Hearts Afire - Romance for Valentine’s Day! - The Romance Zone
Hello, Romance lovers! You are so fortunate to be a reader these days—so many, many great books and authors to choose from. Like a giant box of assorted chocolates that just keeps filling in no matter how many you devour.
Here are some sweets, rich treats and a few nutty confections I’ve enjoyed.
A Colorado cowboy sound good?
Radio Rose by Stephanie Berget. Change of Heart Cowboys, Book 1. Contemporary western romance.
When life has taught two people not to trust, can a little town open their hearts?
Cowboys and aliens … on a dark, deserted highway, it can be hard to tell the difference.
Especially when Rose Wajnowski makes her living as a night DJ chatting about alien encounters with folks in tinfoil helmets. Her listeners are eccentric, to say the least. But she’s happy—sort of—with her solitary life. Until a midnight car crash and a blow to the head has her seeing tall, handsome extra-terrestrials instead of stars.
Adam Cameron, raised by his narcissistic grandfather, got out of Tullyville, Colorado the day he turned eighteen. He’s back ten years later for the reading of his grandfather’s will, but he’s not happy to be home. Except for meeting the pretty little brunette who nearly ran him down with her car on that dark highway.
Adam is about to be pulled into a contest for a vast fortune and the future of a town he’d just as soon forget. But the quirky inhabitants of Tullyville desperately need his help if their town is to survive. Luckily for him, this cowboy has feisty Rose at his side, and in his arms.
As they work together, both Rose and Adam will learn some important lessons about trust and the real meaning of family.
And let’s head up to Montana for another great series!
Redemption Series Box Set, Books 1 - 5: Clearwater County Collection by Bonnie R Paulson. Contemporary sweet western romance.
Romancing Redemption - Facing a life of prostitution or homelessness, Rosie must make a choice that will keep and her sister safe in the wilds of an unforgiving Montana.
Riding for Redemption - Desperate to find her place in the world, Sara Beth dreams of applying for the Miss Wrangler Montana competition, until a near fatal accident may steal her dreams.
Resisting Redemption - Lisa chases dangerous fun over boring responsibilities. Love is the last thing she expects to find, especially with her past revolting against her future.
Regretting Redemption - Mary's never been completely honest with anyone--especially herself. Her newly found sisters don’t understand.
Rewarding Redemption - Jenny has memories of a happy childhood, of love and laughter. Then her mother’s death took everything away and created a monster in the man Jenny called dad. Now she has a treasure to find and sisters to look after.
The Montana Rockies are the setting for a thrilling tale of suspense.
Dead Again by Tracy Cooper-Posey. Romantic suspense.
They killed him once--they'll stop at nothing to do it again, this time for good.
Murder. Organized crime. Corruption. Their deadly tentacles reach even into the quiet splendor of the Montana Rockies.
Sophie Ryerson, divorced mother of two, is struggling to make a go of her small town café and raise her children. The man she loved is dead—has been for ten long years. So when a drifter with his face shows up in Serenity Falls, she must be imagining things. Jack Laubreaux saved her life after their plane crashed in the rugged Rockies, but he died of his injuries--didn’t he?
The man who calls himself Martin Stride wants a job and a warm place to sleep for the winter. That’s about all life has to offer him these days. He would have stayed out of this small Montana Rockies town if he’d known Sophie lived here—too dangerous for her.
His pursuers let him live, as long as he settled for not having a life. But this time, he can’t seem to make himself walk away. Which means he’ll have to protect Sophie and her family, with no one to depend on but a corrupt small town sheriff who wants her too.
Small town law enforcement isn’t equipped to handle a deadly Chicago crime lord whose power extends into state government and beyond. Can Jack assemble them into a team? Because this time, he’s not running. This time he’ll reach back into his former life, stirring up the power elite until he reaches the rot at their dark core.
Let’s move on to the Idaho Wilderness – with a Native American heroine who’s a real witch!
The Twenty-Sided Sorceress by Annie Bellett. Box Set Bks 1-3
Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress.
Book One- Justice Calling: Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she’s finally safe.
As long as she doesn’t use her magic.
When dark powers threaten her friends’ lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up. He’s the shifter world’s judge, jury, and executioner rolled into one, and he thinks Jade is to blame. To clear her name, save her friends, and stop the villain, she’ll have to use her wits… and her sorceress powers.
Except Jade knows that as soon as she does, a far deadlier nemesis awaits.
