Romance Roundup: A Fallen Football Hero, a MMA Fighter, and a Dust Bunny

The HomecomingThis week’s romance roundup brings you a sexy surfer, a pack of ghost hunters, and small-town boy who’s finally come home.

The Homecoming, by Robyn Carr
Who doesn’t love a good tale of redemption, of returning home broken and defeated, only to discover that righting past wrongs is a more meaningful triumph than you could ever have imagined? Handsome golden boy Seth Sileski left Thunder Point with a brilliant football career ahead of him, until a terrible accident shattered his dreams (and those of his supporters) and left him feeling alone and adrift. Returning home to face the stinging disappointment of family and friends, Seth finds himself working to win back the heart of high school guidance counselor Iris McKinley, the girl he could never quite leave behind. Iris has plenty of valid reasons to want nothing more to do with Seth—but as it turns out, she’s the second chance he wants the most. The sixth novel in Carr’s outstanding Thunder Point series features an imperfect yet relatable hero, a heroine you’ll root for, and a wonderful cast of secondary characters. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 26)

No Limits, by Lori Foster
Cannon Colter is a mixed martial arts fighter, a hero, and a gentleman—but perhaps not in that order. Three years ago he rescued the beautiful Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, but he refused to become romantically involved with her, thinking her too young and inexperienced. Still, she left quite an impression on him, and when the two are reunited (practically thrown together) thanks to Yvette’s surprise inheritance, the sparks fly. Still, Yvette’s not sure she can trust him, and before long Cannon realizes that even in their sleepy town, danger is always lurking. The first book in Foster’s new Ultimate series, No Limits is a fast-paced blend of mystery, suspense, and steam. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 26)

It’s in His Kiss, by Jill Shalvis
If you haven’t checked out Shalvis’s wonderful Lucky Harbor series, you’re in for quite a treat! The tenth book tells the story of city slicker Becca Thorpe, who moves to Lucky Harbor for the chance to start over and slow things down, only to find them heating up when she meets local surfer Sam Brody. When Sam offers her a job, it looks like Becca might actually be staying awhile—until her difficult brother follows her and tries to convince her to return to the life she left behind. Will her newfound freedom and a burgeoning romance with Sam be enough to convince Becca to take a chance on a satisfying new life in Lucky Harbor? (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 26)

Hot Zone, by Jayne Castle
The third book in Castle’s terrifically weird and innovative Rainshadow series follows the (often harrowing) misadventures of one Sedona Snow. Although Sedona is doing her best to settle down and recover from her difficult past by working at a hotel and tavern on Rainshadow, trouble follows her—in the form of an unruly mob of ghost hunters who take up residence at her inn. Not only that, but Sedona’s shifty ex-husband is back in her life and on the prowl, and she’s having to confront some strange and unwanted feelings towards Cyrus Jones, Rainshadow’s new Guild boss. And on top of everything, it’s Halloween, a holiday Sedona does not feel like getting into the spirit of. At least she’s got her trusty dust bunny sidekick, Lyle. Dust bunny sidekick? You heard me. And if you find that concept intriguing, you’ll want to start with the first book in the series, The Lost Night. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 26)

What new romance novels are you getting lost in this week?

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