The Fiancée Farce by Alexandria BellefleurWhat happens: Bookseller Tansy Adams and heiress Gemma Van Dalen embark on a marriage of convenience: Gemma needs a spouse to access her inheritance, while Tansy seeks funds to keep her family's bookshop afloat.
Why you might like it: This charming, low-angst romance by the author of the Written in the Stars series features down-to-earth leads, a supporting cast prone to shenanigans, and many Taylor Swift references.
For fans of: Rachel Lacey's No Rings Attached.
Meet Me at the Lake by Carley FortuneWhat it's about: Ten years after Fern Brookbanks and Will Baxter spent a life-changing 24 hours together in Toronto, Fern is back in her rural Ontario hometown and running her late mother's lakeside resort, when Will checks in.
Reviewers say: "The emotions are big, messy, and realistic" (Publishers Weekly) in this novel by the author of Every Summer After.
For fans of: dual-timeline second chance romances such as Annabel Monaghan's Same Time Next Summer or Christina Lauren's Twice in a Blue Moon.
The Secret Service of Tea and Treason by India HoltonWhat it is: the 3rd and final installment of the Dangerous Damsels series (after The League of Gentlewomen Witches), which takes place in an alternate Victorian England full of witchcraft, piracy, and flying houses.
What happens: Known to each other only by reputation, secret agents Alice Dearborn (Agent A) and Daniel Bixby (Agent B) become better acquainted while posing as a married couple for an undercover mission among pirates.
What sets it apart: Autistic author India Holton gives her neurodivergent protagonists a happily-ever-after on their own terms.
Yours Truly by Abby JimenezWhat happens: After inadvertently offending his new colleague, Dr. Briana Ortiz, socially awkward emergency room physician Jacob Maddox writes her an apology letter, sparking a friendship that turns into more as these two wounded souls open up to each other.
Why you might like it: As with author Abby Jimenez's previous books, this 2nd Part of Your World novel sensitively incorporates serious issues into a deeply emotional love story between well-drawn leads.
Jasmine and Jake Rock the Boat by Sonya LalliWhat it's about: Trapped aboard an Alaska-bound cruise ship with her parents and what appears to be Seattle's entire Punjabi community, suddenly single Jasmine Randhawa encounters her former babysitting charge, five-years-younger Jake Dhillon, who's all grown up.
Read it for: a slow-burning, opposites-attract romance between rebellious Jasmine and golden boy Jake, aided and abetted by various aunties.
A Rogue's Rules for Seduction by Eva LeighWhat happens: A scandalous house party in the Scottish Hebrides reunites Lady Willa Ransom and Dominic Kilburn, the man who broke her heart when he left her at the altar.
Series alert: A Rogue's Rules for Seduction marks the conclusion of the Last Chance Scoundrels series, which begins with The Good Girl's Guide to Rakes, followed by How the Wallflower Was Won.
For fans of: the unexpectedly reunited exes of Lorraine Heath's The Notorious Lord Knightly or Janna MacGregor's How to Best a Marquess.
Verity and the Forbidden Suitor by J.J. McAvoyWhat it's about: While visiting her brother's ducal estate, Lady Verity Eagleman falls in love with Dr. Theodore Darrington, whose status as a country physician, as well as the illegitimate son of a marquess, makes it unlikely that her family will approve of the match.
Why you might like it: This sequel to Aphrodite and the Duke offers an interclass, friends-to-lovers romance with a diverse cast that should appeal to fans of the Bridgerton TV series.
Zora Books Her Happy Ever After by Taj McCoyStarring: independent bookstore owner Zora Dizon; her longtime literary crush, mystery writer Lawrence Michaels; and Lawrence's attractive but grumpy best friend Reid Hughes, who's not quite what he seems.
Reviewers say: a "soul-satisfying romance featuring a readily relatable, curvy-where-it-counts heroine" (Booklist) by the author of Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell.
For fans of: the Black book-loving heroines (and their enigmatic author crushes) found in Jasmine Guillory's By the Book or Kristina Forest's The Neighbor Favor.
Sugar, Spice, and Can't Play Nice by Annika SharmaStarring: aspiring fashion designer Payal, who risks losing everything she's worked for when her parents demand that she marry playboy Ayaan Malhotra to save the family business.
Series alert: Sugar, Spice, and Can't Play Nice is the 2nd book in the Chai Masala Club series (after Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words), which follows the romantic journeys of four South Asian college friends.
For fans of: Sonya Singh's Sari, Not Sari or Sajni Patel's The Trouble with Hating You.
To Swoon and To Spar by Martha WatersWhat it's about: To reclaim Trethwick Abbey, his family's Cornish estate, Peter Bourne, Viscount Penvale, must marry Jane Spencer, the current owner's ward. In retaliation for her arranged marriage, Jane stages a haunting at Trethwick Abbey to drive off her new husband.
Why you might like it: This witty 4th installment of the Regency Vows series offers a gentle enemies-to-lovers romance while giving "a clever nod to the screwball spooky delights of Austen's Gothic-tinged Northanger Abbey" (Booklist).
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