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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/08/29 Permalink
    Tags: all the way, big sky river, good time cowboy, head games, , , , , , , romance roundups, , tempted by love, when a duke loves a woman   

    Romance Roundup: Vineyard Owners, Manhattan Lawyers, and Montana Romances 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an injured duke who gets help from an unlikely source, a widower who gets a second chance at love, and four naughty childhood friends who are about to engage in some dangerous competition.

    Good Time Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Lindy Parker is now free of her cheating husband, AND she’s acquired an Oregon vineyard. (Sounds like a pretty terrific trade-off!) She’ll need to team up with rancher and bull rider Wyatt Dodge to keep the place running, which is a very exciting prospect, because Wyatt definitely has a body worth riding—ahem, meant to say “worth working next to.” (Wyatt, please make sure to review invoices shirtless. Thanks!) The thing is, Wyatt was friends with Lindy’s husband, so he’s always kept up boundaries even though he’s had the hots for her for a very long time. They’re both free now, though, and they’ve got years of pent-up sexual tension to take care of. Will Wyatt give Lindy a generous taste of what she’s been missing all of these years—over and over and over again? This is the third book in Yates’ Gold Valley series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 21.)

    When a Duke Loves a Woman, by Lorraine Heath
    Gillie Trewlove was abandoned as a baby and rescued by a kindhearted person who raised her, so she’s not about to leave the Duke of Thornley alone and injured outside of her tavern. She takes him in and nurses him back to health, because she is a good person with a heart that is bigger than any fear of scandal. (Gillie, you are an inspiration to us all!) As for our guy, he’s pretty much just had the worst day of his life. He was abandoned at the altar, and then he was beaten up by a bunch of guys when he went looking for his bride. Gillie is going to help him find his missing bride, but he soon realizes that he may be interested in a very different woman. Here’s hoping he realizes this sooner rather than later, that he marries Gillie ASAP, and that he tells society snobs to stick it! This is the second book in Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on August 21.)

    Big Sky River, by Linda Lael Miller
    Tara Kendall has a failed career and a failed marriage, so the city gal decides that she needs a major change of pace. She buys some land in Montana, and her new neighbor turns out to be the very hunky Sheriff Boone Taylor. He’s a widower with two kids, and he’s perfectly content with his life. Then he meets Tara, who makes him feel many, many feelings. They start to get to know each other and help each other out, and they both realize that a second chance at love might be more possible—and MUCH closer—than they ever would have thought. Tara and Boone, stop dilly-dallying and start building your new life together! And Boone, please introduce us all to your hot cowboy acquaintances! This is the third book in Miller’s Parable, Montana series, and it includes a bonus novella, “A Christmas Affair,” by Jodi Thomas. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

    Tempted by Love, by Jennifer Ryan
    DEA agent Jay Bennett and Alina Cooke just woke up next to each other on the day of her brother’s wedding. (Must have been the rehearsal dinner. Nothing gets people randier than a good rehearsal dinner!) They certainly like each other, but Alina is reluctant to shack up with Jay because his job is, like, super duper dangerous. It’s a very risky lifestyle that could take his life at any moment. (Oh, and Jay also feels guilt for loving the baby sister of his two best friends.) Still, it’s hard for our gal to resist wanting to rip off Jay’s clothes with her teeth. When her life is endangered, Jay realizes he wants to step up his protective game like never before. Here’s hoping they embark on a loving journey that involves staying at each other’s side through thick and thin—and that Alina’s brothers resist the urge to break Jay’s nose! This is the third book in Ryan’s Montana Heat series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 21.)

    All the Way, by Kristen Proby
    Finn Cavanaugh is a top-notch Manhattan lawyer. He decides to spend the summer with his troubled niece in Martha’s Vineyard, where they meet Broadway star London Watson. London has just dealt with some major family tragedy, so she’s feeling quite tender. (Not to worry, London! Finn may be a tough lawyer, but he’s also a very tender man!) Finn and his niece start helping London get outside of herself again, and the three form a very strong bond. Oh, and London and Finn soon realize they wouldn’t mind a date that involves just the two of them. (A date that would take all night long and linger over a breakfast in bed that involves waffles.) Here’s hoping that Finn, his niece, and London all find the love and comfort they need over the summer, and that Finn and London’s love takes them both back to New York City—and Broadway—pronto! This is the first book in Proby’s Romancing Manhattan series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 21.)

