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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/03/12 Permalink
    Tags: a.c. arthur, , covert game, fast burn, flight of the white wolf, , , , one unforgettable kiss, , romance roundups, , wait for dark,   

    Romance Roundup: Wolf Shifters, Memory Loss, and Navy Pilots  

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a man whose beloved wife has lost her entire memory of him, two detectives investigating multiple deaths, and two bodyguards who just want to protect each other.  

    Wait for Dark, by Kay Hooper 
    What seems like a crop of random, deadly accidents in a North Carolina mountain town are actually deliberate murders. To make matters even more creepy, the victims get a note 24 hours before their deaths saying “Wait for Dark.” Special Crimes Unit investigator and all-around awesome lady Hollis Templeton and her team go to check it out, along with Hollis’ very sexy man, telepath Reese DeMarco. Here’s hoping they figure out who this evil, evil killer is soon, and that they then take a nice little mountain resort vacation. This is the latest book in Hooper’s multi-layered Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. (Available in paperback.)  

    Flight of the White Wolf, by Terry Spear
    Amelia White and Gavin Summerfield are arctic wolf shifters, which is convenient, because the plane she’s flying with him on board gets sabotaged and they end up stranded in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. Things between these two attractive people were already a tad awkward. The last time they saw each other Amelia whipped out her taser on him and was all “FEEL MY WRATH!” (Surely, Amelia, you did this for a very good reason, and we will listen to that reason while sipping from giant glasses of wine!) Now they’ve both cooled off, which is good, because they’ll need each other to keep warm. Gavin and Amelia, you are both strong, resourceful individuals. You can survive this, and maybe even make a fun little trip out of it. (You both would certainly look very sexy embracing that whole Lost in the Wild look!) This is the second book in Spears’ White Wolf series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)  

    Fast Burn, by Lori Foster
    Sahara Silver really wants to recruit Brand Berry to join her elite bodyguard business. (Talk about office candy—no woman would mind meeting HIM by the microwave!) In all seriousness, he’s got a quite impressive set of skills that complement his chiseled exterior. He’s all lonely with his feelings for Sahara, though, because her agency will always be her number one priority, but he gets the opportunity to step up his game when she’s kidnapped. They’ll need to work together in order to get her free and survive a very messy situation. Then maybe, just maybe, when it’s all over, Sahara will realize that she can absolutely continue being her badass self AND find time in between missions to show Brand what bodyguard women are made of! This is the fourth book in Foster’s Body Armor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 20.) 

    Covert Game, by Christine Feehan
    Gino Mazza and Zara Hightower are involved in some pretty intense dealings. Gino is a deadly member of the paranormal GhostWalkers group, and he suffers from a severe lack of cuddling. Zara recently wiped a crime lord’s computer of valuable information—because she’s amazing like that—but now she’s been taken hostage. Her situation isn’t pretty, so Gino’s going to have to do some fancy footwork in order to get her out. (He’s already quite fancy in the sack, so we’re confident he’s got plenty of other skills up his sleeve.) Zara and Gino, now’s the time to show the world what you’re made of, so suit up and get yourselves out of this very bad situation! And when it’s over, get yourselves off on a little getaway that involves a remote tropical bungalow, yoga, and a no-clothing policy. This is the latest book in Feehan’s extensive GhostWalkers series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 20.)  

    With This Man, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Jesse Ward is a Very Hot Husband and he knows it. This is all fine and dandy, as he and his wife are crazy about each other. Then she’s involved in a serious car accident, and the resulting head injury means she can’t remember the last 16 years of her life. (Oh, and she can’t remember him at all, either, which is pretty devastating for our hero.) Jesse may have that whole cool and confident exterior, but his wife always brought out his more lovey-dovey side. Now he needs to work extremely hard in order to win her over again. You can do this, Jesse! You’ve got the face. You’ve got the personality. And, to paraphrase Christopher Marlowe, you’ve got the body that would launch a thousand panties. Woo your woman until she gets to the point where she may not even need to remember you—but she’ll still want to stick around! This is the fourth book in Malpas’ This Man series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 20.) 

