Tagged: Romance Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/27 Permalink
    Tags: a taste of pleasure, at sunrise, bluestone and vine, broken promise, chloe blake, cowboy on my mind, donna kauffman, , , r.c. ryan, Romance, , , truth or dare   

    Romance Roundup: Lady Police Officers, Folk Musicians, and Chefs. Lots of Chefs. 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a professional chef who gets a new start in Italy, a professional dessert chef who gets a new gig in Philadelphia, and a musician who finds healing with a former soldier-turned-vineyard owner.

    A Taste of Pleasure, by Chloe Blake
    Chef Danica Nillson has the opportunity of a lifetime: a fresh start and new career in Italy! (Danica, please get prepared for visitors. LOTS of visitors.) She doesn’t want romance, but then she meets single dad Antonio Dante Lorenzetti. He’s a very successful restauranteur, and he has zero time to dilly dally and give in to the major feelings Danica brings out in him. (Antonio, buddy, stop trying to resist this perfect, gorgeous woman!) Then he gets to know her—and her cooking—and wonders how he ever lived without either. Here’s hoping they both come to their senses soon and realize they just might be perfect for each other. And that they have several interactions that involve chocolate gelato and aprons. (As in, wearing nothing BUT aprons.) This is the second book in Blake’s Deliciously Dechamps series, which is perfect if you want to read about sexy people who know their way around a kitchen. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Truth or Dare, by Fern Michaels
    Seeking a yarn about a bunch of sexy, chivalrous men who protect helpless children and treat their dogs well and have a strong bond with each other? Then this one is for you! Joe Espinosa is driving on a country road with his trusty dog, Cyrus, by his side. Then Cyrus starts going nuts and paws hysterically at the window. Joe follows Cyrus’ lead, and together they discover three frightened children. Joe and Cyrus first put the children in safe hands (we’ll give Cyrus most of the credit in all of this because he’s so cute and fluffy!), and then Joe calls a meeting with his fellow Men of the Sisterhood. Together, these hot dudes realize there are more children in danger, and they band together to help them. Guys, you are all awesome, and you deserve all the beer and nachos and wings when this scary stuff is over. (Please make sure Cyrus gets a deliciously stinky dog treat, too!) This is the fourth book in Michaels’ Men of the Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback.)

    Broken Promise, by Tara Thomas
    Charleston police officer Alyssa Adams is pretty much every woman’s hero. Her calling in life is to track down lost women and rescue them, or at least bring closure to their worried families. (Alyssa, if these rescued ladies ever need our services, you can call on us!) Alyssa also desperately wants to find out what happened to her sister, who disappeared ten years ago. She’s about to get some much-needed help from Kipling Benedict, a member of the city’s very powerful Benedict family. A female relative of his has just been kidnapped by his family’s nemesis (Kipling, buddy, what on earth happened that your family has a nemesis?), and he knows that our gal is his best bet on finding her. Can they each find their respective relatives? And can they manage to cope with the Charleston heat by tearing each other’s clothes off at least twice while they’re at it? This is the third book in Thomas’ Sons of Broad series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    At Sunrise, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “Summer Desserts,” dessert chef Summer Lydon is about to settle down for a little while. Her latest gig is to fix up the menu at a swanky Philadelphia hotel. This involves getting involved with hotel owner Blake Cocharan, who would be the proverbial chocolate on every woman’s pillow. Will Blake give Summer a solid list of reasons to stick around? Like, permanently? In “Temptation,” socialite Eden Carlbough is busy running a girls’ camp. Thanks to some camp shenanigans, she ends up climbing an apple tree, and then falling out of said apple tree directly into the arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. (Chase, you can pick our apples any day of the week!) They don’t exactly have the feels for each other right away, but then their heads clear and they each realize the other is not so bad at all. Oh, Chase, make sure you plan a romantic orchard evening with Eden that involves a huge blanket underneath the stars—and being nekkid! (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    Cowboy on My Mind, by R.C. Ryan
    Ben Monroe used to be his town’s Bad Boy, but then he went on the straight and narrow and is now a sheriff’s deputy. (Ben, just don’t get TOO goody two-shoes on us, if you know what we mean! And in case you don’t, what we mean is don’t lose your sexy!) Then he’s reunited with his high school crush, Becca Henderson. She’s never forgotten him (what woman would?) and she now finds him more exciting than ever. (Oh, he is, Becca. He is.) When Becca’s life is endangered, Ben realizes that he’s willing to quite a bit to protect his woman. Do it, Ben! Don’t you dare hesitate! This is the first book in Ryan’s Montana Strong series, which means that many sexy Montana men are on the way. It also features a bonus story, “Rocky Mountain Cowboy,” which is about a reporter who gets to interview a very hot Olympic snowboarder. Yum! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Bluestone and Vine, by Donna Kauffman
    Musician Pippa MacMillan needs a vocal break, so she leaves Ireland for some R&R in small-town Virginia. She meets Seth Brogan, a former soldier who still has all of his muscles and wants to turn his property into a vineyard. (Seth, when can we start putting orders in for bottles?!) He’s on a healing journey of his own, so he and Pippa develop quite the deep connection. Pippa also realizes that she is loving the small-town life, and it’s not just because of Seth’s muscular arms. Then Pippa’s voice start to get better, and she’s faced with the choice of going back to her old life or building a new one with the very dishy Seth. Oh, Pippa, surely you can find some kind of middle ground that involves making the music you love AND making babies with the man you love! This is the second book in Kauffman’s Blue Hollow Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

