Romantic Novelists' Association

New Releases: May 2023

1 May 2023


Rachel Barnett: A Summer on the Riviera


Feel-good summer romance                                                                              Embla Books (Bonnier Books UK)
eBook, audiobook, paperback
16th May

Adventurous Bella becomes a yacht stewardess, deciding it’s the perfect travel opportunity. Renowned actress Felicia is desperate for a rest, some beautiful scenery – and cocktails. When Bella and Felicia’s lives collide, ripples spread in unexpected ways. They must navigate long-buried family secrets, unexpected romance, and a changed outlook on life.






Sharon Booth: Summer in Tuppenny Bridge


Contemporary Romance
Storm Publishing
Ebook, paperback.
16th May 2023

A heartwarming love story set against the backdrop of the charming Yorkshire Dales market town of Tuppenny Bridge. With two hearts in need of mending, a beloved old horse named Shadow, a missing pair of young lovers, and a family wedding, it’s going to be a summer to remember.






Cathy Bramley: The Sunrise Sisterhood

romance/ summer read/ commercial fiction
Orion Fiction
paperback original
11th May

Three generations of women, and the summer that saved them.
The holidays are here, and in Salcombe, Liz longs for the arrival of her god-daughters, Skye and Clare and Clare’s daughter, baby Ivy. After years on her own, she needs help to save the catering business she built with Clare’s late mother, Jen. However, half-sisters Skye and Clare couldn’t be more different, struggling with family secrets and hidden jealousies. As the women navigate this unexpected summer together, truths are revealed and their relationships are put to the test.




Terri Brisbin: A Lady’s Agreement


Historical Romance/Regency
Dragonblade Publishing
ebook, print
May 10, 2023

When a respectable lady and an arrogant businessman in Regency Edinburgh both want the same thing, will his ruthless methods win out or will the lady be the one opponent he cannot best?








Tanith Davenport: I’m With The Band


Erotic romance
Totally Bound
9th May 2023

When filmmaker Tawny begins work on a documentary about her rock star ex Marsh, she soon discovers his only regret is letting her go – but their reunion is soon threatened by a stalker who will stop at nothing to get to the band.







Helena Dixon: Murder at the Beauty Pageant

cozy crime
ebook, paperback and audiobook

Spring, 1935. Newlywed Kitty Underhay is enlisted to help organise the Miss Dartmouth Jubilee pageant at the Dolphin Hotel. When she discovers the threatening notes the contestants have received, Kitty has to figure out who’s scaring the competitors. But with two girls dead, participating in a beauty pageant has turned into a fatal occupation!








Liz Fenwick: The Secret Shore


Historical Fiction
HQ Harper Collins
Hardback, ebook, audio
11 May 2023

In 1942 top cartographer, Merry Tremayne, is sent home to Cornwall to solve a family crisis and help a team operating secret flotillas to France. Merry can map anything but can she chart the path to love?







Jean Fullerton: A Stepney Girl’s Secret


paperback and kindle
4th May 2023

East London, 1940. Prue Carmichael never dreamed that she’d work at a railway yard but soon meets handsome engineer Jack Quinn. But as Prue discovers his troubled past a new suitor appears. As air raid sirens sound, Prue faces a battle between her heart and her head . . .







Mary Georgina de Grey: Then The Earth Moved

Contemporary Romance
The Wild Rose Press
E-book and POD
Published 20/03/2023

Ambitious, talented designer, Isla Bruni, participates in an exchange in the beautiful mountain town of Fortezza to further her career. Love intervenes in the form of Edmondo, a serious but very sexy Italian entrepreneur. Only when her life is in danger does she realise what is important to her.









P. A. DePaul: Exchange of Fire

Romantic Suspense
Northfair Publishing
Digital and paperback
May 30, 2023

The past catches up to a sniper, Wraith, when her employers realize she’s not dead as she led them to believe. Former Marine, Grady, now a successful businessman, is dragged into a covert war when he stands beside the woman whose shadowy past consumes his attention.








Fly me to Paris: Helga Jensen

May 18th

Penny is not living her best life. Her job is far from thrilling and her long-term boyfriend shows no sign of wanting to commit.Just turned fifty she wants a new start and applies for a job as cabin crew, which brings the adventure she craves, except for handsome but deeply annoying pilot, Matt Garcia. Stuck in Paris on an unscheduled stopover, the chemistry between them grows. But the path of love never did fly smoothly, as Matt’s past threatens to come between them. Penny is not looking for love, but what if love finds her?






