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In a Holidaze By Christina Lauren Cover Image
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.

The Hating Game: A Novel By Sally Thorne Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062439598
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Published: Avon - 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.

Review by Javi

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The Flatshare: A Novel By Beth O'Leary Cover Image
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. 

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Polaris Rising: A Novel (The Consortium Rebellion #1) By Jessie Mihalik Cover Image
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!

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Miss Meteor By Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna-Marie McLemore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062869913
Published: HarperTeen - September 22nd, 2020

This book has so much heart. The magical realism element adds depth and creates a complex, yet fresh, metaphor with the word "alien". The story is a classic high school makeover-and-revenge plot. What sets it apart from other #ownvoices YA is the pansexual lead character, the trans love interest, the otherworldly best friend, and many unique small town dramatics. Think Miss Congeniality: the New Mexico high school Latinx edition.

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Every Day By David Levithan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307931894
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Published: Ember - September 10th, 2013

This is a story of the impossible. "A" wakes up in a new body every day: male or female teen, the same geographical area, and never a body twice. That's 24 hours to have the least impact, to get through the day and have a neutral effect. That is, until "A" wakes up in the body of Rhiannon's boyfriend. Now "A" is going against better judgment to see her and kindle a relationship -- but at what cost? A beautiful, tender examination of gender amidst a variety of topical issues: mental health, first love, and biological family.

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One to Watch: A Novel By Kate Stayman-London Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525510444
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - July 7th, 2020

A spectacular debut! Told in traditional prose, blog posts, group chats, news articles, and more, this novel features Bea, a fat fashion blogger turned reality dating show star. Stayman-London doesn't shy away from the multifaceted and sometimes ferociously unkind challenges that face Bea but aptly balances the trolling with characters who are deliciously genuine in both theory and practice. These very human characters also engage in plenty of flirty banter, and Bea herself is a treat: funny, fun, chic, and vulnerable. Read this page-turner for a quick and quippy dose of joy. 

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Boyfriend Material (London Calling) By Alexis Hall Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728206141
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

The fake boyfriend trope is a classic in romantic fiction, and when it’s done as wonderfully as it is in “Boyfriend Material,” you can see why. There is nothing more satisfying than learning to love two very different characters despite their quirks and flaws, knowing all the while that they are meant to be together. And if the journey to happily ever after involves the dung beetle, ridiculous puns and  the craziest, most wonderful cast of supporting characters ever assembled, all the better. Luc and Oliver will steal your heart.

Review by Deborah

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The Unhoneymooners By Christina Lauren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501128035
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Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2019

If you're looking for a romance you can root for, pick this one up. This book called my name because it had a Hallmark movie premise that sounded fun during a very unfun time in the world. Right off the bat, I was hooked by the two main characters being sworn enemies who had lots of snarky banter together (I'm a sucker for a classic hate to love situation). It's also set in Hawaii, a definite plus, where these two foes go on a fake honeymoon together to redeem a free trip where there are lots of couples-only activities where they maybe, possibly start to not hate each other as much. I recommend it if you want a funny, sexy, good time. 

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The Rakess: Society of Sirens, Volume I By Scarlett Peckham Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062935618
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Published: Avon - April 28th, 2020

Hands down, my new favorite historical romance of all time. What woman hasn't been disappointed, wronged, or hurt by men? Us cynics of love deserve a happily ever after, too!

Seraphina's memoirs are intended to enthrall her fellow ladies of society: her story is a call for equality of the sexes in late eighteenth-century England. She returns to her coastal home to focus on writing and instead discovers handsome Scottish architect Adam. THE RAKESS subverts all tropes to deliver a complex story of first heartbreaks, small-town gossip, and fiercely loyal friends.