The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan ByrneWhat happens: Lorelai Weatherstroke saves the life of a badly beaten man with a dragon tattoo on his forearm but no memory of who he is. Years later, "the Rook" repays her kindness by abducting Lorelai and carrying her off to his pirate ship.
Who it's for: readers who want the satisfaction of old-school romance tropes such as amnesia and pirate captivity -- minus the outdated attitudes regarding consent.
Try this next: For more retro-inspired historical romance, check out Minerva Spencer's Outcasts series, starting with Dangerous.
The Governess Game by Tessa DareWho is she? Alexandra Mountbatten, clock-setter and accidental governess to two spirited orphans.
What does she want? Chase Reynaud, a.k.a. "Bookshop Rake," the dashing stranger she met while browsing the astronomy section at Hatchard's...who's now her boss.
You might also like: Lenora Bell's What a Difference a Duke Makes, or Eloisa James' Seven Minutes in Heaven, which also feature unconventional governesses hired by the desperate guardians of rambunctious children.
Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina LaurenThen: Hazel Bradford met Josh Im at a college party, propositioned him and then threw up on his shoes. (Also, she may have sent him a very...um, candid email while high on post-surgery painkillers.)
Now: Seven years after that initial meeting, Hazel and Josh resume their non-relationship, setting each other up on disastrous blind dates as they resist falling for each other.
Reviewers say: "With exuberant humor and unforgettable characters, this romantic comedy is a standout" (Kirkus Reviews).
Intercepted by Alexa MartinStarring: Marlee Harper, who has sworn off professional athletes since dumping (lying, cheating) wide receiver Chris. Can Gavin Pope, the Denver Mustangs' new quarterback, change her mind?
About the author: Married to a former NFL player, Alexa Martin draws on her own experiences to authentically depict the world of pro football in this 1st entry in the Playbook series.
For fans of: multicultural sports romances such Regina Hart's Brooklyn Monarchs series or Deborah Fletcher Mello's Bad Boys of Boulder books.
Burden of proof
by DiAnn Mills
Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears.When a man claiming to be the girl's father abducts them at gunpoint, April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use.
Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder, spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner and April must sort through his claims to find the truth.
But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job...or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.
Back home at Firefly Lake
by Jen Gilroy
Cat McGuire's return to Firefly Lake is turning into much more than she bargained for. Being home makes her feel less like the successful single mom she is--and more like the awkward teen who never fit in. It doesn't help that hockey-pro Luc Simard, her childhood crush, is back in town, too.
Luc's homecoming has been bittersweet. He's lost his wife and his career, but there's no better place to start over than Firefly Lake. Coaching the local kids' hockey team makes him feel alive again, and he thinks his life is complete--until Cat arrives.
Can Luc convince Cat that Firefly Lake is where she truly belongs?
Positively Pippa by Sarah HeggerWhat it's about: Thanks to her conniving ex, television personality Pippa Turner is now the "most hated woman in America." With nowhere to go but Ghost Falls, Utah, Pippa must now deal with her complicated family and a reunion with her high school crush, contractor Matt Evans.
Reviewers say: This 1st Ghost Falls romance "has a bit of everything -- mystery, sex, love, family drama" (Kirkus Reviews).
For fans of: homecomings that turn into love connections, thanks to charming small-town settings and lively supporting characters.
Wilde in Love by Eloisa JamesIntroducing: Lord Alaric Wilde, the globetrotting author of a series of bestselling travel memoirs.
What happens: Alaric returns to England to discover that he has acquired a passionate female fan base in his absence. Alas, this group does not include the woman he's actually interested in, Miss Wilhelmina "Willa" Ffynche.
Series alert: Wilde in Love kicks off The Wildes of Lindow Castle series, followed by Too Wilde to Wed and Born to be Wilde.
Breathless by Beverly JenkinsStarring: happily unmarried Portia Carmichael, the college-educated manager of the finest hotel in the entire Arizona Territory.
What happens: The return of an old family friend, Kent Randolph, soon has Portia rethinking her stance on marriage -- despite his youthful reputation as a lady's man. As Kent patiently woos Portia, he must prove to her that he's ideal husband material.
Don't miss: appearances by Forbidden's Eddy Carmichael and Rhine Fontaine, who raised Portia after her mother abandoned her.
About a Dog: A Bluff Point Romance by Jenn McKinlayWhat it's about: Ever since her fiancé jilted her, Mackenzie "Mac" Harris has avoided her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine. Now maid of honor in her best friend Emma's wedding, Mac must face her past -- including veterinarian Gavin Tolliver, Emma's brother and the man with whom she had a brief but unforgettable rebound fling.
Don't miss: lovable rescue dog Tulip, who plays an important role in the story.
For fans of: Kristan Higgins' The Best Man or Donna Kauffman's Brides of Blueberry Cove series.
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