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House on Fire

Burke’s second “Ashes and Dust” series installment ends on a cliff-hanger, and trilogy readers will be anxiously awaiting the next. Hudson and Wes from the “Not Dead Yet” trilogy feature prominently in this title, so libraries that own that series will also want to collect this one.

You Can Run

Plot twists and red herrings abound in this fast-paced novel that will keep readers turning the pages.

Accidentally Perfect

With the book’s quirky characters and unique vistas, fans of Clarke’s (Dear Jane) will be delighted by the “Hideaway Harbor” series launch.

Role Model

A wonderful listen, highly recommended for all library audio collections.

The Love Hypothesis

This BookTok favorite is a great starter romance for readers coming from fan fiction and aging up from YA titles. Also recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary romance authors like Christina Lauren and Talia Hibbert.

The Rebel and the Rake

Though it has a slow start, readers who stick with it will find themselves fully engaged in both the mystery and the romance. Recommended for those who enjoyed the first novel in the series as well as readers looking for a historical romance outside of the standard Regency fare.

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

Emezi’s (The Death of Vivek Oji) latest work is sexy, complex, and moving. The author illustrates the complexities of grief, new love, and a young woman discovering who she is and who she wants to be, and readers will enjoy a new take on a love triangle romance.

Love, Hate & Clickbait

Bowery’s debut is a great read with a wild ride through hate, lust, and love in the world of political social media influencing. Highly recommended.


Until We Meet

Di Maio’s historical romance is packed with drama, friendship, and a “love conquers all” story. Readers looking for a break from the typical World War II romance are sure to find it here.

Sari, Not Sari

A secondary purchase, but this debut author’s career will be worth watching.


Chef’s Kiss

Readers who enjoyed the adventures in romances like Alexis Hall’s Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake and Adriana Herrera’s Mangoes and Mistletoe will likely eat this one up too.

The Siren of Sussex

Matthews (Gentleman Jim) deftly underscores racial and gender discrimination in Victorian London in this excellent start to “The Belles of London” series; rather than overshadowing, it propels the romance. Romance aficionados who love fashion and animals will delight in this tender romance and will be excited to see Evelyn’s friends in future installments.

Say You’ll Be My Lady

Readers who are anxiously awaiting the next season of Bridgerton will enjoy this one, and those who enjoyed the first in the series will not want to miss it.

Ramón and Julieta

This read is delightful; recommended to all fans of contemporary romance.

How To Deceive a Duke

The more extreme elements of the plot might make some readers roll their eyes, but the core of this steamy story is solid. Historical romance fans will be happy to find another strong-willed, science-minded heroine and the duke who loves her, and they’ll look forward to the next story in the series.

Lightning in a Mirror

Longtime fans will recognize names of people Harlan ran into during his five years away; the possibility of future books exploring those connections is exciting. Recommended for public libraries.

The Bad Boy Experiment

The realistic barriers between Renee and Cole provide a satisfying conclusion when they overcome them to find the ultimate happy ending.

One Little Secret

The rapid-fire conclusion might be too quick for some readers, but Child has laid the groundwork for her happy ending.

Snowbound with the Prince

A first-tier purchase for libraries where contemporary and royal romances are popular.

Love & Other Disasters

Kelly’s stunning debut is a must-have for all library collections. Recommended for readers who also enjoy Olivia Dade’s “Spoiler Alert” series or Alison Cochran’s The Charm Offensive.

Beauty and the Reclusive Millionaire

Purchase where contemporary and second-chance romances are popular.

Tempting the Devil

James’s fifth entry in the “Quentin Security” series (after Heart of a Devil) is a fast-paced, steamy suspense. Fans of Cynthia Eden and Rachel Grant will enjoy.

The Perfect Fake Date

Fans of Simone’s “Billionaires of Boston” series will enjoy this third entry (after Secrets of a One Night Stand) but it can also stand alone as a charming friends-to-lovers romance.

Married by Contract

Readers looking for an emotional story of people realizing that what they thought they wanted isn’t enough will find a satisfying read in the third “Texas Cattleman’s Club: Fathers and Sons” installment (after Joss Woods’s How To Handle a Heartbreaker).

