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    Love Is In Bloom In These 27 Must-Read Spring Romance Novels

    Hearts and flowers and feels, oh my!

    1. An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler by Vanessa Riley

    Zebra

    Release date: April 27

    What it's about: Author of A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby, Vanessa Riley returns to 19th-century London to follow Jemina St. Maur, a woman who walked away from a shipwreck with her life...but not her memory. Jemina has no memory of her past or even herself — but she knows Daniel Thackery, the lawyer who broke the law to have her freed from an asylum. Between being a widower and a stepfather to a young girl, not to mention a Black lawyer in in the late 1880s, Daniel Thackery has his hands full. But he can't seem to stay away from Jemina's mysterious allure. Against his better judgment, he goes on a journey to help her learn the truth about her identity, and both of them discover more than they bargained for.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    2. Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

    Forever

    Release date: May 18

    What it's about: Rosaline Parker has always done what she's needed to do to take care of herself and her daughter. So when her house starts to crumble and she's on the edge of financial disaster, she signs up for a cooking competition show without thinking twice. She's got her eyes on the prize money, but the attention from two men — the suave, put-together Alain and a shy electrician named Harry — start to make her lose focus. Soon, the competition — both baking and the one for Rosaline — begins to heat up, and she has to make a lot of decisions about life, love, and her future.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    3. To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters

    Atria Books

    Release date: April 6

    What it's about: The widowed Diana, Lady Templeton and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham are known for flirting with fire. But their sharp-witted barbs spark a wager: If Jeremy marries within a year, Diana will owe him £100. The widow accepts his terms, but after Jeremy's most-recent lover criticizes his bedroom skills, he suggests a different proposal: Diana takes him as a lover and teaches him a few things. With Jeremy distracted in her bed, he won't be wooing potential brides, so Diana agrees, thinking that this will help her win their bet. But their feelings get more tangled than bedsheets, and with their hearts on the line, all bets are off.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    4. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

    Berkley

    Release date: May 11

    What it's about: Poppy and Alex are complete opposites with little in common, but when they met during their first year at college, they became fast friends. After graduating and going off to live in different parts of the country, the pair reunited every summer for over 10 years for a weeklong vacation — until they didn't. It's been two years since something ruined their friendship, but Poppy is determined to win Alex back. When she proposes a road trip and he surprisingly agrees, she knows that she has only one chance to restore their friendship. But will she risk it all for more?

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    5. Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick

    Berkley

    Release date: May 25

    What it's about: Event planner Carter Ogden is nursing his wounds after a bad breakup, so when he happens to meet Edgar — the openly gay English prince — at a work event and feels a spark, he's not sure if it's all in his head. But one thing leads to another, and soon Carter and Edgar are full steam ahead. But between the Queen's disapproval and the media spotlight, Carter and his prince have to fight for their happily ever after.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    6. The Devil in Her Bed by Kerrigan Byrne

    St. Martin's Press

    Release date: March 9

    What it's about: Francesca Cavendish is more than just the countess of Mont Claire — she's a woman on a mission. Francesca has been hunting the secret group that murdered a family. She's so close, she can taste her revenge, but her plans go awry when the Devil of Dorset, aka the Earl of Devlin, gets onto her. A spy for the crown with immeasurable power, Devlin (aka Chandler) has his own tortured past, but he also has a job to do. Yet thwarting Francesca and working to expose her also means he has to get close, and that has unexpected benefits...and consequences.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    7. Winner Takes All by Sandra Kitt

    Sourcebooks Casablanca

    Release date: April 6

    What it's about: When Jean Travis is tasked with announcing the latest lottery winners on TV, she never expects to be reunited with her childhood crush Patrick — an athlete turned sportscaster who's now $75 million richer. Patrick is thrilled to be reunited with his old study buddy, especially since his influx of cash causes more drama than he expected and he needs someone close he can trust. Jean is worried that their close connection will cause her old feelings to return...but this time, they may be reciprocated.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    8. The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

