Romance, like many genres, is continually evolving and broadening its definition with new subgenres, trends, and crossovers. The digital and self-publishing markets make it ever easier for authors and publishers to test new ground, see what readers are clamoring for, and find new niches for romance to claim. Don’t be fooled into thinking the tried-and-true staples of the genre are disappearing, though. Fans, while eager for fresh and original characters, plots, and themes, are also loyal, and many long-established subgenres are more than holding their own in popularity, with a nearly overwhelming number of options. Try something new or stay in one’s comfort zone? The possibilities are nearly endless.
History or Her Story?
Regency-set tales are easily the most popular form of historical romance. According to Jane Nutter, communications and marketing manager at Kensington Publishing, “Regency romance will continue to reign supreme, since it’s an entry point for so many people coming off of classic novels like [those by] Jane Austen.” To satisfy Regency fans, there are several debut series heading our way. Grace Burrowes begins a new series with a new publisher with The Trouble with Dukes (Forever: Grand Central, Dec.), a spin-off of her “Windham” series, while perennial favorite Mary Balogh begins her new “Westcott” series with Someone To Love (Signet, Nov.), a rags-to-riches story of an orphan inheriting a fortune. Lisa Berne’s You May Kiss the Bride is the first title in this debut author’s “The Penhollow Dynasty” (Avon, Mar. 2017), said to be “reminiscent of Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, and Lisa Kleypas….,” according to Avon’s publicity team.
A reimagining of Sir Walter Scott’s life in England’s Lake District is the subject of Josi S. Kilpack’s stand-alone novel The Lady of the Lakes (Shadow Mountain, Jan. 2017). Set outside of London’s ubiquitous ballrooms is the high-seas Regency adventure Lord of the Privateers (Mira: Harlequin, Dec.), the final title in Stephanie Laurens’s “The Adventurers Quartet.” Julia London’s “Highland Grooms” series launches with Wild Wicked Scot (HQN: Harlequin, Dec.) about feuding Scottish clans.
Is there no hope for other historical settings to take over the market? Allison Carroll, associate editor at Harlequin’s HQN division, believes “demand for love and adventure in different time periods and exotic locales continues to grow.” Publishers are meeting that demand with an abundance of historical romance set outside the Regency, such as Harlequin Historical debut author Jenni Fletcher’s portrayal of the medieval period of William the Conqueror in her captive bride romance Married to Her Enemy (Dec.). Kensington’s Nutter talks about a new pre–Civil War series that takes place in New Orleans, called “Bayou Bad Boys.” Set in the Antebellum South, it has a “lush, epic feel,” and “issues of the time are not ignored.” The first in this refreshing series is Kathleen Bittner Roth’s Felice (Zebra: Kensington, Apr. 2017).
Avon editorial director Erika Tsang also sees a shift in time frame for historical titles. “The popularity of Downton Abbey brought us more Victorian-era historical romances, as well as those set during the turn-of-the-20th century.” Kerrigan Byrne’s The Duke (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), the fourth installment in her “Victorian Rebels” series, features a nurse by day/spy by night who gets tangled up with a duke who has lost a hand as a prisoner of war. Published by Zebra: Kensington, Joanna Shupe’s “Knickerbocker Club” series takes place during New York’s Gilded Age. The second title, Baron (Nov.), spotlights a medium caring for her three siblings; book three, Mogul (Feb. 2017), centers on a heroine trying to find her missing brother.
Aside from the Victorian stage, authors are trying out the more modern early 20th century as a setting. HQN’s Carroll describes Sharon Page’s The Worthington Wife (Dec.) as taking place during the 1920s, “from the aristocratic estates in England to the roaring nightclubs filled with ex-patriots in France to the streets of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.” Erin Galloway, associate director of publicity for Penguin Random House’s Berkley division, says of Amanda Quick’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much (May 2017), it’s a 1930s romance “during the glamorous days of Hollywood in a small town where Hollywood moguls and stars seek privacy for scandalous trysts and wild parties.”
Contemporary titles remain hugely popular, with sports stories, and the alpha males who star in them, scoring big-time. “Hometown Players” is a winning hockey series from Victoria Denault; On the Line (Forever Yours: Grand Central, Dec.) is the fifth installment. Sara Rider’s “The Perfect Play” series focuses on a number of sports, with Going for the Goal (Pocket Star, Feb. 2017) about a professional sports agent falling for a bad boy hockey player. Liora Blake’s First Step Forward (Pocket, Nov.), the first in her new “Grand Valley” series, features a pro football player and the owner of an apple orchard that is about to hit bottom. Addison Fox’s At Last (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Nov.) stars a former NFL hero who walks away from the pros and clashes with a Brooklyn brewery owner.
