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  • Cristina Merrill 1:00 pm on 2018/04/24 Permalink
    Tags: a san diego romance, a scandalous deal, , don't call me cupcake, , , , navy brides, , , stephanie laurens, , tara sheets, the designs of lor randolph cavanaugh   

    Romance Roundup: Navy Love, Architects, and Cupcake Wars 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a lady trying to keep her family’s estate together, an architect who gets cozy with her new employer, and two competitive foodies who have the major hots for each other.

    The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens
    Lord Randolph Cavanaugh doesn’t give a hoot of what society thinks. His biggest concerns are his business ventures and his family. (Randy, buddy, with high society being as snooty as it is, we can’t say we blame you!) He travels to Buckinghamshire to review an investment, which brings him face-to-face with Felicia Throgmorton. Her father died not too long ago, and she’s working really hard to keep her family’s estate together. (Randolph, you BETTER take her out for a fun night at the theatre!) They soon become crazy for each other, because Felicia is a smart and strong and awesome lady and Randolph is also smart and strong and awesome with a beautiful body to boot. This is the first book in Laurens’ new series, The Cavanaughs. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 24.)

    Map of the Heart, by Susan Wiggs
    History buffs will love Wiggs’ latest! Camille Palmer is finally settling back into a peaceful existence after the tragic death of her husband. She’s got a teenage daughter and a dad to look after, so she’s quite busy. (Camille, massages and champagne on all of us!) Then a mysterious package arrives, and the three of them go back to France, where Camille’s dad lived during World War II. Oh, and Camille meets a very handsome former naval officer during her travels. (Note to Camille: Find out ASAP if he kept his uniform!) A nice lady who gets another chance at love with a hunky man in the French countryside while surrounded by loved ones? Yes, we’ll all take that tale with a glass of wine and a chocolate croissant! (Available in paperback on April 24.)

    Navy Brides, by Debbie Macomber
    Two stories in one—and lots of sexy Navy men in sexy Navy uniforms! In “Navy Wife,” Lindy Kyle decides to start a new chapter in Seattle. (Some jerk broke her heart, so good for you, Lindy!) She ends up becoming roommates with Rush Callaghan, who is in between Navy gigs. Rush always thought the Navy would be his first love, but he soon realizes that Lindy is extremely awesome, too. Will their love survive when he gets called to duty again? In “Navy Blues,” a lady named Carol really, really, really wants her ex-husband, Lieutenant Commander Steve Kyle, to father a baby for her. (Navy life and the long absences it can entail took a toll on their marriage, but she knows he’d be the perfect co-parent.) Can they realize that they’ve always been perfect for each other and that they have GOT to reconcile for good? (Fingers crossed!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 24.)

    A Scandalous Deal, by Joanna Shupe
    Gilded Age romance alert! Lady Eva Hyde, unfortunately, has had three dead fiancés, so it doesn’t look like she’ll get married anytime soon. She decides to go to New York City to pursue her dream of being an architect. (Many thanks to you, Eva, and other women like you who helped pave the way!) During her boat journey she has a very, ahem, passionate encounter with a handsome man. When in New York, she realizes that said handsome man is none other than her new boss. Phillip Mansfield is willing to give Eva a chance on his new luxury hotel project, but he’s not prepared for the many, many feelings she stirs up in him. Here’s hoping that Eva manages to take the architecture world by storm—and that she and Phillip have many passionate nights in an edifice of her creation! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 24.)

    Don’t Call Me Cupcake, by Tara Sheets
    Bakery owner Emma Holloway likes to infuse the cupcakes she makes with good wishes. (Oh, and these good wishes work in a magical way, so Emma, we’ll all take ten!) Life is good, and then she meets Hunter Kane. Now, normally meeting Hunter would be A Good Thing, because he’s a Handsome Guy with Biceps Molded From Happy Tears. But Hunter, it turns out, is opening his own restaurant and bakery in town, so now he’s competition. (Hot, muscular competition, but competition nonetheless.) They soon discover they’ll need to work together for the town’s summer festival. This is difficult for our gal Emma to bear, because business is business and she’d like to be the town’s ONLY business, thank you very much. Then they start to connect in a very deep way. Can they work together? And will Hunter serve Emma sweets in bed wearing nothing but an apron? (Sorry, an apron AND a smile?) This is the first book in Sheets’ Holloway Girls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 24.)

    A San Diego Romance, by Kianna Alexander
    Christopher Marland is the president of the San Diego Millionaire Moguls, and he doesn’t really have time for any romance. (Oh, Christopher, just give us all a chance!) Then Eliza Ellicott comes back into his life, and seeing his first love again makes Christopher realize that yes, he is still capable of deep emotion and intense physical passion. (We all knew you had it in you, buddy!) As for Eliza, she’s willing to give Christopher a helping hand with his teenage daughter because she’s, like, a super duper nice person with a boutique to run. (Eliza, we will all be your most faithful patrons!) She’s not so sure about Christopher himself, though. Can Christopher prove to her that he’s a man worth keeping who can also show her a rowdy time in just about any place? This is the sixth book in the multi-authored Millionaire Moguls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    What romance novels are you swooning over this week?

