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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/19 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Ranchers, Reunited Friends, and Gym Lovers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two guys and a gal who are all about fitness (and each other), a teacher who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with a rancher, and a tough woman who needs to convince the U.S. government that she’s not a criminal.

    The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr
    Readers who love a good friendship-focused story will enjoy this reprint! Emma Shay Compton’s life isn’t going so great at the moment. Her mega-rich husband, it turns out, was mega-corrupt, and he ends up committing suicide to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. This leaves Emma with nothing (like, zilch), so she goes home to Sonoma County in order to rebuild her life from the bottom up. (Emma, you go girl!) She runs into her former best friend, Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma used to be like sisters, and then Riley did something quite naughty and they fell out of touch. Here’s hoping these two ladies reconcile over a really good bottle (or two) of wine! (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Wyoming Kid, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Wyoming Kid,” teacher Joy Fuller refuses to fall in love with rodeo cowboy-turned-rancher Lonny Ellison. This throws Lonny in for a bit of a loop, because he’s become quite accustomed to ladies throwing their proverbial and literal panties at him. (Lonny, buddy, Joy is no ordinary woman. If you really want her panties you’ll have to work very, very hard for them!) Then Lonny starts to mentor one of Joy’s troubled students, and she starts to realize that there’s WAY more to Lonny than his very talented buns of steel. (Let’s just say that while Lonny may be a former rodeo cowboy he has certainly NOT lost his capabilities!) Can Lonny show Joy that he’s a man worth keeping? Will Joy realize that Lonny is the real deal? And will they honeymoon in the Caribbean or the Pacific? Oh, and fret not, romance readers who can’t get enough cowboys: This volume includes a bonus story, “The Horseman’s Son,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis
    This reprint features Lily Danville, who is going through an exceptionally rough time right now. She’s going back home to Cedar Ridge, Colorado, which is filled with many sad and painful memories for her. (Sending you tons and tons of hugs, Lily!) Things take a turn for the better when she gets a job at a popular resort. Trouble is, the resort is owned by the family of Aidan Kincaid. This would normally be all fine and dandy, because Aidan is the kind of guy who makes women feel all kinds of yummy feelings, but he and Lily will need to work through some major issues before they can start a new chapter of their lives together. Lily, we all admire your courage and strength! And Aidan, lacking any discernible talent in the artistic department would NEVER stop us from trying to replicate your body in ice sculpture form! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Fifth Doctrine, by Karen Robards
    Bianca St. Ives had an upbringing that was, shall we say, Not Exactly Traditional. Forget about dolls and proms and pizza outings with friends. Instead, our gal got to learn a whole lotta martial arts and how to handle explosives. (Now THAT would have made for a killer college essay!) Now she’s all grown up, and she pays her bills by swindling con men. Life is just peachy until a mission goes very, very wrong. For one, her dad—who also was in her same profession—is killed. Top secret government documents go missing. Also missing is money to the tune of $200 million. The U.S. government is not 100 percent convinced that her father is dead, nor do they think she is completely innocent, either. Bianca will need to think really hard and fast if she’s going to survive this latest conundrum. Here’s hoping she busts herself out of this mess ASAP, and that maybe she gets a much-needed helping hand or two! This is the third book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Misadventures in a Threesome, by Elizabeth Hayley
    Fitness instructor Jasmine Pritchett just had THE BEST job interview EVER. She got to bare her professional soul to gym owners Maddox Gibson and Wilder Vaughn. That’s twice the biceps and gluteus maximus and all of that good stuff. Oh, and let’s just say that both men are also very taken with our gal and her healthy ways. (Indeed, Jasmine, we all worship at your altar of awesomeness!) The timing is perfect, because each of these three beautiful people can use a bit of cheering up. They each certainly bring something to the table. (Maddox is more grounded while Wilder is the adventurous one. As for Jasmine, well, she is quite the determined go-getter.) Jasmine, Maddox, and Wilder, you three enjoy yourselves thoroughly, and while you’re at it, please share your top tips for a toned body and make sure you have at least one superbaby! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features Bodine Longbow, who runs the family business, the Bodine Ranch and Resort in western Montana. (When can we book our vacations?) She’s recently gotten some extra help in the form of new hire Callen Skinner, who would make any woman immediately want to know way more about him. Then some gruesome things start happening—dead bodies start popping up—and Callen is the first suspect. Bodine knows that Callen can’t be the one (not in THAT sense), and together they start digging a little bit deeper into the danger. Further complicating matters is the reappearance of Bodine’s long-lost aunt, who might be able to shed some more light on the situation. Here’s hoping Bodine and Callen figure things out sooner rather than later, and that they enjoy all of the romantic possibilities Montana has to offer. (Available in paperback on March 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/19 Permalink
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    Romance Roundup: Ranchers, Reunited Friends, and Gym Lovers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two guys and a gal who are all about fitness (and each other), a teacher who finds herself reluctantly falling in love with a rancher, and a tough woman who needs to convince the U.S. government that she’s not a criminal.

