How to Catch a Wicked Viscount by Amy Rose BennettTo catch a rake: Scandal has ruined Sophie Brightwell's chances of a society marriage. That is, unless she can find a man whose reputation is even worse than her own.
Such as? Nathaniel, Lord Malverne, the charming rake who promises his sister, Sophie's best friend, that he'll introduce Sophie to eligible men.
Series alert: How to Catch a Wicked Viscount is the opening installment of the Disreputable Debutantes series, which follows a quartet of friends who refuse to let bad reputations derail their matrimonial ambitions.
The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. EdenWhat it's about: rival penny dreadful authors who fall in love while competing for market share.
Starring: School headmistress Elizabeth Black, who supplements her income by writing popular fiction, and Fletcher Walker, who uses his earnings to support a ragged school not unlike the one that educated him when he was a young street urchin.
Why you might like it: This chaste Victorian romance eschews high society to focus on working- and middle-class characters, while exploring social issues of the period.
Royal Holiday by Jasmine GuilloryStarring: Vivian Forest, a social worker from Oakland, California; and Malcolm Hudson, private secretary to the Queen of England.
What happens: While accompanying her daughter on a trip to the U.K., Vivian finds a kindred spirit in Malcolm, prompting her to consider a relationship for the first time in a long time.
Why you might like it: This 4th Wedding Dates novel is a heartwarming contemporary holiday romance about a mature couple finding love.
Don't You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlaneWhat it's about: Fired from her job and then dumped by her cheating boyfriend, Georgina Horspool discovers that her new boss is Lucas McCarthy, her first love, who...doesn't even recognize her?
Read it for: "a heroine with a laugh-out-loud voice, an endearing romance, and...lashings of drama" (NPR).
Is it for you? More chick lit than rom com, this witty novel emphasizes Georgina's personal growth as she decides what she wants out of life and love.
The Deception by Kat MartinWhat it is: the 2nd book in the Maximum Security series, after The Conspiracy.
Starring: Kate Gallagher, who's determined to bring her sister's killer to justice, and former marine Jason "Hawk" Maddox, the private investigator and bounty hunter she hires after a steamy almost-hookup.
You might also like: Lori Foster's series Love Undercover, another romantic suspense series that pairs heroines seeking justice with law enforcement agents.
The Look of Love by Bella AndreWhat happens: After driving her car into a ditch while fleeing her abusive ex, Chloe Peterson is rescued by photographer Chase Sullivan.
Why you might like it: Sympathetic leads overcome their aversions to serious relationships in this steamy series opener.
So many Sullivans: Can't get enough? The bestselling Sullivans series has spawned three spin-off series: The Seattle Sullivans, the New York Sullivans, and the Maine Sullivans.
A Brother's Honor by Brenda JacksonWhat it's about: A promise to his dying grandfather brings Jace Granger back to the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he hires consultant Shana Bradford to save the family business and quickly discovers that her mere presence complicates his life in ways he never imagined.
Why you might like it: This 1st book in the Grangers series offers a steamy workplace romance as well as a charming small-town setting.
For fans of: Zuri Day's Morgan Men romances or Niobia Bryant's Strong Family books.
Forbidden by Beverly JenkinsWhat it's about: Due to his light complexion, hotelier Rhine Fontaine can pass for white in 1870 Nevada, which allows him to advocate on behalf of the local black community. However, his feelings for newcomer Eddy Carmichael tempt Rhine to tell her the truth about his origins, risking everything he's worked so hard to achieve.
Crossover alert: Forbidden is connected to Beverly Jenkins' House of LeVeq series through Rhine's sister Sable, the heroine of Through the Storm.
The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie LaurensThe situation: Determined to find a more conventional woman to wed, businessman Thomas Carrick does his best to avoid the alluring Lucilla Cynster. However, fate has other plans. And so does Lucilla.
Is it for you? Set in the Scottish Highlands, this atmospheric novel includes mystical elements in the form of the Lady of the Vale, the goddess whom the Cynster women serve.
Backstory: Familiar faces abound in this 2nd installment of the Cynsters: Next Generation series, a spin-off of the long-running Cynster saga. Thomas first appears in By Winter's Light, while Lucilla's parents meet in Scandal's Bride.
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia QuinnWhat it's about: Although their families would be thrilled if they married, high-spirited Billie Bridgerton and reserved George Rokesby simply don't get along...until they get trapped on a rooftop together.
Should you start here? You can! This prequel to Julia Quinn's popular Bridgerton series takes place a generation before the events of The Duke and I.
Media buzz: Thanks to Shondaland, the Bridgerton series is slated to become a Netflix Original series in the near future.
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