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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/02/19 Permalink
    Tags: california girls, finding forever, , lee tobin mcclain, , low country hero, misadventures of a curvy girl, mornings on main, , Romance, , , , the scoundrel in her bed   

    Romance Roundup: Curvaceous Heroines, Reunited Sweethearts, and Baseball Players 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who finds way more than she bargained for in a small, Texas town, a curvy lady who has attracted the attentions of two very sexy guys, and a single mom who meets a very special contractor.

    Mornings on Main, by Jodi Thomas
    Jillian James is only visiting Laurel Springs, Texas to learn more about her deadbeat father and why he abandoned his family. She is definitely NOT going to stick around this tiny town. Then she meets Connor Larady, who quite possibly has the biggest heart a man could have. Not only is he a single father, he also takes care of his grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s. Oh, and he’s absolutely heartbroken about the prospect of closing down said grandmother’s beloved quilt shop. Jillian and Connor end up becoming quite close, and she also becomes very close to his grandmother. Will Jillian find out the truth about her family’s past? Will she allow herself to let love into her heart and her life? And will Connor provide Jillian with multiple, ahem, reasons to stay in Laurel Springs? (Available in paperback on February 19.)

    Misadventures of a Curvy Girl, by Sierra Simone
    Ireland Mills has finally said “Peace out!” to fad diets and any other attempts to change her body. She’s tired of feeling ashamed about her body and has decided to embrace it 100 percent. (Excuse me, Ireland? We all love you. Like, a lot.) She ends up becoming VERY close to TWO extremely hunky guys—Caleb Carpenter and Ben Weber. Oh, and these two guys have no problem with the fact that they are both attracted to Ireland. (You know what they say—when it rains, it pours!) When Ireland’s car ends up going kaput on a random dirt road, Caleb and Ben both come to rescue, and the three of them engage in some exceptionally sexy time. Their only problem is that they’re seriously falling for her—and she’s having a hard time believing it. Ben and Caleb will need to put in some major overtime if they’re going to convince Ireland that they love her exactly the way she is. (Get to it, you two!) This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 19.)

    California Girls, by Susan Mallery
    Three sisters are going through a very tough time right now, relationship-wise. TV host Finola finds out that her husband is having an affair with some vapid little pop star. Zennie just broke up with her own man, but she’s feeling more “Meh” about it than anything else. She decides to become a surrogate for her best friend, but pregnancy turns out to be, to put it succinctly, Not Totally Fun. As for Ali, her fiance sends his brother to break up with her, and then keeps checking up on her to make sure she’s okay. (Dude, really? If you were so concerned, did you HAVE to do your stupid brother’s dirty work?) So yes, these three ladies are going through a lot right now. It’s a darn good thing they have each other, plus that California sunshine and, we hope, plenty of California wine. (Except for you, Zennie! You’re sticking with smoothies!) Here’s hoping they provide each other with the kind of loving support only close family and friends can give! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    The Scoundrel in Her Bed, by Lorraine Heath
    Finn Trewlove is the bastard son of a nobleman, and he has a Very Secret History with Lady Lavinia Kent, who is the daughter of an earl. They were quite lovey-dovey back in the day, then something very bad happened that put an end to things. She went on to get involved in London’s seedy underworld and dedicate herself to a cause. (For the record, Finn was her inspiration for this!) Years later, Lavinia and Finn are reunited, and let’s just say they both soon feel the unstoppable urge to get nekkid together. (Don’t fight the feelings, you two!) They’ll need to overcome quite a few dangers and class-related issues if they’re going to finally get the happy ending they deserve. Lavinia and Finn, when it’s all over, the two of your should seriously consider an extended Mediterranean trip that involves lots of sunshine and light clothing and the freedom to skinny dip in crystal-clear waters! This is the third book in Heath’s Sins for All Seasons series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    Finding Forever, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two fan favorites! In “Rules of the Game,” Parks Jones may be a professional baseball player with a body made for a tight-fitting uniform, but that doesn’t change the fact that Brooke Gordon can’t stand him. (Oh, Brooke, surely Parks has at least one redeemable quality to go with that chiseled body of his!) They need to work together, and Parks is eager to prove to Brooke that he’s a decent guy. Good luck, buddy! In “Second Nature,” reporter Lee Radcliffe gets the chance to interview famous—and reclusive—horror writer Hunter Brown. He has one condition, though, which is that she needs to go on a camping trip with him. Lee, strap on your best hiking boots and your comfiest khakis and get your story and your man! (And don’t forget your bug spray!) (Available in paperback on February 26.)

