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Shipped

For fans of Helen Hoang and Sophie Kinsella, this charming romp at sea will make readers wish to stay with the characters well after the story’s end.
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Don’t Look

Although prolific Ivy’s (The Intended Victim) latest is formulaic, readers will still eagerly turn the pages to see if their suspicions about the killer’s identity are correct and to insure Kir and Lynne will find their happily ever after. The physical romantic scenes are few and far between, as the focus of the plot is on the emotional connection between the two main characters and the elements of suspense.
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Notorious

Spencer (“Outcasts” series) kicks off the “Rebels of the Ton” books with two Regency rebels trying to navigate polite society while staying true to themselves. Packed full of fiery exchanges and passionate embraces, this is for those who prefer their Regencies on the scandalous side.
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How To Fail at Flirting

With a deeper emotional punch than expected, Williams’s banter-filled romance makes her an author to watch.
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Learned Behaviors

Ellis (Jeremiah) delivers a satisfying, sensual queer Black romance and happily ever after for two men struggling to balance career obligations and familial responsibilities. This will hit home for many readers, who will rejoice in seeing the characters build a fulfilling relationship in the midst of chaos.
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All the Colors of Night

Krentz’s second “Fogg Lake” entry (after The Vanishing) offers her typical romantic suspense heavily dosed with heightened mental abilities and can read as a stand-alone, although characters from the first book make appearances. Fans will enjoy the Easter eggs sprinkled throughout referencing the Jones brothers from Krentz’s popular “Arcane Society” series. Recommended for where the author is popular.
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Our Last Goodbye

Against the backdrop of World War II, this complex romance is the perfect example of how the right person will accept another’s flaws unconditionally. Fans of Dickson’s (The Orphan Sisters) earlier books will recognize familiar characters but need not have read those previous works in any particular order to enjoy this latest stand-alone.
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Tall, Duke, and Dangerous

A captivating second in the “Hazards of Dukes” series (after Never Kiss a Duke). Frampton deftly handles heavy subjects of abuse and neglect without ever losing the light of her characters’ spirits or tamping down the steamy, slow-burn romance. Ana Marie’s Cinderellaesque rise and banter with the notoriously taciturn Nash will enthrall readers of Eva Leigh’s “Union of the Rakes” series.

Gentleman Jim

Best-selling author of the “Victorian Romantics” series, Matthews ups the ante with a wildly suspenseful romance, filled with scheming and betrayals, and featuring a courageous heroine in fragile health paired with a hero bent on retribution who isn’t too good to be true.
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Second Chance on Cypress Lane

Ryan’s (Secret Heir Seduction) sweet and promising introduction to her new “Holly Grove Island” series is sure to warm readers up during the long winter. Dexter and Dakota’s second chance at love is absorbing and will be a welcome addition to the ever-favorite staple of big romances in small-town settings.
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The Flip Side

British author Bailey presents a heartwarming, laugh-out-loud hilarious debut rom-com. Complete with fabulous sidekicks, quirky neighbors, and an eccentric but lovable family, it features an authentic and refreshing hero. Fans of Beth O’Leary and Nick Hornby will relish every delightful moment.
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A Princess for Christmas

Holiday (“Matchmaker Bay” series) has written a Christmas love story that fizzes with the magic of the holidays while grounding it in two families working through their own heartache and sorrow. With two more books slated to follow, this series should captivate readers who are looking for their Hallmark holiday movies to contain a little more sauce.
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Return to Virgin River

This heartwarming tale of friendship and romance is the perfect addition to this well-loved series made newly popular by its recent adaptation on Netflix. Fans of sweet love stories will enjoy this tale of overcoming overwhelming grief to find hope in the most unexpected of places.
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A Highlander Is Coming to Town

Pair with A Highlander in a Pickup for a double dose of small-town charm and a continuation of the previous couple’s story alongside Holt and Claire’s new relationship.
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Forever with You

Curtis’s small-town debut focuses on the emotion of her characters without much in the way of lovemaking scenes, so fans of Susan Wiggs will find this heartwarming romance to their liking. It also serves as a nice setup for the next book in the series to tell the story of Leyna’s best friend Emily Holland and longtime crush Tim.
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Written in the Stars

A dash of Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones’s Diary, mixed with a fresh, millennial f/f twist of opposites attract.
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The Twelve Dates of Christmas

This slow-burn rom-com set in a small British village at Christmas will be the perfect cup of tea for fans of Marian Keyes or Helen Fielding.

Once Dishonored

In her own signature style, paying impeccable attention to period details, Putney continues to vindicate the honor of scoundrels in this fifth entry of the stunning “Rogues Redeemed” series (after Once a Spy). Fans of historicals will root for our brave, intelligent heroine and the hero who stands beside her.
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The Widow’s Christmas Surprise

Expect as much sinister intrigue as romantic Christmas warmth—although there’s plenty of the latter, too. Those looking for a gothic take on a traditional Regency Christmas will find it here.
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A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem

Librarian Collins (One for the Rogue) blends historical romance and mystery with characters who embody a modern sensibility. While the ending seems a little too neatly resolved and coincidental circumstances abound, the protagonists and setting of this first in a promising new series are thoroughly enjoyable.