While the traditional games will continue to thrive, the genre is broadening to include new and ever more exciting sports. Consider Rebecca Yarros’s Wilder (Entangled, Sept.), which features a five-time X Games (extreme sports) champion. And men aren’t alone in the sports spotlight. Underground (Crimson Romance, Nov.) by Cecilia Johanna stars a heroine who not only fights in MMA (mixed martial arts) matches but is also fighting to become a professional dancer. The second installment in Sara Rider’s “The Perfect Play” series, Keeping Score (Pocket Star, Nov.), stars a female soccer player who has won two Olympic medals.
Also focusing on physical feats and the drive to win, military romance is still going strong with Tawny Weber’s Call to Honor (HQN: Harlequin, Feb. 2017), the first in her “SEAL Brotherhood” series featuring fiercely competitive navy SEALs. [For more on military romance, see “Love in Uniform,” Collection Development, LJ 8/16.]
MORE THAN BRAWN
Physicality is undeniably sexy, but it isn’t the only game in town. “Smart is hot!” says Avon senior editor Amanda Bergeron, and the brainy side of romance is meeting the demand with a plethora of techie heroes and heroines. Ebook bundle Love, Corp.: 3 Geek Romances (Crimson Romance, Oct.) by Ashlinn Craven focuses on workplace romances set in tech companies. As Amy Pierpont, editor in chief at Grand Central’s Forever and Forever Yours imprints, says, “We’re flying our geek flag high.” Erin Nicholas’s debut series, “Opposites Attract,” about “three wonderfully geeky women and the men who are lucky enough to love them,” opens with Completely Yours (Forever: Grand Central, Dec.).
In a humorous take on the song and film Love Potion No. 9, a biochemist accidentally spritzes on pheromones, attracting a rock legend in Mary Ann Marlowe’s Some Kind of Magic (Zebra: Kensington, Jan. 2017). Romantic suspense is also getting tech-savvy with a heroine computer hacker in Sarah Castille’s new “Ruin & Revenge” series, which begins with Nico (St. Martin’s, Dec.).
Peter Senftleben, associate editor at Kensington, has certainly come across more “geek” characters, whether gamers or comic book fans, and enjoys “seeing a different kind of interest and protagonist that doesn’t always get to be in the spotlight.” Nothing could be more sweetly geeky and romantic than two gamers flirting and falling in love through a video game, as in Alexis Hall’s Looking for Group (Riptide, Aug.).
Even our favorite professionals, librarians, are coming out in force with Dawn Ryder’s suspenseful Deep into Trouble (St. Martins, Mar. 2017). This third title in her “Unbroken Heroes” series matches up a library worker with a special agent. Kensington’s Nutter says that “smart adventure-based romance is a genre that readers are clamoring for but cannot find.” She believes that debut author Susan Mann, a librarian, will “help fill the gap for readers looking to combine intelligent heroes solving riddles, find[ing] clues based in art, literature, and history, with rip-roaring old-fashioned adventure.” Her The Librarian and the Spy (Zebra Shout: Kensington) will be out in April 2017. Another librarian author, Sarah Title, begins a new series with The Undateable (Zebra Shout: Kensngton, Feb. 2017), which “deals with the ugly side of viral Internet fame” and has a sexy Latinx (pronounced Lateen-ex) hero and, of course, a librarian heroine.
Love from Another World
Fantasy and sf addicts are out in force these days, as can be attested to by the incredible success of TV series such as Game of Thrones and Outlander. Also, movie franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek as well as Marvel and DC superhero films continue to boom. Romance writers have taken on the epic fantasy and sf tales with crossovers that transcend genre boundaries. To test the waters, Kensington will publish Jeffe Kennedy’s The Edge of the Blade (Jan. 2017), an epic romantic fantasy with a twist: the female protagonist is a fierce warrior who protects the hero. Jacqueline Carey is no stranger to epic fantasy that also delights romance readers with strongly sensual, erotic plots, such as her “Kushiel’s Legacy Trilogies.” Carey here retells Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a tale of forbidden love, Miranda and Caliban (Tor, Feb. 2017).
