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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: a cowboy under the mistletoe, , , finding christmas, , , meant to be yours, robyn carr, , , season of love, , , virgin river   

    Romance Roundup: Christmas Enthusiasts, Mystery Writers, and Rising Actresses 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a Navy veteran who needs ranching lessons STAT, a wedding coordinator who falls for her fling, and an actress who is reunited with the guy who broke her heart a long, long time ago.

    Finding Christmas, by Karen Schaler
    Our gal Emmie loves all things Christmas. Her boyfriend, Grant, however, is quite boring and just doesn’t understand what all of the fuss is about. (Dude, really? Surely you can AT LEAST enjoy the delicious food!) In order to get her man into the Christmas mood, Emmie sets up a scavenger hunt that will end in a romantic weekend getaway for two. Trouble is, her scavenger hunt is followed by Sam, a mystery writer who thought the clues were left for him by his agent. Emmie is not too thrilled when Sam ends up being the one to show up at the finish line, but then she and Sam end up enjoying all kinds of shenanigans together. (Nekkid?) When Grant finally shows his surly face, and he’s STILL not thrilled with ANYTHING (Dude, come ON!), Emmie has to wonder whether she’s wasting her time with him. (Sorry, Emmie, but…yup.) Will Emmie and Sam realize they are quite gosh darn perfect for each other? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 15.)

    A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe, by Jessica Clare
    Our gal Sage Cooper has been single in her small town for…ever. What’s more is that her dad recently passed away and so life on her family’s beloved ranch is quite lonely. Then Navy veteran Jason Clements shows up at her door, looking so fine and needing a crash course in how to be a cowboy. He just got a job at a local ranch, but there’s quite a scarcity of horses on Navy ships, so he needs to learn the ranch life FAST without letting his PTSD get in the way. (Jason, some of us don’t know our cows from our horses—actually, that’s not true, cows are harder to ride, per the Google—but we’d still be more than happy to make ourselves useful in any way we can!) As for Sage, she soon understandably becomes quite taken with the tall, refreshing drink of water that is this Navy hero. Sage, you go and get your man while still remaining your wonderful self! And Jason, please realize that Sage is a keeper who will make you a nice home—and that the two of you would make a great team! This is the third book in Clare’s Wyoming Cowboy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 15.)

    Meant To Be Yours, by Susan Mallery
    Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen doesn’t think the whole marriage thing is for her. That said, she is VERY good at her job. (Renee, to each her own, but please realize that even if a personal wedding isn’t your style, you are, without a doubt, totally and 100% worthy of love!) Then she meets thriller writer Jasper Dembenski, and it looks like he just might be the one to change her mind. They engage in the most delicious of flings, and it doesn’t take either of them long to 1) realize they like each other a lot, 2) want to massage each other while nekkid. Oh, and Jasper also finds Renee to be a very inspiring inspiration for his writing. Here’s hoping these two flingers realize they are perfect for each other and that they live a very happy life together that involves best-selling novels and lots of romantic, sunset kisses! This is the fifth book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    Twice in a Blue Moon, by Christina Lauren
    Our gal Tate Jones fell crazy in love with Sam Brandis during a two-week vacation when they were young. It was so intense, in fact, that Tate even revealed her paternity to him: She’s the long-lost daughter of a very famous actor. This prompted Sam to do something very, very naughty. Fast forward several years and Tate is an actress who just landed her first big break. The screenwriter is none other than Sam. (Sam, you may have evolved from Cute Snotrag to Holy Tamale He’s Sexy Snotrag, but you are still a snotrag with a capital “S” and you better have evolved, personality-wise, since you last saw Tate!) Has Sam developed a moral code over the past few years and morphed into an all-around good guy? Is he willing to explore the genuine feelings he will now develop for the very awesome Tate? Will the very awesome and hardworking Tate start to get the kinds of roles for which she’s worked so hard? And, finally, will Sam make sure that Tate doesn’t overwork herself and pleasure her with every trick up his sleeve? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    Season of Love, by Debbie Macomber
    Two reprinted fan favorites in one volume! In “Thanksgiving Prayer,” Seattle resident Claudia Masters meets Alaskan visitor Seth Lessinger and instantly has all of the feelings. (This is totally understandable. Seth has a giant heart and fills out his flannels quite nicely!) As for Seth, he wants to convince Claudia to marry him and move to Alaska, but that’s not always the easiest thing to do. (Seth, buddy, you already have all of the rippling muscles and, ahem, equipment you need! And Claudia, we’ll all come visit you in The Last Frontier state!) In “The Gift of Christmas,” Jo Marie and Andrew meet during a Mardi Gras parade, and she is instantly the smitten kitten. She later finds out, though, that he’s engaged. To another woman. Who is NOT Jo Marie. In fact, this other woman is WAY different from our gal. It doesn’t even seem like this lady and Andrew even really, truly, like each other. (Andrew, buddy, please think twice—maybe three times—before you marry this other woman, because true love is important and you do NOT want to settle down with the wrong woman!) (Available in paperback on October 22.)

