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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2017/12/12 Permalink
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    50 Delightful Winter Romances 

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but with bare trees and freezing temperatures, it can also be pretty bleak. That’s why we’ve got fifty winter romances on tap; so you can spend the long nights with couples falling in love instead of shivering under the covers.

    Devil in Winter, by Lisa Kleypas
    What’s the best way to get away from a conniving family? Marry a notoriously terrible man, of course. But there’s a catch: when she demands that her rake of a husband stay celibate for six months, Evangeline finds his icy exterior thawing enough to let her into his heart.

    Deep Kiss of Winter, by Kresley Cole
    An ice fey, Danii possesses a dangerous ability to cause excruciating pain to anyone not of her kind who touches her skin. But Murdoch, a vampire, is not one to be dissuaded by the cold…especially when his passion for her burns hotter than any flame.

    Once Upon a Winter’s Eve, by Tessa Dare
    This novella stars Violet Winterbottom, who is swept away by a mysterious stranger at the Spindle Cove Christmas Ball, when a man stumbles into the ballroom and collapses. The mysteries surrounding him are numerous, but none more than the heat between them…which Violet will lose forever if she does not figure out who he is, and what he wants, before the sun rises.

    A Kiss For Midwinter, by Courtney Milan
    Christmas is Lydia’s favorite time of year, but even holiday cheer isn’t enough to erase the scourge of an event that could have ruined her reputation. Thankfully, only one other person knows about it: Dr. Jonas Grantham. She would rather forget he existed, but Jonas has other plans: he’s in love with Lydia, and intends to turn all her winters warm for as long as they live.

    A Rose in Winter, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
    Erienne Fleming’s beauty is legendary in her village of Mawbry. Everyone wants to marry her, but unfortunately, Erienne does not have a choice due to her father’s debt. So when she is married off to the mysterious Lord Saxton, known for his terrible moods and disfigurement from a fire years before—Erienne knows happiness will elude her forever. That is, until she learns his true heart, and finds herself falling for a man she once thought of as a beast. It is at this inopportune moment that a childhood love tempts her away, and Erienne must make a choice.

    The Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley
    Carrie is an ambitious author who has her sights set on turning the story of a Jacobite invasion in 1708 into a successful novel. Especially since one of her ancestors lived the event. But Carrie soon finds herself lost in the snowstorm of truth and fiction, where they begin to merge.

    A Christmas Promise, by Mary Balogh
    Ellie and Randolph are meant to be: their perfect match and impending wedding is the perfect balance of wealth and title, and they are destined for a perfect union. Except that Ellie does not love him…and all she wants for Christmas is to marry a man she loves.

    Girls Made of Snow and Glass, by Melissa Bashardoust
    Mina’s life is upended when it is revealed her heart is not human—it is made of glass, and does not beat. Her magical father performed the devastating transformation with a terrible consequence: a glass heart cannot know love. But Mina is determined to know love, and will seduce a king in order to do so…

    Lord of Ice, by Gaelen Foley
    Damien lives alone, haunted by the trauma of war. But when he is named the guardian of a young ward, he is tempted both to re-enter society. Though he may have fallen prey to the chill of war, learning to love again will warm his heart.

    Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish, by Grace Burrows
    Sophie does not treasure her place in society the same way her family does—which is why a few nights alone in an empty mansion sounds like her Christmas wish has come true. But when a snowstorm, an abandoned child, and a brokenhearted man kind enough to offer assistance all conspire to disrupt her plans, she finds herself wishing for something new.

    A Winter Scandal, by Candace Camp
    Thea Bainbridge has always played by the rules of her society—and so when an infant is discovered in her church manger, she knows a man who does not abide them is to blame: Gabriel, the Lord Morecombe. But Gabriel is not afraid of scandal…instead, he finds himself drawn in both by the mystery of the child’s true parentage, and Thea’s determined spirit.

    Never Love a Highlander, by Maya Banks
    Caelen made a terrible mistake, but now he’s making things right: by marrying the bride his older brother jilted to heal the ongoing feud between two Highland clans. Rionna, his bride, may be interested in preserving the peace, but she’s vowed never to give her heart away—especially not to someone cold and guarded like him. But when a mutual enemy threatens their family, Rionna and Caelen unite to defeat it…and in the process, fall in (very, very steamy) love.

