Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of August:
| The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White (Harlequin, Aug 28)
James Nealy is haunted by irrational fears and inescapable compulsions. A successful software developer, he’s thrown himself into a new goal—to finally conquer the noise in his mind. And he has a plan to build something beautiful: a garden. When he meets Tilly Silverberg, (a talented, beautiful woman with her own gardening business) and begs her to take him on as a client, he knows she holds the key even if she doesn’t think so.
| A Lady Never Lies by Juliana Gray (Penguin, Aug 7)
Finn has always been impervious to the charms of the female species, intent only on perfecting his “horseless carriage” engine. He never dreamed he’d meet a woman like Alexandra, who is as stubborn as she is comely. Despite the brewing scandal surrounding his new love, Finn longs to make Alexandra his wife. But he must first convince the maddening lady that their love is the only thing that matters.
| I Own Dawn by M.L. Buchman (Source Books, Aug 1)
When a special mission slowly unravels, it is up to Kee and Archie to get their team out of an impossible situation with international implications. With her weaponry knowledge and his strategic thinking, plus the explosive attraction that puts them into exact synchrony, together they might just have a fighting chance.
| The Lady Is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands (HarperCollins, Jul 31)
Paul Jones has need of a vampire, and only Jeanne Louise will do. He just has to convince this beauty of a Vamp to help him . . . never imagining that he would fall in love. But with the immortal world’s answer to law enforcement hunting them, their time together is running out . . . and Paul and Jeanne Louise will need to risk everything to spend an eternity together.
| Hell on Wheels by Julie Anna Walker (Source Books, Aug 7)
Ali’s never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley—or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she’s in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she’s become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible—but her heart is another story altogether.
| One Night Rodeo by Lorelei James (Penguin, Aug 7)
After a wild, tequila-fueled night, barrel racer Celia Lawson wakes up to find that she’s gotten herself hitched-to the one man she never should have married. She quickly insists on an annulment, but her new husband, bull rider Kyle Gilchrist, has other plans. Contains mature themes.
| The Warrior Laird by Margo Maguire (HarperCollins, Jul 31)
After Dugan MacMillan saved Lady Maura Duncanson from certain death, the comely vixen had the audacity to disappear with his treasure map, his only key to restoring his clan. Dugan has no qualms about taking Maura hostage, especially when he learns she is to wed a wealthy old baron who will pay him a fortune in ransom . . .
But, of course, Maura has no intention of returning to her despicable fiancé. And the longer Dugan spends in the bewitching hellion’s presence, the less willing he is to surrender her to any man . . . at any price.
| Can’t Hurry Love by Molly O’Keefe (Random House, Jul 31)
Victoria Bakeris ready to take over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turn it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged, too-handsome cowboy who wants the land just as badly.
If Victoria wants a fight, Eli will give her one. But Victoria’s and Eli’s burning anger and frustration only fuel heat of another kind: passion. Soon they each realize that the person standing in their way is the one they can never do without.
| Hearts of Darkness by Kira Brady (Kensington, Aug 7)
Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories of her sister’s murder. The only clue reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies…and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally-sexy werewolf mercenary Hart.
| Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis (Grand Central, Jul 31)
Grace never thought she’d be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad and turning Josh’s life inside out. Josh and Grace don’t know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day . . .