Romance

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E-Originals from the Duo of Flockton & Owen, plus Debuter Adhara | Xpress Reviews

Adhara’s debut novel is an old-fashioned thriller with a few twists that fans of shifter romances will enjoy; overtly safe yet compelling sex, witty dialog, and paranormal action make this a winner

E-Originals from Meader, Rhone, and the Duo of St. George & Wyatt | Xpress Reviews

An intense, sexy romance balanced with a message about presumptions; Rhone continues to write characters about which readers care; fans of the first two titles in the “Blood & Glory” series will want to read the latest installment

Reading Resolutions | Wyatt’s World

The pleasures of reading should always be without strings, but if readers’ advisory (RA) librarians want to add to their to-do lists in 2018, there are some easy yet very useful resolutions to make.

E-Originals from Scarlett Cole, Mimi Matthews, and Erin Kane Spock | Xpress Reviews

Cole shines in showing the reality of how a terrible past can be overcome but not forgotten; Matthews delivers a sweet, fast-paced read that will be appreciated by fans of Victorian romance; recommend Spock’s debut for public libraries where historical romance circulates well

E-Originals from Lee, Persell, Porter, and Warren | Xpress Reviews

Engaging characters, a Pacific Northwest setting, horses, a gentle romance, and a boy and his dog; Persell treats an overarching theme of equality with care; Porter writes consistently swoon-worthy romances for her characters; the added narration of Annie’s inner wolf and Jonas’s inner bear provides comic relief to hilarious effect

E-Originals from Colly, Hassell, and Sebastian, plus a Yuletide Trio | Xpress Reviews

These three Christmas stories of love and family will get readers into the holiday spirit; the gothic atmosphere of the “Cities Below” world carries the weight; Hassell is proving to be a go-to name for realistic M/M romances; Sebastian provides yet another sizzling romance with a robust plot

Indulge Your Readers’ Passions | Romance Reviews

What Is It About a Duke? Despite the rarity in real life of the existence of dukes, as well as other nobles, they are alive, well, and constantly multiplying on the pages of popular historical romances—especially those set during the 19th century. If your readers’ passions run toward high-ranking title-holders, check out the works below.

E-Originals from Poole, Riley, Sands, and Wilson | Xpress Reviews

Poole’s filled her latest with background that doesn’t go anywhere; the sexy chemistry between Neve and Tor is undeniable; readers will love Sands’s endearing story of family, friends, hope, and love; more joyous is how Wilson is able to update the story with a princess heading from scandal to reality TV

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, December 2017

Lovesay’s exceptional police procedural is packed with imperfect and engaging characters; trippy, nail-biting speculative fiction from Sweterlitsch; fans of Anderson’s first installment of this series will devour this book; D’Salete’s brutal and tragic tales lend context to the ongoing fight for individual liberties worldwide; another riveting read from the unparalleled Chase

E-Originals from Godman, Matthews, Whitaker, and an Anthology Crew | Xpress Reviews

Series fans will enjoy Sebastian and Cindy’s story and how they finally conquer their adversary; recommended for collections where the “Tortured Souls” series is popular; these authors have brought sex and politics together in steamy love stories; recommended for libraries where diverse romances are in demand