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  • Cristina Merrill 11:00 am on 2017/10/17 Permalink
    Tags: , christmas in icicle falls, , decadent desire, glad tidings, leopard's blood, mia sheridan, misadventures of a backup bride, most of all you, , romance roundups, shayla black, sheila roberts, zuri day   

    Romance Roundup: Psychologists, Shapeshifters, and Reporters 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a business heir who needs to find a fake wife, a Christmas guru who is inspiring everyone around her, and a reporter who hates fruitcake.

    Misadventures of a Backup Bride, by Shayla Black
    Carson Frost is in a business crisis. He’s inherited a confectionery, and it’s about to go bust. In order to save the sugar factory, he makes a deal with his late father’s old rival. He’ll loan Carson the money, but Carson better marry his daughter—or else. Carson isn’t thrilled by this prospect, so he claims he’s in love with someone else. Now he’s got to find a fake bride to fool them all. Enter struggling actress Ella Hope. She, like, really needs to pay the bills, so she agrees to this little matrimonial adventure. It’s just another acting job, right? (Doesn’t seem like any woman would need to, ahem, fake it with Carson, but okay, we’ll roll with this!) Then she and Carson start to fall for each other in a major way. This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 17.)

    Most of All You, by Mia Sheridan
    Crystal has a very bad history with the opposite sex, so she’s decided to put up some major emotional walls and forget about men for the rest of her life. Then she meets Gabriel Dalton, who is also emotionally scarred. Unlike Crystal, though, he’s willing to move on and let love in and win the day. (Gabriel, we’d certainly let you in any day of the week!) He’s got that whole Quiet and Gentle Man persona thing going on, which, coupled with his impressive physique, makes him pretty irresistible. Will he convince Crystal that he’s the one for her? And will Crystal open her heart to the possibilities? (Go for it, Crystal! Not all guys are bad, and Gabriel is Exhibit A!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 17.)

    Decadent Desire, by Zuri Day
    Things are going extremely well for very sexy psychologist Julian Drake. He’s just opened up his own practice, for one. (Julian, we’ll all book our appointments ASAP, because we’d love nothing more than to lay down on your couch and tell you our most secret fantasies!) Then his longtime love and Broadway dancer Nicki Long visits his California town. She’s always been the one for him, and this time they are both in it for the long haul. (Um, excuse me, Nicki? How do we get those gorgeous dancer’s legs of yours?) But trouble—like, major trouble—has followed our gal from the East Coast to the West Coast. She’s worried this will negatively affect her relationship with Julian. Don’t worry, Nicki! The sight of Julian’s biceps alone will make the bad guys think twice. This is the latest book in Day’s very steamy Drakes of California series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 17.)

    Leopard’s Blood, by Christine Feehan
    Joshua Tregre is a deeply skilled fighter. He learned his craft in rain forests of Borneo, where it was presumably very hot, causing him to often be shirtless. (Five-minute visualization of this magical time!) Now he’s back in Louisiana, and he’s got to deal with some otherworldly bad guys. That said, he’s not just a fighter, he’s also a lover, and his love is a very spunky lady who lives next door. Can Joshua defeat the bad guys, and then give his undivided attention to pleasuring his woman every night for the rest of their lives together? Joshua, we have faith in you! If you can survive training in the deep jungle, then this next adventure should be a walk in the park! This is the tenth book in Feehan’s Leopards series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 24.)

    Glad Tidings, by Debbie Macomber
    Reporter Emma Collins isn’t a fan of fruitcake or Christmas. (Totally feel you on the former, Emma, but not so much on the latter. Perk up!) Unfortunately, she gets assigned to cover a fruitcake contest for her newspaper. This involves flying in a small plane piloted by Oliver Hamilton, and let’s just say no woman would mind handling his thrust lever. They might not have met under the best of circumstances, but Emma soon starts to warm up to him. (Here’s a hint, Oliver: Buy her some delicious cake—not fruitcake!—and feed it to her wearing nothing but a smile.) Readers also get Maryanne and Nolan Adams, who are recounting to their kids how Mom and Dad met and fell head over heels for each other. Grab the popcorn and a warm blanket, kids, and get ready for a fun story! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 24.)

