Monday, August 03, 2015

Lucy Monroe Recommends: BIG CITY ROMANCES

I've just returned from a whirlwind tour of New York with my husband and my dear friend Carolyn, where we went to the RWA 2015 Conference in Times Square.  We had adventures, explored and toured.  What fun! This month I decided to share some new romances by some favorite authors, with big cities as their backdrops.
Washington, DC is the locale for FATAL SCANDAL by Marie Force.  Lieutenant Sam Holland, married to the Vice President of the United States, is right in the middle of a scandal involving Chief Farnsworth over a homicide.  When two involved civilians are murdered, all fingers point to the police officers.  It's up to Sam to clear her people's names while someone is leaking false information to the press.  Sam is smart, loyal and fierce!
"Emotionally charged and yet deliciously romantic, Sam and Nick need to work their way through their jobs, their marriage, and an adoption. I so recommend this book and this series as it's the perfect mesh of mystery and romance." 5 Stars from Terri at Night Owl Reviews.
I had the sublime opportunity to sit next to Carole Mortimer at the Harlequin luncheon in New York.  What a great lady!  Carole has been publishing since the 1970's, and her books are always fun and relevant.

Her SHADOW ALPHA takes us to London, where Dair Grayson, owner of a worldwide security company, is hired to find and if necessary, rescue Kat from her ex-husband and possibly from herself. Dair finds it hard to resist the hot and sexy grown-up Kat. Kat is only interested in the here and now, and what she wants now is Dair.  The only problem is that Kat's ex-husband is now looking for both of them . . .
"I only know of two other authors who are able to bring that level of action, suspense and kick-ass wonder to romantic suspense reads, so Carole Mortimer you have officially taken a spot on my MUST READ ROMANTIC SUSPENSE AUTHOR'S list, and for those who know me well enough will know that a spot on that particular list of mine is not easily achieved" ~Desere, reader review
Sydney, Australia is the setting for Julie Garwood's romantic mystery, FAST TRACK.  Daddy’s girl Cordelia Kane is devastated when her father has a serious heart attack. The shock turns to intrigue as she learns that what she knew about her mother might be false.  She hitches a ride on the company jet of hotel magnate Aiden Madison, her best friend’s brother. Aiden's instinct to help is put to the test by challenges on Cordelia's life.
". . . this book is very charming and funny. I've known the character Aiden for a long, long time. I like him and love to know about him in this book. But for Cordie, I simply love her character. She's not a soft, yielding woman. She tries to depend on herself, find her own way but very funny at the same time. It feels like the same old feelings come back again, and that's great!" ~BB, reader review
Los Angeles is the setting for J. Kenner's SAY MY NAME.  Smoking hot architect Jackson Steele gets what he wants in the first book of this sizzling new Damien Stark series.  He has set his sights on the very self controlled Sylvia Brooks. The heat between Sylvia and Jackson working together on an island development project will steam your glasses.
J. Kenner has done it again! I really liked J. Kenner's Stark trilogy, so when I saw her new trilogy, “Stark International” I had to read it. Say My Name was fabulous! Again, I wasn't disappointed. It's really a well written erotic romance that will surely please her fans. Loved her character Jackson Steele. Sexual intensity that keeps you reading. If you are a fan of erotic novels, then you are going to love Say My Name!" ~Goodreads reader review

You'll get a peek at Seattle and the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest in my book, THE REAL DEAL, now on e-book, and for the summer on sale for only $2.99.
The most important thing in Amanda's life is negotiating a successful merger between her company and Brant Computers, a family-held competitor. It should be a done deal: Company president Eric Brant is on board with the idea. But when Amanda arrives in Eric's office, it is his cousin Simon Brant who greets her-and Simon is anything but agreeable. He's not about to give up control of the family company or lay off loyal workers. Squaring off against the sexy, brilliant, sexy, obstinate, sexy, eccentric, not to mention sexy Simon is completely frustrating-and a total turn-on. And when he walks out on her presentation, sidetracked by another one of his brilliant ideas, Amanda is shocked...and, furious!...and...and...and so attracted she can barely enter data into her tablet...
Simon has never met a woman as passionate and driven as Amanda, or as devastatingly attractive. He can't decide if he wants to put her on the next plane home-in the cargo hold-or kidnap her and spend a long weekend showing her exactly the kind of negotiating he likes best. Come to think of it, if the lady wants war, maybe they should engage in full-on the bedroom...and see who will be the victor. But when intimacy leads to an explosive passion, it might be time to think of a different, more permanent kind of that's less about business and all about pleasure...
If you're looking for more fun, big city romance, don't forget Rand, Carter and Colton from my 3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys trilogy.
With more than 7 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world.  While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all.  A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers.
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