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Solace Ames (Carina)

Ames’s phenomenal ménage romance brings together three deeply endearing characters: Adriana, a tough professional chef who’s submissive in the bedroom; Javier, her adoring and not very dominant husband; and Paul, the professional top Javier hires to fulfill Adriana’s desires. Nuanced negotiation and real-world concerns about money, health, and work make the story feel almost biographical, and the heat is off the charts.

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Bitter Spirits

Jenn Bennett (Berkley Sensation)

When a cursed bootlegger and a ghost-banishing medium meet in this knockout debut, they embark on a carefully navigated relationship that soon grows far beyond their expectations. Prohibition-era San Francisco provides the perfect backdrop for this meeting of wary equals and their gradual slide into romance.

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The Honeymoon Trap

Kelly Hunter (Tule)

Friday afternoons spent immersed in an online role-playing game lead unexpectedly to love for Hunter’s delectable protagonists, sassy Zoey and shy Eli. This unabashedly geeky story is full of affection for games and gamers, and promises every game player—in any medium—a happy ending.

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Sweet Disorder

Rose Lerner (Samhain)

An obscure law turns a widow’s life upside down in Lerner’s hilarious Regency, which is packed with memorable characters. If Phoebe Sparks remarries, her husband will get two votes in a hotly contested election; the stakes are personal, not just political, and Lerner brings it all splendidly to life.

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Craving Temptation

Deborah Fletcher Mello (Kensington/Dafina)

Amina, a Muslim Arab-American woman managing a mayoral campaign for her father, falls unexpectedly in love with Troy, a Christian African-American man who’s running for the same office. Threats from a conniving businessman keep the pace moving briskly, and Mello provides welcome nuance in her portrayal of Amina’s family. Fans of African-American romance will enjoy having their horizons broadened by this contemporary romantic thriller.

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Somebody Like You

Beth K. Vogt (S&S/Howard)

In Vogt’s beautiful inspirational contemporary, a pregnant military widow and her husband’s estranged twin brother learn to let go of the past and discover that God often works in mysterious ways. Vivid depictions of grief and love will tug at every available heartstring.

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