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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Romance Fiction
Starring an eighteenth-century widow involved in a smuggling operation, a twenty-first-century shopaholic, and men with magical powers, the best romance novels of the last 12 months feature not only captivating characters but also imaginative predicaments, and as much humor and suspense as sex and love.
Adieu, My Love. By Lynn M. Turner. 2007. Avalon, $21.95 (9780803498365).
Turner’s unusual, richly textured page-turner is set in the French fortress of Louisburg circa 1751, and tells a tantalizing story about a seemingly respectable widow, a sailor with secrets, and a smuggling operation.
Agnes and the Hitman. By Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. 2007. St. Martin’s, $24.95 (0-312-36304-4).
Food writer Agnes Crandall could use some help after bashing a would-be dognapper over the head with a frying pan, and Shane just may be her man in this southern-flavored, Mob-oriented romantic comedy.
Billionaires Prefer Blondes. By Suzanne Enoch. 2006. Avon, paper, $6.99 (0-06-087522-4).
Enoch presents another witty and sizzling caper romance featuring the “almost reformed” art-thief Samantha Jellicoe and her British multibillionaire lover, Rick.
A Distant Magic. By Mary Jo Putney. 2007. Del Rey, $24.95 (0-345-47691-3).
In Putney’s original and affecting blend of historical and paranormal elements, Nikolai, an enslaved Maltese with magical powers, is paired up with Jean, a Guardian, on a time-travel mission to ensure the success of the abolition movement.
The Landlord’s Black-Eyed Daughter. By Mary Ellen Davis. 2007. Five Star, $26.95 (1-59414-575-X).
Bluestocking Elizabeth meets a fan, Robin Hood–like Rand, in Davis’ remarkable historical romance, a wonderful retelling of Alfred Noyes’ Highwayman.
Let’s Misbehave. By Lisa Plumley. 2007. Zebra, paper, $6.99 (0-8217-8052-2).
After Marisol ends up in rehab not for substance abuse but for a shopping addiction and her trust fund is put on hold, she becomes a nanny and comes to the rescue of a former NFL star who is the father of rambunctious kids.
Rough and Ready. By Sandra Hill. 2006. Berkley Sensation, paper, $7.99 (0-425-21302-1).
Hill continues her fantastic saga of time-traveling Norsemen and bawdy women in this wildly inventive tale of a rampaging eleventh-century evildoer, a heroic U.S. Navy SEAL, and the gal who wins his heart.
Soul Song. By Marjorie M. Liu. 2007. Dorchester, paper, $6.99 (9780843957662).
In Liu’s latest lyrical mystical romance, a famous violinist who foresees the violent demise of strangers is herself at risk until a mysterious man unleashes a song of destruction that banishes her attackers.
Tempting. By Susan Mallery. 2007. HQN, paper, $6.99 (9780373772100).
Mallery continues her popular Buchanan family series with the story of feisty Dani, whose search for her father leads her to presidential candidate Mark Canfield, much to the glee of a rapacious media thrilled with the discovery of a secret love child.
Virgin River. By Robyn Carr. 2007. MIRA, paper, $6.99 (0-7783-2429-X).
Carr launches a new, edgy contemporary series set in rural California, focusing here on Melinda, a nurse and midwife seeking peace and quiet and finding that while there is much to embrace in Virgin River, life is as precarious there as anywhere else.
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