Lila Alders learns to sparkle again in New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick. Sad after a divorce, Lila moves back to her hometown of Black Dog Bay. Lila’s ribald relationship with her mother, eccentric new friends, and very fun love interest make for an upbeat read.
Check It Out Category: Romance
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
WINNER: Deeanne Gist
Earls Just Want to Have Fun
Finalist: Shana Galen
Finalist: Olivia Drake
Finalist: Sabrina Jeffries
Historical Romance: Short
Finalist: Tessa Dare
Finalist: Julia Quinn
WINNER: Kristi Ann Hunter
Finalist: Laurie Alice Eakes
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
Roxanne St. Claire
Join the (Motorcycle) Club
Hell on Wheels
Julie Ann Walker
Tattoo Your Heart
Offer Military Support
Fly with Me
The Unsung Hero
Keep the Home Fires Burning
The Amish Firefighter
Laura V. Hilton
Hot for Fireman
Some Like It Hot
Breakfast in Bed
There 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.
Don’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?
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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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Bring a little romance to your final exams…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Summaries from publisher
Being 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.
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.
In 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…
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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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.
This 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.