My One and Only Duke by Grace BurrowesWhat it's about: If London banker Quinn Wentworth is going to hang for a crime he didn't commit, he can at least do some good before he dies by marrying pregnant widow Jane Winston and bequeathing her his fortune.
But then: Quinn receives a last-minute reprieve once it's discovered that he's the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Now Quinn is faced with a dilemma: embrace his new life as a married man or seek revenge against the man who set him up.
Crossover alert: This 1st book in the Rogues to Riches series is loosely linked to the author's True Gentlemen novels.
The Proposal by Jasmine GuilloryIntroducing: Journalist Nikole Paterson, who politely declines a very public marriage proposal (via the Dodger Stadium JumboTron!) and must cope with the fallout when the whole thing goes viral.
To the rescue: pediatrician Carlos Ibarra, who saves her from the paparazzi.
Why you might like it: In addition to its diverse cast and upbeat love story, this follow-up to The Wedding Date depicts strong and supportive female friendships.
Mostly Sunny by Jamie PopeStarring: Manhattan social worker Sunshine "Sunny" Gibson and high-profile attorney Julian King.
What happens: Sunny seeks Julian's help in fighting a legal challenge to a foster child's pending adoption. In the process, they discover that they have more in common than they thought.
Is it for you? This emotionally intense series opener deals with issues of mental illness, child abuse, and abandonment. Although sensitively addressed, the subject matter may not be for all readers.
Dating you / hating you
by Christina Lauren
Introducing: The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love. Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend's Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off.
Why you might like it: Whether these two Hollywood love/hate birds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren's heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.
Christmas On My Mind by Janet DaileyIntroducing: Jessica Ramsey, who travels to Branding Iron, Texas, seeking a fresh start...and hoping to meet her birth mother.
What happens: When Jess joins the planning committee for the town's annual Cowboy Christmas Ball, Sheriff Ben Marsden thinks he might attend after all.
Series alert: This sweet, mostly chaste Western contemporary kicks off the Cowboy Christmas series, which continues with Just a Little Christmas.
By Winter's Light: A Cynster Novel by Stephanie LaurensWhat it's about: With the entire extended Cynster family gathered at Casphairn Manor in Scotland for a Yuletide celebration, tutor Daniel Crosbie hopes to finally declare himself to governess Claire Meadows.
Includes: a dramatis personae for keeping track of all those Cynsters.
Should you start here? This 1st book in the Cynsters: Next Generation spin-off series offers a good starting point for newcomers while pleasing fans of the previous 20 Cynster novels.
Twelve Days of Christmas: A Novel by Debbie MacomberWhat happens: When her sexy, grumpy neighbor Cain Maddox rebuffs her attempts to spread holiday cheer, Julia Padden blogs about her interactions with the man she dubs "Ebenezer" (as in Scrooge) and her attempts to "kill him with kindness."
Media buzz: If you enjoy Debbie Macomber's unique brand of heartwarming, uplifting holiday romance, rejoice! Several of her annual Christmas novels have been made into Hallmark movies (starting with Mr. Miracle).
The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney et al.What it's about: Lady Holly's Christmas ball is legendary for turning single ladies into blushing brides, and 1815, which marks the 50th anniversary of the event, is sure to be the best one yet.
Why you might like it: A top-notch roster of historical romance writers combine their talents to present this collection of holiday-themed Regency romances. While each is a stand-alone story, all connect to create a seamless and sparkling whole.
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