    Head Games, by Mary B. Morrison
    Blitz, Dallas, Kohl, and Trymm are four childhood besties who have grown up into steamingly sexy—and very naughty—adult men. They decide to play a competitive game about who can “date and dump” the most women in one month. Oh, and they must prove their conquests by posting about them on social media. (Really, gentlemen, can’t you find something better to do?!) Then each guy gets involved with a woman who gives him a run for his money. Trymm ends up falling in love with a married woman, while Dallas messes with the emotions of a lady who just wants to be someone’s bride. Kohl has a memorable one-night stand, but gets in major trouble when she finds out what he posted. And Blitz decides to mess with the wrong Fortune 500 executive. Will these four dudes end up finding a happy-ever-after ending with women who make them want to better men? And will they delete their social media accounts in the process? (Available in hardcover and NOOK on August 28.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/08/22 Permalink
    Tags: abandoned, , brave new earl, harmony evans, , lorelai james, , racked and stacked, reborn, regina cole, , romance roundups, to have and to harley, winning her forever   

    Romance Roundup: Fake Wedding Planners, Investigative Reporters, and Assassins 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a former dancer trying to reclaim her childhood home, an investigative reporter looking into the death of her mother, and a trained assassin who is reunited with his lady love.

    Winning Her Forever, by Harmony Evans
    Trent Waterson may be a successful construction entrepreneur and a man of many different passions, but former dancer Sonya Young still won’t give him the time of day. Of course, she’s very busy working towards her dreams and being all-around fabulous, but it’s also quite likely she hasn’t seen Trent wearing nothing but a hard hat. (It’s worth it, Sonya! Totally worth it!) Then Sonya discovers that her childhood home is going into foreclosure, and that Trent’s brother is trying to buy the property. Trent is a big family man, but he’s also really big on Sonya. Can he find a way to help her? (Yes, Trent, yes you can!) And then can they both realize they’re perfect for each other and then get married and have lots of babies? This is the first book in Evans Bay Point Confessions series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 21.)

    Racked and Stacked, by Lorelai James
    Truck driver Larissa Thorpe grew up being a tomboy thanks in part to having three older brothers, and the whole tomboy thing has stuck with her into adulthood. This never really bothered her. Then she meets Ike Palmer, a cowboy who would bring out the feminine side of a brick wall. Our gal is an awesome lady, but Ike doesn’t think he’ll ever be into her in THAT way. (Oh, Ike, you adorably unaware hunk, you. You just DON’T understand the awesomeness that is Larissa!) Then they start working together very closely, which is great, because Larissa will get to show Ike how amazing she is and Ike will realize that it’s time for him to look at a different kind of woman. Act fast, Ike! Awesome ladies like Larissa don’t just grow on trees! This is the ninth book in James’ Blacktop Cowboys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    To Have and To Harley, by Regina Cole
    Bethany Jernigan is ready to be the ultimate maid of honor. The thing is, Bethany will have to work with the main wedding planner, a guy named Trey Harding, who is SO not what a wedding planner is expected to be. Trey and his staff members are all a bunch of rough-looking, tattooed motorcycle riders who have found themselves in a giant tornado of tulle and place settings and seating charts and GAH! It’s all too much! Trey starts to fall really hard for Bethany, but he has a lot to lose if he comes clean to everyone involved and admits that he is not, in fact, a wedding planner. (Trey, no offense, but people probably won’t be THAT surprised.) Here’s hoping Trey figures out a way to reveal the truth AND keep all of his loved ones in his life! This is the first book in Cole’s Bikers and Brides series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Abandoned, by Allison Brennan
    Investigative reporter Max Revere is about to crack the toughest case of her life: her mom’s disappearance. Max’s mom left her when she was nine years old, but she sent her regular correspondence. That correspondence stopped, though, and her mom was considered legally dead. (Hugs, Max! We’re giving you all of the hugs!) Max wants to find out what happened to her mom, and she has one clue to start off with. (Knowing our gal, she’s going to make the absolute most of that one clue.) When investigators fail to help her look into the con man her mom had been involved with, she realizes she’ll need to push up her sleeves even further and dig even deeper. Here’s hoping Max finds all of the answers she’s looking for—and that at least one friendly face will help her in her quest! This is the first book in Brennan’s Max Revere series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on August 14.)