    Christmas Angel, by Jo Beverley
    Leander knows women love him. That’s why he wants a convenient marriage, one that will allow him to live life as he chooses—on his terms, and in anyone else’s bed. So when Judith Rossiter, the widow of the late poet Sebastian, decides to marry him to provide for her children, the arrangement couldn’t be more perfect. But she has secrets, and Leander finds himself wanting to uncover them, like plundering a virgin snow…

    The Scandal Before Christmas, by Elizabeth Essex
    Holiday novellas are short, sweet, and have just enough steam to keep you warm in winter. Ian Worth, a soldier, needs to marry before Christmas—days away from his next deployment to sea. So when he decides to marry Anne Lesley, a spinster with no other prospects (so she won’t ask questions), he believes all is well. But a snowstorm means they are trapped together, along with their secrets, and the desire growing between them…

    Bed of Roses, by Nora Roberts
    Nothing more romantic than a winter wedding! Wedding florist Emma has it all: her dream job, dream friends, and a dream love life. What she doesn’t have? One great love…and that’s where Jack comes in. But love isn’t always a bed of roses, even for those in the business of making it beautiful.

    All I Want for Christmas is a Vampire, by Kerrelyn Sparks
    This book combines my favorite things: holiday cheer, and vampires. Toni is on a mission to do the impossible: prove that vampires exist, so she can spring her BFF from a mental institution, where she’s doing a terrible job of convincing people she was attacked by them. So she decides to be a bodyguard for the Undead…never intending to fall in love with Ian, a five-hundred-year old vampire.

    Bring Me Home for Christmas, by Robyn Carr
    Denny broke Becca’s heart three years ago…and then he went off to war. By Christmas this year, she is going to rid her heart of the memories of him by crashing her brother’s hunting trip in search of some distraction (and maybe a tempting guy or two.) But of course, she finds Denny, and the snowstorm between them is even more powerful than the one raging outside.

    A Highlander Christmas, by Janet Chapman
    Camry was a NASA scientist…so why on earth did she leave her job to be a small-town dog-sitter? Only she knows, and she’s determined to keep it that way, by avoiding her family for the holidays. But when her rival, Luke, shows up to bring her home, a battle of the wills erupts between them.

    The Winter King, by C.L. Wilson
    We have reached the fantasy portion of this roundup! This gorgeous romance stars Wynter, a man determined to seek vengeance on a foreign kingdom’s King by marrying his daughter. Khamsin is afraid of marrying the notorious Wintercraig king…but nothing could be worse than her father’s abandonment. And so what starts as an act of revenge soon becomes an act of love—even as evil rises up around them, and a dark magic must be defeated.

    Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh
    Vasic is a soldier with too much blood on his hands to fathom. Living on the fringes of society, he is drawn back into action to protect people against a deadly virus. Especially Ivy, who is determined to fight back against the contagion—and who gives Vasic something else he is afraid to lose.

    Winter Fire, by Elizabeth Lowell
    Sarah Kennedy needs no one to survive. Not after everything she’s been through. But against the backdrop of the Civil War, she finds herself caring for a wounded Civil War soldier, haunted by a past of his own.

    Dark Celebration, by Christine Feehan
    The Carpathian series continues with this Christmas tale starring Mikhail, the Prince of his kind, who is determined to protect them from extinction. But when his enemies target his wife and daughter, he is forced to turn to tactics unthinkable to him before in order to keep them safe.

    Chasing Christmas Eve, by Jill Shalvis
    It’s never too early for holiday cheer…but Colbie Albright is feeling anything but cheery when she show up in the Bay Area after escaping New York and her fame as a renowned YA author. And when she ends up literally underwater and is saved by Spencer Baldwin, she wants what she knows she shouldn’t have…and come Christmas, she’ll have to go back to her old life.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Debbie Macomber returns with a Christmas story just hot enough to lift your spirits as the weather grows colder. She tells the story of Merry Smith, who is living the life she wants—family, career, and holiday cheer. But her mother decides to meddle and give her the gift she won’t give herself: a social life, with prospective matches galore! And while what Merry finds in the online dating world makes her happy indeed, will the fantasy come crashing down when reality sets in?

    A Seduction at Christmas, by Cathy Maxwell
    Fiona has learned the hard way what lengths she’ll sink to in order to save herself…even if it means taking down a rake of a Duke. Posing as his ward, Fiona does her best to get the better of a man who has spent his life distrusting women…but in this steamy tale, even he cannot help but fall prey to her charms.