    The post Romance Roundup: Lady Police Officers, Folk Musicians, and Chefs. Lots of Chefs. appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/06/21 Permalink
    Tags: a duke to remember, by right of arms, , , it started with a scandal, , , , kelly bowen, , my lady notorious, robin carr, Romance, , , , the tender texan   

    The Great RITA Read Takes on Historicals: Oh, Those Dukes, Spies, and Rakes! 

    In the latest installment of my Great RITA Read series, in which I attempt to read as many winners of the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award as possible, it’s time to discuss a subgenre that happens to be my personal favorite: historical romances.

    The most recent winner of the Historical Romance Rita Award was Kelly Bowen’s delightful A Duke To Remember, which features a lost Duke who does not want to be found and a heroine who is, at various times, an actress, a spy, and a private investigator.

    You would think that A Duke To Remember would have little in common with Day Beyond Destiny, winner of the first Historical RWA award (then the Golden Medallion) in 1982. While there are differences, especially since Day Beyond Destiny is a generational saga, there are similarities which point to the reasons behind the staying power of historical romances.

    First, the heroines are trapped in a world that doesn’t value female sexuality, but they still crave, well, great sex. Bowen’s heroine is instantly attracted to the lost Duke, especially since he pulls her out of a river after she rescued a young boy. In Tessa Dare’s delightful Romancing the Duke, the 2015 Historical Romance: Short winner, the passion-starved heroine is only too glad to become the equivalent of a ruined woman.

    Even back in 1982, the main heroine of Day Beyond Destiny is trapped in an abusive marriage but leaves her husband for a passionate lover who values her.

    These women aren’t ashamed of their sexuality or their needs; instead, they crave the passion and intimacy of a satisfying sexual relationship. It is a pattern that plays out in many romances but, in historicals, particularly the early ones, the heroines must push harder against the social mores of the time.

    Second, many historical romances also explore class and cultural differences between the heroes and heroines. In A Duke To Remember, the gulf between the private investigator and her lost Duke is vast. He’s nobility, she’s a commoner and no virgin. In Meredith Duran’s Fool Me Twice, the Historical Romance: Long winner in 2015, the hero is a Duke mourning not only the death of his wife but her betrayal, while the heroine is the illegitimate daughter of a politician on the run from her father’s assassin. Already, there’s a status difference but the chasm widens when she is hired as his housekeeper. Watching each of them push against this societal gulf is one of the many joys of the book.

    And, of course, in Day Beyond Destiny, the heroine is an American housewife, while the hero is a Greek revolutionary. The cultural differences between them are vast.

    Even Westerns can have these class differences. Jodi Thomas’s The Tender Texan, the Short Historical winner in 1992, features a young cowboy who agrees to an arranged marriage with a widowed German immigrant. The language and cultural differences between this hero and heroine are solved by kindness and love, but there’s a learning curve.

    The last commonality is easy to guess: the heroes of historical romances tend to be nobility of some kind or another. Day Beyond Destiny features a Greek prince of a sort, and that’s part of a pattern too. Even when the heroes aren’t nobility, per se, they are powerful and important, and include: Dukes, various lords, businessmen, and the occasional shipping magnate/pirate.

