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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/04/16 Permalink
    Tags: , fumbled, love to the rescue, , , , radclyffe, , sheila roberts, the hollow, the summer retreat, the trouble with vampires, unbroken cowboy   

    Romance Roundup: First-Grade Teachers, NFL Players, and Bull Riders 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a healthcare professional who ends up face-to-face with her high school crush, a history professor who finds major chemistry with an immortal vampire, and two heartbroken sisters who are about to have a magical summer.

    Love to the Rescue, by Radclyffe
    Our gal Brody Clark has a lot—like, A LOT—of issues to confront after 10 years of avoiding them. (Brody, whatever you need, whether that’s hugs or wine or chocolate or extra wine, we’re all here for you!) She’s joining a new medevac flight crew, which is a pretty big deal, and it puts her back in the path of Val Valentine. Val and Brody knew each other back in the day, and let’s just say that Brody never forgot Val. As for Val, she’s focused on creating a veterinary practice that caters to the really rich, pet-loving folks. (Sounds awesome, Val, but please don’t neglect the strays!) Val’s plans get a slight wrench, though, when someone from her past asks for help. She and Brody could both use some major emotional support. Here’s hoping they both come to terms with their painful pasts and that they realize everything they need can be found in each other! This is the fifth book in Radclyffe’s Rivers Community series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 16.)

    The Trouble with Vampires, by Lynsay Sands
    Immortal vampire Santo Notte has been doing his own thing for almost three thousand years. Then he comes across history professor Petronella Stone and realizes that the bachelor life may be a tad overrated. (Sometimes, finding the right person takes a while. Like, a long time. Centuries. #nevergiveuphope.) As for Petronella, Santo is far more than a reliable source for her next research book. (Oh, the research opportunities! The fact-checking possibilities!) Santo makes Petronella want to loosen her proverbial and literal professorial garb and do things that would make people of all eras blush. Trouble is, Santo realizes that he might pose a major danger to Petronella and her nephew. Can Santo find a way to keep his new little family safe and build a life with them? This is the latest book in Sands’ extensive Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)  

    The Summer Retreat, by Sheila Roberts
    First-grade teacher Celeste Jones was SO ready to enjoy the summer with her boyfriend. Then he dumped her for the side of bacon with whom he was cheating on Celeste for months. (And by bacon, we mean girlfriend.) This is especially sucky because Celeste was hoping for a diamond ring. She decides to head on over to Moonlight Harbor, where her sister, Jenna, works at the Driftwood Inn, located on the Washington State coast. (Sounds idyllic! Where do we book our rooms? We promise to write glowing Yelp reviews!) Like Celeste, Jenna has some of her own man-related healing to do. Hang in there, ladies! You are both awesome, beautiful, and professional women and the right guys will come along very soon for each of you! This is the third book in Roberts’ Moonlight Harbor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

    The Hollow, by Nora Roberts
    The battle against evil continues, as friends Fox, Caleb, and Gage work alongside Cybil, Layla, and Quinn to battle evil in the town of Hawkins Hollow. Fox, the town’s lawyer, and Layla both have the ability to read minds. This is a newer ability for Layla, and she’s feeling a bit awkward about it, because it makes things QUITE intimate with Fox. (Oh, Layla, we all heard what the fox says, and it says ‘Go for it!’) As for Fox, he wouldn’t mind having a chance to show Layla just how delicious he can be. (Fox, remove your shirt! Like, now!) That said, these six friends have a demon to attack, so there’s no time to dilly dally. Here’s hoping that Fox and Layla manage to help defeat this pesky demon and bring safety back to the town of Hawkins Hollow. And when it’s all over, may they embark on a strictly-nude vacation on a secluded tropical island! This is the second book in Roberts’ Sign of Seven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

    Fumbled, by Alexa Martin
    Poppy Patterson worked extremely hard to go from pregnant high school student to self-sufficient single mom. (Poppy, we salute you and think that you deserve ALL of the spa days!) Then life puts her old flame and baby daddy T.K. Moore back into her life. He has a successful NFL career going on, but he never forgot Poppy. When he sees her again, his long-suppressed mushy, lovey-dovey side comes out and he realizes that he better not be a goon and screw up this amazingly wonderful second chance at love. T.K., we’re glad the football and the sports and the…other sports-related stuff haven’t interfered with your head or heart. Go and get your woman—and get to know your child – and embrace this new chapter of your life! This is the second book in Martin’s Playbook series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 23.)

