Her Other Secret by HelenKay DimonWelcome to: Whitaker Island, a private island off the coast of Washington state and an ideal destination for those wanting to leave their pasts behind.
Where... recent arrival Tessa Jenkins and handyman Hansen Rye have just witnessed a man emerge from the ocean and vanish into the nearby woods. When the man turns up dead, Hansen becomes the prime suspect.
For fans of: Christina Dodd's Virtue Falls, another compelling romantic suspense series set in a small town in the Pacific Northwest where everyone has a secret.
Say No to the Duke by Eloisa JamesThe wager: Straitlaced Lady Boadicea "Betsy" Wilde challenges notorious rake Lord Jeremy Roden to a game of billiards.
The terms: If Betsy wins, Jeremy promises to take her on a tour of London. If Jeremy wins, she's his for one night.
All bets are off... in this 4th lively installment of the Wildes of Lindow Castle series, which boasts well-matched leads, witty banter, and a steamy opposites-attract premise.
Project Duchess by Sabrina JeffriesWhat it's about: Fletcher "Grey" Pryde, Duke of Greycourt, has promised to help prepare the Honourable Beatrice Wolfe for her debut, despite suspecting that her brother murdered his stepfather.
Series alert: Project Duchess kicks off the Duke Dynasty series, about a trio of half-brothers, all heirs to dukedoms.
You might also like: Eloisa James' Desperate Duchesses series, another Georgian romance series with a large supporting cast of friends and family members that help the leads find their happily-ever-afters.
The Right Swipe by Alisha RaiStarring: Rhiannon "Rhi" Hunter, creator of the popular Crush dating app, and former pro-football player Samson Lima, spokesman for rival dating site Matchmaker -- and the jerk who once ghosted Rhi.
What sets it apart: Nuanced explorations of sensitive issues (CTE's effects on Samson's football-playing relatives, Rhi's experiences as a woman of color in majority white male tech spaces).
Is it for you? Though less angsty than the author's Forbidden Hearts series, Rhi does have some upsetting run-ins with her abusive ex.
The Me I Used to Be by Jennifer RyanWhat it's about: Sent to prison for a crime she didn't commit, Evangeline Austen, now out on parole, returns to her hometown to clear her name. But finding the real culprit will require her to work with local cop Chris Chambers, her arresting officer.
Why you might like it: This stand-alone novel stars a sympathetic heroine who finds unexpected love while working to rebuild her life.
Reviewers say: an "intoxicating blend of hair-raising suspense, betrayal, and true love" (Publishers Weekly).
Breathless by Celeste Bradley and Susan DonovanIn the past: Shipwrecked "Swan" is rescued by The Artist, who makes her his model and muse.
In the present: Harvard professor Brenna Anderson teams up with her nemesis, art dealer Fitch Wilder, to identify the subject of a series of erotic 19th-century paintings.
Why you might like it: This second collaboration by the authors of Unbound features parallel love stories and an art-themed treasure hunt that spans centuries and continents.
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLeanIntroducing: Felicity Faircloth, who impulsively announces her engagement to the reclusive Duke of Marwick, whom she's never met; and "Devil," the Covent Garden crime lord who offers to help her woo and win the duke -- for a price.
Crossover alert: Felicity first appeared in The Day of the Duchess, one of four young ladies competing for the hand of another duke.
Series alert: Wicked and the Wallflower kicks off the Bareknuckle Bastards series; book 2, Brazen and the Beast, is now available.
The Start of Something Good by Jennifer ProbstIntroducing: PR genius (and committed urbanite) Mia Thrush and former Special Forces paratrooper Ethan Bishop.
What happens: Exiled to the wilderness (ok, the Hudson Valley) to oversee her client's daughter's court-ordered community service, Mia encounters hot, brooding Ethan, who's currently helping out at his family's bed-and-breakfast.
Why you might like it: This opening installment of the Stay series pairs a city girl and a country boy whose worlds collide in sizzling fashion.
Playing for Keeps by Jill ShalvisWhat happens: Following their joint rescue of three-legged dog Lollipop, tattoo artist Sadie Lane and buttoned-up businessman Caleb Parker decide to co-parent the pup...and fall in love in the process.
Why you might like it: This heartwarming 7th Heartbreaker Bay novel returns to the close-knit community of San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood for this upbeat story starring a pair of likable leads.
For fans of: Debbie Burns' Rescue Me series, Casey Griffin's Rescue Dog romances, and Rachel Lacey's Love to the Rescue novels.
Pretending He's Mine by Mia SosaThe situation: Hollywood agent Julian Hart offers Ashley Stone, the younger sister of his best friend and client, a room in his home when she finds herself in need of a place to stay.
The problem: Ashley's had a crush on Julian for years, while workaholic Julian struggles to put business before pleasure when confronted with Ashley's charms.
Series alert: Pretending He's Mine is the 2nd Love on Cue novel, after Acting on Impulse (starring Ashley's brother, Carter).
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