The Prince by Katharine AsheWhat it’s about: Twenty-year-old Libby Shaw is determined to enter Edinburgh’s all-male Royal College of Surgeons -- even if she has to disguise herself as a man. Exiled Mediterranean prince and famed portrait artist Ziyaeddin Mirza agrees to help Libby with her ruse, which draws them closer than either had anticipated.
What sets it apart: Featuring a prince with a disability, this Regency romance proves that heroes come in all forms.
Series alert: This is the 4th Devil’s Duke book after The Duke.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangWhat it’s about: Stella Lane, a highly successful mathematician who has Asperger’s, knows everything about numbers, but very little about the experience of love -- so she hires escort Michael Phan to school her in the mechanics of romance.
About the author: Helen Hoang has Asperger’s, allowing her to create a sensitive and realistic rendering of what it’s like for those on the autism spectrum to navigate romantic relationships.
Reviewers say: “A compulsively readable erotic romance that is equal parts sugar and spice” (Library Journal).
Too Wilde to Wed by Eloisa JamesStarring: Lord Roland “North” Northbridge Wilde, who has returned home after fighting in the American colonies, and his ex-fiancée, Miss Diana Belgrave, whom he is surprised to discover working as a governess in his family home -- and who has a two-year-old son, Godfrey, in tow.
Why you might like it: This Georgian-set historical romance is trademark Eloisa James: wry wit, sensuality, and well-developed characters.
Series alert: Too Wilde to Wed is the 2nd in the Wildes of Lindow Castle series after Wilde in Love.
Herons Landing by JoAnn RossWhat it’s about: Two years after contractor Seth Harper lost his Army nurse wife Zoe to the war in Afghanistan, his life consists of work, work, and more work. But when Zoe’s best friend, burned-out Las Vegas concierge Brianna Mannion, returns to their seaport hometown, he finds a second chance at love diverting his attention.
Is it for you? Fans of cozy, small-town contemporary romances will enjoy this 1st entry in the Honeymoon Harbor series.
You might also like: Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs.
The Escape by Mary BaloghWhat it’s about: Army officer Sir Benedict "Ben" Harper has spent six years learning to walk again after being wounded in the Napoleonic Wars. Ambulatory at last, he has no idea what he'll do with the rest of his life. Enter young widow Samantha McKay, who is now free to make her own decisions after being trapped for years in the household of her cruel in-laws.
Series alert: The Escape is the 3rd moving Regency romance in the Survivor's Club septet, after The Proposal and The Arrangement.
Target Engaged: A Delta Force Novel by M.L. BuchmanWhat it’s about: The selection process for the elite Delta Force counter-terrorism unit is ultra-competitive, and Sergeant Carla Anderson, Delta's first (and, so far, only) female candidate is determined to make the cut -- but so is Green Beret Kyle Reeves, who may just be her perfect match.
Series alert: Steamy, suspenseful, and action-packed, Target Engaged kicks off the Delta Force series.
Further reading: If you enjoy M.L. Buchman's brand of compelling military romance, you might also try Cherry Adair’s Out of Sight.
The Protector by Donna GrantFeaturing: Marine Force Recon Captain Cullen Loughman, who desperately needs help rescuing his kidnapped father, and former Air Force pilot Mia Carter, who is Cullen’s best bet in the fight to bring his father home -- if they can put their overwhelming mutual attraction aside.
Series alert: The Protector is the 2nd in the Sons of Texas trilogy, after The Hero.
Reviewers say: “A well-drawn couple with off-the-charts chemistry and a breath-stealing plot” (Publishers Weekly).
Once a Soldier by Mary Jo PutneyWhat it’s about: With the Napoleonic Wars finally over, Major Lord Will Masterson is eager to return home to England, but duty instead calls him to the Iberian Peninsula, where he meets strong, independent, and unconventional Athena Markham.
Is it for you? Yes, if you like feisty heroines, well-developed characters, atmospheric settings, and historical background information all woven seamlessly together.
Series alert: This is the 1st Georgian historical romance in the Rogues Redeemed series; up next is Once a Rebel.
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband: A Bridgertons Prequel by Julia QuinnWhat it’s about: When her brother Thomas is injured in battle, Cecilia Harcourt sets sail for the American colonies, but by the time she arrives, he has gone missing. Posing as the wife of her brother’s best friend -- who conveniently has amnesia -- will allow Cecilia to continue her search for Thomas...if her feelings for her fake husband don't get in the way.
Series alert: This is the 2nd in the Rokesby series and a prequel to author Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons series.
All for You: A Coming Home Novel by Jessica ScottWhat it’s about: On his 74th day of sobriety, Sergeant First Class Reza Iaconelli meets Fort Hood's newest resident, Captain Emily Lindberg -- and as their subsequent battle of wills transforms into mutual admiration, both tentatively consider the possibility of a relationship.
Series alert: All for You is the 4th installment of the Coming Home novels, after Back to You.
About the author: Jessica Scott, who served as an army officer in Iraq, draws on her own experiences to authentically depict military life.
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