    Brave New Earl, by Jane Ashford
    Benjamin Romilly, the Earl of Furness, is still grieving the death of his wife, which was five years ago. She died in childbirth, and while his child survived, he’s found it extremely difficult to move on. Enter Miss Jean Saunders, a cousin by marriage. She loved Benjamin’s late wife, and hates the thought of her child suffering in any way. She shows up to make sure he’s being a good father and that his son isn’t being neglected. Benjamin isn’t quite feeling this whole visit at first, but pretty soon he and Jean start getting to really know each other and falling in love. Can Jean bring Benjamin back to life? And can this new blended family find their own happily ever after? This is the first book in Ashford’s Way to a Lord’s Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Reborn, by Meredith Wild
    Tristan Stone is a paid assassin, and his experiences have hardened him into a killing machine who has zero recollection of his past. Then he’s hired to kill Isabel Foster, his former lover who has never forgotten her yummy hunk of burning love. (Before he became really bad, Tristan was, in fact, really, really good, and he and Isabel had a deep, intense connection.) Instead of killing her, Tristan decides to keep her safe. (Yay, Tristan! We knew you were still good at heart! Keep that momentum going, buddy!) Tristan and Isabel will have to go through quite a bit together until they find their happy ending, so here’s hoping their love remains strong enough—and that they never have to be separated from each other again! This tome contains the first three books in Wild’s Red Ledger series. (Available in hardcover and paperback.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/08/10 Permalink
    Tags: a stallion dream, , bad reputation, , desperate girls, good luck with that, highland betrayal, , kirstan higgins, , , romance roundups, stefanie london, through the fire   

    Romance Roundup: Ballet Dancers, Attorneys, and Fierce Highland Lasses 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a ballet dancer who is trying to get back in the dancing game, a K9 unit lady who really wants to prove herself, and a high-powered attorney with a tough case—and an extremely hot bachelor—to deal with.

    Bad Reputation, by Stefanie London
    Wes Evans is the son of Broadway royalty, but all he really wants to do is strike it big on his own and make a huge impression on the art world. He’s already made a huge impression in general, thanks to an online app called Bad Bachelors that touts his, ahem, endowment to the public. (And no, we’re not talking about art donations, here.) His endowment is quite large (teehee) but Wes doesn’t want people to focus on THAT, which is really hard (haha) because he’s so darn hot. He finds hope in ballet dancer Remi Drysdale. Her last chance at getting back into the ballet game lies in Wes’ large, soothing, manly, capable hands. The thing is, Wes and Remi soon realize that they actually like each other. A lot. (Oh, Remi, you are in for SUCH a treat!) Here’s hoping they manage to put on an amazing production that puts their respective careers on track! This is the second book in London’s Bad Bachelor series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 7.)

    Through the Fire, by Katie Ruggle
    It’s hard to imagine, but our gal Kit Jernigan is having a tough time fitting in with her new K-9 unit. (With the humans, that is, not the puppies!) She knows who is behind the latest killing, but no one will believe her, so she enlists the help of fire spotter Wesley March. (Oh, we spot something, alright. We spot a hottie!) Kit and Wesley will need to work very closely together if they’re going to catch this killer, who might be WAY closer than anyone would ever suspect. (Oh, that we all had the chance to work closely with Wesley and his rippling muscles!) Can Kit and Wesley nab this terrible, terrible person? And will Kit get the chance to strip Wesley of all of his firefighting gear? (Do it slowly, Kit! Savor that moment and do it with confidence!) This is the fourth book in Ruggle’s Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 7.)

    Good Luck with That, by Kristan Higgins
    Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met at a weight-loss camp when they were teenagers, and they became best buds for life. Then Emerson dies, which is super duper sad because she was a super duper supportive friend, and her last wish was that her gals finally let go of their pain and live their best lives. (BRB! Making a shrine to Emerson!) Georgia needs to let her ex-husband love her, because she is awesome and 100 percent worthy of love. Oh, and she needs to get her annoying mother and brother off of her case. (Georgia, do you need us to stand by your side and growl and snarl at them? Because we would totally do that!) As for Marley, she needs to overcome some major survivor’s guilt. Her twin sister died, and this has had some terrible romance-related consequences for our gal. Georgia and Marley, you are both awesome ladies and you must realize that you both deserve happy, love-filled lives! (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 7.)