    Virgin River, by Robyn Carr
    Widow Melinda Monroe is desperately in need of a change of scenery, so she replies with a resounding “Yes!” to a nursing job ad. Said nursing job is in the remote California town of Virgin River, and it involves beautiful scenery complete with redwood trees and a rent-free cabin. (Melinda, we are all SO going to visit you! Your cabin has plumbing, right?) She soon starts to regret her decision, though, because the town is a tad more rural and isolated than she expected. That said, there IS former Marine Jack Sheridan, who could easily melt away the worst of snowstorms. (Jack, drop and give us twenty—push-ups! Twenty push-ups!) Still, Melinda is ready to pack her bags and forget this move ever happened. Then she finds an abandoned baby and her plans completely change, because she is a nice person who would NEVER pass by a helpless baby. Two lonely and attractive people, plus a cute baby, plus a gorgeous setting? Melinda and Jack, it seems like the two of you have everything you need for a beautiful life together! This reprint is the first book in Carr’s Virgin River series, which is being adapted for Netflix. (Available in paperback on October 22.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/08/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , brazen and the beast, dangerous embrace, , love at first bark, marry in secret, , robyn carr, , , the house on olive street, the missing piece   

    Romance Roundup: Treasure Hunters, Disgraced Naval Officers, and Animal Shelter Volunteers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman on a quest for some sunken treasure, a high society lady who thought she was a widow—until her husband showed up at her wedding, and two animal shelter volunteers with a very interesting backstory. 

    Dangerous Embrace, by Nora Roberts
    Two reprinted fan favorites in one volume! In “Treasures Lost, Treasures Found,” our gal Kate Hardesty is on a mission to find sunken treasure. (No, she has not lost her mind! Her late father was an explorer and did a lot of preparatory research, so her mission is quite legit.) Kate will need to dive to exceptional depths if she’s going to have a chance at finding the goods, so she reaches out to Ky Silver. He is a blast from Kate’s past, and he looks REALLY good in a diving suit. (Well done, Ky! Well done!) Trouble is, they didn’t exactly part on the best of terms. Will they find this wonderful treasure AND let bygones be bygones? In “Risky Business,” dive shop owner Liz Palmer is living the good life in Cozumel, Mexico. Then her employee gets killed. Enter his super hot twin brother. Together, they’ll need to dodge some serious bad guys. Will this man get to find some peace and closure? And when all the drama is over, will he and Liz get to spread out nice and nekkid on a secluded Mexican beach? (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 30.) 

    Brazen and the Beast, by Sarah MacLean
    Lady Henrietta “Hattie” Sedley may be The Big 2-9, but she’s not going to let THAT stop her from being fabulous and having fun and taking over her father’s business. (That’s right, Hattie! You tell those overfed, self-absorbed “high society” people to stick their sexist, backwards opinions where the proverbial and literal sun doesn’t shine!) Oh, she also wants to have some more, ahem, carnal fun. Just as she’s about to go out in search of said carnal fun, she finds a super hot guy known around town as Beast tied up inside of her carriage. (Talk about a meet cute!) Beast has quite the reputation for being a bit of a deliciously naughty character. Hattie unties him (why?), and when he discovers her carnal plans, he decides he is more than willing to help. They both also soon realize they’ll be in each other’s lives on a far more permanent basis. (Sounds good, you two! May the biggest problem in your lives together be toning down that meet cute story for the grandkids!) This is the second book in MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 30.) 

