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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: a cowboy under the mistletoe, , , finding christmas, , , meant to be yours, , , , season of love, susan mallery, , virgin river   

    Romance Roundup: Christmas Enthusiasts, Mystery Writers, and Rising Actresses 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a Navy veteran who needs ranching lessons STAT, a wedding coordinator who falls for her fling, and an actress who is reunited with the guy who broke her heart a long, long time ago.

    Finding Christmas, by Karen Schaler
    Our gal Emmie loves all things Christmas. Her boyfriend, Grant, however, is quite boring and just doesn’t understand what all of the fuss is about. (Dude, really? Surely you can AT LEAST enjoy the delicious food!) In order to get her man into the Christmas mood, Emmie sets up a scavenger hunt that will end in a romantic weekend getaway for two. Trouble is, her scavenger hunt is followed by Sam, a mystery writer who thought the clues were left for him by his agent. Emmie is not too thrilled when Sam ends up being the one to show up at the finish line, but then she and Sam end up enjoying all kinds of shenanigans together. (Nekkid?) When Grant finally shows his surly face, and he’s STILL not thrilled with ANYTHING (Dude, come ON!), Emmie has to wonder whether she’s wasting her time with him. (Sorry, Emmie, but…yup.) Will Emmie and Sam realize they are quite gosh darn perfect for each other? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 15.)

    A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe, by Jessica Clare
    Our gal Sage Cooper has been single in her small town for…ever. What’s more is that her dad recently passed away and so life on her family’s beloved ranch is quite lonely. Then Navy veteran Jason Clements shows up at her door, looking so fine and needing a crash course in how to be a cowboy. He just got a job at a local ranch, but there’s quite a scarcity of horses on Navy ships, so he needs to learn the ranch life FAST without letting his PTSD get in the way. (Jason, some of us don’t know our cows from our horses—actually, that’s not true, cows are harder to ride, per the Google—but we’d still be more than happy to make ourselves useful in any way we can!) As for Sage, she soon understandably becomes quite taken with the tall, refreshing drink of water that is this Navy hero. Sage, you go and get your man while still remaining your wonderful self! And Jason, please realize that Sage is a keeper who will make you a nice home—and that the two of you would make a great team! This is the third book in Clare’s Wyoming Cowboy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 15.)

    Meant To Be Yours, by Susan Mallery
    Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen doesn’t think the whole marriage thing is for her. That said, she is VERY good at her job. (Renee, to each her own, but please realize that even if a personal wedding isn’t your style, you are, without a doubt, totally and 100% worthy of love!) Then she meets thriller writer Jasper Dembenski, and it looks like he just might be the one to change her mind. They engage in the most delicious of flings, and it doesn’t take either of them long to 1) realize they like each other a lot, 2) want to massage each other while nekkid. Oh, and Jasper also finds Renee to be a very inspiring inspiration for his writing. Here’s hoping these two flingers realize they are perfect for each other and that they live a very happy life together that involves best-selling novels and lots of romantic, sunset kisses! This is the fifth book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    Twice in a Blue Moon, by Christina Lauren
    Our gal Tate Jones fell crazy in love with Sam Brandis during a two-week vacation when they were young. It was so intense, in fact, that Tate even revealed her paternity to him: She’s the long-lost daughter of a very famous actor. This prompted Sam to do something very, very naughty. Fast forward several years and Tate is an actress who just landed her first big break. The screenwriter is none other than Sam. (Sam, you may have evolved from Cute Snotrag to Holy Tamale He’s Sexy Snotrag, but you are still a snotrag with a capital “S” and you better have evolved, personality-wise, since you last saw Tate!) Has Sam developed a moral code over the past few years and morphed into an all-around good guy? Is he willing to explore the genuine feelings he will now develop for the very awesome Tate? Will the very awesome and hardworking Tate start to get the kinds of roles for which she’s worked so hard? And, finally, will Sam make sure that Tate doesn’t overwork herself and pleasure her with every trick up his sleeve? (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on October 22.) 

