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Right Girl, Wrong Side

Baird’s lighthearted novel, based on stories of famous feuding families, would be a welcome addition to any romance collection. For fans of Emily Henry, Allison Winn Scotch, and Jennifer Weiner.

The Second You’re Single

A solidly narrated, if somewhat exasperating, romance from Tanamachi (Her Hawaiian Homecoming, as Cara Lockwood). Recommended for Christina Lauren and Jasmine Guillory fans, but an otherwise optional purchase.

The Only Game in Town

Waldon’s novel is sure to be a hit with Hallmark movie lovers and romance novel enthusiasts. This charming romance checks all the boxes.

For Twice in My Life

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a closed-door contemporary rom-com with While You Were Sleeping whimsy. Recommended for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Elle Cook.

Georgie, All Along

Lots of buzz for this book, combined with Clayborn’s well-received backlist, makes this a must-purchase. Press into the hands of listeners who also enjoy Nora Roberts and Emily Henry.

Breaking All the Rules

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a steamy romantic comedy about a woman tired of the corporate world and the cowboy who woos her. Recommended for fans of Diana Palmer, Tracy Brogan, and Susan Mallery.

The Nanny

Summers and Adams add even more heat to this steamy romance, making it a must-purchase for most collections.

The Neighbor Favor

The audiobook defies many traps of the secret-identity trope, making this romance a slow burn worth its sizzle.

Strictly Friends

Williams’s (The Second Time We Met) latest romance is perfect for listeners who enjoy love triangles, miscommunications, and character growth. Despite a somewhat far-fetched ending, this summer read satisfies.

The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen

Despite some odd pacing choices, Swain’s first foray into romance audiobook narration provides listeners with an entertaining auditory experience.

Hotel of Secrets

Highly recommended, particularly for listeners looking to branch out from Regency England–based romances.

The Heiress at Sea

An enticing production sure to delight listeners. Add to collections where historical romance audiobooks are popular.

Ana María and the Fox

An excellent Bridgerton read-alike that should have broad appeal.

Chick Magnet

Full of heart, humor, and slow-burn steam, this latest from Barry (The One You Want) should be on libraries’ must-buy lists as they develop their contemporary romance audio collections.

Not the Plan

Listeners will be charmed by this sexy romance that smartly addresses the challenges of balancing family, love, and work. Recommended for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Farrah Rochon, and Noué Kirwan.

What the Hex

This second installment in Clare’s “Hex” series (following Go Hex Yourself) is recommended where interest in the first book was high.

Best Served Hot

A delicious performance that will leave listeners both satisfied with the story and hungry for some delicious meals.

Love & Other Scams

While not an essential addition to collections, Boyd’s narration entertains.

The Secret Service of Tea and Treason

Listeners will come for the spies and pirates but stay for the romance. This joyous steampunk offering is full of camp and tropes, and Elizabeth Knowelden’s narration perfectly matches the delightfully outrageous story, ensuring that even newcomers to Holton’s world will be laughing and crying along with the characters.

The Chemistry of Love

While the overall production is serviceable, too many audio quirks make this a nonessential purchase.

Anatomy of a Meet Cute

This slow-burn romance from an established author should appeal to readers who appreciate strong, well-developed characters and a thought-provoking story line. For fans of Farrah Rochon, Ali Hazelwood, and Kate Spencer.

Gigi, Listening

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an amusing, upbeat travel rom-com with a quirky cast of tourists. Recommended for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jo Wilde, and Emily Henry.

Just as You Are

This feisty queer romance should appeal to fans of Amy Spalding’s For Her Consideration or Ruby Barrett’s The Romance Recipe.

Midnight Duet

Even naysayers of the insta-love trope will root for Erika and Christof to have their happily ever after. A must-purchase for romance collections.

Something Wild & Wonderful

While deeply poignant and emotional, Kelly’s (Love & Other Disasters) charming writing, humor, and care for her characters make this a stunning romance. Contemporary romance at its best; essential for most core romance collections.

You Should Smile More

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking offbeat, uplifting friendship fiction with lots of retribution and a little romance. Recommended for fans of Emily Henry, Sophie Kinsella, and Meg Cabot.

