A Wicked Game by Kate BatemanFamily feud! Neighbors and rivals since the Middle Ages, the Montgomery and Davies clans can count on mapmaker Harriet Montgomery and naval officer Captain Morgan Davies to carry on the tradition. Or can they?
Why you might like it: Low on angst and high on sexual tension, this lively enemies-to-lovers Regency romance, the 3rd book in the Ruthless Rivals series, begins with a scandalous wager and contains cartography-related intrigue.
The Rodeo Queen by Marcella BellStarring: former rodeo queen Sierra Quintanilla, who hosts Closed Circuit, a reality TV rodeo competition; and lawyer Diablo Sosa, who learned bullriding in his teens as part of a program for at-risk youth.
What happens: When Diablo agrees to appear on the show as a favor to his mentor, he finds himself back in the ring for the first time in years. But forget the bulls: it's Sierra who could trample his heart.
What sets it apart: With its Black Dominican hero and Cuban American heroine, this 2nd Closed Circuit novel, after The Wildest Ride, offers a unique perspective on competitive rodeo.
In It to Win It by Sharon C. CooperThen: College student Morgan Redford, the wealthy daughter of a socialite and a Hollywood A-lister, dated Drake Faulkner...and ghosted him after he became the guardian of his orphaned younger siblings.
Now: Bidding on a commercial building brings them back together: developer Drake wants the property for his real estate empire, while Morgan seeks a larger space for her nonprofit organization.
Family ties: Although In It to Win It is a standalone book, Morgan is the younger sister of Karter Redford, the star of author Sharon C. Cooper's previous novel, Business Not As Usual.
The Valentine's Hate by Sidney HalstonWhat happens: While in Cancún for her best friend's wedding, Lisette Alonso and her childhood nemesis, Brian Anderson, agree to a mutually beneficial fake relationship.
Read it for: "clever plotting, laugh-out-loud dialogue, and a memorable cast" (Publishers Weekly).
For fans of: the enemies-to-lovers arc of Mazey Eddings' The Plus One; the anti-Valentine's vibe of Cara Tanamachi's The Second You're Single.
Back in a Spell by Lana HarperThe premise: A dating app (mis)matches witch Nineve "Nina" Blackmoore with Morty Gutierrez (he/they), the non-magical owner of the Shamrock Cauldron, which Nina's powerful family is determined to put out of business.
Series alert: Back in a Spell is the 3rd book in the Witches of Thistle Grove series, after From Bad to Cursed.
For fans of: small-town paranormal romances such as Celestine Martin's Elemental Love series, Erin Sterling's Ex Hex novels, or Avery Flynn's Witcha Gonna Do?
Lunar Love by Lauren Kung JessenWhat happens: Olivia Huang Christenson takes over Lunar Love, her grandmother's traditional matchmaking service, only to discover that ZodiaCupid founder Bennett O'Brian's Chinese Zodiac-themed dating app might put her out of business.
Match me if you can: Olivia and Bennett make a bet: each will use their own methods to find the other's soulmate. Who will prevail?
For fans of: the astrology-themed matchmaking of Minnie Darke's Star-Crossed or Alexandria Bellefleur's Written in the Stars series.
Token by Beverley KendallStarring: Kennedy Mitchell, the Black co-founder of boutique PR firm Token, which works with companies to create more inclusive workplaces; and her ex, white tech CEO Nathaniel "Nate" Vaughn, who needs Kennedy's skills to weather a scandal.
Why you might like it: This steamy second chance romance gives its heroine a happily-ever-after in life and love while taking an unflinching look at racism and workplace discrimination.
For fans of: Farrah Rochon or Denise Williams.
How to Win a Wallflower by Samara ParishThe problem: Shy inventor John Barnesworth, the new Viscount Harrow, has just inherited his late brother's estate, debts, and odious fiancée.
Gambling on love: Lady Charlotte Stirling, his best friend's sister, proposes a risky plan that, if successful, will get John out of debt and free him from his betrothal to the spoiled heiress who just so happens to be Charlotte's nemesis.
Why you might like it: Opposites attract in this 3rd book in the Rebels with a Cause series, after How to Deceive a Duke, which casts a man as the "wallflower" in question.
Three Cowboys and a Baby by Kate PearceParenthood 101: When another veteran abandons his baby son, Sky, at Nilsen Ranch, gruff Marine-turned-cowboy Noah Harding and his fellow ranchers must quickly learn to how to take care of a child.
Meanwhile... Returning from a deployment to find her ex gone and her son missing, Jen Rossi embarks on a frantic hunt for Sky and arrives at the ranch just as a snowstorm descends.
Series alert: This series opener pays homage to the 1987 film Three Men and a Baby; future installments of the Three Cowboys series will focus on Luke and Max, Noah's military buddies and co-ranchers.
Never Cross a Highlander by Lisa RayneWhat it's about: After three long years in captivity, Black Highland lass Ailsa Connery escapes her enslavers with the aid of "the Shepherd" -- aka Black warrior Kallum MacNeill -- who reluctantly accompanies Ailsa on her journey to reunite with her clan.
Is it for you? Set in the 18th-century Scottish Highlands, this gritty series opener doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of life during this period, including physical abuse, sexual assault, and fatal swordfights.
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