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 June:
| Along Came a Duke: Rhymes With Love by Elizabeth Boyle (HarperCollins, May 29)
“A young lady with a fortune is subject to all sorts of untoward attentions by the worst sort of vagrants.” Aunt Allegra
A lesson Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, has never needed to heed. That is, until she is left a vast fortune payable only upon her marriage to the very respectable Mr. Barkworth—a match that offers little chance of discovering exactly what her aunt means by “untoward attentions.”
But the same can’t be said when the Duke of Preston—whose very name spells ruin— crosses her path. Tabitha soon finds herself caught between Barkworth’s good fortune that guarantees her security, and Preston’s kiss, which promises an entirely different kind of happily-ever-after.
| Bedding Lord Ned: A Duchess of Love Romance by Sally MacKenzie (Kensington, Jun 1)
Determined to find a husband, Miss Eleanor “Nell” Bowman attends a ball put on by the Duchess of Greycliffe, fondly referred to as the Duchess of Love. But she roundly dismisses the suitors the matchmaking hostess has invited on her behalf. For it’s the duchess’s dashing son Ned, Lord Edward, who long ago captured Nell’s heart—and roused her desire. All it takes is a pair of conveniently misplaced silky red bloomers to set the handsome widower’s gaze on this unusual girl who is clearly more than meets the eye…
| Dog Days by Elsa Watson (Doherty Tom Associates, May 22)
Struggling café owner Jessica Sheldon volunteered to be the chairperson of Woofinstock, Madrona’s annual dog festival, to overcome her reputation as “number one dog hater” in her dog crazy Northwestern town. Determined to prove her dog-loving credentials, Jessica rescues Zoe, a stray white German shepherd— and in the process the two are struck by lightning and switch places.
| Home for the Summer: The Chesapeake Diaries by Mariah Stewart (Random House, May 29)
When Lucy comes back to the hometown that holds her painful past, to plan a wedding at her family inn, she and her childhood friend Clay reconnect, and find themselves reevaluating their long-sleeping friendship that could blossom into something deeper. Like a bookend to those distant childhood days, this summer will be Lucy’s chance to finally confront her hidden pain, make peace with the past, and plan her own whole new future.
| Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione (Grand Central, May 22)
Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, ReganCooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he’s about to become a father.
| Line Between Here and Gone by Andrea Kane (Harlequin, Jun 26)
Each day is a struggle for Amanda Gleason’s newborn son as he battles a rare immune deficiency. Justin’s best chance for a cure lies with his father, who was brutally murdered before Amanda even realized she carried his child. Or was he?
One emailed photo changes everything, planting a seed of doubt that Amanda latches on to for dear life: a recent photo of a man who looks exactly like Paul. Could Justin’s father be alive? The mother in her is desperate to find out. But tracking down a ghost when every second counts is not for amateurs.
| More Than a Stranger: A Sealed With a Kiss Novel by Erin Knightley (Penguin, Jun 5)
After five torturous years on the marriage circuit, Lady Evelyn Moore is finally free to live her life as she wishes. So when her brother shows up with a dashing stranger, she finds herself torn between her dreams…and newfound desires.
| Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson (HarperCollins, May 29)
Sadie’s 33, unmarried, and stuffed into a Bubble Yum pink bridesmaid dress. And when she invites Vince Haven, a good-looking, hard-muscled, total stranger to her cousin’s wedding, everyone in town will talk.
| Summer Seduction by Candace Camp (Pocket Books, Jun 19)
A woman of wealth and beauty, Damaris Howard rarely allows anyone to get close. Then Damaris meets Alec Stafford, the Earl of Rowden. Though both Damaris and Alec have been burned in the past, when they cross paths in London society, they set sparks of attraction blazing—and rumors flying.
| Vortex by Cherry Adair (St. Martin’s Press, May 22)
Searching for a sunken ship off the coast of Peru, treasure hunter Logan Cutter manages to pull a very different kind of prize from the sea—beautiful gallery owner Daniela Rosada. Dani claims she was thrown overboard by ruthless pirates and begs for his protection.
Dani offers to help Logan translate an ancient map that will lead them to a shipwrecked treasure—and into a carefully laid trap. But the closer they get, the deeper she falls for him, not realizing that Logan is hiding a secret of his own…