The Love Wager

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a fast-paced, flirtatious rom-com that is both sweet and sexy. Recommended for fans of Amy Lea, Allison Winn Scotch, and Dylan Newton.

Not Your Ex’s Hexes

Asher’s endearing cast of characters and lively writing style, combined with Johnson’s appealing narration, make this audio a must-listen. Share with listeners who enjoy romances that are both fluffy and steamy, enlivened by witches, demons, and even a shapeshifter or two.

Happy Place

Henry’s fans will be pleased with this tale of friendship, found family, grief, and growing up. A superb collaboration between a writer and narrator, both at the top of their game.

The Duchess Effect

Sexy and insightful, this title should be popular with fans of multicultural, interracial, and royal, and romance novels.

The Rachel Experiment

A light romance about embracing one’s distinct quirks, this book spotlights one woman’s journey to self-acceptance as she opens up to strong female friendships and the possibility of love.

The Rebel King

This second installment in Maxwell’s “Deviant Kings” series, after The Dark King, reads well as a stand-alone novel, as the author gently weaves the backstory from the first book through this new narrative. The bond shared by Tiernan and Fiona, fueled by love and lustful BDSM, will leave fans of paranormal erotica melting and ready for more.

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Cinderella’s Secret Fling

A solid purchase for libraries where the first “One Summer in Italy” book, Unbuttoning the Tuscan Tycoon, was popular.

Targeted in Silver Creek

Fans will be delighted with this first book in a new series as Fossen (Spurred to Justice) slowly unfolds Hanna and Jesse’s story while setting the series up for future books.

Conard County: Code Adam

Lee (Conard County: K-9 Detectives) continues this long-running series with well-developed characters and thought-provoking story lines.

Disappearance in Dread Hollow

Readers will want to scoop up this book (and Jacob) to take home with them.

The Evidence Next Door

Miller writes another deliciously tantalizing “Kansas City Crime Lab” novel (following Decoding the Truth) that will keep readers up long into the night. Technically the third book in the series, this title can be read and enjoyed on its own and is an excellent choice for fans of Nora Roberts, Colleen Hoover, and Nicholas Sparks.

Ozarks Witness Protection

Wells continues the “Arkansas Special Agents” series (following Ozarks Double Homicide) with well-developed characters and skillfully written plotlines in this suspenseful romance.

Pretend Honeymoon with the Best Man

Laney and Ian come from different worlds, and it’s fun to watch them come together, especially when it leads to awkward miscommunications and fun banter in this stand-alone from Bolter (The Heir’s Cinderella Bride).

Not That Duke

Readers need not have read previous books in the series to enjoy this light and humorous historical romance.

It’s Only Fake ’Til Midnight & Trapped with Temptation

Readers of Garbera’s first “Gilbert Curse” book, One Night Wager, likely won’t want to miss this one. The second of St. Aubin’s “The Renaud Brothers” books, after Blue Blood Meets Blue Collar, satisfyingly combines three favorite tropes: opposites-attract, snowed-in, and only-one-bed.

Hunting a Hometown Killer

Readers drawn to fast-paced adventure and slow-burn love stories will find themselves reaching for this book, the first in a new series.

Second Time’s the Charm & Her Secret Billionaire

Since both books are series continuations, regular readers will undoubtedly want to get their hands on them.

The Baby Swap That Bound Them

An absolutely heartwarming story from Sheik (Forbidden Kisses with Her Millionaire Boss) that will keep readers yearning for more of this sweet, beautiful family.

More Than Rivals… & Seven Years of Secrets

Readers will enjoy being able to devour a complete series from start to finish in one volume. Many beloved tropes add to this duo’s appeal.

Billionaire’s Second Chance in Paris

Readers will be eager to see how the last entry in the “Son of a Parisian Dynasty” series (after Falling for Her Secret Billionaire) plays out.

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Ciao for Now

Featuring two emotionally mature, career-minded protagonists and lush Roman locales, Bromley’s (Here for the Drama) breezy summer romance is perfect for fans of Elena Armas and Elissa Sussman.

