Top Ten: Movie Meet-Cutes

A case of mistaken identity.  

Getting stuck in a broken-down elevator.

 Having adjoining seats on a delayed flight.

In the “real world,” all of these are inconveniences. But, in a romantic comedy, these are called “meet cutes.” And they are romance gold – the literal “once upon a time.”

When I was writing Just Like the Movies, there were dozens of romantic comedies that I wasn’t able to include, so I hope you’ll indulge me today as I channel my inner David Letterman and present…the Top Ten Best Movie Meet-Cutes!

Books to Buy: New This Week

This week brings a novel from the creator of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a return to Club Sin, a YA novel with a cinematic twist, a sizzling short story collection, and more.

This Month in Multicultural Romance

We welcome author Alyssa Cole with her new monthly look at what’s happening in multicultural romances. This week, she talks short and sweet, short and sexy….

Just about everyone I know has been crazy busy lately. Whether it’s dealing with work, family, weddings, or new additions to the family, time seems to be a precious commodity lately. But just because you’re swamped doesn’t mean you have to stop reading. Here are a few multicultural novellas that sate your craving for a well-told romance without the commitment of a full-length book.



Books to Buy: New This Week

From historicals to sweet contemporaries to a much-buzzed about thriller, this week has something for everyone including  an attraction sparked by a scandalous book; the conclusion to a re-imagined Boleyn saga; a reclusive webcam girl in crisis; a wedding in Provence, and more.

Books to Buy: New Releases This Week

Get ready for a marriage on the brink (possibly saved only with the help of a magic phone);  love and lust with the Sexiest Man Alive; a baseball pro who doesn’t like playing the field; and a sexy threesome facing parenthood. This week, my pick for best cover: THE SWEET SPOT by Stephanie Evanovich. What gets your vote?

Beach Reads: Fourth of July Weekend

Fourth of July is here, and that means vacation. And vacation means beach reading. I am currently sitting on the back deck of a beach rental I’m sharing with my in-laws, watching the waves crash and the boats and jet skis zoom by.  I asked my mother-in-law, an avid, longtime romance reader, what’s on her weekend TBR. She dug deep into her well-worn beach bag and produced and equally well-worn copy of Ramblers Rest by Bay Matthews. I think it’s from 1991. (What can I say? The woman loves an old-school Harlequin.)  I also checked the bookshelf of our rental and was delighted to discover Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr and Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts. Personally, since I never know which way the beach vacation vibe is going to roll, I load my e-reader with a variety to prepare for anything Mother Nature – or too much wine with dinner – throws my way.

As you embark on beach-reading weekend, here are some suggestions from the top of my list:

B&N Bookseller Picks: July

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 July:

Books to Buy: New Releases

This week we have a passion-consumed opera singer; a jewel thief; rock stars in lust; animal attraction for an aspiring veterinarian, and much more love, lust, and angst to keep you on the edge of your beach blanket. Enjoy!

Books to Buy: New This Week

Two common themes this week are men and women under cover and second chances at love — sometimes in the same book. In the words of Nelly,  it’s getting hot in here.

Books to Buy: New This Week

Mid-June brings us an injured war hero; a Midwestern charmer who dazzles two lifelong friends; and soul mates in star-crossed love.

Books to Buy: New Releases This Week

This Tuesday, June 10 brings us some eagerly-awaited reading, including a new Outlander novel, the latest from Elin Hilderbrand, and a book by the dynamic duo behind


B&N Bookseller Picks: June

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 June:

Books to Buy: New Releases This Week

June is off to a steamy start with a tempting widow, a princess in hiding, an irresistible contractor, an erotic playground for the rich and naughty, a sexy ER doctor, and more.

Books to Buy: New Releases

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer — and things are getting hot. We have a sexy cage fighter, a former pro-football kicker, a marriage-averse duke, a heartbroken musician, and more.  This isn’t beach reading — it’s bedroom reading. Enjoy.

Wedding Season: Say Yes to These Novels

When it comes to choosing wedding-themed books, it’s difficult to narrow it down to just a few. For this selection, we’ve got something old, something new, Something Borrowed, and something blue. Enjoy!

