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  • Cristina Merrill 8:38 pm on 2018/11/06 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Master Vampires, Wyoming and Texas Ranchers, and Naughty Widows 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a desperate heiress who needs to pay off a blackmailer, a Wyoming rancher and single dad who gets some much-needed help, and a high-society widow who falls for the deliciously wrong kind of man. Plus: lots of vampires.

    Wyoming Legend, by Diana Palmer
    Micah Torrance may be a handsome, rugged man built to run a Wyoming ranch, but underneath that chiseled exterior is a guy who needs a bit of help. He’s got his energetic little daughter, for one, and, well, running a big Wyoming ranch is tougher than it sounds. Fortunately, he gets help from Karina Carter, a champion ice skater who is having a bit of R&R after an accident. She is eager to get back to the ice, but then she gets to know Micah and his kid and realizes that everything she truly, madly, deeply wants is much closer than she thinks. Will Micah find, ahem, enthusiastic ways to express his budding love for Karina? And will Karina realize that Micah is WAY better than any gold medal? This is the eighth book in Palmer’s Wyoming Men series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    Unhinged, by Helen Hardt
    The love saga between ER nurse Erin Hamilton and vampire Dante Gabriel continues! Long story short: Dante bit Erin and became addicted to her blood and they now have a crazy-hot chemistry that would resuscitate a maiden aunt’s long-lost libido. The thing is, Erin isn’t sure she wants to buy into the whole vampire thing, even if Dante constantly makes her want to ditch her scrubs and bare herself to him body and soul. (Oh, Erin, please don’t fight the feelings that Dante makes you feel!) Still, they can’t stay away from each other, so now they’re going to decipher the Vampyre Texts and dodge a gang of vampire thugs. Dante also needs to deal with some major dark energy. Here’s hoping they manage to defeat all of the negative forces in their lives and just focus on each other! This is the second book in Hardt’s Blood Bond Saga series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Snow, by Nora Roberts
    Two stories in one! In “A Will and a Way,” Pandora McVie ends up having to spend Christmas in the Catskills with the very hunky Michael Donahue. He is the co-beneficiary of her late uncle’s will, who clearly wanted to hook these two youngsters up. Pandora is NOT a happy camper. (Um, Pandora, no offense, but Michael is gorgeous and I just did a Google image search of the Catskills and WOW they’re beautiful—so open your eyes!) In “Local Hero,” single mom Hester Wallace is working hard to make ends meet while raising her son in a Manhattan apartment. (Totally feel you, Hester! Keeping oneself alive in a Manhattan apartment is no easy feat.) Her neighbor Mitch Dempsey offers to help her out, which melts our gal’s heart. (Mitch, would you please walk my dog while you’re at it?) Will this be the last holiday season they spend unattached? (Available in paperback.)

    Love in Catalina Cove, by Brenda Jackson
    Vashti Alcindor faced a major teen pregnancy-related crisis when she was younger, so she left her hometown of Catalina Cove determined to never return. Fast forward ten-plus years, and our gal has inherited a bed and breakfast from her aunt. The establishment is in major need of some HGTV-level renovation, and Vashti decides to fix it up and give life in Catalina Cove another whirl. (Vashti, you are our inspiration!) Oh, she also meets and falls for Sawyer Grisham, the new sheriff who recently pulled her over for speeding, proving that romance can flower in the most inconvenient of circumstances. Things are going quite well until some painful secrets start to come out. Vashti, stay strong and don’t let anyone ruin your new life! And Sawyer, make sure to stick by her side throughout all of the drama – and forgive her for speeding! This is the first book in Jackson’s Catalina Cove series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Shades of Wicked, by Jeaniene Frost
    New series alert! Master vampire Ian makes no apologies for his controversial but smoldering, sexy existence. (Yep, we’re all totally fine with this.) And as for our vampire law-abiding gal, Veritas, her job is to make sure that guys like Ian, who live by their own set of rules and don’t really listen to vampire society, doesn’t get TOO out of line. (Oh, but Veritas, Ian can be so good when he’s bad!) Still, both Veritas and Ian have a bone to pick with a demon named Dagon. (We’ll put it this way: Dagon is so bad that even Veritas is willing to get a bit dirty if it means his downfall.) Ian and Veritas will need to join forces if they’re going to defeat Dagon. And if it means that she’ll occasionally get to put her hands all over Ian’s body then, well, good for you, Veritas! This is the first book in Frost’s Night Rebel series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward
