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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Romance Fiction
The 10 most outstanding romances reviewed in Booklist between September 15, 2014, and September 1, 2015, include two striking debuts as well as books by best-selling authors at their very best, inspirational novels and tales of sexual intensity and suspense, settings past and present, and characters of wit, resilience, and passion.
An Affair Downstairs. By Sherri Browning. 2015. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paper, $7.99 (9781402286827).
In the exceptional second novel in her Edwardian Thornbrook Park series, Browning focuses on Lady Alice Emerson, who is determined to turn away all proper suitors and pursue a potentially scandalous dalliance.
After a Fashion. By Jen Turano. 2015. Bethany, paper, $14.99 (9780764212758); e-book (9781441265135).
New York City, 1882. Harriet needs a job; Oliver need a new fiancée, so a deal is struck. Witty dialogue, slapstick situations, and a spunky heroine confirm that Turano is one of the funniest voices in the inspirational genre.
Brown-Eyed Girl. By Lisa Kleypas. 2015. St. Martin’s, $25.99 (9780312605377); e-book (9781466881785).
Her own matrimonial disaster hasn’t kept Avery from succeeding as a wedding planner, but it has convinced her not to try again, a decision Joe is set on reversing in Kleypas’ sexy, heart-melting romance.
Caged in Winter. By Brighton Walsh. 2014. Berkley, paper, $14 (9780425276488).
In debut author Walsh’s authentic and satisfying new adult romance, Winter, a college senior working in a restaurant, survived foster care by learning not to rely on anyone, a barrier aspiring chef Cade feels compelled to overcome.
Dearest Rogue. By Elizabeth Hoyt. 2015. Vision, paper, $8 (9781455586356).
Lady Phoebe Batten understands why her brother hired Captain James Trevillion to be her bodyguard, but his monitoring of her every move is infuriating. Hoyt writes with particular force and flair in this truly swoonworthy love story.
Hot Point. By M. L. Buchman. 2015. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paper, $7.99 (9781402286940).
Buchman continues his superb Firehawks series with the suspenseful, emotionally nuanced tale of love-under-fire between Vern, a helicopter pilot for the elite firefighter unit, and Denise, the unit’s chief mechanic.
Jilted. By Rachael Johns. 2014. HQN, paper, $7.99 (9780373779369).
In Johns’ heartfelt, richly dimensional debut, Ellie left Hope Junction in rural Australia, and the town’s golden boy, Flynn, at the altar 10 years ago. Now that the soap-opera star has returned, she must face the town’s animosity, and Flynn.
Say Yes to the Marquess. By Tessa Dare.
2015. Avon, paper, $7.99 (9780062240200).
Clio Whitmore, dubbed “Miss Wait-More” because she remains unmarried many years after her betrothal to Piers Brandon, has inherited Twill Castle and now wants to end her engagement. Dare’s droll, clever, and flawless Regency will charm and captivate readers.
This Heart of Mine. By Brenda Novak. 2015. MIRA, paper, $7.99 (9780778316725).
Back in Whiskey Creek after serving time for a crime she did not commit as a teen, namely killing a rival for Riley’s affections, Phoenix just wants to get to know her and Riley’s son. In this second-chance contemporary romance, Novak sensitively explores redemption, forgiveness, and the healing power of love.
Through Waters Deep. By Sarah Sundin. 2015. Revell, paper, $14.99 (9780800723422).
Mary and Jim are working amid danger and suspicion at the Boston Navy Yard just before the U.S. enters WWII in Sundin’s exciting, intricately plotted, unusually thoughtful, and socially incisive tale of romantic suspense.
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