A Rogue of One's Own by Evie DunmoreWhat it's about: To promote the cause of women's suffrage, Lady Lucie Tedbury acquires a partial ownership stake in a publishing house only to discover that her new business partner is none other than her childhood nemesis, Lord Tristan Ballentine.
Want a taste? "No, she was a political activist approaching the age of 30. She was not just left on the shelf, she was the shelf."
Series alert: A Rogue of One's Own is the 2nd book in the League of Extraordinary Women series, after Bringing Down the Duke.
Breathe the Sky by Michelle HazenWhat it's about: the slow-burning enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romance between gentle wildlife biologist Mari Tucker and Jack Wyatt, the cranky, foul-mouthed construction foreman in charge of the job site to which Mari has been assigned.
Is it for you? Both Mari and Jack are survivors of abuse and their traumatic past experiences inform their relationship.
Reviewers say: This "heart-melting and intensely passionate contemporary romance is a balm for the soul" (Booklist).
Like Lovers Do by Tracey LivesayStarring: orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nicole Allen, who agrees to help out her old pal Benjamin Reed Van Mont by pretending to be his girlfriend.
Why it can't work: Despite some steamy hammock sex, Nicole can't afford distractions as she begins her fellowship, while Ben, the child of workaholic parents, is wary of dating someone so devoted to her career.
Series alert: Like Lovers Do is the 2nd installment (after Sweet Talkin' Lover) of the Girls Trip series, which follows a quartet of Black college friends as they search for love and career success.
You Lucky Dog by Julia LondonWhat happens: Due to a mix-up on the part of Brant the dog-walker, spunky publicist Carly Kennedy and shy neuroscience professor Tobias Maxwell "Max" Sheffington now have each other's basset hounds.
And then: Pups Baxter and Hazel fall in love, paving the way for Carly and Max's own unlikely romance.
Read it for: likable leads, a witty opposites-attract romance, and a zany supporting cast.
The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada with Holly LorinczWhat it's about: Sparks fly when aspiring sportswriter Hara Isari meets brash basketball player Derek Darcy, who initially clash yet can't resist each other.
Why you might like it: Loosely inspired by Pride and Prejudice, this steamy sports romance by the author of The Perfect Date is packed with dramatic plot twists.
You might also like: Alexa Martin's Playbook novels or Regina Hart's Brooklyn Monarchs series.
Better Than People by Roan ParrishThe situation: Sweet-natured graphic designer Simon Burke, who prefers animals to people, volunteers to assist grouchy illustrator Jack Matheson with pet care after an accident leaves Jack with a broken leg.
The complications: Simon's severe anxiety and Jack's reluctance to trust anyone following a crushing betrayal by his former best friend and creative collaborator.
Why you might like it: This character-driven romance emphasizes both its leads' individual emotional growth and their sweet yet steamy relationship; a well-drawn supporting cast cheers them on.
Focus on: Paranormal Romance
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower: A Steampunk Rapunzel by Nancy Campbell AllenWhat it's about: When Hazel Hughes' mysterious uncle reveals the existence of a twin sister she's never met, her employer, surgeon Samuel MacInnes, accompanies her to Romania on a dangerous rescue mission.
Why you might like it: This "clever riff" (Publishers Weekly) on a classic fairy tale boasts a chaste romance and a vividly rendered Victorian setting that blends Gothic atmosphere and Steampunk trappings.
For fans of: Bec McMaster's London Steampunk novels, Gail Carriger's Custard Protocol books, or Colleen Gleason's Stoker and Holmes series.
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene FrostWhat happens: Veritas, a vampire Law Guardian, forges an temporary alliance with Ian, a roguish vampire master, in order to defeat their common enemy, the time-freezing, soul-stealing demon Dagon.
Read it for: "wild, magically enhanced sex and bloody, bone-pulverizing battles" (Booklist).
Spinoff alert: Set in the world of the Night Huntress series, this 1st book in the Night Rebel pairs fan-favorite Ian and former supporting character Veritas, whose relationship continues to evolve in Wicked Bite.
Love by Night: A Black Vampire Story by StinaWhat happens: Seeking "the one," Black vampire king Kesh returns to his alma mater, the prestigious Billet University, where he meets first-generation college student Adirah Messa, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants and (hopefully) his future queen.
Is it for you? More Stephenie Meyer than L.A. Banks, this moody series opener jumps back and forth in time as it reveals Kesh's origins.
Series alert: Kesh and Adirah's story continues in The Night's Baby.
The Last Wolf by Maria ValeWhat it's about: Silver Nilsdottir, the nidling (lowest-ranked) wolf of the Great North Pack, rescues and falls in love with Tiberius Leveraux, whose Shifter heritage makes him a threat to her people as well as her best chance for survival within the Pack's brutal hierarchy.
For fans of: the detailed world-building and intricate werewolf pack social dynamics found in Rhiannon Held's Silver novels or Anne Bishop's Courtyards of the Others series.
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