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Take Two, Birdie Maxwell

Scotch’s (The Rewind) passionate and fast-paced story follows a roller coaster of ups and downs involving fame, friendship, and family. Will satisfy fans of classic rom-coms like Notting Hill and You’ve Got Mail.

I’ve Got My Mind Set on Brew

Jayne (author of Lady and the Camp under the name Stephanie J. Scott) has found a unique niche with the brewing angle; beer aficionados and romance readers alike will enjoy learning about the brewing process just as much as Kat does in this enemies-to-lovers romance.

The Other Side of Disappearing

This slow-burn romance from Clayborn (George, All Along) has an intriguing mystery and will appeal to fans of true-crime podcasts, road-trip storylines, and novels with a deep emotional core.

Late Bloomer

Recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary queer romance, meet-cutes, and rural settings.

Never Blow a Kiss

An exceptional debut, braided with banter, wit, chemistry, and intrigue; perfect for fans of Tessa Dare’s humor and the cunning feminism of Sarah MacLean’s “Hell’s Belles” series.

Old Flames and New Fortunes

The world Hogle has created is cozy and warm, and fans of her previous work or of witchy romances will be crossing their fingers that this is the start of a series.

Kilt Trip

This enemies-to-lovers romance is captivating. The characters are well-developed, the story is well-written, and the beautiful descriptions of Scotland enchant.

The Catch

Lea’s final “Influencer” novel is a fabulous rom-com brimming with magnetic chemistry and delightful tropes.

The Kiss Countdown

Easton’s debut is perfect for readers seeking romance with excellent character development and STEM at its center. It’s a good read-alike for Denise Williams and Ali Hazelwood.

When I Think of You

At turns humorous and heart-wrenching, with a smoldering sensuality that underlies even the most fraught of the protagonists’ encounters, this novel is highly recommended for all library collections.

Accidentally His

This novel will appeal to readers seeking an engaging Regency romance that pairs spirited socialites with swashbuckling excitement. Recommended for fans of Grace Burrowes, Sophie Irwin, and Cathy Maxwell.

Ready or Not

Bastone’s (Flirting with Forever) friends-to-lovers romance is a recommended purchase, especially where rom-coms are popular.

Maya’s Laws of Love

Rooted in Pakistani and Muslim culture and faith, this romance is a fun romp that features plenty of adventure and plot twists. Recommend to fans of Uzma Jalaluddin.

At First Spite

Buy multiple copies of this title, because it won’t stay on the shelf.

The Duchess

The second entry in Jordan’s high-society historical romance series is a grimmer tale than the first, but the deserving heroine’s HEA will satisfy.

Lady Charlotte Always Gets Her Man

Marsh’s (Velocity of a Secret) latest is billed as a match for Enola Holmes fans, and with its mysterious turns, commentary on social norms, and endearing romance, the comparison is spot-on, plus some extra heat.

Simply the Best

Funny and engaging, with twists and turns that keep it moving. Newbies to the series and even sports-averse readers will appreciate this modern-day Cinderella tale from Phillips.

One Dangerous Night

This novel will appeal to readers seeking Regency romance with an adventurous road-trip twist. Recommended for fans of Candace Camp, Mary Balogh, and Amita Murray.


Witty dialogue, plots within plots, and a surprising twist round out this excellent novel. Highly recommended.

Wild Things

Though the romance is a bit slow to ignite, patient listeners will be rewarded with an enjoyable sizzle at the end. An excellent fit for those seeking a low-key queer romance full of fun and engaging characters.

Unrealistic Expectations

Contemporary romance fans who enjoy steamy stories featuring reformed rakes will savor this expertly narrated, uplifting story of finding true love in unexpected places.

One Tough Cookie

Though the narration is excellent, the disagreeable characters make this a strictly optional purchase for most libraries.


This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a witty workplace rom-com that turns competition into chemistry. Recommended for fans of Christina Lauren and Katherine Center.

The Seven Year Slip

Poston (The Dead Romantics) deftly weaves the magical apartment into the story and pulls off a spectacular happily-ever-after. For fans of Emily Henry and Abby Jimenez.

Recipe for Second Chances

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a playful nom-nom rom-com full of food, friendship, and fun. Recommended for fans of Christina Lauren, Jennifer Weiner, and Amanda Aksel.

Sammy Espinoza’s Last Review

Villarreal’s nuanced performance captures Sammy’s journey toward a more promising future. Listeners won’t want to miss this layered second-chance contemporary romance.

