Romantic Escapes - The Romance Zone
Thank God for Romantic Escapes
We love the holidays … we hate the holidays—or at least the compulsion to try and make them all perfect for everyone around us, right? We are women, therefore we bake.
Oh, and we try to diet, so we can fit into that sexy little holiday ensemble we bought two years ago but that’s still too tight … what? Am I the only one here who’s ever done that? Yeah, didn’t think so.
And the relatives are coming, or you’re going there. Good old Sis and her interminable stories about her perfect son or daughter, who just completed a mission to halt world hunger while performing as a piano virtuoso on the side. You need chocolate, stat. But then there’s that ensemble …
How about a romance? Calorie free, and guaranteed to sweep you away to the romance zone!
All this holiday kerfuffle, I’m ready for some serious bad boys. This debut author brings us Vikings!
Viking Warrior Rising (Viking Warriors) by Asa Maria Bradley. Paranormal/time travel.
Immortal Vikings are among us
Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.
Under attack from Loki's minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif's warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn't find her fast, he's going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.
But Naya doesn't want to be found...and he'll do anything to find her. Because they're both running out of time.
There be plenty of magic in the modern world, too! RAZ takes us back to the world of her sexy Dark Protectors.
Wicked Edge (Realm Enforcers Book 2) by Rebecca Zanetti. Sexy paranormal.
If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!
Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s on the back of his Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on...
Now that Cee Cee has the information to take down an enemy that destroyed her family, she can implement her perfect plan for revenge. Nothing will stop her, not even a shockingly sexy enforcer barging into her life. Not even the spectacular, fire-branding sex engulfing them. But if Daire ever figures out who her family really is, all bets are off...
More bad boys on bikes. These guys don’t have magical powers, but then … they don’t need ‘em.
Reaper's Fall (Reapers Motorcycle Club) by Joanna Wylde
The New York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Stand is back in her uber-alpha rough world of MCs as one woman’s future is rocked by the man whose hardcore past could destroy her…
He never meant to hurt her.
Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.
Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.
From bad boys to one good man, let’s head out west to Montana—a great place to spend the holidays … unless you’re trapped in a blizzard with a man to whom you shouldn’t be attracted, like this woman doctor!
Lonely Lace Series (3 Book Series) by Bonnie R. Paulson. Sweet western romance.
If only every man were like Slate...
A feud to end the family and lose the land.
Feuding with his houseguest’s brother and torn between worry and frustration over his twin, Slate MacAllister brings the rural doctor to his ranch in a record-breaking snow storm to save the boy Slate loves like a son.
Dr. Becky O’Donald is a city girl stuck in Nowhereville, Montana trying to hack down her massive student loan debt. Thrown into a medical nightmare by MacAllister and certain there is more going on with the lonely, melancholy Amelia, Becky is taken aback by the boy mirroring her host down to the dimple in his cheek.
Closeted on the sprawling ranch, surrounded by white, Becky fights the pull of the country life and the man exuding it.
Certain he’s with Amelia, the boy is his, and he’s lying about having a brother, Becky denies her heart. But how long can she hold out against the man who rides to her rescue and kisses her knees weak?
Family … they can make or break us. Or we can rise above.
Heart Strings (Sweetwater Canyon Book 3) by Maggie Jaimeson. Sweet contemporary.
A Sweetwater Canyon Novel - Sarah's Story (Book 3)
Faith is easy...living is hard.
Sarah Cosgrave picked up the guitar at age sixteen as a way to escape her life with an alcoholic father. Sweetwater Canyon gave her a career and the best of friends. Now, called to her dying father's bedside, Sarah is forced to leave her band--the one thing that saved her.
With her music career on hold and her past threatening to silence her, Sarah must make choices she swore she'd never have to face again. Her faith in her path is true; but can she have faith in Tom Pawlak, the man who once betrayed her, in order to find the peace she desperately needs?
And on to the Southwest, where there be wolves … and this pack is searching for the perfect mates.
Cry Wolf: Wolves of Angels Rest #7 (Mating Season Collection) by Elsa Jade. Sexy paranormal.
The killing moon is full…
The wolves of Angels Rest knew they’d have to face off against the shifter-hating Kingdom Guard someday. And that day has come.
Diesel has lived his whole life protecting others, so no way will he let the Guard bastards hurt anyone else. The pack is on lockdown until the battle is over. But then his past finally catches up with him.
Country-western star Willow Raleigh has been on the road for years, looking for something she lost a long time ago. And she finds more than she ever bargained for: a secret that will change her world, a menace that will change her body, and a love that will change her soul.
CRY WOLF is a standalone bbw wolf shifter paranormal romance with a Happily Ever After for the heroine and her hero. Some of the other characters first appear in the earlier books of the Wolves of Angels Rest series, and some might appear in future books! So watch out for sexy shifters in need of a true mate.