    Christmas in Icicle Falls, by Sheila Roberts
    Muriel Sterling has the magic touch when it comes to Christmas. She’s just released a new holiday book, for one, and when she gets an ugly Christmas tree delivered, she decides to take care of that tree and make those pine needles shine again. Her friends decide to follow suit. Sienna, for example, decides to make friends with the very grouchy dude living next door. And Olivia is determined to make nice with her daughter-in-law, with whom she does not currently click, to say the least. Oh, and Muriel decides it might also be time to give her cutie friend Arnie a much-hoped for chance. Can everyone find some happy middle ground this holiday season? (Hint: Yes you can, ladies! Just do your thing—and maybe pack some extra punch in that eggnog.) This is the last book in Roberts’ Icicle Falls series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 24.)

    What romance novels are on your TBR pile this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2017/10/10 Permalink
    Tags: angel payne, , , , , lilac lane, , misadventures with a super hero, nauti angel, right where we belong, , romance roundups, , twelve days of christmas   

    Romance Roundup: Superheroes, Hero Dukes, and Heroic Single Moms 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who was just rescued by her hunky boss, a naughty new girl in town who attracts a naughty man, and two pub coworkers who clash deliciously in the kitchen.

    Misadventures with a Super Hero, by Angel Payne
    Our heroine Emma works the night shift at a fancy schmancy Los Angeles hotel. She gets into a bit of a scrape, and is saved by Bolt, a mysterious, sexy superhero who instantly makes it all better. Emma soon finds out, though, that the man behind the mask is Reece Richards, her boss. He already had major effects on her, and was the star of her Doing-It-In-the-Boardroom fantasy. Now he’s also a superhero? It’s just a little too much sometimes! (But not really, because any time with Reece will never be enough.) Reece needs to defeat a supervillain who’s out to wreak havoc. Can Emma and Reece defeat the bad guy, and then get to getting it on all over that hotel? This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 10.)

    Twelve Days of Christmas, by Debbie Macomber
    Julia Padden is on a mission to make grouchy (and hunky) neighbor, Cain Maddox, feel the Christmas spirit. She even bakes him Christmas treats. (Cain, I’ll take those off of your hands!) Cain is going to be quite the challenge, though, so Julia decides to write about her efforts on a blog she starts called “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” because writing is a cathartic way to relieve stress. Slowly but surely, Julia and Cain start getting on friendlier terms—and the blog starts to go viral. Then things start taking a turn for the romantic, leaving Julia to decide whether it might be time to come clean. Can Cain handle the fact that everyone kind of knows who he is, and that Julia was the one to reveal his not-so-pretty side? (Available in paperback on October 17.)

    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 on November 7.)

    Duke of Desire, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Lady Iris Jordan has just been kidnapped by the very dangerous Lords of Chaos. (Seriously, this is NOT a good thing.) She manages to shoot the one who tries to whisk her away in his carriage, only to realize (whoops!) that he was actually trying to save her. Her personal savior is none other than Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore. He’s on a mission to destroy the Lords of Chaos, and now he has a new mission: to keep Iris safe. Marriage is the best way to protect her, and he soon discovers that she’s not just going to sit around all day being his simpering duchess. They’re going to have to band together in order to be safe from the Lords of Chaos, and work through some of Raphael’s issues. This is totally doable, though, because the sight of Raphael’s abs alone is enough motivation for any woman to want to make things work. This is the latest book in Hoyt’s extensive Maiden Lane series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 17.)

    Right Where We Belong, by Brenda Novak
    Savanna Gray has had it exceptionally rough lately. Her husband was thrown in the slammer for attacking three women, so she did the sensible thing and got a divorce ASAP and skedaddled out of town with her two kids. (Savanna, we’ll babysit for you while you have a well-deserved spa day!) She hightails it to Silver Springs, where she moves her family into a farmhouse that needs a little bit of TLC. Sweet and sexy local Gavin Turner is happy to lend Savanna a helping hand. He was abandoned in a gas station as a child, and he doesn’t want anyone to feel the way he felt. (Like, ever.) He starts to help her fix up the house, and they slowly but surely start falling for each other. She’s reluctant to give her heart away again, though. Here’s hoping she realizes that Gavin is the real deal, with a body to match that beautiful soul. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 31.)