For sf romance lovers, marriage and divorce give way to seven-year contracts in Erin Lyon’s I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions (Forge, Jan. 2017). Meanwhile, veteran fantasy and sf writer Connie Willis came out with Crosstalk (Del Rey: Ballantine, Oct.), in which couples undergo an outpatient procedure to connect emotionally like never before. Samantha Sotto’s time travel romance Love and Gravity (Ballantine, Feb. 2017) is likened to both David Nicholl’s One Day and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Paranormal romance interest remains strong, according to Tara Gelsomino, executive editor for Crimson Romance. “Shifter romances continue to be hot,” she says. Kathy Lyons’s bear-shifter series “Grizzlies Gone Wild” comes out of hibernation with the second and third books, License To Shift (Forever Yours: Grand Central, Oct.; Xpress Reviews, 9/30/16) and For the Bear’s Eyes Only (Forever Yours: Grand Central, Nov.). While Cathy Clamp’s second “Luna Lake” title, Illicit (Tor, Nov.), also features shifters from dueling bear clans.
HIT AND MYTH
Fairy tale and myth retellings are also keeping paranormal romance in view. Monique Patterson, executive editor and editorial director of romance for St. Martin’s Press, thinks that “retellings never waned in romance and have been happening across all the romance subgenres.” The press is releasing Kerrelyn Sparks’s new “Embraced” series, which opens with a reimagining of beauty and the beast, How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days (Mar. 2017).
Christine Warren proves that animals are not the only shifters around with Hard To Handle (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), the fifth entry in her “Gargoyles” series. While Tina Moss, an author with City Owl Press, thinks that paranormal romance readers “are loyal, hungry, and dying for more!” Her “Paranormal Crimes Division” series continues mixing it up with a vampire love interest and a shifter protagonist in Red Alert, coming in November. Other mythical creatures permeate the paranormal romance market as well. A demon abducts a fey princess in Kresley Cole’s 18th title in the “Immortals After Dark” series, Wicked Abyss (Gallery: S. & S., Mar. 2017).
The Chosen (Ballantine, Apr. 2017) is the 15th book in J.R. Ward’s “Black Dagger Brotherhood” saga, but fans can also indulge in her spin-off “Black Dagger Legacy” and its second title, Blood Vow (Ballantine, Dec.). In debut author Madhuri Pavamani’s new dark and erotic “The Keeper” series, an assassin must kill a target that has nine lives. The series begins with Dutch (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017), quickly followed by Juma (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Mar. 2017).
A Diverse UNIVERSE
All readers deserve books that represent their individuality. Crimson’s Gelsomino acknowledges that there is less diversity in the publishing industry than is warranted but that “both industry and cultural events in the past year have prompted some overdue and important conversations about inclusivity and representation in romance.” For years, many publishers have developed imprints dedicated to multicultural fiction, others to LGBTQ+ works, while still others increasingly offer a broader selection of materials, whether related to ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities, age, or body type. Diverse titles we’ve seen are predominantly from African American authors (and feature African American characters).
Selena James, executive editor at Kensington, states, “Urban fiction and contemporary romance are two distinct categories that remain favorites for African American readers.” Kiki Swinson’s sequel to The Score, which was published earlier this year, continues the story of her identity thief protagonist in The Mark (Dafina: Kensington, Jan. 2017). Tracy Brown’s Boss (Griffin: St. Martin’s, Jan. 2017), a contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, has been likened to the immensely popular TV shows Empire and Scandal.
New author Rina Gray has the second book in her “Crush on You” series, It’s Been You, coming out this winter (Crimson, 2017), after her debut, Fool for You (Crimson, Jul.). For some humorous wedding antics, K.M. Jackson’s new “Unconventional Brides” series for Dafina: Kensington begins this December with Insert Groom Here and follows up in April 2017 with To Me I Wed, in which the protagonist gives up on finding Mr. Right and marries herself. Debut author Serenity King’s Love Me Forever (Kimani: Harlequin, Mar. 2017) introduces a business tycoon who seeks tech help for his new company from the former owner’s daughter.