    Unbroken Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
    Dane Parker worked really hard to escape the trailer park life and become a big shot on the bull riding scene. (He’s also worked really hard on his ridiculously beautiful physique. Dane, you can point us all in the direction of the beach ANY day of the week!) Then Dane gets injured and has to hang up his hat for a while, which leaves him devastated. An old family friend, Beatrix Leighton, decides to recruit Dane to help her start her animal sanctuary. She’s been crazy in love with Dane since, like, forever. Will Dane realize that true love has always been much closer than he realized? Will he heal and get his career back—or even possibly find a new calling? And will he take Beatrix on at least one long horse ride into an abandoned, flower-filled meadow and make sweet love to her under the stars with the horse remaining at a safe distance? This is the latest book in Yates’ Gold Valley series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:53 pm on 2018/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , God of War, Happily Inc., , karen schaler, , , , sheila roberts, , Twilight Texas   

    Romance Roundup: Paranormal Warriors, Inn Proprietors, and Spunky Seamstresses 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an ad executive who MUST get into the Christmas spirit, a Marine who needs lots of love and hugs, and an independent seamstress who strikes a deal with a sexy duke.

    Christmas Camp, by Karen Schaler
    In this, the latest from the writer of Neflix’s hit flick The Christmas Prince, Haley Hanson isn’t really the type to decorate the halls with boughs of holly. The ad executive would rather spend Christmas in the Caribbean working. The thing is, this year she needs to land a major Christmas-related account, so her boss sends her to a Christmas bootcamp of sorts to rev up her holiday spirits. Haley gets revved up alright—by the camp owner’s hunky son, Jeff. (Jeff, we’d like to deck your halls with…nothing. Absolutely nothing. Your halls should be naked. And by “your halls” we mean “your body.”) Haley and Jeff soon realize that they like each other a whole lot, but then they run into a major disagreement. Will they be able to get over their differences? And will Jeff continue to show Haley how much fun life outside of work can be for many, many years to come? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 16.)

    Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Virginia Troy was in a cult as a kid, and a fire in the cult compound killed her mother, so yeah, she’s had it rough. Years have gone by, and Virginia now owns her own art gallery in Seattle. (Virginia, you go, girl!) Tragedy strikes again, though, when one of her artists commits suicide. The artist left behind some clues, and Virginia gets help looking into these clues from private investigator Cabot Sutter. He was also part of that cult as a kid, so he knows our gal better than anyone. (Did we mention that he also now has the physique and mind of a mature, adult man, one to whom any woman would give her best “come hither” look?) Now that they’re free adults, Virginia and Cabot can explore their feelings for each other and look into this murder. Here’s hoping they solve the mystery soon, and that they build a loving and peaceful life together! (Available in paperback on October 23.)

    Not Quite Over You, by Susan Mallery
    Banker Drew Lovato once broke Silver Tesdal’s heart—and his bank turned down her application for a loan. Drew decides to finance Silver’s wedding-related business venture himself, and he miiiiight have some romantically-inclined ulterior motives. (Drew, it’s official. After a brief hiatus, we are back on Team Drew!) Silver is thrilled to get her enterprise up and running, but resisting Drew will prove to be impossible. They were high school sweethearts, for one, and the years have been very good to them both. Still, there are some painful secrets that need to be discussed out in the open. Here’s hoping Drew and Silver give things a real second chance to blossom, and that they let go of their painful pasts and look straight ahead into their futures together! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)  

