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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/12/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , emma douglas, jane ashford, kate baxter, , love in the afternoon, no place like you, , , romance roundups, the duke knows best, the wicked vampire, wolf hunger   

    Romance Roundup: Vampire Party Girls, Rock Stars, and Lady Werewolves 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who is falling for her friend’s fiancé (with good reason!), a rock star who is reunited with his childhood sweetheart, and a London-loving lady who falls for a country-loving man.

    Love in the Afternoon, by Lisa Kleypas
    Beatrix Hathaway is not society’s typical lady. Forget about ballrooms and seasons and fancy dresses and snagging a filthy rich husband—she’d rather spend time outside enjoying nature and befriending animals. (Beatrix, we’ll take you on our weekend hikes any time!) A friend to the end, she helps her flirtatious buddy, Prudence Mercer, write letters to Prudence’s intended, the very handsome captain Christopher Phelan. Christopher is out to war, and he’s giving Prudence a heads up that he will be quite emotionally damaged when he gets back home. Beatrix ends up writing to Christopher for Prudence—and as Prudence—and these letters end up exchanging very private, heart-wrenching and heart-opening details. Christopher is convinced Prudence is the woman for him, but he’s about to be quite surprised when he finds out who’s really been helping him get in touch with his emotions. This is the fifth book in Kleypas’ Hathaways series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    No Place Like You, by Emma Douglas
    Leah Santelli and Zach Harper shared a very passionate night right before he left town to follow his bliss and become a rock star. (Zach, we would all be your groupies any day of the week!) Years go by, and Zach is now back in the town of Cloud Bay for a major music festival. Oh, and he has definitely struck it big. Leah still lives in Cloud Bay, and she’s been trying to make it big as a record producer. Zach is struck by the woman Leah has become, and he promptly starts to go ga-ga over her. (Gotta love it when a man recognizes a good thing!) As for Leah, she still hasn’t forgotten how hurt she was when Zach skipped town, so while she’s slap-happy to see Zach again, she’s understandably terrified of being hurt. Zach, this might be the perfect time to REALLY tap into your inner poet and spout some sonnets and songs! This is the first book in Douglas’ Cloud Bay series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Wicked Vampire, by Kate Baxter
    Sasha Ivanov is a blood-loving vampire AND one of the hottest party girls in the Los Angeles club scene. (Gotta love a heroine who knows how to have a good time!) She’s pretty insatiable when it comes to fun (and, well, blood), but she soon meets her match when she tries out a supernatural fight club. She makes the acquaintance of Ewan Brún, whose job is to kill vampires, which would surely cast a small shadow over his and Sasha’s budding attraction. Ewan and Sasha are irreversibly drawn to each other, which is good, because some especially dark forces are about to go after both of them. They will have to get into a bit of danger if they are then going to explore a passionate future together. Hang in there, you two! And Sasha, we promise that with Ewan by your side, you won’t ever miss your partying nights! This is the sixth book in Baxter’s Last True Vampire series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wolf Hunger, by Paige Tyler
    SWAT officer Max Lowry is a wolf shifter, and when he meets Lana, a fellow wolf shifter, he realizes he would like for them to spend the rest of their lives together making tons of cute little wolf cubs. The only thing is that she doesn’t realize she’s also a werewolf, so Max has to be all “You’re a werewolf, Lana” and then teach her about her heritage. (It’s kind of like how Hagrid said “yer a wizard” in the first Harry Potter book, except everyone involved in this story is sexy.) Max’s main goal right now is to keep his beloved safe from those who would track her down and kill her. As for Lana, she wouldn’t mind exploring her wilder, more animal instinctive ways with a man like Max. Can they stay safe from the bad guys and focus strictly on their between-the-sheets activity? This is the seventh book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook.)

