Romance | Prepub Alert, November 2024 Titles

A new rom-com from bestselling Sophie Cousens, along with multiple sports romances, from hockey to pickleball.








Cochrane, Kate. Wake Up, Nat & Darcy. Carina Adores. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9781335953742. pbk. 352p. $18.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE

Law librarian and former Division I hockey player Cochrane debuts with a sapphic sports rom-com. Two former Olympic rivals—and exes—team up to host a morning show and discover that they still have a lot of chemistry. They are going to have to work together to make it all work, on and off the air.

Cousens, Sophie. Is She Really Going Out with Him? Putnam. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780593718902. pbk. 368p. $19. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Bestselling Cousens (author of the GMA pick This Time Next Year) offers a trope-filled rom-com (enemies-to-lovers, opposites attract, workplace romance, and more) featuring a columnist who, in fear of losing her job, agrees to go on seven dates chosen by her children. They pick the mail carrier, a waiter, and even her celebrity crush.

DeWitt, Tarah. The Co-op. St. Martin’s Griffin. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9781250329387. pbk. 352p. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

DeWitt (Savor It) pens a marriage-of-convenience rom-com about home reno. LaRynn Lavigne and Deacon Leeds had a fling as teens. Ten years later, they inherit shared ownership of a building that they will join forces to fix. The building is not the only thing being restored—so is their love interest. With a 100K-copy first printing.

Donovan, Bryn. Her Knight at the Museum. Berkley. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780593816592. pbk. 352p. $19. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Donovan (Sunrise Cabin) offers a unique rom-com premise. Sir Griffin de Beauford has been cursed to appear as a stone statue. Emily Porter works at the Art Institute of Chicago and is restoring Beauford when she breaks the curse. A medieval knight alive in the 21st century could be what HEAs are made of.

Eden, Lucy. Love in Bloom. Forever. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9781538756973. pbk. 384p. $17.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Emmaline Walter inherits a farm that she knows nothing about—particularly not the fact that it secretly is a marijuana grow site. She has much to discuss with the hot farm manager Dan in this small-town rom-com from Eden, who is making the move from self-publishing to a big publisher.

Long, Ilana. Pickleballers. Berkley. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780593642238. pbk. 384p. $19. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Pickleball takes center court in this sports and enemies-to-lovers rom-com from Long, making her adult debut. Meg Bloomberg escapes her ex for a pickleball outing on Bainbridge Island, only to meet Ethan Fine. As the two cross paths and paddles, it is game, set, and maybe match.

Rea, Kerry. The Jewel of the Isle. Berkley. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780593815649. pbk. 336p. $19. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

A grumpy-meets-sunshine adventure rom-com sees two indoorsy characters coping with the great outdoors, on the run from villains, trying to survive in a national park, and finding that they risk a whole lot more than just twisting ankles and getting lost—their hearts are on the line too.

Riley, Lia. Puck and Prejudice. Avon. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780063412323. pbk. 320p. $18.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Riley (Mister Hockey) blends sports romance, marriage-of-convenience, and time travel as hockey goalie Tucker visits his sister in England and jumps back in time to 1812. There he meets Lizzy, who yearns to be a widow for all the freedoms that status affords. A husband who might vanish into the future could be even better. With a 75K-copy first printing.

Smith, Tiana. Mr. Nice Spy. Berkley. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780593550328. pbk. 352p. $19. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Smith’s sequel to her debut The Spy and I is an adventure rom-com featuring fake dating. Andee Paxton, the daughter of an arms dealer, is kidnapped, along with agent Adam Chan. They must pretend to be together as they launch a global effort to stop Andee’s dad from blowing up the world.

Sullivan, Emily. Duchess Material. Forever. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9781538742341. pbk. 336p. $17.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Award-winning Sullivan (The League of Scoundrels) moves from mass-market to trade paperback with this expected series starter featuring three sisters, each wealthy and unwilling to follow Victorian society’s rules. Phoebe is a bluestocking, content to be a teacher, until one of her students vanishes. She turns to her old crush, the Duke of Ellis for help.

Ward, J. R. A Bloom in Winter. Gallery. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9781982180287. 432p. $26. PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Bestselling Ward offers a new Black Dagger Brotherhood holiday spinoff story. The vampire’s training center has reopened, and Callum (from The Viper) decides to become a soldier. Apex knows how much he has suffered and signs up to keep an eye on him. As the two train together, Callum faces a choice: accept love or give into his rage.

Wesley, Jamie. A Legend in the Baking. St. Martin’s Griffin. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9781250801876. pbk. 336p. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Wesley (Fake It Till You Bake It) offers a baking rom-com about football player August Hodges, a silent partner in Sugar Blitz Cupcakes. When he goes viral and becomes the hottest date in town, he and the cupcakes are front and center. He hires his best friend’s sister to help manage the attention, setting up a long-simmering sugar rush.

Forthcoming Series Titles

Matthews, Mimi. The Muse of Maiden Lane. (Belles of London, bk. 4). Berkley. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780593639276. pbk. 384p. $19. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Sage, Lyla. Lost and Lassoed. (Rebel Blue Ranch, bk. 3). Dial. Nov. 2024. ISBN 9780593732458. pbk. 320p. $17.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

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