2013 Rules & Eligibility
The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members. Winners will be announced December 04, 2013.
Opening Round: Nov 05 - 10
Final Round: Nov 12 - 17
The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote!
Books published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between November 26, 2012, and November 17, 2013, are eligible for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards. Books published between November 18, 2013, and November 17, 2014, will be eligible for the 2014 awards.
We analyze statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads to nominate 15 books in each category. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher at the time of launch. Write-in votes may be cast for eligible books with any average rating, and write-in votes will be weighted by the book's Goodreads statistics to determine the top five books to be added as official nominees in the Semifinal Round. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Debut Novel category. Only one book in a series may be nominated per category. An author may receive multiple nominations within a single category if he or she has more than one eligible series or more than one eligible stand-alone book.
Love's Better In Books: 5 Romantic Summer Reads
The other day my 14-year-old asked me whether I would re-live my teen years for $1 million. The answer was a resounding "No!" Memories of searing humiliation still lurk in my (scarred) subconscious. The senior prom alone could keep me chatting with a psychiatrist for months. (Even though, from what I've heard, my date is happily out of the closet and a very successful interior decorator. All's well that ends well, right?) At this point, those memories should be a funny, rosy glow far in the distance. Ha.
The only plus side to my inability to forget is that I keenly enjoy novels in which characters have suffered similar trauma. These five novels are perfect for reading on a beach, surrounded by friends, far from the horrors of the past — because our worst memories make wonderful reading.
The Best Man
It should be immediately apparent why I particularly love Kristan Higgins' The Best Man; the novel offers a classic humiliation, brilliantly handled. Faith Holland is standing at the altar looking like Cinderella, about to marry her faithful, handsome fiance — when he comes out of the closet. Guess who prompted that painful revelation? His best man.
A few years later, Faith returns home to her family's vineyard, braced for sympathetic comments. She no sooner enters the town limits than she's pulled over by the local police chief, who happens to be Levi Cooper, the man who derailed her wedding. The induced humiliation isn't quite over, because after they share one of the best kisses of Faith's life, he declares it was a bad idea and not worth pursuing. This foolish comment makes the reader's satisfaction all the keener when he is so slammed by lust that he cannot hold back. And it's even better when he kisses her "the way a man kisses the woman he loves, as if they were alone, or on an altar." Reading The Best Man is like eating a frozen chocolate treat after sunbathing: you'll find yourself shivering with pure pleasure.
All Out of Love
Lace Bettingfield, the heroine of Lori Wilde's All Out of Love, has (to my mind) an even worse event lurking in her past than does Faith: Back when she was a pudgy, stuttering freshman in high school, she wrote a secret letter detailing her passionate love for a senior, Pierce Hollister. But, as she wrote, "he's filet mignon, and I'm day-old bread." Guess which letter was published in the school newspaper?
Somehow Lace weathered the next three years of high school, found a career she loved, conquered her stutter, lost weight, and then gained back just the right amount. Even so, she's not happy to learn that Pierce is home after a brilliant career with the Dallas Cowboys. All Out of Love, like Best Man, is something of a Cinderella story, trading on the satisfaction of watching a so-called "reject" capture the best-looking guy in town. Reading about the star quarterback falling helplessly in love with Lace will satisfy all your buried longings for revenge.
Nobody's Baby But Mine
Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Nobody's Baby But Mine also involves a star quarterback, in a scene that actually made me wince the first time I read it. Cal Bonner generally dates gorgeous women between the ages of 20 and 22, but recently he's been in a funk and sleeping alone. His teammates make up their minds to give him a present for his 36th birthday: a woman. They want someone "classy" as well as "older," which they define as 25. They leave the choice of woman up to the team's biggest fan, a groupie named Jodie who knows most of the team intimately (though not Cal). The problem is that none of her friends are classy. In fact, the only classy woman she knows is the geek who lives next door, genius physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington.
