Solving the turmoils of romance in today’s society

Kimberly Kincaid brings a story of woman’s spontaneous road trip that leads to romance in “Turn Up the Heat.”

Bellamy finds out her boyfriend is breaking up with her when his new job is announced on television. Her job is very demanding and she has started to think about quitting, despite spending many years at school pursuing it. All of these things make her decide to call her two best friends, and make a weekend trip to Pine Mountain for some much needed R&R at a resort.

Bellamy’s car almost immediately breaks down, and there she meets a hot mechanic named Shane. When they bump into each other later at a bar, sparks fly. Bellamy isn’t sure if a romance with Shane is what she needs, but they keep meeting each other, and when her car needs more work done, they end up spending more time together – even getting snowed in together at one point. But Bellamy has to go home eventually and what will become of their relationship then?

This is a sizzling hot romance with snowy surroundings that is just right for these winter nights. Bellamy and Shane are both charming characters, and readers will thrill at their romance.

“Turn Up the Heat” is published by Zebra Books. It is $6.99 and 331 pages long.

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Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan write a companion book to the Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” T.V. series with “When Courage Calls.”

Beth Thatcher has led a comfortable life thanks to her father’s wealth. Her family and friends don’t quite understand why she wants to leave it all behind to teach in a small mining town in western Canada. But her aunt’s adventure traveling west to teach has inspired Beth to do the same – and off for adventure she goes.

While Beth expected rugged, the conditions are worse than what she imagined. Many of the women in the town are widows after a terrible mining accident. The children have very little education and many of the miners and their families don’t even speak English. Can Beth make a difference like she wants? And what of the two Mounties who are working their way into her heart? When Beth’s sister comes to visit and check up on her for her parents, will Beth be forced back home or will she find a new home in the wilds of Canada?

This historical romance of a courageous woman looking to make a difference in children’s lives is an uplifting one. Fans of the television series will also enjoy this new story.

“When Courage Calls” is published by Bethany House. It is $14.99 and 329 pages long.

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Isabella Bradford tells the story of an earl who may have realized he has chosen the wrong fiancee in “A Wicked Pursuit.”

Harry Fitzroy, eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, knows it’s time to settle down and produce a family. The woman he has set his sights on is the lovely Lady Julia Barclay. But when he comes to visit her home and court her, he suffers a horrific fall on his horse. Terribly injured, Harry is cared for by Julia’s younger sister, Augusta, while Julia flees the countryside, claiming she can’t stand to see him in pain, and flirts with the many eligible bachelors in London.

“Gus” however, stays by Harry’s side during his recovery and soon Harry begins to become infatuated with her. Can he prove that he is over her sister and that he has finally chosen the right woman?

This is the beginning of a new trilogy by Bradford of three noble brothers ready to settle down. Harry and Gus have great chemistry and this fast-moving story will enthrall readers.

“A Wicked Pursuit” is published by Ballantine Books. It is $7.99 and 357 pages long.

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Four food bloggers find their lives changed in “The All You Can Dream Buffet” by Barbara O’Neal.

Lavender Wills, owner of Lavender Honey Farms and food blogger, is reaching her late 80s and knows it’s time to decide on an “heir” to her empire. Her only living relatives aren’t interested in the farm, but her three friends and other bloggers are. She decides to call a meeting of the three of them together to choose one to inherit. Ginny is a cake baker whose cake blog has earned her notoriety – and hostileness from her husband, best friends, mother and others in her small town. Ruby is a young vegan who finds herself pregnant after a brief affair and looking for her own place in the world. Val is a wine enthusiast who is trying to help her teenage daughter after her husband’s death. There’s a chance for new romances and a fresh start for all three of them, but what else awaits them?

This story of highly relatable characters will draw readers in immediately. The “foodie” background of the story is also fun and contains recipes and photos as well from the characters’ blogs.

“The All You Can Dream Buffet” is published by Bantam Books. It is $15 and 380 pages long.

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