    Low Country Hero, by Lee Tobin McClain
    Anna George has ditched her abusive ex and taken her twin daughters to Safe Haven, South Carolina in search of peace and refuge. She gets a helping hand (a very strong, masculine, helping hand) from contractor Sean O’Dwyer. (Sean, if you ever need help adjusting your toolbelt, we’d all happily volunteer for the chance!) Sean didn’t think he wanted to do the whole family thing, but he soon realizes that Anna and her daughters are exceptionally special and that they have unlocked many, many wonderful feelings. He and Anna become very close as they do refurbishment work. Oh, Sean, please, please, please don’t dawdle! Let Anna know ASAP how you feel and put a ring on it! This is the first book in McClain’s Safe Haven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 26.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week? 

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/02/12 Permalink
    Tags: , devil's daughter, , , , long tall texans: ethan/connal, , Romance, , say you're sorry, shadow pact, stroke of luck, , tally adams   

    Romance Roundup: Young Widows, Devoted Sisters, and Ranchers Galore 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a tough lady who helps a detective solve a cold case, a human woman who gets caught up in some major werewolf and vampire-related drama, and a rancher who gets much-needed help from his childhood friend.

    Map of the Heart, by Susan Wiggs
    History buffs will love this reprint! Camille Palmer is finally settling back into a peaceful existence after the tragic death of her husband. She’s got a teenage daughter and a dad to look after, so she’s quite busy. (Camille, massages and champagne on all of us!) Then a mysterious package arrives, and the three of them go back to France, where Camille’s dad lived during World War II. Oh, and Camille meets a very handsome former naval officer during her travels. (Note to Camille: Find out ASAP if he kept his uniform!) A nice lady who gets another chance at love with a hunky man in the French countryside while surrounded by loved ones? Yes, we’ll all take that tale with a glass of wine and a chocolate croissant! (Available in paperback on February 12.)

    Say You’re Sorry, by Karen Rose
    A serial killer has just messed with the wrong woman! Not only does our gal, Daisy Dawson, manage to fend off an attack, she also manages to steal a valuable piece of evidence off of her attacker: a necklace. (Daisy, after we treat you to a spa day we’d love it if you showed us your self-defense moves!) Said necklace is of great interest to Special Agent Gideon Reynolds, who has a few very important things going on for him: buns of steel, arms of steel, abs of steel, and a—well, you get the picture!  Anyway, he’s been working on a cold case for 17 years, and now, thanks to this necklace, he just might finally have what he needs to solve it. He and Daisy will end up working closely together. They’ll need to be super careful, though, as the killer now wants to target both of them. Daisy and Gideon, stay two steps ahead of the game, and when you finally win, treat yourselves to a romantic, long weekend getaway! This is the first book in Rose’s Sacramento series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on February 12.)