To get your holiday fix, Elle Wright is wrapping up her “Edge of Scandal” series with a Christmas novella, All He Wants for Christmas (Forever Yours: Grand Central, Dec.). Crimson Romance will be branching out with a historical Western novella by debut author Apollonia Lord. Sparks fly between a woman who runs the local printing press and a man whom she believes to be an outlaw who is really working undercover to catch a burglary ring in Seduced by the Outlaw (Sept.).
Many readers are hungry for romances featuring interracial matches. Michelle Forde, communications and marketing manager for Kensington’s e-original line Lyrical Press, says, “We have something wonderfully fresh” with Alyssa Cole’s new historical romance An Extraordinary Union (Mar. 2017), which finds a former slave and a Pinkerton detective going undercover in the South during the Civil War. Among contemporaries, Tracey Livesay’s latest heroine must rely on her baby’s father for help in Along Came Love (Avon Impulse, Oct.). Debut author Jey Tehya’s new novel considers love between a pansexual biracial (white and Cherokee) woman and a Mumbai man who is slated for an arranged marriage in The Wrong Kind of Indian (Wyatt-MacKenzie, Jan. 2017). Meanwhile, Harlequin’s Love Inspired imprint gets festive this November with Belle Calhoune’s Reunited at Christmas.
The availability of LGBTQ+ fiction is still growing as publishers realize these titles appeal to a broad spectrum of romance readers. As a result, Avon, St. Martin’s, Crimson Romance, and others are actively seeking romances featuring characters with a wider variety of sexual orientations and gender identities. Kensington’s Senftleben is hoping to acquire more LGBTQ+ stories but says, “It can be difficult to find the right voice to accurately and sensitively portray some issues.”
Regency male/male romances seem to be taking hold, with Cooper Davis’s A Gentleman Revealed (InterMix: Penguin, Mar. 2017) and K.J. Charles’s Wanted, a Gentleman (Riptide, Jan.). Avon Impulse welcomes its first M/M romance author, Cat Sebastian, with the Regency tale The Soldier’s Scoundrel (Sept.; Xpress Reviews, 9/30/16), about a low-born criminal and a high-born soldier. The second installment, as yet untitled, is slated for February 2017.
Despite the plethora of historicals, contemporary M/M romance still dominates the market. Anna Zabo continues to mix business with pleasure in Daily Grind (InterMix: Penguin, Dec.). Grand Central’s Pierpont is “looking forward to publishing the first in an M/M erotica series by RITA award–winning author Alexis Hall.” The first title, Arden St. Ives, will be published by Grand Cenral’s Forever Yours imprint in April. The fourth title in Santino Hassell’s “Five Boroughs” series, Interborough (Riptide, Oct.), brings back the characters from Sunset Park. A.M. Arthur retunes her musician-themed “Off Beat” books with a damaged guitarist in Hot Licks (Swerve: St. Martin’s, Feb. 2017).
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Lorelie Brown’s Take Me Home (Riptide, Nov.), the second in the “Belladonna Ink” series, focuses on an F/F relationship that blooms during a trip home for the holidays. An asexual woman finds herself in a dance competition with a biracial trans instructor in Cass Lennox’s Finding Your Feet (Riptide, Jan. 2017), Book 2 in the “Toronto Connections” titles. In the gritty and suspenseful Bad Boy (Atria, Dec.) by Elliot Wake, a transgender vlog star is also a vigilante punisher of those who hurt the disenfranchised.
Liberated and spunky heroines are definitely in the majority these days. St. Martin’s Patterson believes independent heroines dominate “because the women who write them and the women who read them are smart, savvy, independent women themselves.” Avon’s Bergeron seconds the emotion. “Our authors, their characters, and our readers are strong, empowered women,” she says. The heroine of Lindsay McKenna’s Wind River Rancher (Zebra: Kensington, Jan. 2017) returns from the war in Afghanistan and manages a ranch for wounded veterans and those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alison Bliss’s new series “Perfect Fit” is a trilogy involving plus-sized heroines who are “smart, sassy, and…know that the first step in finding love is loving yourself.” The first title is Size Matters (Forever: Grand Central, Nov.). For fans of the emotional romances of Jojo Moyes, Close Enough To Touch (Gallery: S. & S., Feb. 2017) by Colleen Oakley deals with a woman who is allergic to human contact but braves the world to make a life for herself and finds romance along the way. In Emily Brett’s adventure romance Found (Sparkpress, Oct.), an ICU nurse who has a desire to see the world accepts international assignments to experience life to the fullest, lest she die young like her mother.