PS: Don’t forget to enter our Wedding Season Week Giveaway! We’re giving away four prizes of wedding planning books from The Knot!
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Wedding Season: 10 Best Wedding Rom-Coms

Spring and Summer mean wedding season, a blur of white lace and champagne toasts. However, if your friends and cousins and sons and daughters aren’t getting married this summer, but you still find yourself jonesing for a little wedded bliss, check out this list of wedding themed romantic comedies. From Greek blow-outs to unexpected weddings to marriages that fall apart, this list has something for everyone.

PS: Don’t forget to enter our Wedding Season Week Giveaway! We’re giving away four prizes of wedding planning books from The Knot!
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New Releases This Week

This week we have a Harley-riding, world-class sniper; a life-changing one-night stand; family magic; a dangerous mystery, and more. If we missed one of your most-anticipated new books this week, please let us know in the comments.

B&N Bookseller Picks: May

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 May:

New Releases This Week, May 5

Love takes many forms this week. Get ready for a bad-boy street artist; the temptations of a secret sex society; a hot, eco-conscious doctor; a short and sweet college love story; a vegetarian chef in a meaty love triangle; and more.

New Releases April 29

This week we have a romance-challenged matchmaker, a fallen angel with a bounty on her head, a sharp-tongued Lady who’s too clever for her own good, and a duchess challenged by unwanted attention from her marriage-of-convenience husband. (Check back Monday – Wednesday for upcoming guest posts by authors Katana Collins, Valerie Bowman, and Donna Grant.)

New Releases April 21

This week we have scandal and intrigue in Amanda Quick’s latest historical; frenemies competing for a hot pro bass fisherman; a glass artist who likes it rough; and an heiress fleeing an arranged marriage only to fall for an unlikely suitor.

When Our Love Affair with TV Becomes Long-Distance

Now that spring is finally here (though it’s hard to believe since it snowed yesterday), I’m already thinking about summer. The only downside to beach season is that the TV shows that kept us company through the long winter all go on hiatus.  Luckily for us readers, books can sometimes be a great substitute. Here are some suggestions to get you through the off-season TV drought:

New Releases This Week

It’s getting hot in here, and I’m not just talking about the rising temperatures in NYC.  This week brings a bad boy billionaire biker, a scholarly billionaire, a nineteenth century courtesan (angling to be with her female lover), and heartbreaker football hero. Read on, and keep a fan handy.

The Hottest TV Doctors

I bet you didn’t know that it’s National Doctors Day. Well now you do! To celebrate, I’ve rounded up some of my absolute favorite TV Doctors (and nurses). They also happen to be hot. So sit down, relax and get your scrolling finger ready. You’re in for some serious MD eye candy. You’re welcome.

PS: All these shows are on Netflix, by the way, so you can watch some of these beautiful faces tonight. Or, you know, give your real doctor a gift.

What to Read in April

April arrives on Tuesday, and with this new month comes plenty of romance to compete with the spring weather for your attention. Our favorite new series continue while others come to their conclusion, plus some long-awaited stand-alones. Read on, and clear your calendar for some addictive reading.

Our Lovely RITA Finalists

The RITA and Golden Heart Finalists were posted by RWA yesterday and we couldn’t be more excited to have FIVE Random House titles make it to the finals! And a warm congratulations to Julie Cross, author of THIRD DEGREE, for becoming a finalist in the Contemporary Romance category for her self-published book, LETTERS TO NOWHERE!

Congratulations :)

The 10 Classic Romance Novels You Should Read NOW

I love contemporary romance, you love contemporary romance, we all love contemporary romance! But what about the old classics, the victorian love stories and the first heros and heroines? Well, I’ve made a quick and dirty list of the Top 10 Classics you should check out.  Expect to find some of those classics you didn’t read in high school–you might find them a little more intriguing now. And once you’ve read all the books on this list, you can rest assured that you’ve given yourself a good primer in the history of romance (and maybe found a few new heroes to swoon over!).


Happy hump day! For your mid-week enjoyment, I’ve compiled a list of recent novels that will feed your post-Fifty Shades of Grey erotic cravings. While there has been a lot of suggested reading  for those of us who enjoyed the sexy adventures of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, there is always room for more. Below, a few of my personal favorites from the past year.

New Releases This Week

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week brings us love in the bayou, members of the mile high club, and — my personal favorite — an erotic novelist who finds that fact can be sexier than fiction.