The Cottage on Rose Lane by Hope RamsayWhat happens: A surprise inheritance brings Jenna Fossey to Magnolia Harbor, South Carolina, where her quest to learn more about her roots leads her to hire sexy Jude St. Pierre to teach her how to sail.
Why you might like it: This opening volume of the Moonlight Bay series features sympathetic leads and a charming coastal community.
About the author: Best known for her Last Chance series, Hope Ramsay specializes in heartwarming contemporary romances set in small Southern towns.
The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri WilsonWhat it's about: When an allergic reaction sidelines her glamorous, twin sister Ginny, school librarian Charlotte agrees to enter a beauty pageant in her stead. What could go wrong?
Why you might like it: No cattiness here! Although Charlotte and Ginny are very different people, their bond is loving and supportive. Similarly, their pageant competitors are depicted in a positive light.
About the author: Best known for her Royals series, which riffs on classic films such as Roman Holiday and Royal Wedding, author Teri Wilson pays homage to Miss Congeniality in this upbeat novel.
You May Kiss the Bride by Lisa BerneWhat it's about: Gabriel Penhallow seeks a dutiful wife to produce an heir and leave him in peace. Although headstrong Livia Stuart is not that kind of woman, a life-changing kiss results in their hasty engagement.
Series alert: This engaging debut kicks off the Penhallow Dynasty series.
You might also like: Tessa Dare's The Duchess Deal, which also features an arrogant duke whose pragmatic plan for acquiring a wife is demolished by a passionate and penniless woman.
A Rogue of Her Own by Grace BurrowesBest laid plans: "May I prevail upon you to ruin me?" Charlotte Windham asks Lucas Sherbourne, who would rather marry her -- and does, once her scheme (predictably) backfires.
Why you might like it: A Rogue of Her Own offers a marriage-of-convenience story that focuses on the couple's attempts to make their unexpected union work.
Reviewers say: This concluding volume of the Windham Brides series boasts "flawless prose, delicious wit, and an unerring ability to bring complex characters to life" (Library Journal).
I Heard A Rumor by Cheris HodgesWhat happens: Thanks to their lying, cheating exes, attorney Chante Britt and real estate mogul Zach Harrington are already tabloid fixtures. So why not let their soul-shattering kiss turn into a scandalous affair?
Series alert: I Heard a Rumor is the sequel to Rumor Has It, which focuses on Chante's best friend Liza.
You might also like: Deborah Fletcher Mello's Sultry Southern Nights series, which similarly follows career-driven African-American protagonists from relationship disasters to hard-won happily-ever-afters.
Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo PutneyWhat happens: a passionate kiss between a woman with a past and a man with a future.
Starring: Daniel Herbert, a physician whose recently inherited title requires him to find a wife to smooth his path into polite society; Jessie Kelham, a vulnerable widow who needs a husband -- STAT.
Why you might like it: This steamy 7th installment of the Lost Lords series features seemingly mismatched leads who turn out to be perfect for each other.
About That Kiss by Jill ShalvisWhat it's about: After artisan Kylie Masters and veteran Joe Malone share an unforgettable kiss, Joe...doesn't call her. And now she needs his help tracking down a stolen keepsake.
Read it for: a quirky scavenger hunt that takes a pair of would-be lovers across San Francisco.
Series alert: About That Kiss is the 5th book in the upbeat Heartbreaker Bay series, about a magic wishing fountain that brings couples together.
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