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Warning! 18+ for These 5 Romantic Top Picks

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Sexy, intense, these five romance picks might just make your heart, and other body parts, explode.



5-No Broken Beast by Nicole Snow


A Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Snow “writes about powerful alpha males and irresistible bad boys, serving up some of the hottest romance on the shelves.”

Oo-la-la, looks like she served something on November 4th that’s still HOT!


No Broken Beast by [Snow, Nicole]
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Clarissa returns to her home town of Heart’s Edge to find her candy store, Sweeter Things, in shambles and her sister Deanna missing.

Now she she meets up again with the “Hercules dipped in ink,” the Nine to all of Heart’s Edge, Leo Regis. After what happened years ago, Leo took it upon himself to become their protector, her behind-the-scenes guardian. But she doesn’t see him as that, especially after he broke her heart. He’s a monster, but if Clarissa wants to save Deanna, she’s going to have to work with him.

A hero, a villain, romance and deceit, plus a town dripping in secrets, this novel is one that’l rock your world!



4-Dirty Letters by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland


As we said in our last romantic tops picks…


Penelope Ward



With over 1.5 million books sold, Penelope Ward is a force to be reckoned with. She’s had twenty-time New York Times bestsellers and is author of over twenty novels, including both RoomHate, which hit #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and Stepbrother Dearest.


Vi Keeland



Now Vi Keeland’s books have had millions sold, and her titles have appeared on over one hundred Bestseller lists. You might recognize two of my favorites: Sex, Not Love and Bossman.

Translated in twenty-six languages, it doesn’t matter if you don’t speak English…only that you speak the language of love.

Let’s try to speak it, shall we?


Dirty Letters by [Keeland, Vi, Ward, Penelope]

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Once upon a time, Luca ghosted that cute British boy Griffin Quinn, but now, eight years later, Luca gets a letter telling her exactly how he feels. What to do?

She writes back, and after a few months of exchanging letters they find their friendship is easily rekindled.

But what she doesn’t know is that Griffin is now a famous rockstar, Cole Archer. Fame comes at a price, but is Luca willing to pay it?

Released November 5th, Dirty Letters will be tug on your heartstrings and your g-string.



3-Crazy for Loving You by Pippa Grant


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As per Amazon:

Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she’s not reading, writing or sleeping, she’s being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies.

Will this novel make tears run down our legs? Well…


Crazy for Loving You: A Bluewater Billionaires Romantic Comedy by [Grant, Pippa]
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An insane chain of events leads to business-minded Daisy inheriting a baby, and while she’s ready for the challenge, she isn’t ready for the tough-as-nails marine that comes with the child. With this gruff, muscled, tattooed former military man, Daisy will have to raise a child. Add in a horny dolphin and a obscenely-shaped pool, then you’re ready for a fun ride!

On November 8th, this book blasted the walls of local bookstores. Are you ready for a blast?



2-Insatiable by Melanie Harlow


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“USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in,” her Amazon description reads, and now we have a chance to read her insatiable new book. Yes, the naughty bits have been left in.


Insatiable: A Cloverleigh Farms Standalone by [Harlow, Melanie]

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The third book in the Cloverleigh Farms series, we learn that Noah McCormick saved Meg Sawyer from drowning when they were teenagers. They’ve been friends ever since. Now adults, Meg is a career-woman, but she feels that her dreams of becoming a wife and mother slipping further away.

Meanwhile Noah is devoted to his family, but life isn’t going easy for him. In addition to caring for his special needs twin brother, Asher, he also has to step up and become the new town Sheriff after the passing of his father.

When Meg comes home, she sees Noah, and his old love for her is rekindled. They decide to have a one-time fling, just for one night…

Wanna check it out? Just for one night? Well, the book came on bookshelves November 11th.




1-Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J Christopher


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As per her website, “USA Today Bestselling author Andie J. Christopher writes edgy, funny, sexy contemporary romance featuring heat, humor, and dirty talking heroes that make readers sweat.”