Book Two- Murder of Crows: They say you can never go home again. If only that were true…
Game store owner and nerd sorceress extraordinaire Jade Crow knows death stalks her in the form of her murderous ex-lover, Samir, a sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her power. With the help of her friends, and sexy tiger-shifter Alek, Jade trains for the inevitable confrontation.
Until her estranged father shows up begging for help. Someone or something is murdering the crow shifters of Three Feathers ranch and her father believes sorcery is the only way to stop the killings.
Faced with an unknown foe, a family that exiled her decades before, a deepening relationship with Alek, and Samir’s ever-present threat, Jade will need all the power she’s gained and then some to stop the Murder of Crows.
Book Three- Pack of Lies: Let sleeping dogs lie. Wolves, on the other hand…
Recovering from a broken heart and coming to terms with her family history, all sorceress Jade Crow wants is to resume running her comic book store and gaming with her friends. With a town full of strange wolf shifters, a hundred-and-fifty-year-old peace accord hanging in the balance, and the Justice who broke her heart back in her life, Jade’s plans go out the proverbial window.
Wolves are killing wolves, innocent human lives are caught in the crossfire, and not everyone in town is who they appear to be. As the bodies stack up and the doubts build, Jade and her friends race to find the true killer.
Now about some sweet, sweet New Orleans style southern mayhem? With all the hi-tech these boys pack, you’ll swear they do magic. Chuckles guaranteed along the ride.
Wrong Number, Right Guy. The Bourbon Street Boys, Book 1, by Elle Casey. Contemporary romantic suspense.
When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she’s nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble—she’s wearing pink espadrilles, she’s got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she sticks out like a sore thumb in the middle of a shootout.
After tall, muscular Ozzie comes to her rescue, May has no choice but to follow him to safety. At the headquarters of his private security firm, the Bourbon Street Boys, she finds a refuge for the night—and the offer of a job. But it’s not long before a gun-toting stalker isn’t the only complication in May’s life: the more time she spends with Ozzie, the less she can deny that they’ve got some serious chemistry.
A wrong number got her into this mess…Will it also get her the right guy?
And last but not least, if you’re like me, and just about to go starkers from cabin fever—what happens to us northerners toward the end of a long winter—here’s a staycation treat for you. Hawaii, here we come!
Hawaiian Heroes Series, by Cathryn Cade.
Walking in Fire - Born to defend his people, he will sacrifice everything—for her.
Nawea Bay, a remote Hawaiian paradise, is just the haven Melia Carson needs to escape the chill of heartache. Instead, she finds herself swept up in a tropical heat wave, fueled by her unexpected attraction to a handsome native she meets on a snorkel tour.
He’s big, powerful, hot enough to melt her defenses—and he’s not all he seems. How else could he survive an injury that should have killed him…and why does she dream of him garbed in ancient native dress and wreathed in flames?
Rolling in the Deep - Desire as deep and dark as the sea…danger as close as a heartbeat.
Daniel Ho’omalu’s intimidating physique, tribal tattoos and mane of black braids frighten most women before they get close enough to discover he likes to play rough. Pile on his perilous vocation as one of a secret society of island guardians, and he’s painfully aware he may never find a mate.
One look at Daniel, and Claire Hunter knows she’s found the man of her sensual dreams. Without hesitation she sinks her teeth into the challenge of landing the big Hawaiian in her bed. But while he clearly wants her, he won’t bite back.
Blooming in the Wild - Dangers in Paradise.
On Hawaii’s Big Island to supervise a photo shoot for her sporting goods company, Bella Moran is looking forward to relaxing with her newfound family. As the island works its magic on her Ho’omalu blood, though, something strange begins to happen.
In her dreams, she is at one with the untamed rainforest, able to command the trees and flowers with a terrifying power. Unfortunately, she finds no rest in her waking hours, dealing with the sexy, boy-in-a-man-suit star of the shoot, Joel Girand.
Burning up the Rain - Her powers could save her island…or bring their love crashing down.
Despite her successful career, Lalei Kai-Ho’omalu has always considered herself mere decoration in a dynamic Hawaiian family, with none of their powerful gifts. Destined for life in the background as a useless, upper-crust wife. Desperate to escape her mother’s latest matchmaking attempt, Lalei acts on her sizzling attraction to a guest at her cousin’s island wedding, making him a bold offer he can’t refuse.
A no-strings, no-holds-barred affair on Nawea Bay with the sexy Hawaiian beauty is just the break California Realtor Jack Nord needs from his fast-paced career—and an inner darkness he’d like to forget. Just for a while.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy these fun, romantic reads … and some chocolates too.
Columnist: Cathryn Cade
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