    Long, Tall Texans: Ethan/Connal, by Diana Palmer
    Two stories in one! “Ethan” features Ethan Hardeman and Arabella Craig. They, ahem, had relations when Arabella was 18 years old, which she really, really enjoyed, but then Ethan married another woman. (Ethan, we’re going to be generous and give you THREE WHOLE MINUTES to explain why you broke our gal’s heart!) Years have gone by, and now Arabella and Ethan are reconnected. Those years haven’t been too kind to Ethan—he’s divorced and, let’s just put it this way, Not Happy. Will he and Arabella get another chance at love? In “Connal,” Connal Tremayne finds himself somehow married to Penelope Matthews, who has pretty much loved him her whole life. Until recently he was a widower, and now he finds himself with a brand-new bride. (Sadly, he is not happy about this.) Here’s hoping that he and Penelope clear the air between them—and that they proceed to fill a Texas ranch with lots of cute puppies and babies! These reprinted stories are part of Palmer’s delicious Long, Tall Texans series. (Available in paperback on February 12.)

    Shadow Pact, by Tally Adams
    All Emily wants to do is find her missing sister, but instead, she finds herself in the middle of a major kerfuffle involving vampires and werewolves and a whole lot of attitude. She gets saved by William, a vampire-werewolf hybrid (and major hottie) who is ready and willing and able to assist Emily in her mission. Together, they’ll need to navigate some palace-like intrigue, complete with a vampire queen and a werewolf king who have less-than-noble intentions. (Think Game of Thrones with a more supernatural angle and characters with superior hygiene.) Emily will need to gather up every last ounce of courage she has if she’s going to survive all of this drama and find her sister. Emily, put your big-girl panties on and do whatever it takes to find her! And while you’re at it, show William how a human woman can rock his world! This is the first book in Adams’ Immortal Romance series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 12.)

    Devil’s Daughter, by Lisa Kleypas
    Phoebe, Lady Clare is a young widow, and she’s just met West Ravenel at a family wedding. She finds him exceptionally sexy, but she’s kind of determined to not like him. (He allegedly bullied her late husband when they were in boarding school together WAY back in the day.) She can’t help but become attracted to him, though, because West has that effect on women. Oh, and West soon discovers that Phoebe has quite the colorful family history, which gives him hope that she is not the cold-hearted, aristocratic woman he thought she might be. Phoebe, school was a very long time ago! Give West and his chiseled arms and jawline a chance! And West, be a gentleman and show Phoebe that while you can definitely be, ahem, naughty, you are also a nice guy who has come a long way in life! This is the fifth book in Kleypas’ Ravenels series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 19.)

    Stroke of Luck, by B.J. Daniels
    Montana hottie Will Sterling could use a helping hand right now. (Oh, Will, we all volunteer as tribute!) The Sterling Ranch’s season is about to start, but a blizzard threatens to make the opening a not-so-smooth endeavor. Plus, the guests staying at the ranch lodge are getting cranky. (Oh, just have some wine, you grouchy lot!) Fortunately, Will is about to get some much-needed help from his old childhood friend, Poppy Carmichael, and let’s just say that she and Will are children no more. They soon realize that they’d love nothing more than to spend the blizzard together, secluded, and nekkid in a quiet room with a giant fireplace. (#polarvortexfun #bringiton) Sadly, something very bad is going on (think: killer), and they’ll need to take care of it pronto. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge said killer, get the ranch the successful opening it deserves, and then find all kinds of fun ways to keep each other warm during those long, Montana winters. This is the first book in Daniels’ Sterling’s Montana series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on February 19.)

    What romance novels are keeping your nightstand warm this week?

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  • Ross Johnson 9:00 pm on 2019/02/08 Permalink
    Tags: , , , andre aciman, , , , , diana gabaladon, fingersmith, flavor of love, giovanni's room, helen simonson, , , , , , , major pettigrew's last stand, , , one day, , , Romance, , , the age of light, the proposal, , valentine's day books, whitney scharer   

    15 Love Stories to Match Your Valentine’s Day Mood 

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    It’s almost Valentine’s Day—and the perfect time to year to read a love story. But our tastes in romantic tales vary as much as our dating profiles: sometimes we want our literary lovers to make us laugh, and just as often, we need a really good cry. Whether your tastes tend toward the lighthearted or the tragic, there is assuredly a romantic novel out there for everyone.