    One Unforgettable Kiss, by A.C. Arthur 
    Navy pilot Garrek Taylor has always desired one thing—to maintain a healthy distance between himself and his family and their shady history. (Many of us have been there, Garrek, so we feel your pain!) But then he’s faced with a military scandal, so he needs to lie low at his Virginia hometown. (Whatever happened, Garrek, we would all follow you around the world in little rowboats if we had to!) He doesn’t stay completely out of the way, though. He ends up winning an auction to go on a date with town beauty and home restorer Harper Presley. (Harper, please, please, please share your top renovating tips with us!) Harper has her own skeletons to hide, but Garrek makes her want to open up to him in all kinds of ways. Garrek and Harper, let go of the past and focus solely on each other and your future together! This is the second book in Arthur’s Taylors of Temptation series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 20.) 

    What romances are sweeping you off your feet this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/03/06 Permalink
    Tags: , , his san diego sweetheart, irish thoroughbred, , , , , , romance roundups, the woman left behind, yahrah st. john   

    Romance Roundup: Summer Getaways, Highland Dragon Men, and Naval Officers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who is working hard to keep Dublin safe—and save humanity, three ladies who need a breather, and a former naval officer-turned-millionaire who has found a woman worth fighting for.

    High Voltage, by Karen Marie Moning
    Dani O’Malley had some pretty horrible things done to her when she was a child. Namely, she was transformed into a killer. But instead of brooding about it all, she’s managed to use her powers to protect innocent people and track down bad guys and keep the streets of Dublin safe. (Dani, we admire your ability to turn a bad—like, really bad—situation into something positive! Oh, and can we join you on your prowls? Because we love Dublin. Thanks!) Dani’s enemies are up something new, and it does not bode well for the human race. Our gal will get help from immortal hunk Ryodan in her quest to save humanity, but a lot of the major responsibilities will still be on her shoulders. Can she do it? And when it’s all over, can Ryodan give Dani a well-deserved foot rub? This is the tenth book in Moning’s Fever series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 6.)

    As You Wish, by Jude Deveraux
    Three different ladies are having a bit of a difficult time, so they go to Summer Hill, Virginia in order to get some zen time. Kathy is happily married—until she finds out that her husband is in love with someone else. Elise isn’t loving her life or her husband—and that’s probably because her parents chose both for her. Oh, and Elise’s husband just knocked up his mistress. Then there’s Olivia, who at 60 has finally found true love. (She was married before but her ex-husband was, to put it mildly, a big doofus.) Here’s hoping they all find plenty of inner peace, that Kathy and Elise each find a man who appreciates them for the fabulous women they are, that Olivia shares some words of wisdom, and—best of all—that all three women develop a friendship that will last for the rest of their lives! This is the third book in Deveraux’s Summerhouse series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    The Woman Left Behind, by Linda Howard
    Jina Modell works in communications for a paramilitary organization (drones are involved), and the best part about her job is that she can remain in the relatively safe and comfortable environment that is Washington, DC. Unfortunately for her, she also possesses some valuable skills that get her forced into the field—where you get dirty. She’s put under the wing of team leader Levi, who is a tad skeptical that the un-athletic Jina will be able to do anything. But Jina has a lot to lose if she doesn’t make this work, so she trains harder than ever. Pretty soon, Levi is quite impressed with her. When Jina ends up alone in the desert after a mission gone wrong, she’s going to have to use all of her newfound skills in order to survive. You can do it, Jina! Just think, when it’s all over, you can rest in Levi’s muscular embrace—and then we’ll all take you out for a much-needed mani-pedi! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 6.)

    Irish Thoroughbred, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint is the great Nora Roberts’ first novel – literally, her first novel ever! It all starts with Adelia “Dee” Cunnane, who has lost everything in Ireland and has no choice but to accept her uncle’s kind offer to join him in America. She ends up working on the Maryland horse farm of Travis Grant, and let’s just say no woman would throw him out of bed for eating crackers! Dee soon gets swept up into Travis’ world, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he has a face and body worth crossing an ocean for. Dee’s pretty confident that she’s falling in love with him, but she’s worried their backgrounds may be too different. Can she get over her insecurities? And can Travis prove to her that he’s a great guy who won’t ever abandon her? (Step it up a notch, Travis, and prove how much you care!) This is the first book in Roberts’ Irish Hearts series. (Available in hardcover on March 6.)