    Shadow and Ice, by Gena Showalter
    Knox of Iviland is the fiercest warrior there ever was, and he works for an exceptionally intense boss—the king of a battle-weary, paranormal land. Knox’s Number One Job has always been to win new realms for his king to lord over. (Talk about a toxic office culture!) Knox may be Hot Stuff in his world, but he’s still a slave. He can win his freedom, though, with his latest assignment. The thing is, he and Vale London end up stumbling into each other’s lives. She was on a mini-vacation with her foster sister when she randomly found herself in the middle of an epic battle featuring exceptionally hunky fighters. (Now THAT’S a story for the Yelp review!) Knox and Vale end up falling for each other quite hard, but Knox is still in the middle of his whole fight-for-my-freedom mission. Knox and Vale, you’re both smart and strong and sexy. Figure something out! This is the first book in Showalter’s Gods of War series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Winter at the Beach, by Sheila Roberts
    Jenna Jones is the new proprietor of the Driftwood Inn, and her mission this winter is to make the tourist beach haven of Moonlight Harbor profitable in the colder times. She does this by creating a festival, Seaside with Santa, and to her credit the tourists start coming back in droves. She’s awfully busy with all of this, plus there’s the fact that two very different men are trying to win her heart. (Jenna, just tell us which one you really want and we’ll get rid of the other one for you in a legal and non-violent way! Problem solved!) Things are going quite well until Mother Nature starts to turn everything into a wintry, blustery mess. Jenna, you’ve got this! You will save Christmas! And your town’s economy! And you’ll end up with the man of your dreams! And we’ll all help you in any way we can, even if it means crashing in a sleeping bag on the inn’s lobby floor! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    The Christmas Key, by Lori Wilde
    Mark Shepherd was doing well in the Marines, but then a mission went wrong and he got injured and lost one of his fellow soldiers. He’s feeling the guilt big time, and he decides to visit the fallen soldier’s family in Twilight, Texas. There he meets Naomi Luther, who he soon realizes is the perfect woman to have and hold his tender, broken heart. She’s also the sister of his fallen comrade. Thanks to a bit of mistaken identity, she doesn’t learn who he really is right away, and Mark isn’t exactly keen to come clean. Mark, buddy, sometimes in life you have to take a major risk for the things that matter most, so straighten your spine and strut over to Naomi’s place and tell her everything – including how you really feel. Oh, and wear a tight T-shirt that shows off your impressive pectorals and is easy to rip off! This is the ninth book in Wilde’s Twilight, Texas series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

    Duchess by Design, by Maya Rodale
    Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, needs to find himself a filthy rich American heiress to save his family’s ruined estate. His quest takes him to Manhattan, where he meets spunky, independent seamstress Adeline Black. All she wants to do is dress high society ladies. She has zero desire to actually be a high society lady. She and Brandon come up with a plan: He’ll make sure she gets the opportunity to display her craft at high society events, and she’ll accompany him to said high society events and help him find a bride who can do the duchess thing. Their respective missions will surely be accomplished! Ah, but then they start to fall in love, which is totally understandable, because Adeline is an awesome, modern woman and Brandon, for all of his faults, is a hottie with a heart of gold. Is there a future for them? This is the first book in Rodale’s Gilded Age Girls Club series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 23.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2018/04/17 Permalink
    Tags: a match made in bed, , , lone star blues, , , , , sheila roberts, , the family gathering, welcome to moonlight harbor   

    Romance Roundup: Veterans, Single Moms, and Bookworms 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a military guy seeking some R&R, a single mom starting a new chapter of her life, and a bookish lady who is about to engage is some very sexy, non-book-related activities.

    The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr
    Dakota Jones has just left the military, and he’s seeking a bit of R&R as he decides what to do next with his life. (Oh, Dakota, we’d all be MORE than happy to give you some ideas as we sip wine on a bearskin rug in front of a fireplace wearing nothing but perfume!) He decides to have a mini reunion with his siblings, who live in Sullivan’s Crossing. He also just wants to lay low in general. No one fails to notice Dakota and his biceps, though, and he soon becomes the object of affection for many a lady in town. (Sorry, Dakota, but this was inevitable!) There’s one lady, though, who thinks she is immune to his very sexy charms, but she’s really not because that is literally impossible with a guy like Dakota. (Nice try, though!) Can he make her see reason? This is the third book in Carr’s Sullivan’s Crossing series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK.)

    Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, by Susan Mallery
    Two sisters are reluctantly reunited in Mallery’s latest! 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 April 17.)

    Welcome to Moonlight Harbor, by Sheila Roberts
    Jenna Jones isn’t having the easiest time right now. She’s getting divorced, is facing financial hardship with a daughter to raise, and isn’t exactly jumping for joy at the prospect of turning forty. (Um, excuse us, Jenna, but you are still a fabulous woman with nothing BUT fabulous years ahead of you!) Oh, and her loafer ex-husband wants spousal support so he can go live the high life with his new flame. (Jenna, we can take care of this particular problem and make it look like an accident! Oh, you want to keep things legal? Well, the offer stands!) Jenna’s great-aunt Edie begs her to join her at a small Washington coastal town and help her restore the Driftwood Inn. The inn is badly in need of some TLC—okay, fine, a LOT of TLC—but Jenna is determined to make things better for herself and her teenage daughter and maybe, just maybe, get another chance at romance! This is the first book in Roberts’ Moonlight Harbor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 17.)

    A Match Made in Bed, by Cathy Maxwell
    Miss Cassandra Holwell isn’t considered a conventionally beautiful woman by society’s standards. She’s considered too tall, for one, and WAY too well-read. (Cassandra, to the rest of us, you sound like a highly-educated supermodel!) She does, however, have a large fortune, and she’s thinking she wants to marry the Duke of Camberly. Then fate steps in, and it takes the form of the garter-loosening hunk that is Soren York, Earl of Dewsberry. (Let’s just say he makes women think “Duke of who?”) Cassandra and Soren’s families are enemies—her family miiiiiight have screwed his over back in the day—but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s wanted her for a very, very long time. Here’s hoping they manage to overcome their differences and realize they could have a really fun life together, both in and out of the sack! This is the second book in Maxwell’s Spinster Heiresses series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 17.)

    Lone Star Blues, by Delores Fossen
    Dylan Granger may be a Hot Cowboy, but his wife, Jordan, still left him to join the military. (Many cheers for lady veterans!) It turns out that Dylan had a wild night one night with Jordan’s cousin and got said cousin pregnant. (Oh, Dylan, you just HAD to go in THAT direction, didn’t you?!) Now Jordan is back in town to help raise the resulting baby, because she’s an awesome lady who doesn’t shy away from tough times. She and Dylan haven’t seen each other in a while, but the love and the feelings and Dylan’s abs are all still in place. Can they overcome their past obstacles and build a new life together? And will Dylan find sexy new ways to show Jordan that she belongs in his heart and bed forever? This is the eighth book in Fossen’s Wrangler’s Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 17.)

    What romances are on your nightstand this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 11:00 am on 2017/10/17 Permalink
    Tags: , christmas in icicle falls, , decadent desire, glad tidings, leopard's blood, mia sheridan, misadventures of a backup bride, most of all you, , , , sheila roberts,   

    Romance Roundup: Psychologists, Shapeshifters, and Reporters 

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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a business heir who needs to find a fake wife, a Christmas guru who is inspiring everyone around her, and a reporter who hates fruitcake.

    Misadventures of a Backup Bride, by Shayla Black
    Carson Frost is in a business crisis. He’s inherited a confectionery, and it’s about to go bust. In order to save the sugar factory, he makes a deal with his late father’s old rival. He’ll loan Carson the money, but Carson better marry his daughter—or else. Carson isn’t thrilled by this prospect, so he claims he’s in love with someone else. Now he’s got to find a fake bride to fool them all. Enter struggling actress Ella Hope. She, like, really needs to pay the bills, so she agrees to this little matrimonial adventure. It’s just another acting job, right? (Doesn’t seem like any woman would need to, ahem, fake it with Carson, but okay, we’ll roll with this!) Then she and Carson start to fall for each other in a major way. This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on October 17.)

