Romance

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 […]

The Perfect Romance

That which appears perfect can act as a stumbling block on the road to happily ever after. These romance novels, each strongly recommended by Booklist reviewers, play with readers’ notions of perfection—always with sexy results. The Perfect Bride, by Brenda Joyce After her father’s death, Blanche knows she must get married, but she believes she is damaged. She has no […]

Sex in YA: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters
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Sex in YA: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters

There are romance novels, and there are novels with sex in them, and only sometimes do the categories intersect. Few people know this better than YA authors Christa Desir (Bleed like Me, Other Broken Things) and Carrie Mesrobian (Sex & Violence, Cut Both Ways). They cohost the Booklist-sponsored Oral History Podcast, a hilarious and often […]

Forgotten Master of Romance: Joan Aiken Returns to Print
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Forgotten Master of Romance: Joan Aiken Returns to Print

Joan Aiken, who died in 2004, wrote more than 100 books over the course of her career. Today, she is best known and loved for her children’s novels, including the classic The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which launched a series of popular and award-winning alternate history books set in nineteenth century England, in which the Stuarts […]

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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10 Tales of Rock Star Romance
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10 Tales of Rock Star Romance

Tattoos, luscious locks, and alpha-male musicians are the perfect recipe for a hot and heavy romance novel. Rock stars are the ultimate bad boys looking to be tamed by the right lady, and it’s no surprise that books featuring these musical gods have surged in popularity recently. The combination of fame, fortune, and steamy plotlines […]

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 […]

Fall in Love with Booklist’s #SeptemberRomance

Fall in Love with Booklist’s #SeptemberRomance

As a chill hits the air, driving us ever closer to one another, we celebrate romance fiction at Booklist. Each September, we publish an issue dedicated to all things romantic, from star-crossed lovers to happily-ever-afters—and this year, on the Booklist Reader, we’re taking things way past first base. You’ve heard of our famous Mystery Month? […]

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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