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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/07/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , one fine duke, raeanne thayne, reunited in walnut river, , , , , the soldier, willing to die   

    Romance Roundup: Fiery Debutantes, Lady Detectives, and Lovey-Dovey Neighbors 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a debutante who wants to nab one man and falls for another, a finance professional who wants to get the promotion she deserves, and a detective on maternity leave with a tragic case to solve. 

    One Fine Duke, by Lenora Bell
    Miss Mina Penny is finally (but FINALLY) ready to enjoy her first London Season. She was raised in the country by her overprotective uncle, and she would love nothing more than to kick up her heels a bit. Oh, she also knows who she wants to nab for a husband: Rafe Bentley. He’s the biggest rake in town, but there is one person who is determined to stop his bad behavior whenever possible, and that’s his brother, Drew. Drew is the Duke of Thorndon, and let’s just say that society and socializing and society and small talk and society are just not his proverbial cup of tea. (Drew, we admire the way you stay true to yourself in a world that’s constantly pulling you in a certain direction!) Drew is determined to make sure that Mina does not ruin her life by aligning herself with his wastrel brother. He decides to do this by kissing her until her legs turn to jelly, which makes them both seriously rethink their priorities. This is the third book in Bell’s School for Dukes series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 23.) 

    Reunited in Walnut River, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Our gal Anna Wilder is a crazy awesome finance professional, and she just has to do one more thing before she dominates the world slash gets a promotion: take over her hometown’s hospital. The only thing standing in her way is attorney—and hometown hunk—Richard Green. (Oh, that Richard would stand in ALL of our ways!) They shared The Ultimate Kiss many, many years ago, right before Anna said “Peace out!” to her town, determined to never look back. Now, Richard absolutely, most definitely does NOT want Anna to succeed in her hospital takeover, and he’s willing to use every tool at his disposal to prevent it from happening. (Richard, you can dispose of your clothing pronto!) Here’s hoping that Anna gets her promotion in a way that won’t cause a snafu in her community—and that Richard realizes he’s never really lost that loving feeling! This reprint includes a bonus story, “A Matter of the Heart,” by Patricia Davids. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 23.) 

    Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak
    Sloane McBride’s mother abandoned her family when Sloane was just five years old. At least, that’s what everyone told Sloane. She couldn’t take the family drama anymore, though, so she got the heck out of her small Texas town at the age of eighteen, landing in New York City to pursue a modeling career. Now she’s an adult, and the loss of another person in her life prompts her to find out what really happened to her mom. (Sloane, we are all sending you a bajillion hugs right now!) She goes back home to Texas, and let’s just say she has a ton of people and issues to confront, including the boyfriend she left behind. Here’s hoping that Sloane finds the answers that she’s looking for, and that she gets another shot at all of the love she deserves! (Available in paperback on July 23.) 

    Willing to Die, by Lisa Jackson
    Detective Regan Pescoli is busy enjoying her maternity leave when her sister and brother-in-law are found murdered. She starts looking into the case with her partner, Selena Alvarez, and things just get scarier and scarier. (It’s quite possible that her sister’s family had some seriously horrible enemies.) On top of everything, Regan now also needs to care for her teenage niece. This is certainly a lot for anyone to handle, and let’s not forget that Regan also recently squeezed a tiny human out of her. (Regan, we are all SO coming over to help babysit and clean your house while you take a well-deserved—and uninterrupted—five-hour nap!) Will Regan be able to solve this murder mystery? Can she make space in her home and heart for her niece? And when everything does settle down, will she get to have lots of snuggle time with her brand-new baby? This book is part of Jackson’s To Die series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 30.) 

    Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery
    Sisters Harper Szymanski and Dr. Stacey Bloom are each going through A Challenging Time. Harper recently got divorced and is stuck with a way-too-expensive house. Oh, and her teenage daughter isn’t exactly the epitome of happiness and sunshine at the moment. Yes, Harper most definitely needs a day off, complete with her beverage of choice. (That said, there’s a local cop—a HOT local cop—who has the hots for our gal!) As for Stacey, she’s six months pregnant and most definitely not feeling that whole maternal glow thing. (Stacey, you also deserve a day off! Sans drink, of course!) These two sisters will need to lean on each other big time if they’re going to get through their respective dramas. Hang in there, ladies! When it’s all over, you can plan a beautiful family day at the beach! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Mischief Bay series. (Available in paperback on July 30.) 

