Don't Want You Like a Best Friend by Emma R. AlbanIf only Lady Gwen Bertram's wealthy, titled father would marry Miss Elizabeth Demeroven's impoverished widowed mother, it would solve everyone's problems! But as the young ladies scheme to bring their parents together, their own friendship deepens into love. Don't Want You Like a Best Friend is the 1st book in the Victorian-set Mischief & Matchmaking series. Read-alike: Lex Croucher's Infamous.
Second Duke's the Charm by Kate BatemanAs co-owners of the London private investigative agency King & Co., childhood friends Tess, Ellie, and Daisy are experienced in the discreet handling of scandalous matters. But virginal dowager duchess Tess may have met her match in Justin Thornton, the new Duke of Wansford in this opening installment of the Her Majesty's Rebels series. Read-alikes: Julie Anne Long's Palace of Rogues series; Lenora Bell's Disgraceful Dukes series.
You're the Duke That I Want by Lenora BellNot long after "Danny Smith" abruptly ends their summer flirtation, wallflower Sandrine Oliver discovers his true identity: Dane Walker, the curricle-racing new Duke of Rydell. Hurt by his refusal to acknowledge her, Sandrine sets out to transform herself into the belle of the ball with the help of her new friends, the Pink Ladies. This Regency-set riff on the musical Grease kicks off the Thunderbolt Club series.
Never Meant to Stay by Trisha DasStuck in Delhi and in need of a place to stay, wedding photographer Samara Mansingh moves in with the Khannas, family friends she hasn't seen since childhood. Despite a lifetime of never letting others get too close, Samara soon bonds with everyone, particularly handsome eldest son Sharav. This heartwarming homage to Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophy boasts well-drawn characters and a chaste forced-proximity romance between likeable leads.
Hedging Your Bets by Jayne DenkerIn the five years since her divorce, pharmacist and avid gardener Gillian Pritchard has built a comfortable life for herself in tiny Willow Grove, New York. But the arrival of new neighbor Noah West presents her with a rival and a love interest all in one. This follow-up to The Rom-Com Agenda features a charming small town setting, a slow-burning enemies-to-lovers plot, and a lively supporting cast.
On the Plus Side by Jenny L. HoweCast on the reality TV show On the Plus Side, shy receptionist Everly Winters undergoes an onscreen makeover while bonding behind-the-scenes with gruff cameraman Logan. For fans of: Kate Stayman-London's One to Watch, Julie Murphy's If the Shoe Fits, or Michele Grant's Losing to Win.
Red String Theory by Lauren Kung JessenArtist Rooney Gao spends one enchanted evening with NASA engineer Jack Liu at a Lantern Festival celebration before they return to their very different lives on opposite coasts. But fate has other plans for them. Fans of the film Serendipity should enjoy this "smart, sensitive, and striking" (Kirkus Reviews) romance by the author of Lunar Love.
The Stage Kiss by Amelia JonesCast as the leads in a touring production of a Pride and Prejudice-inspired musical, actors Eden Blake and Brennon Thorne must pretend to fall in love on stage each night despite their mutual antipathy. For fans of: Lucy Parker's Act Like It or Bridget Morrissey's Love Scenes.
That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly LemmingHumble spice trader Cinnamon Hotpepper ventures far outside her comfort zone when she rescues demon Fallon Ozul, who brings her along on a dangerous quest to destroy an evil goddess. Originally self-published, this "delightfully over-the-top and raunchy" (Booklist) fantasy romance marks the 1st installment of the Mead Mishaps series, which continues with That Time I Got Drunk and Yeeted a Love Potion at a Werewolf.
Last Call at the Local by Sarah Grunder RuizStranded in Ireland after her guitar is stolen, American singer-songwriter Rainie Hart takes a job at a pub owned by Jack Dunne, whose untreated OCD threatens his livelihood. Sympathetic leads must unpack their emotional baggage before they can find their happily-ever-after in this 3rd book in the series that began with Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships.
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