    His San Diego Sweetheart, by Yahrah St. John
    Former naval officer and millionaire Vaughn Ellicott needs to keep the gold diggers off of his impressively muscular back. (Vaughn, we just want to massage you, we swear!) He finds help in the beautiful form of hotel manager Miranda Jensen. She’s set to inherit a ridiculous amount of money from her grandfather—but she needs to be married in order to claim it. They get married out of convenience, but they are soon completely swept up in each other. This is absolutely understandable, as Miranda is a stunning and intelligent woman and Vaughn has a big heart to go with his impressive…brain. We’ll go with brain. They soon start to have lots of fun together, both during quiet nights on his beachfront home and when they’re out and about on the town. But they both also soon realize that they just might want to be in it for the long haul. This is the fourth book in St. John’s Millionaire Moguls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Highland Dragon Master, by Isabel Cooper
    Highland dragon man and impossibly cute hunk Erik MacAlasdair has suffered defeat at the hands of the English. He needs a break, and finds a very welcome distraction in Toinette. He once saved her life, and she is still extremely grateful to him. (Fact: Simply picking up a woman’s dropped glove will make said woman want to follow Erik to the ends of the earth.) They go on a seafaring journey together, and end up stranded alone on a cursed island. They will need to use every trick up their sleeves in order to, well, stay alive and defeat some pretty dark forces. Here’s hoping they accomplish what they need to do—and that they can enjoy at least one rollicking lovefest on that island! (Or two. Preferably two. Three wouldn’t be so bad, either.) This is the third book in Cooper’s Dawn of the Highland Dragon series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 6.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2018/02/26 Permalink
    Tags: caroline linden, , exclusively yours, heather heyford, my once and future duke, nadine gonzalez, , once again, , romance roundups, , , , the sweet spot   

    Romance Roundup: Vineyard Owners, Professional Gamblers, and Miami Romances 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a Navy SEAL who needs help finding his missing daughter, a high-society lady who needs to save her reputation, and a music teacher who is about to have some vineyard-related summer fun.

    Some Kind of Hero, by Suzanne Brockmann
    Navy Seal lieutenant and official Keeper of Our Panties Peter Greene has a major problem—his 15-year-old daughter has gone missing. He ends up getting help from an unlikely source, romance writer Shayla Whitman. She may not have the sharpshooting skills that Peter and his kind have, but she is a parent herself AND she can give him insights into the female mind. (Peter, we’d all be more than happy to give you all of the insight you need any day of the week!) They’ll have to work really hard together in order to find his daughter, and if they enjoy undressing each other in the meantime then who are we to judge? Peter and Shayla, we all have faith in you. Find that kid, make sure she’s okay, and then take your new, blended family on a nice vacation! This is the latest book in Brockmann’s extensive Troubleshooters series. (Available in paperback on February 27.)

    The Marquis and I, by Ella Quinn
    Lady Charlotte Carpenter is in the ultimate reputation-destroying pickle. She’s just been kidnapped, and she’s being held hostage in an inn. If this wasn’t enough, she’s rescued by Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. Normally, getting rescued from ruffians is a cause for celebration, but not when your rescuer is well-known among polite society for, ahem, misbehaving with the wrong kinds of women. (Forget about her life having been in danger. Society will only care whether she was sullied in the process, because society stinks that way.) Charlotte’s first instinct is to keep her distance from Constantine, but the threats to her life aren’t over yet. Constantine sees this, which forces him to realize that he’s developed feelings for our gal. Oh, Charlotte, give Constantine a chance! He will prove himself worthy of you, and then the two of you can embark on a life together that is both respectable AND exciting! This is the fourth book in Quinn’s Worthingtons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 27.)

    The Sweet Spot, by Heather Heyford
    Music teacher Jamie Martel needs a break from big city life, so a summer job at an Oregon vineyard seems like the perfect escape. (That’s right, Jamie! Inhale that fresh air—and all of that delicious wine!) Working at the Vineyards at Ribbon Ridge soon turns out to be one of the best decisions she’s ever made, and the owner, Hank Friestatt, is one of the most manly men she’s ever met. (Cue the fantasies of lounging on a giant picnic blanket while being fed wine by a nude, chiseled Hank.) Hank is seriously thinking of leaving this whole grape business behind, but then he meets Jamie, and realizes that he might have just been a tad lonely. Can they make a beautiful life together in rural Oregon? And will Hank feed Jamie wine—completely and utterly nekkid—on a warm and sunny summer day? This is the first book in Heyford’s Willamette Valley series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 27.)

