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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, , the lies we tell, when we found home,   

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


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    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 3:00 pm on 2019/04/30 Permalink
    Tags: anything but a duke, , fluffy, getting hot with the scot, julia kent, , , , , , swan point, tangled up in you, when we found home   

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


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    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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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/10 Permalink
    Tags: , , lauren blakely, marry me by sundown, , off the grid, , , sarah castille, , strong hold, , , when we found home   

    Romance Roundup: Lady Martial Artists, Investigative Reporters, and Boyfriends-For-Hire 


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    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an American heiress who gets captured by a rugged man, a martial artist whose old flame is her new manager, and lots of ladies who are about to deal with some major family drama.

    Off the Grid, by Monica McCarty
    Investigative reporter Brittany Blake is on the hunt—for her missing brother. He’s in the Navy, and they’ve given her some very pathetic explanations as to his disappearance. Being the tough, no-nonsense woman she is, she’s decided to take matters into her own capable hands and goes looking for him. (That’s the spirit, Brittany! You keep being your feisty self!) Her search puts her in the path of John Donovan, and let’s just say no woman would mind bumping into his very masculine body any day of the week. (Seriously, John, how DO you manage to get those biceps? Please show us!) John has some of his own business to see to. He’s a member of SEAL Team Nine, and someone is targeting him and his mates. Will John and Brittany manage to find out what happened to her brother? And will they act out all of their fantasies together for the rest of their lives? This is the second book in McCarty’s Lost Platoon series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Strong Hold, by Sarah Castille
    Fight promoter Zack Grayson needs to find the MMA’s next big star. He ends up finding it in Shayla “Shilla the Killa” Tanner, whose heart he broke several years ago. (Zack, you have FIVE WHOLE MINUTES to provide an explanation. Don’t you dare try our patience!) Shayla never forgot Zack, but she’s quite scarred from her past. Her husband was abusive, so she’s very reluctant to open her heart again. (Shayla, we are SO taking you out for a pleasant and peaceful picnic!) Working together brings out the deeply-buried feelings in both Shayla and Zack. She wants to love again and not get hurt, and he wants to stay in her proverbial and literal grip for the rest of his life. Shayla, open your heart to the possibilities! And Zack, don’t you dare screw this one up! This is the fifth book in Castille’s Redemption series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

    Marry Me by Sundown, by Johanna Lindsey
    American heiress Violet Mitchell has returned home to Philadelphia from London, only to discover that the men in her family have seriously screwed up their finances. Rather than melt into a puddle of despair, she gets it together and travels to Montana to find her father’s fortune. (There might be gold and/or silver. Lots of gold and/or silver.) She meets Morgan Callahan, her father’s partner, and let’s just say he’s WAY different from the London dandies Violet just had to put up with. As for Morgan, he thinks Violet is out to steal his goods (She will be, Morgan, but not in the way you think!), so he holds her captive for a little bit, which sounds absolutely delicious. He soon becomes mega-impressed by Violet’s ability to thrive in the harsh wilderness. Here’s hoping they manage to get the fortunes they so desperately need and want, and that they enjoy many a tumble underneath the open Montana sky! (Available in hardcover and NOOK on July 10.)

    When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
    Callie Smith is a bit of a private lady, so it’s not entirely easy when she discovers she has an older brother, Malcolm, and a younger sister, Keira. Meeting long-lost siblings involves Talking About Feelings, which is something our gal prefers to put in her proverbial No Thank You file. As for Malcolm, he’s not totally in touch with his emotions, either. (Come on, dude, lighten up just a little bit!) The three siblings end up living together and getting to know each other, and even though it’s going to be a long journey until they start feeling like a family, they are willing to give it a try. Oh, and Callie and Malcolm just might end up finding love with two very nice people along the way if they play their cards right. Romance and family drama set among the beautiful greenery of Washington state? Yes, please! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 10.)

    How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
    Three generations of ladies are about to get in touch with their respective issues and emotions this summer! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and they are each dealing with some major marital problems. Lauren seems to have the perfect life, but she knows it might just fall apart at any minute. Oh, and her teenage daughter, Mack, is showing signs of having problems. As for Jenna, she and her husband are having a hard time getting pregnant. Lauren and Jenna’s mom, Nancy, is also staying with them for the summer, and she has had some issues that have prevented her from being the best mom she could be. Will these four ladies learn to trust each other and open up? And will they realize that they have all of the support they need in each other? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 10.)

    The Real Deal, by Lauren Blakely
    April Hamilton is in a pickle. She has a family reunion to attend, and let’s just say that being single at said family reunion is NOT fun. At all. (April, your super-duper meddling family just wants you to be happy!) She ends up soliciting some help from a website called GigsForHire, where Theo Banks is ready to pretend to be any woman’s boyfriend—for a fee. His only goal in life at this point is to settle his debts and get his life back on track. (Okay, Theo, we won’t judge, but let’s just take a moment to admit that you have a body worth cuddling!) Theo and April go to her family’s reunion, and they proceed to have all kinds of silly fun. Here’s hoping they realize how lucky they are to have found each other, and that they proceed to live happy, fun-filled lives together! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 10.)

    What romances are you excited to read this week?

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