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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2018/07/18 Permalink
    Tags: , bad for you, campaign for his heart, , , j. daniels, , , rancher's dream, , romance roundups, sophie jordan, the duke buys a bride, the other miss bridgerton   

    Romance Roundup: Ship Captains, Ranchers, and State Senate Candidates 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman looking for a fresh start in a Pacific Northwest town, a Bad Boy who wants to have a happily ever after with a very sweet lady, and a state senate hopeful who needs help with his public image.

    Cottage by the Sea, by Debbie Macomber
    Annie Marlow has gone through a pretty dark time recently, so she decides to escape to the Pacific Northwest for some major R&R. (We’ll go whale watching with you, Annie!) She rents a cottage and starts to meet some interesting characters in her new community. One of these interesting characters is Keaton, a painter who would instantly make any woman feel better with his calm but also dashing swagger. (Keaton, can we just, like, sit next to you on a porch and rest our heads on your muscular shoulder?) Keaton and Annie get to know each other quite well, and Annie starts to think there just might be a life for her in her new town. (There is, Annie! There is!) Then a major opportunity comes up. Will Annie stick around or pull a disappearing act or, we hope, find some kind of middle ground? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 17.)

    Bad for You, by J. Daniels
    Sean “Stitch” Molina has done some terrible things in his life and paid the price, and now he’s determined to stay on the straight and narrow. (Just cut the baddies out of your life, buddy! It’s not a cure but it’s a darn good start!) His new life plan involves avoiding Shayla Perkins, because she’s a Good Girl and he’s a Bad Boy and he doesn’t want to be a Bad Influence. (Oh, but Sean, you and Shayla can balance each other out in the nicest of ways!) But they can’t stay apart for too long, mainly because Shayla plus Sean equals Sexy. (Like, a LOT of Sexy. Sexy times three. Infinity Sexy. Sexy.) Here’s hoping they manage to work through their issues and embark upon an adventurous life together! This is the third book in Daniels’ Dirty Deeds series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 17.)

    The Other Miss Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn
    Poppy Bridgerton was just wandering around the Dorset coast, completing minding her own business, when she came upon a super cool cave and THEN her curiosity got the best of her. She ends up getting kidnapped by two dudes, tied up, and then plunked straight onto the bed of Captain Andrew James Rokesby. (Yes, please, and thank you!) He’s a good guy, though, and he’s just trying to complete a mission to Portugal to deliver some documents. This means that our heroine is safe from being ravished by him, which is kind of sad because hello, Mr. Biceps! Anyway, Andrew knows he’ll have to marry her in order to help her avoid a mega-scandal. (See: good guy.) She doesn’t know, though, that they are already closer than she thinks, because he’s neighbors with her relatives. A kidnapping story with two nice people headed to warm, sunny Portugal? Yes, please! This is the third book in Quinn’s Rokesby series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on November 18.)

    Rancher’s Dream, by B.J. Daniels
    Our gal Drey Hunter, for some reason we’ll definitely want to know about, decided to leave Hawk Cahill and marry Someone Else. (Drey, how was leaving Hawk physically and emotionally possible?!) Then Drey’s husband disappears on their wedding night, and Drey finds herself alone in a creepy, high-tech mansion in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and she realizes that someone is trying to kill her. She enlists Hawk’s help, and he’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep Drey safe. (For the record: Hawk is more of a cozy log cabin kind of man who would build a woman a fire using his bare, masculine hands and then take her in front of said fire multiple times on a bearskin rug made of a bear he shot and then sewed up himself.) Hawk, protect Drey and give her a second chance! Drey, we’ll all drive you to your annulment appointment! This book is part of Daniels’ Montana Cahills series. (Available in paperback on August 1.)

    The Duke Buys a Bride, by Sophie Jordan
    Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, couldn’t just sit there and do nothing when he saw the lovely Alyse Bell being auctioned off. He decides to purchase her, but he didn’t realize that by doing this he kind of bought himself, like, a wife. (It’s okay, Marcus! You were likely hungover at the time. We applaud your good intentions.) Alyse doesn’t want to be married to Marcus, even if he is sex dipped in cheese and spread on a cracker. They run off together to his Scottish estate, thinking this will give them plenty of time to figure out how to break it all off. Then they realize that hey, they actually like each other and lifetime together would not be the worst thing that ever happened to either of them. Will Marcus show Alyse that naughty dukes can be very, very good? And will Alyse prove to Marcus that she would be a great wife AND a great duchess? This is the third book in Jordan’s Rogue Files series. (Available in paperback on July 24.)

