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Love in Bloom: Spring 2018’s Must-Read Romances

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Love is in the air and on our bookshelves. This spring is delivering a stunning batch of must-read romance novels that are guaranteed to fill your heart with joy. Contemporary fans will not want to waste a second before diving into the final volume in Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series, while historical readers will be longing for the end of the season when Eloisa James delivers another Wilde novel. Whether you’re looking for romances about dating apps, gender exploration, or rodeos, we’ve got you covered. Follow your heart and find your next favorite romance. Bad Bachelor (Sourcebooks Casablanca), Stefanie London Dating in New York City can be a nightmare, which is why Brooklyn librarian Darcy Greer downloads the Bad…

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 15 Steamy New Romances You’ll Warm Up To This Winter

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Between record cold snaps, bomb cyclones, and snow falling by the feet, this winter has been brutal so far. It makes us want to stay inside forever, wrapped up in a warm blanket, sipping tea – and reading a good book, of course. And when it’s this nasty outside, there’s nothing better than a steamy romance novel to help warm us up in just the right ways. So if you’re looking to beat the cold, then look no further, this list (and previews) of new romances is guaranteed to warm you up on a wintry day! Unraveled, Helen Hardt The Hookup, Kristen Ashley Hello Stranger, Lisa Kleypas Wrong to Need You, Alisha Rai Tempest, Beverly Jenkins Judgment Road, Christine Feehan A…

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Cool Days, Hot Nights: Our Top 10 Historical Romances for November

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Now that it’s officially November, the days are getting colder and the trees are bare and waiting for snow. For us at Booktrib, cold days are made for cozy afternoons spent curled up on the couch, sipping hot chocolate and reading a great book. Even better if that book happens to be a steamy romance novel (hey, we need something to help warm us up). This month we have historical romances on the brain, from dukes and lords to cowboys on the range. It doesn’t matter the era – whether they feature kilts or top hats, we can’t get enough of love stories set in the distant past. Here are 10 historical romances coming out in November that are guaranteed…

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The To-Read Shelf on Goodreads Catalogues My Future Self

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As an avid reader, I adore using Goodreads. It’s the perfect place to organize all of my books and reviews, to place books on my to-read shelf, to vote in their annual book awards, and to get recommendations for the latest reads in genres I love. As an author, it’s also a great place to connect with readers, and to get the true pulse of what the reading community has to say about your work. No other site brings readers and authors together in quite the same way, breaking down barriers and allowing the whole literary community to take part in discussing their favorite books. Did I mention the to-read shelf? It’s one of my favorite features of Goodreads, as…

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December’s Author Crush: Jill Shalvis Masters the Art of Chemistry

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It’s not often that I find a new contemporary romance author who blows me away with the very first book. But that’s exactly what happened when I bought my first Jill Shalvis novel three years ago. The story was Head Over Heels, the third book in Jill Shalvis’ insanely popular Lucky Harbor series. From the first page, I knew it was special — the main character was spunky and fun, and her love interest was brooding and hot. More importantly, they had chemistry. Banter and sweet moments and so much heat that I had to take breaks to fan myself. It’s an elusive concept, true chemistry between characters, and so many authors get it so wrong. But Shalvis isn’t one of them,…

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Six Packs and Stepsisters: These 10 New Sports-Themed Romances Score Big

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The other day on a whim I decided to watch the first episode of Fox’s new show, Pitch. And OMG I haven’t stopped watching since. Full of strong women, sizzling chemistry and a romance that I’m already rooting for, Pitch is the sports show we all need in our lives right now. It’s also reminding me of how much I love great sports-themed romances!   Luckily for me (and you too!) athlete heroes are all the rage these days, dominating the New Adult and contemporary romance shelves. From the six-pack abs to the never-ending capacity for sport puns, these sexy stories are almost always a home run. #SorryNotSorry Here are 10 recent sports-themed romances that are most definitely hitting it out of the…

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November’s Author Crush: There is No Author Quite like Lisa Kleypas

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The other day, I got a text from a friend that read: “I need a good new romance author to read. Who do you recommend? They have to be Lisa Kleypas-like.” I wracked my brain for hours until I finally had to admit the truth: there is no one else quite like Lisa Kleypas. With her perfect blend of humor, romance and heartfelt emotion, Kleypas is an entity in and of herself. If I could make a shrine to her writing without seeming like a total lunatic, I would. I first fell for her historical romances with the Wallflower series, and then I was swept away by her modern Travis family saga. Now I’m a true devotee, willing to shell out…

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The Must-Read Romances Releasing Before 2016 Comes to an End!

