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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/11/12 Permalink
    Tags: all fired up, andie j. christopher, , , , leave me breathless, , , patricia davids, restless rancher, , romance roundups, the hope, the princess plan   

    Romance Roundup: Event Planners, Gossip Writers, and Amish Widows 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an arts and crafts store owner with some dark secrets, a popular writer who wants to take a more serious career route, and an Amish widow who is about to get a delicious blast from her past. 

    Leave Me Breathless, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Ryan Willis works in the protection business, which takes up a lot of brainpower and muscle. (Fortunately, he has both in spades!) He just finished a huge assignment, so he’s ready to wind down in his getaway home and listen to some soothing music and get some much-needed R&R. (You do that, Ryan, and we’ll all massage you while you’re at it!) He gets a bit of a surprise, though, when he meets Hannah Bright. She’s new in town and runs the local arts and craft store. (Hannah, you are a lifesaver! Some of us were quite low on knitting yarn!) Hannah and Ryan get to know each other, and it’s all quite wonderful for both parties. That said, Hannah has some big secrets, so she can’t let Ryan get too close. (Are you sure about that, sister?!) Here’s hoping that Hannah and Ryan reveal themselves to each other (hehe), that they create a foundation based on trust, and that the two of them enjoy many a frolic throughout their English village! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

    Not the Girl You Marry, by Andie J. Christopher
    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days gets a twist in Christopher’s latest! Journalist Jack Nolan has found his niche—as a writer who is really good at writing viral fluff pieces that make for great clickbait but aren’t exactly stretching anyone’s thinking skills. (Jack, buddy, we all promise to, er, NOT click on your articles!) He cuts a deal with his editor: He will write a hard-hitting story on…how to lose a girl. Then he’ll move on to covering politics. Too bad he meets event planner Hannah Mayfield, who is actually a really nice person and smart and beautiful to boot. She’s on a quest of her own, which is to show her boss that YES, she absolutely believes in the lovey-dovey stuff and that YES, she wants to plan super duper romantic weddings. (She does NOT actually believe in these things, but she DOES want a promotion. Get THAT PROMOTION Hannah! We all hope it comes with a BIG RAISE!) She needs to hang onto to Jack just as much as he needs to tick her off. Oh, Jack, please find a way to not screw up your budding relationship with Hannah! And Hannah, please don’t get TOO upset when you find out the truth behind Jack’s less-than-desirable behavior. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 12.) 

    Restless Rancher, by Jennifer Ryan
    Accountant Sonya Tucker has quite the task before her. She needs to help rancher Austin Hubbard turn his struggling ranch around, being as how Austin himself is struggling to just even get out of bed each morning. (Sonya, we’re not entirely sure why you would want Austin out of bed, but we are all still willing to follow along and support you in whatever you need to do!) Fortunately, Sonya is no wilting violet. She was, after all, raised by her mother in the Wild Rose Ranch, a Nevada brothel. (Sonya, sounds to us like you were always surrounded by hardworking women who taught you to be tough, and for that, we salute you and everyone involved in your upbringing!) It soon becomes clear that Austin is not as lackadaisical as he seems. He’s actually a good guy who wants to succeed. Will he manage to get off of his delectable heinie and prove to Sonya that he’s a very, very good man? This is the second book in Ryan’s Wild Rose series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 12.) 

    All Fired Up, by Lori Foster
    Ex-con Mitch Crews is on a mission to find some long-lost family, and let’s just say he’s pretty much starting from zero. (It’s okay, Mitch! We’ll all help you find your family! We know how to use The Google!)  His travels put him in the direct path of Charlotte Parrish. Her car has just broken down in his neck of the woods, and while Mitch may be a tad hardened due to stressful life experiences, he would never – but NEVER – leave a lady stranded. (Mitch, there are people who have had it WAY easier than you and would still not do the nice things you do!) Charlotte doesn’t think she has room in her life for bad boys and so she decides to do her best and forget about Mitch and resist his charms and BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! As if ANY woman could resist the ridiculously appealing Mitch. Mitch, please find a way to exhibit your best behavior while also showing Charlotte a good time in the, ahem, boudoir. This is the third book in Foster’s Road to Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 19.) 

