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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, , window on the bay   

    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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  • Cristina Merrill 4:30 pm on 2019/07/09 Permalink
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    A Picture-Perfect Family Masks a Dark Secret in Nora Roberts’ Gripping Under Currents 

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    Family and community and the bonds an individual forms with each of them are themes that run deeply throughout Nora Roberts’ work, and the author takes this to a whole new level in her latest book, Under Currents. There is romance aplenty in this tome, not to mention suspense, but equally thrilling are the relationships the two main characters form with their community—and the love and support they get in return.

    Under Currents follows its protagonist, Zane Bigelow, from his teenage years through adulthood. When we first meet Zane, he is 14 years old and dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. He lives with his father, a successful surgeon who is considered a pillar of the local community, his mother, a stay-at-home wife who basks in her family’s money and high standing, and his younger sister, who, like Zane, knows better than to be impressed by any of this.

    The dark secret Zane’s picture-perfect family holds is that his father is physically, verbally, and emotionally abusive to everyone in the household—and that his mother tolerates and even enables her husband’s horrible behavior. All of this results in a painful childhood for both of their children.

    Zane, however, has it much harder than his sister, and Roberts does a fantastic job of establishing Zane’s background in the first part of the book. His day-to-day life, while it doesn’t lack its joys, is still a struggle. His goal is to simply survive living in his house until he can obtain a college baseball scholarship. In the meantime, he does what he can to survive and also gives his sister advice on how to cope until she is old enough to make her own escape.

    Everything changes after a particularly violent episode at home one night, one that results in Zane being sent to a juvenile detention facility. Eventually, Zane and his sister are taken in by their mother’s sister, Emily, who was always suspicious of her sister’s picture-perfect life and proceeds to raise her niece and nephew with the love and support they have lacked.

    Fast forward many years, and Zane is a successful lawyer. He decides to return to his hometown and put down roots, and he does this just as newcomer Darby McCray, a professional landscaper, is getting settled in. She has decided to settle in Zane’s hometown in part due to the business opportunities there, and she starts off doing work for his aunt. Darby’s extraordinary talent quickly escalates the local demand for her services.

    Zane is instantly intrigued by Darby when he first meets her. Like Zane, Darby has also experienced abuse, but unlike Zane, she grew up with a loving mother. She is more open and matter-of-fact about her background, whereas Zane has a history of being more reserved. Considering his past, this is absolutely understandable, but he feels differently around Darby and he is more open with her than he has been with any other woman. Their attraction is a very natural one, and it’s truly fun to see their bond strengthen.

    There are several other plot points in play as Zane and Darby’s relationship progresses. Zane becomes reintegrated into his community and opens up a law practice. The current whereabouts of Zane’s parents are brought up more than once. The town also faces a mysterious string of crimes, including vandalism. Love may be in the air for both Zane and Darby, but their journey to peace and tranquility is far from over.

    The important thing is that they are not alone. They have each other, for one, and the support of a community that cares about them both. It’s clear that one of the main reasons Zane hasn’t morphed into a bitter adult is because of love. He’s always had the love of his aunt, his sister, and the father of a close friend who became a sort of surrogate father to him, to name a few. (Indeed, one would argue that Zane’s Aunt Emily is the real hero in Under Currents. One of the best moments in the story is when she tells off a local police officer, one she’s known since grade school, and threatens to complain about him to his mother.) Those bonds are strengthened when Zane comes home, and his life is highlighted by Darby’s presence and her own love of her new community and her successful integration into it.

    Indeed, this strong sense of community is why Roberts’ romances work so well. Romances and romantic themes will weave in and out throughout the plot of a Roberts book, and the possibility of finding true love will provide plenty of motivation for the author’s heroes and heroines. That being said, these heroes and heroines are also rewarded with a deeper sense of community and family and belonging by the end of the story. This is often a crucial part of their journey and story arc, and it brings them just as much joy as finding a romantic partner. Indeed, the romance flourishes because of it, and this is certainly the case in Under Currents. Zane and Darby’s romance itself is certainly satisfying, but having a strong support network of family and friends to cheer them on is its own reward.