With Fifty Shades Darker out in theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day, it’s a sure bet that not only is the erotica craze far from over, it will likely have another spike in interest. Claire Zion, Berkley editor in chief, says, “Erotic romance is still very popular for us, whether the books involve BDSM or not. Readers are definitely still interested in the taboo and forbidden.” One example is Tamsen Parker’s School Ties (InterMix: Penguin, Sept.; Xpress Reviews 9/2/16), in which a teacher has a fling with a former student. Keeping the forbidden theme burning, veteran erotica author J. Kenner continues a step-sibling romance in her “S.I.N.” series with Sweetest Taboo (Bantam, Oct.).
Two new erotica series are debuting this season. Kristen Ashley’s “Honey” books open with The Deep End (St. Martin’s, Mar. 2017), in which men serve as pleasure slaves at the Honey Club. Tara Sue Me launches her new BDSM training school series, “Lessons from the RACK,” with Master Professor (Berkley, Apr. 2017).
For a billionaire fix, try Opal Carew’s A Fare To Remember (Griffin: St. Martin’s, Jan. 2017): a cab driver and her passenger take a red-hot detour. Audrey Carlan’s Divine Desire (Waterhouse, Dec.) should have plenty of steamy scenes as two yoga instructors pair off. Debut author Sienna Snow offers up a BDSM series, as yet untitled, featuring billionaire women, with Arya’s Absolution (Forever Yours: Grand Central, Nov.).
Several publishers cited efforts to grow their digital imprints and increase the number of e-original titles. “It’s usually where we see the newest trends and ideas,” says Berkley’s Zion. Grand Central’s Pierpont notes how e-first publishing allows the publisher to “build the brands and following for our authors” before heading to print.
Traditional publishers are also keeping their eyes on indie authors, looking for talent. Avon’s Tsang says she is paying attention to self-published authors and titles, noticing what is buzzing or popular or even what her friends are talking about. This is how she discovered indie author Alisha Rai and her debut series, “Forbidden Hearts.” Next summer, Avon will be releasing Hate To Want You, a reinvention of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with lovers from feuding families meeting in secret. Crimson’s Gelsomino finds that most authors are “embracing the hybrid publishing model, releasing works through any combination of traditional, digital, and self-publishing to keep reader interest high and momentum building.” The result, of course, is that readers will have that much more to love.
Rolling On: Q&A Vanessa North
Vanessa North’s most recent LGBT romance, Roller Girl (Riptide, Jul.) garnered rave reviews for her sensitive portrayal of a transgender ex-wakeboarding star who takes up a new sport and a new identity. LJ checks in to see what she’s been up to and if more “Lake Lovelace” books are coming.
At the start of your career, you wrote paranormal M/F romances, but now your focus is on contemporary LGBT romance. What inspired the switch?
It was more of an evolution. When I started writing in 2011, paranormal shifter books were huge, I was reading a lot of them, and I enjoyed the challenge of the worldbuilding. But I was also a very new writer, still learning my own voice and my own core stories. It turns out, even my M/F romances were pretty darn queer, with bisexual heroines and gay subplots. Around the end of 2012, I stopped writing paranormal to focus on contemporary [romance] because I felt [it] suits my quieter, more character-driven voice more than paranormal does. Around that same time, I started focusing on the queerness in my stories instead of relegating it to subplots; it felt like taking a deep breath for the first time. These were the stories I really wanted to tell, and this was the voice I was still trying to find.
Roller Girl is the third book in the “Lake Lovelace” series. What were your goals, and do you feel you achieved them?
The “Lake Lovelace” series is all about fun and friendship and summer love that turns into more. I wanted it to be sexy and funny and evoke that lazy summer day feeling. I do explore some heavier themes in the series—depression, addiction, privilege, and social class—but for the most part it’s supposed to be a fun ride.
For Roller Girl in particular, I wanted to give Tina an empowering story where she challenged her own limits and ideas of who she was, but I didn’t want it to be a story about transition—because I don’t feel that’s necessarily an appropriate topic for cisgender writers to explore. There is a danger when privileged writers write about stories that aren’t ours to tell that we center ourselves and our perspectives, and I thought both Tina and my trans readers deserve better than that. Instead, I focused on the power of communities of women and Tina coming into her own as a member of one of those communities.