    Lilac Lane, by Sherryl Woods
    Single mom Kiera Malone has worked very hard to provide a good life for her children. Life is starting to finally go her way, then her fiancé dies of a heart attack. She decides to visit Chesapeake Shores and spend time with her father and grown daughter. She gets a job at her son-in-law’s Irish pub, and soon clashes with the chef, Bryan Laramie. There’s major sexual tension just underneath those arguments, with plenty of unleashed passion waiting to boil over. Everyone in town starts taking bets (can we join?) to see how soon these two kitchen coworkers will start to climb all over each other. Will they manage to get under each other’s aprons (literally and figuratively) and realize that they are actually kind of perfect for each other? This is the latest book in Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 17.)

    What romance novels are you cozying up with this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/10/03 Permalink
    Tags: a.l.f.a. mates, amy sandas, anna schmidt, , christmas in a cowboy's arms, , , hot pursuit, jennifer beckstand, , kelly long, leigh greenwood, linda broday, lisa jones baker, margaret brownley, , milly taiden, romance roundups, rosanne bittner, snowdrift and other stories, the amish christmas candle   

    Romance Roundup: Shapeshifters, Horrible (And Sexy) Bosses, and Cowboy Christmas Stories 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who just wants to have a good Christmas and get away from her pushy boss, short holiday story collections, and a scientist who gets help from a sexy shapeshifter to recover her research.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry Smith is delightfully busy this holiday season. She’s got family to look after, decorations to hang up, and many, many Christmas treats to bake. (Merry, we’ll help you!) She’s also doing the temp thing at a consulting firm, so this is a good time to disengage from her demanding boss whenever she has a chance. (We certainly feel for you, Merry!) She doesn’t really have time to date, so her mother and brother take it upon themselves to create an online dating profile for her. They leave out her photo, though, because they have some semblance of boundaries. Merry soon starts trading emojis with a kindhearted dude online, but when she realizes who it is, she’s not exactly thrilled. Will she give him a Christmas chance? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 3.)

    Hot Pursuit, by Julie Ann Walker
    Don’t let that fancy motorcycle shop on Chicago’s South Side fool you—it’s filled with hunky—and deadly—covert operatives who protect their country and their women. (That said, each one is matched up with a strong lady who can handle her own—and her guy!) Enter Christian Watson. He’s a former military officer who can talk the talk and walk the walk. (Oh, yes, Christian, we do like to watch you walk!) He’s got the hots for office manager Emily Scott. As for Emily, well, no one would blame her for wanting a man as tasty as Christian. Can they fight the bad guys together while working on their burning attraction? (And, ya know, also making sure the office is in order and the phone is answered and the supply closet is stocked with leather jackets?) This is the latest installment in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 3.)

    Snowdrift and Other Stories, by Georgette Heyer
    Fans of Georgette Heyer can rejoice! This volume contains 14 short stories by the author, who wrote many a Regency romance à la Jane Austen. (Can’t go wrong with either authoress!) Some of these stories have been out of circulation for quite a while now, so this is the perfect opportunity to read them, and to truly immerse oneself in another world and trade the troubles of today for the troubles of yore. (Which aren’t that different, really, if we think about it.) These stories contain feisty heroines, the most awful of villains, mystery, and, of course, romance galore. So fashion your hair in a style Eleanor and Marianne Dashwood would admire, put on the kind of music Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy would dance to, and get to reading! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 3.)

