A Duke at the Door by Susanna AllenThe problem: Recently freed from a menagerie, Alwyn Ap Lewin, the Duke of Llewelyn, would now rather die than shift into his lion form.
The solution? The Prince Regent tasks apothecary Tabitha Barrington with helping the Wild Lion of Wales embrace his inner beast before his stubbornness kills him.
Series alert: This witty paranormal Regency is the 3rd installment of the Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde series, after A Wolf in Duke's Clothing and A Most Unusual Duke.
The American Roommate Experiment by Elena ArmasWhat it is: a companion novel to the BookTok smash hit The Spanish Love Deception that elevates two supporting players to lead roles.
Starring: American romance novelist Rosie Graham and Spanish charmer Lucas Martín, temporary roommates who become more after Lucas offers to help Rosie defeat her writer's block by taking her on a series of dates intended to spark her creativity.
For fans of: the genre-savvy deployment of rom-com tropes found in Alexandria Bellefleur's Hang the Moon or Kerry Winfrey's Waiting for Tom Hanks.
Small Town, Big Magic by Hazel BeckMeet: bookstore owner Emerson Wilde of St. Cyprian, Missouri, who has just come into her powers as a witch -- and not a moment too soon!
What happens: When evil threatens Emerson's beloved hometown, she and her childhood friend, brooding farmer Jacob North, must join forces to put a stop to it.
For fans of: small-town paranormal romances in the vein of Ann Aguirre's Fix-It Witches books, Erin Sterling's Ex Hex novels, or Saranna deWylde's Fairy Godmothers, Inc. series.
Lizzie Blake's Best Mistake by Mazey EddingsWhat it's about: After Lizzie Blake's two-night stand with handsome Australian Rake results in an unplanned pregnancy, the two move in together and prepare to become platonic co-parents.
Why you might like it: This "unconventional and messy love story" (Booklist), the 2nd in a series that begins with A Brush With Love, features a heroine with ADHD, a supportive hero, and a steamy lovers-to-friends-to-lovers storyline.
You might also like: Priscilla Oliveras' Her Perfect Affair, Lauren Ho's Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic.
Love on the Brain by Ali HazelwoodFrom bad to worse: Forced to work with her graduate school nemesis, Levi Ward, on a NASA project, neuroscientist Bee Königswasser must navigate her evolving feelings for him while dealing with a saboteur.
Reviewers say: The "snappy prose, engaging and twisty plot, and utterly endearing characters combine to create pure romance gold" (Publishers Weekly) in this novel by the author of The Love Hypothesis.
For fans of: Susannah Nix's Chemistry Lessons series or Lily Menon's The Sizzle Paradox.
To Catch a Raven by Beverly JenkinsStarring: con artist Raven Moreaux, part of a family of grifters, who's been blackmailed by a Pinkerton agent into carrying out a secret mission alongside tailor Braxton Steele, who will be posing as her husband.
Series alert: To Catch a Raven is the 3rd book in the Women Who Dare series, and contains callbacks to other Beverly Jenkins novels, including Destiny's Captive and Winds of the Storm.
For fans of: the blend of steamy romance and espionage found in Alyssa Cole's Loyal League novels.
Aphrodite and the Duke by J.J. McAvoyBelle of the ball: As her younger sister prepares for her first season, Aphrodite Du Bell returns to London for the first time since her own debut -- when the handsome Evander, Duke of Everely, broke her heart by marrying another.
A second chance? Evander, now a widower, has always regretted not following his heart. Now he's once again in a position to woo Aphrodite, but can he win back her trust?
For fans of: TV's Bridgerton.
The Boy with the Bookstore by Sarah Echavarre SmithIntroducing: shy baker Joelle Prima and and her not-so-secret crush, tattooed bookseller Max Boyson, whose small businesses occupy adjacent Portland storefronts.
Too close for comfort: Shortly after their unexpected almost-hookup, Joelle and Max learn that they'll have to share a temporary space during the renovation of the building.
For fans of: Natalie Caña's A Proposal They Can't Refuse, Jayci Lee's A Sweet Mess, or Chloe Liese's The Mistletoe Motive.
The Hellion and the Hero by Emily SullivanStarring: Lady Georgiana Arlington, a widowed social reformer, and Captain Henry Harris, the suitor she once rejected out of a sense of duty to her family.
What happens: Threats to Georgiana's safety prompt her brother to hire Henry, a decorated naval veteran and spy, to serve as her bodyguard.
Series alert: This steamy, slow-burning second chance Victorian romance is the 3rd book in the League of Scoundrels series, which begins with A Rogue to Remember.
Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia ThompsonWhat it's about: While spending a summer in Florida cleaning out her late father's house, true crime aficionado Phoebe Walsh becomes convinced that her new neighbor, mild-mannered music teacher Sam Dennings, is too nice and normal-seeming to be anything a serial killer.
Want a taste? "But wasn't that exactly how guys like him broke through your defenses? By appearing helpful, like the Zodiac Killer telling you your wheel was wobbling and offering to 'fix' it for you, only to sabotage your car and take you hostage."
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