    Desperate Girls, by Laura Griffin
    Defense attorney Brynn Holloran LOVES being described as tough, intimidating, and so on and so forth. She’s put a lot of bad guys behind bars, and she is showing zero signs of stopping. But then a murderer she once helped put behind bars is out again, and he’s looking for some major revenge. She decides to hire some private security, and let’s just say her new personal guard, Erik, would make ANY lady instantly feel safer. (Erik, you should take Brynn to a secludedand securemountain cabin and make her feel safe on top of a fluffy bearskin rug! Just saying.) Brynn still wants to pursue this particular investigation, though, because she refuses to cower. Can Brynn and Erik manage to dodge Brynn’s would-be killer? And put him back behind bars? And when all the drama is overand maybe at least twice before it’s all overcan Erik let Brynn slowly but surely undress him down to his beautiful skin? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 7.)

    Highland Betrayal, by Alyson McLayne
    Laird Callum MacLean has plans to marry Maggie MacDonnell, because betrothal and duty and clans and such. (He doesn’t appreciate yet how truly amazing and fierce his bride-to-be is.) His plans are delayed, though, when his father dies under some very suspicious circumstances. Some folks think it’s suicide, but Callum is convinced he was murdered, and so he needs to figure out who killed his father before he can bring Maggie to his home. Maggie isn’t doing too well herself, though, so she decides to escape her home in search of her fiance. She ends up finding him, and let’s just say she’s feeling a tad abandoned. (Let him explain, Maggie! But yes, make him work for it!) Here’s hoping they manage to resolve the sinister stuff, and that they realize they’ve found a strong and wonderful life partner in each other! This is the third book in McLayne’s Sons of Gregor MacLeod series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 7.)

    A Stallion Dream, by Deborah Fletcher Mello
    Major power couple alert! Collin Stallion, in addition to pretty much being the man of every woman’s dreams, is working hard to free a wrongfully convicted person. (Oh, Collin, we wouldn’t mind keeping you company during late-night paperwork reviewing sessions!) His collaborator in this high-profile mission is attorney London Jacobs. In addition to being a gorgeous and kind-hearted woman, London is extremely no-nonsense, and she refuses to fall for Collin’s charm. (London, we admire your tenacity, but we wouldn’t judge you at all for making an exception for a guy like Collin!) Then they start to get to really knowand likeeach other, which would be all fine and dandy except that some creep is after Collin and London’s ex-fiance is working hard to win her back. (It’s not going to happen, buddy, so back off or else!) Can they free an innocent person? And can they then go on to have a sexy and fulfilling life together? This is the latest book in Fletcher-Mello’s extensive Stallions series. (Available in paperback on August 21.)

    What exciting new romance novels are thrilling you this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/08/07 Permalink
    Tags: , , , highland devil, in shadows, lily blackwood, one perfect moment, pale as death, , romance roundups, sally mackenzie, , the warrior of clan kincaid, what ales the earl   

    Romance Roundup: Single Mother Brewers, Sextuplets, and (lots of) Kilts 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a famous sextuplet who wants to get very intimate with a very special lady, a single mom who is learning the fine art of brewing, and an FBI man who wants to keep his beloved wife safe.

