Shipped by Angie HockmanThe trip of a lifetime: Marketing manager Henley Rose Evans and her work nemesis, Graeme Crawford-Collins, compete for a promotion aboard one of their company's adventure cruise ships bound for the Galápagos Islands.
Why you might like it: This "charming romp at sea" (Library Journal) features relatable leads, an enemies-to-lovers plot, and a lively supporting cast.
Make Up Break Up by Lily MenonWhat it is: bestselling YA author Sandhya Menon's (When Dimple Met Rishi) adult debut, an enemies-to-lovers romance about rival dating app creators.
Starring: one-time lovers Annika Dev and Hudson Craft, who must work in adjacent offices while competing for funding at the upcoming Entrepreneurs Pitching Investors Competition (EPIC).
For fans of: Alisha Rai's Modern Love series.
Whiteout by Adriana AndersWhat it's about: After surviving an attack at the South Pole research station where they work, cook Angel Smith and glaciologist Ford Cooper flee across Antarctica on foot, pursued by men who will stop at nothing to obtain an ice core sample containing a deadly virus.
Why you might like it: This action-packed opening installment of the Survival Instincts romantic suspense series brings two lost souls together as they brave the elements.
Prequel alert: Although Whiteout stands on its own, readers interested in the series' backstory may benefit from reading author Adriana Anders' novella "Deep Blue" in the anthology Turn the Tide.
After Sundown by Linda HowardIt's the end of the world as we know it... when a coronal mass ejection (CME) takes out the power grid, forcing humanity to live without modern conveniences (or die trying).
Apocalyptic love connection: Shy Sela Gordon, owner of a gas station in Sevier County, Tennessee, finds a soulmate in gruff former Marine Ben Jernigan, who's been living off-the-grid since leaving the military.
Why you might like it: Although the primary focus of this slow-burning, survivalist-themed romance is its emotionally wounded protagonists, the novel emphasizes the importance of community in tough times.
Why Not Tonight by Susan MalleryWhat it's about: Sent to check on reclusive glass artist Ronan Mitchell, gallery employee Natalie Kaleta gets stranded at his mountaintop house by a mudslide.
Reviewers say: "Soul-crushing revelations and old resentments are tempered by whimsy, sass, and belly laughs" (Library Journal).
Series alert: Why Not Tonight is the 3rd book in the Happily Inc. series, which begins with You Say It First.
Shadow and Ice by Gena ShowalterWhat happens: Stranded in the Arctic, Vale London takes shelter in a cave, where she discovers tattooed warrior Knox of Iviland encased in ice. Once he thaws out (thanks, climate change!), things heat up.
The backstory: Knox is a combatant in the Terran All War, an ancient conflict involving immortal warriors from other planets who battle for control of Earth.
Series alert: Violent and steamy, Shadow and Ice kicks off the Gods of War series.
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia QuinnWhat it's about: Although their families would be thrilled if they married, high-spirited Billie Bridgerton and reserved George Rokesby simply don't get along...until they get trapped on a rooftop together.
Should you start here? You can! This prequel to Julia Quinn's popular Bridgerton series takes place a generation before the events of The Duke and I.
Media buzz: This long-running series serves as the source material for the wildly popular Netflix Original series Bridgerton.
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