    The Life She Wants, by Robyn Carr
    Readers who love a good friendship-focused story will enjoy this reprint! Emma Shay Compton’s life isn’t going so great at the moment. Her mega-rich husband, it turns out, was mega-corrupt, and he ends up committing suicide to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. This leaves Emma with nothing (like, zilch), so she goes home to Sonoma County in order to rebuild her life from the bottom up. (Emma, you go girl!) She runs into her former best friend, Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma used to be like sisters, and then Riley did something quite naughty and they fell out of touch. Here’s hoping these two ladies reconcile over a really good bottle (or two) of wine! (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Wyoming Kid, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Wyoming Kid,” teacher Joy Fuller refuses to fall in love with rodeo cowboy-turned-rancher Lonny Ellison. This throws Lonny in for a bit of a loop, because he’s become quite accustomed to ladies throwing their proverbial and literal panties at him. (Lonny, buddy, Joy is no ordinary woman. If you really want her panties you’ll have to work very, very hard for them!) Then Lonny starts to mentor one of Joy’s troubled students, and she starts to realize that there’s WAY more to Lonny than his very talented buns of steel. (Let’s just say that while Lonny may be a former rodeo cowboy he has certainly NOT lost his capabilities!) Can Lonny show Joy that he’s a man worth keeping? Will Joy realize that Lonny is the real deal? And will they honeymoon in the Caribbean or the Pacific? Oh, and fret not, romance readers who can’t get enough cowboys: This volume includes a bonus story, “The Horseman’s Son,” by Delores Fossen. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis
    This reprint features Lily Danville, who is going through an exceptionally rough time right now. She’s going back home to Cedar Ridge, Colorado, which is filled with many sad and painful memories for her. (Sending you tons and tons of hugs, Lily!) Things take a turn for the better when she gets a job at a popular resort. Trouble is, the resort is owned by the family of Aidan Kincaid. This would normally be all fine and dandy, because Aidan is the kind of guy who makes women feel all kinds of yummy feelings, but he and Lily will need to work through some major issues before they can start a new chapter of their lives together. Lily, we all admire your courage and strength! And Aidan, lacking any discernible talent in the artistic department would NEVER stop us from trying to replicate your body in ice sculpture form! This is the first book in Shalvis’ Cedar Ridge series. (Available in paperback on March 19.)

    The Fifth Doctrine, by Karen Robards
    Bianca St. Ives had an upbringing that was, shall we say, Not Exactly Traditional. Forget about dolls and proms and pizza outings with friends. Instead, our gal got to learn a whole lotta martial arts and how to handle explosives. (Now THAT would have made for a killer college essay!) Now she’s all grown up, and she pays her bills by swindling con men. Life is just peachy until a mission goes very, very wrong. For one, her dad—who also was in her same profession—is killed. Top secret government documents go missing. Also missing is money to the tune of $200 million. The U.S. government is not 100 percent convinced that her father is dead, nor do they think she is completely innocent, either. Bianca will need to think really hard and fast if she’s going to survive this latest conundrum. Here’s hoping she busts herself out of this mess ASAP, and that maybe she gets a much-needed helping hand or two! This is the third book in Robards’ Guardian series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Misadventures in a Threesome, by Elizabeth Hayley
    Fitness instructor Jasmine Pritchett just had THE BEST job interview EVER. She got to bare her professional soul to gym owners Maddox Gibson and Wilder Vaughn. That’s twice the biceps and gluteus maximus and all of that good stuff. Oh, and let’s just say that both men are also very taken with our gal and her healthy ways. (Indeed, Jasmine, we all worship at your altar of awesomeness!) The timing is perfect, because each of these three beautiful people can use a bit of cheering up. They each certainly bring something to the table. (Maddox is more grounded while Wilder is the adventurous one. As for Jasmine, well, she is quite the determined go-getter.) Jasmine, Maddox, and Wilder, you three enjoy yourselves thoroughly, and while you’re at it, please share your top tips for a toned body and make sure you have at least one superbaby! This is the latest book in the extensive, multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 19.)

    Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features Bodine Longbow, who runs the family business, the Bodine Ranch and Resort in western Montana. (When can we book our vacations?) She’s recently gotten some extra help in the form of new hire Callen Skinner, who would make any woman immediately want to know way more about him. Then some gruesome things start happening—dead bodies start popping up—and Callen is the first suspect. Bodine knows that Callen can’t be the one (not in THAT sense), and together they start digging a little bit deeper into the danger. Further complicating matters is the reappearance of Bodine’s long-lost aunt, who might be able to shed some more light on the situation. Here’s hoping Bodine and Callen figure things out sooner rather than later, and that they enjoy all of the romantic possibilities Montana has to offer. (Available in paperback on March 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/03/12 Permalink
    Tags: a lethal legacy, after, , between you and me, , georgia beers, , , romance roundups, , , the do-over, this scot of mine, toxic game   

    Romance Roundup: College Romances, Runaway Ladies, and High School Enemies-Turned-Lovers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two people out to eliminate a deadly virus, a lady who makes a gutsy move to escape her evil fiance, and a farmer who gets thrown into a very different world and meets a very different type of woman.

    Toxic Game, by Christine Feehan
    Dr. Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team are on a very important rescue mission. There are some wounded people with their lives at stake, and if everyone doesn’t get the heck out of an Indonesian jungle ASAP then a deadly virus will kill them all. (Draden, we’re all breaking out our Ghostbusters costumes and helping you!) Then Draden gets infected, and he’s found by Shylah Cosmos, who is also eager to track down this virus and make it disappear. They soon become quite attracted to each other, but then Shylah gets infected, too. Can she and Draden make it out of the jungle alive AND wipe out this horrible disease? (Shylah and Draden, we believe in you both! And just think, should the two of you ever get the flu at the same time, that will be a walk in the park compared to this adventure!) This is the latest book in Feehan’s extensive GhostWalkers series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

    After, by Anna Todd
    College romance alert! Perpetual Good Girl Tessa has just started her freshman year of college. She has a boyfriend back home, but things change when she meets Hardin. (Let’s just say he’s got that whole I’m-A-Hot-British-Bad-Boy-With-A-Big-Heart-Buried-Deep-Deep-Deep-Down vibe down pat.) Hardin is pretty much the hottest guy she’s ever met and she secretly wants to bone him. (Tessa, you get ZERO judgment from any of us because we’ve pretty much all been there!) When Tessa and Hardin find themselves alone, they share the kind of kiss that you describe in vivid detail in the middle of the night to your best friend who attends college in a different state. They soon engage in the kind of relationship that involves Hardin disappearing every now and then, but Tessa is determined to, ahem, learn more about him. Tessa, you pursue this relationship to your heart’s content! Whatever happens, you’ll have some REALLY interesting stories to tell your granddaughters one day! This is the first book in Todd’s After series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

    A Lethal Legacy, by Heather Graham
    New York’s sexiest investigative duo are at it again! Psychologist Kieran Finnegan and special agent Craig Frasier have an especially creepy new assignment. A man named Finn Douglas is renovating an old manor house he inherited on the New York coast, and his business partner’s body has just been found. He’s convinced it wasn’t an accident, so Kieran and Craig are called in to investigate. It turns out that beneath that manor are many caverns that hold some pretty dark secrets. Kieran and Craig will need to work very hard to figure out exactly what’s going on. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, that this Finn dude gets to live out his HGTV renovation dreams, and that everyone gets the chance to have a relaxing spa day when the drama is all over! This is the fourth book in Graham’s New York Confidential series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

