Someone to Trust by Mary BaloghIntroducing: Lady Elizabeth Overfield, widow and survivor of an abusive marriage; Colin Handrich, the newly titled Lord Hodges.
What happens: Although they're well-suited and wish to wed, Elizabeth and Colin agree that they cannot marry each other. Why not? She's 35 and he's 26. (Just think of the scandal!)
Why you might like it: Featuring an older woman/younger man pairing, this 5th Westcott novel is also a moving friends-to-lovers romance that unfolds against a Yuletide backdrop.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina LaurenWhat happens: After criminology professor Millie Morris enjoys a "half-night stand" with friend Reid Campbell, they agree it's better to remain friends. But when Millie stumbles into an online flirtation with Reid (under a different name), things heat up quickly.
Author alert: Christina Lauren has won fans with witty looks at modern love in Dating You/Hating You and Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating.
Reviewers say: My Favorite Half-Night Stand is "a messy and sexy look at digital dating that feels fresh and exciting" (Publishers Weekly).
A season to celebrate
by Fern Michaels
A collection of four Christmas romances includes Fern Michaels' "Christmas Homecoming," in which Kevin Matthews, while working at his family's Christmas tree farm, meets his match in the town's new surgeon, Kate Stafford
The Most Dangerous Duke in London by Madeline HunterWhat it's about: Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton, has sworn revenge against the family of his late father's enemy, the recently deceased Earl of Marwood. Then he meets Marwood's daughter Clara, who sees right through his ardent suitor act.
Why you might like it: This 1st book in the Decadent Dukes series subverts the "revenge by seduction" trope by introducing a fiercely independent heroine with no desire to wed.
Reviewers say: this Georgian romance is "chock-full of sensuality and spiced with mystery" (Publishers Weekly).
Hope Blooms by Jamie PopeIt's complicated: Years ago, Cassandra fell in love with Wylie James, but married their mutual friend (and Wylie's foster brother) Terrance.
What happens: After losing Terrance and their unborn child in a school shooting, grief-stricken Cassandra takes her first steps towards healing as she renews her friendship with Wylie. But is she ready to love again?
Is it for you? At once heartbreaking and heartwarming, this emotionally intense 1st book in the Love and Hope series deals with some tough topics.
It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat SebastianWhat it's about: Country vicar Benedict "Ben" Sedgwick looks after the three children of widowed naval officer Phillip Dacre while he's at sea. When Phillip returns, he's dismayed to discover that the kids are running wild and that the vicar is very, very attractive.
Why you might like it: This opening installment of the Seducing the Sedgwicks series offers an upbeat Sound of Music-inspired plot, a slow-burn romance, and a well-deserved happily-ever-after.
You might also like: the historical LGBTQIA romances of K.J. Charles.
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