This special selection of new Romance novels will delight passionate readers of this genre, from romantic suspense to historical, Regency to modern day. Set in restaurants, dance halls, libraries, Hollywood film sets, and stately homes, there is something to tempt any reader wishing for several hours of reading pleasure.
Silent melody / Mary Balogh.
“A Georgian romance of a transcendent love. Lady Emily Marlowe is beautiful, independent, and unspoiled. Deaf since childhood, she appreciates her family’s efforts to nurture her spirit, but the man they’ve chosen for her betrothal can never fulfill her. The only one Emily has ever desired is bold and reckless Lord Ashley Kendrick. Her childhood amour inspired her fantasies and vowed never to forget her, even as he left her for a new life in India and a new love. Seven years and countless dreams later, Ashley has returned a desolate widower to Bowden Abbey and, true to his promise, to Emily. Yet his heedless proposal of marriage has left her unexpectedly conflicted. Though the heat of passion still burns, Emily fears that it’s only a sense of duty, not love, that has brought him to bended knee.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The gilded life of Matilda Duplaine / Alex Brunkhorst.
“When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man’s eccentric daughter offers him access to the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. As Thomas enters a world of private jets and sprawling mansions, his life and career take off beyond his wildest dreams. Then he meets Matilda Duplaine, beautiful and mysterious, she has spent her entire life within the walls of her powerful father’s Bel-Air estate. Thomas is entranced, and the two begin a secret love affair. But the more he learns about the mysterious woman’s identity, the more he realizes that privilege always comes with a price.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
First time with a highlander / Gwyn Cready.
“Serafina Seonag Fallon’s scoundrel of a fiancé has left her with nothing, and she’s determined to turn the tables. If she can come up with a ringer, she can claim the cargo he stole from her. But the dashing man she summons from the future demands more than a night, and Serafina finds it easier to command the seas under her feet than the crashing waves he unleashes in her heart.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The highlander’s bride / Amanda Forester.
“All Highland warrior Gavin Patrick wants is to get back to his native Scotland. But before he can leave the battlefield, he’s given a final mission to escort Lady Marie Colette to her fiancé. Under no circumstances is he to lay hands on the beautiful, clever-tongued heiress, no matter how desperate the temptation. Forced to pose as a married couple to make their escape from France, Gavin and Marie Colette find themselves thrown into peril and each other’s arms. As the danger mounts, so does their forbidden passion. But it isn’t until Marie Colette is taken from him that Gavin is forced to decide, is he willing to lose the woman who stole his heart, or will he jeopardize his honor, defy his promise, and steal her in return?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Anything for you / Kristan Higgins.
“For ten years, Connor O’Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she’s got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard, it is the perfect time to get married. When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who’s now living with her full-time and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she’s positive married life isn’t for her. But this time, Connor says it’s all or nothing. If she doesn’t want to marry him, he’ll find someone who does.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Lord Fenton’s folly : a proper romance / Josi S. Kilpack.
“Lord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him. However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton’s life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice. But can Alice risk her heart a second time?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Cold-hearted rake / Lisa Kleypas.
“Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own. Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The wedding circle / Ashton Lee.
“Two wonderful new chapters are unfolding for Maura Beth Mayhew, Cherico’s librarian. Thanks to her persistence, a new, cutting-edge library is being built on the shores of beautiful Lake Cherico. And come September, Maura Beth will marry Jeremy McShay at his aunt and uncle’s stunning home. Yet in life, as in fiction, happy endings are hard-won. A local politician is trying to divert library funds, while Maura Beth’s socialite parents insist on a lavish New Orleans wedding. To get the wedding and the library of her dreams, Maura Beth will have to harness the indomitable spirit of her favorite Southern heroines and the sage advice of the Cherry Cola Book Club.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Christmas in Mustang Creek / Linda Lael Miller.
“Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn’t wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn’t as fabulous as she’d like to admit. There was one potential prince, though, Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad’s vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting. What Charlotte doesn’t know is that he misses her, more than he expected. Charlotte’s great-aunt Geneva, the woman who raised her, needs to enter an assisted-living facility, so, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he’s determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
One week in August / Margaret Thornton.
“August, 1955. Janice Butler is working as a waitress at her mother’s Blackpool boarding house before she heads off to university. When Val and Cissie, both from Walker’s Woollen Mill in Halifax, come to stay for a week, the three young women form an instant friendship. When they attend a local dance at the Winter Gardens, the events of that evening will change all their lives, both for better and for worse. Romance beckons for all three girls but can a holiday fling ever lead to something deeper? As autumn approaches, the three friends discover that life doesn’t always turn out as one would expect and the course of true love never did run smooth.” (Adapted fromSyndetics summary)