Feeling the Love for Romance

The Romance Writers Association (RWA) recently announced the finalists for the 2017 RITA Award. While the winners won't be announced until the swanky black tie event at the RWA Annual Conference in July, Denver Public Library is happy to say that you don't have to wait 'til then to start reading these titles! We already have many on the list, and tons more romance in our collection.

Among the RITA Best First Book finalists is Once and For All by Cheryl Etchison. Danny and Bree, once high school sweethearts, meet unexpectedly and through a turn of events, decide on a marriage of convenience. Once her medical issues are cleared up, they'll divorce - or will they? In the Long Contemporary Romance category, Pansies by Alexis Hall is a male to male romance about coming home and making amends. It’s about finding the right man and falling head over heels in love, and wanting to do the right thing, even if it makes you cry. The Moon in the Palace is one of the titles in the Mainstream Fiction category, and author Weina Dai Randel has created a beautiful and historically accurate story based on the life of China's Empress Wu (624–705 AD). But of course, we have more than the RITA finalists for romance lovers!

Brenda Jackson fans will be delighted with her latest title, Forged in Desire. An heiress in peril, a bodyguard with a heart of gold, and villains of every stripe populate this romantic thriller. Have you discovered Zuri Day's Blue Collar Lovers series? Packing Heat is full of sizzle and surprises. Thrown together by jobs at the post office, hunky Douglas and wanna-be singer Janice create enough steam to open all the envelopes in the mail bags! Fans of twin-tales will enjoy One Out of Two by Daniel Sada. Identical twin spinsters, Gloria and Constitución Gamal, enjoy their successful tailoring business in rural Mexico and take particular thrills in confusing people. When a new suitor arrives, one sister decides she wants all the benefits of true romance, and the competition between them boils.

Whether you like your romance racy or sweet, thrilling or gentle, Denver Public Library has something for you. Need more recommendations? Try our online Personalized Reading List service!

Written by Dodie on April 5, 2017

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