    A.L.F.A. Mates, by Milly Taiden
    Two sexy shapeshifting stories in one! In “Elemental Mating,” scientist Melinda Caster needs to figure out who is after her Zika research. (Major shout-out to women scientists everywhere! All of your research deserves all of the funding!) Her lab was broken into, which is SO not cool. She soon gets the help of jaguar-shifter Parish Hamel, who would make any scientific professional want to unbutton her lab coat. Can Parish help Melinda find out who the bad guy is, and ultimately be the Bunsen burner to her beaker? In “Mating Needs,” Amerella Capone is trying to stay out of some majorly shady family business. (She’s a descendant of Al Capone, so talk about a persistent family legacy.) Cougar-shifter Francois Dubois is called upon to protect our gal. They, too, have a history together that just won’t go away, and that flame is burning more hotly than ever. (Amerella, seems like this is a blast from your past you can totally embrace!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 3.)

    Christmas in a Cowboy’s Arms, by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas
    Yes, yes, yes!!! Several short(er) stories that feature Christmas AND cowboys! Did you hear that? Cowboys! This means they will chop wood, care for the horses, AND put up the Christmas tree – and they’ll still have the energy to keep their ladies warm at night wearing nothing but a Stetson! These stories feature guys who were bad and then turned good (but stayed bad in the good ways, if that makes sense), lonely guys who found love, and more. So put on your coziest flannel shirt, a leather item of your choice (the lovely smell will help bring on the vivid visuals), and sit by a fireplace if ya got one, or put on one of those fireplace YouTube videos on in the background. Happy reading! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 3.)

    The Amish Christmas Candle, by Kelly Long, Jennifer Beckstand, and Lisa Jones Baker
    Time for our Amish romance fix! In Long’s “Snow Shine on Ice Mountain,” Naomi Gish ends up working next to Gray Fisher in her family’s candle shop. Naomi soon realizes there is far more to Gray than his fine physique. In Beckstand’s “A Honeybee Christmas,” Bitsy Kiem is ready to have some fun. She gave up the Englisch life to raise her three nieces Amish. Now they’re all married, so Bitsy, you do you! But wait! Widower Yost Weaver is around, and he wants to show Bitsy that she has a lot to stay plain for. In Baker’s “The Christmas Candle,” Lydia isn’t too thrilled about doing good holiday deeds without her sister around. Mennonite John King is willing to help, though, and he and Lydia soon realize they’d like to make this holiday dual effort a more permanent one that includes marriage and a whole passel of babies. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/09/26 Permalink
    Tags: , debbie mason, janet daily, just a little christmas, katharine ashe, life of lies, long tall cowboy christmas, , , romance roundups, sharon sala, sugar pine trail, the duke, the trouble with christmas   

    Romance Roundup: Reclusive Heroes, Devilish Dukes, and Librarians Seeking Adventure 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a lonesome rancher who takes in a widow and her three children for the holidays, a duke with a very sinister reputation, and a librarian who is seeking a bit of adventure.

