• Marina Rose

Recommended Reading: Romance

Spring is a time of renewal and joy. The flowers are starting to bloom, all of the grass is green, and the air is fresh. It's the perfect time to pick up a romance. For those who are new to the genre, the most important thing to note is that not all romance novels are the same. They range from subtle and sweet to steamy and sexy - so you'll be able to find the perfect romance for your tastes. We're only highlighting a handful of novels here, so if you need more suggestions, please reach out to us.

Love Abroad


Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Spurned by a lover at a young age, Maria vows never to be fooled into love again. Eventually she finds herself traveling to Geneva from Brazil, in pursuit of fame and fortune. But fame is not so easily won, and Maria finds herself selling her body in order to achieve her goals. Everything she knows and believes is put to the test when she meets the handsome young painter, Ralf. She must choose between a life of sexual pleasure for it's own sake or the chance to experience sex in the context of love.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This young adult novel follows Anna as she enters her first year of high school. She enjoys her life in Atlanta where she has a great job, great friends, and a stellar crush. So when she finds out she is being sent to boarding school in Paris, she is understandably upset. But when she meets Etienne St. Clair, things start looking up for Anna.


Fake Relationships


Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Georgie's family is not enthused when she chooses clown work at kids' birthday parties over the family renovation business. And even worse, no one takes her seriously. Georgie is determined to make her own way in the world, and she has a four phase plan to make it happen. The most important part? Get a date - even a fake one will do. In order to carry out her plan, Georgie approaches her brother's friend (and her crush!) Travis Ford, a former baseball player turned house flipper, about pretending to date. It's a win for both of them - Georgie's family will be shocked, and Travis will get new job opportunities. But how long can a fake love last until it becomes real?


Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren

This is book number four in the Beautiful Bastards series by author duo, Christina Lauren. Young, brilliant engineer, Ruby Miller is being sent to New York City for an extended business trip. The work itself isn't an issue, but when she finds out she'll be rooming with her long-time crush and co-worker, Niall, she's overwhelmed. Recently divorced, Niall, hardly knows who Ruby is. But after a flirty flight from London between the two, their business trip is sure to get steamy.


Regency Romance


Then Comes Seduction by Mary Balogh

This is book two in the Huxtable Quintet series by Mary Balogh. The Huxtable family is a passionate one, and the youngest daughter, Katherine, is no exception. She is stunningly beautiful, which makes her an object of desire for many men, particularly Baron Montford, Jasper Finley. Jasper takes a challenge to seduce Katherine within a fortnite. Katherine's challenge? To make Jasper fall in love with her. All is fun and games until the ante is upped and both of their hearts get involved...

The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick

The Earl of St. Merryn is a practical man, and he's tired of the husband-hunters chasing after him. His solution to this problem is to hire a woman to pose as his betrothed for several weeks. Finding the right companion proves difficult until he meets Miss Elenora Lodge, who needs the cash to start fulfilling her dream of independence. But things aren't all as they seem - something is off in the Earl's home - and soon the companions find themselves partners in the quest to catch a killer. As their search deepens, the Earl finds his practical heart being swayed by the lovely Miss Lodge. Will they find the killer or will they find love?


Paranormal Romance


Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones

This series begins with the book First Grave on the Right where the reader is introduced to Charley Davidson, a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Yes, that's right, Charley sees dead people. Her job as grim reaper is to talk the dead into going toward the light. But not all of the dead are ready to leave and they try to convince Charley to bring their murderers to justice. Charley can handle that. What she can't handle is the hot dreams she's been having that involve an entity - or is it human? She's not sure what he is, but she knows he's irresistible.


Water Bound by Christine Feehan

Water Bound kicks off Christine Feehan's Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart series. Six women are brought together by grief on the shores of Sea Haven. Together they have formed a sisterhood strengthened by the elements. When a mysterious man, Lev, washes ashore, half-dragged by the sister with a water infinity, their lives are about to change. Lev has no memory of his life, and he's confused by his violent instincts. These instincts seem uncontrollable and terrifying. Despite these instincts, the water-sister, Rikki, finds herself seductively drawn to this tantalizing man.


Historical Romance


In Good Company by Jen Turano

Millie Longfellow is determined to be the world's best nanny. Unfortunately, her enthusiasm for her work is not always appreciated by her employers, and she has found herself, once again, out of a job. Up-and-coming, Everett Mulberry, has found himself the unwilling caretaker of three children. This wouldn't be such an inconvenience if the children didn't scare off every nanny he hired. Desperate to find care for the children so he can pursue his climb up the societal ladder, he hires Millie. She quickly falls in love with the children in her charge, but is she falling in love with Everett too? This is book two in the series, A Class of Their Own.

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare

Spindle Cove is a safe haven for shy young women, women who need a break from their husbands, and young girls who are dangerously close to ruining their chances at good marriages. In short, it's a beautiful refuge for women. So when Victor Bramwell, the Earl of Rycliff, arrives with a militia, Susanna Finch is not having it. Bram doesn't want to be there, but he has his orders, and this Miss Finch makes the situation worse. As the two butt heads, they may find a different kind of passion lying underneath their tough exteriors.


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All of the titles listed above are available in our ebook collections through OverDrive/Libby, although some have a short waiting list. If you need help accessing titles, please reach out to us at infolibrary@cityofcaldwell.org or 208-459-3242.

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