And They Lived Happily Ever After by Therese BeharrieIntroducing: Romance novelist Gaia Anders, who has a special gift: the stories she writes during the day become dreams that she can control.
What happens: Shortly after Gaia kisses Jacob Scott, her best friend's younger brother, she discovers that they're sharing the same dreams. But can their nocturnal connection withstand the light of day?
Why you might like it: Light paranormal elements leaven the emotionally weighty themes of this debut set in Cape Town, South Africa.
An Heiress's Guide to Deception and Desire by Manda CollinsWhat it's about: Once betrothed, now estranged, newspaper columnist Caroline Hardcastle and Lord Valentine Thorn reluctantly reunite to solve the disappearance of a missing actress with ties to both of them.
Reviewers say: This 2nd Lady's Guide novel (after A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem) is a "thoroughly enjoyable mix of mystery and romance" (Kirkus Reviews).
For fans of: Evie Dunmore's League of Extraordinary Women series or Victoria Alexander's Lady Travelers Society books.
The Singles Table by Sara DesaiMatchmaker, matchmaker: Although she has no plans to marry, fun-loving lawyer Zara Patel has a knack for pairing up other people. However, gruff security specialist Jay Dayal may prove unmatchable. (Or will he?)
Why you might like it: Opposites attract in this fast-paced romantic comedy that's "full of laughs, heart, and scorching sexual tension" (Kirkus Reviews).
For fans of: the grumpy/sunshine pairings in Talia Hibbert's Act Your Age, Eve Brown or Alexandria Bellefleur's Written in the Stars.
Read Between the Lines by Rachel LaceyStarring: Rosie Taft, who spends her days running an independent Manhattan bookstore and her evenings conducting a flirtatious online correspondence with Brie, a reclusive author of lesbian romances.
What happens: When her landlord terminates her lease in order to build a condo complex, Rosie's attempts to save her shop bring her face-to-face with property manager Jane Breslin -- a.k.a. Brie.
Series alert: This sapphic spin on You've Got Mail kicks off the Ms. Right series, which will continue this spring with No Rings Attached.
The Life Revamp by Kris RipperWhen Mason met Diego... he felt an instant connection with the sweet-natured fashion designer. But Diego is in an open marriage with Mason's friend Claris, which complicates Mason's goal of a traditional happily-ever-after complete with marriage, kids, and a white picket fence.
What sets it apart: This gentle, low-drama 3rd installment of the Love Study series, after The Hate Project, offers a sensitive portrayal of a polyamorous V.
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Someone to Cherish: A Westcott Novel by Mary BaloghStarring: widow Lydia Tavernor, who seeks intimate companionship that won't jeopardize her newfound freedom, and Harry Westcott, the reclusive army veteran she chooses as her lover.
Reviewers say: This "sublimely satisfying" (Booklist) 8th installment of the Westcott series offers "seamless plotting and enticing characters" (Library Journal).
The Summer Job by Lizzy DentFake it 'til you make it: When her sommelier friend ghosts her new employer, Scotland's Loch Dorn hotel, Elizabeth "Birdy" Finch, broke and between jobs, impulsively takes her place.
How hard could it be... to impersonate a wine expert? Although she's hopelessly out of her depth, Birdy is determined to brazen it out, and not just because of attractive sous chef James.
Want a taste? "I don't think one is ever a fan of the bagpipes, are they? A bagpiper never headlined Glastonbury is all I'm saying."
Hard Sell by Hudson LinStarring: corporate raider Danny Ip and Tobin Lok, his best friend's younger brother, who's a consultant for the tech startup that Danny's firm intends to acquire.
What happens: In the seven years since their one-night stand, both men have done a lot of growing up. But can their relationship withstand the scrutiny of Tobin's over-protective family?
Series alert: Hard Sell is the 1st installment of the Jade Harbour Capital series, which continues with Going Public.
The Hellion's Waltz by Olivia WaiteA fresh start: After her father loses everything to a swindler, London-born musician Sophie Roseingrave moves with her family to the small town of Carrisford, where she meets lovely silk-weaver and con artist Madeline "Maddie" Crewe.
Series alert: The Hellion's Waltz is the 3rd book in the Feminine Pursuits series, after The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows.
Be gay, do crime: For more caper-themed LGBTQIA historical romance, check out Cat Sebastian's The Queer Principles of Kit Webb.
Seven Days in June by Tia WilliamsTogether again: A literary event reunites Shane Hall, an award-winning novelist, and Eva Mercy, a bestselling writer of erotica, 20 years after their brief but passionate teenage romance ended in heartbreak.
A second chance? Over the course of a week, the two reconnect and revisit their complicated history.
Media buzz: This "tour de force" (Kirkus Reviews) of a novel was both a New York Times bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.
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