LJ Fiction Reviews: December 1, 2015

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Standout debuts from Johnson (Julia Claiborne), Johnson (Julie Christine), Lord, Messinger, new mystery series from Hartwell, Khan, starred sf/fantasy from Anders, Bennett, and Tregillis

In Defense of Danger | Romance Reviews, December 1, 2015

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Beyond the classic romantic suspense tales, many love stories have an intrinsic element of peril. See how our couples find their way out of tight situations in these eminently appealing works.

E-Originals from Ball, Banks, Haymore, and Kent, plus Yates’s Holiday Novella | Xpress Reviews

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More questions than answers from Ball; a fun, intriguing story from Banks; Haymore opens a new Highland series; a sexy and titillating read read from Kent; Yates’s Christmas novella will warm readers’ hearts

Love Between the Covers | LJ Reviews

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Documentary about romance writers and readers premiers this week in New York at the DOC NYC festival; catch it on November 19 at the IFC Theater

E-Originals from Albert, London, and Mae, plus Debuter Sosa | Xpress Reviews

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Albert weaves humor and a love affair with geekdom into an appealing romance; sugar and spice and everything nice in this “Sugar City” novel; Mae’s use of slapstick and popular culture makes this one stand out; a sparkling romance debut

E-Originals from Allyn, Barrett, Stacey, and Weaver | Xpress Reviews

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A good romance filled with fiery women and exasperated knights; humor, flirting, and sizzling sex; complicated relationships inject a welcome dose of conflict and warmth into the plot; sexual encounters are rendered with spine-tingling tension

Romance Revs Up | Genre Spotlight: Romance

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No matter your personal preferences, it’s hard to argue with the romance numbers: according to BookStats, estimated annual total sales value of romance in 2013 was $1.08 billion. That’s billions, folks. For many libraries, romance comprises the bread and butter of the genre fiction collections.

Lives, Loves, Losses: Books for Black History Month and Beyond

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Stunning memoir, fiction, poetry; thought-provoking history, political science, sociology; and fun mystery, romance, erotica to satisfy and stir readers all year round.

E-Originals from Frampton and Meredith, with Debuters Howard and Parker | Xpress Reviews

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Frampton’s novella will have readers smiling from ear to ear, Howard’s complex debut is a new adult a standout, a sassy and fun story from Meredith about what can happen in Vegas, Parker’s debut is highly recommended for romance lovers

LJ Fiction Reviews: October 15, 2015

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Starred debuts from Bradley and Yapa; a sleigh full of Christmas titles from Bowen, Carmack, Cleeves, and others; seasonal love from Everett, Putney, and Jeffries; plus Kupari’s Debut of the Month and new Series Lineup