Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa BaileyIntroducing: Rosie and Dominic Vega, high school sweethearts who married young -- and have since drifted apart.
Why you might like it: This 2nd book in the Hot & Hammered series (after Fix Her Up) introduces a pair of sympathetic leads whose desire to reconnect leads to situations both comical and deeply moving as they follow the advice of their unorthodox couples counselor.
For fans of: Lyssa Kay Adams' The Bromance Book Club.
The Arrangement by Sylvia Day, Minerva Spencer, and Kristin VaydenWhat it is: a trio of steamy Regency-set novellas that explore a favorite historical romance trope: the marriage of convenience.
Contains: Sylvia Day's "Mischief and the Marquess," in which parental pressure prompts childhood friends to prove that they're totally wrong for each other; Minerva Spencer's "The Duke's Treasure," starring an heiress and the duke she has long loved from afar; and "The Inconvenient Countess," about an impoverished gentlewoman who reluctantly weds a titled rogue seeking a "respectable" wife.
Wicked Bite by Jeaniene FrostWhat happened: Veritas, a vampire Law Guardian, married Ian, a roguish vampire master, after they teamed up to reclaim Ian's soul from a demon.
What's happening now: Only Veritas remembers their relationship (and knows why they had to separate). Despite his amnesia, Ian knows that Veritas is the only one for him, and is determined to win her back.
Should you start here? Although this 2nd installment of the Night Rebel series stands on its own, newcomers who want to follow the couple's relationship from the beginning should start with Shades of Wicked.
Then, Now, Always by Mona ShroffWhat happens: In need of legal counsel for her 15-year-old daughter, Samantha, bakery owner Maya Rao seeks the assistance of Samantha's father, lawyer Sam Hutcherson. Which means telling Sam that he has a daughter.
Why you might like it: Sam and Maya's shared Indian heritage is an integral part of this moving second-chance romance, which shifts back and forth between the couple's youthful courtship and their present-day reunion.
Cold Nose, Warm Heart by Mara WellsStarring: Riley Carson, the eager-but-inexperienced building manager of a senior-living apartment complex; and Caleb Donovan, scion of a real-estate dynasty, who wants to convert the building into luxury condos and turn the adjacent dog park into a parking lot.
Why you might like it: Set in Miami's South Beach, this 1st heartwarming book in the Fur Haven Dog Park kicks off an engaging contemporary romance series centered around a dog park that serves as a community hub.
This Scot of Mine by Sophie JordanThe problem: For generations, Clan MacLarin has been under a curse: each laird is fated to die before the birth of his first child.
The solution: Laird Hunt MacLarin weds the pregnant Lady Clara Autenberry. Unfortunately for MacLarin, Clara invented the pregnancy to escape her engagement to a cruel man.
You might also like: Grace Burrowes' Windham Brides series or Lisa Berne's Penhallow Dynasty novels, which are also set in Scotland during the Regency period.
The Highlander Who Protected Me by Vanessa KellyA woman in danger: Pregnant Lady Ainsley Matthews needs a husband to protect her and her unborn child from the baby's father, her abusive fiancé.
A couple with history: Ainsley reluctantly accepts a proposal from her old flame Royal Kendrick, with whom she once tried to elope before their families discovered their plans and intervened.
Reviewers say: "sensuous romance, elaborately developed characters, and a fast-moving plot" (Publishers Weekly) distinguish this 1st Clan Kendrick novel.
Highland Captive by Alyson McLayneWhat it's about: Two years ago, Gavin MacKinnon's baby son, Ewan, disappeared during a Highland gathering. Now Ewan has been found in the loving care of Deirdre MacIntyre, who has always believed that the boy was her late husband's illegitimate child.
Series alert: Set in 15th-century Scotland, Highland Captive is the 4th installment of the Sons of Gregor MacLeod series, which follows the five foster sons of a laird.
To Love a Duchess by Karen RanneyWhat it's about: While searching for evidence of treason by the late Duke of Marsley, Scottish intelligence operative Adam Drummond, disguised as a servant, meets his match in Marsley's much-younger widow, Suzanne Whitcomb.
Series alert: To Love a Duchess kicks off the All for Love series, which moves back and forth between Victorian England and Scotland.
For fans of: the emotional intensity of Jennifer Ashley's Highland Pleasures series.
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