    Sola Morte used to be on the wrong side of the law (think cat burglary and safecracking), but now she’s gone clean and is focused on taking care of her granny. She hasn’t forgotten Assail, though. He’s a vampire, and let’s just say that futures between vampires and human women are NOT looking too bright. She needs to stay away from him. Then Assail ends up in a coma, and his cousins ask Sola to chill by his bedside and give him a reason to keep going. (Oh, that we all had that chance!) Then she finds herself in the middle of a war that involves vampires and vampire enemies and lots and lots of fangs and teeth. Here’s hoping she manages to survive this vampire war—and that she and Assail figure out their future together ASAP! This is the latest book in Ward’s extensive Black Dagger Brotherhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Archangel’s Prophecy, by Nalini Singh
    Elena Deveraux was a mortal who was turned immortal and became the consort of Archangel Raphael, and because of this she has a pretty sweet pair of wings that, ya know, allow her to live up in the clouds with him. (The ability to fly AND a hunky man to boot? Elena, you are one very lucky lady!) A major problem is brewing, though, which is that Elena is regressing and becoming more human again. She and Raphael need to figure out what the problem is ASAP before their future together becomes truly doomed. Oh, and major catastrophes are taking place around the world, and Elena and Raphael need to deal with them, too. Elena and Raphael, you can do this! We have faith in you! And when the drama is over, you should seriously consider booking a couples’ massage! This is the latest book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Barbarous, by Minerva Spencer
    Lady Daphne Davenport is a respectable widow, which means she should NOT be falling hard for the steaming hot privateer, Hugh Redvers. She’s a lady and he’s just not the kind of man she should be courting in public. She also needs to keep her distance because she miiiiight have cheated him out of lands and a title and so forth—not that Hugh knows it. (Daphne, you bad girl! We can’t wait to hear all of your juicy secrets!) Still, Daphne wouldn’t mind being pillaged and plundered by Hugh, because he puts all of those high-society dandies to shame. As for Hugh, he can’t resist our tough, beautiful gal. Here’s hoping that Daphne comes clean about everything, and that Hugh isn’t too upset with her. (Just take it inside, you two! And by “inside” we mean “to the bedroom!”) This is the second book in Spencer’s Outcasts series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Too Far Gone, by Allison Brennan
    Special Agent and total badass Lucy Kincaid is eager to enjoy some quality time this summer with her hunky husband, Sean, and her husband’s son, Jesse. Trouble is, a respected scientist whose personal and professional life was in tatters just went haywire, kept a bunch of innocent people hostage, and then died in a shootout with the FBI. Lucy needs to get to the bottom of this, but soon it seems as if someone might be out to get her. She and Jesse get into a major car accident, and other things just start to unravel from there. Will our gal be able to crack this case? Will she and her loved ones make it out safely? And when the drama is over, will she and her husband and stepson finally be able to relax and enjoy their summer? This is the latest book in Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    American Drifter, by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray
    Yup, you read those author names correctly! The romance writer and actor have teamed up to create a story about River, a U.S. Army veteran with PTSD. River has some major demons, so he decides to get lost in Brazil and just drift around with no end in sight. (Oh, River, we’d love nothing more than to find you and provide, ahem, comfort!) He meets a very special lady by the name of Natal, and instantly feels attracted to her, but she is the mistress of a gangster, and so he needs to tread carefully. They escape the area together, with the drug lord and his gang in pursuit. Oh, and the Brazilian government might also be involved. River and Natal, you two lovebirds just focus on escaping to a safe place, and then maybe also focus on making sweet, sweet love in a beautiful and remote mountain cabin! (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Beautiful Sinner, by Sophie Jordan
    Cruz Walsh was recently released from prison. He was accused of a crime he didn’t commit, so now he’s quite intent on making sure he only surrounds himself with people he trusts. (Good for you, buddy!) Then he gets stuck in a supply closet with Gabriella, an old high school acquaintance who looks WAY different from the days when people called her “Flabby Gabby.” (Gabriella, as far as we’re concerned, you are—and have always been—Ms. Fabulous McFabulous!) She is trying to land a major scoop that will help her career get wings—and help her get the heck out of her teeny, tiny town. But being stuck in a supply closet can be a surprisingly sexy situation that makes you want to slow things down and reevaluate your life, especially with a guy like Cruz. Here’s hoping they both get the fresh start they’re looking for! This is the fifth book in Jordan’s Devil’s Rock series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Runaway Princess, by Christina Dodd