    The Princess Plan, by Julia London
    Eliza Tricklebank owns a delicious gossip gazette, and she’s just gotten the story tip of a lifetime. The personal secretary of none other than Prince Sebastian of Alucia has been murdered. Sebastian is eager to find out who killed his employee, and he starts off his investigation by investigating Eliza. (Oh, Eliza, you lucky, lucky lady!) This is all happening at a very inopportune time for Sebastian. There’s a trade deal going down, plus he’s under some big-time pressure to find a royal bride and produce a royal heir and do all of the royal things. (Sebastian, if you ever need a break from all of that royal stuff, we’ll all happily take you out for a night on the town while you wear the crafty yet tasteful disguise of your choice!) Eliza and Sebastian will need to work very closely together if they’re going to solve the murder mystery. This is the first book in London’s A Royal Wedding series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 19.)

    The Hope, by Patricia Davids
    Amish widow Ruth Mast figures that her life is going to be a tad quieter moving forward now that her husband is gone. Then a Very Special Man by the name of Owen Mast returns to Cedar Grove, and this kind of makes Ruth want to hide behind a sheet that’s been hung out to dry. Owen doesn’t have the best reputation in town. Oh, he also broke Ruth’s heart once upon a time. If all of this wasn’t bad enough, he is STILL ridiculously handsome and he STILL gives Ruth the butterflies! Ruth is ready to just go about her business and ignore Owen. Then a lost little girl shows up on Owen’s porch, and both he and Ruth are moved to help her and keep her safe. (See, Ruth?! Owen has clearly changed for the better so please, please, please listen to what he has to say!) Here’s hoping that Ruth and Owen cooperate to help this poor kid—and that they each get over their issues and get to know the people they’ve each become! This is the second book in Davids’ Amish of Cedar Grove series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 19.) 

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/11/05 Permalink
    Tags: christie craig, , , don't breathe a word, leopard's wrath, , lyssa kay adams, , , romance roundups, snowbound at christmas, someone to remember, spun out,   

    Romance Roundup: Leopard Shifters, Second Basemen, and Army Ladies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a baseball player who really wants to score, two former lovers reunited after 36 years apart, and a personal assistant who’s about to pull a major switcharoo with her identical twin sister. 

    Leopard’s Wrath, by Christine Feehan
    Shifter Mitya Amurov’s high-crime family has prevented him from living his best life. (Let’s just say there was No Such Thing as holidays filled with laughter and love or meaningful conversations while gathered around a fire roasting marshmallows.) As a result, Mitya’s leopard is exceptionally feral and protective. (This is a great thing because Mitya’s face and body are 100% worth protecting!) Still, it’s a tough life. Mitya finally gets his big break, though, when he meets Ania Dover. She has a way of calming Mitya and turning his feral beast into a purring kitten. He’s reluctant to get too close, though, because his family is evil. As for Ania, she has her own issues. She’s out for some good, old-fashioned revenge and refuses to let anything or anyone get in her way. That said, she wants to bone Mitya quite badly. (Totally understandable, Ania. Totally understandable.) Here’s hoping that Mitya manages to tame the beast within, that Ania settles her scores, and that the two of them then focus on what matters most: each other! This is the twelfth novel in Feehan’s Leopard series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 5.)

    The Bromance Book Club, by Lyssa Kay Adams
    Gavin Scott might be a second baseman for the Nashville Legends, but there is one area in which he has not scored in years. His wife, Thea, has just revealed that she has always—but always—faked orgasms during their marriage. (Deep breaths, Gavin. Deep breaths.) He is absolutely devastated by this news, but he’s also determined to woo his woman. (That’s the spirit, buddy!) Gavin ends up getting some much-needed help by joining a romance book club, one in which all of the members are guys. Hot guys. The best of masculinity that Nashville has to offer. The reason for every destination bachelorette party. Those kinds of guys. Together, the guys all read a romance novel titled “Courting the Countess” and use it as a relationship playbook—and as a way to help Gavin save his marriage. Will reading this romance novel help Gavin get his wife back? Can a book club save a marriage? How many pounds, exactly, can each of these guys bench press? This is the first book in Adams’ Bromance Book Club series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 5.) 

