Romance Roundup: Fake Wedding Planners, Investigative Reporters, and Assassins

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a former dancer trying to reclaim her childhood home, an investigative reporter looking into the death of her mother, and a trained assassin who is reunited with his lady love.

Winning Her Forever, by Harmony Evans
Trent Waterson may be a successful construction entrepreneur and a man of many different passions, but former dancer Sonya Young still won’t give him the time of day. Of course, she’s very busy working towards her dreams and being all-around fabulous, but it’s also quite likely she hasn’t seen Trent wearing nothing but a hard hat. (It’s worth it, Sonya! Totally worth it!) Then Sonya discovers that her childhood home is going into foreclosure, and that Trent’s brother is trying to buy the property. Trent is a big family man, but he’s also really big on Sonya. Can he find a way to help her? (Yes, Trent, yes you can!) And then can they both realize they’re perfect for each other and then get married and have lots of babies? This is the first book in Evans Bay Point Confessions series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 21.)

Racked and Stacked, by Lorelai James
Truck driver Larissa Thorpe grew up being a tomboy thanks in part to having three older brothers, and the whole tomboy thing has stuck with her into adulthood. This never really bothered her. Then she meets Ike Palmer, a cowboy who would bring out the feminine side of a brick wall. Our gal is an awesome lady, but Ike doesn’t think he’ll ever be into her in THAT way. (Oh, Ike, you adorably unaware hunk, you. You just DON’T understand the awesomeness that is Larissa!) Then they start working together very closely, which is great, because Larissa will get to show Ike how amazing she is and Ike will realize that it’s time for him to look at a different kind of woman. Act fast, Ike! Awesome ladies like Larissa don’t just grow on trees! This is the ninth book in James’ Blacktop Cowboys series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

To Have and To Harley, by Regina Cole
Bethany Jernigan is ready to be the ultimate maid of honor. The thing is, Bethany will have to work with the main wedding planner, a guy named Trey Harding, who is SO not what a wedding planner is expected to be. Trey and his staff members are all a bunch of rough-looking, tattooed motorcycle riders who have found themselves in a giant tornado of tulle and place settings and seating charts and GAH! It’s all too much! Trey starts to fall really hard for Bethany, but he has a lot to lose if he comes clean to everyone involved and admits that he is not, in fact, a wedding planner. (Trey, no offense, but people probably won’t be THAT surprised.) Here’s hoping Trey figures out a way to reveal the truth AND keep all of his loved ones in his life! This is the first book in Cole’s Bikers and Brides series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

Abandoned, by Allison Brennan
Investigative reporter Max Revere is about to crack the toughest case of her life: her mom’s disappearance. Max’s mom left her when she was nine years old, but she sent her regular correspondence. That correspondence stopped, though, and her mom was considered legally dead. (Hugs, Max! We’re giving you all of the hugs!) Max wants to find out what happened to her mom, and she has one clue to start off with. (Knowing our gal, she’s going to make the absolute most of that one clue.) When investigators fail to help her look into the con man her mom had been involved with, she realizes she’ll need to push up her sleeves even further and dig even deeper. Here’s hoping Max finds all of the answers she’s looking for—and that at least one friendly face will help her in her quest! This is the first book in Brennan’s Max Revere series. (Available in hardcover and NOOK on August 14.)

Brave New Earl, by Jane Ashford
Benjamin Romilly, the Earl of Furness, is still grieving the death of his wife, which was five years ago. She died in childbirth, and while his child survived, he’s found it extremely difficult to move on. Enter Miss Jean Saunders, a cousin by marriage. She loved Benjamin’s late wife, and hates the thought of her child suffering in any way. She shows up to make sure he’s being a good father and that his son isn’t being neglected. Benjamin isn’t quite feeling this whole visit at first, but pretty soon he and Jean start getting to really know each other and falling in love. Can Jean bring Benjamin back to life? And can this new blended family find their own happily ever after? This is the first book in Ashford’s Way to a Lord’s Heart series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

Reborn, by Meredith Wild
Tristan Stone is a paid assassin, and his experiences have hardened him into a killing machine who has zero recollection of his past. Then he’s hired to kill Isabel Foster, his former lover who has never forgotten her yummy hunk of burning love. (Before he became really bad, Tristan was, in fact, really, really good, and he and Isabel had a deep, intense connection.) Instead of killing her, Tristan decides to keep her safe. (Yay, Tristan! We knew you were still good at heart! Keep that momentum going, buddy!) Tristan and Isabel will have to go through quite a bit together until they find their happy ending, so here’s hoping their love remains strong enough—and that they never have to be separated from each other again! This tome contains the first three books in Wild’s Red Ledger series. (Available in hardcover and paperback.)

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