    Campaign for His Heart, by Joy Avery
    Lauder Tolson is a former foster kid who is now running for North Carolina state senate, but being a sexy, single man doesn’t exactly make for the best public relations material. (Lauder, this is a shame, because we wouldn’t mind getting your flyers in our mailboxes!) He decides to soften his image by recruiting his childhood enemy Willow Dawson to play his sweetheart. Oh, and he might have broken her heart once upon a time. (Seriously, Lauder! What did our gal do to deserve your bad manners? Steal your pudding?) Willow isn’t feeling the warm fuzzies for Lauder these days, but she has her own plans to hatch, and he just might be the perfect man to help her. Willow, you focus on being your fabulous self! And Lauder, you must grovel if you want to win this gorgeous woman back. A lot. This is the second book in Avery’s Cardinal House series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

    What exciting new romance novels are you packing in your beach bag this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/10 Permalink
    Tags: how to keep a secret, , lauren blakely, marry me by sundown, , off the grid, , romance roundups, sarah castille, sarah morgan, strong hold, , the real deal, when we found home   

    Romance Roundup: Lady Martial Artists, Investigative Reporters, and Boyfriends-For-Hire 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an American heiress who gets captured by a rugged man, a martial artist whose old flame is her new manager, and lots of ladies who are about to deal with some major family drama.

    Off the Grid, by Monica McCarty
    Investigative reporter Brittany Blake is on the hunt—for her missing brother. He’s in the Navy, and they’ve given her some very pathetic explanations as to his disappearance. Being the tough, no-nonsense woman she is, she’s decided to take matters into her own capable hands and goes looking for him. (That’s the spirit, Brittany! You keep being your feisty self!) Her search puts her in the path of John Donovan, and let’s just say no woman would mind bumping into his very masculine body any day of the week. (Seriously, John, how DO you manage to get those biceps? Please show us!) John has some of his own business to see to. He’s a member of SEAL Team Nine, and someone is targeting him and his mates. Will John and Brittany manage to find out what happened to her brother? And will they act out all of their fantasies together for the rest of their lives? This is the second book in McCarty’s Lost Platoon series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Strong Hold, by Sarah Castille
    Fight promoter Zack Grayson needs to find the MMA’s next big star. He ends up finding it in Shayla “Shilla the Killa” Tanner, whose heart he broke several years ago. (Zack, you have FIVE WHOLE MINUTES to provide an explanation. Don’t you dare try our patience!) Shayla never forgot Zack, but she’s quite scarred from her past. Her husband was abusive, so she’s very reluctant to open her heart again. (Shayla, we are SO taking you out for a pleasant and peaceful picnic!) Working together brings out the deeply-buried feelings in both Shayla and Zack. She wants to love again and not get hurt, and he wants to stay in her proverbial and literal grip for the rest of his life. Shayla, open your heart to the possibilities! And Zack, don’t you dare screw this one up! This is the fifth book in Castille’s Redemption series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Marry Me by Sundown, by Johanna Lindsey
    American heiress Violet Mitchell has returned home to Philadelphia from London, only to discover that the men in her family have seriously screwed up their finances. Rather than melt into a puddle of despair, she gets it together and travels to Montana to find her father’s fortune. (There might be gold and/or silver. Lots of gold and/or silver.) She meets Morgan Callahan, her father’s partner, and let’s just say he’s WAY different from the London dandies Violet just had to put up with. As for Morgan, he thinks Violet is out to steal his goods (She will be, Morgan, but not in the way you think!), so he holds her captive for a little bit, which sounds absolutely delicious. He soon becomes mega-impressed by Violet’s ability to thrive in the harsh wilderness. Here’s hoping they manage to get the fortunes they so desperately need and want, and that they enjoy many a tumble underneath the open Montana sky! (Available in hardcover and NOOK on July 10.)

