The Heart Principle by Helen HoangWhen it rains, it pours: Violinist Anna Sun, struggling with the sudden loss of her musical ability, is further shaken when her boyfriend suggests opening their relationship. Boldly, she takes him up on the offer.
The silver lining: Sexy, tattooed Quan Diep, Anna's intended one-night stand, might just be the supportive partner to help her find her footing again.
Series alert: This moving and thoughtful romance is the 3rd in The Kiss Quotient series.
Bombshell by Sarah MacLeanMeet: Lady Sesily Talbot, covertly delivering vigilante justice to Victorian London. But you might already know her as "Sexily," the brazen, unwed 30-year-old constantly courting scandal.
Ballrooms to bar rooms: American Caleb Calhoun knows Sesily's up to something, and he's determined to fight by her side, even if his presence could endanger her.
Did you know? All of author Sarah MacLean's romances take place in a shared universe, where readers can reconnect with favorite characters in familiar locations.
I'm Only Wicked With You by Julie Anne LongWelcome to: The Grand Palace, a boardinghouse near the London docks that is hosting Lady Lillias Vaughn while her home undergoes renovation.
An unexpected encounter... between ambitious American merchant Hugh Cassidy and headstrong Lillias creates a mutual fascination. Between Lillias' fierce spirit and Hugh's political aspirations, their attraction might also spell mutual ruination.
For fans of: moving Regency romances like Mary Balogh's Westcott novels and Grace Burrowes's Lonely Lords series.
Battle Royal: A Novel by Lucy ParkerSprinkles on top: When ousted Operation Cake contestant Sylvie Fairchild is invited back to the show as a judge, she hopes the exposure will aid her whimsical bakery's chances to bake for the upcoming royal wedding.
Enter: icy Dominic De Vere, who originally voted Sylvie off the show. Planning his bid for a classic royal wedding cake would be simple, if only he could stop thinking about Sylvie.
Reviewers say: "An utterly delicious romance that's meant to be devoured" (Kirkus Reviews).
The Dating Playbook by Farrah RochonTrick Play: When reporters spy former NFL star Jamar “Diesel” Dixon with fitness consultant Taylor Powell, the two agree to fake a relationship to keep Jamal's plans for an NFL comeback secret. But can they play by their own rules?
You might also like: sporty romances like Alexa Martin’s Playbook series and Lyssa Kay Adams' Bromance Book Club series.
Series alert: This witty book is the 2nd in The Boyfriend Project series, though it can be read on its own.
Bears Behaving Badly by MaryJanice DavidsonWhat it is: the 1st book in the BeWere My Heart paranormal romance series, featuring the dedicated employees of the Interspecies Placement Agency (IPA), a foster care system for at-risk shifter youth.
Starring: werebear Annette Garsea, an IPA caseworker who teams up with her colleague (and secret crush), bear-shifter PI David Auberon, to protect a group of shifter teens from traffickers.
For fans of: the quirky shifter characters; zany, action-packed plots; and rapid-fire banter of Shelly Laurenston's Honey Badger Chronicles.
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene FrostWhat happens: Veritas, a vampire Law Guardian, forges a temporary alliance with Ian, a roguish vampire master, in order to defeat their common enemy, the time-freezing, soul-stealing demon Dagon.
Read it for: "wild, magically enhanced sex and bloody, bone-pulverizing battles" (Booklist).
Spinoff alert: Set in the world of the Night Huntress series, this 1st book in the Night Rebel series pairs fan-favorite Ian and former supporting character Veritas, whose relationship continues to evolve in Wicked Bite.
Crazy Cupid Love by Amanda HegerStarring: "Cupid" Eliza Herman, an accident-prone descendant of Eros who avoids all physical contact (which tends to cause insta-love).
What happens: A family emergency forces Eliza to fill in at her parents' Cupid-for-Hire matchmaking business, where her on-the-job mentor is Jake Sanders, her childhood best friend and secret crush.
Why you might like it: This whimsical romantic comedy incorporates ancient Greek mythology into its "quirky, entertaining" (Booklist) take on modern love.
The Awakening by Nora RobertsAn ordinary life: Philadelphia teacher Breen Kelly lives under her mother's thumb while longing for the father who abandoned her and struggling with student debt. When an unexpected financial windfall upends everything, she celebrates with a trip to her father’s homeland of Ireland.
A magic portal...in Galway delivers Breen to the world of Talamh, where mermaids, faeries, and a fierce warrior named Keegan await her.
Series alert: This heartwarming novel is the 1st in the Dragon Heart Legacy trilogy.
Wolf Under Fire by Paige TylerReporting for duty: alpha werewolf and ex-Navy SEAL Jake Huang, working for a government agency monitoring supernatural threats.
What happens: Tracking a dangerous entity sends Jake and Jestina Ridley, a human assigned to his team, from the U.S. to the U.K. to French Guiana. Jes is wary of werewolves, but she must trust Jake with her life. Can she also trust him with her heart?
Read it for: the dramatic car chases, explosions, and sizzling romance.
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