    The Duke Knows Best, by Jane Ashford
    Lord Randolph Gresham is in London to find a wife. As soon as he accomplishes this task, he plans to take his bride straight back to his country parish and resume his quiet life. Then he meets Verity Sinclair, who much rather prefers the noisy fun London has to offer. Randolph may be a hottie worth painting, but Verify refuses to even consider socializing with him, because there is no way she is packing her trunks to move to a sleepy village. (Um, sorry, Verity, but have you seen Randy’s biceps?!) Then they are asked to sing a duet together, and all of that closeness starts to bring out a desire for even more closeness. Verity soon realizes that one could always do with more fresh country air—and that a man like Randolph can keep her entertained through many a country night in a way that no London soiree can rival! This is the fifth book in Ashford’s The Duke’s Sons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Any Dream Will Do, by Debbie Macomber
    Shay Benson did some very naughty things in order to help her brother avoid major trouble. (He never deserved your help, Shay!) That was years ago, though, and now she’s determined to rebuild her life. She meets Drew Douglas, a widower and pastor with two kids and, you know, a flock to lead. (Drew, buddy, sounds like you could use a nice woman in your life. I know a gal!) Unlike Shay’s brother and his shady acquaintances, Drew is, like, a super nice guy who has also been having a rough time. Shay, Drew, misery loves company, and guess what? When you two come together, you’ll realize that you don’t HAVE to be miserable any longer! Here’s hoping these two lovebirds soon realize that they can be super-duper happy together, and that Shay stays away from further family-related drama. (Available in paperback on December 26.)

    What romance novels are you cuddling up with this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/12/06 Permalink
    Tags: amelia grey, , , , jon land, , , notorious pleasures, , romance roundups, rugged texas cowboy, simply irresistible, the rising, to the duke with love,   

    Romance Roundup: Vigorous Cowboys, Strapping Contractors, and Doomsday Love Stories 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a group of people who need to conquer the worlds of dark and light magic, a very lucky woman who gets kidnapped by the most ardent cowboy that ever lived, and a high society lady who ends up falling for her boring fiancé’s far more exciting brother.

    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 hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on December 5.)

    The Rising, by Heather Graham and Jon Land
    Young love gets a turn in this amazing thriller! Alex Chin and Samantha Dixon are about to graduate from high school with all kinds of college opportunities and scholarship offers. (Alex is pretty much the guy we all wanted to date in high school and Samantha is the sort of kindhearted, brainy girl you want to get the guy.) Then Alex gets a football injury and from there things start to go kaput. His parents are murdered, and he and Alex soon start to dodge some pretty sinister bad guys. It turns out that Alex’s late parents had some dark secrets, secrets that are now haunting their living son and his girlfriend. Here’s hoping Alex and Samantha manage to dodge these bad guys soon—and that they make it on time to freshman orientation! (Available in paperback on December 5.)

    To the Duke, With Love, by Amelia Grey
    The Duke of Griffin’s bad boy reputation is finally catching up to him, and the real victims just might be his twin sisters. No member of good society will want to associate with those girls thanks to their rake of a brother. (Really, buddy, couldn’t you have been just a LITTLE bit more discreet?!) The Duke needs to act fast, so he hires the very respectable Esmerelda Swift to be their chaperone. Esmerelda is determined to do her job well because, hey, a woman’s got to eat and the girls need to make a good match. That said, she’s finding it difficult to resist his many, many charms. As for the Duke, he soon realizes that he wants to charm her over and over again for the rest of his life. Can Esmerelda make an honest man out of him, and will they manage to they keep his sisters’ reputations intact? This is the second book in Grey’s Rakes of St. James series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 5.)

    Rugged Texas Cowboy, by Lora Leigh
    Two hot cowboy stories in one! In “Cowboy and the Captive,” our heroine Melina gets kidnapped by Jardin, a cowboy to whom any woman would gladly hand over a pair of handcuffs. He has some major beef with her family, which is why he decides to kidnap her, but he didn’t expect that she’d be so awesome and make him feel all kinds of feelings. Now he might just want to shift his focus to adding love and excitement to her life and bedroom. In “Cowboy and the Thief,” Angel Manning wants to reclaim an Irish relic that is supposed to help her find her soulmate. (Angel, once you find that and use it for yourself, would you please send that our way?) She needs to reclaim it from the very sexy Jack Riley, which isn’t the worst task in the world, as he might try all kinds of delicious things in order to make Angel rethink her priorities. Plenty of fun and action all around! (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 5.)

