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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/31 Permalink
    Tags: cooper's charm, , deadly satisfaction, dragon sworn, endless summer, , , megan erickson, , , , sherrilyn kenyon, trice hickman,   

    Romance Roundup: Greek God Descendants, Photojournalists, and Small Town Murders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two battling photographers who want to get it on, a descendant of the Greek god Apollo out to save her people, and a bodyguard who is about to show his lovely protectee that great guys DO exist.

    You Will Pay, by Lisa Jackson
    Senior detective Lucas Dalton—who can inspect us any day of the week—is on a very old case to figure out what happened to two summer camp kids who disappeared many years ago. He actually worked as a summer camp counselor when it all happened, so it’s all a tad personal for our guy. (And you thought that summer job you had during your high school years was intense!) His inspections bring him back in touch with Bernadette Alsace, who was a teen counselor during those dark days, and they are very intrigued by each other’s adult versions. She once made a promise not to spill the beans on what really happened so long ago, but Lucas has a way of making a woman want to reveal all. Here’s hoping this old mess gets resolved, and that Lucas and Bernadette can focus on better times ahead! (Available in paperback on July 31.)

    Dragonsworn, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Medea is the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo—yeah, THAT Apollo—but he wasn’t exactly a grandfatherly figure in her life. In fact, he wants to destroy her people, so Medea needs to think fast if she’s going to save them. She recruits the cursed dragon Falcyn to help her fight. The thing is, while Falcyn absolutely, 100 percent hates everything Greek-related (they might have destroyed his loved ones a long time ago), he’s had enough drama to last a century. Still, he is feeling major feelings for Medea, so he might just be enticed to join her crusade. Medea and Falcyn, it sounds like you both have a lot (seriously, A LOT) of family issues to work through, for one. Stick by each other’s side and sort out your respective issues—and then maybe take a vacation on a remote tropical island. This is the latest book in Kenyon’s extensive Dark-Hunter series. (Available in paperback on July 31.)

    Endless Summer, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “One Summer,” celebrity photographer Bryan Mitchell and photojournalist Shade Colby are getting on each other’s last nerve. They Don’t Agree On Things, which is tough enough, but now they have to go on a cross-country photography trip together. Bryan and Shade, just take turns picking the music and, oh yeah, realize that you are both perfect for each other! In “Lessons Learned,” publicist Juliet Trent is on a mission to make her new client, ridiculously sexy chef Carlo Franconi, the sexiest chef in the world. (This was already a fact, but now it’s time to make it official.) The thing is, simply being around Carlo makes any woman want to get nekkid. (Just not in the kitchen, Juliet! Because burns.) Will Carlo end up bringing her delicious meals in bed while wearing nothing but a smile? (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

    Cooper’s Charm, by Lori Foster
    Two sisters are about to get some much-need R&R in the lovely town that is Cooper’s Charm. Phoenix Rose’s life was going swimmingly until a break-in at her home left her feeling devastated and insecure. She lost her fiance, her business—you get the picture. (Phoenix, we are SO taking you out for a nice dinner!) She decides to hightail it to Cooper’s Charm, a peaceful town filled with some very nice people, including a hunky widower who is quite possibly the nicest man she’s ever met. (You go, girl!) She’s soon joined by her sister, Ridley Rose, who finds some romance of her own with a scuba instructor. Ridley soon realizes that peeling his wetsuit away from his six-pack abs would be SO much fun. A story that involves two sisters and a beautiful town and two hunky guys to help said sisters take their minds off of things? Yes, please! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    Darkest Night, by Megan Erickson
    Bodyguard Jock Bosh’s latest assignment is to keep Fiona Madden safe. Some Bad Men have been out to get her for the past 10 years, so she’s feeling a bit wired, to say the least. (Fiona, we are booking you a relaxing spa day STAT.) She starts to feel safe with Jock, though, which makes perfect sense, because Jock’s body has been known to stop traffic. When Jock starts to risk his life keeping her safe, it helps Fiona realize that 1. Not all men are disgusting pigs and 2. Jock makes her feel emotions she never knew she was capable of feeling. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys—like, forever—and that Jock and Fiona makes lots of love and babies together! This is the second book in Erickson Wired & Dangerous series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 31.)