    Most of All You, by Mia Sheridan
    Crystal has a very bad history with the opposite sex, so she’s decided to put up some major emotional walls and forget about men for the rest of her life. Then she meets Gabriel Dalton, who is also emotionally scarred. Unlike Crystal, though, he’s willing to move on and let love in and win the day. (Gabriel, we’d certainly let you in any day of the week!) He’s got that whole Quiet and Gentle Man persona thing going on, which, coupled with his impressive physique, makes him pretty irresistible. Will he convince Crystal that he’s the one for her? And will Crystal open her heart to the possibilities? (Go for it, Crystal! Not all guys are bad, and Gabriel is Exhibit A!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 17.)

    Decadent Desire, by Zuri Day
    Things are going extremely well for very sexy psychologist Julian Drake. He’s just opened up his own practice, for one. (Julian, we’ll all book our appointments ASAP, because we’d love nothing more than to lay down on your couch and tell you our most secret fantasies!) Then his longtime love and Broadway dancer Nicki Long visits his California town. She’s always been the one for him, and this time they are both in it for the long haul. (Um, excuse me, Nicki? How do we get those gorgeous dancer’s legs of yours?) But trouble—like, major trouble—has followed our gal from the East Coast to the West Coast. She’s worried this will negatively affect her relationship with Julian. Don’t worry, Nicki! The sight of Julian’s biceps alone will make the bad guys think twice. This is the latest book in Day’s very steamy Drakes of California series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 17.)

    Leopard’s Blood, by Christine Feehan
    Joshua Tregre is a deeply skilled fighter. He learned his craft in rain forests of Borneo, where it was presumably very hot, causing him to often be shirtless. (Five-minute visualization of this magical time!) Now he’s back in Louisiana, and he’s got to deal with some otherworldly bad guys. That said, he’s not just a fighter, he’s also a lover, and his love is a very spunky lady who lives next door. Can Joshua defeat the bad guys, and then give his undivided attention to pleasuring his woman every night for the rest of their lives together? Joshua, we have faith in you! If you can survive training in the deep jungle, then this next adventure should be a walk in the park! This is the tenth book in Feehan’s Leopards series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 24.)

    Glad Tidings, by Debbie Macomber
    Reporter Emma Collins isn’t a fan of fruitcake or Christmas. (Totally feel you on the former, Emma, but not so much on the latter. Perk up!) Unfortunately, she gets assigned to cover a fruitcake contest for her newspaper. This involves flying in a small plane piloted by Oliver Hamilton, and let’s just say no woman would mind handling his thrust lever. They might not have met under the best of circumstances, but Emma soon starts to warm up to him. (Here’s a hint, Oliver: Buy her some delicious cake—not fruitcake!—and feed it to her wearing nothing but a smile.) Readers also get Maryanne and Nolan Adams, who are recounting to their kids how Mom and Dad met and fell head over heels for each other. Grab the popcorn and a warm blanket, kids, and get ready for a fun story! (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 24.)

    Christmas in Icicle Falls, by Sheila Roberts
    Muriel Sterling has the magic touch when it comes to Christmas. She’s just released a new holiday book, for one, and when she gets an ugly Christmas tree delivered, she decides to take care of that tree and make those pine needles shine again. Her friends decide to follow suit. Sienna, for example, decides to make friends with the very grouchy dude living next door. And Olivia is determined to make nice with her daughter-in-law, with whom she does not currently click, to say the least. Oh, and Muriel decides it might also be time to give her cutie friend Arnie a much-hoped for chance. Can everyone find some happy middle ground this holiday season? (Hint: Yes you can, ladies! Just do your thing—and maybe pack some extra punch in that eggnog.) This is the last book in Roberts’ Icicle Falls series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 24.)

    What romance novels are on your TBR pile this week?

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