April arrives on Tuesday, and with this new month comes plenty of romance to compete with the spring weather for your attention. Our favorite new series continue while others come to their conclusion, plus some long-awaited stand-alones. Read on, and clear your calendar for some addictive reading.
1. Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom (Renegade Royals #2) by Vanessa Kelly
They are the Renegade Royals, illegitimate sons of the Royal Princes, each finding his rightful place in society—and the woman destined to be his perfect match…
Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him (April 1, Kensington/Zebra)
2. The Unexpected Duchess (Playful Brides #1) by Valerie Bowman
Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the duke…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages. (April 29, St. Martin’s Press)
3. Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes
Lacey St. James is stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker ex-boyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out. And then, she meets outsider Everett, who is house sitting his family’s mansion and shows an unusual interest in Lacey. He changes the way she looks at life – but what happens when she discovers that everything he’s told her is a lie? (April 8, St. Martin’s Press)
4. The Collector by Nora Roberts
When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. . . .
Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn’t capable of violence—against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession (April 15, Putnam)
5. Falling for Owen (McBrides #2) by Jennifer Ryan
Attorney by day, rancher by night Owen McBride conquered his dark past and made it his mission to help the innocent-even at the expense of a personal life. But when a client's abusive ex-husband targets Owen and his gorgeous neighbor Claire gets caught in the crossfire, his feelings turn anything but professional. The mysterious beauty awakens something in him, and he'll move heaven and earth to keep her safe. (April 15, Avon Impulse)
6. Every Part of You: Takes Me (Every Part of You #5) by Megan Hart
The addictive erotic tale continues: Together, they were on fire. Apart, they’re miserable. Can Simone and Elliott find their way back to each other? (April 1, St. Martin’s Press)
7. Soul Surrender by Katana Collins
The final book in the Soul Stripper trilogy: A fallen angel with a bounty on her head, Monica's a succubus with an unquenchable craving for sex. With one pulse-pounding orgasm, she consumes just enough of a person's soul to keep her alive. Of course that means human lovers are off limits, and so she keeps her distance from Drew, the one mortal she actually cares about. But Drew's been missing since his escape from Hell, and now her boss Lucien has gone MIA. Chased by every assassin this side of immortality, Monica has no choice but to abandon her low profile and put her own eternal life in dange
(April 29, Kensington)
8. The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off by Carolyn Brown
In small-town Cadillac Texas, Carlene Lovell discover another woman’s underwear in her husband’s briefcase. And she takes her revenge to Cadillac’s Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. (April 1, Sourcebooks)
9. Break for Me (Secrets and Shadows) by Shiloh Walker
Jensen Bell had twelve happy years before her mother disappeared and her whole world went to pieces. Since then, she's become a cop—one who takes great pride in her work, and in helping keep others safe. The saving grace in her own life has been Dean West, the only man who can make her burn with desire and help her through her burdens. But when a shocking discovery turns her life upside-down, even being wrapped in Dean’s arms might not be enough to keep her out of harm's way. (April 22, St. Martin's Press)
10. Rebecca’s Lost Journals Volume 3: His Submissive by Lisa Renee Jones
In this novella, Rebecca must decide just how far she will go for the darkly intense man who she is falling in love with. And does she dare believe that he too, will ever love her? The story is related to the Inside Out trilogy but reads as a stand-alone.