Check It Out Category: Romance

RITA Award Spotlight: Historical Romance and Inspirational Romance

Romance displays

As Romance Awareness Month draws to a close, the Library is celebrating with dual displays. Here you may find the recently announced honorees of the 2016 RITA Awards, which celebrate excellence in the romance genre. Often the most exciting races are those for historical romances and inspirational romances, and you can see several favorites below.

Historical Romance: Long

Tiffany Girl book coverTiffany Girl
WINNER:  Deeanne Gist

Earls Just Want to Have Fun book coverEarls Just Want to Have Fun
Finalist: Shana Galen

 

Bella and the Beast book coverBella and the Beast
Finalist: Olivia Drake
If the Viscount Falls book coverIf the Viscount Falls
Finalist: Sabrina Jeffries
Finalist: Grace Burrows

 

Historical Romance: Short

Say Yes to the Marquess book coverSay Yes to the Marquess
Finalist: Tessa Dare
Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy book coverThe Secrets of Richard Kenworthy
Finalist: Julia Quinn
Finalist: Elizabeth Hoyt

 

Inspirational Romance

A Noble Masquerade
WINNER: Kristi Ann Hunter
Mountain Midwife book coverThe Mountain Midwife
Finalist: Laurie Alice Eakes
Finalist: Becky Wade

 

Fiction: Tough Guy Romance

If you think all romance heroes are lords, dukes, and earls, allow us to pull you into the 21st century. August is Romance Awareness Month, and that makes it the perfect time to meet a few of the tough guys who like their rides, their ink, and their work almost as much as they love their women.

Rev Your Engines

Killer Curves book coverKiller Curves
Roxanne St. Claire

Motor Mouth book coverMotor Mouth
Janet Evanovich

Join the (Motorcycle) Club

Ride Hard book coverRide Hard
Laura Kaye

Hell on Wheels book coverHell on Wheels
Julie Ann Walker

 

Tattoo Your Heart

Clipped Wings book cover

Clipped Wings
Helena Hunting

Rock Steady book coverRock Steady
Dawn Ryder

Offer Military Support

Fly with Me book coverFly with Me
Chanel Cleeton

Unsung Hero book coverThe Unsung Hero
Suzanne Brockmann

 

Keep the Home Fires Burning

Amish Firefighter book coverThe Amish Firefighter
Laura V. Hilton

Hot for Fireman book coverHot for Fireman
Jennifer Bernard

What’s Cooking?

Some Like It Hot book coverSome Like It Hot
Louisa Edwards

Breakfast in Bed book coverBreakfast in Bed
Robin Kaye

 

LGBTQ Romance: Love Wins

male couple holding handsThere are many stories to tell in LGBTQ literature, not just coming-of-age or coming out.  Especially when real-life events weigh on the heart, losing yourself in the promise of two people finding each other and hoping for that happily ever after can offer sweet satisfaction.

Celebrate life with these recommended titles, eligible for Summer Reading Challenge options (R) Read a romance or (K) Read a book by or about someone who identifies as LGBTQ.

 

Dont Let Me Go book coverDon’t Let Me Go
by J.H. Trumble

Nate and Adam are high school sweethearts separated by post-graduation dreams. Can young love survive a long-distance relationship, or might others hold the key to their hearts?

New Beginnings book coverNew Beginnings
by KC Richardson

Scarred by previous relationships, Jordan and Kirsten each discover solace in their new friendship and are tempted by the promise of something more.

Whistling in the Dark book coverWhistling in the Dark
by Tamara Allen

Two young men damaged in body and soul on the battlefields of The Great War cross paths in 1919 New York City. Despite a world of differences, their attraction cannot be denied.

Undertow book coverUndertow
by Amy Schutzer

In alternating chapters, Macy and Dotty recount their chance meeting but must cope with past ghosts before moving forward in their relationship.

Night We Met book coverThe Night We Met
by Rob Byrnes

When Andrew, who is stuck in a dead-end publishing job, falls in love with Frank DeBenedetto, the son of a Mafia boss, his life is unexpectedly fraught with danger, drag queens, and an overly sensitive FBI agent.

Love Burns Bright book cover

Love Burns Bright: A Lifetime of Lesbian Romance

Curated by award-winning editor Radclyffe, these stories of lesbian couples celebrating their lives and relationships are heartfelt, and best of all, sweetly sexy.

 

 

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Fiction: Romances Set During College

Bring a little romance to your final exams…

Upside Down book coverUpside Down
Lia Riley
For the next six months, 21-year-old Natalia Stolfi will be acting like a carefree exchange student in Australia, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.
Beautiful Oblivion book coverBeautiful Oblivion
Jamie McGuire
As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, fiercely independent Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever-even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

 

Caged in Winter book cover Caged in Winter
Brighton Walsh
Winter is exactly 76 days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt. But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up–especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want.
My Sweetest Escape book coverMy Sweetest Escape
Chelsea M. Cameron
For reasons Jos can’t begin to fathom, the newly reformed campus bad boy seems determined to draw her out of her shell. If she’s not careful, his knowing green eyes and wicked smile will make her feel things she’s no longer sure she deserves.

 

 

Looking beyond college?

Follow these twenty-somethings navigating life on their own and romance.

Charlie Glass’s Slippers book coverCharlie Glass’s Slippers
Holly McQueen
When Charlie’s beloved father, iconic shoe designer Elroy Glass, dies he surprises everyone by leaving his fashion empire to Charlie, his youngest-and plumpest-daughter. Before she can run the company, Charlie decides she needs to make a few changes in her life but as she’ll soon discover there’s more to reinvention-and running a fashion empire-than meets the eye.
November 9 book cover November 9
Colleen Hoover
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel.