    Deadly Satisfaction, by Trice Hickman
    Johnny Mayfield was murdered in Amber, Alabama, and let’s just say that many, many issues surrounded this tragedy. He was having an affair at the time, for one, and his lover was suspected of killing him. The good news is that Johnny’s widow, Geneva, is now happily remarried with a baby and has moved on with her life. (Good for you, Geneva! You certainly deserve SO much better!) But then her late husband’s ex-lover comes waltzing back in, claiming she was framed for the murder. (Step aside, Geneva! We’ll take care of this for you.) It doesn’t help that certain small-town meddlers are eager to get in on all of the drama. One thing is for certain: Everyone needs to solve this mystery before someone else gets hurt, or worse. Hang in there, Geneva! Things will be peaceful again before you know it, and you can focus on snuggling with your new man and your baby! This is the second book in Hickman’s Dangerous Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/01/03 Permalink
    Tags: , born of vengeance, , collision course, , , promise not to tell, , , roni loren, sherrilyn kenyon, spring forward, the ones who got away, the spring girls   

    Romance Roundup: Mechanics, Cult Survivors, and High School Sweethearts 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a romantic mechanic, reunited high school sweethearts, and a modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

    Spring Forward, by Catherine Anderson
    Crystal Malloy has a full plate of responsibility. She’s trying to take care of her grandfather, for one. He lives in a retirement community and likes to break the rules now and then. (Sounds like he’s a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time!) Her care duties put her in front of Tanner Richards, a Very Hot Man who occasionally helps her grandfather. (Let’s make one thing clear, though: Tanner is two generations younger than his older friend and has the face and body and arms to prove it!) Tanner and Crystal start seeing more of each other, and soon realize they’d like to see each other in a setting that’s a tad sexier than a nursing home. (Yes, this sounds like an excellent idea!) Will Crystal lighten up a bit? And will Tanner show her that beautiful body of his over and over again? This is the fourth book in Anderson’s Mystic Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    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, and 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 hardcover, NOOK, and audiobook on January 2.)

    The Spring Girls, by Anna Todd
    Gather round, Louisa May Alcott fans! This modern retelling of Little Women features four sisters living on a military base in New Orleans with their mother while their father serves in Iraq. (Major kudos to military members and military families stationed, well, everywhere!) Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are each trying to carve out a life for themselves. Meg wants to be an officer’s wife. (Follow your bliss, Meg, but please make sure you go to college first!) Jo wants to escape to New York City. (Can’t say we blame you, Jo! If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere!) Beth works really hard and doesn’t want to leave the house. (We all have those days, Beth!) And Amy is, well, Amy. They’re all still really young, so there’s plenty of time to watch them grow and blossom and pursue their dreams. (Wait! We’re still going to get Laurie, right?!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    The Ones Who Got Away, by Roni Loren
    Liv Arias and Finn Dorsey were high school sweethearts. Then something awful happened during their senior year, not just to them, but also to a bunch of their classmates. The group was collectively referred to as The Ones Who Got Away, and now, 12 years later, they are about to relive the horror for a documentary. (Note to self: Stop whining about the traumatizing experience that was every high school math class!) Liv and Finn haven’t seen each other in a long time, and let’s just say that the years have been very kind to both of them. They’ve gone from teenagers to man and woman, and they are each bringing their A-game this time around. Can they learn to love each other as adults and help each other overcome their shared traumas? This is the first book in Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Collision Course, by Marie Harte
    Florist Joey Reeves is a single mom with zero spare time on her hands. Then she meets Lou Cortez, a tattoo-covered mechanic who is so different from her that he might as well be from a different planet. (A sexy planet. One filled with sexy men, each of them eager to please their very own lucky lady.) Anyway, Joey wants to keep a lid on it because…well…single mom and…what if something goes wrong and…scared of everything and…omigod Joey just go for it! Life is too short, and Lou really needs help wiping oil residue off of his mighty, mighty form. Joey will soon realize, though, that she can be the yin to Lou’s yang, and that together they can create car and flower-loving babies. So Joey, you go hire that babysitter, grab a damp towel, and get down the fun stuff ASAP! This is the fourth book in Harte’s Body Shop Bad Boys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 2.)

    Born of Vengeance, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    The latest book in Kenyon’s The League: Nemesis Rising series features Bastien Cabarro and Ember Wyldestarrin, who used to be each other’s wingman. They’ve both had it rough, to say the least. He was framed for his family’s murder, for one. As for Ember, her parents were killed and she had to go into exile. Ember wants to stay away from the troubles plaguing her world, but she is eager to make people pay for their actions. As for Bastien, he’s got a lot of people relying on him to complete certain missions, so there is no time to waste. He and Ember are both thirsty for justice, and certainly for each other. There’s a whole lot of intrigue and mystery going on, so here’s hoping Ember and Bastien manage to keep their heads above water through it all and ultimately realize that they are, like, kind of perfect for each other. (Available in paperback on January 2.)

