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Cross Her Heart

This romantic suspense tale thrusts readers into the action, with one heart-racing, adrenaline-filled scene after another. Leigh’s (“Morgan Dane” series) vulnerable yet strong lead characters add depth to an exciting new series.

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The Winter Companion

Fans of the “Parish Orphans of Devon” series will adore this final installment, reuniting the orphans and their loves. Matthews (A Convenient Fiction) sensitively portrays a neuroatypical protagonist facing ingrained prejudices, even from friends, and how such preconceptions limits a person’s potential.
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His Secret Mistress

Maxwell (If Ever I Should Love You) provides a brave heroine whom readers will root for in love and life in this first book of a new series. While the couple’s intriguing backstory isn’t as fleshed out as it could be, readers looking for an unconventional Regency romance should give this a try.

The Rakess

Highly recommended for those unafraid of a grittier love story.
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Every Bit a Rogue

Basso (Intimate Betrayal) allows for romance to kindle and build between Emma and Jon with just a touch of drama to keep the plot compelling. This is perfect for readers who prefer a Regency romance driven by the characters’ desires rather than an outside element of suspense.
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Promised

Debut author Garriott’s smooth prose and character-driven story will enthrall readers looking for sweet historicals with Austen-esque plots.
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The Bachelor

Jeffries (“Sinful Suitors” series) explores the cultural mores of early Regency London to weave a tale of blackmail, spies, and a Season debut. Joshua is a fascinating hero, the only untitled male among the series’ rather gentried family and always aware of the fact. There is an overarching series mystery developing, but readers yet to pick up the previous title, Project Duchess, shouldn’t be deterred.
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In Search of Truth

The plot is fast paced but may require some suspension of disbelief, while the romance is mediocre at best, with not much in the way of chemistry between Allison and Zack. Purchase only where previous series entries (Every Deep Desire) circulate well.

Girl Gone Viral

Rai follows up The Right Swipe with a sweet and spicy romance that delves into some deep issues of mental health for both main characters (severe anxiety and PTSD), as well as the effects of social media on people’s lives. Essential for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]
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Hearts on Hold

The sex is exciting and sometimes risqué (getting it on in a public greenhouse!), but the more satisfying and well-developed elements are the examination of identity and the importance of supportive friends. Reid’s latest (The Write Escape) is a win for readers who desire steam and substance.
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The Honey-Don’t List

The author duo’s many fans will enjoy this charming romance. [see the Q&A, p. 71.]
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The Happy Ever After Playlist

With a playlist running throughout the novel, this book will strike a chord with music-loving romance readers. A first-tier purchase for public libraries.
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Wild, Wild Rake

MacGregor’s latest in the “Cavensham Heiresses” series (The Bad Luck Bride) will delight those looking to warm their hearts with a tender read. Passionately defiant of her past, Avalon aims to right the wrongs in Regency England, while Devan stands at the ready to help her. Though the sixth book in the series, this is still a great jumping-on point for new readers.

10 Fast-Paced Romances Involving Scandals, Women Duped or in Charge, Post-Grief Love, & Friends Helping Others | February 2020

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Undercover Bromance

Adams’s latest (The Bromance Book Club) combines humorous elements that balance the heavier themes of workplace harassment, resulting in a fast-paced romance that offers both laughs and greater social relevance.

Taji from Beyond the Rings

This sf queer romance includes some violence, as well as discussion and depiction of sexual coercion and abuse, but is overall fiercely joyful. It will be welcomed by fans of Cooper (Let There Be Light) and new readers seeking nuanced world- and relationship building.
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Cowboy Fever

Fans of Carolyn Brown and Lori Wilde will need to hold on to their hats as they navigate the exciting twists of this Western sizzler.
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The Way Back to You

Best for readers of sweet romances already familiar with the series.

