cover image Not You Again

Not You Again

Ingrid Pierce. Alcove, $18.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-63910-813-8

Pierce’s top-notch debut puts a dishy spin on the second-chance romance and forced proximity tropes. Wedding dress designer Andie Dresser is on the precipice of a career breakthrough when a client cancels an important order. She’d been banking on using that money to fund her debut show at Atlanta Fashion Week, and now she must scramble for cash. Then she learns that First Look at Forever, a reality show in which “perfect strangers marry, then they have eight weeks together to decide: stay together or walk away,” is filming locally and offers contestants $100,000 for their trouble if they choose to divorce at the end of the season. She signs up—only to find globe-trotting architect Kit Watson, the man who broke her heart in college, waiting for her at the altar. Kit is just as gobsmacked to see Andie. Will their televised marriage reignite their old spark? Pierce gets readers invested in her characters from the first page, and the romantic drama reads like an addictive season of reality TV—with a bonus peak behind the scenes. This will be catnip for romance fans. (July)