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Sarah Adams is an American author of rom-com, regency romance, and contemporary romance novels.

A native of Nashville Tennessee, she is best known for writing the Dalton Family Series, It happened in Charleston, and It Happened in Nashville, and several standalones including The Cheat Sheet (2021), When in Rome (2022), among others.

An avid storyteller who aspired to be a writer from her childhood days, it wasn't until she became a mother that Sarah finally stopped finding excuses not to write.

A wife, mother and indecisive introvert, Sarah enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee and learning British history.

She writes with the hope of making readers laugh or cry, but, most importantly, of leaving them with a smile on their face by the time they finish reading.

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Genres: Contemporary , Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Romance

United States


Non Series

  • The Cheat Sheet (2021)
  • When in Rome (2022)
  • Practice Makes Perfect (2023)
  • The Rule Book (2024)

Dalton Family

  1. Seeing Mary: A Dalton Family Novella (2019)
  2. To Con a Gentleman (2019)
  3. To Catch A Suitor (2020)

It happened in Charleston

  1. The Match (2020)
  2. The Enemy (2020)

It Happened in Nashville

  1. The Off Limits Rule (2021)
  2. The Temporary Roomie (2021)
It happened in Charleston

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Cheat Sheet

Is it ever too late to leave the friend zone?

The friend zone is not the end zone for Bree Camden, who is helplessly in love with her longtime best friend and extremely hot NFL legend, Nathan Donelson. The only problem is that she can’t admit her true feelings, because he clearly sees her as a best friend with no romantic potential, and the last thing Bree wants is to ruin their relationship. But those abs . . .

Nope! Nothing but good old-fashioned, no-touching-the-sexiest-man-alive, platonic friendship for Bree. In any case, she has other things to worry about. After a car accident ended her chance at becoming a professional ballerina, Bree changed paths and now owns her own dance studio, with big dreams to expand it. But one more rent increase could mean the end of the studio entirely.

Then, as usual, Nathan comes to the rescue and buys the entire building. A stubborn Bree is not happy about it and decides to rebel with a couple—okay, maybe more than a couple—of tequila shots. Then her plan backfires as she spills her deepest, darkest secret to a TMZ reporter. One viral video later, the world thinks Nathan and Bree are the perfect couple. 

Before they can really talk about her confession, Nathan’s publicist proposes a big opportunity that could mean financial security for Bree. The catch? They have to pretend to be in love. For three whole weeks.

What will happen when Bree gives in to the feelings she’s been desperately hiding for so long, and could she be imagining that Nathan is actually enjoying it? Sarah Adams scores more than touchdowns in this exciting romantic comedy

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0593500767
Publisher: Random House
When in Rome

Opposites certainly attract for the stranded pop star and small-town baker in this charming slice of romance from the author of the TikTok sensation The Cheat Sheet.

Amelia Rose, known as Rae Rose to her adoring fans, is burned-out from years of maintaining her “princess of pop” image. Inspired by her favorite Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday, she drives off in the middle of the night for a break in Rome . . . Rome, Kentucky, that is.

When Noah Walker finds Amelia on his front lawn in her broken-down car, he makes it clear he doesn’t have the time or patience for celebrity problems. He’s too busy running the pie shop his grandmother left him and reminding his nosy but lovable neighbors to mind their own damn business. Despite his better judgment, he lets her stay in his guest room—but only until her car is fixed—then she’s on her own.

Then Noah starts to see a different side of Rae Rose—she’s Amelia: kindhearted and goofy, yet lonely from years in the public eye. He can’t help but get close to her. Soon she’ll have to return to her glamorous life on tour, but until then, Noah will show Amelia all the charming small-town experiences she’s been missing, and she’ll help him open his heart to more.

Amelia can’t resist falling for the cozy town and her grumpy tour guide, but even Audrey had to leave Rome eventually.

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-0593500781
Publisher: Dell
Practice Makes Perfect

Annie Walker is on a quest to find her perfect match—someone who complements her happy, quiet life running the local flower shop in Rome, Kentucky. But finding her dream man may be harder than Annie imagined. Everyone knows everyone in her hometown, and the dating prospects are getting fewer by the day. 

