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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.
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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.

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.

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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No Judgments

As in Cabot’s previous adult romances (e.g., The Boy Is Back), our heroine’s wit and humor and determination to stay the course shines through in this breezy story that is a pure delight to read.
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Well Met

DeLuca turns in an intelligent, sexy, and charming debut romance sure to resonate with Renaissance Faire enthusiasts and those looking for an upbeat, lighter read.
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The Scotsman Who Swept Me Away

Series fans will appreciate this next chapter in the adventures of the seven MacEnroy brothers and the women who love them, especially as Howell (“Murrays” series) moves the story to a New England coast setting.

Royal Holiday

Filled with delightful, swoon-worthy dates and many laughs, this affectionate, cross-continent holiday romance is perfect for cozying up with on a cold winter’s night. Fans of this popular series will be clamoring for this latest entry.
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The Blacksmith Queen

This new series opener from Aiken (“Dragon Kin” series) is a bit bumpy in its worldbuilding, but readers looking for a fantasy romance that doesn’t take ­itself too seriously will enjoy.
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Wolf Rebel

Exceptional worldbuilding and a thriller atmosphere will appeal to paranormal readers of Jennifer Ashley and Stephanie Tyler. Romantic suspense fans will be drawn to the ardent relationship between the reformed werewolf hunter and SWAT officer fighting the demons of her past.
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Don’t You Forget About Me

McFarlane (After Hello) uses Georgina’s voice to explore how humor is used to mask pain as well as to help understand and get through it. Successful as both a romantic comedy and an insightful look into finding one’s voice, this is a story readers will flock to for the laughs and remember for its realness.
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Restless Rancher

Series fans will enjoy this look into Austin’s life, along with more appearances from Noah, Roxy, and other residents of Wild Rose Ranch. Ryan delights with exciting twists and one hot, protective cowboy. Readers may struggle to believe how easily this couple overcomes each hurdle set in their way, but if they hang on, they will be eager to return to Wild Rose Ranch. Especially recommended for fans of Linda Howard.
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All the Better Part of Me

This honest coming-of-age romance will resonate with those who are discovering their own sexual identity, while Sinter and Andy’s flirtatious, tentative romance should please all lovers of the genre.
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The Rogue To Ruin

This third and final book in the series (after Ten Kisses to Scandal) is filled with delicious, fiery dialog between Ainsley and Reed, making readers who enjoy smart and witty historicals such as Tessa Dare’s “Spindle Cove” series long for that first kiss and our enemies-to-lovers’ happily ever after. This makes up for some of the secondary characters and plot points that occasionally fall a bit flat comparatively, resulting in a satisfying conclusion to a clever and engaging series.

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Hold Back the Dawn

Paranormal romance fans looking for variety will find Ashley’s (When Twilight Falls) vampire novels a good starting point, as this newest title once again sees her characters finding balance between their otherwordly inclinations and human desires.
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The Reckless Oath We Made

Themes of chivalry, loyalty, family, and personal responsibility, along with a recognition that people don’t need to be perfect to be worthy of love, make this latest from Greenwood (All the Ugly and Wonderful Things) a good fit for those looking for gritty contemporary realism in their romance novels.
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Three Part Harmony

Those who enjoyed the previous book in the series will find a similar string of messy relationship decisions, culminating in an eleventh-hour resolution, for this related trio.
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On the Corner of Love and Hate

The main characters take some time to warm up to, but the fun story eventually carries readers along. Fans of enemies-to-lovers rom-coms (such as Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game) will enjoy, as will political junkies.

The Right Swipe

Best-selling author Rai (“Forbidden Hearts” series) taps into the modern dating-app scene with hilarious, horrifying, and relatable results, blending contemporary social issues, such as sexual harassment in the workplace and CTE brain injuries in sports, into the story. For all libraries.
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Sidelined

Enthusiasts of Baltsar’s first novel, Trouble Brewing, will be excited to see many familiar characters here, but the chemistry between Charlie and Connor isn’t strong enough to make the transition from enemies to lovers a smooth one.
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Just His Luck

Veteran author Daniels’s latest (after Luck of the Draw) has a bit of a slow start, but once the action picks up, it doesn’t stop.
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Immortal Born

The latest installment in Sands’s long-running “Argeneau” vampire series (after The Trouble with Vampires) can stand alone. Paranormal romance fans will definitely enjoy this tale of immortal love and devotion.

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The Bakeshop at Pumpkin & Spice

Halloweens in Moonbright continue to be an excellent time to start love affairs for both characters and readers in this latest collection following The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine.
 
