Romantic Wednesdays: Beyond Fifty Shades

Posted by Eric G.

There is much more to erotic fiction than Fifty Shades of Grey. If you are waiting for the upcoming film (and even if you’re not), there are numerous notable erotic fiction titles to explore in the meantime.

Bound in the Library catalogBound by Lorelei James

Lorelei James’ stories should come with an extreme heat warning! From cowboys to martial arts instructors, James’ intense lead characters are guaranteed to push their love interests (and very often, readers) out of their comfort zones. This sizzler is the first entry in her Mastered series.

 

 

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Romantic Wednesdays: Catching Up with Romantic Suspense

Posted by Eric G.

Authors and publishers have wasted no time releasing new romance titles for 2015, and dozens of savvy library patrons are already on the request lists! While waiting for the new ones, this is a great time to read the previous titles from top romantic suspense authors.

River Road in the Library catalogLocal author Jayne Ann Krentz never keeps her fans waiting long for another smart, sexy and suspenseful tale, and she released Trust No One just after the New Year. Naturally, there are at least 100 people already waiting for this one! Her previous book, 2014’s River Road, bends and twists like its title, and you have a much better chance of picking it up today! Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Catching Up with Romantic Suspense”

Romantic Wednesdays: Librarian Favorites of 2014

By Eric G.

Library Reads, a website that compiles the favorite books of librarians each month, recently released their “Favorites of the Favorites 2014” list, which highlights the books that have stood out among the favorites this year. I wanted to highlight three titles that made the cut because they also offer sweet, unconventional love stories.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in the Library catalogThe Rosie Project in the Library catalogOne Plus One in the Library catalog

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Romantic Wednesdays: Best Bets for Fall

By Eric G.

Every season is a great season for romance books, but there’s something especially enjoyable about reading them as the leaves change, the days shorten, the temperatures drop and the holidays approach. All that’s missing from the following books is a blanket, a fireplace and a hot beverage – preferably pumpkin-flavored.

In Your Dreams in the Library catalogIn Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

On the surface you have probably heard this one before: insecure woman gets dashing local man to accompany her to her ex-fiancee’s wedding. It might be a trope at this point, but with Higgins every story is fresh, charming, witty and absorbing. She is a master of crafting smart but flawed characters who must navigate bumpy roads to self-discovery and romance. This is part of her ongoing Blue Heron series, though you do not have to have read the others to indulge in it.

 

The Suffragette Scandal in the Library catalogThe Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

This is the rare historical romance that deserves to be shared with both historical fiction and romance fans alike, due to Milan’s meticulous detail and smart social commentary. I loved reading about Free Marshall, the fearless editor of a paper devoted to advancing women’s rights (including the right to vote), and her burgeoning relationship with Edward, a self-described scoundrel with a secret past. This whip-smart book deserves heaps of praise and exclamation points (an in-joke you will get once you read it). Don’t forget to pick up the other titles in this noteworthy series as well. Huzzah!
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Romantic Wednesdays: 2014 RITA Award Winners

By Eric G.

It’s that time of year again! The Romance Writers of America (RWA) recently announced the winners of the 2014 RITA Awards, which recognize achievements in romantic fiction.

The Sweet Spot in the Library catalogThe Sweet Spot by Laura Drake

Drake’s novel indeed hit the sweet spot, snagging the Best First Book award. The story focuses on bull rider Jimmy and his ex-wife Charla, a divorced middle-aged couple who have had their share of tragedy, and who might be ready to hop in the saddle again. Drake released the second book in the series, Nothing Sweeter, earlier this year. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: 2014 RITA Award Winners”