    Season of Love, by Debbie Macomber
    Two reprinted fan favorites in one volume! In “Thanksgiving Prayer,” Seattle resident Claudia Masters meets Alaskan visitor Seth Lessinger and instantly has all of the feelings. (This is totally understandable. Seth has a giant heart and fills out his flannels quite nicely!) As for Seth, he wants to convince Claudia to marry him and move to Alaska, but that’s not always the easiest thing to do. (Seth, buddy, you already have all of the rippling muscles and, ahem, equipment you need! And Claudia, we’ll all come visit you in The Last Frontier state!) In “The Gift of Christmas,” Jo Marie and Andrew meet during a Mardi Gras parade, and she is instantly the smitten kitten. She later finds out, though, that he’s engaged. To another woman. Who is NOT Jo Marie. In fact, this other woman is WAY different from our gal. It doesn’t even seem like this lady and Andrew even really, truly, like each other. (Andrew, buddy, please think twice—maybe three times—before you marry this other woman, because true love is important and you do NOT want to settle down with the wrong woman!) (Available in paperback on October 22.)

    Virgin River, by Robyn Carr
    Widow Melinda Monroe is desperately in need of a change of scenery, so she replies with a resounding “Yes!” to a nursing job ad. Said nursing job is in the remote California town of Virgin River, and it involves beautiful scenery complete with redwood trees and a rent-free cabin. (Melinda, we are all SO going to visit you! Your cabin has plumbing, right?) She soon starts to regret her decision, though, because the town is a tad more rural and isolated than she expected. That said, there IS former Marine Jack Sheridan, who could easily melt away the worst of snowstorms. (Jack, drop and give us twenty—push-ups! Twenty push-ups!) Still, Melinda is ready to pack her bags and forget this move ever happened. Then she finds an abandoned baby and her plans completely change, because she is a nice person who would NEVER pass by a helpless baby. Two lonely and attractive people, plus a cute baby, plus a gorgeous setting? Melinda and Jack, it seems like the two of you have everything you need for a beautiful life together! This reprint is the first book in Carr’s Virgin River series, which is being adapted for Netflix. (Available in paperback on October 22.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/09/17 Permalink
    Tags: a gingerbread romance, , debra webb, immortal born, lacey baker, , , , , strangers she knows, susan mallery, the lies we tell, ,   

    Romance Roundup: Innovative Architects, Single Parents, and Vampire Babies 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an architect who enters a gingerbread house-building contest, a woman whose remote life is about to get extra dangerous, and a very hot man who falls for a very special lady who has a vampire baby. 

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    This reprint features our gal Delaney Holbrook, who is no wilting violet! Rather than mope around when things got rough, she rolled up her literal and proverbial sleeves and worked hard to improve her life. (Delaney, when is your self-help book coming out? Thanks!) Oh, she also vowed to stay away from besuited men, but Malcolm Carlesso, the CEO of a family company, is going to make Delaney’s vow a tad difficult. (He looks mighty fine wearing a suit. He also looks mighty fine wearing nothing but a smile.) Delaney becomes good friends with Malcolm’s estranged sister, Callie Smith. Callie has been living a lonely life. Then she finds out that Malcolm is her brother. Trouble is, Malcolm has some deep-seated family issues and thinks he wants nothing to do with Callie. Here’s hoping that issues get resolved sooner rather than later, that Callie gets the family and love she deserves, that Delaney helps Malcolm out of his suit, and that future holidays are filled with lots of love and family! (Available in paperback on September 17.) 

