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Out on the Ice

With closed-door sex and limited conflict, this is a quiet and cozy romance that also frequently acknowledges that homophobia and biphobia make that coziness hard-won. A solid first book from newcomer Farmer.
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Acsquidentally in Love

Launching the new “Sucker for Love Mysteries” series, Hiers (Cold Hard Cash) rolls worldbuilding mythology, delicious flirting, erotic scenes, and detective work into a breezy and sensual LGBTQ paranormal romance, marking a promising beginning to this new series.

Emerald Blaze

The phenomenal Andrews follows up Sapphire Flame with another satisfying entry in this popular series. Action, romance, intrigue, and tons of danger leave readers wanting more of the Baylors, more of the Primes. A required purchase for all romance collections.

Would I Lie to the Duke

A duke who has no problem taking a more submissive role and an intelligent woman determined not to fail make an exquisite match in this second spicy, delectable tale in Leigh’s “Union of Rakes” series (My Fake Rake). Regency fans will savor and want more.

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts

With this new series launch, Allen (The Lady in the Coppergate Tower) creates an alternate 19th-century London with just enough steampunk elements (automatons, airships) to spice things up, and what could have been another stale version of a familiar fairy tale becomes a fresh retelling with plenty of danger and romance. An excellent choice for romance readers trying steampunk for the first time.
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Not My Romeo

The crackling chemistry between the two leads is strong, and though numerous side conflicts threaten to overwhelm the main romance and leave the plot feeling slightly overstuffed, this new series launch from Madden-Mills (I Bet You) will be welcomed by fans of sports romances.

Ties That Tether

Igharo’s debut beautifully depicts the tension between self-determination and the desire to live up to family expectations. Favorite tropes such as a secret baby and a love triangle are reimagined through clever and heart-warming storytelling. Readers will be rooting for Azere from the very first page. [See “A Full Fall,” p. 16 ff.]
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Simmer Down

Smith’s (Faker) cute, breezy, multicultural romance set in paradise is a solid purchase where contemporary romances are popular.
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No Offense

Cabot returns to the “Little Bridge Island” series with another engaging read (after No Judgment). Rom-com fans looking to extend the beach-reading season should find this their next go-to read.
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The Jackal

The latest expansion of Ward’s elaborate world builds on its own mythology while introducing new characters and revisiting old favorites. A must-read for fans of this long-running series, and an accessible jumping-on point for newcomers.
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Stick the Landing

McMurray’s return to the “Elite Athletes” series (after Here Comes the Flood) is a welcome one, with a sweet and sexy love story nestled among a solid sports tale. Although it would’ve paired perfectly with the Beijing Games, this remains a great book for summer and will have staying power in the buildup to the 2021 Olympic Games.
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Hairpin Curves

RITA award–winning author Winters (Playing Naughty) puts the focus on female friendships—and female love—in this feel-good, F/F road-trip romance that’s not too heavy and just the right amount of fun to recommend for a fun holiday or beach read.

Here To Stay

Herrera (“Dreamers” series) hits the mark again with a sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance that deftly charts the struggles of finding love and friendship in unexpected places.
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The Unexpected Heiress

O’Riley (The Heiress He’s Been Waiting For) brings together the Hamilton family one last time for the final book in both the “Hamilton Cousins” series and the entire Hamilton family books. This Victorian-era read is sure to please longtime fans and new readers alike.
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Dangerous Water

James (Caught in the Current) explores weighty subjects in this story that could have been more fully developed—living with survivor’s guilt, discovering loved ones aren’t who or what they professed to be, finding family members who were a long-held secret. The uneven writing and a mystery that seems to resolve itself behind the scenes make the appeal mainly to series completists. For collections where the author’s previous books circulate well.
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My Highland Rogue

With mountains of family drama, coupled with unexpected twists and turns, this enchanting love story will appeal to fans of Kate Morton’s or Lauren Willig’s historical romances. [Note: Ranney passed away this past June while writing this series. She was 70. My Highland Rogue would have been her 37th historical romance published with Avon.—Ed.]

