A Lady's Formula for Love by Elizabeth EverettStarring: Violet Hughes, Lady Greycliff, the founder of Athena's Retreat, a clandestine club for women scientists; and her taciturn bodyguard, Arthur Kneland, who must protect her from the dangerous organization targeting the Retreat and its members.
Reviewers say: This opening installment of the Secret Scientists of London series is a "fiercely feminist, achingly romantic, and intensely sensual love story" (Booklist).
For fans of: The strong-willed women and well-drawn Victorian setting of Evie Dunmore's League of Extraordinary Women series.
An Unexpected Earl by Anna HarringtonThen: Penniless orphan Brandon Pearce fell for girl-next-door Amelia Howard, much to the dismay of her wealthy family, which drove the young lovers apart.
Now: Brandon, a decorated veteran who has just inherited an earldom, is reunited with Amelia, who needs his help dealing with a blackmailer intent on ruining her family.
Why you might like it: This 2nd book in the Lords of the Armory series (after An Inconvenient Duke) offers a second chance at love for childhood sweethearts, plus skullduggery and secret societies.
Accidentally Engaged by Farah HeronWhat happens: Toronto baking enthusiast Reena Manji convinces her gorgeous new neighbor, Nadim Remtulla, to pose as her fiancé on a cooking competition show that could fund her dream of culinary school.
But wait, there's more: As the latest "Good Muslim Man" that Reena's matchmaking parents believe she should marry, Nadim is NOT someone she'd consider dating. At least, that's what Reena keeps telling herself.
Series alert: Fans of author Farah Heron's The Chai Factor will recognize Reena as the best friend of that novel's heroine Amira.
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia HibbertWhat happens: Determined to prove to her wealthy parents that she can support herself, 26-year-old Eve Brown lands a job at the picturesque Castell Cottage Bed and Breakfast after (accidentally!) injuring its gruff proprietor, Jacob Wayne.
Why you might like it: This lively conclusion to the Brown Sisters trilogy (beginning with Get a Life, Chloe Brown) features authentically depicted autistic leads, a story that's equal parts zany and moving, a complimentary playlist, and rogue ducks.
Wild Rain: Women Who Dare by Beverly JenkinsWhat happens: Wyoming rancher Spring Rain Lee rescues traveling reporter Garrett McCray from a blizzard, earning his respect and -- if she'll have it -- his love.
Read it for: a fiercely independent heroine battling past trauma, a gentle hero forging his own path in life, and meticulously researched depictions of the lives of Black people in the 19th-century American West.
Series alert: Wild Rain is the 2nd book in the Women Who Dare series, which links the author's House of LeVeq and Old West series.
Jackson by LaQuetteSabotage! Aja Everett has been working hard to turn her family's ranch into a retreat that will also provide vocational training to the formerly incarcerated. But when a saboteur places her dream -- and everyone's lives -- in jeopardy, Aja enlists the aid of Texas Ranger Jackson Dean.
Why you might like it: This 1st Restoration Ranch novel boasts a steamy relationship between two commitment-shy leads as well as a suspenseful undercover investigation.
Waiting for a Scot Like You by Eva LeighWhat it's about: As a favor to an old friend, Major Duncan McCameron agrees to escort Beatrice, the widowed Lady Farris, to a house party in the country. A house party that's...well, more of an orgy, to be honest.
Why you might like it: This 3rd Union of the Rakes novel follows an older heroine, her younger paramour, and their many misadventures on the road to love, and features homages to beloved 1980s movies including Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Footloose.
First Comes Like by Alisha RaiStarring: Pakistani American beauty influencer Jia Ahmed, and actor Dev Dixit, the Bollywood scion who slid into her DMs months ago but now claims not to know who she is. (How dare he!)
What happens: Horrified that someone has been impersonating him online, Dev makes it up to Jia by agreeing to pose as her boyfriend.
Why you might like it: This upbeat and witty 3rd installment of the Modern Love series (after Girl Gone Viral) introduces likable leads and their supportive extended families.
The Duke Heist by Erica RidleyThe players: The Wychesters, a band of orphans adopted by an eccentric aristocrat who turned them into Regency London's version of Robin Hood.
The score: a painting currently in the possession of Laurence Gosling, the new Duke of Faircliffe, which was stolen from the Wynchesters by Laurence's late father.
The plan: Unassuming Chloe Wynchester will infiltrate the ducal household, retrieve the painting, and...accidentally kidnap the duke? Oops.
Honey Girl by Morgan RogersStarring: Astronomer Grace Porter, who arrives in Las Vegas to celebrate finishing her Ph.D and wakes up married to Brooklyn-based radio host Yuki Yamamoto.
What happens: Burned out by the challenges of being a queer, Black scientist in white, male-dominated academia, Grace heads to New York to clear her head and see if this thing with Yuki has potential.
What sets it apart: Although Grace and Yuki's love story anchors the narrative, this debut also saves plenty of space for Grace's journey of self-discovery and the couple's respective circles of friends.
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