    In Shadows, by Sharon Sala
    Jack McCann married his sweetheart, Shelly, smack in between college and joining the FBI. The FBI is a pretty demanding job, no doubt, but he tries to see his beloved wife as often as he can. His latest assignment has kept him away from home for months, though, which means no cozy nights that involve home-cooked meals and Netflix and his loving wife. (Jack, we’re confident you’ll manage to make it all up to her!) Then Jack’s cover is blown, he gets shot in the back, and his enemy swears to pretty much murder everyone Jack loves. Ouch. Shelly’s been told that Jack is dead, but the truth is that he’s still alive, and he will stay away from her if it means keeping her safe. (Cue the “Awws!”) Here’s hoping that Jack figures out a plan that involves him staying alive AND going home to his adoring wife! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    Pale as Death, by Heather Graham
    LAPD detective Sophie Manning has a gruesome new case to work on, one that involves a dead body and zero evidence. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she’s starting to get visits from ghosts, and let’s just say she’s not exactly a believer. She really isn’t feeling the whole ghost thing, but what she IS feeling is the man who’s been assigned to help her out. Bruce McFadden is a consultant for the FBI’s paranormal unit. (Um, Bruce? Where can we apply for that kind of job? And can we please get an idea of the career trajectory? Thanks!) Bruce and Sophie will need to work very closely together if they’re going to solve this murder. And when it’s done, it will ideally bring them closer together in a very carnal, non-ghosty way. This is the latest installment in Graham’s extensive Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    Highland Devil, by Hannah Howell
    Sir Gybbon Murray was on his way back to his family’s stronghold when Mora Ogilvy tried to steal his horse. (Hear her out, Gybbon! Hear her out!) Turns out, Mora’s been through a rough patch in her life. Her evil cousins have taken over her home, and they’re trying to frame her for murder. No bueno. Fortunately for our gal, Gybbon believes her, and he brings her to his family’s place so that she can recover. Mora doesn’t want to stay very long, because she’s got some major plans, but then the threats from her family start to get WAY worse. Oh, and she realizes she wouldn’t mind being nekkid with Gybbon until death do them part. Can they rid themselves of her malicious extended family? And will they get the opportunity to make sweet love for many, many years to come? This is the latest book in Howell’s Murrays series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    The Warrior of Clan Kincaid, by Lily Blackwood
    Derryth MacClaren is on the run. There’s an evil nobleman out to get her, and so she skedaddles from her home. Then she’s ambushed and captured by Cull, who is all kinds of hot AND super duper nice to boot. (Best! Day! Ever!) They soon get to know each other very well, and Derryth recognizes the tattoo on his arm. She tells her man —who has zero memory of his childhood—that he’s the long lost son of the murdered Laird of Kincaid. Cull isn’t sure he’s too thrilled by this discovery, because he’s been on this whole revenge scheme, and now that can cost him Derryth. Get it together, Cull! If you could survive a harsh childhood and warrior existence, surely you can figure out a happy ending for you and your lady! This is the third book in Blackwood’s Highland Warrior series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 31.)

    What Ales the Earl, by Sally MacKenzie
    Penelope Barnes—and her young daughter—are the newest residents of Puddleton Manor’s Benevolent Home. Things are looking up, though, because Penelope is an awesome lady with a green thumb and she’s using said green thumb to become a budding beer brewer. (Oh, Penelope, we want to pick your brain on SO many levels!) As for the father of her child, it’s her childhood friend Harry Graham. He’s the son of an earl, and she’s penniless, so sadly their love could not go anywhere. But now he’s back from war, and his elder brother has died, which means our Harry boy is now THE earl. He’s not thrilled by the responsibility, but then he reconnects with Penelope and discovers that he’s a daddy. For Pete’s—er, Penelope’s—sake, Harry, move fast and marry that lovely lady! She’s seriously considering marrying a country vicar who would absolutely bore her to tears. Don’t you dare let that happen! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 31.)

    One Perfect Moment, by A.C. Arthur
    Dr. Gage Taylor is a famous sextuplet. As in, he and his siblings had their moves tracked for years and were featured nationwide and everyone has always known who they are and…yeah, it’s all been extremely invasive and exhausting. (Oh, come here, Gage! We’ll make it all better!) The one person who didn’t know who Gage was was television producer Ava Cannon. In her defense, Gage has been aggressively avoiding the media spotlight in recent years, because he’s a great, talented, sexy man who wants to get by on his own merit. (Good for you, buddy!) They start to get friendly again, which is very, very nice, but Ava might have to choose between trying to get him back in the spotlight and keeping him in her bed. (The latter option, Ava! The latter!) Here’s hoping they figure out a solution that involves Ava keeping her career AND her man. This is the third book in the Taylors of Temptation series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    What romance novels are warming your nightstand this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/31 Permalink
    Tags: cooper's charm, , deadly satisfaction, dragon sworn, endless summer, , , megan erickson, , , romance roundups, , trice hickman,   

    Romance Roundup: Greek God Descendants, Photojournalists, and Small Town Murders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two battling photographers who want to get it on, a descendant of the Greek god Apollo out to save her people, and a bodyguard who is about to show his lovely protectee that great guys DO exist.