    Miss Evangeline Scoffield is a sophisticated, mysterious woman—or so she would have everyone believe. She is really an orphan who recently inherited some money, so she’s intent on having a fun summer filled with expensive gowns and travel, all while pretending to be a beautiful, mysterious lady. A Very Sexy Man who is also A Crown Prince sees her and immediately realizes that she’s actually the Princess of Serephina. Oh, and she’s also supposed to be his fiancee, which didn’t totally fit in with her plans at first. (Evangeline—or is it Your Highness?—we’re all for you having a bit of fun and freedom, but have you had a chance to see this guy nekkid?) He is eager to win her over, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes. (Yes, yes, and yes!) Will he manage to win her over? And will they be able to rule together in harmony? This is the first book in Dodd’s Princess series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Bastard’s Bargain, by Katee Robert
    Keira O’Malley always fantasized about her wedding day, but she never imagined said wedding day would involve marriage to Dmitri Romanov. He’s a major power player in New York City who is known for his ruthless focus when it comes to taking care of business. As for Keira, she agrees to marry him only because her family is in danger. (Keira, call us delusional, but we’re actually feeling optimistic about this situation!) She doesn’t want to make marriage easy for him, but even she can’t deny that she wouldn’t mind licking a happy trail of chocolate off of his body every night. (Totally understandable, Keira. Totally understandable.) They’ll need to work together if they’re going to defeat their enemies. And when it’s over, they just might realize they actually like each other and want to stay married. Let the games begin! This is the sixth book in Robert’s O’Malley’s series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Big Bad Cowboy, by Carly Bloom
    Travis Blake experienced a lot of heartbreak in his hometown of Big Verde, Texas, so he escaped to Austin, intending to never return. Then his nephew calls him, and he’s very much in need of Travis’ help. Travis goes back, and figures he’ll sell the family ranch while he’s at it. But a very special lady by the name of Maggie is in his way. Maggie is so NOT falling for any of Travis’ charms, mainly because he is playing a role in the demise of her business. (Oh, Maggie, let’s be fair and give a shirtless Travis five minutes to explain himself! Actually, make that 10 minutes. Plus 20. A whole half hour of Travis explaining himself shirtless. Yes, that will work!) Then Maggie starts to see that Travis is actually A Good Guy and falls for him. Here’s hoping they work out a beautiful life together! This is the first book in Bloom’s Once Upon a Time in Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    First Earl I See Tonight, by Anna Bennett
    David Gray, Earl of Ravenport was just jilted by his fiancee, so he’s pretty sure he’s over the whole marriage thing. Then he gets a marriage proposal from heiress and artist Miss Fiona Hartley. She wants to get married pronto because she needs her dowry to pay off a blackmailer. That blackmailer wants to destroy her sister’s reputation, and Fiona is a nice sister who does NOT want to see that happen. (Fiona, we admire your bravery and determination to protect your family!) Fiona ends up spending a week at David’s estate, which is in need of some major TLC. David is positive being in a rundown place will drive Fiona away, but she’s no delicate miss. Oh, and they both soon realize that they can’t ignore the hot chemistry between them. David and Fiona, please open your eyes to the possibilities! And get rid of that blackmailer! This is the first book in Bennett’s Debutante series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wolf Rising, by Paige Tyler
    SWAT officer Jayden Brooks doesn’t believe in soulmates or The One or true love or any of that stuff THAT REALLY DOES EXIST! (Seriously, Jayden, open up that heart that lies beneath your chiseled pecs!) Then he rescues high school teacher Selena Rosa. She was being held hostage, and one whiff of this beautiful, sweet-smelling lady has Jayden rethinking his priorities. (Excuse me, Selena? What perfume were you wearing when you met Jayden? Please let us all know. Thanks!) As for Selena, one look at Jayden reminds her that she may be super duper buttoned up, but she is still a natural woman. They end up making out and Selena bites him, which unleashes her wolf gene. (That’s right, Selena! You unleash your inner wolf!) She starts to transform, and her wilder, more uncontrollable tendencies start coming out. Will the strong, devoted Jayden be able to keep her on track? This is the eighth book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:53 pm on 2018/10/16 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Paranormal Warriors, Inn Proprietors, and Spunky Seamstresses 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an ad executive who MUST get into the Christmas spirit, a Marine who needs lots of love and hugs, and an independent seamstress who strikes a deal with a sexy duke.

