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Oct 16 2016 11:00am

Season’s Greetings from Hope Ramsay’s A Christmas Bride

A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay

Amidst the cheerful “making a list and checking it twice” crowd that prevail at Christmas are always people whose circumstances make them reluctant participants in the pervasive jolliness. David Lyndon is a recent widower. He has a young daughter, he is running for Congress, and if Christmas would just go away, that would be fine with him.

Willow Peterson retreats to Shenandoah Falls, the town where she grew up, after a fruitless attempt to do the right thing—she blew the whistle on corporate malfeasance and the only thing blown out of town is her. She’s a failed 34 year-old whistleblower living under her mother’s roof.

A charming aspect of A Christmas Bride is the “it takes a village” cast of characters—be it Willow’s counter-culture mother and laid-back sister or David’s uptight, controlling mother and his adorable, anxious daughter Natalie—but we never lose our focus on the evolving relationship between Willow and David. Willow was a close friend of David’s deceased wife and she mourns her friend. Her place in David’s past somewhat muddles the possibility that they might become more than friends in the future.

[Read more...]

Sep 25 2016 11:00am

First Look: Robyn Carr’s The Life She Wants (September 27, 2016)

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr
The Life She Wants
MIRA/ September 27, 2016/ $15.99 print, $9.99 digital

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr creates an emotional and uplifting ensemble of characters in this rags-to-riches-to-rags novel about women, friendship and the complex path to happiness

In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing.

Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she'd rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan.

Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can't escape her husband's reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she'd ever ask for help—her former best friend. It's an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they've made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

It seems you can go home again. Emma Shay Compton certainly hopes so. Or is Robert Frost’s aphorism more accurate, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in?” Emma’s return to Sonoma is a bit of both. The Life She Wants is a riches-to-rags story: Emma’s seemingly idyllic New York City society marriage was nothing but a house of cards. Her financier husband Richard was a swindler and a con-man: faced with a lifetime behind bars, he commits suicide. Emma entered the marriage with nine thousand dollars in the bank and that’s what she leaves with. Although she was not a co-conspirator, she wants nothing from a marriage than turned ugly and arid even before the feds started investigating.

[Read more...]

Sep 19 2016 1:30pm

’Tis the Season of Christmas Romances: Marie Harte’s Roadside Assistance

Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte

In romances set at Christmas, snow falls in a picturesque manner, adorning houses and trees and rarely causing havoc (unless it’s a cabin romance, in which case, “let it snow!”). Not the case in Marie Harte’s Roadside Assistance. Cynthia Nichols is justifiably annoyed that her coffee shop’s parking lot is full of cars being worked on by the garage next door. Cyn strides next door in her four inch heels, one “sexy, pissed off woman” and she gives it to mechanic Foley Sanders with both barrels. So he hates her now, right? Wrong.

God love him— a redhead. The woman had wine-red hair so dark it looked almost brown. And that body… She had curves, a lot of them. And height.

Man, talk about Santa coming to town early. Just breathing, the woman qualified as a statuesque knockout. But angry? A serious threat to his sanity. Now how to calm her down… Oh, right. Find and kill Dale, then get their cars out of her lot.

Dale being a fellow mechanic: the Webster’s Garage service writer and the keeper of the keys. The pages of Roadside Assistance are populated with macho, mouthy, straight-forward guys. They don’t pussy-foot around. Like when Dale is nowhere to be found.

“He’s not here, genius. Probably wants to beat the snow.” Johnny Devlin, one of the mouthier mechanics in the garage, lovingly stated the obvious. With Seattle’s winter nearly officially here, the weather seemed to be getting worse.

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Sep 10 2016 10:00am

99 Problems and Falling in Love is One of Them in Susanne Lord’s Discovery of Desire

Discover of Desire by Susanne Lord

In Regency times a passage to India, for impoverished, gently-born women, was a guarantee of sorts. If you wanted a husband, India was full of Englishmen looking for wives. Did the guarantee include affection and happiness? Susanne Lords Discovery of Desire explores the gap that existed between safety and surety and an uncertain leap of faith that might—or might not—result in love.