    The Trouble with Christmas, by Debbie Mason
    Resort developer Madison Lane isn’t exactly the most popular person in Christmas, Colorado: She destroyed a deal that would make it a major tourist attraction, which is something the town’s citizens really wanted. She has a second chance, though, to make it right. (We’ll help you, Madison! And we’ll, um, be your bodyguards while you’re at it.) She soon catches the eye of sheriff Gage McBride. She certainly keeps Gage on his toes, what with all of her resort-developing shenanigans, but Gage soon realizes he wouldn’t mind dealing with her shenanigans on a more permanent basis. Can Madison save Christmas (both the holiday and the town) AND get Gage to use his handcuffs for fun purposes? This is the first book in Mason’s Christmas, Colorado series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    Sugar Pine Trail, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Librarian Julia Winston is SO ready to trade her quiet life for one filled with adventure. She’s even got a list of the specific things she wants to do. (Just don’t ever stop being your awesome librarian self, Julia! Librarians are the best!) Then two young boys are put in her care for the holidays. She needs help, and she gets it in the form of her neighbor, Jamie Caine. He’s a military pilot, which means he can keep a cool head in crazy situations. He turns out to be really good with the kids, and the four of them soon get a nice vibe going on. He even helps Julia scratch some things off of her to-do list. (Julia, we wouldn’t judge you AT ALL for adding Jamie to your list!) Here’s hoping their happy arrangement lasts way beyond the holidays! This is the seventh book in Thayne’s Haven Point series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    Life of Lies, by Sharon Sala
    Sahara Travis is mega-famous, but she’s recently been experiencing the darker side of fame. Someone is trying to kill her, so she has no choice but to enlist the help of bodyguard and former army ranger Brendan McQueen. He’s distractingly handsome, but Sahara is desperate to maintain her independence. (Brendan, you can hang around us any day of the week. Preferably shirtless. Thanks!) Then she finds out that her estranged mother was killed and that her father is missing—and a suspect. Sahara ends up going to her family’s estate in New Orleans to look further into everything, and she brings Brendan’s piercing gaze and chiseled body with her. Will they survive this investigation, and will their budding romance have a real fighting chance? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    Just a Little Christmas, by Janet Dailey
    Alert to romance readers: This particular yarn features a few of our favorite things, like a sexy cowboy, a small-town Texas setting, Christmas, and a cute puppy! Ellie Marsden goes back home to her tiny hometown—which she had been dying to leave behind forever—and she’s not exactly feeling proud of her life choices. She’s pregnant and divorced, for one, and to make matters worse, she runs into the extremely hunky cattle rancher Jubal McFarland. They were high school sweethearts back in the day. He now has an 8-year-old daughter—and a face and body that just got better with time. They start to see quite a bit of each other, and let’s just say that old feeling never went away. Romantic sensations are heightened thanks to the holidays, but Ellie and Jubal soon realize that they might just be able to love each other year-round! This is the third book in Dailey’s A Cowboy Christmas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    The Duke, by Katharine Ashe
    Lady Amarantha Vale and Gabriel Hume first met six years ago, when they were both young and innocent. He was a naval officer and she was a visitor, and they were both abroad and far from home. Fast forward to the future, and Gabriel is known as the Devil’s Duke. He keeps to himself and lives in a big castle in the Highlands. (Which actually sounds like it would be a pleasant little getaway! Can we visit, Gabriel? Wouldn’t mind disconnecting for a couple of weeks.) Amarantha refuses to be intimidated by Gabriel. She still remembers his tender side, and knows that it’s still there, deep, deep inside him. (Sounds like a fun challenge for our fearless heroine!) Can Gabriel get over some of his deeper issues and open his heart to a happier life with Amarantha? This is the third book in Ashe’s Devil’s Duke series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas, by Carolyn Brown
    Nash Lamont is happy with his solitary life on a Texas ranch. (Nash, you really shouldn’t NOT share that beautiful physique of yours with the rest of the world, but okay. To each their own.) That said, he’s happy to take in widow Kasey Dawson and her three very energetic children. Kasey and her kids are eager to make this Christmas season a happy one, and Nash soon gets sucked into all of the happiness. (See, buddy? Life isn’t so bad after all!) Kasey and Nash are each treading carefully, because no one wants to hurt or get hurt, but Kasey’s kids are determined to make this brawny man their new papa. Here’s hoping Kasey and Nash soon realize that they are perfect for each other and that Nash’s ranch is the perfect place to start a new life together. (The amount of space alone will help ensure contentedness!) This is the second book in Brown’s Happy, Texas series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    What romances are you reading now that fall is finally here?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2017/09/19 Permalink
    Tags: all i want for halloween, hannah howell, his perfect partner, jamie pope, lia riley, , priscilla oliversas, , romance roundups, such a pretty girl, tempted at twilight, tess diamond, the corner of forever and always, the scotsman who saved me   

    Romance Roundup: Costume Parties, Actresses, and Tender Scotsmen 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a trauma surgeon in need of some R&R, a high society Englishwoman who’s in love with a Scot, and an FBI profiler with an especially eerie case.

