Hey bookworms! It’s the week of love… Well, the month of love actually! So, get your heart shaped box of chocolates and get ready to embark on a journey of love with your favorite book!
Check out Bookstr’s “Romance” picks for our Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!
by M.J. Rose
New York, 1910: A city of extravagant balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and poor immigrants crammed into crumbling Lower East Side tenements. A city where the suffrage movement is growing stronger every day, but most women reporters are still delegated to the fashion and lifestyle pages. But Vera Garland is set on making her mark in a man’s world of serious journalism.
Shortly after the world-famous Hope Diamond is acquired for a record sum, Vera begins investigating rumors about schemes by its new owner, jeweler Pierre Cartier, to manipulate its value. Vera is determined to find the truth behind the notorious diamond and its legendary curses—even better when the expose puts her in the same orbit as a magazine publisher whose blackmailing schemes led to the death of her beloved father.
Appealing to a young Russian jeweler for help, Vera is unprepared when she begins falling in love with him…and even more unprepared when she gets caught up in his deceptions and finds herself at risk of losing all she has worked so hard to achieve.
Set against the backdrop of New York’s glitter and grit, of ruthless men and the atrocities they commit in the pursuit of power, this enthralling historical novel explores our very human needs for love, retribution—and to pursue one’s destiny, regardless of the cost.
No matter what time or place M.J. Rose takes us to, it’s always an exciting adventure! This gem of a novel lures you in with its well developed and authentic characters. If you’re not into romantics cliches, then this book is for you! Spend your Valentine’s Day on a historical and mysterious, yet romantic journey! We guarantee this novel will blow you away. We definitely recommend this to all historical fiction fans! Library Journal praises this novel saying, “Rose’s latest stand-alone is a Gilded Age gem highlighting social injustices and an ahead-of-her-time woman’s resolve to make a difference. Rose’s elegant narrative and timely dialog express her characters’ humanity and inhumanities, while her research and attention to every detail occasionally make it difficult to separate facts from fiction. A must-read for lovers of atmospheric historical fiction.”
Coffee Shop read
by Lauren Layne
Can guys and girls ever be just friends? According to Audrey Tate and Clarke West, absolutely. After all, they’ve been best friends since childhood without a single romantic entanglement. Clarke is the charming playboy Audrey can always count on, and he knows that the ever-loyal Audrey will never not play along with his strategy for dodging his matchmaking mother—announcing he’s already engaged…to Audrey.
But what starts out as a playful game between two best friends turns into something infinitely more complicated, as just-for-show kisses begin to stir up forbidden feelings. As the faux wedding date looms closer, Audrey and Clarke realize that they can never go back to the way things were, but deep down, do they really want to?
New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Layne gives us the best ending to this wonderful series. Layne creates a magical world for this series. You’ll be swooning over the romantic and passionate details. It’s the kind of book that fits well with a big heart shaped box of chocolate and a hot cup of coffee or a big bowl of chocolate ice cream! Get ready to enjoy your little escape from reality filled with intense moments of deep emotions! Trust us, it’s the perfect forbidden friends to lovers romance read for Valentine’s Day! Booklist glorifies this novel saying, “A breezy and satisfying contemporary romance…Sparkling dialogue, hilarious wedding planning scenes, and deeply emotional moments see the series end on a high note.”
by Kait Ballenger
To his enemies, he’s known as the Rogue. To her, he’s her only chance at survival…
Years ago, Grey Wolf Jared Black was cast from the pack for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, he’s the mysterious criminal wolf known only as the Rogue, a name his former packmates won’t soon forget. But when a vampire threat endangers the lives of their entire species, Jared must confront his former packmates again, even if that means betraying the only woman he’s ever loved…
Ever since Maeve Gray escaped the pack’s bloodsucking enemies, she’s been determined to save her species―and fast. Each passing day risks the lives of her friends and family. But when a wicked cowboy wolf shows up on the Grey Wolf ranch, offering everything Maeve’s heart desires, her eyes are opened to a whole new world beyond the packlands. For this cowgirl, sleeping with the enemy could prove as desirable as it is deadly…
Two words… Paranormal romance! That’s enough to get you to read this book! This series keeps on getting better and better with each new book. It’s a fast-paced and steamy novel that’ll keep your heart pounding. It’s filled with action, heat, second chances and a ton of romance! The characters’ situation will break your heart and have you squealing at the same time as they fall in love! This is the perfect paranormal tale of lost love! It’s the perfect pulse-pounding Valentine’s Day read. Booklist appraises this book saying,”With action, tension, and heat…hits all the sweet spots of paranormal romance.”
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