And that's how Jane ends up in Cal's bedroom, a birthday present from the team. For her part, she's made up her mind to find a sperm-donor whose lack of brains will balance out her abundance of them. But Jane doesn't have the faintest idea what she's doing in that bedroom: the only role-playing she can imagine is between Prince Charming and Cinderella. I'll leave the moment when she does a "seductive dance" to your imagination. Cal is a nice guy and tries to let her down softly: "the thing of it is, you're a little old for me." Nobody's Baby but Mine is a classic romance in which Cal discovers that 34-year-old Jane is absolutely the perfect age.
Cal's rejection of Jane (a "sure thing" if there ever was one) is stingingly echoed in Alyssa Day's The Cursed. Rio Jones is a bike messenger living in a dimensional fold in Manhattan between the human and supernatural realms, who has a wild crush on Luke Oliver, a private investigator and the top wizard of Bordertown. But when she gets up her courage to ask him out, he tells her bluntly that he doesn't have time for "meaningless flings." Ouch. Luke is hiding a secret of his own — he's been alive a really long time: "my mother was an aristocratic thug. Never let it be said that Lucrezia Borgia didn't do her murdering with class."
The problem with being rejected is that it feeds right into a woman's insecurities, her secret fears of not being good enough, sexy enough, smart enough ... of not being wanted. Rio is a sassy, powerful woman — and part of the pleasure of the reading the book is knowing how fabulous she is, and understanding her impatience with her own insecurity. It's even better after Luke is poisoned with a venom that releases his inhibitions, and Rio gets her own back. Even if you're tired of fur and fangs, you'll love this paranormal, which offers a brilliant mix of creativity, wit, and the pure satisfaction of watching Luke fall at Rio's feet.
The Time Between
So far, the horrific events lurking in heroines' memories have been related to sexuality, but of course, other childhood events can be just as scarring. The heroine of Karen White's The Time Between is trapped by memories of a childhood mishap that left her sister paralyzed. Eleanor works long hours, spending her spare time caring for her sister, until her boss, Finn, offers her a second job acting as a companion to his great-aunt — who turns out to have a riveting secret linked to her flight from Nazi-occupied Budapest.
The Time Between is a lyrically written, beautiful novel about pain carried forward from cruelties in the past. Finn is a true hero and — like all men in these novels — plays a signal role in healing traumas of the past. And Eleanor blossoms as she breaks free of her memories, demonstrating that even a truly scarring event need not control one's future.
I made it absolutely clear to my daughter that no amount of money would convince me to return me to my teen years and relive events I still shudder to think about. "You should be nicer to me," Anna said with satisfaction, having proved her point. "You should let me eat ice cream every day after school."
These books are as healing as ice cream: I recommend one a day.
Eloisa James is a New York Times best-selling author of historical romance novels and a Shakespeare professor at Fordham University in New York City. Her latest book is Once Upon a Tower. She is online at www.eloisajames.com.
Hours & Info
Each October, Amazon’s editorial team collects all their favorite books, looks at upcoming 2013 works, and casts ballots for Best Books of the Year. In the Romance category, Amazon originally selected J.R. Ward’s Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhoodas it’s top pick of 2013 so far, but in the end, Nora Robert’s Whiskey Beachbeat it out as the best Romance novel of 2013. Here are the final picks in the Romance category – in best-selling order:
Dark Witchby Nora Roberts
The Rosie Projectby Graeme Simsion
Whiskey Beachby Nora Roberts
Scarletby Marissa Meyer
Rushby Maya Banks
Endless Knightby Kresley Cole
No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah Maclean
Fueledby K. Bromberg
Convictedby Aleatha Romig
Heart of Obsidianby Nalini Singh
Three Little Wordsby Susan Mallery
Destiny’s Surrenderby Beverly Jenkins
The Sea of Tranquilityby Katja Millay
The Best Manby Kristan Higgins
Lover At Lastby J.R. Ward
Once Upon A Towerby Eloisa James
Any Duchess Will Doby Tessa Dare
Tangledby Emma Chase
Love IrresistiblyJulie James
The Heiress Effectby Courtney Milan
To see Amazon’s full list of best picks, click here.