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    Callie Smith is a bit of a private lady, so it’s not entirely easy when she discovers she has an older brother, Malcolm, and a younger sister, Keira. Meeting long-lost siblings involves Talking About Feelings, which is something our gal prefers to put in her proverbial No Thank You file. As for Malcolm, he’s not totally in touch with his emotions, either. (Come on, dude, lighten up just a little bit!) The three siblings end up living together and getting to know each other, and even though it’s going to be a long journey until they start feeling like a family, they are willing to give it a try. Oh, and Callie and Malcolm just might end up finding love with two very nice people along the way if they play their cards right. Romance and family drama set among the beautiful greenery of Washington state? Yes, please! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 10.)

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    Three generations of ladies are about to get in touch with their respective issues and emotions this summer! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and they are each dealing with some major marital problems. Lauren seems to have the perfect life, but she knows it might just fall apart at any minute. Oh, and her teenage daughter, Mack, is showing signs of having problems. As for Jenna, she and her husband are having a hard time getting pregnant. Lauren and Jenna’s mom, Nancy, is also staying with them for the summer, and she has had some issues that have prevented her from being the best mom she could be. Will these four ladies learn to trust each other and open up? And will they realize that they have all of the support they need in each other? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 10.)

    The Real Deal, by Lauren Blakely
    April Hamilton is in a pickle. She has a family reunion to attend, and let’s just say that being single at said family reunion is NOT fun. At all. (April, your super-duper meddling family just wants you to be happy!) She ends up soliciting some help from a website called GigsForHire, where Theo Banks is ready to pretend to be any woman’s boyfriend—for a fee. His only goal in life at this point is to settle his debts and get his life back on track. (Okay, Theo, we won’t judge, but let’s just take a moment to admit that you have a body worth cuddling!) Theo and April go to her family’s reunion, and they proceed to have all kinds of silly fun. Here’s hoping they realize how lucky they are to have found each other, and that they proceed to live happy, fun-filled lives together! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 10.)

    What romances are you excited to read this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/03 Permalink
    Tags: all-american cowboy, an affair with a spare, built to last, devoted to pleasure, dylann crush, entanglements, , , , , romance roundups, shana galen, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Fashion Models, Wyoming Ranchers, and War Spies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a seductive war spy, a small-town lady-turned-model, and a TV star with a hot bodyguard.

    Wired, by Julie Garwood
    Allison Trent is a part-time model, but her real love is hacking. That’s right, she’s a top-notch hacker with a zest for writing and breaking code. She’s so good, in fact, that FBI agent and Hunk of Our Hearts Liam Scott wants her to do some very sensitive investigative work for him. She turns him down, which of course makes Liam want her and her computer skills even more. (Something tells me they won’t need to worry about imposing that whole No-Electronics-In-The-Bedroom rule.) Allison has some secrets, though, and letting the FBI in on them isn’t exactly part of her life plan. That said, Liam has a face and body that are too tempting for her quicksilver fingers to ignore. Here’s hoping they find some happy middle ground that will involve getting into only the best kind of trouble! (Available in paperback on July 3.)

    All-American Cowboy, by Dylann Crush
    Beck is a city guy. He has zero interest in small-town life. Then he goes to Holiday, Texas, and meets his match in Charlie Walker. She’s a true cowgirl, and she runs a honky tonk that was founded by Beck’s grandfather. (Charlie, we all admire how you’ve always stayed true to yourself!) One look at Charlie is pretty much all it takes to make Beck rethink his life choices. (Beck, we knew you weren’t any fool!) Suddenly he realizes that small-town life—specifically, a small-town life with Charlie—has mega-appeal. (Beck, you and Charlie can always take adventurous out-of-town trips together!) Will Charlie show Beck all of the wonderful things Holiday has to offer? And will Beck show Charlie every nook and cranny of his chiseled body? This is the first book in Crush’s Holiday, Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Entanglements, by Nora Roberts
    Two Roberts favorites are back in one volume! In “Blithe Images,” fashion model Hilary Baxter has just gotten a modeling contract with a very hot magazine, and soon becomes very attractive to the magazine’s publisher, Bret Bardoff. As for Bret, he soon realizes there is WAY more to our gal than a pretty face. Make your move, buddy! In “Song of the West,” our heroine, Samantha Evans, decides to be a Good Twin Sister and leave her comfortable city life to be with her super duper pregnant twin, who is feeling lonely in Wyoming. Samantha goes to be with her, and soon clashes with Jake Tanner, the sexiest rancher for at least 200 miles who would make any woman stop what she’s doing and stare. Really hard. Then she and Jake get stranded together during a blizzard. (Hold her, Jake! Hold her very tightly!) Two stories that take place in two very different places and feature sexy people? Yes, please! (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 3.)