Emily Kerr: Her Fixer Upper

Romantic Comedy
One More Chapter
ebook (19th May), paperback (25th May)

Freya dreams of home ownership. Charlie’s struggling to get a mortgage. When the old friends bump into each other on a night out, Charlie jokes buying together would solve their problems. He doesn’t expect Freya to say yes, let alone yes to a less-than-perfect fixer upper. Will Charlie and Freya fall out of love with the house, or in love with each other…








Lizzie Lane: Daughter of Destiny

Boldwood Books
All Formats
25 May 2023

May sees the publication of the Strong/sugar trilogy set in the early 1800s.
First book in this trilogy is set on a plantation in early nineteenth century Barbados. A crime is committed that will echo through the second and third novels of the series.



Lizzie Lane: The Sugar Merchant’s Wife


Boldwood Books
All Formats
25 May 2023

Second Book in the plantation trilogy:









Lizzie Lane: Secrets of the Past


Boldwood Books
All Formats
25 May 2023

Final book in plantation trilogy: The conclusion.










Leonie Mack: A Taste of Italian Sunshine

Contemporary romance
Boldwood Books
Paperback, Hardback, Audio, ebook, large print
12 May 2023

An ambitious wine buyer hopes for a short stay in prosecco country in Italy, which is a bit too much ‘country’ for her liking, but the local community, especially her host’s cheeky grandson, are determined to show her there’s more to wine than the label and more to life than outward success.





Elizabeth McGinty: The Italian Connection

Large Print

Junior writer, Meghan, is apprehensive when she accepts a travel assignment in Italy. She shares her experiences with her new online followers and feels her confidence grow, along with her feelings for Giovanni the brooding olive farmer she meets. But will her jealous new colleague Anna spoil everything?








Arlene Pearson: Secrets of the Monument

Dual time romance/mystery
Kindle Store and paperback
Kindle/13 March 2023. Paperback/26 March 2023

2015 – Verity and Jeremy are idyllically happy in their new home, a country cottage at the foot of an old Greek temple. He promised her there will be no more surprises – until his chaotic nephew comes to stay.
1946 – Amelia and Ed, torn apart in distressing circumstances. Is the romance between the daughter of the Lord of the Manor and the son of a pitman over before it ever really began? Verity’s Grandad asks her to find his first love after sixty-seven years to reveal a life-changing secret. She embarks upon a journey, which takes her to different shores, where worlds generations apart collide. Will the mystery be revealed?






Catherine Tinley: A Laird for the Highland Lady

Regency Romance
Mills & Boon
Print and ebook
25 May 2023

Becoming a laird… worthy of the Highland lady?
In this Lairds of the Isles story, after an unexpected encounter with Eilidh MacDonald, Max Wood thinks this shockingly beautiful woman is unlike anyone he’s ever met! Working to restore the Scottish estate long neglected by his family, Max is achieving more than he thought possible. As a carefree second son he’s never considered marriage—until now… But will shaking off his decadent persona be enough to win the flame-haired lady who’s captured his heart?






Lydia Travers: Murder in the Scottish Hills

Cosy crime
Paperback, ebook and audiobook
Date of pub – 26th May 2023

Book 2 in The Scottish Ladies’ Detective Agency series.
Edinburgh, 1911. When Maud McIntyre and her assistant Daisy travel into the Scottish Highlands to investigate the strange behaviour of an art dealer, the last thing they expect is a body on the train. As they begin to piece together the two cases, the village artist is found murdered…





Georgina Troy: Winter Whimsy on the Boardwalk

Contemporary Romance
Boldwood Books
All formats
19 May 2023

Lexi Davis’s father sells her cottages leaving her homeless and heartbroken. Shocked to discover his part in her heartache, mysterious new owner, Oliver Whimsy offers her work and place to stay. With little option, Lexi accepts determined to discover why the cottages mean so much to this handsome, Scottish stranger.








Alan C Williams: Moonlight Rising

Romance Adventure
Ulverscroft-Linford Romance
Large Print paperback
1st April 2023

Jane has always loved the puzzles set by her ex-Bletchley Park codecracker aunt. But in 1963, amid the chaos following Kim Philby’s defection, is she ready to become a secret agent herself? Taking on the glamorous cover role of a casino croupier, she must not only resist her potentially lethal attraction to a fellow agent, but also outwit the enemies her feisty spirit makes along the way…







Mary Wood: The Orphanage Girls Come Home

Historical Saga
Pan Macmillan
Kindle and Paperback
Date of pub MAY 25th 2023

Amy, an orphan, is sent to Canada along with other misplaced, poor and orphaned children. She imagines she is going to begin a new and exciting life. But on the boat a dreadful secret devastates her. From then on life is a struggle.
Always she longs to get home.