Oh yes, this book will make you dripping with wet sweat…


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On one hand we got Jack Nolan, a gentleman, a journalist, a man tired of writing fluff pieces. Thus, he strikes a deal with his boss to write a final piece de resistance: How to Lose a Girl.

On the other hand we got Hannah Mayfield, an extremely successful event planner running up the career ladder. But before she gets to the top, she has to show her boss she has range, including planning those awful romantic weddings. Thus, she needs a man to prove to her boss that she’s not scared of feelings.

Thus Hannah and Jack meet.

The millennial makeover of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, this November 12th release is sending good vibrations throughout the literary community…will it do the same for you?




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Scholastic’s ‘Point Horror’ Series Coming To HBO Max

Fans of children’s horror stories will want to check out this new show coming to HBO Max.


Variety reported that the upcoming streaming service is developing an anthology series based on Point Horror, a series of young adult horror novels that started in the 1980’s and helped launch the careers of several horror writers like R.L. Stine, Caroline B. Cooney, and Diane Hoh.


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The HBO series will be titled Point Horror, and will be an anthology series described as a show that “exposes the horrors of being a teenager”. The show will take stories from many different novels in the series, but it’s rumored that most of the episodes will be based on Stine’s work.



John M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) is in talks to direct the pilot episode. Stine is set to executive produce.


Have you read any of the Point Horror books?




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007 Creator Ian Fleming’s Letters to Wife to Be Auctioned

The late Ian Fleming is best known for creating the James Bond novel series. Writing twelve novels in the series and two short story collections, the series would continue on after his death with new writers as well as the hugely successful 007 film series. How Fleming created Bond, and how his own life mirrored his works, are set to be revealed.

British auctioneering corporation Sotheby’s will be selling more than 160 letters between Ian Fleming and his wife Ann Charteris. These letters shed light on their tumultuous relationship, from its beginnings as an affair while Ann was still married to its bitter end. Intimate details of their marriage include the death of their first child, the sado-masochistic elements of their affair, and the resentment Ian had over Ann’s wealthy upbringing and upper-class status.


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The letters also reveal some of the inspirations for Fleming’s Bond novels. For example, anxiety over his impending marriage is said to be the reason Fleming wrote the first 007 book, Casino Royale:


It is no coincidence that Ian wrote his first Bond novel in the same year they married, both as an outlet for his libido and imagination, and also in an attempt to make money for a woman who was used to being unthinkingly rich.


The letters will go on sale in December in London.



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Top Picks: 5 Awesomely YUGE YA Picks

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today we’ll be recommending 5 awesomely YUGE YA books!



5-Open Mic Night at Westminister Cemetary by Mary Amato


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This past September 1st, the newest and the coolest from Mary Amato was released. The award-winning children’s and YA book author, songwriter, and poet from the happiest state in the United States—Maryland.


Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by [Amato, Mary]
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Waking up on the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, Lacy is, to say the least, confused. Turns out she’s dead and it’s up to Sam, a young soldier who died in 1865, to teach her the ins and outs of the afterlife.

Of course, Lacy would much rather figure out how she died, but unfortunately every soul is obligated to perform a job. Thus, she is given the task of providing entertainment.

Finding a way around this, Lacy proposes an open mic for the dead, but not only do long-buried truths rise up with the dead, but Lacy is under the threat of Suppression—a punishment worse than death.

In this fully realized world, our spirits are lifted up and brought on a hard rocking adventure. As Kirkus Reviews puts it, “Quoth the Raven, ‘Encore.’


4-Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron


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On her website, Rena Barron notes that while she “loves all things science fiction, ghosts, and superheroes,” and is “a self-proclaimed space nerd,” it was “stories of magic and adventure” that initially “sparked her imagination.”

She’s honed her craft for years and brought us Maya and the Rising Dark. Well, September 3rd we were given a spellbinding book that must be possessed, because it hasn’t let us go.


