A road trip from hell, a duke pretending to be anything but, and a perfect melding of sci-fi and romance are among our top romance reads of February.
Get reading now, because the month is short… and there are a lot more excellent romances to look forward to in March!
Duchess by Deception (Gilded) by Marie Force
Best known for her contemporary Fatal series and her Gansett Island series, Force delivers her historical romance debut with Duchess by Deception. When Catherine flees an arranged marriage with a viscount, she ends up fainting at the feet of the estate manager of a ducal estate in Essex. But unbeknownst to Catherine, the estate manager is really the duke himself, determined to evade the marriage-minded debutantes he's had to fend off in London. Secrets collide in this historical romance that many of Force's contemporary readers are happily gobbling up.
MOTION: Laws of Physics 1 by Penny Reid
Reid sets up a delicious good twin/bad twin scenario with this first book in her Laws of Physics series. Regular readers of Reid will recognize characters from other series, but previous knowledge is not essential to thoroughly enjoying genius twin Mona having to pretend to be her just-arrested twin, Lisa, so that their parents don't disown Lisa once and for all. To do so, Mona has to put herself under house arrest with Abram, her brother's best friend, for at least a week while Lisa gets herself sprung from jail. Warning: Motion ends on a significant cliffhanger, which will only whet readers' appetites for book 2, Space.
The Fearless King (The Kings) by Katee Robert
In Roberts's second addition to her Kings series, Journey King will do anything to keep her no-good father out of her business—even if it means asking for help from Frank Evans. Frank is a dangerous ally, but dangerous is exactly what Journey needs to keep her father at bay. When Frank agrees to act as Journey's boyfriend, he understands the risks are high, especially for his heart. This romantic thriller full of dark secrets and sizzling tension keeps the pulse rate high.
Three Little Words (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly) by Jenny Holiday
Model Gia Gallo is determined to help her best friend have the perfect wedding, even if that includes driving from New York City to Florida with the bride's gown…and an all-too-sexy groomsman. Restaurateur Bennett Buchanan initially pegs Gia as all bitch, no heart, but the snowstorm that forces them to find a way to get to Florida together helps him realize there's a lot going on behind her pretty face. And once stuck in a car together, sparks fly. Holiday gives each protagonist their due, delivering a sassy but substantial contemporary romance with a huge dollop of humor.
Devil's Daughter: The Ravenels meet The Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas
Kleypas mashes together two of her popular historical series into a romantic clash for the ages. Lady Clare has always hated the boys—now men—who tormented her late husband when he was at boarding school. When this daughter of a former wallflower meets West Ravenel, she can't ignore the attraction between them even as she sets out to take revenge on him for his past dealings with her husband. Fans of either Kleypas's Ravenels series or her Wallflowers series will delight in how they intertwine with these two passionate people who seem utterly wrong for each other… but end up utterly right.
Polaris Rising: A Novel (The Consortium Rebellion) by Jessie Mihalik
If you're like me, sometimes you want more romance in your sci-fi, or more sci-fi in your romance. Mihalik brings together the best of both genres in her action-forward and slow-burn sexy novel that pairs up a tough-as-nails princess with the vigilante known as the Devil of Fornax Zero. Ada has grown up among the knife-sharp words and diplomacy of the Royal Consortium, but when her father tries to force her into an arranged marriage with another Consortium family, she flees. Two years later, finally caught by mercenaries, she takes the better of two bad options by escaping with Marcus Loch, one of the galaxy's most notorious killers. To stay alive and out of the Consortium's hands, they'll have to trust each other. And neither one of them trusts easily. Also a best science fiction and fantasy pick of February.
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