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  • Tara Sonin 6:00 pm on 2018/02/27 Permalink
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    Romance Spring Preview: 24 of Our Most Anticipated Novels 

    Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but Spring will soon be here! There is no better time for romance to bloom than when the frost thaws and our world starts to become sunnier, hotter…you get the idea. Here are 25 of our most anticipated romances coming this season.

    February

    The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand (February 20)
    It’s a tale as old as time: twins who couldn’t be more different, find themselves living a life where the grass is always greener, and learning something in the process. Harper is low-key, relaxed…and a complete romantic disaster. Tabitha is dignified, with a high standard for taste (and the debt to match)…not to mention a teenage daughter she can’t reign in. By switching islands and living the other sister’s life, they find a way to bury the resentments of the past, and both find hope for the future.

    Hello Stranger, by Lisa Kleypas (February 20)
    Garrett Gibson has never taken no for an answer—that’s how she became a doctor in an age and a society where women were discouraged from doing anything of the sort. She may be daring, but she’s never taken a risk in matters of the heart…until she meets Ethan Ransom, a detective for Scotland Yard, and gives into the throes of passion. But when she is pulled into a dangerous case, the stakes are raised, and she could lose more than her heart.

    A Princess in Theory, by Alyssa Cole (February 27)
    We’ve all gotten strange emails claiming we’re betrothed to an overseas prince, right? Naledi Smith knows they’re a scam, and one she doesn’t have time for. But in this case, they’re true: Prince Thabiso has been looking for the missing girl he was supposed to marry—and when he meets Naledi, she thinks he’s nothing but a regular person like her. And so he decides to play along, believing he can convince her to love the man behind the crown.

    The Marquis and I, by Ella Quin (February 27)
    Charlotte has been kidnapped, thanks to her brother-in-law’s recklessness (and the enemies he made as a result). But then she is rescued by a man even more unscrupulous, and her reputation is in tatters. She wants nothing to do with Constantine, the Marquis who rescued her…but he is determined to win her heart.

    The Sins of Lord Lockwood, by Meredith Duran (February 27)
    Liam is on a quest for revenge after his wedding to Anna was taken from him thanks to a conspiracy. But Anna has not given up on the man she loves, despite his pleas to leave him to his life of vengeance.

    March

    A Rogue of Her Own, by Grace Burrowes (March 6)
    Miss Charlotte Windham has no intention of ever marrying, and the best way to ensure that no one would ever want to marry her is a simple scandal. Lucas Sherborne is the perfect man to rope into her plan—but instead, thanks to his own desires to marry a woman of influence and wealth, they end up at the altar instead. A marriage neither one of them truly wanted turns into a love they never knew they needed.

    Ashes on the Moor, by Sarah M. Eden (March 6)
    It is 1871, and Evangeline has been sent by her grandfather to a small mill town to teach—and if she fails, she will never see her inheritance or her younger sister, the last family she has left, again. She keeps her upper-class status a secret as she finds a community in the town, bonding with Dermot, an Irish brick mason and his son…but when her secret is revealed, she must piece together the unraveling threads of her life to find a happy ending.

    High Voltage, by Karen Marie Moning (March 6)
    The Fever series continues with Dani protecting the people of Dublin against the forces of evil gathering strength beneath the surface. Her bond with Ryodan is stronger than ever, but even the immortal cannot protect her from the horrors from her past.

    With This Man, by Jodi Ellen Malpas (March 20)
    Jesse Ward is back in the new installment in this erotic romance series, and his entire world is rocked thanks to a tragic accident. Jesse and Ava were happy. But then she ends up in the hospital, and they aren’t sure she’s going to make it. Which would be bad enough…except that when she does pull through, she cannot remember him. Or anything about the last sixteen years. So Jesse is once again given a problem he might not be able to conquer: seducing his wife, and proving to her that the last sixteen years are worth remembering.

    Accidental Heroes, by Danielle Steele (March 20)
    Someone on plane A321 is going to do something terrible, and only Homeland Security agent Ben Waterman can figure out who, and how to stop them in time. In this thriller, a TSA agent informs him of a suspicious postcard with a mysterious message, and together they must rise to the occasion and become heroes to save the day.

    His Wicked Charm, by Candace Camp (March 27)
    Lilah hates Constantine Moreland. To make things worse, his twin brother married her best friend. But when his sisters are kidnapped, she helps him on the case and discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

    Hurts to Love You, by Alisha Rai (March 27)
    Evangeline Chandler is an heiress, which means she knows the rules: don’t embarrass the family, don’t reveal your true feelings, and don’t hook up with the help. But she can’t help the attraction she feels for Gabriel, even if they can never be together. That is, until they find themselves unable to stop being together.

