A Reckless Match by Kate BatemanFamily feud! The Davies and Montgomery clans have been neighbors and rivals since the middle ages, and Maddie Montgomery and Gryff Davies, the new Earl of Powys, are happy to carry on the tradition.
Why you might like it: Low on angst and high on adventure, this lively enemies-to-lovers Regency romance, the 1st book in the Ruthless Rivals series, contains smugglers, secret tunnels, and subterranean sexytimes.
A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis DariaThe backstory: Growing up next door to each other in the Bronx, Michelle Amato and Gabriel Aguilar were best friends -- and almost more -- before Gabriel left for Los Angeles without a backward glance.
Picking up where they left off: When Gabriel returns to New York to work with graphic designer Michelle on a rebrand of his business, they struggle to keep their relationship strictly professional.
Why you might like it: Bisexual Latinx leads get a second chance at love in this standalone 2nd installment of the Primas of Power series, after You Had Me at Hola.
The Love Hypothesis by Ali HazelwoodA kiss is just a kiss? To convince her best friend, Ahn, that she has no interest in Ahn's crush, PhD student Olive Smith plants a kiss on the first guy she sees and begs him to play along.
A fine faux-mance: Olive is horrified to realize that she has locked lips with none than the biology department's star professor, Adam Carlsen, who wants to continue the deception for reasons of his own.
Did you know? This novel originated in the Star Wars fandom as Reylo fanfiction.
A Holly Jolly Diwali by Sonya LalliIntroducing: Niki Randhawa, a risk-averse Canadian data analyst who, despite a lifetime of making responsible decisions, finds herself unemployed.
What happens: At loose ends, Niki travels to Mumbai for her best friend Diya's wedding and meets London-based musician Sameer "Sam" Mukherji. As their holiday romance develops, Niki reconnects with her Punjabi heritage while trying to decide what her future will look like.
For fans of: Annika Sharma's Chai Masala Club series, Uzma Jalaluddin's Hana Khan Carries On.
The Matzah Ball by Jean MeltzerMeet: Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt, a Jewish woman with myalgic encelphalomyelitis whose prestigious family is unaware of her secret career as a bestselling author of Christmas-themed holiday romances.
What happens: With her editor demanding a Hanukkah romance, Rachel seeks inspiration at the Matzah Ball Max, an event produced by her summer camp crush-turned-nemesis, Jacob Greenberg.
Reviewers say: "A sparkling holiday romance told with both honesty and heart" (Kirkus Reviews).
Focus on: Romantic Suspense
Thick as Thieves by Sandra BrownWhat happens: Past and present collide when Arden Maxwell returns to her childhood home 20 years after her father's disappearance following a botched robbery. Gruff local contractor Ledge Burnet has some of the answers Arden seeks, but what she doesn't know might kill her.
Read it for: "Good pacing, smooth prose, inventive action scenes, and a touch of hot romance" (Publishers Weekly).
Is it for you? Depiction of pregnancy loss and some violent scenes make Thick as Thieves an intense read.
Close Up by Amanda QuickWhat it's about: Freelance crime-scene photographer Vivian Brazier joins forces with psychic private eye Nick Sundridge to catch a killer in 1930s Southern California.
Why you might like it: This intricately plotted 4th entry in the Burning Cove series, after Tightrope, infuses Hitchcockian suspense with old Hollywood glamour.
Crossover alert: Close Up is loosely linked to the author's Arcane Society books, although familiarity with that series is not necessary to enjoy this novel.
Hideaway by Nora RobertsBig Sur, California, 2001: Abducted and held for ransom, nine-year-old child star Caitlyn "Cate" Sullivan escaped her captors and, with the aid of local teen Dillon Cooper, was reunited with her family.
Two decades later... Cate's past finally catches up to her, first as she reconnects with rancher Dillon, and then when she begins receiving frightening anonymous phone calls.
Read it for: "a plot spiked with chilling suspense and layered with life-affirming love" (Booklist).
I Am Justice by Diana Muñoz StewartStarring: Justice Parish, a member of a secret sisterhood of vigilantes, and Sandesh Ross, the ex-Special Forces soldier who helps her bring down a human-trafficking ring.
Is it for you? This gritty, high-octane opening installment of the Band of Sisters series contains mentions of child abuse.
You might also like: Aya De Leon's Justice Hustlers, another action-packed series featuring a family-by-choice of women vigilantes.
Driven by Rebecca ZanettiWhat it's about: Angus Force, leader of the unconventional but highly effective Deep Ops unit, works with psychiatrist Nari Zhang to track down a serial killer before he strikes again.
Why you might like it: This steamy and suspenseful 4th installment of the Deep Ops series features a brooding hero, a no-nonsense heroine, and a well-drawn supporting cast of likeable misfits.
You might also like: Juno Rushdan's Final Hour series, April Hunt's Steele Ops novels, or HelenKay Dimon's Bad Boys Undercover books.
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