Romance

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A princess in theory

Alyssa Cole

FICTION Cole Alyssa
Romance

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can't resist the chance to experience life--and love--without the burden of his crown.

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A well-written romance with a smart female protagonist and prince who is mistaken for a pauper. A fun read. -Kara

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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Gail Honeyman

FICTION Honeyman Gail
Romance

"Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, tendency to wear the same clothes year in, year out), means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one"--

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Julia Quinn

FICTION Quinn, Julia
Romance

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I started reading the Bridgerton series when I found out there was going to be a Netflix adaptation. This one is my favorite so far! You might need to read the first books in the series, as there's a lot of background to understanding this book. However, this book is adorable and would make a great standalone! -Amanda

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The friend zone

Abby Jimenez

FICTION Jimenez Abby
Romance

"Kristen Peterson doesn't do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don't get her. She's also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children. Planning her best friend's wedding is bittersweet for Kristen--especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He's funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he'd be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it's harder and harder to keep him at arm's length."--Page 4 of cover

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A great end-of-summer read that's exactly what you expect, but also not -- in a good way. -Meredith

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The flatshare : a novel

Beth O'Leary

FICTION Oleary Beth
Fiction, Romance

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met. After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art. Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He’ll only ever be there when she’s at the office. In fact, they’ll never even have to meet. Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes – first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more. But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea…especially if you've never met.

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Take one quirky guy and match him with an equally quirky girl and you have sparks! Leon and Tiffy are perfect for each other. They even share a flat, yet have never met. The premise of this novel made me pick it up and I'm happy to report that it did not disappoint! An ideal summer read. -Meredith

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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