    Someone to Remember, by Mary Balogh
    Matilda Westcott is perfectly content being a spinster daughter who lives to take care of her aging mother. Or so she thinks. Then she reconnects with an old flame, Charles Sawyer, Viscount Dirkson. They had A Thing a long time ago—36 years ago, to be exact—and that thing Failed Miserably and so they Parted Ways and Never Saw Each Other Again. (Charles, we’re all for hearing both sides of the story BUT WHAT DID YOU DO?!?!) Fate has now reunited them. Charles sees Matilda at a dinner party and he’s immediately all like “Yup, I’d still tap that.” Matilda feels the same way (Charles has evolved from Hot Guy to Silver Fox), but it’s going to take a while before she lowers her proverbial wall and lets Charles back into her heart. Charles, buddy, this is your time to shine and show Matilda what a wonderful man you are. And Matilda, please, please, please give him another chance! This is the seventh book in Balogh’s Westcott series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on November 5.)

    Spun Out, by Lorelai James
    Our gal Bailey Masterson learned many, many things in the Army, from shooting to dodging grenades. (Bailey, when the zombie apocalypse strikes, may we all please be on your team? Thanks!) Her skills are put to the test when she starts caring for five-year-old Olivia Hale. Little Olivia is adorable, but she’s also a tad misbehaved. Oh, and Olivia’s father, Streeter Hale, would make any woman want to misbehave in a different kind of way. Streeter, a cattle rancher, doesn’t have time to date. He’s too busy being rugged and handsome and working on his cattle game while being rugged and handsome. He’s also a very rugged and handsome man. Rugged. Handsome. Yup, that’s Streeter for you! Streeter is very appreciative of Bailey’s positive effect on his daughter. He’s also very appreciative of Bailey’s face and body. (Side note, Bailey: How DO we get your toned arms?) Here’s hoping that Streeter gets over his whole “I Don’t Date” attitude pronto and that he proceeds to woo the wonder woman that is Bailey! This is the tenth book in James’ Blacktop Cowboys series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 5.) 

    Don’t Breathe a Word, by Christie Craig
    Police detective Juan Acosta has it rough. He was working undercover when his pregnant wife was murdered, which means he needs A LOT of hugs. (Juan, we’ve all got you covered!) He is eager to get revenge, but meeting Vicki Holloway makes him hit the proverbial pause button on his plans. Vicki has her own shadowy past. Her sister was murdered by an abusive ex, leaving Vicki to care for her niece, skip town, and emerge somewhere new with new identities for both of them. (Vicki, you and your niece are welcome over any time! We have plenty of wine and the Disney channel!) Juan knows that something is different about Vicki, even if she won’t reveal anything to him. Juan, you be extra nice and patient with Vicki. And Vicki, please know that Juan is 100% trustworthy and will make for an excellent—not to mention exceptionally sexy—life partner! This is the second book in Craig’s Texas Justice series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 5.)

    Snowbound at Christmas, by Debbie Mason
    Cat O’Connor is a former cop who has just found a very different type of gig. She’s now the personal assistant to her identical twin sister, Chloe, a soap opera star. (Cat, we are going to need details about how this career change happened and we are going to need to hear these details over giant margaritas!) Then Chloe decides to go AWOL in order to make a career-changing audition and asks Cat to act in her place. Things are actually going quite well until leading man Grayson Alexander begins to smell something fishy. Funny enough, he’s not exactly who he says, either. One thing is for sure, though: Grayson would really like to get nekkid with Cat. And the feeling is mutual, because Grayson would look pounce-able in even the most hideous of ugly Christmas sweaters. Here’s hoping these two beautiful people come clean about who they are and proceed to engage in all kinds of winter-themed sexy escapades! This is the fifth book in Mason’s Christmas, Colorado series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 5.)

