LJ’s Reviews of RUSA’s Top Genre Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2016

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At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the Reference & User Services Association’s (RUSA) Reading List Council, made up of 12 expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians, announced the 2016 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. A short list of honor […]

They Work Hard for Their Money | African American Fiction (and More)

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As authors put their characters through their paces, readers learn what these protagonists do for money. The list of jobs from this month’s selections includes credit card scam artists, a biochemist, a Navy SEAL, a construction contractor, a lawyer, and finally an owner of a strip club. Such varied résumés!

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

Best Books 2015: Romance

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Library Journal‘s Romance reviewer par excellence Kristin Ramsdell rolls out the Top Ten Best Romances of 2015

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

Series Installments from Val McDermid, Denise Mina, & Thea Harrison | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Fiction

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Abdou, Angie. Between. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490686677. Read by Meredith Orlow. Vero and her husband, Shane, have two kids, two cars,and  two jobs. They are not coping well. In response to their looming domestic breakdown, Vero and Shane get live-in help with their sons—a woman from the Philippines named Ligaya; the children call her LiLi. […]

E-Originals from Cullen, Drewry, Erickson, and Sorenson | Xpress Reviews

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Cullen’s latest is highly recommended for historical romance buffs who prefer a little mayhem in the mix, “Friends First” offers unusual love stories, Dirty Talk a straightforward, enjoyable plot and witty dialog, Sorensen’s book shines in her damaged characters

Gail Carriger, James Dashner, & Richelle Mead | Audio in Advance November 2015 | Young Adult

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Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. Brilliance. ISBN 9781511343527. Reader TBA. Gr 7 Up—Ketterdam is a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. […]

Rainbow Rowell, Colum McCann, & Ann Leckie | Audio in Advance October 2015 | Fiction

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Ballantyne, Lisa. Everything She Forgot. HarperAudio. ISBN 9781504645263. Read by Fiona Hardingham. Driving home, Margaret Holloway is rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage of her car. Just as she begins to panic, a stranger pulls her free and disappears. Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something’s wrong. Flashbacks to the crash are […]

A Fantasy/Romance/Paranormal Romance Mix | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2016, Pt. 3

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Armstrong, Kelley. Otherworld Secrets: An Anthology. Plume. Jan. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780452298354. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698173521. FANTASY Last year, Armstrong published the first of three anthologies featuring the witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons from her “Otherworld” series. Otherworld Nights featured only one original piece out of six short stories and two novellas, which […]