    The Soldier, by Grace Burrowes
    Devlin St. Just is finally home from war, and all he really wants is some goshdarn peace and quiet while he figures out what to do with his crumbling country estate. (We’ll all help you fix it up, Devlin! We’ve watched A LOT of HGTV! #weloveyoudrewandjonathan #stillcanttellyouapart #itdoesntmatteryourebothhot) Enter Emmaline Farnum, Devlin’s exceptionally pretty neighbor and the only woman who can control the wild, five-year-old child that has been terrorizing Devlin’s estate. (Dude, you survived all of this war and hardship and trauma and yet you can’t control a five-year-old?! Actually, scratch that. We don’t judge!) He decides to hire Emmaline to be the little girl’s governess, and he soon realizes that he may just want Emmaline for himself. Like, to be his wife. Forever. Because love. (Devlin, SO glad to see that while war has hardened your body—not that we’re complaining—it hasn’t hardened your heart!) This reprint is the second book in Burrowes’ Windhams: The Duke’s Obsession series. (Available in paperback on July 30.)

    What romance novels are you reading on the beach (or on the beach in your mind) this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/04/23 Permalink
    Tags: blackberry summer, every last breath, , heidi cullinan, juno rushdan, kristan higgins, raeanne thayne, , , , , the doctor's secret, the pursuits of lord kit cavanaugh, the view from alameda island   

    Romance Roundup: Forbidden Office Romances, Entrepreneurial Lords, and Covert Operatives 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a nurse who falls for the new doctor in town, a newly-divorced woman finding her way in life, and two friends who are ready to confront some long-standing issues.

    The Doctor’s Secret, by Heidi Cullinan
    Dr. Hong-Wei Wu is experiencing some major career burnout, so he hightails it to Copper Point, Wisconsin, a quiet town where he can continue to work as a surgeon and also get some much-needed R&R. (Buddy, book yourself a series of massages STAT.) He soon finds a job at a hospital, where he meets surgical nurse Simon Lane. They soon bond over Hong-Wei’s delicious Taiwanese dishes—and various other things. (It certainly doesn’t hurt that these two fine, strapping men have torsos worth poeticizing!) Trouble is, the hospital they work at doesn’t have an official It’s-Okay-To-Date-Your-Co-worker policy. (Oh, come on, people! We’re all adults here!) Here’s hoping that Hong-Wei and Simon find a way to maintain their relationship and start a new chapter of their lives together and, you know, keep their livelihoods! This is the first book in Cullinan’s Copper Point Medical series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 23.)

    Blackberry Summer, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Single mom Claire Bradford loves her life in Hope’s Crossing, Colorado, but it all has become a bit…monotonous. True, she owns a successful bead shop business, but there is something missing. Then a car accident and robberies force her to rethink some of her life choices and change things up a bit. Oh, there’s also the arrival of Riley McKnight, her best friend’s younger brother who is now the town’s new chief of police. In addition to being a source of hope and comfort and security to the good people of Hope’s Crossing, Riley also makes Claire want to toss her hair back à la Rita Hayworth in “Gilda.” (Go for it, Claire! We all salute you!) Riley certainly has his work cut out for him with this new gig. Will he and Claire be able to settle into a new life together? And will they manage to have many a romantic frolic as they do so? This reprint is the first book in Thayne’s Hope’s Crossing series. (Available in paperback on April 30.)

    The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens
    Lord Christopher “Kit” Cavanaugh has decided to pursue a new passion and launch a business called Cavanaugh Yachts in Bristol. Unfortunately, said business ends up forcing Sylvia Buckleberry’s school for impoverished children out of its building. (Kit, don’t you have SOMEONE who can look into this kind of stuff for you?!) Sylvia is ready to go to bat for her kids and have a facedown with the ridiculously handsome Kit—until she realizes exactly who he is. They’ve met before, and let’s just say it wasn’t once upon a dream. She was, in fact, kind of rude to him. (Sylvia, we’re sure you had your reasons, but this is no time to cower! The kids need you! And Kit is really, really hot!) When it becomes clear that someone truly awful is trying to push them both out of business, Kit and Sylvia realize they’ll need to work together in order to save their businesses. Get to it, you two! This is the second book in Laurens’ Cavanaughs series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 30.)