The Sweetest Revenge

Pressley’s charismatic performance makes for an entertaining production that listeners will enjoy. Dent’s (The Setup) latest is a solid choice for any audio romance collection.

That Summer Feeling

This fluffy queer romance delights. A perfect addition to any audio romance collection.

New Adult

Give to listeners who enjoy some whimsy with their romances.

With Love, from Cold World

Although Dorcus offers a pleasant performance, this isn’t enough to make this audio an essential purchase. Best where Thompson’s titles are in high demand or where contemporary romances fly off the shelves.

Woke Up Like This

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a hilarious, coming-of-age contemporary romance about living in the moment. Recommended for fans of Sarah Adams, Sarah Jost, and Allison Winn Scotch.

Love at 350°

A perfect listen for fans of The Great British Bake Off and those craving a satisfying foodie romance.

You, Again

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an opposites-attract, enemies-to-lovers rom-com full of New York City nuance. Recommended for fans of Emily Henry, Tessa Bailey, and Amanda Aksel.

To Have and to Heist

Desai’s novel will draw listeners seeking a hilarious heist rom-com full of engaging entrapments and action-packed antics. A good pick for fans of Alisha Rai, Christina Lauren, and Ally Carter.

You’ve Been Served

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a relationship fiction/rom-com mashup with Legally Blonde vibes. Recommended for fans of Mia Sosa and Elle Kennedy.

My Roommate Is a Vampire

This is a sweet and sexy paranormal romance with the perfect amount of silliness. For fans of Sarah Hawley’s A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon.

Every Duke Has His Day

Cozy and mildly steamy, this twist-filled novel is an excellent fit for listeners seeking a fast-paced and fun historical romance.

Unorthodox Love

Shertok’s observations on faith and the Orthodox Jewish community are appealing, but the mediocre audio production makes this an optional purchase.

A Winter in New York

Silver’s (One Day in December) latest rom-com is a perfect winter read for her fans and cozy-romance readers. A great selection for any holiday romance shelf.

The First Date Prophecy

A nostalgic, sweet romance, warmly narrated and satisfying. For fans of Rachel Winters and Karen Doornebos.

Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date

With emotional depth and engaging characters, this sweetly sexy third installment in Blake’s “Bright Falls” series satisfies.

Text Appeal

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an upbeat friends-to-lovers rom-com with a techy love-triangle twist. Recommended for fans of Lauren Forsythe and Christina Lauren.

The Long Game

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an engaging enemies-to-lovers rom-com that is sporty and sexy. Recommended for fans of Lynn Painter, Libby Hubscher, and Hannah Orenstein.

Same Time Next Summer

A fun romp at the beach house yields a satisfying ending. Share with fans of Carley Fortune’s Every Summer After or Emily Henry’s People We Meet on Vacation.

Forget Me Not

Dalton and Hamilton’s performance of Soto’s debut contemporary romance will charm fans of Mia Sosa’s and Tessa Bailey’s recent works. This skillfully narrated enemies-to-lovers, second-chance romance does not disappoint.

Kiss Me, Mi Amor

Give to listeners who enjoy adaptations of classic stories, such as Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev.

Role Playing

Yardley’s (Ex Appeal) latest is a perfect fit for patrons looking for heartwarming, slow-burn romances featuring middle-aged characters.

Lush Lives

This lushly written sapphic romance should appeal to readers interested in women artists and creators and the ruthless NYC art scene.

Curves for Days

Final act aside, listeners of small-town romances with appealing heroines should enjoy.

A Shot in the Dark

Recommend to listeners who are looking for a realistic and complicated love story.

Play for Me

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an upbeat, engaging rom-com with mostly closed-door romance and a varied cast of characters. Recommended for fans of Sarah Adams, Kate Bromley, and Elle Cook.

Faking Christmas

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking sweet holiday hijinks with a playful Parent Trap twist. Recommended for fans of Jennifer Crusie, Lynn Painter, and Sarah Adams.

The Only Purple House in Town

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a brilliantly bewitching paranormal romance about found family and fitting in. Recommended for fans of Sangu Mandanna, Sally Thorne, and Jessica Clare.

The Love Plot

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a steamy, spirited play on Pretty Woman or The Wedding Date (sans sex work). Recommended for fans of the humorous rom-com romps of Katherine Center, Sarah Adams, and Elena Armas.

