Romance Roundup: Vampires, Advice Columnists, and Marine Archaeologists

This week’s Romance Roundup includes a down-on-his-luck duke, a woman going back to school, and a vampire who’s been waiting centuries for the right moment.

Immortal Unchained, by Lynsay Sands
Domitian Argenis is a vampire man who knows what he wants, and that’s Sarita. She’s a gorgeous, butt-kicking cop who doesn’t mess around. (Good for you, Domitian! Don’t ever settle!) Our hero has wanted to claim Sarita for a while, and now seems like the perfect opportunity. They’ve both got to dodge a mad scientist, though, before they can truly settle down together for an eternity of sensuous joy. When “forever” is looking so delicious, you want it to start, like, ASAP. Here’s hoping they get cracking and that they proceed to live a sexy life together that still involves our gal pursuing her career dreams. This is the latest book in Sands’ extensive Argeneau Vampire series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on March 28.)

It Started with a Kiss, by Ella Quinn
Lady Louisa Vivers is attracting all kinds of male attention during the London season. She’s not exactly thrilled with it all, though. These high-falutin dandies are just so…soft. Then she meets Gideon, Duke of Rothwell, who’s got the rock-hard body to go with that very desirable pedigree. But Gideon is damaged goods, so to speak. He’s broke, and there is some scandal in his family that is about to explode. (Gideon, you have a lot to offer. It’s just that we can’t really go into too much detail online.) Sounds like the perfect opportunity for these two lovebirds to run away together and forget all of the ridiculous rules of society. (Louisa and Gideon, we’ll help you buy your ship tickets to wherever the heck you two want to go!) This is the third book in Quinn’s Worthingtons series. (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook on March 28.)

The Truth About Love and Dukes, by Laura Lee Guhrke
Irene Deverill has a column, titled Dear Lady Truelove, and she’s just given her famous “follow your bliss” advice to the wrong woman. That woman is the mother of Henry, the Duke of Torquil, and now she’s run off with some untitled artist. Henry is none too thrilled about his mother’s most recent life choice, and he’s eager to give Irene a piece of his mind. (Henry, by all means, give us all a piece of your mind! You look cute even when you’re angry!) Irene is rather impressed by this impressive specimen of a man, and as much as Henry hates to admit it, he is mega-attracted to our quill-wielding heroine. Can Henry let go of his anger and give in to his desire for this exceptionally-literate woman? (Try, Henry. Try. Your mom is probably MUCH happier now.) (Available in paperback, NOOK, and audiobook on March 28.)

Red Clover Inn, by Carla Neggers
Marine archaeologist Charlotte Bennett is A-OK with her nomadic lifestyle. (Spending your days living pure adventure would make anyone reluctant to give up all that fun.) She thinks she’s got life figured out. Then she goes to her cousin’s wedding in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, where she meets fellow thrill-seeker Greg Rawlings. Greg works for the Diplomatic Security Service, and he could use a bit of a mental health-related holiday. They become better acquainted when Charlotte decides on impulse to house-sit the newlyweds’ inn. Here’s hoping they figure out a way to merge their busy lifestyles—and still have plenty of room for each other! This is the seventh book in Neggers’ Swift River Valley series, which is perfect for romance readers who wouldn’t mind adding some small-town love to their reading list. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 28.)

The Road to Love, by Linda Goodnight and Debbie Macomber
Two stories in one! In Goodnight’s “The Rain Sparrow,” thriller writer Hayden Winters gets a taste of his own medicine when he’s sucked into a major mystery. Fortunately, he’s got lovely lady Carrie Riley to help him in this new, figurative chapter of his life. He’s going to have to give up his super-private existence if he’s going to let love in. In Macomber’s “Love by Degree,” Ellen Cunningham is ready to finally finish up that degree. She moves into a house with three college-aged boys and becomes like a surrogate big sister-type figure to them. That’s where she meets their yummy landlord, Reed Morgan, who does NOT have time to deal with a bunch of immature college kids. He does, however, want to deal with Ellen. (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 28.)

Someone Like You, by Susan Mallery
This reprint features Jill Strathern, a lawyer who has come back to her small hometown after a long hiatus that kept her living that big-city life. (Jill, embrace the lower cost of living!) She’s running her own law practice, and things get mighty better when she runs into her old high school crush, Mac Kendrick. As a former LAPD cop, he’s also had enough of the big city. Seeing Jill after all these years has made him do a major double-take. He’s now wondering why he turned down Jill back in high school. (Mac, buddy, don’t you DARE screw up your second chance!) They’ve both got to work hard—and possibly even work together—if they’re going to keep their heads above water as they deal with some major drama.  (Available in paperback and NOOK on March 28.)

What hot new romances are you curling up with this week?

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