    The View from Alameda Island, by Robyn Carr
    Our gal Lauren Delaney has just decided to end her 24-year marriage, and that’s a very, very good thing. Turns out that her “perfect” and “successful” husband was also a “giant jerk” who didn’t appreciate his wife. (Good for you, Lauren! We all admire your bravery! Now treat yourself to a spa day and a trip to Paris!) Things soon start to look up for Lauren. She even meets a nice man who also escaped a bad marriage. Then Lauren’s deadbeat ex-husband decides he wants Lauren back and commits all kinds of horrible actions in the misguided belief that they will actually work. (Begone, moron! You had your chance!) Lauren will need to seriously tune into her own head and heart if she’s going to deal with all of this drama. Sister, if anyone can do it, it’s you! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 30.)

    Good Luck with That, by Kristan Higgins
    Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met at a weight-loss camp when they were teenagers, and they became best buds for life. Then Emerson dies, which is super duper sad because she was a super duper supportive friend, and her last wish was that her gals finally let go of their pain and live their best lives. (BRB! Making a shrine to Emerson!) Georgia needs to let her ex-husband love her, because she is awesome and 100 percent worthy of love. Oh, and she needs to get her annoying mother and brother off of her case. (Georgia, do you need us to stand by your side and growl and snarl at them? Because we would totally do that!) As for Marley, she needs to overcome some major survivor’s guilt. Her twin sister died, and this has had some terrible romance-related consequences for our gal. Georgia and Marley, you are both awesome ladies and you must realize that you both deserve happy, love-filled lives! (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

    Every Last Breath, by Juno Rushdan
    Maddox Kinkade doesn’t exactly have a 9-to-5 job. Her latest gig involves neutralizing a lethal bioweapon, which…yeah, Maddox? Just want to take a moment and say thank you for protecting us all! She’s going to need a helping hand, though, and she finds it in Cole Matthews. He’s kind of, sort of, back from the dead and he isn’t too happy with Maddox because he thinks she betrayed him. (Cole, we’re a bit murky on the details, but please hear Maddox out!) They both need to put feelings aside for a second—because bioweapons and bad guys and evil forces intent on world destruction and/or domination—and this forces them to rethink their priorities. Oh, Maddox and Cole, please take care of this pesky little bioweapon (seriously, please do!) and when the drama is all over, channel all of that passionate energy into far more fun pursuits! This is the first book in Rushdan’s Final Hour series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/06/05 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Soccer Stars, Widowed Princesses, and Best Friends 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a young woman with memory loss, a widowed princess who finds herself in an arranged marriage, and a lady who is on the hunt for a passionate husband.

