The Lady Travelers Guide to Larceny With a Dashing Stranger by Victoria AlexanderWhat it's about: Left penniless by her spendthrift husband, widow Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe accepts a job escorting wealthy tourists to Venice, which will allow her to search for a missing painting (It's a long story!). Complications soon arise in the form of one Dante Augustus Montague.
You might also like: Fans of Deanna Raybourn's Veronica Speedwell books may appreciate the mystery, exotic setting, and flirting-and-fighting leads in this humorous, mildly sensual 2nd volume of the Victorian-set Lady Travelers Guide series.
The Duke of Her Desire by Sophie BarnesWhat it's about: Tasked with chaperoning his best friend's sisters, Thomas Heathmore, Duke of Coventry, can't keep his eyes off Lady Amelia...which is how he discovers that she's been sneaking around the slums of St. Giles after dark.
Why you might like it: The Duke of Her Desire pairs a proper English gentleman and an unconventional debutante with a social conscience.
Series alert: This sequel to A Most Unlikely Duke is the 2nd book in the Diamonds in the Rough series, which stars three working-class siblings whose lives change forever when one inherits a title.
Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah MorganWhat it's about: Just days after making a pledge to take more risks, painfully shy Harriet Knight has become the live-in dog sitter of hot ER doctor Ethan Black. But is she brave enough to act on her feelings?
Why you might like it: This 6th book in the From Manhattan with Love series features likable leads and a sweet holiday romance set in New York City.
Look for: cameos by Harriet's siblings, who found love in previous series installments New York, Actually and Holiday in the Hamptons.
Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly BowenStarring: Gambler Lady Angelique Archer, whose aptitude for numbers attract the notice of Alexander Lavoie, the handsome casino owner who offers her a job.
Read it for: an intelligent and resourceful heroine and a hero who admires her as much for her brains as for her beauty.
Try this next: With its gaming den setting, this 3rd in the Season of Scandal series is a good bet for fans of Sarah MacLean's Rules of Scoundrels books, particularly One Good Earl Deserves Another.
Devil in Spring by Lisa KleypasWhat it's about: To save her reputation after she's caught in a compromising position, Lady Pandora Ravenel must wed notorious rake Gabriel Challon, Lord St. Vincent.
Why you might like it: In this often humorous (but still steamy) marriage-of-convenience story, a headstrong heroine unwittingly reforms the rogue who adores her exactly the way she is.
Crossover alert: Gabriel is the son of Evie and Sebastian from Devil in Winter, part of author Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series.
Devil's Moon by Amanda ScottWhat it's about: After her twin, the laird, dies in battle, Lady Robina "Robby" Gledstanes takes charge of Coklaw Castle. Capable Robby doesn't need any help from Sir David "Devil" Ormiston...or so she thinks.
Why you might like it: Set during the Anglo-Scottish wars, this 2nd Border Nights novel entertains and informs with a blend of steamy romance and well-researched historical detail.
For fans of: Hannah Howell's Highland Romances or Mary Wine's Sutherland series.
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