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/05/07 Permalink
    Tags: , dawn lanuza, , jenny hale, , nora roberts, , , stay a little longer, the bride test, the summer house, the yankee widow, tightrope   

    Romance Roundup: Bed and Breakfast Owners, Civil War Widows, and Long-Distance Relationships 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two people doing the long-distance flirtation thing, a Civil War widow who falls for a man under her care, and three ladies taking the bed and breakfast route in life.

    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 paperback on May 7.)

    The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang
    Khai Diep has autism, and while it hasn’t stopped him from finding a successful career, he just doesn’t think that love is in his future. That is, he doesn’t think he’s capable of feeling romantic love for another person. (Khai, we have total faith that you are one of the most romantic of the romantics and that you have your own secret sauce of lovey-dovey-ness!) Fortunately, Khai’s family is very supportive of him, which is why his devoted mama goes back to her native Vietnam to find him a potential bride. She finds said potential bride in Ho Chi Minh City in the lovely form of Esme Tran. Esme doesn’t blink twice at the opportunity to go to America and meet a prospective husband, and she ends up falling super duper hard for Khai. Here’s hoping that Khai realizes he is totally capable of loving another person and that he and Esme are meant to be together and have tons of babies! (Sounds like you’ll also have an awesome mother-in-law, Esme!) (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 7.)

    Tightrope, by Amanda Quick
    Amalie Vaughn is a trapeze artist-turned-bed-and-breakfast-owner. Trouble is, an inventor slash bed and breakfast guest has just been murdered by the robot he created (which is quite unusual) and now everyone is convinced that Amalie’s new enterprise is haunted. (We’ll all still be your guests, Amalie! The doors all have locks on them, right? Haha!) The drama puts Amalie in touch with Matthias Jones. He’s been on the hunt for that very robot invention that just killed its owner, and he and Amalie might be able to help each other out. Can they trust each other and work together to solve this mystery? Will Amalie’s bed and breakfast gain the recognition and revenue it deserves? Do Matthias’ clothes conceal a beautiful soul AND a stunning physique? Fingers crossed that the answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 7.)

    The Yankee Widow, by Linda Lael Miller
    Our heroine, Caroline, has just lost her husband in the Civil War, which leaves her alone with their farm and their daughter. This is not exactly the safest situation to be in, as the Battle of Gettysburg is going to start very, very soon and take place very, very close to her farm. (Caroline, we’ll pack up our petticoats and pitchforks and feminine sanitary supplies and join you ASAP!) While all of this hullabaloo is going on, Caroline takes care of two injured men, each of them from different sides of the war. She ends up falling big time for one of them, but since she’s a single lady with a kid surrounded by a lot of violence she needs to be extremely careful. Caroline, you follow your heart and—in your own way—let your man know how you feel! And if he doesn’t feel the same way about you, well, we’ll just have to chase him down while brandishing our pitchforks, now won’t we? (Available in hardcover and NOOK on May 7.)

    Stay a Little Longer, by Dawn Lanuza
    Elan and Caty randomly met when Elan randomly gave Caty a ride to the airport. It ended up being one fateful car ride, because the two decided to keep in touch and continue with their flirtatious banter. (Oh, that every trip to and from the airport was filled with such excitement!) Elan may live in the Philippines and Caty may live in Canada, but these two potential lovebirds just can’t seem to shake each other. (Kudos to couples around the globe who keep the flame alive over long distances!) Elan and Caty realize that they actually really like each other and that maybe they should consider taking their relationship to a whole new level. Caty and Elan, please, please, please realize that you’re made for each other and do what you can to ensure that you both end up in the same city, house, and bed for the rest of your lives! (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 28.)

