The Best Romances of April

Best romances of April - Amazon Book Review
Is it just me, or does "spring" still feel too much like winter? These five romances will help you escape the gloom, whether you've got thing for covert operatives, dukes, post-humans, or even regular ol' humans.


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Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker - So, who's been following Walker's Black Knights Inc. series and waiting impatiently for Ozzie to find just the right woman who can go toe-to-toe with his humor and his need for action? Well, wait no longer. Samantha Tate, a Chicago newspaper reporter, is at once Ozzie's favorite person to hang out with and also the one person he fears will uncover the true mission of BKI. When Samantha gets a tip that BKI is the source of illegal guns implicated in a grisly murder, she decides that she has to take down Ozzie and his pals. Walker's novel is the perfect cocktail of sharp wit, white-hot action, and sexy lovin'. You don't need to read the other BKI novels to jump in here...but you'll want to after finishing Wild Ride.

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The Thing About Love by Julie James - A Julie James book is, for me, the ultimate temptation. In her latest urban-set contemporary romance, FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd get matched up on an undercover case. Jessica and John clashed during their training six years ago, each vying to be top of their class, and their competitive streaks explode to life again as Jessica tries to prove herself in her new job and John tries to, well, just keep ahead of Jessica. What made me laugh throughout was how Jessica's and John's friends and family clearly recall their rivalry, undermining Jessica's and John's pooh-poohing of the influence they have on each other. You'll find yourself rooting for them to get beyond past misunderstandings and the personal battle scars they've acquired since joining the FBI to recognize the opportunity for love that's standing right in front of them.

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Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson - Ever since starting Rebecca Zanetti's Scorpius Syndrome series, I've been keeping my eyes open for a romance novel that gleefully sets its hero and heroine in the near future and gives them a storyline that couldn't work in any other setting. Wanted and Wired does all that, with sniper Mari Vallejo and her sometime business partner, Heron Farad. Texas has split off from the Union, mechs are built to be indistinguishable from humans, and it's up to individuals to determine how organic or how tech they want their bodies to be via augmentation. When Mari is set up to take the fall for a murder, she and Heron go on the run, forcing them to figure out where to draw the line in their partnership...or if a line should be drawn at all. If your pulse rate accelerates at the thought of sexy sci-fi, give this action-filled romance a try.

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The Truth About Love and Dukes by Laura Lee Guhrke - When advice columnist Lady Truelove gives a widowed duchess the recommendation that she run off with her Italian artist lover, the duchess's family is appalled--and her son, the Duke of Torquil, goes on the warpath, demanding of newspaper publisher Irene Deverill that she change the duchess's mind or face the closure of her paper. After a secret marriage in his youth to a shop girl, Torquil is well aware of the dangers of following one's heart, and he has no intention of letting his mother make the same mistake he did. Irene, a suffragist and well used to running her own life, is stuck between a rock and a hard place...unless she can convince the duke that giving into the urgings of the heart is not a mistake at all. Irene and Toquil are well matched, with both strong spines and a willingness to reassess their own choices, and the growing influence of feminist thought in this historical romance makes this an excellent read even for those who tend to keep to contemporaries.

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The VIP Doubles Down by Nancy Herkness - Herkness gives the usual billionaire trope an intriguing spin with this series in which three men make a late-night pledge that they will fall in love within the year or have to pay up to the others. Thriller author Gavin Miller is the last of the trio to find true love, but that's not his biggest problem. What keeps him up at night and twisting his shoulders into knots is the fact that he hasn't typed a word in over a year. Not only do his fans want to read more, but he has a movie deal already in place for the new book. The book that doesn't yet exist. Gavin's literary agent forces him to try a physical therapist, Allie Nichols, to loosen up his back, and despite his grumpy protests, Allie's therapy begins to work. More important to Gavin, Allie and her mom came up with alternate story lines for his books, jump-starting him creatively. Despite his bullheadness and hot temper, Herkness makes Gavin sympathetic, and Allie--a small-town girl come to New York and who's barely making ends meet--is a modern heroine who'll quickly win your heart.

Click here to see all twelve books we picked as the best romances of April, including new works from Robyn Carr, J.R. Ward, and Kylie Scott.

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You should review Partly Pumping, by Victoria Devino! Its on Amazon and I am obsessed. Such steamy scenes, but it is so empowering with a strong female voice. This reminded me of it a little...awesome.

Posted by: Robin E | Monday April 17, 2017 at 6:45 PM

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