Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell AllenWhat it is: This "Steampunk riff on Sleeping Beauty" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is the stand-alone sequel to Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.
What happens: To find the witch who cursed her, Dr. Isla Cooper heads to Jamaica aboard the airship of the dashing Captain Daniel Pickett.
Is it for you? With its paranormal elements and a central romance that's more sweet than steamy, Kiss of the Spindle may appeal to fans of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series.
A Duke by Default: Reluctant Royals by Alyssa ColeStarring: Portia Hobbs, whose quest for self-improvement leads to an internship at the Scottish armory of sexy swordsmith Tavish MacKenzie -- who's also the secret heir to a dukedom.
Read it for: a sympathetic heroine and her #swordbae.
Don't miss: This sequel to A Princess in Theory features cameos by Naledi and Thabiso.
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLeanIntroducing: Felicity Faircloth, who impulsively announces her engagement to the reclusive Duke of Marwick, whom she's never met; and "Devil," the Covent Garden crime lord who offers to help her woo and win the duke -- for a price.
Crossover alert: Felicity first appeared in The Day of the Duchess, one of four young ladies competing for the hand of another duke.
Series alert: Wicked and the Wallflower kicks off RITA award-winning author Sarah MacLean's Bareknuckle Bastards series.
Cottage by the Sea
by Debbie Macomber
Enjoy the last of summer: Retreating to a Pacific Northwest haven after a tragedy, Annie bonds with a kindhearted local artist, her reclusive landlord and a troubled teen before an unexpected opportunity challenges her ambitions.
Described as: Romantic, warm and a breeze to read," by Kirkus Reviews.
Ocean Light by Nalini SinghIn a world... where humans serve as the bridge between the changelings and the telepathic Psy, BlackSea changeling Kaia Luna and Bowen Knight, security chief for the Human Alliance, fall in love.
It's complicated: Bowen is a man with a built-in expiration date, and Kaia suspects that the Human Alliance is behind the disappearances of other BlackSea changelings.
Series alert: Ocean Light is the 2nd book in the Psy Changeling Trinity series, after Silver Silence; this series is a spin-off of the original Psy Changeling series.
Focus on: Romantic Suspense
The Charmers by Elizabeth AdlerWhat happens: Writer Mirabella Matthews inherits a villa in the South of France from her recently deceased aunt and attracts the attention of three men: a mysterious Russian billionaire known as "The Boss," a jet-setting plastic surgeon, and a very persistent police detective.
For fans of: worldly heroines, exotic locales, and murder most foul.
You might also like: Kitty Pilgrim's The Explorer's Code, also featuring a heroine whose unexpected inheritance draws her into a world of glamour, intrigue, and danger.
Virtue Falls by Christina DoddWhat it's about: Geologist Elizabeth Banner grew up believing that her father murdered her mother. When an earthquake reveals evidence that suggests he's innocent, Elizabeth decides to search for the real killer -- with the help of her ex-husband, FBI Agent Garik Jacobsen.
Why you might like it: Set in the Pacific Northwest, this atmospheric series opener boasts complex characters and a twisty plot.
Try this next: Sharon Sala's Going Once, which similarly reunites ex-lovers as they brave extreme weather to hunt a serial killer.
Troublemaker by Linda HowardWhat it's about: GO-Team operative Morgan Yancy survives a sniper's bullet and heads to Hamrickville, West Virginia, to recuperate in the home of police chief Isabeau "Bo" Maran. But their budding relationship is threatened by Morgan's enemy, still in pursuit.
Reviewers say: Troublemaker "combines top-notch suspense with a super-sexy love story" (Booklist, starred review).
You might also like: Katie Ruggle's Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit series.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda QuickWhat it's about: When one of her sources turns up dead at the exclusive Burning Cove hotel, Hollywood reporter Irene Glasson realizes that she's dealing with more than celebrity scandal. But breaking the story means partnering with sexy former stage magician Oliver Ward.
Reviewers say: "Neatly marries high-stakes suspense and a glamorous old Hollywood setting" (Booklist, starred review)
Series alert: If you enjoy your visit to Burning Cove, California, come back for The Other Lady Vanishes.
Come Sundown by Nora RobertsWhat it's about: As if running her family's Montana resort didn't present enough of a challenge, Bodine "Bo" Longbow now faces unexpected reunions with her teenage crush, Callen Skinner, and her traumatized aunt Alice, who’s just escaped her captor of more than 20 years.
Read it for: the surprisingly sweet romance that develops between Bo and Callen as they hunt for the bad guy.
Is it for you? Come Sundown contains scenes of captivity and torture that put it on the grittier side of Nora Roberts' oeuvre.
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