Love's Secrets | Romance Reviews, Dec. 2019

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Engaged to the Earl

Although Berne’s (The Bride Takes a Groom) dialog for female characters is often melodramatic and may not appeal to every reader, followers of the series will enjoy seeing a prodigal son returning home to find his match.
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Lean on Me

Fans of Simmons’s books (“Love at the Crossroads” series) will probably want to pick up this first in a new series; others may wish to pass.
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An Everyday Hero

Though part of the “Heart of a Hero” series (following The Military Wife), Trentham’s romance with themes of family, music, and military can stand alone. Recommended for purchase where contemporary romance is popular.
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Calling on Quinn

Fans of romances featuring possessive alpha heroes may be the right audience for this one.
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Wicked Cowboy Wolf

Series fans will enjoy Ballenger’s latest, as the heat between Maeve and Rogue smolders on the page. New readers, however, should start at the beginning of the series with Cowboy Wolf Trouble.
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Forbidden Promises

Politics, passion, and family drama combine to make a deliciously soapy second-chance, brother’s-best-friend romance. Readers of Alisha Rai’s “Forbidden Hearts” series or Reese Ryan’s Engaging the Enemy will be tantalized and surprised by the many twists and turns.

The Vanishing

With romance, mystery, intrigue, and a host of paranormal elements, Krentz’s (When All the Girls Have Gone) latest will hook fans across genres. The gratifying denouement leaves room for series potential as well.
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Ignite on Contact

Despite overly descriptive passages that slow down the pacing, Burton (Hot to the Touch) delivers a steamy story with two relationship-shy neighbors whose stubbornness fans their passions. For fans of Erin McCarthy and Bella Andre.
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To Have and To Hoax

Debuter Waters is off to a promising start with a rare historical romantic comedy that is sure to delight fans of either genre. [Previewed in Eve Stano’s Romance Preview, “Love for All,” LJ 10/19.]
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Never Kiss a Duke

An unmoored former duke trying to find his footing and navigate a new life and an independent woman confident in the world she’s built from the ground up are surrounded by an engaging cast of secondary characters in this excellent start to a bold and sensual new Regency series from the beloved Frampton (Never a Bride).
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You Deserve Each Other

While many have compared this to Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game, die-hard fans of that work will be disappointed by the lack of passion here. Those seeking a hate-to-love romance, however, should enjoy, as will admirers of Christina Lauren’s Dating You Hating You.
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The Kissing Game

A first-tier purchase for all collections.
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The Arrangement

A well-curated selection of sexy, short, captivating romances from big-name authors investigating the unexpected twists of arranged marriages.
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A SEAL Always Wins

Castillo’s sultry suspense keeps the pages turning as the broader mystery expands in this satisfying second series entry (after A SEAL Never Quits).
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Seduce Me with Sapphires

Readers who delight in a couple that sparks as much fire outside as inside the bedroom will devour Feather’s newest Edwardian romance (after Tempt Me with Diamonds).
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The Worst Best Man

Sosa (Acting on Impulse) delivers a steamy and witty enemies-to-lovers romance. Lina and Max’s relationship grows against a rich background of Lina’s Afro-Latinx culture, and readers will enjoy the complex cast of side characters.

An Inconvenient Duke

Action, suspense, seduction, and two determined lovers fighting for what is right provide a host of reasons to read well into the night. Danielle is an extremely compelling heroine who is willing to forgo her own prospects to correct wrongdoing. When combined with Marcus’s conviction and refusal to abandon those he cares about, they make a perfect pair to kick off Harrington's (How I Married a Marquess) latest Regency series.
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Eight Kinky Nights

This book is recommended to readers looking for a story with kink that is thoughtful about D/s relationship dynamics, features protagonists with autism, has a very diverse cast of characters who are part of one or often several marginalized groups, and does not require monogamy for a HEA.
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Almost Just Friends

Fans of the TV drama series This Is Us as well as love stories ripe with secrets waiting to be spilled will devour Shalvis’s latest in the series (after The Lemon Sisters).
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Forever My Duke

American and English cultures clash in the parlor and the bedroom in Drake’s latest outing (after The Duke I Once Knew). Readers looking to cheer on two unlikely lovers will gravitate to this title.
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Much Ado About a Widow

Firmly grounded in richly told historical details, this proves a true screwball romantic comedy, perfect for anyone seeking a love story rife with fun and adventure. A successful continuation of Jaxon’s “Widow’s Club” series (after What a Widow Wants).
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Anyone But a Duke

RITA Award-winning author Krahn (The Girl with the Sweetest Secret) provides just the right amount of suspense and tenderness; readers will be charmed by this attractive couple.
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A Cowboy To Remember

Readers who enjoy the soap opera–like drama of an amnesia story will immediately be intrigued by Weatherspoon’s (“FIT” trilogy) new series launch. The emotionally satisfying tale of forgiveness and reconciliation gives Evie’s story broad appeal.
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Love Her or Lose Her

