Dream Chaser: A Dream Team Novel by Kristen AshleyStarring: exotic dancer Ryn Jansen, who's on the run from corrupt cops, and tough guy Boone Sadler, who puts his life on the line to protect her.
Is it for you? This action-packed 2nd book in the Dream Team series features an extreme alpha male hero, a heroine who gets kidnapped at gunpoint on multiple occasions, and light BDSM.
For fans of: Katie Ruggle's Rocky Mountain K9 Unit or Susan Stoker's Mountain Mercenaries books.
The Princess and the Rogue: The Bow Street Bachelors by Kate BatemanA princess in disguise: To escape the nobleman who betrayed her family and their country, Russian princess Anastasia Denisova faked her own death and fled to London, where she now lives as "Anna Brown."
An unlikely protector: Although she rejects his initial proposition, Bow Street Runner Sebastien Wolff can't refuse Anna's request for help when her old enemy resurfaces.
A perfect pair: Sebastien and Anna try in vain to resist their mutual attraction while confronting numerous dangers in this suspenseful, intrigue-laden 3rd book in the Bow Street Bachelors series.
Ten Things I Hate About the Duke: A Difficult Dukes Novel by Loretta ChaseWhat it is: a Georgian take on The Taming of the Shrew that pairs outspoken politician's daughter Cassandra Pomfret and Lucius Beckingham, the thoroughly disreputable Duke of Ashmont.
For fans of: Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides series or Eloisa James' Desperate Duchesses novels.
Series alert: Ten Things I Hate about the Duke is the 2nd book in the Difficult Dukes series, after A Duke in Shining Armor.
Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice DavidsonWhat it's about: A cold case heats up when airline pilot Ava Capp returns to the Twin Cities after a ten-year absence and encounters medical examiner Tom Baker, who has some theories about the unsolved murder of her childhood best friend.
Read it for: a snarky heroine; a neurodivergent, demisexual hero; and zany humor in the vein of Janet Evanovich and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
Want a taste? "Ava Capp came awake in another anonymous hotel room and thought, If this was a book, I'd be thinking about how aimless and empty my life as a single woman is and how I need to make a change."
Fairy Godmothers, Inc. by Saranna DeWyldeWelcome to: Ever After, Missouri, a magical small town seeking to promote itself as a wedding destination.
Where you'll meet: Lucky Fujiki, who would do anything to help her three fairy godmothers restore the town's magic -- even agree to a fake wedding with her first love, chocolatier Ransom Payne.
For fans of: the upbeat, gently humorous paranormal romances of Judi Fennell or Judi McCoy.
Strategic Seduction by Cheris HodgesBest laid plans: PR rep Alicia Michaels never mixes business with pleasure. But her newest client, recently divorced hotel magnate Richmond Crawford, tempts her to break her own rules.
But wait, there's more: Both Alicia and Richmond must confront toxic people from their pasts if they want a future together.
For fans of: Elle Wright's Wellspring novels or Synithia Williams' Jackson Falls series, which also feature career-minded leads whose pursuit of success is threatened by family drama.
Would I Lie to the Duke: The Union of the Rakes by Eva LeighWhat happens: Seeking investors for her family's struggling business, Jessica McGale poses as "Lady Whitfield" and falls for Noel, the Duke of Rotherby, who's captivated by the woman he believes to be a wealthy, upper-class widow.
Why you might like it: This 2nd book in the Union of the Rakes series offers a lively Regency-set mash-up of The Secret of My Success and Working Girl.
The Right Swipe by Alisha RaiStarring: Rhiannon "Rhi" Hunter, creator of the popular Crush dating app, and former pro-football player Samson Lima, spokesman for rival dating site Matchmaker -- and the jerk who once ghosted Rhi.
What sets it apart: Nuanced explorations of sensitive issues (CTE's effects on Samson's football-playing relatives, Rhi's experiences as a woman of color in majority white, predominantly male tech spaces).
Is it for you? Though less angst-filled than the author's Forbidden Hearts series, Rhi does have some upsetting run-ins with her abusive ex.
Duchess by Design by Maya RodaleWhat happens: Seeking an American heiress to keep his ancestral estates solvent, Brandon Fiennes, the Duke of Kingston, hires seamstress Adeline Black to identify suitable candidates for marriage.
Reviewers say: This opening installment of the Gilded Age Girls Club series boasts "perfectly placed wit, endlessly amusing characters, and a vividly evoked 1890s New York City setting" (Booklist).
You might also like: Joanna Shupe's Uptown Girls novels.
The Legal Affair by Nisha SharmaWhat it's about: Her professional reputation damaged by her ex-husband's betrayal, businesswoman Rajneet "Raj" Hothi cannot risk scandal by getting involved with Ajay Singh, future CEO of Bharat, Inc.
Read it for: an intense forbidden romance between South Asian professionals, family drama, and corporate intrigue.
Series alert: The Legal Affair is the 2nd book in the Singh Family trilogy (after The Takeover Effect), about a Punjabi Sikh family and their corporate empire.
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