Romance Roundup: Summer Getaways, Highland Dragon Men, and Naval Officers

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who is working hard to keep Dublin safe—and save humanity, three ladies who need a breather, and a former naval officer-turned-millionaire who has found a woman worth fighting for.

High Voltage, by Karen Marie Moning
Dani O’Malley had some pretty horrible things done to her when she was a child. Namely, she was transformed into a killer. But instead of brooding about it all, she’s managed to use her powers to protect innocent people and track down bad guys and keep the streets of Dublin safe. (Dani, we admire your ability to turn a bad—like, really bad—situation into something positive! Oh, and can we join you on your prowls? Because we love Dublin. Thanks!) Dani’s enemies are up something new, and it does not bode well for the human race. Our gal will get help from immortal hunk Ryodan in her quest to save humanity, but a lot of the major responsibilities will still be on her shoulders. Can she do it? And when it’s all over, can Ryodan give Dani a well-deserved foot rub? This is the tenth book in Moning’s Fever series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 6.)

As You Wish, by Jude Deveraux
Three different ladies are having a bit of a difficult time, so they go to Summer Hill, Virginia in order to get some zen time. Kathy is happily married—until she finds out that her husband is in love with someone else. Elise isn’t loving her life or her husband—and that’s probably because her parents chose both for her. Oh, and Elise’s husband just knocked up his mistress. Then there’s Olivia, who at 60 has finally found true love. (She was married before but her ex-husband was, to put it mildly, a big doofus.) Here’s hoping they all find plenty of inner peace, that Kathy and Elise each find a man who appreciates them for the fabulous women they are, that Olivia shares some words of wisdom, and—best of all—that all three women develop a friendship that will last for the rest of their lives! This is the third book in Deveraux’s Summerhouse series. (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK.)

The Woman Left Behind, by Linda Howard
Jina Modell works in communications for a paramilitary organization (drones are involved), and the best part about her job is that she can remain in the relatively safe and comfortable environment that is Washington, DC. Unfortunately for her, she also possesses some valuable skills that get her forced into the field—where you get dirty. She’s put under the wing of team leader Levi, who is a tad skeptical that the un-athletic Jina will be able to do anything. But Jina has a lot to lose if she doesn’t make this work, so she trains harder than ever. Pretty soon, Levi is quite impressed with her. When Jina ends up alone in the desert after a mission gone wrong, she’s going to have to use all of her newfound skills in order to survive. You can do it, Jina! Just think, when it’s all over, you can rest in Levi’s muscular embrace—and then we’ll all take you out for a much-needed mani-pedi! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on March 6.)

Irish Thoroughbred, by Nora Roberts
This reprint is the great Nora Roberts’ first novel – literally, her first novel ever! It all starts with Adelia “Dee” Cunnane, who has lost everything in Ireland and has no choice but to accept her uncle’s kind offer to join him in America. She ends up working on the Maryland horse farm of Travis Grant, and let’s just say no woman would throw him out of bed for eating crackers! Dee soon gets swept up into Travis’ world, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he has a face and body worth crossing an ocean for. Dee’s pretty confident that she’s falling in love with him, but she’s worried their backgrounds may be too different. Can she get over her insecurities? And can Travis prove to her that he’s a great guy who won’t ever abandon her? (Step it up a notch, Travis, and prove how much you care!) This is the first book in Roberts’ Irish Hearts series. (Available in hardcover on March 6.)

His San Diego Sweetheart, by Yahrah St. John
Former naval officer and millionaire Vaughn Ellicott needs to keep the gold diggers off of his impressively muscular back. (Vaughn, we just want to massage you, we swear!) He finds help in the beautiful form of hotel manager Miranda Jensen. She’s set to inherit a ridiculous amount of money from her grandfather—but she needs to be married in order to claim it. They get married out of convenience, but they are soon completely swept up in each other. This is absolutely understandable, as Miranda is a stunning and intelligent woman and Vaughn has a big heart to go with his impressive…brain. We’ll go with brain. They soon start to have lots of fun together, both during quiet nights on his beachfront home and when they’re out and about on the town. But they both also soon realize that they just might want to be in it for the long haul. This is the fourth book in St. John’s Millionaire Moguls series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

Highland Dragon Master, by Isabel Cooper
Highland dragon man and impossibly cute hunk Erik MacAlasdair has suffered defeat at the hands of the English. He needs a break, and finds a very welcome distraction in Toinette. He once saved her life, and she is still extremely grateful to him. (Fact: Simply picking up a woman’s dropped glove will make said woman want to follow Erik to the ends of the earth.) They go on a seafaring journey together, and end up stranded alone on a cursed island. They will need to use every trick up their sleeves in order to, well, stay alive and defeat some pretty dark forces. Here’s hoping they accomplish what they need to do—and that they can enjoy at least one rollicking lovefest on that island! (Or two. Preferably two. Three wouldn’t be so bad, either.) This is the third book in Cooper’s Dawn of the Highland Dragon series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on March 6.)

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