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  • Amanda Diehl 4:00 pm on 2017/08/17 Permalink
    Tags: , ashwin, born of night, cutlass, ellis leaigh, games of command, Kit Rocha, , linnea sinclair, radio silence, , , she blinded me with science, sherrilyn kenyon, Undercover   

    6 Sci-Fi Romances that will Get You Hooked 

    If you’re looking to try something new in your romance reading, why not give science fiction romance a shot! There’s fantastic world-building as authors create their own cultures on far away planets. The plots often come with intense situations, like the end of the world or spaceship battles. And most importantly, there are all sorts of strong characters finding love in the midst of danger and adventure. Whether you prefer your sci-fi on the lighter side or want a full-on space opera, these romances are out of this world.

    Games of Command, by Linnea Sinclair
    Linnea Sinclair is the queen of sci-fi romance with impeccable world-building, technology, and character development. Games of Command is packed with two romances between members of a spaceship. Biocybe (think human with cyborg parts) Admiral Branden Kel-Paten and Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian were enemies, now forced to work together. Sass is also desperately trying to hide her past as a smuggler from Braden. To make matters worse, the ship picks up an injured mercenary, Jace Serafino, who knows Sass’ secrets rather well. Throw in empathetic Dr. Eden Fynn to care for Jace and four is way more than a crowd.

    Radio Silence, by Alyssa Cole
    Science fiction-lite with Earth on the verge of a post-apocalyptic meltdown, Radio Silence doesn’t fall into the category with far away galaxies and spaceships. Instead, a group of people find solace in a cabin after everything seems to shut down. Arden Highmore and her roommate John team up together, but when a band of scavengers attack their sanctuary, it’s John’s brother, Gabriel, who comes to the rescue. With Arden and Gabriel adopting an antagonistic relationship fraught with sexual tension, it’s hard to tell if they’ll survive or kill each other first.

    Ashwin, by Kit Rocha
    Ashwin is a sci-fi dystopian romance between a super-soldier designed not to feel emotions and a doctor helping the enemy. Lieutenant Ashwin Malhotra and Dr. Kora Bellamy have a history. Kora was the handler who cared for him, until she left for Sector One and joined Gideon’s Riders, a band of Robin Hood-esque warriors. Ashwin is sent to infiltrate the Riders, sending a shock to Kora. She never expected to see him again. As Ashwin begins to realize he’s not as emotionless as he was created to be, there’s no way he can betray the one woman who finally made him see that he has a heart.

    Undercover, by Lauren Dane
    For readers who prefer their science fiction romance more on the erotic side, Undercover can scratch that itch with a menage romance between three complicated individuals. Lieutenant Sera Ayers has been called to join Ash Walker’s covert operations team. Unfortunately, he’s also her former lover, a romance that ended badly when Ash submitted to a political marriage and Sera refused to become his mistress. Brandt Pela is another integral addition to the team since Brandt and Sera have to go undercover as lovers. And of course, the three’s mission becomes more complicated once feelings get involved.

    Cutlass, by Ellis Leigh
    Want a sci-fi romance that’s a whole lot of fun? How about a book with an intergalactic dating agency? After, admittedly, a bit too much wine, Chloe signs up for a new dating agency that specializing in matching mail order brides from around the universe to applicable partners. Cutlass is a warrior from another planet and he’s more than a little irritated at being stranded on Earth. However, he doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon once he realizes this little “backwoods planet” he dislikes so much holds a woman that could be his well-matched mate.

    Born of Night, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Nykyrian Quikiades has a complicated relationship with the League Assassins. He used to be one of them, but not anymore. However, that doesn’t stop the powers-that-be from putting a price on his head. To make things even more dangerous, he’s tasked with protecting Kiara Zamir, a young woman with a target on her head due to her father’s political dealings. A high-octane space adventure between an assassin and a princess, what’s not to love?

    Which sci-fi romances would you recommend?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/08/01 Permalink
    Tags: , , , dragonsworn, , liar's key, , , lucky in love, , ominous, , , rosalind noonan, sherrilyn kenyon,   

    Romance Roundup: Murder Mysteries, Dragon Men, and Kissable Cowboys 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a dragon man with the hots for a very special lady, a single dad who knows how to barbecue, and a rancher who is reunited with his dream woman.

