R@R Picks: New Releases Week of June 30

This week we're excited about new releases from Maggie McGinnis, Megan Frampton, Vanessa Kelly, Laura Kaye, Kristen Ashley, Jill Shalvis, Regina Cole, and Ryan Winfield. What are you reading?

For the Love of the Game: Baseball Romances

"I once went on a forum for romance readers and asked, “So, sports romances?” and got crickets, aside from a couple of NASCAR romances. More power to readers who like those, but I don’t even own a car, so NASCAR’s not really my thing. I read a couple of ex-NFL player romances, but these were mostly heroes with the bodies of linebackers who had retired to become teachers or coaches or whatever, not active players. Nice, but it didn’t really scratch the itch..."

STILL THE ONE by Jill Shalvis

STILL THE ONE is the sixth book in Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series. This time around we get the story of Darcy and AJ...

Searching for the Ultimate Hero

Ladies and gents, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it: Kensington is calling on readers to help them in a quest to find the one, the ultimate example of modern, male sex appeal…

The Couples of Contemporary

What could be better than a contemporary romance? Six contemporary romances! Authors Jill Shalvis, Kara Braden, Michelle Summers, Kristen Proby, Katherine Bybee, and Kathleen Brooks have written exclusive interviews with the characters from their most recent books so everyone can get to know the hot new couples of contemporary.

B&N Bookseller Picks: November

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 November...

ONE IN A MILLION by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis has done it again. The Lucky Harbor series has been a favorite of mine since Jax came strutting onto the first page.  After twelve books, the residents of Lucky Harbor worked their way into my heart so it was bittersweet reading One in a Million knowing this was going to be the last one. Luckily for us, this book goes out with a bang. I really enjoyed the premise of this story. Callie, a virtual wedding planner, doesn’t believe in love, but she’s willing to sell it and her relationship advice on her web site tyingtheknot.com.  But Callie really is a closet romantic who had her dreams destroyed when she was left at the altar. Figuring it was safer to say she didn’t believe in love any more than to put herself out there, she lived a pretty… Continue

IT’S IN HIS KISS by Jill Shalvis

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile. Boat builder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and… Continue

THEN CAME YOU by Jill Shalvis

Then Came You is the fifth book in Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series and the second book of hers that I’ve read. So why did I skip ahead to book five? I’ve been seeing other readers raving about how this was their favorite installment in the series so far. Even though I’m not one to read series out of order, I figured I could jump into Then Came You with no problems. And I was right! It read great as a stand alone. I know I was missing back stories on the other couples but I was not lost. The Animal Magnetism series features men and women who are animal lovers. In Then Came You, we get to see Emily and Wyatt, two vets fall in love. They shared one night of passion a… Continue

New Releases This Week

This week, February 17, brings us hometown passion, a dark past in New Adult, classic suspense, and a soccer romance where someone is definitely going to score. Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis (Hachette; February 18) – Sometimes wrong is oh-so-right: After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he’s back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she’s not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future. Before You Break by Christina Lee (Penguin Group, February 18) A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge Continue

Celebrate – 12 Days of Christmas & FREE BOOKS

It’s all about the Mistletoe . . . . Ruthie’s Mistletoe Fantasies Through the Years:
1987 (age 10): Mistletoe? Forget about the mistletoe. Where are my presents?
1990 (age 13): Daniel Day Lewis, dressed in his Leatherstocking outfit, sweeping me into his arms for a violent kiss.
1993 (age 16): I just want somebody to kiss me. Anybody. I’m not choosy. Hey! You over there!
1999 (age 22): Seriously. Anyone. Bueller?
2005 (age 28): Yay, husband! Yay, marriage! *frisky smooching sounds*
2012 (age 35): Mistletoe? Forget about the mistletoe! Just wrap Kidlet’s presents and give me an hour to write. ~ Ruthie Knox, Bestselling Author of About Last Night

Guest Post – Romance novels would make good movies too

When Diana Gabaldon recently announced that her novel Outlander had been optioned for a TV series, I was practically giddy!  Outlander remains one of my favorite romances of all time (even though it’s not classified as a romance), and I’ve been longing to see the book come to life, but I was also really worried about how they could visually represent such a complicated and long book in a movie that would only be 2-3 hours long.   An impossible feat!  I think anyone who has read the book, understands where I’m coming from.  But a TV series…now, that is the perfect venue for bringing this book to life!  Finally a beloved romance novel coming to the big screen (depending on how big your TV is, LOL).  Which then got me to thinking about what other … Continue

Guest post from Jill Shalvis plus Giveaway!

I’ve been a reader for far longer than I’ve been a writer. In fact, I’ve been a reader since I could first hold a book. I found romance in seventh grade while studying science in the library. I used to sit in the way back, and it just so happened that there were racks of wickedly naughty historicals back there. I’d tucked them into my science book and read the afternoons away. Instead of learning the table of elements, I learned history. I learned about pirates and England and France and the American colonies. I also got quite the sex education. Those historicals were hot stuff!