I do think I achieved the goals of writing fun summer love stories, and I hope that I also achieved the goal of giving Tina an empowering story without splashing my own privilege all around. Now it’s in the readers’ hands to interpret and engage with. Stories take on new meanings and new lives with each reader, so time will tell!
What challenges or advantages come with writing a series over a stand-alone novel?
In a series, you need consistency from book to book, and that’s both a challenge and an advantage. You can reveal new things about a character who was secondary in one book when you make them the main character in another, but you need to keep character[ization] consistent. The big challenge is that secondary characters and primary characters serve different purposes in storytelling. The wise-cracking best friend in book one who was there for comic relief needs to reveal his serious side and his hidden wounds if he’s going to be romantic hero material in book two. All of these characters view each other through different eyes and will have different interpretations of both their relationships with each other and their interactions.
The advantage is that you become so close to the characters in a way that writing a single book doesn’t quite manage. Ben, the main character from Double Up, is as familiar to me as writing in a diary…because I’ve spent so much time with him throughout the series. When you spend that kind of time with a character, you know them as well as you know yourself.
What sort of developments or trends in romance are you anticipating?
I think we’re going to see more queer stories in the mainstream—I think this has already started happening and is just going to continue. As there are more “dark romances” and “dark erotica” appearing in the market, we’re going to see more discussion about consent and rape fantasy in contemporary romance. The power fantasy alpha-male archetype is going to continue to evolve and be reinterpreted in different ways. We’ve seen werewolves and vampires, bikers and billionaires. I think we’re going to see more subtle variations on the power fantasy, too—more geek romances!
Tell us about your next project.
I’m wrapping up Summer Stock, another small-town contemporary, this one set around a summer stock Shakespeare company, a disgraced TV star, and the townie who catches his eye. I’m getting ready to dive into my next lesbian romance, Off Limits, which will be part of Riptide’s multiauthor “Rose and Thorns Ladies’ Social Club” series. And I do have plans for at least one more Lake Lovelace–set story—just as soon as I can fit it into my writing schedule.—Eve Stano
ROMANCE IN STORE
|Arthur, A.M.||Hot Licks
||Swerve: St. Martin’s||Feb. 2017|
|Ashley, Kristen||The Deep End||St. Martin’s||Mar. 2017|
|Balogh, Mary||Someone To Love||Signet: NAL||Nov.|
|Berne, Lisa||You May Kiss the Bride||Avon||Mar. 2017|
|Blake, Liora||First Step Forward||Nov.|
|Bliss, Alison||Size Matters||Forever: Grand Central||Nov.|
|Brown, Lorelie||Take Me Home||Riptide||Nov.|
|Brown, Tracy||Boss||Griffin: St. Martin’s||Jan. 2017|
|Burrowes, Grace||The Trouble with Dukes||Forever: Grand Central||Dec.|
|Byrne, Kerrigan||The Duke||St. Martin’s||Feb. 2017|
|Calhoune, Belle||Reunited at Christmas||Love Inspired: Harlequin||Nov.|
|Carew, Opal||A Fare To Remember||Griffin: St. Martin’s||Jan. 2017|
|Carey, Jacqueline||Miranda and Caliban||Tor||Feb. 2017|
|Carlan, Audrey||Divine Desire||Waterhouse||Dec.|
|Castille, Sarah||Nico||St. Martin’s||Dec.|
|Charles, K.J.||Wanted, a Gentleman||Riptide||Jan. 2017|
|Cole, Alyssa||An Extraordinary Union||Lyrical: Kensington||Mar. 2017|