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Last month Amazon announced their Best of 2013 January through June. I had read seven of the ten on their list of romances, but I knew my own choices would look very different. And I knew, given how many books I had read the first half of 2013 that I marked as keepers, that I would have a tough time choosing only ten. To make things easier, I decided to limit my choices to full-length novels, to select only one book per author, and to eliminate books written by good friends and Vano buddies. The last was particularly wise since I loved How toEntice an Earl by Manda Collins (a January release),Captain Durant’s Countess (a February release), Meant to Be by Terri Osburn (a May release), and Any Duchess Will Do (also a May release) and reviewed them all.
So, with those restrictions in place, I chose my top ten romance reads of 2013 so far. Since seven out of ten are historical romances, I guess I can cancel my post on why the historical romance is alive and well on my bookshelves. “Best” in this context is totally subjective. These are the books I read that sent me back to reread sections as soon as I finished the first reading, that gave me characters who lingered in my mind well after I closed the book, that inspired me to give a shout out to others romance readers saying, “Oh, you need to read this one.”
Janga’s Best of 2013 So Far (in order of publication)
One Good Earl Deservesa Lover is a difficult book to categorize. The title suggests a light-hearted romance, and I appreciated the ambiguity of the “one good earl.” In many ways, the story is a romantic comedy. There are some deliciously funny scenes that left me laughing out
loud—the initial meet scene in Cross’s office, Pippa and Castleton’s dance at their betrothal ball, Pippa’s interview of Sally Tasser. But there are also scenes of great poignancy and even darkness. The allusions to Milton’s Paradise Lost are sometimes amusing, a few times melodramatic, but in a real sense the owners of the Fallen Angel know hell is more than slang for
a gaming house. The mix makes this story more complex and more richly textured than most romantic comedies.
The Autumn Bride, Anne Gracie (February 5)
A blend of humor and poignancy marks The Autumn Bride as distinctly the work of Anne Gracie. In this first book in the Chance Sisters series, Gracie has woven another tale of complex family relationships, delightful secondary characters, and a love great enough to win over all the obstacles life throws in its way. I loved everything about this book—the “sisters” who create a family out of affection and need, the hero as disillusioned boy and as honorable man, and the gallant, all together wonderful Lady Beatrice, who almost steals the book from the lovers.
Maybe This Time, Joan Kilby (March 5)
Maybe This Time is one more reason anyone who loves contemporary romances that offer compelling characters and complex situations with a different slant should give Harlequin Superromances a try. This novel gives readers a reunion story in which Emma and Darcy Lewis, a divorced couple, must deal with an unplanned pregnancy after a single night together. They have unresolved feelings about the death of their first child that were a contributing factor to their divorce, and Emma’s pregnancy brings them back to the fore. Emma is determined to limit Darcy’s role in her child’s life, and Darcy, convinced that he’s a poor parent, is equally determined to provide financial support but leery of emotional involvement. After their son is born, Emma’s view of herself and her world shatters. She has problems breastfeeding the baby, who is a colicky, cranky infant. The combination of sleep deprivation, stress over nursing, and self-disgust over her failure to love her child pushes Emma to the point of a breakdown. Darcy, forced to become more involved in the day-to-day care for his son, discovers he is more competent than he thought and that his love for his child is immeasurable. They find their second chance for an HEA, but it is hard won and fraught with missteps.
The Best Man, Kristan Higgins (February 26)
In The Best Man, Kristan Higgins gives readers a story that combines scenes worthy of a twenty-first-century Lucille Ball with scenes that will have readers reaching for a hanky to catch the tears. Faith is a wonderful heroine, funny and flawed and endearing. Levi is a total guy--uncomfortable with emotions (his own and those of others), deeply committed to taking care of problems, and a better man than he himself will ever recognize. These are characters who will engage readers’ attention and capture their hearts. But Higgins gives readers more that a great romance in this book; she gives them a complete world set in a place so real one can see the clouds over the lake and smell the grapes growing on land saturated in family history. Beyond Faith and Levi, Higgins includes a large cast of quirky characters, each of whom possesses a distinct, individual presence. Faith’s large family (three generations of them), Levi’s co-workers, the citizens of Manningsport, Jeremy Lyon, and Blue (There has to be a dog. This is a Kristan Higgins story.)—each adds something special to this book. I fell in love not just with Faith and Levi but also with the place and the people to which they belong. This is the only book on which Amazon editors and I agree.