    Christmas Camp, by Karen Schaler
    In this, the latest from the writer of Neflix’s hit flick The Christmas Prince, Haley Hanson isn’t really the type to decorate the halls with boughs of holly. The ad executive would rather spend Christmas in the Caribbean working. The thing is, this year she needs to land a major Christmas-related account, so her boss sends her to a Christmas bootcamp of sorts to rev up her holiday spirits. Haley gets revved up alright—by the camp owner’s hunky son, Jeff. (Jeff, we’d like to deck your halls with…nothing. Absolutely nothing. Your halls should be naked. And by “your halls” we mean “your body.”) Haley and Jeff soon realize that they like each other a whole lot, but then they run into a major disagreement. Will they be able to get over their differences? And will Jeff continue to show Haley how much fun life outside of work can be for many, many years to come? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 16.)

    Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Virginia Troy was in a cult as a kid, and a fire in the cult compound killed her mother, so yeah, she’s had it rough. Years have gone by, and Virginia now owns her own art gallery in Seattle. (Virginia, you go, girl!) Tragedy strikes again, though, when one of her artists commits suicide. The artist left behind some clues, and Virginia gets help looking into these clues from private investigator Cabot Sutter. He was also part of that cult as a kid, so he knows our gal better than anyone. (Did we mention that he also now has the physique and mind of a mature, adult man, one to whom any woman would give her best “come hither” look?) Now that they’re free adults, Virginia and Cabot can explore their feelings for each other and look into this murder. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that they build a loving and peaceful life together! (Available in paperback on October 23.)

    Not Quite Over You, by Susan Mallery
    Banker Drew Lovato once broke Silver Tesdal’s heart—and his bank turned down her application for a loan. Drew decides to finance Silver’s wedding-related business venture himself, and he miiiiight have some romantically-inclined ulterior motives. (Drew, it’s official. After a brief hiatus, we are back on Team Drew!) Silver is thrilled to get her enterprise up and running, but resisting Drew will prove to be impossible. They were high school sweethearts, for one, and the years have been very good to them both. Still, there are some painful secrets that need to be discussed out in the open. Here’s hoping Drew and Silver give things a real second chance to blossom, and that they let go of their painful pasts and look straight ahead into their futures together! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)  

    Shadow and Ice, by Gena Showalter
    Knox of Iviland is the fiercest warrior there ever was, and he works for an exceptionally intense boss—the king of a battle-weary, paranormal land. Knox’s Number One Job has always been to win new realms for his king to lord over. (Talk about a toxic office culture!) Knox may be Hot Stuff in his world, but he’s still a slave. He can win his freedom, though, with his latest assignment. The thing is, he and Vale London end up stumbling into each other’s lives. She was on a mini-vacation with her foster sister when she randomly found herself in the middle of an epic battle featuring exceptionally hunky fighters. (Now THAT’S a story for the Yelp review!) Knox and Vale end up falling for each other quite hard, but Knox is still in the middle of his whole fight-for-my-freedom mission. Knox and Vale, you’re both smart and strong and sexy. Figure something out! This is the first book in Showalter’s Gods of War series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Winter at the Beach, by Sheila Roberts
    Jenna Jones is the new proprietor of the Driftwood Inn, and her mission this winter is to make the tourist beach haven of Moonlight Harbor profitable in the colder times. She does this by creating a festival, Seaside with Santa, and to her credit the tourists start coming back in droves. She’s awfully busy with all of this, plus there’s the fact that two very different men are trying to win her heart. (Jenna, just tell us which one you really want and we’ll get rid of the other one for you in a legal and non-violent way! Problem solved!) Things are going quite well until Mother Nature starts to turn everything into a wintry, blustery mess. Jenna, you’ve got this! You will save Christmas! And your town’s economy! And you’ll end up with the man of your dreams! And we’ll all help you in any way we can, even if it means crashing in a sleeping bag on the inn’s lobby floor! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    The Christmas Key, by Lori Wilde
