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101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years: 2017 Edition

 It’s time to roll out an updated Best 101 Romance Fiction list. We first posted this grand gathering of nine years’ worth of Booklist’s Top 10 Romance Fiction lists—and one rogue Top 11 list—in 2015. We’ve now moved the dial forward in order to capture more recent titles, and we’re happy to see that our favorite romances continue to span the bright array of subgenres, from beloved historical romances to racy, funny, and suspenseful contemporaries; from down-to-earth tales of earthly true love to otherworldly passion among vampires and shape-shifters and on other planets in galaxies far, far away. We’re also delighted to mix established best-selling writers with dazzling newcomers.

We hope this list will inspire romance readers to try new authors and pick up novels they may have missed, just as we hope that our big best list will be an aid for filling gaps in romance collections and supporting readers’ advisory recommendations.

Please let us know how you’ve used this list in your library; we hope to hear lots of responses to our selections. No matter how long the list and or how many writers we choose, romance readers will have their own candidates for the “best” romance novels and authors, and we’d love to hear about them. Wishing a happily-ever-after for all! —Donna Seaman

 

The Accidental Bride, by Christina SkyeThe Accidental Bride

Jilly loves being a chef, but the stress is killing her. Off she goes to the Lost Creek Resort in Wyoming for a calming knitting retreat, but instead, she meets Walker Hale.

 

Accidentally Yours, by Susan Mallery

Kerri will do anything to help her sick son, including making a devil’s bargain with a billionaire. Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling.

 

An Affair Downstairs, by Sherri Browning

In the exceptional second novel in her Edwardian Thornbrook Park series, Browning focuses on Lady Alice Emerson, who is determined to turn away all proper suitors and pursue a potentially scandalous dalliance.

 

Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr

Characters from the first installment pop in and out like old friends, so readers will want to start at the beginning.

 

After a Fashion, by Jen Turano

New York City, 1882. Harriet needs a job; Oliver need a new fiancée, so a deal is struck. Witty dialogue, slapstick situations, and a spunky heroine confirm that Turano is one of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre.

 

Always Look Twice, by Geralyn Dawson

Mark and Annabelle are on the verge of divorce until someone goes after their former military unit, “The Fixers,” in the most enjoyably intense title yet in Dawson’s outstanding Callahan brothers series.

 

Animal Magnetism, by Jill Shalvis

Shalvis orchestrates a budding relationship between a commitment-shy former Special Forces pilot and a gutsy animal rescuer in the superlative launch of a new series set in Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains.

 

Any Duchess Will Do, by Tessa Dare

With just one day to select a bride, the future Duchess of Halford, Griffin chooses serving girl Pauline, as RITA Award–winning Dare continues her sparkling and sexy Spindle Cove series.

 

Barely a Lady, by Eileen Dreyer

Five years ago, Olivia’s husband, Jack, nearly destroyed her life, and now, in the wake of the Battle of Waterloo, he’s about to do it again.

 

A Beauty So Rare, by Tamera Alexander

Alexander’s exquisitely written Civil War tale of romance amid devastation features the unforgettable Eleanor, who is setting up a home for war widows and their children, and Hapsburg royal Marcus.

 

Because I’m Watching, by Christina Dodd

Scary, sexy, and smartly written, Because I’m Watching is Dodd at the top of her game.

 

Bedding Lord Ned, by Sally MacKenzie

The ever-witty MacKenzie launches a new historical series in a novel about long-separated childhood friends Nell and Ned, and Ned’s clever matchmaker mother, Lady “Venus” Valentine.

 

The Beekeeper’s Ball, by Susan Wiggs

In Wiggs’ latest thoughtful and emotionally authentic Bella Vista Chronicles romance, cooking-school founder Isabel contends with Calvin, a famous TV chef, and Cormac, a journalist writing about her WWII hero grandfather.

 

Big Girls Don’t Cry, by Cathie Linz

Linz creates a heroine who looks and acts like a real woman, plus-size model Leena Riley, who returns to her hometown, Rock Creek, in this affectionate and funny tale of self-image issues and love.

 

The Black Sheep and the Hidden Beauty, by Donna Kauffman

A member of the rescue operation Unholy Trinity in Virginia, Rafe is drawn to enigmatic Elena, the new horse trainer in this terrifically suspenseful tale about the secrets of horseracing and romance.

