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  • Cristina Merrill 7:49 pm on 2018/10/09 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , natalie cox, , samantha young, toni aleo   

    Romance Roundup: Spunky Widows, Layover Flings, and Manly Mannies 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a manny who falls for the mom of his latest charges, two strangers who start a fling during a long layover, and a rich guy who goes bride hunting in London and falls for a widow.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber
    Merry Smith is delightfully busy this holiday season. She’s got family to look after, decorations to hang up, and many, many Christmas treats to bake. (Merry, we’ll help you!) She’s also doing the temp thing at a consulting firm, so this is a good time to disengage from her demanding boss whenever she has a chance. (We certainly feel for you, Merry!) She doesn’t really have time to date, so her mother and brother take it upon themselves to create an online dating profile for her. They leave out her photo, though, because they have some semblance of boundaries. Merry soon starts trading emojis with a kindhearted dude online, but when she realizes who it is, she’s not exactly thrilled. Will she give him a Christmas chance? (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    A Very Special Christmas, by Mary Balogh
    This is a collection of some of the author’s Christmas romances, and boy does it deliver! The main story in this collection is “A Christmas Bride.” Super duper wealthy guy Edgar Downes has GOT to find a bride, mainly because he promised his aging father that he would. He decides to hightail it to London, which is filled with eligible ladies on the husband hunt. He’s not interested in the childish debutantes, though. Instead, he meets and falls for a widow, the beautiful Helena, Lady Stapleton. (She was wearing a red dress when they first met, and let’s just say that no one in London can pull off that color quite like our gal!) Helena and Edgar are from two very different social classes, though. He’s rich and she’s, well, not rich. Oh, fie on those crusty upper crust people, you two, and follow your hearts into the sack and down the altar! (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Covert Game, by Christine Feehan
    Gino Mazza and Zara Hightower are involved in some pretty intense dealings. Gino is a deadly member of the paranormal GhostWalkers group, and he suffers from a severe lack of cuddling. Zara recently wiped a crime lord’s computer of valuable information—because she’s amazing like that—but now she’s been taken hostage. Her situation isn’t pretty, so Gino’s going to have to do some fancy footwork in order to get her out. (He’s already quite fancy in the sack, so we’re confident he’s got plenty of other skills up his sleeve.) Zara and Gino, now’s the time to show the world what you’re made of, so suit up and get yourselves out of this very bad situation! And when it’s over, get yourselves off on a little getaway that involves a remote tropical bungalow, yoga, and a no-clothing policy. This is the fourteenth book in Feehan’s GhostWalkers series. (Available in paperback on October 9.)

    Mutts and Mistletoe, by Natalie Cox
    Our gal Charlie isn’t having the smoothest of Christmas seasons. Her apartment was just obliterated by a gas leak, her boyfriend ditched her for his personal trainer and her mom is gallivanting with Husband Number We’ve Lost Track At This Point. Needless to say, Charlie is physically and emotionally drained. (Charlie, we are SO bringing you a vat of delicious, hot soup!) She decides to spend the holidays at Cozy Canine Cottages, a doggy day care center that belongs to her cousin. She’s not a puppy person, but she’s got nowhere else to go. The dogs are driving Charlie a tad bonkers, but Charlie ends up getting some much-needed help from Cal, an exasperating but panty-melting sexy local vet. Will Charlie’s bad situation settle down? Will she learn to embrace the wonders of puppy love? And when the dogs have finally gone to sleep for the night, will Charlie and Cal engage in some good old-fashioned Christmas Eve-romping? (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Fight or Flight, by Samantha Young
    Ava Breevort is working really hard to keep it together. She just buried her best friend in Phoenix, and all she wanted for her flight back to Boston was a seat in first class. That last seat, though, ends up being taken by Caleb Scott, a Scotsman who is as arrogant as he is sexy. They end up having some very fun times during a layover, and they continue said fun times when Caleb ends up in Boston, where Ava lives. Oh, and it turns out, Caleb is not the jerky kind of guy Ava thought he was. Deep, deep down, far below that cranky, gruff, can’t-nobody-tie-me-down exterior, beats the heart of a kind and passionate man who needs and wants more hugs. Caleb ends up moving to Boston, so here’s hoping they manage to work out their differences and build something long-lasting! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 9.)

