B&N Bookseller Picks: July

New and noteworthy romance

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.

 

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01

Daughters of the Bride

Susan Mallery

There’s nothing like a wedding to ratchet up tension, but when it’s the long-widowed mother of three sisters who is tying the knot and the plans get more complex by the day, the stage is set for a poignant narrative with more than a few surprises. With different but interwoven stories and personalities, Courtney, Sienna, and Rachel come into their own in a story that highlights three separate relationships (four if you count the blissful bride and groom).
 
(Harlequin Books, 7/12)

02

Deceived

Kate SeRine

Luke Rogan’s assignment is simple: secure young Elijah Scoffield and his mother and bring them back to headquarters—just an ordinary mission for an operative of the Dark Alliance. But Elijah is no ordinary kid. He’s the grandson of one of the country's most influential politicians—a man privy to the Alliance’s most valuable secrets, including its centuries-long connection to the Knights Templar. And someone else is attempting to capture the boy—someone who’s proven he doesn’t give a damn about collateral damage.
 
(Zebra, 6/28)

03

Forevermore

Kristen Callihan

A tight plot and fascinating characters make Callihan’s sixth Darkest London historical paranormal her best to date. It’s easy to get delightfully lost in Callihan’s story; her masterly prose immediately pulls the reader into the deeply detailed universe she’s created. Callihan ably lays the groundwork for the next installment, which readers will hungrily await.
 
(Forever, 6/28)

04

Hottest Mess

J. Kenner

The S.I.N. series continues with the seductive follow-up to the Stark International novel Dirtiest Secret, from the New York Times bestselling author of “red-hot and angsty” fiction that “keeps readers guessing” (Publishers Weekly, on Under My Skin). If you haven’t met Dallas and Jane yet, now’s your chance.
 
(Bantam, 7/12)

05

Make Me Love You

Johanna Lindsey

#1 New York Times bestselling author Johanna Lindsey delivers a sparkling, passionate tale of an earl’s daughter who must convince a mysterious viscount to marry her and end his vendetta against her brother.
 
One duel could be considered a matter of honor, but three duels are attempted murder! With enlightened society outraged at such reckless behavior among young noblemen, the Prince Regent orders Robert Whitworth, the earl of Tamdon’s heir, and Lord Dominic Wolfe to end their dispute by allying their families through marriage. Whichever party refuses to comply will forfeit his lands and title.
 
(Gallery, 7/5)

06

Rose Bride

Elizabeth Moss

Margerie Croft yielded her virginity before her wedding night, and then fled King Henry VIII’s court, knowing she couldn’t marry a man she did not love. Now she is viewed as soiled goods, fit only for the role of a courtier’s plaything.
 
Virgil Elton has heard the wicked rumors, but something about Margerie calls to him. Drawn close despite himself, he invites her to help in his work to restore the king’s flagging health. But as he comes to know her, Virgil discovers beneath the layers of protective reserve a woman who is as intelligent and passionate as she is beautiful. He will stop at nothing to heal the damage the court has inflicted, even if it means falling himself...
 
(Sourcebooks, 7/5)

07

Shadow Rider

Christine Feehan

Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.
 
While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…
 
With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her...
 
(Jove, 6/28)

08

The Summer Bride

Anne Gracie

Fiercely independent Daisy Chance has a dream—and it doesn’t involve marriage or babies (or being under any man’s thumb). Raised in poverty, she has a passion—and a talent—for making beautiful clothes. Daisy aims to become the finest dressmaker in London.
 
Dashing Irishman Patrick Flynn is wealthy and ambitious, and has entered society to find an aristocratic bride. Instead, he finds himself growing increasingly attracted to the headstrong, clever and outspoken Daisy. She’s wrong in every way—except the way she sets his heart racing.
 
(Berkley, 7/5)

09

Sweet Little Lies

Jill Shalvis

Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .
 
As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.
 
(Avon, 6/28)

10

Then He Kissed Me

Laura Trentham

As a boy, Nash Hawthorne spent countless afternoons on the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom with Tally Fournette, wading in the river, peeling oranges and catching frogs. When illness stole his mother, Nash yearned to take Tally and run away—for good. Instead, he crossed the state line to live with his aunt. It was a short distance as the crow flies, but it swept him into a whole new world…
 
(St. Martins, 6/28)