    Let it Snow, by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
    Another winter-themed anthology with beautiful YA stories about a Christmas Eve snowstorm that turns the lives of three teens into a magical night of love.

    Wintersong, by S. Jae-Jones
    The Goblin King steals Liesl’s sister, drawing her into the strange and magical world of the Underground in order to save her. This YA novel is rife with gorgeous descriptions, forbidden romance, and the devastation surrounding what happens when a girl is torn between family and fate.

    Ice, by Linda Howard
    I love a good military thriller…especially one starring a guy good enough to make sure his dad’s neighbor is safe during an ice storm. Except Gabriel is not that guy; he doesn’t even LIKE Lolly, the neighbor he finds himself having to rescue from masked strangers in her window. United against a mysterious enemy, determined to survive the storm, Gabriel and Lolly make their way to safety, and to steamy romance.

    Get a Clue, by Jill Shalvis
    Breanne has been jilted, so getting snowed in on the honeymoon she should have had sounds like exactly what would happen to her. But when she discovers her room—the last room in the lodge—is already occupied by a very cute, very cynical cop, they strike a bargain to share the room.

    Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts
    Nate Burke got burned watching his police partner die, and so he chooses to start over in Alaska, prepared to endure the cold weather. In a town called Lunacy, what else could he expect but to have an affair with a pilot named Meg…while stalking a murderer on the loose that only he can track down.

    The Bite Before Christmas, by Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost
    This book has multiple stories for the price of one! An anthology focused on Yuletide romance starring immortals from both of these authors’ bestselling series, you’re in for a bloody sexy read.

    Frozen, by L.A. Casey
    Neala and Darcy have a love-hate relationship for the ages. But when they both wind up at the toy store determined to buy the last toy in stock, their battle of wills…and sexual tension…burns brighter than a Christmas tree.

    Shadows and Lace, by Teresa Medeiros
    Rowena has been gambled into service for a mysterious—and potentially murderous—knight. Little does she know that her situation has been his ploy all along in a quest for vengeance. This pawn does not expect to love her captor, and the knight never expected to desire his pawn…

    Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
    One of the most beautiful and devastating historical novels in modern times, Cold Mountain tells the story of a couple torn apart by the Civil War. Inman, a Confederate soldier, is determined to trek across the mountains to return home to Ada, the woman he loves. But home is not the same place it was when he left it, and danger abounds as Ada discovers the lengths she will go to in order to survive without him.

    Winter Stroll, by Elin Hilderbrand
    The Quinn family returns in this novel full of holiday hope and laughter…that is, until a series of unexpected guests show up at the Winter Street Inn and throw a few wrenches in the romances everyone thought were going so well.

    Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah
    Russia is known as a cold place, especially during World War II. In this romance that spans time and space between 1941 and 2000, the story of a mother’s determination to survive a war transforms her relationship with her estranged daughters.

    Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater
    This paranormal YA novel has serious swoons! The heartbreaking love story of Grace—a girl fascinated by the wolves who live in her backyard, and Sam, a human boy cursed to change with the cold—is dark, romantic, and perfect for chilly nights.

    Winter, by Marissa Meyer
    This sci-fi epic tells the story of a Princess named Winter who dares to fall in love with a palace guard in defiance of her stepmother. A revolution brims beneath the surface and she must decide whether to team up with a group of brave girls to fight—even if it means losing the man she loves.

    Snow Falling, by Jane Villanueva
    I’m super excited about this winter romance—because it’s the “book-within-the-TV-show from the CW’s hit show Jane the Virgin! In Miami at the turn of the 20th century, a girl named Josephine believes her life is perfect: she has a good job at a hotel, and has just gotten engaged…but then a mysterious railroad tycoon shows up to disturb all her plans.

    A Cold Day for Murder, by Dana Stabenow
    A classic detective story that takes place in the Alaskan north. Kate has left the D.A.’s office for a return to her job as a cop…and when a ranger goes missing, she’s the only one brave enough to face the cold.

    Black Ice, by Becca Fitzpatrick
    The classic snowstorm thriller gets a YA twist: Britt is ready to hike the Teton Range, but then her ex-boyfriend shows up. The ex-boyfriend she can’t stop thinking about. The one she gets separated from by a snowstorm…only to be taken hostage, at which point she can only hope that he still loves her enough to find her.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon
    So, since this is the 6th book in the Outlander series, I’d recommend reading the other books first…but the title is so wintery, I couldn’t resist including it! (Mild spoilers ahead.) This installment of the epic romance finds Jamie and Claire on the verge of the American Revolution, and worried about whether they will survive the battle to come.

    Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi
    A fairytale retelling like no other. In 1953, Boy travels to a small town and marries a local man, becoming stepmother to his beautiful daughter, Snow. But Boy’s growing hatred towards Snow only increases when her baby, Bird, is born dark-skinned, revealing her husband’s family as African Americans passing for white.

    Snowfall at Willow Lake, by Susan Wiggs
    Sophie travels to dangerous places to help those in need—but after surviving a terrible trauma, she returns home to Willow Lake. She’s spent enough time saving others; now it’s time to save herself. And what she finds does exactly that: a love with Noah, the local vet, who ignites a passion within her she never thought she’d feel again.

    Biting Cold, by Chloe Neill
    Imagine being turned into a vampire without your consent…that’s what happened to Merit. But she’s made lemonade out of a dark situation, turning her position into one of power, tracking down a supernatural creature with the goal of causing havoc.

    Cold-Hearted Rake, by Lisa Kleypas
    Devon Ravenel is a rake, and proud of it—he wants no other responsibilities than figuring out which woman to charm that week. But when he finds himself responsible for the fates of three young girls after inheriting their father’s earldom—and one of them, in particular, who beguiles and tempts him—he knows it’s time for his cold heart to let in a little warmth.

    The Snow Queen, by Mercedes Lackey
    A queen with a heart of ice is accused of attacking innocent people, and in response she decides to journey through her kingdom of winter to find the imposter responsible for damaging her reputation.

    The Winter Crown, by Elizabeth Chadwick
    Fans of the classic movie Lion in Winter will love this historical novel about Eleanor of Aquitaine. Frustrated with her role as mother, isolated from her husband, and tempted by the promise of power, Eleanor makes a dangerous choice to defy her King and seize power for herself.

    Marrying Winterbourne, by Lisa Kleypas
    Ambition can turn the heart cold, which is what has happened to Rhys Winterborne; a common-born man who has risen to success. So when he decides he must bed Helen Revanel, he is unprepared to be met with ice. Helen finds herself tempted by Rhys’ passion and looks, but when an enemy threatens their growing love, she finds herself willing to risk it all to keep it.

    The Winds of Winter, by George R. R. Martin
    Okay, I admit it: this one is kind of a joke. Winter has come, but will The Winds of Winter ever be published?? Only time will tell, and we all know Westerosi winters are long.

    What winter romances do you love?

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  • Tara Sonin 11:00 am on 2017/08/29 Permalink
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    Romance Fall Preview Guide: 16 Books to Get You Through the Season 

    I know, we all wish summer could last forever…but with fall fast approaching, we wanted to give you everything you need so that as the warm days dwindle, your books still have some sizzle! Here are sixteen fall romances you don’t want to miss:

    Once a Rebel, by Mary Jo Putney, August 29th
    If you love rogues who find romance, you’ll love this romance about the war of 1812. Lord Audley is tasked with finding widow Callista Brooke and bringing her back to England from where she currently is: stuck in the center of the conflict in Washington. But when Gordon arrives, he gets more than he bargained for: Callie is more than just a mission, she was his first love—and her father was the reason Gordon was convicted of a crime he did not commit.

    The Summer That Made Us, by Robyn Carr, September 5th
    Every summer ends, but none like the summer on Lake Waseka that destroyed the Hempstead sisters. Their lives are perfect: two sisters married to two brothers, all with kids of their own…until tragedy strikes, and the perfection of their summer world is drowned by death and regret. They don’t talk about what happened, until one sister decides that she will bring her family back together one last time.

    Secrets in Death, J.D. Robb, September 5th
    Lt. Eve Dallas is back in the 45th installment in this bestselling series, and this time she realizes there’s something even more deadly than a knife or a gun…secrets. When Larinda Mars, a notable professional blackmailer, is murdered, anyone with something to hide becomes a suspect.

    Wicked Deeds (Krewe of Hunters), by Heather Graham, September 19th
    Just when Vickie Preston, historian extraordinaire, and her former protector (now lover) Special Agent Griffin Pryce think they’ve outsmarted all the villains and outrun all the danger…an author is murdered, bringing their new beginning to a swift halt. Because the murder isn’t cut and dry, which means the paranormal Krewe of Hunters is needed once more, and Vickie and Griffin can’t tear themselves away from one another, or a good case.

