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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/10/31 Permalink
    Tags: a texas kind of christmas, angel in a devil's dress, , celia bonaduce, christmas with you, finding home again, , , kate bateman, , my favorite things, nora roberts, rachael miles, , this earl of mine   

    Romance Roundup: Scullery Maids, Shipping Heiresses, and Vengeful Lords 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a reclusive artist who’s about to get a family for Christmas, an heiress who has a crafty plan to avoid marriage, and two reunited former sweethearts who have A LOT of catching up to do. 

    My Favorite Things, by Lynsay Sands
    Three reprinted Christmas short stories in one volume! In “All I Want,” Lady Prudence is desperate to make her waste-of-space of a father stop his chronic gambling. She tries to get him out of a gaming establishment but the proprietor, Lord Stockton, doesn’t let women into said gaming establishment. (Or into his heart, apparently!) Still, Prudence soon manages to make him feel all of the feelings. Can they resolve their differences and live a happy life that only involves seeing Prudence’s dad once a month? In “Three French Hens,” scullery maid Brinna gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she gets to switch places with a super duper rich lady who looks just like her. This means she gets courted by a bonafide gentleman, who is also quite handsome to boot. (Brinna, you go, girl!) In “The Fairy Godmother,” Odel’s fairy godmother tells her to get married by Christmas and gives her some fairy dust to help things move along. Odel doubts any of this will help—she took one of those anti-love vows—but then she meets Michel, who makes her rethink her thoughts. Oh, Odel, please realize that Michel is most definitely the man for you! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.)

    A Texas Kind of Christmas, by Jodi Thomas, Celia Bonaduce, and Rachael Miles
    Three new stories in one volume! In Thomas’ “One Night at the St. Nicholas,” heiress Jacqueline Hartman is determined to avoid her evil stepmother’s plans to marry her off to the highest bidder. She escapes her crazy family and ends up spending an evening with the accused—and very hunky—bank robber Nathaniel Ward. (Give us all of the details, Jacqueline! Did you two sleep under the stars? Who kept who warm? Was there lots of snuggling involved?) In Bonaduce’s “Birdie’s Flight,” seamstress Birdie Flanagan gets a major surprise when she’s invited to a ball. She goes to said ball and meets Captain Douglas Newcastle, who can captain our bodies any day of the week! Will their connection last beyond the evening? In Miles’ “Spirit of Texas,” Eugenie Charpentier may be considered a spinster, but that doesn’t mean she’s immune to adventure. (That’s right, Eugenie! Show society just what a strong single lady you are!) She decides to find some adventure via former Texas Ranger Asher Graham, and she’s not totally unsuccessful, but they’ll each need to share their deepest, darkest secrets before they can find long-lasting bliss! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 29.)

    Christmas With You, by Nora Roberts
    Two fan favorites in one volume! In “Gabriel’s Angel,” reclusive and elusive artist Gabriel Bradley is quite content to be 100% on his own. That is, he doesn’t think he wants a nice woman in his life. (Really, Gabriel? Because some of us know how to make waffles, and those of us who don’t will totally learn the fastest route to the nearest breakfast haven!) Then he meets Laura Malone. She’s running away from some bad guys. Oh, she’s also extremely pregnant, so this is definitely NOT the time for her to be as stressed as she is. (Laura, we’ll all book you a nail appointment ASAP—both hands AND feet!) Gabriel offers her shelter and protection, and it doesn’t take long for him to realize he’d love a more permanent situation with our gal. In “Home for Christmas,” journalist Jason Law is back home and on a mission. He wants to woo back his old sweetheart, Faith Monroe. Trouble is, he did some not-so-nice things back in the day, like leave her. (Jason, buddy, we all know you’re a sexy, badass reporter who deserves all of the accolades, but now’s the time to do some serious groveling.) Will all of these beautiful people get the chance at love they deserve? (Available in paperback on October 29.) 