    Twice Bitten, by Lynsay Sands (March 27)
    Elspeth Argeneau has been alive for almost two centuries, but it’s only after getting away from her very controlling mother that she feels like she can start to experience life. Between hunting vampires, she can certainly find time for a fling. Especially with a guy who has no idea what she is.

    April

    The Thief, by J.R. Ward (April 10)
    The Black Dagger Brotherhood saga continues with the story of Sola Morte, a human woman—and former criminal—who is trying to reform herself and live the life she needs to in order to keep her grandmother safe. What she doesn’t need is a distraction, especially from Assail, the only man she’s ever truly felt something for…though she doesn’t know the truth that he is a vampire, and deals in arms with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. But when his life is in danger, Sola must risk it all to bring them together again.

    Natural Blonde Instincts, by Jill Shalvis (April 16)
    After trying to do her own thing, Kenna has decided it’s time to join the family business and prove herself capable of taking the reigns. The problem? Her boss is hot, powerful, and not falling for her feminine wiles.

    The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh, by Stephanie Laurens (April 24)
    The titular character of this historical romance is loyal only to those closest to him—for everyone else, his top priority has always been his finances. But when an investment falls through, he is torn between seeking restitution for his losses…and seeking the heart of a brilliant woman.

    A Devil of a Duke, by Madeline Hunter (April 24)
    Gabriel is a rake of the first order, used to getting everything he wants from the world, and from women. Which is why it’s incredibly frustrating to be falling for—and bedding—a woman who will give him her body, but not her name or her heart.

    May

    A Court of Frost and Starlight, by Sarah J. Maas (May 1)
    A continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, this story bridges the initial three novels with the latter tales in the series. Feyre and Rhysand are rebuilding their world following a devastating conflict: love, war, loyalty, and friendship collide for another adventure in the world of the High Fae.

    Someone to Care, by Mary Balogh (May 1)
    Viola has not been able to move on from the shame and trauma of being stripped of her title after the death of her Earl husband. Not the young debutante she once was, but not ready for the grave, either, Viola isn’t sure where she fits…until she finds herself falling for the Marquess of Dorchester, a notorious rake…and a man worth risking her limited standing in society for.

    The World of All Souls, by Deborah Harkness (May 8)
    There is much more to the story of Oxford historian and witch Diana Bishop and time-traveling vampire Matthew Clairmont…and this guide to the world in which they met and fell in love reveals all!

    The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews (May 8)
    In this perfect early-spring beach read, a woman is given an arduous task by an aging heiress: find the descendants of her long-deceased friends, with whom she was not able to make amends before they died, and bring them together.

    The Other Lady Vanishes, by Amanda Quick (May 8)
    1930’s California is a place of beauty and danger when a woman escapes from a sanitarium and starts a new life, only to be tempted by a widowed businessman and drawn into a murder mystery.

    Devil in Tartan, by Julia London (May 16)
    Lottie is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her home safe, including taking her Highland clan to the ocean for illegal whiskey sales and holding a captain from a rival clan captive after an attack on her vessel. Aulay never thought he’d let himself get bound by a woman’s heart, and yet he can’t help but want to possess Lottie as much as he wants her ship.

    Too Wilde to Wed, by Eloisa James (May 29)
    Since being jilted, North went to war and cultivated a reputation for being ill-suited to marriage. But he doesn’t know that his almost-bride, Diana, never intended to hurt him, and her reputation has paid a price as well.

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  • Tara Sonin 7:00 pm on 2018/01/24 Permalink
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    Prepare For The Royal Wedding With 50 Royal Reads 

    If you’re anything like me, the new royal wedding is pretty much the only news you care about these days. But we have until May 2018 to wait until Prince Harry and Princess Meghan (sorry, I don’t care what the official rules say, she’s a princess!) tie the knot…so here are fifty royal reads to tide you over until happily ever after.

    The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
    The story couldn’t be better than a fairytale: a regular girl falls in love with a prince. Bex always thought something like that could happen to her sister, Lacey, the romantic one…but instead she’s the one who winds up falling in love with Nick, who just so happens to be the next in line for the throne of England.

    Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
    Witness the rise and fall of the Queens of England from the perspective of an influential man on the sidelines, as he experiences his own rise to becoming the man who pulls the strings behind the curtain. Who was Thomas Cromwell, and how did he become Henry VIII’s right hand man?

    The Virgin’s Lover, by Philippa Gregory
    The master of historical fiction weaves a captivating tale of royalty and romance—as Elizabeth I becomes Queen, Amy Dudley knows this means her husband will once again find himself in her thrall. Elizabeth knows she must marry to ensure her country’s political safety, but the only man she wants is the one she can’t have.

    The King’s Mistress, by Emma Campion
    King Edward III had a mistress—but who was Alice Perrers? Was she a manipulative, ambitious woman who sought a station higher than she should have, or was she a prisoner of her own circumstances?