    Misadventures with a Manny, by Toni Aleo
    Our heroine Vera Woods has three sons – and her husband just abandoned them all for the nanny. Making matters worse, her three boys are not the easiest little guys to take care of. They’ve gone through six replacement nannies, and things are just not looking up. Vera ends up finding the help she needs through Lincoln Scott, a manny with many years of experience. The family he worked for during the past six years has just moved to Germany, so he’s out of a job. He and Vera need each other, and they soon realize they also want each other. Quite badly. (To be clear: Lincoln is a manny. He does NOT have a Dad Bod.) Vera and Lincoln, you make sure to have lots of fun together as you get to know each other – ya now, after the kids are put to sleep! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 9.)  

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  • Sara Brady 5:00 pm on 2014/07/30 Permalink
    Tags: , , Jayne Denker, , Kristin Newman, , Louis Zamperini, On Dublin Street, Picture This, samantha young, The Beautiful Ashes, , , , What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding   

    How to Break Out of a Reading Rut 

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    The Beautiful Ashes

    Book ruts: they happen to all of us. My most recent book rut is angsty and decidedly across-the-pond in flavor; I just finished bingeing on Samantha Young’s entire On Dublin Street series, and while I loved it, I now need a palate cleanser after all that emotional upheaval and first-person Scottishness. (Three first-person books in a row starts to feel like an English 205 seminar on the epistolary novel, you know? I’m looking at you, Pamela.) Here’s what’s on my docket—perhaps one of these reads will shake out of your current reading groove and inspire you to venture into uncharted territory:

    Some Thrilling Nonfiction

    The recent passing of Louis Zamperini at age 97 coincided with the first trailer for Angelina Jolie’s film version of Laura Hillenbrand‘s nonfiction epic, Unbroken. I won’t go into all the details (because between the obituary and the trailer, you’re spoiled enough), but suffice to say Zamperini led an awe-inspiring life, in the most literal sense of that phrase. The book is a fast, cinematic read, and even before you get to the real meat of Zamperini’s story, enjoy these delightful details of the 1936 American Olympians’ Atlantic crossing:

    Everyone was fighting for training space. Gymnasts set up their apparatuses, but with the ship swaying, they kept getting bucked off. Basketball players did passing drills on deck, but the wind kept jettisoning balls into the Atlantic. Fencers lurched all over the ship. The water athletes discovered that the salt water in the ship’s tiny pool sloshed back and forth vehemently, two feet deep one moment, seven feet the next, creating waves so large, one water polo man took up bodysurfing. Every large roll heaved most of the water, and everyone in it, onto the deck, so the coaches had to tie the swimmers to the wall…In high seas, the runners were buffeted about, all staggering in one direction, then in the other.

    A Funny, Light Romance.

    Jayne Denker‘s Picture This is a sweet little ordinary-girl-meets-movie-star romance that’s so featherlight it nearly floats away, and that’s exactly what I wanted after a week in Samantha Young’s world o’ tears. I’ve never been one for “cozy” romances, but this one manages to combine a few tropes that set off warning bells in my head—a small town full of meddlers, a quirky grandma—and come up with a gently heart-warming book that actually made me laugh out loud.

    The door to the house opened, and Celia’s mother poked her head out. “What’s taking you two so long? The hot tea’s getting cold and the iced tea is getting hot. Also, you’re confusing the dog. So—in or out. Let’s go.”

    Something Paranormal

    I’ve enjoyed Jeaniene Frost‘s vampire books for years (she’s actually the only writer I trust with vampires anymore—and I know how insane that sounds). Her first new adult title, The Beautiful Ashes, is out next month and I’m always excited about a favorite author doing a new thing.

    A Globe-Trotting Memoir

    TV writer Kristin Newman‘s What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding may have an abrasive title, but it’s not a screed against settling down and having kids. Rather, it’s about the process of figuring out who you are when that process happens to take a little longer—and involve sexy people of many nationalities (as, ideally, the maturation process should). I laughed a lot reading this (particularly when some fellow travelers taught Newman the Dutch word swaffle: “which means ‘to hit something with your flaccid penis.’ This is apparently something the Dutch do often enough that they needed a word for it”), and then went to find my passport.

    A Lush, Much-Anticipated Historical.

    Courtney Milan‘s The Suffragette Scandal came out last week, and I’ve never not loved one of Milan’s books, so the anticipation has been delicious. If I didn’t have, you know, a job, I would spend the rest of July in my bed, happily ensconced in the nineteenth century.

    How do you break a reading rut?

