The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan ByrneWhat happens: Lorelai Weatherstroke saves the life of a badly beaten man with a dragon tattoo on his forearm but no memory of who he is. Years later, "the Rook" repays her kindness by abducting Lorelai and carrying her off to his pirate ship.
Who it's for: readers who want the satisfaction of old-school romance tropes such as amnesia and pirate captivity -- minus the outdated attitudes regarding consent.
Try this next: For more retro-inspired historical romance, check out Minerva Spencer's Outcasts series, starting with Dangerous.
The Governess Game by Tessa DareWho is she? Alexandra Mountbatten, clock-setter and accidental governess to two spirited orphans.
What does she want? Chase Reynaud, a.k.a. "Bookshop Rake," the dashing stranger she met while browsing the astronomy section at Hatchard's...who's now her boss.
You might also like: Lenora Bell's What a Difference a Duke Makes, or Eloisa James' Seven Minutes in Heaven, which also feature unconventional governesses hired by the desperate guardians of rambunctious children.
Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina LaurenThen: Hazel Bradford met Josh Im at a college party, propositioned him and then threw up on his shoes. (Also, she may have sent him a very...um, candid email while high on post-surgery painkillers.)
Now: Seven years after that initial meeting, Hazel and Josh resume their non-relationship, setting each other up on disastrous blind dates as they resist falling for each other.
Reviewers say: "With exuberant humor and unforgettable characters, this romantic comedy is a standout" (Kirkus Reviews).
Enticed By You by Elle WrightWhat it's about: Businessman Parker Wells, Jr., the new CEO of Wellspring Waters, is nothing like his ethics-challenged father. If only he could convince attorney Kennedi Robinson that he's not a bad guy.
Why you might like it: Family plays an important role in this 2nd Wellspring novel, which is full of memorable supporting characters, including Parker's half-siblings and Kennedi's beloved aunt.
Look for: Pleasured by You, the forthcoming 3rd book in the series.
Positively Pippa by Sarah HeggerWhat it's about: Thanks to her conniving ex, television personality Pippa Turner is now the "most hated woman in America." With nowhere to go but Ghost Falls, Utah, Pippa must now deal with her complicated family and a reunion with her high school crush, contractor Matt Evans.
Reviewers say: This 1st Ghost Falls romance "has a bit of everything -- mystery, sex, love, family drama" (Kirkus Reviews).
For fans of: homecomings that turn into love connections, thanks to charming small-town settings and lively supporting characters.
Wilde in Love by Eloisa JamesIntroducing: Lord Alaric Wilde, the globetrotting author of a series of bestselling travel memoirs.
What happens: Alaric returns to England to discover that he has acquired a passionate female fan base in his absence. Alas, this group does not include the woman he's actually interested in, Miss Wilhelmina "Willa" Ffynche.
Series alert: Wilde in Love kicks off The Wildes of Lindow Castle series, followed by Too Wilde to Wed and Born to be Wilde.
About a Dog: A Bluff Point Romance by Jenn McKinlayWhat it's about: Ever since her fiancé jilted her, Mackenzie "Mac" Harris has avoided her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine. Now maid of honor in her best friend Emma's wedding, Mac must face her past -- including veterinarian Gavin Tolliver, Emma's brother and the man with whom she had a brief but unforgettable rebound fling.
Don't miss: lovable rescue dog Tulip, who plays an important role in the story.
For fans of: Kristan Higgins' The Best Man or Donna Kauffman's Brides of Blueberry Cove series.
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