Paris Daillencourt Is About To Crumble: A Winner Bakes All Novel by Alexis HallA recipe for disaster? Upon arriving on the set of reality-television competition Bake Expectations, Paris Daillencourt accidentally injures fellow contestant Tariq Hassan, setting them on an unlikely path to love.
Series alert: Paris Daillencourt Is About to Crumble is the 2nd book in the Winner Bakes All series, after Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake.
Is it for you? Self-sabotaging Paris battles anxiety and insecurity, Tariq encounters a great deal of racism and Islamophobia, and the romance, while sweet, takes a backseat to the characters' personal growth
Never Rescue a Rogue by Virginia HeathStarring: Diana Merriwell, who pens a popular gossip column under the nom de plume "the Sentinel," and her nemesis, Giles Sinclair, the new Duke of Harpenden, who promises to keep her secret if she'll keep his.
Why you might like it: This 2nd book in the Merriwell Sisters series, after Never Fall for Your Fiancée, is an enemies-to-lovers story full of adventure and intrigue.
For fans of: Martha Waters' Regency Vows series.
Just Like Magic by Sarah HogleThe reason for the season: When influencer Bettie Hughes, currently broke and squatting in a dead woman's house, gets drunk and plays Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" backwards, she summons Hall E. Day, the irrepressible embodiment of the holiday spirit.
All she wants for Christmas: Although Hall can grant just about any request, from vacation homes to sweet revenge, Bettie soon finds herself wishing for the one thing he can't give her: a future together.
The Duke in Question by Amalie HowardSpy vs. Spy: Carrying a packet of purloined letters, Lady Bronwyn Chase, a.k.a. "the Kestrel," boards a ship bound for Philadelphia -- with spymaster Valentine Medford, the Duke of Thornbury, in hot pursuit.
Series alert: The Duke in Question is the 3rd book in the Daring Dukes series, which begins with The Princess Stakes and continues with Rules for Heiresses.
For fans of: K.C. Bateman's Secrets and Spies series.
You're a Mean One, Matthew Prince by Timothy JanovskyWhat happens: After his wealthy parents cut him off, spoiled socialite Matthew Prince moves in with his grandparents in western Massachusetts, only to discover he'll be bunking with their boarder, sweet-natured college student Hector Martinez.
Why you might like it: Hallmark Christmas movies meet Schitt's Creek in this standalone holiday rom-com by the author of Never Been Kissed.
Want a taste? "As we pass through the center of town, a holly-jolly bubble of nauseating joy, I do what I always do when the panic of a situation starts setting in: I begin planning a fake event in my head to distract myself."
The Stand-Up Groomsman by Jackie LauWhat it's about: Although sitcom star Melvin Lee and artist-turned-banker Vivian Liao can't stand each other, their respective best friends just got engaged -- which means the newly appointed Best Man and Maid of Honor will be spending a lot of time together.
Why you might like it: Bisexual Asian leads, a slow-burning enemies-to-lovers plot, and sensitive depictions of trauma and mental illness distinguish this novel by the author of Donut Fall in Love.
For fans of: Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Party.
Partners in Crime by Alisha RaiDon't shoot the messenger: The daughter of a con artist, accountant Mira Patel (née Chaudhary) wants a normal life. What she gets -- courtesy of her ex-lover, lawyer Naveen Desai -- is a key to her late aunt's storage locker and unwanted attention from criminal elements.
Love on the run: One kidnapping later, Mira and Naveen find themselves on a high-speed chase across Las Vegas with high stakes and even bigger risks.
Why you might like it: Full of car chases, heists, and underground poker games, this fast-paced romantic caper gives its sympathetic leads the adventure of a lifetime -- and second chance at love.
A Touch of Moonlight by Yaffa S. SantosThe premise: Nobody outside of Larimar Cintrón's very traditional Dominican family knows that she's a ciguapa, transforming into a long-haired creature with backward-facing legs every full moon.
The problem: As if her monthly transformation weren't enough of a dealbreaker, her role as brand manager for the Beacon Cafe chain means that her budding relationship with baker Ray Antonio Concepción will end once she effectively puts his establishment out of business.
Why you might like it: As with author Yaffa S. Santos' debut, A Taste of Sage, this romance offers delicious recipes as well as a hint of magic.
The Boxing Baroness by Minerva SpencerIn this corner: Marianne Simpson, who joined Farnham's Fantastical Female Fayre, her uncle's traveling circus, in the wake of a scandal, and now makes her living as a pugilist.
And in this corner: St. John "Sin" Powell, the Duke of Staunton, who is not above a bit of extortion to secure Marianne's cooperation in his plan to extract information from her scheming ex-lover regarding the fate of Sin's missing brother, who disappeared in France.
For fans of: Edie Kay's When the Blood Is Up series.
A Cosmic Kind of Love by Samantha YoungOut of this world: When event planner Hallie Goodman accidentally receives videos of her client's astronaut ex-boyfriend, Captain Christopher Ortiz, she sends an impulsive reply to his NASA email and, when it bounces back, keeps sending messages.
Let's get (astro)physical: Little does Hallie know that Chris, currently readjusting to life on Earth after his stint on the ISS, has received all her messages, wants to meet her, and may get his chance when he's invited to his ex's wedding.
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