    This Scot of Mine, by Sophie Jordan
    Our gal Lady Clara has just made an exceptionally bold move to escape her disgusting fiance: She told everyone that she’s pregnant with another man’s baby. (Yep, THAT will make high society scatter away from you!) She hightails it to Scotland, totally ready to be alone for the rest of her life. Then she meets Laird Hunt MacLarin, and let’s just say neither of them have trouble feeling the, ahem, sizzle for each other. The problem is that poor Hunt comes from a long line of men who, er, kind of died before their firstborns were born, so he’s been very reluctant to get married. For this reason, he’s actually glad that Clara is already pregnant. Surely him not being the baby daddy means he’ll be spared from an early death, right? The only problem is that Clara’s eggo is not, in fact, preggo. Oh, Hunt! You are in MUCH better shape than your predecessors, and you and Clara are 100 percent meant to live a long life together filled with lots of babies! This is the latest book in Jordan’s Rogue Files series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

    Between You and Me, by Susan Wiggs
    Farmer Caleb Stoltz’s life revolved around his farm, his faith, and his orphaned niece and nephew, who he promised to raise. (Caleb, if anyone deserves a relaxing, long-weekend getaway it’s YOU!) As busy as he is, he still lives a somewhat quieter kind of existence, which changes when something bad happens and he has to deal with all things urban and medical and hospital-y. That’s when he meets Dr. Reese Powell. Like her parents, she’s a medical hotshot and she loves the fast-paced life that comes with it. (Reese, you a smart and ambitious woman with beautiful hair and an inspiration to us all!) There’s no doubt that Reese and Caleb are mega-attracted to each other, but they’ll still need to go through a lot before they can have their happily ever after. (Available in paperback on March 12.)

    The Do-Over, by Georgia Beers
    Bella Hunt and Easton Evans were mortal enemies in high school, mainly because Easton was the Ultimate Mean Girl and was just awful to Bella. It took Bella a LONG time to get over the pain. She did move on, though, and now she has a great life. Bella gets a big shock, though, when Easton walks into the conflict resolution class she’s about to teach. (Easton, you better be respectful to Bella and take lots and lots of notes!) Easton is still as beautiful as she was in high school. Oh, she’s also, like, nice now, which throws Bella in for a loop. They soon realize that they feel some very adult feelings for each other. (Now THIS will make for a fun high school reunion story!) Here’s hoping that Easton truly has become a nicer person, and that these two ladies can manage to forgive the past and create a beautiful life together! (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 12.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/03/05 Permalink
    Tags: annie rains, Blood Brothers, day of the dragon, , , , , misadventures with a book boyfriend, , , romance roundups, slow ride, springtime at hope cottage, victoria blue   

    Romance Roundup: Dragon Shifters, Former Male Models, and Artifact Seekers 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a reporter who investigates a supernaturally-touched town, an academic who meets a very sexy dragon shifter, and a male model who starts an interesting new business venture—and falls hard for a client.

    Blood Brothers, by Nora Roberts
    Caleb Hawkins and his two best friends, Fox and Gage, saw some pretty creepy things when they were kids. (They might have taken a camping trip, and they might have seen some evil, supernatural-ish stuff.) Now they are all grown upand Quite Hotand the evil stuff is coming up again in their town of Hawkins Hollow. Caleb, a descendant of the town’s founders, ends up having a major connection with visiting reporter Quinn Black. She’s writing a book about the town and its mysterious ways, and she and Caleb soon realize that they want to have the kind of relationship that leaves very little to the imagination. Before they can truly settle down, though, they’ll need to band together with other men and women to help bring peace to Hawkins Hollow. This is the first book in Roberts’ Sign of Seven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 5.)

    Day of the Dragon, by Katie MacAlister
    Our gal Thaisa is a serious scholar who doesn’t really believe in all of that supernatural mumbo jumbo. Then she meets dragon shifter Archer Andras, who would make even the most steadfast of women question everything she believes in. (In the best possible ways, of course!) Thaisa soon finds herself in the middle of a dragon war, one that also involves Archer’s twin brother. (Yup, there’s two of him, which brings a whole new meaning to that ubiquitous Game of Thrones catchphrase, “WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?!?!”) She’ll need to translate an ancient text in order to help win this war, and she’s not sure she can do this while keeping her clothes on, because Archer. (It’s okay, Thaisa. We certainly wouldn’t!) This is the second book in MacAlister’s Dragon Hunter series, and it includes a bonus novel, “Wolf’s Mate” by Celia Kyle. That yarn is about a woman who gets some much-needed protection from a sexy werewolf shifter. Howl at the moon, indeed! (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 5.)

