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  • Amanda Diehl 3:00 pm on 2017/10/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , alisha rai, beauty like the night, , christina lauren, dating you/hating you, , elyse springer, hate to want you, heels over head, , , kirsten ashley, , nina bocci, roman crazy, , , , the chase, the deep end, the duchess deal, the pages of the mind, , vanessa fewings, what's your sign?   

    Romance Recommendations for Your Zodiac Sign 

    Playing matchmaker with readers and romance novels is so much fun! I’m also a huge zodiac junkie. I read my horoscope routinely and go absolutely nuts for compatibility charts. Inspired by traits of the twelve signs, here are some reading recommendations, though don’t take them too seriously. I won’t tell if you want to dip into the recs for other signs!

    Aquarius: Heels Over Head, by Elyse Springer
    First off, Aquarius is a water sign and a romance featuring professional divers and swimmers is pretty on the nose. Brandon Evans is aloof and carefree. He also knows how good of a diver he is. Meanwhile, Jeremy Reeve is struggling with his family’s feelings on his sexuality. He thinks his only hope of being accepted is by winning an Olympic medal. While Brandon and Jeremy seem like opposites on the surface, they’re rather complementary as teammates and it’s beautiful to see the divers find a sense a community within their sport.

    Pisces: The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare
    Pisces are known to be compassionate and selfless, but that can often bite them in the butt later on. The Duchess Deal has a battle-scarred hero who has a nightly hobby of fighting London’s riffraff, but what he wants deep down is an heir. Emma Gladstone is the daughter of a vicar and a seamstress, and she sees beneath the Duke of Ashbury’s physical insecurities. She agrees to help him with his heir problem, but she has a few conditions. Ash forbids kissing. Emma wants to share a meal every night. Though they both agree to help one another, they’ll definitely get more than they bargained for with this arrangement.

    Aries: Hate to Want You, by Alisha Rai
    Speaking as an Aries myself, I know we’re a bit turbulent and moody, but we’re also confident and incredibly passionate. Hate to Want You is pretty emotional and is bursting with dramatic family secrets and scandals. In a Romeo and Juliet-esque romance, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler feel as though they can’t be together because of their families and accompanying baggage. But one night a year, they agree to meet in the bedroom. However, their forbidden romance can no longer remain a secret as their arrangement becomes complicated: Livvy doesn’t show for their scheduled yearly meeting and instead returns to their hometown.

    Taurus: The Pages of the Mind, by Jeffe Kennedy
    Tauruses are known to be practical and responsible, but a bit uncompromising, which is why Dafne, the scholarly librarian heroine of The Pages of the Mind, is a great fit. Dedicated to her job, she travels on behalf of her queen to help successfully incorporate the northern kingdoms into her queen’s realm. There, she meets a barbarian king with a significant language barrier between them. Dafne’s resolve never falters even as King Nakoa has her submit to marriage in order to broker a new alliance. Dafne handles things in stride, surprisingly, and the way she adapts to a new kingdom is rather sweet.

    Gemini: The Deep End, by Kristen Ashley
    Gemini are often defined as having two different personalities and the submissive Alpha hero of The Deep End is sure to appeal to both. Outside the bedroom, Olivier is strong, masculine, and all Alpha. Then he joins the Honey Club and meets Amelie, a cold, calculating Domme who likes her men submissive. Having an “Alpha-sub” is an interesting twist in characterization, especially since the heroine is often in a position of power in the bedroom. This romance is also heavy on erotic content, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in a beautiful, developing romance between Olly and Amelie.

    Cancer: Beauty Like the Night, by Joanna Bourne
    While Cancers can be incredibly empathetic, they can also be a bit manipulative. Sorry, Cancers! But a historical romance with espionage and spy shenanigans is a perfect romance read for you. Sèverine de Cabrillac and Raoul Deverney are brought together by a similar goal: justice. When Sèverine seeks out Raoul’s help in rescuing her missing daughter, Raoul knows that this mission could very well lead him to the killer of his estranged wife. Brought together by grief and worry, the pair quickly become a formidable and rather cutthroat team. It’s a romance with some bite!