Imagine getting off a ship after 99 days at sea, how confused and tired you’d be. Wilhelmina (Mina) Adams and her younger sister Emma, part of a group of “venture girls,” search fervently for their putative fiancés, hoping for honorable gentlemen: “Please, God, let both Thomas Grant and Colin Rivers be gentle, decent men.” The Supreme Being has other plans in mind. Mina is distracted by a man who stands out from the crowd of men meeting the ship.

A tall man in the group, the tallest man, drew Mina’s eye again and again. He wasn’t a gentleman—he wore a rather coarse coat—and his wide-legged stance was a markedly different posture than a gentleman’s. But his form was decidedly male. Very male shoulders and very male arms that swelled in ways she’d never seen—until she realized those solid bulges straining his sleeves were muscles.

[Read more...]

Aug 9 2016 4:00pm

First Look: Joanna Wylde’s Reaper’s Fire (August 9, 2016)

Reaper's Fire by Joanna Wylde

Joanna Wylde 
Reaper's Fire (Reapers Motorcycle Club #6)
Berkley / August 9, 2016 / $16.00 print, $5.99 digital

Where’s a GIF when I need one? I’m on fire for Reaper’s Fire and I knew that I would be. The glimpse we got of Tinker Garrett and Gage Cooper in Reaper’s Fall (Reapers #5) was a tantalizing taste of this incendiary couple but it wasn’t nearly enough.

The Reapers strip club manager, Gage Cooper, is on assignment in Hallies Falls, Washington. His job is to go undercover and infiltrate a rogue motorcycle club, and he needs a believable cover story and a place to live. He sees an ad that looks promising.

Handyman needed for family-owned building—free rent in exchange for work. Call Tinker Garrett or inquire inside Tinker’s Teahouse, Antiques & Fine Chocolates for more information.

Joanna Wylde’s internal monologues are the best in the business. Gage is in a “speciality tea shit” store with “an old-fashioned cash register straight out of Little House on the Prairie. Probably the proprietor is a blue-haired dame pushing eighty. Ah, no. Gage hears a “sexy, drawling voice” and just like that, his “cock is on high alert.”

Long, slender fingers tipped with bright red polish reached up to grip the countertop for support as the hottest, most fuckable woman I’d ever met in my life stood up and smiled at me. Yeah, this had been a bad idea.

[Unrequited lust ahead...]

Aug 3 2016 9:30am

If You Like Suzanne Brockmann’s Ken Karmody, Read M.L. Buchman

Heart Strike by M.L. Buchman

Heart Strike  by M.L. Buchman gave me a Suzanne Brockmann sexy-geek Ken Karmody Out of Control vibe. As fans of military-thriller authors like Marie Force, Suz Brockmann, and Anne Calhoun know, there is a perennial audience for well-written, heart-gripping military romances. Making this a thoroughly twenty-first century tale, the women warriors of Delta Force are supremely talented and capable. It is worth noting,

On Memorial Day, 2016 CNN posted: This Memorial Day is the first in which the ban on women in ground combat is history…And the first women to graduate from Army Ranger School last year have now become part of the new old guard.

Delta Force warrior Richie Goldman is a Beta Kenny for a new generation. An integral member of the tight Columbia-based Delta Force team, Richie is perceptive, and low-key, especially in how he interacts with the ladies. But he notices couples who really seem to have it going on, like his teammates Kyle and Carla, and wishes for that too. Buchman’s Target Engaged, the first of the Delta Force series, introduced readers to this dynamic couple, particularly Carla. Richie agrees, finding her to be,

Amazing, beautiful, and incredible…but intense. And Kyle and Carla’s relationship was like that too. Richie had never seen anything like it, had never imagined it was possible. When the two of them were together, the day became brighter.

[Read more...]

Aug 1 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Jade Lee’s As Rich as a Rogue (August 2, 2016)

 As Rich as a Rogue by Jade Lee

Jade Lee
As Rich as a Rogue (Rakes and Rogues #3)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / August 2, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

What we think we know versus the truth: isn’t that at the crux of many absorbing romances? As Rich as a Rogue has the rollicking feel of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, although like the relationship of combative Kate and her Petruchio, Mari and Peter share many tender, poignant moments.