 

Blue Moon Bay, by Lisa Wingate

In Wingate’s warm, involving parable of a prodigal daughter, architect Heather Hampton is excited about building an industrial plant, but everyone in her Texas hometown is against it, even banker Blaine Underhill.

 

The Bridegroom, by Linda Lael Miller

Lydia will do anything for her great-aunts, but does she really have to marry the town’s gross, greedy banker? This is the superb fourth installment in Miller’s extraordinary Stone Creek series.

 

Brown-Eyed Girl, by Lisa Kleypas

Her own matrimonial disaster hasn’t kept Avery from succeeding as a wedding planner, but it has convinced her not to try again, a decision Joe is set on reversing in Kleypas’ sexy, heart-melting romance.

 

CAged in WinterCaged in Winter, by Brighton Walsh

In debut author Walsh’s authentic and satisfying new adult romance, Winter, a college senior working in a restaurant, survived foster care by learning not to rely on anyone, a barrier aspiring chef Cade feels compelled to overcome.

 

Call Me Irresistible, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Everyone blames Meg for her best friend’s decision to leave Ted at the altar in RITA Award–winning Phillips’ irresistibly lively romantic comedy.

 

Can’t Buy Me Love, by Molly O’Keefe

RITA Award winner O’Keefe presents a gritty yet touching start to a new series about Crooked Creek Ranch and a wildly dysfunctional dynastic family circle that includes hockey legend Luc, stepsister Victoria, scam artist Tara Jean, and ranch hand Eli.

 

Chances, by Pamela Nowak

Denver circa 1876 is the setting for Sarah Donovan’s campaign to prove that women are equal to men as she joins the suffrage movement and becomes a telegraph operator in Nowak’s smart and snappy Old West romance.

 

Chasing Down a Dream, by Beverly Jenkins

The talented, insightful Jenkins infuses tragic stories with emotion and hope. Fans of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove novels will love the Blessings series.

 

The Clouds Roll Away, by Sibella Giorello

In Giorello’s beautiful tale of redemption and faith, FBI agent Raleigh Harmon is tapped to investigate an apparent hate crime against a rap star, just as her former boyfriend wants to rekindle their relationship.

 

Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage, by Kieran Kramer

How can Jilly run a respectable bookshop if her neighbor, a Royal Navy captain, keeps throwing wild parties? Kramer’s devilishly clever plot makes for a laugh-out-loud, sweet Regency romance.

 

The Counterfeit Bride, by Nancy J. Parra

In Parra’s latest masterful romance, Lillian pretends to have an absent soldier husband when she opens a store in late-nineteenth-century Colorado, only to have her bluff called by a man investigating a counterfeit ring.

 

The Courtesan’s Secret, by Claudia Dain

Clever, cunning Lady Sophia Dalby, London’s most renowned former courtesan, is back as Dain picks up the story that began in The Courtesan’s Daughter (2007) and fashions a particularly wild and racy Regency romp.

 

Cowboy Take Me Away, by Jane Graves

Graves launches a new series with this charming, emotionally rich novel about the return to Rainbow Valley, Texas, of champion bull rider Luke Dawson and Shannon North, who left her big-city career to run a no-kill animal shelter.

 

The Day of the Duchess, by Sarah MacLean

Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, knows he has a familial duty to marry and produce an heir, but there is a problem: he already has a wife. Polished writing generously seasoned with her inimitable, irresistible sense of wit.

 

Dearest Rogue, by Elizabeth Hoyt

Lady Phoebe Batten understands why her brother hired Captain James Trevillion to be her bodyguard, but his monitoring of her every move is infuriating. Hoyt writes with particular force and flair in this truly swoonworthy love story.

 

Dogs and Goddesses, by Jennifer Crusie and others

Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich collaborate in a splendidly original and sublimely funny tale of three friends and dog lovers who acquire unusual powers and confront a very cranky, 4,000-year-old Mesopotamian goddess.

 

Down River, by Karen Harper

During her firm’s team-building event in Alaska, someone pushes Lisa into a white-rapids river, and her former lover risks his life to save her in Harper’s chilling tale of romantic suspense.

 

Dream Eyes, by Jayne Ann Krentz

Gwen knows Evelyn was murdered because Evelyn told Gwen so herself. Now Gwen needs an expert paranormal investigator, and Judson Coppersmith fits the bill. Witty and imaginative Krentz creates a perfect fusion of suspense and romance.

 

Duke of Sin, by Elizabeth Hoyt

The author once again demonstrates her knack for successfully marrying unforgettable characters (including her most sinfully seductive hero to date), an addictively tart sense of wit, and an abundance of insanely hot sexual chemistry into another exceptionally entertaining romance.

