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Spellbound

Despite its fantasy elements, this remains a romance at heart, revolving around Rory’s and Ace’s growing feelings for each other. Rory’s personality shifts drastically toward the end, creating a noticeable character inconsistency, but an exciting plot paired with fascinating magic makes this a solid and enjoyable start to the series.

The Work of Art

In her sixth historical romance, Matthews (The Pug Who Bit Napoleon; A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty) weaves suspense and mystery within an absorbing love story. Readers will be hard put to set this one down before the end. Highly recommended to historical romance and/or mystery buffs and especially animal lovers.

The Promise of Endless Variety | Romance, July 2019

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A Love Like Yours

Readers who appreciate seeing their couples struggle to grow up and grab their HEA while overcoming difficult circumstances will need tissues as Sam and Lucy fight their way back to each other.
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Butterfly in Frost

Fans of Day’s “Crossfire” series will relish this subtle and emotional companion piece and its unflinching look at depression and loss. However, the novella’s abrupt twist of an ending and point-of-view shift feels a little out of left field and might leave some readers wishing that this story could have been fleshed out more in a full-length novel.
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Nothing But Trouble

With a charming secondary romance for Wade’s brother Wyatt, contemporary echoes of Western mail-order-bride schemes, and a small farming community filled with quirky characters, this series opener will appeal to fans of small-town romance and anyone who enjoys a “falling for the boss” story.
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Just One of the Groomsmen

While the opening views on gender may be problematic to some, the way Addison reclaims herself will have readers rooting for the sassy heroine and charming ex-lawyer. The small-town atmosphere will make readers feel like coming home.
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The Trouble with Cowboys

James (Christmas with the Sheriff) has delivered a delightful cast of small-town characters who will have readers wanting to visit Wishing River again. This charming title is for fans of hot cowboys and sweet romances.
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Home Improvement: A Love Story

Lain (“Love in Laguna” series) writes a tender hidden-identity romance with appeal for fans of Heidi Cullinan, Alexis Hall, or Annabeth Albert. Recommended for all libraries.

The Friend Zone

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Twice in a Blue Moon

With a then-and-now plot similar to Lauren’s Love and Other Words, the writing duo’s latest has a youthful voice that may be a good fit for fans of new adult romances.
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Give Up the Ghost

Libraries where paranormal romances are popular should add this series.

Someone To Honor

A strong, compassionate heroine and a hero who learns to appreciate his worth discover the true meaning of love in this tender, perceptive, and infinitely entertaining romance that delightfully continues the saga of the unconventional Westcotts. Balogh (Someone To Trust) lives in Canada.

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Arctic Wild

Sexy, gentle, and graced with humor, this engaging romance is a strong addition to Albert’s latest series. Albert (Arctic Sun) lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Wolf Rain

Stratagems, insanity, and violence are here tempered by bright humor and the warmth and importance of family, pack, and belonging. Another hands-down winner that expands Singh’s brilliantly conceived world. Singh (Ocean Light) lives in New Zealand. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/18.]

A Touch of Forever

Crisp descriptions, insightful character development, and four savvy kids bring depth to this romantic historical charmer that is pure gold. Goodman (A Touch of Flame) lives in West Virginia.

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The Welcoming

On an undercover assignment to deal with a criminal gang operating out of an inn on Puget Sound’s Orcas Island, FBI Agent Roman DeWinter is attracted to the inn’s owner, Charity Ford, as his investigation puts them both in danger...

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Her Other Secret

Lovers intent on putting their pasts behind them find fulfillment and danger on a secluded private island where everyone has something to hide. This riveting story with a sexy, edgy vibe moves at breakneck speed and splendidly launches a hot new series. Dimon (The Reluctant Heir) lives in San Diego.

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Sisters of Summer’s End

Two women with unsettling backgrounds bond as sisters-of-the-heart in a sexy, heartwarming, down-home tale that features two captivating love stories, along with some critical backstory issues. A funny and engaging addition to the series that skillfully walks the line between romance and women’s fiction. Foster (Driven to Distraction) lives in central Ohio.