    A Gingerbread Romance, by Lacey Baker
    Taylor is a gifted architect, and if she wants to earn her next promotion, she’ll need to win a contest that involves building life-size gingerbread houses. (Taylor, we have MANY questions, but in the interest of time we’ll just say “Good luck!”) When Taylor’s gingerbread-house building partner flakes out on her (the nerve!), she teams up with baker and single dad Adam, who could really use a big break of his own. He may have the most delicious buns in town, but his bakery is just not getting the recognition it deserves. (Oh, Adam, we would all love to stop by and take a bite out of your sample tray!) Taylor and Adam end up spending a lot of time together, along with his daughter, Brooke, and they soon realize they’d like to, ahem, bake gingerbread houses together for the rest of their lives. Can Taylor and Adam manage to wow the world with their gingerbread-related abilities? Does Adam know how to make chocolate-covered strawberries that Taylor can eat straight off of his abs? And will Taylor realize that the life she’s always wanted is right under her nose? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    Strangers She Knows, by Christina Dodd
    Kellen Adams lives on a remote California island that doesn’t have much connection to the outside world. This is not an accident—a murderer is out to get Kellen and her family. (Kellen, that’s a great reason to live off of the grid. That said, we’ll all share our Netflix passwords with you ASAP!) She won’t be able to hide for too long, though. For one, her daughter is also in danger. Kellen also recently had a bullet removed from her brain. She’ll need to act quickly and smartly if she’s going to come out of this ordeal without further pain and save her kid. Here’s hoping that Kellen manages to dodge the bad guys and then proceed to live a peaceful life in which she can roam freely throughout the world and do normal things like jog in the park, find romance with a super duper hunky guy who gives her all of the neck rubs, and have lots of fun with her daughter and feel totally safe with her every day! This is the third book in Dodd’s Cape Charade series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    The Lies We Tell, by Debra Webb
    A serial killer is out to get our gal Dr. Rowan Dupont, but rather than shrink away, she’s feeling very “Bring it ON!” and is totally ready to meet him face-to-face and take him down. (That’s right, Rowan! You get that psycho! We will all cheer you on from a safe distance!) The thing is, Rowan’s mom supposedly committed suicide many years ago, and this serial killer might be able to provide some insight, hence Rowan’s need to get close to him. Fortunately, she’s not alone. Her childhood friend and Police Chief Billie Brannigan is eager to help her and make sure she stays safe. They’ll need to work together for long hours and share some deep, intimate secrets if they’re going to make this work. (That’s not such a bad thing. Billie, after all, has a face and body that would make any woman want to linger the way she’d linger over a hot a fudge sundae.) Rowan and Billie, you solve this mystery pronto. When the craziness is all over, pack your bathing suits and head somewhere tropical STAT! This book is part of Webb’s Undertaker’s Daughter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 17.) 

    Year One, by Nora Roberts
    Romance readers who love a bit of fantasy and doomsday in their books will enjoy Roberts’ latest yarn. A mysterious illness wipes out more than half of the world’s population, and magick—both good and bad—is becoming the new normal. Lana Bingham and her hunky man, Max, practice the good kind of magic, but they’re going to have to work very hard in order to avoid—and help beat—the bad kind. They decide to ditch New York City in search of a safer environment (and, presumably, cheaper rent), and collaborate with a colorful cast of characters along the way. With magick and mayhem and romance, this will be the perfect sink-your-teeth-into-it winter story! This reprint is the first book in Roberts’ Chronicles of The One series. (Available in paperback on September 24.) 

    Immortal Born, by Lynsay Sands
    Allie Chambers is the ultimate friend, as she agreed to take care of her late friend’s baby vampire boy. Little Liam is adorable, but he needs blood in order to survive, which isn’t the easiest thing to come by. (Note to self: Stop complaining about late-night formula runs!) Desperate, Allie decides to rob a blood bank. This is how she meets Magnus, who causes many a woman to do a doubletake and reapply her lipstick. It doesn’t take Magnus long to realize he’d like to be Allie’s mate for life and the father to her new little boy. (Magnus, you are a rare and radiant creature: a studly man with a heart of gold AND a backside of steel!) It’s a good thing that Magnus wants to stick around, as some terrible immortals are causing a ruckus. Magnus will need to be on extra high alert if he’s going to keep Allie and Liam safe and convince Allie that he’s the man for her. This is the latest book in Sands’ extensive Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 24.) 

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  • Cristina Merrill 2:00 pm on 2019/07/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , one fine duke, , reunited in walnut river, , , , susan mallery, the soldier, willing to die   

    Romance Roundup: Fiery Debutantes, Lady Detectives, and Lovey-Dovey Neighbors 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a debutante who wants to nab one man and falls for another, a finance professional who wants to get the promotion she deserves, and a detective on maternity leave with a tragic case to solve. 