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We still have two and a half months left in this year, which is plenty of time to dive into some great new books. We’re also about to enter the most romantic season of all: snuggly fall evenings, warm spiced cider for two, and snowfalls that make you want to stay in bed for hours. So why not celebrate with some sweet and sexy romantic reads? Whether they involve handsome cowboys or rakish Dukes, there are still plenty of awesome love stories yet to be published this year. Here are the 12 romance novels we can’t wait to read before 2016 leaves us for good: Kept, Maya Banks (Berkley Publishing, October 25, 2016) Sexy and dark, Kept is the third…

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Jennifer Weiner’s ‘Hungry Heart’ is Intimate and Engrossing — Plus, Her Top Six Novels

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Jennifer Weiner is known for her well-written, thought-provoking novels about women in their personal and professional lives. Her books feature family drama, falling in and out of love, growing older, having children, chasing dreams and all the other complicated and messy parts of life. She’s also one of those writers with a particularly recognizable style. Like Stephen King with horror, or Nora Roberts with romantic thrillers, Jennifer Weiner has a specific brand. It’s definitely a brand that I love and can never get enough of. Hand me Good in Bed, or In Her Shoes and I’ll be happy for hours. But as an author and an outspoken advocate for women’s writing, Weiner’s style is a lot more nuanced than some…

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The Top 10 October Books to Give You Fall Feelings

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October is finally here! Which means fall is officially here, with orange and yellow trees lining the streets, pumpkins gracing every doorstep, and apples turning red on their branches. It also means Halloween, which is – objectively – the best holiday ever. Because October is so great, there are tons of awesome books getting published this month. From creepy reads to preemptive Christmas-themed romances, October is shaping up to be a reader’s dream. There’s also no better time of year to snuggle up on the couch with a good book, pumpkin spice latte in hand. For a little autumn reading inspiration, here are 10 of our favorite new releases hitting shelves in October: Crimson Death (Anita Black: Vampire Hunter Series, Book…

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Zodiac Reads: The Perfect Books For Peacemaking Libras

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Even for the strongest non-believers, it’s hard to deny how fun astrology can be. Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t at least want to know to their horoscope for the month? We didn’t think so. Personally, we love astrology here at BookTrib, regardless if you’re a passionate Aries, a romantic Cancer, or an imaginative Libra. Speaking of Libras, since we’re firmly in Libra territory (September 23 to October 23), and yes, we are going to pretend that NASA did NOT add a sign to the zodiac, we figured it was time to celebrate our justice-loving, peacemaking brothers and sisters. So for all of you late September to October babies out there, here are eight books guaranteed to appeal to any Libra: It Ends With…

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Back-to-School Romances Perfect For the Student in All of Us

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It doesn’t matter how old you get, September always means back-to-school season. If nothing else, it’s an excuse to buy some new clothes as you wait for the leaves to start changing colors. If you actually are going back to school, there’s something nice about leaving those humid days of summer behind to start dreaming of plaid skirts and the smell of fresh textbooks. Speaking of books, back-to-school season is also a great time to dive into some awesome new reads. The more romance the better, as far as we’re concerned. After all, what’s better than checking out your crush as he walks past your locker every day or makes a winning touchdown at the big game? In honor of…

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September’s Author Crush: No One Writes Paranormal Romance Like Nalini Singh

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Nalini Singh is the kind of writer who needs no introduction. But since I love gushing about her, you’re getting one anyway. Because no one writes dark, paranormal romance quite like Singh. I first read a Singh novel around 10 years ago, when I picked up Slave to Sensation on a whim at a bookstore. Holy crap, I thought while reading it. This woman can write. Singh had a style I’d never seen before: a cross between traditional romance novels and the more complex urban-paranormals that were becoming popular at the time. Her voice was — and still is — quick but deep, heartfelt but sexy, and filled with complex heroes and heroines who make rational, human decisions. If you’re…

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15 New Contemporary Romances We’re Obsessing Over

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We definitely enjoy our fair share of vampires and fantasy worlds here at BookTrib, and we’re pretty much willing to read any historical romance with a Fabio-style hottie baring his six-pack on the cover. But every once in a while it’s nice to dive into a straightforward contemporary romance novel. The setting is familiar, the characters are relatable, and there are no corsets in sight. Whether these novels feature motorcycle gangs, hot cowboys or businessmen who like to dominate in the bedroom, we’re hooked on modern romances. Here are 15 new contemporary romances that we can’t stop obsessing over this month: With Every Breath: A Slow Burn Novel, Maya Banks (Avon, August 23, 2016) Thanks to her unorthodox alpha heroes,…

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Romance Writers of America Takes a Stand for Diversity

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The folks who love to write about love are taking a stand for inclusivity. The Romance Writers of America released a statement on April 4, 2016 making it absolutely clear where they stand on the subject of inclusivity for members from the LGBTQ community. This is welcome news during a time when civil rights for people who identify as gay or transgender are being eroded in several states. Important Message Regarding 2005 “Definition of Romance” Survey At the November 2015 Board of Directors meeting, one of the issues discussed was an RWA survey conducted in 2005. Though this occurred eleven years ago, the ill effects of that survey still linger for many members. The survey was included in the Romance Writers…

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