After she overhears her latest date say she is “so unbelievably boring,” Annie starts to think the problem might be her. Is it too late to become flirtatious and fun like the leading ladies in her favorite romance movies? Maybe she only needs a little practice . . . and Annie has the perfect person in mind to be her tutor: Will Griffin.

Will—the sexy , tattooed, and absolutely gorgeous bodyguard—is temporarily back in Rome, providing security for Amelia Rose as excitement builds for her upcoming marriage to Noah Walker, Annie’s brother. 

He has one personal objective while on the job: stay away from Annie Walker and any other possible attachments to this sleepy town. But no sooner than he gets settled, Will finds himself tasked with helping Annie find the love of her life by becoming the next leading lady of Rome, Kentucky. Will wants no part in changing the sweet and lovely Annie. He knows for a fact that some stuffy, straitlaced guy won’t make her happy, but he doesn’t have the heart to say no.

Amid steamy practice dates and strictly “educational” tutoring lessons, Annie discovers there are more layers to Will’s usual stoic attitude. As the lines of their friendship become dangerously blurred, Annie reconsiders her dream guy. Maybe her love life doesn’t need to be perfect—it just needs to be real.

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-0593500804
Publisher: Random House
The Rule Book

Nora Mackenzie’s entire career lies in the hands of famous NFL tight end Derek Pender who also happens to be her extremely hot college ex-boyfriend. Nora didn’t end things as gracefully as she could have back then, and now it’s come back to haunt her. Derek is her first client as an official full-time sports agent and he’s holding a grudge.

Derek has set his sights on a little friendly revenge. If Nora Mackenzie, the first girl to ever break his heart, wants to be his agent, oh he’ll let her be his agent. The plan is simple: make Nora’s life absolutely miserable. But if Derek knows anything about the woman he once loved—she won’t quit easily.

Instead of giving in, Nora starts a scheme of her own. But then a wild night in Vegas leads to Nora and Derek in bed the next morning married. With their rule book out the window, could this new relationship be the thing to save their careers or the thing to spark the romance of a lifetime?

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2024
ISBN: 978-0593723678
Publisher: Dell

Dalton Family

Seeing Mary: A Dalton Family Novella

One gaze across the ballroom changed my life forever.

Lady Mary Ashburn intends to end her Season in London the same way she has ended her past four Seasons—as a single independent woman. If it weren't for her determination to help her friend make a match, she wouldn't be in London at all. Spending the rest of her days as a spinster sounds vastly more enjoyable than having her heart ripped out and humiliated like it was during her first Season. 

Risking that fate a second time is not worth opening her heart up to anyone. At least, that’s how she feels before the mysterious earl, Lord Robert Hatley, arrives in London and fills her life with a romance like she’s never known before. Torn between her growing feelings for Robert and her fear that his intentions might not be true, she must decide if she is willing to risk her heart again. Her choice only gets more difficult to make when her first love reappears with a changed heart and a determination to win her trust and affection again. 

Finally receiving love from the man she could never quite let go of could not have come at a worse time. Mary must choose between three different paths, each one at a cost that she fears will be too great.

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1707013470
Publisher: Independently published
To Con a Gentleman

He was her target. She was his diversion. Falling in love was never apart of the scheme.

As a con woman who has spent her entire life fending for herself on the streets of London, Rose Wakefield knows how to scam a gentleman out of his money without ever getting caught. That’s until she knocks on the wrong earl’s door and is faced with Carver Ashburn Earl of Kensworth and not the notorious rake she thinks she is approaching.

Carver is a good man, but even a good man cannot pass up an opportunity to escape his grief. What better way to avoid his feelings than to play into a con woman’s ruse and offer to marry her? Things only grow more complicated when Carver sweeps Rose off to his family estate and circumstances force them both into continuing the ruse.

Carver needs to protect his family, and Rose needs to protect herself—and her heart. With so much set against them, will Rose and Carver have a chance at love and freedom? Or is the possibility of more heartache not worth the risk?

