by Joyce Lamb)
OK, so most of us are freezing our booties off. But we have a solution! Warm up with a hot new romance this weekend. Some highlights from the week's newer releases:
When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries.
Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. But there's no denying that Isa's handiwork was used in the brazen heist of the Dutch royal family's diamonds—after she disappeared into the night. Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was so undetectable, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron's mysterious bride-to- be. Simple enough—until the "fiancée" proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring young widow.
Scandal in Silver by Sandra Chastain.
Captain Quinton Colter and his small band of Confederate soldiers are deep in Colorado territory when they are ambushed by Union troops. En route to trial in Fort Collins, Colter and his men are rescued by an unconventional woman who brings them to her home to hide out. If war has taught Colter anything, it's that nothing comes free . . . so what's her true motive? Sabrina Alexander regrets her impulsive decision to free Colter's men, but after her father's death, she and her four sisters need help to keep food on the table. They've recently discovered a silver mine on their property, and the Alexanders can't work it alone. Trust doesn't come easily for Sabrina or Colter. But to survive, they will need to rely on each other, opening the door for true love—and a future that neither would have ever imagined.
My Heartache Cowboy by Z.A. Maxfield.
Jimmy Rafferty and Eddie Molina go way back at the J-Bar ranch. They've worked together, bunked together, camped out, and drank together. So how has Jimmy failed to notice that Eddie is gay? Eddie has not failed to notice that his friend has a serious drinking problem, and he's determined to help Jimmy kick the booze cold turkey. Taking him up to a snowbound cabin to detox, Eddie is confronted with Jimmy's fierce denial. But the pains of withdrawal are nothing for Jimmy compared with the heartache of denying his true feelings and his deep longing…for the one man who cares for him more than anyone else on earth.
Tennessee Takedown by Lena Diaz.
It can't be a coincidence that in the past twenty-four hours, three different thugs have tried to kill or abduct Ashley Parrish. Sexy SWAT team leader Dillon Gray saved her, but now he wonders why someone would want to murder the beautiful accountant…and why he finds her so infuriatingly attractive. Then the FBI comes after Ashley for embezzlement, and Dillon knows he must protect her from a killer and prove she's being framed.
Runaway Groom by Virginia Nelson
The groom is back in town. Abigail lost her best friend years ago when he ditched her at the altar like a loaf of stale bread. Now he's back and determined to do whatever he has to—even lie, apparently—to get under her skin. Although he makes her hormones rev to life in a way that no one has since he left, she is equally determined not to fall for his boy-next-door charm. His bride-to-be is somewhat reluctant. Braxton Dean was too young and stupid to know better when he walked away. Years of trying to fill the Abby-shaped hole in his heart have left him empty, and now he's going to win back his girl—or get over her. But first he needs answers. Particularly why she never responded to any of his letters. It might take a whole town to make this wedding happen. With the help of their friends, the two battle it out. The army? An entire town of busybodies. The prize? Happily ever after.
The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.
Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired . . . and who the world believes is dead. When she arrives at the Sinclairs' enormous estate on Lake Superior, Julia begins to suspect that there may be sinister undercurrents to her "too-good-to-be-true" position. As Julia delves into the reasons of why Amaris chose to abandon her successful writing career and withdraw from the public eye, her search leads to unsettling connections to her own family tree, making her wonder why she really was invited to Havenwood in the first place, and what monstrous secrets are still held prisoner within its walls.
Deathblow by Dana Marton
Deathblow begins at Mach 2 with a heart-stopping plunge off a bridge while the hero is handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. Then, it gets complicated. Joe and Wendy are a "movie of the week" couple -- a football hero turned small town cop, and a single mom -- tossed together with a lot of sex appeal and charisma. Dana Marton takes these basic components for a happy-ever-after and turns the story on its head. Hiding out in Broslin, PA was working pretty well for Wendy Belle until Cop Casanova took her under his protection. While Joe is trying to find and corral Wendy's wild-cannon, abusive ex-boyfriend, he's also working undercover to expose a dirty cop. And he's hunting the murderer of an old friend. Not only are these three threads intertwined, each one leads to other mysteries that also weave in and out of the main stories.
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen.
One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren't sure they needed in the first place: love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it's too late?
Beautiful Mistake by Nancy Corrigan
Royal Pride, Book 2. Lena will do anything to protect the shifter child her family takes in, even turn herself into bait. Although she knows better than to fall for a shifter, Devin, the man who captures her, is unlike any she's ever tangled with. Their desire is unquenchable and the draw to him is undeniable, but their relationship is challenging from the start and loving him has the potential to destroy her. After shouldering his twin's torture, Devin hovers on the verge of insanity. His life revolves around his family and recovering kidnapped shifter children. He never thought he'd have a mate or kids of his own until a rescue mission turns deadly. The beautiful female caught in the crosshairs stirs his mating instincts and tames his wild nature. Only her confusion over their intense attraction stops him from finishing their bond, but Devin's persistent. He'll convince his stubborn female that he's the man she's been waiting for—one passionate encounter at a time.