August is Read-A-Romance month, and we’ve got you covered at the library! There will be a display for the next two weeks featuring romance reads that range from sweet to steamy. A prompt of our staff summer reading program was to read a paperback romance. I picked up Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare, and it was such a fun read! Now I’ve gone down the wormhole of the genre. So if you haven’t picked up a romance in awhile, this is a great month to try. The genre has progressed in recent years to include more diverse characters and love stories. Take a look!
Visit the Marion Public Library and see our display highlighting just how deverse the genre of romance has become, and find something that will sweep you off your feet!
Here are some of the romances we've highlighted on our display:
- The Perfect Fit series by Sugar Jamison. This series feature women comfortable in their own skin and body positive characters!
- Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins. Beverly Jenkins is a prolific romance writer, and a queen of the genre! If you're looking for classic romance with characters of color, she's your gal.
- Regency romance is my favorite sub-genre! This m/m romance features characters from different classes in English society.
- If you prefer contemporary romance, Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series is wonderful! Ever since the Royal Wedding this past April, I’ve been obsessed with fiction featuring royalty!
- If you prefer to pick up a steamy book this month, this one’s for you! Alisha Rai is an Indian-American romance writer who often includes Asian-American characters in her novels.
- This charming f/f romance takes place in the English countryside in a manor house.
- Wanted, a Gentleman by KJ Charles
- A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
- Hate to Want Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
- A Proper Cuppa Tea by KG MacGregor
Still looking for more recommendations? Check out these sites:
Romance Writers of America Awards: https://www.rwa.org/page/the-rita-award
Hilarious romance blog site: http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/
Romances are available in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio through the Metro Library Network.
Shanel Slater, Teen Services Specialist