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Chantel Guertin. Kensington, $15.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-4967-3535-5

Themes of personal choice and female empowerment underscore this tender rom-com from Guertin (Love Struck). Kit Kidding, an Instagram influencer and the bestselling author of the book Kid-Free Forever, is immediately attracted to handsome chef Will MacGregor. The feeling is mutual, leading to an electric one-night stand. Though Kit isn’t looking for a relationship, she can’t seem to get Will out of her mind—until she learns that Will is a single dad to eight-year-old Addie, forcing Kit to cut all ties with him to preserve her carefully curated kid-free brand, which she uses to encourage women not to give into societal pressure to become mothers at the expense of their other dreams. But when she and Will are forced to work together on an Instagram ad campaign, spending time with Will and Addie leads Kit to reevaluate her life plan. Will is working to create the best life for Addie after the death of his wife, and Kit, who lost her own mother much too young, is taken with his sweet sensitivity and Addie’s spirit. Together they share their vulnerabilities, wrestle with difficult choices, and navigate the relentless pressure of social media. A cast of wonderful supporting characters, led by spunky Addie, add authenticity and tug at the heartstrings. Readers will be charmed. [em]Agent: Samantha Haywood, Transatlantic. (July) [/em]