The story is strongest when delving into communication and vulnerability but occasionally gets bogged down by repetitive writing and a too-predictable plot. Still, fans of Lyssa Kay Adams’s The Bromance Book Club or Farrah Rochon’s Cherish Me will be glad to discover another contemporary marriage-in-trouble romance.
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A Girl’s Guide to the Outback

Kate (Love and Other Mistakes) brings the outback to life in this stand-alone Christian romance that features two people struggling to figure out what they want.
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Risk It All

This fast-paced romance is laced with humor and a bit of heat. Fans of Janet Evanovitch’s “Stephanie Plum” series will enjoy the interplay between Cara and Henry but will find more grit and less slapstick humor.
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Cold Nose, Warm Heart

In this delightful debut novel, Wells sets the stage for a warm-hearted series with a twosome who just can’t seem to hate each other.

The Prince of Broadway

Shupe (A Scandalous Deal) continues her lusciously detailed Gilded Age–set series with a dynamic duo determined to get what they want at any cost. Sensual and passionate and with an unconventional, intriguing story line, this second in the series (after The Rogue of Fifth Avenue) is one readers will clamor for.
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The Beast of Beswick

Having penned several historical romances with Angie Morgan (e.g., “Tartans & Titans” series), Howard strikes out on her own in this thoroughly enjoyable stand-alone that perfectly captures the badly behaved beast in a clever Regency retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast.
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Dirty Letters

Readers who can overlook a few stretched plot points in order to enjoy the sizzling chemistry will gravitate to the latest entry from acclaimed writing duo Keeland and Ward (Hate Notes; “Rush” series).
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Lethal Redemption

Fans of military and private security series with brave and vulnerable men and women will enjoy this gritty romantic suspense, which features levity and a tight-knit group of characters.
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Hidden Cove

Tilly continues to play in the foggy shadows of charming Solace Island (after Cliff’s Edge), giving fans the intriguing combination of a hot romance and a disturbing crime spree.

Angel in a Devil’s Arms

With a sizzling romance, an intriguing revenge plot, and a cast of quirky Palace guests, this next installment of Long’s luscious new series is smart and deliciously sensual. Fans will devour this title, while newcomers will immediately want to track down the first book (Lady Derring Takes a Lover).
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American Love Story

Herrera returns to her “Dreamers” series with a sexy romance that explores stereotypes and racial injustice. While this stands alone, characters from American Dreamer and American Fairytale make appearances, so libraries owning these first two books in the series will want to purchase. Recommended for all libraries.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

This stunning romance tackles important topics, such as living with disability and surviving emotional abuse, without ever getting bogged down in despair. Hibbert’s prose sparkles, and the heat is high, making this new series launch, the author’s first with a mainstream publisher, perfect for fans of Tessa Bailey’s “Hot & Hammered” series or Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient. Hibbert’s extensive self-published backlist, especially the “Ravenswood” series, can fill demand while readers wait for her next “Brown Sisters” book.
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My Fake Rake

In this first book of her new “Union of the Rakes” series, Leigh (“The London Underground” series) adopts the fake dating trope to the Regency Era in a wildly fun and entertaining way, introducing characters who are sure to delight fans of this beloved genre.
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Born To Be a Cowboy

Readers who prefer their Westerns with a dash of suspense will find this latest from Ryan (after The Cowboy Next Door) an ideal choice. The action and danger ramp up from the beginning and never let down. Includes a bonus short story by A.J. Pine.
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The Rancher’s Redemption

Those who love family drama, redemption stories, and satisfying romance all rolled into one will want this title. Pearce’s series featuring the Miller family, beginning with The Second Chance Rancher, continues to lend itself to emotional, engaging stories.
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The Princess Plan

A surprisingly uneven entry from the best-selling London (The Trouble with Honor). While some readers will love the Victorian commoner-meets-royalty fairy-tale plot, others may find the romance between these two mismatched characters remains unconvincing.
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Dilly and Boz

This latest from Inman (“Belladonna Arms” series) could fit the bill for readers looking for contemporary romance that edges into thriller territory, though some may sense a touch of too much instalove.
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The Highlander’s Christmas Bride

An abundance of adventure and an unusual premise quickly draw readers in to this Scotland-set Regency, making Kelly’s latest “Clan Kendrick” novel (The Highlander Who Protected Me) a perfect Christmas read, complete with family drama that could stand as a story all its own.
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Goalie Interference

Fans of sports romances will adore these two alpha males trying to figure out how to work and play together nicely.
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A Convenient Fiction

Readers who enjoy their historicals set in the country- or seaside and France or England will be in for a treat.
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The Devil in the Saddle

London’s second “Princes of Texas” series installment (after The Charmer in Chaps) will delight readers who enjoy a soft-hearted soldier, a spirited heroine, and relatable, entertaining family dynamics.