    An Affair with a Spare, by Shana Galen
    Rafe Beaumont is the fifth son of an earl, so he won’t be inheriting any fortunes any time soon. He’s found his true calling, though: seducing war secrets out of obliging ladies. (Well, Rafe, if it’s for your country then we won’t judge!) His latest assignment is Collette Fortier, but she refuses to fall for the very sexy Rafe. She needs to protect her father. (Collette, you are a wonderful and loyal daughter!) When Rafe realizes why Collette isn’t succumbing to his very potent charms, he offers his assistance free of charge. (Rafe, we KNEW you were a true gentleman!) Here’s hoping they manage to save Collette’s father—and that Rafe finds another occupation now that he’s found the woman of his dreams! This is the third book in Galen’s Survivors series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 3.)

    Built to Last, by Julie Ann Walker
    Jamen “Angel” Agassi is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. A recent mission went wrong, and he just had to change his identity. This cannot happen again, because he is ready to take down a major criminal kingpin for good. (You’ve got this, Angel! You’ve got the moves! You’ve got the body! You’ve got the thrusting capabilities of, well, you get the picture.) There’s a teeny tiny problem, though, and her name is Sonya Butler. She’s an Interpol agent, and Angel cannot let her figure out his real identity. (Oh, Angel, surely you can give us all—I mean, her—a glimpse of yourself. Just. One. Little. Peek.) Sonya is a pretty awesome lady, though, so we’ve got every reason to feel confident in her ability to make Angel, ahem, reveal himself to her in more ways than one. This is the latest book in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Devoted to Pleasure, by Shayla Black
    Cutter Bryant is military-turned-bodyguard, so you know he’s maintained his impressive physique. (Which goes well with his…personality. We’ll go with personality, wink wink!) Anyway, his latest assignment is to protect Shealyn West. She’s the star of a major television drama (Shealyn, can we find it on Netflix?) and she’s got some serious psycho on her tail. Cutter needs to do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if it includes him roaring loudly while ripping off his own shirt. (Especially if it includes this.)  Will they manage to take down Shealyn’s blackmailer? Will she manage to maintain her career? And will Cutter prove to Shealyn that she can never go wrong with a guy like him? This is the first book in Black’s Devoted Lovers series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 3.)

    What new romances are you beating (or bringing!) the heat with this week?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/27 Permalink
    Tags: a taste of pleasure, at sunrise, bluestone and vine, broken promise, chloe blake, cowboy on my mind, donna kauffman, , , r.c. ryan, , romance roundups, , truth or dare   

    Romance Roundup: Lady Police Officers, Folk Musicians, and Chefs. Lots of Chefs. 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a professional chef who gets a new start in Italy, a professional dessert chef who gets a new gig in Philadelphia, and a musician who finds healing with a former soldier-turned-vineyard owner.