    Undeniable Attraction, by Kayla Perrin
    Melissa Conwell and Aaron Burke had a thing years ago, and now Aaron is looking to make things between them permanent. They see each other again at a family wedding, and let’s just say the years have been very kind to them both. (Aaron, for one, is a soccer superstar, and those are BY FAR the most consistently hot and fit athletes.) Melissa is determined to play it cool, but let’s be honest—no woman stands a chance against Aaron’s charm or his smile or his rock-hard thighs. (FYI, Aaron, your uniform shorts are too long!) He is determined to use all of these traits to his advantage and win our gal, body and soul. (Oh, Aaron, you can have both ANY day of the week!) Here’s hoping that Aaron brings his A game, and that Melissa keeps her mind and heart wide open for him! This is the first book in Perrin’s Burkes of Sheridan Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Princess, by Elizabeth Elliott
    Princess Isabel Plantagenet is a young widow, and her father forces her to get remarried solely for the purpose of maintaining his power. (Major shout-out to the GOOD fathers out there!) Faulke Segrave is a sexy widow, but—and this is a big but—his dead wives (yes, that’s plural, I’m afraid) died under some strange circumstances. Oh, and he’s suspected of high treason. Anyhoo. He and Isabel are pretty much thrown together against their respective wills, but they soon realize there is WAY more to the other person than they thought. Are they each what they seem? Will they learn to trust each other with their secrets? And, should they end up truly liking and loving each other, can they manage to live peaceful lives together, far away from their shadier relations? This is the fifth book in Elliott’s Montagues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wicked and the Wallflower, by Sarah MacLean
    Lady Felicity Faircloth is about to get some much-needed help in landing a husband. Her helper is none other than Devil, the illegitimate son of a duke who is quite familiar with London’s shadier side. Oh, and Felicity has a very strict requirement: Her husband-to-be must be a passionate man. Translation: She wants a guy who will provide her with many wild times in the boudoir. (Kudos to you, Felicity, for asking for what you want!) Devil and Felicity soon discover, though, that they’d really like to jump into bed with each other. The only problem for Devil is that he originally had this whole major revenge scheme that involved using Felicity as bait. Enough of that, Devil! Realize that you have found something much better than revenge: a strong woman who wants to be your true partner in every possible way! This is the first book in MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    Untamed Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Bennett Dodge and Kaylee Capshaw have been best friends for years. They’ve always been there for each other, had each other’s backs. The one thing they haven’t done, though, is the one thing they’ve always wanted to do: rip each other’s clothes off with abandon and proceed to act out their deepest fantasies. (Yes, the sexual frustration has reached frustratingly high levels.) Bennett has just found out that he has a son. Oh, and Kaylee decides to kiss him, and it’s pretty much the best kiss he’s ever had. (Good for you, Kaylee! Someone had to finally make a move!) Things and feelings are clearly about to change forever, so Kaylee and Bennett, for gosh sakes, get your respective acts together and realize that you are perfect for each other! This is the latest book in Yates’ Gold Valley series, and it includes a bonus novella, titled “Mail Order Cowboy,” which should absolutely become a thing. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Cottages on Silver Beach, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Elliot Bailey isn’t exactly beloved by Megan Hamilton’s family. Let’s just say he did A Naughty Thing back in the day, and no one has ever quite forgiven him. At least not yet. (We’re feeling hopeful for you, buddy!) Now he’s come back home to Haven Point. He’s a bestselling author and the book he’s working on right now is, like, super duper personal and makes him realize that he still feels feelings for Megan. He rents a cabin from Megan, but he’s mistaken if she plans to get cozy with him. He’s going to have to work super hard if he’s going to win back her heart. (Grovel, Elliot. Just get down on your hands and knees right now.) And Megan, please know that Elliot has come a long way and is eager to prove that he’s always been one of the good guys. This is the eighth book in Thayne’s Haven Point series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Highlander’s Promise, by Lynsay Sands
    Aulay Buchanan is ready for a little R&R in his clan’s hunting lodge. (Sounds delightful, Aulay! May we join you? Nekkid?) Then he finds a beautiful young woman who has lost her memory and has no idea who she is. She DOES, however, think someone is out to kill her. (Um, Aulay, we think that weird guy in Accounting doesn’t like us very much. So can we hide out in your lodge with you? Nekkid?) Oh, and in her delusion she also thinks that Aulay is her husband. This will prove difficult for Aulay, because he’s extremely attracted to her, but he doesn’t want to behave dishonorably. (Oh, Aulay! Nothing that involves you wearing zero clothing could EVER be considered dishonorable!) Here’s hoping they figure out the murder plot, that the mystery lady gets her memory back, and that she and Aulay are able to start over and begin a new chapter of their lives together! This is the sixth book in Sands’ Scottish Highlanders series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on June 26.)

    What romance novels are you putting in your beach bag this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/06/05 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Soccer Stars, Widowed Princesses, and Best Friends 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a young woman with memory loss, a widowed princess who finds herself in an arranged marriage, and a lady who is on the hunt for a passionate husband.

