When in Rome by Sarah AdamsWelcome to... tiny Rome, Kentucky, where pop star Amelia Rose's ancient Toyota has just broken down.
Where you'll meet: gruff pie shop owner Noah Walker, who offers Amelia his guest room while her car's in the shop. However, Amelia is three weeks away from embarking on a world tour and homebody Noah isn't about to get involved with someone only to watch her leave.
Why you might like it: Opposites attract in this charming riff on Roman Holiday.
Drunk on Love by Jasmine GuilloryMaking changes: As the new CEO of her family's Napa Valley winery, Margot Noble wants to shake things up.
No, not like that! When Luke Williams, the out-of-towner with whom she has a one night stand, turns out to be her newest employee, Margot struggles to focus on business and not pleasure.
Reviewers say: an "intoxicating romance" (Kirkus Reviews) that boasts "Guillory's signature blend of sexy, sweet, and funny" (Publishers Weekly).
Where We End & Begin by Jane IgharoWhat happens: After more than a decade away, Seattle-based geneticist Dunni returns to Nigeria for a friend's wedding, where she encounters her old flame Obinna, who broke her heart.
Why you might like it: In addition to a moving second chance romance, this novel by the author of The Sweetest Remedy and Ties That Tether offers family drama and long-kept secrets.
For fans of: emotionally intense romances that reveal the history of a relationship by shifting between past and present-day timelines, such as Tia Williams' Seven Days in June or Noué Kirwan's Long Past Summer.
Vanessa Jared's Got a Man by LaQuetteWhat it's about: Just as divorcée Vanessa Jared finally puts her bad marriage in the rearview mirror, sheriff Michael Park enlists her aid in dissuading his younger sister from marrying Vanessa's no-good ex.
Why you might like it: Featuring 40-something leads, this hopeful novel boasts a diverse cast, a charming small-town setting, and a satisfying story of a woman regaining her confidence and rebuilding her life.
For fans of: Joy Avery's Sweeter Than Honey, Reese Ryan's Second Chance on Cypress Lane, and other small-town romances about Black women who find their happily-ever-afters following life setbacks.
How the Wallflower Was Won by Eva LeighA marriage of convenience? Bluestocking Tabitha Seaton needs a husband in order to join the Sterling Society, which does not admit unmarried women. Gambler Finn Ransome needs a respectable wife in order to gain access to his inheritance.
Why you might like it: A steamy wallflower/rake pairing makes this 2nd book in the Last Chance Scoundrels series (after The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes) a good bet for fans of Lenora Bell's Duke Most Wicked or Tessa Dare's A Week to Be Wicked.
Witchful Thinking by Celestine MartinJust a girl who can't say no: After an accidental hex renders her incapable of refusing any request, Lucy Caraway (reluctantly) agrees to help her high school crush, Alexander Dwyer, lift the curse on his house.
The one who got away: Lucy knows that Alex has only returned to town so that he can unjinx and unload the house. Which means it's pointless to confess her feelings, right?
Series alert: Witchful Thinking kicks off the Elemental Love series, about the magical town of Freya Grove, New Jersey, and its supernatural inhabitants.
The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi MatthewsAn immodest proposal: Desperate to escape her controlling parents, heiress Julia Wychwood approaches the infamous Captain Jasper Blunt with an unconventional offer: her entire dowry in exchange for a marriage in name only, and the freedom to live her life as she pleases.
Read it for: a heroine with severe social anxiety, a hero with a bad reputation, and a positively Gothic country estate containing a locked room that must never be opened.
Series alert: This Victorian romance marks the 2nd book in the Belles of London series, which begins with The Siren of Sussex.
Lucy on the Wild Side by Kerry ReaIt's NOT love at first sight... when primatologist Lucy Rourke, a junior keeper at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, meets Kai Bridges, the host of On the Wild Side, who has just arrived at her workplace to film the show's latest season.
A change of heart: As they bond over an orphaned baby gorilla, Lucy and Kai gradually discover how much they have in common.
Is it for you? In addition to a depiction of animal death, this rom-com also deals with some heavy themes, such as family estrangement and parental abandonment.
Mistakes Were Made by Meryl WilsnerOops. All alone on family weekend, college senior Cassie Klein picks up physician Erin Bennett at a local bar, only to discover the next morning that the attractive older woman is the mother of her friend, Parker.
Best laid plans: Although both women agree that they can't keep seeing each other, sticking to that resolution proves futile.
Reviewers say: Author Meryl Wilsner (Something to Talk About) "puts a queer spin on the concept of the MILF in this hilarious, high-heat rom-com" (Publishers Weekly).
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