The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, Julia Quinn (April 2)
I’ve been a Bridgerton fan since I first read The Duke and I, and I loved this collection. Each second epilogue added a moment I could appreciate to the overall Bridgerton story, and collectively they allowed me to return briefly to a fictional world where I spent some of my most cherished reading hours, a world where true love is forever and families banter, badger, and bear one another’s burdens through the years. As for Violet’s story, it was the perfect ending. Quinn says Violet became her favorite character over the course of the series and that writing “Violet in Bloom” was a “labor of love.” I think that shows as Quinn gives us a look at almost the full span of Violet’s life, a life well-lived with long joys and deep sorrows but overall a life that proved happily ever after, even if it denied Violet the conventional HEA.
Sweet Madness, Heather Snow (April 2)
I enjoyed the earlier books in Heather Snow’s Veiled Seduction series, but Sweet Madness is truly extraordinary with a portrayal of “battle fatigue,” as PTSD was then labeled, so stark that it packs a knockout blow to the reader’s heart. This is a rare romance in which the heroine, Lady Penelope Bridgeman, “saves” the hero, Gabriel Devereaux, in a manner consistent with who she is and what she could credibly be expected to know in time in which she lived. She is no miracle worker, and Gabriel’s progress is slow. Penelope has her own wounds that need healing, and Gabriel’s tenderness and belief in her are wonderful to see. This is a book that merits more attention than it has received. It has “romance classic” written all over it.
Once Upon a Tower, Eloisa James (May 28)
A captivating story, characters who are heartbreakingly young and real, and prose so gorgeous you can hear music—Once Upon a Tower, a blend of Rapunzel, Romeo and Juliet, and the storytelling gifts that are uniquely Eloisa James, has them all. This just may be James’s best book yet. I loved it so much that it took a top ten list to explain my reasons. James excels in marriage-in-trouble tales, and this story of Lady Edith “Edie” Gilchrist and Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, who are so young that they are still in the process of exploring their own identities, strikes a particularly resonant chord. The secondary romance between Edie’s father and stepmother, Layla, a gem of a character, repeats the theme with an older couple. If you love historical romance set in the timeless world of fairy tales that will bring a tear to your eye, a smile to your lips, and leave you rejoicing that you are a romance reader, you don’t want to miss this novel.
Carolina Girl, Virginia Kantra (June 4)
I read so many small-town series now that it’s tough for a new one to hook me, but Virginia Kantra did it with her Dare Island series. I loved Carolina Home, and I think Carolina Girl is even better. Kantra avoids the mistake many authors make with small-town settings. Dare Island is neither generic nor idyllic. It is a specific place with good and not-so-good qualities. Meg Fletcher and Sam Grady have a long history, but they also have new things to discover about one another, and Kantra gives them the time to make the discoveries. The reader also sees Meg and Sam’s relationship within the contexts of other relationships. The secondary characters exist for a purpose rather than merely serving as background figures. I loved their story, and, as with the first book, I turned the last page already eager for the next book in the series.
A Woman Entangled, Cecilia Grant (June 25)Cecilia Grant is one of the best writers to join the romance communities in the past few years. Each of her books is extraordinary, and each is different from the others. Romance fiction is filled with tales of aristocrats who marry outside their class and somehow avoid the usual consequences of that choice. I have delighted in many such stories, quite willingly suspending disbelief. Many of these books are cherished keepers. But I think it’s worth taking note of this novel that shows a more realistic view, including the effects on the generations that follow of marriages that may be happy but may not be “good.” A Woman Entangledis a beautifully written novel, a darn good story, and a different slant on an old trope. The protagonists are not perfect, or even always likeable. Kate Westbrook sometimes seems shallow, and Nick Blackshear sometimes seems hard and unforgiving. But underlying Kate’s desire to win acceptance from her father’s family is a conflict addressed by no less than Jane Austen, as Grant indicates with the Austen allusions, and Nick is not a bad man. He is a good man who is forced to make a tough choice and chooses professional and social survival over family feeling. He wounds himself as well as his brother by his choice, and he feels guilty. Both Kate and Nick grow and change as the story moves toward its conclusion, as readers want their heroes and heroines to do. Only imperfect beings are capable of growth.