    The Sisters of Versailles, by Sally Christie
    One of the greatest court scandals never before written about in English is the focus of this scandalous, steamy novel. Four sisters are thrust into the orbit of King Louis XV, each of them occupying a place in the King’s bed for enough time to change history.

    Girl on the Golden Coin, by Marci Jefferson
    A girl goes from poor exile to the center of the English and French courts, relying on her connection to royal Stuart blood to advance her station. But she makes a terrible mistake: refusing to become the mistress of the French King, and in exchange is burdened with the task of seducing the English one as punishment. But she cannot, under any circumstances, fall in love with him.

    Sisi, by Allison Pataki
    Married to the Emperor Franz Joseph, Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Hungary is beloved by her people—but despite the gilded lifestyle she leads, Sisi is tempted by another life all together. She loves another man, Count Andrassy, and is willing to risk her marriage, her children, and her country itself to keep him. But turmoil follows Sisi wherever she goes, and as the First World War gathers steam, she must decide where her loyalties lie.

    Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, by Alison Weir
    One of history’s most fascinating Queens, Anne Boleyn’s rise to power is explored in this fast-paced and romantic novel in which a teenage girl from a scheming family finds herself growing closer and closer to the King, heedless of whichever women she must cast aside—including the current Queen, and even her own sister—to get there.

    Victoria, by Daisy Goodwin
    Inspired by the diaries of this long-reigning Queen, this novel follows another teenage Queen as she navigates the traditions and unspoken rituals of the monarchy…and in many cases, defies them, in order to forge an empire of her own.

    Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
    If you’re in the mood for some YA royalty, check out this series about a society where red-blooded people are controlled by those with magical, silver blood. That is, until Mare is revealed as a red-blooded girl with Silver powers. As she grows closer to the crown—and the brothers surrounding it—Mare realizes it may not be her destiny to become Queen of the Silver world, but the leader of the rebellion to destroy it.

    Dark Breaks the Dawn, by Sara B. Larson
    A reimagining of Swan Lake, this fantasy features a princess of the Light Kingdom on the cusp of coming into her full magical ability. But when she is thrust into a war with the Dark Kingdom—and realizes the King has corrupt plans to usurp her mother and control both thrones—she realizes that the cost of not controlling her magic could be the loss of her kingdom.

    Abundance, by Sena Jeter Naslund
    Marie Antoinette’s legacy is an infamous one, but thisliteary novel explores who she was before she met the guillotine. A child-bride forced to unite two countries; a beloved Queen who thrives on the love from her people; and an outsider unwilling to concede to elements stronger than herself.

    Helen of Troy, by Margaret George
    One of the first wars caused by a woman of royal importance, The Trojan War has inspired songs and stories for centuries. But who was Helen, the woman who abandoned her marriage in favor of an enemy prince?

    The Wild Queen, by Carolyn Meyer
    A Queen forced to relinquish her title and all she holds dear finds the courage to take control of her future—by returning to the place of her birth, Scotland, and securing another marriage in the hopes of taking back her throne. The one snag? The person she needs to dethrone is her cousin, Elizabeth I.

    The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Adieh
    Khalid is the Caliph of Khorasan, the ruler who marries a new girl each night—and orders her execution every time the sun rises. But for some reason, Shahrzad, a beautiful girl who volunteers to marry him—with plans to seek revenge for the murder of her best friend—is not killed on the first sunrise of her marriage.

    The Selection, by Kiera Cass
    The Bachelor meets Fantasy in this series about thirty-five girls competing for the hand of the Prince…and the throne that comes with it. What girl wouldn’t want that? Meet America singer, who is forced to leave behind the boy she loves to fight for a prince she is convinced she could never love.

    To Marry a Prince, by Sophie Page
    Bella doesn’t believe in fairytales, or true love. But then she is saved by a handsome strange—Richard, who just so happens to be the heir to the throne. But Bella’s fairytale romance soon hits a snag, when she butts heads with the royal family, feels like public property instead of a princess, and wonders whether an ordinary girl has any place loving a prince.

    The Commoner, by John Burnham Schwartz
    Haruk is the first Japanese woman not in the aristocracy to become a central figure in the monarchy. By marrying the Crown Prince, Haruko is derided by royal society and suffers because of it. But thirty years after the marriage, she is the Empress, and tasked with trapping yet another young woman in a marriage…this time, to her son, to secure his place on the throne.

    Royally Screwed, by Emma Chase
    Nicholas is used to getting everything he wants. And as a prince, he has everything anyone could ever want…except true love, which he finds when a beautiful girl defies him instead of bowing down. Olivia Hammond is exactly what he needs in his life…now he just has to convince the entire monarchy that she deserves him.

    Ever the Hunted, by Erin Summerill
    Britta Flannery tracks criminals with her bounty-hunter father…until he is murdered by her best friend, Cohen, the boy she thought she loved. To bring him to justice, she must venture to the far reaches of her kingdom, armed only with a magic she cannot control, and the bravery to face the truth about her father’s death.

