Happy Valentine’s Day, Savvy Readers! We hope your day is filled with love, chocolate, and of course… books! We love curling up with a good contemporary romance novel, and we’re SO looking forward to these great new books coming out soon! These reads are contemporary, diverse, and delightful. Get ready to add a big dose of romance to your TBR!
Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (May 7)
Get ready for a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have painstakingly built their lives in San Francisco. Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors follows Trisha Raje, a brilliant surgeon, who’s life changes when she meets DJ Kane, a man completely outside of her culture and comfort zone. It’s a compelling, heartwarming romance between two strangers from completely different worlds, and a poignant exploration of cultural assimilation, identity, and the meaning of the word home.
Love, and Other Things to Live For by Louise Leverett (June 4)
Bored of bottomless brunches and swiping right, Jess is looking for something more. After quitting law school to become a photographer, Jess is determined to try every experience London has to offer – especially love. The perfect book for everyone with a girl gang (or those looking for one!), Love, and Other Things to Live For is about women coming together to tackle today’s world.
The Chai Factor by Farah Heron (June 11)
Sophie Kinsella meets The Hating Game in this fresh, diverse debut that follows Amira Khan, a young engineer who falls for her grandmother’s tenant. How can she be interested in someone who doesn’t get her, or her family’s culture? This is not a complication she needs when her future is at stake.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey (June 11)
Georgie Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she prefers planning children’s birthday parties instead. Now, Georgie is determined to fix herself up and start living her best life (whatever that means). She proposes a wild scheme to Travis Ford, the hottest baseball rookie in town. The pair will pretend to date in order to shock Georgie’s family and help Travis land a new job. He agrees, because what’s the harm? But then Travis realizes that there’s nothing fake about how much he wants Georgie…
The Scent of You by Maggie Alderson (June 18)
A novel of exploring love, loss, forgiveness, and… perfume. Perfume blogger Polly is in crisis. She hasn’t seen her husband for months, after he announced he needs some space. As Polly distracts herself with the heady world of luxury perfume, she knows she can’t ignore reality forever. Eventually she’ll need to confront some difficult truths: about her husband, herself and who she really wants to be.
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (July 2)
Prepare yourselves for The Right Swipe, a sizzling new contemporary romance where two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom…Rhiannon Hunter has sworn off love, a strong stance for the woman who just created the new dating app Sparkin’. When Rhiannon meets Samson on vacation and falls hard and fast, all bets are off. But a few months later, the pair run into each other at a tech conference, only to find out they’re up for the same investors. All is fair in love and war, right?
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane (July 2)
You always remember your first love. Don’t you…? It began with four words: “I love your laugh. x” But that was twelve years ago. Now, Georgina’s new boss, Lucas McCarthy, turns out to be the boy who wrote those words to her. Could it be fate that brings them back together? Georgina hopes so. The only problem? He doesn’t seem to remember Georgina… at all.
The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem (July 23)
To Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents, finding a husband is as easy as match, meet, marry. But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance which has her convinced that real love happens before marriage, not the other way around. In this fresh, funny debut novel, a young, Muslim-American woman is given three months to find the right husband or else her traditional Indian parents will find one for her!
How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway (July 30)
By day, Mel Strickland is an underemployed helpdesk tech at a startup incubator, Hatch. By night, she goes on bad dates with men she’s matched with on dating apps. But after one horrible date too many, Mel designs her own app that allows users to log harassers and abusers online. It’s called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight. Mel’s almost-boyfriend, the dreamy Alex Hernandez has no idea she’s the brains behind the app, and soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life, and friendships, or change her life forever.
Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams (August 13)
Nadia takes the 7:30 train every morning without fail. Except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend’s house after too much wine. Daniel, on the other hand, really does get the 7:30 train every morning. One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of an ad in the paper: “To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?”So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.
Which of these rom-coms are you adding to your TBR? Tell us on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below!
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