    Archangel’s Viper, by Nalini Singh, September 26th
    Holly Chang is running from her past, struggling to accept a power she never asked for after a brutal attack. And when it becomes clear someone will take her dead—but preferably alive, for a hefty sum—she has to rely on a stalwart, strong, and seductive vampire to protect her. And he is too close to the people who hurt her for comfort.

    Chasing Christmas Eve, by Jill Shalvis, September 26th
    It’s never too early for holiday cheer…but Colbie Albright is feeling anything but cheery when she show up in the Bay Area after escaping New York and her fame as a renowned YA author. And when she ends up literally underwater and is saved by Spencer Baldwin, she wants what she knows she shouldn’t have…and come Christmas, she’ll have to go back to her old life.

    Immortally Yours: An Argeneau Novel, by Lynsay Sands, September 26th
    Eternity is inherently sexy…except when you’ve spent it in unrequited love. Beth has been in love with Scotty, a Scottish vampire, for over a century—ever since he saved her from certain devastation. But he’s never felt the same way about her…or so she thought. The truth could be more devastating than the rogue he saved her from all those years ago…that they are fated lovers, and Scotty has stayed away on purpose. The tension between them scorches the pages as Beth realizes she has to fight for what she wants.

    A Christmas to Remember, by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Loret, September 26th
    This anthology, featuring some veritable stars of the romance world, is not to be missed! The four stories include “I Will”, in which a Lord must marry a woman of worth or lose his inheritance; “Deck the Halls with Love” by Lorraine Heath, which introduces readers to the Marquess of Chetwyn, who broke Lady Meredith’s heart by proposing to someone else…and now that she’s betrothed, he wants her back; “No Groom at the Inn” by Megan Frampton, in which a bachelor tries to outsmart his own mother by pretending to have a woman in his life; and “The Duke’s Christmas Wish” by Vivienne Lorret, in which the science-minded Duke of Vale falls for a reckless and beautiful woman.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber, October 8th
    Debbie Macomber returns with a Christmas story just hot enough to lift your spirits as the weather grows colder. She tells the story of Merry Smith, who is living the life she wants—family, career, and holiday cheer. But her mother decides to meddle and give her the gift she won’t give herself: a social life, with prospective matches galore! And while what Merry finds in the online dating world makes her happy indeed, will the fantasy come crashing down when reality sets in?

    Fairytale, by Danielle Steele, October 10th
    Camille is not living a modern fairytale, that’s for sure. Well, she was once: when her parents were in love and happy, in their family vineyard…until her mother died, and her father was swept up in the clutches of a woman who has snatched him from his wife’s memory. A wicked stepmother, two wicked stepbrothers…and a friend in the most unlikely of places make this sweet romance worthy of the title.

    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, by Melissa de la Cruz, October 17th
    A gender-flipped classic is made modern in this hilarious and romantic novel by bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz. Meet Darcy, a relentless beauty who wants for nothing—not even love. She barely tolerates her family, but when her mom gets sick, she goes home to Pemberley (Ohio, lol) and meets Luke Bennet, the neighbor’s son. As relentlessly ambitious as Darcy is, Luke is her total opposite…and yet they find themselves in bed, and in a great deal of trouble.

    Duke of Desire, by Elizabeth Hoyt, October 17th
    When the infamous Lords of Chaos kidnap Lady Iris Jordan, she does whatever she can to escape…including shooting the masked man who intended to rescue her! The Duke of Dyemore wants to destroy the Lords, but by rescuing this damsel in distress, he has doomed them both to a fate they want to avoid: marriage. At least at first, until they both realize nothing can rescue them from the love they feel for each other.

    The Beautiful Ones, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, October 24th
    Antonia is meant to find a husband during her first season in Losail, but she is harboring a secret: her telekinetic ability makes her a target for gossip, and not exactly marriageable material. Until she meets Hector Auvray, a performer who teaches her to control her magic before it consumes her. However, Antonia has no idea that the attraction she feels for Hector may be more dangerous than her own power…

    Wilde in Love: The Wildes of Lindow Castle, by Eloisa James, October 31st
    Alaric Wilde is the son of a Duke, which means he can go on and be as much of a rake as he pleases. After years abroad with a reputation that precedes itself, he returns home and meets the one woman intent on not pleasing him: Willa. But Willa keeps her true self hidden from society, and she has no intention of letting a man with no morals like Alaric into her bed, or her heart.