    Long May She Reign, by Rhiannon Thomas
    She was twenty-third in line for the throne, but in this brutal and beautiful novel, Freya becomes Queen when the entire court is poisoned. But is she safe upon a throne she was never supposed to possess? And who can she trust, when she is surrounded by even more power-hungry people than before?

    The Red Queen, by Philippa Gregory
    The White Queen’s enemy has her story told in this Philippa Gregory novel; Margaret Beaufort has given her life to ensuring that her son, Henry Tudor, will sit on the English throne.

    Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
    Three Queens, each born with a power that could spell their ascension to the throne…and each charged with the terrible task of killing her sisters in order to take it. Game of Thrones fans who love dark magic and badass female characters will devour this sordid, sexy YA.

    Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
    Alina is a refugee with incredible power—and when she uses it to save her best friend’s life during a war caused by dark magic, she is thrust into the royal world of the Grisha. These magical warriors are ruled by The Darkling, and while Alina knows she must keep her wits about her and her power under control in order to save her kingdom, she is tempted by the promise of power and passion.

    The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, by Julia London
    Lady Greer wants to avoid marriage at all costs, including if that means going off alone to find an inheritance controlled by the Earl of Radnor…also known as the Prince of Powys. But Rhodrick is notorious and possibly even villainous. Greer cannot fall in love with him before securing the way out of an unhappy marriage…but her dark prince has other plans.

    Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
    Katsa’s Grace—the special power that sets her apart from society—is killing people. She uses this power in her position close to the King, but in this classic and fast-paced fantasy full of conspiracy, court intrigue, and romance, Katsa wishes she were free to choose her own destiny.

    Everless, by Sarah Holland
    In Sempera, time is blood—and both are owned by the Gerlings, who extract it from the poor and vulnerable in exchange for adding time to their own lifespans. When Jules finds herself working at the Gerling estate—and closer to the past she thought she’d escaped long ago—the secrets she finds in the blood are more than she bargained for.

    The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black
    When Jude was a child, her parents were murdered and she was sent away to live with the Faeries at their mysterious High Court. Now, she wants to become one of them, despite the derision with which Prince Cardan views humans.

    Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah Maclean
    Lady Calpurnia has no interest in being a typical ‘lady’, even if it means she remainds unmarried. But being unmarried doesn’t mean going unsatisfied, and so she decides to find a partner willing to break the rules with her, like Gabriel St. John, whose reputation for being wicked is exactly what she’s looking for.

    Crimson Bound, by Rosamund Hodge
    Rachelle is a servant to the realm, one of a select few capable of fighting dangerous creatures and protecting the prince. But she hates Armand, the man whose life she is supposed to put before her own. Court conspiracies, dark magic, and forbidden love run amok in this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

    Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson
    Elisa is the younger princess, married to a King in secret…and despite thinking she’s not special, she is the one destined to save her kingdom.

    The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn
    Simon Basset and Daphne Bridgerton are about to become engaged…but it’s really all a ruse to keep Simon out of the clutches of society’s rules, and Daphne hopes to find a suitor of her own since she has the stamp of approval from a Duke. But despite their courtship of convenience, they find themselves falling for one another.

    The Secret, by Julie Garwood
    Judith has traveled from her English home to the Highlands in order to help an old friend through childbirth…but the truth is she comes from Highland royalty, as the daughter of Laird Maclean. She only intended to learn about her father, but instead falls for another Laird, Ian, who confuses and excites her and draws her closer to a place she never thought she could call home.

    Sins of a Wicked Duke, by Sophie Jordan
    Fallon is working class, never meant to fall in love with someone above her station. But when she disguises herself as a footman in a wealthy household, she falls head over heels for her boss: Dominic Hale. Dominic finds himself intrigued by his young employee, but a torrid romance could ruin them both.

    The Switch, by Lynsay Sands
    Twin sisters escaping their uncle take turns pretending to be a boy in order to keep themselves safe. But Charlie winds up falling for Lord Jeremy Radcliffe, and she finds it more difficult to keep up the ruse while she’s in danger of losing her heart.

    Devil’s Bride, by Stephanie Laurens
    Devil has lived up to his name and compromised the honor of governess Honoria Wetherby…but instead of giving in to his rakish ways he winds up proposing marriage. But Honoria cares little for keeping her honor; she wants a lover who can live up to her expectations—and quickly puts Devil to the test.

    The Prince Who Loved Me, by Karen Hawkins
    Prince Alexsey is a notorious flirt with no plans to marry. So when he meets Bronwyn—a girl who prefers books to vain matters of beauty—he is convinced his Grandmother won’t allow the match. But when sparks fly between them, and a wicked stepmother gets in the way of their newfound passion, they have to prove that an ordinary girl and a prince can find happily ever after.

