Love is definitely in the air for a single mother and a military bachelor; a mentally ill woman and a psychiatrist; and a resort employee and an entrepreneur. They will all navigate personal and relationship issues without the help of a clever psychic or a cruise ship captain and his affable crew. These smitten couples star in romances recently reviewed by Kirkus Indie.

Ava, a single parent, lives next door to Harris, a handsome Navy officer, in Kate Aster’s Romancing Christmas. When Harris builds a snowman in his yard one day, Ava’s young son, Nicholas, eagerly joins in. Soon, Ava and Harris are enjoying cheerful Christmas activities together while Nicholas spends the holiday with his father. “A delightfully romantic tale that hits all the right Christmas notes,” our reviewer writes.

Mercy by K.C. Decker features Mercy Kavanaugh, 20, who resides in a psych ward. She was abandoned in childhood by her religious parents because of her fierce hallucinations. The protagonist and her fellow patients are surprised to meet the charismatic new psychiatrist, Dr. Travis Sutton. Mercy proceeds to seduce Travis, but federal regulations will place her in a halfway house on her 21st birthday. Our critic calls the novel “a fizzy tale about an entirely inappropriate but entertaining love affair.”

In Melanie Munton’s Reasons Why Not To Date Public Enemy CEO, Mia Sparks has landed a job as a guest relations representative at The Sapphire, the new resort in Shell Grove, South Carolina, where she meets Aiden Beaumont, The Sapphire’s attractive owner. The members of Shell Grove’s old guard, who believe the large, five-star resort will wreck their cozy Southern beach town, consider him public enemy No. 1. According to our reviewer, “Mia and Aiden have sizzling-hot chemistry” in this “sweet and sexy” tale.

Myra Forsberg is an Indie editor.