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  • BN Editors 3:00 pm on 2019/12/04 Permalink
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    Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ Favorite Romance Novels of 2019 

    It’s getting chilly out—perfect weather for curling up with a good romance novel or five. The past year has been an amazing one for romance—and no one knows that better than Barnes & Noble’s team of experienced booksellers, who each day make it their mission to connect every reader with just the right book. We wanted to know what romance novels to put on our year-end must-read lists, so we asked them. These are our booksellers’ favorites of the year—and, we wager, they’ll soon be yours too. (Explore all of our booksellers’ 2019 favorites.)

    The Wedding Party, by Jasmine Guillory
    Alexa Monroe from The Wedding Date is getting married, and her best friends Maddie and Theo are both going to be involved in the big day. This would be all fine and dandy if Maddie and Theo didn’t hate each other so much after their one-night stand. (To be fair, Maddie and Theo, you both made—er, un-made?—that bed…) Anyhoo, Theo and Maddie need to work together in order to help make Alexa’s wedding day dreams come true. How long will it take for each of them to realize they are perfect for each other? Will they find a private moment during the wedding reception to unabashedly make out? And where the heck are all of OUR wedding invitations?!

    Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
    Alex Claremont-Diaz, the President of the United States’ son, and Prince Henry, heir to the British throne, really, really can’t stand each other. Like, they really don’t like each other. At all. (Gentlemen, don’t you understand that you’re both WAY too hot to be fighting?!) Things take a turn, though, after the tabloids catch the two of them fighting. This prompts a major public relations campaign in order to preserve the special relationship between the U.S. and Britain. Alex and Henry have to embark on a bit of a fake friendship in order to stave off any pesky rumors, and it doesn’t take either of them long to realize that there was some crazy delicious sexual tension brewing between them. (Now THIS is the kind of special relationship we all want to read about!) Alex and Henry will need to come to terms with the fact that they wouldn’t mind jumping into bed together. (Like, every day.) Here’s hoping they realize they are perfect for each other, that British and American relations remain intact, and that the next royal wedding gets exceptionally thorough and extensive media coverage!

    Window on the Bay, by Debbie Macomber
    Intensive care nurse Jenna Boltz has been doing the single mom thing for the past 20 years, and now she’s facing an empty nest thanks to her kids going to college. (Jenna, you clearly did an awesome job with your kids! Oh, and we’re all coming over with pizza and wine and planning tons of fun times!) She doesn’t quite know what to do with herself. One thing is for sure: Jenna is not ready to navigate the dating world. (That’s okay, Jenna. No one ever really is!) Then she meets Dr. Rowan Lancaster, a silver fox of a man who helps Jenna’s elderly mom when she breaks her hip. (Rowan, we are all SO bringing our relatives to you—from babies to grannies!) Rowan certainly has that whole Stiff and Silent Man act down pat, but beneath that stony exterior beats a heart that soon becomes wholly devoted to Jenna. Oh, Rowan, Jenna’s about to go through a really tough time, so please put on your best face (as in, you know, smile) and use your envy-worthy body to give our gal a helping hand!

    Under Currents, by Nora Roberts
    On the surface, Zane Bigelow’s childhood looked idyllic—successful parents and a big, fancy house and all that jazz—but said childhood was actually filled with all kinds of abuse. (Zane, you’ll need to run exceptionally fast in order to escape…our hugs!) Fast forward many years and Zane is now a successful—and smokingly gorgeous—lawyer. He decides to return to his hometown and be with his loved ones. There he meets Darby, a landscape artist who’s new to the area and has her own haunted past. (Darby, what is the name of your business? We all want to give it the positive Yelp reviews it deserves!) Darby and Zane may each have their own issues to grapple with – not to mention dark pasts they can’t seem to shake—but that doesn’t stop either of them from realizing they’d like to do the nekkid dance on a regular basis. Will they be able to dodge their demons and start a new chapter of their lives together?

    The Mister, by E.L. James
    In her first novel since the success of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, E.L. James introduces readers to Maxim Trevelyan, a wealthy playboy with a history of eschewing responsibility or commitment. That all changes when Alessia Demachi, a young Albanian woman on the run from human traffickers, becomes the new “daily” (daily housekeeper) at the estate Maxim has recently inherited and doesn’t know what to do with. Alessia seems immune to Maxim’s model good looks (he moonlights as one), but her exquisite talent at playing piano and her mysterious, haunted ways have Maxim changing his behavior from rogue to protector in a bid to earn her trust and her heart.