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Bad Things

The high school past returns with a vengeance in this twisted tale that dangles false leads aplenty and keeps most of its mysteries until the very end. Bush (Jealousy) lives in Lake Oswego, OR.

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Amish Outsider

Caring, decency, and family solidarity underpin this frightening but ultimately heartwarming tale of hate, retribution, and evil that is made all the more chilling by the peaceful, nonviolent setting. Perry (Shattered Silence) divides her time between rural Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Say No to the Duke

With wicked repartee, sharp attention to detail, and a wonderful spirit of fun, James offers a beautifully written Georgian romp that builds another chapter on to this outstanding series. James (Born To Be Wilde) lives in New York.
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Rebel

Post–Civil War New Orleans comes to violent life in the hands of a veteran writer and delivers a vibrant, instructive, totally romantic historical tale that will resonate with many readers today. Beautifully done. Jenkins (Second Time Sweeter) lives in southeastern Michigan.

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Fumbled

Readers who enjoyed Intercepted will definitely want to read more about the love interests of the Mustangs.
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The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

Waite (A Thief in the Nude) delivers a sweet lesbian romance with a hint of spice, fitting into the decorum of the era. Recommended for libraries where LGBT historical romance is popular.

Fumbled

Readers who enjoyed Intercepted will definitely want to read more about the love interests of the Mustangs.
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The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics

Waite (A Thief in the Nude) delivers a sweet lesbian romance with a hint of spice, fitting into the decorum of the era. Recommended for libraries where LGBT historical romance is popular.
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Love at First Like

This frothy read will be a hit for fans of both Orenstein’s first novel and books by Christina Lauren. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]

No Other Duke but You

With a plot loosely based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this latest installment of the “Playful Brides” (e.g., The Unexpected Duchess) will be enjoyed by many Regency romance readers and fans of the series, especially with the inclusion of characters from the previous novels. Others, however, may grow frustrated with a conflict that feels contrived and the drawn-out miscommunication between our lovers.

The Mister

James, well-known for her best-selling “Fifty Shades” series, brings readers a novel of suspense and sexual awakening. Although the storyline is fairly predictable, fans will not be disappointed with the slow-build crescendo of Maxim and Alessia’s erotically charged romance.
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Heartthrob

Bielman (Talk British to Me) will hook readers with this fun, flirty read and leave them hoping for a sequel. This charming tale is the perfect blend of springtime, baseball, and budding romance.
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Love, Again

This delightful book from Dover (“Gloves Off” series) is about what happens when you return home with a barrelful of remorse and hopes. While some plot points veer into predictable territory, they never stop the warm feelings readers will have for these characters as the story unfolds.

The Trouble with Secrets, plus RWA 2019 in New York | Romance, April 2019

The Flatshare

This charming debut features lovely characters being nice to one another. It's easy to root for them to get together and solve the problems in each of their lives. Be prepared to hand-sell this one. It's a sweet romance that will win over readers once they discover it on the shelves.
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An Unconditional Freedom

A heroine torn by conflicting loyalties and a vengeance-driven hero haunted by the past struggle to come to terms with reality and their feelings in this emotionally compelling, information-rich story. Very nicely done. Cole (A Hope Divided) divides her time between New York City and Martinique. [An editor's pick, p. 22; previewed in Kathryn Howe's "Love Changes Everything," LJ 10/15/18.]
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Say You're Sorry

Chilling and remarkably complex, this is a thriller that, for all its length, will keep minds sharp and nightlights burning. An excellent series start. Rose (Death Is Not Enough) lives in Florida. [See Prepub Alert 8/10/18; previewed in Kathryn Howe's "Love Changes Everything," LJ 10/15/18.]
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The Name of the Game: A Hollywood Romance

A tough, driven TV game show producer with no time for personal relationships—and definitely none with actors—is caught off guard by her attraction to one of her celebrity guests in a romance first published as a Silhouette Intimate Moments in 1988...

