When we started this weekly romance post several months ago, our goal was to highlight the extensive collection of romance titles available for checkout from The Seattle Public Library. But did you know that the Library also has a significant number of paperbacks that don’t appear in our catalog? We order these books in addition to regular copies, and quite a few are romance titles. Best of all, they have no official due date! Just return them to any location of The Seattle Public Library when you finish. As you pack for your late summer vacation, or even just a day in the park, don’t forget to stop by your local branch and pick up a few paperbacks! Be warned, though: these hot new titles won’t be on the shelf long!
Some Like it Hot by Susan Andersen
Like many of us who call Washington state home, drifter Harper can’t help but fall in love with her surroundings when she finds herself in the fictional town of Razor Bay, Washington. Despite her best intentions, she also can’t help but fall for Max, the charming deputy sheriff! Is he enough to make her give up her vagabond ways?
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Perennial favorite Debbie Macomber’s heartwarming (and heartstring-tugging) tales also take place in Washington state. Like those of her Cedar Cove series, this first installment in a spin-off series is also set in fictional Cedar Cove, Washington. Recent widow Jo Marie opens a bed-and-breakfast after losing her husband in Afghanistan, creating a healing space for herself and those who visit her inn. Macomber has perfected her recipe for literary comfort food.
Castaway Cove by JoAnn Ross
JoAnn Ross’ Shelter Bay series explores life and love in an idyllic town on the Oregon coast. Injured and recently divorced war veteran Mac picks up a radio DJ gig in Shelter Bay, eventually connecting with fellow divorcee Annie, who has her own scars. The road to their romance isn’t easy, but they’ve got the loveable folks of Shelter Bay rooting for them.
The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter
If you want to leave the comforts of the Pacific Northwest for a taste of something darker, try the newest installment in Gena Showalter’s brooding, supernatural series The Lords of the Underworld. This latest chapter explores the attraction that develops between Kane, banished to hell and struggling with his very literal demons, and a mysterious woman who rescues him. If you’d rather start at the beginning, try the series opener, The Darkest Night.