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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/12/19 Permalink
    Tags: an engagement in seattle, brynn kelly, , edge of truth, , , need to know, rachel gibson, , , sophie barnes, the art of running in heels, the duke of her desire,   

    Romance Roundup: Journalists, Runaway Brides, and Hot Marriages of Convenience 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a reality television bride who ditches her groom, a man who has GOT to find a bride willing to go to Alaska, and a kidnapped journalist who’s about to embark on the romantic adventure of a lifetime.

    Need to Know, by Fern Michaels
    Readers who love a good story that involves a group of close-knit female friends sabotaging the life of a scumbag man will love this yarn! Garland Lee is a very famous singer (the kind who has major music honchos on her side AND actual talent) and she’s about to get seriously screwed over by her lawyer. It turns out that said lawyer, Arthur Forrester, has been spending years swindling Garland, and he’s about to drag her through the mud even more. At least, that’s his plan. He doesn’t realize how strong the women of the Sisterhood are, or how far they’ll go to protect their good friend, Garland. In fact, them eating his proverbial lunch is going to be the least of his problems. Just do as they say, Arthur, and you might be able to escape with the clothes on your back! This reprint is part of Michaels’ extensive Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback on December 26.)

    Twisted, by Helen Hardt
    The love story of Ruby Lee and Ryan Steel continues! Ryan is still feeling down and out about his shady family, and he doesn’t seem to realize that in spite of this, Ruby loves him and wants to be with him and provide him with a loving home that is free of backstabbing relatives. (Oh, that we were all ensured of this!) Ruby has her own haunted past, but she’s determined to see the latest round of family drama through and hang on to her man. Ruby and Ryan, hang in there, and don’t lose sight of what’s important! Oh, and the two of you and any future offspring you produce have an open invitation to our homes for the holidays! This is the eighth book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on December 26.)

    An Engagement in Seattle, by Debbie Macomber
    Two marriage-of-convenience stories in one! In “Groom Wanted,” Julia Conrad needs to save her business, and it looks as if marriage to Aleksandr Berinski is her quickest solution. As for Aleksandr, a Russian biochemist with a visa that’s about to expire, he needs to stick around if he’s going to continue doing his research. (Aleksandr, we’d all love to research YOU!) Can they each get what they need AND realize that they are perfect for each other? In “Bride Wanted,” Chase Goodwin uses a roadside billboard for, well, “Bride Wanted” purposes. It’s not difficult for him to meet women, per se, he just needs to find a woman who is willing to live with him in the frozen world that is Alaska. Lesley Campbell is up for the challenge, because she is a sensible woman who knows that Chase, with his kind heart and angelic face and body worth worshipping, will do everything he possibly can to keep her warm at night. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 26.)

    The Art of Running in Heels, by Rachel Gibson
    Lexie Kowalsky was about to walk down the aisle—in front of millions of viewers. Yes, she chose the reality television journey of life, and it bit her in the behind. She realizes that the man she was about to marry was SO not The One, so she ran away while still wearing her entire wedding outfit. (Better late than never, Lexie!) She decides to hightail it to Sandspit, Canada, which is surely a lovely place once you get to know it. She shares a plane with Seattle Chinooks star Sean Knox, who is more than welcome to show up at all of our front doors wearing nothing but a hockey net. Turns out that Lexie is Sean’s coach’s daughter, so any relations between them are likely to break that whole Don’t-Mix-Puck-With-Pleasure rule. (Meh, rules were made to be broken!) Sean and Lexie, give that tiny town something to talk about! (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on December 26.)

    The Duke of Her Desire, by Sophie Barnes
    Thomas Heathmore, the Duke of Coventry, has agreed to help his friend’s sister navigate the tricky, scandal-searching clutches of high society. The thing is, Amelia’s brother has just inherited a dukedom, so her proverbial stock has gone up through the roof. She has GOT to learn the ways of her new world. But she actually doesn’t care about any of it. In fact, she’s way more interested in opening a school. (Hail to all of the women who pioneered—and continue to pioneer—in the field of education!) Amelia isn’t too interested in what Thomas has to say about the society life, but she has to admit that she would NOT mind seeing him without his shirt once in a while. Can Thomas just embrace the amazing woman Amelia is, and can Amelia just give in to her desire for him? This is the second book in Barnes’ Diamonds in the Rough series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 26.)