    Springtime at Hope Cottage, by Annie Rains
    New York City magazine editor Josie Kellum is all about the fast-paced life. Then she gets majorly injured and ends up recovering in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. (Josie, please send us your temporary address ASAP so we can send you flowers, a teddy bear, and a box of your favorite sweets!) On the bright side, her physical therapist ends up being local widower Tucker Locklear. They soon develop the hots for each other. (Tucker has VERY healing hands!) The thing is, Tucker is reluctant to get close to anyone again, and Josie wants to go back to her New York City life. Josie and Tucker, please get your heads out of the clouds and realize that you’re perfect for each other and that you can absolutely make a beautiful life together! This is the second book in Rains’ Sweetwater Springs series, and it includes the bonus story “Last Chance Bride” by Hope Ramsay. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 5.)

    Hold Back the Dark, by Kay Hooper
    Residents of Prosperity, North Carolina are killing each other off and waking up with zero memories of what they did. (Yeah, everyone’s pretty much in crisis mode.) Enter our gal, Chief Deputy Katie Cole. She knows she can’t handle all of this on her own, and so she’s working with Sheriff Jackson Archer. They’re also getting some much-needed help in the form of the Special Crimes Unit. Everyone’s getting deeper and deeper into a giant murder mystery mess, so they’re going to have to think fast and work together in order to solve it—and stay alive. This is the latest book in Hooper’s Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. (Available in paperback on March 5.)

    Misadventures with a Book Boyfriend, by Victoria Blue
    Former model Oliver Connely was a household name, but then his career went kaput. He needs money—like, pronto—so he creates a business venture called Book Boyfriend Incorporated. This business venture involves him making his lady clients feel, ahem, not so lonely. (Oliver, do you accept payment via Venmo? Asking for a friend!) He ends up having feelings, though, for Bailey Hardin, a client whose political husband has just turned up dead. Things get even more intense when Oliver’s friend decides to get involved in the related political drama. Oliver and Bailey, it sounds like the two of you need to do a serious Marie Kondo on your social lives! Once you’ve cut out those who bring you no joy, you can focus on each other and the numerous beautiful babies you’ll make! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 5.)

    Slow Ride, by Lori Foster
    Our gal Ronnie Ashford has met a ridiculously hot guy at a bar, and just when it looks like they will have A Lot Of Fun together, she learns that he is none other than Jack Crews. Normally, this discovery would make her scream in ecstasy rather than frustration, but Jack is the person she’s supposed to work with soon in order to acquire artifacts for her bosses. (She would rather work alone, thank you very much.) Jack is all like, “Aw, baby, we can be partners AND lovers!” while she’s all like “Please hide those distracting biceps of yours underneath an ugly Christmas sweater STAT!” (For the record, this would NOT diminish Jack’s sexiness level in any way whatsoever.) Oh, Ronnie, please realize that you and Jack can absolutely be partners in both work and life. And Jack, please take every opportunity to show Ronnie that every day with you would be quite the adventure! This is the second book in Foster’s Road to Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/02/26 Permalink
    Tags: believe in me, changing habits, , , enamored, hired, it's getting scot in here, , , romance roundups, , , you had me at jaguar, zoey castile   

    Romance Roundup: Studious Ladies, London Socialites, and Seriously Sexy Male Escorts 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a high-society lady who gets a very sexy traveling buddy, three former nuns who decide to leave their religious order, and two jaguar shifters who embark on a dangerous mission.

    Believe in Me, by Ella Quinn
    Lady Augusta Vivers really wanted to go to university in Italy and pursue her passion for languages and geography, but her mother was all like “Find a husband this London Season OR ELSE!” Our gal isn’t feeling the whole whirlwind of balls and such. Then she meets Lord Phineas Carter-Wood, who shares her passion for travel and also makes her flutter her fan faster. He’s just as intrigued by her, and finds a way to finagle his way into her itinerary when her cousins arrange for her to finally escape England and go to Europe. He and Augusta proceed to galavant around Europe and have all kinds of adventures. Here’s hoping they realize they’re perfect for each other, that they decide to flout society’s rules and live the lives they want, and that they get to swim nekkid together in some pristine Mediterranean waters at least once! This is the sixth book in Quinn’s Worthingtons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 26.)