    Mark Shepherd was doing well in the Marines, but then a mission went wrong and he got injured and lost one of his fellow soldiers. He’s feeling the guilt big time, and he decides to visit the fallen soldier’s family in Twilight, Texas. There he meets Naomi Luther, who he soon realizes is the perfect woman to have and hold his tender, broken heart. She’s also the sister of his fallen comrade. Thanks to a bit of mistaken identity, she doesn’t learn who he really is right away, and Mark isn’t exactly keen to come clean. Mark, buddy, sometimes in life you have to take a major risk for the things that matter most, so straighten your spine and strut over to Naomi’s place and tell her everything – including how you really feel. Oh, and wear a tight T-shirt that shows off your impressive pectorals and is easy to rip off! This is the ninth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Duchess by Design, by Maya Rodale
    Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, needs to find himself a filthy rich American heiress to save his family’s ruined estate. His quest takes him to Manhattan, where he meets spunky, independent seamstress Adeline Black. All she wants to do is dress high society ladies. She has zero desire to actually be a high society lady. She and Brandon come up with a plan: He’ll make sure she gets the opportunity to display her craft at high society events, and she’ll accompany him to said high society events and help him find a bride who can do the duchess thing. Their respective missions will surely be accomplished! Ah, but then they start to fall in love, which is totally understandable, because Adeline is an awesome, modern woman and Brandon, for all of his faults, is a hottie with a heart of gold. Is there a future for them? This is the first book in Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 7:49 pm on 2018/10/09 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Spunky Widows, Layover Flings, and Manly Mannies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a manny who falls for the mom of his latest charges, two strangers who start a fling during a long layover, and a rich guy who goes bride hunting in London and falls for a widow.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry Smith is delightfully busy this holiday season. She’s got family to look after, decorations to hang up, and many, many Christmas treats to bake. (Merry, we’ll help you!) She’s also doing the temp thing at a consulting firm, so this is a good time to disengage from her demanding boss whenever she has a chance. (We certainly feel for you, Merry!) She doesn’t really have time to date, so her mother and brother take it upon themselves to create an online dating profile for her. They leave out her photo, though, because they have some semblance of boundaries. Merry soon starts trading emojis with a kindhearted dude online, but when she realizes who it is, she’s not exactly thrilled. Will she give him a Christmas chance? (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    A Very Special Christmas, by Mary Balogh
    This is a collection of some of the author’s Christmas romances, and boy does it deliver! The main story in this collection is “A Christmas Bride.” Super duper wealthy guy Edgar Downes has GOT to find a bride, mainly because he promised his aging father that he would. He decides to hightail it to London, which is filled with eligible ladies on the husband hunt. He’s not interested in the childish debutantes, though. Instead, he meets and falls for a widow, the beautiful Helena, Lady Stapleton. (She was wearing a red dress when they first met, and let’s just say that no one in London can pull off that color quite like our gal!) Helena and Edgar are from two very different social classes, though. He’s rich and she’s, well, not rich. Oh, fie on those crusty upper crust people, you two, and follow your hearts into the sack and down the altar! (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Covert Game, by Christine Feehan
