Nightchaser by Amanda BouchetWhat it's about: On the run from the Dark Watch, renegade Captain Tess Bailey takes her damaged spaceship to roguish mechanic Shade Ganavan, who moonlights as a bounty hunter.
Why you might like it: This series opener by the author of the bestselling Kingmaker Chronicles offers an action-packed plot, detailed world-building, and a slow burn romance between commitment-shy leads.
For fans of: the ragtag crew of Firefly, the strong heroine of Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels novels, or the futuristic world of Vivien Jackson's Tether series.
Tempt Me With Diamonds by Jane FeatherWhat it's about: After her brother, Jem, is killed in battle, Diana Sommerville discovers that he has bequeathed his half of the family estate to Colonel Rupert Lacey -- Diana's former fiancé.
Is it for you? In addition to an infidelity subplot, Tempt Me With Diamonds' headstrong leads and enemies-to-lovers storyline have a decidedly retro romance feel.
Series alert: This steamy Edwardian romance is the 1st installment of the London Jewels series.
Duchess by Deception by Marie ForceTime is running out... for Catherine McCabe, whose future depends on finding a hidden treasure, and for Derek Eagan, Duke of Westwood, who must wed by his 30th birthday or lose his title and estate.
What happens: Attracted to Catherine but apprised of her disdain for dukes, Derek pretends to be Jack, his estate manager, as they embark on a treasure hunt.
Is it for you? While this 1st Gilded novel plays fast and loose with British inheritance laws, it boasts likable leads and plenty of steamy interludes.
Unmarriageable by Soniah KamalWhat it is: a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in modern-day Pakistan.
Reviewers say: "Both a fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society" (NPR).
Try this next: Sonali Dev's forthcoming Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, a loose adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel that revolves around an Indian American family in San Francisco.
The Matchmaker's List by Sonya LalliWhat it is: a charming multicultural romantic comedy, set in Toronto against the backdrop of the city's Indian immigrant community.
What happens: To forestall her beloved grandmother's attempts at matchmaking, investment analyst Raina Anand lets her Nani believe that she's gay. Now she's no longer besieged by bachelors, but at what cost?
Why you might like it: Originally published in the U.K. as The Arrangement, this upbeat debut follows a relatable heroine balancing career, romance, and family expectations.
99 Percent Mine by Sally ThorneWhat it's about: For as long as she can remember, Darcy Barrett has had a crush on Tom Valeska, her twin brother's best friend. When Tom reappears in her life, newly single, Darcy's determined to win his heart.
Author alert: Australian author Sally Thorne won many fans with her debut, The Hating Game.
For fans of: Christina Lauren's witty romantic comedies, such as Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating.
The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke by Tessa DareWhat happens: When seamstress Emma Gladstone presents the formidable Duke of Ashbury with the bill for his ex-fiancée's wedding dress, she receives a marriage proposal instead of payment.
Wait, what? Believing that his battle-scarred face deters potential brides, Ashbury is willing to compensate a stranger for bearing his heir -- and can't believe that Emma could possibly want him for a husband.
Why you might like it: Witty banter and comedic situations add levity to an emotionally intense Beauty and the Beast story in this 1st installment of the Girl Meets Duke series.
The CEO Buys In: Wager of Hearts: Book One by Nancy HerknessThe situation: Billionaire Nathan Trainor makes a bet with his fellow one-percenters: whoever can't find his soul mate (and marry her) within a year must donate a staggering sum of money to charity.
And then: a flu epidemic leaves Nathan at the mercy of office temp Chloe Russell, who just might be the woman for him. But does her distaste for corporate culture make their relationship a nonstarter?
Series alert: The CEO Buys In kicks off the Wager of Hearts series, about a trio of wealthy men searching for love.
While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie JordanWhat it's about: Mistaken for the comatose Duke of Autenberry's fiancée, shop clerk Poppy Fairchurch feels compelled to keep up the ruse. Can she fool Autenberry's handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie? Does she even want to?
Why you might like it: This opening installment of the Rogue Files is a playful, Regency-set homage to the romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping.
Hurts to Love You by Alisha RaiStarring: heiress Evangeline "Eve" Chandler and her longtime crush, tattoo artist Gabriel Hunter, who's off-limits for so many reasons.
What happens: Squeezed into cramped quarters during a wedding party, they finally act on years of pent-up lust.
Why you might like it: Inter-class romance and family drama fuel this angsty, steamy 3rd installment of the Forbidden Hearts series.
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