Hotel of Secrets by Diana BillerVienna, 1878: In the midst of preparations for the Fasching season that will restore her family's hotel to its former glory, Maria Wallner meets American secret service agent Eli Whittaker, who's investigating a leak of classified information.
Why you might like it: This standalone novel of love and espionage transports readers to the sparkling ballrooms of 19th-century Vienna through the skillful deployment of well-researched historical details and lush period atmosphere.
The Heiress at Sea by Christi CaldwellThe wrong ship! In an accidental departure from her plan to become a deckhand on the ship of a family friend, adventure-seeking Lady Cassia McQuoid ends up on a privateer vessel under the command of Lord Nathaniel Ellsby.
The right man? Nathaniel, who immediately sees through Cassia's "boy" disguise, becomes her reluctant protector and, eventually, her lover.
For fans of: seafaring historical romances such as Tessa Dare's Surrender of a Siren, Elizabeth Essex's Almost a Scandal, or Michele Sinclair's A Woman Made for Sin.
A Spinster's Guide to Danger and Dukes by Manda CollinsWhat it's about: Miss Poppy Delamare enlists Joshua Fielding, the Duke of Langham, in a fake betrothal scheme designed to thwart her family's matrimonial meddling. But solving a murder at a house party will test the limits of their unconventional arrangement.
Series alert: A Spinster's Guide to Danger and Dukes is the 3rd "delightfully fun" (Kirkus Reviews) book in the Lady's Guide series, which begins with A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem.
Infamous by Lex CroucherThe problem: Aspiring writer Edith "Eddie" Miller and Rose Li, her best friend and secret crush, are inseparable until their society debut, when -- to Eddie's horror -- Rose acquires a fiancé.
The solution? Eddie happily accepts an invitation from scandalous poet Nash Nicholson to join him and his artist friends in the countryside, only to find that Rose and her betrothed are also present.
Reviewers say: This standalone novel by the author of Reputation is an "energetic Regency era friends-to-lovers sapphic romance with zany wit, joie de vivre, and a distinctive literary bent" (Publishers Weekly).
Ana María and the Fox by Liana De la RosaWhat happens: During Napoleon III's occupation of Mexico, Ana María Luna Valdés' wealthy father sends her to London, where she's expected to serve as a goodwill ambassador while finding a suitable husband.
Instead... she meets Gideon Fox, a biracial Member of Parliament whose humble origins and support for radical causes are unlikely to impress her family.
For fans of: Adriana Herrera's Las Léonas series.
The Plus One by Mazey EddingsRegrets only: Psychiatrist Indira Papadakis dreads encountering her ex at her brother's upcoming wedding -- so much so that she's willing to pretend-date her childhood enemy, surgeon Jude Bailey, who's struggling after years of humanitarian work in conflict zones.
Is it for you? Like previous installments in the Brush With Love series, The Plus One deals sensitively but directly with mental health issues, in this case, PTSD and trauma resulting from parental abandonment.
Gigi, Listening by Chantel GuertinWhat happens: American bookshop owner Gigi Rutherford embarks on a guided tour of England's "Spires, Shires, and Shores" led by Zane Wilkenson, her favorite audiobook narrator. But Zane's unexpected absence means that Gigi must instead deal with grumpy bus driver Taj.
Read it for: a slow-burning, closed-door romance; a love triangle; a charming English setting; and the antics of Gigi's zany fellow travelers.
For fans of: Julia Whelan's Thank You for Listening.
What Happens in the Ballroom by Sabrina JeffriesWhat it's about: Nathaniel Stanton, Earl of Foxstead, asks his best friend's widow, Eliza Pierce, to introduce his young ward to polite society. But who is she? And why is Nathaniel so insistent that Eliza help her?
Why you might like it: a reformed rake and a responsible businesswoman give rein to long-suppressed mutual attraction while navigating a web of secrets in this 2nd Designing Debutantes novel, after A Duke for Diana.
The Love Wager by Lynn PainterStarring: bartender Hallie Piper, who's determined to (finally) get her life together and find The One, and Jack Marshall, the one-night stand she can't seem to escape.
What happens: Hallie and Jack make a bet to see who can find true love first, and, as they accompany each other on disastrous dates, start falling for each other.
Why you might like it: This "fun, flirty" (Library Journal) friends-to-lovers romance by the author of Mr. Wrong Number embraces beloved romantic comedy tropes.
The Do-Over by Suzanne ParkIntroducing: Lily Lee, a bestselling author of business books whose reputation takes a hit when a background check reveals she's a few credits shy of a college degree.
And so... Lily goes back to school, where she must enroll in a class taught by graduate student Jake Cho, her ex-boyfriend.
Is it for you? Although it contains a happily-ever-after, this novel by the author of Loathe at First Sight emphasizes Lily's personal journey.
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