Nothing Like a Duke: The Duke's Sons by Jane AshfordRegency Historical. Lord Robert Gresham adores bluestocking Flora Jennings, who dismisses him as a frivolous pink of the ton. Seeking distraction from his hopeless infatuation, Gresham accepts an invitation to a house party in the country. Imagine his surprise when he learns that Flora (who normally avoids society) is also in attendance. This witty, charming comedy of manners is the 4th book in the Duke's Sons series, which begins with Heir to the Duke.
Wedded Bliss: The Wicked Worthingtons by Celeste BradleyRegency Historical. To prevent his titled half-brother, Neville, from marrying below his station, Captain Morgan Pryce takes his place at the altar. Although Morgan assumes that the bride-to-be is a gold digger, Bliss Worthington genuinely cares for Neville. However, her fondness for him pales in comparison to the excitement of being married to the dashing Morgan. Wedded Bliss marks the 5th installment of the engaging Wicked Worthingtons series, which begins with When She Said I Do.
From Duke Till Dawn: The London Underground by Eva LeighRegency Historical. Two years ago, Alexander Lewis, the Duke of Greyland, lost his heart to lovely widow Cassandra Blake, who disappeared after their single passionate night together. Two years ago, con artist Cassandra Blake seduced Greyland and took his money. Now Cassandra's life is in danger and the only person who can help is the man she once betrayed but never forgot. Fans of steamy tales of clever lady thieves and their aristocratic marks-turned-lovers, such as Christie Kelley's Scandal of the Season, will enjoy this series opener by the author of the Wicked Quills of London novels.
About a Dog: A Bluff Point Romance by Jenn McKinlayContemporary Romance. Having avoided her hometown for the past seven years, Mackenzie "Mac" Harris is back in Bluff Point, Maine to attend her best friend's wedding. Coming home means seeing veterinarian Gavin Tolliver, her best friend's brother and the man with whom she had a brief but unforgettable fling after her fiancé jilted her. This sweetly sensual love story, which kicks off the Bluff Point Romances, may appeal to readers who enjoyed Kristan Higgins' The Best Man.
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband: A Bridgerton Prequel by Julia QuinnHistorical Romance. When her brother Thomas is injured in battle, Cecilia Harcourt sets sail for the American colonies. By the time she arrives, Thomas has gone missing. Meanwhile, his best friend, Edward Rokesby, has suffered a head injury and can't remember the last several months, let alone Thomas' whereabouts. Posing as Edward's wife will allow Cecilia to search for Thomas. If only she weren't developing feelings for her fake husband. Fans of the extended Bridgerton family will enjoy reading about the romantic adventures of the previous generation in this stand-alone prequel, set during the American Revolution.
No Strings Attached by Kate AngellSports Romance. Despite being surrounded by bikini-clad beach babes, professional volleyball player Dune Cates only has eyes for Sophie Saunders, the shy, unathletic girl who can't swim and gets sunburned at the (literal) drop of a hat -- especially now that she's starting to come out of her shell. A steamy courtship complicated by a generations-old family feud makes this heartwarming 2nd book in the Barefoot William series a good bet for fans of Donna Kauffman's Brides of Blueberry Cove, also set in a small coastal community.
Rookie Move: A Brooklyn Bruisers Novel by Sarina BowenSports Romance. Georgia Worthington is the interim PR director for the Brooklyn Bruisers, the NHL's newest team. It's a demanding job made more difficult by the fact that her father is the new head coach. What's more, "Coach" has a longstanding grudge against new player Leo Trevi, who happens to be Georgia's ex-boyfriend who still carries a torch for her. An engaging, fast-paced story and well-matched leads with plenty of chemistry make Rookie Move, book 1 in the Brooklyn Bruisers series, a good bet for fans of Victoria Denault's San Francisco Thunder novels.
Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthySports Romance. Two years after her husband died in a crash at Talladega, single mother Tamara Briggs is ready to start dating again. Her criteria: nothing serious and absolutely no race-car drivers. Sexy younger man Elec Monroe seems like the perfect candidate -- until she discovers that he's a rising NASCAR superstar and that he wants more than just a fling. Flat-Out Sexy is the 1st book in the Fast Track series, followed by Hard and Fast.
First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsContemporary Romance. Hired to tail retired quarterback Cooper Graham, private investigator Piper Dove has to think fast when Graham catches her in the act. Pretending to be his stalker seems easier than admitting the truth. Madcap misadventures ensue in this 8th installment of the Chicago Stars series, which easily stands on its own. However, if you prefer to read the books in order, start with It Had to Be You.
The Devil in Denim by Melanie ScottSports Romance. Maggie Jameson has spent her entire life preparing to take over from her father as owner of the New York Saints baseball team. Then dad sells the franchise to businessman Alex Winters, who hires Maggie to reassure the team's stakeholders. Working side by side soon turns these adversaries into lovers. Less explicit than Jaci Burton's Play by Play novels but spicier than Jennifer Season's Diamonds and Dugouts books, this 1st book in the New York Saints series should be a hit with fans of baseball-themed sports romances.
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