    The Missing Piece, by Sharon Sala

    Private investigator Charlie Dodge is about to get involved in a huge case, and it kind of comes at an inconvenient time. His wife has early-onset Alzheimer’s, and so she doesn’t really remember life with her husband. (Charlie, buddy, surely this can be solved if you just stand in front of your wife shirtless and start flexing your muscles, no?) Charlie needs to look into something for millionaire Carter Dunleavy. Carter has purposefully disappeared from the public eye because some really bad people want him dead, and so he desperately needs Charlie’s help. (Charlie, we’re all totally willing to hang out with your beloved wife while you take on this case and remind her that you are a manly man among men who loves her very much! We’ve all seen “The Notebook!” We have ideas! And confidence!) Here’s hoping that Charlie solves this mystery soon, that he and his wife can still have many happy times, and that somehow everyone involved can take the tropical vacation they deserve! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 30.) 

    Marry in Secret, by Anne Gracie

    Lady Rose Rutherford is about to tie the knot with the most eligible bachelor in London. Just as they are about to say their vows, their wedding gets crashed by none other than Thomas Beresford. Rose and Thomas secretly married several years ago, and she actually thought he’s been dead for the past four years. (Nope, definitely not dead!) Thomas is at a bit of a low point in his life right now, and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to not be at a low point. He’s even willing to use his wife – that’s you, Rose! – to reclaim what’s his. This may all seem a tad dangerous, but if there is anyone who is NOT afraid it’s our gal. Rose is not going to just sit back while her husband – that’s you, Thomas! – has all of the revengeful fun. Rose and Thomas, it sounds like the two of you have a lot of catching up to do, so pardon us while we uncork one of our better bottles of wine right before we snuggle in with your story! This is the third book in Gracie’s Marriage of Convenience series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 30.) 

    The House on Olive Street, by Robyn Carr

    Another fan favorite has returned! Four lady writers – Barbara Ann, Beth, Elly, and Sable – are coming together over the death of their friend and fellow writer. They hole up in their late friend’s house, determined to finish her unfinished manuscript. (Now that’s love right there!) They’re all understandably sad over the death of their beloved friend, but this is also the perfect opportunity for each of them to take a break from their routines and get some real focus. Barbara Ann, for one, has lost control over every aspect of her life. (Girl, it’s just a phase! You’ve totally got this!) Beth needs to get away from her abusive husband. (Beth, our spare rooms and couches are all yours!) Elly, an academic, is lonely – and tired of living in her self-imposed isolation. (Time for a fun group trip!) As for Sable, she has a whole lotta past issues. (Yoga retreat!) Here’s hoping that each of these four wonderful ladies finds the inner and outer peace she wants and deserves! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 30.) 

    [ean6Love at First Bark, by Debbie Burns

    This story features PUPPIES! Need we say more? Yes? Okay! Mia Chambers has officially hit the career jackpot: She’s an animal portrait painter. Not only that, she also volunteers at an animal shelter with hunky architect Ben Thomas. Now, our gal Mia is actually a widow with a young son, and her late husband was Ben’s best friend. Ben has been in love with Mia for a looooong time, and the timing might finally be right for him to make his long-desired move. He gets his chance when some bozo abandons a bunch of helpless border collies in a nearby park. It’s all hands on deck at the shelter to rescue the dogs, and so Mia and Ben find themselves spending a bit of extra time together. Will Ben reveal his feelings to Mia as they give these beautiful puppies baths? Will Mia admit that she also has the hots for him? And will Ben, Mia, and her son end up living in a sprawling house of Ben’s design with a huge yard – all of which is designed especially to accommodate multiple canines? This is the fourth book in Burns’ Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 30.)

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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, , robyn carr, , , , 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 

    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 2:00 pm on 2019/03/19 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , robyn carr, , , , the fifth doctrine, , the wyoming kid   

    Romance Roundup: Ranchers, Reunited Friends, and Gym Lovers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two guys and a gal who are all about fitness (and each other), a teacher who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with a rancher, and a tough woman who needs to convince the U.S. government that she’s not a criminal.

