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You're the Earl That I Want

Kelly Bowen (Grand Central/Forever)

Bowen staffs up this enthralling Regency-era romantic thriller with splendidly unconventional protagonists: he'd rather run his business than his earldom, and she speaks more languages than most ladies have gowns. As they solve an exciting mystery involving the Knights Templar and a fortune in gold, sparks fly until the magnificently cinematic climax.

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For Real

Alexis Hall (Riptide)

Hall puts a delightful twist on this breathtakingly kinky romance between an arrogant surgeon and a brash cook: the younger, poorer man is the one with dominant leanings, and the older, wealthier man longs to surrender. Their super-hot escapades are balanced by the measured development of deeply tender affection between the prickly yet instantly likable protagonists.

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A Heart Revealed

Josi S. Kilpack (Shadow Mountain)

In Kilpack's deeply touching and emotionally rich Regency, a spoiled young woman is rejected by society for suffering from a disfiguring ailment. Only one man—an impoverished third son she once snubbed—is willing to treat her as a person as they come together in a slow, graceful dance of humility and forgiveness in a two-hanky read.

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Playing with Fire

Kate Meader (S&S/Pocket)

Meader's flawless contemporary is a lust-hate match between a conservative mayor and a female firefighter. She thinks he's antiwoman and anti-union; he thinks she's a dangerous hothead. Deft characterization, high stakes, and unabashed sexual hunger drive the gripping fast-paced story.

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Asking for It

Lilah Pace (Berkley)

Pace's charged writing will leave readers breathless as she goes where few other writers would dare, in this scorching erotic romance between two near strangers who decide to satisfy their mutual fantasies of rape. As they build in careful safeguards to protect each other, they have no idea that they're risking their own hearts.

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Dictatorship of the Dress

Jessica Topper (Berkley Sensation)

Topper's laugh-out-loud, larger-than-life contemporary pokes fun at the stress around weddings while setting up a software designer and a comics artist for their own happy ending. Unabashed nerdiness, Elvis impersonators, feather allergies, digitized flatulence, and other unlikely ingredients make this comic confection a winner.

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