Hang the Moon by Alexandria BellefleurMissed connection: HR consultant Annie Kyriakos lands in Seattle, ready to pay a surprise visit to her best friend Darcy, only to discover that Darcy is out of town. What will she do for the next two weeks?
A man with a plan: Darcy's "hot nerd" brother, Brendon, creator of the popular dating app OTP, offers to show Annie around and prove to her that romance isn't dead by recreating dates from classic rom coms.
Why you might like it: This charming novel by the author of Written in the Stars pays homage to beloved movies while offering a low-angst friends-to-lovers romance between a cynic and a die-hard romantic.
How to Find a Princess by Alyssa ColeWhat happens: After losing her retail job and her girlfriend, Makeda Hicks meets Beznaria "Bez" Chetchevalier, an investigator for the World Federation of Monarchies, who confirms Makeda's royal heritage.
Wait, what? Yes, Makeda is the long-lost heir to the throne of Ibarania, a small island kingdom in the Mediterreanean, and Bez is determined to return the princess to her people.
Why you might like it: This 2nd book in the Runaway Royals series (after To Catch a Queen) contains a fauxmance that slowly turns into the real thing, adventure on the high seas, and only one bed.
Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis HallWhat it is: a "scrumptious, quietly subversive rom com" (Publishers Weekly) by the author of Boyfriend Material.
Starring: bisexual single mom Rosaline Palmer, who earns a spot on the reality-television competition Bake Expectations and finds herself torn between two of her fellow contestants: charming landscape architect Alain and affable electrician Harry.
Is it for you? Although Rosaline does get her happily-ever-after, this opening installment of the Winner Bakes All series centers its heroine's personal growth.
Happy Endings by Thien-Kim LamSmall world! Entrepreneur Trixie Nguyen holds a pop-up event for her sex toy business at a Washington, DC soul food restaurant that just so happens to be co-owned by her ex, Andre Walker, who dumped her by way of a Post-it note back when they both lived in New Orleans.
Why you might like it: This steamy, sex-positive second chance romance features well-developed characters who rebuild a broken relationship while juggling career ambitions and family expectations.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuistonWhat happens: Shortly after moving to New York City, twentysomething student August Landry encounters mysterious punk rocker Jane Su on the Q Train and is instantly smitten.
The problem: Jane is a time-traveler from the 1970s who's stuck on the subway with no memories of how she got there. Can August free her love? And will setting Jane free spell the end of their relationship?
Don't miss: August's lovable chosen family, nods to New York's LGBTQIA history, and an intriguing central mystery with a sci-fi twist.
A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa WilliamsStarring: fashion designer Maya Jackson, who dreams of creating wedding dresses that reflect her African American and Filipina heritage; and widower Derek Sullivan, who's struggling to keep his late mother's Charleston bridal shop afloat while raising his 12-year-old daughter.
What happens: Despite chemistry with Derek, Maya hesitates to get involved: Maya's stay in South Carolina is only temporary, Derek lost his wife under tragic circumstances, and any relationship between them could end sooner rather than later, due to her sickle cell anemia.
It's Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne EnochThe premise: To save their ancestral estate, the MacTaggert brothers must marry proper Englishwomen.
The problem: When his older brother Coll rejects an arranged marriage to spirited socialite Amelia-Rose Baxter, Niall MacTaggert attempts to bring the couple together -- while trying to ignore his growing feelings for his brother's intended, who seems to feel the same way.
Series alert: It's Getting Scot in Here is the 1st book in the Wild Wicked Highlanders series, which continues with Scot Under the Covers and Hit Me with Your Best Scot.
Highland Gladiator by Kathryn Le VequeWhat happens: After raiders destroy his village, Lor Careston joins the notorious fighting guild Ludus Caledonia to train as a warrior. But his quest for vengeance is complicated by an unexpected reunion with spirited, sword-wielding Isabail Keith, daughter of an enemy clan chief.
Series alert: Highland Gladiator kicks off the Scots and Swords series.
You might also like: Monica McCarty's Highland Guard series, which similarly blends romance and action-adventure as it follows a band of elite warriors in Medieval Scotland.
Highland Conquest by Heather McCollumThe stakes: Ella Sutherland would sooner die than wed her family's sworn enemy, Cain Sinclair. Alas, Cain views their marriage as part of his plan to unite all of Scotland under Sinclair rule.
Why you might like it: Set in 16th-century Scotland, this opening installment of the Sons of Sinclair series is a steamy enemies-to-lovers romance featuring well-matched leads.
For fans of: the quartet of brawny brothers in Alyson McLayne's Sons of Gregor MacLeod books; the feuding clans of Maya Banks' Montgomerys and Armstrongs series; the sparring leads of Julie Garwood's The Bride.
My Highland Rogue by Karen RanneyWhat it's about: Music hall impresario Gordon McDonnell, the son of a gardener, returns to his native Scotland and rekindles his relationship with Lady Jennifer Adaire, who was his sweetheart before her aristocratic family sent him packing.
Series alert? Although My Highland Rogue is billed as the 1st book in the Highland Fling series, veteran romance author Karen Ranney passed away shortly before the novel's publication.
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