Romance Roundup: Bad Boys, Shapeshifting Hotties, and Amorous Ghosts

Lucky HarborThis week’s roundup finds us kickin’ it on the beach, hanging with a sexy ghost, and dodging a spicy political scandal. 

Lucky Harbor, by Jill Shalvis
If you’re already searching for that fun, simmering summer read—the one you can toss in your tote bag and dig into on the beach or the bus, look no further than the latest release by Jill Shalvis, which is a collection of books 4, 5 & 6 from the sweet, sultry Lucky Harbor series. You’ll love the story of Mallory Quinn, a good girl who’s trying her best to be bad for once. There’s also the perfect summer lost-in-the-woods-with-a-sexy-forest-ranger tale we’ve both been waiting for, and finally, the heartwarming story of a dog-walker who ends up stepping in as an impromptu nanny for a sexy single dad and his cute little munchkin. (Available in paperback on May 20)

Ghouls Rush In, by H.P. Mallory
Purchased in the wake of a divorce to provide her with a much-needed project, Peyton’s beautiful but dilapidated fixer-upper house in New Orleans has a few issues—and one of them just happens to be the fact that it’s haunted by a handsome ghost named Drake Montague. A few coats of paint are not going to take care of this problem, and what’s even worse is that Drake is not only drop-dead gorgeous (had to)—he’s also the jealous type. Will Peyton’s burgeoning romance with a living contractor put her at risk of some spirited revenge? And can a ghost buy you dinner? If so, my dating standards just sunk even lower. (Available in paperback on May 20)

Her Perfect Candidate, by Candace Shaw
Megan Chase is just minding her own business, co-running a successful interior decorating firm, when a flat tire leaves her stranded—and a sexy senator from Georgia comes to her rescue. (Ahem. Some women have all the luck.) Senator Monroe has a bit of a reputation for being a ladies’ man, and his image needs a reboot. He’s hoping Megan, with her critical eye and talent for makeovers, might be just the woman to help him with it—if they can keep things strictly professional, that is, which may be a losing battle. Although maybe sometimes, losing isn’t so bad… (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 20)

Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark series book 1), by C. C. Hunter
What’s that you say? There’s finally a spinoff of the spellbinding Shadow Falls YA series about a young vampire figuring out her life (and her love life) at a camp especially for teenagers with paranormal powers?  Why was I not told about this sooner? And why did my parents send me to boring old YMCA camp when I could have been learning the finer points of shapeshifting instead of archery? So many questions. Reborn is the first book in the new series, and it follows the adventures of Della, a young woman who lost everything and was forced to start over at Shadow Falls after she was turned into vampire. Now Della is training to be a paranormal investigator—which means she hadn’t got time for romance, although a dreamy shapeshifter named Steve—and a mysterious, handsome vampire named Chase—both beg to differ. (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 20)

The One & Only, by Emily Giffin
Sports fans will love Giffin’s new novel, set in the town of Walker, Texas, where football is a way of life, particularly for Shea Rigsby. That is, until a tragedy rips the community apart, challenging everything Shea has assumed about the direction her life was headed. As she takes steps to reevaluate her job, her relationship, and whether or not she really wants to spend the rest of her life in Walker, she’s given a new—and often jarring—perspective on those she’s always trusted and depended on the most. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on May 20)

What new romances are you crushing on this week?