    If there were as many Dukes in England as in Regency Romance novels, you could stack them up from London to Cornwall and still not have enough room. But this rank for the hero is an important element of the class/power dynamic found in many historical romances. These are stories in which the heroine, by the force of her personality and her competence in her chosen endeavors, wins the heart of the hero. And by winning his heart, I also mean winning his approval of her worldview. One of the few medieval romances to win a RITA, in 1992, in what was then just the Historical Romance category, was Robin Carr’s By Right of Arms. Carr’s story featured a marriage of convenience between a conquering knight and the widow of the lord of the castle. You’d guess he would have all the power in this situation but, no; because she is beloved by her late husband’s knights and local villagers, he must work with her, listen to her, and, eventually, he comes to see that the way she rules the keep is the best way to win the loyalty of those on his new land. (Note, oh, yes, we could do a full article on marriages of convenience….)

    Those three elements: the need for sexual satisfaction, class differences, and intrepid heroines, can be seen in nearly all the historical RITA winners from 1982 to 2017.

    The main manner in which the award-winning novels in these categories have evolved over the years has to do with the sexual history of the heroine. Earlier historical heroines often move from being ignorant of sex but aware of its passionate possibilities, to finding out what it’s all about, such as the on-the-run noble heroine of the late great Jo Beverly’s My Lady Notorious, the Historical Romance winner in 1992. Many later heroines have already experienced sex, like the fallen women with the illegitimate son in It Started With A Scandal by Julie Anne Long, the 2016 Historical Romance Short winner. In years past, this heroine might have been taken advantage of, or forced, or unjustly accused of being a fallen women.

    It seems now that the heroines can actually be “fallen” women.

    Is this a case of our own changing ideas about sex, being reflected back through time? Likely, but then historical romances, like science fiction stories, also tend to have something to say about our present world. The idea that you can be worldly and experienced and still worthy of having your story told is a positive one.

    Next up, it’s time to explore contemporary romance Rita winners and how those have changed through the years. Those too, have a great deal to say about the changes in sexual morals but also about the changing needs of women from the 1980s to the present. One hint: alas, sexual harassment of women in the working world remains as much of a constant as it ever was.

    The post The Great RITA Read Takes on Historicals: Oh, Those Dukes, Spies, and Rakes! appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/06/19 Permalink
    Tags: , french quarter kisses, it takes two, jenny holiday, , lori wilde, Romance, , the last rodeo, the prize, valentine texas, , ,   

    Romance Roundup: New Orleans Chefs, Art Thieves, and Maids of Honor 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a rancher who is fighting to keep his land, two art thieves who want to be on the straight and narrow, and a journalist who gets to report on a super duper hot chef.

    French Quarter Kisses, by Zuri Day
    Pierre LeBlanc is a celebrity chef, and he also owns the best restaurant in New Orleans. (Pierre, please, please, please hook us up with reservations!) He’s also got a big secret that has nothing to do with his classified recipes. Journalist Rosalyn Arnaud is following the story trail on him, and quite frankly she doesn’t think he’s all that. He has a bit of a playboy reputation, which doesn’t really fly with our no-nonsense gal. (Oh, Rosalyn, please give him a chance to unbutton his shirt!) Still, the sparks fly like crazy between them, but Pierre is afraid of baring all, proverbially speaking. Will he learn to trust Rosalyn? And will Rosalyn realize that Pierre has a giant heart to go with his angelic face and manly man physique? This is the first book in Day’s Love in the Big Easy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Worth the Wait, by Lori Foster
    Two intertwining loves stories in one book! Single dad Hogan Guthrie is working his barbecue skills at a local diner, which totally makes sense, because any woman would be more than happy to sample his sauce. He doesn’t totally get along with Violet Shaw, the restaurant’s owner, but pretty soon they find themselves wanting to, ahem, cook in each other’s kitchens. Then there’s sheriff Nathan Hawley, whose new neighbor, Brooklin Sweet, makes him do a major double take. She doesn’t want to get involved with anyone, though, which is likely due to a bit of darkness in her past. Plus, she hasn’t seen Nathan’s abs, yet, nor has she given his handcuffs a try in any way shape or form. (Get on that bicycle ASAP, Brooklin, because Nathan is one tasty, law-abiding citizen!) (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    The Prize, by Vanessa Fewings
    The love saga between art investigator Zara Leighton and art thief Tobias Wilder continues! Zara tried to stay wholly good. She tried to resist Tobias and his thrilling ways. But both of these things are absolutely, 100 percent impossible, because Tobias is the kind of guy who makes women of any age want to pose for him, totally nude. (Oh, you’re not an artist, Tobias? Just an art thief? Well, we want to pose nude for you anyway!) Zara thinks she might be done with Tobias for good, but now he has an offer she can’t refuse. He proposes they do one more risky art-related job. Once they do this, both of their names will be clear. Here’s hoping they can pull this one off, and that they then take a remote, tropical vacation where there is an NBS policy—Nothing But Sunscreen. This is the third book in Fewings’ Icon trilogy. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Valentine, Texas, by Lori Wilde
    Rachael Henderson has just been left at the altar for the second time. (It’s not you, Rachael! It’s them!) Things take a turn for the better, though, when she’s arrested by sheriff Brody Carlton. (Oh, yes, Brody. Press us against your blessed body any day of the week!) All of this drama inspires our gal to create Romanceaholics Anonymous, a program for the perpetually lovesick and heartbroken. (Tell us more, Rachael. Much more.) Rachael is trying really hard to stick to this program and overcome her love issues, and she comes to the conclusion that Brody is an unwelcome distraction. (Rachael, no offense, but no.) Will she realize that Brody is not like the others, and that there’s way more to him than just his impressive forearms? This story, originally published as “Addicted to Love,” is the third book in Wilde’s Wedding Veil Wishes series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on June 26.)

