Five of the Hottest Romance Novels This Side of The Web

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today, we’ll be recommending five of the most enticing, the most exciting, the most thrilling, the steamiest, Romance novels this side of the internet has to offer!


5-Where Are You?: A sequel to Chapel on the Moor by D.F. Dempster


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We’re going back a bit for this April 5th release, but, trust me, it’ll be worth it.

A retired career Naval officer, bank property manager, internet service technician, D. F. Dempster might be retired but he hasn’t stopped working. His independently published books have grown in popularity to the point that any publisher worth their salt might just be clamoring to sign him.


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Dempster’s first novel, Chapel on the Moor, introduced us to Merritt Geary and Frank Dole, who met by accident during the renovation of a long-abandoned rural chapel built one hundred years earlier by Merritt’s great grandfather. After a whirlwind of events, the chapel was completely destroyed thanks to the terrifying winds of a colossal storm, and the two parted ways after a brief but intense summer romance.


Where Are You? A Sequels to Chapel on the Moore

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Now they’re back. Fifty years later, a happily married Frank and newly widowed Merritt meet once more in their early seventies, thrown together once again by pure chance. With nothing to lose, they revisit the scene of the chapel only to find something they did not expect.

This August 5th release, in the words of Kirkus Reviews is “[a] slow-boiling but richly atmospheric exploration of late-life love and regret.” Old readers will find this book a great follow-up, but, fair warning, new readers will want to eagerly check out the first one once they’ve had this book ripped out of their hands.


4-The Work of Art: A Regency Romance by Mimi Matthews


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USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews knows the nineteenth century like the back of her hand. Her articles on the topic have been published in various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine.

Her newest venture are novels set in the nineteenth century, and her latest addition is truly a work of art.


The Work of Art: A Regency Romance

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After the death of her grandfather, Phyllida ‘Philly’ Satterthwaite is forced out of her home in rural Devonshire, plucked and thrown into the care of her uncle, Edgar Townsend, who sells her country home and drags her to London.

Now Uncle Townsend is intent to pair Philly with a husband, and the duke of Moreland, known as ‘the Collector’, has taken an avid interest in her.

Meanwhile we have Captain Arthur Heywood. Injured in the Peninsular War, he can no longer walk unaided, let alone shoot a pistol. Can a marriage of convenience save Philly? Or will life with Arthur put Philly—and her heart—in more danger than ever?

Kirkus Reviews calls this July 23rd release “[a] thoughtfully executed tale that perceptively dramatizes the tension between the demands of love and commerce” and we here at Bookstr say, when it comes to this book, romance and suspense are a match made in heaven.



3-The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret


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Another USA Today bestselling author, Vivienne Lorret gives us the third book in her Misadventures in Matchmaking series.


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The last thing matchmaker Ainsley Bourne wants is marriage, but when a vile suitor from her past reappears, Ainsley has to get creative.

Imagine the surprise when the gaming hellish owner, Mr. Sterling, learns that Ainsley Bourne wishes to wed him. Yes, he’s a handsome former prize fighter, but Ainsley clearly hates him and his brutish patrons that scare off her marriage-minded customers just across the street.

When he meets her and learns of her situation, he’ll willingly pretend to be in love in order to save her.

Kirkus Reviews calls this July 30th release “[another clever, charming historical romance from Lorret,” so if you think this book might be up you’re alley then check it out!


2-Too Sweet to Be Good by K.M. Jackson


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A fashion designer-turned-author, K. M. Jackson not only won a New Jersey Romance Writers’ Golden Leaf Award for her novel Bounce, but also received the New York Chapter’s 2014 Golden Apple Award for Author of the Year. Now, she’s released another book that romance lovers everywhere are sure to, well, love.


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Alexandrea Gale was once an aspiring actress, but she put her career on hold to help her family’s bakery stay in business. Now she wants to return New York, but she needs one thing: money.

To earn money, Alexandrea has been renovating a once thriving local vintage theater, but she finds herself at odds with the owner’s business-minded grandson fighting her every step of the way, but, for some strange reason, Alexandrea can’t walk away from the project and the grandson, Kellen Kilborn, refuses to try and fire her. Is there something going on here?

With family dynamics at its center and a warm, down-home feeling, this July 30th release is, in the words of Kirkus Reviews, “[a] true comfort read”.



1-Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein


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Author of Playing with Matches, Hannah Orenstein does it again with Love at First Like.


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Eliza Roth learns that her ex has just been engaged, so she decides to post a photo on her Instagram of herself wearing a diamond ring on her ring finger. Since she’s the co-owner of a popular jewelry shop, the assumed news that Eliza is engaged blasts off. Business sky-rockets, and so to keep that high, Eliza decides to find a fake fiancé.

There’s no better way than to describe this August 6th release than the way Kirkus Reviews summed up their review: “A classic wacky rom-com and an ideal summer read.”


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