    This Earl of Mine, by Kate Bateman
    Georgiana Caversteed is a beautiful shipping heiress, which means TONS of blockheaded men are after her and her fortune. If that wasn’t enough trouble, she’s also trying to avoid marriage to a creepy cousin. She hatches a plan that involves marrying a criminal who’s about to be executed. The guy she ends up marrying is Benedict William Henry Wylde, the second son of an earl. (Fact: Many a woman has fantasized about doing things with Benedict of which no clergyman would approve!) He and Georgiana bump into each other in Newgate Prison, and she decides he’ll do quite nicely for her little scheme. The thing is, Benedict is actually working undercover. Georgiana gets the surprise of her life when she sees Benedict alive and well at a society gathering weeks later. (Georgiana, we’ll all happily hold your fan and hold your wine and drink your wine—sorry, continue to respectfully hold your wine—while you collect your thoughts and emotions!) Now they must decide just how the heck they’re going to navigate this next phase of their lives. This is the first book in Bateman’s Bow Street Bachelors series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Finding Home Again, by Brenda Jackson
    Bryce Witherspoon and Kaegan Chambray were The It Couple of Catalina Cove many years ago—until they weren’t. They had a horrible misunderstanding and Kaegan broke up with Bryce over it. (Kaegan, buddy, did you at least PRETEND to listen to what Bryce had to say?!) Now Kaegan is back in town after 10 years, and let’s just say that he and Bryce never really lost that loving feeling. (This is welcome news, as Kaegan has grown to be quite the irresistible hottie!) That said, Bryce ends up revealing a very dark secret, which immediately kicks Kaegan into Mr. Lovey Dovey mode and motivates him to win back his woman. Good for you, Kaegan! Life is too short to be without the person you love! Here’s hoping they forgive each other, forget the past and move forward to create a new life together! This is the third book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Angel in a Devil’s Arms, by Julie Anne Long
    Everyone thought that Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt drowned in the Thames River 10 years ago. Spoiler alert: He didn’t. (Lucien, had we all seen you drowning, we would have scandalously lifted our skirts above our knees and gone running into the water to save you!) Now that Lucien’s “back from the dead,” he really wants to claim his stolen birthright. He also wants to jump into the sack with Angelique Breedlove, with whom he has just crossed paths. Angelique isn’t having it, though, due to some serious heartbreak in her past. (Angelique, sister, please, please, PLEASE reconsider this misguided decision of yours!) Here’s hoping that Lucien reclaims his birthright, that Angelique realizes it’s okay to fall in love again, and that the two of them proceed to live a long life together that involves lots of, ahem, frolicking! This is the second book in Long’s Palace of Rogues series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.)

    What romances are you excited to read this month?

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/10/22 Permalink
    Tags: , christmas in silver springs, , , , nora roberts, , ravenous steel, , , , the christmas dare, the duke's stolen bride, wyoming heart   

    Romance Roundup: Jilted Brides, Stolen Brides, and Wyoming Ranchers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a jilted bride about to engage in some much-needed fun, a woman determined to save her family in a most unorthodox way, and a mouthwatering rancher who has a deliciously hands-on approach. 

    The Christmas Dare, by Lori Wilde
    It looks as if Kelsey James is about to have The Worst Christmas Ever thanks to her fiance pulling off The Ultimate Douchenozzle Move. Case in point: He dumped her right before their wedding when she was already wearing her white dress. Not ok. At all. Fortunately, our gal has a really good friend who convinces her to kick up her heels and have some much-needed F.U.N. (BRB, Kelsey! Sending this amazing friend of yours flowers!) Kelsey ends up bumping into Noah MacGregor, her old high school sweetheart, and let’s just say he most definitely has gotten sweeter with age! (Noah, your biceps. We must all see them. Thanks!) Here’s hoping that Kelsey gets over her ridiculous ex-fiance STAT, that she has the best Christmas of her life, and that she and Noah celebrate many, many holidays to come! This is the tenth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    The Duke’s Stolen Bride, by Sophie Jordan
    Marian Langley is eager to save her family from poverty, so she sets out to become the best mistress who ever mistressed. She’s a tad innocent, though, so she enlists the help of Nathaniel, the Duke of Warrington. He is by far the most, ahem, naughty man that society has to offer. He agrees to give Marian a helping hand (hehe) and teach her Seduction 101. (Now THIS is a syllabus we’d all like to see!) Trouble is, Nathaniel starts falling for Marian big time. She is, after all, a nice person with a big heart who just wants to prevent her family from starving. (Marian, you are a woman to be admired!) Nathaniel is finally forced to take action on his feelings—something he’s never truly done before, tsk tsk—when Marian gets blackmailed into engagement by a truly horrible man. This is not the time to dillydally. Will Nathaniel put a stop to this engagement and also realize that a better life is right around the corner and that it involves marriage to Marian? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.)

    Of Blood and Bone, by Nora Roberts
    The dystopian magical drama continues! The Doom sickness has killed billions of people around the world, and some of those who were not affected by it became endowed with magical powers. One of those is thirteen-year-old Fallon Swift. She lives on a farm with her loving mother and stepfather, and now she’s about to start training with Mallick. He’s centuries old and will teach her everything she needs to know to survive in this dangerous world. (And oh, it’s quite dangerous! There are gangs of so-called Raiders and Purity Warriors who try to hunt people like Fallon down, so yeah, she needs all the training she can get.) Fallon will have to work very hard for a long time in order to live up to being The One who will save humanity. Here’s hoping she’ll develop an even larger circle of family and friends to help her get through it! This is the second book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. (Available in paperback on October 29.)

