A Literary Love Affair: SELF-e Romances | SELF-esteem

In the afterglow of Valentine’s Day, strive to keep the love alive by carving out a bit of time to share with fictional romantics. Whether you like your courtships with a dash of magic, a historical backdrop, or a contemporary feel, there’s something here for every hopeful heart. All of these stories, and many others, are available to cozy up with through the SELF-e platform.

Gamet, Amy. Treasure on Moon Lake. Amy Gamet. (Love on the Lake, Bk. 1). 2014. 172p. ebk. ISBN NA. Contemporary Romance
moonlakeIt’s a war between stepbrothers when Gabe and Jed Trainor are forced back together for their father’s wedding. Jed is still hurting from Gabe’s fling with his fiancée and seizes the opportunity to get back at him the moment he runs into Tori Henderson—daughter to his father’s future wife, and the woman who has been lusting after Gabe since high school. Plotting to trigger jealousy by asking Tori to be his wedding date, Jed never expects to be the only Trainor brother Tori has eyes for. Meanwhile, Tori is trying to save her failing jewelry store from financial ruin and reconcile her longtime crush on one brother with her sudden pull toward the other. VERDICT Gamet provides readers with a fun love triangle and creates dynamic relationships among her three leads.

 

Lee, Cora. Save the Last Dance for Me. More Than Words. (Maitland Maidens, Bk. 1). 2015. 77p. ebk. ISBN NA. Historical Romancemaitlandmaidens
Benedict Grey has a lot to learn if he’s to marry and do right as the heir to his family’s title. Lady Honoria Maitland is determined to stave off unwanted suitors until she can wed for love, despite her promise to her dying father to make a match. When these old friends reunite, their solution is simple: a false courtship that will allow Honoria to keep her father happy, while teaching the inept Benedict about the ways of wooing a woman. Readers won’t be shocked to discover that this plan will see our protagonists developing true feelings for each other, but the journey there is engaging, with characters worth cheering on to a happy ending. VERDICT Lee’s charming historical romance of an innocent scheme gone awry is a short read, perfect for curling up with on a Sunday afternoon.

Locke, Margaret. A Man of Character. Locked on Love. (Matters of Love, Bk. 1). 2015. 280p. ebk. ISBN NA. SF ROMANCE
manofcharacterStill brokenhearted over an ex, Catherine Schreiber has long since closed the book on finding love and instead focuses all her attention on keeping her struggling bookshop open. To say she’s surprised when a string of men take an interest in her is an understatement. However, as she begins to realize that they strike an odd resemblance to the romantic males in the short stories she read during her high school days, things really start to get crazy. Locke breaks down tropes—the popular jock and the thoughtful poet—and puts cracks in their shining armor with humor and insight, allowing Catherine to discover what she truly wants. VERDICT Blending romance with whimsical fantasy, Locke’s story offers up a look at the expectations of youthful fancy vs. the realities of an adult love.

 

West, Mia. Launch the Hunt. Mia West. (Grizzly Rim, Bk. 1). 2015. 103p. ebk. ISBN NA. Paranormal Romance
Having spent his adulthood raising his kid sister, pilot and launchthehuntshapeshifter John Tillman is ready—well, mostly ready—to send her off to college. That comes with a hefty price tag, and John is taking every job his plane can manage for tuition, including being the escort on a hunting trip for divorcee Logan Maddox, who is seeking to reconnect with his teenage son. Logan didn’t anticipate his travel guide would be so attractive, and John quickly feels the spark as well. Soon the two are enjoying quite a bit of time in each other’s tents when they’re alone. But it’s not all steamy hookups as the men lay out their baggage and develop a connection among the trees. VERDICT For readers interested in something a bit more explicit, this paranormal romance will do the trick.

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Kate DiGirolomo About Kate DiGirolomo

Kate DiGirolomo is the SELF-e Community Coordinator at Library Journal. She received her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute. Follow her on Twitter @KateDiGirolomo.