Lauren’s teenage daughter isn’t being the most cooperative person right now, and poor Lauren is at her wit’s end. Jenna and her husband are trying to get pregnant, and lets’ just say it’s Not Working. Nancy is Lauren and Jenna’s mom, and she’s been going through some stuff of her own. Sounds like these lovely ladies will have a lot of soul-searching to do this summer, so here’s hoping they have plenty of ice cream and wine and that they take advantage of the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard for some much-needed healing! 

    Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak
    Sloane McBride left her Texas town at the age of 18 and never looked back. She doesn’t exactly have the warmest, fuzziest memories of her childhood. For one, her mom abandoned the family when Sloane was just five years old. Plus, there was a lot of family drama in general and it made life less-than-pleasant for our gal. That was years ago, though, and Sloane is ready to find out the truth about her family. She goes back to Texas and finds herself face-to-face with quite a bit of drama, including an old boyfriend. (Oh, and chances are she and said boyfriend never quite got over each other. #truelove) Will Sloane find the answers she’s looking for? Will she finally get some inner and outer peace? And book at least one much-deserved massage to help ease her tension? 

    Honeysuckle Summer, by Sherryl Woods
    Raylene Hammond has finally ditched her good-for-nothing husband and is spending some time with her good friends, whom she refers to as the Sweet Magnolias. Because our gal has been through an exceptionally tough time lately, they even protect her from the outside world. The only man who can infiltrate this bubble is sheriff’s deputy Carter Rollins. He’s a nice and patient guy—he’s raising two younger sisters, for one—but Raylene isn’t totally ready to let him into her heart just yet. (We feel you, Raylene, but please note that Carter is an exceptionally sweet guy who would only use his sinewy body to keep you safe and sound and, ahem, rock your world at least once a night!) Will Raylene let him in for good? And will the Sweet Magnolias receive some kind of karmic prize for being such amazing friends? This is the seventh book in Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series. 

    Devil’s Cub, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Dominic Alastair, the Marquis of Vidal, who is not exactly the most worthy of gentlemen. (Yes, he possesses a face and body carved by angels, but he’s also an exceptionally naughty man who could be a tad nicer to the ladies.) Case in point: When he has to flee to France from England, he takes with him the girl he was courting for marriage purposes, totally intending to just make her his mistress. Instead, he accidentally kidnaps her sister, Mary Challoner, who was totally onto his dishonorable schemes. (Mary, show us your ways and teach us how to read the signs of when a man is being deceitful!) Mary refuses to give into any of Dominic’s shenanigans, which kind of makes him want her even more. Dominic, buddy, you KNOW you have to get married to carry on your family’s title, and Mary is by far the best woman you’ll ever meet. Abandon your errant ways without losing your sexy and prove to her what a great husband you’d make if given the chance!

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Chef Lana Bingham and her hunky boyfriend, author Max, are hightailing it out of New York City. A deadly illness has wiped out much of the world’s population, and survivors are acquiring a variety of magickal skills, both the good and the bad types of magick. Indeed, things are looking quite dark all around, so Lana and Max will need to stick together and utilize the help of trusted friends to survive this horrible new world. There are other characters, too, who are fleeing New York City, including Arlys, a journalist, Chuck, a techie and hacker, Rachel, a doctor, and Jonah, a paramedic. This is a twisted, dystopian story, so grab your winter reading gear – plus a nice glass of wine or cup of tea—and enjoy! This is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. 

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/02/19 Permalink
    Tags: california girls, finding forever, , lee tobin mcclain, , low country hero, misadventures of a curvy girl, mornings on main, nora roberts, , , , , the scoundrel in her bed   

    Romance Roundup: Curvaceous Heroines, Reunited Sweethearts, and Baseball Players 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who finds way more than she bargained for in a small, Texas town, a curvy lady who has attracted the attentions of two very sexy guys, and a single mom who meets a very special contractor.

    Mornings on Main, by Jodi Thomas
    Jillian James is only visiting Laurel Springs, Texas to learn more about her deadbeat father and why he abandoned his family. She is definitely NOT going to stick around this tiny town. Then she meets Connor Larady, who quite possibly has the biggest heart a man could have. Not only is he a single father, he also takes care of his grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s. Oh, and he’s absolutely heartbroken about the prospect of closing down said grandmother’s beloved quilt shop. Jillian and Connor end up becoming quite close, and she also becomes very close to his grandmother. Will Jillian find out the truth about her family’s past? Will she allow herself to let love into her heart and her life? And will Connor provide Jillian with multiple, ahem, reasons to stay in Laurel Springs? (Available in paperback on February 19.)