    It Takes Two, by Jenny Holiday
    Wendy Liu is thrilled to be her best friend’s maid of honor, but she’s not too keen on running into the bride’s brother, Noah Denning. Wendy and Noah had A Thing many years ago, and he might have broken her heart. (Noah, you’re a bozo for letting Wendy go. A lovable bozo. But still, a bozo.) Now they’re thrown together in Las Vegas for some pre-wedding fun, and they’ve decided to get a bit competitive. He wants to plan the best bachelor party, and she wants to plan the best bachelorette party. (As long as this involves Noah getting nekkid AT ALL and AT ANY POINT, this sounds like a win-win!) Noah and Wendy, please realize that the past is the past and you are both now mature adults who need to start a fun new chapter of your lives together! This is the second book in Holiday’s Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    The Last Rodeo, by Delores Fossen
    Lucian Granger doesn’t have the best reputation in his Texas town. Words like “standoffish” and “aloof” barely begin to describe him. It’s too bad he’s like this, because he’s got a body worth braving the toughest rodeo. (Lucian, we’d all like to show you a rodeo—in our pants!) Things are about to change, though, because he’s just found out that he could lose the land he’s worked so hard for. In an effort to keep his land, he decides to tell people he’s going to settle down with Karlee O’Malley, his assistant. One kiss, though, is all it takes for Lucian to realize that he might have genuine feelings for her. Here’s hoping Lucian doesn’t screw up this golden opportunity to settle down with a nice woman, and that he clears up all of his land and emotional issues! This is the latest book in Fossen’s Wrangler’s Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    The post Romance Roundup: New Orleans Chefs, Art Thieves, and Maids of Honor appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2018/06/12 Permalink
    Tags: cajun persuasion, dangerous, , , guarding his heart, , minerva spencer, navy families, Romance, , sandpiper shore, , synithia williams, tempting the laird   

    Romance Roundup: Harem Escapees, Navy Romances, and Cajun Lovers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a photographer who gets to photograph a super hot—and nude—basketball player, a woman who has just escaped a sultan’s harem, and a feisty, intelligent lady who meets the laird of her dreams.

    Guarding His Heart, by Synithia Williams
    Basketball star Kevin Koucky is about to retire from the game, but before he does that, he plans to give the world what it wants: He’s going to pose nude for a magazine. (Ladies, in case you didn’t know, this is kind of a real thing. The ESPN magazine produces “The Body Issue” every year. You’re welcome.) The photographer assigned to this very desirable assignment is none other than Jasmin Hook. She is a talented professional, but even she has trouble remembering to hold her camera properly when she sees what Kevin has to offer. (Jasmin, just pretend you’re holding—never mind!) As for Kevin, he’s definitely intrigued by this lovely lady, and decides to pursue her. Will he manage to prove that he’s a good guy and give her many reasons to put her camera—very carefully it was expensive—down? This is the third book in Williams’ Scoring for Love series. (Available in paperback on June 19.)

