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Harlequin December Reads

Everyone loves romance novels! It only takes finding your perfect sub-genre or imprint. What are you waiting for? Get browsing (https://www.harlequin.com/shop/pages/brand-landing.html) today! Here are the descriptions of the three different Harlequin series lines that the Harlequin November Recommended Reads books come from. Which is your favorite? 
HARLEQUIN DESIRE: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.Be transported to the worlds of oil barons, family dynasties, moguls and celebrities. Get ready for juicy plot twists, delicious sensuality and intriguing scandal. 
LOVE INSPIRED SUSPENSE: Courage. Danger. Faith. Find strength and determination in stories of faith and love in the face of danger.
HARLEQUIN SPECIAL EDITION: You know there's always a new chapter to be written. Harlequin Special Edition stories show that whether it's an old flame rekindled or a brand-new romance, love knows no timeline.
As the seasons change, get your first taste of the Holidays with Harlequin. Feel the love and delight in happily ever after with one of our Harlequin Series Holiday Heartwarmers. Click HERE (https://www.harlequin.com/shop/pages/christmas.html) to explore the most festive books of the season!
Title: Safety Breach
Author: Delores Fossen
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Intrigue
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: Can a Texas lawman capture an escaped serial killer after a witness’s location is breached?
The serial killer Gemma Hanson narrowly escaped just discovered her WITSEC location, and he’s coming after her to finish what he started. That’s the message Sheriff Kellan Slater personally delivers. Although Gemma and Kellan share an intense past, escaping the violence surrounding them is all that matters. Especially once Gemma realizes there is no safe place—not even protective custody…



Safety Breach was a page-turner in the beginning. You were thrown into the action with Gemma finding her safe house compromised (A forward or prologue would have been great to explain why. The author fills it in but it still caused confusion in the beginning). Her knight in shining arrives just in time to save her, again. Kellan doesn't want to still have feelings for Gemma, his teenage love, but he does and it complicates matters when they're trying to find a serial killer.

I had a few problems with this one which is why I docked a star from it. First, if you read a lot of police procedurals, prepare to suspend reality because a lot of what the sheriff does, doesn't make any sense, especially if you know a cop. He moved Gemma around at times when he KNEW that the killer would probably be waiting but he'd do it anyway. He'd say, "It's not safe here, we have to move" and then they'd get caught in a trap and he'd take her back to where he had just said it wasn't safe. You will have to suspend reality here, trust me.

I can say the action never stops, even if some of it is created by their own hand. Once the web of lies starts to unravel you start to see why there was a web in the first place. The book culminates at the end with an unexpected resolution of the mystery with a twist.

I wanted to feel bad for Gemma but I couldn't. She was the type who did, not the type to cower, which was good. However, her job was as a profiler and she worked with the guy for years and never figured out he was a serial killer??? Again, suspend reality. I liked Kellen but I didn't understand why he had to 'huff' or 'mumble some profanity' every time he had to show emotion.