    Misadventures of a Curvy Girl, by Sierra Simone
    Ireland Mills has finally said “Peace out!” to fad diets and any other attempts to change her body. She’s tired of feeling ashamed about her body and has decided to embrace it 100 percent. (Excuse me, Ireland? We all love you. Like, a lot.) She ends up becoming VERY close to TWO extremely hunky guys—Caleb Carpenter and Ben Weber. Oh, and these two guys have no problem with the fact that they are both attracted to Ireland. (You know what they say—when it rains, it pours!) When Ireland’s car ends up going kaput on a random dirt road, Caleb and Ben both come to rescue, and the three of them engage in some exceptionally sexy time. Their only problem is that they’re seriously falling for her—and she’s having a hard time believing it. Ben and Caleb will need to put in some major overtime if they’re going to convince Ireland that they love her exactly the way she is. (Get to it, you two!) This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 19.)

    California Girls, by Susan Mallery
    Three sisters are going through a very tough time right now, relationship-wise. TV host Finola finds out that her husband is having an affair with some vapid little pop star. Zennie just broke up with her own man, but she’s feeling more “Meh” about it than anything else. She decides to become a surrogate for her best friend, but pregnancy turns out to be, to put it succinctly, Not Totally Fun. As for Ali, her fiance sends his brother to break up with her, and then keeps checking up on her to make sure she’s okay. (Dude, really? If you were so concerned, did you HAVE to do your stupid brother’s dirty work?) So yes, these three ladies are going through a lot right now. It’s a darn good thing they have each other, plus that California sunshine and, we hope, plenty of California wine. (Except for you, Zennie! You’re sticking with smoothies!) Here’s hoping they provide each other with the kind of loving support only close family and friends can give! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    The Scoundrel in Her Bed, by Lorraine Heath
    Finn Trewlove is the bastard son of a nobleman, and he has a Very Secret History with Lady Lavinia Kent, who is the daughter of an earl. They were quite lovey-dovey back in the day, then something very bad happened that put an end to things. She went on to get involved in London’s seedy underworld and dedicate herself to a cause. (For the record, Finn was her inspiration for this!) Years later, Lavinia and Finn are reunited, and let’s just say they both soon feel the unstoppable urge to get nekkid together. (Don’t fight the feelings, you two!) They’ll need to overcome quite a few dangers and class-related issues if they’re going to finally get the happy ending they deserve. Lavinia and Finn, when it’s all over, the two of your should seriously consider an extended Mediterranean trip that involves lots of sunshine and light clothing and the freedom to skinny dip in crystal-clear waters! This is the third book in Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    Finding Forever, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two fan favorites! In “Rules of the Game,” Parks Jones may be a professional baseball player with a body made for a tight-fitting uniform, but that doesn’t change the fact that Brooke Gordon can’t stand him. (Oh, Brooke, surely Parks has at least one redeemable quality to go with that chiseled body of his!) They need to work together, and Parks is eager to prove to Brooke that he’s a decent guy. Good luck, buddy! In “Second Nature,” reporter Lee Radcliffe gets the chance to interview famous—and reclusive—horror writer Hunter Brown. He has one condition, though, which is that she needs to go on a camping trip with him. Lee, strap on your best hiking boots and your comfiest khakis and get your story and your man! (And don’t forget your bug spray!) (Available in paperback on February 26.)

    Low Country Hero, by Lee Tobin McClain
    Anna George has ditched her abusive ex and taken her twin daughters to Safe Haven, South Carolina in search of peace and refuge. She gets a helping hand (a very strong, masculine, helping hand) from contractor Sean O’Dwyer. (Sean, if you ever need help adjusting your toolbelt, we’d all happily volunteer for the chance!) Sean didn’t think he wanted to do the whole family thing, but he soon realizes that Anna and her daughters are exceptionally special and that they have unlocked many, many wonderful feelings. He and Anna become very close as they do refurbishment work. Oh, Sean, please, please, please don’t dawdle! Let Anna know ASAP how you feel and put a ring on it! This is the first book in McClain’s Safe Haven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week? 

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: a dangerous game, , dark water rising, , , , nora roberts, o'hurley's return, , , , , unmasked,   

    Romance Roundup: Criminal Psychologists, Motorcycle Clubs, and Reunited Ex-Spouses 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who needs her former lover’s help, a criminal psychologist with a fascinating new case, and a vampire whose honey is ready to help him get through a very dark time.  

    Lilac Lane, by Sherryl Woods
    Single mom Kiera Malone has worked very hard to provide a good life for her children. Life is starting to finally go her way, then her fiancé dies of a heart attack. She decides to visit Chesapeake Shores and spend time with her father and grown daughter. She gets a job at her son-in-law’s Irish pub, and soon clashes with the chef, Bryan Laramie. There’s major sexual tension just underneath those arguments, with plenty of unleashed passion waiting to boil over. Everyone in town starts taking bets (can we join?) to see how soon these two kitchen coworkers will start to climb all over each other. Will they manage to get under each other’s aprons (literally and figuratively) and realize that they are actually kind of perfect for each other? This reprint is the fourteenth book in Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series. (Available in paperback on January 22.)

