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More Than a Match for the Earl

Murdoch (Least Likely To Win a Duke) presents the second installment of “The Wallflower Academy” Regency romances, a slow-burn love story as alluring as it is endearing.

A Taste for More

Dixon (Intermission; Down Home Blues) has created a solid story exploring family relationships, filled with flawed, yet relatable characters and peppered with historical references, as in the novels of Mary Monroe.

Sabotage Operation

Piñeiro Biscayne Bay Breach) continues to write southern Florida–set romantic suspense well in this new series launch.


While the novel’s plot points are at times predictable and lack the high drama required for a celebrity storyline, fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Brandy Colbert will enjoy.

No Turning Back

Fans of Ronie Kendig, Charles Frazier, and Diana Palmer will be drawn to McKenna’s (Silver Creek Bodyguard) latest book.

How To Tame a King

A not-to-be-missed novel from Hyland (How To Win a Prince) for readers of royal romances.

Wed in Haste to the Duke

Mallory (The Major and the Scandalous Widow) continues the “Season of Celebration” Regency romance series with this second installment. The friends-to-lovers tale is detailed, dramatic, and sure to delight.

To Err Is Cumin

While money in a chair and a missing unknown woman are flimsy plot points, fans of the “Spice Shop” cozy mystery series will enjoy the return of favorite characters, and the spices, food, and flowers that are a treat for the senses.

A Courtship To Fool Manhattan

Robinson (Falling for His Pretend Countess) presents a Gilded Age romance with an engaging fake-dating plot and air of suspense. This steamy, but sweet, love story is sure to satisfy.

Cinderella and the Tycoon Next Door

A good read for fans of the friends-to-lovers trope.

Their Accidental Marriage Deal

A perfect read from Singh (The Prince’s Safari Temptation) for contemporary romance fans.

Dangerous Recall

Snell (Retracing the Investigation) delivers an exciting, adventurous, and suspenseful novel that will leave readers guessing who the killer really is.

Claiming His Billion-Dollar Bride

Douglas’s (Waking Up Married to the Billionaire) latest is highly recommended for contemporary romance readers and fans of the marriage-of-convenience trope.

A Mask of Flies

Epic in scope and deeply steeped in its place, Lyons’s crime caper/horror hybrid will appeal to fans of titles like This Wretched Valley by Jenny Kiefer, The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias, and The Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie.

Under Siege

Throughout this suspense-filled novel, Lindsey (Innocent Witness) slowly unfolds the love story of Lincoln and Tara. Readers will fall in love with the entire Beaumont family.

Cold Case Investigation

Helm (Cold Case Identity) delivers another excellently written novel full of likable characters, with just enough romance and plenty of suspense that will keep readers turning the pages.

Resolute Bodyguard

Marshman (Resolute Investigation) continues the stories of the Reed family and gently unfolds the sweet love between Sara and Nate. While fourth in the series, enough backstory is shared to make this work as a stand-alone read.

The Hidden Life of Cecily Larson

Tumultuous, beautifully described historical fiction for fans of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train, and Gary Jennings’s “Spangle” series.

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Heads Will Roll

Winning continues to write great horror novels, and this is a must-buy for libraries that are seeking new and insightful horror that will captivate their readers. Recommend to those who enjoyed My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones, The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix, or Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare.


Oberländer writes a graphic novel that is quirky in tone and execution, but readers in search of deeper commentary about feminism, body positivity, and intergenerational trauma might be left unsatisfied.

Spiral and Other Stories

Koch considers whether humans can understand and protect nature, and her multi-form characters call readers to recognize them, to empathize and preserve. A good volume for ecology collections; also important for students of graphic narrative.

The Phoenix Bride

Brilliantly narrated by Hardingham and Haynes, this lush historical novel smoothly incorporates complicated topics into a quiet, hopeful tale.

Finding Sophie

An electrifying triumph and a must-listen for Mahmood’s fans and for those encountering his work for the first time. Readers of twisty thrillers in the vein of Gillian Flynn and Tana French will be riveted.

