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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/01/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , jasmine guillory, , judgment road, lindsay evans, on-air passion, , , sisters like us, susan mallery, the wedding date   

    Romance Roundup: Bikers, Radio Hosts, and Wedding Dates 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a handsome radio host who is cynical about love, a tough biker guy who meets the love of his life, and two sisters with their own unique romantic situations—and a very overbearing mother.

    Fifty Shades Freed (Movie Tie-In), by E.L. James
    Recent college graduate Anastasia Steele and wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey have finally tied the knot. (As in, they got married. They’ve tied other knots, of course, but now we’re talking about THE knot.) It seems as if everything is all set for the both of them to ride off into the sunset with their best, ahem, tools and techniques, but nothing is simple in the complicated world of Christian Grey. They’ve got to deal with Ana’s crazy boss, for one, Christian’s issues, which are many, and a multitude of other things until they can reach their happy ending. Whether you’re already a fan of the books or looking to dip your manicured toe in the Fifty Shades universe, we can all agree that anything featuring Jamie Dornan’s chiseled face will cause many a double take! This is the third book in James’ Fifty Shades trilogy. (Available in paperback on January 16.)

    Judgment Road, by Christine Feehan
    There’s a new outlaw motorcycle club in the town of Caspar, and the guys in it have the women all aflutter. Enter Reaper, a guy who makes even the most eloquent of women stammer. He meets Anya Rafferty, a bartender who is working very hard to build a beautiful life for herself. She refuses to be intimated by a hot, dangerous guy like Reaper. (You’ve got this, Anya!) Reaper, a biker and a trained assassin, doesn’t want to admit it, but Anya has managed to soften his hard heart and wrap it around her little finger, and it’s not just because she knows how to make his preferred beverages juuuuust right. (This will SO get him teased in the assassin locker room!) Can these two independent souls forge a new, peaceful life together? This is the first book in Feehan’s Torpedo Ink series, which is part of her Sea Haven universea universe that is populated by sexy people with otherworldly, magical abilities. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 23.)

    Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery
    Sisters Harper Szymanski and Stacey Bloom are having a rough time lately. Harper is divorced and struggling to make ends meet and raise her teenage daughter. On the bright side, she’s attracted the notice of Lucas, the resident Hot Cop. (Frisk us, Lucas! Frisk us all!) Stacey, a married doctor, is pregnant and totally NOT feeling those motherly fuzzies. Harper and Stacey also have one major problem in common: their overbearing mother who will never, totally, 100 percent approve of anything they do. (Like, they could save a cute, drowning puppy and it wouldn’t suffice.) Hang in there, ladies! This difficult time will pass. And through all of the stress, don’t ever forget that you always have each other! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Mischief Bay series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on January 23.)

    About that Kiss, by Jill Shalvis
    Kylie and Joe shared a kiss. A beautiful kiss. The kind of kiss that makes you rethink your life and grab your purse and run out of your office cubicle in pursuit of your real dream. The kind of kiss that you compare to all other kisses. A kiss thatsorry, could go on forever here. Ahem. Anyway, Joe never called Kylie again because he’s determined to live that bachelor life. Now Kylie needs his sleuthing skills to locate a very valuable missing item. As much as our gal would love to save face, she REALLY needs his help. (Don’t worry, Kylie. Just make sure you wear your cutest outfits during your mission! And lipstick. Always wear lipstick.) As they spend more and more time together, Kylie realizes that she still really likes Joe. As for Joe, he realizes that he would be a big dumdum to let her go. This is the fifth novel in Shalvis’ very charming Heartbreaker Bay series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on January 23.)

    On-Air Passion, by Lindsay Evans
    Former basketball player Ahmed Clark has found a new calling as a radio host, and his favorite thing to gripe about is romance. As in, he hates it and doesn’t believe in it and thinks lovey dovey people are fools. In his defense, he’s been stalked for many years by women who want all of his money. (And his body, surely, but yeah, mostly his money.) Then Elle Marshall is a guest on his show to promote her business. She creates the perfect date experience for couples. (Elle, what is your website’s URL again? Thanks!) Ahmed and Elle deliciously clash on the airhe’s stubborn and she’s a romanticand soon he can’t believe how much he is attracted to Elle. (Believe it, Ahmed. Elle is awesome!) Oh, and Ahmed’s listeners are also loving every delicious minute. A great woman AND high ratings? Ahmed, let go of your insecurities and realize that you have a woman worth keeping for life! This is the first book in Evans’ Clarks of Atlanta series. (Available in paperback on January 16.)

