Second Chances in New Port Stephen by T.J. AlexanderBroke and unemployed, trans comedy writer Eli Ward decides to spend Christmas at his parents' house in New Port Stephen, Florida, where he reconnects with single dad Nick Wu, his childhood best friend and ex-boyfriend. Read-alikes: Courtney Kae's Fern Falls series; Philip William Stover's Seasons of New Hope novels.
Do Your Worst by Rosie DananProfessional curse-breaker Riley Rhodes travels to Scotland to lift the centuries-old curse on Arden Castle and meets skeptical archaeologist, Clark Edgeware, who's a great kisser but also a threat to her livelihood. This enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance by the author of The Intimacy Experiment offers a "perfect blend of zany and authentic" (Kirkus Reviews).
The Gentleman's Gambit by Evie DunmoreShy scholar Catriona Campbell falls for her professor father's young Lebanese colleague, Elias Khoury, who's secretly working to repatriate artifacts to his homeland in this 4th League of Extraordinary Women novel, after Portrait of a Scotsman. For fans of: Mimi Matthews' Belles of London series; Manda Collins' Ladies Most Scandalous series; Elizabeth Everett's The Secret Scientists of London series.
Calamity by Constance FayBanished by her prominent family and deep in debt, Temperance "Temper" Reed, captain of the rattletrap spaceship Quest, has no choice but to undertake a dangerous mission on behalf of the powerful Escajedas -- and under the supervision of infuriatingly attractive Escajeda scion Arcadio. Calamity marks the 1st in the Uncharted Hearts series. You might also like: Jessie Mihalik's Starlight's Shadow series; Jennifer Estep's Galactic Bonds trilogy.
For Never & Always by Helena GreerFormer best friends Hannah Rosenstein and Levi "Blue" Matthews become business partners when they inherit Carrigan's All Year, an inn and Christmas tree farm in the Adirondacks. This sequel to Season of Love offers sympathetic leads and a moving second chance romance. Read-alikes: Rachel Runya Katz's Thank You For Sharing; Jean Meltzer's The Matzah Ball.
Never Met a Duke Like You by Amalie HowardSociety matchmaker Lady Vesper Lyndhurst has no personal interest in matrimony. The one man she could envision marrying, Aspen Drake, the Duke of Greydon, is also the cad who broke her heart before heading to America to pursue paleontology. But now he's back and even harder to resist in this 2nd historical rom-com in the Taming of the Dukes series, after Always Be My Duchess.
Plot Twist by Erin La RosaRomance author Sophie Lyon goes viral after revealing her shameful secret: she's never been in love. Could this be what's causing her current bout of writer's block? To find out, Sophie goes on a quest to revisit all her exes, aided by her best friend's brother, former teen heartthrob Dash Montrose. Read-alikes: Amy Lea's Exes and O's; Elena Armas' The American Roommate Experiment.
It Had to Be a Duke by Vivienne LorretTo save face among her peers, Verity Hartley invents an engagement to Magnus Warring, the Duke of Longhurst, who agrees to go along with the ruse for his own purposes. This witty Regency romance kicks off the Liar's Club series. For fans of: Kate Bateman's Ruthless Rivals series; Tessa Dare's Castles Ever After series.
Consort of Fire by Kit RochaChosen as consort to Ash, the shapeshifting dragon god who protects the Sheltered Lands, Sachielle of House Roquebarre and Zanya, her handmaiden and secret lover, have five weeks to assassinate him -- or die trying -- if they want to earn their freedom. But what if there's a way for all three to get what they desire? This series opener by the author duo behind the Mercenary Librarians series combines "life-or-death stakes with off-the-charts eroticism" (Publishers Weekly).
Raiders of the Lost Heart by Jo SeguraIn this steamy and action-packed debut, archaeologist Dr. Corrie Mejía must work with her professional nemesis, Dr. Ford Matthews, on a dig in Mexico that may be the resting place of famed Aztec warrior Chimalli. Read-alikes: Ali Hazelwood's Below Zero; Sarah Smith's On Location.
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