    One Fine Duke, by Lenora Bell
    Miss Mina Penny is finally (but FINALLY) ready to enjoy her first London Season. She was raised in the country by her overprotective uncle, and she would love nothing more than to kick up her heels a bit. Oh, she also knows who she wants to nab for a husband: Rafe Bentley. He’s the biggest rake in town, but there is one person who is determined to stop his bad behavior whenever possible, and that’s his brother, Drew. Drew is the Duke of Thorndon, and let’s just say that society and socializing and society and small talk and society are just not his proverbial cup of tea. (Drew, we admire the way you stay true to yourself in a world that’s constantly pulling you in a certain direction!) Drew is determined to make sure that Mina does not ruin her life by aligning herself with his wastrel brother. He decides to do this by kissing her until her legs turn to jelly, which makes them both seriously rethink their priorities. This is the third book in Bell’s School for Dukes series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 23.) 

    Reunited in Walnut River, by RaeAnne Thayne
    Our gal Anna Wilder is a crazy awesome finance professional, and she just has to do one more thing before she dominates the world slash gets a promotion: take over her hometown’s hospital. The only thing standing in her way is attorney—and hometown hunk—Richard Green. (Oh, that Richard would stand in ALL of our ways!) They shared The Ultimate Kiss many, many years ago, right before Anna said “Peace out!” to her town, determined to never look back. Now, Richard absolutely, most definitely does NOT want Anna to succeed in her hospital takeover, and he’s willing to use every tool at his disposal to prevent it from happening. (Richard, you can dispose of your clothing pronto!) Here’s hoping that Anna gets her promotion in a way that won’t cause a snafu in her community—and that Richard realizes he’s never really lost that loving feeling! This reprint includes a bonus story, “A Matter of the Heart,” by Patricia Davids. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 23.) 

    Before We Were Strangers, by Brenda Novak
    Sloane McBride’s mother abandoned her family when Sloane was just five years old. At least, that’s what everyone told Sloane. She couldn’t take the family drama anymore, though, so she got the heck out of her small Texas town at the age of eighteen, landing in New York City to pursue a modeling career. Now she’s an adult, and the loss of another person in her life prompts her to find out what really happened to her mom. (Sloane, we are all sending you a bajillion hugs right now!) She goes back home to Texas, and let’s just say she has a ton of people and issues to confront, including the boyfriend she left behind. Here’s hoping that Sloane finds the answers that she’s looking for, and that she gets another shot at all of the love she deserves! (Available in paperback on July 23.) 

    Willing to Die, by Lisa Jackson
    Detective Regan Pescoli is busy enjoying her maternity leave when her sister and brother-in-law are found murdered. She starts looking into the case with her partner, Selena Alvarez, and things just get scarier and scarier. (It’s quite possible that her sister’s family had some seriously horrible enemies.) On top of everything, Regan now also needs to care for her teenage niece. This is certainly a lot for anyone to handle, and let’s not forget that Regan also recently squeezed a tiny human out of her. (Regan, we are all SO coming over to help babysit and clean your house while you take a well-deserved—and uninterrupted—five-hour nap!) Will Regan be able to solve this murder mystery? Can she make space in her home and heart for her niece? And when everything does settle down, will she get to have lots of snuggle time with her brand-new baby? This book is part of Jackson’s To Die series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on July 30.) 

    Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery
    Sisters Harper Szymanski and Dr. Stacey Bloom are each going through A Challenging Time. Harper recently got divorced and is stuck with a way-too-expensive house. Oh, and her teenage daughter isn’t exactly the epitome of happiness and sunshine at the moment. Yes, Harper most definitely needs a day off, complete with her beverage of choice. (That said, there’s a local cop—a HOT local cop—who has the hots for our gal!) As for Stacey, she’s six months pregnant and most definitely not feeling that whole maternal glow thing. (Stacey, you also deserve a day off! Sans drink, of course!) These two sisters will need to lean on each other big time if they’re going to get through their respective dramas. Hang in there, ladies! When it’s all over, you can plan a beautiful family day at the beach! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Mischief Bay series. (Available in paperback on July 30.) 