 

Egypt’s Sister, by Angela Hunt

Rich in history, atmosphere, emotion, and spirituality, Hunt’s ambitious series debut is astounding.

 

Evening Stars, by Susan Mallery

In this insightful, funny, and poignant entry in Mallery’s Blackberry Island series, nurse Nina Wentworth copes with the attention of two men, a doctor and a navy pilot, and all kinds of family chaos.

 

Everything but a Groom, by Holly Jacobs

Although she doesn’t believe in her well-known Pennsylvania family’s wedding curse, Vancy is left alone at the altar; luckily, landscaper Matt Wilde is there to help in this very sweet tale of true love.

 

An Extrordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole

Fans of Beverly Jenkins will be thrilled with Cole’s fearless, steamy, and moving multicultural take on forbidden love in a time of slavery and war.

 

Far from Home, by Lorelie Brown

Brown’s engaging, sweetly soulful romance is filled with heartfelt yearning triggered when straight, debt-burdened Rachel offhandedly offers marriage to Pari Sadashiv.

 

First Star I See Tonight, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Writing with a deceptively easy sense of grace, equally enhanced by her distinctively dry sense of wit, Phillips fashions an irresistibly sexy love story that is guaranteed to hit every romance reader’s sweet spot.

 

For Better, for Worse, by Elizabeth Jeffrey

After army captain John dies in WWI, his widow, pregnant Stella, a commoner, is overwhelmed by her Machiavellian in-laws and the grandeur of their estate. Downton Abbeyfans will enjoy Jeffrey’s smart, compelling novel.

 

forever and a dayForever and a Day, by Delilah Marvelle

In the first title in her new Rumor series, an incisive tale of social divides set in lower-class New York City, circa 1830, Marvelle brings together down-to-earth Georgia and a Good Samaritan afflicted with amnesia who turns out to be a duke.

 

The Great Escape, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Romance star Phillips continues the story she began in Call Me Irresistible (2011) with Lucy Jorick, an ex-president’s daughter, abandoning her fiancé at the altar and accepting a lift from a motorcyclist in this sexy, funny, and emotionally complex jewel.

 

Haunted Destiny, by Heather Graham

Graham is a master at world building, and her latest is a thrilling, dark, and deadly tale of romantic suspense. Subsequent installments are on the horizon.

 

Heart Strike, by M. L. Buchman

With one of the best endings found in Buchman’s books, two of the most engaging characters, and a dramatic aerial assault, this high-action romance has everything, and it’s a one-sitting read for sure.

 

Hell for Leather, by Julie Ann Walker

Walker supercharges her Black Knights series about a Chicago special-ops group working undercover as bikers with this high-action, hilarious, sexy military romance about imperiled bar owner Delilah and Black Knight Mac.

 

Hero in the Highlands, by Suzanne Enoch

Fiona is universally respected and loved, and Gabriel needs her endorsement to gain the trust of his people, which is no easy task since the memory of the British massacre at Culloden is still strong. The latest from the ever-popular Enoch is steamy and bubbling with humor, a scrumptious tale to begin her No Ordinary Hero series.

 

Heroes Are My Weakness, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Romance superstar Phillips creates a tartly humorous and very sexy variation on the gothic novel, in which quirky Annie Hewitt returns to Peregrin Island to search for her desperately needed inheritance, only to run into Theo Harp, who once tried to kill her.

 

Hot Flash, by Kathy Carmichael

In Carmichael’s delightful romantic comedy, sous-chef Jill is beset with troubles, from her husband’s desire to be a woman to family chaos, but her loyal friends help her navigate the twisting, turning road to love.

 

Hot Point, by M. L. Buchman

Buchman continues his superb Firehawks series with the suspenseful, emotionally nuanced tale of love-under-fire between Vern, a helicopter pilot for the elite firefighter unit, and Denise, the unit’s chief mechanic.

 

How to Handle a Cowboy, by Joanne Kennedy

Sierra Dunn is running a group home for boys in foster care in a small Wyoming town, and rancher Ridge Cooper volunteers to help in Kennedy’s realistic, suspenseful, feel-good western romance.

 

How to Marry a Duke, by Vicky Dreiling

An enchanting Regency romance debut involving a rake and a matchmaker, a tricky dilemma, and witty repartee.