It Happened One Midnight, Julie Anne Long (June 25)
In this eighth Pennyroyal Green book, Long weaves a story that pairs two people who should never be a match and makes me believe they are perfect for each other. She makes the impossible seem destined and the unexpected seem ideal. Thomasina de Ballesteros sees in Jonathan Redmond all that he is and all that he is capable of becoming. If ever a heroine deserved a hero to cherish her, Tommy does. And Jonathan’s heart is large enough to cherish all the pieces of who she is. Theirs is a story that, from the opening scene through the epilogue, never makes a misstep. Once again Long gives readers a book in which true love is characterized by the ability to see the essential self of the beloved that lies beyond the masks created to protect and conceal. Tommy makes an important distinction between love and romance. She, like Jonathan, comes to understand that love ennobles the giver and renders meaningful small, daily expressions. It Happened One Midnight is deeply romantic, but even better, it is a heart-shatteringly beautiful love story with a sigh-evoking HEA.
What do you think of Amazon’s list? What are your top reads of 2013 so far?
Links to reviews are to my reviews here, at The Romance Dish, or at Heroes and Heartbreakers except for the books that I did not review.
Books 2013 romance best
If you were to ask any avid romance novel reader to name their favorite book of all time, it's unlikely you'll get a straight answer. Every year, thousands of diverse titles are released across sub-genres, including favorites like historicals, paranormal, erotica, and contemporary. And with even more reads now conveniently available via e-readers and apps, there are infinite escapist love stories—and satisfying happily-ever-afters—to choose from. Plus, with 2021's upcoming releases, the list of favorites will only continue to grow. So you can see why it's an impossible task to choose just one.
So as OprahMag.com's resident HEA enthusiast, I pulled together a list of the best romance novels anyone should read in their lifetime to narrow-in on the greats of the genre. The task is clearly a tall order, but I've done my best to compile the books and authors most often selected as favorites by my fellow readers in "Romancelandia." From forever classics like Jane Eyre to the queen of historical fiction, Beverly Jenkins, 21st century darlings like The Kiss Quotient, and bestselling series-turned Netflix breakout hit, Bridgerton, I hope there are options here to fit all tastes. And if by book 28 you still haven't found your pick, check out the authors' Goodreads profiles—because they each have plenty more in their repertoire to explore.
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ClassicPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
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Arguably the greatest romance novel of all time, Austen's Pride and Prejudice follows the opinionated heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, as she frequently finds herself at odds with her beau, the uptight Mr. Darcy. In 2006, Keira Knightley earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Bennet on the big screen.
ClassicJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
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By exploring themes such as religion, sexuality, and classism, Jane Eyre was a groundbreaking novel during its 19th century release. Still revered as one of the genre's first novels, Brontë's story of the titular character, Jane, and her maturing emotions and love for her broody boss, Mr. Rochester, is one that readers still have a hard time putting down.
Classic Historical RomanceShanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (1977)
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A disclaimer? An OG bodice ripper, The Wolf and the Dove was written in the 1970s, and it shows. Readers today may find it a little too long at over 600 pages—and back then, the foundations of consent that are now commonplace in the 21st century were not at the forefront. But with that said, Woodiwiss's work is one of the original historical romance classics, providing a pathway for many of today's favorite reads. Shanna follows its heiress namesake as she escapes to a Caribbean island after being promised in marriage to the lustful criminal, Ruark Beauchamp.
Classic Historical RomanceMorning Glory by Lavyrle Spencer (1993)
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This classic tearjerker by Spencer takes place in small town Whitney, Georgia on the eve of World War II. Will Parker is trying to evade the bad luck that comes with his damning reputation. So when he sees a "Wanted" ad in the paper written by a young widowed mother of two (who's also pregnant with her third child) looking for a husband, it seems that Will finally has an answer to his troubles.
Classic Historical RomanceLord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (1995)
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Notorious sinner Sebastian Ballister, Marquess of Dain, revels in his reputation as an unapologetic scoundrel. And he's perfectly content to live as such—until he comes across Jessica Trent. She's smart and head strong, determined to save her troubled brother from ruin, but she has to cross Sebastian to do so.