    Dangerous, by Minerva Spencer
    Lady Euphemia Marlington has just escaped a sultan’s harem after 17 years in captivity. Now she’s back home, but her father wants to marry off his now-32-year-old daughter ASAP. (Gee, she missed you, too, Dad!) Her only option at this point is Adam de Courtney. He’s known as the Murderous Marquess because his first two wives died under mysterious circumstances. (Dude, you better have some REALLY solid alibis!) Adam and Euphemia need each other quite badly, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that they’ve got some major chemistry going on. The thing is, neither one is entirely gung ho about sharing their deepest, darkest secrets. Will they find the strength to reveal all to each other, physically and emotionally? And can they manage to show each other a good time while they’re at it? This is the first book in Spencer’s Outcast series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Navy Families, by Debbie Macomber
    Two stories in one! In “Navy Baby,” a pregnant Hannah Raymond is reunited with the sexy sailor with whom she, ahem, had a very yummy time. (Don’t worry, Hannah. If we saw Riley Murdock in front of us we’d follow our most primal instincts, too!) Riley wants to marry Hannah and create a solid family life. Are these two near-strangers up for the challenge? In “Navy Husband,” Shana Berrie is going to take care of her Navy sister’s 9-year-old daughter for the next few months. (Major shoutout to those who care for military kids while their parents are deployed!) Jazmine is very curious to know why her Aunt Shana is single, and so is Jazmine’s godfather, Lieutenant Commander Adam Kennedy. (Adam, you can pilot our ships in any ocean!) He decides to check in on both ladies to make sure they’re okay, and Shana soon realizes that she’d love to see him alone and wearing nothing but his combination hat! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Tempting the Laird, by Julia London
    Catriona Mackenzie is a very happily outspoken and UN-married woman, and those who disapprove of her can stick it for all she cares. She also runs a refuge for women. (Catriona, you are awesome.) Her women’s shelter, though, has become a target, and Catriona’s investigations put her in touch with Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose. (Oh, that we could all be in touch with Hamlin!) Hamlin has some major political goals, which are being thwarted due to the disappearance of his wife. People are convinced he’s a murderer, but no one knows the truth about him. He’s got to keep quiet, but then he meets Catriona and she brings out the sexy in him. Here’s hoping they learn to trust each other soon, and then proceed to make the world a better place—together! (Available in paperback on June 26.)

    Cajun Persuasion, by Sandra Hill
    Pilot Aaron LeDeux is on a trip to Louisiana with his brother so that they can both get in touch with their Cajun heritage. His travels put him in the path of Fleur Gaudet, a sort-of nun who cavorts with like-minded people to rescue sex-trafficked girls. (Yes, Fleur, you’re a hero to us all!) The thing is, she hasn’t had much real-world exposure, and Aaron becomes quite determined to show her what she’s been missing. (Excuse me, Aaron? We all never really had much fun during our college years/were kind of wallflowers/whatever excuse it’s going to take to get you all over us!) Aaron and Fleur end up going on a dangerous mission together, and they have plenty of opportunities to really get to know each other. Here’s hoping they find many reasons for Aaron to trade the freezing cold for the hotter Cajun atmosphere! This is the third book in Hill’s Cajun series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    Sandpiper Shore, by Debbie Mason
    Jenna Bell loves being a wedding planner, but her latest assignment has her feeling jittery. She’s got to plan the wedding for Logan Gallagher, on whom she’s crushed since forever. Logan is now a secret service agent, and he’s only getting married because he needs to protect the woman he’s been assigned to. This means that our gal totally has a chance to snag him for herself. (Jenna, we’ll all thwart the bad guys while you make your moves. We’re truly feeling optimistic about this!) Can Logan complete his latest mission in a way that doesn’t get him tied down, figuratively speaking? (He wouldn’t mind being literally tied down by our gal.) And can Jenna be brave and show Logan just how much she loves him? This is the sixth book in Mason’s Harmony Harbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

    What romances are on your nightstand this week?

    The post Romance Roundup: Harem Escapees, Navy Romances, and Cajun Lovers appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/06/05 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Romance, , , , , , , , wicked and the wallflower   

    Romance Roundup: Soccer Stars, Widowed Princesses, and Best Friends 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a young woman with memory loss, a widowed princess who finds herself in an arranged marriage, and a lady who is on the hunt for a passionate husband.