    The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr
    Readers who love a good friendship-focused story will enjoy this reprint! Emma Shay Compton’s life isn’t going so great at the moment. Her mega-rich husband, it turns out, was mega-corrupt, and he ends up committing suicide to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. This leaves Emma with nothing (like, zilch), so she goes home to Sonoma County in order to rebuild her life from the bottom up. (Emma, you go girl!) She runs into her former best friend, Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma used to be like sisters, and then Riley did something quite naughty and they fell out of touch. Here’s hoping these two ladies reconcile over a really good bottle (or two) of wine! (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Wyoming Kid, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Wyoming Kid,” teacher Joy Fuller refuses to fall in love with rodeo cowboy-turned-rancher Lonny Ellison. This throws Lonny in for a bit of a loop, because he’s become quite accustomed to ladies throwing their proverbial and literal panties at him. (Lonny, buddy, Joy is no ordinary woman. If you really want her panties you’ll have to work very, very hard for them!) Then Lonny starts to mentor one of Joy’s troubled students, and she starts to realize that there’s WAY more to Lonny than his very talented buns of steel. (Let’s just say that while Lonny may be a former rodeo cowboy he has certainly NOT lost his capabilities!) Can Lonny show Joy that he’s a man worth keeping? Will Joy realize that Lonny is the real deal? And will they honeymoon in the Caribbean or the Pacific? Oh, and fret not, romance readers who can’t get enough cowboys: This volume includes a bonus story, “The Horseman’s Son,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis
    This reprint features Lily Danville, who is going through an exceptionally rough time right now. She’s going back home to Cedar Ridge, Colorado, which is filled with many sad and painful memories for her. (Sending you tons and tons of hugs, Lily!) Things take a turn for the better when she gets a job at a popular resort. Trouble is, the resort is owned by the family of Aidan Kincaid. This would normally be all fine and dandy, because Aidan is the kind of guy who makes women feel all kinds of yummy feelings, but he and Lily will need to work through some major issues before they can start a new chapter of their lives together. Lily, we all admire your courage and strength! And Aidan, lacking any discernible talent in the artistic department would NEVER stop us from trying to replicate your body in ice sculpture form! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Fifth Doctrine, by Karen Robards
    Bianca St. Ives had an upbringing that was, shall we say, Not Exactly Traditional. Forget about dolls and proms and pizza outings with friends. Instead, our gal got to learn a whole lotta martial arts and how to handle explosives. (Now THAT would have made for a killer college essay!) Now she’s all grown up, and she pays her bills by swindling con men. Life is just peachy until a mission goes very, very wrong. For one, her dad—who also was in her same profession—is killed. Top secret government documents go missing. Also missing is money to the tune of $200 million. The U.S. government is not 100 percent convinced that her father is dead, nor do they think she is completely innocent, either. Bianca will need to think really hard and fast if she’s going to survive this latest conundrum. Here’s hoping she busts herself out of this mess ASAP, and that maybe she gets a much-needed helping hand or two! This is the third book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Misadventures in a Threesome, by Elizabeth Hayley
    Fitness instructor Jasmine Pritchett just had THE BEST job interview EVER. She got to bare her professional soul to gym owners Maddox Gibson and Wilder Vaughn. That’s twice the biceps and gluteus maximus and all of that good stuff. Oh, and let’s just say that both men are also very taken with our gal and her healthy ways. (Indeed, Jasmine, we all worship at your altar of awesomeness!) The timing is perfect, because each of these three beautiful people can use a bit of cheering up. They each certainly bring something to the table. (Maddox is more grounded while Wilder is the adventurous one. As for Jasmine, well, she is quite the determined go-getter.) Jasmine, Maddox, and Wilder, you three enjoy yourselves thoroughly, and while you’re at it, please share your top tips for a toned body and make sure you have at least one superbaby! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features Bodine Longbow, who runs the family business, the Bodine Ranch and Resort in western Montana. (When can we book our vacations?) She’s recently gotten some extra help in the form of new hire Callen Skinner, who would make any woman immediately want to know way more about him. Then some gruesome things start happening—dead bodies start popping up—and Callen is the first suspect. Bodine knows that Callen can’t be the one (not in THAT sense), and together they start digging a little bit deeper into the danger. Further complicating matters is the reappearance of Bodine’s long-lost aunt, who might be able to shed some more light on the situation. Here’s hoping Bodine and Callen figure things out sooner rather than later, and that they enjoy all of the romantic possibilities Montana has to offer. (Available in paperback on March 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/19 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , robyn carr, , , , the fifth doctrine,   

    Romance Roundup: Ranchers, Reunited Friends, and Gym Lovers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two guys and a gal who are all about fitness (and each other), a teacher who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with a rancher, and a tough woman who needs to convince the U.S. government that she’s not a criminal.