    Gino Mazza and Zara Hightower are involved in some pretty intense dealings. Gino is a deadly member of the paranormal GhostWalkers group, and he suffers from a severe lack of cuddling. Zara recently wiped a crime lord’s computer of valuable information—because she’s amazing like that—but now she’s been taken hostage. Her situation isn’t pretty, so Gino’s going to have to do some fancy footwork in order to get her out. (He’s already quite fancy in the sack, so we’re confident he’s got plenty of other skills up his sleeve.) Zara and Gino, now’s the time to show the world what you’re made of, so suit up and get yourselves out of this very bad situation! And when it’s over, get yourselves off on a little getaway that involves a remote tropical bungalow, yoga, and a no-clothing policy. This is the fourteenth book in Feehan’s GhostWalkers series. (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Mutts and Mistletoe, by Natalie Cox
    Our gal Charlie isn’t having the smoothest of Christmas seasons. Her apartment was just obliterated by a gas leak, her boyfriend ditched her for his personal trainer and her mom is gallivanting with Husband Number We’ve Lost Track At This Point. Needless to say, Charlie is physically and emotionally drained. (Charlie, we are SO bringing you a vat of delicious, hot soup!) She decides to spend the holidays at Cozy Canine Cottages, a doggy day care center that belongs to her cousin. She’s not a puppy person, but she’s got nowhere else to go. The dogs are driving Charlie a tad bonkers, but Charlie ends up getting some much-needed help from Cal, an exasperating but panty-melting sexy local vet. Will Charlie’s bad situation settle down? Will she learn to embrace the wonders of puppy love? And when the dogs have finally gone to sleep for the night, will Charlie and Cal engage in some good old-fashioned Christmas Eve-romping? (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Fight or Flight, by Samantha Young
    Ava Breevort is working really hard to keep it together. She just buried her best friend in Phoenix, and all she wanted for her flight back to Boston was a seat in first class. That last seat, though, ends up being taken by Caleb Scott, a Scotsman who is as arrogant as he is sexy. They end up having some very fun times during a layover, and they continue said fun times when Caleb ends up in Boston, where Ava lives. Oh, and it turns out, Caleb is not the jerky kind of guy Ava thought he was. Deep, deep down, far below that cranky, gruff, can’t-nobody-tie-me-down exterior, beats the heart of a kind and passionate man who needs and wants more hugs. Caleb ends up moving to Boston, so here’s hoping they manage to work out their differences and build something long-lasting! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Misadventures with a Manny, by Toni Aleo
    Our heroine Vera Woods has three sons – and her husband just abandoned them all for the nanny. Making matters worse, her three boys are not the easiest little guys to take care of. They’ve gone through six replacement nannies, and things are just not looking up. Vera ends up finding the help she needs through Lincoln Scott, a manny with many years of experience. The family he worked for during the past six years has just moved to Germany, so he’s out of a job. He and Vera need each other, and they soon realize they also want each other. Quite badly. (To be clear: Lincoln is a manny. He does NOT have a Dad Bod.) Vera and Lincoln, you make sure to have lots of fun together as you get to know each other – ya now, after the kids are put to sleep! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 9.)  

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:31 pm on 2018/10/02 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Arson Investigators, ER Nurses, and Hotel Heirs 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a sous chef who falls for her hunky neighbor, a defense attorney who is being framed, and a lady who gets some much-needed help from her longtime crush.

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Romance readers who love a bit of fantasy and doomsday in their books will enjoy Roberts’ latest yarn. A mysterious illness wipes out more than half of the world’s population, and magick—both good and bad—is becoming the new normal. Lana Bingham and her hunky man, Max, practice the good kind of magic, but they’re going to have to work very hard in order to avoid—and help beat—the bad kind. They decide to ditch New York City in search of a safer environment (and, presumably, cheaper rent), and collaborate with a colorful cast of characters along the way. With magick and mayhem and romance, this will be the perfect sink-your-teeth-into-it winter story! This is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of the Ones series. (Available in paperback on October 2.)

