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5 Romance Novels to Spring into May

By: Hidden Gems on April 25, 2023

Hidden Gems Books ARC service.

By: Hidden Gems on April 25, 2023


If you’re a regular on the Hidden Gems blog, you’ll know that romance is the most popular genre in the Hidden Gems ARC program. Our readers know that no two love stories are the same, so they scoop up new books every chance they get. If you’re looking for a new read to enjoy the spring weather with, there’s something for every romance reader on this list!

The SEAL's Pregnant Roommate

The SEAL’s Pregnant Roommate by Leslie North

With 175+ ratings and a 4.6 star average, The SEAL’s Pregnant Roommate is book four of the six book Hartsville’s SEAL Heroes series by Leslie North. In this installment, Harley and Garrett are thrown together in the wake of heartbreak and loss; will they be able to heal their losses together?

Marsha raves in her five star Amazon review, “…If you’ve read the earlier three stories, which came out a few years ago, then you’ll easily slip back into this world of tight friendships and get the chance to catch up with familiar couples — if The SEAL’s Pregnant Roommate is your first venture into this world, well, you won’t be the least bit lost as the earlier couple’s part in this story are quickly and easily described in either narrative or dialogue.

I enjoyed Harley’s and Garrett’s story. It’s a quick read with believable characters who are slow to trust and to give their hearts, but they do balance each other perfectly. I had fun and look forward to the next story in the series…”

“…This was a heartwarming romance with two damaged souls finding each other,” Sam concurs in their five star Amazon review. “Garrett needs redemption and purpose and Harley needs safety and security. Very enjoyable and sweet romance with some action and suspense thrown into the mix…”

The Least Amount of Awful

The Least Amount of Awful by Jennifer Millikin

With 170+ ratings and a 4.5 star average, The Least Amount of Awful follows Colbie Jones as she is called back to her hometown in the wake of her estranged father’s recent health scare. Somewhere along the way, she may just end up finding a reason to stay.

“Jennifer never disappoints, it’s a big reason why she’s one of my favorite authors,” Kenzie writes in her five star Amazon review. “All of her books are impossible to put down and this one is no different. As I’ve said before about her books, they rip your heart out but put you back together by the end. This book is a perfect mix of romance, spice, and tenderness. I would easily recommend any book written by Jennifer but I definitely recommend this one as well—you won’t regret it! I’ll be pining around until her next book comes out.”

Michelle P. concurs in her five star Amazon review, “Oh, how I enjoyed The Least Amount Of Awful! This multi-layered story was an absolutely charming small-town, reverse boss/employee romance, but it was also a lovely story about family dynamics, redemption and forgiveness, healing, hope, and letting go of the past…”

Missing in Action

Missing in Action by C.S. Smith

With 50+ ratings and a 4.6 star average, this military romance is a steamy hidden gem. Readers be warned, this series deals with topics such as sex trafficking and violence against women. Reviewers also noted that this is the second book in the Dileas Security Agency series, but you do not need to have read the first book to follow this installment.

Kel the reader writes in their five star Amazon review, “The last thing Emily wants is to get tangled up with a SEAL like her father and brother. She is fiercely independent and doesn’t need saving until she tries to save two trafficking victims. Nathan is a giant ex-Seal now hacker who doesn’t want to stifle her, but she is provoking a dangerous man. This book was filled with so much excitement, steam and heart. Poor characters can’t keep their hands off each other! The ending made my heart race!”

“This was a wonderful story of an independent and spunky woman and a hot ex Navy Seal!” Marilyn S raves in her five star Amazon review. “Who could ask for more! This was a story of a Seal that is protective and makes for a wonderful storyline especially as the characters are perfect!…”

London Season

London Season by Maude Winters

With 40+ ratings and a 4.6 star average, this is the first installment in the Regency and Rivalry series by Maude Winters. This installment features a royal love triangle, with an American-reared heiress at its heart.

“As someone with a deep appreciation for British love stories, I found this particular one incredibly moving and filled with intense emotions,” Abigail raves in her five star Amazon review. “The book is a well-written piece, something that holds a great deal of importance when talking about British royalty. The writing style is exquisite and does an excellent job of conveying the characters’ feelings. It’s a captivating read that will keep the reader engaged until the end.”

Gene M. concurs in his five star Amazon review, “If you’re a fan of British royalty and modern-day romance, you won’t want to miss out on this captivating novel! From the steamy romance to the luxurious descriptions of country houses, London Season has it all. The witty dialogue and well-developed characters make for a fast-paced and engaging read that will keep you guessing until the very end. This isn’t your typical love story, and the unexpected twists and turns will leave you breathless. Overall, London Season is an entertaining, flirty, and scandalous read that is perfect for a day at the beach. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a playful, romantic, and sexy escape from reality. It would make a great gift for anyone who loves royal romance or British culture. Maude Winters has outdone herself with this debut novel!”

The Challenger

The Challenger by Rowan Rossler

With 40+ ratings and a 4.5 star average, The Challenger is the second installment in The Hustlers Trilogy by Rowan Rossler. This tale follows an unpredictable tennis prodigy and a motivational coach, as they navigate mutual attraction with a fiery outcome.

DeLaney raves in their five star Amazon review, “Okay so this fully exceeded my expectations. The first book in the series ended and I had wanted to know so much more about the characters; luckily it continued in this story…This book was so good. It had great character development, romance plots, as well as a regular storyline that kept you intrigued from start to finish. I was so in love with their chemistry from the get go and so excited to see what became of their happenstance meeting. I cannot wait until the third book comes out later this year as it’s sure to be another epic and beautiful love story…”

Wendy L. concurs in her five star Amazon review, “…Both characters are haunted by demons, and the chemistry between them is off the charts and undeniable. This is a well written story which has suspense, secrets, humor, witty banter, an age gap, and is an entertaining and spicy sports romance…”

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