    Vengeance Road, by Christine Feehan
    Our gal Breezy Simmons was born into a motorcycle club, and let’s just say it was populated by the types of people your mother warned you against. Breezy escaped that life, but she never forgot Steele, the vice president of Torpedo Ink who broke her heart. (This is understandable. Steele would make the most pious of nuns rethink her vows.) It turns out that Steele drove Breezy away in order to keep her safe, but when she re-enters his life requesting help he decides he’ll never lose her again. Indeed, Steele is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep her safe and be with her forever. As for Breezy, she wouldn’t mind having (like, at all) another tussle or two with Steele. Here’s hoping they figure out a solution soon, and that Steele gives Breezy all kinds of reasons to never, ever doubt him again! This is the second book in Feehan’s Torpedo Ink series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    A Dangerous Game, by Heather Graham
    Criminal psychologist Kieran Finnegan was just wrapping things up at the office for the day, totally ready to go home and snuggle with her boyfriend and maybe even have a glass of wine and do a face mask. Then a very distressed woman shoves her baby into Kieran’s arms, runs away, and is subsequently murdered. (Kieran, we wouldn’t blame you AT ALL if you went for a second glass of vino tonight!) Kieran’s special agent boyfriend Craig Fraser helps her out by enlisting the help of the FBI. Oh, he also wants Kieran to stay out of this particular situation. The thing about Kieran, though, is that she has a HUGE heart. She discovers a very dangerous group of people who were linked to that poor woman, and soon decides she wants to help bring them down. You’ve got this, Kieran! We all believe in you! This is the third book in Graham’s New York Confidential series. (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    O’Hurley’s Return, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorites are reprinted in one volume! In “Skin Deep,” actress Chantel O’Hurley is being threatened, and it’s gotten so bad that she needs to hire private investigator Quinn Doran. Quinn’s hardened personality goes well with his rock-hard body, but underneath all of that hardness (heehee) is a heart ready to give her all of the love in the world. Will Chantel be the one to unlock his softer side? In “Without a Trace,” super-hottie Trace O’Hurley isn’t exactly proud of his dark past. Then he meets Gillian Fitzpatrick, who needs his help if she’s going to save her brother. Together, they’ll need to help take down a terrorist organization. Can they manage what seems to be impossible? Will Trace find redemption and be reunited with his family? How many pounds can he bench press? Whatever happens, here’s hoping that he and Gillian manage to rescue her brother and then start a new chapter together! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Unmasked, by Helen Hardt
    Vampires aren’t supposed to be able to levitate, but then vampire Dante Gabriel and his nurse lady love Erin Hamilton find themselves floating above their bed. (To be clear, Dante has no problem levitating other parts of his body the natural way!) Levitation is just one bizarre ability Dante suddenly develops, and it triggers memories of his time in captivity. (He spent years as a blood slave to a female vampire, and let’s just say it wasn’t the sunniest period of his existence.) As for Erin, she’s ready to help Dante through this difficult period and do whatever it takes for him to feel better. (Oh, that we’d all be so lucky for such a beautiful opportunity!) Dante and Erin will need to stay sharp if they’re going to survive this next wave of drama, so here’s hoping they both use every tool under their belt. (Especially Dante!) This is the fourth volume in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series, and it contains parts 10, 11, and 12. (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Dark Water Rising, by Sharon Sala
    Sam and Haley Quaid went through some major tragedy right before they got divorced: Their 10-year-old son died. Before they parted ways, though, Sam gave Haley a note letting her know that he’d always be there for her if she ever needed him. (Now THAT’S a good man!) Three years later, Haley reaches out to Sam, and he figures that she’s in trouble. Not only is there a hurricane on the way, but two escaped prisoners are headed towards Haley’s area. Sam’s lovey-dovey feelings for Haley are kicked back into mega-overdrive, and he’s ready to come to her rescue. (And if coming to Haley’s rescue involves running very, very quickly while baring his teeth in a “Don’t screw with me” snarl and ripping open his button-down shirt to reveal his “I workout at least five days a week” abs, then so be it!) Sam, buddy, go rescue your woman, and when the drama is over, rebuild your lives together! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on January 29.)

    What hot new romances are keeping you warm this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:41 pm on 2018/12/26 Permalink
    Tags: , , , nora roberts, , , , , vivienne lorret   

    Romance Roundup: Innocent Matchmakers, Scottish Lairds, and Hot Aussies 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup features a lost and lonely husband who wants his wife to come home, a wannabe matchmaker who needs to learn about love and attraction, and a woman who is ready to take control of her life and go after the man she’s always wanted.

