Love Between the Covers | SELF-esteem

Valentine’s Day means love is in the air again! Readers wishing to spend the holiday swept up in a romance or to live vicariously through literary lovers should look no further than these SELF-e titles.

Fox, Sylvie. The Good Enough Husband. Penner Media. 2014. 396p. ebk. ISBN 9781940811048. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Wanting to get away from an unsatisfying marriage, Hannah Morrison Keesling puts her dog in her car and leaves. She keeps driving until an emergency stop throws veterinarian Ben Cooper into her orbit. Instantly drawn to Ben, Hannah must decide between the past she’s left behind and the life calling her forward.

Hooper, Karen Amanda. Grasping at Eternity. Starry Sky. (Kindrily, Bk. 1). 2012. 368p. ebk. ISBN 9780985589912. FANTASY ROMANCE
Maryah has lived many lives through many centuries with soulmate Nathan at her side. Except she doesn’t remember any of it in this current reincarnation—because she’s chosen to forget. It’s up to Nathan to figure out why Maryah erased her memories and to help her believe in their magic again.

Huizenga, Jessica Serra. Crazy Beautiful. Jessica Serra Huizenga. 2016. 206p. ebk. ISBN N/A. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Kinsley Moore and Lucas Graham each have their reasons for not wanting to be in a committed relationship, so they jump at the chance for a bit of no-strings-attached fun. But casual soon turns complicated, and the two are forced to confront their burgeoning feelings for each other.

McRae, Erin & Racheline Maltese. The Art of Three. Avian30. 2017. 298p. ebk. ISBN N/A. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Having a crush on his wedded costar should be an issue for Jamie, but it’s clear there’s more to the marriage of heartthrob Callum Griffith-Davies. Callum and Nerea have been together 30 years, are blissfully polyamorous, and more than happy to bring Jamie into their world. Without that pesky love triangle, can this threesome build something together?

Richardson, Amanda. The Realm of You. CreateSpace: Amazon. 2015. 302p. ebk. ISBN N/A. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
This dark romance has Marlin Winters seemingly engaged and living in an alternative universe in a Vermont town. She spends one day in this reality before waking up in the hospital, desperate to return to that brief glimpse of happiness. When the two worlds collide, Marlin will do whatever it takes to get back to the life of her dreams.

Ridley, Erica. The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress. Intrepid Reads. (Dukes of War, Bk. 3). 2015. 206p. ebk. ISBN 9781939713308. REGENCY ROMANCE
Recently returned from war, Capt. Xavier Grey is struggling to regain peace back among London society. Unbeknownst to him, he’s already caught the eye of Jane Downing, who is determined to experience the world. What starts as a flirtatious pursuit turns into a more profound connection.

Rizzo, Cindy. Exception to the Rule. CreateSpace: Amazon. 2013. 250p. ebk. ISBN 9781310894459. F/F CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
It’s a case of opposites attract when cynical New Yorker Robin Greene meets the outwardly perfect Tracy Patterson. The two already have plans for their college careers, and they certainly don’t include each other—until suddenly, they do. Here, the odd couple trope finds new depth, with Rizzo tackling a multitude of issues.

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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.

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