    The Soldier, by Grace Burrowes
    Devlin St. Just is finally home from war, and all he really wants is some goshdarn peace and quiet while he figures out what to do with his crumbling country estate. (We’ll all help you fix it up, Devlin! We’ve watched A LOT of HGTV! #weloveyoudrewandjonathan #stillcanttellyouapart #itdoesntmatteryourebothhot) Enter Emmaline Farnum, Devlin’s exceptionally pretty neighbor and the only woman who can control the wild, five-year-old child that has been terrorizing Devlin’s estate. (Dude, you survived all of this war and hardship and trauma and yet you can’t control a five-year-old?! Actually, scratch that. We don’t judge!) He decides to hire Emmaline to be the little girl’s governess, and he soon realizes that he may just want Emmaline for himself. Like, to be his wife. Forever. Because love. (Devlin, SO glad to see that while war has hardened your body—not that we’re complaining—it hasn’t hardened your heart!) This reprint is the second book in Burrowes’ Windhams: The Duke’s Obsession series. (Available in paperback on July 30.)

    What romance novels are you reading on the beach (or on the beach in your mind) this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/06/12 Permalink
    Tags: fix her up, joann ross, , kerry winfrey, , , , sisters of summer's end, summer on mirror lake, susan mallery, tessa bailey, , the summer of sunshine and margot, waiting for tom hanks   

    Romance Roundup: Screenwriters, Etiquette Coaches, and Kind-hearted Librarians 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a budding screenwriter who gets romantic with an actor, a refreshingly unique debutante, and a Wall Street executive who’s about to have a much-needed change of pace.

    Waiting for Tom Hanks, by Kerry Winfrey
    Annie Cassidy has some serious screenwriting ambitions, not to mention a delicious weakness for romantic comedies. This weakness is so profound, in fact, that her ultimate dream would be to meet a Tom Hanks-ish guy who embodies all of her romantic comedy fantasies. (We feel you, Annie. We all feel you. #youvegotmail) Things take a turn for the exciting when Annie gets a job on a local film set and gets to be around hunky actor Drew Danforth. Their first meeting, however, is less than pleasant. That said, things soon start to pick up, and Annie and Drew find themselves involved in all kinds of fun and silly and romantic moments. (Annie, it sounds like you’re finding true love AND getting a ton of writing inspiration!) Will Annie and Drew’s budding romance outlast the film shoot? And will she get her much-deserved shot at a screenwriting career? (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 11.)

    Fix Her Up, by Tessa Bailey
    Georgette Castle isn’t doing so bad in her job as a clown for children’s birthday parties, but she’s ready to kick things up a notch and thrive in her career and in her personal life. She makes some much-needed updates to her business and also makes some tweaks to her appearance. (Kudos to you, Georgette, for loving yourself and taking positive steps to improve your life!) Trouble is, she lives in a small town where everyone has known her forever, so no one wants to takes her seriously. She enlists the help of her childhood crush, Travis Scott. Surely if people think they’re having an affair they’ll see her in a different light—right? As for Travis, he soon realizes that Georgette is all grown up and that she is QUITE the woman. Good for you, Travis! Now take Georgette out on a nice date—maybe in the next town to escape prying eyes—and realize that you’re NEVER going to find a woman quite like her! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 11.)

    Sisters of Summer’s End, by Lori Foster
    Single mom Joy Lee is about to start a new chapter of her life. She just got a cool job at a lakeside resort and she’s made a new friend to boot. Said new friend, Maris, nudges Joy to go ahead and follow her heart with a guy who is new to the area. (Now THAT’S what friends are for!) As for Maris, she’s worked extremely hard to be the strong, independent woman she is today. She has very little interest in risking that. That said, seeing Joy so happy with her new man makes Maris think twice about some of her life choices. (Maris, you can absolutely fall in love AND retain your hard-won independence!) Will these two lovely ladies allow themselves to fall in love with the nice men they’ve met? Here’s hoping they do—and that they also enjoy many a wine-filled lunch and/or dinner to exchange the most delicious of stories! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 11.)

