Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Best Romances of March



Flattened image-2Whether you're into scruffy hockey players (yum), swordsmen, contractors, or special forces operators, the best romances of March have your reading tastes covered. There's a strong theme of second-chance romance this month, with four of the five books below falling into this category. Plus, lots of these guys apparently dislike wearing shirts. That helps in rekindling those dormant embers, too....

 

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Hawke by Sawyer Bennett - Hel-lo, Manly Bearded Hockey Player. Bedroom sports get more page time than the on-ice kind in Bennett's contemporary romance about NHL defenseman Hawke and his former first-love, Vale, who come face to face again when she joins his team as a physical therapist. A sizzling second-chance romance, Hawke gives the characters time to rebuild their broken trust and mend their hearts even as it keeps the heat high. I'm not sure whether readers are going to love or hate the cover—let me know what you think.
 

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The Rogue by Katharine Ashe - That sword on the cover of The Rogue isn't just a phallic symbol; it's how blade master Saint earns his income as well as respect in the titled circles, even though he himself is merely the son of a merchant. The sword also becomes his downfall when he's persuaded to tutor Lady Constance Read, a duke's daughter, in how to protect herself. Only Constance and Saint are aware that they've met before, during two delirious weeks long ago when they fell in love but Saint left her when he realized she was so far out of his reach. I usually prefer historical romances with a lighter touch, but the desperate yearning—and dangerous secrets—between the star-crossed lovers had my stomach in knots until the very end of this hypnotic book.
 

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Draw Me Close by Nicole Michaels - Interior decorator Lindsey Morales has managed to avoid her college love and now architect/contractor Derek Walsh for eight years, but when they're both hired to renovate a house, Derek takes advantage of the situation to try to restart their friendship. The problem is, Lindsey is pretty sure that she wants more than friendship, but she's afraid to risk her heart again to the one man who previously destroyed it. Draw Me Close is both sympathetic to and fully anchored in the realities of contemporary love.
 

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Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler - If you're looking for something less reality-based, dive into Her Fierce Warrior, the latest in Tyler's paranormal X-Ops series. Minka is a hybrid—a human woman who has been altered by sadistic scientists to become part shifter. When Minka escapes her captors, she runs into a U.S. special forces team and, more important, a soldier named Angelo whose physical presence is the only thing that helps her control the vicious beast inside her. Minka's knowledge of the rogue scientists makes her  extremely valuable to the DCO team trying to stop the hybrid program, and it also makes her a target. Action-packed and suspenseful, Her Fierce Warrior delivers a thrilling read as well as a hero who sees past Minka's beast to the woman she is inside.
 

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Let It Breathe by Tawna Fenske - I've been a Fenske fan for a long time now, and her latest contemporary romance about a winery owner and a recovering alcoholic offers the potent mix of empathy and humor that makes her stories so delicious. Former party boy Clay Henderson returns to town to build the new eco-friendly addition for Reese Clark's family winery, but it's not the prospect of being around alcohol that worries Clay. Reese herself is the temptation he needs to resist. Reese's loony family and Clay's best friend (also Reese's ex-husband) believe that Clay and Reese are a bad match. But Reese isn't as convinced—and the one night she and Clay spent together back in college lurks in her thoughts. Fenske has a gift for making flawed people hugely likable, and I enjoyed this book partly because I had so much fun just spending time with Reese and Clay as they slowly figured out how to be together.
 

The full list of our best of the month picks for romance can be found here. Enjoy!

 

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