    What brand new romance novels are you looking forward to this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/10/22 Permalink
    Tags: , christmas in silver springs, , , , , , ravenous steel, , romance roundups, , the christmas dare, the duke's stolen bride, wyoming heart   

    Romance Roundup: Jilted Brides, Stolen Brides, and Wyoming Ranchers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a jilted bride about to engage in some much-needed fun, a woman determined to save her family in a most unorthodox way, and a mouthwatering rancher who has a deliciously hands-on approach. 

    The Christmas Dare, by Lori Wilde
    It looks as if Kelsey James is about to have The Worst Christmas Ever thanks to her fiance pulling off The Ultimate Douchenozzle Move. Case in point: He dumped her right before their wedding when she was already wearing her white dress. Not ok. At all. Fortunately, our gal has a really good friend who convinces her to kick up her heels and have some much-needed F.U.N. (BRB, Kelsey! Sending this amazing friend of yours flowers!) Kelsey ends up bumping into Noah MacGregor, her old high school sweetheart, and let’s just say he most definitely has gotten sweeter with age! (Noah, your biceps. We must all see them. Thanks!) Here’s hoping that Kelsey gets over her ridiculous ex-fiance STAT, that she has the best Christmas of her life, and that she and Noah celebrate many, many holidays to come! This is the tenth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    The Duke’s Stolen Bride, by Sophie Jordan
    Marian Langley is eager to save her family from poverty, so she sets out to become the best mistress who ever mistressed. She’s a tad innocent, though, so she enlists the help of Nathaniel, the Duke of Warrington. He is by far the most, ahem, naughty man that society has to offer. He agrees to give Marian a helping hand (hehe) and teach her Seduction 101. (Now THIS is a syllabus we’d all like to see!) Trouble is, Nathaniel starts falling for Marian big time. She is, after all, a nice person with a big heart who just wants to prevent her family from starving. (Marian, you are a woman to be admired!) Nathaniel is finally forced to take action on his feelings—something he’s never truly done before, tsk tsk—when Marian gets blackmailed into engagement by a truly horrible man. This is not the time to dillydally. Will Nathaniel put a stop to this engagement and also realize that a better life is right around the corner and that it involves marriage to Marian? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.)

    Of Blood and Bone, by Nora Roberts
    The dystopian magical drama continues! The Doom sickness has killed billions of people around the world, and some of those who were not affected by it became endowed with magical powers. One of those is thirteen-year-old Fallon Swift. She lives on a farm with her loving mother and stepfather, and now she’s about to start training with Mallick. He’s centuries old and will teach her everything she needs to know to survive in this dangerous world. (And oh, it’s quite dangerous! There are gangs of so-called Raiders and Purity Warriors who try to hunt people like Fallon down, so yeah, she needs all the training she can get.) Fallon will have to work very hard for a long time in order to live up to being The One who will save humanity. Here’s hoping she’ll develop an even larger circle of family and friends to help her get through it! This is the second book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the One series. (Available in paperback on October 29.)

    Christmas in Silver Springs, by Brenda Novak
    Harper Devlin married and up-and-coming rock star who has just decided to ditch her now that he’s becoming famous. (Dude, not cool. Not cool at all.) She decides to take their two daughters to her sister’s house in Silver Springs for Christmas. (Good for you, Harper! We all have it on GREAT authority that Silver Springs is a wonderful place filled with nice people!) She meets Tobias Richardson, a very nice man with a dark past. He spent 13 years in prison and still feels major guilt and doesn’t believe that he deserves to be happy. (Tobias, buddy, you absolutely deserve love and laughter in your life and we’re pretty darn sure Harper is the woman for you!) They end up spending a lot of time together, and Harper soon realizes that Tobias is a very special man, the kind of man who would, ya know, be there for his family and not abandon anyone and take his responsibilities seriously. (Harper, we’re sure the rock star has appeal, but it sounds like you have found yourself a REAL man this time around!) This is the sixth book in Novak’s Silver Springs series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