The Lady He Lost

A fun and sexy historical. It is perfect for fans of empowered women and their supportive men, similar to Tessa Dare’s “Spindle Cove” series.

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Red String Theory

In Jessen’s enjoyable latest (after Lunar Love), readers will cheer Rooney’s beliefs about fate, as it’s obvious these two are destined to continue their adventures together.

Fangirl Down

Recommended for fans of grumpy-sunshine pairings and Bailey’s previous work.

Once Persuaded, Twice Shy: A Modern Reimagining of Persuasion

This artful novel keeps to the core of the Jane Austen source material, while allowing the updated story to soar on its own.

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde

This fantastical novel, in which the past and present collide in unusual ways, is sure to be popular where romance, African American fiction, and relationship fiction circulate well; highly recommended for all libraries.

Fish Out of Water

Ruggle (Risk It All) writes the comedy and adventure aspects of this romance well, and readers will find themselves laughing out loud as they devour the book.

Second Chances in New Port Stephen

This contemporary romance is a must-have for all libraries and for readers who relish a bit of angst and a lot of joy with their happily-ever-afters.

The Spy and I

This mistaken-identity spy romance is fast-paced, mixing twists and turns with humor and not a small amount of chemistry. Recommend to fans of Gina Robinson’s “Agent X” series and The Blonde Identity by Ally Carter.

The Diamond and the Duke

This third installment in the “All the Duke’s Sins” series (following Desperately Seeking a Duchess) is a must-read for both fans and newcomers to Caldwell’s work.

Hannah Tate, Beyond Repair

This is the perfect balm for millennial new mothers learning to navigate love and life after having a baby. Recommended for fans of small-town romance and relationship fiction.

When Grumpy Met Sunshine

Upbeat, engaging, witty, and funny, this book from Stein (The Professor) will captivate readers. Highly recommended for all collections.

Canadian Boyfriend

Holiday’s (So This Is Christmas) heartwarming, engaging, slow-burn romance is character-driven, and the witty banter and outrageous situations keep the tone upbeat even as characters face challenging situations.

Till There Was You

An overall charming tale that gets a little bogged down rehashing the main characters’ insecurities and issues.

Right on Cue

Ballard’s (Just My Type) latest is full of winks to the rom-com genre and packed with steamy tension.


Recommended for readers who enjoy found family, working-class historical romances, and stern sea captains with hearts of gold.

How To End a Love Story

Readers looking for a contemporary romance with a passionate and grand love story, characters that leap off the page, and an original storyline will relish screenwriter and director Kuang’s debut novel.

Say You’ll Be Mine

Perfect for fans of grumpy-sunshine pairings and mostly closed-door romances.

At Her Service

Spalding (For Her Consideration) brings her twentysomething protagonists to life in this romance that delivers on both the heroine’s self-actualization journey and her happily-ever-after. A must buy for libraries looking for more fresh, queer contemporary romance to recommend to fans of Meryl Wilsner or Alexis Hall.

Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend

Alban’s debut is a disarmingly sweet and well-written story that promises two romances for the price of one. This has wide appeal and is recommended for readers who enjoy sapphic stories, new-adult fiction, or historical romance.

Sex, Lies and Sensibility

With super-sexy scenes, deeply emotional storylines, and strong Black and Indigenous characters, Payne’s (Pride and Protest) modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility will appeal to readers who enjoy multicultural, smart, and highly entertaining contemporary romances.

Always Remember: Ben’s Story

This book will appeal to those seeking a heartwarming historical romance about overcoming obstacles and realizing one’s true worth. Recommended for fans of Sophie Irwin, Stephanie Laurens, and Eloisa James.

Mortal Follies

A charming magical adventure, perfect for fans of Gail Carriger’s “The Custard Protocol” series.

Will They or Won’t They

Though an agreeable production, the somewhat uneven performances make this a secondary purchase for most collections.

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How To Dance

Dutton’s debut is a charming novel that will keep readers glued to the page.


Never Met a Duke Like You

Readers who enjoy a sense of modernity in their historical romance will enjoy the witty back-and-forth between “Lady Viper” and “Lord Ass,” even as the story explores the less romantic aspects of Regency society.

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Shattered Truths

Hunting delivers another steamy hockey romance in this new adult title.

Unravel Me

Mack skillfully writes a steamy, hot, can’t-put-down hockey romance. Hockey fans or not, readers will be pulling this book from the shelves and begging for more.

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