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Martin, Alexa.

The ups and downs of love in the NFL are well portrayed with a heavy dose of humor and snark in Martin's sports romance. At age 27, Marlee's been not-quite-engaged to Mustangs wide receiver Chris for 10 years. The catty football wives, aka the Lady Mustangs, do little to hide their distaste for her being a mere girlfriend. When she catches Chris cheating and dumps him, the last thing she wants is a rebound romance with Gavin, the Mustangs' new quarterback. Independence is hard to keep as Gavin continues to pursue her, and the more serious they become, the more unwanted attention she gets from the media, disapproving Lady Mustangs, and a jealous friend of Gavin's. Perfect for readers looking for a fun contemporary. - Publisher's Weekly

Bailey, Tessa.
Fix her up

In Port Jefferson, N.Y., children's birthday clown Georgie Castle reconnects with her lifelong crush, Travis Ford, a former star baseball player sidelined by an injury. His despair over the end of his career is fueled by lingering trauma from an unstable childhood. Meanwhile, Georgie, at age 23, is tired of being seen as the pesky little sister. As Georgie helps Travis out of his pit of misery and into a deeply supportive, protective, and giving relationship, he gets into construction work and makes his way back into the world. Seeing Georgie with new eyes, fuels his desire. Meanwhile, Georgie is inspired to seek a new look, expand her business, and bond with other women. Delightfully intense and creative sex scenes and potent emotions will reward both fans and new readers alike. - Publisher's Weekly

Lauren, Christina.
The unhoneymooners

This dazzling standalone contemporary from Lauren is a hilarious comedy of coincidences. Olive Torres is a notoriously unlucky woman, but her luck seems to change after her twin sister Amelia's wedding ends with almost everyone sick from food poisoning. The only ones who dodged it are Olive and Ethan Thomas, the brother of Amelia's new husband. Olive and Ethan can't stand each other, and when Amelia insists that the two of them enjoy the prebooked Hawaiian honeymoon, which would be wasted on the unwell newlyweds, Olive is sure this will be the worst vacation ever. Instead, she finds herself having fun and rethinking her enmity with Ethan, who slowly reveals himself to be a genuinely decent guy. - Publisher's Weekly

Davies, Kate
In at the deep end

"A fresh, funny, audacious debut novel about a Bridget Jones-like twenty-something who discovers that she may have simply been looking for love -- and, ahem, pleasure -- in all the wrong places (aka: from men)" Warning: contains hot lesbian sex! - Publisher

Guillory, Jasmine.
The wedding party

Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. They hate each other. After an "oops, we made a mistake" night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa's wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they're comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won't fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn't looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it's suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvouses, they find themselves regretting that the end is near... - Syndetics

Thorne, Sally
99 percent mine

Darcy Barret has always been in the shadow of her twin brother, Jamie, and when it comes to Jamie's best friend, Tom Valeska, Darcy is sure she only has 1% of his heart. Darcy has spent 18 years nursing her unrequited crush on him, which is made all the more painful when he gets engaged to his girlfriend, Meg. When Tom arrives unexpectedly to head the remodeling of Darcy's deceased grandmother's house, Darcy can't help but fall for him all over again. Then Tom confesses that he and Meg have broken up, and Darcy decides this is her chance to win the other 99% of his affections. Their sexual chemistry is hard to ignore, and Darcy's snarky comebacks are the highlight of this novel. Fans of Thorne's previous work are sure to enjoy the witty dialogue and gradual friends-to-lovers tug-of-war. - Publisher's Weekly

Hunting, Helena.
Meet cute

Kailyn Flowers was always calm, rational, and controlled--until she ended up sprawled all over Daxton Hughes, the former actor she totally crushed on as a teenager. Then she did the unthinkable: She became a mortifying fangirl in five seconds flat, which may or may not have included professing her undying love. And oddly, he didn't run away. In fact, their meet cute led to a friendship she never saw coming. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming, either... Now Dax needs her help. As guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister, he's in way over his head. And though Kailyn hasn't forgiven Dax, she isn't heartless enough to make him fend for himself, either. Soon their friendly meetings turn into flirty dinner dates, and Kailyn can feel their chemistry is as explosive as ever. But how can she possibly let down her guard again? - Syndetics