    Here are our suggestions for 15 different types of love stories to match your Valentine’s Day mood.


    Call Me By Your Name, by André Aciman
    This tender love story, the basis for the award-winning film, is a pure delight in terms of character and storytelling, chronicling the burgeoning attraction between the curious, precocious 17-year old Elio and 24-year old Oliver in the Italian Riviera of the 1980s and its reverberations through their lives over the course of two succeeding decades. The setting is almost as sumptuous as the romance, as the two live out a travel agent’s dream, lounging around the gorgeous Italian countryside and coming to rest in picturesque villas. It’s a perfectly sun-kissed love story for this dreary mid-winter month.


    A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
    For readers who like their romance with a bit of dark magic on the side. When factions of supernatural creatures set their sights on a document that could give them the upper hand in a war, a reluctant witch must seek the protection of an equally reluctant vampire, her supposed mortal enemy. Witch tales have a tendency to emphasize the importance of family… but in this case, it could the witch’s own family that wants her dead. Will true love prevail between these two warring beings?


    The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
    This Booker Prize–winning novel tells the powerful, poignant story of a devoted English butler who takes a road trip to reflect upon his life, which mainly revolved around a 30-year career of service to his lordship. For much of that time, he harbors feelings for Darlington Hall’s housekeeper Miss Kenton—affections Mr. Stevens’ deeply ingrained sense of duty makes it inconceivable that he would ever express, or even fully acknowledge to himself. There is nothing that wounds the heart quite like an unrequited love affair, and this is a novel that will leave a scar upon every reader.


    An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
    Newlyweds Roy and Celestial find their marriage tested after a cruel twist of fate sends Roy to prison in another state for a crime he didn’t commit. As the years of separation drag on, Celestial turns to her friend since childhood, Andre, for comfort, and Andre’s perspective provides new insight into her painful situation. Letters sent between husband and wife further illuminate this incredible, contemporary study of marriage, loyalty, and racial injustice.


    Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters
    Sarah Waters’ tale of Dickensian skulduggery is so twisty and deceptive, we can promise you’ll nearly drop the book in shock not once, not twice, but three times while reading it. The story begins with the low-born Sue, an orphan trained in deception by a Fagin-like mentor named Mrs. Sucksby, accompanying a master thief and con artist known as the Gentleman on his latest scheme. She’s taken on the guise of a lady’s maid, playing a supporting role as he seduces a wealthy heiress with an eye toward having the poor woman committed to an asylum as soon as they are wed so he can claim her fortune. It’s just another job for Sue—until she makes the mistake of falling in love with the Maud, the plot’s intended victim.


    The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory
    Nikole Paterson has just experienced a bit of embarrassment: her ridiculous boyfriend of five months proposed to her via scoreboard at a baseball game—and spelled her name wrong doing so. Understandably, she’s not exactly feeling the ’til-death vibes, so she decides to hightail it out of the stadium, fleeing the nosy camera crews and 45,000 fans. Her exit is made more swift via the unexpected aide of one Dr. Carlos Ibarra, who even sticks around after she gets trolled via social media for hightailing it. (Dear trolls of the world—Get a life!) Nikole and Carlos tentatively embark on a quiet romance. She thinks she’ll be fine with just a fling to help her get over her embarrassment, but oon realizes that Carlos just might be the real deal.


    Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
    “A timeless love story” is a discriptor to be taken rather literally in the case of Gabaldon’s beloved novel, the first in a series that mixes rich historical detail with a romance that stretches across centuries. Former combat nurse Ruth Randall, just reunited with her husband after World War II, walks through a stone circle in 1945 to find herself in war-torn Scotland in the year 1743. There, she meets the fiery Jamie Fraser, beginning a passionate, deeply sexy love triangle as she finds herself torn between two different men, two different centuries, and two vastly different lives.


    Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
    If you’re looking for love story that will break your heart open, most any Jojo Moyes book is a safe bet. Each one of them is filled with heart and characters you can’t help caring about, and none more so than Me Before You, which tells the story of Louisa, a sheltered girl whose life changes when she takes a job caring for Will, a suicidal man who resents that he must use a wheelchair following a terrible accident. Their love grows and endures through any number of challenges, but may not be able to overcome all. This book will definitely make you cry buckets—but it will also make you laugh, and nod your head in recognition, and flip back to the first page to read it again.


    Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan
    In this novel and its sequels, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People ProblemsKevin Kwan dives into the funny, soapy world of super-wealthy Asian and Asian-American characters, centering on the relationship between New Yorker Rachel Chu and her boyfriend Nicholas Young. When the two head off to Singapore for the summer, Rachel thinks she’ll be meeting Nick’s family and staying in their humble family home. But Nick failed to tell her that his family is rich. And not just a little rich—crazy rich. Thus Rachel becomes our eyes and ears on a journey into the decadent lives of some of Asia’s richest families. Much of the fun of Kwan’s trilogy comes from reveling in sordid stories of unimaginable excess, but the true magic is the way it makes you can about the love story at its center. Romance abounds, even if the books’ many relationships never quite play out as you might expect.


    Love and Ruin, by Paula McLain
    The past can certainly feel more romantic than the present, as in this thrilling tale of novelist and travel writer Martha Gellhorn, the third wife of Ernest Hemingway. Already famous for her journalistic work during the 1930s, Gellhorn meets the older Hemingway and their romance sizzles from the start—for a time. McLain masterfully brings these historical figures to life, depicting Hemingway’s neediness and instability, traits that slowly ruin an ideal marriage. Gellhorn makes her break from Hemingway in dramatic fashion, stowing away on a hospital ship bound for Normandy on D-Day, and subsequently becoming the first journalist of either gender to report back from the massive invasion of Fortress Europe. The story’s twists and turns wouldn’t be believable if they weren’t based on real events.


    The Age of Light, by Whitney Scharer
    Whitney Scharer’s historical fiction hit focuses on Lee Miller, a larger-than-life figure who worked as a fashion model in 1920s New York before traveling to Paris and apprenticing herself to famed photographer Man Ray. She eventually became his collaborator, lover, and muse as she develops her art and starts her own photography studio. During World War II, she serves as a war correspondent and photojournalist for Vogue—and somehow that’s only a handful of the twists and turns this dynamic woman’s life will take. Scharer not only brings to life the tempestuous and passionate love affair between Miller and Ray, but illustrates how they pushed and prodded one another to even greater creative heights in their work.


    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
    The retired and entirely proper Major Ernest Pettigrew lives in the tiny English village of Edgecombe St. Mary, enjoying tea and all the other sorts of things that retired Englishmen are meant to appreciate. Then his brother’s death brings him into the orbit of the recently widowed Mrs. Jasmina Ali, a Pakistani shopkeeper with whom he develops first a friendship and then a romance. Polite society frowns on such a match, complicating matters for the Major in a novel that playfully explores a love that defies obstacles of race and class.


    Giovanni’s Room, by James Baldwin
    Tender but intense, Baldwin’s 1956 novel is a foundational work of 20th century gay literature. It tells the story of an American named David who is abandoned left in Paris by his girlfriend, and the Italian man, Giovanni, whom he meets at a gay bar and unexpectedly goes home with. Baldwin explores issues of masculinity and alienation as he plays out the lovely, forbidden, and ultimately doomed romance between the two men.


    A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks
    Oh, the tears that have fallen over the pages of this love-against-all-odds romance. Bad boy Landon meets Jamie after he is forced to participate in the school play—it’s that or expulsion. Over time, he finds himself drawn to the girl, who warns him it is in his best interests not to fall in love with her. By then, of course, it’s already too late for them both: Landon leaves his old life and friends behind to be with her, and when Jamie reveals a devastating secret to him, they cling to one another, even when it seems that all hope is lost.