Remembering Ramsey

Eden’s “Trouble for Hire” series offers linked stand-alone romantic suspense with alpha males who turn to putty in the right woman’s hands, and couples willing to break a few rules for each other. The fast-paced action, steamy romance, and emotional connections make her books a required purchase for public libraries.

Serve ’n’ Protect

Readers who like novels centering on dogs will enjoy this fifth book in O’Fallon’s “Federal K-9” series (after Armed ’n’ Ready). The physical and emotional injuries of the main characters add impact to the plot, even though readers might figure out part of the mystery early on.

Ice Planet Barbarians

Highly recommended for larger public libraries and where demand warrants.

The Secret Casseveti Baby

Purchase where the rest of the series is popular.

Vegas Wedding to Forever

Purchase this sweet and lively romance where marriage-of-convenience stories are popular.

Tall, Dark and Off Limits

An optional purchase.

Return of the Rancher

Maynard’s (“Men of Wolff Mountain” series) new stand-alone romance sometimes substitutes physical peril for emotional stakes, but readers will still enjoy this story of reunited love.

Lyon Hearted

Though each book in the “The Lyon’s Den Connected World” series stands alone, this 20th installment, which follows Tamed by the Lyon, by Chasity Bowlin, will be best enjoyed by readers of the previous titles. Recommended for libraries where Lee is popular or this series circulates well.

Unwritten Rules

Casey’s (Dirty Slide) sympathetic, multilayered characters are framed within a baseball story line that informs but never bores. The steamy love scenes don’t disappoint and fans of sports romances will look forward to the author’s next book.

A Scoundrel of Her Own

Although the plot feels too convenient sometimes, Reid’s (My Darling Duke) against-all-odds romance features a formidable couple and will keep readers enthralled.

Colton 911: Under Suspicion

Devoted readers of the series will consider this a must-read, as all of the loose threads of the prior books are finally wrapped up here. Cartoonish villains with over-the-top motivations, however, mean that everyone else would be fine giving it a pass.

Broken Falcon

Fans of the series will demand this book, which reads well as a stand-alone too.

Too Much Man

Perfect for readers searching for nuanced bisexual representation in a sports romance.

What He Wants for Christmas

This reunion romance has plenty of holiday charm and Alaskan details to satisfy those looking for a winter-set romance that brings the heat.

Wild at Heart

Recommended for libraries where Sharon Sala’s “Blessings” series, Robyn Carr’s “Virgin River” series, or Jodi Thomas’s “Harmony” series are popular.

Two Houses

Fans of Sonya Lalli will love Bibra’s impressive and hilarious debut. The witty banter of this feel-good romance will delight readers and have them looking for more from this author in the future.

Daring the Duke

Lane (“London Secrets” trilogy) launches the “Debutante Dares” series with an unusual leading lady and a duke who’s learning to pick his battles. Readers who enjoy a comedic romp will relish this romance.

Meet Me in Madrid

Debut author Lowell doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties that Charlotte and Adrianna, who are both Black queer women, encounter in their professional and personal lives, making this a mature, honest, and erotic romance that will have readers admiring what these two smart and determined women accomplish.

Best Romance of 2021


Reclaimed for His Royal Bed

For fans of former lovers reunited by revealing their secrets and being vulnerable with each other.

A Contract for His Runaway Bride

Elodie and Lincoln’s story will please readers who love a reunion romance. Everything rings true, from their banter to their emotional revelations to, of course, the sizzling heat of their passion that starts as soon as they see each other again.

Backstage Benefits

Readers looking for mature characters who are not afraid to advocate for their own happy endings will enjoy this relationship and the paths Josiah and Lyric take to finding fulfillment.

Bayou Christmas Disappearance

Recommended for readers low on reading material, with a high threshold for suspending their disbelief and an interest in oddly specific details.

Inconvenient Attraction

While the convoluted backstory can be confusing and some readers might be put off by the secrets kept from both the characters and readers, Day does a good job establishing the setting and characters for future books.

The Knight’s Convenient Alliance

Fans of medieval England, steamy scenes, and mistaken identity tropes will adore this fast and engaging read.

The Wrong Mr. Right

The third “Dynasties: The Carey Center” series installment (after Ways To Win an Ex) is strong enough to stand alone, but readers will be intrigued enough by the minor characters to return for future books or look back at any entries in the series they may have missed.