    Leo: Dating You/Hating You, by Christina Lauren
    Leos are charismatic, funny, and often the life of the party. They’re also stubborn and demand a lot of attention. And trust me, Dating You/Hating You is going to demand nearly all of your free time. It’s also really hilarious. Evelyn Abbey thought she met a really great guy at a friend’s Halloween Party, but when she realizes that same guy, Carter Aaron, is now her competition at work after a company merger, their romance quickly skids to a halt. There’s an office prank war, an oblivious boss who things dog treats are granola bars, and some serious girl power in this battle-of-the-sexes workplace romance.

    Virgo: The Winter King, by C.L. Wilson
    When it comes to Virgos, they’re incredibly detailed, but are also frequently drawn to nature. A fantasy romance seems like a sure bet! Wilson’s fantasy romances have some amazing world-building from the differing kingdoms to how magic operates from person to person. The heroine can also summon storms. How cool is that! Wynter Atrialan hopes to get revenge on the king of Summerlea by taking one of his daughters, Khamsin Coruscate, as his bride. What Wynter doesn’t count on is Khamsin enjoying her newfound sense of freedom. The settings are descriptive and the courtship is lovely in this utterly bewitching fantasy romance.

    Libra: A New Leash on Love, by Debbie Burns
    Gentle and with a love of keeping company, Libras always strike me as being on the sweeter side of the astrological spectrum. A New Leash on Love is an adorable contemporary romance, as if it weren’t obvious by the chocolate lab puppy on the cover. Megan Anderson runs the local no-kill shelter, dedicating her life to helping animals in need. Craig Williams hates that he has to take his daughter’s new dog to the shelter, but since his divorce seems to suffer one misstep after another. When he drops the dog off, he isn’t counting on a tense confrontation with the shelter’s owner. Their first meeting doesn’t go particularly well, to say the least, but things definitely improve on their second meeting. And the third. Pick this one up, if you like romances with plenty of cute, furry secondary characters.

    Scorpio: The Chase, by Vanessa Fewings
    Scorpios are the ones you call when you need some resourceful and courageous. They can meet a challenge head-on, but they’re steadfast in their beliefs and can hold things close to the vest. The Chase is a contemporary romance with elements of suspense as the heroine, Zara Leighton, is enlisted to track down an international art thief. It’s a case she could only dream of. There’s just one problem and that’s her investigation firm’s billionaire client: Tobias Wilder. Enigmatic and mysterious, Tobias seems like the perfect suspect—or Zara’s greatest distraction.

    Sagittarius: Roman Crazy, by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
    If there’s one weakness to being a Sagittarius, it’s the call of wanderlust and the need for travel! With her divorce nearing finalization, Avery Bardot restarts her life for the summer in beautiful Rome, Italy. She spends her days exploring the city and her nights eating amazing food. It’s in Rome, surprisingly, that she meets the one man she never forgot: Marcello Bianchi, and the feeling seems to be mutual. Though with the summer quickly approaching its end, Avery isn’t sure if she can give up her adventurous life in Italy and return to the States.

    Capricorn: Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh
    Capricorns are masters of self-control, but when it comes to their family, all bets are off. Silver Mercant helps run an international emergency response network. It’s practically her job to remain calm under pressure. Then she meets Valentin Nikolaev, a bear shifter and leader of his powerful clan. There’s something about Silver that sparks an undeniable interested in Val and when an unknown force begins to threaten Silver’s life, Val will protect her at any cost. And we all know what happens when you poke a bear.

    What’s your sign? (And what’s your favorite romance?)

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2017/08/22 Permalink
    Tags: , immortally yours, , , , , , , , , vanessa fewings, , wicked abyss,   

    Romance Roundup: Art Investigators, Restaurant Murders, and Sexy Immortals 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a set of sisters trying to move past some major family trauma, an art investigator who gets to investigate a very sexy billionaire, and a literary-themed, paranormal murder-mystery.

