An Affair Without End by Candace Camp
Camp concludes the Willowmere trilogy (A Lady Never Tells, A Gentleman Always Remembers) with this delightful romantic mystery. Lady Vivian Carlyle, steadfastly single at 28, has always lived by her own rules. When she approaches her childhood friend Oliver, the earl of Stewkesbury, and proposes an affair, he is aghast. Bachelor Oliver is polite and stuffy—hardly a likely match for vivacious Vivian—but he can't deny their mutual attraction. Meanwhile, polite society is plagued by jewelry thefts, and when Vivian is asked to recover a family friend's missing brooch, she and Oliver are thrown headfirst into cunning intrigue. With clever and witty banter, sharp attention to detail, and utterly likable characters (including Oliver's brash American cousin Camellia and Vivian's brother Gregory, who enjoy their own warm and surprising romance), Camp is at the top of her game.
Almost Home (Chesapeake Diaries Series #3) by Mariah Stewart
Steffie Wyler has adored Wade MacGregor since childhood, but being rejected twice was just too much. When he returns to St. Dennis as a widower, with a two-year-old son, she isn't about to get her heart bruised again. But even when Steffie learns the whole story, risking her heart one more time might be more than she is willing to undertake. Other townsfolk and their ongoing tales weave in and out of the primary story line, adding new detail to St. Dennis's colorful tapestry, answering old questions, and skillfully setting the stage for future entries in the series. An old Ouija board with a spirit guide named DAZ, a box of used journals hinting at magical spells, and a puzzling romantic declaration hidden under ancient wallpaper spice up the mix and bump up the fun.Verdict Sweet, tender, and overflowing with small-town flavor, Stewart's latest reconnects an ice cream maker and a microbrewer and adds another delicious layer to life in this small bayside town, which readers are sure to want to revisit. Home Town Girl will be out in August.
Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann
In the powerful 16th Troubleshooter title, Brockman (Infamous) masterfully weaves the stories of the four Gillman siblings into a single narrative that reaffirms the importance of family. Ben, the youngest, asks Danny and Eden to come to Las Vegas and rescue him from their stepfather. Ben befriends Neesha, a teen running away from years of imprisonment in a brothel, as Eden struggles to prove she's not as messed up as Danny thinks she is. Eden is also dodging her estranged husband, Izzy, who served in the Navy with Danny; he and Danny's fabulous girlfriend, Jennilyn, are rare voices of sanity as the Gillmans try to forget the past and learn to get along while saving Ben and Neesha from their pursuers. The slowly rekindled attraction between Izzy and Eden is steamy, and Jennilyn is a rock for Danny, giving romance fans two delightful relationships for the price of one.