Spoiler Alert by Olivia DadeThe backstory: When he's not busy starring in the hit television series Gods of the Gates, actor Marcus Caster-Rupp writes fanfiction about the show under the name Book!AeneasWouldNever and shares it with his online BFF, Unapologetic Lavinia Stan (a.k.a. geologist April Whittier).
And then: After April's resplendent Lavinia cosplay goes viral and attracts the ire of fat-shaming trolls, Marcus defuses the situation by asking her out, not realizing that she's Unapologetic Lavinia Stan.
For fans of: Kate Stayman-London's One to Watch, Lucy Parker's Act Like It, or Jen DeLuca's Well Met.
The Roommate by Rosie DananThe situation: Shortly after her housemate (and unrequited crush) abruptly leaves L.A. after subletting his room to some guy he found on the internet ("You're gonna love him!), Clara Wheaton discovers that new roomie Josh Conners is porn star "Josh Darling."
Why you might like it: opposites attract as posh, high-strung Clara and laid-back, working-class Josh embark on a relationship that's part-business, all-pleasure in this sex-positive romantic comedy.
Reviewers say: "Warmly funny and gorgeously sexy" (New York Times).
Her Night with the Duke by Diana QuincyWhat happens: While stranded at a country inn, widowed travel writer Lady Delilah Chambers spends one night with a stranger only to find out later that he is Elliot Townsend, the Duke of Huntington -- and her beloved stepdaughter's betrothed.
What sets it apart: Delilah, an aristocratic woman of English and Arabian descent, offers a perspective rarely seen in Regency romance.
About the author: Prior to writing historical romance, Arab American author Diana Quincy was a television journalist.
A Hope Divided by Alyssa ColeWhat it's about: Herbalist and spy Marlie Lynch, a free Black woman, harbors an escaped prisoner, Union soldier Ewan McCall, in her white half-brother's plantation home...which the Confederate Home Guard has just made their base of operations.
Why you might like it: Set during the American Civil War, this 2nd book in the Loyal League series boasts memorable characters, an exciting espionage plot, and well-researched historical details.
For fans of: Beverly Jenkins' House of Le Veq series.
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie DunmoreStarring: Oxford student Annabelle Archer, who must convince Sebastian Devereux, the politically influential Duke of Montgomery, to support the cause of women's suffrage.
What's at stake: Annabelle's scholarship, Sebastian's family estate, and crucial amendments to the Married Women's Property Act.
Reviewers say: This opening installment of the League of Extraordinary Women series is "chock-full of verve, history, and passion" (Library Journal).
When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine HeathWhat happens: Gillie Trewlove rescues a badly injured man from the alley outside her Whitechapel tavern and discovers that he's Antony Coventry, Duke of Thornley, who requests her assistance in searching for his missing fiancée.
Series alert: When a Duke Loves a Woman is the 2nd in the Sins for All Seasons series (after Beyond Scandal and Desire), which follows a working-class family of foundling foster siblings.
For fans of: Sarah MacLean's Bareknuckle Bastards series.
The Rakess by Scarlett PeckhamIntroducing: Seraphina Arden, who rejects the label of "fallen woman" and instead becomes a "Rakess," dividing her time between activism, a series of lovers, and the publication of her scandalous memoirs.
What happens: Seraphina embarks on a liaison with widowed Scottish architect Adam Anderson, whose livelihood depends on the patronage of the very gentleman whom Seraphina has vowed to destroy.
What sets it apart: In addition to subverting the popular rake trope, this 1st Society of Sirens novel sensitively explores the challenges of healing from trauma en route to its happily-ever-after.
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