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  • Cristina Merrill 6:00 pm on 2018/02/26 Permalink
    Tags: caroline linden, , exclusively yours, heather heyford, my once and future duke, nadine gonzalez, , once again, , , some kind of hero, , , the sweet spot   

    Romance Roundup: Vineyard Owners, Professional Gamblers, and Miami Romances 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a Navy SEAL who needs help finding his missing daughter, a high-society lady who needs to save her reputation, and a music teacher who is about to have some vineyard-related summer fun.

    Some Kind of Hero, by Suzanne Brockmann
    Navy Seal lieutenant and official Keeper of Our Panties Peter Greene has a major problem—his 15-year-old daughter has gone missing. He ends up getting help from an unlikely source, romance writer Shayla Whitman. She may not have the sharpshooting skills that Peter and his kind have, but she is a parent herself AND she can give him insights into the female mind. (Peter, we’d all be more than happy to give you all of the insight you need any day of the week!) They’ll have to work really hard together in order to find his daughter, and if they enjoy undressing each other in the meantime then who are we to judge? Peter and Shayla, we all have faith in you. Find that kid, make sure she’s okay, and then take your new, blended family on a nice vacation! This is the latest book in Brockmann’s extensive Troubleshooters series. (Available in paperback on February 27.)

    The Marquis and I, by Ella Quinn
    Lady Charlotte Carpenter is in the ultimate reputation-destroying pickle. She’s just been kidnapped, and she’s being held hostage in an inn. If this wasn’t enough, she’s rescued by Constantine, Marquis of Kenilworth. Normally, getting rescued from ruffians is a cause for celebration, but not when your rescuer is well-known among polite society for, ahem, misbehaving with the wrong kinds of women. (Forget about her life having been in danger. Society will only care whether she was sullied in the process, because society stinks that way.) Charlotte’s first instinct is to keep her distance from Constantine, but the threats to her life aren’t over yet. Constantine sees this, which forces him to realize that he’s developed feelings for our gal. Oh, Charlotte, give Constantine a chance! He will prove himself worthy of you, and then the two of you can embark on a life together that is both respectable AND exciting! This is the fourth book in Quinn’s Worthingtons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 27.)

    The Sweet Spot, by Heather Heyford
    Music teacher Jamie Martel needs a break from big city life, so a summer job at an Oregon vineyard seems like the perfect escape. (That’s right, Jamie! Inhale that fresh air—and all of that delicious wine!) Working at the Vineyards at Ribbon Ridge soon turns out to be one of the best decisions she’s ever made, and the owner, Hank Friestatt, is one of the most manly men she’s ever met. (Cue the fantasies of lounging on a giant picnic blanket while being fed wine by a nude, chiseled Hank.) Hank is seriously thinking of leaving this whole grape business behind, but then he meets Jamie, and realizes that he might have just been a tad lonely. Can they make a beautiful life together in rural Oregon? And will Hank feed Jamie wine—completely and utterly nekkid—on a warm and sunny summer day? This is the first book in Heyford’s Willamette Valley series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 27.)

    Once Again, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint offers two stories in one! In “Sullivan’s Woman,” model Cassidy St. John’s bad luck takes a turn for the better when she lands a gig modeling for hunky artist Colin Sullivan. He wants to paint her, and Cassidy soon realizes she wouldn’t mind posing nude for him if the situation called for it. (Nor would we, Colin!) In “Less of a Stranger,” Megan Miller agrees to help her grandfather run his amusement park. In the process she clashes with David Katcherton, who wants to buy said amusement park. Megan is reluctant to give in to this particular demand, but she soon realizes she wouldn’t mind giving into David’s more passionate requests. Oh, Megan, we know David comes off as a tad arrogant (well, really arrogant), but please give him a chance to show you how very, very good he can be! (Available in paperback on February 27.)