    The Game, by Vanessa Fewings
    Romance readers who love a good art heist and all of the involved drama can sink their teeth into Fewings’ latest! Our gal Zara Leighton is an art investigator, and she’s found herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with Tobias Wilder. He’s really into complicated art heists that challenge his mind (he’s already a billionaire, so the money is a non-issue), and he certainly knows his way around a bedroom. (Oh, that we could all get tangled up with him!) When a major artifact makes its way to the center of the drama, these two need to put their heads together. A sexy, romantic story that involves art and a face like Tobias’? Yes, please! This is the second book in Fewings’ Icon trilogy. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 29.)

    The Summer That Made Us, by Robyn Carr
    The Hempstead sisters had it all—amily, marriage, kids, and a beautiful summer lake house. (Lots and lots of house descriptions that will fulfill our HGTV fantasies, please!) Then there was an accidental drowning one summer, and everything went downhill. Things just haven’t been the same since. (Sending major hugs your way, ladies!) Then one of them decides to do a very brave thing and bring the family back together at said lake house, which has been closed up. Fans know that Carr brings it when it comes to stories that combine family drama and romance, so turn off your cell phone, grab your sunglasses and summer beverage of choice, and get to reading! (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on September 5.)

    Wicked Deeds, by Heather Graham
    Historian Vickie Preston and paranormal investigator Griffin Pryce are SO ready to go home to Virginia and relax. They decide to stop in Baltimore, and boy does this detour cost them. There are several murders tied to an Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant, and these murders are very similar to some of Poe’s tales. Lots of the restaurant-goers become suspects. (Note to my favorite local taco joint: I am NOT engaging in any suspicious activity!) Then Edgar Allan Poe starts to appear to Vickie in her dreams and gives her hints about the murders. (Just FYI, Jane Austen, your ghost and romantic advice are more than welcome in all of our lives at any time!) Here’s hoping Vickie and Griffin manage to find out who the killer is ASAP so that these murders are nevermore. This is the latest book in Graham’s extensive Krewe of Hunters series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 19.)

    Wicked Abyss, by Kresley Cole
    Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot did some pretty mean things centuries ago. These mean things included breaking the heart of the then-young boy Abyssian “Sian” Infernas. A long time has passed, and now our boy Sian has been turned into a bit of a hunky demonic monster-man. He’s out for some vengeance, so he kidnaps Lila and imprisons her in his castle. (Heck, if the view is nice and the food is good, Sian, we’re all yours!) Being in close proximity to Lila makes Sian soon realize there might be more to this woman than he thought. As for Lila, she wants to escape, but she’s becoming rather attached to Sian. Can Sian finally let it go, and can he and Lila move forward to create the beautiful, otherworldly babies they are surely meant to make? This is the latest book in Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. (Available in paperback on September 19.)

    Immortally Yours, by Lynsay Sands
    Beth Argenis has had the hots for Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald for the past 125 years, ever since he rescued her from a Rogue Immortal. (So, Beth, if we Google “historical hotties” Scotty’ll show up in the search results, right?) Beth has had plenty of time to become a top-notch Rogue Hunter, so she doesn’t need saving anymore, thank you very much. One thing hasn’t changed, though, and that’s the way she feels about Scotty. As for Scotty, he realizes after one kiss that Beth is the one for him and that he has got to stop wasting his time. (Seriously, buddy, what have you been up to all of these years?!) An enemy is on horizon, so these two better get together in more ways than one if they’re going to defeat said enemy and move on with their immortal lives together. This is the latest book in Sands’ super awesome Argeneau series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

    When All the Girls Have Gone, by Jayne Ann Krentz
    Charlotte Sawyer is having a not-so-great day. She finds out that her stepsister’s friend was murdered, and when she goes to break the news, she learns that said stepsister has disappeared. Her stepsister, Jocelyn, has done disappearing acts before (yup, she’s THAT kind of person), but this time it’s different. Charlotte teams up with private investigator Max Cutler to find her sister, and let’s just say that with his voice and body he can absolutely feel free to interrogate and investigate all he wants! Together, they delve into Jocelyn’s world and encounter some not-so-pretty things. Can they find the missing lady and manage to have a relationship that sometimes involves, say, using handcuffs in a fun way? (Available in paperback on September 26.)

    What romance novels are you diving into this week?

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