Heartbeats (Read a romance)
December 14, 2021
The biggest benefit to reading a romance is the confidence that comes with a guaranteed happy ending. You can sit back and enjoy the trials, tribulations, and arguments with the comfort of knowing that all will be right in the end. Take some time this winter to cuddle up with one of these love stories –- happily-ever-after certified by your local library!
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Named a best book of the year by dozens of organizations, this is an emotional and satisfying story of lost love and second chances. Two bestselling writers with a secret past have been writing to each other through their books for years, and when they meet again it brings up past pain, but also future potential.
Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder
Gray Hair Don’t Care by Karen Booth
Makeup artist Lela Bennett is 47, newly divorced, and facing the prospect of reentering the dating scene. When she has an impulsive fling with her college crush Donovan and he responds by leaving before she wakes up, Lela decides to embrace her age, flaunt her silver hair, and start her new job with confidence. The same new job that will bring Donovan back into her life, along with the chance for lasting love.
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Astronomy meets embroidery in this historical romance of star-crossed lovers. Lucy was forced to watch her love marry another and turns to a job translating a French astronomy text to escape. The widowed Countess of Moth hoped to hand off the translation job and count her final obligation to her dead husband complete, but instead the two women discover a connection and an attraction, if they can overcome the threats to a happy future together.
Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Find the single mom’s wildest dream in Rafe. Sloane is an overworked surgeon and divorced mother of twins, and when her nanny walks out without notice she’s left with an urgent need for childcare. Enter Rafe, the tall, handsome, motorcycle riding nanny who’s great with the twins, great in the kitchen, and interested in Sloane. This is low in angst and high in fluffy wish fulfillment.
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
Fans of the hit TV show Schitt’$ Creek will see shades of Alexis Rose in Piper Bellinger, and that’s no mistake. It Happened One Summer is Tessa Bailey’s attempt to give Alexis Rose her happily-ever-after, although in this case we have a Hollywood It-Girl matched with a surly sea captain from the Pacific Northwest.
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
Jasmine is a soap opera star weathering a messy public breakup, and Ashton is an established telenovela star whose character was just written off the show. Both actors have been cast in a bilingual streaming comedy, and both have a lot to lose. One-on-one rehearsals reveal chemistry between the two, but they have to decide if they can mix business with pleasure.
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
April is not only a working scientist, but a cosplay-wearing, fanfiction-writing, certified superfan of the Gods of the Gates series. Marcus Caster-Rupp is the star of the Gods of the Gates TV show, but he’s also a fan of the book series – and has taken up writing anonymous fanfiction that fixes what he sees as mistakes in the show’s writing. When April’s plus sized cosplay goes viral and draws the attention of online trolls, Marcus asks her to dinner – and they soon discover exactly how much they have in common.
Whiteout by Adriana Anders
This hot love story takes place in the coldest place on Earth, Antarctica, and pits a scientist and the research station chef against a mob of terrorists who are after a virus found in the Antarctic ice. This is the page-turning pick for anyone who likes their love stories to come with bad guys, conspiracies, and life-or-death stakes.
The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan
Chloe Fong is practical, organized, and loves lists. Her childhood love, Jeremy Wentworth, is her free-spirited opposite but has always been head over heels for Chloe. Jeremy has spent three years trying to become serious enough for Chloe, with no luck, but now he’s back to prove that although he might never be serious, he’s serious about Chloe.