Love for All | Romance Preview 2019

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Code of Conduct

In a pulse-pounding story featuring a captivating interracial couple paired with a riveting adventure, this strong series launch from White (An Urchin of Means) casts equally original and intriguing supporting characters, who will hopefully headline future entries. A thrill for readers of Sandra Brown or Kristen Ashley.
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A Distance Too Grand

Set against the backdrop of an expanding American West, this first in a new series from Scott (Never Doubt a Duke) will satisfy readers looking for a gentle love story and a gumption-filled heroine ready to explore the world.
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Faker

Fans of Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game will find that this delightful debut from #ownvoices author Smith has great potential, as long as they can overlook a few missteps.
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Forever and a Duke

The passion is strong in Burrowes’s latest entry in this new series. Yet with the Wentworths, who were central to the first book, playing a smaller part and a rather convoluted financial mystery, this may be in less demand by all but Burrowes’s devoted fans. The bonus novella from Kelly Bowen is a delight.
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Christmas with a Cowboy

For a relationship that starts with such passion, it fizzles as the pair are suddenly forced to form a family. The inclusion of familiar characters from previous books in the series, however, make this latest from Brown (Cowboy Rebel) a must-read for her fans. Includes a bonus novella by Sara Richardson.
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Wish upon a Cowboy

Readers of Marts’s “Cowboys of Creedence” series (Caught Up in a Cowboy) will devour this latest installment, as will fans of both holiday and Western-themed romances, who will also find much to love in Harper and Logan’s journey.
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The Christmas Keeper

A delightful supporting cast of friends and family members round out this sequel to The Good Ones, which is as cozy as the hero’s favorite Christmas sweater, with a warm, home-for-the-holidays feel.
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Would Like To Meet

While this debut doesn’t break new ground, Winters offers a relatable take on modern dating, writing, and working. Movie aficionados, in particular, will enjoy references to iconic rom-com moments as lovable, overworked Evie navigates her own series of meet-cute mishaps. Recommend to readers of Helen Fielding and Lucy Parker.
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This Earl of Mine

Bateman applies subtle twists on favorite tropes in a story filled with humorous banter and unexpected plot turns. An exciting series opener.
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An Alaskan Christmas

This latest series launch from Snow (“Colorado Ice” series) is a sexy and swift read enhanced by the beauty and perils of the Alaskan landscape. A great addition to romance shelves, both for the holidays and as a kickoff for future installments.
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Right Beside You

Monroe (“God” series) presents a tender, charming holiday romance that addresses serious issues such as loneliness, single parenting, and being attracted to a coworker. Perfect for fans of heartwarming holiday reads à la Fern Michaels and ReShonda Tate Billingsley.
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The Cost of Honor

Fans may enjoy this fast-paced latest entry in the “Black Ops Confidential” series (after The Price of Grace). Readers who are sensitive to mentions of sex trafficking, child abuse, and child sexual assault might want to look elsewhere.
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Heiress Gone Wild

The latest in Guhrke’s “Dear Lady Truelove” series has heat but struggles to show the depth of Jonathan and Marjorie’s connection. Still, series fans will tune in, thanks to the endearing characters whose stories continue here.
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The Art of Possession

A satisfying romantic thriller from Z (Handle with Care) that settles into its happily ever after with a hum of contentment. [Previewed in Eve Stano’s “Love for All,” p. 16–23.]
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Slow Dating the Detective

Brown’s third entry in her “Cowboys & Angels” series (after Secretly Dating the Lionman) works well as a stand-alone, but fans of the series will enjoy revisiting characters from the first books. Recommended for libraries that own the series.
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Leave Me Breathless

Fans of Malpas’s previous book, The Protector, will appreciate seeing those characters playing minor roles here, but for anyone who enjoys Sleeping with the Enemy–style stories, this is a perfect choice.