    Once Again, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint offers two stories in one! In “Sullivan’s Woman,” model Cassidy St. John’s bad luck takes a turn for the better when she lands a gig modeling for hunky artist Colin Sullivan. He wants to paint her, and Cassidy soon realizes she wouldn’t mind posing nude for him if the situation called for it. (Nor would we, Colin!) In “Less of a Stranger,” Megan Miller agrees to help her grandfather run his amusement park. In the process she clashes with David Katcherton, who wants to buy said amusement park. Megan is reluctant to give in to this particular demand, but she soon realizes she wouldn’t mind giving into David’s more passionate requests. Oh, Megan, we know David comes off as a tad arrogant (well, really arrogant), but please give him a chance to show you how very, very good he can be! (Available in paperback on February 27.)

    Exclusively Yours, by Nadine Gonzalez
    Leila Amis and her new boss, Miami realtor Nicolas Adrian, have a chemistry that’s too good to resist. So they agree to have an affair for eight weeks before Nicolas leaves for New York City. Everything is going just dandily, but then Nicolas realizes he wants more out of their relationship. Leila refuses him, though, for reasons no reasonable person will ever comprehend, and he takes his poor, hurting heart away. They reunite one year later, and Nicolas is still feeling all “Why won’t you love me, woman?” He’s going to have to work really hard in order to win our gal’s heart for good. As for Leila, no offense, friend, but have you seen Nicolas’ body? Get on that ASAP! (Like, again!) This is the first book in Gonzalez’s Miami Dreams series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    My Once and Future Duke, by Caroline Linden
    Sophie Campbell is a skilled gambler who also plays it safe. Her ultimate goal is to win a ton of money so she can be independent and live a life that doesn’t leave her at society’s mercy. (Sophie, we all admire your tenacity and resourcefulness!) Then she gets a most tempting offer she can’t refuse from Jack Lindeville, the Duke of Ware. If she wins a wager, he’ll give her five thousand pounds, which would mean she could be independent for the rest of her days. If she loses, he gets to enjoy her for an entire week. (Sophie, this sounds like a win-win for you because Jack is hiding quite the body underneath that tailored outfit of his.) Jack originally ventured into the gambling den to save his irresponsible brother, but now he’s all about Sophie. Here’s hoping they both realize they’d be perfect for each other—and that they can finally leave the gambling life behind them for good. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 27.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:30 pm on 2018/02/21 Permalink
    Tags: a home for hannah, , amy lillard, darkest night, , , , maybe this time, , , romance roundups, , the girl who knew too much, wherever you are   

    Romance Roundup: Amish Single Parents, Whiskey Lovers, and Family Scandals 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an elite operative who needs a bit of help, a woman who gets a great job at a whiskey distillery (and a super hot boss), and two Amish single parents with an interesting history.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas
    Dr. Garrett Gibson is the only lady doctor in England, and she’s a darn fine one, thank you very much. (Thank you, Garrett, for helping to pave the way for women doctors!) She’s never felt the passionate feelings before, but that changes when she meets Ethan Ransom. He used to be a detective for Scotland Yard, and he’s seen some pretty dangerous cases in his time. (A tough streak AND a face carved by angels? Sorry, Garrett, but there’s no way you’re NOT falling for him!) Rumor has it that Ethan is an assassin, no one is really sure, but the chemistry between him and Garrett deserves its own investigation. They share one night of passion and then go their separate ways. They can’t stay parted for long, though, as Garrett ends up getting sucked into his latest case. Can they manage to keep each other alive through this dangerous mission? And will this force them both to realize that they are, like, perfect for each other? This is the fourth book in Kleypas’ Ravenels series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on February 27.)

    Wherever You Are, by Maya Banks
    Our gal Skylar Watkins, an elite operative who goes on dangerous missions, is getting some much-need rest when her vacation plans get interrupted in the rudest way possible. (Someone might have tried to kill her, which is SO not cool.) She’s kind of stranded, and things aren’t looking so great. Then she remembers that someone—a Very Hot Guy—still owes her a favor. (She once helped him in a major way.) She reaches out to him, and sure enough he comes running to her rescue. He’s still very grateful to her—and still very, very hot—and he soon realizes he would like to have a more permanent situation with Skylar. Good for you, buddy! Nothing is more attractive than a man with rock-hard abs AND the ability to recognize a good woman when he has one. This is the latest book in Banks’ KGI series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 1.)