    These are the romance novels Barnes & Noble booksellers loved in 2019. What would you add?

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  • BN Editors 3:00 pm on 2019/12/04 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , Romance, , , ,   

    Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ Favorite Romance Novels of 2019 

    It’s getting chilly out—perfect weather for curling up with a good romance novel or five. The past year has been an amazing one for romance—and no one knows that better than Barnes & Noble’s team of experienced booksellers, who each day make it their mission to connect every reader with just the right book. We wanted to know what romance novels to put on our year-end must-read lists, so we asked them. These are our booksellers’ favorites of the year—and, we wager, they’ll soon be yours too. (Explore all of our booksellers’ 2019 favorites.)

    The Wedding Party, by Jasmine Guillory
    Alexa Monroe from The Wedding Date is getting married, and her best friends Maddie and Theo are both going to be involved in the big day. This would be all fine and dandy if Maddie and Theo didn’t hate each other so much after their one-night stand. (To be fair, Maddie and Theo, you both made—er, un-made?—that bed…) Anyhoo, Theo and Maddie need to work together in order to help make Alexa’s wedding day dreams come true. How long will it take for each of them to realize they are perfect for each other? Will they find a private moment during the wedding reception to unabashedly make out? And where the heck are all of OUR wedding invitations?!

    Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston
    Alex Claremont-Diaz, the President of the United States’ son, and Prince Henry, heir to the British throne, really, really can’t stand each other. Like, they really don’t like each other. At all. (Gentlemen, don’t you understand that you’re both WAY too hot to be fighting?!) Things take a turn, though, after the tabloids catch the two of them fighting. This prompts a major public relations campaign in order to preserve the special relationship between the U.S. and Britain. Alex and Henry have to embark on a bit of a fake friendship in order to stave off any pesky rumors, and it doesn’t take either of them long to realize that there was some crazy delicious sexual tension brewing between them. (Now THIS is the kind of special relationship we all want to read about!) Alex and Henry will need to come to terms with the fact that they wouldn’t mind jumping into bed together. (Like, every day.) Here’s hoping they realize they are perfect for each other, that British and American relations remain intact, and that the next royal wedding gets exceptionally thorough and extensive media coverage!

    Window on the Bay, by Debbie Macomber
    Intensive care nurse Jenna Boltz has been doing the single mom thing for the past 20 years, and now she’s facing an empty nest thanks to her kids going to college. (Jenna, you clearly did an awesome job with your kids! Oh, and we’re all coming over with pizza and wine and planning tons of fun times!) She doesn’t quite know what to do with herself. One thing is for sure: Jenna is not ready to navigate the dating world. (That’s okay, Jenna. No one ever really is!) Then she meets Dr. Rowan Lancaster, a silver fox of a man who helps Jenna’s elderly mom when she breaks her hip. (Rowan, we are all SO bringing our relatives to you—from babies to grannies!) Rowan certainly has that whole Stiff and Silent Man act down pat, but beneath that stony exterior beats a heart that soon becomes wholly devoted to Jenna. Oh, Rowan, Jenna’s about to go through a really tough time, so please put on your best face (as in, you know, smile) and use your envy-worthy body to give our gal a helping hand!

    Under Currents, by Nora Roberts
    On the surface, Zane Bigelow’s childhood looked idyllic—successful parents and a big, fancy house and all that jazz—but said childhood was actually filled with all kinds of abuse. (Zane, you’ll need to run exceptionally fast in order to escape…our hugs!) Fast forward many years and Zane is now a successful—and smokingly gorgeous—lawyer. He decides to return to his hometown and be with his loved ones. There he meets Darby, a landscape artist who’s new to the area and has her own haunted past. (Darby, what is the name of your business? We all want to give it the positive Yelp reviews it deserves!) Darby and Zane may each have their own issues to grapple with – not to mention dark pasts they can’t seem to shake—but that doesn’t stop either of them from realizing they’d like to do the nekkid dance on a regular basis. Will they be able to dodge their demons and start a new chapter of their lives together?

    The Mister, by E.L. James
    In her first novel since the success of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, E.L. James introduces readers to Maxim Trevelyan, a wealthy playboy with a history of eschewing responsibility or commitment. That all changes when Alessia Demachi, a young Albanian woman on the run from human traffickers, becomes the new “daily” (daily housekeeper) at the estate Maxim has recently inherited and doesn’t know what to do with. Alessia seems immune to Maxim’s model good looks (he moonlights as one), but her exquisite talent at playing piano and her mysterious, haunted ways have Maxim changing his behavior from rogue to protector in a bid to earn her trust and her heart.