    The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory
    Alexa Monroe has the elevator ride of her life when she gets stuck in one with the very hunky pediatric surgeon Drew Nichols. (Now THAT’S an argument against taking the stairs!) They soon agree that Alexa will be Drew’s Plus Oneand his pretend girlfriendat his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. (Drew, we’ll play whatever role you want us to play any day of the week!) After the wedding, they each need to go back to their respective jobshe’s a doctor and she’s the chief of staff for her city’s mayor. Can they balance their busy schedules with their burning desire for each other? Alexa and Drew, yes you can! (Seriously, there are apps for everything. They will help you both keep your relationship organized. But not too organized, wink wink!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 30.)

    What new romances are you curling up with this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/12/27 Permalink
    Tags: , elle wright, it's always been you, , , , , , susan mallery, the pretender, when we meet   

    Romance Roundup: Tennis Players, Lady Sheriffs, and Art Thieves 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two longtime friends who end up married in Las Vegas, a lady fighting to save her farm, and very sexy professional tennis players.

    A Million Little Things, by Susan Mallery
    Zoe Saldivar needs to meet some new people, pronto. She just broke up with her long-term boyfriend, and her best friend, Jen, is understandably preoccupied with baby-related matters, so no late-night margarita outings for the foreseeable future. (Zoe, just to be clear, YOU can still imbibe.) Things pick up, though, when Zoe befriends Jen’s widowed mom and falls in love with Jen’s brother. Oh, and Zoe’s dad falls for Jen’s mom, so you know there are plenty of double-date opportunities on the horizon. Gotta love it when family and friends get along! This is the third book in Mallery’s very endearing Mischief Bay series. (Available in paperback on December 26.)

    It’s Always Been You, by Elle Wright
    Dr. Lovely “Love” Washington has just had the night of her life. She slept with her best friend, the very sexy Dr. Drake Jackson, who is the kind of man no woman would mind being friends—or friendly—with. Oh, and they’ve just woken up in a Las Vegas hotel with wedding rings on their fingers. (Love, your name should really be Lucky!) Drake soon realizes that being married to Love can actually be a really, really good thing. His love is going to be put to the test though, because our gal has an extremely annoying ex-boyfriend who won’t go away, for one, and she and Drake need to go to a family reunion that just might be a tad stressful. (Buddy, you handle the reunion and we’ll handle the ex-boyfriend!) Love and Drake, we’ve got faith that you’ll both make the best out of this beautiful situation! This is the first book in Wright’s Jacksons of Ann Arbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

    The Pretender, by HelenKay Dimon
    Harrison Tate used to be a thief, but now he’s gone mostly good and works to recover stolen art. We say “mostly” because he still has a side gig that involves stealing back artifacts that have been taken by nefarious means—and doing it in a way that isn’t 100 percent kosher. (We don’t judge you at all, Harrison! Everyone needs a side gig that’ll pay for the dog walker!) An assignment leads him to Gabrielle Wright, whose sister has just been murdered. Gabrielle is also estranged from her family, which surely doesn’t help matters that much, either. (Gabrielle, we’ll take you out for a fun girls’ night out when everything settles down!) Gabrielle and Harrison are immediately attracted to each other, and realize that their feelings might be much deeper than either of them expected. Here’s hoping they turn to each other—and stay there—during these dark days and all the days ahead! (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 26.)

    When You Love a Scotsman, by Hannah Howell
    Life is not easy for our heroine, Abigail Jenson. She’s a woman alone in the Wild West, for one, and she is doing everything she can to keep her small Missouri farm afloat. (We believe in you, Abigail! And we’ll happily grab our pitchforks and defend you and your farm any day of the week!) Then some bottom-feeding miscreants set her cabin on fire, and she’s forced to accept help from a very dashing Scottish-born officer. (We’re all sharpening our pitchforks, Abigail! You just stay focused now on this cutie.) The officer in question, Matthew MacEnroy, is still fairly new to America. The Scottish hunk soon falls quite hard for this lovely lady, who is now under his care. Can these two wonderful, hardworking people manage to carve out a new life together? This is the second book in Howell’s swoon-worthy Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on December 26.)

    Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh
    Silver Mercant has some major responsibilities as the Trinity Accord handles some unification issues. Silver is the director of this major emergency response-thingie, for one, so she really has no time to dilly-dally. (Silver, we’d all like to apply to be your personal assistant! You’ll never go a day without fresh dry cleaning!) Then she crosses paths with Valentin Nikolaev, and she realizes that everyone needs to dilly-dally once in a while. (It’s very healthy of you to realize this, Silver!) She’s not supposed to let her emotions get the better of her, but Valentin can elicit a passionate response from a plastic bag. When someone tries to poison Silver, he gets all “Oh, hell, no!” and steps up his game to keep her safe. Can they dodge the bad guys and build a beautiful life together? This is the first book in Singh’s Psy-Changeling Trinity series, which is a spinoff of her Psy-Changeling series. So much fun and romance and action! (Available in paperback on December 26.)

    When We Meet, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Law is a Lady,” film director Phillip Kincaid is arrested for speeding, but, being an exceptionally handsome optimist, he realizes the small town in New Mexico where he got caught would be a great location to shoot a film. Sheriff Tory Ashton has no time for a charmer like Phillip. (Are you sure, Tory?) She soon realizes, though, that she’d like to use her handcuffs on him in more ways than one. In “Opposites Attract,” professional tennis players Asher Wolfe and Ty Starbuck have a bit of a history together, and they’re now reunited after a few years apart. Our gal Asher is still in love with Ty, and he is certainly feeling feelings for her, but she’s got a secret up her sleeve, and it’s not just her backhand technique. Will Ty still stick by her side when all is revealed? And will Asher provide us with her best tips for toned arms? (Available in paperback on December 26.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/10/30 Permalink
    Tags: , , baby it's christmas, , , laura kaye, , married by morning, ride wild, , susan mallery, turn in the road   

    Romance Roundup: Beauty Queens, Single Dads, and Road Trips 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a former beauty queen who needs to reclaim her reputation, a motorcycle-riding single dad who gets a helping hand (and so much more!), and a very lucky lady who gets snowed in with a ridiculously sexy cowboy.

    Turn in the Road, by Debbie Macomber
    Three ladies are about to get away from it all—and are hoping to get a second chance at love. Bethanne Hamilton, her teenage daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth, decide to take a cross-country road trip to Florida for Ruth’s 50-year high school reunion. Ruth is curious to see what her high school sweetheart looks like today. (Don’t worry, Ruth, YOU’VE still got it!) As for Bethanne, she’s wondering whether to give her ex-husband another chance. And Annie, well, wants her ex-boyfriend to know that he’s not the only fish in the sea for her. Gotta love a multi-generational love story! Ladies, go follow your bliss! And don’t forget to pack your swimsuits and sunscreen for the beach. This reprint is the ninth book in Macomber’s Blossom Street series. (Available in paperback on October 31.)

    A Tiara Under the Tree, by Carolyn Hector
    Waverly Leverve is a former beauty queen whose career took a major nosedive after a not-so-flattering meme of her went viral online. She gets a lucky break, though, when she runs into Dominic Crowne. He’s a major business mogul with the resources to help our gal get back on track. First step: sponsor Waverly in a Christmas Eve pageant. (We’ll all help with your social media, Waverly, and spread the word of your awesomeness!) Waverly has every intention of keeping things nice and professional, but the sight of Dominic is enough to make the world’s most devoted Sunday school teacher think thoughts that would put her on Santa’s naughty list. As for Dominic, he soon realizes that Waverly is WAY more than just a pretty face. (And don’t you forget it, buddy!) He also wants to prove to her that reformed bad boys can be oh-so-good. This is the fourth book in Hector’s Once Upon a Tiara series. (Currently available in paperback, and available on NOOK on November 1.)