    The Girl Who Knew Too Much, by Amanda Quick
    Readers who fancy a 1930s mystery will savor Quick’s latest! (Quick, there must be hats! Lots of cute hats!) Celebrity reporter Irene Glasson is hunting a major scoop at the Burning Cove Hotel, a fancy-schmancy getaway for the rich and famous. She soon discovers a very famous and very dead actress at the bottom of a pool, and then finds herself embroiled in a pretty gruesome murder mystery. Her target is another famous person—a leading man. Irene pairs up with the hotel’s owner, the very handsome Oliver Ward, who is willing to do what it takes to keep any scandals far, far away. (He used to be a famous magician until an injury made his career vanish in a puff of proverbial smoke.) Can they solve the mystery while also staying alive and exploring their growing attraction to one another? (Available in paperback on February 27.)

    Maybe This Time, by Nicole McLaughlin
    Jen Mackenzie’s life hasn’t been the smoothest ride, but she’s always put her big-girl panties on and dealt with every situation. (Jen, you’re a hero and inspiration to us all!) She even helped her mother through cancer, so you can imagine. Now she’s found a great job at The Stag, a boutique distillery that’s also a major wedding venue in Kansas City, so that’s a major win. Oh, and her new boss is none other than TJ Laughlin, who is better than the best shot of whiskey. He’s had feelings for her since high school, and now as a virile adult man he’s feeling even more feelings. The thing is, our gal is quite independent and doesn’t always want a helping hand. (Oh, but Jen, have you seen his hands?!) Here’s hoping she realizes ASAP that she’s found The One. And that we all get wedding invitations, because yummy whiskey. (Jen, we promise to get designated drivers!) This is the second book in McLaughlin’s Whiskey and Weddings series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on February 27.)

    Darkest Night, by Tara Thomas
    Tilly Brock’s family was one of the most highly-regarded in Charleston. Then a very big scandal came out, and let’s just say the dinner invitations stopped pouring in. She also had to stop hanging out with Keaton Benedict. Tilly and Keaton had HUGE feelings for each other, but after her family’s reputation went up in smoke they sort of had to part ways. Now they’re back in each other’s lives, and Keaton is Charleston’s most popular bachelor. (Forget about southern humidity. Keaton’s body alone is bound to warm up any woman!) Getting over their past is going to be extremely difficult, because family and issues and scandal, but then an enemy tries to take down Keaton’s family. Tilly and Keaton, you can deal with this! And when the drama—all of it—is finally over, you can embark on the beautiful life together you deserve! This is the first book in Thomas’ Sons of Broad series. (Available in paperback on February 27.)

    A Home for Hannah, by Amy Lillard
    Widow Hannah McLean has returned to the Amish community she grew up in. She’s also brought her teenage son, and things have been rough for both of them lately. (Hang in there, Hannah!) One person is definitely eager to see her again, and that’s Aaron Zook. They were each other’s first loves (Hannah and Aaron, let us all quickly grab the popcorn before you delve into that bit of backstory, because we want EVERY juicy detail!). That old feeling is back, and they actually have a lot in common as adults. They’re both single parents, for one, and they’re each incredibly stressed out. (Aaron’s got three kids and a lot of land to maintain.) Hannah and Aaron, it sounds like the two of you should go on a VERY long walk together and get all of those feelings—both old and new—out into the open! This is the first book in Lillard’s Amish of Pontotoc series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 27.)

    What new romance novels are you relishing this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2018/02/12 Permalink
    Tags: any day now, arrogant bastard, devil in tartan, , jacin burton, , , , , romance roundups, shot on gold, smooth-talking cowboy, , zara coz   

    Romance Roundup: Olympic Hockey Players, Warrior Scotswomen, and Good Old-Fashioned Cowboys 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a couple that is working really hard to fight for their love, an Olympic hockey player who wants to show a figure skater a great time, and a woman who ditched her safe, boring life for something—and someone—far more exciting.