    Undeniable Attraction, by Kayla Perrin
    Melissa Conwell and Aaron Burke had a thing years ago, and now Aaron is looking to make things between them permanent. They see each other again at a family wedding, and let’s just say the years have been very kind to them both. (Aaron, for one, is a soccer superstar, and those are BY FAR the most consistently hot and fit athletes.) Melissa is determined to play it cool, but let’s be honest—no woman stands a chance against Aaron’s charm or his smile or his rock-hard thighs. (FYI, Aaron, your uniform shorts are too long!) He is determined to use all of these traits to his advantage and win our gal, body and soul. (Oh, Aaron, you can have both ANY day of the week!) Here’s hoping that Aaron brings his A game, and that Melissa keeps her mind and heart wide open for him! This is the first book in Perrin’s Burkes of Sheridan Falls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Princess, by Elizabeth Elliott
    Princess Isabel Plantagenet is a young widow, and her father forces her to get remarried solely for the purpose of maintaining his power. (Major shout-out to the GOOD fathers out there!) Faulke Segrave is a sexy widow, but—and this is a big but—his dead wives (yes, that’s plural, I’m afraid) died under some strange circumstances. Oh, and he’s suspected of high treason. Anyhoo. He and Isabel are pretty much thrown together against their respective wills, but they soon realize there is WAY more to the other person than they thought. Are they each what they seem? Will they learn to trust each other with their secrets? And, should they end up truly liking and loving each other, can they manage to live peaceful lives together, far away from their shadier relations? This is the fifth book in Elliott’s Montagues series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    Wicked and the Wallflower, by Sarah MacLean
    Lady Felicity Faircloth is about to get some much-needed help in landing a husband. Her helper is none other than Devil, the illegitimate son of a duke who is quite familiar with London’s shadier side. Oh, and Felicity has a very strict requirement: Her husband-to-be must be a passionate man. Translation: She wants a guy who will provide her with many wild times in the boudoir. (Kudos to you, Felicity, for asking for what you want!) Devil and Felicity soon discover, though, that they’d really like to jump into bed with each other. The only problem for Devil is that he originally had this whole major revenge scheme that involved using Felicity as bait. Enough of that, Devil! Realize that you have found something much better than revenge: a strong woman who wants to be your true partner in every possible way! This is the first book in MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    Untamed Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Bennett Dodge and Kaylee Capshaw have been best friends for years. They’ve always been there for each other, had each other’s backs. The one thing they haven’t done, though, is the one thing they’ve always wanted to do: rip each other’s clothes off with abandon and proceed to act out their deepest fantasies. (Yes, the sexual frustration has reached frustratingly high levels.) Bennett has just found out that he has a son. Oh, and Kaylee decides to kiss him, and it’s pretty much the best kiss he’s ever had. (Good for you, Kaylee! Someone had to finally make a move!) Things and feelings are clearly about to change forever, so Kaylee and Bennett, for gosh sakes, get your respective acts together and realize that you are perfect for each other! This is the latest book in Yates’ Gold Valley series, and it includes a bonus novella, titled “Mail Order Cowboy,” which should absolutely become a thing. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Cottages on Silver Beach, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Elliot Bailey isn’t exactly beloved by Megan Hamilton’s family. Let’s just say he did A Naughty Thing back in the day, and no one has ever quite forgiven him. At least not yet. (We’re feeling hopeful for you, buddy!) Now he’s come back home to Haven Point. He’s a bestselling author and the book he’s working on right now is, like, super duper personal and makes him realize that he still feels feelings for Megan. He rents a cabin from Megan, but he’s mistaken if she plans to get cozy with him. He’s going to have to work super hard if he’s going to win back her heart. (Grovel, Elliot. Just get down on your hands and knees right now.) And Megan, please know that Elliot has come a long way and is eager to prove that he’s always been one of the good guys. This is the eighth book in Thayne’s Haven Point series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 19.)

    The Highlander’s Promise, by Lynsay Sands
    Aulay Buchanan is ready for a little R&R in his clan’s hunting lodge. (Sounds delightful, Aulay! May we join you? Nekkid?) Then he finds a beautiful young woman who has lost her memory and has no idea who she is. She DOES, however, think someone is out to kill her. (Um, Aulay, we think that weird guy in Accounting doesn’t like us very much. So can we hide out in your lodge with you? Nekkid?) Oh, and in her delusion she also thinks that Aulay is her husband. This will prove difficult for Aulay, because he’s extremely attracted to her, but he doesn’t want to behave dishonorably. (Oh, Aulay! Nothing that involves you wearing zero clothing could EVER be considered dishonorable!) Here’s hoping they figure out the murder plot, that the mystery lady gets her memory back, and that she and Aulay are able to start over and begin a new chapter of their lives together! This is the sixth book in Sands’ Scottish Highlanders series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on June 26.)

    What romance novels are you putting in your beach bag this week?

    The post Romance Roundup: Soccer Stars, Widowed Princesses, and Best Friends appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
c
compose new post
j
next post/next comment
k
previous post/previous comment
r
reply
e
edit
o
show/hide comments
t
go to top
l
go to login
h
show/hide help
esc
cancel