    Undeniable Attraction, by Kayla Perrin
    Melissa Conwell and Aaron Burke had a thing years ago, and now Aaron is looking to make things between them permanent. They see each other again at a family wedding, and let’s just say the years have been very kind to them both. (Aaron, for one, is a soccer superstar, and those are BY FAR the most consistently hot and fit athletes.) Melissa is determined to play it cool, but let’s be honest—no woman stands a chance against Aaron’s charm or his smile or his rock-hard thighs. (FYI, Aaron, your uniform shorts are too long!) He is determined to use all of these traits to his advantage and win our gal, body and soul. (Oh, Aaron, you can have both ANY day of the week!) Here’s hoping that Aaron brings his A game, and that Melissa keeps her mind and heart wide open for him! This is the first book in Perrin’s Burkes of Sheridan Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Princess, by Elizabeth Elliott
    Princess Isabel Plantagenet is a young widow, and her father forces her to get remarried solely for the purpose of maintaining his power. (Major shout-out to the GOOD fathers out there!) Faulke Segrave is a sexy widow, but—and this is a big but—his dead wives (yes, that’s plural, I’m afraid) died under some strange circumstances. Oh, and he’s suspected of high treason. Anyhoo. He and Isabel are pretty much thrown together against their respective wills, but they soon realize there is WAY more to the other person than they thought. Are they each what they seem? Will they learn to trust each other with their secrets? And, should they end up truly liking and loving each other, can they manage to live peaceful lives together, far away from their shadier relations? This is the fifth book in Elliott’s Montagues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wicked and the Wallflower, by Sarah MacLean
    Lady Felicity Faircloth is about to get some much-needed help in landing a husband. Her helper is none other than Devil, the illegitimate son of a duke who is quite familiar with London’s shadier side. Oh, and Felicity has a very strict requirement: Her husband-to-be must be a passionate man. Translation: She wants a guy who will provide her with many wild times in the boudoir. (Kudos to you, Felicity, for asking for what you want!) Devil and Felicity soon discover, though, that they’d really like to jump into bed with each other. The only problem for Devil is that he originally had this whole major revenge scheme that involved using Felicity as bait. Enough of that, Devil! Realize that you have found something much better than revenge: a strong woman who wants to be your true partner in every possible way! This is the first book in MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    Untamed Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Bennett Dodge and Kaylee Capshaw have been best friends for years. They’ve always been there for each other, had each other’s backs. The one thing they haven’t done, though, is the one thing they’ve always wanted to do: rip each other’s clothes off with abandon and proceed to act out their deepest fantasies. (Yes, the sexual frustration has reached frustratingly high levels.) Bennett has just found out that he has a son. Oh, and Kaylee decides to kiss him, and it’s pretty much the best kiss he’s ever had. (Good for you, Kaylee! Someone had to finally make a move!) Things and feelings are clearly about to change forever, so Kaylee and Bennett, for gosh sakes, get your respective acts together and realize that you are perfect for each other! This is the latest book in Yates’ Gold Valley series, and it includes a bonus novella, titled “Mail Order Cowboy,” which should absolutely become a thing. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Cottages on Silver Beach, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Elliot Bailey isn’t exactly beloved by Megan Hamilton’s family. Let’s just say he did A Naughty Thing back in the day, and no one has ever quite forgiven him. At least not yet. (We’re feeling hopeful for you, buddy!) Now he’s come back home to Haven Point. He’s a bestselling author and the book he’s working on right now is, like, super duper personal and makes him realize that he still feels feelings for Megan. He rents a cabin from Megan, but he’s mistaken if she plans to get cozy with him. He’s going to have to work super hard if he’s going to win back her heart. (Grovel, Elliot. Just get down on your hands and knees right now.) And Megan, please know that Elliot has come a long way and is eager to prove that he’s always been one of the good guys. This is the eighth book in Thayne’s Haven Point series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Highlander’s Promise, by Lynsay Sands
    Aulay Buchanan is ready for a little R&R in his clan’s hunting lodge. (Sounds delightful, Aulay! May we join you? Nekkid?) Then he finds a beautiful young woman who has lost her memory and has no idea who she is. She DOES, however, think someone is out to kill her. (Um, Aulay, we think that weird guy in Accounting doesn’t like us very much. So can we hide out in your lodge with you? Nekkid?) Oh, and in her delusion she also thinks that Aulay is her husband. This will prove difficult for Aulay, because he’s extremely attracted to her, but he doesn’t want to behave dishonorably. (Oh, Aulay! Nothing that involves you wearing zero clothing could EVER be considered dishonorable!) Here’s hoping they figure out the murder plot, that the mystery lady gets her memory back, and that she and Aulay are able to start over and begin a new chapter of their lives together! This is the sixth book in Sands’ Scottish Highlanders series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on June 26.)

    What romance novels are you putting in your beach bag this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/09/26 Permalink
    Tags: , , janet daily, just a little christmas, katharine ashe, life of lies, long tall cowboy christmas, raeanne thayne, , , , sugar pine trail, the duke, the trouble with christmas   

    Romance Roundup: Reclusive Heroes, Devilish Dukes, and Librarians Seeking Adventure 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a lonesome rancher who takes in a widow and her three children for the holidays, a duke with a very sinister reputation, and a librarian who is seeking a bit of adventure.