The Year of What If

Patrick’s (The Little Italian Hotel) latest is a thoroughly charming, albeit convoluted comedy, perfectly suited for a plane trip or a day at the beach.

Not in Love

Hazelwood fills the plot with tension and stress and employs a dual point-of-view that allows intimate access to both Rue and Eli’s roller-coasting emotions. It is less quirky-charming than some of her past work but showcases much of what her readers love.

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L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol. 40: The Best New SF & Fantasy of the Year

The latest entry in this annual series has something for every SF and fantasy reader, from the blackness of space to the power of magic and all of the places and planes in between.

The Sword Unbound

Hanrahan’s sword-and-sorcery series is perfect for fans of The Witcher.

The Sky Was Ours

Fassler excels at detailing the nuances of his three characters’ personalities as well as the landscape of Lack and the beauty of human flight. True to its original source, this is a powerful parable about the promise of freedom through flight, balanced against the perils of human hubris and the limits of technology and innovation.


Min’s debut will be appreciated by readers who relish the joy of discovery and piecing information together to shape the characters and events in their own minds. It is an intriguing portrait of a fragmented family where nothing is ever quite what it seems. A strong option for book groups.

The Skunks

A character-driven convivial novel.

Swan Song

A must-read for Hilderbrand’s many enthusiastic followers.

Real Americans

The novel’s parallel estrangements in both the current and preceding generations highlight the moral challenges surrounding genetic modification.

The Emperor

A powerful work, but it’s hard to predict its audience.

Fake Flame

Buck’s first offering for the Afterglow line is a satisfying read as the characters deal with serious topics (stalking; familial expectations and dysfunction), along with the dubious romantic qualities of grand gestures, and manage to find romance along the way.

Out of Office

Cunningham’s characters struggle with a plethora of real-life issues( grief, guilt, chronic overachievement, and the impact of gentrification), which makes their story feel both relevant and highly relatable. Their romance has plenty of steam as well.

Swap and Smell the Roses: A Romantic Comedy

Fans of opposites-attract romances, especially those with small-town charm, won’t want to miss Booth’s (How To Fake a Wedding Date) latest, and the not-so-subtle hints about a follow-up novel (set in Willow’s NYC apartment) are sure to have readers anticipating it.

The 7-10 Split: A Romantic Comedy

Lee’s (Passion Over Pride) slow-burn second-chance romance makes a great addition to the Afterglow line and is sure to leave readers anxiously anticipating the next book in the series.

The Final Act of Juliette Willoughby

Will appeal to those who enjoyed The Girls in Navy Blue by Alix Rickloff, which also uses alternating perspectives and dual timelines. Both novels deal with an apparent death and an investigation into the event.

A Lovely Lie

Hendricks (I Didn’t Do It) is definitely on the rise; hand this book to fans of Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter.

Jenny James Is Not a Disaster

This sweet novel serves as a good reminder that sometimes the worst days can kick-start positive changes. Johnson’s Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater was turned into a Hallmark movie, and her latest has a similar tone.

A Comedy of Nobodies: A Collection of Stories

With their energetic narrative and relentless humor, Ryan’s stories are both entertaining and thought-provoking, making this book endlessly quotable and hard to put down. Fans of Ryan’s observational TikTok shorts will enjoy the same irreverent humor in this longer, immersive format.

Forgotten on Sunday

The many admirers of Perrin’s previous novel, Fresh Water for Flowers, will be equally charmed by this beguiling tale. All other readers might be doubly rewarded.


By focusing on the characters’ relationships with one another, Phillips brings complicated, very human characters to life in a tale filled with sadness. Literary fiction readers looking for complicated family stories will be immersed in the novel’s haunting tragedy.

Husbands & Lovers

Fans of Lauren Willig, Kate Morton, and Kristin Harmel will enjoy.

This Strange Eventful History

A meticulous tale about one family, rich in historical detail. Recommended for historical fiction readers who enjoy epic family histories and cerebral characters.

All Fours

While the protagonist’s self-obsessions and erotic escapades won’t be to everyone’s liking, July’s novel is a quirky, funny, even tender feminist tale that defies expectations about the lives women can lead.