    Notorious Pleasures, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Lady Hero Batten’s life is going just as it should be. She’s engaged to the Marquis of Mandeville, who is fabulously wealthy and titled and has the sense of humor of a laundry basket and the romantic inclinations of a —oh, wait! He doesn’t have any. Hero’s okay with this, though, because really, what else can a woman of her station want or expect? Then Hero meets her fiancé’s brother, Griffin Remmington. He and Hero get off to a rough start, even though he stirs something inside of Hero that she never thought was possible. They can’t resist each other for long, because Hero’s quite the terrific lady and Griffin is so unlike any man she’s ever met and has many surprises beneath that sexy exterior. (Ditch your fiancé, Hero, and go for the real man who won’t bore you to tears!) This reprint is the second book in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. (Available in paperback on December 5.)

    Simply Irresistible, by Jill Shalvis
    Maddie Moore’s glamorous Los Angeles life has just done a one-eighty. She ditched her boyfriend, for one, which she actually wanted to do, but then she also unexpectedly lost her job. (Sorry, Maddie! Happy hour drinks and appetizers are on us!) She decides to do something impulsive and head north to Lucky Harbor, Washington. Her mother left her an inn there, so this might be a good time for a slight career change. Maddie decides to also take a break from dating while she’s at it, but then she meets a tall, dark, and handsome man and, well, need we say more? He’s a contractor, and he’s going to help her make this inn sparkle again. Once they do that, we strongly hope, they will christen every square inch of that inn! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 5.)

    What romance novels are keeping you warm this winter?

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2017/11/28 Permalink
    Tags: a good day to marry a duke, a perfect obsession, , , b.j. daniels, betina krahn, cowboy legacy, , , , romance roundups, the lady travelers guide to larceny with a dashing stranger, Victoria Alexander, , wrong to need you   

    Romance Roundup: Prodigal Hunks, Art Lovers, and Cowboy Sheriffs 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a forensic psychologist with murders to solve, a woman who needs donors in order to fund her charitable efforts, and a broke lady who needs to get her hands on a valuable piece of art.

    A Perfect Obsession, by Heather Graham
    A murderer is targeting beautiful women, and the latest body has been found close to Finnegan’s Pub. Pub co-owner and forensic psychologist Kieran Finnegan decides to consult on the case and dig deeper into these murders—and what she finds is even more disturbing than what she could have imagined. She works with her manly man of a boyfriend, FBI special agent Craig Frasier, and together they go into this sinister world. New developments, though, have Craig on especially high alert, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep Kieran safe. (Kieran, your fellow sure sounds like a keeper!) Can they solve this case before another victim gets hurt? This is the second book in Graham’s New York Confidential series. (Available in paperback on November 28.)

    Wrong to Need You, by Alisha Rai
    Jackson Kane did not leave his family under the best conditions. He was accused of a terrible crime he didn’t commit, and soon after left everything and everyone behind him. Now he’s decided to return home after a ten-year absence. (Dude, we all feel for you, but yes, it’s time to go home and make nice with the people who love you!) He soon meets up again with Sadia Ahmed, his late brother’s widow. She and Jackson always had feelings for each other that ran a tad deeper than normal. Sadia really needs all of the help she can get with her café, and Jackson is home again with some spare time on his masculine, capable hands. They are burning hotter than ever for each other, so this is an excellent time for them to reconnect in all kinds of delicious ways! This is the second book in Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Wicked Intentions, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, needs to hunt down a killer in St. Giles, London’s most awful slum, and he doesn’t know where to begin. He enlists the help of Temperance Dews, a widow who works to help the people of St. Giles. They strike a deal: She’ll help him track down the killer (she’s got a colorful roster of contacts, that’s for sure), and Lazarus will introduce her to high society so she can find a wealthy benefactor to help fund her charitable efforts. (It’s kind of like networking and fundraising in days of yore, but with murder.) Lazarus and Temperance start to fall for each other in a major way, which is totally understandable—she’s a nice person and he has some insatiable desires that many women wouldn’t mind sating. (We’re all up for the challenge, Lazarus!) Will they nab the killer, get some donors, and then seriously consider, ahem, joining forces for the rest of their lives? This reprint is the first book in Hoyt’s extensive Maiden Lane series. (Available in paperback on November 28.)