    An Unwilling Conquest, by Stephanie Laurens, November 1st
    Harry Lester will never love a woman, but he certainly enjoys them. That is, until he meets a widow, Lucinda, and decides that she’s the one for him. The problem? Lucinda has no interest in Harry, or his help, and can get by just fine on her own. But Harry is determined, and sooner or later, he knows Lucinda will open her heart to him.

    No Other Duke Will Do, by Grace Burrowes, November 7th
    Debt has brought down the great Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford. When his sister decides to find him a wealthy bride, he doesn’t have much choice but to abide. Elizabeth Windham is recovering from a scandal, and knows finding a husband will put the rumor mill to rest. Sparks fly between the unexpected couple, but can they overcome their respective problems to find happiness?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/08/22 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Art Investigators, Restaurant Murders, and Sexy Immortals 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a set of sisters trying to move past some major family trauma, an art investigator who gets to investigate a very sexy billionaire, and a literary-themed, paranormal murder-mystery.

    The Game, by Vanessa Fewings
    Romance readers who love a good art heist and all of the involved drama can sink their teeth into Fewings’ latest! Our gal Zara Leighton is an art investigator, and she’s found herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with Tobias Wilder. He’s really into complicated art heists that challenge his mind (he’s already a billionaire, so the money is a non-issue), and he certainly knows his way around a bedroom. (Oh, that we could all get tangled up with him!) When a major artifact makes its way to the center of the drama, these two need to put their heads together. A sexy, romantic story that involves art and a face like Tobias’? Yes, please! This is the second book in Fewings’ Icon trilogy. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 29.)

    The Summer That Made Us, by Robyn Carr
    The Hempstead sisters had it all—amily, marriage, kids, and a beautiful summer lake house. (Lots and lots of house descriptions that will fulfill our HGTV fantasies, please!) Then there was an accidental drowning one summer, and everything went downhill. Things just haven’t been the same since. (Sending major hugs your way, ladies!) Then one of them decides to do a very brave thing and bring the family back together at said lake house, which has been closed up. Fans know that Carr brings it when it comes to stories that combine family drama and romance, so turn off your cell phone, grab your sunglasses and summer beverage of choice, and get to reading! (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on September 5.)

    Wicked Deeds, by Heather Graham
    Historian Vickie Preston and paranormal investigator Griffin Pryce are SO ready to go home to Virginia and relax. They decide to stop in Baltimore, and boy does this detour cost them. There are several murders tied to an Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant, and these murders are very similar to some of Poe’s tales. Lots of the restaurant-goers become suspects. (Note to my favorite local taco joint: I am NOT engaging in any suspicious activity!) Then Edgar Allan Poe starts to appear to Vickie in her dreams and gives her hints about the murders. (Just FYI, Jane Austen, your ghost and romantic advice are more than welcome in all of our lives at any time!) Here’s hoping Vickie and Griffin manage to find out who the killer is ASAP so that these murders are nevermore. This is the latest book in Graham’s extensive Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 19.)

    Wicked Abyss, by Kresley Cole
    Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot did some pretty mean things centuries ago. These mean things included breaking the heart of the then-young boy Abyssian “Sian” Infernas. A long time has passed, and now our boy Sian has been turned into a bit of a hunky demonic monster-man. He’s out for some vengeance, so he kidnaps Lila and imprisons her in his castle. (Heck, if the view is nice and the food is good, Sian, we’re all yours!) Being in close proximity to Lila makes Sian soon realize there might be more to this woman than he thought. As for Lila, she wants to escape, but she’s becoming rather attached to Sian. Can Sian finally let it go, and can he and Lila move forward to create the beautiful, otherworldly babies they are surely meant to make? This is the latest book in Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. (Available in paperback on September 19.)

