A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne EnochWhat it's about: After Rebecca Sanderson married Ian, his titled older brother, a broken-hearted Callum MacCreath emigrated from Scotland to America. Ten years later, Ian is dead and Callum, the new earl, is certain that his brother's death was no accident. Can he protect the love of his life from her late husband's enemies?
Why you might like it: Passion and revenge drive this fast-paced 3rd book in the No Ordinary Hero series, after Hero in the Highlands and My One True Highlander.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine GuilloryStarring: Drew Nichols, who needs a plus-one for his ex-girlfriend's wedding, and Alexa Monroe, who decides to help him out.
Read it for: a meet-cute in an elevator, an upbeat but not sugar-coated look at interracial dating, and likable leads trying to balance their personal and professional lives.
You might also like: Kristan Higgins' In Your Dreams, which also follows an unlikely couple's romantic journey from one night to forever.
Tempest by Beverly JenkinsWhat it's about: After shooting a man on horseback from a stagecoach window, mail-order bride Regan Carmichael discovers that her "assailant" is Dr. Colton Lee, the widower she's agreed to wed. Oops!
Why you might like it: This heartwarming historical romance follows a pair of appealing African-American protagonists whose marriage of convenience develops into a tender (but still steamy!) love match.
Series alert: Tempest is book 3 in Beverly Jenkins' Old West series; Regan's aunt and sister find love in previous installments.
A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran KramerWhat it's about: Professional matchmaker Greer Jones says yes to a one-of-a-kind wedding dress, the prize in a couples' contest. Since singleton Greer is sans groom, curmudgeonly British artist Ford Smith serves as her fake fiancé, while concealing his true (aristocratic) identity.
Series alert: Opposites attract in this 2nd installment of the Two Love Lane series, set in an authentically depicted Charleston, South Carolina.
For fans of: the upbeat romantic comedy of Katie MacAlister's A Matchmaker in Wonderland series.
Keep Her Safe: A Novel by K.A. TuckerWhat it's about: After his police chief mother makes a shocking confession and takes her own life, Noah Marshall tracks down Gracie Richards, the daughter of his mom's former partner. Together, they confront corrupt cops and drug dealers as they search for answers.
Why you might like it: Set in Austin, Texas, this stand-alone romantic suspense novel stars well-drawn characters who grew up on opposite sides of the tracks yet are linked by shared tragedy.
Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn BrownWhat it's about: After winning the lottery, rancher Colton Nelson is suddenly besieged by would-be brides. To deter gold-diggers, he asks Laura Baker to pose as his girlfriend. Pretty soon, they're no longer pretending.
Series alert: Billion Dollar Cowboy kicks off the Cowboys and Brides series.
For fans of: the appealing characters, strong sense of place, and heartwarming storylines found in Jodi Thomas' contemporary Western romances.
One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild by Megan FramptonWhat it's about: She's a walking scandal, he's a perfect gentleman (despite his piratical eye-patch). However, Lady Margaret Sawford is willing to bet that she can get the oh-so-proper Duke of Lasham to take a walk on the wild side.
Reviewers say: Booklist, in a starred review, calls One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild "a rare treat," citing its wit and sizzle.
And now for something completely different: This 5th installment of the Dukes Behaving Badly series flips the script on the more common good girl/bad boy pairings of historical romance.
Devil in winter
by Lisa Kleypas
Desperate to escape the clutches of her greedy and unscrupulous relatives, heiress Evangeline Jenner makes a deal with Viscount St. Vincent, the most dangerous rake in London, to exchange her fortune for a marriage of convenience, only to discover the true nature of passion in the arms of her libertine husband.
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLeanIntroducing: "Chase," a.k.a. Lady Georgiana Pearson. As the silent partner in London's most notorious gaming hell, Georgiana is able to provide for her daughter while avoiding society's censure. Which makes dashing, dogged reporter Duncan West a threat to her very existence.
Series alert: Before embarking on this final installment of the Rules of Scoundrels series, start at the beginning with A Rogue by Any Other Name.
Last Chance Family by Hope RamsayWhat it's about: The legal guardian of his five-year-old niece, gambler Mike Taggart leaves Las Vegas and travels to Last Chance, South Carolina. Mike's plan is to leave the girl with his half-brother, a minister, but local veterinarian Charlene Polk convinces him to stick around.
Why you might like it: This 8th heartwarming Last Chance romance boasts a charming small-town setting and a colorful supporting cast.
For fans of: the unlucky-in-love leads of Donna Kauffman's Blue Hollow Falls, who grow close while helping a troubled young girl.
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