Blind Kiss by Renée CarlinoWhat it's about: Penny and Gavin met in college when they shared a life-changing kiss as part of a psychology experiment. Despite off-the-charts chemistry, they decided they were better off as friends. Now, 14 years later, both wonder (not for the first time) if they made a mistake.
Is it for you? Bad timing and missed opportunities make for a long and winding road to romance for these unlucky soulmates. Fans of angst-y, high-drama reads will eat this novel up.
Try this next: Jessica Park's 180 Seconds.
Wind River Lawman by Lindsay McKennaWhat it is: the 6th installment of the steamy and suspenseful Wind River Valley series.
What happens: Although she hired Dawson Callahan to assist her grandmother, Sheriff Sarah Carter soon discovers that the cattle wrangler and former Navy medic is exactly the man she wants by her side as she battles a local drug kingpin.
Read it for: a vividly rendered Wyoming setting, sympathetic characters, and an adrenaline-fueled plot.
Highland Betrayal by Alyson McLayneWhat it's about: A broken betrothal is just the beginning for Callum MacLean and Maggie MacDonnell, childhood sweethearts who rekindle their relationship on a perilous journey through the Scottish Highlands.
Series alert: Set in 15th-century Scotland, Highland Betrayal is the 3rd installment of the Sons of Gregor MacLeod series, which follows the five foster sons of a laird.
For fans of: Highland romances that pair brawny warriors and spirited lasses, such as Mary Wine's Highland Weddings series or Lily Blackwell's Clan Kincaid novels.
A Wolf Apart by Maria ValeIntroducing: corporate lawyer Elijah Sorensson, a wolf trapped in human skin; Thea Villalobos, the human woman Elijah is forbidden to love.
For fans of: the detailed world-building and intricate wolf-pack social dynamics found in Rhiannon Held's Silver novels or Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series.
Should you start here? Although this 2nd book in the Legend of All Wolves series stands on its own, a complex backstory means that newcomers will benefit from starting with The Last Wolf.
No Place for a Dame by Connie BrockwayWhat it's about: Astronomer Avery Quinn's plan to pose as a man and present her discovery of a new comet to the all-male British Astronomical Society has just one flaw: she doesn't know how to behave like one. Enter Giles Dalton, Marquis of Strand, her reluctant tutor and admirer.
You might also like: Courtney Milan's The Countess Conspiracy or Elizabeth Essex's A Scandal to Remember, which feature women scientists who enlist men to help them sneak past the gatekeepers of the male-dominated scientific establishment.
All I Want for Halloween by Marie HarteWho was that masked man? That's what Sadie Liberato wants to know after making out with a sexy stranger at a Halloween party. Meanwhile, Harrison "Gear" Blackstone, former host of local TV show Motorcycle Madnezz isn't looking for a relationship, yet can't stop thinking about the mystery woman he kissed...
Why you might like it: If you prefer tricks and treats to mistletoe in your holiday-themed romances, check out this sassy stand-alone by the author of the Body Shop Bad Boys series.
Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth HoytWho's that girl? By day, errand "boy" Alf does odd jobs throughout Georgian London, but at night Alfreda McNally dons a harlequin costume to fight crime as the Ghost of St. Giles.
What happens: When Alf saves the life of Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, he hires her to gather information on the Lords of Chaos, a dangerous secret society. Their investigation brings them too close for comfort.
Series alert: This 12th installment of the Maiden Lane series gives two supporting characters their own story. Alf first appeared in Lord of Darkness, while Hugh made his debut in Duke of Sin.
Forever Your Earl by Eva LeighWhat happens: A fixture of the scandal sheets, Daniel Balfour, the Earl of Ashford, offers newspaper editor Eleanor Hawke an exclusive opportunity to shadow him and report on how he actually spends his days -- and nights!
Series alert: Forever Your Earl kicks off the Wicked Quills of London series.
You might also like: Maya Rodale's Writing Girls series, whose romances unfold against the backdrop of Regency-era tabloid scandals.
The Librarian and the Spy by Susan MannIntroducing: reference librarian Quinn Ellington, and James Lockwood, the British insurance agent who's secretly an American spy.
What happens: Following a meet-cute at the library, Quinn proves to James that her research skills are more than up to the task of helping him locate a hidden cache of weapons sought by nefarious arms dealers.
Why you might like it: This fast-paced 1st book in the Librarian/Spy Escapades sends its likable leads on a romantic thrill-ride.
Going Dark by Monica McCartyWhat it's about: While protesting an offshore drilling project in the Outer Hebrides, marine ecologist Annie Henderson meets sexy boat captain "Dan Warren." While a bit of mystery can certainly add spice to a relationship, discovering Dan's true identity could get Annie killed.
Series alert: Going Dark is the 1st book in the Lost Platoon series, about a group of Navy SEALS who "vanish" after a covert op goes awry.
For fans of: Julie Ann Walker's Deep Six novels, featuring a group of semi-retired Navy SEALS whose salvage operation provides convenient cover for their dangerous exploits.
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