    Immortally Yours, by Lynsay Sands
    Beth Argenis has had the hots for Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald for the past 125 years, ever since he rescued her from a Rogue Immortal. (So, Beth, if we Google “historical hotties” Scotty’ll show up in the search results, right?) Beth has had plenty of time to become a top-notch Rogue Hunter, so she doesn’t need saving anymore, thank you very much. One thing hasn’t changed, though, and that’s the way she feels about Scotty. As for Scotty, he realizes after one kiss that Beth is the one for him and that he has got to stop wasting his time. (Seriously, buddy, what have you been up to all of these years?!) An enemy is on horizon, so these two better get together in more ways than one if they’re going to defeat said enemy and move on with their immortal lives together. This is the latest book in Sands’ super awesome Argeneau series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    When All the Girls Have Gone, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Charlotte Sawyer is having a not-so-great day. She finds out that her stepsister’s friend was murdered, and when she goes to break the news, she learns that said stepsister has disappeared. Her stepsister, Jocelyn, has done disappearing acts before (yup, she’s THAT kind of person), but this time it’s different. Charlotte teams up with private investigator Max Cutler to find her sister, and let’s just say that with his voice and body he can absolutely feel free to interrogate and investigate all he wants! Together, they delve into Jocelyn’s world and encounter some not-so-pretty things. Can they find the missing lady and manage to have a relationship that sometimes involves, say, using handcuffs in a fun way? (Available in paperback on September 26.)

    What romance novels are you diving into this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2016/09/30 Permalink
    Tags: life interrupted, robyn carr, , the life she wants   

    A Second Chance for Friendship and Romance in Robyn Carr’s The Life She Wants 

    Robyn Carr’s The Life She Wants introduces readers to Emma Shay Compton, who is having a pretty good time of things, living a life of wealth and privilege in New York City—until her husband is found guilty of running a massive Ponzi scheme. Among the legal and media hullabaloo, he commits suicide, leaving his unsuspecting widow to cope with the consequences of his actions. Emotionally and financially devastated, Emma goes home to Sonoma County, California in an attempt to rebuild her life.

    Emma’s former best friend, Riley Kerrigan, still lives in the area. Riley and Emma drifted apart when Emma left for college, after Riley betrayed her in a way that changed the course of both their lives. However, since then Riley has worked tooth and nail to rebuild her own life, including starting a successful cleaning organization that (hero alert!) employs lots of single mothers.

    Riley isn’t exactly thrilled to know that Emma is back in town. The way she sees it, Emma gave up on their friendship even before she made the mistake that drove them apart. Readers will get the sense that Riley is a woman who has worked extremely hard to get to where she is today, and is terrified of letting her guard down, even for a second.

    As for Emma, she’s not out for revenge, nor does she hold any grudges. She is focused on rebuilding her life, one step at a time. It seems fitting that she and Riley aren’t exactly squealing with joy when they see each other again. There’s a lot for each of them to process before they can begin to reconnect.

    It’s fascinating to see how these two women’s lives have evolved over time, and how their highs and lows have aligned and diverged. When they were young, Riley had a warm, loving family and no money. Emma, on the other hand, came from a financially secure background but was stuck with an indifferent stepmother. Fast forward several years and they are in similar places emotionally, but Riley is now a wealthy businesswoman in her own right, and Emma is straight up broke. She’s not totally despondent, though. Indeed, Emma’s attitude towards her situation is one of the most inspiring parts of the story. Despite how much she has lost, Emma is nothing if not practical when it comes to starting again after hitting rock bottom. She first takes a job at a fast food restaurant, and then takes another job cleaning houses. This would be devastating for a lot of people, but Emma, like Riley, is quite determined to make the best of a difficult situation.

    Ah, but now for the romance side of things!

    After her return to Sonoma County, Emma reconnects with Riley’s older brother Adam, who always carried a torch for his little sister’s ex-best friend. That old, loving feeling comes back easily when he sees Emma again, and it’s not hard for her to fall for him. He’s sweet, sexy, and they have a positive history. Plus, he’s the kind of guy your mom would want you to bring home. As for Riley, she and a local cop start up a little romance, but it is soon clear that Riley’s heart really belongs to another; someone with whom she shares a complicated past.

    The story is deepened by an assortment of complicated but relatable secondary characters, including Riley’s mother, June, whom Emma reaches out to upon her return. June wholeheartedly approves of the woman Emma has become, and any adult who, as a child, loved a friend’s parent will instantly recognize their affectionate relationship.

    Carr’s latest might seem like a simple tale of love and friendship, but there is quite a bit beneath the surface. Readers will feel pulled into the story as they watch Riley and Emma come to terms with the choices they’ve made, the lives they’ve led, and the futures they’re pursuing. Add in the amazing backdrop of Sonoma County, and the story’s emphasis on the importance of family, and The Life She Wants makes for a sweet, satisfying read.

    The Life She Wants is on B&N bookshelves now.

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  • Cristina Merrill 7:00 pm on 2016/07/18 Permalink
    Tags: , , kim jones, , , robyn carr, ,   

    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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