    Edge of Truth, by Brynn Kelly
    Journalist Tess Newell isn’t having the best time of her career at the moment. She’s just been kidnapped and imprisoned in an underground cell, and it’s quite unlikely that anyone will ever find her and rescue her from her terrorist kidnappers. Then French Foreign Legionnaire member Flynn rescues her, and they embark on an escapade together that makes them both want to be much, much closer. (Um, Flynn? Would you please rescue us, too? A lot of us work in cubicles, which is a type of cell, if you think about it, so….yeah! Come on over!) They’ve both got to dodge some pretty bad people if they’re going to keep their heads on their necks, which they would really like to do. Will they survive all of this? And if they do, can they then take a safe and isolated vacation that involves them removing each other’s fatigues and any bandages so that they are each completely nekkid? This is the second book in Kelly’s Legionnaires series. (Available in paperback on December 26.)

    What romances are you cozying up to this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 7:00 pm on 2016/07/18 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Actresses, Motorcycle Hotties, and Bourbon Kings 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman striking out on her own, the heir to a family dynasty, and a very sexy furniture maker.

    Sinner’s Revenge, by Kim Jones
    The motorcycle fun continues in the second book in Jones’ Sinner’s Creed series. Life hasn’t been so great for Shady lately. The eight-year member of the Sinner’s Creed Motorcycle Club wants to avenge the death of his best friend. He’s got only one thought on his mind: destruction. (Dude, can you lighten up, like, just a little bit?) Revenge seems simple enough, but then he meets Diem, and she’s starts to chip away at the cold metal chains encircling his tender, hurting heart. She’s complicated and stunning and drives him up the wall, so of course he becomes 100% hooked. But he can’t give into his feelings for her. Period. Right? (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 19.)

    Illusion Town, by Jayne Castle
    Is there any type of story Jayne Castle/Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz CAN’T write? (Answer: No!) Writing as Jayne Castle, the author brings us the first novel in her new Illusion Town series. Illusion Town is a desert gambling city in a similar vein to Las Vegas. Hannah West wakes up next to dreamboat Elias Coppersmith. They are married, and they have no idea how it happened. (They’re probably not alone in this.) Now they’ve got to figure out what the heck happened while they each dig up long-buried secrets from their pasts. Oh, and they also become mega-attracted to each other in the process. Here’s hoping the good in both of them outweighs any badness—and that they can skip the hassle of getting an annulment! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 26.)

    After She’s Gone, by Lisa Jackson
    Romance readers who want to add a little more suspense to their to-read stack can sink their teeth into this reprint. The third book in Jackson’s West Coast series features two sisters, Cassie and Allie Kramer. They are actresses, and they’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of Hollywood. Allie, however, has become the more successful actress of the two. When she goes missing, all eyes start to turn towards Cassie as a suspect, which is understandably kind of rough on her psyche. Cassie decides to find out what’s happened to her sister. Here’s hoping these two sibling manage to find each other soon, and that their relationship isn’t harmed by Hollywood jealousies! Oh, and that Cassie can get a little bit of R&R when it’s all over! (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 26.)

    Swept Away, by Robyn Carr
    Jennifer Chaise is the mistress of a very well-known businessman, thank you very much, and thanks to him she has the security she needs. Or so she thinks. When something violent happens, she barely says “Peace out” before taking off. She changes her look and her name and gets a job as a waitress in a small Nevada town. This would seem like the end of the world for some people, but not for our gal! She realizes she is happy standing on her own two feet. She also meets a cute cop named Alex. He’s a nice guy, but his spidey senses are telling him that there’s more to this lovely lady than meets the eye. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 26.)

    The Angels’ Share, by J.R. Ward
    The second novel in Ward’s Bourbon Kings series features the eldest son of the Bradford family, Edward. Edward has some daddy issues, and that comes even more to light when the Bradford patriarch dies. Everyone thinks it’s suicide, but then it starts to look more like a murder. There’s only one thing to do as far as Edward is concerned, and that is to drink his problems away. He also finds some distraction with the daughter of his family’s former horse trainer. (Not even the expensive, high-quality bourbon his family produces can dull his senses when it comes to her.) Together, they must dodge some shady characters, including a woman who wouldn’t mind getting her hands on Edward or his fortune. Once Edward takes care of business and gets things back in order (soon, we hope), he and his lady love can focus on more, ahem, important matters. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook on July 26.)

    Just Kiss Me, by Rachel Gibson
    Vivian Leigh Rochet cleaned houses for money when she was a teenager. Now she’s a big check-earning Hollywood star. (Bite it, mean high school girls!) She returns home to Charleston, South Carolina, and reconnects with Harrison Whitley-Shuler, on whom she had a major crush back in the day. He was a rich boy, though, and totally considered out of her league. He found success on Wall Street, until the lifestyle gave him a heart attack. Now he’s keeps things more on the Zen side as a furniture maker, which means he is very good with his hands. Vivian is still looking good after all of these years, so the timing might be right for giving that loving feeling a second chance! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 26.)

    What romances are you digging into this month?

     
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