The Best Romances of May

Adrian Liang on May 02, 2017

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Perhaps it's because the cherry blossoms are still garnishing trees in Seattle and tulips are dotting every lawn, but this month I just couldn't hold myself back from picking 16 books (usually it's 10-12) to put on our list of best romances of the month.

Here are five we think you'll especially enjoy.


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Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark) by Kresley Cole - Cole gives the Beauty and the Beast tale her own special twist in her new Immortals After Dark novel. By imprisoning Lila, his longtime enemy, Sian hopes he will finally get revenge for Lila's betrayal. The catch is that Lila doesn't remember a thing about the moment that Sian has built his anger around for the past 10,000 years. The fast-paced banter between Lila and Sian will have readers chuckling even as the sexual tension heats to a boil. Cole has steered away from her core Immortals After Dark characters and plotlines in the past few books, and this one book continues along that side path. But a gripping story is a gripping story, so go into this one knowing that you'll still be wanting more Immortals After Dark when you finish the last page.

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The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick - Amanda Quick isn't afraid of trying out different time periods. Between her Regency, Victorian, contemporary, and futuristic romances (some written under the names Jayne Ann Krentz or Jayne Castle), she's covered most of the popular territory. The Girl Who Knew Too Much takes a daring leap into the glamorous days of 1930s California, setting the suspenseful action in an exclusive hotel north of Hollywood that's close enough for clandestine lovers to visit but far enough away to keep secrets safe. Irene, who's a suspect in her former employer's murder, and Oliver, the hotel owner, join forces to figure out who killed a young woman on the hotel grounds and now appears to be stalking Irene. An enjoyable read for those looking for a change of scenery without losing the slow-burn suspense Quick is known for.

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Public Relations by Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini - Contemporary to its core, this fun and genuine-feeling novel launches PR professional Rose Reed into the biggest job of her career when she's requested to be the new point person to UK singing sensation Archie Fox. Hot UK singing sensation Archie Fox. Like many PR people before her, Rose matches Archie with an up-and-coming singer in a fake romance in order to build up publicity for both artists. But despite her best efforts and her common sense, Rose finds herself really falling for Archie even as he's pretending to woo another. Coauthors Heaney and Rebolini capture just the right modern vibe between Rose's focus on building her career, the cool-headed calculations that go into "effortless" social media, and the emotions that can undercut good judgment no matter how smart you are.

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Reed (The Malloys of Montana) by R. C. Ryan - Montana can't hold a candle to the rugged Malloys. This newest contemporary western by R.C. Ryan (aka Ruth Ryan Langan) follows a beloved story line of the lone-wolf hero whose life is overturned by a warmhearted woman. The attraction between Reed and Ally flares almost instantly, but she pushes back, unwilling to trust where her trust has been broken before. But when danger threatens Ally, Reed and his family become her defense and her foundation, opening her eyes to a possible future. A sweet and warm story, where the heart, not the loins, leads the way.

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Bombshell (Hollywood A-List Book 1) by CD Reiss - This clever cocktail of a sudden baby romance (though she's five years old) and an opposites attract romance (he's a movie star; she's a nanny) will have you giggling in no time. Professional nanny Cara wants to teach new dad Brad how to be a good parent of Nicole, who's been dropped into his care with little warning. Cara does not want to be Brad's latest fling, and she fends off his almost instinctive flirtation with professionalism and calm. But when Brad starts to fall in love with his own child, Cara finds her heart in danger too. Hilarious and sweet at once, this seems frothy at the outset but packs an emotional left-hook.

To see the entire list—which includes new books from Brenda Jackson, Harper Sloan, Catherine Bybee, and Rebecca Zanetti—visit our best romances of the month page on

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