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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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  • 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,   

    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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