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WORTH THE RISK by Claudia Connor

Claudia Connor swept me off my feet again with this beautiful, heartfelt, and passionate romance. The epilogue was just so completely, and utterly perfect. I’m eagerly counting the days until her next story.
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THE RAVEN by Sylvain Reynard

When I got to the last page of THE RAVEN before Christmas, I wondered just how I was going to be able to pull together a review to properly explain just how wonderful this book was. Even now, I’m not sure I could put words into print to do it any justice. It was, in a word, magnificent.
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QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci Burton

In the latest book, QUARTERBACK DRAW, Grant Cassidy and Katrina Korsova meet while on a magazine shoot. Grant is taken with the cool, professional model during the work and makes it his mission to bring some fun into Katrina’s time with him. Katrina is attracted to Grant, but nothing about him fits into her plans to care for her younger sister and brother. But one innocent night with Grant leads to visits to her place in New York, outings with her siblings and Katrina’s carefully constructed world being tossed upside.
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Now, What’s the Postman’s Name Again?

As my Eternity Springs world grows, new characters come to town, new dogs are acquired, and new buildings are built. It’s a challenge to keep them all straight... I realized I needed a system to keep track of their ages, names, occupations, and other things that make up who they are.
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MORE by Lea Griffith

hree years ago, Ruthie Copeland ran away from an erotic connection that shook her to the core. Now she realizes that Tobias Edwards is the only man who can give her what she craves. Determined to reignite the dangerous flame between them, Ruthie seeks him out at The Underground—and discovers a changed man. Though Ruthie, blind since childhood, cannot see the scars on Toby’s face that forced him to seal off his heart, her gentle submission eases the pain of her body’s only Master.
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UNFADED GLORY by Sara Arden

In Glory, Kansas, a fairy-tale wedding has local tongues wagging. But through this false engagement, can a wounded warrior and the woman he's protecting find true love? Byron Hawkins doesn't want to be responsible for anyone ever again. The former Black Ops soldier is better at taking lives than saving them. But on mission in Tunisia to deliver a package to safety, Hawk is dismayed to find that the precious cargo is actually a hostage rescue, and that his orders are to take Princess Demara Petrakis back to US soil and hide her in plain sight—as his newlywed wife. Back in Hawk's hometown of Glory, Kansas, petite, fierce Demara keeps surprising him; she may be royalty, but she's fully trained in martial arts and will sacrifice anything for her country. As the town rallies around the returning hero and his bride, he's finding that it's way too easy to play the part, and after the hell he has seen, that terrifies him. Hawk didn't want another life to save, but the passionate beauty he's sworn to protect might just turn the tables and save him, instead.
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Obsessed with NAKED IN DEATH: My Top Five Quotes

We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we have been obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series. See below to enter to win grand prize package.
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Talking with Kat Martin

Hi, Kimberly! So glad you enjoyed AGAINST THE WILD. I think you’re going to like Nick Brodie and Samantha in AGAINST THE SKY. I think this one has a lot of heart. I was really happy with the book when I finished. Big sigh, hated to see it end. Thanks so much for having me on Romance at Random. Love ya, Kat
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IN HIS KEEPING (Slow Burn #2) by Maya Banks

Arial knows the rules that keep her safe. She's been following them since she was a little girl: Do not tell. Do not show. But in a moment of terror, facing an attacker intent on taking more than just her life, Ari has no choice but to unleash the psychic powers she's been hiding since childhood. Now, with her abilities revealed, a bigger threat looms—something that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her parents and her secretive upbringing. But this isn't a fight she can face on her own. As the head of Devereaux Security, Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. But when he takes on a new client—a beautiful young woman with an extraordinary gift—Beau isn't prepared for the extent of his attraction to her. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he'll do anything at all to protect Ari. No matter what it costs him personally. Even his heart and soul.
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ECHO LAKE by Carla Neggers

In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner… Heather Sloan has landed her dream job—the renovation of Vic Scarlatti's stately 1912 country home overlooking the icy waters of Echo Lake in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. It's the perfect project for the family business, but for once, Heather is in charge. Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock left Knights Bridge at eighteen, a few steps ahead of arrest and the wrath of Heather's older brothers. Though Brody had never planned to return, Vic, a retired diplomat and friend, needs his help.
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Character Interview: HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART’s Sam Ward

The hero in my book HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART is Sam Ward. He was in the previous two books of my Ward Brothers trilogy. In this book, Sam finds his match, but I wondered what it would be like for Sam to have gone on a date prior to his own story. So I went to eHarmony and found a post on 10 First Date Questions You Probably Haven’t Thought Of. Bear with me as this is my first and probably only character interview. (BTW I can’t guarantee much, Sam’s a hard nut to crack.)
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HERO by Samantha Young

