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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2019/10/09 Permalink
    Tags: alaskan holiday, annabeth albert, arctic heat, , diana biller, , janice lynn, misadventures at city hall, , , sarah smith, the widow of rose house, victoria blue   

    Romance Roundup: Alaskan Rangers, Quarreling Coworkers, and Gilded Age Widows 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a wounded warrior who ends up falling for a very special lady, a cancer survivor who’s about to meet a very hunky man in the Alaskan wilderness, and a chef who just might have a major change of plans. 

    Wrapped Up in Christmas, by Janice Lynn
    Our gal Sarah Smith is really into that whole volunteer-slash-be-a-good-person thing, and one of the projects she’s just completed is making a quilt for a wounded warrior. Veteran Bodie Lewis ended up being the lucky recipient, and let’s just say he really needs a bit of extra loving. (Bodie, we all volunteer as tribute!) The Army Ranger survived a horrible tragedy that killed many of his brothers in arms. He decides to find the quilt maker and thank this person for adding some sweetness to his life. He is delightfully surprised when it turns out to be Sarah, who is a lovely lady inside and out. (Bodie, if you don’t treat Sarah right, we are all going to stand in front of your house and cross our arms and sneer at you in disapproval!) When Bodie finds her, she’s working on building her bed and breakfast and thinks he’s a handyman. Bodie decides to play along and get to hammering. (Hehe!) Here’s hoping he comes clean soon—ideally while wearing nothing but the quilt Sarah made—and that Sarah is very understanding about everything! (Available in paperback and available on audiobook.)

    Arctic Heat, by Annabeth Albert
    Investment banker and city man Owen Han has just beaten cancer, and now he’s determined to live the life he really wants. He goes to Alaska to pursue his dream of a more rugged existence, a rugged existence that involves volunteering with park rangers. (Owen, only YOU could look sexy in long underwear!) His new adventure puts him directly in the path of ranger Quilleran Ramsey, who is the kind of specimen for whom one would risk frostbite AND hypothermia. (Quilleran, would it be okay if we all just sit down and look at you for an afternoon? A day? Forever?) Quilleran does not have time for volunteers who have no idea how dangerous and risky and downright treacherous the Alaskan wilderness can be. He would rather just smolder his own way through the snow—and through life—instead of letting someone like Owen distract him. His resistance doesn’t last long, though, and he and Owen proceed to engage in all kinds of snow-melting activities. Will this budding romance last beyond the season? This is the third book in Albert’s Frozen Hearts series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

    Alaskan Holiday, by Debbie Macomber
    This reprint features sous chef Josie Stewart, who has a sweet new job opportunity lined up at a highfalutin restaurant in Seattle. Before she embarks upon this glamorous new chapter, she decides to do a six-month stint cooking at a lodge in Klutina Lake, Alaska. She soon realizes that she likes the place—like, a lot—and she also likes her new neighbor, Palmer Saxon. He is a sword craftsman, so you know he’s got that whole protective, use-all-my-resources-to-make-sure-you-don’t-starve thing going on. Oh, he’s also smoldering and silent and mysterious, which makes him even more irresistible to our gal. The thing is, our gal really had her heart set on going to The Emerald City and making her mark on the food scene there. Josie, think of the many, many nights—and the many, many ways—in which you and Palmer can keep each other warm! (Available in paperback.)

    Faker, by Sarah Smith
    Our gal Emmie Echavarre is a fun and easygoing lady, but she has to hide her softer side Monday through Friday. The thing is, she works at a power tool company, and let’s just say her burly male coworkers aren’t into the girlie girl things that she likes. (Don’t worry, Emmie! All of us ladies will just plan a super fun happy hour that involves the drink and girl talk of your choice!) There’s one area, though, in which Emmie can 100% be herself, and that’s when she’s with her coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate and Emmie have not been on the friendliest of terms. (Like, ever.) Whenever Emmie dares to be polite and even friendly to Tate, his responses are less than enthusiastic. (Tate. Buddy. Dude. Come ON!) They’ll both need to chill, though, as they’ve been paired up for a charity construction project. Tate and Emmie, please ignore your differences and realize that you are perfect for each other! And Tate, please make sure you wear your hard hat. You look mighty fine in it! (Available in paperback and NOOK.) 