Classic Historical RomanceIndigo by Beverly Jenkins (1996)
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Years after escaping slavery as a child, Hester is a free woman living in Michigan as an essential worker on the Underground Railroad. One night she's charged with taking in an injured Galen Vachon, also known as "Black Daniel," one of the railroad's most valued conductors. As Hester nurses the handsome and arrogant man back to health, their time together proves to be the beginning of an epic romance. Indigo is one of Jenkins's earliest novels that kicked off a slew of rich historical romances that have elevated her to icon status.
Historical RomanceThe Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (2000)
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While we have Daphne and Simon from The Duke and I to thank for starting off this bestselling eight-book series (and eventually, the Bridgerton Netflix craze), it's The Viscount Who Loved Me that never fails to make us swoon. In the novel, shameless rake Anthony Bridgerton has finally decided it's time to find a wife. He has the perfect prospect in the beautiful Edwina, but it's her older half-sister Kate that proves to be too tempting.
Contemporary RomanceDelaney’s Desert Sheikh by Brenda Jackson (2002)
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After graduating medical school, Delaney sets off for an escape at her cousin's luxurious secluded cabin. But it turns out she's not staying there alone, as it's also occupied by a gorgeous stranger named Jamal—who also happens to be a sheikh determined to seduce Delaney. Delaney’s Desert Sheikh is the first of Jackson's 30 "The Westmorelands" novels.
Paranormal RomanceDark Lover by J.R. Ward (2005)
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The first of J.R. Ward's ongoing 19 novel series, Black Dagger Brotherhood follows purebred vampire leader, Wrath, as he unexpectedly falls in love with half-breed Beth, who's quickly introduced to an intriguing paranormal world.
Contemporary RomanceBet Me by Jennifer Crusie (2005)
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Winner of a 2005 RITA Award, the bestselling Bet Me follows Minerva and Calvin. She's jaded and completely convinced that true love is a fairy tale, and he asked her out to win a bet with her ex. Unbeknownst to Cal, Min is fully aware of his wager—and she uses it to her advantage.
Paranormal RomanceA Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (2006)
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Despite being tortured for years by vampires, werewolf Lachlain MacRieve discovers that his fated soul mate, Emmaline Troy, is a half-vampire. He whisks her away to his Scottish castle, seducing the innocent Emmaline and awakening her desires.
Paranormal RomanceSlave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (2006)
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The first in an extensive repertoire of Singh's bestselling paranormal romance series, standalones, and short stories, Slave to Sensation is the introduction to her 15-book "Psy-Changeling" series. It follows Sascha and Lucas, who are on opposite sides of a looming war between their races. Sascha is a member of the Psy, a society that sees desire as a flaw, while Lucas is a Changeling, who proves to bring out the very emotion in Sascha that she's been forced to deny.
Historical RomanceDevil In Winter by Lisa Kleypas (2006)
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In order to distance herself from her problematic family, the shy Evie is able to get London's most notorious playboy and viscount to agree to a marriage of convenience. And since their union wasn't exactly a love match, Evie is determined to win over Sebastian by agreeing to sleep with him, if he can just remain celibate for three months. What develops is a consuming connection that proves to be a worthy opponent when an enemy from Evie's past re-appears. Though this is Kleypas's third book in her "The Wallflowers" series, it's the favorite amongst many of her fans.
Contemporary RomanceVision in White by Nora Roberts (2009)
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Written by popular novelist Nora Roberts, Vision in White is a highlight in Roberts' 200-plus story repertoire. In the first of the Bride Quartet novels, wedding photographer Mac Elliot finds herself falling for a bride-to-be's brother, English teacher Carter Maguire. What's supposed to be a "casual fling" turns into much more.
Historical RomanceNine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean (2010)
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Get a lesson in Regency-era rake-dom via Sarah Maclean's debut and her first book in the "Love By Numbers" series. We're introduced to Lady Calpurnia Hartwell, who after years of doing exactly as she's supposed to is finally ready to break the rules and indulge her whims. This is where Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston comes in. She enlists the famous playboy's help to assist her on her quest, but if she's not careful, she may fall in love.