    One Day, by David Nicholls
    Dexter and Emma spend the night together in 1988 following their graduation from Edinburgh University, speculating about the future course of their lives. Each subsequent year, on July 15, Nicholls’ novel revisits the friends and sometimes lovers to chart the course of their lives, loves, careers, and romances. Before it’s over, we circle back to that first night in order to better understand the significance of the date, and of the long relationship between the two, and of the journeys they’ve taken as they’ve moved in and out of each other’s lives.

    What’s your Valentine’s Day romance of choice this year?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/02/05 Permalink
    Tags: alana albertson, downward dog, gentleman sinner, healing hearts, , , , Romance, , , sonya lalli, the fearless king, the good ones, the matchmaker's list   

    Romance Roundup: Matchmaking Grannies, Romance Bookstore Owners, and Celebrity Yoga Instructors 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman whose grandmother is determined to help her find a husband, a hot, single dad who falls for his town’s newest bookstore owner, and a frontier doctor who must convince his nurse that he is 100 percent marriage material.

    The Matchmaker’s List, by Sonya Lalli
    Raina Anand has finally caved and said “Yes!” to her grandmother. Her granny wants to help Raina find a nice man to marry, which Raina has been avoiding for a very long time. (Raina, your grandmother sounds awesome! When she’s done fixing you up, would it be cool if she helped the rest of us?) Raina proceeds to meet a long list of single guys and go out on dates with them, and let’s just say nothing is going well. (Raina, my friend, we’ve all been there!) Plus, she’s feeling the pressure to marry from her loving and, ahem, determined family. She wants to be a good Indian girl, but she also wants some room to breathe. Will it be possible for her to find some common ground with her family? Will the bond between Raina and her grandmother survive this tumultuous time? Do any of these suitors display husband-worthy attributes AND possess a six-pack? Fingers crossed that it’s a big, whooping “Yes!” to all! (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 5.)

    Gentleman Sinner, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Our gal Izzy White has worked VERY hard to get to where she is today. Instead of letting her dark past get the best of her, she’s found her calling as a nurse and is just all-around awesome. (Izzy, you are a pure source of light and inspiration!) The trouble is, she’s just done a good deed for someone else, and this causes her dark past to find her again. (Izzy, we’ve got our fists up and our sneers ready! Just tell us who to intimidate!) She’s rescued by the gloriously beautiful Theo Kane. Any other person would be scared of him—and for good reason because, well, we’ll just say he’s a tough guy—but with Izzy he is pure gentleman. Theo has some demons of his own to work with, and Izzy just might be the best person to help him out. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys who want to cause Izzy harm, that Theo confronts his feelings and comes out of it a better man, and that he proceeds to rock Izzy’s world for the rest of their lives together! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 5.)

    The Good Ones, by Jenn McKinlay
    Ryder Copeland is your average, divorced, single-dad architect with a body worth worshipping who just wants to create a better life for his daughter. He is pretty sure he wants to leave his small North Carolina town, but then he meets Maisy Kelly. She just inherited her aunt’s Victorian house, and she wants to convert it into a romance bookstore. (WE’LL HELP YOU, MAISY! WE WILL SO, SO HELP YOU!) There’s no denying that Maisy and Ryder are, like, legit perfect for each other. The thing is, he was pretty set on getting out of Dodge. Ryder, buddy, please take a deep look inside, past your many layers of muscles and sinew, and search your big heart. Maisy is one in a million, and she’ll make sure your daughter has lots of love and books in her life that will absolutely expand her horizons. So whip out your, erm, protractor and some fresh grid paper and start designing a beautiful home for three! This is the first book in McKinlay’s Happily Ever After series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 5.)

