Romantic Wednesdays: Just Like Starting Over

By Jessica W.

Every year, January comes around and we make resolutions. Find love, learn a new language, go to the gym, we try to give ourselves a new start, a fresh page with the beginning of a new year. Some of us go farther than others when we want a new start—we don’t just start a new habit, we try to start a new life. In these romances, that new life comes with a new love. One of the things I also love about the starting over trope is that the hero or heroine also has to forge platonic relationships, giving the novels a big cast of characters to get to know in addition to the hero and heroine.

It's in His Kiss in the Library catalogThe Inn at Rose Harbor in the Library catalogTalk Me Down in the Library catalog Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Just Like Starting Over”

Romantic Wednesdays: The Gamblers

By Jessica W.

Historical romance can be somewhat limited in where the romance happens. Is it this ballroom or that ballroom? Rotten Row or a country house party? In the public eye, rules can’t be broken. But in the gambling clubs and hells of London, the rules of society take a second place to the rules of chance. When a hero or heroine is no stranger to Lady Luck, their willingness to risk it all can pay off in love.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover in the Library catalogSarah MacLean just released the final book of her Rule of Scoundrels quartet, Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover. While it’s a wonderful finale, it really is best appreciated after you’ve read the first three. The series begins with A Rogue By Any Other Name, the story of the Marquess of Bourne and the very proper Lady Penelope. Bourne is a societal outcast with only his title, but has made his way as a co-owner of the most notorious gambling club in London, The Fallen Angel. Penelope has everything he does not: society’s acceptance, and piles of money. He plans their marriage as one of pure convenience for him, but Penelope has other plans, starting with exploring the forbidden pleasures offered at the Angel. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: The Gamblers”

Romantic Wednesdays: Spotlight on Nora Roberts

By Jessica W.

There are few authors in literature who are more prolific than Nora Roberts. With over 200 books to her name in 33 years of writing, she’s the undisputed queen of the contemporary romance novel. While people may want to write her off because she writes romances, the work she’s done in the genre has revolutionized it, bringing the love story from the traditional virgin-meets-alpha-male formula, told predominately from her point of view, to a more contemporary and realistic relationship between adults, with the story told equally from both the man and woman’s point of view. If that wasn’t enough, almost forty of those novels are in her In Death series, following a married couple as they solve crimes in 2058 New York City.

To pick up a Nora Roberts book can be intimidating—what’s good? What’s bad? Do you start with a trilogy? A stand-alone novel? Hopefully this post will give you some ideas of where you might want to start.  Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Spotlight on Nora Roberts”

Romantic Wednesdays: Happily Ever After on Christmas

Holidays can be the most stressful time of year. But if you’re stuck at home on Christmas with the in-laws and sugar-crazed children, take heart! You can sneak off for a few minutes and check out some of these Christmas-themed e-books through the Library’s Overdrive collection—you can check them out and add them to your e-reader without ever having to leave the house! 

The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay SandsLyndsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost paired up to offer two Christmas-themed novellas set in their beloved paranormal worlds (Sands’ Argeneau vampires and Frost’s Night Huntress) in Bite Before Christmas. In “The Gift,” Lyndsay Sands turns the idea of a May-December romance on its head when a 1600 year old vampire falls for a snowed-in, soon-to-retire chief of police. In Jeaniene Frost’s “Home for the Holidays,” Cat and Bones, along with some other familiar faces from the series, are faced with black magic and must team up with unwelcome acquaintances to defeat their opponent. Readers praise it for bringing Frost’s characteristic humor, action, Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Happily Ever After on Christmas”