Romance Roundup: Cowboys, Writers, and Tons of Christmas Romances

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a single mom who needs to make good with her sister, couples on the verge of reconciling, and an animal-loving lady who needs help finding a home for an old dog and a parrot.

The Winter Wedding Plan, by Olivia Miles
Single mom Charlotte Daniels has some major groveling to do. (She might have fooled around with her sister’s ex—when said ex and said sister were still together—so that might have something to do with it.) The two sisters have mostly moved on from the episode, but still, the past hurts. Now Charlotte and Kate will work together for Kate’s event planning company. There’s a major client involved in their latest gig, so no one can afford to screw up this particular opportunity. That said, said client is Mr. Hottie McHot, and he asks Charlotte to pretend to be his fiancée for the event. Charlotte really wants to prove herself to everyone, and that means no fooling around, but this is no ordinary guy, so she’ll need to strike a delicate balance if she’s going to come out ahead. (Charlotte, we all have faith in you!) This is the second book in Miles’ Misty Point series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

Barking Up the Wrong Tree, by Jenn McKinlay
Carly DeCusati wants to get her life together. First things first, though: She needs to find a home for an old golden retriever and a very talkative parrot. One person who is willing to lend her a helping hand is James Sinclair. He’s a physical therapist, so you know he’s tender in all the right ways. (James, every inch of our collective bodies hurt. Literally, every inch. Come on over and make it better!) It doesn’t take long for James and Carly to bond and fall in love, but James has got some secrets. Can he open his heart and his life to his new lady love? (Carly, if anything, take the dog to a farm run by a kind, elderly couple and let that annoying bird fly south!) This is the second book in McKinlay’s Bluff Point Romance series, which is perfect for romance readers who like stories that feature cuddly canines. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

A Chesapeake Shores Christmas, by Sherryl Woods
Mick and Megan O’Brien are ready to tie the knot again. They were apart for many years, but that old loving feeling never died, so they have decided to stick by each other’s sides for good. (Megan and Mick, we always knew you two kids would make it!) Their adult children are pretty thrilled, except for their son, Connor, who felt abandoned by his mom and was so traumatized he became a divorce attorney. Yeah, this family has seen better atmospheres, but it’s Christmas, so here’s hoping they manage to find some common ground and get excited for the upcoming nuptials. Oh, and that Connor finds a nice lady who will stir all of the romantic feelings that are surely buried deep, deep inside of him. (Hmm, any chance we can help you with that, Connor?) This is the fourth book in Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

I’ll Be Home for Christmas, by Debbie Macomber, Brenda Novak, and Sherryl Woods
Three holiday stories in one! In Macomber’s “Silver Bells,” a teenage girl decides to set up her single dad with a very nice lady. He’s reluctant to tie the knot again, though. (Dude, your kid KNOWS you! TRUST her judgment!) In Novak’s “On a Snowy Christmas,” two political enemies end up stranded in the Sierra Nevada Mountains after a private plane crashes. They’ve got to work together if they are going to survive. Can they put their political differences aside and realize there might be more to the other person than their voting history? In Woods’ “The Perfect Holiday,” a matchmaker of an aunt decides to introduce her niece to a very, very nice man. (Excuse me, Auntie, but would you please join all of our families? Thanks!) Sounds like loads of holiday fun, so put on your fuzziest socks, grab a glass of wine or a cup of hot chocolate, and get cozy! (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)

Chasing Christmas Eve, by Jill Shalvis
YA fantasy novel writer Colbie Albright desperately needs a temporary getaway from her lovable but crazy family, so she decides to spend some time in San Francisco. There she meets Spencer Baldwin, who should really be listed as one of the city’s major attractions. (Let’s just say no woman would mind being taken for a joyride down Lombard Street with a guy like Spencer!) As for Spencer, he loves Colbie’s sense of humor and general awesomeness. Here’s hoping these two budding lovebirds realize ASAP that they are perfect for each other—and that the hardest thing they will have to do is decide if they want a house with a fabulous view of the San Francisco Bay or of the Pacific Ocean! This is the latest book in Shalvis’ Heartbreaker Bay series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

Christmas With My Cowboy, by Lindsay McKenna, Diana Palmer, and Margaret Way
Three MORE stories in one, and these feature SEXY COWBOYS! In McKenna’s “Kassie’s Cowboy,” (Gah! Already getting so excited!) former Marine Travis Grant finds his childhood sweetheart, Kassie Murphy. She’s just been in a car accident, so Travis feels the need to care for her. Oh, and all of the love feelings are 100 percent intact, so it’s going to be a very cozy Christmas! In Palmer’s “The Snow Man,” Meadow Dawson needs some help managing her Colorado ranch. She soon meets a super-duper hunky cattleman by the name of Dal Blake. He’s not too thrilled that Meadow’s dog keeps digging under his fence, but he’s not one to abandon a lady in need. (Dude, the puppy’s digging is totally a sign that you and Meadow belong together!) And in Way’s “Her Outback Husband,” Scott and Darcey MacArthur are reunited after a painful rumor drove them apart. Can they make amends in time for the holidays—and before those long winter nights really start to kick in? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)

What romances are you cozying up with this week?

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