Kiss My Cupcake

An absolute delight from start to finish, this delicious enemies-to-lovers romance sees an independent and driven heroine and an equally ambitious hero take a journey to love that is unpredictable and filled with hilarity, a dash of sweetness, and a touch of steam.
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RomeAntically Challenged

Adair (“Destiny Bay” series) launches an adorable, fun new contemporary romance series. Anh and Emmitt are delightful, and the cast of secondary characters is varied and entertaining. Readers will be eager to see several of them get their own story. For public libraries where small-town contemporary romances are popular.
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Falling for the Texan

This story makes it difficult to root for the characters to achieve their happily ever after, and readers might have a difficult time understanding why (beyond the physical chemistry) they are attracted to each other in the first place. This one wants to hit all the right notes, but it doesn’t quite get there.
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The Girl Next Door

Chatty, casual narration and minimal tension make for a light summer read.
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The Magnolia Sisters

This enjoyable romance is perfect for voracious readers who want to dive into a new small-town series. Recommended for libraries that already boast strong romance collections.
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My Kind of Cowboy

The first book in Ryan’s (The Cowboy Next Door) new series should satisfy readers in search of a contemporary Western romance with a touch of suspense. The start may be a bit slow for readers who want to dive immediately into the romance, but those who appreciate learning the details of family dynamics and ranch life will enjoy getting to know the colorful, multigenerational Merrick clan and the citizens of Devil’s Door.

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows

Once again, Waite (The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics) offers up a tale of women falling in love within a richly realized world of relationships and responsibilities, including ties to a constellation of queer people living and loving in the fissures of social convention.
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Enchanted

Scott’s (Enamored) new contemporary series is both flirty and sentimental, as Noah and Andie embark on a romantic adventure together. Readers will be looking forward to the next book in the series featuring Sinclair brother Owen and friend Layla.

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Fair as a Star

From the best-selling author of the “Paris Orphans of Devon” series comes a compassionate treatment of a heroine with a condition not commonly addressed in the historical romance subgenre. This, combined with Mark’s romantic gestures toward Beryl, results in a kindhearted love story that will delight anyone who longs to be loved without limits. Highly recommended.

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Summer at Firefly Beach

Hale (The Summer House) weaves a contemporary family story with a sweet friends-to-lovers romance. Perfect for fans of a low-angst, feel-good read.
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Home with You

Kendall’s (Walk Me Home) small-town romance has bigger-than-life characters who are still relatable, and this tale is perfect for readers who enjoy stories of complex family dynamics.
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Tough Talking Cowboy

Ryan’s skillful balance of romance and drama in her third entry in the “Wild Rose Ranch” series (after Restless Rancher) will appeal to readers who enjoy a heart-warming story that also grapples with the difficult issues of PTSD, drug abuse, and childhood trauma.
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Jace

This new slant on the Western romance will be adored by country music cowboy romance fans. Recommend to readers of Linda Lael Miller and Jodi Thomas.
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The Traitor’s Pawn

Harris’s (Deadly Intentions) story reads like a low-budget action film with over-the-top exploits and suspects that include international terrorists. Unfortunately, the romance between Jack and Bree isn’t enough to keep readers hanging on.
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Just Like That

This first in a new series from McCade (“Undue Arrogance” series) is wonderfully descriptive, filled with angst and great introspection from both characters. Fans of the author and second-chance love stories will be enthralled.
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How To Catch a Sinful Marquess

Kind hearted protagonists and a tender, though quite steamy, romance make this a solid entry in the (not-quite-so) disreputable debutantes saga.
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Meet You in the Middle

Noble intentions can’t save this opposites-attract romance from its inability to examine the differences at play.
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Eighty Days to Elsewhere

This inspired series launch from dyer (Finding Fraser) offers readers a journey around the world that is both entertaining and enlightening. Fans of new adult romance will enjoy watching Romy discover not only new landscapes but herself in the process.
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Breathe the Sky

Hazen’s (Unbreak Me) heartwarming romance will hook readers from the start with her colorful and well-developed characters. Suggested for readers seeking a new take on contemporary American Western romance.
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Party of Two

Guillory’s latest in the “Wedding Date” series (after Royal Holiday) will tie in nicely to the 2020 political season and is sure to be on many reading lists, but overall the focus on the characters’ internal struggles, work, and food descriptions, plus the vagueness of Max’s political affiliation make for an uneven romance. Still, Olivia’s shining character will ultimately please readers who have enjoyed Guillory’s other popular works.
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Nowhere To Hide

Kelly continues the Winchester brothers family mysteries in this second series outing (after Watching You) with a fast-paced, sexy romance that true crime fans and mystery-obsessed readers will love.
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Who’s That Earl?

