Talk Cowboy to Me by Carolyn BrownWestern Romance. One month. That's how long Adele O’Donnell and Remington "Remy" Luckadeau have to put up with each other. Both are competing for the right to purchase the Double Deuce Ranch. Recently divorced Adele wants a place to raise her two young daughters, while bachelor Remy thinks it would be a perfect home for his nephews, who have recently lost their parents. Unable to choose between them, the current owner decides that he'll sell the Double Deuce to whoever's still there when he returns from vacation. With two adults and four kids, not to mention Boss the dog and a rooster named Jerry Lee, this will be an unforgettable month for everyone involved. Talk Cowboy to Me kicks off the Lucky Cowboys series with a heartwarming tale of blended families.
An Extraordinary Union: A Novel of the Civil War by Alyssa ColeMulticultural Historical. Born into slavery, Elle Burns is now a free woman and a spy for the pro-Union Loyalty League. While on assignment in Richmond, Virginia, she encounters another undercover operative: white Pinkerton Detective Malcolm McCall. Their attraction is instantaneous (and mutual), but there are so many reasons they can't be together. Set during the American Civil War, this compelling story of forbidden love and espionage boasts authentic characters and well-researched historical detail that should please fans of Beverly Jenkins' novels.
Blush for Me by Kristen ProbyContemporary Romance. Katrina Meyers manages the wine bar at Seduction, Portland’s hottest new restaurant. Ryan "Mac" MacKenzie owns a company that specializes in wine tourism. A meet-cute en route to a Napa Valley wine conference leads to a week of fine wine and great sex. Both claim they don't want a relationship, but when their paths keep crossing, each starts to wonder if it's meant to be. Blush for Me (which includes recipes) is the 3rd book in the Fusion series, after Listen to Me and Close to You. For another steamy contemporary romance set against the backdrop of Portland's restaurant scene, check out Lisa Plumley's So Irresistible.
Immortal Unchained by Lynsay SandsParanormal Romance. Domitian Argenis and Sarita Reyes are fated to be mated. First, however, they must survive a mad scientist's secret laboratory. Kidnapped during a trip to Venezuela, Sarita meets the "Immortal" Domitian, a vampire-like genetically engineered superhuman, for the first time when she's brought to the remote island of the nefarious Dr. Dressler. However, Domitian has known for years that Sarita is his life-mate and has spent much of that time keeping tabs on her. Of course, their relationship will end before it begins if they can't escape from captivity. Immortal Unchained is the 25th book in the popular Argeneau series, but can be enjoyed without knowledge of preceding volumes.
How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn SparksFantasy Romance. Raised in a convent on the Isle of Moon, Luciana grows up believing that she's an orphan. Then her father, the Duke of Vindalyn, arrives and informs her that she must impersonate her dead twin sister, whom she's never met, and wed Lord Leo, known as "the Beast of Benwick." It's a challenge, to be sure, further complicated by the fact that Luciana, born during a rare celestial event, possesses the forbidden magical powers of the Embraced. A political marriage to a complete stranger who can (and does) kill with a mere touch? Luciana's got her work cut out for her. This intricately plotted series opener continues with So I Married a Sorcerer, which expands the series' detailed world-building.
The Scandalous Adventures of the Sister of the Bride by Victoria AlexanderVictorian Romance. Prim and proper Delilah, Lady Hargate is an eminently respectable English widow. Which is why, during a trip to New York, she impulsively throws caution to the wind and enjoys a one-night stand with handsome American Samuel Russell. What's the harm? It's not like she expects to see him again. Then Sam shows up at her sister's wedding (he's a friend of the groom) and Delilah is suddenly confronted with her best mistake. Likable leads, witty banter, and transatlantic hijinks make this 3rd steamy installment of the Millworth Manor series a must-read.
Ravishing in Red by Madeline HunterVictorian Romance. Audrianna Kelmsleigh is no stranger to scandal: her father took his own life amid accusations of conspiracy and treason. Desperate for evidence that will clear his name and restore her family's reputation, she agrees to meet the mysterious informant "Domino" at a roadside inn. However, the man who shows up to the nocturnal rendezvous is one of her late father's accusers, Lord Sebastian Summerhays. A scuffle, a kiss, and a gunshot wound later, Audrianna and Sebastian find themselves in a very compromising position indeed. Ravishing in Red is book 1 in the Rarest Blooms series.
The Art of Sinning by Sabrina JeffriesRegency Historical. American artist Jeremy Keane is planning to paint a masterpiece, and for that, he needs a muse. He finds an ideal model in the striking Lady Yvette Barlow, but her status as an unmarried young woman from a respectable (and protective!) family presents difficulties. To Jeremy's surprise, Yvette agrees to pose for him on one condition: he must be her guide to London's brothels as she searches for a missing woman. There are so many ways for this harebrained scheme to end in scandal that it's a question of when, not if. This engaging and steamy novel is the 1st book in the Sinful Suitors series.
Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue by Stephanie LaurensRegency Historical. At 25, Miss Heather Cynster is practically "on the shelf." To avoid spinsterhood, she needs a suitor, and to find one, she'll have to go where the boys are: racy soirées in dangerous parts of town. Alas, no sooner does she find a roomful of bachelors than family friend Timothy, Viscount Breckenridge recognizes Heather and escorts her to the door (despite her vociferous protests). But before he can see her safely home, she's abducted and taken away in a carriage. Kidnappings are practically a Cynster family tradition, so if you enjoy romantic rescues, don't miss this opening installment of the Cynster Sisters trilogy (which is also book 16 in the main Cynsters series).
The Rogue Not Taken: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book 1 by Sarah MacLeanRegency Historical. After impulsively shoving her sister's philandering husband into a fishpond during a garden party, Lady Sophie Talbot is in dire need of an exit strategy. Disguising herself in footman's livery, she hops aboard the Marquess of Eversley's departing carriage. Alas, Eversley is not London-bound; he's headed to his country estate. Whether she likes it or not, Sophie's traveling companion for the foreseeable future is the scoundrel whom Society has dubbed "the Royal Rogue," a man as attractive as he is infuriating. Loosely linked to author Sarah MacLean's previous Love by Numbers and Rules of Scoundrels series, The Rogue Not Taken shares its predecessors' sharp wit and steamy sensuality.
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