    The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn
    Netflix adaptation alert! This reprint, the first book in Quinn’s Bridgerton series, is headed for the small screen! Daphne Bridgerton is way too friendly to be considered marriage material. That is, she is nice and smart and funny, traits that none of the idiot dandies in society appreciate, much less want to marry. (Daphne, we will all happily toss red wine in their dull, boring faces on your behalf!) Things shake up a bit when Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, shows up in the same social circles. He’s back in England after being abroad, and he’s none too thrilled by the endless ballroom and drawing room prattle. (Oh, and every mother wants him to marry her daughter. No bueno.) Simon and Daphne agree to a fake courtship, one that will keep those rabid mothers far, far away and also give Daphne a much-needed look of mystery. It doesn’t take long for Simon to realize that Daphne is everything he wants in a woman and that he’ll have to act fast if he’s going to nab her for himself! (Available in paperback on June 11.)

    The Summer of Sunshine and Margot, by Susan Mallery
    Sisters Margot and Sunshine Baxter each have their own thing going on. Margot is an etiquette coach, and her latest gig involves dealing with her client’s less-than-pleasant son, Alec. Alec isn’t a bad person, per se, but he’s very, very guarded. (He’s also very, very hot, and his rare smile is well worth any effort!) As for Sunshine, she’s had a string of not-so-good boyfriends and she’s quite determined to break that awful cycle. (Good for you, Sunshine! Settle for no less than a man who rightfully worships the ground you walk on and rubs your feet at least twice a week!) Sunshine also wants to focus on her nanny job and finish her bachelor’s degree. That said, her new boss is deliciously distracting. Sounds like these lovely sisters have a lot on their plate, so here’s hoping they stick to their goals and don’t let anyone derail their dreams! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on June 11.)

    Summer on Mirror Lake, by JoAnn Ross
    Wall Street workaholic Gabriel Mannion refuses to believe that he’s just had an anxiety attack. That said, he needs to follow his doctor’s orders and chill out if he doesn’t want to risk his health. He heads back to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor, where he soon falls head over heels for local librarian Chelsea Prescott. Not only is Chelsea a beautiful, well-read woman who can no doubt recommend books for just about anyone, but she is also giving two foster children some much-needed attention. (Brains AND beauty AND heart? Gabriel, if you don’t take this woman out for a nice dinner then we all will!) Gabriel and Chelsea certainly like each other very much, but Gabriel still plans to return to New York City. Oh, Gabriel, would you please search that jaded heart of yours and find something to do in Honeymoon Harbor so that you can continue romancing this wonderful woman?! This is the third book in Ross’ Honeymoon Harbor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 11.)

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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/04/30 Permalink
    Tags: anything but a duke, , fluffy, getting hot with the scot, julia kent, , , , , susan mallery, swan point, tangled up in you,   

    Romance Roundup: Small-Town Romances, Craigslist Mishaps, and Pop Culture Reporters 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a newly-divorced mom who gets it on with a former bad boy, a real estate professional who answers the wrong kind of ad on Craigslist, and a wounded police officer who needs to rethink his priorities.

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    Our gal Delaney Holbrook is no wilting violet! Rather than mope around when things got rough, she rolled up her literal and proverbial sleeves and worked hard to improve her life. (Delaney, when is your self-help book coming out? Thanks!) Oh, she also vowed to stay away from besuited men, but Malcolm Carlesso, the CEO of a family company, is going to make Delaney’s vow a tad difficult. (He looks mighty fine wearing a suit. He also looks mighty fine wearing nothing but a smile.) Delaney becomes good friends with Malcolm’s estranged sister, Callie Smith. Callie has been living a lonely life. Then she finds out that Malcolm is her brother. Trouble is, Malcolm has some deep-seated family issues and thinks he wants nothing to do with Callie. Here’s hoping that issues get resolved sooner rather than later, that Callie gets the family and love she deserves, that Delaney helps Malcolm out of his suit, and that future holidays are filled with lots of love and family! (Available in paperback on April 30.)