But not immediately! Mari blames Peter for all her misfortunes in the Ton, and his six-year absence in India have not made her heart grow fonder. One night at a party Mari hears a murmur that grows into a roar. What could be the cause?

“There’s no need…” Mari began, but the men finally parted enough for her to see the object of their adoration. “Winner,” she whispered, dread lodging in her throat. Of course it was him. The one man who always won, making her the woman who lost.

[A wayward romance...]

Jul 23 2016 11:00am

First Look: Jaci Burton’s Don’t Let Go (July 26, 2016)

Don't Let Go by Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton
Don't Let Go (Hope #6)
Jove / July 26, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

By their wares shall you know them? Megan’s pastries and Brady’s bikes are superlative manifestations of their passions and talents. Unfortunately, the undeniably gorgeous and sensitive Brady is a reluctant suitor. He’s haunted by memories of his dead brother in his hometown of Hope, Oklahoma. What will it take for Brady to break out of his self-imposed prison of work and loneliness?

Brady is isolated and glad to be so. But bakery owner Megan seems determined to break through his cone of silence. Her weapon of choice: fresh-baked goodies, accompanied by fresh-brewed coffee. As she says to Brady,

“Okay, I make a really great cup of coffee. I’m surprised you haven’t come into the bakery, since it’s so close to the auto shop. Most everyone who works around here pops in.”

It’s impossible for Brady to ignore the force that is Megan. He thinks to himself, “Man, she could really talk. He’d noticed that the couple of times they’d been together in social situations.” Conversation is something that Brady has really missed.

[Read more...]

Jun 21 2016 9:30am

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s The Bourbon Thief (June 28, 2016)

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz
The Bourbon Thief
MIRA / June 28, 2016 / $15.99 print, $8.99 digital

Rarely does a title so completely describe a plot and yet disguise the complex tale that lies behind.  The opening scene is straight out of an old-fashioned crime noir.

There wasn’t much in the world Cooper McQueen cared about more than a good bourbon. In his forty-five years, not one single beautiful woman had managed to persuade him to set down his drink and leave it down. But when the woman in the red dress walked into his bar—a gift from the gods tied in a tight red bow—McQueen decided he might have seen the one woman on earth who could turn even him into a teetotaler. Her dress was tight as old Scrooge’s fist, red as Rudolph’s nose, and looking at her, McQueen had only one thought—Christmas had come awfully early this year.

Millionaire distiller Cooper McQueen overhears “Miss Christmas” ask bartender Maddie for a bourbon that stumps her—Red Thread. He inserts himself into the conversation.

[Bourbon, neat...]

Jun 19 2016 10:00am

Like Father, Like Son: When Historical Heroes and Their Sons Get Books from Heyer and Laurens

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

The apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree when it comes to heroic dads and their next-generation sons. The romance community exploded in delight when Lisa Kleypas announced that her follow-up book to Marrying Winterborne would be Devil in Spring. Could the hero really be Gabriel, the son of Sebastian, the Devil in Winter, and his wife Evie? You got it. What could be more fabulous?

Father’s Day is an excellent time to explore the eternal fascination we have with fathers and sons.


Georgette Heyer's Avon/Vidal

Most famous: Georgette Heyer’s Avon (These Old Shades) and Vidal (Devil’s Cub). No one ever expected the dazzling, somewhat sinister, Duke of Avon to marry. His romantic reputation was legendary. But almost from the moment he spots a red-haired urchin, Léon aka Léonie, she has his heart. She begs him to marry her, but he is reluctant to lay his soiled heart at her feet. He tells her,

“You have seen perhaps the best of me; you have not seen the worst. Infant, you are worthy of a better husband. I would give you a boy who might come to you with a clean heart, not one who was bred up in vice from his cradle.”

One large tear glistened on the end of her lashes.

“Ah, Monseigneur, you need not have told me this! I know—I have always known, and still I love you. I do not want a boy. I want only—Monseigneur.”

“Léonie, you will do well to consider. You are not the first woman in my life.”

She smiled through her tears.

“Monseigneur, I would so much rather be the last woman than the first,” she said.

[Of fathers and sons...]