Wives Like Us

Light and fun with just a hint of gentle satire, this novel will delight Sykes’s fans.

Our Narrow Hiding Places

Jansma (Why We Came to the City) shows the impact of generational trauma in one family. Book clubs and readers of World War II fiction will enjoy his perceptive take on survival, family, and starting over.

The Bookshop Sisterhood

An inspiring read about the power of women’s friendships and how learning to trust those one loves best can be risky but ultimately rewarding.

Scandalous Women: A Novel of Jackie Collins and Jacqueline Susann

A juicy and fun novel about the women who pioneered the sexy page-turner with Valley of the Dolls and Hollywood Wives.

Joe Hustle

Lange is so adept at drawing his two main characters that readers won’t mind the relative lack of plot twists; the real suspense comes from seeing Joe Hustle skate by one more time.

A World of Hurt

Readers who enjoy crime novels that are gritty and not one-sided will want to add this to their TBR piles.

Shades of Mercy

The sequel to The Bitter Past is a little disjointed, but it’s an intense thriller capitalizing on current technology, and Borgos writes strong, capable women characters.

The Burning

The 16th Kate Burkholder mystery (following An Evil Heart) is another riveting police procedural. Despite the violence and some graphic, gruesome details, fans will be eager for the latest well-developed mystery set in Ohio’s Amish country.

Middle of the Night

Red herrings abound, and there are twists aplenty in Sager’s latest (following The House Across the Lake). His signature style will leave readers dizzyingly satisfied.

Dead Tired

Funny and engaging. Here’s hoping Ailes will return to the twisty, character-driven storytelling showcased in the first installment of this series.

There’s No Murder Like Show Murder

Playwright Greene brings his love and passion for musical theater to this new series. Theater fans will appreciate the behind-the-scenes knowledge, along with the small details so essential to the atmosphere of this cozy mystery.

Agony Hill

The author of the Maggie D’arcy mysteries (A Stolen Child) launches a historical mystery series with a compassionate, vulnerable detective and a setting so vividly described it could be a character. Julia Spencer-Fleming fans will want to try this one.

An Intrigue of Witches

Those who enjoy a little history with their magic will find this novel difficult to put down; the plot flows seamlessly from beginning to end. Readers will look forward to the next “Secret Society Mystery.”

The Murders in Great Diddling

With its focus on books and book lovers, eccentric villagers and frauds, this first mystery from the author of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a delightful traditional, filled with fascinating characters. Those who escape to Louise Penny’s Three Pines might want to check out Great Diddling.

What Have You Done?

Lapena is a master of suspense, and she doesn’t disappoint here. Her many fans and those who enjoy domestic suspense, small-town crimes, and twisty thrillers will flock to this one. Very highly recommended.

The Wrong Hands

Billingham continues his Detective Miller series in style. Wryly comic, fast-paced, and sharply observed, this excellent sequel to The Last Dance will be welcomed by the author’s fans.

Return to Wyldcliffe Heights

Goodman, author of two Mary Higgins Clark Award–winning novels, including The Night Visitors, will please readers who like a gothic mystery with a creepy setting and unreliable narrators. Suggest for fans of Jane Eyre.

The Last Line

While Lyerly’s cozy mystery debut celebrates theater, it also shines a spotlight on Tourette’s syndrome and emphasizes that some of the manifestations are different from those shown on television. Readers of cozy mysteries interested in current topics such as sexual assault, dementia, and newspaper cutbacks might want to try this book. Suggest for fans of Mia P. Manansala.

A Nest of Vipers

An interesting blend of cozy mystery and historical fiction. The real charm of this novel is found in the setting and the characters, particularly the relationship between Kaveri and Ramu.

Desperation Reef

Recommended for fans of Parker’s previous works and those interested in California’s surf culture and in characters trying to move on after a painful personal loss.

Sherlock Holmes and the Telegram from Hell

Meyer is an author, screenwriter, director, and life-long Holmes fan. In addition to editorial notes and photos of many characters, he also weaves real people into this fabulous tale, including Alice Roosevelt Longworth and a very young J. Edgar Hoover, all while keeping the game very much afoot. Baker Street Irregulars everywhere will enjoy this.