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Wildflower Road

Serious themes of mental illness and assault and intensely written scenes of violence and loss ground this Western romance between two imperfect people trying to live lives of Christian faith despite past hardship and mistakes. A satisfying second offering in the series (after This Wandering Heart) that can be read as a stand-alone.
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The Christmas Spirit

Ghostly occurrences and ancient folklore make this feel like a modern, romantic twist on A Christmas Carol, which will appeal to paranormal fans.

The Truth About Dukes

A refreshing, remarkably crafted Regency that will garner the multi-award-winning Burrowes (When a Duchess Says I Do) legions of new fans.
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Love at the Icicle Café

Wheatley (Wards of the Women) creates a cozy European village setting, combined with mouth-watering descriptions of pastries and a feel-good romance, making this heaven for lovers of made-for-TV holiday movies.

How To Catch a Queen

Cole (An Extraordinary Union) launches the “Runaway Royals” series with a bang, introducing a sexy but shy king, a determined and caring queen, and a host of characters who leap off the page into the reader’s imagination. Fans of the “Reluctant Royals” series will adore cameos by some of their favorites, but this is a solid starting point for new readers.

Spoiler Alert

Even those new to online fanfiction will find this a charming and engrossing read. Issues of body positivity, dyslexia, and found families are among the topics addressed with sensitivity and realism. The between-chapter segments of fanfic server chats, fanfic synopsis, and truly horrible screenplays add to the fun.
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Her Christmas Cowboy | Spotlight Review

Those who love their heroes quietly strong and more than capable will melt like warm marshmallows for cowboy Caleb. Series fans will be eager for the next installment (The Bachelor Cowboy, due out in Jan. 2021), which gives the story of mischievous younger brother, Jake Watson.

My Kind of Earl

Lorret’s witty dialog and clever blending of sweet and sensual elements make this second in a projected trilogy as entertaining as its acclaimed predecessor (Lord Holt Takes a Bride). Recommended for all historical romance collections.

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Who Wants To Marry a Duke

Olivia’s scientific gifts will draw in and delight fans of bluestocking romances, such as Tessa Dare’s A Week To Be Wicked, still this classic Regency series will be most appreciated if read in order.
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Blood of Zeus

With strong pacing, excellent chemistry between the leads, and a suspenseful cliff-hanger ending, Wild and Payne prove more than up to the daunting task of setting up a compelling story that will sustain over multiple books. This superb paranormal romance is sure to leave genre fans and admirers of the authors wanting more.
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Dark Song

This latest installment (following Dark Illusion) in an ongoing, beloved paranormal series features all the trademarks of classic Feehan; suspense, passion, and exceptional worldbuilding. A must-read for the author’s many fans.
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All Scot and Bothered

Byrne crafts a smoldering romance that combines an enticing, well-matched couple with an original storyline about the underbelly of Victorian society that keeps readers guessing. Fans will clamor to pick up the first in the series (How To Love a Duke in Ten Days) if they haven’t already.

Her Night with the Duke

Quincy (“Rebellious Brides” series) delivers a steamy Regency fraught with family discord as well as societal and racial prejudices. This gripping series starter ultimately triumphs with an honorable hero and a spirited Anglo-Arab heroine who fights for acceptance and love on her own terms.
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A Little Bit of Karma

Best-selling author Billingsley’s (More to Life) first foray into the romantic suspense genre is an absolute thrill ride. The plot builds slowly, but gains momentum the minute the Lovejoys go on the run. While there’s pulse-pounding action, the emphasis remains on the couple’s emotional development. Overall, an exciting entry from an author with legions of fans.
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Red Hot Texan

Garbera’s new series launch, a delectable spin-off of her “Dangerous Delaneys” stories, hits all the right notes: a cozy, hometown setting, a sweet romance with genuine yet flawed characters, and a mildly sensuous atmosphere. A solid choice for Jodi Thomas fans.
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If the Boot Fits

Although her vindictive boss has damaged her confidence and belief in herself, Amanda is surrounded by supportive friends and a steady, sexy, and respectful love interest in Sam. The sexual tension and flirty banter between the two will have readers rooting them on and anticipating Dru’s comeuppance. Another winner from rising star Weatherspoon.

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You Had Me at Hola

Daria follows up her RITA-winning debut, Take the Lead, with a sparkling celebrity romance full of telenovela drama and sizzling passion between the two leads. Glimpses into the high-stakes world of television production and snippets of scenes from Carmen in Charge add depth to the story, as does a diverse cast of supporting characters. Highly recommended.
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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.

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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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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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.]
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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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