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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Romance Debuts
This list of the 10 best romance debuts reviewed in Booklist between September 15, 2016, and September 1, 2017, include sparkling novels by two actresses and a mystery writer as well as tales of beloved dogs and daunting obstacles to true love.
Cozy-mystery writer McKinlay brings her signature sassy humor to her deliciously satisfying romance debut featuring endearingly eccentric characters, including an adorable dog.
The Bad Luck Bride. By Janna MacGregor. 2017. St. Martin’s, $7.99 (9781250116123).
Claire Cavensham is about to lose her fourth fiancé; Should she consider a proposal of mutual convenience from a marquess? MacGregor makes this classic romantic story line marvelously fresh.
Change of Address. By Jordan S. Brock. 2016. Riptide, $17.99 (9781626494640).
In Brock’s uplifting debut, injured U.S. Air Force veteran Michael, the son of New Hampshire’s governor, closest to his service dog, Kaylee, meets cute, chubby, high-school dropout Josh. Can love bridge the class divide?
Freedom’s Ring. By Heidi Chiavaroli. 2017. Tyndale, $14.99 (9781496423122).
Chiavaroli connects the lives of Annie, who is wounded in the Boston Marathon bombing, and Liberty, who, in 1770, is raped by British soldiers during the Boston Massacre, in a tale of romance, freedom, and faith.
The Idea of You. By Robinne Lee. 2017. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $15.99 (9781250125903).
This sexy, bittersweet debut by actress turned author Lee portrays a Los Angeles single mother, Solene, who finds herself involved with a much younger British rock star.
The Librarian and the Spy. By Susan Mann. 2017. Zebra, $4.99 (9781420143300).
Reference-librarian Quinn Ellington’s life changes forever when a handsome stranger shows up at her desk and turns out to be an American spy in need of her research skills. A witty, fast-paced first novel.
Love and Other Hot Beverages. By Laurie Loft. 2017. Riptide, $19.99 (9781626495975).
In Loft’s incisive debut, Todd is working construction, a job suitable, he thinks, for healing a broken heart, and cautiously begins a relationship with the site office manager, Sebastian, until his ex beckons.
A New Leash on Love. By Debbie Burns. 2017. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, $7.99 (9781492650836).
Burns crafts a sweet romance in which Megan, the director of a no-kill animal shelter, thinks Craig is a jerk when he surrenders a puppy, but she soon learns that he’s grieving for a lost son.
Solace Island. By Sara Flynn. 2017. Amazon, $12.95 (9780995811805).
Dumped by her fiancé, Maggie heads to Solace Island and becomes intrigued by her sexy next-door neighbor. As a longtime fan of the genre, Sara Flynn, a pseudonym for actress and writer Meg Tilly, knows what romance readers crave.
You May Kiss the Bride. By Lisa Berne. 2017. Avon, $7.99 (9780062451781).
Berne’s exceptionally graceful and funny debut offers a splendid Regency setting in which Gabriel Penhallow, all set to marry the proper woman his formidable grandmother has selected, gets caught kissing penniless nobody Livia Stuart.
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