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Buzz Books 2017: Romance

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This edition has some great new books, many of which I have requested.  Even though some did not grab my interest, I must say I did read more excerpts in this edition than in all others.  Thanks again for the introduction to some real page turners.
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I must admit that my favourite genre is historical romance novels so I was captivated by The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare. This storyline in the few short chapters provided was a delight. What struck me from the first few lines in the chapter was the clever and very witty writing. Emma Gladstone arrives at the estate of the Duke of Ashbury, demanding to be paid for making the wedding dress of the Duke’s former fiancée. The dress is abhorrent and the hilarious dialogue between Emma and the Duke makes their dynamics so believable. I particularly loved the scene where the Duke arrives at Emma’s work to have a dress fitting for himself, after Emma refuses his proposal of marriage. Ms Dare knows how to grab her audience!
However, I have now found a new author to love – Joanna Shupe. Her novel ‘A Daring Arrangement’ will prove to be very entertaining if the excerpt is anything to go by. Lady Honoria Parker has been sent to the US to separate her from the artist that she declares she is in love with. Her father has ordered that she return with an American husband. However, Honoria organises a false engagement with the notorious Julius Hunter. Both have their secrets for accepting this arrangement but neither party has declared their real reasons to the other. This is sure to be very interesting!
I am now intrigued by another novel especially as it is not my usual – a contemporary romance by Katherine Reay called ‘The Austen Escape’. The excerpt follows Mary Davies, an engineer who is facing several challenges at work: being fired by Karen and having feelings for Nathan, who has been brought into manage the growth of the battery technology at the company WATT, where she works. I am curious to see the link between the blurb given, where she accepts an invitation by her friend Isabel to stay at a house in Bath. When she arrives, she finds herself managing the household as her friend Isabel, loses her memory. How will Nathan fit into the storyline?
Of course, who could not love a novel by Eloisa James. This appears to be the first in a series of books following the Wildes of Lindow Castle. Lord Alaric has returned to London to find crowds of women clambering to see the famous adventurer. Miss Wilhelmina (Willa) Ffynche attends a Wilde gathering, to support her cousin, who is trying to avoid her fiancée, Lord Roland, brother of Alaric. Alaric has returned home, only to find his brother Roland, a different man since taking on the responsibilities of his deceased older brother, Horatius.
I can’t wait to read ‘A good day to marry a Duke’ by Betina Krahn. The excerpt follows American Daisy Bungarten who is sent to London in 1890, two years after her raucous behaviour at the Bellington Hunt in New York State. Daisy rode astride and drank whisky, ending any chance for her sisters and her to be accepted into society. Her mother, Elizabeth believes Daisy’s marriage into London gentry is the only salvation for the family but it appears likely, that Daisy’s venture into society will be interesting!
‘The Scotsman who saved me’ by Hannah Howell tells the story of Emily Stanton and Iain MacEnroy as outline in the blurb. However, the chapter provided outlines the story whereby Iain and his brothers uncover a couple, brutally murdered. What follows is a desperate search for the surviving child. Very intense but it would have been good to see how Emily is linked to the initial chapter.
Denise Hunter’s ‘Blue Ridge Sunrise’ sees Zoe Collins returning to Cooper Creek after the death of her grandmother. She soon discovers that her grandmother has left her a peach orchard. The excerpt gives a glimpse of the intricate relationship between Zoe and the main characters; Cruz, a past love, whose feelings are clearly obvious, and Kyle, Zoe’s boyfriend, who no=one seems to like. This packed a punch!
There were also many interesting novels including Action/romance ‘Going Dark’ by Monica McCarty, paranormal romance ‘Hot and Badgered’ by Shelly Laurenston and contemporary “The ones who got away’ by Roni Loren which follows Liv Arias and Finn Dorsey, survivors of a school shooting. They return for a reunion, only to realise that their feelings for each other at school, are still there.
This was such a great opportunity for me and I hope that people take note of all the latest romance novels available from many authors. Make sure to check out these great novels – you won’t be disappointed.
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a good way to try out some of the new books coming our way.
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I am not much inclined to read from the romance genre often but after experiencing this excellent buzz series on other upcoming books, I was curious to see what the best books are in the near future.  I had great fun reading what was on offer and was definitely drawn to some.  So pleased that I gave in to look at the selection here.  Many thanks for this.
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I was pleasantly surprised. I look forward to the next!
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This is such a hot sampling of relevant, multi-sub-genre Romance titles! Collection Development Specialists will be assured that these selections are vetted and relevant to any and every library collection. Well done, Publishers Lunch. You always brings us the best!
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Nice to have a Buzz book with different genres. I found several books that looked good and I look forward to reading.
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This is such a great resource to use in order when deciding which books I want to add to my tbr and feature on my blog.
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Outstanding batch of excerpts! I love the Buzz Books and how useful they are when developing my orders.
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Looking forward to reading a few of the awesome romance books previewed in this book!! Can't wait!!
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Love is in the air, and it's going to be one hot summer!  Since joining Netgalley I've fallen in love with Romance again...the genre that is. There is such a diversity of voices offering many different options.  I am loving discovering so many new voices, series, and being taken away to amazing locations while couples of every variety find that 'Happily Ever After'. As always Buzz Books and Publishers Lunch has put together an amazing compilation of exciting offerings from both established and new emerging talent. I absolutely can't wait for The View From Rainbow Bay by Colleen Coble, Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter, and The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay.
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This was my first experience with Buzz Books, and I was delighted with the experience. There are so many good books to check out that span a wide variety of sub genres!
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Great book selections!!  I can't wait read the full novels!!
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When ever I see a new Buzz Books is available I run to it!! I love the idea of getting exposed to a book I normally wouldn't pick up.  I have found wonderful new to me authors this way and it's so easy to request an ARC with the link at the end of each excerpt. I requested a few of them and wrote a bunch down to check out further! Thank you so much for doing this!! Keep up the good work!!
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Love these publications! A few excepts for every romance lover in this edition,historical, contemporary, suspense, and more!
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As always, this lares edition of BuzzBooks fails to disappoint! I am so happy it was decided to continue the Romance genre editions - really looking forward to many of these titles!
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