    Gallery

    Release date: May 18

    What it's about: Data and statistics wizard Jess Davis puts her faith in numbers, not people. After all, aside from the grandparents who raised her, Jess has been abandoned by everyone — her mom, her dad, and her daughter's father. So obviously, she has no desire to risk her heart by dating. But when GeneticAlly, a DNA-based matchmaking company, hits the market, her interest is piqued. Unfortunately, she's matched with the company's founder, Dr. River Pena, whom she's met and cannot stand. Still, numbers don't lie, and the company offers her a proposition: pretend to be a happy couple for publicity and they'll pay her a pretty penny. Needing the money, she agrees and soon realizes that GeneticAlly may be better at matchmaking than she thought.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    9. Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

    G.P. Putnam's Sons

    Release date: April 6

    What it's about: Maybell Parish is a romantic with big dreams living a lackluster life. So when she inherits a house in the Smokies from her great-aunt Violet, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start. But when she arrives, she finds that not only does the house need work, but she also has to share it with the grumpy groundskeeper, Wesley Koehler. Trying to play nice is like pulling weeds, but as they're forced to interact, Maybell starts to see beneath Wesley's grouchy exterior and finds a sweetness that changes everything.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    10. Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez

    Forever

    Release date: April 6

    What it's about: Vanessa is all too familiar with how short life can be, so she's spent the last few years living it to the fullest: traveling around the world and vlogging about it to her millions of followers. But all that comes to a screeching halt when she finds herself living in a small apartment, suddenly responsible for a baby. After a night filled with screams and tears — from both her and the baby — her neighbor Adrian, a hot lawyer who owns the building, comes to her rescue. A friendship sparks between the two of them, and they find themselves playing house. Their pretending quickly turns real, but with Vanessa's future uncertain, the two are forced to learn a lesson about taking risks in life and love while you can.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    11. Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

    William Morrow & Co.

    Release date: May 4

    What it's about: Eve, Justin, Susie, and Ed have been friends since they were teenagers. And over 15 years later, Eve is still secretly in love with Ed — who has a fiancé. Still, she can't help wondering what could've been, and she knows he thinks about it too. But all her fantasizing comes to an abrupt halt when tragedy strikes, affecting their friend group forever. Secrets come out, and Eve realizes that maybe she doesn't know her friends as well as she thought. But even through loss, grief, and betrayal, there may be love at the end of the tunnel.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    12. Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher

    Berkley

    Release date: March 23

    What it's about: Marin Cole has been afraid of traveling outside of her hometown in Tennessee ever since her journalist mother died while on assignment. But when her sister, a globe-trotting photographer, needs a little R&R after a rough trip, Marin agrees to accompany her to the island of Saba for a spa weekend. Then, not only does her sister miss the flight, but Marin's luggage also gets lost, and a bout of turbulence flings her into the lap of a handsome stranger. When she gets to the island, she's worried that she'll have to explore alone; but she runs into Mr. Handsome himself, and he helps her realize what she's been missing — both in terms of traveling and falling in love.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    13. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

    Avon

    Release date: March 9

    What it's about: After another failed attempt to get her life together, Eve Brown needs to try something new. On a drive to clear her head, she stumbles upon a quaint bed-and-breakfast and finds herself on a spontaneous job interview...with an obnoxious control freak. Being on the spectrum, Jacob Wayne likes to have everything just so, and that does not include the disorganized yet lively woman who waltzes into his B&B. But after an accident finds him unable to run his business, Eve steps in to help. After they continue to work (and live) together side by side, he learns that she's not such a mess after all, and in fact, they may have more in common than either of them realizes.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    14. Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam

    Avon

    Release date: May 18

    What it's about: Trixie Nguyen is determined to prove to her traditional Vietnamese parents that her nontraditional sex toy business can be successful. Her DC pop-up event is going well until she runs into the ex who dumped her via Post-it Note and broke her heart. Andre Walker never expected to see Trixie again, but he can't let their still off-the-charts chemistry distract him from saving his family's soul food restaurant in New Orleans. It takes them both by surprise when they decide to join forces and make a pop-up shop that serves both their clients, hungry and horny alike. Working together rekindles old feelings, but you know what they say about mixing business and pleasure... Do they put it all on the line for a second chance?

