Romance Roundup: Screenwriters, Etiquette Coaches, and Kind-hearted Librarians 


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This week’s Romance Roundup includes a budding screenwriter who gets romantic with an actor, a refreshingly unique debutante, and a Wall Street executive who’s about to have a much-needed change of pace.

Waiting for Tom Hanks, by Kerry Winfrey
Annie Cassidy has some serious screenwriting ambitions, not to mention a delicious weakness for romantic comedies. This weakness is so profound, in fact, that her ultimate dream would be to meet a Tom Hanks-ish guy who embodies all of her romantic comedy fantasies. (We feel you, Annie. We all feel you. #youvegotmail) Things take a turn for the exciting when Annie gets a job on a local film set and gets to be around hunky actor Drew Danforth. Their first meeting, however, is less than pleasant. That said, things soon start to pick up, and Annie and Drew find themselves involved in all kinds of fun and silly and romantic moments. (Annie, it sounds like you’re finding true love AND getting a ton of writing inspiration!) Will Annie and Drew’s budding romance outlast the film shoot? And will she get her much-deserved shot at a screenwriting career? (Available in paperback and NOOK on June 11.)

Fix Her Up, by Tessa Bailey
Georgette Castle isn’t doing so bad in her job as a clown for children’s birthday parties, but she’s ready to kick things up a notch and thrive in her career and in her personal life. She makes some much-needed updates to her business and also makes some tweaks to her appearance. (Kudos to you, Georgette, for loving yourself and taking positive steps to improve your life!) Trouble is, she lives in a small town where everyone has known her forever, so no one wants to takes her seriously. She enlists the help of her childhood crush, Travis Scott. Surely if people think they’re having an affair they’ll see her in a different light—right? As for Travis, he soon realizes that Georgette is all grown up and that she is QUITE the woman. Good for you, Travis! Now take Georgette out on a nice date—maybe in the next town to escape prying eyes—and realize that you’re NEVER going to find a woman quite like her! (Available in paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 11.)

Sisters of Summer’s End, by Lori Foster
Single mom Joy Lee is about to start a new chapter of her life. She just got a cool job at a lakeside resort and she’s made a new friend to boot. Said new friend, Maris, nudges Joy to go ahead and follow her heart with a guy who is new to the area. (Now THAT’S what friends are for!) As for Maris, she’s worked extremely hard to be the strong, independent woman she is today. She has very little interest in risking that. That said, seeing Joy so happy with her new man makes Maris think twice about some of her life choices. (Maris, you can absolutely fall in love AND retain your hard-won independence!) Will these two lovely ladies allow themselves to fall in love with the nice men they’ve met? Here’s hoping they do—and that they also enjoy many a wine-filled lunch and/or dinner to exchange the most delicious of stories! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 11.)

The Duke and I, by Julia Quinn
Netflix adaptation alert! This reprint, the first book in Quinn’s Bridgerton series, is headed for the small screen! Daphne Bridgerton is way too friendly to be considered marriage material. That is, she is nice and smart and funny, traits that none of the idiot dandies in society appreciate, much less want to marry. (Daphne, we will all happily toss red wine in their dull, boring faces on your behalf!) Things shake up a bit when Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, shows up in the same social circles. He’s back in England after being abroad, and he’s none too thrilled by the endless ballroom and drawing room prattle. (Oh, and every mother wants him to marry her daughter. No bueno.) Simon and Daphne agree to a fake courtship, one that will keep those rabid mothers far, far away and also give Daphne a much-needed look of mystery. It doesn’t take long for Simon to realize that Daphne is everything he wants in a woman and that he’ll have to act fast if he’s going to nab her for himself! (Available in paperback on June 11.)

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot, by Susan Mallery
Sisters Margot and Sunshine Baxter each have their own thing going on. Margot is an etiquette coach, and her latest gig involves dealing with her client’s less-than-pleasant son, Alec. Alec isn’t a bad person, per se, but he’s very, very guarded. (He’s also very, very hot, and his rare smile is well worth any effort!) As for Sunshine, she’s had a string of not-so-good boyfriends and she’s quite determined to break that awful cycle. (Good for you, Sunshine! Settle for no less than a man who rightfully worships the ground you walk on and rubs your feet at least twice a week!) Sunshine also wants to focus on her nanny job and finish her bachelor’s degree. That said, her new boss is deliciously distracting. Sounds like these lovely sisters have a lot on their plate, so here’s hoping they stick to their goals and don’t let anyone derail their dreams! (Available in hardcover, audiobook, and NOOK on June 11.)

Summer on Mirror Lake, by JoAnn Ross
Wall Street workaholic Gabriel Mannion refuses to believe that he’s just had an anxiety attack. That said, he needs to follow his doctor’s orders and chill out if he doesn’t want to risk his health. He heads back to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor, where he soon falls head over heels for local librarian Chelsea Prescott. Not only is Chelsea a beautiful, well-read woman who can no doubt recommend books for just about anyone, but she is also giving two foster children some much-needed attention. (Brains AND beauty AND heart? Gabriel, if you don’t take this woman out for a nice dinner then we all will!) Gabriel and Chelsea certainly like each other very much, but Gabriel still plans to return to New York City. Oh, Gabriel, would you please search that jaded heart of yours and find something to do in Honeymoon Harbor so that you can continue romancing this wonderful woman?! This is the third book in Ross’ Honeymoon Harbor series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on June 11.)

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