    These are the romance novels Barnes & Noble booksellers loved in 2019. What would you add?

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  • Tara Sonin 4:00 pm on 2019/11/13 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , find me, , josh malerman, malorie, , , , Romance, , , , to be continued   

    6 Sequels and Series Continuations We’ve Been Waiting For 

    The only thing better than loving a book is knowing the story isn’t over—that’s what sequels and companion novels are for! This year and next, we’re being gifted with a number of returning characters and continuing stories. Here’s a sampling of these second helpings, which range from the aftermath of a young, tragic love story to the fall of a dystopian regime.

    Find Me (Sequel to Call Me By Your Name), by André Aciman
    Some romances—and some novels—change us forever. Broken hearts around the world rejoiced at the news that Call Me By Your Name was getting a sequel (perhaps in part due to the success of the movie?) that would reveal what happened to Elio and Oliver in the years after their love affair. In sensual, heartrending prose, Aciman reveals that Elio has become a classical pianist who lives in Paris, and Oliver a college professor tempted to seek Elio out after all this time apart. Readers will be left breathless by the story’s end.

    Olive, Again (Sequel to Olive Kitteridge), by Elizabeth Strout
    The follow-up to the Pulitzer prize-winning novel Olive Kitteridge once again returns to the town of Crosby, Maine, and follows Olive (and her family, neighbors, and friends) as they navigate the ups and downs of everyday life. Readers fell for Olive’s cantankerous, imperfect personality as she strived to understand her distant but loving husband, connect with her son, and eventually, move on from a major loss. This time around, Olive has found happiness in the aftermath of that grief, but life always finds a way of messing with a sure thing. With unforgettable characters who return for an encore as well as new faces who help Olive find her way, this sequel may restore your faith in humanity.

    Royal Holiday (Wedding Date #4), by Jasmine Guillory
    Romcom lovers, rejoice in another Jasmine Guillory story just in time for the holidays. This one stars Maddie’s mom (from The Wedding Party) Vivian as she embarks on a no-strings-attached fling while accompanying Maddie on a work trip to England. The catch? The work trip is with royalty, and the fling is the Queen’s trusted aide. What begins as a low-stakes romance evolves into a serious choice Vivian must make about whether she’s ready to make a holiday treat into a real-life love affair.

    The Testaments (Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale), by Margaret Atwood
    On the heels of the incredible third season of the hit Hulu show, Atwood released a sequel to her original dystopian tale meant to answer the most popular questions she received in the three decades since: What happened to Gilead? How did it rise, and who orchestrated its eventual fall? Following the perspectives of three women, two inside the regime, and one in Canada, The Testaments answers those questions with unfolding tension and characters in contradiction, ultimately giving readers a satisfying conclusion (or second chapter?) to a gripping saga.

    Starsight (Skyward #2), by Brandon Sanderson (11/26/19)
    In Skyward, a YA sci-fi fantasy novel by renowned adult novelist Brandon Sanderson, we met Spensa, one of the last survivors of an alien war, who wants to be a pilot. When she comes into contact with a ship that seems sentient, she decides to pursue this dream at all costs—and by the end, those costs have come crashing down on her, and she learns some terrible truths that will impact her fate. This novel builds on Spensa’s journey towards carving her own destiny in the stars despite a great betrayal unearthed from the past.

    Malorie (Sequel to Bird Box), by Josh Malerman (7/21/20)
    The much-anticipated sequel to the sci-fi thriller Bird Box arrives soon! Details on the plot of Malorie are being kept under blindfolds, so all we know is that she is the star. It picks up in the aftermath of the previous story (which was also adapted into a Netflix movie starring Sandra Bullock) where Malorie, Boy, and Girl have reached the colony of people secluded from the mysterious creature attacks that have taken down modern society. Will we learn the origins of the creatures? Will Malorie remain with Boy and Girl? We’ll find out next May!

    What new sequels are you excited for?

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2019/11/12 Permalink
    Tags: all fired up, andie j. christopher, , , , leave me breathless, , , patricia davids, restless rancher, Romance, , the hope, the princess plan   

    Romance Roundup: Event Planners, Gossip Writers, and Amish Widows 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes an arts and crafts store owner with some dark secrets, a popular writer who wants to take a more serious career route, and an Amish widow who is about to get a delicious blast from her past. 

