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B&N Bookseller Picks: December

Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of December:

Badlands Bride by Adrianne Wood (Pocket Books, Nov 27)

Lily Highfill has spent eight years in Colorado, exiled from her wealthy, high-society Boston family. With a long-awaited invitation to return home finally in hand, she’s doing all she can to secure her betrothal to a charming and cultured gentleman. But with just a few weeks left at her grandfather’s fossil expedition, a rugged and handsome stranger rides in on horseback, stirring up trouble . . . and excavating a place for himself in her heart.

Fallen by Celeste Bradley (St. Martin’s Press, Nov 27)

Destined for spinsterhood, Isadora “Izzy” Temple can only dream of finding a husband—of feeling his touch in the dark, his lips on her neck, his passion building with each kiss. Imagine her surprise when she awakens to find she’s not dreaming at all! Lord Julien Blackworth, has mistaken Izzy’s room for his—and he’s fallen into her bed and into her wildest dreams…

Importance of Being Wicked by Miranda Neville (HarperCollins, Nov 27)

Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress’s cousin, easily the least proper woman he’s ever met. His devotion to family duty is no defense against the red-headed vixen whose greatest asset seems to be a talent for trouble . . .

Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione (Grand Central, Nov 20)

Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues-and falls for-a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man whom Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he’s also the kind of man who can be very dangerous . . .

SEAL at Heart by Anne Elizabeth (Sourcebooks, Dec 4)

John Matthew Roaker, petty officer first class, is first and foremost a SEAL; his life revolves around his work. That changes after a disastrous mission damages Jack’s memory and kills his close friend. Jack ends up on temporary medical leave that may become permanent if he can’t recall what went wrong and how. Fortunately he winds up in the capable hands of Laurie Smith, a physical therapist who has the power to heal his body and his soul.

Shadow Woman by Linda Howard (Random House, Jan 1)

Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn’t recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else’s. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.

Shiver by Karen Robards (Gallery Books, Dec 4)

If driving a tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.

Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling Series #11) by Nalini Singh (Penguin, Dec 4)

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with her past—to face a devastating new challenge: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to another. For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermines everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion is a losing battle.

Waltz With a Stranger by Pamela Sherwood (Sourcebooks, Dec 4)

Aurelia wasn’t hiding exactly. She just needed to get out of the crush of the ballroom—away from the people staring at her scar, pitying her limp. She was still quite enjoying the music from the conservatory. And then a complete stranger—dashing, debonair, kind—asked her to waltz. In the strength of his arms, she felt she could do anything. But both would be leaving London soon…

When the Duke Found Love by Isabella Bradford (Random House, Nov 27)

The youngest of the Wylder girls—and the last left unwed—Lady Diana is also the most willful, a trait that’s leading her ever closer to dishonorable disaster. While her family’s solution is a fast and excruciatingly respectable marriage, Diana can’t imagine being wed to the very staid and dull Lord Crump. But while wedding plans are being made, a chance meeting at a gala turns Diana’s world upside down.