The Duke’s Counterfeit Wife

Deceit leads to romance in this lively and adventurous novel. Fans of sweet romances full of respect and candor will love this story.

The Innocent’s Protector in Paradise

Readers will be swept off their feet along with Lola, and anyone who appreciates a protective alpha male will enjoy West’s (A Consequence Made in Greece) story. The tropical setting and descriptions of Niall’s luxurious lifestyle will satisfy those wishing for an armchair trip to paradise.

Desert King’s Surprise Love-Child

Get ready for the royal treatment as Abe introduces Georgie to life in his beautiful desert country. Readers of Williams’s (From Prim to Improper) latest will be satisfied with their reunion and that Georgie holds her own in demanding the happily ever after that she deserves.

The Greek Secret She Carries

Complete the search for the Soames Diamonds with this last installment in the “Diamond Inheritance” trilogy (following From One Night to Desert Queen). This is the heartwarming end fans of the series have been waiting for. As the action moves from the beauty of Greece to the mystery of an English estate filled with secret tunnels, readers will enjoy the sparks that fly between Summer and Theron both in and out of bed.

Targeting the Deputy

Overall this is a solid entry that series readers will enjoy.

The Captain’s Impossible Match

Passionate and well crafted, this friends-to-lovers romance is certain to hold the interest of historical romance readers.

The Christmas She Married the Playboy

Give the second “Christmas with a Billionaire” novel (after Unwrapped by Her Italian Boss) to readers who love an enemies-to-lovers story. Santa and Louis provide an entertaining battle of wills that is continually undermined by their searing attraction to each other.

Texas Abduction

This finale will be of interest to anyone who has been eagerly following the series, but won’t hook new readers.

Snow-Kissed Proposals

The two festive and flirtatious holiday stories are the perfect mix of steamy and playful and are the ideal length to read while sipping a favorite winter beverage.

Crowned for His Christmas Baby

While the emotional turmoil may simmer in this story, their sizzling attraction begins to boil right from the moment Vincenzo sees Eloise again. The “Pregnant Princesses” series launch is suggested for readers who enjoy alpha males with a strict code of honor and duty and heroines who work to overcome trauma in order to ensure their happiness.

Cinderella and the Scarred Viscount

Perfect for those who love marriage of convenience romances with a little bit of heat.

The Billionaire Without Rules

Give to readers who enjoy some mystery and adventure along with their romance, as well as the friction of opposites-attract romances.

D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding

In a romance featuring Black joy, plus-sized beauty, and Mexican pride, the conflicts are entirely believable, and not overly dramatic, and make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is fake dating at its best.

The Astronaut and the Star

A stellar debut full of horny heart and humor. Perfect for patrons who loved Rosie Danan’s The Roommate.

King of Battle and Blood

St. Clair’s (“Hades X Persephone”; “Hades Saga”) epic new series is a vampire lover’s dream, with complex, sensual characters, visceral action scenes, and a riveting plot for fans of the enemies-to-lovers trope.

Girls Before Earls

Some may find the conflict too-easily overcome, but fans of light historical romance with a progressive air will find much to recommend in this series opener.

The Roughest Draft

This will-they-or-won’t-they romance is perfect for readers who enjoy friends-to-lovers, or anyone pursuing a passion project professionally. For fans of Emily Henry’s Beach Read, Minnie Drake’s Star-Crossed, and Christina Lauren’s Twice in a Blue Moon.

The Marvelous Monroe Girls

This new series from Jump (“Mercy, Indiana” series) is perfect for readers looking for stories that feature both familial and romantic love in a small town.

Just for Show

Hamilton offers flirty entertainment that will be especially delightful for HGTV fans.

I’m So (Not) Over You

Jackson jumps from an outstanding YA debut with Yesterday Is History to deliver a delightfully outrageous romantic comedy full of pop culture references, strong families, and a ride-or-die BFF.

Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell

Savvy and Spencer’s romance arc is delicious and steamy, but does share page time with the large cast of Savvy’s friends and family as they too find love and purpose. A promising debut perfect for fans of Farrah Rochon’s The Boyfriend Project.