    In the Prince’s Bed, by Sabrina Jeffries
    In order to secure her lost inheritance and save her family’s prospects, Katherine will do anything…including marry a childhood friend. But Alexander Black, the Earl of Iverslley, also needs a woman of wealth to warm his bed, and so he does what any rake would do to get the other man out of the way.

    The Serpent Prince, by Elizabeth Hoyt
    In this sensuous historical romance, Lucy lives a content country life—until her routine is disrupted by a naked Viscount beaten half to death, whom she must heal back to health. But while Simon is consumed by his quest for vengeance against his attackers, Lucy is consumed by her desire for him.

    A Royal Invitation, by Nora Roberts
    Two love stories intertwine in this romance series from bestselling author Nora Roberts. In one, Prince Bennett is obsessed with Lady Hannah and will not rest until she belongs to him. In the second, a princess flees the confines of the palace in search of a simpler life…but falling for Vermont archaeologist Delaney Caine proves to be anything but simple, indeed.

    The Trouble with Princes, by Tracy Anne Warren
    Ariadne is ready to make a change: when she receivs her inheritance, she will publicl declare her intent never to marry, but to find a lover instead. Rupert Whyte is the prince of a small kingdom, also determined to enjoy his freedom…that is, until marriage gets in the way. But while he seeks an independent lifestyle, he fears Ariadne is about to make a terrible mistake…

    The Heir and the Spare, by Maya Rodale
    An American has charmed London society with her sparkling wit and personality. But Emilia only has the intention of being charmed by one man—Lord Phillip. However, the man she thinks is Phillip, is actually his twin, Devon, the spare child forced to endure society rituals while his brother, the heir, spends their fortune. But Emilia does not know the difference, and unwittingly finds herself being courted by two men who share the same face.

    Be My Prince, by Julianne Maclean
    Forced into an impossible situation, Lady Alexandra is tasked with the impossible: she must become engaged to Prince Randolph to secure her family’s future. Instead, she falls for his younger brother, Nicholas, and the resulting war between her passion and her duty threatens to ruin everyone she holds dear.

    Splendor, by Brenda Joyce
    A woman of little means, Carolyn has managed to garner notoriety as a columnist in a London paper under a male pseudonym. But when her wry wit targets a foreign prince, he stops at nothing to discover her true identity—and to show her the beauty of all she claims to hate, by whisking her away to his home court of St. Petersburg.

    Forbidden, by Jo Beverly
    After a terrible marriage, Serena Riverton is finally done with men. But in a moment of passion and desperation, she seduces Lord Middlethorp, ruining his chances at an honorable marriage. The consequences of one night of passion ensnare them both in a love affair that soon enough neither of them want to escape.

    Thorn, by Intisar Khanani
    A princess cursed to spend her life in the shadows of her family and the court, Alyrra has been forced to marry a foreign prince. But along the journey, they are attacked…and when her identity is mistake for someone else’s, she takes the chance to live someone else’s life.

    Reign of Madness, by Lynn Cullen
    Isabel and Fernando are the heart of the Spanish monarchy…and Juana, their third child, will never sit on their throne. So when she marries, she hopes it may be everything to her that being Queen never would be. That is, until Juana unexpectedly winds up on the throne, and her husband turns on her and seeks power for himself. Learn the story behind infamous Spanish monarch Juana the Mad in this captivating novel.

    Empress of the Night, by Eva Stachniak
    Catherine the Great relives the events of her life including her early years as a daughter-in-law to an Empress, her plans to usurp a King’s throne, and the years of occupying the throne herself.

    Medicis Daughter, by Sophie Perinot
    Catherine de Medici is a fascinating character of history…but her daughter is the one who stars in this story, as she moves from a daughter eager to please her powerful mother by marrying a man she did not love, and suffering in the bloodshed that followed.

    The Princess Saves Herself in this One, by Amanda Lovelace
    This beautiful poetry collection melds fairytales and real life to put the reader in the position of princess in her own story; conquering demons and dragons both physical and internal to find the happily ever after we all deserve.

    What royal reads are distracting you as we count down to the next royal wedding?

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  • Tara Sonin 11:00 am on 2017/08/29 Permalink
    Tags: a christmas to remember, an unwilling conquest, , , , , , , , , fall for romance, , , immortally yours: an argeneau novel, , , , , , , megan frampton, , , , , once a rebel, , , , , stephanie laurens, , vivienne loret, , wilde in love: the wildes of lindow castle   

    Romance Fall Preview Guide: 16 Books to Get You Through the Season 

    I know, we all wish summer could last forever…but with fall fast approaching, we wanted to give you everything you need so that as the warm days dwindle, your books still have some sizzle! Here are sixteen fall romances you don’t want to miss:

    Once a Rebel, by Mary Jo Putney, August 29th
    If you love rogues who find romance, you’ll love this romance about the war of 1812. Lord Audley is tasked with finding widow Callista Brooke and bringing her back to England from where she currently is: stuck in the center of the conflict in Washington. But when Gordon arrives, he gets more than he bargained for: Callie is more than just a mission, she was his first love—and her father was the reason Gordon was convicted of a crime he did not commit.

