Courting Samira by Amal AwadIn this "funny, charming" (Booklist) novel set in Sydney, Australia, 27-year-old Palestinian Muslim magazine editor Samira Abdel-Aziz resists familial pressure to marry as she finds herself in a love triangle with new acquaintance Menem and childhood friend Hakeem. Read-alikes: Uzma Jalaluddin's Much Ado About Nada; Sara Jafari's The Mismatch; Ayisha Malik's Sofia Khan is Not Obliged.
The Holiday Mix-Up by Ginny BairdPosing as the girlfriend of regular customer (and crush) Juan Martinez, diner waitress Katie Smith must improvise when Juan falls into a coma, leaving her to deal with his family -- including his handsome but stand-offish brother, Mateo. This charming holiday romance pays homage to the classic rom com While You Were Sleeping. Read-alikes: Kerry Winfrey's Faking Christmas; Maggie Knox's The Holiday Swap.
Iris Kelly Doesn't Date by Ashley Herring BlakeRomance writer Iris Kelly and actor Stefania "Stevie" Scott's disastrous one-night stand should have marked the end of their association, but a series of unexpected events force them into a fake relationship in this 3rd book in the Bright Falls series, which begins with Delilah Green Doesn't Care. Read-alikes: Courtney Kae's Fern Falls series; Kelly and Tana Fireside's Owen Station books.
A Dish Best Served Hot by Natalie CañaThe last person single dad Santiago "Saint" Vega ever expected to see again is his high school sweetheart Lola León, who broke his heart 17 years ago when she left Chicago without a backward glance. But guess who's now his daughter's preschool teacher, as well as the activist protesting his family's construction company? A Dish Best Served Hot is the 2nd Vega Family Love Stories novel, after A Proposal They Can't Refuse.
Friends Don't Fall in Love by Erin HahnWhen rising country music star Lorelai Jones performs a protest song at a concert, the fallout is swift and severe: her fans desert her, the industry shuns her, and her famous fiancé bails. Fortunately, her ex's former bandmate, songwriter and producer Craig Boseman, is there to pick up the pieces. Read-alikes: Sandy James' Nashville Dreams series; Sasha Summers' Kings of Country novels; Xio Axelrod's The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes.
10 Things That Never Happened by Alexis HallA head injury gives retail manager Sam Becker a temporary reprieve from being fired by his boss, store owner Jonathan Forest. Sam then decides to fake amnesia in order to buy himself some time while he figures out his next step. Set in the same world as author Alexis Hall's bestselling Boyfriend Material but featuring different characters, 10 Things That Never Happened kicks off the Material World series.
Never Wager with a Wallflower by Virginia HeathTo establish his gaming club, Galahad Sinclair must displace the Covent Garden Asylum for Orphans. But heiress Miss Venus Merriwell, the orphanage's patroness, is willing to do whatever it takes to save it. This witty Regency is the 3rd book in the Merriwell Sisters series, after Never Fall for Your Fiancé and Never Rescue a Rogue.
The Duke Starts a Scandal by Sophie JordanWhat Lucian, the new Duke of Penning, needs is a suitable wife. What he wants is Susanna Lockhart, his housekeeper. This 4th in the Duke Hunt series features a sympathetic couple whose scandalous pasts threaten their future together. Read-alikes: Grace Burrowes' The Heir; Julie Ann Long's It Started with a Scandal; Meredith Duran's Fool Me Twice.
Better Hate Than Never by Chloe LieseThe fraught relationship between childhood enemies Katerina Wilmot and Christopher Petruchio takes a steamy turn when free-spirited photographer Kat returns to their hometown and Christopher decides to make amends. Better Hate Than Never is the 2nd book in the Shakespeare-inspired Wilmot Sisters series, which starts with Two Wrongs Make a Right.
Hunt on Dark Waters by Katee RobertAfter stealing from her vampire hookup and escaping through a portal to the realm of Threshold, witch Evelyn is rescued by a band of monster-hunting interdimensional pirates led by the telekinetic Captain Bowen. This "swashbuckling romantasy" (Publishers Weekly) marks the opening installment of the Crimson Sails series by the author of the bestselling Neon Gods books.
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