Romance Roundup: Tennis Players, Lady Sheriffs, and Art Thieves

This week’s Romance Roundup includes two longtime friends who end up married in Las Vegas, a lady fighting to save her farm, and very sexy professional tennis players.

A Million Little Things, by Susan Mallery
Zoe Saldivar needs to meet some new people, pronto. She just broke up with her long-term boyfriend, and her best friend, Jen, is understandably preoccupied with baby-related matters, so no late-night margarita outings for the foreseeable future. (Zoe, just to be clear, YOU can still imbibe.) Things pick up, though, when Zoe befriends Jen’s widowed mom and falls in love with Jen’s brother. Oh, and Zoe’s dad falls for Jen’s mom, so you know there are plenty of double-date opportunities on the horizon. Gotta love it when family and friends get along! This is the third book in Mallery’s very endearing Mischief Bay series. (Available in paperback on December 26.)

It’s Always Been You, by Elle Wright
Dr. Lovely “Love” Washington has just had the night of her life. She slept with her best friend, the very sexy Dr. Drake Jackson, who is the kind of man no woman would mind being friends—or friendly—with. Oh, and they’ve just woken up in a Las Vegas hotel with wedding rings on their fingers. (Love, your name should really be Lucky!) Drake soon realizes that being married to Love can actually be a really, really good thing. His love is going to be put to the test though, because our gal has an extremely annoying ex-boyfriend who won’t go away, for one, and she and Drake need to go to a family reunion that just might be a tad stressful. (Buddy, you handle the reunion and we’ll handle the ex-boyfriend!) Love and Drake, we’ve got faith that you’ll both make the best out of this beautiful situation! This is the first book in Wright’s Jacksons of Ann Arbor series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)

The Pretender, by HelenKay Dimon
Harrison Tate used to be a thief, but now he’s gone mostly good and works to recover stolen art. We say “mostly” because he still has a side gig that involves stealing back artifacts that have been taken by nefarious means—and doing it in a way that isn’t 100 percent kosher. (We don’t judge you at all, Harrison! Everyone needs a side gig that’ll pay for the dog walker!) An assignment leads him to Gabrielle Wright, whose sister has just been murdered. Gabrielle is also estranged from her family, which surely doesn’t help matters that much, either. (Gabrielle, we’ll take you out for a fun girls’ night out when everything settles down!) Gabrielle and Harrison are immediately attracted to each other, and realize that their feelings might be much deeper than either of them expected. Here’s hoping they turn to each other—and stay there—during these dark days and all the days ahead! (Available in paperback and NOOK on December 26.)

When You Love a Scotsman, by Hannah Howell
Life is not easy for our heroine, Abigail Jenson. She’s a woman alone in the Wild West, for one, and she is doing everything she can to keep her small Missouri farm afloat. (We believe in you, Abigail! And we’ll happily grab our pitchforks and defend you and your farm any day of the week!) Then some bottom-feeding miscreants set her cabin on fire, and she’s forced to accept help from a very dashing Scottish-born officer. (We’re all sharpening our pitchforks, Abigail! You just stay focused now on this cutie.) The officer in question, Matthew MacEnroy, is still fairly new to America. The Scottish hunk soon falls quite hard for this lovely lady, who is now under his care. Can these two wonderful, hardworking people manage to carve out a new life together? This is the second book in Howell’s swoon-worthy Seven Brides/Seven Scotsmen series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on December 26.)

Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh
Silver Mercant has some major responsibilities as the Trinity Accord handles some unification issues. Silver is the director of this major emergency response-thingie, for one, so she really has no time to dilly-dally. (Silver, we’d all like to apply to be your personal assistant! You’ll never go a day without fresh dry cleaning!) Then she crosses paths with Valentin Nikolaev, and she realizes that everyone needs to dilly-dally once in a while. (It’s very healthy of you to realize this, Silver!) She’s not supposed to let her emotions get the better of her, but Valentin can elicit a passionate response from a plastic bag. When someone tries to poison Silver, he gets all “Oh, hell, no!” and steps up his game to keep her safe. Can they dodge the bad guys and build a beautiful life together? This is the first book in Singh’s Psy-Changeling Trinity series, which is a spinoff of her Psy-Changeling series. So much fun and romance and action! (Available in paperback on December 26.)

When We Meet, by Nora Roberts
This reprint features two stories in one! In “The Law is a Lady,” film director Phillip Kincaid is arrested for speeding, but, being an exceptionally handsome optimist, he realizes the small town in New Mexico where he got caught would be a great location to shoot a film. Sheriff Tory Ashton has no time for a charmer like Phillip. (Are you sure, Tory?) She soon realizes, though, that she’d like to use her handcuffs on him in more ways than one. In “Opposites Attract,” professional tennis players Asher Wolfe and Ty Starbuck have a bit of a history together, and they’re now reunited after a few years apart. Our gal Asher is still in love with Ty, and he is certainly feeling feelings for her, but she’s got a secret up her sleeve, and it’s not just her backhand technique. Will Ty still stick by her side when all is revealed? And will Asher provide us with her best tips for toned arms? (Available in paperback on December 26.)

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