Proper Scoundrels

Fans of the Jazz Age, magical murder mysteries, and emotional love stories will swoon for this stand-alone; readers may want to tackle the “Magic in Manhattan” series first for the full effect.

Sadie on a Plate

Readers, especially those who enjoy shows like Top Chef, won’t be able to put down this fast-paced romantic comedy. Fans of Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall will also clamor for this title.


Set on You

Hand this one to fans of Helen Hoang and Talia Hibbert. Recommended for general purchase.

The Paid Bridesmaid

Wilson’s (Roommaid) funny, sweet stand-alone about marriage, friendships, and mistaken identities is full of witty dialogue, endearing characters, and fast-paced narrative. Will appeal to fans of feel-good romances, rom-coms, and plots about weddings and social media.

Prince’s Christmas Baby Surprise

A first-tier purchase where contemporary romances are popular.

Christmas with His Cinderella

Highly recommended for public libraries where contemporary romances are popular.

Snowbound with the Brooding Billionaire

A solid purchase for any library’s romance collection.

Colton 911: Secret Alibi

Fans of the series will want this latest installment.

Holiday Playbook

Readers curious about the work of running a football team will find details to interest them, but those looking for a more traditional sports romance will not find it here.

Matched with Murder

For readers looking for a quick escape, this one offers standard fare.

Agent Colton’s Takedown

Fans of this series aren’t going to want to give up this close to the series conclusion, though both the romance and the suspense in this story are a bit on the tepid side. One major series plot thread is finally resolved here, at least, which will be a relief to readers who have been with the series from the beginning.

How To Handle a Heartbreaker

Readers looking to pick up plot threads might find it worthwhile, but newcomers to the series will not find it a good starting point.

Reunited Under the Mistletoe

Recommended for purchase where contemporary romances are popular.

The Last Cowboy Standing

A recommended purchase where previous series titles circulate well.

An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire

Affable characters and rom-com banter make this an enjoyable read, even if the plot is a bit sparse. For fans of Julia Quinn’s “Bridgerton” series or Anne Perry’s historical mysteries.

Forever Home

A good addition to contemporary romance collections, as a series installment that could also stand alone.

Hook, Line, and Sinker

Bailey’s plot is fast paced with plenty of humor laced throughout. Fox and Hannah are well-developed, likable characters with emotional depth that will resonate; they have a lot to overcome, but readers will be rooting for them. Recommended for general purchase.

Dinner on Primrose Hill

Series fans will be delighted to return to Honey Creek; purchase accordingly.

Archangel’s Light

Every “Guild Hunter” reader has strong feelings about Illium and Aodhan, and Singh has a talent for turning readers inside-out with her outstanding worldbuilding and characterizations. Fans will either love or hate this installment, depending on their feelings about the protagonists’ formerly platonic/newly romantic friendship, but it will be in high demand regardless. An essential purchase.

Love at First Spite

Contemporary romance fans will breeze through this sweet, sexy story of revenge gone wrong, featuring a lush Washington State setting, quirky side characters, and two adorable Great Danes. For fans of Tessa Bailey, Jen DeLuca, and Kerry Winfrey.



This contemporary fantasy romance can be read alone, but once readers meet the Burkhard clan they’ll want their stories too, so purchase of the entire series is recommended.

The Holiday Swap

Knox serves up a delicious romantic comedy à la Christina Lauren or Emily Henry.

A Winter’s Earl: A Regency Christmas Romance

The red-hot love scenes, tender emotions, and Two Men and a Baby–style comedy will leave readers eager for Greene’s next romance.

Her Wolf in the Wild

Gray twists paranormal tropes into a steamy take on fated mates. Recommended for all public libraries seeking more paranormal romance.

The Last Season

An undistinguished historical romance whose predictable plot is made worse by the pacing. Readers won’t be satisfied by the lackluster conclusion.

The Almost Queen

A first-tier purchase for libraries where romantic fantasies are popular, especially ones with crossover appeal for older teens.

Duke, Actually

This smashing sequel is packed with delightful characters, snappy dialogue, and a fairy-tale European setting. A top pick for every holiday romance reading list.

The Christmas Wish

Libraries owning the other “Blessings, Georgia” books will need to buy copies; and fans of Debbie Macomber, Diana Palmer, and Robyn Carr might enjoy picking up this interconnected series by Sala.

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