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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