What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora BellWhat it's about: Hired to care for the Duke of Banksford's twins (who have scared off at least four previous governesses), Mari Perkins bonds with her charges while battling her attraction to her new employer.
Series alert: What a Difference a Duke Makes is the 1st steamy installment of the School for Dukes series.
You might also like: Eloisa James' Seven Minutes in Heaven, also starring an unlikely governess who falls in love with the inventor who hires her to supervise a pair of rambunctious children.
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa ColeIntroducing: Prince Thabiso, heir to the throne of Thesolo, and sleep-deprived, perpetually broke American graduate student Naledi Smith.
What happens: When Naledi receives an email informing her that she is the long-lost fiancée of an African prince, she chalks it up to a scam. Little does she know that it's true -- and that her handsome new neighbor "Jamal" is her betrothed in disguise.
For fans of: the 1988 romantic comedy Coming to America.
Ashes on the Moor by Sarah M. EdenWhat it's about: Tragedy upends Evangeline Blake's privileged life, forcing her to accept a teaching position in the West Yorkshire factory town of Smeatley. Helping Evangeline adjust to her new situation is Irish brick mason Dermot McCormick, who appreciates her kindness toward his young son, Ronan.
Why you might like it: This chaste Victorian romance offers an uplifting friends-to-lovers storyline, a strong sense of place, and a sensitively depicted inter-class romance.
No Earls Allowed by Shana GalenWhat it's about: Lady Juliana runs a London orphanage -- much to the dismay of her father, an earl, who enlists military veteran Neil Wraxall to bring her home. But Neil, impressed by Juliana's resolve, becomes her assistant and ally instead.
Series alert: No Earls Allowed is the 2nd book in the Survivors series, after Third Son's a Charm.
Reviewers say: Publishers Weekly predicts that a "marvelous hero and heroine will put this on many keeper shelves."
Bad Bachelor by Stefanie LondonWhat you need to know: Think Yelp for dating and you've got the ultra-popular app Bad Bachelors, which encourages singles to post reviews of their dates. That's bad news for Reed McMahon, currently the lowest-rated man in New York City due to his womanizing ways.
Starring: Brooklyn librarian Darcy Greer, who works with Reed on a fundraising project after he decides that pro bono work will improve his image.
For fans of: Sarah Title's The Undateable, another engaging novel in which a librarian finds unexpected love as a result of internet notoriety.
From Kiss to Queen by Janet ChapmanStarring: "Plain" Jane Abbott, and her kidnapper, Mark, who's hiding a secret.
What it's about: After she saves his life, Mark -- who's actually Crown Prince Markov Lakeland of Shelikova -- decides to repay Jane by making her his wife.
For fans of: modern-day fairy tales featuring very persistent heroes.
For All Time by Jude DeverauxWhat happens: Upon meeting Toby Wyndam at his cousin's wedding, Prince Graydon Montgomery of Anconia believes he may have found his soul mate. So he trades places with his twin brother in order to spend some quality time with Toby.
Is it for you? Subtle paranormal elements hint at the couple's destiny.
Series alert: Due to the genealogical complexity of the Montgomery family, newcomers to the Nantucket Brides series may want to start at the beginning with True Love.
How To Tame Your Duke by Juliana GrayWhat it's about: Exiled from the tiny principality of Holstein-Schweinwald-Huhnhof, Princess Emilie disguises herself as a man and is hired by yhe Duke of Ashland, a disfigured former soldier and single father.
Why you might like it: Shades of Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast enhance this lyrical and emotionally intense romance, set in Victorian England.
Series alert: How to Tame Your Duke is the 1st book in a series by the author of the popular Affairs by Moonlight trilogy.
A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa JamesWhat it is: a Regency fairy tale adaptation that pairs a hardworking "spinster" and an archaeology-obsessed Prince.
Why you might like it: This upbeat opening installment of the Happily Ever Afters series features a madcap plot, witty banter, and a lively (and eccentric) supporting cast.
Reviewers say: In a starred review, Library Journal calls James's "exquisitely written, hilarious take on Cinderella another magical sparkler."
The Princess and the Peer by Tracy Anne WarrenWhat it's about: With an arranged marriage looming, Princess Emma Von Aufenstadt escapes to London to enjoy her last week of freedom. When a stolen reticule leaves her stranded and penniless, Nick, the Earl of Lyndhurst, steps in to save the day...and capture her heart.
For fans of: Christina Dodd's Lost Princesses trilogy.
Series alert: This Regency-era homage to Roman Holiday kicks off the Princess Brides trilogy.
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