    The Trouble with Christmas, by Debbie Mason
    Resort developer Madison Lane isn’t exactly the most popular person in Christmas, Colorado: She destroyed a deal that would make it a major tourist attraction, which is something the town’s citizens really wanted. She has a second chance, though, to make it right. (We’ll help you, Madison! And we’ll, um, be your bodyguards while you’re at it.) She soon catches the eye of sheriff Gage McBride. She certainly keeps Gage on his toes, what with all of her resort-developing shenanigans, but Gage soon realizes he wouldn’t mind dealing with her shenanigans on a more permanent basis. Can Madison save Christmas (both the holiday and the town) AND get Gage to use his handcuffs for fun purposes? This is the first book in Mason’s Christmas, Colorado series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    Sugar Pine Trail, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Librarian Julia Winston is SO ready to trade her quiet life for one filled with adventure. She’s even got a list of the specific things she wants to do. (Just don’t ever stop being your awesome librarian self, Julia! Librarians are the best!) Then two young boys are put in her care for the holidays. She needs help, and she gets it in the form of her neighbor, Jamie Caine. He’s a military pilot, which means he can keep a cool head in crazy situations. He turns out to be really good with the kids, and the four of them soon get a nice vibe going on. He even helps Julia scratch some things off of her to-do list. (Julia, we wouldn’t judge you AT ALL for adding Jamie to your list!) Here’s hoping their happy arrangement lasts way beyond the holidays! This is the seventh book in Thayne’s Haven Point series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    Life of Lies, by Sharon Sala
    Sahara Travis is mega-famous, but she’s recently been experiencing the darker side of fame. Someone is trying to kill her, so she has no choice but to enlist the help of bodyguard and former army ranger Brendan McQueen. He’s distractingly handsome, but Sahara is desperate to maintain her independence. (Brendan, you can hang around us any day of the week. Preferably shirtless. Thanks!) Then she finds out that her estranged mother was killed and that her father is missing—and a suspect. Sahara ends up going to her family’s estate in New Orleans to look further into everything, and she brings Brendan’s piercing gaze and chiseled body with her. Will they survive this investigation, and will their budding romance have a real fighting chance? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    Just a Little Christmas, by Janet Dailey
    Alert to romance readers: This particular yarn features a few of our favorite things, like a sexy cowboy, a small-town Texas setting, Christmas, and a cute puppy! Ellie Marsden goes back home to her tiny hometown—which she had been dying to leave behind forever—and she’s not exactly feeling proud of her life choices. She’s pregnant and divorced, for one, and to make matters worse, she runs into the extremely hunky cattle rancher Jubal McFarland. They were high school sweethearts back in the day. He now has an 8-year-old daughter—and a face and body that just got better with time. They start to see quite a bit of each other, and let’s just say that old feeling never went away. Romantic sensations are heightened thanks to the holidays, but Ellie and Jubal soon realize that they might just be able to love each other year-round! This is the third book in Dailey’s A Cowboy Christmas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    The Duke, by Katharine Ashe
    Lady Amarantha Vale and Gabriel Hume first met six years ago, when they were both young and innocent. He was a naval officer and she was a visitor, and they were both abroad and far from home. Fast forward to the future, and Gabriel is known as the Devil’s Duke. He keeps to himself and lives in a big castle in the Highlands. (Which actually sounds like it would be a pleasant little getaway! Can we visit, Gabriel? Wouldn’t mind disconnecting for a couple of weeks.) Amarantha refuses to be intimidated by Gabriel. She still remembers his tender side, and knows that it’s still there, deep, deep inside him. (Sounds like a fun challenge for our fearless heroine!) Can Gabriel get over some of his deeper issues and open his heart to a happier life with Amarantha? This is the third book in Ashe’s Devil’s Duke series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas, by Carolyn Brown
    Nash Lamont is happy with his solitary life on a Texas ranch. (Nash, you really shouldn’t NOT share that beautiful physique of yours with the rest of the world, but okay. To each their own.) That said, he’s happy to take in widow Kasey Dawson and her three very energetic children. Kasey and her kids are eager to make this Christmas season a happy one, and Nash soon gets sucked into all of the happiness. (See, buddy? Life isn’t so bad after all!) Kasey and Nash are each treading carefully, because no one wants to hurt or get hurt, but Kasey’s kids are determined to make this brawny man their new papa. Here’s hoping Kasey and Nash soon realize that they are perfect for each other and that Nash’s ranch is the perfect place to start a new life together. (The amount of space alone will help ensure contentedness!) This is the second book in Brown’s Happy, Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    What romances are you reading now that fall is finally here?

    The post Romance Roundup: Reclusive Heroes, Devilish Dukes, and Librarians Seeking Adventure appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
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