Readers who love second-chance romance, secret identities, or close-knit communities will find much to enjoy in this warm-hearted series opener.
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Not Like the Movies

The sparkling dialog and hilarious banter in this second in Winfrey’s series (after Waiting for Tom Hanks) will dazzle readers craving a self-aware rom-com. Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Nora Ephron.

Daring and the Duke

The highly anticipated conclusion to the inimitable MacLean’s massively popular “Bareknuckle Bastards” trilogy (Wicked and the Wallflower; Brazen and the Beast) delivers a satisfying emotional punch that fans will savor. It can be read as a stand-alone but is best enjoyed along with the rest of the series.
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Best Laid Plaids

Debut author Stainton pairs a physically strong but wounded veteran with an emotionally vulnerable scholar, and their many erotic moments are offset by humor, sorrow, and the supernatural, making this a wickedly good start to the “Kilty Pleasures” series.
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Mr. Malcolm’s List

With a feature film already in the works, building on a script also written by Allain (Incognito), this captivating Regency is sure to be oft-requested and relished by fans of the period.
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Love Sold Separately

Meister (Dorothy Parker Drank Here) presents a breezy, fast-paced contemporary with elements of suspense and mystery. While Dana is the only well-developed character, the array of secondary characters—even her love interests—remain one-dimensional. Readers looking for a light beach read will enjoy the engaging writing and compelling plot.

Tools of Engagement

Fans of the “Hot and Hammered” series (Fix Her Up; Love Her or Lose Her) will delight in visiting with familiar characters, but this can certainly be read as a stand-alone. Fans of Christina Lauren and Helena Hunting should add Bailey to their list of go-to rom-com authors.
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Starfish Pier

Readers who have enjoyed previous titles in the series will undoubtedly wish to read this one as well.

Before I Called You Mine

Deese’s (A Season To Love) latest novel will touch readers’ hearts, moving them near to tears on one page even as they laugh out loud on the next. Those who enjoy inspirational fiction and imperfect characters striving to find their own path to happiness will find this difficult to put down.
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As Much as I Ever Could

Readers looking for a gentle read about recovering from grief, buoyed by a community of welcoming new friends and new love, will find Snow’s (Meant To Be Broken) latest fits the bill.

Starcrossed

Readers will be yearning for more the minute they finish the final page.
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He’s Come Undone: A Romance Anthology

This hefty anthology offers readers five delicious stories, each with its own unique atmosphere and dynamic.
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About a Rogue

Linden (An Earl Like Me) begins her “Desperately Seeking Duke” series with a beautifully written, sensual tale that combines slow-burn heat, witty enemies-to-lovers banter, and lush details of Bianca’s career. This should please readers of Eva Leigh’s “Union of Rakes” series or Sally MacKenzie’s What Ales the Earl.
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Her Lady’s Honor

Dahlia (Ode to the Banh Mi) presents a charming love story, though readers may struggle to understand what draws Nell and Beatrice together aside from Beatrice’s need to flee her abusive situation. That Nell’s privilege ultimately secures that escape complicates the path to a truly consensual happily ever after.

Two Rogues Make a Right

With this life-affirming final act to the trilogy (It Takes Two To Tumble; A Gentleman Never Keeps Score), Sebastian delivers a fiercely joyous tale of two people fighting to give each other a home and learning to love well.
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Never Conspire with a Sinful Baron

Miller (Never Kiss a Notorious Marquess) continues her “Infamous Lords” series with a charming entry featuring a surprisingly sweet hero engaging in a romantic rivalry to win a most worthy heroine.
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A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby

There’s enough camp in this story to house an army, but debuter Riley delivers a fine first outing in what looks to be a promising new series, welcoming a determined West Indian heroine to the Regency subgenre.
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Side Trip

Fans of conventional contemporary romances may be put off by the meandering and melodramatic way that the hero and heroine finally get their happily ever after. However, readers of romantic dramas à la Nicholas Sparks will likely be more tolerant of the story’s contortions.
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Wild Cowboy Country

Though the story features an interesting premise and a competent narrative, the central romance fails to engage readers fully.
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To Catch an Earl

Bateman’s second in the popular “Bow Street Bachelor” series (after This Earl of Mine) is an alluring cat-and-mouse tale between two deserving adversaries. For Regency romance fans wishing for thrills in their to-be-read list.
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Boyfriend Material

