The Hero: Sons of Texas by Donna GrantRomantic Suspense. Navy SEAL Owen Loughman has not returned to his Texas hometown by choice: his father -- a veteran involved in covert operations in his role as a military contractor -- has been kidnapped by the Russians. So it's not the best time for a reunion with his high school sweetheart, Natalie Reed, for whom Owen still carries a torch. But in addition to being just as irresistible as Owen remembers, Natalie, now a translator at the Russian Embassy, also has the skills and connections they'll need to carry out their dangerous mission. As action-packed as it is steamy, The Hero, which kicks off the Sons of Texas series, is a good bet for fans of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters books.
Perfect Pleasures: Bad Boys of Boulder by Deborah Fletcher MelloMulticultural Romance. Having successfully defended his title, UFC heavyweight champion Zachary Barrett is now focused on running Revolution, his mixed martial arts (MMA) training facility in Phuket, Thailand -- and sexy sportswriter Kenzie Monroe is a distraction he can't afford. For Kenzie, the chance to make her name as a journalist by spending time with the gorgeous Zachary is more than enough incentive to pursue the story. However, she's got an ulterior motive: finding out what Zachary knows about her father, a Thai fighter who disappeared years ago. Perfect Pleasures is the 2nd book in the Bad Boys of Boulder series, which focuses on twin African American brothers, both star athletes from Colorado. The series begins with Guilty Pleasures.
The Scottish Duke by Karen RanneyVictorian Romance. Although Lorna Gordon is a gentleman's daughter, diminished circumstances force her to enter service as an upstairs maid at Blackhall Castle. When a fancy dress ball offers a rare opportunity to escape from her real life for an evening, Lorna dresses as Marie Antoinette and enjoys a delicious tryst with Alexander Russell, the Duke of Kinross. But one night may turn into forever once Alex decides to discover the true identity of his mystery lover. Set in Victorian-era Scotland, The Scottish Duke is the 1st book in a planned series, so keep an eye out for future installments.
Baron: The Knickerbocker Club by Joanna ShupeHistorical Romance. Politically ambitious railroad baron William Sloane knows that associating with spirit medium "Madam Zolikoff" -- a.k.a. Ava Jones -- could scuttle his gubernatorial campaign. Yet William can't resist the spirited Ava, who holds séances for socialites in order to earn enough money to rescue her young siblings from New York's tenements and who disdains everything he values: wealth, reputation, and power. Can this unlikely couple overcome their differences, or is the class divide too wide to be bridged even by true love? This 2nd book in the Knickerbocker Club series (after Magnate) is set in Gilded Age New York and explores the social issues of that period through the romantic relationships of its well-drawn characters.
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Only Beloved by Mary BaloghRegency Historical. Since opening Penderris Hall to the wounded warriors of the Survivors' Club, George Crabbe, the Duke of Stanbrook, has watched all of his closest friends marry and begin new lives. George, a widower who lost his only son in the Napoleonic wars, seeks companionship and asks music teacher Dora Debbins to marry him. Dora, who gave up on the idea of marriage after scandal, accepts George's proposal. Expecting a union more pleasant than passionate, both parties are surprised when they fall deeply in love. Only Beloved is the 7th and final book in the Survivor's Club series, which begins with The Proposal.
How The Duke Was Won by Lenora BellVictorian Romance. As the illegitimate and unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a notorious courtesan, Charlene Beckett has few options in life. That changes when she's offered money to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea. In exchange for financial independence, Charlene must finagle a marriage proposal from Duke of Harland, at which point Lady Dorothea will take over. Unbeknownst to society, Harland has a plan of his own: choose a bride (any bride), produce the requisite heir, and then depart for the West Indies, where he plans to establish a cocoa manufacturing business. Complicating matters, of course, is Charlene's affection for the unconventional aristocrat, as well as Harland's growing interest in Charlene as a partner in all areas of his life.
The Viscount Needs A Wife by Jo BeverleyRegency Historical. To escape her mother-in-law's oppressive household, widow Kathryn "Kitty" Cateril agrees to wed a stranger. Recently elevated to the rank of Viscount Dauntry, Beau Braydon needs a wife to help him run his estate and produce an heir. Aside from that, he has no plans to relinquish his bachelor lifestyle or his intelligence work for the Crown. However, their marriage of convenience proves to be anything but as Kitty insists on being an equal partner in their relationship and Braydon tries (in vain) to prevent his wife from assisting him in a dangerous mission he must undertake for king and country. This 17th installment of the popular Company of Rogues series combines passion and intrigue in ways that should appeal to fans of Celeste Bradley's Royal Four series or Katherine Ashe's Falcon Club novels.
Fly With Me: A Wild Aces Romance by Chanel CleetonMilitary Romance. His call sign is "Burn," which should be a warning to Jordan Callahan. But as soon as the "terminally single" clothing boutique owner meets U.S. Air Force pilot Noah Miller during a wild weekend in Las Vegas, she immediately throws caution to the wind. No one's more surprised than she when their tequila-fueled fling unexpectedly transforms into a tender romance. As the couple navigates the challenges of a long distance relationship, which includes Noah's new post in South Korea, both must decide what sacrifices they're willing to make for a chance at lasting love. Focusing less on combat than on the day-to-day challenges faced by military personnel and their loved ones, Fly With Me, the opening installment of the Wild Aces series, may please fans of Jessica Scott's Coming Home novels.
The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel by Jude DeverauxContemporary Romance. Leaving a high-profile, high-pressure restaurant job in Washington, D.C., chef Casey Reddick moves to Summer Hill, Virginia. All she wants is peace and quiet, but fate has other plans. The entire town is starstruck now that Hollywood heartthrob Tate Landers -- with whom she became acquainted after a humiliating misunderstanding -- has been cast in a local stage production of Pride and Prejudice. As much as Casey would like to avoid the spotlight, the show's enterprising director, noticing the obvious sparks between Casey and Tate, casts her opposite him. Dislike-at-first-sight turns to happily-ever-after in this charming contemporary retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel.
The Devil You Know by Jo GoodmanWestern Romance. When wounded Israel McKenna shows up on her property, Wilhelmina “Willa” Pancake doesn't know what to do. She's not about to abandon a badly injured man suffering from memory loss; on the other hand, she's too busy running the family's ranch and raising her ten-year-old sister to dally with a handsome stranger -- especially one who brings trouble with him. Bad news or not, he may prove to be exactly what Willa needs, whether defending her from her family's enemies or winning her cautious heart. Israel may not remember who he is, but fans of the author's This Gun for Hire will recognize the McKenna name.
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