10 Highly Anticipated New Romances

Adrian Liang on January 25, 2018
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Or should I say "10 hotly anticipated new romances"? Hee hee!

Some of the 10 books below promise to be searingly sexual, others laugh-out-loud funny, and still others will make you jump at inexplicable noises in the night.

Check out these new romances arriving on shelves between now and the end of April that promise to be top-notch.

(No, I won't make a notch-in-the-bedpost joke. Oops, too late.)

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Whiskey Sharp: Unraveled by Lauren Dane - A whiskey bar, a part-time punk rocker, and one sexy night combine for a sizzling Seattle-set read. Expect lots of tattoos to be bared. Maybe also expect a bit of confusion while reading because the heroine's name is Maybe. (January 30)

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Unraveled by Helen Hardt - Hardt returns with book nine of her Steel Brothers saga, in which Ryan Steel and Ruby Lee finally confront the questions that threaten to keep them apart. Passionate and surprising, these books have Hardt's fans hooked. (February 13)

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A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole - You know those phishing emails you get about helping out an African prince? Grad student Naledi Smith gets similar ones that claim she's betrothed to one, Prince Thabiso. But it's actually true. Cole swirls together mistaken identities with the simmering Royals romance trend for a fun, contemporary charmer. (February 27)

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Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid - Reid's Knitting in the City series gets serious (well, as serious as a comic romance can get) when billionaire heiress Kat Tanner coaxes Dan the Security Man into marrying her because he's trustworthy and clearly has no romantic feelings for her. I suspect Kat's going to get a surprise.... (March 6)

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Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee - Bybee's books aren't afraid to take a long look down the Crazy Cliff of love and heartbreak, and this one about the sparks that spring up between a marketing superstar and her boss should be just as daring. It'll be interesting to see how Bybee handles office romances in a post-Weinstein world. (March 6)

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What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell - Bell starts off a new historical series called School for Dukes, launching it with the age-old but always delightful story of a governess who has to bring unruly children and their unruly but sexy guardian under control. Again, it will be interesting to watch how a workplace romance plays out on the page, this time in a historical guise. (March 27)

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The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard - The very long book copy seems to give the whole plot away, but I'll keep it concise: female drone operator wins the heart of a paramilitary soldier, and when she's left behind in Syria, she and he have to fight against all odds to find each other again. Howard writes great strong women characters, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she does in this new novel. (March 6)

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Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai - Rai returns to the Chandler family as former good-girl Eve Chandler turns her sights on her longtime childhood crush who is utterly no good for her. Or so everyone but Eve thinks. Rai expertly exposes the raw edges of real love. (March 27)

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The Thief by J.R. Ward - Back with her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Ward focuses on a human cat burglar who is the only one who can bring the man she loves out of a coma. But he's not a man; he's a vampire who defends the Brotherhood. Can the mortal woman handle the truth? (My bet is on yes. And it will be fun getting there.) (April 10)

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The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr - Dakota Jones, unsure of what his next adventure will be, stops by the small town of Sullivan's Crossing to meet his siblings who've settled there. As he spends time with his brother and sister, Dakota discovers that though he and his siblings started walking their own paths a long time ago, all roads lead back to family. And love. Carr knows how to tug on the heartstrings, so expect to both smile and get misty-eyed with her latest novel. (April 17)


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