    The Summer House, by Jenny Hale
    Besties Callie Weaver and Olivia Dixon have finally purchased their dream beach house and are in the process of turning it into a bed and breakfast. (Callie and Olivia, we promise to book our rooms STAT and post our best photos on Instagram!) Callie ends up getting cozy with Luke Sullivan, a local hottie who would make any summer beachgoer rethink her life choices and consider staying year-round. (Luke’s body puts the entire cast of “Baywatch” to shame.) Indeed, things are going quite swimmingly for everyone involved. Then Callie and Olivia find a diary that can upend the lives of a lot of people they know. Will these two ladies still be able to pursue their bed and breakfast dream? Will said bed and breakfast feature grapefruit mimosas and a wide selection of croissants? (Fingers crossed!) And are any of the local beaches secluded enough to allow Callie and Luke to spend many a day warm and nekkid on the sand? (Available in paperback on May 7.)

    What new romance novels are sweeping you off your feet this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/04/16 Permalink
    Tags: , fumbled, love to the rescue, , , nora roberts, radclyffe, , , the hollow, the summer retreat, the trouble with vampires, unbroken cowboy   

    Romance Roundup: First-Grade Teachers, NFL Players, and Bull Riders 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a healthcare professional who ends up face-to-face with her high school crush, a history professor who finds major chemistry with an immortal vampire, and two heartbroken sisters who are about to have a magical summer.

    Love to the Rescue, by Radclyffe
    Our gal Brody Clark has a lot—like, A LOT—of issues to confront after 10 years of avoiding them. (Brody, whatever you need, whether that’s hugs or wine or chocolate or extra wine, we’re all here for you!) She’s joining a new medevac flight crew, which is a pretty big deal, and it puts her back in the path of Val Valentine. Val and Brody knew each other back in the day, and let’s just say that Brody never forgot Val. As for Val, she’s focused on creating a veterinary practice that caters to the really rich, pet-loving folks. (Sounds awesome, Val, but please don’t neglect the strays!) Val’s plans get a slight wrench, though, when someone from her past asks for help. She and Brody could both use some major emotional support. Here’s hoping they both come to terms with their painful pasts and that they realize everything they need can be found in each other! This is the fifth book in Radclyffe’s Rivers Community series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 16.)

    The Trouble with Vampires, by Lynsay Sands
    Immortal vampire Santo Notte has been doing his own thing for almost three thousand years. Then he comes across history professor Petronella Stone and realizes that the bachelor life may be a tad overrated. (Sometimes, finding the right person takes a while. Like, a long time. Centuries. #nevergiveuphope.) As for Petronella, Santo is far more than a reliable source for her next research book. (Oh, the research opportunities! The fact-checking possibilities!) Santo makes Petronella want to loosen her proverbial and literal professorial garb and do things that would make people of all eras blush. Trouble is, Santo realizes that he might pose a major danger to Petronella and her nephew. Can Santo find a way to keep his new little family safe and build a life with them? This is the latest book in Sands’ extensive Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)  

    The Summer Retreat, by Sheila Roberts
    First-grade teacher Celeste Jones was SO ready to enjoy the summer with her boyfriend. Then he dumped her for the side of bacon with whom he was cheating on Celeste for months. (And by bacon, we mean girlfriend.) This is especially sucky because Celeste was hoping for a diamond ring. She decides to head on over to Moonlight Harbor, where her sister, Jenna, works at the Driftwood Inn, located on the Washington State coast. (Sounds idyllic! Where do we book our rooms? We promise to write glowing Yelp reviews!) Like Celeste, Jenna has some of her own man-related healing to do. Hang in there, ladies! You are both awesome, beautiful, and professional women and the right guys will come along very soon for each of you! This is the third book in Roberts’ Moonlight Harbor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

