The Best Romances of April: Our Top Five Picks

Adrian Liang on April 24, 2019
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Let’s see, what are the men up to in April's romances? The ladies are hunting bail jumpers, tracking down scientist baddies, staring down other parents who want to evangelize the religion of football, or turning into giant honey badgers. Among the gentlemen of April are a vampire seeking redemption, a bounty hunter with a hidden agenda, a giant panda shape-shifter, and (tension!) a wide receiver who is no stranger to concussions. Plus RaeAnne Thanye delivers a heartwarming contemporary novel about three women seeking a way toward the love they deserve.

These five novels below are among the best romances of April. Click here to see all the best romances of the month, which include new novels by Fern Michaels, Marie Force, Laura Griffin, Helen Hunting, Molly Harper, Alexandra Ivy, and Maria Vale.


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The Savior (The Black Dagger Brotherhood series) by J.R. Ward

Oooh, redemption quest! Murhder was expelled from the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but now he’s back to prove his worth to those he damaged long ago. Sarah is a researcher at a lab that, she discovers, is conducting horrible experiments. As Sarah and Murhder join forces, she’ll have to let go of her past as he fights for a future. Longtime readers of the BDB will enjoying tying up some but not all of the loose ends between Murhder and Xhex and John Matthew, even as a new threat arises.


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In a Badger Way (The Honey Badger Chronicles) by Shelly Laurenston

Following up on Hot and Badgered, Laurenston gives hot mess and honey-badger shifter Stevie her due—and a giant panda boyfriend—in this wild, cackle-inducing ride. The pacing is frenetic, the cast of characters long, and the romance assumed to be a sure thing by everyone but the panda, but Laurenston has a voice and storytelling magic that lets her break all the usual rules. Start this hilariously bonkers series with Hot and Badgered, if you haven’t already.


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Fumbled (The Playbook) by Alexa Martin

Martin’s Intercepted was one of our favorite romances last year, and she returns once more to the drama of the hot football players of the Denver Mustangs. Poppy Patterson and TK split up in high school, but their paths went in wildly divergent directions. He became the starting wide receiver for the Mustangs; she is barely making it as a waitress in a strip club. But a chance meeting could rekindle the fire, if only they can look past old hurts and be courageous in the face of new challenges that will upend both their worlds. Funny, touching, and sparking with power.


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The Cliff House by RaeAnne Thayne

Steering closer to women’s fiction, Thayne’s latest explores the complicated relationships, both past and present, of two sisters and their aunt. With the girls now grown, Aunt Stella now has a chance at rekindling the romance she set aside, while sisters Daisy and Bea have to figure out which bumpy path will lead toward true love. As always, Thayne shines a light into the scared corners of the heart and illuminates the beauty hidden inside.


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In Her Sights (Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters) by Katie Ruggle

Ruggle launches a new series starring five bounty hunter sisters with In Her Sights, and this new novel is chockful of everything her fans love. Molly Pax is never quite sure what to make of rival bounty hunter John Carmondy, but she does know that he’s just as happy to steal her bail jumpers from her as she is to steal his bail jumpers from him. So when he offers his help when Molly’s own mother skips out on bail, Molly can’t figure out what’s in it for him. High-tension thrills plus clever romantic repartee make In Her Sights another suspense-filled winner for Ruggle.


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