    The Fearless King, by Katee Robert
    Our gal Journey King has been managing her family’s business—and doing a darn good job of it, too! Then her dad comes back to Houston with every intention of swiping it from her. (Not cool, Papa Bear. Not cool.) Journey does the only thing she thinks she can do: ask Frank Evans for help. Frank may have a cool, polished exterior to go with that chiseled jawline, but he also knows how to get dirt on people. (Oh, and let’s just say that no woman would mind getting dirty with Frank. Like, ever. Because he’s quite sexy.) Frank isn’t all too thrilled about getting involved with the King family, but there’s no denying he has The Feelings for Journey. (Good for you, Frank! Because Journey is an awesome, hardworking lady!) Here’s hoping that Journey manages to retain the family business, that Frank manages to keep her safe from her enemies, and that, when all the drama is over, she and King take a well-deserved, romantic vacation together! This is the second book in Robert’s Kings series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on February 5.)

    Downward Dog, by Alana Albertson
    Suffice it to say that celebrity yoga instructor Kira Morgan is going through a rough time right now. She made a sex tape with her ex-boyfriend (whoops!) that got leaked to the media by said ex-boyfriend’s weird friend (double whoops!). She ended up getting fired from her TV show, dumped by her boyfriend, and has the media dogging her every move. The only shining light in her life right now is her rescue beagle, Lady. (Kira, if you and Lady need a safe house we’re all offering our spare couches, rooms, and doggie beds!) Then she gets a request from Britain’s Prince Henry. He wants her to teach yoga at his charity fundraiser, and while Kira doesn’t want the public eye on her, the effort would benefit rescue dogs. Kira and Henry are going to end up spending a lot of time together, which makes them realize they wouldn’t mind continuing spending time together for the rest of their lives! This is the second book in Albertson’s Rescue Me series. (Available in paperback on February 5.)

    Healing Hearts, by Sarah M. Eden
    Pickings are slim in the frontier town of Savage Wells, which is why doctor Gideon MacNamara decides to go the mail-order bride route. The result is that Miriam, a nurse, comes to town, thinking he only wanted a helper and not realizing he also wanted a wife. (To be clear, there was some kind of miscommunication. Gideon himself would never mislead a lady!) Gideon decides to hire Miriam rather than pressure her into anything, because he is a really nice guy with a beautiful heart to match his beautiful face and body. Sure enough, he and Miriam start to feel all of the feelings and fall in love for reals. Miriam realizes that marriage to Gideon might be a very, very yummy prospect. This budding romance, though, is threatened when Miriam’s former medical associate shows up. Will Gideon persuade Miriam to stick around? Will Miriam follow her heart and realize that Gideon is the man for her? And will at least one horse poop on this pesky intruder? This is the second book in Eden’s Proper Romance series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on February 5.)

    What romance novels are toppling off your nightstand this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/01/29 Permalink
    Tags: amanda heger, beyond risk, , connie mann, crazy cupid love, , , mystic, Romance, , , , , this matter of marriage   

    Romance Roundup: Greek God Descendants, Best Friends-Turned-Lovers, and Outer Space Romances 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman on a marriage mission, a Greek god descendant called upon to make some love matches, and two people who are determined to save their galaxy.