    Tempted at Twilight, by Jamie Pope
    Trauma surgeon Elias Bradley just got into a major accident that injured his highly-skilled hands. He decides to get a little R&R on his family’s island retreat. (Elias, we’ll feed you grapes as you lounge in the sun!) There he meets Dr. Cricket Warren, a smarty pants heroine with TWO PhDs, thank you very much. (Cricket, you’re our hero! We’ll keep all of your books and papers organized for you!) She doesn’t know much about the opposite sex, but Elias is willing to prove that it’s never too late to learn—and that his hands are not completely out of commission. When she gets pregnant, they both need to hunker down (With Elias? Yes, please!) and decide whether they’d like to keep the vacation going for the rest of their lives. This is the fourth book in Pope’s Tropical Destiny series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 19.)

    The Corner of Forever and Always, by Lia Riley
    Our heroine Tuesday Knight (yep, that’s her name!) has been chewed up and spat out by New York City’s Broadway scene. The now out-of-work actress decides to hightail it down south to Everland, Georgia, where she gets a job as a princess at a historical amusement park. (Tuesday, that, um, actually sounds like a lot of fun!) She soon crosses paths with Beau Marino, the town’s mayor, who brings all of the sexy to the local political landscape. Tuesday doesn’t exactly thrill him at first, being as how she is very free-spirited and he is bitter from his failed marriage. (Dude, lighten up a little!) That said, they both want to save the amusement park. Can they join forces and save the fun—and then REALLY let the good times roll? This is the second book in Riley’s Everland, Georgia series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    All I Want for Halloween, by Marie Harte
    Sadie Liberato is finally ready to let down her hair and have some fun. She goes to a masked costume party feeling fine and frisky. There she meets Gear Blackstone, who is also masked, and let’s just say he’s the kind of guy you want an unobstructed view of. He’s on the rebound thanks to his ex and to his now former best friend. (That’s right, Gear! Let it go and have some fun and move on!) Sadie and Gear end up having the kind of passionate night we would all want to brag about on social media the following morning, but then they disappear from each other’s lives. They can’t forget each other, though, so they each go on their own quest to find the other. (Sadie, I’ve got a rental car, a GPS, and snacks for the road if you need ‘em!) Here’s hoping they find each other soon—and that they find some more fun uses for those masks! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    His Perfect Partner, by Priscilla Oliveras
    Divorced advertising executive Tomás Garcia is busy doing the single dad thing, and so he’s not exactly focused on finding love again. That said, he’s mega-attracted to Yazmine, his daughter’s gorgeous and awesome dance teacher. As for Yazmine, well, Tomás is tastier than most men. She’s not into his whole workaholic side, but she soon realizes that Tomás has quite a bit of love to give. (And Yazmine, have you SEEN his body?!) They’ve each got some issues they need to work through if they’re going to have a happy life together. Here’s hoping they manage to find a balance between work and play—and that they prioritize the play! This is the first book in Oliveras’ Matched to Perfection series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    The Scotsman Who Saved Me, by Hannah Howell
    Emily Stanton and her family were just attacked in the woods. She managed to survive, but she’s very badly injured. The lucky man who finds her is Scotsman Iain MacEnroy. He’s all kinds of handsome, and he’s also a really nice guy, hence the reason he picks Emily right up and treats her wounds. (Oh, Iain, that they raised more men like you!) Emily soon realizes that she wants Iain to kiss everything and make it all better for her for, like, the rest of her life. Trouble is, she’s an Englishwoman with quite the highfalutin background, and he’s a Scot. True, they are both in America now, but their respective pasts are not too far behind either of them. Can these two budding lovebirds flip the birdie on society and proceed to live the lives they want? This is the first book in Howell’s Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    Such a Pretty Girl, by Tess Diamond
    FBI profiler Grace Sinclair loves catching the bad guys, but her newest case is a whole other level of creepy. The victims look like her, and that’s certainly a good reason to keep the average Jane away. But our gal’s a professional, and she’s moving forward with her investigation. It’s going to be a tad more difficult, though, with Special Agent Gavin Walker strutting around. They shared a passionate night two years ago, and then Grace pulled a perfect disappearing act on him. Now he’s been assigned to Grace’s team, and let’s just say no woman would mind having a guy like Gavin grace her cubicle. They soon start to feel all of the feelings for each other again, which is great, because they’re going to have to act fast in order to catch this latest criminal. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

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