In the end, Gemma and Kellan do agree to try again, even if their HEA happens in the last paragraph of the book. I have to assume since this is the first in the series, and there are more to come with his brother's, that we will see more of Gemma and Kellan in the future.
USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, is an Air Force veteran who has sold over 100 novels. She's received the Booksellers' Best Award for romantic suspense, the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. Her books have been featured in Woman's Day and Woman’s World. In addition, she's had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines. You can contact the author through her webpage at: www.deloresfossen.com
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Title: Duty or Desire
Author: Brenda Jackson
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Desire
Blurb:
What happens when a man of unshakable conviction meets the woman who rocks his world?
Pete Higgins is an honorary Westmoreland, a man of his word—of course he’ll put duty to his orphaned niece first. Too bad the temporary nanny is tempting him with every look. Myra Hollister captivates him. But she’s keeping dangerous secrets, the kind that remind Pete of all he’s lost before and what he can’t afford to lose again…
Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 100 novels and novellas, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald, and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-six and thirty-four, respectively. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her professional writing career began in 1995 with the release of her first book, Tonight and Forever. Since then she has written over 100 titles, which includes a made-for-television movie by BET, One Special Moment as well as the movie, Truly Everlasting. She was a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Fiction for her book, A Silken Thread; and was named Romance Writers of America’s Nora Robert’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2012.
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Title: The Secret Christmas Baby
Author: Lee Tobin McClain
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Life Inspired
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: Will a fresh start heal old wounds?
His high school sweetheart returns with a baby…And a devastating secret.
Reese Markowski can’t believe he’s hiring his ex-girlfriend—but to save his program for dogs and at-risk kids, the veteran needs Gabby Hanks. Single mom Gabby’s fierce love for her infant daughter is undeniable, as is the child’s effect on Reese’s wounded heart. Their holiday reunion is a joyful surprise, but nothing prepares Reese for the truth about Gabby’s baby…
Lee Tobin McClain read Gone With The Wind in the third grade and has been an incurable romantic ever since. The PW bestselling author of eight contemporary romances for Harlequin Love Inspired and twenty independently-published novels and novellas, she recently contracted with Harlequin HQN to write three mainstream romance novels, coming in 2019. When she's not writing, she's probably cheering on her daughter at a gymnastics meet, mediating battles between her goofy goldendoodle puppy and her rescue cat, or teaching aspiring writers in Seton Hill University's MFA program. She is probably not cleaning her house.
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Title: Red Carpet Redemption
Author: Yahrah St. John
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Desire
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: He’s Hollywood’s hottest heartthrob…
and her son’s secret father.
A PR stunt backfires when it reveals actor Dane Stewart’s a dad. As a sperm donor, he’s never met single mom Iris Turner, but they’re now connected through their child. And the press is about to pounce. Having Iris act as his girlfriend is pure damage control…except their chemistry is hotter than any love scene. But is a future together just a Cinderella fantasy?
Yahrah St. John is the International author of thirty-two books. When she's not at home crafting one of her sexy romances with compelling heroes and feisty heroines with a dash of family drama, St. John can be found in the kitchen cooking one of her gourmet meals discovered on the Food Network for her husband. Or this thrill-seeking junky can be found traveling the globe seeking out her next adventure.
A graduate of Hyde Park Career Academy, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English
from Northwestern University. St. John is a member of Romance Writers of America, but is an avid reader of all genres. St. John lives in sunny Orlando, the City Beautiful.
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Title: A Tale of Two Christmas Letters
Author: Cathy Gillen Thacker
Genre: Romance
Harlequin Imprint: Special Edition
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: Will a single dad and three little girls fulfill her secret Christmas wish?
Rehab nurse Bess Monroe is mortified that she accidentally sent the wrong Christmas letter to her boss! And so now Jack McCabe, widowed surgeon and father of three little girls, offers his friendship to get through the holidays. But their pact soon turns into something more. Can a woman who’s been burned by love open her heart to Jack for the holidays—and maybe forever?
Goodreads: Blurb: 
Will a single dad and three little girls fulfill her secret Christmas wish?
Rehab nurse Bess Monroe is mortified that she accidentally sent the wrong Christmas letter to her boss! And so now Jack McCabe, widowed surgeon and father of three little girls, offers his friendship to get through the holidays. But their pact soon turns into something more. Can a woman who’s been burned by love open her heart to Jack for the holidays—and maybe forever?

I loved Jack and Bess's story! It wasn't just their story, though. It was the story of two families intertwined. It was the story of three motherless daughters who could see how perfect their friend Bess was for their daddy. When the book opens, Bess is down in the holiday dumps. She had written two drafts of her annual Christmas letter to her nursing school friends and accidentally sent them both! Awkward. Even more awkward is the guy she's crushing on in the letter is the one to show up in her office to ask her if she's okay. She's not. Neither is he.

Jack was the hospital's orthopedic surgeon, a widower and single father to three little girls. He wasn't looking for entanglements. He was comfortable being friends with Bess and had no idea she wanted more than platonic pizza nights with him and his girls. On the rare occasion he let himself think about what life might be like if he fell in love again, he knew it could only be with one woman. Bess.

Agreeing to a holiday fling, they comfort themselves by saying they could be friends with benefits for the holidays and go back to being friends without benefits after the New Year. Well, you ALL know how that worked out. It didn't. Pretty soon they were up to their ears in feelings and had no idea what to do with them. Misunderstandings ensue and as Christmas approaches, Bess fears her heart will be broken when he walks away. Jack has a plan, though, and for a seconds you have hope that he has it figured out. Until he comes out with an idea that truly only be thought up by a man!

A Tale of Two Christmas Letters was so sweet at the end that I got a toothache but in a good way! One of the reasons I loved this story was because the adults were mature, willing to talk out their issues, and didn't stomp around mad for days over every silly little thing. Love takes real work and Ms. Thacker portrayed that in a way that was mature and logical. "There are no limits on love," she said, and I think, she's got that perfectly right.
To date, I’ve written and published over one hundred novels. Many are out of print, many are coming back in print via e-readers. (Hurrah!) In each story, I try to provide a few laughs, maybe a few tears, a few problems that seem… at first… unsolvable. As well as a lot of love.

I thank all the readers who have supported me and my work over the years, and I welcome all the new ones with open arms, and much gratitude. Knowing I’ve made someone’s day a little brighter, with one of my books, is the best gift I could ever receive.

So look around the site. You’ll discover what’s new, and what you may have missed. As well as a few recipes.

Welcome! And happy reading!

Cathy Gillen Thacker

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