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Not the Girl You Marry

Readers who are loving this surge of inclusive, sexy romantic comedies will be charmed by this latest from best-selling author Christopher (Dusk Until Dawn). [See Editors’ Picks, “Fall Fireworks,” p. 24.]
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A Highlander Walks into a Bar

Trentham (“Cottonbloom” series) opens this new series with a delightful comedy where all good intentions go wrong but the banter is just right.
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The One Who Stays

The pages are practically drenched in the scent of lilacs and fresh paint in this delightful new series debut from Blake (“Destiny, Ohio” series). Readers looking for a gentle summer romance with a dose of family secrets will wish they could stay on Summer Island.

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With a diverse cast of characters, quick-witted dialog, and a complicated relationship between two young people with the eyes of the world watching their every move, McQuiston’s debut is an irresistible, hopeful, and sexy romantic comedy that considers real questions about personal and public responsibility. For fans of Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s The Royal We, as well as Alyssa Cole’s “Reluctant Royals” series.
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Too Sweet To Be Good

This engaging second book in Jackson’s “Sugar Lake” series will appeal to those who enjoy watching two city dwellers, stuck at their own crossroads, connect in a small town.
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Her Deadly Secrets

Fast-paced, with well-rounded secondary characters and two tough-as-nails protagonists, this newest series entry from the author of the popular “Tracers” books will satisfy adrenaline-addicted romance readers.
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Love at First Bark

With complications on top of complications, the sweet fourth outing in the “Rescue Me” series (after A New Leash on Love) unfortunately occasionally gets lost among the tangles. Still, series fans might want to give it a try.
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How To Catch a Wicked Viscount

Bennett (“Highland Rogue” series) delivers a fun start to a new Regency series in which embracing one’s bad reputation yields some pretty good results.
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Unbreak Me

Featuring a slow-burn, tender romance punctuated with steamy scenes, LJ and Andra’s story is grounded in real-world issues but wraps up a little too neatly, making the ending feel overly simplified. However, in her first outing with a major publisher, Hazen (Sex, Love and Rock & Roll) produces solid writing that will win over readers and leave them ready for more.
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Brazen and the Beast

Combining dark humor and plenty of heat between our brazen leads, and offering intriguing glimpses of the next installment, MacLean (Wicked and the Wallflower) once again gives us an independent-minded heroine discovering the possibilities of a future with a dangerous leader of Covent Garden’s underbelly.
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Say You Still Love Me

Readers of both adult and YA romances will relish Tucker’s (Ten Tiny Breaths) tale of swoon-filled first love and the drama of reconnecting with a person you may never have stopped loving.
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Saint

Fernando (Going Rogue) kicks off her “Knights of Fury” series with a story that’s more emotionally driven than action-packed, focusing on the heroine’s struggle for independence as much as the romance.
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Highland Captive

This fourth book in McLayne’s series (beginning with Highland Promise) continues to reveal the larger intrigue befalling the sons of Gregor MacLeod, while giving Gavin and Deirdre a dramatic love story of their own.

The Wallflower Wager

Dare (The Governess Game) has created a deliciously sexy take on Lady and the Tramp. Laugh-out-loud scenes involving a runaway otter, a foul-mouthed parrot, and a scene-stealing hedgehog balance out the darker, more introspective topics of the characters’ childhood abuse and neglect.

Dalliances & Devotion

Much like the author’s debut novel, Appetites and Vices, this romance does not shy away from the prejudices and hurdles Amalia, a Jewish American citizen, and David, a Russian Jewish immigrant, face in 1870s America, making this an important addition to the historical romance canon. Fans of Joanna Shupe’s Gilded Age “Four Hundred” series will fall in love with the flawed Amalia, who bravely takes charge of her own life. Highly recommended.

A Little Light Mischief

Sebastian crafts another enormously fun, sexy romp that is also touching, with two heroines who make each other better together than they were alone. This latest entry in the “Turner” series (after The Ruin of a Rake) stands on its own and will make readers wish for more about the winsome duo. Highly recommended.
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The Goddess Gets Her Guy

Readers who can get past the initial onslaught of names and details of how the goddess business works will enjoy witnessing Gaia’s transformation from petulant deity to woman in love.
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The Rogue King

Owen’s “Inferno Rising” series launch crosses over with her “Fire’s Edge” series (The Boss), featuring dragons and their difficulties in finding mates. Edgy and intense, this romance will appeal to fans of paranormals from Cynthia Eden and Donna Grant. Recommended for all libraries.
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Crashing the A-List

Heacock’s (The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky) sophomore novel draws on the fun of screwball romantic comedies while centering her characters’ relatable issues to create a compelling read. The ending feels a touch unearned with Caspian’s bad behavior overcome so quickly, but Clara’s rise from beginning to end is worth it.
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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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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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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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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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Give Up the Ghost

Libraries where paranormal romances are popular should add this series.
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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.

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.]
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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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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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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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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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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...

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 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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Fumbled

Readers who enjoyed Intercepted will definitely want to read more about the love interests of the Mustangs.

Fumbled

Readers who enjoyed Intercepted will definitely want to read more about the love interests of the Mustangs.
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