    Worth the Wait, by Lori Foster
    Two love stories in one! First, there’s hot single dad Hogan Guthrie, who has a beautiful body, a wonderful personality, AND can make delicious barbecue food. He doesn’t exactly jive with restaurant owner Violet Shaw, but they soon realize they’d like to, ah, use every tool at their disposal. Can they let go of their respective differences and give the rest of us valuable cooking tips? Then, there’s Sheriff Nathan Hawley, who has a major double take when he sees Brooklin Sweet. She’s trying to keep her distance from anyone and everyone, but let’s be honest, that’s not possible because it’s Nathan. Knowing Nathan, it will not take long before he makes Brooklin want to shed everything. (Don’t fight it, Brookin!) This is the second book in Foster’s Guthrie Brothers series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook and NOOK.)

    Ominous, by Nancy Bush, Lisa Jackson, and Rosalind Noonan
    A story written by three brilliant romance writers? Yes, please! Kat, Ruth, and Shiloh were besties as teenagers, and they were having fun swimming in a lake one summer when a creepy man spied them. (Note to self: Be on alert when swimming in friend’s building’s rooftop pool this summer!) Then something awful and violent happened, and the three young ladies were forever changed. They reunite 15 years later, and immediately go on edge when a local teen girl goes missing. The three women get a lovely note from the gruesome person, and they are determined to make sure that the bad guy goes down. Here’s hoping all three of them keep their heads, that they find romance along the way, and that all of the nice people involved take a nice beach-related (i.e. no more lakes) vacation. This is the second book in the authors’ Wyoming series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Liar’s Key, by Carla Neggers
    Art crimes specialist Emma Sharpe is less than thrilled when art thief Oliver York strikes again. She doesn’t want to get involved, but then her fellow super sleuth Colin Donovan (also her fiancé) decides that he does. Oh, and someone turns up dead, which of course changes everything for our gal. She gets drawn in, which doesn’t exactly thrill her, but no woman can really resist the call of the wild—or Colin’s convincing ways. They will get to do a bit of world traveling as they solve this mystery, one that goes back generations for Emma and her family. (Emma, you can scout wedding venues while you’re at it!) Can Emma and Colin finally put this art mystery to bed, and then go to bed? This is the latest book in Neggers’ Sharpe & Donovan series. (Available in paperback.)

    Devil’s Cut, by J.R. Ward
    Edward is facing some jail time, mainly because he might (but might not have!) murdered his father. (Okay, let’s all take a deep breath and exhale!) Edward doesn’t relish the thought of time in the slammer, and neither does Sutton Smythe. She’s the CEO of a competitor, so there’s a bit of a Romeo-Juliet thing going on there. As for Edward’s brother, Lane Baldwine, he does NOT believe that Edward killed anyone. Lane enlists the help of his one true love, Lizzie King, to help him solve this family-related mystery. Here’s hoping that Edward is not, in fact, guilty of murder, and that Lane and Lizzie figure out a solution that won’t result in any more deaths! This is the third book in Ward’s sexy, suspenseful Bourbon Kings series. (Certainly wouldn’t mind having a book OR a bottle!) (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on August 1.)

    Dragonsworn, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Cursed dragon Falcyn, who also takes a very sexy, manly human form, has two major problems: humanity in general, and Greek humans. (Falcyn, you clearly need a good cuddle, and we’re all lined up to help!) He may not exactly immediately feel the hots for our gal, Medea, then. She’s the granddaughter of Apollo, who was, cough cough, a Greek god. Apollo wants to destroy her people, which is so NOT a grandfatherly activity. Then Apollo does something evil that turns Falcyn into an even deadlier weapon, and Medea must do what she can in order to save her people. (Medea, we’ll help you while standing at a safe distance wearing fire suits and holding axes!) This is the latest book in Kenyon’s very sexy and extensive Dark Hunter series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on August 1.)

