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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 


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    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 


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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 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 


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    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 


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    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 3:00 pm on 2019/02/27 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , devil's cub, , honeysuckle summer, , , josh and hazel's guide to not dating, , my favorite half-night stand, , of blood and bone, robyn carr, , , , the best of us, ,   

    Romance Is in the Air During B&N’s Book Haul 


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    Romance novels are the perfect way to stave off the late winter chill—and a number of them are 50 percent off during Barnes & Noble’s Book Haul Blowout, from February 27 to March 4. In the books below you’ll find a firefighting lady with some new blazes to investigate, a guy who has feelings for his old friend’s sister, and two best friends who are finally about to realize that they are perfect for each other! Get ready to refresh your romance reading, and head over to your nearest Barnes & Noble and get your Book Haul on!

    Consumed, by J.R. Ward
    Anne Ashburn is focused on arson investigations at this point in her career, which sounds awesome, but it doesn’t compare to her previous gig. She used to be a firefighter, but then Something Bad Happened. The only person who can rev her engine at this time is her fellow firefighting coworker Danny McGuire, who deserves his own calendar. (Like, a daily calendar. For the entire year. A leap year.) When a bunch of random fires start happening all around their city, Anne and Danny must work together in order to find out what’s causing all of the dangerous trouble. Will Anne get a chance at career redemption? Will Danny realize that The One has been right under his nose this whole time? And will they get to, ahem, have relations, at least once inside of a fire truck? This is the first book in Ward’s Firefighters series. 

    The Conspiracy, by Kat Martin
    Harper Winston is on a mission to find her missing brother. He recently disappeared while sailing the Caribbean and the Coast Guard has been unable to locate him. She ends up going to Chase Garrett, her brother’s former best friend and now the owner of Maximum Security. Chase has feelings for Harper, but he’s very reluctant to get involved again with her family. (Sadly, much of the Winston clan is involved in some very shady dealings that would make the proverbial mafia blush.) Chase ends up helping Harper anyway, because The Feelings, and he’s going to work very hard to keep her safe. Good for you, Chase! When the drama is all over—and, we hope, her brother is found safe and sound and not involved in anything bad—you and your special woman should consider living in a peaceful land that’s far, far away from the in-laws! This is the first book in Martin’s Maximum Security series. 

    The Best of Us, by Robyn Carr
    Any reader who was and/or is super duper close to their aunt will love this yarn! Dr. Leigh Culver is a Colorado-based doctor, and she’s about to get a much-needed visit from her aunt, Helen Culver, who raised her and with whom she is exceptionally close. Together, they venture to Sullivan’s Crossing, where they both end up having a delightful time. (Sullivan’s Crossing, with its nice people and beautiful scenery, has that effect on just about everybody who visits!) Oh, and Helen ends up meeting a very special someone who makes her rethink her plan to never do winter again. (Like, ever.) Helen, we agree that snow and ice can be not-so-nice, but it sounds like this new person in your life will cause you nothing but pleasure! Here’s hoping that both Leigh and Helen get the rest and peace they both deserve, and that Helen decides to live close to her niece again. This is the fourth book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. 

    Of Blood and Bone, by Nora Roberts
    Thirteen-year-old girl Fallon Swift is about to embark on a pretty serious training mission. While a major sickness known as The Doom has wiped out a good chunk of humanity, it’s also left many survivors with magical powers. Fallon has those magical powers and needs to learn to harness them, so she leaves the farm she’s lived on with her mom and stepfather in order to train. Her trainer is a centuries-old dude named Mallick, and he’s going to train her to survive just about everything, including the evil Raiders and Purity Warriors who are on a mission to wipe out Fallon and her kind. Will Fallon survive this dystopian drama? Will she learn to use her powers to help conquer evil? And will she also have a chance to have some fun and make some friends and kiss at least one cute boy while she’s at it? This is the second book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. 

    Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren
    Once upon a time, in a magical place called College, Hazel Camille Bradford threw up on Josh Im’s shoes. They soon became fast friends, even though they were always rather different. Years later, Hazel still embraces the crazier side of life, complete with WAY too many pets, while Josh is the kind of guy who probably has his accountant’s phone number memorized. (You know what, Josh? We respect that!) Now, Josh’s girlfriend has just cheated on him, likely because she was too empty-headed to recognize the sexy beneath all of that nerdy. On the bright side, though, Josh and Hazel are finally free to truly explore their feelings for each other. (No offense, you two, but you REALLY need to get your eyes checked if you can’t realize that you’re the perfect balance!) Here’s hoping they both come to their senses and embark on a permanent situation that involves them always bringing out the best in each other! 

