A Prince on Paper by Alyssa ColeWhat happens: Shy, sheltered Nya Jerami surprises everyone when she agrees to a fake engagement to globetrotting playboy prince Johan Maximillian von Braustein of Liechtienbourg.
Why you might like it: While the romance is steamy, this 3rd installment of the Reluctant Royals series devotes equal attention to the personal growth of its leads, who are cheered on by supportive friends.
Want a taste? "She'd been guilted and wheedled and talked down to until she was a nonplayer character in the role-playing game of her own life."
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali DevWhat it is: a gender-swapped adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by the author of A Bollywood Affair.
Starring: neurosurgeon Dr. Trisha Raje, the daughter of Indian immigrants descended from royalty, and working-class British chef D.J. Caine, whose beloved younger sister is Trisha's patient.
Reviewers say: It's "a delicious riff" on Jane Austen's beloved novel (Library Journal).
The Bride Test by Helen HoangIntroducing: Khai Diep, a Vietnamese American accountant on the autism spectrum; biracial Vietnamese maid Esme Tran, whom Khai's matchmaking mother has chosen as his bride.
It's complicated: Khai believes he's incapable of love, while Esme, who wants a better life for her young daughter (and to find her biological father), feels unworthy of Khai.
Cameos by: Stella and Michael, stars of author Helen Hoang's debut, The Kiss Quotient.
Fumbled by Alexa MartinWhat it's about: Poppy Patterson is a nightclub waitress; TK Moore is a wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs. These former high school sweethearts no longer have anything in common -- except their nine-year-old son, whom TK has never met.
About the author: Married to a former NFL player, author Alexa Martin draws on her own experiences to authentically depict the world of pro football in this 2nd book in the Playbook series, after Intercepted.
For fans of: fast-paced multicultural sports romances such as Regina Hart's Brooklyn Monarchs series.
A Song for the Stars by Ilima ToddHawaii, 1779: After Captain Cook's arrival in Kealakekua Bay destroys her future, chief's daughter Maile captures translator John Harbottle. Although the Englishman should be her enemy, he becomes her ally, friend, and lover.
Why you might like it: Based on the author's family history, A Song for the Stars offers a chaste and moving cross-cultural love story enhanced by well-researched details of traditional Hawaiian ocean navigation.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine GuilloryStarring: Drew Nichols, who needs a plus-one for his ex-girlfriend's wedding, and Alexa Monroe, who decides to help him out.
Read it for: a meet-cute in an elevator, an upbeat but not sugar-coated look at interracial dating, and likable leads trying to balance their personal and professional lives.
You might also like: Kristan Higgins' In Your Dreams, which also follows an unlikely couple's romantic journey from one night to forever.
To Me I Wed: An Unconventional Brides Romance by K.M. JacksonWhat it's about: To prove to her family that she doesn't need a man, party planner Lily Perry decides to marry herself in a lavish wedding ceremony. Complicating her vows is her inconvenient attraction to chef Vincent Caro, who's catering the event.
Why you might like it: This 2nd installment of the Unconventional Brides series features a fiercely independent heroine who's determined to chart her own course in life (but gets surprised by love).
A Good Day to Marry a Duke by Betina KrahnWhat it's about: American heiress Daisy Bumgarten has set her cap for Arthur Graham, Duke of Meridian -- despite the temptation offered by his brother, Ashton. Unbeknownst to her, Ashton has been enlisted by his family to use his powers of seduction to distract Daisy from her goal.
Series alert: A Good Day to Marry a Duke kicks off the Sin & Sensibility series, which continues with The Girl with the Sweetest Secret.
For fans of: the spirited "dollar princesses" of Laura Lee Guhrke's An American Heiress in London series.
Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla OliverasWhat happens: School librarian Rosa Fernandez hooks up with longtime crush Jeremy Taylor at her sister's wedding...and ends up pregnant.
Why you might like it: Sympathetic leads take a mature approach to co-parenting in this sweet 2nd installment of the Matched to Perfection series, which follows the romantic adventures of three Puerto Rican sisters living in Chicago.
For fans of: Alexis Daria's Dance Off series; Sabrina Sol's Delicious Desires novels.
Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie SloaneWhat it is: a Regency-set quartet of interlinked novellas.
Starring: four boarding school friends whose "lucky" sixpence helps them find their happily-ever-afters in unexpected ways.
Why you might like it: While each story is "expertly imbued with the distinctive literary DNA of its creator" (Booklist), all come together to form a harmonious whole.
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