    The Summer That Made Us, by Robyn Carr, September 5th
    Every summer ends, but none like the summer on Lake Waseka that destroyed the Hempstead sisters. Their lives are perfect: two sisters married to two brothers, all with kids of their own…until tragedy strikes, and the perfection of their summer world is drowned by death and regret. They don’t talk about what happened, until one sister decides that she will bring her family back together one last time.

    Secrets in Death, J.D. Robb, September 5th
    Lt. Eve Dallas is back in the 45th installment in this bestselling series, and this time she realizes there’s something even more deadly than a knife or a gun…secrets. When Larinda Mars, a notable professional blackmailer, is murdered, anyone with something to hide becomes a suspect.

    Wicked Deeds (Krewe of Hunters), by Heather Graham, September 19th
    Just when Vickie Preston, historian extraordinaire, and her former protector (now lover) Special Agent Griffin Pryce think they’ve outsmarted all the villains and outrun all the danger…an author is murdered, bringing their new beginning to a swift halt. Because the murder isn’t cut and dry, which means the paranormal Krewe of Hunters is needed once more, and Vickie and Griffin can’t tear themselves away from one another, or a good case.

    Archangel’s Viper, by Nalini Singh, September 26th
    Holly Chang is running from her past, struggling to accept a power she never asked for after a brutal attack. And when it becomes clear someone will take her dead—but preferably alive, for a hefty sum—she has to rely on a stalwart, strong, and seductive vampire to protect her. And he is too close to the people who hurt her for comfort.

    Chasing Christmas Eve, by Jill Shalvis, September 26th
    It’s never too early for holiday cheer…but Colbie Albright is feeling anything but cheery when she show up in the Bay Area after escaping New York and her fame as a renowned YA author. And when she ends up literally underwater and is saved by Spencer Baldwin, she wants what she knows she shouldn’t have…and come Christmas, she’ll have to go back to her old life.

    Immortally Yours: An Argeneau Novel, by Lynsay Sands, September 26th
    Eternity is inherently sexy…except when you’ve spent it in unrequited love. Beth has been in love with Scotty, a Scottish vampire, for over a century—ever since he saved her from certain devastation. But he’s never felt the same way about her…or so she thought. The truth could be more devastating than the rogue he saved her from all those years ago…that they are fated lovers, and Scotty has stayed away on purpose. The tension between them scorches the pages as Beth realizes she has to fight for what she wants.

    A Christmas to Remember, by Lisa Kleypas, Lorraine Heath, Megan Frampton, and Vivienne Loret, September 26th
    This anthology, featuring some veritable stars of the romance world, is not to be missed! The four stories include “I Will”, in which a Lord must marry a woman of worth or lose his inheritance; “Deck the Halls with Love” by Lorraine Heath, which introduces readers to the Marquess of Chetwyn, who broke Lady Meredith’s heart by proposing to someone else…and now that she’s betrothed, he wants her back; “No Groom at the Inn” by Megan Frampton, in which a bachelor tries to outsmart his own mother by pretending to have a woman in his life; and “The Duke’s Christmas Wish” by Vivienne Lorret, in which the science-minded Duke of Vale falls for a reckless and beautiful woman.

    Merry and Bright, by Debbie Macomber, October 8th
    Debbie Macomber returns with a Christmas story just hot enough to lift your spirits as the weather grows colder. She tells the story of Merry Smith, who is living the life she wants—family, career, and holiday cheer. But her mother decides to meddle and give her the gift she won’t give herself: a social life, with prospective matches galore! And while what Merry finds in the online dating world makes her happy indeed, will the fantasy come crashing down when reality sets in?

    Fairytale, by Danielle Steele, October 10th
    Camille is not living a modern fairytale, that’s for sure. Well, she was once: when her parents were in love and happy, in their family vineyard…until her mother died, and her father was swept up in the clutches of a woman who has snatched him from his wife’s memory. A wicked stepmother, two wicked stepbrothers…and a friend in the most unlikely of places make this sweet romance worthy of the title.

    Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe, by Melissa de la Cruz, October 17th
    A gender-flipped classic is made modern in this hilarious and romantic novel by bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz. Meet Darcy, a relentless beauty who wants for nothing—not even love. She barely tolerates her family, but when her mom gets sick, she goes home to Pemberley (Ohio, lol) and meets Luke Bennet, the neighbor’s son. As relentlessly ambitious as Darcy is, Luke is her total opposite…and yet they find themselves in bed, and in a great deal of trouble.

    Duke of Desire, by Elizabeth Hoyt, October 17th
    When the infamous Lords of Chaos kidnap Lady Iris Jordan, she does whatever she can to escape…including shooting the masked man who intended to rescue her! The Duke of Dyemore wants to destroy the Lords, but by rescuing this damsel in distress, he has doomed them both to a fate they want to avoid: marriage. At least at first, until they both realize nothing can rescue them from the love they feel for each other.

