This week’s Romance Roundup includes two people doing the long-distance flirtation thing, a Civil War widow who falls for a man under her care, and three ladies taking the bed and breakfast route in life.
Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts
Roberts’ latest thriller deals with a mass shooting—and the long-term effects it has on the victims. One guy decided to become a law enforcement officer, while one young lady grew up to become an artist. (She uses her artistic abilities to deal with the pain and help others, so yeah, she’s pretty awesome!) Just when everyone thinks they are finally healing from all of the tragedy, they realize that the whole ordeal may be far from over. Here’s hoping they manage to catch the bad guys and that everyone is able to heal together and move on! (Ideally over lots of fireside chats and s’mores and wine.) This is definitely a deep, dark, intense world to sink into, so grab your reading blanket and a beverage of choice and get cozy! (Available in paperback on May 7.)
The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang
Khai Diep has autism, and while it hasn’t stopped him from finding a successful career, he just doesn’t think that love is in his future. That is, he doesn’t think he’s capable of feeling romantic love for another person. (Khai, we have total faith that you are one of the most romantic of the romantics and that you have your own secret sauce of lovey-dovey-ness!) Fortunately, Khai’s family is very supportive of him, which is why his devoted mama goes back to her native Vietnam to find him a potential bride. She finds said potential bride in Ho Chi Minh City in the lovely form of Esme Tran. Esme doesn’t blink twice at the opportunity to go to America and meet a prospective husband, and she ends up falling super duper hard for Khai. Here’s hoping that Khai realizes he is totally capable of loving another person and that he and Esme are meant to be together and have tons of babies! (Sounds like you’ll also have an awesome mother-in-law, Esme!) (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 7.)
Tightrope, by Amanda Quick
Amalie Vaughn is a trapeze artist-turned-bed-and-breakfast-owner. Trouble is, an inventor slash bed and breakfast guest has just been murdered by the robot he created (which is quite unusual) and now everyone is convinced that Amalie’s new enterprise is haunted. (We’ll all still be your guests, Amalie! The doors all have locks on them, right? Haha!) The drama puts Amalie in touch with Matthias Jones. He’s been on the hunt for that very robot invention that just killed its owner, and he and Amalie might be able to help each other out. Can they trust each other and work together to solve this mystery? Will Amalie’s bed and breakfast gain the recognition and revenue it deserves? Do Matthias’ clothes conceal a beautiful soul AND a stunning physique? Fingers crossed that the answer to all of these questions is a resounding YES! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 7.)
The Yankee Widow, by Linda Lael Miller
Our heroine, Caroline, has just lost her husband in the Civil War, which leaves her alone with their farm and their daughter. This is not exactly the safest situation to be in, as the Battle of Gettysburg is going to start very, very soon and take place very, very close to her farm. (Caroline, we’ll pack up our petticoats and pitchforks and feminine sanitary supplies and join you ASAP!) While all of this hullabaloo is going on, Caroline takes care of two injured men, each of them from different sides of the war. She ends up falling big time for one of them, but since she’s a single lady with a kid surrounded by a lot of violence she needs to be extremely careful. Caroline, you follow your heart and—in your own way—let your man know how you feel! And if he doesn’t feel the same way about you, well, we’ll just have to chase him down while brandishing our pitchforks, now won’t we? (Available in hardcover and NOOK on May 7.)
Stay a Little Longer, by Dawn Lanuza
Elan and Caty randomly met when Elan randomly gave Caty a ride to the airport. It ended up being one fateful car ride, because the two decided to keep in touch and continue with their flirtatious banter. (Oh, that every trip to and from the airport was filled with such excitement!) Elan may live in the Philippines and Caty may live in Canada, but these two potential lovebirds just can’t seem to shake each other. (Kudos to couples around the globe who keep the flame alive over long distances!) Elan and Caty realize that they actually really like each other and that maybe they should consider taking their relationship to a whole new level. Caty and Elan, please, please, please realize that you’re made for each other and do what you can to ensure that you both end up in the same city, house, and bed for the rest of your lives! (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 28.)
The Summer House, by Jenny Hale
Besties Callie Weaver and Olivia Dixon have finally purchased their dream beach house and are in the process of turning it into a bed and breakfast. (Callie and Olivia, we promise to book our rooms STAT and post our best photos on Instagram!) Callie ends up getting cozy with Luke Sullivan, a local hottie who would make any summer beachgoer rethink her life choices and consider staying year-round. (Luke’s body puts the entire cast of “Baywatch” to shame.) Indeed, things are going quite swimmingly for everyone involved. Then Callie and Olivia find a diary that can upend the lives of a lot of people they know. Will these two ladies still be able to pursue their bed and breakfast dream? Will said bed and breakfast feature grapefruit mimosas and a wide selection of croissants? (Fingers crossed!) And are any of the local beaches secluded enough to allow Callie and Luke to spend many a day warm and nekkid on the sand? (Available in paperback on May 7.)
What new romance novels are sweeping you off your feet this week?