    O’Hurley Born, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint contains two beloved stories! In “The Last Honest Woman,” widow Abby O’Hurley is working hard to create a good life for her and her two sons. Oh, and she’s also keeping her past on the DL. Journalist and biographer Dylan Crosby, though, is convinced she’s hiding some horrendously dark secrets and wants to uncover them. Then he gets to know our gal, and realizes that she’s, like, a really good person and a strong woman. Dylan, buddy, please give up any harebrained schemes you have and devote your life to making Abby smile! In “Dance to the Piper,” recording mogul Reed Valentine meets his match in dancer Maddy O’Hurley. The only issue is that Reed has trouble expressing his feelings. As in, he’s afraid that showing said feelings will cause lightning to strike and burn his morose soul to a crisp. Will he unlock his safety-bolted heart and let Maddy’s love inside of it? (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    Ten Kisses to Scandal, by Vivienne Lorret
    Briar Bourne is matchmaker-in-training with the Bourne Matrimonial Agency. She has great ambitions to fix people up, but she’s not exactly an encyclopedia of knowledge and experience when it comes to attraction between the sexes. She enlists the help of Nicholas Blacklowe, the Earl of Edgemont, to teach her a thing or two, and let’s just say he’s loosened many a London corset. Now he’s going to teach Briar about the laws of attraction, and he insists on receiving kisses from her as payment. (Oh, Nicholas, you lovable scoundrel, you!) His Sexiness has no intentions to settle down and become a family man. Then he gets to know Briar better, and realizes that the rake life is no longer everything it’s cracked up to be. (Nicholas, we KNEW you were a smarty pants!) This is the second book in Lorret’s Misadventures in Matchmaking series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on December 24.)

    1105 Yakima Street, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features abandoned husband Bruce Peyton, whose wife, Rachel, has just left him. She’s pregnant and under a lot of stress, so she decided to get lost and lay low. (She did a pretty darn good job, too, because no one knows where she is right now.) Oh, and Bruce is having trouble with his 13-year-old daughter, Jolene. Yep, Bruce is not exactly at a high point in his life right now. He’s not alone, though, because of a bunch of his neighbors are also experiencing their own family-related issues. Bruce wants to be a good friend to them, but he really wants Rachel’s help. He also just wants Rachel back home. Bruce, buddy, remember that Rachel is pregnant and likely hormonal and you need to do what it takes to make your home a welcoming and nurturing place! This book is part of Macomber’s extensive Cedar Cove series. (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    The Presence, by Heather Graham
    Toni MacNally are on a fun money-making scheme, one that involves buying a decrepit Scottish castle and telling incoming tourists that it’s haunted by a totally made-up laird named Bruce MacNiall. All is fine and dandy until a total fine and dandy hunk shows up and tells everyone that he is, in fact, the Laird MacNiall. (Dude, you can be laird of our anything any day of the week!) Then some of the ladies in the nearby town end up dead, and Toni starts to wonder whether this hottie man has anything to do with it. (No! It cannot be! We refuse to believe it! He’s just too sexy!) Toni will need to use all of her sleuthing skills to help figure out who the murderer is – and learn more about this mysterious and sexy guy. This book also contains a bonus story, “When Twilight Comes,” by B.J. Daniels. It’s about a woman and her child who get stuck in a storm with the very handsome Harry Ballantine. (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    Just Kate, by Linda Lael Miller
    Romance readers who wouldn’t mind an escape to the Land Down Under will enjoy this two-in-one reprint! In “Just Kate,” our gal Kate Blake just got screwed over by both her father AND her fiance. (Kate, our pitchforks are sharpened and ready to go! Just give us the who and the when!) She decides to take control of her life and go after what she really wants – her late sister’s husband, Sean Harris. (Oh, boy, we SO want to be invited to the next family gathering!) Kate and Sean have lots of feelings to sort through, and a lot of family issues to confront, so here’s hoping they both have limitless amounts of patience and stamina. This volume also contains “What a Westmoreland Wants” by Brenda Jackson, which features Australian rancher Callum Austell. He is very eager to win the favor of Gemma Westmoreland, but let’s just say she’s going to make him work for it. (Available in paperback on December 24.)

    Misadventures with My Ex, by Shayla Black
    Once upon a time, Eryn Hope and Weston Quaid were super duper close to getting married. Then he discovered something about her that made him skedaddle on their wedding day. (Dude, really?) Three years later, Weston is in full control of his family’s business and fortune – and Eryn is in desperate need of some help. He agrees to help her bistro business get off of the ground, but in return, she’ll need to be his mistress. (Dude, again, really?) Eryn isn’t too hurt by this, though, because she still has The Feelings for Weston, and they both still have The Chemistry. Weston and Eryn, forgive and forget and move forward! Life is too short to not, ahem, be with each other every single night! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 26.)

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