Silver, Josie.
One day in December

Silver's lovely debut follows two young Londoners after a missed connection alters the course of their lives. Laurie, newly out of university, spots Jack while on the bus one December afternoon. Seated in the bus shelter along the sidewalk, Jack gazes back at Laurie and something electric happens. Over the next year, Laurie searches for Jack in vain until he shows up at her door for a party-as her friend's boyfriend. The story follows them through awkward dinners, double dates, and birthday celebrations that are full of highly flirtatious scenes where the two attempt to keep their mutual affection hidden. The mix of tension and affection between Jack and Laurie is charming, addictive, and effective. Readers who like quirky love stories will be satisfied by this cinematic novel. - Publisher's Weekly

Kelly, Mira Lyn.
May the best man win

Jase Foster can't believe his bad luck. He's been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend's wedding: Emily Klein of the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there's no way he's falling for her again. They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they'll just have to play nice--at least when they're in company. Once they're alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all. - Syndetics

Jones, Darynda.
Summoned to thirteenth grave

In bestseller Jones's ebullient 13th and final paranormal mystery featuring PI grim reaper Charlotte "Charley" Davidson (after 2017's The Trouble with Twelfth Grave), Charley returns to Earth following her banishment, and finds the alternate dimension that she and her husband, Reyes Farrow (aka Son of Satan), accidentally opened has covered Albuquerque, N.Mex., and is quickly spreading. Under it are countless demons that humans can't see, but who are making them sick. While trying to close the dimension, Charlie must also deal with the spirits of those who have died, and put her detective skills to work locating kidnapping victims. Series fans will miss Jones's snarky humor as they say goodbye to Charley, Reyes, and the host of memorable supporting characters they've come to love over the years. - Publisher's Weekly

Bloom, Carly.
Big bad cowboy

In this charming debut, Bloom's adroit humor animates congenial Big Verde, Tex., where Army veteran Travis Blake has returned to prepare the dilapidated family ranch for sale and take responsibility for his five-year-old nephew. Struggling for funds, landscaper Travis attends a fancy Halloween party thrown by a potential client and is unwittingly smitten with his competition, Maggie Mackey. Wolf-masked Travis and Little Red Riding Hood Maggie share a shatteringly sexy anonymous evening. This leads to spicy text exchanges that contrast with the slowly increasing, sweet intimacy of their in-person relationship. Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips will delight in this funny, optimistic, quirky contemporary. - Publisher's Weekly

Hoang, Helen.
The kiss quotient

Hoang knocks it out of the park with this stellar debut about an autistic woman who takes a methodical approach to learning about sex and accidentally gets a lesson in love. Stella is great at her job creating predictive algorithms, but she's not so great at relationships, which is why she decides to hire escort Michael. While Stella's intentions toward Michael start out as purely sexual, his gentleness and compassion begin to nudge her in more romantic directions, and his sense of honor, along with her tendency toward obsession, soon complicate their tidy professional arrangement. The diverse cast and exceptional writing take this romance to the next level, and readers who see themselves in Stella will be ecstatic. - Publisher's Weekly

Guillory, Jasmine.
The proposal

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surprise--or happen in front of 45,000 people. When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans... At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik's rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He's even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik's social media blows up--in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can't be looking for anything serious (can he?), so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. - Syndetics

Evanovich, Janet.
Look alive twenty-five

Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich's #1 New York Times -bestselling series. There's nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum. - Syndetics

Angell, Kate.
No time to explain

Richmond Rogues' left-fielder Joe "Zoo" Zooker has his own ritual for the start of spring training-a weekend of pure pleasure, including as many pretty faces and curvaceous bodies as he can charm into his bed. But when a beautiful woman with a smart mouth brushes off his flirting, he's determined to go to bat as often as it takes to win a smile aimed only at him. Stevie may be new to the beach town of Barefoot William, but she's seen plenty of charmers like hot and hunky Zoo before. Managing her aunt's doggie daycare business, she's up to her ears in rowdy puppies-and she doesn't need a lifelong hound like Zoo breaking her heart. But as spring training heats up, lust suddenly begins to look a lot like love... Book six in the series that starts with No tan lines.- Syndetics