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Love’s in Bloom: 12 New Romance Novels to Brighten Your Spring

by  | March 23
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Social distancing doesn’t apply to books, luckily, and this spring there are so many titles to look forward to, which are sure to offer a spot of relief and a place for our minds to escape—from Regency England to a galaxy far, far away. Among the spring’s new romance novels, there are so many good reads coming that we can’t list them all, including new releases from auto-buys like Eloisa James and Julia Quinn. Which of these feel-good reads are you looking forward to this spring?

The Honey-Don't List

The Honey-Don't List

by Christina Lauren

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren (out March 24) is at the top of my list of recommendations for a reason. The plot premise is hilarious. It follows two assistants to a married home improvement duo (think Chip and Joanna Gaines) who try to keep their celebrity bosses from killing each other before their new TV show airs. James and Carey start out as work rivals and low-key enemies, but they quickly learn the only way to keep their bosses happily together for the cameras is to combine forces and work in tandem. Of course, once the gloves come off, love swiftly follows.

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To Have and to Hoax

To Have and to Hoax

by Martha Waters

If you like the dueling couple in The Honey-Don’t List, then you’ll love To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters (out April 7). It offers up another pair stuck in a battle of wills—and this one is set in Regency England, so you know it’ll be a good time. When estranged spouses Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley find themselves in each other's company again after years apart, hijinks ensue as they each try to one-up the other in a game of manipulation, including feigning illness and faux mistresses. This is a delightful read where the stakes are the happy-ever-after they both deserve.

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Once Upon a Sunset

Once Upon a Sunset

by Tif Marcelo

Once Upon a Sunset by Tif Marcelo takes us on a journey through a family’s dramatic history and around the world. When a workaholic doctor is forced to go on sabbatical, she uses the time to track down an extended family she never knew in the Philippines and walk in the footsteps of her recently deceased grandmother. The cast of characters she meets are hilarious and endearing, and the sunny setting provides quite an escape. While it’s not quite outdoor season yet, this is one book you’ll definitely want to pack with you when it’s time to go outside again.

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The Sinner

The Sinner

by J.R. Ward

The Sinner by J. R. Ward (out March 24) continues Ward’s much-loved Black Dagger Brotherhood series with the story of BDB bad boy Syn, who heads out on an assignment that has him crossing paths with the Brotherhood’s greatest enemy and a half-vampire—Jo Early—in need of his help. Not your average romance adventure! Bonus: Readers will enjoy the extra time spent with one of J. R. Ward’s beloved characters, Butch O’Neal.

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The Ingredients of You and Me

The Ingredients of You and Me

by Nina Bocci

A new town and an old flame get a sweet end in The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci (out April 28). When NYC baker Parker Adams pulls up her roots and heads to a small town to figure out her next steps, she never thinks those next steps will include a former love. In this scrumptious read, Parker must rely on her expert cake-baking skills and Hope Lake, Pennsylvania’s community to win back her man.

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Me for You

Me for You

by Lolly Winston

Me for You by Lolly Winston offers a bittersweet look at moving on. The story follows a relatively recent widower, Rudy, whose job as the piano player at Nordstrom has him crossing paths with the beautiful clerk at the store’s men’s watch counter. Both of them are at the precipice of starting over and find love and hope in those new beginnings together, but when Rudy’s wife’s death is investigated, complications arise. Think of this adorable story as Disney’s Up meets Hercule Poirot.

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Recipe for Persuasion

Recipe for Persuasion

by Sonali Dev

Celebrities, cooking shows, chefs with something to prove, first loves: What’s not to love about Recipe for Persuasion (out May 26) by Sonali Dev? When Chef Ashna Raje enters a cooking show competition and is paired with a star soccer player (and former love), Rico Silva, she suddenly doesn’t like her chances of winning. Rico has his own recipe to follow—one that will lead to his winning back of Ashna. Dev writes another fun, modern twist on an Austen classic in this follow-up to Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors.

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The Fiery Crown

The Fiery Crown

by Jeffe Kennedy

For those missing Game of Thrones, The Fiery Crown by Jeffe Kennedy (out May 26) offers a lot to love. This second book in the Forgotten Empires series follows Queen Euthalia, the monarch of an island nation, and Conrí, the disgraced former Crown Prince of Oriel, as they race against a prophecy that spells their doom—and an emperor who will do anything to stop them in their mission.

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The Rakess

The Rakess

by Scarlett Peckham

Fans of Scarlett Peckham’s Secrets of Charlotte Street books will be thrilled to learn of her new series, Society of Sirens. The intrepid Seraphina Arden seeks to raise funds by publishing a salacious memoir that names all the powerful men to warm her bed. Before her work is done, however, she has one last indecent proposal to make to Adam Anderson—one month, no strings, no future. The Rakess (out April 28) is the feminist rant we all need, one in which we’re introduced to a society of scandalous women who are using their reputation to impact change.

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Starbreaker

Starbreaker

by Amanda Bouchet

Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet (out April 28) takes us to a galaxy far, far away and picks up another adventure with the Universe’s Most Wanted couple, Tess Bailey and Shade Ganavan. In the first book in the Nightchaser series, they were unlikely allies running from the Dark Watch; in this second story, revolution is in the air, and Tess and Shade are tasked with freeing a scientist who’s vital to the cause. A little galactic subterfuge makes the heart grow fonder, or so this soon-to-be power couple would have us believe!

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Girl Gone Viral

Girl Gone Viral

by Alisha Rai

Love in the digital age is hard—almost as hard as trying to find love while social distancing. Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai (out April 21) gives us all a little hope that modern love isn’t dead. Too bad Katrina King went viral with the wrong man—but the right man, bodyguard and longtime crush, Jas Singh, has just offered her a way out of town until things die down.

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Not That Kind of Guy

Not That Kind of Guy

by Andie J. Christopher

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher (out April 14) takes a little bit of The Proposal and adds a splash of The Wedding Date, all while turning the “boss-assistant” trope on its head. When Bridget Nolan, a kick-butt state attorney, needs a date to her brother’s wedding, there’s just one man for the job, and it just so happens he used to work for her.

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By day, Jennifer Proffitt works in marketing for a non-profit in Brooklyn. By night, she spends her free time writing and reading romance novels and talking about pop culture. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her cat, whom she likes more than most people.