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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Romance Fiction
A Beauty So Rare. By Tamera Alexander. 2014. Bethany, paper, $14.99 (9780764206238); e-book, $14.99 (9781441263490).
Alexander’s exquisitely written Civil War tale of romance amid devastation features the unforgettable Eleanor, who is setting up a home for war widows and their children, and Hapsburg royal Marcus.
The Beekeeper’s Ball. By Susan Wiggs. 2014. MIRA, $24.95 (9780778314486).
In Wiggs’ latest thoughtful and emotionally authentic Bella Vista Chronicles romance, cooking-school founder Isabel contends with Calvin, a famous TV chef, and Cormac, a journalist writing about her WWII hero grandfather.
Evening Stars. By Susan Mallery. 2014. Harlequin/MIRA, paper, $14.95 (9780778316138).
In this insightful, funny, and poignant entry in Mallery’s Blackberry Island series, nurse Nina Wentworth copes with the attention of two men, a doctor and a navy pilot, and all kinds of family chaos.
Hell for Leather. By Julie Ann Walker. 2014. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paper, $7.99 (9781402294488).
Walker supercharges her Black Knights series about a Chicago special-ops group working undercover as bikers with this high-action, hilarious, sexy military romance about imperiled bar owner Delilah and Black Knight Mac.
Heroes Are My Weakness. By Susan Elizabeth Phillips. 2014. Morrow, $26.99 (9780062106070).
Romance superstar Phillips creates a tartly humorous and very sexy variation on the gothic novel, in which quirky Annie Hewitt returns to Peregrin Island to search for her desperately needed inheritance, only to run into Theo Harp, who once tried to kill her.
Sierra Dunn is running a group home for boys in foster care in a small Wyoming town, and rancher Ridge Cooper volunteers to help in Kennedy’s realistic, suspenseful, feel-good western romance.
The Pelican Bride. By Beth White. 2014. Revell, paper, $14.99 (9780800721978).
When Huguenot sisters Geneviève and Aimée flee to America’s Deep South as mail-order brides, or “Pelican Girls,” they meet immigrant brothers Tristan and Marc-Antoine in White’s carefully researched story, which is filled with political intrigue and adventure.
River Road. By Jayne Ann Krentz. 2014. Putnam, $26.95 (9780399165122).
In Krentz’s sexy, hilarious, spine-tingling tale, Lucy returns to her Napa Valley hometown to sell the home she inherited from her aunt, where she discovers not only something alarming behind the fireplace but also that overly protective and bossy Mason hasn’t changed a bit.
Three Weeks with Lady X. By Eloisa James. 2014. Avon, paper, $7.99 (9780062223890); e-book (9780062223906).
James’ gift for creating complex characters enlivens this historical romance set in a rundown estate recently inherited by Thorn Dautry and slated for a major redecoration effort by Lady Xenobia India St. Clair, who thinks Thorn could use some serious sprucing up, too.
What a Duke Dares. By Anna Campbell. 2014. Forever, paper, $7.99 (9781455557905).
Campbell continues her Sons of Sin series in this lusciously sensual, scintillatingly witty Regency romance about a fraught encounter between highly desirable Camden Rothermere, Marquess of Pembridge, and Penelope Thorne, the woman who turned him down years ago.
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