    The Widow of Rose House, by Diana Biller
    Gilded Age romance alert! (Seriously, we need more of these!) Alva Webster’s estranged and abusive husband just died (AWESOME!!!) and so she’s finally able to settle down in New York after having to deal with years of horrible gossip and media attention. (Alva, do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of all of us cracking open champagne bottles in celebration!) She decides to restore a very old house known as Liefdehuis, which would be fine under normal circumstances, but this particular abode is a tad haunted. (How bad is it? Well, the Property Brothers won’t be passing by anytime soon. Pity.) Alva ends up getting some insight from Professor Samuel Moore. He’s an electrical lighting genius and a member of the very scientific Moore family, and he’s quite intrigued by Alva and her house. But mainly by Alva. Indeed, it doesn’t take him long to realize that he would love to be in Alva’s life on a permanent basis. Samuel, buddy, you better make sure you are EXTRA BUT EXTRA nice to Alva! And Alva, please realize that Samuel is the real deal and unlike any other man you’ll ever know! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

    Misadventures at City Hall, by Victoria Blue
    Skye Delaney really wanted to work in the Los Angeles city manager’s office, but a major scandal involving corruption derailed this particular plan. (Hang in there, Skye! Your next dream is right around the corner!) She decides to pursue a seat on the city council (Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation would be so proud!), but soon realizes that she’s not the only person with her eye on it. Kyle Armstrong is also running for city council, which is a tad awkward, because he and Skye pretty much want to help each other out of their power suits. (This is still possible, you two!) Here’s hoping they figure out who should run for city council, that they are both good sports about it, and that, whatever happens, they embark to have scandal-free political careers! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on October 8.) 

    What new romances are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/05/15 Permalink
    Tags: , beach wedding weekend, , , , , no longer lost, rachel magee, , , , sniper's pride, the cowboy and his baby, , victoria blue   

    Romance Roundup: Charming Ranch Hands, British Princes, and Wedding Hullabaloo 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a brave woman who needs some extra help escaping her abusive husband, an American president’s son and a British prince who REALLY don’t like each other, and a gal who ends up falling for her best friend’s brother.

    Sniper’s Pride, by Megan Crane
    Our gal Mariah McKenna is trying to escape an especially awful husband. Case in point: He tried to kill her. (Mariah, all of our spare bedrooms are all yours!) She decides to skedaddle to Grizzly Harbor in Alaska and hires special operatives hottie Griffin Cisneros to help keep her safe. It becomes clear early on that Griffin is one exceptional example of the male species. (Griffin, we’d all hire you any day of the week for just about any task! Lawn mowing, dishwashing, un-making the bed, etc.) As for Griffin, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that Mariah is one tough cookie who has been through a lot. (Go ahead, Griffin! Make our gal feel like a natural woman!) Here’s hoping they manage to dodge—and even defeat—Mariah’s crazy husband and that Griffin shows her that some men are actually very, very good! This is the second book in Crane’s Alaska Force series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    The Cowboy and His Baby, by Jessica Clare
    No ranch hand fills out a pair of jeans quite like Dustin, and none of the ladies in his Wyoming town are resistant to his charms. As far as Dustin is concerned, he’s certainly living the life. Then he meets Annie, an animal trainer who is in the area working on a film. Annie is quite focused on her canine coworkers, but she soon becomes a wee bit distracted by the sight of Dustin. (Talk about liking it ruff!) Annie and Dustin begin to engage in the kind of carnal relations that would make our most liberal family members blush. (Annie, we are all SO proud of you!) Their activities are so potent that Annie ends up becoming pregnant. (Did we mention that Dustin looks exceptionally good in jeans? And a cowboy hat? And…yeah?) Will Dustin convince Annie that the Wyoming life—with him—is one worth living? And will he and Annie be able to live on a giant plot of land and fill it with babies and puppies? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    No Longer Lost, by Angel Payne & Victoria Blue
    Maclain Stone and Taylor Matthews seem to have a REALLY hard time admitting that they, like, want and need each other. (What the heck is wrong with you two?!) Then a stalker goes after Taylor, and this prompts her to seek Maclain’s help. She literally goes to his front door. (Taylor, we all hope you were prepared and wore your nicest lingerie!) As for Maclain, he’s ready to take this opportunity to step up his game, flex his muscles, and prove to Taylor that he can provide her with top-notch protection AND the, ahem, roller coaster rides of her life! (Oh, that we could all sample a slice of Maclain before our gal takes over the whole buffet!) Maclain, please show Taylor that you’re worth your weight in gold. As for you, Taylor, please stop dilly dallying and realize that Maclain is both figuratively and literally solid and that he’ll protect you for the rest of your lives together! This is the ninth book in the authors’ Secrets of Stone series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
    Alex Claremont-Diaz, the President of the United States’ son, and Prince Henry, heir to the British throne, really, really can’t stand each other. Like, they really don’t like each other. At all. (Gentlemen, don’t you understand that you’re both WAY too hot to be fighting?!) Things take a turn, though, after the tabloids catch the two of them fighting. This prompts a major public relations campaign in order to preserve the special relationship between the U.S. and Britain. Alex and Henry have to embark on a bit of a fake friendship in order to stave off any pesky rumors, and it doesn’t take either of them long to realize that there was some crazy delicious sexual tension brewing between them. (Now THIS is the kind of special relationship we all want to read about!) Alex and Henry will need to come to terms with the fact that they wouldn’t mind jumping into bed together. (Like, every day.) Here’s hoping they realize they are perfect for each other, that British and American relations remain intact, and that the next royal wedding gets exceptionally thorough and extensive media coverage! (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 14.)