    A Taste of Pleasure, by Chloe Blake
    Chef Danica Nillson has the opportunity of a lifetime: a fresh start and new career in Italy! (Danica, please get prepared for visitors. LOTS of visitors.) She doesn’t want romance, but then she meets single dad Antonio Dante Lorenzetti. He’s a very successful restauranteur, and he has zero time to dilly dally and give in to the major feelings Danica brings out in him. (Antonio, buddy, stop trying to resist this perfect, gorgeous woman!) Then he gets to know her—and her cooking—and wonders how he ever lived without either. Here’s hoping they both come to their senses soon and realize they just might be perfect for each other. And that they have several interactions that involve chocolate gelato and aprons. (As in, wearing nothing BUT aprons.) This is the second book in Blake’s Deliciously Dechamps series, which is perfect if you want to read about sexy people who know their way around a kitchen. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Truth or Dare, by Fern Michaels
    Seeking a yarn about a bunch of sexy, chivalrous men who protect helpless children and treat their dogs well and have a strong bond with each other? Then this one is for you! Joe Espinosa is driving on a country road with his trusty dog, Cyrus, by his side. Then Cyrus starts going nuts and paws hysterically at the window. Joe follows Cyrus’ lead, and together they discover three frightened children. Joe and Cyrus first put the children in safe hands (we’ll give Cyrus most of the credit in all of this because he’s so cute and fluffy!), and then Joe calls a meeting with his fellow Men of the Sisterhood. Together, these hot dudes realize there are more children in danger, and they band together to help them. Guys, you are all awesome, and you deserve all the beer and nachos and wings when this scary stuff is over. (Please make sure Cyrus gets a deliciously stinky dog treat, too!) This is the fourth book in Michaels’ Men of the Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Broken Promise, by Tara Thomas
    Charleston police officer Alyssa Adams is pretty much every woman’s hero. Her calling in life is to track down lost women and rescue them, or at least bring closure to their worried families. (Alyssa, if these rescued ladies ever need our services, you can call on us!) Alyssa also desperately wants to find out what happened to her sister, who disappeared ten years ago. She’s about to get some much-needed help from Kipling Benedict, a member of the city’s very powerful Benedict family. A female relative of his has just been kidnapped by his family’s nemesis (Kipling, buddy, what on earth happened that your family has a nemesis?), and he knows that our gal is his best bet on finding her. Can they each find their respective relatives? And can they manage to cope with the Charleston heat by tearing each other’s clothes off at least twice while they’re at it? This is the third book in Thomas’ Sons of Broad series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    At Sunrise, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “Summer Desserts,” dessert chef Summer Lydon is about to settle down for a little while. Her latest gig is to fix up the menu at a swanky Philadelphia hotel. This involves getting involved with hotel owner Blake Cocharan, who would be the proverbial chocolate on every woman’s pillow. Will Blake give Summer a solid list of reasons to stick around? Like, permanently? In “Temptation,” socialite Eden Carlbough is busy running a girls’ camp. Thanks to some camp shenanigans, she ends up climbing an apple tree, and then falling out of said apple tree directly into the arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. (Chase, you can pick our apples any day of the week!) They don’t exactly have the feels for each other right away, but then their heads clear and they each realize the other is not so bad at all. Oh, Chase, make sure you plan a romantic orchard evening with Eden that involves a huge blanket underneath the stars—and being nekkid! (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    Cowboy on My Mind, by R.C. Ryan
    Ben Monroe used to be his town’s Bad Boy, but then he went on the straight and narrow and is now a sheriff’s deputy. (Ben, just don’t get TOO goody two-shoes on us, if you know what we mean! And in case you don’t, what we mean is don’t lose your sexy!) Then he’s reunited with his high school crush, Becca Henderson. She’s never forgotten him (what woman would?) and she now finds him more exciting than ever. (Oh, he is, Becca. He is.) When Becca’s life is endangered, Ben realizes that he’s willing to quite a bit to protect his woman. Do it, Ben! Don’t you dare hesitate! This is the first book in Ryan’s Montana Strong series, which means that many sexy Montana men are on the way. It also features a bonus story, “Rocky Mountain Cowboy,” which is about a reporter who gets to interview a very hot Olympic snowboarder. Yum! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Bluestone and Vine, by Donna Kauffman
    Musician Pippa MacMillan needs a vocal break, so she leaves Ireland for some R&R in small-town Virginia. She meets Seth Brogan, a former soldier who still has all of his muscles and wants to turn his property into a vineyard. (Seth, when can we start putting orders in for bottles?!) He’s on a healing journey of his own, so he and Pippa develop quite the deep connection. Pippa also realizes that she is loving the small-town life, and it’s not just because of Seth’s muscular arms. Then Pippa’s voice start to get better, and she’s faced with the choice of going back to her old life or building a new one with the very dishy Seth. Oh, Pippa, surely you can find some kind of middle ground that involves making the music you love AND making babies with the man you love! This is the second book in Kauffman’s Blue Hollow Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/06/19 Permalink
    Tags: , french quarter kisses, it takes two, jenny holiday, , lori wilde, , romance roundups, the last rodeo, the prize, valentine texas, , ,   

    Romance Roundup: New Orleans Chefs, Art Thieves, and Maids of Honor 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a rancher who is fighting to keep his land, two art thieves who want to be on the straight and narrow, and a journalist who gets to report on a super duper hot chef.

