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Second chances at love, holiday cheer, and fresh starts abound in the best new romance books of October. This month’s selection of fresh reads puts the focus squarely on characters who are chasing the lives they want, even if it means defying family expectations or reevaluating their own stance on love. One thing is certain: every single one of these lovely books will leave you swooning as you root for a bevy of captivating characters to realize they’re perfect for one another. Need even more romance in your life? Once you’ve read these 14 knockouts, don’t forget to check out the best romance reads of September, too.