    The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren
    Olive Torres is at a bit of a low point right now. She just got laid off, for one, and she has to spend her sister’s wedding attached to best man Ethan Thomas. (Olive, the next happy hour is on us!) Then something rather horrible but also rather wonderful happens: Everyone in the wedding party gets a bad bout of food poisoning. Ethan and Olive, however, are not afflicted, which means they get to go on the honeymoon that the bride and groom can no longer enjoy. The two head off to Maui, and soon realize they have WAY more in common than they’d ever imagined. Plus, watching Ethan run around in the Hawaiian surf and flashing his abs and smile makes Olive want to loosen her bikini strings. (Do it, Olive! Seduce him on a secluded beach in broad daylight! Do it for all of us!) Olive and Ethan, you two make sure to enjoy yourselves thoroughly and focus on each other—both on your “honeymoon” and when you get back home! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 14.)

    Beach Wedding Weekend, by Rachel Magee
    Once upon a time, Brody broke up with Paige right before he galavanted off to Europe. Oh, he also told Paige right before he left that someday they could be together again. And then what did the weasel do? He waltzed back into her life with an actress on his arm. (Brody, you suck.) Paige is heartbroken, because she really, truly cared for Brody. She knows she’ll run into him at an upcoming wedding, though, so, ever resourceful, she asks her best friend’s brother, Aiden, to pretend to be her boyfriend. (Let’s just that pretending with Aiden is not difficult AT ALL.) Aiden is totally fine with playing the fake boyfriend, as he does not believe in relationships. Then he realizes that his perfect match has been right under his nose for a very, very long time. Good for you, Aiden! Go get your woman! As for the rest of us, we’ll focus on tripping Brody when he least expects it. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 15.)

    What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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  • Cristina Merrill 5:00 pm on 2019/03/05 Permalink
    Tags: annie rains, Blood Brothers, day of the dragon, , , , , misadventures with a book boyfriend, , , , slow ride, springtime at hope cottage, victoria blue   

    Romance Roundup: Dragon Shifters, Former Male Models, and Artifact Seekers 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a reporter who investigates a supernaturally-touched town, an academic who meets a very sexy dragon shifter, and a male model who starts an interesting new business venture—and falls hard for a client.

    Blood Brothers, by Nora Roberts
    Caleb Hawkins and his two best friends, Fox and Gage, saw some pretty creepy things when they were kids. (They might have taken a camping trip, and they might have seen some evil, supernatural-ish stuff.) Now they are all grown upand Quite Hotand the evil stuff is coming up again in their town of Hawkins Hollow. Caleb, a descendant of the town’s founders, ends up having a major connection with visiting reporter Quinn Black. She’s writing a book about the town and its mysterious ways, and she and Caleb soon realize that they want to have the kind of relationship that leaves very little to the imagination. Before they can truly settle down, though, they’ll need to band together with other men and women to help bring peace to Hawkins Hollow. This is the first book in Roberts’ Sign of Seven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 5.)