    The Hollow, by Nora Roberts
    The battle against evil continues, as friends Fox, Caleb, and Gage work alongside Cybil, Layla, and Quinn to battle evil in the town of Hawkins Hollow. Fox, the town’s lawyer, and Layla both have the ability to read minds. This is a newer ability for Layla, and she’s feeling a bit awkward about it, because it makes things QUITE intimate with Fox. (Oh, Layla, we all heard what the fox says, and it says ‘Go for it!’) As for Fox, he wouldn’t mind having a chance to show Layla just how delicious he can be. (Fox, remove your shirt! Like, now!) That said, these six friends have a demon to attack, so there’s no time to dilly dally. Here’s hoping that Fox and Layla manage to help defeat this pesky demon and bring safety back to the town of Hawkins Hollow. And when it’s all over, may they embark on a strictly-nude vacation on a secluded tropical island! This is the second book in Roberts’ Sign of Seven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

    Fumbled, by Alexa Martin
    Poppy Patterson worked extremely hard to go from pregnant high school student to self-sufficient single mom. (Poppy, we salute you and think that you deserve ALL of the spa days!) Then life puts her old flame and baby daddy T.K. Moore back into her life. He has a successful NFL career going on, but he never forgot Poppy. When he sees her again, his long-suppressed mushy, lovey-dovey side comes out and he realizes that he better not be a goon and screw up this amazingly wonderful second chance at love. T.K., we’re glad the football and the sports and the…other sports-related stuff haven’t interfered with your head or heart. Go and get your woman—and get to know your child – and embrace this new chapter of your life! This is the second book in Martin’s Playbook series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 23.)

    Unbroken Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Dane Parker worked really hard to escape the trailer park life and become a big shot on the bull riding scene. (He’s also worked really hard on his ridiculously beautiful physique. Dane, you can point us all in the direction of the beach ANY day of the week!) Then Dane gets injured and has to hang up his hat for a while, which leaves him devastated. An old family friend, Beatrix Leighton, decides to recruit Dane to help her start her animal sanctuary. She’s been crazy in love with Dane since, like, forever. Will Dane realize that true love has always been much closer than he realized? Will he heal and get his career back—or even possibly find a new calling? And will he take Beatrix on at least one long horse ride into an abandoned, flower-filled meadow and make sweet love to her under the stars with the horse remaining at a safe distance? This is the latest book in Yates’ Gold Valley series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/03/27 Permalink
    Tags: a lord apart, a touch of sun, , forget me not, in her sights, , , laura blakely, nora roberts, , , , the trouble with cowboys, victoria james   

    Romance Roundup: Bounty Hunters, Reunited Spouses, and Prodigal Cowboys 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a bounty hunter who gets some help tracking down her mother, a soap opera star who is about to get her big movie break, and a cowboy who comes back home after an eight-year absence.

    In Her Sights, by Katie Ruggle
    Our gal Molly Pax works hard. Not only is she a bounty hunter, but she and her sisters also own a bail recovery business. Yes, Molly is a busy gal indeed, and she becomes busier when her mom jumps bail and puts the family home up for collateral. (Note to self: Give Mom an extra big hug ASAP!) This prompts all kinds of criminals in the region to start viewing Molly and her family as their next targets. Molly needs to find her mom (like, right now) and she ends up getting help from rival bounty hunter and cutie patootie John Carmondy. (You know the type—exceptionally tall, sensual, and vigorous. That kind of guy.) He and Molly have this whole You’re-My-Enemy-And-Yet-I-Want-To-Bone-You kind of relationship. Oh, get over yourselves, you two! Find Molly’s conniving mother, ward off the enemies, and then proceed to, ahem, address your feelings for each other! This is the first book in Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 26.)