Jun 14 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Nora Roberts’ Bay of Sighs (June 14, 2016)

Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts
Bay of  
Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy #2)
Berkley / June 14, 2016 / $17.00 print, $11.99 digital

The new Guardians Trilogy novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stars of Fortune.

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star. 

Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit. But Sawyer knows that if he allows her into his heart, no compass could ever guide him back to solid ground...

And in the darkness, their enemy broods. She lost one star to the guardians, but there is still time for blood to be spilled—the mermaid’s in the water and the traveler’s on the land. For she has forged a dangerous new weapon. Something deadly and unpredictable. Something human.

Annika is a heroine like no other. No Disney princess Little Mermaid, Annika may be untutored in the ways of the human world, but she is brimming with curiosity and courage. Courage is desperately needed as six compatriots attempt to mesh their unique qualities and abilities in a race to stop Nerezza, their vicious enemy, from capturing three magical stars.

Armchair travelers will enjoy being transported to the gorgeous island of Capri, the setting of  Nora RobertsBay of Sighs. Traveler Sawyer King invites Annika to revel in the beauty of the Italian island.

[Can we come, too?]

Jun 3 2016 2:00pm

Back to the Future with Nancy Scanlon’s An Enchanted Spring (May 24, 2016)

Nancy Scanlon continues the timebending saga she began with The Winter Laird, pulling heroes and villains alike through the portals of time to help save their futures and find their truest loves.

A twist of fate has left Aidan MacWilliam, younger brother of a medieval Irish laird, trapped in the future. Though he’s become a successful entrepreneur in the twenty-first century, Aidan still can’t banish thoughts of the world he left behind. In search of distraction, he heads to New York to scout a publicity manager for his cousin’s matchmaking firm, Celtic Connections.

Emmaline Perkins is the perfect candidate. A PR expert and closet medievalist, Emma has always put work before her social life. When her ex-fiancé resurfaces and threatens her livelihood, her home, and ultimately her safety, a new client proposes an offer she can’t refuse—a job, travel, and security.

[Three important things!]

May 31 2016 9:30am

First Look: Madeline Hunter’s The Wicked Duke (May 31, 2016)

The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter

Madeline Hunter
The Wicked Duke (Wicked Trilogy #3)
Jove / May 31, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

When a book is entitled The Wicked Duke, the savvy reader knows from the outset that the duke is going to have some moves. There’s never been a wicked duke who didn’t know his way around the female form. From the get-go, Marianne Radley is transformed from a dubious, suspicious bride to a willing wanton by the caresses of her ducal mate.

With a few deft moves he had her completely naked. His embrace encompassed her so she felt his skin against hers. Shock after wonderful shock stole her breath when his hands moved freely over all of her. He deprived her of the remnants of modesty. Each relinquishment of privacy spun a denser cocoon of furious pleasure. Inside it she experienced an intimacy that awed her.

But this is putting the cart before the horse. The Wicked Duke is the concluding book in Madeline Hunter’s Wicked Trilogy. It isn’t necessary to have read the preceding books to enjoy The Wicked Duke, although they seem very appealing, given the repartee between the duke and his brothers and their wives.

[It's a family affair...]

May 27 2016 9:30am

First Look: Laura Trentham’s Kiss Me That Way (May 31, 2016)

Kiss Me That Way by Laura Trentham

Laura Trentham
Kiss Me That Way (Cottonbloom #1)
St. Martin's Press / May 31, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

In Laura Trentham's Kiss Me That Way, a river divides Cottonbloom in two: the upscale enclave on the Mississippi side and the rundown, rough and tumble side in Louisiana. They’re worlds apart—but nothing can build a bridge like love…

Cade Fournette never had it easy in Cottonbloom. He stuck around long enough to raise his orphaned siblings and then hightailed it out West—and never looked back. Even though he’s made a success of himself in Seattle, Cade never lost the toughness and the angry edge that helped him survive down South. His only weak spot: the girl he left behind…

Monroe Kirby came from the wealthy side of town, but that didn’t protect her from her mother’s drinking—or her mother’s boyfriend. It was Cade who did that, on a long-ago hot September night, before he disappeared…along with a piece of her heart. Now Monroe is a physical therapist who can fight for herself, and it’s Cade who could use some conditioning when he makes an unexpected return back home. Will he and Monroe pick up where they left off and finally explore their mutual passion—or will the scars and secrets of the past divide them once more?