What Doesn't Kill Her

Action-packed, littered with dead bodies, and brimming with heartfelt emotion, this edgy thriller keeps the tension high. The cliff-hanger ending will have fans anxious for the next title. Although the story is complete in itself, readers will benefit from taking on the series in order. Dodd (Dead Girl Running) lives in Washington State.
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Noble Hops

Well-matched protagonists fueled by love and purpose risk everything to bring a slick gangster down in a thriller both hot and sweet, wrapping up a well-done M/M series in style. Reyne (Craft Brew) lives in San Francisco.

Governess Gone Rogue

Witty, sensual, and just plain fun, Guhrke's latest foray into the late Victorian world of "Lady Truelove" cleverly refreshes the classic cross-dressing heroine trope; highlights the cruel disparity between opportunities for men and women; and gives a deserving pair their happy ending. A thoroughly engrossing read. Guhrke (The Trouble with True Love) lives in the Northwest.

Lady Derring Takes a Lover

Sparkling banter, deep character insights, and a colorful supporting cast bring a clever scheme to life, setting up a series to savor. Historical readers will rejoice with Long's return to the subgenre and will be intrigued by hints of the next "Rogues" title. Long (First Time at Firelight Falls) lives in Northern California. [An editor's pick, p. 21.]
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A Soldier's Return

Touching, gently humorous, and overflowing with small-town Pacific Coast flavor, this charmer takes readers back to Brambleberry House, a grand old Victorian with a dash of matchmaking magic, and a story with sweet romantic appeal. A bonus includes The Daddy Makeover (2007), the first in the original "Women of Brambleberry House" trilogy. Thayne (Season of Wonder) lives in Northern Utah.
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Stroke of Luck

Daniels again turns in a taut, well-plotted, and suspenseful tale with plenty of red herrings. Readers will be in from the start and engaged until the end. A strong launch to what promises to be an exciting series. Daniels (Wrangler's Rescue) lives in Montana.

A Spy's Guide to Seduction

Rife with witty repartee, adventure, and sweet devotion, this flawlessly written tale demonstrates Moore's impeccable understanding of the Regency period, attention to detail, and uncanny ability to make readers part of the era. Moore (A Lady's Guide to Passion and Property) lives in Mill Valley, CA.
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Vengeance Road

Hard-driving, gritty, and raw, Feehan's latest foray into her motorcycle club world—with links to her "Northern California Coast" series
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The Red-Hot Cajun

A former environmental lobbyist has his Bayou life thrown into chaos when his ecoactivist friends kidnap a TV personality (who turns out to be his high school crush), and he's left to sort it all out...

Playing for Keeps

Total opposites bond over a three-legged dog and find they have much more in common. A heart-melting, laugh-out-loud sexy romp that adds another delightful chapter to Shalvis's San Francisco-set series. Shalvis (Hot Winter Nights) lives in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe.
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The Conspiracy

Drugs, lies, corruption, and long-held secrets are at the core of this hard-hitting romance and well-done series opener. Martin (After the Sunrise) divides her time between a ranch in Missoula, MT, and a beach in California. [See Prepub Alert 7/30/18.]
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The Magnolia Inn

Two resilient protagonists with ghosts to lay to rest find healing in a touching story brimming with down-home East Texas charm. Author of more than 90 books, Brown (Cowboy Honor) lives in Davis, OK.
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The Other Miss Bridgerton

A risk-taking pair thrown together by chance find love on the high seas in this fast-paced, passionate adventure graced with quick-witted dialog and a marvelous sense of fun. Another worthy addition to the ever-increasing Bridgerton saga. Quinn (The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband) lives in the Pacific Northwest. [Previewed in Kathryn Howe's "Love Changes Everything," LJ 10/15/18.]
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The Best of Us

Realistic, down-to-earth folks you'll want to call friends, a Rocky Mountain setting as picturesque and appealing as they come, and two poignant love stories add another superb chapter to a series that will please both romance and women's fiction fans. Carr (The Family Gathering) lives in Las Vegas, NV.
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Tempt Me with Diamonds