    Alaskan Holiday, by Debbie Macomber
    Sous chef Josie Stewart 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 hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Consumed, by J.R. Ward
    Anne Ashburn is not having the best time right now. She was once a fearless firefighter, but then she made a mistake and now she’s relegated to arson investigations. This may sound totally cool, but it’s just not enough for our gal. Then a bunch of weird fires start popping up around the city, which gets her fires going. She’s also crushing on Danny McGuire, who is considered her department’s bad boy. He may be all abs and sinew, but Danny’s going through a tough time of his own right now, and it seems that helping Anne investigate these mysterious fires is going to get his engines going again. It doesn’t take long for them both to realize that they’d like to help each other put on—and also take off—their bunker gear. Here’s hoping they catch the arsonist, and that they each find the love and peace – and promotions – they deserve! This is the first book in Ward’s Firefighters series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Unchained, by Helen Hardt
    Dante Gabriel has escaped. He was held as a blood slave for years by a female vampire, and let’s just say it was no picnic. (Dude, sending you all the hugs!) He decides to rob a blood bank to satisfy his blood thirst, and that’s when he meets ER nurse Erin Hamilton. She’s working the night shift, and let’s just say she did NOT expect to find a super hot man in front of her, the kind of super hot man who would make any rational woman immediately want to drop panty. (Oh, that we all could have a wonderfully gorgeous surprise such as Gabriel interrupt our work day!) They each decide they’re just WAY too attracted to each other and embark upon a delicious affair. But Gabriel is afraid he’ll end up hurting Erin, and she’s got a major secret to keep. Can they find a way to create a loving and peaceful life together? This is the first book in Hardt’s Blood Bond saga. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Death is Not Enough, by Karen Rose
    Our guy Thorne had a very troubled youth, and this motivated him to become the top-notch defense attorney in Baltimore that he is today. He specifically helps young people who are in the same boat as he once was. (Smart with a giant heart AND a face chiseled by the angels? Oh, Thorne, you really are the total package!) He’s got a secret love, though, for Gwyn Weaver. (Gwyn, please, please, please tell us you feel the same way for Thorne!) When Thorne wakes up with a dead woman in his bed, he’ll need to work extremely hard to figure out who exactly is out to get him. Thorne, we all believe in you, buddy! And Gwyn, give him a helping hand – and please realize that he will never let you down! This is the latest book in Rose’s Baltimore series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

    Just This Once, by Mira Lyn Kelly
    Sean Wyse III may be the heir to a luxury chain of hotels, but he’s not some coddled little shrimp. This is a guy who loves his friends and wants to help them, which is why he kicks out Molly Brandt’s good-for-nothing, freeloading roommate. Just to make sure the deadbeat doesn’t come back, he moves in with Molly himself. The thing is, Molly and Sean both have had the feelings for each other for quite some time, and they’re both still trying to keep it under wraps. (Oh, Sean, just please make sure you don’t keep everything under wraps!) Living in close proximity forces them both to confront their feelings for each other and acknowledge the fact that, yes, they would, in fact, love to be nekkid together as often as possible. Sean and Molly, stop dawdling and get to business! This is the third book in Kelly’s Wedding Date series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 2.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/09/18 Permalink
    Tags: alexa martin, , bound for sin, , , , i am grace, intercepted, josh & hazel's guide to not dating, mistress for hire, , romance roundups, , the grand sophy   

    Romance Roundup: Vengeful Detectives, Adventurous Widows, and Justice-Seeking Ladies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a scorned wife out for some good, old-fashioned revenge, two best friends who realize that The One is much closer than they think, and a lovely lady who’s about to solve other people’s problems.

    Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren
    Hazel Camille Bradford and Josh Im are two best friends whose friendship goes way back to their college days. Case in point: Hazel threw up on Josh’s shoes when they first met. (Yup, you two definitely met in college!) Personality-wise they’re both quite different—Hazel tends to embrace chaos and has a ton of pets while Josh is more mellow and likely to stick to a boring routine. Still, neither of them have had much luck on the dating scene. (Josh’s girlfriend just cheated on him, for one, so he’s feeling especially tender these days.) Hazel and Josh soon start to realize that their happily ever after might be a wee bit closer than either of them ever suspected. Will they realize that their rock-solid friendship—and Josh’s beautiful face and body—can be the foundation upon which they can build the rest of their lives together? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    I Am Grace, by Diana Munoz Stewart
    Gracie Parish was rescued as a child by the Parish family and then thrust into the world of the League of Warrior Women, a group of some very tough ladies who seek to right the wrongs. That’s all fine and dandy, but Gracie’s life has suffered in the relationship department due to mega-secrecy rules. Then she meets special agent Leif “Dusty” McAllister, who would make any woman want to bare her soul to him multiple times. Dusty wants to infiltrate the Parish family and learn their secrets, and he’s willing to do this at any cost—even if it means seducing Gracie and eventually breaking her heart. Then he gets to know our gal—and her family—and realizes they’re, y’know, actually trying to make the world a better place. Dusty, if you get it together ASAP and show Gracie how much you care then we’ll just let bygones be bygones! This is the second book in Stewart’s Band of Sisters series. (Available in paperback.)