Hall (How To Bang a Billionaire) delivers a comedic romance with a not-very-sympathetic hero who tries to be better, a sexy barrister, and a gaggle of oddball secondary characters. Fans of Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue may enjoy.
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Say Yes to the Duke

Though it takes some time for the story to warm up in the first act, best-selling James (Three Weeks with Lady X) comes through with another heartfelt, sensuous entry in the Wilde family saga (after Say No to the Duke).
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Marry in Scarlet

Fans of multiaward winner Gracie (Marry in Haste), as well as devotees of traditional Regencies (think Georgette Heyer), will appreciate the familiar tomboy-tames-duke story, but readers with modern sensibilities may be turned off by the hero’s old-fashioned ideas about women.
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Issued

With a captivating—although at times unbelievable—plot, this is a delightful, escapist book for fans of the arranged marriage trope.
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The Devil of Downtown

Shupe (A Scandalous Deal) concludes the stunning Gilded Age New York–set “Uptown Girls” trilogy with a bang, bringing together a least-likely love match with explosive results. While readers can start with this book, they’ll get the full impact of the Greene sisters’ saga by beginning with The Rogue of Fifth Avenue.
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Relentless in Texas. ­

With so many characters from previous books (Mistletoe in Texas; Fearless in Texas), it is recommended that readers start at the beginning of the series to avoid any confusion. Fans of gritty cowboy romances will thoroughly enjoy.
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The Love Scam

The characters and banter make this latest from Davidson (“Undead” series) a fast, fun, and uproariously entertaining read. There is plenty here to offer romance readers lookingher list of suspects. If all that wasn’t enough for something special and different.
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Butterfly Bayou

Blake (Evidence of Desire) has created a couple to root for, along with memorable supporting characters and story lines with depth. Readers will be eager to visit Papillion again.
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The Boyfriend Project

Rochon’s (“Moments in Mapleville” series) latest is ideal for anyone wanting positive representations of strong women in STEM fields, especially with its exploration of the specific challenges faced by black women. It will also please fans of office romances and Christina Lauren’s Dating You/Hating You.

Recipe for Persuasion

Clever allusions to Persuasion aside (even Jane Austen fans will be challenged to spot them all), this is a sumptuously multilayered story about the ways love gets tangled in family life and romantic relationships. Highly recommended.

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The Highlander’s English Bride

In the third book of the “Clan Kendrick” series, Kelly (The Highlander Who Protected Me) continues to show her skill at pairing witty banter and adventure-driven characters in a late-Regency romance. Fun for readers who prefer a heroine who does as much rescuing as the hero.

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Iditarod Nights

Published in partnership with Multnomah County Library and Portland State University’s student-run Ooligan Press, Hiday’s fast-paced, well-researched romance will be perfect for readers following the actual race and for ­Iditarod displays.

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Dream Maker

The characters aren’t very likable, and the plot drags out way too long. Content warning for mentions of rape and violence. Recommended only for Ashley’s fans and where her other books circulate well.

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Hideaway

Roberts’s legions of fans will want to add Caitlyn Sullivan’s story to their lists. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]

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This Wandering Heart

This is a rather predictable yet enjoyable story about forgiveness, following your dreams, and everything not being as simple as you first imagined.

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The Fiery Crown

Kennedy’s second in the “Forgotten Empires” trilogy (after The Orchid Throne) does an excellent job of setting the stage for the conclusion. Lia and Con’s move from enemies to lovers to partners is rocky but dynamic, and readers will be fascinated by the secrets revealed.

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The Ingredients of You and Me

The romance is predictable yet satisfying, but the true charm of this story is the path Parker takes to rediscovering her passion for baking with help from a cast of supporting characters that will make readers want to reach for the first two books in the series and look forward to future installments.

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When You Wish Upon a Rogue

Bennett delivers a dashing Regency romance featuring a wounded earl and an unyielding heroine with strong convictions. The third of the “Debutante Diaries” (after The Duke Is But a Dream) can easily serve as an introduction to the series.

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Rakes and Roses

A desperate hero finds salvation with an older, wealthier heroine in an unusual twist on the typical romance power dynamic. Kilpack’s (Daisies & Devotion) story will appeal to readers looking for themes of redemption and a mild sensuality.

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Gone with the Rogue

Though the romance starts promisingly, the characters never quite feel well-rounded enough to make the story emotionally engaging. An optional purchase for most libraries and for fans of traditional Regencies.

