Romance Roundup: Charming Ranch Hands, British Princes, and Wedding Hullabaloo

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a brave woman who needs some extra help escaping her abusive husband, an American president’s son and a British prince who REALLY don’t like each other, and a gal who ends up falling for her best friend’s brother.

Sniper’s Pride, by Megan Crane
Our gal Mariah McKenna is trying to escape an especially awful husband. Case in point: He tried to kill her. (Mariah, all of our spare bedrooms are all yours!) She decides to skedaddle to Grizzly Harbor in Alaska and hires special operatives hottie Griffin Cisneros to help keep her safe. It becomes clear early on that Griffin is one exceptional example of the male species. (Griffin, we’d all hire you any day of the week for just about any task! Lawn mowing, dishwashing, un-making the bed, etc.) As for Griffin, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that Mariah is one tough cookie who has been through a lot. (Go ahead, Griffin! Make our gal feel like a natural woman!) Here’s hoping they manage to dodge—and even defeat—Mariah’s crazy husband and that Griffin shows her that some men are actually very, very good! This is the second book in Crane’s Alaska Force series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

The Cowboy and His Baby, by Jessica Clare
No ranch hand fills out a pair of jeans quite like Dustin, and none of the ladies in his Wyoming town are resistant to his charms. As far as Dustin is concerned, he’s certainly living the life. Then he meets Annie, an animal trainer who is in the area working on a film. Annie is quite focused on her canine coworkers, but she soon becomes a wee bit distracted by the sight of Dustin. (Talk about liking it ruff!) Annie and Dustin begin to engage in the kind of carnal relations that would make our most liberal family members blush. (Annie, we are all SO proud of you!) Their activities are so potent that Annie ends up becoming pregnant. (Did we mention that Dustin looks exceptionally good in jeans? And a cowboy hat? And…yeah?) Will Dustin convince Annie that the Wyoming life—with him—is one worth living? And will he and Annie be able to live on a giant plot of land and fill it with babies and puppies? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

No Longer Lost, by Angel Payne & Victoria Blue
Maclain Stone and Taylor Matthews seem to have a REALLY hard time admitting that they, like, want and need each other. (What the heck is wrong with you two?!) Then a stalker goes after Taylor, and this prompts her to seek Maclain’s help. She literally goes to his front door. (Taylor, we all hope you were prepared and wore your nicest lingerie!) As for Maclain, he’s ready to take this opportunity to step up his game, flex his muscles, and prove to Taylor that he can provide her with top-notch protection AND the, ahem, roller coaster rides of her life! (Oh, that we could all sample a slice of Maclain before our gal takes over the whole buffet!) Maclain, please show Taylor that you’re worth your weight in gold. As for you, Taylor, please stop dilly dallying and realize that Maclain is both figuratively and literally solid and that he’ll protect you for the rest of your lives together! This is the ninth book in the authors’ Secrets of Stone series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
Alex Claremont-Diaz, the President of the United States’ son, and Prince Henry, heir to the British throne, really, really can’t stand each other. Like, they really don’t like each other. At all. (Gentlemen, don’t you understand that you’re both WAY too hot to be fighting?!) Things take a turn, though, after the tabloids catch the two of them fighting. This prompts a major public relations campaign in order to preserve the special relationship between the U.S. and Britain. Alex and Henry have to embark on a bit of a fake friendship in order to stave off any pesky rumors, and it doesn’t take either of them long to realize that there was some crazy delicious sexual tension brewing between them. (Now THIS is the kind of special relationship we all want to read about!) Alex and Henry will need to come to terms with the fact that they wouldn’t mind jumping into bed together. (Like, every day.) Here’s hoping they realize they are perfect for each other, that British and American relations remain intact, and that the next royal wedding gets exceptionally thorough and extensive media coverage! (Available in paperback and NOOK on May 14.)

The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren
Olive Torres is at a bit of a low point right now. She just got laid off, for one, and she has to spend her sister’s wedding attached to best man Ethan Thomas. (Olive, the next happy hour is on us!) Then something rather horrible but also rather wonderful happens: Everyone in the wedding party gets a bad bout of food poisoning. Ethan and Olive, however, are not afflicted, which means they get to go on the honeymoon that the bride and groom can no longer enjoy. The two head off to Maui, and soon realize they have WAY more in common than they’d ever imagined. Plus, watching Ethan run around in the Hawaiian surf and flashing his abs and smile makes Olive want to loosen her bikini strings. (Do it, Olive! Seduce him on a secluded beach in broad daylight! Do it for all of us!) Olive and Ethan, you two make sure to enjoy yourselves thoroughly and focus on each other—both on your “honeymoon” and when you get back home! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 14.)

Beach Wedding Weekend, by Rachel Magee
Once upon a time, Brody broke up with Paige right before he galavanted off to Europe. Oh, he also told Paige right before he left that someday they could be together again. And then what did the weasel do? He waltzed back into her life with an actress on his arm. (Brody, you suck.) Paige is heartbroken, because she really, truly cared for Brody. She knows she’ll run into him at an upcoming wedding, though, so, ever resourceful, she asks her best friend’s brother, Aiden, to pretend to be her boyfriend. (Let’s just that pretending with Aiden is not difficult AT ALL.) Aiden is totally fine with playing the fake boyfriend, as he does not believe in relationships. Then he realizes that his perfect match has been right under his nose for a very, very long time. Good for you, Aiden! Go get your woman! As for the rest of us, we’ll focus on tripping Brody when he least expects it. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on May 15.)

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