    A Good Day to Marry a Duke, by Betina Krahn
    Daisy Bumgarten isn’t exactly making the best impression on English society. The Nevada lady has got to marry well because she has three sisters who need support—and she already embarrassed herself while husband hunting in New York City. (Hang in there, Daisy! A New Yorker just wasn’t your destiny!) She meets Lord Ashton Graham, who can sense her desperation and finds it rather amusing. He also finds her way more attractive than he cares to admit. As for Daisy, Ashton makes her want to cool herself with a frilly fan. (Fact: A hottie like Ashton would make the Nevada deserts seem cool in comparison.) When someone tries to put Daisy in the line of society’s vicious fire, Ashton will need to prove that he’s a real man who is willing to stand up for his woman. This is the first book in Krahn’s Sin and Sensibility series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny with a Dashing Stranger, by Victoria Alexander
    Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe’s fancy schmancy life is left in shambles thanks to her husband’s downfall. She’s got one card up her silk sleeve, though, and that’s a very valuable painting in her family that could sell for a goodly sum. The painting, a Renaissance masterpiece, is currently in the clutches of a Venice-based art collector. Wilhelmina’s lady friends concoct a plan to help her get the painting back. Another person who wants that same painting is Dante Augustus Montague, a very attractive man who can ride our gondolas any day of the week. Dante has zero plans to relinquish his own claim on this exquisite piece of art. Then he meets Wilhelmina, and she makes him want to loosen up in all kinds of ways. A story that involves romance and art and travel? Yes, please! This is the second book in Alexander’s Lady Travelers Society series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Cowboy Legacy, by B.J. Daniels
    Sheriff Flint Cahill has had it rough lately, what with a divorce from his crazy mean ex-wife. Fortunately, he’s just met Maggie Thompson, who is super nice—pretty much the opposite of his ex. (Way to go, Flint!) Then the worst happens—Maggie disappears. Flint is positive his ex-wife is involved, and he’s going to walk through fire if that’s what it takes to get Maggie back. (Flint, just make sure you take off your shirt at least twice. Thanks!) As for Maggie, she’s got to keep her wits about her and focus on staying alive, which isn’t easy when a major snowstorm is about to hit and you’re being held hostage by crazies. Can Maggie survive the torture, and can Flint work quickly enough and get her back before some serious damage is done? (Yes, you both can! Stay strong, you two!) This is the first book in Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    What romance novels are you reading this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/11/21 Permalink
    Tags: always you, , cajun crazy, denise grover swank, desire in a kiss, , , nicki night, , , romance roundups, sandra hill, the brightest embers, wake a sleeping tiger   

    Romance Roundup: Soccer Coaches, Food Empire Heirs, and New Orleans Detectives 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a couple doing battle with demon realms, a fabulously wealthy and handsome man who wants to meet a nice, genuine woman, and a children’s soccer coach who is reunited with an old flame.

    Bay of Sighs, by Nora Roberts
    Mermaid lovers will delight in the second book in Roberts’ Guardians trilogy. The series features three women and three men on a quest to find three magic stars before an evil enemy gets to them first. This installment features Annika, a mermaid who needs to help find the water star. Also on her team is Sawyer King, a time and space-traveling hottie. As they work together, and with the others, they start falling for each other. And who can blame them? He’s a good-hearted hunk and she’s a sweet, innocent beauty with a swimmer’s body. This is seriously like all of our “Doctor Who” and “Little Mermaid” fantasies combined! Here’s hoping Annika and Sawyer manage to save the day—and that they have time for at least one romantic, non-work-related swimming session. (Available in paperback on November 28.)

