Romance

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Red, white & royal blue : a novel

Casey McQuiston

FICTION Mcquisto Casey
Fiction, LGBTQ+, Romance

After an international incident affects U.S. and British relations, the president's son Alex and Prince Henry must pretend to be best friends, but as they spend time together, the two begin a secret romance that could derail a presidential campaign.

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Red, white & royal blue : a novel

Casey McQuiston

FICTION Mcquisto Casey
Romance

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius―his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn't always diplomatic.

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and proclaim Red, White & Royal Blue my favorite book of 2019! I was immediately captivated by the world newcomer Casey McQuiston created and loved all of her characters, Alex and Henry especially, but also the supporting cast of equally great people. For as long as I can remember, my parenting goals were Myron and Katherine Krupnik (from the Anastasia Krupnik series by Lois Lowry), but now I want to be a mom like President Ellen Claremont. The perfect summer read! -Meredith

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The hating game

Sally Thorne

FICTION Thorne Sally
Romance

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome. 2) A person’s undoing 3) Joshua Templeman Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude. Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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A funny romantic comedy that take the enemies to lovers trope to a new level. -Meredith

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Consumed


Fiction, Romance

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I haven't read a ton of J.R. Ward, but I'm now putting this author on my to-watch list. The set-up of a smoldering romance between two firefighters pulled me in, and the heat kept coming. No damsels in distress here! Only strong characters figuring out their messes. I really enjoyed this story, and the audiobook version has multiple narrators to enhance the performance. -Melody

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The prince : a devil's Duke novel

Katharine Ashe

FICTION Ashe Katharin
Romance

Libby Shaw is determined to become a member of Edinburgh's all-male Royal College of Surgeons. Disguising herself as a man, she attends the surgical theater and nearly fools everyone. Forced to leave his home as a boy, famed portraitist Ziyaeddin is secretly the exiled prince of a distant realm. When he first met Libby, he memorized every detail of her face and drew her. But her perfect lips gave him trouble--the same lips he now longs to kiss. When Libby asks his help to hide her feminine identity from the world, Ziyaeddin agrees on one condition: she must sit for him to paint--as a woman. But what begins as a daring scheme could send them both hurtling toward danger...and an unparalleled love.

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This book was just incredible. It's a beautiful romance, but it's also wonderfully written and has a great story. A woman impersonates a man so that she can attend classes to become a surgeon; she's helped by a mysterious artist. -Amanda

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The accidental beauty queen

Teri Wilson

FICTION Wilson Teri
Romance

Bookish Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, while her twin Ginny is an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant. Ginny is not giving up the circuit until she's crowned Miss American Treasure, and drags Charlotte to the pageant for good luck. When Ginny has a severe allergic reaction to dinner the night before the competition, she won't be back in beauty queen form for at least three days. After a few tears and a whole lot of begging, Charlotte agrees to take her sister's place in the pageant-- and comes to realize that there might be more to it than just a sparkly crown. -- adapted from back cover.

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So cute! If you liked Miss Congeniality, you'll love this! -Meredith

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Intercepted

Alexa Martin

FICTION Martin Alexa
Romance

Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own... Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights. Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team's wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee's return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation. Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin's relationship to survive the season.

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I am not a sports fan, but I totally got behind this NFL romance. It's the perfect combination of sweet and sexy, with some completely unlikable people thrown in to keep it from being too mushy. #TeamMarleeandGavin all the way! -Meredith

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My lady's choosing : an interactive romance novel

Kitty Curran

FICTION Curran Kitty
Romance, Humor

The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after. You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the "traveling companion" of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.--Amazon.

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Who would enjoy this surprising combination of romance parody and Choose Your Own Adventure books? Someone who's flipped through enough paperback romances to see how the authors have masterfully mimed every trope, but not someone who will be offended by the author's funny modern commentary at the bottom of each page when you're making your bold decisions. -Stacey

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Josh and Hazel's guide to not dating

Christina Lauren

FICTION Lauren Christin
Romance

With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor Hazel Camille Bradford intimidates her dates, who can't recognize her heart of gold. Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved incompatible with his mellow restraint. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. They set each other up on double blind dates-- but keep falling in bed with each other. They're just friends. Just friends. And if they repeat it enough, it'll be true, right? -- adapted from publisher info and back cover

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This book was utterly adorable and I will forever picture Hazel as Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds. -Meredith

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Shelter in place

Nora Roberts

FICTION Roberts Nora
Romance

Sometimes, there is nowhere safe to hide. It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies' room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone--until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait--and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

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Is Nora Roberts considered a romance writer these days? That’s not a critical question, as I adored Shelter in Place, but there was very little romance in this gripping story that, unfortunately, felt too real at times. The story shifts between Reed and Simone, but about a third of the way through, it becomes Reed’s show. Simone is there for the romance that feels a bit forced at times, but I let it go because the rest of the plot works and CiCi is the best! -Meredith