The Wallflower Wager by Tessa DareStarring: Lady Penelope "Penny" Campion, the tender-hearted animal rescuer who must rehome her entire menagerie; Penny's new neighbor, Gabriel Duke, the ruthless entrepreneur known as the Duke of Ruin.
Why you might like it: Nobody does grumpy, sexy heroes transformed by the power of love like Tessa Dare, and this 3rd Girl Meets Duke novel is no exception!
For fans of: Eloisa James' When Beauty Tamed the Beast.
Side Chick Nation by Aya De LeónWhat it's about: Pausing only to steal her abusive boyfriend's cash stash, Dolores "Dulce" Garcia flees Miami for Puerto Rico, where she gets involved with journalist Zavier Mendoza -- and gets caught in Hurricane Maria and its even more devastating aftermath.
Is it for you? Dulce's rocky road to love and happily-ever-after involves some trial and error with several men, as well as some illicit activities.
Series alert: Side Chick Nation is the 4th book in the Justice Hustlers series, which features a predominantly Afro-Latinx cast of sex workers and women's health advocates redistributing wealth through heists.
Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLeanWhat it's about: Lady Henrietta Sedley has declared this year, her 29th, the "Year of Hattie," and her plans have just been updated to include getting ruined by Saviour Whittington, known to his friends as "Whit" and to his enemies as "the Beast."
Series alert: This steamy sequel to Wicked and the Wallflower is book 2 in the Bareknuckle Bastards series, which follows the romantic adventures of a quartet of Covent Garden smugglers who are the secret illegitimate children of a dastardly duke.
The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia WaiteWhat it's about: Hired to translate a French treatise on celestial mechanics, aspiring astronomer Lucy Muchelney finds herself drawn to her employer, the widowed Catherine St. Day, Countess of Moth.
Why you might like it: With its cross-class romance between professionally ambitious female leads, this debut, 1st in the Feminine Pursuits series, represents something of a rarity in Regency romance.
Reviewers say: "simply stellar in every way" (Booklist).
Dead Girl Running by Christina DoddThe situation: As if surviving a gunshot wound to the head wasn't hard enough, army veteran Kellan Adams must hide from her abusive husband while dealing with a year's worth of missing memories and the corpse that just turned up at the hotel she manages.
Read it for: a sympathetic heroine, an atmospheric Pacific Northwest setting, and a twisty, Gothic-tinged murder mystery plot.
Crossover alert: This opening installment of the Cape Charade series includes appearances by characters from the author's Virtue Falls novels.
The Conspiracy by Kat MartinWhat happens: When her brother Michael goes missing in the Caribbean, heiress Harper Winston enlists Michael's former best friend (and Harper's longtime crush), PI Chase Garrett, to assist in the search.
Why you might like it: Unfolding at a breakneck pace, this 1st Maximum Security novel blends romance and action-adventure as Harper and Chase battle drug lords, mercenaries, and their own mutual attraction.
Every Last Breath by Juno RushdanThe mission: Maddox Kincaid, an operative for the CIA-affiliated Grey Box, must recruit Cole Matthews as an asset in order to infiltrate an arms dealers' auction and obtain a deadly bioweapon.
The problem: Cole is actually Nikolai Resnikov, Maddox's Russian mafia-connected former fiancé who faked his own death and left her broken-hearted.
A race against time: The tension never lets up in this action-packed opening installment of the Final Hour series, which follows reunited ex-lovers as they dodge assassins while trying to save the world.
The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda QuickThe situation: Adelaide Blake escapes from a sanitarium and, assuming a new identity, settles in Burning Cove, California, where she attracts the notice of enigmatic businessman Jake Truett.
And then: Celebrity psychic Madame Zolanda successfully predicts murder most foul, sending Adelaide and Jake on a quest to find the killer.
Why you might like it: This 2nd installment of the Burning Cove series, after The Girl Who Knew Too Much, infuses Hitchcockian suspense with old Hollywood glamour.
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