Author Archive: Ilene Lefkowitz & C. L. Quillen

Ilene Lefkowitz is a supervising librarian at the Denville Public Library in Denville, New Jersey. Along with C. L., co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). When she is not reading romances she can be found cooking up a storm or attempting to be crafty. Follow her on Twitter @ilefkowitz.

C. L. Quillen is the director of the Spotswood Public Library. In her spare time, she likes to get creative in the kitchen, travel, and spoil her already very spoiled Siamese-mix cat. She is the co-author of Read On . . . Romance (2014). Follow her on Twitter at @cielle.

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Fantasy, Free Me: Romances That Do the Time Warp

Fantasy, Free Me: Romances That Do the Time Warp

Traveling through time has always had a certain appeal. One can leave behind all their troubles and start over—or discover that there’s no running water. Hot guys, however, can be found in all centuries. Pack your bags, and get ready to take a romantic flight backwards—or forward—in time. Geek Girl and the Earl, by Gina Lamm Comic-book […]

Careless Whisper: Romance Novels that Cheat

Careless Whisper: Romance Novels that Cheat

Heroes and heroines who cheat tend to be an automatic turn-off for most readers of romance. Even if we haven’t experienced infidelity in our own lives, we all know someone who has been affected by it, and as a result, we tend to have strong feelings about it. In some of the following romances, the main […]

The Mechanics of Love: 22 Tales of Handyman Romance

The Mechanics of Love: 22 Tales of Handyman Romance

We can’t explain why men who work with their hands and know their way around a toolbox are so sexy, but there’s no denying that they are. This list contains more than 20 hunky men—and a couple of talented women—who know what to do with a hammer. Gimme Some Sugar, by Kimberly Kincaid Being one half of a celebrity […]

Love through the Generations: Series Romance about Families

Love through the Generations: Series Romance about Families

There’s nothing romance readers love as much as a series, and there’s something especially warm and comforting about reading a series books with characters from the same family. You get to know them as secondary characters in one book, and cheer for them when they get their own book, with their own Happily Ever After. Here’s a trove of […]

Ridin’ Dirty: Biker Romance

Ridin’ Dirty: Biker Romance

What is it about a biker romance that gets women’s panties in a bunch? Is it the roughness around the edges? That bikers follow the rev of their own engines? The strange moral code they follow? The tattoos?  Whatever may appeal to you about bikers, make no mistake: they’re here to stay. While we pine for the return of Jax Teller and the […]

Sex and Swashbuckling: Pirate Romance

Sex and Swashbuckling: Pirate Romance

Shiver me timbers and batten down me hatches, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and have we got some great pirate romances for you! We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite female pirate heroines, but there are lots of other books from which to choose—including present-day pirates and sexy steampunk pirates on airships. Destiny’s Captive, by Beverly […]

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Romance

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Romance

Since 1968, from September 15th to October 15th and to coincide with the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, the United States has celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. To kick off the this year’s festivities, we’ve highlighted romances with Hispanic heroes and heroines. ¡Celebramos! Sweet Surprise, by Terry Candis Fiona […]

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Hey Ladies: Lesbian Romance

Hey Ladies: Lesbian Romance

Like straight romances, lesbian romance novels feature many different subgenres and levels of sexiness. They also contain many of the same tropes. But in these books, girl meets girl, girl loses girl, and girls get back together to live happily ever after. The Gravity Between Us, by Kristin Zimmer Rising Hollywood starlet Kendall Bettencourt and college student Payton […]

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Witty Heroines, Steamy Romance Novels

Witty Heroines, Steamy Romance Novels

Today’s leading authors of historical romance know that readers crave witty repartee as much as they once craved rakes and scoundrels. In an era when ladies of genteel breeding had little authority, they found their wit was one power they could leverage—and leverage it they did. To follow are some of our favorite witty heroines. [WARNING: verbal sparring […]

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30 Tales of Librarians in Love

30 Tales of Librarians in Love

  Long overdue for a great romance? September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so check out these great librarian romances—one for every day of the month! Contemporary Romance Just Breathe, by Tamara Mataya Summer Nights, by Susan Mallery In Bed with Mr. Wrong, by Katee Robert Love Overdue, by Pamela Morsi Trouble when You Walked In, by […]