Romance Roundup: Harem Escapees, Navy Romances, and Cajun Lovers 

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a photographer who gets to photograph a super hot—and nude—basketball player, a woman who has just escaped a sultan’s harem, and a feisty, intelligent lady who meets the laird of her dreams.

Guarding His Heart, by Synithia Williams
Basketball star Kevin Koucky is about to retire from the game, but before he does that, he plans to give the world what it wants: He’s going to pose nude for a magazine. (Ladies, in case you didn’t know, this is kind of a real thing. The ESPN magazine produces “The Body Issue” every year. You’re welcome.) The photographer assigned to this very desirable assignment is none other than Jasmin Hook. She is a talented professional, but even she has trouble remembering to hold her camera properly when she sees what Kevin has to offer. (Jasmin, just pretend you’re holding—never mind!) As for Kevin, he’s definitely intrigued by this lovely lady, and decides to pursue her. Will he manage to prove that he’s a good guy and give her many reasons to put her camera—very carefully it was expensive—down? This is the third book in Williams’ Scoring for Love series. (Available in paperback on June 19.)

Dangerous, by Minerva Spencer
Lady Euphemia Marlington has just escaped a sultan’s harem after 17 years in captivity. Now she’s back home, but her father wants to marry off his now-32-year-old daughter ASAP. (Gee, she missed you, too, Dad!) Her only option at this point is Adam de Courtney. He’s known as the Murderous Marquess because his first two wives died under mysterious circumstances. (Dude, you better have some REALLY solid alibis!) Adam and Euphemia need each other quite badly, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that they’ve got some major chemistry going on. The thing is, neither one is entirely gung ho about sharing their deepest, darkest secrets. Will they find the strength to reveal all to each other, physically and emotionally? And can they manage to show each other a good time while they’re at it? This is the first book in Spencer’s Outcast series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

Navy Families, by Debbie Macomber
Two stories in one! In “Navy Baby,” a pregnant Hannah Raymond is reunited with the sexy sailor with whom she, ahem, had a very yummy time. (Don’t worry, Hannah. If we saw Riley Murdock in front of us we’d follow our most primal instincts, too!) Riley wants to marry Hannah and create a solid family life. Are these two near-strangers up for the challenge? In “Navy Husband,” Shana Berrie is going to take care of her Navy sister’s 9-year-old daughter for the next few months. (Major shoutout to those who care for military kids while their parents are deployed!) Jazmine is very curious to know why her Aunt Shana is single, and so is Jazmine’s godfather, Lieutenant Commander Adam Kennedy. (Adam, you can pilot our ships in any ocean!) He decides to check in on both ladies to make sure they’re okay, and Shana soon realizes that she’d love to see him alone and wearing nothing but his combination hat! (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

Tempting the Laird, by Julia London
Catriona Mackenzie is a very happily outspoken and UN-married woman, and those who disapprove of her can stick it for all she cares. She also runs a refuge for women. (Catriona, you are awesome.) Her women’s shelter, though, has become a target, and Catriona’s investigations put her in touch with Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose. (Oh, that we could all be in touch with Hamlin!) Hamlin has some major political goals, which are being thwarted due to the disappearance of his wife. People are convinced he’s a murderer, but no one knows the truth about him. He’s got to keep quiet, but then he meets Catriona and she brings out the sexy in him. Here’s hoping they learn to trust each other soon, and then proceed to make the world a better place—together! (Available in paperback on June 26.)

Cajun Persuasion, by Sandra Hill
Pilot Aaron LeDeux is on a trip to Louisiana with his brother so that they can both get in touch with their Cajun heritage. His travels put him in the path of Fleur Gaudet, a sort-of nun who cavorts with like-minded people to rescue sex-trafficked girls. (Yes, Fleur, you’re a hero to us all!) The thing is, she hasn’t had much real-world exposure, and Aaron becomes quite determined to show her what she’s been missing. (Excuse me, Aaron? We all never really had much fun during our college years/were kind of wallflowers/whatever excuse it’s going to take to get you all over us!) Aaron and Fleur end up going on a dangerous mission together, and they have plenty of opportunities to really get to know each other. Here’s hoping they find many reasons for Aaron to trade the freezing cold for the hotter Cajun atmosphere! This is the third book in Hill’s Cajun series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

Sandpiper Shore, by Debbie Mason
Jenna Bell loves being a wedding planner, but her latest assignment has her feeling jittery. She’s got to plan the wedding for Logan Gallagher, on whom she’s crushed since forever. Logan is now a secret service agent, and he’s only getting married because he needs to protect the woman he’s been assigned to. This means that our gal totally has a chance to snag him for herself. (Jenna, we’ll all thwart the bad guys while you make your moves. We’re truly feeling optimistic about this!) Can Logan complete his latest mission in a way that doesn’t get him tied down, figuratively speaking? (He wouldn’t mind being literally tied down by our gal.) And can Jenna be brave and show Logan just how much she loves him? This is the sixth book in Mason’s Harmony Harbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

What romances are on your nightstand this week?

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