[Hopefully not!]

May 26 2016 10:00am

First Look: Jennifer Probst’s Everywhere and Every Way (May 31, 2016)

Everwhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst
Everywhere and Every Way (Billionaire Builders #1)
Gallery / May 31, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

Raise your hand if watching HGTV is a must, not a maybe . . . and the reason is the hunky, creative, passionate, talented hosts of their most popular shows. You know who I’m talkin’ about—Drew and Jonathan, The Property Brothers, lead the way. Come to think of it, contractors, carpenters, property developers, and renovators have graced the pages of many a romance. Think of hammer yielding hunks like Declan Fitzgerald in Nora RobertsMidnight Bayou and don’t forget her latest: the Montgomery brothers—Beckett, Ryder, and Owen—in her Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy.  And who could forget the latest sexy, uber-competent contractor on the block: Kristen Ashley's Deke Hightower, the man who gets it done for Justice in Bounty. Men who can transform a woman’s surroundings by giving her the walk-in closet and in-house spa of her dreams never go out of style.

[Not at all...]

May 15 2016 10:00am

Once Upon a Dream by Mary Balogh & Grace Burrowes: A Regency Vacation Read

Once Upon a Dream by Mary Balogh and Grace BurrowesMary Balogh and Grace Burrowes clearly enjoyed creating these charming summer sojourns.

Some of Balogh’s most beloved novellas feature children who have lost a parent, and “Another Dream” likewise introduces a sister and a brother who want a new mother.

Burrowes is famous for plots that careen between hysteria (often animal induced) and pathos. Anne Faraday, the heroine of “The Duke of My Dreams” is a complex, capable woman who is desperate for the warmth and relaxation that a magical house party—and a special man—could provide.

While traveling to visit her sister Christine, the beloved Duchess of Bewcastle from Slightly Dangerous, Eleanor Thompson’s trip is interrupted by a storm. At the inn where she takes shelter, she meets two children, Georgie and her younger brother Robbie. As an experienced educator and loving aunt, Eleanor is innately respectful of children’s individual personalities. When precocious, talkative Georgette invades her tea parlor, Eleanor invites her to stay. Shy Robert also feels comfortable whispering a few words to Eleanor.


May 4 2016 9:30am

Imagine This... “Celebrity Encounters Starring You”

Imagines by Anna Todd et al.

Anna Todd (#1 internationally bestselling author of the After series) headlines this unique anthology of “imagines”—the first book of its kind—stories from Wattpad writers that immerse you in a fantasy world of fame, adventure, and flirtation with your favorite celebrities.

Imagine running around the city, dodging paparazzi with Jennifer Lawrence…

Imagine Justin Bieber setting up a romantic scavenger hunt for your anniversary, retelling the story of your love…

Imagine selfies have been outlawed, making Kim Kardashian a freedom fighter who needs your help in bringing justice and good lighting to the people…

Let your fantasies take over! That’s what the top Wattpad authors have done in this special collection of fictional scenarios that bring you up close and personal with the real celebrities you love—star alongside Zayn Malik, Cameron Dallas, Kanye West, Selena Gomez, Dylan O’Brien, Tom Hardy, Jamie Dornan, Benedict Cumberbatch, and many more!

Authors included in the book are Leigh Ansell, Rachel Aukes, Doeneseya Bates, Scarlett Drake, A. Evansley, Kevin Fanning, Ariana Godoy, Debra Goelz, Bella Higgin, Blair Holden, Kora Huddles, Annelie Lange, E. Latimer, Bryony Leah, Jordan Lynde, Laiza Millan, Peyton Novak, C.M. Peters, Michelle Jo Quinn, Dmitri Ragano, Elizabeth A. Seibert, Rebecca Sky, Karim Soliman, Kate J. Squires, Steffanie Tan, Kassandra Tate, Anna Todd, Katarina E. Tonks, Marcella Uva, Tango Walker, Bel Watson, Jen Wilde, and Ashley Winters.

