Best new romance novels for July

  1. "A Promise of Fire," by Amanda Bouchet (Sourcebooks)
    The first book in the Kingmaker Chronicles series matches a magical heroine with a warrior hero to remarkable effect. Cat is the Kingmaker, a soothsayer of sorts who can feel the truth in others and siphon and reuse magic. She has been alone and in hiding for much of her life, terrified of discovery in a world at war. When she is captured by Griffin, a warrior king sent by an oracle, her fear runs at odds with her desire to be a part of his quest for peace.
  2. "The Hating Game," by Sally Thorne (Morrow)
    This utterly delightful novel will satisfy hearts longing for laughter in their love stories. A classic enemies-to-lovers romance, the book tells the story of Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, each a genius lieutenant in one of two recently merged companies. Two people have never irritated each other more — a fact that becomes even more clear when they are pitted against each other for a tempting promotion.
  3. "The Highlander," by Kerrigan Byrne (St. Martin’s)
    The third book in Byrne’s Victorian Rebels series sets a rich, emotional love story against some of the Victorian era’s darkest backdrops. Known as the Demon Highlander, Liam MacKenzie did what had to be done to save his clan and assume the role of laird. Now faced with a title and an inherited family, he requires a governess to keep his children in line. Enter Philomena “Mena” Lockhart, deep in hiding from a husband so abusive she chose a Victorian asylum over life with him.