    Christmas in Silver Springs, by Brenda Novak
    Harper Devlin married and up-and-coming rock star who has just decided to ditch her now that he’s becoming famous. (Dude, not cool. Not cool at all.) She decides to take their two daughters to her sister’s house in Silver Springs for Christmas. (Good for you, Harper! We all have it on GREAT authority that Silver Springs is a wonderful place filled with nice people!) She meets Tobias Richardson, a very nice man with a dark past. He spent 13 years in prison and still feels major guilt and doesn’t believe that he deserves to be happy. (Tobias, buddy, you absolutely deserve love and laughter in your life and we’re pretty darn sure Harper is the woman for you!) They end up spending a lot of time together, and Harper soon realizes that Tobias is a very special man, the kind of man who would, ya know, be there for his family and not abandon anyone and take his responsibilities seriously. (Harper, we’re sure the rock star has appeal, but it sounds like you have found yourself a REAL man this time around!) This is the sixth book in Novak’s Silver Springs series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Ravenous Steel, by Helen Hardt
    The drama between Marjorie Steel and Bryce Simpson—and all of the involved families—continues! Bryce did a not-so-nice thing to Marjorie recently (i.e. he dumped her), but after a bout of sadness, Marjorie is ready to bounce back. She even has plans to bounce into bed with a very hot personal trainer. Alas, the family drama is just too deep for everyone to keep their distance, and Marjorie and Bryce find themselves back where they belong: in each other’s beautiful faces. Bryce’s late father, it turns out, was even more corrupt that anyone thought, so it’ll be all hands on deck for a bit as everyone sorts through the proverbial muck. (This is totally fine because no woman would mind taking an all-hands approach to Bryce!) Bryce, please get over your hangups and realize that you are worthy of love and that Marjorie is the woman for you! And Marjorie, we’re sure that personal trainer has a sunny disposition BUT BRYCE! Go forth, Marjorie and Bryce, and make lots of babies! This is the eleventh book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers series. (Available in paperback on October 29.) 

    Wyoming Heart, by Diana Palmer
    Cort Grier may be a filthy rich rancher, but he still likes to use his bare, manly-man hands to make sure his ranch runs smoothly. (Cort, we all admire your…everything!) He doesn’t have time for dating, and he’s certainly not going to waste his time with city women who don’t understand the ranch life. Then he gets a new neighbor in the form of bestselling author Mina Michaels, who understandably starts to have little hearts float above her head once she lays her rancher-starved eyes on Cort. (We all get it, Mina! We all absolutely get it!) Cort is a tough nut to crack, but, if anything, our gal sees this as a welcome and exciting challenge, because Cort. Because biceps. Because hormones. Because fireplace. Because bearskin rug. And so on and so forth. Can Mina manage to convince Cort that she’s the real deal? Will Cort give this city woman a chance? How many babies and puppies can Cort’s ranch hold? This is the ninth book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/09/24 Permalink
    Tags: a country christmas, a macgregor christmas, a wedding in december, , how the dukes stole christmas: a christmas romance anthology, , nora roberts, , , , , , , , the christmas sisters   

    Romance Roundup: Aspen Weddings, Revolutionary War Fighters, and Advice Columnists 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a bride who’s having second thoughts about her upcoming nuptials, a woman who reunites with her husband and children, and a Scotswoman who reluctantly falls passionately in love with an Englishman. 

    A Wedding in December, by Sarah Morgan
    Rosie White is about to get married in Aspen, and her whole family is in town for the nuptials, but she’s having some serious second thoughts. (Rosie, if you decide against the whole marriage thing, we’ll keep our car engines running and our tanks full of gas for an efficient getaway!) As for her sister, Katie, she’s not too thrilled with Rosie’s choice of husband-to-be. She wants to talk Rosie out of it, but she keeps getting sidetracked by the best man, Jordan, who is distractingly hot and would make even the most prim and proper of brides and/or bridesmaids want to participate in the garter toss using his teeth. Adding to the drama are Katie and Rosie’s parents, who are on the verge of divorce and have zero desire to be all cute and cuddly, even if their baby girl is getting married. Here’s hoping that everyone finds the happy ending they want—and that Katie and Jordan get to eat wedding cake off of each other! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 24.) 

    Coming Home for Christmas, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Elizabeth Hamilton has had it extremely—but like, extremely—rough. Not only did she lose both of her parents, she also had a major bout of postpartum depression. Then she got into a car accident and lost her memory. When she did get her memory back, she doubted whether she was a good enough wife and mom. (Yes, you are, Elizabeth! On both counts! You are the best mom and wife ever and your family is lucky to have you!) Seven years later, her husband, Luke, finds her and brings her home for Christmas to fantastic results. Not only do Elizabeth’s kids adore her (because there is NO ONE like mom!) but Luke also still has that very loving feeling. (Buddy, time to, ahem, get creative and rekindle that romance!) Could this be the happy and hopeful new beginning the Hamilton family needs? Will Elizabeth realize she is an awesome person who is 100% capable of love? And does Luke still have a set of exceptionally manly biceps? This is the tenth book in Thayne’s Haven Point series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and audiobook on September 24.) 

