Romance Roundup: Lady Martial Artists, Investigative Reporters, and Boyfriends-For-Hire

This week’s Romance Roundup includes an American heiress who gets captured by a rugged man, a martial artist whose old flame is her new manager, and lots of ladies who are about to deal with some major family drama.

Off the Grid, by Monica McCarty
Investigative reporter Brittany Blake is on the hunt—for her missing brother. He’s in the Navy, and they’ve given her some very pathetic explanations as to his disappearance. Being the tough, no-nonsense woman she is, she’s decided to take matters into her own capable hands and goes looking for him. (That’s the spirit, Brittany! You keep being your feisty self!) Her search puts her in the path of John Donovan, and let’s just say no woman would mind bumping into his very masculine body any day of the week. (Seriously, John, how DO you manage to get those biceps? Please show us!) John has some of his own business to see to. He’s a member of SEAL Team Nine, and someone is targeting him and his mates. Will John and Brittany manage to find out what happened to her brother? And will they act out all of their fantasies together for the rest of their lives? This is the second book in McCarty’s Lost Platoon series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

Strong Hold, by Sarah Castille
Fight promoter Zack Grayson needs to find the MMA’s next big star. He ends up finding it in Shayla “Shilla the Killa” Tanner, whose heart he broke several years ago. (Zack, you have FIVE WHOLE MINUTES to provide an explanation. Don’t you dare try our patience!) Shayla never forgot Zack, but she’s quite scarred from her past. Her husband was abusive, so she’s very reluctant to open her heart again. (Shayla, we are SO taking you out for a pleasant and peaceful picnic!) Working together brings out the deeply-buried feelings in both Shayla and Zack. She wants to love again and not get hurt, and he wants to stay in her proverbial and literal grip for the rest of his life. Shayla, open your heart to the possibilities! And Zack, don’t you dare screw this one up! This is the fifth book in Castille’s Redemption series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.)

Marry Me by Sundown, by Johanna Lindsey
American heiress Violet Mitchell has returned home to Philadelphia from London, only to discover that the men in her family have seriously screwed up their finances. Rather than melt into a puddle of despair, she gets it together and travels to Montana to find her father’s fortune. (There might be gold and/or silver. Lots of gold and/or silver.) She meets Morgan Callahan, her father’s partner, and let’s just say he’s WAY different from the London dandies Violet just had to put up with. As for Morgan, he thinks Violet is out to steal his goods (She will be, Morgan, but not in the way you think!), so he holds her captive for a little bit, which sounds absolutely delicious. He soon becomes mega-impressed by Violet’s ability to thrive in the harsh wilderness. Here’s hoping they manage to get the fortunes they so desperately need and want, and that they enjoy many a tumble underneath the open Montana sky! (Available in hardcover and NOOK on July 10.)

When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery
Callie Smith is a bit of a private lady, so it’s not entirely easy when she discovers she has an older brother, Malcolm, and a younger sister, Keira. Meeting long-lost siblings involves Talking About Feelings, which is something our gal prefers to put in her proverbial No Thank You file. As for Malcolm, he’s not totally in touch with his emotions, either. (Come on, dude, lighten up just a little bit!) The three siblings end up living together and getting to know each other, and even though it’s going to be a long journey until they start feeling like a family, they are willing to give it a try. Oh, and Callie and Malcolm just might end up finding love with two very nice people along the way if they play their cards right. Romance and family drama set among the beautiful greenery of Washington state? Yes, please! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on July 10.)

How to Keep a Secret, by Sarah Morgan
Three generations of ladies are about to get in touch with their respective issues and emotions this summer! Lauren and Jenna are sisters, and they are each dealing with some major marital problems. Lauren seems to have the perfect life, but she knows it might just fall apart at any minute. Oh, and her teenage daughter, Mack, is showing signs of having problems. As for Jenna, she and her husband are having a hard time getting pregnant. Lauren and Jenna’s mom, Nancy, is also staying with them for the summer, and she has had some issues that have prevented her from being the best mom she could be. Will these four ladies learn to trust each other and open up? And will they realize that they have all of the support they need in each other? (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 10.)

The Real Deal, by Lauren Blakely
April Hamilton is in a pickle. She has a family reunion to attend, and let’s just say that being single at said family reunion is NOT fun. At all. (April, your super-duper meddling family just wants you to be happy!) She ends up soliciting some help from a website called GigsForHire, where Theo Banks is ready to pretend to be any woman’s boyfriend—for a fee. His only goal in life at this point is to settle his debts and get his life back on track. (Okay, Theo, we won’t judge, but let’s just take a moment to admit that you have a body worth cuddling!) Theo and April go to her family’s reunion, and they proceed to have all kinds of silly fun. Here’s hoping they realize how lucky they are to have found each other, and that they proceed to live happy, fun-filled lives together! (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 10.)

What romances are you excited to read this week?

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