    Exclusively Yours, by Nadine Gonzalez
    Leila Amis and her new boss, Miami realtor Nicolas Adrian, have a chemistry that’s too good to resist. So they agree to have an affair for eight weeks before Nicolas leaves for New York City. Everything is going just dandily, but then Nicolas realizes he wants more out of their relationship. Leila refuses him, though, for reasons no reasonable person will ever comprehend, and he takes his poor, hurting heart away. They reunite one year later, and Nicolas is still feeling all “Why won’t you love me, woman?” He’s going to have to work really hard in order to win our gal’s heart for good. As for Leila, no offense, friend, but have you seen Nicolas’ body? Get on that ASAP! (Like, again!) This is the first book in Gonzalez’s Miami Dreams series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    My Once and Future Duke, by Caroline Linden
    Sophie Campbell is a skilled gambler who also plays it safe. Her ultimate goal is to win a ton of money so she can be independent and live a life that doesn’t leave her at society’s mercy. (Sophie, we all admire your tenacity and resourcefulness!) Then she gets a most tempting offer she can’t refuse from Jack Lindeville, the Duke of Ware. If she wins a wager, he’ll give her five thousand pounds, which would mean she could be independent for the rest of her days. If she loses, he gets to enjoy her for an entire week. (Sophie, this sounds like a win-win for you because Jack is hiding quite the body underneath that tailored outfit of his.) Jack originally ventured into the gambling den to save his irresponsible brother, but now he’s all about Sophie. Here’s hoping they both realize they’d be perfect for each other—and that they can finally leave the gambling life behind them for good. (Available in paperback and NOOK on February 27.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 6:27 pm on 2017/07/12 Permalink
    Tags: , how to bang a billionaire, mature content, off base, p.s. your cat is dead, real love: the art of mindful connection, , some kind of hero, , suzanne brockman, , the ship beyond time, under rose-tainted skies   

    The Joy of Diversity! A Summer Reading List from Some Kind of Hero Author Suzanne Brockman 

    Characters in modern romance novels come in all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, creeds, abilities, and orientations! Reading stories about people who don’t look, act, and think exactly as we do allows us to step into a different (or perhaps not so different) life, and experience both challenges and joys we otherwise might’ve missed—widening our world-view even while keeping us wildly entertained.

    Here’s my summer reading list of diverse—and wildly entertaining—books:

    How to Bang a Billionaire, by Alexis Hall.
    Confession: I find nothing appealing about billionaires these days, so it’s nice to see that the first person hero of this romance—a funny, charming, adorable undergrad at Oxford—is well outside of his comfort zone, too, as he collides with his billionaire love interest. Still, I’ll gladly go anywhere Hall leads me. If he writes it, I’ll love it—he’s just that good. (Also…? Gotta love that title!)

    Trust Me, by Farrah Rochon
    The latest romance in Rochon’s popular, Louisiana-set Holmes Brothers series has a kickass heroine who’s running for mayor and a freelance journalist (and Holmes Brother) hero! I’m already in love!

    Mature Content, by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
    I’m a huge fan of Erickson and Hassell’s funny, edgy Cyberlove series of romances, and this is long-awaited book number four. All set in the same fast-paced (mostly on-line) world, these searingly h-h-hot and heart-wrenchingly emotional books can be devoured in any order.

    The Ship Beyond Time, by Heidi Heilig
    The sequel to The Girl From Everywhere, which I loved madly, merges time travel and fantasy with history and adventure. I’m so glad I’ll have a chance to spend more time with Nix, the book’s brilliant YA heroine who, like Heilig herself, hails from Hawaii.

    Under Rose-Tainted Skies, by Louise Gornall
    Yet another intriguing YA romance—with a heroine who has agoraphobia and OCD, yet manages to connect with the super-cute boy-next-door. According to a review from Library Journal, Gornall “(draws) from her own experiences” to tell this story. But it’s this line from the book’s blurb that made me click the buy-now link: “Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in?I can’t wait to take this complicated journey with her!

    An Extraordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole
    I recently read and loved Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union, set during the Civil War, and immediately went to see when her next book (a sequel, called A Hope Divided) comes out. It’s not until November, but that’s okay, because Cole’s backlist of historical romances is deliciously diverse. I’m eager to read both Be Not Afraid for its Revolutionary War time-period (and that awesome cover), and Let it Shine, set during the Civil Rights era in 1961.

    P.S. Your Cat is Dead, by James Kirkwood
    Originally published in the early 1970s, I was sixteen when I first plucked this book from the paperback rack at the grocery checkout—on the day that my best friend’s cat was killed by a car in front of her house! That fateful encounter was the start of my lifelong love of Jim Kirkwood—who went on to co-write the book for A Chorus Line before AIDS stole his genius from the world. I can’t wait to do a reread of this life-changing story, and hope that all of Kirkwood’s novels comes back into print soon.

    Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection, by Sharon Salzberg
    Yes, it’s non-fiction, but Salzberg’s classic Loving Kindness is a go-to book for me in these troubling, turbulent times. I’m looking forward to this new release from a mindfulness expert whose easy-to-read voice is that of a loving, compassionate friend.

    Off Base, by Annabeth Albert
    I’ve heard great things about Albert’s military romances, and decided to start with this romance featuring a closeted (even to himself) Navy SEAL, and his journey towards love, light, and truth. That’s the kind of HEA I simply can’t resist.