    The Beautiful Ones, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, October 24th
    Antonia is meant to find a husband during her first season in Losail, but she is harboring a secret: her telekinetic ability makes her a target for gossip, and not exactly marriageable material. Until she meets Hector Auvray, a performer who teaches her to control her magic before it consumes her. However, Antonia has no idea that the attraction she feels for Hector may be more dangerous than her own power…

    Wilde in Love: The Wildes of Lindow Castle, by Eloisa James, October 31st
    Alaric Wilde is the son of a Duke, which means he can go on and be as much of a rake as he pleases. After years abroad with a reputation that precedes itself, he returns home and meets the one woman intent on not pleasing him: Willa. But Willa keeps her true self hidden from society, and she has no intention of letting a man with no morals like Alaric into her bed, or her heart.

    An Unwilling Conquest, by Stephanie Laurens, November 1st
    Harry Lester will never love a woman, but he certainly enjoys them. That is, until he meets a widow, Lucinda, and decides that she’s the one for him. The problem? Lucinda has no interest in Harry, or his help, and can get by just fine on her own. But Harry is determined, and sooner or later, he knows Lucinda will open her heart to him.

    No Other Duke Will Do, by Grace Burrowes, November 7th
    Debt has brought down the great Julian St. David, Duke of Haverford. When his sister decides to find him a wealthy bride, he doesn’t have much choice but to abide. Elizabeth Windham is recovering from a scandal, and knows finding a husband will put the rumor mill to rest. Sparks fly between the unexpected couple, but can they overcome their respective problems to find happiness?

    The post Romance Fall Preview Guide: 16 Books to Get You Through the Season appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

     
  • Tara Sonin 4:30 pm on 2016/04/26 Permalink
    Tags: , a pirate's life, , stephanie laurens, the adventurer's quartet   

    Temptation on the High Seas in Stephanie Laurens’ A Buccaneer at Heart 

    A Buccaneer at Heart is a regency romance ready to set sail, complete with mystery, deception, and a stormy romance between two strong-willed characters.

    Stephanie Laurens’ The Adventurer’s Quartet series tells the story of four brothers, all captains in their own right, meant to take up separate parts of a mission on behalf of the British monarchy. The first book, The Lady’s Command, saw Declan Frobisher fall for Edwina, a woman he believes to be as traditional as she is beautiful. Instead, he finds himself married to an unconventionally outspoken woman who demands to be taken on his adventures with him—during which they discover a terrifying threat at the heart of colonial Africa.

    A Buccaneer at Heart continues the tale of the kidnappings in Freetown, West Africa. After Declan and Edwina return home, they inform his brother, captain Robert Frobisher, of the illicit dealings of the slavers in Freetown whom they suspect are kidnapping residents, and whose lair they were unable to find. Robert has one mission: find the slaver’s lair, and anyone connected to it, and return those names and locations to the British crown.

    Actually, he has two missions: find the slaver’s den of iniquity, and then find himself a wife.

    After years of being kissed only by briny ocean spray, Robert has decided it is time to settle down, and build a true home for himself back in London—with a proper woman to run it. Of course, that all changes when Robert meets Aileen Hopkins, who proves to be just as feisty and free-willed as the woman his brother fell for. (These Frobisher men definitely have a taste for women with sharp tongues and quick minds.)

    Aileen has travelled to Freetown to the disappointment of her traditional family, who had hoped she would have settled down by now, but she has a good reason—she’s searching for her brother, Will, who is one of the missing residents. When Robert’s quest to find the kidnappers and Aileen’s mission to find her brother converge, they find a steady anchor in their desire for one another; but not everything is calm seas when protecting the one he loves could—and does—jeopardize Robert’s mission.

    The romance between Robert and Aileen is definitely a slow burn (they don’t meet until almost a fourth of the way through this quite robust novel!) but Laurens juggles the tension of the slaver’s plot and the bourgeoning attraction between them with a subtle hand. Aileen’s impulsivity and heart is a likable foil to Robert’s stoic determinism, and while the steamy scenes are outweighed by the larger plot, they are worth the wait.

    Without giving away the ending, we do of course meet the next Frobisher brother who will take on the following phase of the Freetown mission: Caleb, Robert’s younger and most irresponsible brother, and I have to admit that the few chapters in which he was present were my favorite! His starring turn in The Adventurer’s Quartet, The Daredevil Snared, publishes in June 2016, so there isn’t long to wait!

    A Buccaneer at Heart takes you deep into the jungles of colonial Africa, where tensions rise as high as treetops, villains can appear to be trustworthy, and the most unconventional of women can prove to be the only one worthy of a stubborn sea Captain’s love.

    A Buccaneer at Heart is in stores now!

     
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