    A Country Christmas, by Debbie Macomber
    Two reprinted fan favorites in one volume! In “Return to Promise,” which is part of Macomber’s Heart of Texas series, rancher Cal Patterson and his wife, Jane, have just separated. Oh, she’s also left town with their kids, leaving Cal with plenty of time to think about what just happened. (Cal, buddy, we know the ranching life is hard and self-reflection may not be your strongest suit, but please, please, please think really hard about whether you are okay with losing Jane forever!) In “Buffalo Valley,” which is part of Macomber’s Dakota series, Vaughn Kyle just got out of the army and has come back home. He is engaged, but let’s just say that she and Vaughn have very different priorities in life. (He is humble. She is not. Yep. Clearly this is NOT a recipe for success.) Then Vaughn meets Carrie Hendrickson, a lovely local lady with whom he shares many values. Here’s hoping that Cal gets in touch with his more sensitive side and woos back his woman—and that Vaughn lets his fiancee down easy and embraces Carrie and life in Buffalo Valley with his entire giant heart! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 24.) 

    A MacGregor Christmas, by Nora Roberts
    This volume features two reprinted stories from Roberts’ MacGregors series. In “Rebellion,” the year is 1745, the season is winter, and the country is Scotland. Serena MacGregor absolutely hates all Englishmen, so she’s quite peeved when her brother brings his English friend to her family’s home. As for said English friend, Brigham Langston, it pretty much just takes one look at Serena for him to realize he’d love to be the jam to her biscuit. Or, the biscuit to her jam. Either way, he really, really likes her. He’ll need to work really hard in order to get over her prejudices and win her heart, and that’s totally fine because he’s all like “Challenge accepted!” In “In From the Cold,” it’s 1776 in America and injured minuteman Ian MacGregor is at the mercy of young widow Alanna Flynn. Fortunately, she’s a kindhearted lady who is willing to nurse him back to health. (We’ll tend to your wounds, Ian! We’ve read the Outlander series and watched the TV adaptation! Claire Fraser taught us well! Also, you have penicillin, right?) Will Alanna be able to help Ian, and will they survive the Revolutionary War? (Available in paperback on September 24.) 

    The Christmas Sisters, by Sarah Morgan
    This reprint features sisters Hannah, Beth, and Posy, who lost their parents when they were kids and were subsequently adopted by their mom’s friend and her husband. In Scotland. Twenty-five years later, all three ladies are back home in Scotland for Christmas, and they are each in some desperate need of time to unwind and rethink their lives. Hannah doesn’t want to get close to anyone. She’d rather work herself to the bone. (Brace yourself, Hannah—it’s Group Hug and Vacation time!) Posy wants a life of adventure but she’s stuck helping with her family’s cafe. (We’ll take over a couple of your shifts, Posy!) And then Beth is doing the stay-at-home mom thing, but she is itching to get her career back. (Hang in there, you brave and strong ladies, and make sure you all realize that it’s totally fine to want a better life!) Here’s hoping each lady manages to live the life she deserves, and that they all enjoy each other’s company during the holiday season! (Available in paperback on September 24.) 

    How the Dukes Stole Christmas, a Christmas Romance Anthology, by Tessa Dare, Sophie Jordan, Sarah MacLean, and Joanna Shupe
    Four Christmas stories in one delicious volume! In Dare’s “Meet Me in Mayfair,” Louisa Ward has GOT to find a rich husband so her family won’t get evicted. Then she waltzes with an exceptionally handsome man, the Duke of Thorndale. Trouble is, he’s the one with the power to evict her family, so she’s feeling a tad conflicted. In Jordan’s “Heiress Alone,” Annis Bannister gets stranded in the Scottish Highlands during a snowstorm. Her only hope for survival is her neighbor, a duke who is also a bit of a social hermit. (That’s okay, because the things he does best are best done in private, wink wink!) In MacLean’s “The Duke of Christmas Present,” Lady Jacqueline Mosby returns home after an extended absence, which stirs long-standing feelings inside the blackened heart of Eben, the Duke of Allryd. Can Jacqueline unlock his softer side? In Shupe’s “Christmas in Central Park,” Mrs. Rose Walker writes a popular advice and recipe column. Never mind that she doesn’t actually, you know, cook. (Rose, we absolutely understand that it’s a tough world out there and a gal’s gotta pay her bills!) Trouble is, her boss, the hunky Duke of Havemeyer, wants her to throw a Christmas shindig using her skillset. Sounds like a fun crop of stories worth absorbing with a giant mug of tea! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 24.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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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 

    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 

    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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