Romance Roundup: First-Grade Teachers, NFL Players, and Bull Riders

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a healthcare professional who ends up face-to-face with her high school crush, a history professor who finds major chemistry with an immortal vampire, and two heartbroken sisters who are about to have a magical summer.

Love to the Rescue, by Radclyffe
Our gal Brody Clark has a lot—like, A LOT—of issues to confront after 10 years of avoiding them. (Brody, whatever you need, whether that’s hugs or wine or chocolate or extra wine, we’re all here for you!) She’s joining a new medevac flight crew, which is a pretty big deal, and it puts her back in the path of Val Valentine. Val and Brody knew each other back in the day, and let’s just say that Brody never forgot Val. As for Val, she’s focused on creating a veterinary practice that caters to the really rich, pet-loving folks. (Sounds awesome, Val, but please don’t neglect the strays!) Val’s plans get a slight wrench, though, when someone from her past asks for help. She and Brody could both use some major emotional support. Here’s hoping they both come to terms with their painful pasts and that they realize everything they need can be found in each other! This is the fifth book in Radclyffe’s Rivers Community series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 16.)

The Trouble with Vampires, by Lynsay Sands
Immortal vampire Santo Notte has been doing his own thing for almost three thousand years. Then he comes across history professor Petronella Stone and realizes that the bachelor life may be a tad overrated. (Sometimes, finding the right person takes a while. Like, a long time. Centuries. #nevergiveuphope.) As for Petronella, Santo is far more than a reliable source for her next research book. (Oh, the research opportunities! The fact-checking possibilities!) Santo makes Petronella want to loosen her proverbial and literal professorial garb and do things that would make people of all eras blush. Trouble is, Santo realizes that he might pose a major danger to Petronella and her nephew. Can Santo find a way to keep his new little family safe and build a life with them? This is the latest book in Sands’ extensive Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)  

The Summer Retreat, by Sheila Roberts
First-grade teacher Celeste Jones was SO ready to enjoy the summer with her boyfriend. Then he dumped her for the side of bacon with whom he was cheating on Celeste for months. (And by bacon, we mean girlfriend.) This is especially sucky because Celeste was hoping for a diamond ring. She decides to head on over to Moonlight Harbor, where her sister, Jenna, works at the Driftwood Inn, located on the Washington State coast. (Sounds idyllic! Where do we book our rooms? We promise to write glowing Yelp reviews!) Like Celeste, Jenna has some of her own man-related healing to do. Hang in there, ladies! You are both awesome, beautiful, and professional women and the right guys will come along very soon for each of you! This is the third book in Roberts’ Moonlight Harbor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

The Hollow, by Nora Roberts
The battle against evil continues, as friends Fox, Caleb, and Gage work alongside Cybil, Layla, and Quinn to battle evil in the town of Hawkins Hollow. Fox, the town’s lawyer, and Layla both have the ability to read minds. This is a newer ability for Layla, and she’s feeling a bit awkward about it, because it makes things QUITE intimate with Fox. (Oh, Layla, we all heard what the fox says, and it says ‘Go for it!’) As for Fox, he wouldn’t mind having a chance to show Layla just how delicious he can be. (Fox, remove your shirt! Like, now!) That said, these six friends have a demon to attack, so there’s no time to dilly dally. Here’s hoping that Fox and Layla manage to help defeat this pesky demon and bring safety back to the town of Hawkins Hollow. And when it’s all over, may they embark on a strictly-nude vacation on a secluded tropical island! This is the second book in Roberts’ Sign of Seven series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

Fumbled, by Alexa Martin
Poppy Patterson worked extremely hard to go from pregnant high school student to self-sufficient single mom. (Poppy, we salute you and think that you deserve ALL of the spa days!) Then life puts her old flame and baby daddy T.K. Moore back into her life. He has a successful NFL career going on, but he never forgot Poppy. When he sees her again, his long-suppressed mushy, lovey-dovey side comes out and he realizes that he better not be a goon and screw up this amazingly wonderful second chance at love. T.K., we’re glad the football and the sports and the…other sports-related stuff haven’t interfered with your head or heart. Go and get your woman—and get to know your child – and embrace this new chapter of your life! This is the second book in Martin’s Playbook series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on April 23.)

Unbroken Cowboy, by Maisey Yates
Dane Parker worked really hard to escape the trailer park life and become a big shot on the bull riding scene. (He’s also worked really hard on his ridiculously beautiful physique. Dane, you can point us all in the direction of the beach ANY day of the week!) Then Dane gets injured and has to hang up his hat for a while, which leaves him devastated. An old family friend, Beatrix Leighton, decides to recruit Dane to help her start her animal sanctuary. She’s been crazy in love with Dane since, like, forever. Will Dane realize that true love has always been much closer than he realized? Will he heal and get his career back—or even possibly find a new calling? And will he take Beatrix on at least one long horse ride into an abandoned, flower-filled meadow and make sweet love to her under the stars with the horse remaining at a safe distance? This is the latest book in Yates’ Gold Valley series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on April 23.)

What new romance novels are you excited about this week?

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