Hello, and welcome back! This week, I have three current releases to share with you, all available in bookstores now.
One Man and a Baby (Silhouette Romance) by Susan Meier is the second book in her 'Cupid Campaign' series. This time Rick Capriotti is back home in Calhoun Corners, but he's brought a secret with him. Ashley Meljac is furious that her father hired Rick to do the job she wants on the family horse farm, but finding out his secret puts them on a more level playing field, work-wise. And it brings them too close for Rick's comfort on a personal level. Rick has some past issues that really get in his way here, moreso than Ashley's. He does a lot of growing here, from the beginning of the story, making it easy to see why Ashley can't help falling for the former bad boy. This one's earned four of Cupid's five arrows.
Ex, Why and Me (Brava) by Susanna Carr is next. Fans of Brava's steamy romances will probably be surprised to see this one in an article called 'Sweet', but going by the extrememly high standards set in Brava's early days, this one hardly qualifies as erotic. Michelle Nelson is only back in her small hometown for the annual Horseradish Festival because of her best friend. Unfortunately, a slight change in plans puts her in close quarters with Ryan Slater, her very first, very disappointing lover, when they're paired up for a treasure hunt for several days. Cute premise, but I'd definitely argue the erotic part. There's nothing steamier here than you can find in most 'regular' romance novels unfortunately. It's got a very light, very chick-lit tone to it, so this one's not a keeper for me, but if you're looking for some reading that doesn't require any brain power, this might be just the thing for you. I'm giving it two and a half arrows.
The Baby Trail (Silhouette Special Edition) by Karen Rose Smith is next, with Gwen Langworthy and Garrett Maxwell pairing up to find the parents of a baby abandoned at Gwen's home. Gwen would love to have a baby, and, while she doesn't expect to find a suitable man anymore, she knows from experience that this baby girl needs her family. Garrett carries with him a lot of guilt from his own past, and finding this baby's parents is just another mission for him, one lost child among many. Except for Gwen's involvement. While Gwen's past is painful, she hasn't let it stop her from living her life entirely. Garrett uses his past to keep himself safe and to avoid any emotional entanglements. This couple has a lot to overcome to get to any sort of happy ending, and Ms. Smith handles it deftly, as always. This one also gets four arrows.
Until next time, happy reading!