Romantic Wednesdays: Romance, with a little rocket fuel

Click here for view of cover of Star Trek Original SeriesSometimes I like my romances with a touch of rocket fuel. To put it another way, I like science fiction romance, or SFR. I’ve loved it since the original Captain Kirk chased his first alien around the Enterprise way back when, and my tastes probably aren’t going to change any time soon, or on any time-travel adventure. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Romance, with a little rocket fuel”

Science Fiction Fridays: The romance of histories that never were

Spring is in the air and it’s got me in the mood for some light, but never fluffy, romantic fantasies. This past week, I read three alternate histories that had romance and magic in abundance. What books would you suggest for a great alternate history with a gripping love story? Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: The romance of histories that never were”

Lust to love

If you’re looking for love (or lust!) this February, look no further than the library! And who knows? You may cross paths with the Perfectperson of your dreams as you reach for one of these sizzling reads.

The Super Bowl may be over, but you can still score in the game of love! Especially if you are single mother Tara Lincoln in Jaci Burton’s The Perfect Play. After a one-night stand with Mick, a pro football player, Tara vows to protect her heart from another rejection. Mick, however, is determined to win Tara’s heart. The Perfect Play is the first book of Burton’s Play by Play series. Continue reading “Lust to love”

14 Hopelessly romantic love stories you haven’t read.

Somewhere in Time, by Richard Matheson.Just call us the Love Library. Our shelves runneth over with great love stories, such as Gone With the Wind, Wuthering Heights, The English Patient, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, A Sentimental Education, or Anna Karenina. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some romantic titles you may not have read.

  • The Last nude, by Ellis Avery
    A young American in 1920s Paris, Rafaela has had many men, but never a real lover until she meets the painter Tamara de Lempicka and becomes her muse.
  • The Actual, by Saul Bellow
    A lifetime ago, Harry Trellman sacrificed his heart on the altar of business. Now he has something few men ever get: a second chance with his first love.
  • The Other side of air, by Jeanne Braselton
    Lifelong loves Katy and Ephraim vowed ‘til death do us part, but Katy is having a hard time keeping that bargain now that she’s passed over.
  • The Ghost in love, by Jonathan Carroll
    Benjamin Gould should be dead, but something’s gone awry, and now his unemployed ghost has developed a serious crush on his girlfriend.
  • An Italian affair, by Laura Fraser
    When her own husband walked out on her, Fraser travelled to Europe and starts Beautiful Maria of My Soul, by Oscar Hijuelosup a globetrotting affair with someone else’s.
  • Beautiful Maria of my soul, by Oscar Hijuelos
    Hijuelos revisits the fateful love affair at the heart of his Pulitzer Prize Winning The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love through the eyes of Maria, the most beautiful and passionate woman in all Havana.
  • Somewhere in time, by Richard Matheson.
    Richard Collier and Elise McKenna are destined to be lovers, even though nearly a century separates them.
  • The Giant’s house, by Elizabeth McCracken
    Librarian Peggy Cort doesn’t have a lot of love for her fellow human beings, yet finds herself strangely drawn to outcast James Sweatt, who is quickly growing up to be the tallest man on earth.

Find the rest of our literature for lovers list right here in the library catalog, and tell us about some of your own favorite love stories here.

Dishing Up Romance

Welcome to SPL’s Romance Restaurant!  On our menu you’ll find many different flavors of romance: historical, contemporary, urban, inspirational, suspenseful, paranormal, and more.  For this month’s special, we’re serving up romance in three levels of spiciness.  Here’s a preview of our tasty offerings.

  Mild and Romantic
Whether sweet, inspirational, or humorous, these romances have one thing in common: they focus on love and relationships rather than sexuality. 

If you enjoy your romances mild, you may like the flavor of Betty Neels, Georgette Heyer, Barbara Cartland or Christian fiction author  Jacquelin Thomas.

 Sensual and Saucy
These stories may include some explicit sex and sensuality as the characters’ romance unfolds. 

Jayne Ann Krentz (who also writes historical romances as Amanda Quick and science fiction romances as Jayne Castle) may be to your taste.  For humor, try Jennifer Crusie or MaryJanice Davidson (who also writes paranormal romance.)  If you like your romance seasoned with cowboys and open skies, Diana Palmer  might appeal. 

  Hot and Spicy!
These scorching-hot stories are sure to keep away the cold on a chilly evening.   

Jaci Burton, Zane, Noire, Jacqueline Carey and Thea Devine are just some of the sizzlers on our menu.  Still craving more spice?  Check out our full list of erotic fiction.  And don’t forget about our selection of erotic graphic novels.

During January, you can come place your order at the 3rd floor display case at Central. 


Craving something you don’t see on display, or can’t make it to Central?  Your friendly neighborhood librarians at any branch are happy to be your servers.