    You Will Pay, by Lisa Jackson
    Senior detective Lucas Dalton—who can inspect us any day of the week—is on a very old case to figure out what happened to two summer camp kids who disappeared many years ago. He actually worked as a summer camp counselor when it all happened, so it’s all a tad personal for our guy. (And you thought that summer job you had during your high school years was intense!) His inspections bring him back in touch with Bernadette Alsace, who was a teen counselor during those dark days, and they are very intrigued by each other’s adult versions. She once made a promise not to spill the beans on what really happened so long ago, but Lucas has a way of making a woman want to reveal all. Here’s hoping this old mess gets resolved, and that Lucas and Bernadette can focus on better times ahead! (Available in paperback on July 31.)

    Dragonsworn, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Medea is the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo—yeah, THAT Apollo—but he wasn’t exactly a grandfatherly figure in her life. In fact, he wants to destroy her people, so Medea needs to think fast if she’s going to save them. She recruits the cursed dragon Falcyn to help her fight. The thing is, while Falcyn absolutely, 100 percent hates everything Greek-related (they might have destroyed his loved ones a long time ago), he’s had enough drama to last a century. Still, he is feeling major feelings for Medea, so he might just be enticed to join her crusade. Medea and Falcyn, it sounds like you both have a lot (seriously, A LOT) of family issues to work through, for one. Stick by each other’s side and sort out your respective issues—and then maybe take a vacation on a remote tropical island. This is the latest book in Kenyon’s extensive Dark-Hunter series. (Available in paperback on July 31.)

    Endless Summer, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “One Summer,” celebrity photographer Bryan Mitchell and photojournalist Shade Colby are getting on each other’s last nerve. They Don’t Agree On Things, which is tough enough, but now they have to go on a cross-country photography trip together. Bryan and Shade, just take turns picking the music and, oh yeah, realize that you are both perfect for each other! In “Lessons Learned,” publicist Juliet Trent is on a mission to make her new client, ridiculously sexy chef Carlo Franconi, the sexiest chef in the world. (This was already a fact, but now it’s time to make it official.) The thing is, simply being around Carlo makes any woman want to get nekkid. (Just not in the kitchen, Juliet! Because burns.) Will Carlo end up bringing her delicious meals in bed while wearing nothing but a smile? (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

    Cooper’s Charm, by Lori Foster
    Two sisters are about to get some much-need R&R in the lovely town that is Cooper’s Charm. Phoenix Rose’s life was going swimmingly until a break-in at her home left her feeling devastated and insecure. She lost her fiance, her business—you get the picture. (Phoenix, we are SO taking you out for a nice dinner!) She decides to hightail it to Cooper’s Charm, a peaceful town filled with some very nice people, including a hunky widower who is quite possibly the nicest man she’s ever met. (You go, girl!) She’s soon joined by her sister, Ridley Rose, who finds some romance of her own with a scuba instructor. Ridley soon realizes that peeling his wetsuit away from his six-pack abs would be SO much fun. A story that involves two sisters and a beautiful town and two hunky guys to help said sisters take their minds off of things? Yes, please! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    Darkest Night, by Megan Erickson
    Bodyguard Jock Bosh’s latest assignment is to keep Fiona Madden safe. Some Bad Men have been out to get her for the past 10 years, so she’s feeling a bit wired, to say the least. (Fiona, we are booking you a relaxing spa day STAT.) She starts to feel safe with Jock, though, which makes perfect sense, because Jock’s body has been known to stop traffic. When Jock starts to risk his life keeping her safe, it helps Fiona realize that 1. Not all men are disgusting pigs and 2. Jock makes her feel emotions she never knew she was capable of feeling. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys—like, forever—and that Jock and Fiona makes lots of love and babies together! This is the second book in Erickson Wired & Dangerous series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 31.)

    Deadly Satisfaction, by Trice Hickman
    Johnny Mayfield was murdered in Amber, Alabama, and let’s just say that many, many issues surrounded this tragedy. He was having an affair at the time, for one, and his lover was suspected of killing him. The good news is that Johnny’s widow, Geneva, is now happily remarried with a baby and has moved on with her life. (Good for you, Geneva! You certainly deserve SO much better!) But then her late husband’s ex-lover comes waltzing back in, claiming she was framed for the murder. (Step aside, Geneva! We’ll take care of this for you.) It doesn’t help that certain small-town meddlers are eager to get in on all of the drama. One thing is for certain: Everyone needs to solve this mystery before someone else gets hurt, or worse. Hang in there, Geneva! Things will be peaceful again before you know it, and you can focus on snuggling with your new man and your baby! This is the second book in Hickman’s Dangerous Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

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