|Cole, Kresley||Wicked Abyss||Gallery: S. & S.||Mar. 2017|
|Craven, Ashlinn||Love, Corp: 3 Geek Romances||Crimson Romance||Oct.|
|Davis, Cooper||A Gentleman Revealed||InterMix: Penguin||Mar. 2017|
|Denault, Victoria||On the Line||Forever Yours: Grand Central||Dec.|
|Fletcher, Jenni||Married to Her Enemy||Harlequin Historical||Dec.|
|Fox, Addison||At Last||Swerve: St. Martin’s||Nov.|
|Gray, Rina||Fool for You||Crimson Romance||Jul.|
|Gray, Rina||It’s Been You||Crimson Romance||2017|
|Hall, Alexis||Arden St. Ives||Forever Yours: Grand Central||Apr. 2017|
|Hall, Alexis||Looking for Group||Riptide||Aug.|
|Jackson, K.M.||Insert Groom Here||Dafina: Kensington||Dec.|
|Jackson, K.M.||To Me I Wed||Dafina: Kensington||Apr. 2017|
|Johanna, Cecilia||Underground||Crimson Romance||Nov.|
|Kennedy, Jeffe||The Edge of the Blade||Kensington||Dec.|
|Kenner, J.||Sweetest Taboo||Bantam||Oct.|
|Kilpack, Josi S.||The Lady of the Lakes||Shadow Mountain||Jan. 2017|
|King, Serenity||Love Me Forever||Kimani: Harlequin||Mar. 2017|
|Laurens, Stephanie||Lord of the Privateers||Mira: Harlequin||Dec.|
|Lennox, Cass||Finding Your Feet||Riptide||Jan. 2017|
|Livesay, Tracey||Along Came Love||Avon Impulse||Oct.|
|London, Julia||Wild Wicked Scot||HQN: Harlequin||Dec.|
|Lord, Appollonia||Seduced by the Outlaw||Crimson Romance||Sept.|
|Lyon, Erin||I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions||Forge: Tor||Jan. 2017|
|Lyons, Kathy||For the Bear’s Eyes Only||Forever Yours: Grand Central||Nov.|
|Lyons, Kathy||License To Shift||Forever Yours: Grand Central||Oct.|
|McKenna, Lindsay||Wind River Rancher||Zebra: Kensington||Jan. 2017|
|Mann, Susan||The Librarian and the Spy||Zebra Shout: Kensington||Apr. 2017|
|Marlowe, Mary Ann||Some Kind of Magic||Zebra: Kensington||Jan. 2017|
|Me, Tara Sue||Master Professor||Berkley||Apr. 2017|
|Moss, Tina||Red Alert||City Owl||Nov.|
|Nicholas, Erin||Completely Yours||Forever Yours: Grand Central||Dec.|
|Oakley, Colleen||Close Enough To Touch||Gallery||Feb. 2017|
|Page, Sharon||The Worthington Wife||HQN: Harlequin||Dec.|
|Parker, Tamsen||School Ties||InterMix: Penguin||Sept.|
|Pavamani, Madhuri||Dutch||Swerve: St. Martin’s||Feb. 2017|
|Pavamani, Madhuri||Juma||Swerve: St. Martin’s||Mar. 2017|
|Quick, Amanda||The Girl Who Knew Too Much||Berkley||May 2017|
|Rai, Alisha||Hate To Want You||Avon||Jul. 2017|
|Rider, Sara||Going for the Goal||Pocket Star||Feb. 2017|
|Rider, Sara||Keeping Score||Pocket Star||Nov.|
|Roth, Kathleen Bittner||Felice||Zebra: Kensington||Apr. 2017|
|Ryder, Dawn||Deep into Trouble||St. Martin’s||Mar. 2017|
|Sebastian, Cat||The Soldier’s Scoundrel||Avon Impulse||Sept.|
|Shupe, Joanna||Baron||Zebra: Kensington||Nov.|
|Shupe, Joanna||Mogul||Zebra: Kensington||Feb. 2017|
|Snow, Sienna||Arya’s Absolution||Forever Yours: Grand Central||Nov.|
|Sotto, Samantha||Love and Gravity||Ballantine||Feb. 2017|
|Sparks, Kerrelyn||How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days||St. Martin’s||Mar. 2017|
|Swinson, Kiki||The Mark||Dafina: Kensington||Jan. 2017|
|Tehya, Jey||The Wrong Kind of Indian||Wyatt-MacKenzie||Jan. 2017|
|Title, Sarah||The Undateable||Zebra Shout: Kensington||Feb. 2017|
|Wake, Elliot||Bad Boy||Atria||Dec.|
|Ward, J.R.||Blood Vow||Ballantine||Dec.|
|Ward, J.R.||The Chosen||Ballantine||Apr. 2017|
|Warren, Christine||Hard To Handle||St. Martin’s||Feb. 2017|
|Weber, Tawny||Call to Honor||HQN: Harlequin||Feb. 2017|
|Willis, Connie||Crosstalk||Del Rey: Ballantine||Oct.|
|Wright, Elle||All He Wants for Christmas||Forever Yours: Grand Central||Dec.|
|Zabo, Anna||Daily Grind||InterMix: Penguin||Dec.|