 

 

For more suggestions, stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen desk, email us at readers@mppl.org, or tweet at us!
Summaries from publisher

Romance: Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Nerd in Shining Armor book coverBeing stranded on a desert island would be just fine with Genevieve Terrence, as long as her sexy boss, Nick Brogan, is marooned along with her. If only life played out according to fantasy! When her plane actually does go down over the Pacific, her fellow castaway is not the man of her dreams but geeky computer programmer Jack Farley. To be fair, Jack did save their lives, and Gen begins to see him in a new light. Who knew that a pocket protector could hide such a sexy body, especially one with a chivalrous heart?

Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson is a snappy romantic comedy that doesn’t skimp on the steam. Try this first book or one of the others in the series the next time you want to feel the temperature rise.

 

Nerd Gone Wild book cover Talk Nerdy to Me book cover Nerds Like It Hot book coverMy Nerdy Valentine book cover

Fiction: Like Meg Cabot? Try Shane Bolks!

picture of cabot and bolks' books

Are you a fan of Meg Cabot’s humorous romances? If so, try Shane Bolks! Like Meg Cabot’s Queen of Babble and The Boy Next Door, Bolks mixes hi-jinks and pop culture references to create a romp of a read. Both also feature a hilarious woman narrator attempting to navigate work and romance with varying degrees of success!

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Men I’ve Dated follows Star Wars mega-fan Rory Egglehoff’s attempts of trying to woo her old high school crush who has moved into the office right next door to hers. Fortunately (or unfortunately), Egglehoff is more successful than she thought she would be!

In Reality TV Bites, Allison Holloway is swept onto a reality television show when her boss enters their design team on an interior design face-off. Although Holloway is a reality-show addict it comes with its own issues she didn’t anticipate including a cute producer trying to seduce her and an outrageous design challenge.

 

Movies and TV: Meet the Patels and More Marriage-Minded Families

Meet the Patels DVD coverIn what has been celebrated as a real-life romantic comedy, a young actor rebounds from a break-up by deciding to let his Indian parents find him a prospective mate. Better yet, he invites his documentarian sister to film the entire process! Festival favorite Meet the Patels follows Ravi over the course of a year through “bio-date” matchmaking, wedding season, online connections, and even the Patel Matrimonial Convention.

Charming, funny, and informative, this true narrative illuminates pressures of a first-generation Indian-American family. Like Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance, personal experiences are blended with societal observations, and the result is both thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining.

“You know that girl in Eat, Pray, Love? She goes through a break up, goes on the existential journey to India to get over depression, find out what she really wanted in life? I was that girl. Except, my family was with me the entire time.” — Ravi

For more stories of love and marriage-minded families, try…

My Big Fat Greek Wedding DVD coverMy Big Fat Greek Wedding

With an official tagline “Love is here to stay…so is her family”, this top-grossing romantic comedy is all about the tension between cultural expectation and the life a thirty-year-old woman wants to create for herself. A riotous extended family is eager to tell her what she needs, and going out with a non-Greek named Ian isn’t exactly what they have in mind.

 

Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice DVD cover

In Regency England, poor Mrs. Bennet has five daughters who need husbands to ensure their futures. Her methods may seem extreme (she sends her eldest out in the rain so she’ll need to stay at a prospective gentleman’s home), but her instincts aren’t completely wrong when it comes to eligible men.

 

While You Were Sleeping DVD coverWhile You Were Sleeping 

In a slight twist, our lovable heroine has no family, and in this case it is the hero’s relatives who are pushy in the best and most delightful way. Spoiler: it works! At one point, Lucy even confesses that it is the family that first wins her heart.

 

Fiddler on the Roof DVD coverFiddler on the Roof

“And who does Mama teach to mend and tend and fix, preparing her to marry whomever Papa picks?  The daughters!”  Another family of five young women who need future providers enlists the services of a matchmaker and confronts conflicting ideas about what makes an ideal husband. At its core, the story is one of generational differences, big social changes, and whether there is room for love in making practical life choices.

 

Bride & Prejudice DVD coverBride & Prejudice 

Though we already mentioned Austen’s classic of five sisters who are pressured to find husbands, this Bollywood-style take is worth its own mention. As a bonus, the spin of modern-day young adults in India and the emphasis on compatibility of culture echo themes in Meet the Patels — yet with even more vibrant colors, rich culture, and romantic comedy tropes.

 

Ask for more suggestions online or stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk on the second floor!

Fiction: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

A Bollywood Affair cover Mili was married when she was four, and now twenty years later she has not seen or heard from her husband since. Now, she is determined to make herself a better wife in hopes of winning over her husband. How will she do it? By moving away from India to America for 8 months to improve her skills through study. Enter Samir, the brother of her husband and technically her brother-in-law. Fiercely loyal, Samir is determined to protect his brother, but is quick to learn Mili may not be who he thought she was. A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev mixes clever characters with a friendship that turns steamy to create a funny and romantic romp of a tale.

Staff Pick: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Cathleen staff pick photoThis unlikely frontier love story (based on the biblical story of Hosea, of all things!) has stayed with me for years. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is a narrative of unconditional commitment that breaks through terrible brokenness and betrayal to invite real trust. Somewhat controversial, but absolutely rewarding.