    This Matter of Marriage, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features Hallie McCarthy, a lady who loves a good plan and plans to meet her dream guy within one year so they can get married and live happily ever after. She proceeds to go on a series of exceptionally bad dates. As in, each one of these exceptionally bad dates deserves its own podcast series. (Hang in there, Hallie! We admire your tenacity!) Also suffering on the dating scene is Hallie’s hunky neighbor, Steve Marris. He’s trying to win back his ex-wife, even though she’s marrying someone else. (Steve, buddy, let us introduce you to an obscure song no one has ever heard of that’s sung by a princess no one knows named Elsa called “Let It Go.” Because, really, that’s what you should do.) Pretty soon, though, Hallie and Steve each have a much-needed double take and realize that everything they want in life literally lives next door. Invite us to the wedding, please! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    Crazy Cupid Love, by Amanda Heger
    Eliza Herman has some pretty big career shoes to fill. She’s a descendant of Eros, as in, the Greek god of all things sexy. Thanks to a recent family emergency, she has to take a job as a Cupid-for-hire in a local shop and get couples to fall in love with each other. (Eliza, we just have two words for you: “Liam” and “Hemsworth.” Or “Idris” and “Elba.” We’ll also settle for “Chris” and “Pine.” And please make sure they’re all “nekkid.”) Anyhoo, Eliza’s mentor is going to be none other than Jake Sanders, an unforgettable kind of man whom she never was able to forget. When Eliza’s enchantments start to go horribly wrong, she and Jake will need to work very closely together in order to make everything right. Oh, they’ll also have to acknowledge their feelings for each other. Get to stepping, you two! This is the first book in Heger’s Let’s Get Mythical series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    Beyond Risk, by Connie Mann
    Charlotte Tanner is a former Fish & Wildlife Officer who is feeling all of the guilt ever since a drowning accident happened on her watch. (Charlotte, we will never stop thinking that you’re an amazing woman and we’re sending you ALL of the hugs and positive vibes right now!) She decides to move back to central Florida for some healing, and there she meets up with Lieutenant Hunter Boudreau, her best friend who wants to protect her because, as it turns out, that drowning was no accident. Someone was actually out to get Charlotte, and she is still in danger. This gets Hunter into major “Not MY woman!” mode. He and Charlotte will need to work very closely together if they’re going to keep Charlotte safe, catch the bad guy, and then embark on a new chapter together. This is the first book in Mann’s Florida Wildlife Warriors series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    Mystic, by Cheryl Brooks
    Outer space-romance alert! Sulaksha Enduran’s lover died from a mysterious plague that is wreaking havoc, so she decides to do some investigating. She ends up getting help from Zetithian mystic Aidan Banadansk. He just saved her life and agreed to go on her quest, so we know he’s got a big heart. (He’s also got a body worth describing to everyone in the entire universe, including your 90-year-old grandmother who still uses handkerchiefs and knits you socks every year!) Their detective work unveils a conspiracy that puts an entire planet at risk. They’ll need to act fast if they’re going to eradicate this disease and save the galaxy. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, that everyone is spared this awful disease, and that Aidan and Sulaksha spend the rest of their lives together exploring new galaxies and having all kinds of fun and sexy adventures! This is the second book in Brooks’ Cat Star Legacy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 29.)

    Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, by Susan Mallery
    This reprint features two sisters who are reluctantly reunited. Kelly Murphy has her own thing going on as a tulip farmer. Then her small town gets two comebacks in the form of Griffith Burnett, who takes one look at Kelly and immediately gets all “Hey, girl” on her, and Kelly’s estranged sister, Olivia. Kelly and Olivia haven’t exactly been on Christmas-card terms for the past ten years, so life is about to get way more dramatic for both of them. They’d each rather get a root canal than hug and make up. (See, ladies? You have more in common than you think!) Secrets upon secrets are about to be spilled, which might put a damper on this delicate sisterhood. Oh, come on, you two! Just get over yourselves, go out for margaritas and nachos, and focus on the good times ahead! (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    Three generations of ladies are about to get in touch with their respective issues and emotions this summer! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and they are each dealing with some major marital problems. Lauren seems to have the perfect life, but she knows it might just fall apart at any minute. Oh, and her teenage daughter, Mack, is showing signs of having problems. As for Jenna, she and her husband are having a hard time getting pregnant. Lauren and Jenna’s mom, Nancy, is also staying with them for the summer, and she has had some issues that have prevented her from being the best mom she could be. Will these four ladies learn to trust each other and open up? And will they realize that they have all of the support they need in each other? (Available in paperback on January 29.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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