The Inheritance by Rochelle AlersMulticultural Romance. "Downsized" during a merger, white corporate attorney Hannah DuPont-Lowell has decided it's time to return to New Orleans and transform her family's 200-year-old Garden District mansion into an inn. Hannah's homecoming coincides with her 40th high school reunion, where she's reunited with an old acquaintance, African-American college professor St. John McNair. Both single after unhappy marriages, Hannah and St. John must decide if they want to take a chance on love. Featuring mature protagonists and a well-drawn New Orleans setting, The Inheritance kicks off the Innkeepers series, which features a diverse quartet of women who enter the hospitality business.
The Thing About Love by Julie JamesContemporary Romance. Bitter rivals since their FBI training days, special agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd are now partners. Sent to Jacksonville, Florida, for an undercover operation, they soon discover that they're more compatible than they ever imagined -- both on the job and in bed. But neither is looking for a relationship: John has his heart set on joining the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team; recent divorcée Jessica has decided to focus on her career. Bantering leads and a steamy enemies-to-lovers storyline make this 6th installment of author Julie James' popular FBI/US Attorneys series a must-read.
Ride Rough by Laura KayeContemporary Romance. On the run from her abusive ex-fiancé, Alexa Harmon turns, in desperation, to old flame Maverick Rylan. Maverick, who was Alexa's late brother's best friend, is also the current Vice-President of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. In other words, not the safest guy to get involved with. Ride Rough is the 2nd book in the Raven Riders series, after Ride Hard. For more motorcycle club-themed romances starring alpha male heroes and the women they'll do anything to protect, check out Stephanie Tyler's Skulls Creek series or Kristen Ashley's Chaos novels.
Wild Ride: A Black Knights Inc. Novel by Julie Ann WalkerRomantic Suspense. Former Navy SEAL Ethan "Ozzie" Sykes is tired of lying to Samantha Tate. Samantha, a journalist, has been digging for dirt on Ozzie's employer, Black Knights Inc.; Ozzie can't let her find out that the custom motorcycle shop serves as the headquarters for a secret black ops group. But when Samantha's investigation puts her in the path of illegal arms dealers, Ozzie may have to blow his own cover to keep her safe. Wild Ride is the 9th installment of the Black Knights Inc. series, which begins with Hell on Wheels. If you like action-packed romantic suspense stories featuring ex-special forces guys, you might also enjoy Cindy Gerard's One-Eyed Jacks series.
In Bed with a Spy by Alyssa AlexanderRegency Historical. When Lilias Fairchild saw her Army Major husband struck down during the Battle of Waterloo, she grabbed a saber and began slaying enemy soldiers on the spot. Among the many who witnessed that event is British spy Alastair Whitemore, Marquess of Angelstone. Two years later, they meet again in a London ballroom and are immediately drawn to each other. But both harbor secrets and, as they soon discover, secrets mean danger. Thrown together by threats on their lives, Lilias and Alastair must decide whether or not they can trust each other, let alone surrender to love. This steamy and suspenseful tale of romance and espionage may appeal to fans of Celeste Bradley's Royal Four series or Caroline Linden's Bow Street Agents novels.
Beyond the Sunrise by Mary BaloghGeorgian Romance. At age 15, Jeanne Morisette, the half-English daughter of an exiled French nobleman, met 17-year-old Robert Blake, the Marquess of Quesnay's illegitimate son. It was love at first sight for both, but alas, Jeanne's father intervened and they were separated. Years later, in Portugal, widowed Jeanne -- now known as Joana da Fonte, Marquesa das Minas -- is unexpectedly reunited with Blake, now an army captain and a spy. But Blake's clandestine business and Jeanne's own secret mission may prevent them from picking up where they left off. Beyond the Sunrise is a moving story of misunderstandings and second chances.
Rogue Spy by Joanna BourneHistorical Romance. During the French Revolution, the Cachés ranked among France's deadliest weapons: orphans trained in combat and espionage, then placed in English households as spies. Once known as "Devoir," Thomas "Pax" Paxton has since defected to the British Intelligence Service. His associate "Vérité," now Camille "Cami" Leyland, has gone into hiding. However, when a mysterious blackmailer threatens to reveal her true identity, Cami must face her past -- a move that will reunite her with Pax, the man who may be her future. If you enjoy historical romances with suspenseful, action-packed plots, don't miss this 5th gripping installment of the Spymaster series, which begins with The Spymaster's Lady.
Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta ChaseRegency Historical. After years of spying for England (and bedding beautiful-but-deadly women), James Cordier is ready to retire and settle down. But before he's free to do so, he must complete one final mission: retrieving a bundle of incriminating letters from notorious courtesan Francesca Bonnard. Francesca, divorced and living in Venice ever since the affair that ruined her reputation, knows a thing or two about heartbreak and scandal. So when attractive, mysterious James shows up, she's not about to trust him with her secrets -- or her heart. Author Loretta Chase specializes in complex, sympathetic characters with bad reputations, so if you enjoy Your Scandalous Ways, you might try one of her other books, such as Lord of Scoundrels.
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina JeffriesRegency Historical. Faced with an ultimatum to marry or be disinherited, novelist Lady Minerva Sharpe calls her family's bluff by concocting a fake engagement to barrister Giles Masters. Surely her grandmother, who controls the purse strings, would prefer she remain unwed rather than shackle herself to a notorious libertine! Giles agrees to the scheme provided that she retire her most popular character, a rakish spy that closely resembles Giles -- an agent of the Crown who feels that her portrayal hits a bit too close to home. How to Woo a Reluctant Lady is the 3rd book in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series, which begins with The Truth About Lord Stoneville.
Winds of the Storm by Beverly JenkinsMulticultural Historical. A spy in Harriet Tubman's intelligence network, Zahra Lafayette retired after the Civil War. Or rather, she tried to. At the president's request, Zahra undertakes one last undercover assignment. Posing as a madam in a New Orleans brothel, she's reunited with hotelier Archer Le Veq, a member of one of the city's wealthiest free black families. Unbeknownst to Archer, Zahra -- known in the field as "the Black Butterfly" -- saved his life during the war. Set in Louisiana during Reconstruction, Winds of the Storm is the 2nd novel in the House of Le Veq series, after Through the Storm. As a bonus, fans of the author's Indigo will recognize some familiar characters.
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