This week’s Romance Roundup includes a woman who is falling for her friend’s fiancé (with good reason!), a rock star who is reunited with his childhood sweetheart, and a London-loving lady who falls for a country-loving man.
Love in the Afternoon, by Lisa Kleypas
Beatrix Hathaway is not society’s typical lady. Forget about ballrooms and seasons and fancy dresses and snagging a filthy rich husband—she’d rather spend time outside enjoying nature and befriending animals. (Beatrix, we’ll take you on our weekend hikes any time!) A friend to the end, she helps her flirtatious buddy, Prudence Mercer, write letters to Prudence’s intended, the very handsome captain Christopher Phelan. Christopher is out to war, and he’s giving Prudence a heads up that he will be quite emotionally damaged when he gets back home. Beatrix ends up writing to Christopher for Prudence—and as Prudence—and these letters end up exchanging very private, heart-wrenching and heart-opening details. Christopher is convinced Prudence is the woman for him, but he’s about to be quite surprised when he finds out who’s really been helping him get in touch with his emotions. This is the fifth book in Kleypas’ Hathaways series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)
No Place Like You, by Emma Douglas
Leah Santelli and Zach Harper shared a very passionate night right before he left town to follow his bliss and become a rock star. (Zach, we would all be your groupies any day of the week!) Years go by, and Zach is now back in the town of Cloud Bay for a major music festival. Oh, and he has definitely struck it big. Leah still lives in Cloud Bay, and she’s been trying to make it big as a record producer. Zach is struck by the woman Leah has become, and he promptly starts to go ga-ga over her. (Gotta love it when a man recognizes a good thing!) As for Leah, she still hasn’t forgotten how hurt she was when Zach skipped town, so while she’s slap-happy to see Zach again, she’s understandably terrified of being hurt. Zach, this might be the perfect time to REALLY tap into your inner poet and spout some sonnets and songs! This is the first book in Douglas’ Cloud Bay series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)
The Wicked Vampire, by Kate Baxter
Sasha Ivanov is a blood-loving vampire AND one of the hottest party girls in the Los Angeles club scene. (Gotta love a heroine who knows how to have a good time!) She’s pretty insatiable when it comes to fun (and, well, blood), but she soon meets her match when she tries out a supernatural fight club. She makes the acquaintance of Ewan Brún, whose job is to kill vampires, which would surely cast a small shadow over his and Sasha’s budding attraction. Ewan and Sasha are irreversibly drawn to each other, which is good, because some especially dark forces are about to go after both of them. They will have to get into a bit of danger if they are then going to explore a passionate future together. Hang in there, you two! And Sasha, we promise that with Ewan by your side, you won’t ever miss your partying nights! This is the sixth book in Baxter’s Last True Vampire series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)
Wolf Hunger, by Paige Tyler
SWAT officer Max Lowry is a wolf shifter, and when he meets Lana, a fellow wolf shifter, he realizes he would like for them to spend the rest of their lives together making tons of cute little wolf cubs. The only thing is that she doesn’t realize she’s also a werewolf, so Max has to be all “You’re a werewolf, Lana” and then teach her about her heritage. (It’s kind of like how Hagrid said “yer a wizard” in the first Harry Potter book, except everyone involved in this story is sexy.) Max’s main goal right now is to keep his beloved safe from those who would track her down and kill her. As for Lana, she wouldn’t mind exploring her wilder, more animal instinctive ways with a man like Max. Can they stay safe from the bad guys and focus strictly on their between-the-sheets activity? This is the seventh book in Tyler’s SWAT series. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook.)
The Duke Knows Best, by Jane Ashford
Lord Randolph Gresham is in London to find a wife. As soon as he accomplishes this task, he plans to take his bride straight back to his country parish and resume his quiet life. Then he meets Verity Sinclair, who much rather prefers the noisy fun London has to offer. Randolph may be a hottie worth painting, but Verify refuses to even consider socializing with him, because there is no way she is packing her trunks to move to a sleepy village. (Um, sorry, Verity, but have you seen Randy’s biceps?!) Then they are asked to sing a duet together, and all of that closeness starts to bring out a desire for even more closeness. Verity soon realizes that one could always do with more fresh country air—and that a man like Randolph can keep her entertained through many a country night in a way that no London soiree can rival! This is the fifth book in Ashford’s The Duke’s Sons series. (Available in paperback and NOOK.)
Any Dream Will Do, by Debbie Macomber
Shay Benson did some very naughty things in order to help her brother avoid major trouble. (He never deserved your help, Shay!) That was years ago, though, and now she’s determined to rebuild her life. She meets Drew Douglas, a widower and pastor with two kids and, you know, a flock to lead. (Drew, buddy, sounds like you could use a nice woman in your life. I know a gal!) Unlike Shay’s brother and his shady acquaintances, Drew is, like, a super nice guy who has also been having a rough time. Shay, Drew, misery loves company, and guess what? When you two come together, you’ll realize that you don’t HAVE to be miserable any longer! Here’s hoping these two lovebirds soon realize that they can be super-duper happy together, and that Shay stays away from further family-related drama. (Available in paperback on December 26.)
What romance novels are you cuddling up with this week?