This week’s Romance Roundup includes a vampire who is feeling very protective, a gamekeeper who finds love with the new bad boy in town, and a famous divorcee who meets an isolated mountain man.
Going Dark, by Monica McCarty
Marine ecologist Annie Henderson heads over to Scotland to protest some offshore drilling that does not jive with her ideas of peace and happiness. She runs into Dan Warren, the sea boat captain who can captain all of our boats in any body of water any day of the week. Annie and Dan don’t exactly have the warm fuzzies for each other right away, but they soon get to know each other and Annie realizes there is more to him than his grumpy mood and his smoldering body. He might be undercover, though, so he can’t get too outwardly emotional, but Annie brings out his deep desire to write sappy poetry and give her all of the pleasure. This is the first book in McCarty’s new Lost Platoon series, which is about a group of SEAL agents who are presumed dead – but are very much alive and hot! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 5.)
Chasing Red, by Isabelle Ronin
Basketball player Caleb Lockhart is the ultimate catch with his lofty ambitions and rock-hard body. Veronica Stafford is a super smart college student who just got kicked out of her apartment and might need a place to crash. When they meet, Caleb realizes he’d like her to be part of his life plan. She was wearing a red dress, for one, which he found pretty hard to resist. (Note to self: Do some online shopping!) She’s not going to be the easiest lady to get, though, so Caleb will have to use every trick up his sleeve to win her over. Can he convince Veronica that he can offer her far more than just endless merrymaking sessions in between the sheets? This is the first book in Ronin’s Chasing Red series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 5.)
Misadventures of a City Girl, by Chelle Bliss and Meredith Wild
Madison Atwood just got divorced from a major Hollywood figure, so she’s got to nurse a broken heart while also dodging the media. (Think paparazzi, tabloids, TMZ, the works.) She finds solace in Avalon Springs, California, and she finds more than she bargained for when she runs into Luke Dawson. He’s got that whole sexy mountain man thing going for him, which helps make up for his broodiness. He wants to live in isolation, which might be hard to do with a woman like Madison. They begin an acquaintance, which is quickened when they end up under the same roof together for a short period that involves frolicking for hours on end. (Now THAT’S how you disconnect from the outside world!) Here’s hoping that makes them realize they are actually quite perfect for each other! This is the first book in the very entertaining Misadventures series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on September 12.)
Second Chance Girl, by Susan Mallery
Matthias Mitchell is feeling all of the pains after a family betrayal, so he does what seems like the most sensible thing to do: He moves. His new home is Happily Inc., California, a popular wedding destination town crawling with bridesmaids. He figures this will ensure hookups galore but ZERO commitments, thank you very much. (Dude, really?! Come on!) He soon realizes, though, that local gamekeeper Carol Lund is a very special lady indeed. Carol cares for a giraffe (A GIRAFFE!!! CUTE!!!), and Matthias decides he wants to help Carol adopt a herd because – and this is news to yours truly – giraffes can actually get pretty lonely. (Sounds like a metaphor for our buddy Matthias.) Will he give up his romping ways and realize that Carol is the only woman he ever wants to romp with? This is the second book in Mallery’s Happily Inc. series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on September 26.)
The Chosen, by J.R. Ward
This is the latest book in Ward’s very sexy and entertaining Black Dagger Brotherhood series. In this installment, the Black Dagger Brotherhood is engaging in a bit of manhandling. Their captive is Xcor, who leads the Band of Bastards, and he is undergoing some pretty intense interrogation tactics. Granted, he hasn’t always been on his best behavior, but he’s still a person with feelings. More specifically, he still has feelings for Layla. She’s the Chosen, and she’s pretty much always loved Xcor right back. (After everything he’s been through, what woman wouldn’t want to give him all of the TLC she has to offer?!) Here’s hoping that these two lovers catch a break and that they can work together to save their people from unpleasant things, like death and doom and catastrophe and pretty much any other awful thing there is. No pressure, you two! (Available in paperback on September 26.)
Archangel’s Viper, by Nalini Singh
Holly Chang has had it rough. She used to be known as Sorrow, so we can only imagine, and recently she was turned into a bloodthirsty lady by a nutty archangel. She’s caught the eye of Venom, a private guard of the Archangel Raphael. (Venom, you can stand guard over all of us any day of the week!) Venom may be a dangerous vampire, but Holly soon brings out his softer side, which is no way diminishes his sinewy physique. This is a good thing, because someone has put a bounty on Holly, and times are rough in the Guild Hunter world. Can Holly and Venom manage to control their bloodier urges and create a peaceful existence together? (Or at least one that involves them fighting the bad guys together?) This is the tenth book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on September 26.)
What romances are on your TBR pile this month?