The Art of Scandal by Regina BlackWhat it's about: After Rachel Abbott discovers her white politician husband is cheating, she agrees to keep up appearances for the remainder of his reelection campaign. But her resolve is put to the test when she meets artist Nathan Vasquez.
Why you might like it: Scandal meets The Good Wife in this debut, which Publishers Weekly calls "as poignant as it is passionate."
For fans of: the blend of politics and family drama found in Synithia Williams' Jackson Falls series.
Kiss the Girl by Zoraida CórdovaWhat it is: a charming retelling of Disney's The Little Mermaid by the author of the On the Verge series.
Starring: pop star Ariel del Mar, who -- desperate to experience a "normal" life -- disguises herself as merch girl "Melody" and goes on tour with up-and-coming musician Eric Reyes.
Series alert: Kiss the Girl is the 3nd standalone installment of the fairy tale-inspired Meant to Be series, after Julie Murphy's If the Shoe Fits and Jasmine Guillory's By the Book.
To Have and To Heist by Sara DesaiThe score: To save her best friend, Simi Chopra must (re-)steal a $25 million-dollar necklace during a mafia wedding with the help of her hastily assembled heist crew, which includes the attractive but totally untrustworthy Jack Danger.
Are you in? Featuring "a full cast of fun, quirky characters" (Library Journal), this rom-com caper novel by the author of the Marriage Game series "perfectly balances the lighthearted romance with a fun and twisty heist plot" (Publishers Weekly).
For fans of: Alisha Rai's Partners in Crime.
Marry Me by Midnight by Felicia GrossmanAnnouncing her intentions: In need of a husband, Sephardi heiress Isabelle Lira hosts a series of events to which she invites every eligible Jewish man in London.
Protecting her interests: To ensure that her future groom won't try to undermine her position in the family firm, she hires penniless Ashkenazi custodian Aaron Ellenberg to learn as much as he can about her suitors before she chooses one.
Why you might like it: Set in 1832 London, this well-researched opening installment of the Once Upon the East End series offers a gender-flipped Cinderella story with Jewish leads.
In the Case of Heartbreak by Courtney KaeWhat it's about: Reeling from personal and professional setbacks, shy pastry chef Ben Parris flees to his grandmother's house, only to discover that his longtime crush, musician Adam Reed, will be providing the entertainment at G-ma's upcoming, sure-to-be-epic 80th birthday bash.
You should know... that although this 2nd Fern Falls novels takes place beyond the borders of the series' titular town, In the Case of Heartbreak still contains the cozy and LGBTQIA-friendly small-town atmosphere that charmed readers of In the Event of Love.
How to Tame a Wild Rogue by Julie Anne LongGimme shelter: With a ferocious storm battering London, Lady Daphne Worth and her unexpected rescuer, privateer Lorcan St. Leger, must pose as husband and wife to secure the last available room at the Grand Palace on the Thames.
Why you might like it: Opposites attract in this slow-burning but steamy, forced proximity Regency romance, the 6th book in the Palace of Rogues series, which begins with Lady Derring Takes a Lover.
Sammy Espinoza's Last Review by Tehlor Kay MejiaMistakes were made: Once again, music critic Sammy Espinoza has broken her rule about not dating musicians, with disastrous results.
A shot at redemption? Now, with her career on the line, Sammy heads to tiny Ridley Falls, Washington, to interview rock star Max Ryan, her former one-night stand. There's no way this could end in tears, right?
For fans of: Xio Axelrod's The Girl with Stars in her Eyes or Ashley M. Coleman's Good Morning, Love.
Cruel Seduction by Katee RobertWelcome to: Olympus City, ruled by the wealthy and powerful Thirteen, who style themselves after the Greek Gods.
Where you'll meet: newlyweds Aphrodite and Hephaestus, who -- unhappy in their arranged marriage -- set out to seduce each other's love interests, with unexpected results.
Is it for you? This steamy 5th book in the Dark Olympus series offers a "delicious polyamorous enemies-to-lovers romance" (Library Journal).
Tastes Like Shakkar by Nisha SharmaWhat happens: Wedding planner Bobbi Kaur must team up with her nemesis, chef Benjamin "Bunty" Padda, to catch the saboteur whose actions threaten her best friend's special day and Bobbi's own career.
Series alert: This loose adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing marks the 2nd installment of the If Shakespeare Was an Auntie series, after Dating Dr. Dil.
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