    The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
    Lyrically poetic, heart-breaking, sharply funny, and breathtakingly tragic, this YA novel about a girl who witnesses the violent death of a friend in a police shooting is the must read of 2017. (And probably 2018, 2019, and 2020, too.) I read it earlier this year when it first dropped into my e-reader, but I’ll definitely be reading it again this summer.

    Suzanne Brockmann’s latest book, Some Kind of Hero, is available on B&N bookshelves now! 

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/07/11 Permalink
    Tags: , harper sloan, , indigo lake, , , kiss my boots, , secrets of the tulip sister, some kind of hero, , , wildfire   

    Romance Roundup: Navy Men, Tulip Farmers, and Manly Motorcycle Riders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two estranged sisters who have GOT to let things go, a gently-bred young lady about to go on a pirate adventure, and reunited childhood sweethearts.

    Some Kind of Hero, by Suzanne Brockmann
    Navy lieutenant Peter Greene is really good at transforming new recruits into lean, mean, SEAL machines. (Peter, would you PLEASE help us all reenact that final scene in An Officer and a Gentleman?) He’s just become a single dad though, and he is totally unprepared to take care of his 15-year-old daughter. When his daughter disappears, he enlists the help of romance writer Shayla Whitman. She’s a parent, too, and she knows a thing or two about highly emotional teenagers. Here’s hoping they rescue Peter’s daughter soon, that his daughter acclimates to her new life pronto, and that this happy ending involves finding a dream home to hold this beautiful, blended family! This is the latest book in Brockmann’s extensive Troubleshooters series, which is perfect for romance readers who love men in uniform! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 11.)

    Beautiful Tempest, by Johanna Lindsey
    The very gentle-bred Jacqueline Malory recently had some major adventure that involved a ship and a handsome pirate, and she’s about to have some more! Jacqueline and her older brother are taken as “guests” on the ship of a very mysterious man—and that ship is sailing away from England, which could either be really good or really bad. (Seems like any time with this mysterious man would be really good!) Our gal thinks he might be a pirate, but the truth is he might actually be a nobleman who is looking to get his honor back. That said, he’s quite intrigued by the tasty morsel that is Jacqueline and doing some not-so-honorable things with her. This is the latest book in Lindsey’s passionate Malory-Anderson Family series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on July 11.)

    Secrets of the Tulip Sisters, 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 hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 11.)

    Indigo Lake, by Jodi Thomas
    Blade Hamilton just inherited some land in a place called Crossroads, Texas, so he decides to plant his fine derriere on his motorcycle and head on over there. He gets into a bit of a scrape, and is helped by the very lovely Dakota. She’s a bit dismayed to find out that he is a Hamilton. Her family and the Hamilton family have a long-standing feud, so this sexy man might cause her a bit of family-related grief. (Blade could never cause Dakota any grief himself, though, because he’s got a big heart to go with that big bike.) Weird drama aside, Blade soon realizes he likes the area and wants to stick around. (Please do, Blade! You make the prairie better!) Can these two keep their heads above the petty drama? This is the sixth book in Thomas’ Ransom Canyon series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on July 18.)

    Kiss My Boots, by Harper Sloan
    Our gal Quinn Davis is perfectly happy living her life in small-town Texas. That said, she has zero desire to shack up with a seductive cowboy. (Um, no offense, Quinn, but have you had your head checked recently?!) Then her old childhood friend, Tate Montgomery, comes back to town. He used to spend his summers with his grandparents in the town of Pine Oak, and he’s never forgotten Quinn. (A guy who never forgets a friend? Sounds like someone who has his priorities straight in life!) He and Quinn had a painful separation due to some drama back in the day, but the past is the past, and these two wonderful people are ready to get to know each other again as adults. (Okay, Quinn, we take it back. Your heart is open and free for Tate!) This is the second book in Sloan’s Coming Home Series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 18.)

    Wildfire, by Ilona Andrews
    The scorching heat between truthseeker Nevada Baylor and Connor “Mad” Rogan continues in the third book in Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series. Rogan is helping Nevada make her way through a very complex magical world. (Rogan, if you ever want to navigate the rest of us through ANYTHING—traffic, a series of puddles, the complicated matter that is the Electoral Collegetrafficplease, be our guest!) He is also trying to keep would-be suitors at bay, which is no easy feat because our gal Nevada is pretty awesome. Nevada certainly likes her handsome helper, but he comes with some annoyingly heavy baggage, including an ex-fiancé who just can’t seem to go away. These two lovebirds have a lot to get through together, so here’s hoping they’ve got all of the tools they need to make it work! (Hint, you two: Look within and look to each other!) (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 25.)

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