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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.

Can’t Let Her Go

This slow-burn, inclusive, friends-to-lovers romance highlights LGBTQIA+ and Black characters. While a much different pace from Alexander’s previous romance, Can’t Resist Her, the story is charming with realistic complexities that occur in budding relationships.


The first in the popular “Green Creek” tetralogy, reissued by Tor, pairs Ox, steady as a rock, with Joe, a tornado plagued by a demon from his past. Their contrasting natures and a pack split generate lots of tension between Joe and Ox and the members of their respective packs, for an exciting start to the series.

Wolf on the Wild Side

This new series spin-off of Spear’s (Jingle Bell Wolf) “Wolff Brothers” books will have readers falling even more for the shifters of Silver Town and the mysteries they encounter.

Single Dads Club

Beharrie (A Ghost in Shining Armor) manages to combine a South African setting, humor, a good deal of angst, and a satisfying amount of groveling into a fresh and moving novel. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.

Famous for a Living

Ferguson’s (Meet Me in the Margins) chaste, heartfelt, hilarious novel is perfect for fans of Sophie Cousens and Jen DeLuca.

His Study in Scandal

Frampton follows up the first “School for Scoundrels” book, Her Lessons in Persuasion, with another scorching pairing. Recommended for romance fans who like it hot, hot, hot.

The Boyfriend Candidate

This is a fast-paced, hard-to-put-down novel whose happily-ever-after isn’t what readers will expect; it’s better.

Love at First Set

This adult debut from YA novelist Dugan (Melt with You) has a strong mix of humor and emotional depth; book clubs will likely find a lot to discuss.

Leave It to the March Sisters

A clever premise is hampered by some odd plot choices, but literature fans may have fun with this creative take on a classic.

That Summer Feeling

If readers don’t mind the instalove timeframe or singular first-person narrative, they’ll find a lot to like in the latest from Morrissey (A Thousand Miles). It tells a story of emotional healing and an adult’s discovery of her bisexuality; there are also strong sibling connections and a fun camp setting.

The Only Purple House in Town

This charming, cozy, contemporary romance from Aguirre (the fourth in the “Fix-It Witches” series, following Extra Witchy) is filled with wonderfully quirky characters. The protagonists are well-developed, and the storyline is well-paced. It’s drama-free, but there are surprises around every corner and humor on every page; readers won’t want the magic to end.

Bookshop Cinderella

The story contains a great mix of wit and attraction as opposites clash and romance blooms. Recommended for readers who like historical romance, independent women, high-society romance, and transformation stories.

Once More with Feeling

The novel drags out the mysterious past events between Kathleen and Cal and focuses far more on musical theater, boy-band references, and Jewish summer camp nostalgia than the romance. Recommended for purchase where the author’s previous book Funny You Should Ask circulates well.

Stars Collide

Like Anna’s very online fans, readers may find themselves shipping #EdAnna, but Anna’s burgeoning professional confidence and Eden’s discovery of her desire for women also take center stage.

A Love Catastrophe

A delightful tale that will appeal to animal and romance lovers alike.

The Color of Always: An LGBTQIA+ Love Anthology

An eclectic collection of deeply felt and frequently uplifting stories from across the spectrum of human experience.

Falling Hard for the Royal Guard

The unusual setting provides a great history lesson and a peek at life behind the scenes at a world-renowned landmark. However, popular TikToker Clawson (who also lives in the Tower of London with her Beefeater father) doesn’t break any new ground with the novel or the characters.

Emma of 83rd Street

This modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma takes readers from Regency England to present-day high-society Manhattan, but the relationship foibles and romantic misunderstanding remain intact. For fans of the movie Clueless and retellings of classics.


Even If the Sky Is Falling

Frequently hilarious, often touching, and with a good amount of heat, this book is recommended for fiction collections, where short stories, multicultural works, and contemporary romance titles circulate well.

Chef’s Choice

Like Luna’s beloved cheese plates and charcuterie spreads, this appetizing romance has something to delight a wide variety of readers. A first choice for contemporary romance collections.

An Island Princess Starts a Scandal

Herrera (A Caribbean Heiress in Paris) brings to life the epoch and her characters in this delicious and superbly researched historical romance that is a must buy for libraries.

Return to Hummingbird Way

Ryan follows Second Chance on Cypress Lane with another warm and sultry story set on Holly Grove Island, anchored by a stubborn duo not afraid to defy expectations once they realize what they want.

Funny Guy

Still, Barry’s (Chick Magnet) formulaic latest provides a bit of heat and the requisite happily-ever-after to please most romance readers.

How Not To Marry a Duke

An enjoyable read with a great dynamic between the two main characters and a refreshing blend of cultures rarely seen in historical romances.

Saved by the Texas Cowboy

Best for fans of this author and of the Harlequin Romantic Suspense titles.

Colton’s Undercover Seduction

With a nonsensical reason for their undercover assignment and plot twists that are obvious from the beginning, reading the latest installment in this series is far more frustrating than it is entertaining.

Baby Surprise in Costa Rica

Part surprise pregnancy and part second-chance romance, this love story will leave readers glowing from the undeniable attraction between the two, as well as the Costa Rican climate in Pembroke’s second “Dream Destinations” book, after Their Icelandic Marriage Reunion.

Pas de Don’t

A sexy, smoldering romance that pulls back the curtain on the world of ballet and deftly portrays the ambition, drive, and passion of those who live and work in it.

Off-Limits Fling with the Billionaire

The tension between Cassandra and Matheo is palpable and makes for an enticing, steamy read from Merchant (Their Wildest Safari Dream). Readers are sure to devour this in one sitting.

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