    The Brightest Embers, by Jeaniene Frost
    Ivy and Adrian have gone through a lot together—think missing family members, curses, and keeping human and demon realms separated. They’ve managed to keep that romance alive, though. (Kudos to the two of you for not letting the little things bring you down!) But now things are about to get even harder. Ivy needs to find a relic that will save people who are trapped in demon realms, and this particular relic might also do her more harm than good. Adrian wants to use every tool at his disposal to keep her alive, but it’s not going to be easy on him, either. Here’s hoping these two manage to rescue all of the victims trapped in that pesky demon realm, and that they then take a relaxing vacation together that involves lounging under the sun while a butler brings them piña coladas! This is the third and final book in Frost’s A Broken Destiny series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Desire in a Kiss, by Nicki Night
    Christian Chandler is tired of meeting women who are after his money. He’s the heir to a major food empire, and let’s just say the ladies wouldn’t mind making a permanent financial situation with him. (In all fairness, Christian, they might ALSO be after your chiseled derrière, which should have its own holiday greeting card.) He decides to try the online dating thing under a fake name, and soon connects with Serenity Williams. She’s a non-gold-digging woman who recently started her own non-profit organization. (Serenity, where do we sign up for volunteering opportunities?!) She is falling hard for Christian, whom she knows as “Chris,” and our guy is loving every moment with her. Then she finds out that he’s a much bigger deal than he let on. Can Serenity forgive him? (Serenity, he has nothing but the best intentions! We promise!) This is the second book in Night’s Chandler Legacy series. (Available in paperback on November 21.)

    Cajun Crazy, by Sandra Hill
    Simone LeDeux has decided to leave the whole Chicago cop career thing behind her and help her mom recover from surgery. She heads home to New Orleans, and decides to start an agency called Legal Belles, which is devoted to catching lowlife, cheating spouses. (Three cheers for you, Simone!) Oh, and while she’s in town she’s decided to stay away from Cajun men. She’s dated them in the past, and they’ve all hurt her, and yet she’s always been irresistibly drawn to them. So, no. Then another one soon comes into her life. Adam Lanier is going to help her crack a very interesting new case. He has a body worth painting, plus he’s got that whole hot single dad thing going on, so he’s absolutely worthy of a second look. (Get on that ASAP, Simone! He’s totally different from all of the others!) This is the second book in Hill’s Cajun series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Wake a Sleeping Tiger, by Lora Leigh
    This is the latest book in Leigh’s very creative and extensive Breeds series, which is about women and men with deeply-rooted animal mating instincts who are trying to keep their secrets from us regular, boring humans. (Darn it!) Judd, a Bengal Breed, is living undercover as Cullen Maverick in Window Rock, Arizona. He is the commander of the Covert Law Enforcement Agency. His Bengal traits are recessed, so he gets by okay without drawing too much unwanted attention to himself, other than the fact that he’s super hot. Then he runs into Chelsea Martinez, and all of those supposedly-hidden tiger traits start bubbling up to the surface. Cullen—excuse me, Judd—get down to it and show us what you’re capable of! (Available in paperback on November 28.)

    Always You, by Denise Grover Swank
    Matt Osborn loves coaching his five-year-old nephew’s soccer team, but he didn’t realize just how, ahem, enthusiastic for him the kids’ moms would be. (Really, Matt? With those arms and that smile of yours?) He has zero desire to get serious with anyone. Unlike his male friends, he won’t be giving in to the whole matrimony thing. One of the ladies, though, is single mom Anna. She and Matt go WAY back. In fact, they almost got engaged at one point. Now she’s taking care of her dad, so she’s rather busy. That loving feeling hasn’t gone away, though, and it soon comes back stronger than ever. Come on, you two! The past is the past, let it go, move forward, and all of that jazz! This is the third book in Swank’s Bachelor Brotherhood series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    What romance novels are you excited for this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/11/14 Permalink
    Tags: a hope divided, , close contact, , , , , , m.f. wild, , misadventures of a valedictorian, , , , romance roundups   

    Romance Roundup: Broke Dukes, Valedictorians, Civil War Heroines 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a duke who needs to marry a wealthy lady, a woman who needs her lover’s professional protection, and a high school valedictorian who is about to have a bit of a wild time.

