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Slingshot: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250253002
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Wednesday Books - April 27th, 2021

Irreverent and rip-off-the-bandaid honest, this book is the coming-of-age story of the moment. It's uncomfortable, messy and everything a book about two teenagers falling in love for the first time should be. And it's all that while being a beautifully singular reminder of how letting people into your life can heal you, break you, but also reveal you. This book made me frustrated, swoony, nostalgic, reflective—I'll have Gracie Welles in my head for a lifetime.


Review by Claire

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Second First Impressions: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062912855
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 13th, 2021

Aptly named, I finished this book, put it down, then picked it back up again and reread it because I wanted a second first impression. Impossible of course because you can only read something for the first time once, but my second read somehow just made me love these characters even more. Thorne's dialogue is just as sharp as it always is and while Teddy and Ruthie are without a doubt the most instantly-loveable duo, it's the cast of secondary characters in this one that really make this book an utter delight.


Review by Claire

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Love at First: An Uplifting and Unforgettable Story of Love and Second Chances Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496725196
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Kensington - February 23rd, 2021

I am a giddy, joyous, absolute mess over this book. Every single character is someone I want to meet and I stayed up well into Nora’s golden hour of 4 am just to stay with them for as long as possible. We've all felt loneliness more acutely over the past year, but like traveling to Stars Hollow or some other world filled with characters that you just know, this book made loneliness the furthest thing from my mind. This transportive story of fate, found family, and all the facets of how we can love, is one I just desperately want everyone to be wrapped up in too.


Review by Claire

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Float Plan Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250767943
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 2nd, 2021

Float Plan turned my heart into a puddle. Anna's haphazard travels in the Carribean are an epic adventure to all of us trapped on dry land. And her newly-hired Irish deckhand, Keane, is an amalgam of all the best sexy cinnamon heroes in Romancelandia--prosthetic leg included. This is a grand adventure, a journey through grief, and, lest we forget the rules, a very satisfying happily ever after.

 


Review by Danielle

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Make Up Break Up: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250761996
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 2nd, 2021

Two technology app developers go toe-to-toe for big funding in this delightful second chance, hate-to-love romantic comedy standalone. Drawn together by geography and the memory of a steamy week in Las Vegas, Annika and Hudson can't help but trick and torment one another.

Annika, creator of Make Up, knows her relationship fix-it AI will help people stay in love and work through their troubles. That is, if she can solve her money woes, get the app out of beta, and keep her office lease. 

Hudson, creator of Break Up, feels on top of the world with his success, splashy feature interviews, and a shiny new office. But to the woman he can't stop thinking about, his app--helping couples break up by offering on demand "terminators"--isn't changing the world for the better but in fact making it worse.

Make Up Break Up is a modern love story you'll share with friends for its realistic stakes, grounded characters, clever jokes, and supportive friends.  

 


Review by Danielle

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Spoiler Alert: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063005549
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Published: Avon - October 6th, 2020

I didn't think that there would ever be a book that merged the interests of Rainbow Rowell fans and George R.R. Martin fans, but here it is and it is delightful! 

I was rooting hard for our heroine April, a curvy geologist who writes fanfiction for a popular television show, and our hero Marcus, heartthrob and star of the aforementioned show. Secrets and toxic families are the grounding conflicts, but their happily ever after is 1,000 percent "ship" worthy!


Review by Danielle

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In a Holidaze Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982123949
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Published: Gallery Books - October 6th, 2020

Maelyn spends every Christmas at her family friend's cabin in Park City, a tradition that began for her parents and their best friends in college. Back in her mother's Berkeley home at 26, in a job she hates, and harboring a decades-long crush, Mae is totally lost. She sends a plea up to the universe: will someone show her what makes her happy?

A snarky, steamy romantic comedy that is aptly billed as a "Groundhog Day" retelling set over the course of a week. IN A HOLIDAZE is a gift that should be opened all year long - not just as a seasonal treat! Readers will delight in the friends-to-lovers romance that ties up into a satisfying bow and a family tradition that shines brighter with timely updates.


Review by Danielle

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The Hating Game: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062439598
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 9th, 2016

This is the book that got me into the romance genre and opened a whole new world for me. I also didn't realize how much of a sucker I am for the enemies-to-lovers trope -- and The Hating Game perfected it. 

Lucy Hutton comes from a small independent book publisher. Josh comes from a big-boss corporate book publisher. Their publishing houses merge, and competition arises between the two. When a promotion opens up, they set their eyes on it, and will do anything to take each other down. However, once interacting outside of work, they realize they aren't so different as they thought they were. Their work lives may be different, but they are personally and intimately similar to one another. And our only job as the reader is to watch these two fall in love and grow for one another.


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The Flatshare: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250295651
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 5th, 2021

Absolutely charming, smartly plotted, and completely believable. Tiffy and Leon meet under curious circumstances but manage to build friendship and intimacy over time by writing sticky notes and leaving them about the flat. Tiffy and Leon possess specific, unique styles of voice which make them vivid, if opposite, characters. No lazy or trope-ish story here, though the climax delivers a romantic comedy of Hollywood-esque proportions. 


Review by Danielle

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Polaris Rising: A Novel (The Consortium Rebellion #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062802385
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 5th, 2019

Need a fun space adventure with a dash of royalty, romance, and reconnaissance? Look no further than the Consortium Rebellion series. 

Ada is the daughter of a High House and she's on the run from her family. Fleeing an arranged marriage she can't stomach, Ada finds herself locked up on a mercenary ship with a mysterious stranger named Loch. The Devil of Fornax oozes danger and has the largest bounty in the Universe on his head. Luckily, he's just as interested in foiling her fiance as she is. 

The world-building is technologically complex, the action is fast-paced, and the heat is set to smoldering. If you like our heroes, you'll be delighted: there's 2 more books set in this 'verse!


Review by Danielle

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