    Ravenous Steel, by Helen Hardt
    The drama between Marjorie Steel and Bryce Simpson—and all of the involved families—continues! Bryce did a not-so-nice thing to Marjorie recently (i.e. he dumped her), but after a bout of sadness, Marjorie is ready to bounce back. She even has plans to bounce into bed with a very hot personal trainer. Alas, the family drama is just too deep for everyone to keep their distance, and Marjorie and Bryce find themselves back where they belong: in each other’s beautiful faces. Bryce’s late father, it turns out, was even more corrupt that anyone thought, so it’ll be all hands on deck for a bit as everyone sorts through the proverbial muck. (This is totally fine because no woman would mind taking an all-hands approach to Bryce!) Bryce, please get over your hangups and realize that you are worthy of love and that Marjorie is the woman for you! And Marjorie, we’re sure that personal trainer has a sunny disposition BUT BRYCE! Go forth, Marjorie and Bryce, and make lots of babies! This is the eleventh book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers series. (Available in paperback on October 29.) 

    Wyoming Heart, by Diana Palmer
    Cort Grier may be a filthy rich rancher, but he still likes to use his bare, manly-man hands to make sure his ranch runs smoothly. (Cort, we all admire your…everything!) He doesn’t have time for dating, and he’s certainly not going to waste his time with city women who don’t understand the ranch life. Then he gets a new neighbor in the form of bestselling author Mina Michaels, who understandably starts to have little hearts float above her head once she lays her rancher-starved eyes on Cort. (We all get it, Mina! We all absolutely get it!) Cort is a tough nut to crack, but, if anything, our gal sees this as a welcome and exciting challenge, because Cort. Because biceps. Because hormones. Because fireplace. Because bearskin rug. And so on and so forth. Can Mina manage to convince Cort that she’s the real deal? Will Cort give this city woman a chance? How many babies and puppies can Cort’s ranch hold? This is the ninth book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 29.) 

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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, , , romance roundups, 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 3:00 pm on 2019/10/09 Permalink
    Tags: alaskan holiday, annabeth albert, arctic heat, , diana biller, , janice lynn, misadventures at city hall, , romance roundups, sarah smith, the widow of rose house,   

    Romance Roundup: Alaskan Rangers, Quarreling Coworkers, and Gilded Age Widows 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a wounded warrior who ends up falling for a very special lady, a cancer survivor who’s about to meet a very hunky man in the Alaskan wilderness, and a chef who just might have a major change of plans. 

    Wrapped Up in Christmas, by Janice Lynn
    Our gal Sarah Smith is really into that whole volunteer-slash-be-a-good-person thing, and one of the projects she’s just completed is making a quilt for a wounded warrior. Veteran Bodie Lewis ended up being the lucky recipient, and let’s just say he really needs a bit of extra loving. (Bodie, we all volunteer as tribute!) The Army Ranger survived a horrible tragedy that killed many of his brothers in arms. He decides to find the quilt maker and thank this person for adding some sweetness to his life. He is delightfully surprised when it turns out to be Sarah, who is a lovely lady inside and out. (Bodie, if you don’t treat Sarah right, we are all going to stand in front of your house and cross our arms and sneer at you in disapproval!) When Bodie finds her, she’s working on building her bed and breakfast and thinks he’s a handyman. Bodie decides to play along and get to hammering. (Hehe!) Here’s hoping he comes clean soon—ideally while wearing nothing but the quilt Sarah made—and that Sarah is very understanding about everything! (Available in paperback and available on audiobook.)