    Swan Point, by Sherryl Woods
    Adelia Hernandez is ready to start a new chapter for herself and her family. She just got divorced, and so she decides to hightail it to Serenity, South Carolina. She buys a house in a gorgeous, historic neighborhood, for one, and she also gets promoted to manager at a swanky boutique. (Adelia, you are on FIRE!) Indeed, things are going swimmingly. Then she meets Gabe Franklin. The former town troublemaker is back home on a mission to make things right with the people he wronged. (Gabe, we’re so glad you’re no longer a rascal, but we certainly hope you haven’t ENTIRELY lost your edge, wink wink!) Gabe ends up being way happier to be home than he expected, and that’s mainly because he really, really likes Adelia. It doesn’t hurt that everyone in town wants these two lovely people to get together. Will Gabe embrace this beautiful opportunity and prove to Adelia that he is still naughty in the best of ways? This reprint is the eleventh book in Woods’ Sweet Magnolias series. (Available in paperback on April 30.)

    Fluffy, by Julia Kent
    Our heroine, Mallory, is a professional fluffer in the real estate sense of the term. (NOT the pornographic one, thank you very much!) Her job is to stage houses so that real estate agents can sell them, pronto. When she becomes cash-strapped, she responds to an ad for a fluffer on Craigslist in the hopes of earning some moolah. Trouble is, the ad was for the OTHER type of fluffer and not HER type of fluffer. (Excuse us all, Mallory, while we grab a glass of wine to sip as we watch this tale unfold.) Mallory ends up on the set of one of those, ahem, adult films. If that wasn’t awkward enough, she also ends up in front of her old high school crush, Will Lotham. (One look at Will and it becomes clear why she never truly stopped carrying a torch for this smoldering man.) Lots of funny, weird, and sexy things start to happen, and it soon becomes clear that maybe answering that Craigslist ad was the best thing that ever happened to our gal! (Available in NOOK on April 30.)

    Tangled Up in You, by Samantha Chase
    Police officer Bobby Hannigan just sustained a gunshot wound, and if that wasn’t bad enough, it could be something that ends his law enforcement career. He gets some major cheering up, though, when he meets Teagan Shaughnessy, a kind-hearted single mom who just moved back to town. (Bobby, don’t be a dodo! You hurry up now and ask that nice lady out to dinner!) As for Teagan, she decides that while she certainly feels fond of Bobby, she’s not sure whether it’s the right time for a relationship. (That’s okay, Teagan. We’ll decide for you. And the answer is a resounding yes!) Teagan, you hurry up now and put on your sexiest dress and some heels and red lipstick and show Bobby that while life has thrown many curveballs your way, it has NEVER knocked down your spirit! As for you, Bobby, book a nice B&B for a romantic weekend for two and put on…nothing. At all. This is the seventh book in Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

    Anything But a Duke, by Christy Carlyle
    Aidan Iverson may have a lot going for him—tons of money, a Duke’s Den membership, a chiseled face and body worth taking up an entire wall of the Louvre—but he’s just not quite there as far as society is concerned. He decides that the only way he’s going to get in good with high society is to marry well. Enter Diana Ashby. She comes from the aristocratic world, but all she wants to do is tell the world about her awesome new invention. She agrees to help Aidan find a well-bred woman of marriageable age. (Oh, Aidan, don’t you realize that Diana is, like, one in a bajillion with a fine mind and a big heart and that many of these so-called “proper ladies” will only bore you to tears for the rest of your life?!) Here’s hoping that Aidan gets over himself ASAP and that Diana gets to continue her entrepreneurial streak! This is the second book in Carlyle’s Duke’s Den series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 30.)

    Getting Hot With the Scot, by Melonie Johnson
    Cassie Crow is ready to get serious. The pop culture TV reporter wants to take a more mature journalistic route. That said, she decides to cut herself some slack and let her guard down when she meets Logan Reid, a deliciously gorgeous Scottish dude who would make any woman want to throw caution to the wind. (Do it—I mean, him!—Cassie! Do him for all of us!) As for Logan, his career is kind of, sort of, built on being a prankster and posting pranking videos online. (Oh, Logan, please don’t be THAT guy! Use your brains in a way that complements your big heart and delectable backside!) Logan and Cassie soon realize that they actually, really, genuinely like each other. Can they find a way to merge their two very different lifestyles? Who will be the first to cross the pond to be with the other? When will Cassie get her Pulitzer? And while kilts are lovely, will Logan spend lots of time showing Cassie what’s under his? This is the first book in Johnson’s Sometimes in Love series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 30.)

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