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Talk Dirty to Me

Dakota Cassidy (Mira)

Cassidy (The Accidental Werewolf) turns an implausible premise into a startlingly deep heartstring-tugger. A prankster's will forces exes Dixie and Caine to compete for ownership of a phone sex company; as they demonstrate their prowess on the phones, they begin to reconnect. Dixie's slow journey toward believing that she's worthy of being loved will bring tears to the eyes of the most jaded romance reader.

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In Your Corner

Sarah Castille (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Castille’s second contemporary (after the excellent Against the Ropes) doesn’t pull its punches. As Jake and Amanda train in mixed martial arts, he tries to prove to her that she can rely on people other than herself. Readers will cheer them on as they navigate their complicated relationship: talking, fighting, and having hot make-up sex.

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The Broken

Shelley Coriell (Grand Central/Forever)

Coriell’s Apostles series launch is a true rollercoaster ride of a romantic thriller. An FBI agent asks a woman who survived a serial killer's attack to help track down the culprit. She's reluctant because she fears for her safety—and because she's certain the killer is her brother. The gradual attraction between the protagonists is believable and intense, and the suspense is top-notch.

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The Game and the Governess

Kate Noble (Pocket)

A bored aristocrat meets his match in a clever governess in this Regency-set series opener. The subtle development of romance between the devil-may-care earl and the proper former lady is the impetus behind this winning novel, which also boasts rich characters and a deliciously complex story.

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Shield of Winter

Nalini Singh (Berkley)

The epic 13th installment of Singh’s bestselling contemporary paranormal romance series will be eagerly devoured by series fans and new readers. A virulent mental infection spreads among the psychic Psy, and only empath Ivy Jane and enforcer Vasic can stop it. The broad scope and urgency of the plot combine with sweetly subtle and intimate character interactions in a powerfully written story that stands well on its own.

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