    Day of the Dragon, by Katie MacAlister
    Our gal Thaisa is a serious scholar who doesn’t really believe in all of that supernatural mumbo jumbo. Then she meets dragon shifter Archer Andras, who would make even the most steadfast of women question everything she believes in. (In the best possible ways, of course!) Thaisa soon finds herself in the middle of a dragon war, one that also involves Archer’s twin brother. (Yup, there’s two of him, which brings a whole new meaning to that ubiquitous Game of Thrones catchphrase, “WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?!?!”) She’ll need to translate an ancient text in order to help win this war, and she’s not sure she can do this while keeping her clothes on, because Archer. (It’s okay, Thaisa. We certainly wouldn’t!) This is the second book in MacAlister’s Dragon Hunter series, and it includes a bonus novel, “Wolf’s Mate” by Celia Kyle. That yarn is about a woman who gets some much-needed protection from a sexy werewolf shifter. Howl at the moon, indeed! (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 5.)

    Springtime at Hope Cottage, by Annie Rains
    New York City magazine editor Josie Kellum is all about the fast-paced life. Then she gets majorly injured and ends up recovering in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. (Josie, please send us your temporary address ASAP so we can send you flowers, a teddy bear, and a box of your favorite sweets!) On the bright side, her physical therapist ends up being local widower Tucker Locklear. They soon develop the hots for each other. (Tucker has VERY healing hands!) The thing is, Tucker is reluctant to get close to anyone again, and Josie wants to go back to her New York City life. Josie and Tucker, please get your heads out of the clouds and realize that you’re perfect for each other and that you can absolutely make a beautiful life together! This is the second book in Rains’ Sweetwater Springs series, and it includes the bonus story “Last Chance Bride” by Hope Ramsay. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 5.)

    Hold Back the Dark, by Kay Hooper
    Residents of Prosperity, North Carolina are killing each other off and waking up with zero memories of what they did. (Yeah, everyone’s pretty much in crisis mode.) Enter our gal, Chief Deputy Katie Cole. She knows she can’t handle all of this on her own, and so she’s working with Sheriff Jackson Archer. They’re also getting some much-needed help in the form of the Special Crimes Unit. Everyone’s getting deeper and deeper into a giant murder mystery mess, so they’re going to have to think fast and work together in order to solve it—and stay alive. This is the latest book in Hooper’s Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. (Available in paperback on March 5.)

    Misadventures with a Book Boyfriend, by Victoria Blue
    Former model Oliver Connely was a household name, but then his career went kaput. He needs money—like, pronto—so he creates a business venture called Book Boyfriend Incorporated. This business venture involves him making his lady clients feel, ahem, not so lonely. (Oliver, do you accept payment via Venmo? Asking for a friend!) He ends up having feelings, though, for Bailey Hardin, a client whose political husband has just turned up dead. Things get even more intense when Oliver’s friend decides to get involved in the related political drama. Oliver and Bailey, it sounds like the two of you need to do a serious Marie Kondo on your social lives! Once you’ve cut out those who bring you no joy, you can focus on each other and the numerous beautiful babies you’ll make! This is the latest book in the multi-authored Misadventures series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 5.)

    Slow Ride, by Lori Foster
    Our gal Ronnie Ashford has met a ridiculously hot guy at a bar, and just when it looks like they will have A Lot Of Fun together, she learns that he is none other than Jack Crews. Normally, this discovery would make her scream in ecstasy rather than frustration, but Jack is the person she’s supposed to work with soon in order to acquire artifacts for her bosses. (She would rather work alone, thank you very much.) Jack is all like, “Aw, baby, we can be partners AND lovers!” while she’s all like “Please hide those distracting biceps of yours underneath an ugly Christmas sweater STAT!” (For the record, this would NOT diminish Jack’s sexiness level in any way whatsoever.) Oh, Ronnie, please realize that you and Jack can absolutely be partners in both work and life. And Jack, please take every opportunity to show Ronnie that every day with you would be quite the adventure! This is the second book in Foster’s Road to Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 12.)

    What romance novels are you excited about this week?

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