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    15. How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

    Avon

    Release date: May 25

    What it's about: In this Anastasia retelling, Makeda Hicks is minding her own business, trying to recuperate from losing her job and her girlfriend — all while hearing her grandmother once again retell the story of her summer fling with a runaway prince — when royal investigator Beznaria Chetchevaliere pops into her life with wild theories about Makeda being a long-lost royal heir. When her grandmother's livelihood is threatened, Makeda finds herself on a journey filled with adventure, high jinks, and even love on the high seas.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    16. The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert

    Berkley

    Release date: April 20

    What it's about: Like all the other women in her family, Sabrina Monroe is gifted (or cursed, depending on whom you ask) with the ability to see ghosts. She usually leaves the task of helping them with their unfinished business to her mom, except for one rom-com–loving ghost named Molly who's been by Sabrina's side since childhood. When Sabrina returns to her hometown in Wisconsin and strikes up a flirtation with Ray, the new owner of a local supper club, Molly is thrilled. Sabrina is too, but she needs to focus on finding a job and getting back to her old life, not falling in love with handsome men who make home actually feel like home again.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    17. Heart & Seoul by Jen Frederick

    Berkley

    Release date: May 25

    What it's about: Twenty-five-year-old Hara Wilson knows that she looks different from her white adoptive parents, including her loving mother, Ellen, and her less-lovable dad, Pat...not to mention Pat's new wife and biological son. It's never bothered her before, but when her dad dies suddenly and she overhears a comment about her being Korean at his funeral, she spirals into an identity crisis. Soon she finds herself flying off to Seoul to discover her roots and gets so much more than she expected, including spontaneous adventures, mysterious strangers, family connections, and forbidden love.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    18. The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

    Berkley

    Release date: April 6

    What it's about: Naomi Grant has become an international sensation since her sex-positive start-up took off. She wants to extend her educational platform to live lecturing, but no will give her a chance — except for Ethan Cohen. The new rabbi, who was also dubbed one of LA's hottest bachelors, was hired for his out-of-the-box ideas and tasked with getting more millennials to the faith. But his ideas have fallen flat and he's running out of time. With only three months left to prove himself, he pairs with Naomi to host a seminar series called "Modern Intimacy." While the series takes off, so do their feelings for each other.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    19. The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson

    Montlake

    Release date: April 27

    What it's about: Juliet Nolan is a professional dog groomer, but when her best friend asks for her help, she finds herself freelancing as a seat filler at some of Hollywood's biggest events. Not only does she never expect to get seated next to her childhood (and adult) obsession Noah Douglas, but she never expects for him to be an egotistical snob. To put him in his place, she lies and says she has no idea who he is...which Noah finds to be incredibly intriguing. Under the guise of grooming his dog, he reaches out, and soon the two find themselves in an unlikely friendship. Noah wants to be more than friends, and so does Juliet, but she has a huge phobia that's standing in her way. Noah offers to help her overcome her fear, and with a little work, the two might actually be able to have a future. But what's a future that's built on lies?

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    20. Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

    Berkley

    Release date: April 6

    What it's about: Sure, Hana Khan waits tables part time at the only halal restaurant in town, but what she really wants to do is tell stories on the radio. And if she outshines the other intern at the radio station, she just might have a shot to do that. Until then, she puts her heart and soul into her podcast, where she connects with listeners...or, rather, one in particular. But Hana's dreams take a backseat when a competing restaurant with a very attractive, somewhat familiar owner pops up, putting her job at risk. And then there's the arrival of her mysterious aunt and an attack on the neighborhood that complicates everything.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    21. The Heiress Hunt by Joanna Shupe

    Avon

    Release date: March 9

    What it's about: Harrison Archer may be a rogue, but he's not the type of man to leave his family in the lurch...even if they are estranged. So when he discovers that his deceased father left them bankrupt, he sets out to quickly marry an heiress. He returns to New York and enlists the help of his childhood friend Maddie Webster, who is the woman he secretly harbors feelings for but who is already engaged to a duke. Maddie reluctantly agrees to help but regrets it when seeing Harrison cozy up to potential brides stirs up unexpected emotions. With feelings for each other but engagements to other people, the pair find themselves in a twisted web they might not be able to untangle.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    22. The Duke Undone by Joanna Lowell