    Unraveled, by Helen Hardt
    Ryan Steel and Ruby Lee have managed to stay in love despite some pretty incredible odds. (Seriously, you two, no one would have blamed you if you each decided to go your separate ways.) Still, they are both amazing people, and Ryan is every woman’s unique fantasy rolled up into one rippled, muscular mass. They are now finally in it for the home stretch—then two people from their respective pasts show up and threaten to ruin everything. (Ruby and Ryan, who do we have to scare away? Let us at them!) Ryan’s brothers are willing to do what they can to help, because that’s what awesome brothers do, but ultimately, it’s up to Ryan and Ruby to forge their own paths in life and in love. (We’re rooting for you two!) This is the ninth book in Hardt’s Steel Brothers Saga series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 13.)

    Shot on Gold, by Jaci Burton
    Professional hockey player Will Madigan is at the Winter Games for the second time in his career, and he’s pretty gosh darn excited. (So is America and the rest of the world, because Will can give the Shirtless Tongan a run for his baby oil!) He soon meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She’s competing for the third and final time, and so she’s really hoping to take home the gold. (Amber, when you have a chance, would you please share your top five tips for toned legs? Thanks!) Their chemistry is off the charts, but is their affair something that can go on beyond the Olympic Village? Will and Amber, when the competition is over, take the time off you both deserve and make sure to really get to know each other. And please, please be safe and take the time to remove your ice skates first! This is the latest book in Burton’s extensive Play-by-Play series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 13.)

    Arrogant Bastard, by Zara Cox
    Our gal Faith used to be on a very different path in life. She was married and had motherhood on her mind. Oh, and she was also bored out of her skull. Then she met Killian Knight, who would make even the most prudish woman shed all of her inhibitions. Faith and Killian get involved in some pretty intense espionage, and that is precisely what makes their relationship so much fun. There’s also the fact that Killian possesses abs worth licking chocolate off of. (Or just licking in general. We’re not picky.) Can they manage to stay alive through all of the trouble? And when it’s over, will they realize that there’s far more to their relationship than they ever imagined? This is the fourth book in Cox’s Dark Desires series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 13.)

    Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr
    Sierra Jones needs to clear her head before she decides her next move in life. (Sierra, you take all the time you need!) She visits Sullivan’s Crossing, and stays at the home of her super nice brother and his super nice new wife. Things are going really well, until her past comes back to haunt her. Sierra’s not sure if she can handle these problems again (yes, you can!) so it helps that a super cute guy offers his emotional support. Oh, and he’s armed, as in, he has stunning biceps that are holding a heart-melting puppy. (Poof! We’re all pregnant!) A romantic story that features nice people, a beautiful setting, a good guy AND a cute canine? What more do we want in life?! This is the second book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. (Available in paperback on February 20.)

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London
    Lottie Livingstone and her clan are going to be homeless if they don’t come up with a scheme pronto. So they do what any Scotswoman—or Scotsman—would do: find a ship, load it up with illegal whisky, and try to turn a hefty profit. (Lottie, we admire your resourcefulness! Can we join the fun and drink some whisky while we’re at it? We’ll even bring our own Old Fashioned glass!) Our gal Lottie gets so good at this pillage and plunder-ish activity that she manages to capture a rival ship that holds the very panty-melting captain, Aulay Mackenzie. He has to watch, tied up no less, as she takes control of his ship. (Lottie, you have him tied up AND you take over his boat? Yeah, you’re pretty much our favorite heroine ever.) Here’s hoping they get over their differences soon, and that Lottie gets to untie Aulay’s binds AND his kilt! This is the fourth book in London’s Highland Grooms series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 20.)

    Smooth-Talking Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Olivia Logan is eager to win back her ex-boyfriend, so she recruits rancher Luke Hollister to give her a helping hand. (Good choice, Olivia! If any man knows how to use his hands, it’s Luke.) Funny thing is, Luke needs Olivia’s help, too. He wants her father to sell him some land, so this could really end up being a win-win situation for both of them. Then Luke and Olivia start to get the feels for each other—like, all of them—and pretty soon it’s hard to keep on pretending. Olivia, let that douchebag you dated go! And Luke, lay out a plushy blanket on a moonlit meadow and show Olivia why every woman needs a cowboy in her life! This book is part of Yates’ Gold Valley series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 20.)

    What romance novels are you gearing up for Valentine’s Day with?

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