 

Jilted, by Rachael Johns

In Johns’ heartfelt, richly dimensional debut, Ellie left Hope Junction in rural Australia, and the town’s golden boy, Flynn, at the altar 10 years ago. Now that the soap-opera star has returned, she must face the town’s animosity, and Flynn.

 

Laced with Magic, by Barbara Bretton

Chloe, owner of a popular knitting shop and mayor of the supernatural village of Sugar Maple, Vermont, continues to battle evil forces in Bretton’s poignant and magical story of love and sacrifice.

 

a lady never liesA Lady Never Lies, by Juliana Gray

Gray’s captivating debut portrays widowed Lady Alexandra Morley as she seeks refuge in Italy, only to find that several prominent Englishman have come to the same Tuscan castle.

A Lady Unrivaled, by Roseanna M. White

Readers will be kept guessing through the final page, thrilled by the butterflies of Ella and Cayton’s courtship and abuzz in the series’ heart-pounding finale.

The Lady of the Storm, by Kathryne Kennedy

Blacksmith Giles is charged with protecting Cecily, who is half elf, in this superb story of suspense, magic, and passion, the second in Kennedy’s thrilling and distinctive Elven Lords series.

 

Last Night’s Scandal, by Loretta Chase

Scandalous and impulsive Olivia Wingate-Carsington insists on helping the Earl of Lisle, an archaeologist, renovate his family’s haunted Scottish castle in Chase’s delightfully clever and deliciously sensual historical romance.

 

The Lone Texan, by Jodi Thomas

Having become a doctor, Sage returns home to Galveston only to run into Drummond, the bane of her existence and now a Texas Ranger. Thomas concludes her Whispering Mountain historical romantic-suspense series with another fast-paced and colorful tale.

 

Lord Langley Is Back in Town, by Elizabeth Boyle

Lord Langley has a plan to outmaneuver his enemies, if only Minerva doesn’t decide to kill him herself in RITA Award–winning Boyle’s luscious conclusion to her dazzling Widows of Standon trilogy.

 

The Lord of Illusion, by Kathryne Kennedy

In her superb third fantasy-steeped romantic-suspense novel in the Elven Lords series, Kennedy follows outcast Drystan as he searches for the rainbow-eyed girl of his visions and finds enslaved Camille.

 

Love Letters from a Duke, by Elizabeth Boyle

Felicity has every intention of marrying the Marquess of Standon, but when he finally appears at her doorstep, she thinks he’s the new footman in Boyle’s endearing, sexy, and sharply amusing Regency.

 

The Lovin’ Kind, by Nancy J. Parra

Parra continues her adroit and lively historical western romance series in this tale of a marvelously gutsy gal who bolts from her wedding and heads to Wyoming with a family friend, thrilled to prove her mettle to a man who doesn’t prefer women on pedestals.

 

The Magic Knot, by Helen Scott Taylor

Rose thinks she is a normal accountant, but instead she is a Cornish pisky queen who, with a handsome biker, must battle with vampires, nefarious druids, and a malevolent fairy queen in Taylor’s extraordinarily accomplished debut.

 

the marrying seasonThe Marrying Season, by Candace Camp

After praying to St. Dwynwen, the Welsh saint of love, Genevieve becomes engaged, but he proves to be unworthy, and her brother’s best friend steps in. Will this merely be a marriage of propriety?

 

The Midwife’s Dilemma, by Delia Parr

Parr’s splendidly wrought details of life in the 1830s, as well as her vivid descriptions of the life of a midwife, stir the reader’s imagination and compassion.

 

A Most Peculiar Circumstance, by Jen Turano

Wherever fearless suffragist Arabella Beckett goes, trouble follows. This time, she’s sprung from jail by handsome Theodore Wilder, a famous private eye and pigheaded chauvinist. Turano’s madcap battle of the sexes bubbles with humor.

 

The Naked King, by Sally MacKenzie

Young Lady Anne Marston, secretly ruined, believes she isn’t worthy of marriage, but the man called King of Hearts couldn’t care less about scandal in this wonderful addition to MacKenzie’s delectable Naked series.

 

Never Romance a Rake, by Liz Carlyle

Carlyle brings her Neville family trilogy to a splendid conclusion with the captivating story of a tormented rake and a delightfully unconventional heroine in this luscious and funny historical romance.

 

The Night Is Mine, by M. L. Buchman

Buchman sends chef and helicopter pilot Captain Emily Beale on special assignment to the White House in this hard-to-put-down tale of nonstop action, a surprise villain, and forbidden love.