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him. Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair. Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again...
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Obsessed with NAKED IN DEATH: A Week-Long Re-Read

We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we will be obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series. Today, our contributor Deb S. shares her love for the book that started it all, NAKED IN DEATH.
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Obsessed with NAKED IN DEATH: My Yearly Re-Read

We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we will be obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series, and a grand prize package giveaway. Today, our contributor Liza Brown shares why she re-reads NAKED IN DEATH at least once a year.
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Talking with Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author whose latest YA novel, PERFECT COUPLE, is the second in her Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives. (Fun fact we learned from this interview: she works as a copy editor at Harlequin!)
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Obsessed with J.D. Robb’s IN DEATH: A Week-Long Re-read

We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we will be obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series. Today, we start with the unforgettable opening chapter of NAKED IN DEATH.
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Fire Me Up (Pine Mountain #4) by Kimberly Kincaid

Fire Me Up is the fourth book in the Pine Mountain Series and what a treat it was!! Kincaid not only writes about beautiful scenery in Pine Mountain, but she also brings some amazing characters that you won’t be able to get enough of.
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Surrender (Devil’s Den #1) By Violetta Rand

Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.
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Patricia Rosemoor and Susannah Sandlin Talk Romantic Suspense

Romantic suspense authors Patricia Rosemoor and Susannah Sandlin sat down to talk about their genre, real life experiences that influenced their writing and their latest releases, DANGEROUS and DEADLY, CALM AND COLD.
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Top of My TBR

Like most writers, I was a reader first and as a kid I used to read voraciously. These days, with life getting so busy, I don’t have as much time to read as I used to. However, one of life’s great joys is having a huge TBR pile and a new year means a whole lot more books to add to it. Hooray!
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Trope Talk: Nurse Heroines

My favorite stories are love stories. I enjoy all sorts of other genres too. Historical fiction, dystopian fiction, biographies, you name it. But when I read love stories, I get to feel like I’m falling in love all over again. Those initial side long glances, wondering if he likes you back, that first kiss… AHH! So good. And, being that I’m a nurse, it’s always a bonus when love stories have medical themes. I thought I’d share some of my favorite romances, featuring nurse heroines.
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What Makes a Great Small Town Romance Novel?

Growing up military, I always envied those people who lived in the same town all of their lives. I craved the continuity of knowing my neighbors and classmates from cradle to grave; or knowing every creak of the stairs and groan of the radiator in our home.
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Books to Buy January 12

It’s a great week for contemporaries with new offerings from Chelsey Krause and Diana Gardin. Politics heat up on Emma Barry’s latest, and Season Vining will have your heart pounding with suspense and lust in her new novel. For short and steamy, check out Rachel Kramer Bussel’s latest anthology.
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Hero Interview: Gabriel Woolf of MINE TO TAKE

Jackie Ashenden joins us today to interview the hero of her latest novel, MINE TO TAKE. It’s the first in a brand new series featuring the members of the Nine Circles Club—friends bound together by power, secrets, need…and the love they will find and stop at nothing to keep.
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Talking with Sherri Browning: AN AFFAIR DOWNSTAIRS

Sherri Browning writes historical and contemporary romance fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist. She is the author of critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations. Today, Julia Tagan (author of Stages of Desire) talks to Sherri about her latest novel, AN AFFAIR DOWNSTAIRS, Edwardian research, dream casting, and more.
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A SINGLE KISS by Grace Burrowes

So, as Romance at Random’s resident Grace Burrowes super fangirl, I saw this book and was like, “Grace Burrowes wrote a contemporary? Gimme!”
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NOTHING BETWEEN US by Roni Loren

Unlike the heroine of her popular thriller series, Georgia Delaune can’t afford to take risks or push sexual boundaries—unless you count spying through her neighbor’s bedroom window, and never missing a single move he makes. Colby Wilkes is more than willing to put on a show for the alluring woman next door. But his dominant side aches to show her the pleasures of submission up close. As a counselor, Colby is sensitive to Georgia’s fears. As a Dom at The Ranch, a private BDSM retreat, he’s the perfect teacher to unleash her passion. But just as Georgia lowers her emotional barriers, an unexpected complication arrives: a bad boy musician from Colby’s past who adds fuel to her heated imagination. Now, the lonely author has two gorgeous men eager to fulfill every fantasy she’s ever written—and one she’s never dared to dream….
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B&N Bookseller Picks: January

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 January...