Lady Derring Takes a Lover: The Palace of Rogues by Julie Anne LongShe doesn't need a man! Delilah, the widowed Countess of Derring, has teamed up with her late husband's mistress to open a London boarding house. The last thing she should do is get involved with an enigmatic tenant, naval officer Captain Tristan Hardy.
About the author: Following her sojourn through contemporary Hellcat Canyon, Pennyroyal Green series author Julie Anne Long returns to historical romance with this witty 1st Palace of Rogues novel.
Forever Wolf by Maria ValeWhat happens: Arctic wolf Varya Timursdottir, loyal "Shielder" of the Great North Pack's 12th Echelon, defies her pack to save the life of injured lone wolf Eyulf.
Read it for: an emotionally intense love story and detailed world-building that includes a well-developed werewolf culture.
Should you start here? Newcomers to the Legend of All Wolves saga may want to begin with The Last Wolf, which sets up the overarching Pack-Shifter conflict that comes to a head in this 3rd series installment.
Risky Play by Rachel Van DykenStarring: Mackenzie "Mack" Dupont, a 30-year-old virgin heiress who's just been left at the altar, and Slade Rodriguez, a pro soccer player with a broken heart.
What happens: Mack's solo "honeymoon" in Mexico leads to a rebound fling with Slade. Although both give fake names, the truth comes out when Mack is hired as Slade's personal assistant.
You might also like: Jaci Burton's Play by Play novels, which are more explicit than Risky Play but offer similar high-drama sports-themed workplace romances.
What happens: Taking a temporary job in small-town Knights Bridge to meet the father she never knew, Adrienne joins a search for three lost boys before bonding with a longtime local who makes her question her future choices.
For fans of: Sweet summer romances, small town life, and communities that work together.
Every Bride Has Her Day by Lynnette AustinWhat happens: Cricket O'Malley returns to her Georgia hometown to run a flower shop and gets involved with New York transplant Sam Montgomery, who has just inherited his great-aunt's house.
Why you might like it: This 2nd sweet and heartwarming Magnolia Brides Romance unfolds at a gentle pace, allowing readers to get acquainted with a charming small town and its colorful inhabitants.
For fans of: Sharon Sala's Blessings, Georgia novels or Jules Bennett's Return to Haven series.
One Wish by Robyn CarrIntroducing: Grace Dillon, who has made a new life for herself as a florist in Thunder Point, Oregon.
What it's about: As a former competitive figure skater, Grace is used to hard work, but doesn't know how to relax and have fun. Enter high school teacher Troy Headly, who's not the kind to settle down.
Why you might like it: This 7th Thunder Point novel welcomes readers to a close-knit coastal community full of sympathetic characters.
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan MalleryWhat it's about: As Kelly Murphy tries to build a working relationship with her prodigal sister Olivia on their family's tulip farm in Tulpen Crossing, Washington, she also gets involved with her high school crush, Griffith Burnett.
Why you might like it: This engaging stand-alone novel features not one but three happily-ever-afters as Kelly, Olivia, and their friend Helen all find true love.
Want a taste? "He was the aphid swarm in the garden of her life."
Sunset in Central Park by Sarah MorganUh-oh... Floral designer Frankie Cole has just realized that she has a serious crush on her best friend's brother, Matt Walker, who (unbeknownst to Frankie) has loved her for years.
Why you might like it: Starring likable leads whose emotional baggage threatens their happily-ever-after, this witty, upbeat 2nd From Manhattan With Love novel will remind readers of their favorite romantic comedies.
For fans of: Christina Lauren's stand-alones, such as Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, or Lauren Layne's Sex, Love, and Stiletto series.
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