    Lucky in Love, by Carolyn Brown
    Beau Luckadeau isn’t exactly living his best life right now. True, the rancher is doing very well with ranching activities. (Beau, we’ll help you fill that ranch up with babies!) That said, he wants to get rid of a persistent gold-digging lady, all while thinking about an amazing woman he met once upon a time. Then he’s reunited with said amazing woman, Milli Torres, who shows up to work at a nearby ranch. She’s a tad mortified to see him again, but surely they can give things another go. Milli, put on your most form-fitting jeans and your most flattering flannel shirt and get your man! And Beau, pick some wildflowers and practice your sexy dance, because you’ve got some serious courting to do! This is the first book in Brown’s Lucky Cowboys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

    What romance novels are you diving into this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2016/05/24 Permalink
    Tags: born of betrayal, , , , , , sherrilyn kenyon, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Spying Heroines, Savvy Cooks, and Sizzling Bodyguards 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a hunky journalist in need of some good food, daughters intent on avenging their mothers, and people just doing their best to save the universe.

    The Beekeeper’s Ball, by Susan Wiggs
    Foodies and cooking enthusiasts will love this story, the second book in Wiggs’ Bella Vista series. Chef Isabel Johansen decides to turn her childhood home into a cooking school. (Love a woman with a can-do attitude!) She’s got apple orchards, beehives, and gardens, which is totally fabulous. Things get shaken up a bit in the most delicious way when journalist Cormac O’Neill shows up. He’s a war reporter, and it’s left him a bit hardened, so if anyone could use a bit of TLC, it’s him. Whatever ails him, it’s nothing a tasty meal prepared by Isabel—not to mention Isabel’s presence itself—can’t cure. (Reprint; available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook on May 31.)

    Into the Whirlwind, by Kat Martin
    Megan O’Brien’s three-year-old son has been kidnapped, so this story’s already off to a gripping start. Out of ideas on how to get him back, she turns to Dirk Reynolds, her former bodyguard with whom she once got, um, very up close and personal. Now, Dirk may be an impressive specimen of muscles and sinew and toughness, but his wee heart is still feeling the pain of when Megan left him. Here’s hoping they rescue her kid (like, pronto) and that they resume the magic. This is the second book in Martin’s BOSS, Inc. series, which is about smoking hot bodyguards you wouldn’t mind having around 24/7. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 31.)

    The Ghost, by Monica McCarty
    Joan Comyn became a loyal supporter of Robert the Bruce after an English king tortured her mother. She’s transformed into a mysterious, don’t-mess-with-me spy, because you do NOT hurt a woman’s momma and get away with it! She is so awesome at spying for Scotland that she’s known as The Ghost, and some people want her head on a pike. Alex Seton, who works for the enemy (i.e. the English), is on a mission to track her down. When they meet, his gallant behavior and exceptional sexiness catch her slightly off guard. Can she convince him to not blow her cover? This is the 12th book in McCarty’s Highland Guard series, for readers who want to continue the kilted fun. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 31.)

    Duke of Sin, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    Bridget Crumb is on a mission. Her mother is being threatened with extortion, so Bridget gets herself a job in the household of the Duke of Montgomery in order to better search for some potentially compromising evidence. Now, the Duke, aka Valentine Napier, has his own issues. Until recently, he was in exile, and he’s intent on a little bit of revenge. (And by “a little bit” we mean “oodles.”) Then he finds Bridget in his bedroom, and let’s just say she’s a welcome distraction. Here’s hoping they get over any differences of opinion quickly. This is the tenth book in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook on May 31.)

    Hot in Hellcat Canyon, by Julie Anne Long
    Actor John Tennessee McCord has just found himself in the small town of Hellcat Canyon and at the table of waitress Britt Langley. The two are instantly attracted to each other, but Britt’s got some proverbial walls around her, and John just got out of a super publicized breakup. But the best way to get over an old love is to find a new one, so here’s hoping these two don’t beat around the bush for too long! (With the help of Hellcat Canyon residents, they probably won’t.) This is the first book in Long’s Hellcat Canyon series, which we hope will have many, many installments. (Fingers crossed!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 31.)

    Born of Betrayal, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    This is the tenth book in Kenyon’s The League series, which focuses on a group of people who deal with all kinds of issues in the Ichidian universe. (Think murder, corruption, and evil rulers, to name a few.) So once upon a time, Fain Hauk had to give it all up: His woman. His career. Everything. Anyway, he’s turned his life around and things are going fairly peachy keen-y…until they’re not. Old enemies return, and among the blasts from his past are his former fiancée. She’s still got a grudge against him, but of course they also still have the hots for each other. Here’s hoping they can save the Ichidian universe, put the past behind them, and get down to celebrating it all in the bedroom! (Reprint; available in paperback on May 31.)

    What hot new romances are you looking forward to this month?

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