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The Banty House

Brown (Cowboy Courage) delivers a heartwarming read that twines faith, healing, and family against the backdrop of a small Texas town. Readers will be charmed by the antics of the three wily Carson sisters, while a slow-to-bloom and tender romance develops.

Chasing Cassandra

Kleypas’s dialog sizzles with sexual tension and witty banter, while the enjoyable secondary characters, particularly the tough but sensitive street urchin Bazzle add humor and warmth. Simply delightful. Recommended for all libraries that serve romance readers.

First Comes Scandal: A Bridgertons Prequel

Quinn is in her usual fine form. The newly launched Netflix series will ensure more fans, but Nicholas and Georgie will be a hit with longtime readers and newcomers alike.
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Not That Kind of Guy

Readers who enjoy strong and prickly heroines such as Rhiannon from Alisha Rai’s The Right Swipe will root for Bridget as she works through her fears and desires without ever compromising herself or her beliefs.

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The Marriage Game

This witty and delightful story about family, forgiveness, and letting go is utterly satisfying. Desai’s first book will be a hit with fans of Sonya Lalli’s The Matchmaker’s List.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Hibbert’s follow up to Get a Life, Chloe Brown, featuring Dani’s sister, is another superb and emotionally rich romance. Grief and turmoil are expertly balanced with hilarious wit, making the story both complex and immensely readable. The characters are vibrant, and their chemistry is scorching. Remarkable. [See Prepub Alert, 12/19.]

Something To Talk About

This debut is an unputdownable slow-burn romance with well-drawn and incredibly real characters. Wilsner does an amazing job exploring a Hollywood love story in the middle of a #metoo movement.
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The Virgin and the Rogue

A light and enjoyable comedy of errors from best-selling Jordan (The Duke’s Stolen Bride); this reads like a sexier version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Heiress for Hire

Readers who enjoy strong elements of crime solving in their romances will love Minerva and Chase’s sleuthing, but be prepared to collect the entire series for closure on the mystery.
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A Taste of Sage

Santos’s debut blends the rare but real condition of synesthesia into a fast-paced if uneven romance. The recipes throughout make this a perfect recommendation to those checking out cookbooks with their romances.
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Real Men Knit

Jackson, writing for the first time under her new pen name, has created a relationship where sparks fly and a compelling family for her to plumb in future installments of the new series. Put this in the hands of K.M. Jackson (As Good as the First Time) readers, yarn lovers, or anyone who enjoys a contemporary romance series involving a dynamic family. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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Felice

Roth (“Those Magnificent Malverns” series) kicks off a new series set in pre-Civil War New Orleans at a galloping pace. The well-drawn setting, Felice’s verve, and a cast of bold secondary characters illuminate every page.
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Loathe at First Sight

Melody’s characterization and voice sparkle throughout, despite extraneous plot points that make the story feel unfocused at times. Smart, punchy, and memorable.
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Wolf Under Fire

This first installment in Tyler’s new series gives a good introduction to members of the newly formed team. The story is action packed, so readers who enjoy a little romance amid intense car chases and explosions will be wholly satisfied.
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A Sweet Mess

Lee’s (Temporary Wife Temptation) latest is perfect for anyone who enjoyed Amy E. Reichert’s The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. Readers will get lost in Aubrey’s sugary creations while rooting for the characters to find their happily ever after.
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Until the End

In this pulse-pounding, military-heavy romance, Rushdan’s well-crafted characters jump off the page and will captivate lovers of romantic thrillers.

A Duke by Any Other Name

The latest in Burrowes’s stunning Rogues to Riches” Regency-era series shines as a standout in the historical romance subgenre but is also a powerful story all on its own. The determined Althea charms readers right alongside the taciturn yet deep down tender Nathaniel. Highly recommended.
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The Highland Rogue

Highlanders, high seas, and brigands ahoy! There’s never a dull moment in Jarecki’s (The Highland Earl) swashbuckling adventure, which feels like a wonderful blend of Outlander and Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Island Affair

Readers who love the “fake dating” trope or romances with a backdrop of family drama will enjoy this one. Content warnings for discussions of eating disorders, cancer, and loss.
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The Wrong Mr. Darcy

Those hoping for a contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice will likely be disappointed, as any similarities to Jane Austen’s classic novel distract from the story rather than add depth. Fans of sports romance in which twists and drama abound may find it more enjoyable, though at times the plot feels overstuffed as threads and story lines appear suddenly or are left dangling without conclusion.

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