    Mistletoe Magic, by Fern Michaels
    Four Christmas stories in one! In “Making Spirits Bright,” Melanie McLaughlin wants to give two orphan kids a Christmas they’ll never forget—and ends up getting the very handsome Bryce Landry involved. In “Mister Christmas,” lawyer Claire O’Brien has to travel to Ireland to meet with a wealthy client. She ends up clashing with said client’s hunky nephew. (Oh, that all clients had such delicious relatives!) In “A Winter Christmas,” Angelica Shepherd decides to escape New York City for the mountains of Colorado, and ends up in the hospital thanks to a careless snowboarder. When she wakes up, though, she finds herself face-to-face with the dreamy guy who saved her—and can assure her that she is NOT dreaming! In “Candy Canes and Cupid,” private investigator Hannah Ray wants to spend the holidays on a sunny Florida beach, but she ends up in Colorado. She soon meets a very special man—and realizes she might still have a hot Christmas. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 31.) 

    Ride Wild, by Laura Kaye
    Sam Evans is just not enjoying the things he used to enjoy. He’s too busy grieving over the death of his wife, and just wants to focus on his two young sons. (Totally understandable, Sam!) Not even hopping on his motorcycle gives him a thrill anymore. Help arrives in the form of Cora Campbell. She’s grateful to Sam’s motorcycle-riding buddies because they got her out of a jam, and now she’s happy to do the nanny thing for him and his kids. She soon develops all of the feelings for him—His kindness! His devotedness to family! The buttocks!—and hopes he will realize that she is a good woman with a high libido for him. When trouble finds Cora again, that is more than enough to shake our guy out of his doldrums and do what it takes to keep her around. (Cora and Sam, we’ll babysit for you while you go on your honeymoon!) This is the third book in Kaye’s Raven Riders series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 31.)

    Baby, It’s Christmas, by Susan Mallery
    This reprint, first published as “Their Little Princess,” has not lost its magic! Dr. Kelly Hall has despaired that she’ll ever find love and have a family of her own. Then single dad Tanner Malone comes to her hospital, frazzled and confused about how to raise his newborn daughter. (Dude, chill out and take a deep breath, for one—and if you smell something strange then you probably need to change a diaper.) Kelly helps him, and she soon becomes quite attached to this family of two. As for Tanner, he realizes very quickly that Kelly is his dream woman in the flesh—and that he’s been waiting for someone like her for a long, long time. This edition includes a bonus story, “Hold Me, Cowboy,” by Maisey Yates. It features a woman who is snowed in with a cowboy during Christmas, a cowboy who proposes that they have wild, crazy, hot sex for 12 days straight. Enough said. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 31.)

    Married by Morning, by Lisa Kleypas
    Catherine Marks is making her living as a paid companion to the Hathaway sisters. This is all fine and dandy—because they really are nice girls—but she doesn’t get along completely with their older brother, Leo Hathaway. Then one quibble between them ends with Leo kissing her, and that sets off all of the right bells and assures her that Leo is not a total ding dong. (Embrace these new feelings and emotions, Catherine!) Leo doesn’t have the luxury of totally giving into his feelings, though. He needs to get married and produce an heir, pronto, if he’s going to save the family home. Catherine suddenly seems like an excellent candidate, but she’s got a deep, dark secret that could ruin everything she’s worked for. Can they dodge her dodgy past and save the, ahem, family jewels? This reprint is part of Kleypas’ Hathaways series. (Available in paperback on October 31.)

    What romances are you digging into this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2017/09/05 Permalink
    Tags: , chasing red, chelle bliss, going dark, , , , misadventures of a city girl, Monica McCarty, , , , second chance girl, susan mallery, the chosen   

    Romance Roundup: Giraffe Keepers, Mountain Men, and SEAL Agents 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a vampire who is feeling very protective, a gamekeeper who finds love with the new bad boy in town, and a famous divorcee who meets an isolated mountain man.

    Going Dark, by Monica McCarty
    Marine ecologist Annie Henderson heads over to Scotland to protest some offshore drilling that does not jive with her ideas of peace and happiness. She runs into Dan Warren, the sea boat captain who can captain all of our boats in any body of water any day of the week. Annie and Dan don’t exactly have the warm fuzzies for each other right away, but they soon get to know each other and Annie realizes there is more to him than his grumpy mood and his smoldering body. He might be undercover, though, so he can’t get too outwardly emotional, but Annie brings out his deep desire to write sappy poetry and give her all of the pleasure. This is the first book in McCarty’s new Lost Platoon series, which is about a group of SEAL agents who are presumed dead – but are very much alive and hot! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 5.)