Wattpad is a writing community in which users are able to post articles, stories, fanfiction, and poems about anything either online or through the Wattpad app.

Note: Although this book mentions many real celebrities, they have not participated in, authorized, or endorsed its creation.

For folks who aren’t familiar with Wattpad, it’s been called a YouTube for writers. Users are “able to post articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems” … and readers are invited to comment as the creative projects unfold. Imagines is a cornucopia of choices—writers who span the globe, sharing their imaginative encounters with celebrities young and old, male and female, in vastly different settings. The scope is huge and the approaches are varied.

[Here's your chance to be Jennifer Lawrence's BFF...]

Apr 26 2016 5:00pm

First Look: Susan Mallery’s Best of My Love (April 26, 2016)

Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery
Best of My Love (Fool’s Gold #20) 
HQN Books / April 26, 2016 / $8.99 print, $6.99 digital

Can a man and a woman just be friends? And that doesn’t mean “friends with benefits.” Aiden and Shelby have every reason to get off the dating treadmill: Aiden because he’s been accurately labeled as the town hound dog, and more importantly, he’s learned that his carefree approach to dating transient tourists has caused pain to more than his reputation. An old flame returned to see him and Aiden couldn’t remember her name. As he tells Shelby,

“I didn’t like what I saw in her face. I’m sorry I hurt her. I’m sorry I’ve become that kind of guy. I want to do better. I have to change. I never meant to hurt anybody. That was the point. No one was supposed to get hurt.”

Shelby doesn’t trust men. She has horrific memories of her brutal father which have left her unable to lower her guard with men who might be romantic partners for her. Given that she wants to get married some day and have children, she has to conquer her fear of men before dating again.

Aiden and Shelby are two of the most organized protagonists ever. Aiden runs a year-round outdoor adventure program that caters to novices and outdoor experts alike. It may seem relaxed and spontaneous to participants, but Aiden is a careful, cautious, hands-on CEO. Likewise baker Shelby lives on a tight schedule, getting up early every day to produce delicious treats for her appreciative fans in town.

[Can two type-A personalities make it work? ...]

Apr 25 2016 4:45pm

First Look: Stephanie Laurens’ A Buccaneer at Heart (April 26, 2016)

A Buccaneer at Heart by Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens 
A Buccaneer at Heart (The Adventurers Quartet #2)
Mira / April 26, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.49 digital

After a decade leading diplomatic voyages and covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home—with hearth and wife—should be his next challenge. But when an urgent summons arrives, Robert puts his wishes aside and agrees to set sail immediately. His goal is clear: get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp and return to London with the information.

In Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is determined to find her brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared, and she will not allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one.

Joining forces with Aileen, Robert vows to complete his mission and secure the woman he wants as his wife. Compelled to protect the innocent and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only each other to rely on, and with the courage of their hearts as their guide.

Imagine you’re playing Stephanie Laurens’ BINGO. A guaranteed cover for a BINGO square is the entrance on the page of a duke. A duke’s pervasive, persuasive influence and implicit power, almost always presages a request (from the duke) and acquiescence (from whomever the duke is inveigling). So it is no wonder that when Captain Robert Frobisher, newly returned to London and taking his ease in Piccadilly, spots a black carriage, “premonition swept cool fingers across his nape.” The gentleman who steps out of his carriage “with languid grace” is His Grace, the Duke of Wolverstone. Wolverstone, a.k.a. Dalziel, and Viscount Melville, First Lord of the Admiralty, waylay Frobisher in order to ask him to assist the government with a troublesome situation in Africa. Says Melville,

[Says what... says what?!]

Apr 11 2016 1:30pm

First Look: Nora Roberts’s The Obsession (April 12, 2016)

The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts
The Obsession 
Berkley / April 12, 2016 / $28.00 print, $14.99 digital

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

If there’s a quality shared by romance readers from every side, it’s an obsession with prolific doyenne of romance, Nora Roberts. If she were English, it’s a guarantee we’d be tipping our hats or curtseying to Dame Nora, so, without further ado, I give you The Obsession by La Nora.

[Let's obsess over this new Roberts ...]