- ISBN-13: 9781250131287
- ISBN-10: 1250131286
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Publish Date: January 2018
- Page Count: 320
- Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 pounds
Series: Cottonbloom #3
Romance: Love conquers all
Picking the perfect romance novel is never more daunting than during the month of February. No one wants to read a dud on Valentine’s Day, so open up one of these romances for a love story that satisfies.
A scrappy mechanic finds herself caught off guard by a workplace romance in When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham. After escaping a traumatic past, Willa Brown feels safely hidden away in Cottonbloom, Mississippi. Working at the Abbott Brothers Garage is perfect—except for her inconvenient crush on Jackson Abbott. But he doesn’t seem to see her as more than an employee—until the day he senses she might be preparing to leave. Nothing means more to Jackson than his 1968 Mustang GT, but the idea of Willa leaving turns his world upside down. A kiss only intensifies things for the pair, yet they are reluctant to disturb a partnership that works so well under the hood of a car. But then a stray dog enters the mix, and Willa realizes that between her new pet and a burgeoning relationship, she’s unable to think about leaving town. Jackson is determined to help her, but it will take trust on both sides to open their hearts. When the Stars Come Out is a tender and sexy small-town tale of blossoming love.
ZERO TO 60
The suspense is edgy and the romance is hot in Megan Erickson’s Zero Hour. White hat hacker Roarke Brennan has gathered a team to exact revenge for his brother’s murder, but he’s dismayed when Wren Lee insists on joining the crew—he’s known her for years and has tried to suppress the complicated feelings he has for her. But Wren has her own reasons to get in the game, including the crush she has on Roarke. To find out the buyer and seller of a computer program that allows access to people’s confidential information, Wren pretends to be interested in a rich and dangerous man. This charade drives Roarke to finally act on his feelings for Wren, and the sparks between the two flare. Roarke didn’t think Wren was interested in his renegade lifestyle, but she is determined to show Roarke that he’s not getting rid of her anytime soon. With danger everywhere and their anonymity at risk of being blown at any moment, will they survive to find a future? Erickson’s start to her Wired & Dangerous series is an unusual and exciting work of romantic suspense.
LOST AND FOUND
Love arrives unexpectedly in Candace Camp’s His Sinful Touch. When a frightened woman arrives at Alex Moreland’s home, desperately seeking his overworked twin brother’s investigative services, Alex doesn’t hesitate to step in. The beauty claims to have amnesia, and he instinctively believes her. For her protection, Alex takes her to his noble family’s London home for safekeeping, knowing the madcap Morelands won’t blink an eye. And they don’t, instead helping Alex and Sabrina—the name is on a locket she wears—unravel the mystery. As they consider clues and come up with theories, the pair can’t deny their instant, intense attraction, and before long they’ve fallen into bed together. But what about the ring she carries? And Sabrina’s frightening, hazy memories of what might have been a wedding ceremony? Their adventures continue as true answers elude them, but it’s all part of the romantic fun. Love must win out—Alex and Sabrina are a charming pair and deserve their happy ending.
Murder brings a wealthy businessman and an intrepid investigator together in Beyond Danger by Kat Martin. Furious about his father’s latest affair, Beau Reese travels to the older man’s Texas home, only to find him stabbed in the heart. As Beau stands over the body, private detective Cassidy Jones arrives at the scene. It looks bad for Beau, who’s holding the murder weapon, but Cassidy doesn’t believe he’s guilty. She had been hired to determine who was stalking the older Reese, so she turns her talents to helping Beau find the killer. A former race car driver and now a co-owner of a billion-dollar corporation, Beau already knows his father had many enemies due to his shady business dealings. While working alongside Cassidy as they dig into his dad’s most recent transactions, Beau begins to admire and rely on her. Their attraction runs deep, but Beau has lost at love in the past, and he isn’t willing to give it another try. However, when Cassidy’s life—and then his own—is threatened, the two cannot turn away from the passion between them. Filled with suspense, action and sizzling scenes, the pages of this book practically turn themselves.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
A duke’s illegitimate son seeks revenge in Lorraine Heath’s first book in her new Sins for All Seasons series, Beyond Scandal and Desire. After being handed over to a commoner as an infant, Mick Trewlove found a makeshift family and built a successful business yet was always painfully aware of the noble father who abandoned him. When the duke refuses to acknowledge him after a series of letters, Mick wants revenge. He decides to financially ruin his father’s heir and even destroy the reputation of the woman said heir intends to marry. But then he meets the intended, the innocent and kind Lady Aslyn Hastings. Soon, he’s lost his heart to her and she feels the same, despite his lower status. But can they overcome the class distinctions that could keep them forever apart? Aslyn is sure of it—until she learns of Mick’s initial goal. Is she truly loved or just a pawn in his revenge plot? Clever twists and turns complicate their path to a happy future, making Beyond Scandal and Desire a thoroughly delicious and romantic read.
ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read our Q&A with Lorraine Heath about Beyond Scandal and Desire.