    Chasing Red, by Isabelle Ronin
    Basketball player Caleb Lockhart is the ultimate catch with his lofty ambitions and rock-hard body. Veronica Stafford is a super smart college student who just got kicked out of her apartment and might need a place to crash. When they meet, Caleb realizes he’d like her to be part of his life plan. She was wearing a red dress, for one, which he found pretty hard to resist. (Note to self: Do some online shopping!) She’s not going to be the easiest lady to get, though, so Caleb will have to use every trick up his sleeve to win her over. Can he convince Veronica that he can offer her far more than just endless merrymaking sessions in between the sheets? This is the first book in Ronin’s Chasing Red series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 5.)

    Misadventures of a City Girl, by Chelle Bliss and Meredith Wild
    Madison Atwood just got divorced from a major Hollywood figure, so she’s got to nurse a broken heart while also dodging the media. (Think paparazzi, tabloids, TMZ, the works.) She finds solace in Avalon Springs, California, and she finds more than she bargained for when she runs into Luke Dawson. He’s got that whole sexy mountain man thing going for him, which helps make up for his broodiness. He wants to live in isolation, which might be hard to do with a woman like Madison. They begin an acquaintance, which is quickened when they end up under the same roof together for a short period that involves frolicking for hours on end. (Now THAT’S how you disconnect from the outside world!) Here’s hoping that makes them realize they are actually quite perfect for each other! This is the first book in the very entertaining Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on September 12.)

    Second Chance Girl, by Susan Mallery
    Matthias Mitchell is feeling all of the pains after a family betrayal, so he does what seems like the most sensible thing to do: He moves. His new home is Happily Inc., California, a popular wedding destination town crawling with bridesmaids. He figures this will ensure hookups galore but ZERO commitments, thank you very much. (Dude, really?! Come on!) He soon realizes, though, that local gamekeeper Carol Lund is a very special lady indeed. Carol cares for a giraffe (A GIRAFFE!!! CUTE!!!), and Matthias decides he wants to help Carol adopt a herd because – and this is news to yours truly – giraffes can actually get pretty lonely. (Sounds like a metaphor for our buddy Matthias.) Will he give up his romping ways and realize that Carol is the only woman he ever wants to romp with? This is the second book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

    The Chosen, by J.R. Ward
    This is the latest book in Ward’s very sexy and entertaining Black Dagger Brotherhood series. In this installment, the Black Dagger Brotherhood is engaging in a bit of manhandling. Their captive is Xcor, who leads the Band of Bastards, and he is undergoing some pretty intense interrogation tactics. Granted, he hasn’t always been on his best behavior, but he’s still a person with feelings. More specifically, he still has feelings for Layla. She’s the Chosen, and she’s pretty much always loved Xcor right back. (After everything he’s been through, what woman wouldn’t want to give him all of the TLC she has to offer?!) Here’s hoping that these two lovers catch a break and that they can work together to save their people from unpleasant things, like death and doom and catastrophe and pretty much any other awful thing there is. No pressure, you two! (Available in paperback on September 26.)

    Archangel’s Viper, by Nalini Singh
    Holly Chang has had it rough. She used to be known as Sorrow, so we can only imagine, and recently she was turned into a bloodthirsty lady by a nutty archangel. She’s caught the eye of Venom, a private guard of the Archangel Raphael. (Venom, you can stand guard over all of us any day of the week!) Venom may be a dangerous vampire, but Holly soon brings out his softer side, which is no way diminishes his sinewy physique. This is a good thing, because someone has put a bounty on Holly, and times are rough in the Guild Hunter world. Can Holly and Venom manage to control their bloodier urges and create a peaceful existence together? (Or at least one that involves them fighting the bad guys together?) This is the tenth book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    What romances are on your TBR pile this month?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/08/29 Permalink
    Tags: anna harrington, escape to you, jennifer ryan, mariah stewart, maybe i do, mess with me, nicole helm, nicole mclaughlin, , , susan mallery, the chesapeake bride, when the scoundrel sins, you say it first   

    Romance Roundup: Architects, Backpacking Guides, and Whiskey Distillery Owners 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an undercover agent who rescues a damsel actress in distress, a woman who needs to find a husband so she can keep her house, and an architect who meets and falls for an adventurer.