    Arctic Heat, by Annabeth Albert
    Investment banker and city man Owen Han has just beaten cancer, and now he’s determined to live the life he really wants. He goes to Alaska to pursue his dream of a more rugged existence, a rugged existence that involves volunteering with park rangers. (Owen, only YOU could look sexy in long underwear!) His new adventure puts him directly in the path of ranger Quilleran Ramsey, who is the kind of specimen for whom one would risk frostbite AND hypothermia. (Quilleran, would it be okay if we all just sit down and look at you for an afternoon? A day? Forever?) Quilleran does not have time for volunteers who have no idea how dangerous and risky and downright treacherous the Alaskan wilderness can be. He would rather just smolder his own way through the snow—and through life—instead of letting someone like Owen distract him. His resistance doesn’t last long, though, and he and Owen proceed to engage in all kinds of snow-melting activities. Will this budding romance last beyond the season? This is the third book in Albert’s Frozen Hearts series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

    Alaskan Holiday, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features sous chef Josie Stewart, who has a sweet new job opportunity lined up at a highfalutin restaurant in Seattle. Before she embarks upon this glamorous new chapter, she decides to do a six-month stint cooking at a lodge in Klutina Lake, Alaska. She soon realizes that she likes the place—like, a lot—and she also likes her new neighbor, Palmer Saxon. He is a sword craftsman, so you know he’s got that whole protective, use-all-my-resources-to-make-sure-you-don’t-starve thing going on. Oh, he’s also smoldering and silent and mysterious, which makes him even more irresistible to our gal. The thing is, our gal really had her heart set on going to The Emerald City and making her mark on the food scene there. Josie, think of the many, many nights—and the many, many ways—in which you and Palmer can keep each other warm! (Available in paperback.)

    Faker, by Sarah Smith
    Our gal Emmie Echavarre is a fun and easygoing lady, but she has to hide her softer side Monday through Friday. The thing is, she works at a power tool company, and let’s just say her burly male coworkers aren’t into the girlie girl things that she likes. (Don’t worry, Emmie! All of us ladies will just plan a super fun happy hour that involves the drink and girl talk of your choice!) There’s one area, though, in which Emmie can 100% be herself, and that’s when she’s with her coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate and Emmie have not been on the friendliest of terms. (Like, ever.) Whenever Emmie dares to be polite and even friendly to Tate, his responses are less than enthusiastic. (Tate. Buddy. Dude. Come ON!) They’ll both need to chill, though, as they’ve been paired up for a charity construction project. Tate and Emmie, please ignore your differences and realize that you are perfect for each other! And Tate, please make sure you wear your hard hat. You look mighty fine in it! (Available in paperback and NOOK.) 

    The Widow of Rose House, by Diana Biller
    Gilded Age romance alert! (Seriously, we need more of these!) Alva Webster’s estranged and abusive husband just died (AWESOME!!!) and so she’s finally able to settle down in New York after having to deal with years of horrible gossip and media attention. (Alva, do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of all of us cracking open champagne bottles in celebration!) She decides to restore a very old house known as Liefdehuis, which would be fine under normal circumstances, but this particular abode is a tad haunted. (How bad is it? Well, the Property Brothers won’t be passing by anytime soon. Pity.) Alva ends up getting some insight from Professor Samuel Moore. He’s an electrical lighting genius and a member of the very scientific Moore family, and he’s quite intrigued by Alva and her house. But mainly by Alva. Indeed, it doesn’t take him long to realize that he would love to be in Alva’s life on a permanent basis. Samuel, buddy, you better make sure you are EXTRA BUT EXTRA nice to Alva! And Alva, please realize that Samuel is the real deal and unlike any other man you’ll ever know! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

    Misadventures at City Hall, by Victoria Blue
    Skye Delaney really wanted to work in the Los Angeles city manager’s office, but a major scandal involving corruption derailed this particular plan. (Hang in there, Skye! Your next dream is right around the corner!) She decides to pursue a seat on the city council (Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation would be so proud!), but soon realizes that she’s not the only person with her eye on it. Kyle Armstrong is also running for city council, which is a tad awkward, because he and Skye pretty much want to help each other out of their power suits. (This is still possible, you two!) Here’s hoping they figure out who should run for city council, that they are both good sports about it, and that, whatever happens, they embark to have scandal-free political careers! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 8.) 

    What new romances are you excited about this week?

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