And the World Series is over, baseball diamonds are rolled up for the winter. So sad. Need one last base hit from the Boys of Summer? Here it is from
She's Out of His League: A Story of Love, Baseball and Happy Endings by Kate Curran .99!
Reunion or heartbreak––only time will tell . . .
Emma Delaney has always loved Sam Parker. Her childhood friend turned baseball superstar, Sam reminds her of warm sunshine, laughter and passion. In his arms, she dreamed of white picket fences and happily-ever-afters, until the day he abandoned her for baseball, proving what she’s always known—she’s out of his league.
Sam lived and breathed baseball for nine years, all the while trying to relieve his guilt over his brother’s death and avoid a father he disappointed. But now his baseball career is over, and Sam returns home to face his guilt, and the woman he abandoned for the game, the woman he can never have—Emma.
The holidays can be tough if you’ve lost someone you love. Here’s a reminder that those we love will always be with us … and that our hearts are bigger than we know. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to let go.
Dream of Me (Uncharted SEALs Book 4) by Delilah Devlin. Sexy contemporary.
After losing her partner and lover in a shootout, New Orleans police officer Aislin Dupree is tormented by memories of the past and the day she lost Marc LeBrun. At her darkest hour, she discovers that Marc had planned a romantic getaway on a Caribbean island before his death . All expenses paid. She decides to take the trip, hoping the island getaway will help her come to terms with her sorrow. Instead, she meets a man, a friend of Marc’s from his time served as Navy SEAL.
Sam Blalock is like Marc in so many ways that he makes her ache for what she once had. Strong, rugged Sam is her rock, holding her when she breaks, encouraging her to move on, because he knows about the pain of loss and the horror of violence all too well.
She soon finds her waking hours consumed by Sam while she roams her dreams in search of Marc. As the time approaches for her to go home, she’s afraid to let go of the connection she’s found, and she fears she might be holding onto Sam for all the wrong reasons while she imagines another reality where dreams do come true.
The holidays are also a fabulous time to curl up with a historical read. Here are some delish delights!
One Tempting Proposal (Accidental Heirs) by Christy Carlyle
Becoming engaged? Simple. Resisting temptation? Impossible.
Sebastian Fennick, the newest Duke of Wrexford, prefers the straightforwardness of mathematics to romantic nonsense. When he meets Lady Katherine Adderly at the first ball of the season, he finds her as alluring as she is disagreeable. His title may now require him to marry, but Sebastian can’t think of anyone less fit to be his wife, even if he can’t get her out of his mind.
After five seasons of snubbing suitors and making small talk, Lady Kitty has seen all the ton has to offer…and she’s not impressed. But when Kitty’s overbearing father demands she must marry before her beloved younger sister can, she proposes a plan to the handsome duke. Kitty’s schemes always seem to backfire, but she knows this one can’t go wrong. After all, she’s not the least bit tempted by Sebastian, is she?
An Avon Romance
The School of Gallantry Boxed Set One: Mistress of Pleasure, Lord of Pleasure and Lady of Pleasure: School of Gallantry Series by Delilah Marvelle.
MISTRESS OF PLEASURE (Book 1): London, 1830 -- Granddaughter of a renowned courtesan, Maybelle Maitenon has no interest in her grandmother's school in London where gentlemen receive instruction--in the art of seduction. Her only desire in life is to remain independent and free from men and their overbearing expectations. But when Maybelle lays eyes on the Duke of Rutherford, who is well-known for his gentlemanly ways, she can't resist. Neither she or the duke are prepared for what their attraction is about to do not only to their sanity but their hearts.
LORD OF PLEASURE (Book 2): London 1830 -- Alexander William Baxendale, the earl of Hawksford, used to a very big man. Quite literally. His girth made him only popular with his friends. Despite his weight, he considered his life to be charmed until he meets Miss Charlotte Jane Sutton. He quickly realizes winning the girl of his dreams isn't the same as eating chocolate rolls. When she rejects him and breaks his heart, he decides the best revenge is becoming the man of every woman's dreams. Unfortunately, he creates a name for himself even he isn't ready to embrace. Soon, far more than just Charlotte is knocking on his door. Will he survive his own revenge? He isn't so sure.
LADY OF PLEASURE (Book 3): London 1830 -- Lady Caroline Arabella Starling has been in love with her older brother's best friend, Lord Caldwell, since she was thirteen. Unfortunately, too many things keep getting in the way of proving her love. Her four younger sisters, her mother, her brother, all of society and the man she loves himself. But where there is a will, there is a way, and Caroline is about to redefine not only respectability but true love
So there you have some great romantic escapes to be thankful for, some hot, some heart-wrenching and some sweet. Enjoy!
See you in December for some more hot romance, including a new release from moi …
Columnist: Cathryn Cade
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