Forever and a Duke by Grace BurrowesWhat it's about: Irregularities in his estate's finances bring Wrexham, Duke of Elsmore, to bank auditor Eleanora Hatfield, whose facility with numbers intrigues him almost as much as her mysterious past.
Why you might like it: This 3rd book in the Rogues to Riches series boasts well-matched leads from different social classes whose romantic relationship is based on trust and mutual respect.
For fans of: the leisurely pacing, emotional depth, and nuanced characterization of Mary Balogh's novels
Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. ChristopherThis One Weird Trick Will Boost Her Career: Despite her aversion to romance, event planner Hannah Mayfield really wants to branch out into weddings, which requires her to appear happily coupled.
You Won't Believe What This Fake Boyfriend Did: Clickbait creator Jack Nolan must produce one more listicle before he can pursue Serious Journalism. But writing "How to Lose a Girl" requires winning one first.
3 Things Romantic Comedy Fans Will Love: an unapologetically snarky biracial heroine, a surprisingly likable ladies-man hero, and a gender-swapped, #ownvoices take on How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
The Princess Plan by Julia LondonWhat happens: Crown Prince Sebastian of Alucia enlists gossip columnist Eliza Tricklebank to help him investigate the murder of his personal secretary.
Is it for you? This opening installment of the Royal Wedding series takes its central mystery seriously, balancing Sebastian and Eva's crime-solving activities with their budding relationship.
You might also like: Kat Martin's Heart by Heart trilogy or Stephanie Laurens' Casebook of Barnaby Adair series, which likewise blend mystery and romance in an atmospheric Victorian setting.
Wolf Rebel by Paige TylerThe situation: A demanding job and untreated PTSD are already more than werewolf SWAT team officer Rachel Bennett can handle. So being paired with an old enemy -- ex-Navy SEAL (and current werewolf) Knox Lawson -- on a dangerous assignment is NOT what she needs right now.
Warning: a killer clown plays a significant role in this book.
Can you start here? Although Wolf Rebel is the 10th installment of the SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team series, it stands on its own. (Those who prefer to start at the beginning should pick up Hungry Like the Wolf.)
Would Like to Meet by Rachel WintersWhat it's about: Tasked with getting her agency's star client to finish the screenplay he's (supposed to be) writing, assistant Evie recreates "meet-cutes" from classic romantic comedies -- and learns a few lessons about life and love along the way.
For fans of: the quintessential Britishness of Bridget Jones' Diary; the unabashed rom com fandom in Kerry Winfrey's Waiting for Tom Hanks.
Can't Get You Out of My Mind
The Wedding Party by Jasmine GuilloryThe premise: Maddie Forest and Theo Stephens share a best friend (Alexa) and a mutual antipathy (longstanding).
What happens: After hooking up, neither can stop thinking about the other. And that's before Alexa asks them both to be in her bridal party, which will require near-constant togetherness.
You might also like: the similarly witty and wedding-themed enemies-to-lovers romance of Christina Lauren's The Unhoneymooners.
Hello Stranger by Lisa KleypasIntroducing: Garrett Gibson, Victorian England's only woman physician, and her self-appointed protector Ethan Ransom, the former Scotland Yard detective (and spy) who discovers that she's no damsel in distress.
Read it for: "elegant prose, a fascinating heroine, and a Victorian London constructed with compelling historical detail" (Kirkus Reviews).
Series alert: Hello Stranger is the 4th book in the Ravenels series, which begins with Cold-Hearted Rake.
Hate to Want You by Alisha RaiWhat it's about: Once a year, Nicholas Chandler and Olivia Kane meet up for a night of passion. Obviously their feuding families can never find out about their annual "sex marathon." Obviously they will.
Why you might like it: Angsty and erotic, this opening installment of the Forbidden Hearts series boasts a diverse cast and a sensitive depiction of its heroine's struggles with depression.
Want a taste? "Love rarely conquered all, the true villains almost always went unpunished, and happily ever afters? Ha."
Crashing Into Her by Mia SosaWhat happens: Aspiring stunt performer Eva Montgomery enjoys a one-night stand with Anthony Castillo, her best friend's (arrogant, infuriating) cousin. After they part ways, she doesn't expect to see him again.
Why you might like it: When they end up working at the same Los Angeles fitness studio, Eva and Anthony find plenty of opportunities to explore their undeniable chemistry in this 3rd Love on Cue novel.
Read it for: a diverse cast headed by relatable leads who banter and bicker their way to happily-ever-after.
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