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1692858810
Publisher: Independently published
To Catch A Suitor

Elizabeth Ashburn is sure of two things: She is in love with her best friend, and he is not in love with her.

Tired of wasting her feelings on a man who only sees her as Little Lizzie, Elizabeth sets out for her first London Season with the intent of pushing Oliver Turner out of her heart. It is time to focus on making a match with a gentleman who will love her in return. Elizabeth is determined to quiet her adventurous heart and catch the attention of the man Society has deemed the Unobtainable.

If only Oliver wouldn’t turn up around every corner, sweeping her off her feet, rescuing her from one unfortunate mishap after another. How is she supposed to forget him if he is always reminding her of why she adores him?

Oliver Turner is sure of two things: He is deeply in love with Lizzie, and he must let her go.

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 979-8612830634
Publisher: Independently published

It happened in Charleston

The Match

Sometimes, love finds you when you least expect it...

Having worked for Southern Service Paws for a few years now, I like to think I’m prepared for just about any client meeting under the sun. I am dead wrong.

The day I meet with single dad, Jacob Broaden, about potentially matching his daughter with one of our service dogs, I learn a few valuable lessons.

1) Always set my alarm clock.

2) Single dads are way hotter than I previously thought.

3) It is possible to go from fantasizing about kissing someone to wishing they would be run over by a truck in a matter of two minutes.

Unfortunately, I don’t hold that opinion of him for very long. Not when he shows me a different side of himself—one that’s sweet as maple syrup and hot as apple pie fresh out of the oven. And after a few days of working closely with him and his daughter, he starts looking at me with fire in his eyes, making me dream of something I probably shouldn’t…

A family.

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 979-8640214147
Publisher: Independently published
The Enemy

Enemies should never get a second chance. But this one might...

It’s been twelve years since I’ve seen him. Twelve years since he won our war of wits by outsmarting me with a tactic I didn’t even know was allowed. But tonight…I resurrect the battle.

Ryan Henderson is back in town for our best friends’ wedding, and I plan on showing him exactly how much I don’t care about him—or the almost kiss he ruthlessly dangled over me after graduation. A lot has changed since our feuding days. I'm a successful bakery owner now, and I plan to rub every delicious detail of my life in his ugly face. Just one problem: his face is gorgeous. 

He wasn’t supposed to look like this or pursue me like a sexy guided missile. I must stay strong until the wedding is over and Ryan scurries back into whatever alternate universe he escaped from. His interest in me is nothing but a continuation of the games we played in high school...right?

But the longer he stays, the more I wonder if I’m wrong and his tender smile and heated attentions are genuine. Maybe it’s not a game. Ha! Who am I kidding? This is Ryan we’re talking about. Of course it’s a game. A game called war. And this time, I will win.

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 979-8674439165
Publisher: Independently published

It Happened in Nashville

The Off Limits Rule

Breaking a rule has never been so enticing.

I have found rock bottom. It’s here, moving in with my older brother because I’m too broke to afford to live on my own. It’s okay though, because we’ve always been close and I think I’m going to have fun living with him again.

That is until I meet Cooper…

Turns out, my brother has very strong opinions on the idea of me dating his best friend and is dead set against it. According to him, Cooper is everything I should stay away from: flirtatious, adventurous, non-committal, and freaking hot. (I added that last part because I feel like you need the whole picture.) My brother is right—I should stay away from Cooper James and his pretty blue eyes. He’s the opposite of what I need right now.

Nah—who am I kidding? I’m going for it.

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 979-8567887479
Publisher: Independently published
The Temporary Roomie

What happens when you have to play nice with your greatest enemy? Revenge.

Drew Marshall may have let me move into his spare bedroom while my house is being renovated, but don’t think for one second his kindness comes without strings. Big, ugly, fake relationship strings.

That’s okay, though, Dr. Andrew. I’ll agree to your terms, move into your house, and act like your girlfriend when the big day comes; but I also plan to make your life miserable—make you pay for what you did to me.

I may not be good at forgiving or forgetting, but I’m excellent at getting even

Author: Sarah Adams
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 979-8712363735
Publisher: Independently published