Codename Charming

Parker returns with an endearing and equally humorous follow-up to Battle Royal with a serious but gentle bodyguard, an adorably sunny assistant, and a cast of secondary characters who deserve books of their own.

Play for Me

Give Hubscher’s latest (after If You Ask Me) to fans of enemies-to-lovers stories and those looking for humor in their romance.

Charm City Rocks: A Love Story

Norman (All Together Now) has created a compulsively readable rom-com with nostalgic flair, unexpected twists, and affable characters whom readers will care about. Highly recommended.

What’s a Duke Got To Do With It

This novel will appeal to readers seeking a well-developed and heartwarming historical romance about reputation, responsibility, and redemption. Recommended for fans of Sabrina Jeffries, Lenora Bell, and Anne Gracie.

Love, Theoretically

This banter-filled opposites-attract romance from Hazelwood (Loathe To Love You) is upbeat and realistic, with instant chemistry between the protagonists and an intricate plot. Highly recommended.

The Notorious Lord Knightly

Give Heath’s second “Chessmen” book, after The Counterfeit Scoundrel, to readers who love banter-filled second-chance love stories with a fake-dating trope.


Set against the backdrop of gorgeous international locales, this slow-burn rom-com will appeal to fans of travel and social media story lines as well as the forced proximity trope. Pair with Love and Other Flight Delays by Denise Williams.

Forget Me Not

A funny, heartfelt love letter to the author’s hometown of Sacramento, that will interest readers who enjoy second-chance romance, fiery sexual chemistry, and grumpy/sunshine relationship dynamics.

A Rulebook for Restless Rogues

Readers who look for friends-to-lovers romance and stories of queer community will enjoy.

The First Date Prophecy

This ’90s nostalgia–tinged love story will leave rom-com fans smiling and swooning.

You, with a View

Joyce’s delightful debut is perfect for fans of road trip romances and Sarah Adler’s Mrs. Nash’s Ashes.

We Could Be So Good

Fans of the author’s books will absolutely not want to miss this one. This sweetly angsty novel about two people finding themselves and figuring out a way forward together will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading opposites-attract romances with found family subplots.

The Wedding Confession

An enjoyable rom-com from Knight (Tasty Pickle) about childhood friends suddenly reconnecting, then turning into something much more substantial. Recommend to fans of Stephanie Rose.

It Happened One Fight

Entertainment Weekly reporter Lenker’s debut is a unique historical romance that takes readers back to the days of old Hollywood and the ritz of Reno, complete with the enduring themes of love, passion, and betrayal.

Miss Matched

This enjoyable novel from Million (When Stars Fall) is recommended for general purchase.

Seven Exes

Recommended for fans of fast-paced contemporary romances set in the UK that feature engaging premises and strong female friendships.

The Seven Year Slip

Poston’s latest (after Dead Romantics) is a carefully crafted blend of second chances and risk-taking that takes readers on a magical ride through time. Suggest it to fans of the film The Lake House.

Kiss Me, Mi Amor

Recommended for readers craving a fake-relationship romance set amid family drama.

A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon

Fans of Mary Janice Davidson will feel at home in this paranormal rom-com romp, but the complex themes also give it broader appeal for listeners who prefer multilayered romance.

Same Time Next Summer

Monaghan (Nora Goes Off Script) crafts a satisfying beach romance with former childhood loves getting a second chance at happily ever after.

The Blonde Identity

Those who grew up reading Carter’s “Gallagher Girls” teen series will tear through her adult romance debut and clamor for more.

Play To Win

This contemporary romance set in the South is an immensely sexy and emotionally tender story about second chances, community, and family. Although it’s a stand-alone novel, it takes place in the same town as Slaughter’s previous rom-com, Bet on It; both first-time readers and her fans will enjoy.

Summer Reading

With a picturesque setting and plenty of entertaining storylines and well-developed characters, this fast-paced, steamy rom-com from McKinlay (Royal Valentine) will enchant book lovers and foodies looking for an upbeat beach read.

