Romance | Prepub Alert, May 2024 Titles

Christina Lauren and Vanessa Riley have new offerings, while Jayne Anne Krentz has a new series title, writing as Jayne Castle.








Brown, Hannah. Mistakes We Never Made. Forever: Grand Central. May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781538756775. $29. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Reality TV star and best seller Brown (God Bless This Mess) makes her romance debut with a second-chance-at-love story. Emma and Finn have history—painful history for Emma, so she is not thrilled to play bridesmaid to his groomsman. But when the bride runs away, they join forces and find more than they thought possible. With a 75K-copy first printing.

Cayouette, Betty. One Last Shot. St. Martin’s Griffin. May 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250291103. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

TikTok star and the uber book recommender of @bettysbooklist gets a 100K-copy first printing for her debut, which reunites supermodel Emerson with fashion photographer Theo in Cinque Terre, Italy. They were so close as teens that they made a marriage pact, but now they have been divided for years. Will they get a second chance or part forever?

DeWitt, Tarah. Savor It. St. Martin’s Griffin. May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9781250329424. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

DeWitt, a presence on Bookstagram and BookTok, returns with a strategic-alliance romance featuring Sage Byrd, who needs a guy to put her ex in his place, and chef Fisher Lange, who needs some PR help in Sage’s tiny coastal town of Spunes, OR. The two strike a deal and ignite a swoony summer fling. With a 100K-copy first printing.

Feehan, Christine. Deadly Storms. Berkley. May 2024. 448p. ISBN 9780593638804. $29. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Another stand-alone work of romantic suspense with a touch of the paranormal sees best-selling Feehan return to the setting of Murder at Sunrise Lake and Red on the River. The publisher is keeping a tight lid on the plotline for now.

Fortune, Carley. This Summer Will Be Different. Berkley. May 2024. 320p. ISBN 9780593638880. pap. $19. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Best-selling Fortune (Every Summer After) sets her newest on Prince Edward Island, the site of Lucy and Felix’s serial no-hearts-involved summer fling. This summer is different. Lucy is on PEI to support her best friend (and Felix’s sister). Can she hold to that, or are she and Felix ready for something more?

Kann, Claire. Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places. Berkley. May 2024. 416p. ISBN 9780593336656. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Known for her YA titles, Kann got a preempt for this adult paranormal romance that involves a sentient house with a broken heart, a parapsychology researcher named Lucky, and Maverick Phillips, who works on a TV show about haunted places. Lucky wonders if they all can have a happy ending.

Lauren, Christina. The Paradise Problem. Gallery. May 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781668017722. $28.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Best-selling Lauren (The True Love Experiment) pairs two UCLA students who marry to snag subsidized housing. Still married but living apart three years later, Anna, a struggling artist, and Liam, a professor at Stanford, team up again, this time to help Liam meet the conditions of his grandfather’s will.

McKinlay, Jenn. Love at First Book. Berkley. May 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593545744. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Best-selling McKinlay brings back Emily from Summer Reading and sends her to Ireland in this sunshine-meets-grumpy rom-com. Emily, a librarian from Martha’s Vineyard, is thrilled with her new job, working with an author she adores. Not as happy, at least at first, is the author’s son, grumpy bookseller Kieran.

Riley, Vanessa. A Gamble at Sunset. Zebra: Kensington. (Betting Against the Duke, Bk. 1). May 2024. 368p. ISBN 9781420154856. pap. $17.95. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Award-winning Riley, with a TV option for Island Queen, starts a new inclusive Regency series starring a duke and the three sisters he sets out to help get married. First up is the feigned-courtship story of Georgina and Lord Mark Sebastian, who fall for each other while trying to fool the gossips.

Robert, Katee. Blood on the Tide. Berkley. (Crimson Sails, Bk. 2). May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780593639108. pap. $19. PARANORMAL ROMANCE

The second in the “Crimson Sails” fantasy romance series features vampire Lizzie and the selkie Maeve, who team up to steal back Lizzie’s family heirlooms and Maeve’s skin. As they plot to win the day, they must also deal with the Cŵn Annwn, who will not let the thievery pass.

Forthcoming Series Titles

Castle, Jayne. People in Glass Houses. Berkley. (Harmony, Bk. 17). May 2024. 336p. ISBN 9780593639887. $29. PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Probst, Jennifer. A Wedding in Lake Como. Berkley. (Meet Me in Italy, Bk. 3). May 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780593546048. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

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