I Kissed a Girl by Jennet AlexanderReady for her close up: When Noa Birnbaum lands a job doing horror movie makeup, she finds her film star crush Lilah Silver sitting in the makeup chair. Will the Hollywood pressure cooker bring them together or send them running in terror?
About the author: Jennet Alexander's experience in television production lends realism and humor to the novel’s backlot shenanigans.
Reviewers say: "perfect for fans of B-movie horror and rom-com flicks alike" (Library Journal).
It Happened One Summer by Tessa BaileyMeet: party girl, socialite, and social media maven Piper Bellinger. A foolish stunt leads her stepfather to exile Piper and her sister to a small fishing port in Washington.
Rocking the boat: Gruff fishing boat captain Brendan Taggart can't believe Piper will ever adapt to life outside Beverly Hills. Nevertheless, her undeniable charm has him bending over backwards to please the high maintenance enchantress.
For fans of: heartwarming and upbeat fish-out-of-water stories like television's Schitt's Creek.
While We Were Dating by Jasmine GuilloryFake it 'til you make it: Advertising professional Ben Stephens agrees to pose as Oscar nominee Anna Gardiner's boyfriend so she can outwit the paparazzi. They may be able to dodge the cameras, but they can't outrun love.
Why you might like it: The novel deftly balances depictions of dazzling red carpet affairs with thoughtful explorations of serious issues like mental health and racism.
Series alert: While We Were Dating is the 6th entry in Guillory's The Wedding Date series.
If the Shoe Fits by Julie MurphyOnce upon a time: there was a Cinderella retelling, featuring a plus-size fashionista named Cindy falling for her real-life Prince Charming, a dating show contestant named Henry.
For fans of: reality television-inflected romances like Kate Stayman-London's One to Watch and Alexis Hall's Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake.
About the author: Julie Murphy, acclaimed for YA novels like Dumplin' and Puddin', makes her adult debut with this 1st entry in the Meant to Be series.
The Viscount Made Me Do It by Diana QuincyMeet: Hanna Zaydan, daughter of Arab merchants, who has devoted herself to becoming Regency London's finest bonesetter, though many think she's a quack.
What happens: Reluctant viscount Thomas Ellis seeks Hanna in connection to his parents' deaths, but finds someone who can mend his old war injury, and possibly his broken heart.
Series alert: This novel, which can be read as a standalone story, is the 2nd in Diana Quincy's Clandestine Affairs series.
Focus on: Romantic Getaways
Moments Like This by Anna Gomez and Kristoffer PolahaA fresh start: After a heartbreaking professional setback, Andie moves to Hawaii to work at her friend's café. When the mysterious Warren kisses her on New Year's Day, she becomes doubly intrigued by what Hawaii has to offer.
Reviewers say: "the breezy pace and gorgeous setting will stoke readers’ wanderlust" (Publishers Weekly).
About the authors: Anna Gomez has published six novels under the pen name Christine Brae, while Kristoffer Polaha is known for his role on the CW's Life Unexpected.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina LaurenThe unlucky: those stricken with food poisoning at Olive Torres' sister's wedding, including the bride and groom themselves.
The unscathed: Olive and her archnemesis, best man Ethan Thomas, healthy as can be and now off on an all-expenses-paid honeymoon to Maui where they must share a suite and pose as a married couple.
For fans of: humorous enemies-to-lovers romances like Sara Desai's The Marriage Game and Sally Thorne's The Hating Game.
Like Lovers Do by Tracey LivesayThe premise: Workaholic surgeon Nicole Allen agrees to act as her friend Benjamin Van Mont's girlfriend on a vacation to Martha's Vineyard in a ruse to discourage his aggravating ex.
Why you might like it: This heartwarming and banter-filled friends-to-lovers romance includes nuanced consideration of professional and personal challenges faced by Black women.
Series alert: This is the 2nd entry in the Girls Trip series, following four lifelong friends who met in college and reunite on vacation.
Island Affair by Priscilla OliverasStood up: Social media influencer Sara Vance had been eager for her family to meet her new boyfriend during their family vacation to Key West, right until he bailed on her.
Stepping up: When Sara recruits firefighter Luis Navarro to play the part of her boyfriend, he hopes the distraction will help him avoid his own messy feelings and dramatic family.
Reviewers say: "Sara and Luis’ sexy, slow-building romance sizzles like the island heat" (Booklist Reviews).
Acting on Impulse by Mia SosaHollywood connections: When fitness trainer Tori Alvarez meets heartthrob Carter Stone on a flight to Aruba, sparks fly. Since he's physically transformed for a role, she doesn't recognize him, and he plays along, concealing his identity.
What happens: Paparazzi reveal the truth to limelight-averse Tori. Despite the deception, she reluctantly agrees to get Carter into shape for his next part.
Series alert: Acting on Impulse is the 1st entry in the Love on Cue series, all of which feature characters working in showbiz.
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