Fresh Romance Picks

Romance is a genre with prolific writers and many sub-genres, which means there’s always something new to get excited about. Here are a few titles published in the past year; find a list of 25 recent titles selected by librarians in our catalog.

Book cover image for A Princess in TheoryA Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Naledi Smith is an epidemiology grad student in New York holding down multiple jobs to make ends meet, but what might put her over the edge are the nonstop spam emails claiming she is betrothed to an African prince. But it’s not a scam, and when Thabiso, the crown prince of Thesolo, comes find Ledi and she mistakes him for a new coworker, subterfuge begins and sparks fly.

Book cover image for The Governess GameThe Governess Game by Tessa Dare
Alexandra Mountbatten repairs clocks for the wealthy in Regency-era London. When an appointment takes her to notorious rake Chase Reynaud’s house, an accident breaks her chronometer and threatens her livelihood. But Chase needs a new governess for his spirited nieces, and Alexandra will take the job if it will get her back on her feet; if she doesn’t end up in Chase’s bed first.

Book cover image for The ProposalThe Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Attending a Dodgers game with her boyfriend of five months, Nikole Paterson is shocked when he proposes to her on the Jumbotron. It’s an easy answer – no – made difficult by a stadium of disappointed viewers. Carlos Ibarra is at the game with family, and comes to Nikole’s aid. Will their connection just be fun and games, or lead to something more serious?

Book cover image for TempestTempest by Beverly Jenkins
Mail-order bride Regan Carmichael starts her new life off with a bang when she accidentally shoots Dr. Colton Lee, her husband-to-be. He’s not happy, and Regan is certainly not the docile bride he was expecting. Set against the rugged landscape of 1880s Wyoming Territory, Regan and Colt must navigate differing expectations to forge their marriage.

Book cover image for Wild on My MindWild On My Mind by Laurel Kerr – In this small-town romance, Katie Underwood finds some orphaned cougar cubs and takes them to the local zoo for help. There she runs into Bowie Wilson, the guy who bullied her in high school. Katie thinks up a revenge plan that begins by collaborating with Bowie on a social media campaign to advertise the zoo, only to realize that Bowie may have changed since high school. Kerr includes some scenes narrated by the zoo’s honey badger, for some extra fun.

Book cover image for The Ones Who Got AwayThe Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren
Twelve years ago, Liv Arias survived a mass school shooting on her prom night. Now she and other survivors are back in town for a documentary filming. Reconnecting with her close friends and reviewing the promises they made to themselves and each other in the wake of the shooting, Liv runs into Finn Dorsey, her secret high school boyfriend. As Liv tries to make good on the person she wanted to be, will she take a chance on getting close to Finn again? Loren blends a solid romance storyline with reflections on the long term aftermath of trauma.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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