Wallflower Most Wanted: A Studies in Scandal Novel by Manda CollinsStarring: Miss Sophie Hastings, painter and unlikely heiress, and her sleuthing partner-turned-paramour, the Reverend Lord Benedick Lisle, vicar of Little Seaborne.
Why you might like it: Art forgery and murder lead to true love in this 3rd book in the Studies in Scandal series, which follows four bluestockings brought together by an unexpected inheritance.
For fans of: Amanda Quick's steamy and banter-filled blend of historical romance and mystery.
Lady Be Reckless: The Duke's Daughters by Megan FramptonWhat it is: An engaging Regency riff on My Fair Lady -- which, in this case, is more like "My Fair Gentleman."
Starring: Lady Olivia Howett, the duke's daughter who undertakes the task of transforming Edward Wolcott into a matrimonial catch despite his illegitimate birth and rakish ways.
For fans of: Nicole Jordan's My Fair Lover, another Regency-set, gender-swapped Pygmalion retelling.
|Fatal Chaos by Marie Force
What it's about: Police Lieutenant Samantha Holland and her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano, return from a vacation just as a drive-by shooting sets the city on edge. More deaths follow, and Sam and her team must stop the ruthless killers. With Nick facing his greatest challenge—one that could drastically change all their lives and even end Sam’s career—will the mounting pressure deepen or damage their bond?
Why you'll love it:
This compelling romantic suspense novel has all the right elements to keep the reader turning pages. Marie Force excels at creating living, breathing characters and tangling them up in a believable, compelling plot. (Bookpage review.)
Highland Conquest: The Sons of Gregor MacLeod by Alyson McLayneWhat it's about: The enemy of your enemy is your...lover? Both Laird Lachlan Mackay and Amber MacPherson seek the treacherous Machar Murray, who usurped the leadership of Amber's clan and murdered Lachlan's brother.
Read it for: a headstrong heroine who disguises herself as a boy and a handsome Highlander who vows to protect her at all costs.
Series alert: Highland Conquest is the 2nd book in the Sons of Gregor MacLeod series, after Highland Promise.
Survive the Night by Katie RuggleWhat it's about: Fleeing her abusive brother and his criminal associates, Alice Blanchett settles in Monroe, Colorado, under an assumed name. Although she's eager for a fresh start, pursuing a relationship with K9 Unit Officer Otto Gunnersen may get them both killed.
Series alert: This fast-paced, suspenseful 3rd installment of the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series follows Run to Ground and On the Chase.
You might also like: D.D. Ayres' K-9 Rescue novels, another compelling romantic suspense series that blends love and law enforcement.
Someone to Love by Mary BaloghWhat it's about: Raised in an orphanage, Anna Snow is shocked to learn that she's really Lady Anastasia Westcott, the legitimate daughter of an earl. Avery Archer, the Duke of Netherby, agrees to help Anna navigate society, never expecting to fall in love with his unlikely protégée.
Series alert: This 1st book in the Westcott series features likable leads and a moving love story; subsequent books follow Anna's half-siblings.
The Wanderer: A Thunder Point Novel by Robyn CarrIntroducing: Hank Cooper, who inherits his army buddy's bait shop in Thunder Point, Oregon. Upon learning that the shop sits on prime beachfront property, Hank can't help but wonder about the circumstances surrounding his friend's death and enlists the aid of Coast Guard pilot Sarah Dupre to discover the truth.
About the author: As with her popular Virgin River novels, author Robyn Carr displays her flair for sympathetic characters and charming small-town settings in this 1st book in the Thunder Point series.
Marry in Haste: A Marriage of Convenience Romance by Anne GracieWhat it's about: Major Calbourne "Cal" Rutherford's newly inherited title comes with many responsibilities, including guardianship of his high-spirited half-sisters. Would schoolteacher Emmaline Westwood accept a position as their chaperone? No? What about as Cal's wife?
Series alert: Marry in Haste kicks off the Marriage of Convenience series, which follows Cal and his relatives as they embark on practical unions that (surprise!) lead to lasting love.
The Infamous Heir: The Spare Heirs by Elizabeth MichelsWhat it's about: Shortly after her fiancé's sudden, suspicious death, Lady Roselyn Gray becomes engaged to his scandalous brother, Ethan, who's the prime suspect. Disinherited pugilist Ethan Moore doesn't want a title or an estate. He does, however, want Roselyn -- which means finding the real killer and clearing his name.
Why you might like it: As suspenseful as it is steamy, The Infamous Heir is the opening installment of the Spare Heirs series, which continues with The Rebel Heir.
Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla NeggersWhat it's about: Standing in the way of Olivia Frost's plan to turn a historic home in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts into a charming bed-and-breakfast is the derelict cottage next door. Dylan McCaffrey, the cottage's absentee owner, is surprised to learn of his inheritance -- and intrigued by Olivia.
Why you might like it: Olivia and Dylan embark on a tentative, heart-warming romance as they team up to solve the mystery of Dylan's inheritance and uncover the house's long-buried secrets.
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