In Bed With the Earl by Christi CaldwellIntroducing: intrepid reporter Verity Lovelace, who's willing to brave London's sewers for a story, and "tosher" (subterranean scavenger) Malcom North -- née Percival Northrup -- the long-lost heir to an earldom who has no memory of his life before he was kidnapped.
Crossover alert: This 1st Lost Lords of London novel is a spin-off of the author's Wicked Wallflowers series, expanding on a storyline introduced in The Vixen.
Bears Behaving Badly by MaryJanice DavidsonWhat it is: the 1st book in the BeWere My Heart paranormal romance series, featuring the dedicated employees of the Interspecies Placement Agency (IPA), a foster care system for at-risk shifter youth.
Starring: werebear Annette Garsea, an IPA caseworker who teams up with her colleague (and secret crush), bear-shifter PI David Auberon, to protect a group of shifter teens from traffickers.
For fans of: the quirky shifter characters; zany, action-packed plots; and rapid-fire banter of Shelly Laurenston's Honey Badger Chronicles.
The Honey-Don't List by Christina LaurenStarring: Carey Duncan and James McCann, overworked assistants to celebrity couple Melissa and Russell Tripp. Can they prevent the public from learning that the Tripps secretly hate each other?
For fans of: road trip novels, enemies-to-lovers romances, and Netflix's rom com Set It Up.
Author alert: Christina Lauren is the popular author duo behind numerous witty romantic comedies, including Dating You / Hating You, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, and The Unhoneymooners.
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlaneMeet: attorney Laurie Watkinson, recently dumped by her long-term partner but still forced to see him every day at work -- and hear all about his new girlfriend's pregnancy.
Her accomplice: Jamie Carter, Laurie's womanizing colleague, who's willing to use his marketing savvy to make their fake relationship look Instagram-perfect.
Is it for you? More Marian Keyes than Sophie Kinsella, this British romance pairs a fun and flirty office fauxmance with serious themes such as racism, workplace discrimination, and overcoming childhood trauma.
To Have and To Hoax by Martha WatersWhat happens: Estranged spouses James and Violet Audley engage in a game of one-upmanship that has the curious effect of rekindling their relationship.
For fans of: Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove novels, Loretta Chase's Carsington Brothers series.
Reviewers say: "the Regency-set equivalent of a classic 1930s-40s screwball romantic comedy" (Booklist).
The Good Luck Charm by Helena HuntingWhat's going on: Eight years after dumping Lilah to focus on hockey, Ethan returns, wanting to pick up where they left off. But Lilah, now a nurse in their small Minnesota hometown, has moved on. (Or has she?)
Why you might like it: This upbeat standalone novel by the author of the All In series offers a moving second chance romance between former high school sweethearts.
Want more hockey players? Check out Rachel Gibson's Hockey Romances, Deirdre Martin's New York Blades novels, Kate Meader's Chicago Rebels series, or Sarina Bowen's Brooklyn Bruisers books.
I Want You Back by Lorelei JamesWhat it's about: Currently in recovery and taking stock of his life, retired NHL player Jaxson Lund decides he wants to get back together with ex-girlfriend Lucy Quade and be a father to their eight-year-old daughter.
Series alert: This steamy opening installment of the Want You series, a spin-off of the author's Need You series, continues to focus on the extended Lund family, most of whom are professional athletes.
Is it for you? Jaxson has a LOT to atone for -- including cheating on Lucy -- which makes his road to redemption a rocky, but moving, one.
Intercepted by Alexa MartinStarring: Marlee Harper, who has sworn off professional athletes since dumping (lying, cheating) wide receiver Chris. Can Gavin Pope, the Denver Mustangs' new quarterback, change her mind?
About the author: Married to a former NFL player, Alexa Martin draws on her own experiences to authentically depict the world of pro football in this 1st entry in the Playbook series.
For fans of: Regina Hart's Brooklyn Monarchs series or Carly Phillips' Hot Zone series.
Guilty Pleasures by Deborah Fletcher MelloThen: Twin brothers and professional athletes Alexander and Zachary Barrett had a falling out when Zach married Alex's college sweetheart.
Now: Sibling rivalry reignites when former NBA star Alexander, who now owns a Colorado gym, falls for sports therapist Dr. Sarai Montri, a former Miss Thailand who turns out to be a friend of Zach's. (Or is that "friend"?)
Series alert: Set in the United States and Thailand, Guilty Pleasures kicks off the Bad Boys of Boulder series. (MMA fighter Zach stars in book 2, Perfect Pleasures.)
First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsWhat it's about: Hired to tail retired quarterback Cooper Graham, private investigator Piper Dove has to think fast when Graham catches her in the act. Pretending to be his stalker seems easier than admitting the truth.
Read it for: Susan Elizabeth Phillips' signature blend of romance and comedic hijinks.
Series alert: Although this 8th Chicago Stars novel easily stands on its own, the series begins with It Had to Be You.
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