Devoted in Death, Nora Roberts’s latest book, hit the shelves earlier this month.
Of course, we sped through it, and now we’re left in a lurch until her new book Stars of Fortune comes out on November 3.
What to read in the meantime? Roberts’s work delivers suspense and romance, small towns and gripping plots — and so do our recommendations below. To tide you through the next few months, try out one of these three new releases, listed along with their publishers’ descriptions.
Obsession Falls by Christina Dodd
In Christina Dodd’s Obsession Falls, Taylor Summers witnesses the death threat to a young boy, and does the only thing she can do — she sacrifices herself to distract the killers. Her reward is a life in ruins, on the run in the wilderness, barely surviving a bitter winter and the even more bitter knowledge she has lost everything: her career, her reputation, her identity. She finds refuge in Virtue Falls, and there comes face to face with the knowledge that, to live her life again, she must enlist the help of the man who does not trust her to defeat the man who would destroy her.
Why we recommend it: If you’re a fan of Nora’s In Death series, you’ll delight in this tale of romantic suspense by another master of the genre. Dodd delivers an engrossing mystery, a strong heroine, as well as revenge, suspense, and — of course — romance.
Moondance Beach by Susan Donovan
Duncan Flynn long ago said goodbye to his hometown of Bayberry Island, Massachusetts, where a mermaid statue allegedly grants true love to the pure at heart. So when the injured Navy SEAL gets sent home — just in time to help his family prepare for the annual Mermaid Festival — he’s not in the mood to celebrate. Nor fall in love. But during a night run on the beach, a magnificently naked woman emerges from the surf who bears an uncanny resemblance to the mermaid in Fountain Square.
Adelena Silva’s otherworldly mermaid paintings have made her famous and wealthy, but Lena herself is a recluse — at least until Duncan Flynn comes home. She’s secretly loved him her whole life, and is determined not to let him get away again. But will revealing her truth win his heart, or cause Lena to lose him?
Why we recommend it: Moondance Beach sweeps us away to a beautiful New England island, much like Nora Roberts’s coastal settings. Indulge in local festivals, a Navy SEAL hero, and an almost magical romance that transports you to the sea (even though summer is long over!).
Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery
To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy — until she finds out she’ll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world’s sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner!
Jonny came to Fool’s Gold looking for normal, not for love. Happily-ever-after only happens in the movies. Still, nothing about this quirky town is quite what he expected, and “ordinary” Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he’s ever met. Refreshingly honest, disarmingly sweet. Achingly beautiful.
Planning the perfect wedding leads to candlelit dinners and strolls through snow-covered streets. And Madeline finds Jonny in real life even more captivating than her celebrity crush. But will the action star be brave enough to risk his heart and step into the role of a lifetime?
Why we recommend it: As heartwarming as a hot chocolate by the fireside, this romance delivers a happily-ever-after that will delight you down to your toes. And it’s never too early for Christmas, is it?
Which one will you read? Tell us in the comments!