    Bound for Sin, by Tess LeSue
    Georgiana Bee Blunt may be a refined city lady—and a widow—but she is NOT looking for some dandy to be her next husband. No, she wants a rugged manly man who knows how to use his hands and keep her family safe and help them get to California. (Georgiana, we are 100 percent on the same page as you!) She ends up maybe, kind of, sort of tricking the very manly Matt Slater into pretending to be her fiance. He doesn’t want a city woman or her many children, but then he realizes that there is far more to Georgiana than her impeccable manners. She’s actually a very tough cookie, and might make a better frontierswoman than he ever would have suspected. (This is true, Matt! It’s true!) Here’s hoping that Georgiana finds the safety for her family that she’s looking for, and that she and Matt have many a romp underneath a starlit Western sky! This is the second book in LeSue’s Frontiers of the Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer
    This reprint features our heroine, Sophy, who is really good at fixing people’s problems. She’s taken in by her aunt, the very fancy Lady Ombersley, and soon becomes embroiled in her aunt’s family’s drama. There’s Cecelia, who is in love with a poet—and let’s just say her high society family does NOT approve. Then there’s Charles, who is a bit of a tyrant and has a weird fiancee to boot. (Buddy, think long and hard before you shackle yourself to that particular lady!) There are also some young children who could really use some F-U-N. Oh, and Lady Ombersley’s husband is, like, useless in all of this. Sophy certainly has her work cut out for her, so here’s hoping she also manages to have some fun in her new home and be appreciated for all of her hard work. Oh, and that Charles rethinks that bizarre relationship of his and realizes there could be a far more positive presence in his life! (Available in paperback.)

    Intercepted, by Alexa Martin
    Marlee Harper has been dating her NFL-playing boyfriend for the past 10 years, and unfortunately our gal has just found out that said NFL-playing boyfriend has been having his cake and eating it too for a very long time. (Marlee, it might take a lot of us, but we’ll tackle him to the ground for you!) She decides to swear off of athletes forever, even if they do have magnificent bodies. Then the team’s new quarterback Gavin Pope comes back into her life. Marlee thought he was just a fling back in the day, never to be seen again, but he’s back and looking yummier than ever! Oh, and he’s also a nice guy who wants to prove to Marlee that he’s nothing like her lying, cheating, disgusting ex-boyfriend. (That’s right, Gavin! You show her! Multiple times!) They’ll have to deal with some sports-related politics, though, if they’re going to have their happy ending. Hang in there, you two! This is the first book in Martin’s Playbook series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Mistress for Hire, by Niobia Bryant
    Once upon a time Jessa Bell cheated with a friend’s husband, but she has long since turned it all around and started an agency that helps wives catch their filthy rich philandering husbands in the act. Her employees are young ladies who work to catch those guys in the act, and if they get a taste of the good life while working, well, then that’s all fine and dandy. Jessa also marries a private detective named Hammer, which makes her feel happy and nice and normal. Then she catches him sleeping with one of her employees. This, plus a deadly enemy, is just a little too much for our gal. She decides to go on a mission of revenge and make anyone who gets in her way suffer to the extreme. (Not gonna lie, Jessa—we’re kind of impressed!) Will she survive all of this trouble and finally get some peace and quiet? (Jessa, when it’s all over, we are SO booking you a spa day!) This is the fifth book in Bryant’s Mistress series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 25.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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