A third winner by a rising star of Southern noir.

The Woman in the Garden

Published in England as Devil’s Breath, Johnson’s (The Time Before the Time To Come) novel, with its convoluted plot, might appeal to those who appreciate socially awkward, unreliable narrators.

One Perfect Couple

Ware (Zero Days) once again delivers the literary goods, with a cheeky sense of wit (including a “blink and you’ll miss it” nod to one of her own books), a propulsive sense of pacing, and a fiendishly clever conclusion.

One of Our Kind

At times unsettling, Yoon’s narrative is a thought-provoking exploration of race and identity in modern society.

The Five Year Lie

The questions mount in this techno-thriller lite that doesn’t require any heavy lifting but will have readers wondering who’s watching their doorbell cams.

The Briar Club

This powerful, unforgettable historical mystery is for fans of Mary Anna Evans’s Justine Byrne series and stories with strong women characters.

Bury Your Gays

Captivating and creative, Tingle continues breathing new life into old tropes with a gory examination of art and the lives that fuel it.

Incidents Around the House

Malerman is extraordinarily skilled at bringing fear to the ordinary and building a sense of unease into terror. He can terrify readers even while writing from a believable child’s perspective and voice. For fans of novelists who deftly deploy unease and surreal takes on the routine like Neil Gaiman, Catriona Ward, or Paul Tremblay, or Scott Thomas’s Violet, another novels about an imaginary friend.

A Novel Love Story

This slow-burn love story from Poston (The Seven Year Slip) is as much an ode to romance novels and friendship as it is about romantic relationships. Fans of small-town contemporary romance will sink easily into quaint Eloraton.

Summer Romance

In this sweet romance, Monaghan (Same Time Next Summer) has created believable characters who are multidimensional, while her touches of humorous dialogue enhance the story and make the characters even more likable.

A Love Like the Sun

YA author Neilson’s (I’m Not Supposed To Be in the Dark) adult debut is a slow-burn, sexy, friends-to-lovers romance that deals with emotionally difficult issues like grief and chronic illness but also includes themes of friendship, family, hope, and learning to trust in the power of unconditional love.

Cross the Line

Soltani’s debut is perfect for fans of Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive To Survive docuseries and brings a unique subcategory and delightful addition to the sports romance genre.

Triple Sec

Told in three parts and featuring a wide spectrum of LGBTQIA+ characters, including a strong nonbinary love interest, Alexander’s (Second Chances in New Port Stephen) fresh take on the genre is a must-buy for any romance collection.

The Ornithologist’s Field Guide to Love

This isn’t as rompy as Holton’s earlier series, but it’s gilded with much the same sensibility. Watching Beth and Devon navigate each other as they tromp across Britain, as all around them birders and press agents plot and plan, is a fun spree.

The Pairing: Special 1st Edition

Lush scenery, well-drawn secondary characters, and believable, grounded conflicts lead to a sweet and satisfying ending for Kit and Theo in McQuiston’s (I Kissed Shara Wheeler) funniest, sexiest novel to date, here in a special edition with painted edges.

Slow Dance

While this novel doesn’t follow all the traditional romance beats, it’s guaranteed to make hearts flutter, likely while bringing tears to readers’ eyes.

Name Your Price

James’s (The Déjà Glitch) new rom-com gives second-chance romance a new twist that readers will love.

Hot Summer

Reality TV fans will swoon over this well-crafted, entertaining contemporary romance.

The Scenic Route

Ruggle (Fish Out of Water) kicks off her latest series, “Beneath the Wild Sky,” with a novel offering a delicious romance, laugh-out-loud banter, and edge-of-your-seat suspense that will keep the pages turning.

The Design of Us

Patel (Isha, Unscripted) expertly designs a modern beach read and a sassy rom-com filled with fun tropes and a gratifying slow burn.

Viscount in Love

James’s latest book is a must-read for fans of historical romance.

Pardon My Frenchie

An adorable rom-com that’s perfect for pet-lovers craving a treat.

Match Me If You Can

Hegde doesn’t quite hit the mark with her debut.

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