    When the Scoundrel Sins, by Anna Harrington
    Annabelle Green really, but like, REALLY, wants to inherit her house, which means she’s got to walk down the aisle before her 25th birthday. She’s considered damaged goods, though, ever since she was seduced by the very seductive Quinton Carlisle. Quinton is all kinds of wrong, but he and Annabelle go way back, so he agrees to help her find a husband, pronto. (Quinton, it’s really the LEAST you can do after, well, you know.) Anyway, Quinton soon realizes that he would like to make a more long-term arrangement with Annabelle, one that would involve him seducing her every night and it being totally fine in the eyes of church and polite society. (Quinton, just don’t be TOO polite, if you know what I mean, wink wink.) This is the second book in Harrington’s Capturing the Carlisles series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 29.)

    You Say it First, by Susan Mallery
    Sculptor Nick Mitchell decides to take a temporary day job as a carpenter. (This is clearly a man who has two hands but knows how to make a woman feel like he has three—in a great way!) His new gig is at a theme weddings venue, and the owner is Pallas Saunders, a plucky lady who is eager to make her business work. (The alternative would be to work at her family’s bank, which is awesome if you love banking, but it’s just not the right fit for our girl.) Business isn’t going well, but then a desperate bride makes an appearance, and suddenly things start to pick up. Here’s hoping that Pallas and Nick make this wedding work—and that they can proceed to live the lives they really want! This is the first book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in paperback.)

    Escape to You, by Jennifer Ryan
    Undercover DEA agent Beck Cooke was just poking around and doing some investigating during a major blizzard when he stumbled upon famous actress Ashley Swan and her son freezing in the snow. Everyone knows that Ashley has been missing for more than a year, so you can imagine Beck’s surprise. But in true Beck form—he’s a manly man who knows how to take care of a woman—he gets to action and brings them to his very secluded home. (Beck, I accidentally stepped into a deep puddle recently, if you want to spirit me away!) Beck and Ashley are soon quite drawn to each other, which makes perfect sense. She’s a good, cool person and he’s got a strong moral code and abs you can eat off of. They’ve got to come to terms with their respective issues, though, if they’re going to move forward and live a happy life together. This is the first book in Ryan’s Montana Heat series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook and NOOK on August 29.)

    The Chesapeake Bride, by Mariah Stewart
    Architect Cassidy Logan is NOT going to let a recent divorce get her down. She’s focused on building eco-friendly houses on Cannonball Island that will also blend in with the historical houses. (Cassidy, please build in all of our neighborhoods!) She meets local Owen Parker, who is back home in town to help a friend salvage a sunken ship. (Dude, can we join you? Like, for real? Because that sounds really cool!) Owen likes to get around, both with the ladies and with the global adventures. But suddenly settling down with Cassidy soon looks like it would be the ultimate adventure of a lifetime. (Owen, here’s a hint: You can have amazing adventures TOGETHER!) This is the latest book in Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 29.)

    Maybe I Do, by Nicole McLaughlin
    Wedding photographer Charlotte Linley isn’t too thrilled that she hasn’t had her own happily ever after. (Her high school sweetheart left her at the altar, and that’s been a bitter pill to swallow.) Still, she’s kicking some serious booty in the wedding business, and her newest wedding will be at The Stag, a whiskey distillery that is partially owned by Dean Troyer. He’s divorced and still feeling those divorce pains, but man has he got the feelings for Charlotte. They are spending more time together these days since she’s going to photograph his sister’s upcoming wedding. Here’s hoping they each get over their issues soon, and that they start planning for their own wedding bells! This is the first book in McLaughlin’s Whiskey and Weddings series. (Available in paperback on August 29.)

    Mess With Me, by Nicole Helm
    Sam Goodall has been feeling all of the pain ever since his sister died, and he’s found some solace as a backpacking guide for the Evans brothers’ Mile High Adventures company. (Fact: No woman would mind climbing Sam!) He meets Hayley Winthrop, who is in town to meet the half brothers she never knew. She’s pretty sure she’s found a place to call home—and a man to call hers—but Sam seems determined to play the role of Mr. Morose and Silent for the rest of his life. (Dude, just strip off your flannel shirt and lighten up a little!) Can Sam open up and let Hayley into his pants and heart? And then, can they make cute little mountain-climbing babies? This is the second book in Helm’s A Mile High Romance series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 29.)

    What romance novels are on the top of your TBR pile these days?

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