    Nauti Angel, by Lora Leigh
    Our gal Angel Calloway is the new woman in town, and people aren’t exactly warming up to her at first. They think she might be dangerous, for one. (Oh, Angel, to be in your boots! Be the naughty, new girl in town so that we all may live vicariously through you!) She soon catches the eye of Reece “Duke” Duquaine, a former Army investigator and resident Bad Boy who can serve us breakfast in bed any day of the week. Duke wants to learn more about Angel, and Angel is finding him incredibly hard to resist. (Totally understandable, Angel. Totally understandable.) Can they each manage to get past those tough exteriors and find the loving person within? And can Angel prove to everyone that she only wants to be bad for Duke? This is the fourth book in Leigh’s Nauti Girls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    No Other Duke Will Do, by Grace Burrowes
    Julian St. David is the Duke of Haverford, and things aren’t exactly peachy keen. He’s inherited a whole lot of debt, the kind that makes the modern-day student loan seem manageable by comparison. Julian’s sister comes up with a brilliant scheme: Throw the ball of the decade in the hopes that Julian will meet a super duper rich lady and marry her. He meets Elizabeth Windham, who finds herself in dire need of a husband after a scandal made her not-so-great marriageable material. (We’re sure it’s not your fault at all, Elizabeth!) They both soon develop a very strong desire to tear each other’s clothes off, which is totally fair, because Elizabeth is a smart and beautiful lady who loves to read and Julian has a rock-solid body and a huge library. (Literally!) Here’s hoping they get the happy ending they deserve! This is the third book in Burrowes’ Windham Brides series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Misadventures of a Valedictorian, by Mia Michelle and M.F. Wild
    Clare Winston is about to become her high school’s valedictorian. (Clare, you go, girl!) She’s never really had time for romance, and a personal tragedy has kept her from making any lasting friendships. Then she has a chance encounter with quarterback Eric Hayward, who is basically all of our high school crushes rolled into one. He’s not exactly boyfriend material, but hanging out with Clare makes him realize he might be missing out on the simpler pleasures of life. That said, he’s determined to take Clare away from her books for a little bit and, ahem, show her a really good time. He soon realizes that there is more to this so-called nerdy girl than meets the eye. Can these two youngsters forge a strong bond and embark on a deep and meaningful relationship? This is the seventh book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on November 14.)

    Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian, by E.L. James
    The billionaire dominant Christian Grey was taken down a peg when Anastasia Steele dumped him. The thing is, he just wants to do the whole dominant and submissive thing with Ana while she wants a real relationship with all of the romantic trimmings. (Good for you, Ana! Never settle for anything less!) Christian gets a little bit of help from his therapist, which is great, but he’s still got to deal with a couple of women from his past who are back to haunt him. (Get to it, Christian! Strutting around a room nekkid and looking sexy won’t be enough for our heroine—although it might be enough for some of us!) Fans know how this story ends, but reading from the guy’s perspective will open a whole new door into this love story. This book, a sequel to Grey, is part of James’ Fifty Shades of Grey universe and tells the story through Christian’s point of view. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    A Hope Divided, by Alyssa Cole
    Marlie Lynch is doing everything she possibly can to help the Union win the war against the South. (Think coded letters to warn of enemy uprisings, poultices galore, and helping escaped slaves, just to name a few.) She’s been fairly protected, thanks to everything her mother taught her and her white father’s name. (She’s never met him, but he’s helped her in an indirect way.) Then the Confederate Home Guard takes over her home. At the same time, escaped prisoner Ewan McCall is hiding in Marlie’s laboratory. Ewan and Marlie soon develop a very deep connection, which is a great thing, because they soon find themselves on the run together. A brave, medical-oriented historical heroine and a supersensitive, hunky man helping to restore peace to their country while also having mind-blowing chemistry? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! (Oh, and Dear Hollywood, please adapt for the screen. Thanks!) This is the second book in Cole’s Loyal League series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 28.)

    Close Contact, by Lori Foster
    MMA fighter Miles Dartman had a special understanding with personal shopper Maxi Nevar. She would initiate an amazing sexual encounter with him and then ditch him faster than he could say “How was it for you?” This hasn’t been enough, though, for our tenderhearted hero. He wants something deeper, as in, marriage and kids and the house with the white picket fence and a two-car garage and crown moldings everywhere and an open floor plan and…sorry, getting back on track now! Maxi comes to Miles in desperate need of his security services. Her ex-boyfriend has come back to haunt her, along with some shady former acquaintances, and she doesn’t feel very safe. (We’ll all distract them while you run, Maxi!) Here’s hoping they dodge the bad guys—and lose them forever—and that Maxi and Miles dive into a relationship that will withstand the toughest of times. This is the third book in Foster’s Body Armor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 28.)

    What romance novels are on your TBR pile this week?

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