Romance Roundup: New Orleans Chefs, Art Thieves, and Maids of Honor

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a rancher who is fighting to keep his land, two art thieves who want to be on the straight and narrow, and a journalist who gets to report on a super duper hot chef.

French Quarter Kisses, by Zuri Day
Pierre LeBlanc is a celebrity chef, and he also owns the best restaurant in New Orleans. (Pierre, please, please, please hook us up with reservations!) He’s also got a big secret that has nothing to do with his classified recipes. Journalist Rosalyn Arnaud is following the story trail on him, and quite frankly she doesn’t think he’s all that. He has a bit of a playboy reputation, which doesn’t really fly with our no-nonsense gal. (Oh, Rosalyn, please give him a chance to unbutton his shirt!) Still, the sparks fly like crazy between them, but Pierre is afraid of baring all, proverbially speaking. Will he learn to trust Rosalyn? And will Rosalyn realize that Pierre has a giant heart to go with his angelic face and manly man physique? This is the first book in Day’s Love in the Big Easy series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

Worth the Wait, by Lori Foster
Two intertwining loves stories in one book! Single dad Hogan Guthrie is working his barbecue skills at a local diner, which totally makes sense, because any woman would be more than happy to sample his sauce. He doesn’t totally get along with Violet Shaw, the restaurant’s owner, but pretty soon they find themselves wanting to, ahem, cook in each other’s kitchens. Then there’s sheriff Nathan Hawley, whose new neighbor, Brooklin Sweet, makes him do a major double take. She doesn’t want to get involved with anyone, though, which is likely due to a bit of darkness in her past. Plus, she hasn’t seen Nathan’s abs, yet, nor has she given his handcuffs a try in any way shape or form. (Get on that bicycle ASAP, Brooklin, because Nathan is one tasty, law-abiding citizen!) (Available in paperback on June 26.)

The Prize, by Vanessa Fewings
The love saga between art investigator Zara Leighton and art thief Tobias Wilder continues! Zara tried to stay wholly good. She tried to resist Tobias and his thrilling ways. But both of these things are absolutely, 100 percent impossible, because Tobias is the kind of guy who makes women of any age want to pose for him, totally nude. (Oh, you’re not an artist, Tobias? Just an art thief? Well, we want to pose nude for you anyway!) Zara thinks she might be done with Tobias for good, but now he has an offer she can’t refuse. He proposes they do one more risky art-related job. Once they do this, both of their names will be clear. Here’s hoping they can pull this one off, and that they then take a remote, tropical vacation where there is an NBS policy—Nothing But Sunscreen. This is the third book in Fewings’ Icon trilogy. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

Valentine, Texas, by Lori Wilde
Rachael Henderson has just been left at the altar for the second time. (It’s not you, Rachael! It’s them!) Things take a turn for the better, though, when she’s arrested by sheriff Brody Carlton. (Oh, yes, Brody. Press us against your blessed body any day of the week!) All of this drama inspires our gal to create Romanceaholics Anonymous, a program for the perpetually lovesick and heartbroken. (Tell us more, Rachael. Much more.) Rachael is trying really hard to stick to this program and overcome her love issues, and she comes to the conclusion that Brody is an unwelcome distraction. (Rachael, no offense, but no.) Will she realize that Brody is not like the others, and that there’s way more to him than just his impressive forearms? This story, originally published as “Addicted to Love,” is the third book in Wilde’s Wedding Veil Wishes series. (Available in paperback and audiobook on June 26.)

It Takes Two, by Jenny Holiday
Wendy Liu is thrilled to be her best friend’s maid of honor, but she’s not too keen on running into the bride’s brother, Noah Denning. Wendy and Noah had A Thing many years ago, and he might have broken her heart. (Noah, you’re a bozo for letting Wendy go. A lovable bozo. But still, a bozo.) Now they’re thrown together in Las Vegas for some pre-wedding fun, and they’ve decided to get a bit competitive. He wants to plan the best bachelor party, and she wants to plan the best bachelorette party. (As long as this involves Noah getting nekkid AT ALL and AT ANY POINT, this sounds like a win-win!) Noah and Wendy, please realize that the past is the past and you are both now mature adults who need to start a fun new chapter of your lives together! This is the second book in Holiday’s Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

The Last Rodeo, by Delores Fossen
Lucian Granger doesn’t have the best reputation in his Texas town. Words like “standoffish” and “aloof” barely begin to describe him. It’s too bad he’s like this, because he’s got a body worth braving the toughest rodeo. (Lucian, we’d all like to show you a rodeo—in our pants!) Things are about to change, though, because he’s just found out that he could lose the land he’s worked so hard for. In an effort to keep his land, he decides to tell people he’s going to settle down with Karlee O’Malley, his assistant. One kiss, though, is all it takes for Lucian to realize that he might have genuine feelings for her. Here’s hoping Lucian doesn’t screw up this golden opportunity to settle down with a nice woman, and that he clears up all of his land and emotional issues! This is the latest book in Fossen’s Wrangler’s Creek series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 26.)

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