    Berkley

    Release date: April 6

    What it's about: When Lucy, an art student, stumbles upon a naked, drunk man in an alley, she covers him up and tries to forget about it. But ever the artist, her mind can't help but memorize — and then draw — the unexpected figure. When Anthony — the newly minted duke of Weston after the death of his cruel father — accidentally stumbles upon a copy of Lucy's drawing of him, their lives collide in a huge way. Anthony decides to make Lucy a deal: He promises to save her family business...if she helps him find his missing sister. As animosity turns into attraction and they both land in some sticky situations, they'll have to decide how much they're willing to risk for their forbidden love.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    23. Like Cats and Dogs by Kate McMurray

    Sourcebooks Casablanca

    Release date: May 4

    What it's about: Lauren Harlow has owned the Whitman Street Cat Cafe for a while now and doesn't appreciate when know-it-all veterinarian Caleb Fitch moves in next door and starts criticizing how she treats the cats in her care. She also doesn't appreciate her instant attraction to him, but that's a whole other thing. When a box of kittens is left on her doorstep, Caleb offers his help as a peace offering. As they nurture the kittens, they also nurture the relationship forming between them. But when a developer starts circling the block, they have to work together to save their business or risk losing it all.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    24. Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

    William Morrow & Co.

    Release date: April 13

    What it's about: Working at a retirement villa can age you, or at least that's the case for Ruthie Midona. When the twentysomething is teased by a hot stranger about her orthopedic shoes and pearls, she finally agrees to let her assistant help her rediscover her youth and get back into the dating scene. But the last thing she needs is that hot stranger — a tattoo artist named Teddy, who happens to be the new owner's son — moving into the villa and getting in the way. And not just moving into the villa, but in the neighboring apartment that shares her wall. What starts as too close for comfort slowly turns into a comfortable friendship teetering on the edge of more. But with the villa at risk of being sold and her beloved residents re-homed, Ruthie can't leave, and with a new business venture on the horizon, Teddy has no plans to stay. Surrounded by a cast of feisty, albeit old, characters, the two must figure out the balance between growing up and growing old without life passing you by.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    25. The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

    Berkley

    Release date: March 16

    What it's about: For the most part, software engineer Daisy Patel has her life figured out...just not her love life, to the dismay of her family. To avoid their matchmaking schemes, she lies about being engaged. The problem is that her fake fiancé happens to be Liam Murphy, her childhood crush who broke her heart. She reluctantly asks him to go along with her scheme, and Liam agrees — a fiancé is exactly what he needs to fulfill the requirement in his grandfather's will and keep his brother from selling off the family distillery. Not to mention, he can convince Daisy to forgive him for how he treated her in the past and give him a second chance.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    26. Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur

    Avon

    Release date: May 25

    What it's about: Brendon Lowell is the ultimate romantic, even creating a dating app to help people find The One. When his sister's best friend shows up for a visit, he thinks maybe it's finally his chance to find love. After all, he's crushed on her since they were kids. But Annie isn't looking for love, especially not with her best friend's younger brother...or so she keeps telling herself. Determined to fight for his happy ending, Brendon takes a page out of every rom-com screenplay, planning elaborate dates and wooing Annie in a way that would make Nora Ephron proud.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    27. The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod

    Sourcebooks Casablanca

    Release date: May 4

    What it's about: Antonia "Toni" Bennett always planned to use her guitar and love of music to help her escape her small town. And after she met Seb, she thought he'd be right there with her. But when Seb turned 18, he left her and their dreams behind without a second glance. Years later, Toni has put aside her heartbreak and steadily built a name for herself in Philadelphia's indie rock scene. When a friend convinces her to try out for one of the hottest new bands in the country, she's shocked to find that Seb is one of the decision-makers. She's also shocked to realize that her feelings for him aren't gone, as she had thought.

    Get it from Bookshop or from your local indie through IndieBound here.

    Which book are you most excited to read?