  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 5:00 pm on 2014/06/03 Permalink
    Tags: beth kery, j. kenner, , m. leighton, , , , samantha young,   

    Romance Roundup: Musclebound Marines, Gorgeous Surf Instructors, and a Dreamy Lead Guitarist 

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    Shield of WinterIt’s a great time to be a romance reader—there are wonderful new books coming out every time you turn around. But how can you keep track of them all? The Barnes & Noble Book Blog’s weekly Romance Roundup is at your service. We’ll help keep you abreast of the newest releases, from contemporary to historical to paranormal (and everything in between) so you can make sure that not a single smoldering read slips through your fingertips. This week’s roundup features a trip to paradise, a suspicious strip club owner, and a shy wallflower who nabs a hot rockstar (naturally).

    Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh
    If you’re a fan of Singh’s bracing paranormal contemporary Psy-Changeling series, you’re probably already aware that the 13th book in the series, Shield of Winter, is out today! It focuses on the sexy, stolid assassin-soldier (or “Arrow”) Vasic, who is assigned to protect one of the last empaths, Ivy Jane, as she struggles to prevent the spread of a virulent and terrifying infection. If you’re a paranormal romance buff but haven’t yet checked out Singh, you are in for a smart, well-written series filled with delicious characters and edge-of-your-seat action. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on June 3)

    Nauti Enchantress, by Lora Leigh
    In the second book in the fiery Nauti Girls series (a spinoff of the popular Nauti Boys books), the four Mackay girls are all grown up and on the prowl—especially Lyrica, who would do anything to get the attention of sexy Marine Graham Brock. Little does she know he’s already quite aware of her presence, just a little concerned that the rambunctious, hot-to-trot younger half-sister of his best friend Dawg might be a tad dangerous for him to become involved with. (I, personally, would avoid dating the little sister of anyone named Dawg. Even if I were a Marine.) Not only that, but as Graham and Lyrica grow closer, he discovers that she has a secret so explosive it threatens to tear the Mackay family apart. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 3)

    Heated, by J. Kenner
    Wrinkled shirt got you down? Just run a copy of Heated over it—that’s right, it’s that steamy. (That was the one and only household tip you will ever find in a romance roundup.) This crackling crime drama follows Sloane O’Dell, a hard-bitten off-duty cop whose inquiries into a woman’s disappearance lead her to a strip club run by the notorious Tyler Sharp. Sloane knows that Tyler is trouble, and Tyler knows that Sloane is a woman he just has to have. And you, dear reader, know that this is when things get good. A fast-paced story with plenty of action on both sides of the sheets, the second book in Kenner’s Most Wanted series is sure to pull you in for a fun ride. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 3)

    There’s Wild, Then There’s You, by M. Leighton
    Violet Wilson is shy, timid, and clumsy—and yet, like many of us, she also finds sexy rock stars to be well nigh irresistible—especially one Jet Blevins, a lead guitarist who’s used to girls falling all over him and is intrigued by Violet’s reticence. The two could not be more different—she’s is a quiet introvert, and he’s a wicked party animal who relishes his wild lifestyle and has no desire to settle down. But somehow Jet is drawn to perennial wallflower Violet, who has her own problems, and is definitely not interested in a rebel like him. Against all odds, do these two likable, complex, and very different characters have a chance at lasting love? (Does Jimmy Page know how to lay down some sweet guitar licks?!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 3)

    Paradise Rules, by Beth Kery
    When famous blues singer Lana Rodriguez returns home for a visit to beautiful Honolulu, it’s with great reluctance—and the hope she isn’t recognized by anyone. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for her, handsome champion surfer Jason Koa is a big fan—and he wants more from Lana than just her autograph. Lana holds Jason at arm’s length for as long as she can, but he’s determined to break through her icy demeanor (in a number of hot ways). But is she willing to play by his rules? And what happens when the two are embroiled in a very public scandal? This immersive read by erotic virtuoso Kery will have you feeling the sand between your toes, the sun on your back, and the hot surf instructor beneath—but I’ve already said too much. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 3)

    Fall From India Place, by Samantha Young
    Marco D’Alessandro broke Hannah Nichols’ heart five years ago, and she thought she’d seen the last of him (and good riddance, right?). But he’s still the only man she ever loved, and Marco never really got over her either, so when their paths cross again, he does his best to win her back—that is, until Hannah discovers a secret that could drive them apart just as their happily ever after is ready to begin. This is the 4th book in Young’s On Dublin Street series, which is filled with colorful characters (and studmuffin book boyfriends!). Jump in on this one or begin with the hugely popular On Dublin Street, the book that started it all!

    What spring romance has your heart all a flutter?

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