    Leave Me Breathless, by Jodi Ellen Malpas
    Ryan Willis works in the protection business, which takes up a lot of brainpower and muscle. (Fortunately, he has both in spades!) He just finished a huge assignment, so he’s ready to wind down in his getaway home and listen to some soothing music and get some much-needed R&R. (You do that, Ryan, and we’ll all massage you while you’re at it!) He gets a bit of a surprise, though, when he meets Hannah Bright. She’s new in town and runs the local arts and craft store. (Hannah, you are a lifesaver! Some of us were quite low on knitting yarn!) Hannah and Ryan get to know each other, and it’s all quite wonderful for both parties. That said, Hannah has some big secrets, so she can’t let Ryan get too close. (Are you sure about that, sister?!) Here’s hoping that Hannah and Ryan reveal themselves to each other (hehe), that they create a foundation based on trust, and that the two of them enjoy many a frolic throughout their English village! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK.) 

    Not the Girl You Marry, by Andie J. Christopher
    How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days gets a twist in Christopher’s latest! Journalist Jack Nolan has found his niche—as a writer who is really good at writing viral fluff pieces that make for great clickbait but aren’t exactly stretching anyone’s thinking skills. (Jack, buddy, we all promise to, er, NOT click on your articles!) He cuts a deal with his editor: He will write a hard-hitting story on…how to lose a girl. Then he’ll move on to covering politics. Too bad he meets event planner Hannah Mayfield, who is actually a really nice person and smart and beautiful to boot. She’s on a quest of her own, which is to show her boss that YES, she absolutely believes in the lovey-dovey stuff and that YES, she wants to plan super duper romantic weddings. (She does NOT actually believe in these things, but she DOES want a promotion. Get THAT PROMOTION Hannah! We all hope it comes with a BIG RAISE!) She needs to hang onto to Jack just as much as he needs to tick her off. Oh, Jack, please find a way to not screw up your budding relationship with Hannah! And Hannah, please don’t get TOO upset when you find out the truth behind Jack’s less-than-desirable behavior. (Available in paperback and NOOK on November 12.) 

    Restless Rancher, by Jennifer Ryan
    Accountant Sonya Tucker has quite the task before her. She needs to help rancher Austin Hubbard turn his struggling ranch around, being as how Austin himself is struggling to just even get out of bed each morning. (Sonya, we’re not entirely sure why you would want Austin out of bed, but we are all still willing to follow along and support you in whatever you need to do!) Fortunately, Sonya is no wilting violet. She was, after all, raised by her mother in the Wild Rose Ranch, a Nevada brothel. (Sonya, sounds to us like you were always surrounded by hardworking women who taught you to be tough, and for that, we salute you and everyone involved in your upbringing!) It soon becomes clear that Austin is not as lackadaisical as he seems. He’s actually a good guy who wants to succeed. Will he manage to get off of his delectable heinie and prove to Sonya that he’s a very, very good man? This is the second book in Ryan’s Wild Rose series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 12.) 

    All Fired Up, by Lori Foster
    Ex-con Mitch Crews is on a mission to find some long-lost family, and let’s just say he’s pretty much starting from zero. (It’s okay, Mitch! We’ll all help you find your family! We know how to use The Google!)  His travels put him in the direct path of Charlotte Parrish. Her car has just broken down in his neck of the woods, and while Mitch may be a tad hardened due to stressful life experiences, he would never – but NEVER – leave a lady stranded. (Mitch, there are people who have had it WAY easier than you and would still not do the nice things you do!) Charlotte doesn’t think she has room in her life for bad boys and so she decides to do her best and forget about Mitch and resist his charms and BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! As if ANY woman could resist the ridiculously appealing Mitch. Mitch, please find a way to exhibit your best behavior while also showing Charlotte a good time in the, ahem, boudoir. This is the third book in Foster’s Road to Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 19.) 

    The Princess Plan, by Julia London
    Eliza Tricklebank owns a delicious gossip gazette, and she’s just gotten the story tip of a lifetime. The personal secretary of none other than Prince Sebastian of Alucia has been murdered. Sebastian is eager to find out who killed his employee, and he starts off his investigation by investigating Eliza. (Oh, Eliza, you lucky, lucky lady!) This is all happening at a very inopportune time for Sebastian. There’s a trade deal going down, plus he’s under some big-time pressure to find a royal bride and produce a royal heir and do all of the royal things. (Sebastian, if you ever need a break from all of that royal stuff, we’ll all happily take you out for a night on the town while you wear the crafty yet tasteful disguise of your choice!) Eliza and Sebastian will need to work very closely together if they’re going to solve the murder mystery. This is the first book in London’s A Royal Wedding series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 19.)

