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11 Ways to Find Romance


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Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
We've got 11 Romances for you.
Why eleven?
One plus one equals two!

For Valentines Day, The New York Public Library's Romance Book Club gives you our favorites from the genre. Here's our top 11 picks, in no particular order. Unlike the horrendous poem above, these titles you'll enjoy!

Romance Book Club's Favorite Books:

A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare
What do you get when you combine a down-on-his-luck rake, an argumentative bluestocking spinster, a trip to Scotland and a fossil named Francine? A story that is a fun ride for both new and veteran romance readers. (Clarice)

The Duchess War

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Who doesn’t love the quiet wallflower and dangerous duke trope? Minerva can see quite clearly through her spectacles that the Duke of Clermont is up to no good.
While, this is the first title in the ‘Brothers Sinister’ series, Romance Book Club recommends all of them.

Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
When discussing our favorites, Romance Book Club proclaimed Nora Roberts ‘The Queen of Romance' so don't miss out!
In Sea Swept Roberts introduces the irresistible Quinn brothers and you can get to know them a bit better by reading all four installments of the Chesapeake Bay Saga.

Welcome to Temptation

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
A great example of Crusie’s patented mix of heart and humor.
When Sophie and her sister show up in a little town called Temptation to film a movie, she thinks she’s made a bad decision. When she meets the town’s young, rich, and way too attractive mayor, she knows she has. (Kate and Alyssa)

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
Ian McKenzie is peculiar and, more than that, he’s dangerous. But Beth is long widowed and newly wealthy, and an affair with the sexy Scottish Lord might be madness---or it might be love. (Alyssa)

Destiny's Embrace by Beverly Jenkins
Jenkins California-set Western historical featuring Logan, an obstinate rancher, and his mail-order maid Mariah has been described as a "buffet of romance tropes." Despite its feast for the romantic at heart, this book leaves the reader wanting to read more. Lucky for us that there are two more books in the series! (Alyssa)

A Rogue by Any Other Name

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
A gem in the long line of Historical Romance options.
Can a proper lady plagued with disappointing courtships and a desire to break the rules of society win the heart of a disgraced Marquess running London’s underworld? Can this scoundrel keep her away from the depravity of his gaming hell and convince her to rescue his reputation? (Jaqueline)

The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
The Unsung Hero is the first of Brockmann’s Troubleshooters books, about a company of Navy SEALs (some of whom later form Troubleshooters, Inc., a private security firm). The whole series is fantastic and should be read in order, as there are several overlapping multi-book arcs. Fans of the series will tell you the series takes off when Sam Starrett and Jules Cassidy arrive on the scene in Book 3 or so, though they don’t get their romances until later—Sam with Jules’s partner Alyssa after much drama, and later Jules with actor Robin. The whole series is amazing, especially if you’re a romantic suspense fan, but definitely start here. (Kate)

Just One of the Guys

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
Higgins has a great sense of humor and her novels rarely follow the traditional romance trajectory (in a good way!).
A Yankees fan and a Tolkien nerd has moved back to her hometown with the hopes of finding Mr. Right and settling down. Of course, nothing is that easy, especially not with her childhood best guy friend being all handsome and perfect. (Kate)

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Looking for something a little paranormal romance? Book Club has you covered.
In a world ruled by the emotionless Psy, Sascha Duncan struggles to contain the flaw of feelings within her. Then she meets the tempting Changeling, Lucas Hunter, who is searching for a murderer that he suspects she can help him find. Can she resist the desire she has for him? Does she want to? (Clarice)

Dark Lover

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
You don't have to go far, find love with vengeful alpha vampires here in NYC! This is the first in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (and the entire series is recommended), but the third ‘Lover Awakened’ is especially wonderful.

Click here for all our favorites in a catalog list.

About Romance Book Club

Romance Book Club meets the last Monday of each month at the Jefferson Market Library in the Mae West room on the 3rd floor. Join us February 23 as we discuss What a Woman Wants by Judi Fennell and Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar by Lexi George.

Alexis Daria: @alexisdaria
Alyssa Cole: @AlyssaColeLit
Kate McMurray: @katemcmwriter
Clarice Meadows: @embereye
Stacey Agdern: @nystacey
Jaqueline Woolcott: @jaqzilla
Jefferson Market Library: @jmarketlibrary


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