Romance

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 15: Romantic Tropes

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 15: Romantic Tropes

In this episode of The Oral History Podcast, we depart from our usual analysis of YA literature and instead discuss adult romance-novel tropes that persistently beguile and bedevil us. If you’ve got a romance trope that you love (or love to hate) we’d love to hear about it. Find us on Twitter at @CarrieMesrobian and @ChristaDesir, or […]

Tuning Up: 18 YA Reads about Teens in the Music Industry

Tuning Up: 18 YA Reads about Teens in the Music Industry

They negotiate with their band members, run from paparazzi, compete in epic talent shows, and suffer through rehearsals gone wrong. From teen celebrities to juvie wards, these are high schoolers who just want to live and breathe music. The books below capture their passions.   Amplified, by Tara Kelly Jasmine’s mind is made up—she wants […]

Take Me out to the Ballgame: 36 Romances for Opening Day

Take Me out to the Ballgame: 36 Romances for Opening Day

There’s nothing like a man who knows his way around the pitch to fill a woman with baseball fever. And now that spring is here, the bases are being loaded. If you’re looking for a home run of a read to get you ready for opening day we’ve got just the thing with this list […]

Busting the Glass Ceiling: 23 Romances for Rule Breakers

Busting the Glass Ceiling: 23 Romances for Rule Breakers

Though women in historical romances tend to abide by the social mores and rules that govern their societies, they can also be very anachronistic. Whether Victorian England, the wilds of the American Frontier, or the banks of the Nile River, there are always rule breakers—women who decree that they will do what they want to […]

March 2016 LibraryReads

March 2016 LibraryReads

This month’s LibraryReads have arrived! Below is the list of the top ten books librarians recommended as their favorites, with links to Booklist reviews where available. The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson (Favorite of Favorites)   All Things Cease to Appear, by Elizabeth Brundage Because of Miss Bridgerton, by Julia Quinn Dimestore, by […]

In Love with Laughter: 20 Humorous Romance Novels

In Love with Laughter: 20 Humorous Romance Novels

“He makes me laugh!” Just think how often you’ve heard a woman cite this as the ultimate reason she fell head-over-heels for a guy. Well, the same thing holds true for romance novels. A love story that delivers a generous measure of both humor and passion is almost always guaranteed to find a ready audience. […]

Calories Not Included: 26 Romances for Your Sweet Tooth

Calories Not Included: 26 Romances for Your Sweet Tooth

Sizzle. Nibble. Sip. We’ve all heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but anyone who loves food will be smitten by these yummy stories of candlelight dinners, bad-boy chefs, and behind-the-scenes restaurant life.   Your Heart’s Desire, by Melody Carlson Picking up and moving halfway across the country isn’t easy […]

31 Second-Chance Romances for the New Year

31 Second-Chance Romances for the New Year

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot? A new year brings with it a clean slate and a new beginning. For the couples in these romances, it also brings a second chance for love. Maybe they were friends who lost touch, or young lovers who were cruelly separated from one another, or maybe their romance simply faded […]

Holiday Romance: ‘Tis the Season!

Holiday Romance: ‘Tis the Season!

The holidays are coming fast and furious, as they seem to do each year. The leftover oranges and blacks of Halloween haven’t even reached the clearance aisle when the blues, silvers, reds, greens, and golds begin to replace them. Thanksgiving is just a speed bump as we race to the end of the year and […]

Age Is Just a Number: Romance Novels with Mature Couples

Age Is Just a Number: Romance Novels with Mature Couples

New-adult romances have been all the rage for the last few years, but what about more mature romance fans? Are the heroes and the heroines aging with us? We are seeing older heroines in general fiction and they are also well represented in the mystery genre. But while attending Romance Writers of America’s Librarian’s Day this […]