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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Hot for Teacher: 41 Reasons to Look Forward to Going Back to School

Hot for Teacher: 41 Reasons to Look Forward to Going Back to School

Rejoice! The academic year is on the horizon, and there are many chances for romance when school is in session. There’s always that cute new guy in your English class or the hottie you might meet cute (with him in just a towel) when you walk down to the co-ed showers. Teacher/student romances or teacher/parent […]

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35 Sweltering Tales of Summer Romance

35 Sweltering Tales of Summer Romance

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a romance at the beach—but if you can’t get there, these books will bring the beach to you. Can’t you just feel the ocean breeze in your hair, the sound of the waves and the seagulls, the warmth of the sun on your face, and the smell of sunscreen […]

Always a Bride: Seven Romances for Wedding Season

Always a Bride: Seven Romances for Wedding Season

June is often seen as the beginning of the wedding season. For every bride about to have her big day this month, there are countless others who worked tirelessly to make that day happen: photographers, event planners, florists, bakers, and musicians, just to name a few. All and sundry take part in these tales of wedding-based […]

Love after War: 26 Wounded Warrior Romances

Love after War: 26 Wounded Warrior Romances

Some of you may have noticed that there’s been an influx of wounded warrior romances. Several schools of thought exist on why, but it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that these brave men and women have fought for our country (thank you!) and are now suffering, and writers are transforming that struggle into powerful […]

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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 […]

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 […]