An ingenious plot, well-developed characters, an unfortunate misunderstanding, a dash of mystery, and a delightful final twist result in a sensual Edwardian romance sure to please Feather's many fans. Feather (Trapped by Scandal) lives in Washington, DC. [Previewed in Kathryn Howe's "Love Changes Everything," LJ 10/15/18.]
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Mostly Sunny

Strong but conflicted protagonists, each with abandonment issues, come to terms with their pasts as well as their feelings in this hard-hitting, appealingly sexy story that will have fans waiting for the next in this duology. Pope (Love Blooms) lives in Poughkeepsie, NY.
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Love in Catalina Cove

A cruel lie revealed, a profusion of realistic locals, and a startling coincidence that shocks the characters but not readers add up to a heartwarming romance, enhanced by a dusting of Creole culture and a plot that leaves no ends dangling. Jackson (At Long Last) lives in the Jacksonville, FL, area.
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Mutts and Mistletoe

Brimming with humor, Christmas cheer, and a few dogs (plus a litter of puppies), this offbeat romp sparkles with fun and will appeal to fans who enjoy their holiday fare with a British vibe. Newcomer Cox divides her time between London and the Brecon Beacons in Wales.
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Better Not Pout

This gently witty, over-the-top sexy M/M romance overflows with family, friends, and good cheer and hits most of the right holiday notes. Albert (Tight Quarters) lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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Once a Scoundrel

A vibrant heroine with a warrior maiden mind-set and a bold, undaunted hero who makes peace with his past find love amid mayhem in a story that redeems another rogue and sows the tantalizing seeds for the next in the series. Putney (Once a Rebel) lives in Baltimore.
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Before We Were Strangers

Realistic, often deeply flawed characters; well-handled multiple viewpoints; and a dark, twisty plot that will leave readers unsure until the very end keep the pages turning in this engrossing, insightful romantic thriller. Discussion questions are included. Novak (Face Off) lives in the Sacramento, CA, area.
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Christmas Camp

A charming movie-to-book crossover that would be right at home on the Hallmark Channel and a winner for fans looking for a touching holiday read. Schaler (A Christmas Prince) divides her time between New York City and Scottsdale, AZ.
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Alaskan Holiday

Life in the Alaskan wilderness takes on new dimensions as a well-matched pair discover the importance of love in this tender romance lightly brushed with holiday magic. Macomber (Cottage by the Sea) lives in Port Orchard, WA.
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The Forever Christmas Tree

Sassy, spicy, and often hilarious, this holiday charmer is infused with all the seasonal spirit one tiny town can muster. In the disastrous wake of Hurricane Florence, this title with its Outer Banks setting is especially poignant. Hill (Cajun Persuasion) lives in Pennsylvania.
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Season of Wonder

A guarded heroine and a strong, perceptive hero find love despite all odds in this uplifting holiday heart-warmer. Thayne (The Cottages on Silver Beach) lives in the Northern Utah Mountains.
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Winter at the Beach

Funny and chock-full of holiday appeal, this small-town tale is more general fiction than romance, but it will please fans of both. Roberts (Welcome to Moonlight Harbor) lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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Consumed

Raw, gritty, and gripping, this adrenaline-laced tale whips along at lightning speed and is impossible to put down. An impressive, "consuming" launch to Ward's widely anticipated series. Ward (The Thief) is noted for her popular "Black Dagger Brotherhood" titles; she lives in Kentucky.
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Death Is Not Enough

With flair and precision, Rose delivers another taut, vividly detailed, and violent thriller that will keep readers enthralled. The core story stands on its own, but owing to the ongoing character relationships, readers may benefit from experiencing the series in order. Rose (Edge of Darkness) lives in Florida.
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My One and Only Duke

Skillfully crafted and exquisitely written (the classical allusions are delightful), Burrowes's latest is pure gold; a brilliant launch to a promising series. Burrowes (A Rogue of Her Own) lives in rural Maryland.
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