 

Once Upon a Wine, by Beth Kendrick

The latest sparkling addition to the Black Dog Bay series (Put a Ring on It, 2015) is brimming over with an irresistible sense of joie de vivre as Kendrick once again takes delightfully quirky characters, a madcap plot, and a deliciously sharp sense of wit and distills the lot into an unforgettable story, which truly is the essence of pure romance.

 

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels, by Sarah MacLean

Scientist Philippa needs a man skilled in the art of seduction to help her prepare for her wedding to Lord Castledon, so she tracks down England’s most infamous rake in MacLean’s scintillating romance.

 

Only Mine, by Susan Mallery

Alaska pilot Finn is furious when his twin brothers drop out of college to appear on a reality-television show, True Love or Fool’s Gold, in Mallery’s witty, emotion-packed romance.

 

The Pelican Bride, by Beth White

When Huguenot sisters Geneviève and Aimée flee to America’s Deep South as mail-order brides, or “Pelican Girls,” they meet immigrant brothers Tristan and Marc-Antoine in White’s carefully researched story, which is filled with political intrigue and adventure.

 

Practice Makes Perfect, by Julie James

Two rivalrous attorneys at a prestigious Chicago law firm find romance in James’ sophisticated legal romance, rich in suspense and charmingly arrogant and ambitious characters.

 

the prayer boxThe Prayer Box, by Lisa Wingate

On the run from a powerful, abusive ex-husband, Tandi finds refuge in a deserted caregiver’s cottage on Hatteras Island, where she discovers the deceased owner’s prayer boxes.

 

Rainshadow Road, by Lisa Kleypas

Kleypas begins a new trilogy with this emotionally riveting, lightly paranormal tale about romance-leery glass artist Lucy and Sam, who is not now nor ever will be interested in a long-term relationship.

 

The Return of Black Douglas, by Elaine Coffman

Twins Isobella and Elizabeth visit the grave of Sir James, a relative known as the Black Douglas, and find themselves transported to sixteenth-century Scotland in Coffman’s delightful time-travel romance.

 

River Road, by Jayne Ann Krentz

In Krentz’s sexy, hilarious, spine-tingling tale, Lucy returns to her Napa Valley hometown to sell the home she inherited from her aunt, where she discovers not only something alarming behind the fireplace but also that overly protective and bossy Mason hasn’t changed a bit.

 

Say Yes to the Marquess, by Tessa Dare

Clio Whitmore, dubbed “Miss Wait-More” because she remains unmarried many years after her betrothal to Piers Brandon, has inherited Twill Castle and now wants to end her engagement. Dare’s droll, clever, and flawless Regency will charm and captivate readers.

 

Secrets of a Scandalous Bride, by Sophia Nash

In Nash’s superbly nuanced historical romance, Elizabeth’s past is about to catch up with her with a vengeance, and the only person who can help her is Rowland, the last man on earth she wants in her life.

 

The Secret of the India Orchard, by Nancy Campbell Allen

Allen’s historical descriptions of India offer a vivid backdrop to a smart and striking work of romantic suspense. Fans of Marion Chesney will especially enjoy this novel.

 

Shadow Touch, by Marjorie M. Liu

The plot can be tagged X-Men meets James Bond, yet Liu’s lyrical and emotionally sophisticated tale of a kidnapped psychic and an ex-Mafioso turned secret agent with unusual powers presents one of romance’s smartest and most mature relationships.

 

Sixteen Brides, by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Whitson’s ambitious historical inspirational romance portrays members of the Ladies’ Emigration Society as they arrive in Nebraska in 1871 and find that they must fight to win the respect and admiration of their chosen mates.

 

Sizzle and Burn, by Jayne Ann Krentz

Raine hears voices, and private investigator Zack sees visions as Krentz continues her addictively readable Arcane Society series, deftly fusing paranormal-flavored suspense with sexy romance.

 

So Enchanting, by Connie Brockway

RITA Award–winning Brockway excels in a Victorian-era tale of a scandal-plagued widow, a young woman with strange powers, and a suspect lord in this sexy and bewitching battle of wits and wiles.

 

Someone to Hold, by Mary Balogh

Written with an irresistibly wry sense of humor and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters, the second in Balogh’s exceptional Westcott series, following Someone to Love (2016), is another gorgeously written love story from the queen of Regency romances.