    French Quarter Kisses, by Zuri Day
    Pierre LeBlanc is a celebrity chef, and he also owns the best restaurant in New Orleans. (Pierre, please, please, please hook us up with reservations!) He’s also got a big secret that has nothing to do with his classified recipes. Journalist Rosalyn Arnaud is following the story trail on him, and quite frankly she doesn’t think he’s all that. He has a bit of a playboy reputation, which doesn’t really fly with our no-nonsense gal. (Oh, Rosalyn, please give him a chance to unbutton his shirt!) Still, the sparks fly like crazy between them, but Pierre is afraid of baring all, proverbially speaking. Will he learn to trust Rosalyn? And will Rosalyn realize that Pierre has a giant heart to go with his angelic face and manly man physique? This is the first book in Day’s Love in the Big Easy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Worth the Wait, by Lori Foster
    Two intertwining loves stories in one book! Single dad Hogan Guthrie is working his barbecue skills at a local diner, which totally makes sense, because any woman would be more than happy to sample his sauce. He doesn’t totally get along with Violet Shaw, the restaurant’s owner, but pretty soon they find themselves wanting to, ahem, cook in each other’s kitchens. Then there’s sheriff Nathan Hawley, whose new neighbor, Brooklin Sweet, makes him do a major double take. She doesn’t want to get involved with anyone, though, which is likely due to a bit of darkness in her past. Plus, she hasn’t seen Nathan’s abs, yet, nor has she given his handcuffs a try in any way shape or form. (Get on that bicycle ASAP, Brooklin, because Nathan is one tasty, law-abiding citizen!) (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    The Prize, by Vanessa Fewings
    The love saga between art investigator Zara Leighton and art thief Tobias Wilder continues! Zara tried to stay wholly good. She tried to resist Tobias and his thrilling ways. But both of these things are absolutely, 100 percent impossible, because Tobias is the kind of guy who makes women of any age want to pose for him, totally nude. (Oh, you’re not an artist, Tobias? Just an art thief? Well, we want to pose nude for you anyway!) Zara thinks she might be done with Tobias for good, but now he has an offer she can’t refuse. He proposes they do one more risky art-related job. Once they do this, both of their names will be clear. Here’s hoping they can pull this one off, and that they then take a remote, tropical vacation where there is an NBS policy—Nothing But Sunscreen. This is the third book in Fewings’ Icon trilogy. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Valentine, Texas, by Lori Wilde
    Rachael Henderson has just been left at the altar for the second time. (It’s not you, Rachael! It’s them!) Things take a turn for the better, though, when she’s arrested by sheriff Brody Carlton. (Oh, yes, Brody. Press us against your blessed body any day of the week!) All of this drama inspires our gal to create Romanceaholics Anonymous, a program for the perpetually lovesick and heartbroken. (Tell us more, Rachael. Much more.) Rachael is trying really hard to stick to this program and overcome her love issues, and she comes to the conclusion that Brody is an unwelcome distraction. (Rachael, no offense, but no.) Will she realize that Brody is not like the others, and that there’s way more to him than just his impressive forearms? This story, originally published as “Addicted to Love,” is the third book in Wilde’s Wedding Veil Wishes series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on June 26.)

    It Takes Two, by Jenny Holiday
    Wendy Liu is thrilled to be her best friend’s maid of honor, but she’s not too keen on running into the bride’s brother, Noah Denning. Wendy and Noah had A Thing many years ago, and he might have broken her heart. (Noah, you’re a bozo for letting Wendy go. A lovable bozo. But still, a bozo.) Now they’re thrown together in Las Vegas for some pre-wedding fun, and they’ve decided to get a bit competitive. He wants to plan the best bachelor party, and she wants to plan the best bachelorette party. (As long as this involves Noah getting nekkid AT ALL and AT ANY POINT, this sounds like a win-win!) Noah and Wendy, please realize that the past is the past and you are both now mature adults who need to start a fun new chapter of your lives together! This is the second book in Holiday’s Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    The Last Rodeo, by Delores Fossen
    Lucian Granger doesn’t have the best reputation in his Texas town. Words like “standoffish” and “aloof” barely begin to describe him. It’s too bad he’s like this, because he’s got a body worth braving the toughest rodeo. (Lucian, we’d all like to show you a rodeo—in our pants!) Things are about to change, though, because he’s just found out that he could lose the land he’s worked so hard for. In an effort to keep his land, he decides to tell people he’s going to settle down with Karlee O’Malley, his assistant. One kiss, though, is all it takes for Lucian to realize that he might have genuine feelings for her. Here’s hoping Lucian doesn’t screw up this golden opportunity to settle down with a nice woman, and that he clears up all of his land and emotional issues! This is the latest book in Fossen’s Wrangler’s Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

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