    The Hope, by Patricia Davids
    Amish widow Ruth Mast figures that her life is going to be a tad quieter moving forward now that her husband is gone. Then a Very Special Man by the name of Owen Mast returns to Cedar Grove, and this kind of makes Ruth want to hide behind a sheet that’s been hung out to dry. Owen doesn’t have the best reputation in town. Oh, he also broke Ruth’s heart once upon a time. If all of this wasn’t bad enough, he is STILL ridiculously handsome and he STILL gives Ruth the butterflies! Ruth is ready to just go about her business and ignore Owen. Then a lost little girl shows up on Owen’s porch, and both he and Ruth are moved to help her and keep her safe. (See, Ruth?! Owen has clearly changed for the better so please, please, please listen to what he has to say!) Here’s hoping that Ruth and Owen cooperate to help this poor kid—and that they each get over their issues and get to know the people they’ve each become! This is the second book in Davids’ Amish of Cedar Grove series. (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on November 19.) 

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  • Sarah Skilton 5:00 pm on 2019/11/08 Permalink
    Tags: christmas shopaholic, , , , josie silver, julia whelan, last christmas, london belongs to us, my oxford year, one day in december, Romance, , sarra manning, ,   

    5 London-Set Books to Read After You See Last Christmas 

    Anglophiles, assemble! Last Christmas hits theaters today, about a young woman (GoT’s Emilia Clarke) who works at a year-round ornament store and whose holiday blues start to lift when a handsome stranger (Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding) enters her life. Besides the romance, what I’m most looking forward to are the scenes showcasing the beauty and quirks of London during the holidays. Here are five more new and recent romances set in Merry Old to keep you cozy this weekend.

    Royal Holiday, by Jasmine Guillory
    An impromptu mother-daughter trip to England to style a duchess for the holidays? So much yes. Guillory’s fourth book centers on an older protagonist, 50-something Vivian Forest, whose daughter Maddie (last seen in The Wedding Party) provides the impetus for the trip of a lifetime. When Vivian meets Malcolm Hudson, a veddy proper private secretary to the Queen, sparks fly. The problem is, Vivian’s due back in the States after New Year’s. Is a magical fling worth the possible heartache to follow?

    Christmas Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella
    Becky Bloomwood Brandon is eager to share a traditional English Christmas with husband Luke and daughter Minnie at her parents’ place, complete with ugly sweaters and caroling. Then her mum and dad drop a bombshell: they’re moving out of the village of Letherby and into a trendy London ‘burb. As such, they need Becky to host the festivities this time around. Bargain shopping, well-meaning yet screwball attempts to help loved ones, and surprises in the form of an ex-boyfriend, ensue. Like a mug of cocoa with marshmallows on top, this looks to be a sweet and heartwarming delight. This is Becky’s eighth outing, but newcomers to the Shopaholic series needn’t have read the previous volumes.

    One Day in December, by Josie Silver
    What happens when your best friend lands the guy you’ve been fantasizing about for a year? That’s Laurie’s predicament in this romance that spans a decade and begins with a missed connection out a bus window in London. When Laurie and Jack first glimpse each other from afar, their mutual and intense attraction is put on simmer—they have no idea how to find each other again—until months later when Jack shows up on the arm of Laurie’s mate Sarah at a holiday party. Does fate intend for them to pursue each other, or is it better for everyone if they walk away? Perfect for fans of Love Actually.

    My Oxford Year, by Julia Whelan
    When Rhodes Scholar Ella Durran arrives at Oxford to study English lit, it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream. Soon, however, she’s torn between her education and a job opportunity working for a rising politician. Then there’s the banter-filled and swoony romance she’s begun with Jamie Davenport, a young, mischievous professor who pushes all her buttons in the best ways. But Jamie’s hiding something from Ella that will change everything—and force Ella to make choices that all seem headed toward heartbreak. Have Kleenex on hand for this gorgeous and emotional debut.

    London Belongs to Us, by Sarra Manning
    Fans of fast-paced stories set in a single night will tear through this love letter to London. When teenage Sunny discovers the truth about her boyfriend—he’s two-timing her with a girl from another school, and has been for a while—she sets off on a cross-city trek for answers. Zipping through villages both lesser-known and iconic (Notting Hill, Soho, Camden…), she meets a colorful cast of characters and learns what she’s willing and unwilling to do for love—and herself.

     What London-set romance novels would you recommend to Last Christmas fans?

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