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 October:
| Beauty and the Bounty Hunter: Once upon a Time in the West by Laurie Austin (Penguin, Oct 2)
Bounty hunter Cat O’Banyon, always gets her man. Even when said man isn’t Mr. Right—as in the man who killed her husband—she turns him in for the cash and keeps on looking. That is, until Alexi Romanov appears with the promise to help her find the man she seeks. But Cat prefers to keep her quest uncomplicated by the steamy history she shares with Alexi. She tries to shake him but eventually succumbs to their shared passion, as they scam and shoot their way across 1870 Kansas.
| Bianca: The Silk Merchant’s Daughters by Beatrice Small (Penguin, Oct 2)
Florentine silk merchant Giovanni Pietro d’Angelo and his wife want nothing more than to marry their daughters to men of distinction. But when their son’s mistake implicates him in a tragic accident, it is their eldest daughter who must pay the price. Blackmailed by the powerful Sebastiano Rovere, Bianca is forced to marry Rovere to buy his silence.
Eventually, Bianca escapes her cruel union. But Florentine society would never approve of the man she falls in love with soon after: Prince Amir, grandson of Memhet the Conqueror.
| Cowboy Casanova by Lorelei James (Samhain, Oct 2)
Ainsley Hamilton is amazed by how well Bennett read her every secret yearning during that one explosive weekend-and she’s stunned when they come face to face in their everyday lives as rancher and new bank president. Now Ben’s urging her to explore her submissive side outside the club, and there’s something in his commanding gaze that makes it too easy to let him take control-of her desires and her pleasure.
| How to Capture a Countess by Karen Hawkins (Pocket Books, Sept 18)
At seventeen, Rose fell wildly in love with Lord Alton Sinclair, known as Lord Sin for his wicked ways. Stung by his indifference, Rose escaped back to the obscurity of the Scottish countryside.
| Lady Risks All by Stephanie Laurens (HarperCollins, Sept 25)
Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his own code of honor—until challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have.
| Rev It Up: Black Knights Inc. by Julie Ann Walker (Sourcebooks, Oct 2)
Four years after Preacher’s death, Jake comes to Chicago, where his former CO and surviving teammates have established Black Knights Inc., a covert governmental contracting firm. Michelle’s wary of Jake, who rejected her romantically, and Jake struggles to win back her trust as they learn that a mob boss is hell-bent on destroying the Black Knights and their families. As if that isn’t enough, Michelle has a big secret that will rock not only her family but Jake as well.
| Seduction’s Shift by A.C. Arthur (St. Martin’s, Sept 25)
She was his first love, his only love. But trying to rescue his beautiful Ary from captivity is one wild risk no man should take. Luckily, Nick Delgado is no ordinary man. His work in the urban jungle as a high-powered litigator has only fueled his ferocity, enflamed his passion—and sharpened his claws—to protect his mate.
| Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett (Sourcebooks, Oct 2)
Nine years after June Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry Springs with her heart in pieces, one thing stands between her and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a bogus warrant from her tiny Texas hometown. Now she’s stuck in the sticks for a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend.
| Undead In My Bed by Katie MacAlister, Molly Harper, Jessica Sims (Pocket Books, Sept 25)
Katie MacAlister conjures supernatural sparks in Shades of Gray
Molly Harper cooks up laughter and thrills in Undead Sublet
Jessica Sims excites the senses in Out with a Fang
Under the covers, these lovers come alive!
Which are you most excited to read?