A Prince on Paper by Alyssa ColeWhat happens: Shy, sheltered Nya Jerami surprises everyone when she agrees to a fake engagement to globetrotting playboy prince Johan Maximillian von Braustein of Liechtienbourg.
Why you might like it: While the romance is steamy, this 3rd installment of the Reluctant Royals series devotes equal attention to the personal growth of its leads, who are cheered on by supportive friends.
Want a taste? "She'd been guilted and wheedled and talked down to until she was a nonplayer character in the role-playing game of her own life."
The Bride Test by Helen HoangIntroducing: Khai Diep, a Vietnamese American accountant on the autism spectrum; biracial Vietnamese maid Esme Tran, whom Khai's matchmaking mother has chosen as his bride.
It's complicated: Khai believes he's incapable of love, while Esme, who wants a better life for her young daughter (and to find her biological father), feels unworthy of Khai.
Cameos by: Stella and Michael, stars of author Helen Hoang's debut, The Kiss Quotient.
Fumbled by Alexa MartinWhat it's about: Poppy Patterson is a nightclub waitress; TK Moore is a wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs. These former high school sweethearts no longer have anything in common -- except their nine-year-old son, whom TK has never met.
About the author: Married to a former NFL player, author Alexa Martin draws on her own experiences to authentically depict the world of pro football in this 2nd book in the Playbook series, after Intercepted.
For fans of: fast-paced multicultural sports romances such as Regina Hart's Brooklyn Monarchs series.
Crashing Into Her
by Mia Sosa
Introducing: Newly single Eve Montgomery, who has given up on relationships.
What happens: A job opportunity puts Eve in the same city with the guy she can't forget... Anthony Castillo is a perpetual bachelor - no strings, just flings - a status he maintains by being honest about his intentions and never looking back. So why is he still thinking about the firecracker of a woman who rocked his world at his cousin's wedding?
The Wedding Date by Jasmine GuilloryStarring: Drew Nichols, who needs a plus-one for his ex-girlfriend's wedding, and Alexa Monroe, who decides to help him out.
Read it for: a meet-cute in an elevator, an upbeat but not sugar-coated look at interracial dating, and likable leads trying to balance their personal and professional lives.
You might also like: Kristan Higgins' In Your Dreams, which also follows an unlikely couple's romantic journey from one night to forever.
A Good Day to Marry a Duke by Betina KrahnWhat it's about: American heiress Daisy Bumgarten has set her cap for Arthur Graham, Duke of Meridian -- despite the temptation offered by his brother, Ashton. Unbeknownst to her, Ashton has been enlisted by his family to use his powers of seduction to distract Daisy from her goal.
For fans of: the spirited "dollar princesses" of Laura Lee Guhrke's An American Heiress in London series.
Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla OliverasWhat happens: School librarian Rosa Fernandez hooks up with longtime crush Jeremy Taylor at her sister's wedding...and ends up pregnant.
Why you might like it: Sympathetic leads take a mature approach to co-parenting in this sweet 2nd installment of the Matched to Perfection series, which follows the romantic adventures of three Puerto Rican sisters living in Chicago.
For fans of: Alexis Daria's Dance Off series; Sabrina Sol's Delicious Desires novels.
Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie SloaneWhat it is: a Regency-set quartet of interlinked novellas.
Starring: four boarding school friends whose "lucky" sixpence helps them find their happily-ever-afters in unexpected ways.
Why you might like it: While each story is "expertly imbued with the distinctive literary DNA of its creator" (Booklist), all come together to form a harmonious whole.
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