Fresh Romance Picks

Romance is a genre with prolific writers and many sub-genres, which means there’s always something new to get excited about. Here are a few titles published in the past year; find a list of 25 recent titles selected by librarians in our catalog.

Book cover image for A Princess in TheoryA Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Naledi Smith is an epidemiology grad student in New York holding down multiple jobs to make ends meet, but what might put her over the edge are the nonstop spam emails claiming she is betrothed to an African prince. But it’s not a scam, and when Thabiso, the crown prince of Thesolo, comes find Ledi and she mistakes him for a new coworker, subterfuge begins and sparks fly.

Book cover image for The Governess GameThe Governess Game by Tessa Dare
Alexandra Mountbatten repairs clocks for the wealthy in Regency-era London. When an appointment takes her to notorious rake Chase Reynaud’s house, an accident breaks her chronometer and threatens her livelihood. But Chase needs a new governess for his spirited nieces, and Alexandra will take the job if it will get her back on her feet; if she doesn’t end up in Chase’s bed first.

Book cover image for The ProposalThe Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Attending a Dodgers game with her boyfriend of five months, Nikole Paterson is shocked when he proposes to her on the Jumbotron. It’s an easy answer – no – made difficult by a stadium of disappointed viewers. Carlos Ibarra is at the game with family, and comes to Nikole’s aid. Will their connection just be fun and games, or lead to something more serious?

Book cover image for TempestTempest by Beverly Jenkins
Mail-order bride Regan Carmichael starts her new life off with a bang when she accidentally shoots Dr. Colton Lee, her husband-to-be. He’s not happy, and Regan is certainly not the docile bride he was expecting. Set against the rugged landscape of 1880s Wyoming Territory, Regan and Colt must navigate differing expectations to forge their marriage.

Book cover image for Wild on My MindWild On My Mind by Laurel Kerr – In this small-town romance, Katie Underwood finds some orphaned cougar cubs and takes them to the local zoo for help. There she runs into Bowie Wilson, the guy who bullied her in high school. Katie thinks up a revenge plan that begins by collaborating with Bowie on a social media campaign to advertise the zoo, only to realize that Bowie may have changed since high school. Kerr includes some scenes narrated by the zoo’s honey badger, for some extra fun.

Book cover image for The Ones Who Got AwayThe Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren
Twelve years ago, Liv Arias survived a mass school shooting on her prom night. Now she and other survivors are back in town for a documentary filming. Reconnecting with her close friends and reviewing the promises they made to themselves and each other in the wake of the shooting, Liv runs into Finn Dorsey, her secret high school boyfriend. As Liv tries to make good on the person she wanted to be, will she take a chance on getting close to Finn again? Loren blends a solid romance storyline with reflections on the long term aftermath of trauma.

~ posted by Andrea G.

Big Golden Books for February

While many books each year have “golden” in the title, these three novels caught my eye. Each had substantial pre-publication buzz and excitement, and all three are out in the world this month. Take a look at these highly anticipated books:

Golden State by Ben H. Winters: Set in the near future, California is a sovereign state where telling a lie can land you in jail.  “Winters has a knack for creating appealing detective fictions that skew reality in thought-provoking ways, producing a hybrid of the familiar and the uncanny,” says a review in the Washington Post. A strong speculative and literary author, you may already know Winters for  Underground Airlines as well as The Last Policeman trilogy.  See also this article about the book from NPR from Feb. 10, 2019. Golden State is a new Peak Pick this month! Continue reading “Big Golden Books for February”

Women Spy Writers!

Ian Fleming’s James Bond; John Le Carre’s George Smiley; Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne: the espionage shelves are packed with male spies by male writers. Which makes the following gripping titles and series penned by women a welcome change of pace.

Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht.
A different sort of spy story full of anticipation with an almost sultry atmosphere as we wait along with Vera Kelly.  Set in 1960’s Buenos Aires, Knecht captures the classic Cold War struggle between the CIA and revolutionary, nationalist communists that personified an entire era. Interwoven within the story is how Vera Kelly found herself as a lone spy observing a dangerous coup.  An utterly compelling read that is hard to put down. Continue reading “Women Spy Writers!”

New Fiction Roundup, February 2019

February may be a short month, but it packs in a lot of new fiction releases. From quirky family sagas, to stories of immigrants at home and abroad, to some powerhouse fantasy novels, it’s a great month to find something you know you’ll love or to branch out in new directions. Continue reading “New Fiction Roundup, February 2019”

The best of genre reading in 2018

Coordinated by the American Library Association, each year a group of librarians from across the country form The Reading List Council with the goal to identify the year’s best books across eight genres. Here are the 2019 winners (for books published in 2018) in Adrenaline, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, and Women’s Fiction, plus the short list of runners up in each category. Find new titles in the genre you love, or branch out and find something new to try. You can also find this full list in our library catalog.


Book cover image for Safe HousesSafe Houses by Dan Fesperman
Managing CIA safe houses in 1979 West Berlin, Helen overhears a secret conversation that sends her on the run. Thirty-five years later, a tragedy leads Helen’s daughter to dig into her mother’s secret past, unaware that her mother’s old enemies are still watching. Continue reading “The best of genre reading in 2018”