You’ve Been Served

This swoonworthy romantic comedy is highly recommended for all collections.

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Agent Colton’s Secret Investigation

Nussio continues the multi-author “Coltons of New York” series, after Colton’s Undercover Seduction by Beth Cornelison. Buy where the series is popular.

Mickey Chambers Shakes It Up

Reid’s (The Write Escape) latest romance is a perfectly shaken cocktail of grumpy and sunshine characters, delicious banter, and heat. Suggest to readers looking for contemporary romances that bring humor and heart to the happily-ever-afters of hardworking characters.

On the Run with His Bodyguard

This one isn’t a gripping entry in Quinn’s (The Bounty Hunter’s Baby Search) “Sierra’s Web” series.

Cameron Mountain Rescue

Readers of the “Cameron Glen” series won’t want to miss this one.

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Wyoming Mountain Murder

Rushdan (Wyoming Mountain Hostage) unwraps an adventurous, suspenseful story full of attraction and intrigue that is sure to keep readers flipping through the pages. Fans of Julie Miller and Elle James will be interested in Rushdan’s latest.

A Rogue at Stonecliffe

This book will appeal to readers seeking a fetching, fast-paced historical romance full of devotion and derring-do. Recommended for fans of Madeline Hunter, Mary Balogh, and Sabrina Jeffries.


McClure (The Break-Up Agency) has successfully created layered characters and adds a lot of sly laughs and inside Outlander jokes that will keep readers entertained, and the happily-ever-after ending will leave readers satisfied. A must-buy where Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander is popular.

Fake Engagement with the Billionaire

Fans of the older brother’s best friend trope will be immediately hooked with this one from Blake (Whirlwind Fling to Baby Bombshell).

Trapped in Texas

Han (Riding Shotgun) delivers another skillfully written slow-burn romance with vivid details and well-developed characters. Recommend this to fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes.

Second Chance Hawaiian Honeymoon

Colter’s (Snowed In with the Billionaire) new series launch, featuring twin wedding planners, is a highly recommended first-tier purchase for libraries.


Her Brand of Justice

Daniels (Set Up in the City) delivers a surprise plot twist at the end of this fast-paced novel that is sure to leave readers wanting more. Fans of Carolyn Brown, Elle James, and Donna Alward will be drawn to this latest release.

Piece of Cake

With a mix of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and Planning for Love by Christi Barth, readers will find this story about redemption and letting go worthwhile.

Danger in the Nevada Desert

Featuring great character development and plenty of suspense, Wheatley (The Heart-Shaped Murders) gives Charlotte and Miles a reunion that turns into a hot and romantic love story.

Two Weeks to Tempt the Tycoon

In this sweet story and steamy romance from Singh (Caribbean Contract with Her Boss), readers will fall in love with the characters just as much as they fall in love with each other.

Consequence of Their Forbidden Night

Recommended for purchase where friends-to-lovers romances are in demand or where the first book in the series, Billionaire’s Island Temptation, was popular.

Coldero Ridge Cowboy

Williams (Hunted on the Bay) offers a strong start to a promising new series.

Ozarks Double Homicide

Wells (Ozarks Missing Person) continues her “Arkansas Special Agents” series in this crime-filled novel, which may appeal to readers looking for a newer series or a quick read.

Dead Again

Severn (Over Her Dead Body) is no stranger to writing steamy romance novels and delivers another great read in this series, which can be read as a stand-alone.

Mortal Follies

Stock up for Hall’s many fans.

Unladylike Lessons in Love

This book will appeal to readers seeking a multicultural historical romance heavy on adrenaline and intrigue. Recommended for fans of Sarah MacLean, Eva Leigh, and Julia Quinn.

Business or Pleasure

Sweet, steamy, and satisfying, this is sure to please readers.

All the Right Notes

A lyrical, romantic debut with tender, moving notes about Filipino American families and queer love stories. Perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston and Alexis Hall, this is a must-have for library shelves.

Marrying Off Morgan McBride

Settle in and get comfy for another entertaining adventure with the McBrides of Buck’s Creek, following Kit McBride Gets a Wife.

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