Here are books that I've loved:
1. All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins---hilarious, heart-warming, and touching. I lived in Vermont for four years, and the setting is pitch-on perfect. I loved Callie and could identify with her, and Ian is the type of hero I always swoon over--hard exterior with a soft interior.
2. Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun---I can't begin to express how much I love this book. It's an older woman/younger man, and the relationship grows from this one night stand into something meaningful, and oh my god, there is one scene in there that you will need to turn the AC on full blast. (Hint: it involves role playing.) Also, I love Calhoun's writing and will read anything that she writes. (This book is only available digitally but should be at all retailers.)
3. Crazy for Love by Victoria Dahl---Chloe is that girl that everyone knows because of a national scandal; Max is a treasure hunter who has OCD (and he's utterly charming). Chloe's best friend and Max's brother have a great secondary romance, and one scene of theirs had me laughing so hard. Read this now.
4. Last Night's Scandal by Loretta Chase---simply wonderful and lived up to every single one of my expectations and then some. I absolutely loved Olivia. And this book had me in awe of Chase's masterful writing. Seriously, Loretta, you are awesome.
5. Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt---I just read this two nights ago. As many know, I'm not a fan of the 18th-century setting, particularly the Georgian era (maybe it's because of the wigs?). But Hoyt is an exception and her story and characters are fantastic. I also loved the other characters and am particularly looking forward to Hero's story. (I also really want Charming Mickey to end up being a hero.)
6. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin---I'm actually reading this right now and all I can say is . . . wow. Just wow. Fighting, the Tang Dynasty, powerful writing. Pre-order this now. You don't want to miss it.
7. The Amelia Peabody series---if you haven't read these books, do so now. (Start with Crocodile on the Sandbank.) My friend Robin recommended this to me, and ever since then, I've been on a slow, but determined glom of them.
What books have you read and loved recently?