    My Favorite Half-Night Stand, by Christina Lauren
    Millie Morris is a professor at UC Santa Barbara, and she’s an expert in—wait for—female serial killers. When she and her four best professor friends, all of whom are dudes, are invited to a fancy schmancy black tie affair, they all make a pact to bring dates. They all decide to go the online route to find said dates, and let’s just say that Millie is not having the best of luck. Men are sending her photos of their junk, for one. (Millie, we’ll help you report those photos to the police so you can focus more on your love hunt!) She does have one positive experience online, though, and that involves flirting with her professor friend Reid Campbell under the name of “Catherine.” She and Reid recently had a one-night stand, and Millie can’t help but want just a little bit more. Oh, Millie, gather up your courage and reveal yourself to Reid—both online and in person! And Reid, please realize that True Love might be much closer than you ever expected! 

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    It’s going to be quite the summer for Lauren, Jenna and Nancy! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and their lives aren’t going so smoothly right now. Lauren’s teenage daughter isn’t being the most cooperative person right now, and poor Lauren is at her wit’s end. Jenna and her husband are trying to get pregnant, and lets’ just say it’s Not Working. Nancy is Lauren and Jenna’s mom, and she’s been going through some stuff of her own. Sounds like these lovely ladies will have a lot of soul-searching to do this summer, so here’s hoping they have plenty of ice cream and wine and that they take advantage of the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard for some much-needed healing! 

    Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak
    Sloane McBride left her Texas town at the age of 18 and never looked back. She doesn’t exactly have the warmest, fuzziest memories of her childhood. For one, her mom abandoned the family when Sloane was just five years old. Plus, there was a lot of family drama in general and it made life less-than-pleasant for our gal. That was years ago, though, and Sloane is ready to find out the truth about her family. She goes back to Texas and finds herself face-to-face with quite a bit of drama, including an old boyfriend. (Oh, and chances are she and said boyfriend never quite got over each other. #truelove) Will Sloane find the answers she’s looking for? Will she finally get some inner and outer peace? And book at least one much-deserved massage to help ease her tension? 

    Honeysuckle Summer, by Sherryl Woods
    Raylene Hammond has finally ditched her good-for-nothing husband and is spending some time with her good friends, whom she refers to as the Sweet Magnolias. Because our gal has been through an exceptionally tough time lately, they even protect her from the outside world. The only man who can infiltrate this bubble is sheriff’s deputy Carter Rollins. He’s a nice and patient guy—he’s raising two younger sisters, for one—but Raylene isn’t totally ready to let him into her heart just yet. (We feel you, Raylene, but please note that Carter is an exceptionally sweet guy who would only use his sinewy body to keep you safe and sound and, ahem, rock your world at least once a night!) Will Raylene let him in for good? And will the Sweet Magnolias receive some kind of karmic prize for being such amazing friends? This is the seventh book in Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series. 

    Devil’s Cub, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features Dominic Alastair, the Marquis of Vidal, who is not exactly the most worthy of gentlemen. (Yes, he possesses a face and body carved by angels, but he’s also an exceptionally naughty man who could be a tad nicer to the ladies.) Case in point: When he has to flee to France from England, he takes with him the girl he was courting for marriage purposes, totally intending to just make her his mistress. Instead, he accidentally kidnaps her sister, Mary Challoner, who was totally onto his dishonorable schemes. (Mary, show us your ways and teach us how to read the signs of when a man is being deceitful!) Mary refuses to give into any of Dominic’s shenanigans, which kind of makes him want her even more. Dominic, buddy, you KNOW you have to get married to carry on your family’s title, and Mary is by far the best woman you’ll ever meet. Abandon your errant ways without losing your sexy and prove to her what a great husband you’d make if given the chance!

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Chef Lana Bingham and her hunky boyfriend, author Max, are hightailing it out of New York City. A deadly illness has wiped out much of the world’s population, and survivors are acquiring a variety of magickal skills, both the good and the bad types of magick. Indeed, things are looking quite dark all around, so Lana and Max will need to stick together and utilize the help of trusted friends to survive this horrible new world. There are other characters, too, who are fleeing New York City, including Arlys, a journalist, Chuck, a techie and hacker, Rachel, a doctor, and Jonah, a paramedic. This is a twisted, dystopian story, so grab your winter reading gear – plus a nice glass of wine or cup of tea—and enjoy! This is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. 

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