Romance Roundup: Australian Adventures, Feuding Neighbors, and Warm-Hearted Marines

This week’s Romance Roundup includes two shifters who have an exceptionally sexy meet cute, an American woman in Australia who has a hot Aussie neighbor, and a former Marine whose lonely world is about to become not-so-lonely. 

Hot and Badgered, by Shelly Laurenston
Grizzly shifter Berg Dunn was just hanging out in his hotel room and minding his own business (all while lounging in bed shirtless and looking so fine, we presume) when Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan landed face-first (and nekkid) on his balcony. (Ouchies, Charlie! Hang tight while we run and get you some pain medication and a fluffy bathrobe!) Charlie clearly has some issues going on, and yet the first thing she does upon seeing Berg is ask him to give her his best gun. (#priorities) The thing is, our gal is on a mission to save her sisters because, frankly, their wastrel father certainly isn’t going to lift a finger to help. Fortunately, Berg is very much willing to help Charlie, and he will actually be quite useful. He’s in the protection specialist field, which means he’s more than equipped (hehe) to give Charlie a helping hand. Here’s hoping that Charlie and Berg rescue Charlie’s sisters ASAP—and that afterwards they go straight back to that hotel room where they first met and make excellent use of it! This is the first book in Laurenston’s Honey Badger Chronicles. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on August 27.)

The Aussie Next Door, by Stefanie London
Angie Donovan had barely stepped off of the plane in Australia when she thought “Yep, I’m doing whatever it takes to stay here!” She lived in many foster homes growing up and now she’s finally found a place where she feels she belongs. Now she has two months to find herself a nice Australian man who will marry her and make her visa issues disappear. She starts to date a myriad of dudes, but none of them seem as nice as her sexy neighbor, Jace Walters. (Angie, it sounds like you need to put on your cutest outfit and go ask Jace for a cup of sugar! And whether you want an actual cup of sugar or whether sugar is a euphemism for something else, we say go for it!) Jace grew up in a huge family with zero privacy, and now he’s relishing living alone. These two people may come from very different backgrounds, but it soon becomes clear that they can complement each other in all kinds of fun ways. Here’s hoping they realize they are perfect for each other, that Jace pops the question pronto, and that their honeymoon involves local, eco-friendly activities. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 27.) 

The MacGregor Brides, by Nora Roberts
Family patriarch Daniel MacGregor is 90-years-old—and still kicking in the matchmaking department. He’s already helped his children find the loves of their lives, and now he’s focused on helping his beloved granddaughters find husbands. The thing is, Laura, Gwendolyn, and Julia are all happily engaged—in their careers. (That’s right, ladies! You truck on and pursue your passions and NEVER give them up for ANYONE! That said, please listen to your grandfather!) Fortunately, Grandpa MacGregor has found each lady an exceptional guy. For Laura, there is Royce, a security pro and manly man with broad shoulders and an easy smile. (Laura, you go, girl!) Gwendolyn gets Branson, a mystery writer who needs her medical expertise and ends up wanting her heart. (Branson, when can we get our free and autographed copies of your book? Thanks!) Then there’s Julia, who flips houses and butts heads with Cullum, construction pro and enemy. (Oh, come on, Julia! Admit that you want to help Cullum out of his toolbelt every night!) Yes, we suspect that wedding bells will be ringing quite soon for each of these very special couples! This reprint is part of Roberts’ MacGregors series. (Available in paperback on August 27.)

How To Cross a Marquess, by Jane Ashford
Neighbors Fenella Fairclough and the Marquess of Chatton (aka Roger) have a long history. Once upon a time, their parents tried to make them get married and they were like “Nope, leave us alone we hate each other step away now and die, enemies, die!” They each went their separate ways. Roger went on to marry someone else and Fenella went to live with her grandmother, who helped her overcome her shyness. Fast forward a few years later and Roger and Fenella are back in the neighborhood. Roger is a widower and Fenella is not the timid girl she used to be. (Oh, and Roger still has a beautiful body. Better, even.) Fenella and Roger, it sounds like the two of you need to let bygones be bygones and spend some real quality time together. Preferably, this will involve walking to an isolated meadow far away from prying eyes and getting nekkid. Will these two childhood enemies realize that their adult versions are so much better and deserve a second chance? And will they finally tear down the proverbial fence—and then proceed to tear off each other’s clothes? This is the third book in Ashford’s Way to a Lord’s Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 27.)

I’ve Got You, Babe, by Lynnette Austin
All former Marine Tucker Wylder wants to do is tinker away in his family’s vintage car restoration business in the hopes that it will distract him from a very painful past. Indeed, he is determined to avoid trouble and drama and just life in general at all costs. (Tucker, buddy, sounds like you need—and deserve—a long, relaxing fishing trip!) Then single mom Elisa Danvers and her three-year-old daughter, Daisy, arrive in Misty Bottoms, Georgia, which immediately puts Tucker on Protective And Loving alert. This is good, because Elisa desperately needs a helping hand. She’s a bit independent, though, so it might take a bit of convincing to make her accept help. (Tucker. Your shirt. Lose it.) Tucker offers to take Elisa and her daughter in until Elisa gets back on her feet, because no amount of pain or inner demons can make him forget that he is a perfect gentleman who would NEVER leave a lady in distress. (Tucker, you are THE BEST!) It doesn’t take Tucker long to realize that he and Elisa and Daisy are the perfect match and that they would all make a beautiful family! This is the second book in Austin’s Must Love Babies series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 27.) 

Hot Shot, by Fern Michaels
Lawyer Lizzie Fox is a member of The Sisterhood, a group of women intent on getting justice for all. (Sounds idyllic! How do we all join the club and contribute to the cause?) Lizzie’s husband, Cosmo Crickett, has just been shot, and the group has no idea who did it or why. That said, Cosmo does have some pretty powerful enemies, so the group bands together to comfort Lizzie and help her solve the mystery. (Seriously, how do we join this group?!) It turns out that Cosmo’s troubles may stem from Happy Village, a community he built for seniors who have lost spouses that has a not-so-happy history. (Think old rival gangs that are still fighting.) Lizzie and company will need to work very hard—and stay on their toes—if they’re going to defeat these horrible troublemakers. Good luck, all! When it’s over, please, please, please let us into your beautiful circle! This is the fifth book in Michaels’ The Men of the Sisterhood series. (Available in paperback on August 27.)

What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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