Historical RomanceThe Duchess War by Courtney Milan (2012)
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In the first novel of Milan's popular historical series "The Brothers Sinister," Minnie is determined to maintain her wallflower status after events from her past led her to change her name. But then Robert, the Duke of Clermont, enters Minnie's life, and both of their secrets are at risk of being revealed.
Romantic FantasyThe Magpie Lord by KJ Charles (2013)
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After being exiled out of the country for 20 years, Lucien returns to England once again upon the deaths of his father and brother. He's now an earl and must deal with the supernatural enemies and evil that threatened his family. He enlists the help of magician Stephen Day, who Lucien can't help but seduce as Stephen fights to save both of their lives.
Contemporary Billionaire RomanceTangled by Emma Chase (2013)
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Goodreads' Choice Winner for romance in 2013, Tangled is a classic enemies-to-lovers tale in which rich, dashing businessman Drew finds his weakness in his new co-worker, the ambitious and beautiful Katherine.
Contemporary RomanceGlitterland by Alexis Hall (2013)
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Ash Winters was once an acclaimed writer, but his clinical depression altered his life forever, ruining his self-esteem and taking away his belief in happiness. In comes the aspiring model Darian, whom Ash meets during a night out. It's Darian who may allow him to believe in love again—but trusting in himself is another story.
Contemporary RomanceAnte Up by Christina C. Jones (2017)
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Growing up in a dysfunctional household, Asha is used to relying on herself in order to survive. Her past is exactly what primed her to become a poker player in Vegas, and it's also how she meets the privileged King. But a one night stand turns into something more—and complicated. Because despite their vastly different backgrounds, their shared passion and sense of struggle is what connects them.
Historical RomanceAn Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole (2017)
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In the first of Cole's acclaimed The Loyal League series, the formerly enslaved Elle Burns returns to the South as a spy for the Union Army. Soon after her arrival she meets Malcolm McCall, another undercover agent she partners with in efforts to thwart a plot that would strengthen the Confederacy's standing in the Civil War.
Contemporary RomanceActing On Impulse by Mia Sosa (2017)
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To distance herself from a dramatic public breakup with her politician ex, fitness trainer Tori Alvarez jets off to Aruba for some much needed one-on-one time. But her solo vacation gives way to flirtation when she begins training Carter Stone, who unbeknownst to her, is a major Hollywood heartthrob.
Contemporary RomanceHate to Want You by Alisha Rai (2017)
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In Rai's debut, Livvy and Nicholas are tied together by a single tragedy, warring families, and the one night a year they succumb to pleasure and forget about it all. But after not showing up for their last tryst, Livvy suddenly shows up in town and proves to be an irresistible temptation for Rai.
Sports RomanceLong Shot by Kennedy Ryan (2018)
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Iris meets and instantly connects with NBA player August during a crossroads in her life. She's a senior in college and ready to kickstart her career in sports marketing. But her basketball-playing college sweetheart and an unexpected life event derail her plans—and keep her and August at a distance. Years later they meet again, but Iris is unavailable, embroiled in a toxic and abusive relationship that makes a future between them seem unlikely. Long Shot earned Ryan a RITA Award for best long contemporary romance in 2019.
Contemporary RomanceThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (2018)
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This racy romance follows math wiz Stella Lane as she strives to learn more about dating and sex by hiring escort Michael Phan, who she eventually falls madly in love with. Hoang's debut earned a spot as 2018's Goodreads Choice romance.
Royal RomanceRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (2019)
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In McQuiston's breakout debut novel—that's a 2019 Goodreads Choice Award Winner—America's First Son and the Prince of Wales begin a publicity stunt that's meant to rehab their public feud. But while they're supposed to be pretending, they actually fall for each other.
Historical RomanceThe Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (2019)
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After watching her ex-lover marry another, Lucy finds a welcome distraction in the opportunity to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text at the home of the widowed Countess Catherine St. Day. But while an unassuming scholarly project is what connects them on the surface, budding love makes it difficult for the two to remain apart. The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics is Waite's first novel in her "Feminine Pursuits" series.
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