Seduction on a Snowy Night

These steamy short stories from three masters of the genre are perfect to recommend to readers even beyond the holiday season.
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Christmas Angels.

Libraries looking for holiday romances that are sweet rather than passionate will want to snag this title for their collections.

Wrapped Up in You

Bringing readers a tough outsider heroine and a hero whose wounds run deep, Shalvis (Playing for Keeps) knows how to write characters readers adore and keep them coming back for more.

Once a Spy

With this fourth installment in the “Rogues Redeemed” series, Putney continues to offer a fascinating historical perspective combined with a tender love story that slowly moves from friendship to desire to love, making this an excellent addition to any collection.
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Playing House

Fans of HGTV will enjoy the architectural details in this funny and sweet fake-relationship novella. The short length may leave readers wanting more of these relatable, damaged, and authentic characters in desperate need of a relationship renovation.
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Tempted at Midnight

Hodges (Strategic Seduction) breaks no new ground with the familiar plot of mixing work with pleasure, but readers looking for a soapy, melodramatic tale with familial drama and steamy love scenes will be satisfied.

The Dragon CEO’s Assistant

This latest installment in Burke’s “Golden Kingdom” series (after The Gryphon King’s Consort) is a heartwarming read. The relationship between Aidan and Nassim is built anew through the fiery pain of rediscovery of who each is alone, and what their love can achieve together. Highly recommended for fans of hot, paranormal romances.
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Love on Lexington Avenue

Sparkling dialog helps to buoy a story that otherwise could overwhelm readers with details about New York high society. A strong female friend group helps this closed-door contemporary romance distinguish itself. An appealing choice for romance fans who also enjoyed Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada and Sarah Morgan’s “From Manhattan with Love” series.
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Summer on Moonlight Bay

Ramsey (The Cottage on Rose Lane) brings the charm of small-town South Carolina to life in this delightful second entry in the “Moonlight Bay” series. While the character development makes this well worth a read, the quick wrap up at the end may leave fans of the author desperate for more. Includes a bonus novella by Miranda Liasson.
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When the Marquess Was Mine

The hero-with-amnesia plot takes some unexpected turns (readers may be interested to know that a discussion of the slave trade—abolished in 1807 in England—appears in the third act), but comes together for a satisfying and romantic ending that won’t disappoint fans of this stunning series (after An Earl Like You) from the beloved Linden.
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The Aussie Next Door

Fans of Helen Hoang will find this an enjoyable read. While the chemistry between the main characters is a little delayed, romance readers will lose themselves in Angie and Jace’s journey to their happily ever after.
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Power Play

Readers will find the plot of this third “Serenghetti Brothers” entry (after Hollywood Baby Affair) thoroughly entertaining.
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The Orchid Throne

Game of Thrones fans who appreciate romance along with their plotting and skullduggery will enjoy the rich worldbuilding in this new fantasy series from the award-winning Kennedy (“The Twelve Kingdoms” and “The Uncharted Realms” series).

Romance Revs Up, with Rom-Coms, Cozy Christmas Tales, and Paranormal Twists | Romance, Sept. 2019

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One Dark Wish

Danger abounds in this steamy second entry in Wray’s “Deadly Force” series (after Every Deep Desire) that is unfortunately marred by too many plot twists, making it difficult even for familiar readers to keep everything straight.
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The Merry Viscount

What begins as a typical snowbound-at-Christmas tale evolves into an emotionally driven reflection on how love can help overcome past traumas. Perfect for readers looking for a more thoughtful holiday story.

Bringing Down the Duke

Dunmore’s debut is chock-full of verve, history, and passion, introducing a heroine who knows her worth and is determined not to be held back by her past. This series opener provides many opportunities for future installments, which will comfort readers as they reach the enthralling denouement.
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The Lady and the Highwayman

Eden’s latest entry in the “Victorian” series (after Ashes on the Moor) is a joy to read, filled with adventure, suspense, two characters longing for love but protective of their secrets. Two original penny dreadfuls interspersed throughout make this story even more impressive.
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How To Cross a Marquess

Ashford’s third book in the series (after A Lord Apart) reveals that distance and time and perhaps a nudge from the right person at the right moment can set us on a new path toward happiness. Plenty of peril and intrigue keep the pages of this satisfying Regency romance turning.
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