A Rogue of One's Own by Evie DunmoreWhat it's about: To promote the cause of women's suffrage, Lady Lucie Tedbury acquires a partial ownership stake in a publishing house only to discover that her new business partner is none other than her childhood nemesis, Lord Tristan Ballentine.
Want a taste? "No, she was a political activist approaching the age of 30. She was not just left on the shelf, she was the shelf."
Series alert: A Rogue of One's Own is the 2nd book in the League of Extraordinary Women series, after Bringing Down the Duke.
by Beth O'Leary
The Situation: Ready for an adventure in the months after her husband of 60 years departs, a woman from a picture-postcard Yorkshire village offers to swap places with her burned-out adult granddaughter to pursue romance in bustling London.
The Complications: The two women find that switching places is not as straightforward as they thought.
Reviewer's Say: "A cozy, hopeful escape that will make readers laugh, cry and feel inspired." - Kirkus
You Lucky Dog by Julia LondonWhat happens: Due to a mix-up on the part of Brant the dog-walker, spunky publicist Carly Kennedy and shy neuroscience professor Tobias Maxwell "Max" Sheffington now have each other's basset hounds.
And then: Pups Baxter and Hazel fall in love, paving the way for Carly and Max's own unlikely romance.
Read it for: likable leads, a witty opposites-attract romance, and a zany supporting cast.
Better Than People by Roan ParrishThe situation: Sweet-natured graphic designer Simon Burke, who prefers animals to people, volunteers to assist grouchy illustrator Jack Matheson with pet care after an accident leaves Jack with a broken leg.
The complications: Simon's severe anxiety and Jack's reluctance to trust anyone following a crushing betrayal by his former best friend and creative collaborator.
Why you might like it: This character-driven romance emphasizes both its leads' individual emotional growth and their sweet yet steamy relationship; a well-drawn supporting cast cheers them on.
Focus on: Paranormal Romance
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene FrostWhat happens: Veritas, a vampire Law Guardian, forges an temporary alliance with Ian, a roguish vampire master, in order to defeat their common enemy, the time-freezing, soul-stealing demon Dagon.
Read it for: "wild, magically enhanced sex and bloody, bone-pulverizing battles" (Booklist).
Spinoff alert: Set in the world of the Night Huntress series, this 1st book in the Night Rebel pairs fan-favorite Ian and former supporting character Veritas, whose relationship continues to evolve in Wicked Bite.
Love by Night: A Black Vampire Story by StinaWhat happens: Seeking "the one," Black vampire king Kesh returns to his alma mater, the prestigious Billet University, where he meets first-generation college student Adirah Messa, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants and (hopefully) his future queen.
Is it for you? More Stephenie Meyer than L.A. Banks, this moody series opener jumps back and forth in time as it reveals Kesh's origins.
Series alert: Kesh and Adirah's story continues in The Night's Baby.
The Last Wolf by Maria ValeWhat it's about: Silver Nilsdottir, the nidling (lowest-ranked) wolf of the Great North Pack, rescues and falls in love with Tiberius Leveraux, whose Shifter heritage makes him a threat to her people as well as her best chance for survival within the Pack's brutal hierarchy.
For fans of: the detailed world-building and intricate werewolf pack social dynamics found in Rhiannon Held's Silver novels or Anne Bishop's Courtyards of the Others series.
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