    The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr
    Readers who love a good friendship-focused story will enjoy this reprint! Emma Shay Compton’s life isn’t going so great at the moment. Her mega-rich husband, it turns out, was mega-corrupt, and he ends up committing suicide to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. This leaves Emma with nothing (like, zilch), so she goes home to Sonoma County in order to rebuild her life from the bottom up. (Emma, you go girl!) She runs into her former best friend, Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma used to be like sisters, and then Riley did something quite naughty and they fell out of touch. Here’s hoping these two ladies reconcile over a really good bottle (or two) of wine! (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Wyoming Kid, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Wyoming Kid,” teacher Joy Fuller refuses to fall in love with rodeo cowboy-turned-rancher Lonny Ellison. This throws Lonny in for a bit of a loop, because he’s become quite accustomed to ladies throwing their proverbial and literal panties at him. (Lonny, buddy, Joy is no ordinary woman. If you really want her panties you’ll have to work very, very hard for them!) Then Lonny starts to mentor one of Joy’s troubled students, and she starts to realize that there’s WAY more to Lonny than his very talented buns of steel. (Let’s just say that while Lonny may be a former rodeo cowboy he has certainly NOT lost his capabilities!) Can Lonny show Joy that he’s a man worth keeping? Will Joy realize that Lonny is the real deal? And will they honeymoon in the Caribbean or the Pacific? Oh, and fret not, romance readers who can’t get enough cowboys: This volume includes a bonus story, “The Horseman’s Son,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis
    This reprint features Lily Danville, who is going through an exceptionally rough time right now. She’s going back home to Cedar Ridge, Colorado, which is filled with many sad and painful memories for her. (Sending you tons and tons of hugs, Lily!) Things take a turn for the better when she gets a job at a popular resort. Trouble is, the resort is owned by the family of Aidan Kincaid. This would normally be all fine and dandy, because Aidan is the kind of guy who makes women feel all kinds of yummy feelings, but he and Lily will need to work through some major issues before they can start a new chapter of their lives together. Lily, we all admire your courage and strength! And Aidan, lacking any discernible talent in the artistic department would NEVER stop us from trying to replicate your body in ice sculpture form! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Fifth Doctrine, by Karen Robards
    Bianca St. Ives had an upbringing that was, shall we say, Not Exactly Traditional. Forget about dolls and proms and pizza outings with friends. Instead, our gal got to learn a whole lotta martial arts and how to handle explosives. (Now THAT would have made for a killer college essay!) Now she’s all grown up, and she pays her bills by swindling con men. Life is just peachy until a mission goes very, very wrong. For one, her dad—who also was in her same profession—is killed. Top secret government documents go missing. Also missing is money to the tune of $200 million. The U.S. government is not 100 percent convinced that her father is dead, nor do they think she is completely innocent, either. Bianca will need to think really hard and fast if she’s going to survive this latest conundrum. Here’s hoping she busts herself out of this mess ASAP, and that maybe she gets a much-needed helping hand or two! This is the third book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Misadventures in a Threesome, by Elizabeth Hayley
    Fitness instructor Jasmine Pritchett just had THE BEST job interview EVER. She got to bare her professional soul to gym owners Maddox Gibson and Wilder Vaughn. That’s twice the biceps and gluteus maximus and all of that good stuff. Oh, and let’s just say that both men are also very taken with our gal and her healthy ways. (Indeed, Jasmine, we all worship at your altar of awesomeness!) The timing is perfect, because each of these three beautiful people can use a bit of cheering up. They each certainly bring something to the table. (Maddox is more grounded while Wilder is the adventurous one. As for Jasmine, well, she is quite the determined go-getter.) Jasmine, Maddox, and Wilder, you three enjoy yourselves thoroughly, and while you’re at it, please share your top tips for a toned body and make sure you have at least one superbaby! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features Bodine Longbow, who runs the family business, the Bodine Ranch and Resort in western Montana. (When can we book our vacations?) She’s recently gotten some extra help in the form of new hire Callen Skinner, who would make any woman immediately want to know way more about him. Then some gruesome things start happening—dead bodies start popping up—and Callen is the first suspect. Bodine knows that Callen can’t be the one (not in THAT sense), and together they start digging a little bit deeper into the danger. Further complicating matters is the reappearance of Bodine’s long-lost aunt, who might be able to shed some more light on the situation. Here’s hoping Bodine and Callen figure things out sooner rather than later, and that they enjoy all of the romantic possibilities Montana has to offer. (Available in paperback on March 26.)

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