    Changing Habits, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint is about three women, Angie, Joanna, and Kathleen, who were nuns in a religious order and decided to leave said religious order in favor of new lives. (Lots of changes were happening and they were just NOT totally feeling those changes, so good for you, ladies!) Life is not going to be easy for them outside of the convent, but they’ve each experienced a crisis of faith and seriously desire new beginnings. (Special shout-out to ladies everywhere of all times in all places who take brave leaps to live the lives they want!) Will they each find a fulfilling life outside of the convent walls? Will they get a chance to pursue their passions? And will each of them get a chance at a loving relationship? (Available in paperback on February 26.)

    It’s Getting Scot in Here, by Suzanne Enoch
    Amelia-Rose Baxter is a proud London socialite who loves the London life. She wants to marry a fellow sophisticated Londoner and stay in London and do London things. Trouble is, she’s been selected to marry a Highlander, and her would-be brother-in-law, Niall MacTaggert, is eager to help make the union work. (If his eldest brother doesn’t get married ASAP their family risks losing their ancestral estate, which would be no bueno.) Niall wants to prove to our gal that the Highlands—and Highlanders—are not all that bad, and he ends up falling for her in the process. Amelia never thought she’d fall for a man like Niall (SISTER, ARE YOU BLIND?!?!) but she soon comes to her sense and realizes that marriage to Niall would be WAY more exciting than she’d ever expected. Amelia, we all knew you’d come to your senses! Go ahead and pursue this new life! We’ll all come and visit you! This is the first book in Enoch’s Wild Wicked Highlanders series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    Enamored, by Maisey Yates
    Two beloved stories reprinted in one volume! In “Enamored,” Diego Laremos and his estranged wife, Melissa, are reunited after being separated for five years. (There was a bit of a misunderstanding that prompted the separation, so we’re all going to need A LOT of wine to go with this story!) Anyway, now Melissa and Diego are back in each other’s lives, and it’s pretty clear early on that they still have feelings for each other. (Oh, there might have also been a secret son involved in their story, which means we all just might need something stronger than wine!) Here’s hoping that Diego and Melissa each choose the path of forgiveness and build a life together that only involves looking forward! This volume includes “Claim Me, Cowboy,” which features a sexy rancher who needs a fake fiancee and finds a willing—and utterly lovely—woman. Game on. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 26.)

    Hired, by Zoey Castile
    Faith Abigail Charles put her life on hold to help her mother run for mayor of New Orleans. It’s really tough to be in the spotlight, though, playing The Perfect Daughter, so Faith decides to have some fun with Aiden Rios. He is sweet and sexy and—wait for it—a high-paid male escort. He and Faith get to know each other very well over the course of several, ahem, passionate evenings. (Faith, gotta admit, we wholeheartedly applaud this particular conquest of yours!) Faith soon realizes, though, that she wouldn’t mind seeing Aiden’s beautiful body all day every day for the rest of their lives together. When Faith and Aiden run into his client, Aiden’s secret is revealed. Will Faith forgive Aiden’s secrecy? Will her mother’s campaign survive a possible scandal? And will Aiden rip off his shirt and give Faith the time of her life at least three more times in an effort to make her stick around? This is the second book in Castile’s Happy Endings series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    You Had Me at Jaguar, by Terry Spear
    She-jaguar Valerie Chambers doesn’t think she needs protecting. Then she meets jaguar agent Howard Armstrong. He’s been assigned to look after her, and one look at him and his rippling muscles makes her all like “Well, there’s no shame in accepting a helping hand once in a while!” Valerie and Howard need to go on an international mission together in order to take down a killer. (Valerie, we totally understand if you want to pack your sturdiest clothes, but please know that we’d pass ZERO judgment if you ALSO want to splurge on some new lingerie!) Here’s hoping that Howard and Valerie manage to defeat this terrible killer, protect their fellow jaguar shifters, and turn their mission into an extended vacation that involves at least one tropical getaway! This is the first book in Spear’s Heart of the Shifter series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 26.)

    What romance novels are making your heart beat faster this week?

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