 

stamedSteamed, by Katie MacAlister

Captain Octavia Pye is surprised to find Dr. Jack Fletcher aboard her airship, and he is astonished to find himself in a parallel universe as the always-inventive MacAlister fashions a highly entertaining steampunk fantasy romance

 

Straight from the Hip, by Susan Mallery

Blinded in an explosion, Izzy is taken to Nick’s ranch to recuperate in the third in Mallery’s excellent Titan series.

 

This Heart of Mine, by Brenda Novak

Back in Whiskey Creek after serving time for a crime she did not commit as a teen, namely killing a rival for Riley’s affections, Phoenix just wants to get to know her and Riley’s son. In this second-chance contemporary romance, Novak sensitively explores redemption, forgiveness, and the healing power of love.

 

Three Weeks with Lady X, by Eloisa James

James’ gift for creating complex characters enlivens this historical romance set in a rundown estate recently inherited by Thorn Dautry and slated for a major redecoration effort by Lady Xenobia India St. Clair, who thinks Thorn could use some serious sprucing up, too.

 

Through Waters Deep, by Sarah Sundin

Mary and Jim are working amid danger and suspicion at the Boston Navy Yard just before the U.S. enters WWII in Sundin’s exciting, intricately plotted, unusually thoughtful, and socially incisive tale of romantic suspense.

 

The Ugly Duchess, by Eloisa James

James expertly infuses her latest fairy-tale love story with humor and sensuality as wealthy Theodora Saxby, certain that with her looks only a fortune hunter will marry her, is forced to reconsider her best friend, the Earl of Islay.

 

The Ultimatum, by Karen Robards

Readers won’t want this adrenaline-rich story to end, and surely Bianca deserves a series. Nonstop excitement and a believable romance give this broad appeal. Buy extra copies.

 

An Unlikely Suitor, by Nancy Moser

Italian immigrant and dressmaker Lucy Scarpelli finds herself in an unlikely friendship with a socialite, which leads to forbidden love and danger in Christy Award–winning Moser’s historical tale of resilient, uncompromising women.

 

a wedding in springtimeA Wedding in Springtime, by Amanda Forester

Genie, fresh from the country for her debut, fails to maintain the proper decorum in Forester’s ebullient Regency romance featuring a scheming dowager duchess and her spinster business partner, a spy, a lovable street rat, and a Fagin-like villain.

 

What a Duke Dares, by Anna Campbell

Campbell continues her Sons of Sin series in this lusciously sensual, scintillatingly witty Regency romance about a fraught encounter between highly desirable Camden Rothermere, Marquess of Pembridge, and Penelope Thorne, the woman who turned him down years ago.

 

What We Find, by Robyn Carr

The well-paced plot, engaging and well-defined characters, and an inviting setting make Carr’s latest an enhancement not only to the romance shelves but to any fiction collection.

 

When the Duke Returns, by Eloisa James

Eleven years after their wedding by proxy, Lady Isidore finally meets her husband as James puts a clever spin on a classic romantic plot in the latest scintillating installment in her superb Georgian-era Desperate Duchesses series.

 

When Tides Turn, by Sarah Sundin

Sundin’s series is rooted in her fascination with the Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service (WAVES), the first female branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve. The romantic agony of forbidden love makes for a delicious finale, and the entire series, including Through Waters Deep (2015) and Anchor in the Storm (2016), is an inspiring and triumphant labor of love.

 

The Wicked Wyckerly, by Patricia Rice

Rice puts a reluctant earl, John Fitzhugh “Wicked” Wyckerly, and spunky, stubborn Abigail through all the trials evildoers and Regency society can concoct in the promising start to her Rebellious Sons series.

 

Wild Jinx, by Sandra Hill

Hill’s whimsical new Jinx romance is more fun than a barrel of frogs in Bayou Black as swamp granny Tante Lulu and her best friend, Jude, try to find a good Cajun girl for Detective “Tee-John” LeDeux.

 

Wolf in Tiger’s Stripes, by Victoria Gordon

Judith ends up joining Grazier’s expedition in search of the legendary Tasmanian tiger in a contemporary romance that offers biting sociopolitical commentary, a cracking-good adventure, mystery, and finely honed sexual tension.

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  1. lheitkamp@saginawlibrary.org' Lynn Heitkamp says:

    No Julia Quinn books at all? Her (original) Bridgerton series wrapped up more than ten years ago, but some of the titles in the Bevelstoke series are just as good, if not better. “What Happens in London” belongs on this list!

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