Spring Romance: 10 Upcoming Books with Buzz

Big Spring Romances- Amazon Book ReviewIn spring, it is said, a young man's fancy lightly turns to love. Romance readers think about love year-round, which, IMHO, is a Very Good Thing. But spring is proving to be especially fruitful this year with a crop of tasty new romance novels.

It was hard to narrow this list down to only ten—some series starters, and one big series finale—but here are the top books I'm most looking forward to reading in these next few months:

 

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Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - I admit I've already read this, because I tossed away all personal responsibilities and burrowed into the couch with this book in hand as soon as I received it. And I enjoyed it immensely, as I do with most of Julia Quinn's novels, especially those that revolve around the Bridgertons or Smythe-Smiths. Quinn is in her element here, slowly building the relationship between two people who've grown up next door to each other but have always had a somewhat prickly relationship until...well, until they find themselves trapped together on the roof of an abandoned farmhouse. Quinn's newest takes place one generation before her bestselling Bridgerton series, with our heroine Billie Bridgerton being the older sister of Edmund Bridgerton. It's a different era, with the colonials in revolt over in America, but Quinn's fans should adapt quite happily.
 

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The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston - We return to the world of Call of Crows, where Vikings are still around, battling among each other and in service to their Norse gods. Book two has two bands of warriors putting their differences aside (maybe) to fight off a vengeful goddess bent on destroying the world. Magic, humor, and nonstop action are Laurenston's hallmarks, and I expect to see that and more in The Undoing.
 

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The Beast by J. R. Ward - More Black Dagger Brotherhood! And more Rhage, too. Rhage finds himself at a crossroads in J. R. Ward's new addition to her blockbuster BDB series, and his relationship with his mate, Mary, might not survive as he tries to defend himself from the dark emotions that are swamping him.
 

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One with You by Sylvia Day - The fifth and final book in Day's Crossfire series promises to crackle. Gideon and Eva have said their vows, but will that keep them together or break them apart? We'll find out!
 

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What We Find by Robyn Carr - A pending medical lawsuit and high-stress urban life in Denver sends Maggie Sullivan back to her small-town roots at Sullivan's Crossing, where another emotional blow threatens to pull Maggie under until she accepts the help of mysterious hiker, Cal. Carr crafts beautiful stories about people struggling to find comfort and meaning with each other, and I'm hoping this is another emotional tour de force.
 

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'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick - Calista Langley is made of stern stuff: She's practically raised her younger brother since their parents died, and she has started her own business in London that makes introductions between people seeking like-minded friends or potential mates. But when she receives from a stalker morbid items such as a tear catcher and a grave bell, she agrees to allow mystery author Trent Hastings to investigate. A woman-in-jeopardy novel set during a tumultuous time in England when women were finally allowed to retain ownership of their property, Quick's story melds a dangerous romance with fascinating historical details.
 

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Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee - Bybee's bestselling Weekday Brides series matched wealthy men with smart women. (PS—The men were smart too; it wasn't like the ladies were hitching themselves to dumb turkeys.) In her new series starter, Doing It Over, a woman voted Most Likely to Succeed returns to her home town feeling anything but successful but still searching for a way up. Her romantic interest is a handsome builder who loves small-town life. (I'm seeing a fair number of hot contractors in romances these days, probably because we all appreciate a hero who's good with his hands.) I'm guessing that this new series is about people who are jump-starting their lives after suffering disappointment, and I have no doubt that we'll root for them, as Bybee always does an excellent job of crafting empathetic characters.
 

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Dirty by Kylie Scott - Tattoos? Check. Male musician (well, former musician)? Check. Young woman who's done everything right but is now prepared to do something really, really wrong (or at least a little dirty)? Check. I enjoyed Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series immensely, with Lead as my favorite of the four books, and I'm ready and willing to follow Scott into her new series that revolves around bartenders.
 

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Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett - I do, actually, pick up books based on their covers, and this sassy, sparkling cover grabbed me as soon as I saw it. Then I read Sawyer Bennett's book Hawke last month, and now I'm excited about what's on the inside, too. It sounds like this epically hot romance will evolve over the course of three books, with the finale hitting in October, so be prepared for a lot of drama. (Though I admit I'm not loving the final book's title, Sugar Free. Too close to Fifty Shades Freed, plus anything sugar-free tends to taste worse than good ol' sugar-strong.)
 

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Deep Dark by Laura Griffin - Cybercrimes, sex, and murder mix in Griffin's newest romantic suspense novel in her 10-book Tracers series. A white-hat hacker with a brutal past pairs up with a Austin detective to solve the murder of a beautiful woman, but can they trust each other enough to share the secrets that might stop the killer? I love that the heroine is the hacker in this book, and I can't wait to see what happens.
 

 Which new books are you looking forward to reading?

 

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