    A Touch of Sun, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint contains two stories in one! In “Mind Over Matter,” documentary maker David Brady has finally found a real psychic to be his next subject. Trouble is, that psychic’s agent, A.J. Fields, is also her daughter, and A.J. is NOT going to let her mom be made fun of by anyone, even a hottie such as David. David is persistent, though, and he soon realizes that he just might have feelings for the elusive A.J. In “Dual Image,” soap opera star Ariel Kirkwood gets a coveted role in a film written by sexy screenwriter Booth DeWitt. She can’t get too carried away with her crush, though, because she’s busy trying to get custody of her brother’s son. As for Booth, he and his ex-wife had a super duper public breakup, and so he is VERY reluctant to embark on a public relationship with an actress. Can they find a way to each get what they want while also living a happy, private life together? (Available in paperback on March 26.)

    Forget Me Not, by Brenda Jackson
    Ashley Ryan is still feeling the heartbreak three years after her husband’s death. Her girlfriends decide to take her to Catalina Cove, Louisiana for some much-needed R&R. She meets Ray Sullivan, a hunky, strong and silent type of guy who looks exactly like her late husband, Devon. Turns out, Devon did not die in a car crash. Instead, he woke up in a local hospital with amnesia. “Ray” is very, very drawn to Ashley, and Ashley really wants her husband back. (And who wouldn’t? Devon has always been the best kind of guy—with the best kind of heart and body! This is NOT a man any woman would easily forget.) Ashley is determined to win her man back. (Ashley, we absolutely, 100 percent support you in this!) Here’s hoping that Devon and Ashley manage to reconnect on some level and that she and Devon move on to create a brand-new life together! This is the second book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 26.)

    A Lord Apart, by Jane Ashford
    Daniel Frith, Viscount Whitfield, has just lost his parents, and he soon learns that they left a house to a Penelope Pendleton. Daniel has no idea who this woman is, but he is pleasantly surprised when he does finally meet her. Not only is she beautiful and kind, but she’s also really good at estate-related paperwork, which he detests. (Penelope, would you please help us all with our taxes? Thanks!) As for Penelope, her brother recently engaged in some horrendously scandalous behavior, and so her family needs to lay low for a bit. The new house just might be the answer. The thing is, she didn’t realize the house would come with such a ridiculously handsome distraction. Daniel and Penelope have no more room for scandal in their respective lives, but they soon realize they wouldn’t mind engaging in some scandalous behavior with each other. Go for it, you two! This is the second book in Ashford’s Way to a Lord’s Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 26.)

    The Trouble with Cowboys, by Victoria James
    Tyler Donnelly had zero plans to return to Wishing River, Montana. (He left eight years ago after having a major fight with his dad and was all like “Peace out, forever!”) His dad recently had a stroke, though, so Tyler goes back to his hometown and LOTS of things have changed. One major change is Lainey Sullivan. She is all grown up and runs the local diner her grandmother left her. (Her grandmother also warned her against falling for cowboys, which is going to be a problem, because Tyler is the kind of hunky guy who would make the most confident of women rethink her life choices.) That said, Tyler’s father has been a huge help to Lainey over the years, so she can’t just look the other way whenever Tyler walks by. (Neither could we, Lainey. Neither could we.) She’ll need to convince Tyler to stick around for good. Tyler, please let go of your grudges, make peace with your dad, and proceed to build a happy life with Montana’s #1 lady! (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 26.)

    The Real Deal, by Lauren Blakely
    This reprint features heroine April Hamilton, who is in a pickle. She has a family reunion to attend, and let’s just say that being single at said family reunion is NOT fun. At all. (April, your super-duper meddling family just wants you to be happy!) She ends up soliciting some help from a website called GigsForHire, where Theo Banks is ready to pretend to be any woman’s boyfriend—for a fee. His only goal in life at this point is to settle his debts and get his life back on track. (Okay, Theo, we won’t judge, but let’s just take a moment to admit that you have a body worth cuddling!) Theo and April go to her family’s reunion, and they proceed to have all kinds of silly fun. Here’s hoping they realize how lucky they are to have found each other, and that they proceed to live happy, fun-filled lives together! (Available in paperback on March 26.)

    What romance novels are you reading this week?

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