Kingdom of Souls by [Barron, Rena]

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A failure in all things magic, things aren’t looking too good for Arrah, the heir to two lines of powerful witchdoctors, but maybe she has to find her own magic.

When the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, Arrah turns to a forbidden, dangerous ritual where she must trade years of life for magic.

With her clock running out, Arrah must combat a rising tide of darkness that threatens to consume her and all those she loves.

Heart pounding, spell binding, this book won’t let you go.




3-Sadie by Courtney Summers


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Author of Cracked Up to Be, This Is Not a Test, and All the Rage, Courtney Summers came at us with a knockout thriller last September 4th that’s had us stunned.


Sadie by [Summers, Courtney]
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Sadie has raised her younger sister Mattie all on her own. That is, until Mattie was murdered. Following a botched police investigation, Sadie goes to bring her sister’s killer to justice using what little clues are out there.

Sadie’s journey for justice becomes more than a one hit wonder when West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—broadcasts Sadie’s story to the world.

Now West McCray hopes to find Sadie before she ends up like her sister, and Sadie fears that Mattie’s killer, newly alerted, might just slip away again.

This young adult thriller will swoon any lover of YA, or a crime novelist enthusiast. It’ll have you riveted until the last page. Layered and fascinating, it’s ambitious and doesn’t hold back.


2-Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman


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Author of Starfish, a book that swam into our hearts, comes a book that soars even higher since it took flight since its early September release date.


Summer Bird Blue by [Bowman, Akemi Dawn]
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We follow Rumi Seto, a woman who is unsure of most things except for one: she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

After Lea’s tragic death, Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life.

With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi will try to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

Coupled with “[c]onvincing local details and dialogue, masterful writing, and an emotionally cathartic climax,” this lyrical expression of grief will make your heart sing.


1-Here to Stay by Sara Farizan


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An Iranian American writer and ardent basketball fan, Sara Farizan is an award-winning author of If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, and her third novel, a September 18th release, is one to keep track of:


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The Amazon description put it best:


Bijan Majidi is:

  •         Shy around girls
  •         Really into comics
  •         Decent at basketball

Bijan Majidi is not:

  •         A terrorist


What happens when a kid who’s flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game?

If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive parties—along with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist. 

The administration says they’ll find and punish the culprit. Bijan wants to pretend it never happened. He’s not ashamed of his Middle Eastern heritage; he just doesn’t want to be a poster child for Islamophobia. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don’t want him or anybody who looks like him at their school. But it’s not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends.


Kirkus Reviews sums it up as “[p]owerful,” Publisher’s Weekly calls it “an engaging page-turner,” and we here at Bookstr say that this top notch high school drama about fighting prejudice SCORES!




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Top Picks: 5 Thrilling Crime Books

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today we’ll be recommending 5 thrilling crime books!



5-Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy

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After living seven years in France, Fiona Valpy moved to the UK where she notes that “[s]he and her family renovated an old, rambling farmhouse in the Bordeaux winelands, during which time she developed new-found skills in cement-mixing, interior decorating and wine-tasting.”

Well, if her skills at cement-mixing are as any good as her writing skills, then I might need to hire her to fill in that body-sized hole in my backyard (Kidding).


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Her newest novel, released October 1st, follows generations. One is set in 1940s Paris, France. During the Nazi occupation, three young seamstresses seem to be like any other citizen, but all three are hiding secrets. War-scarred Mireille is fighting with the Resistance; Claire has been seduced by a German officer; and Vivienne is involved in something she can’t reveal to either of them.

Talk about thrilling! But it only heats up when we follows Claire’s English granddaughter Harriet two generations later. After arriving in Paris, the city of lights, rootless and adrift, Harriet looks for the truth about her grandmother – and herself – unraveling a dark family history.

A book filled with loyalty, threats of betrayal, and hardship all around, we as readers learn about a city where crime is law and must ask, along with Harriet, if we really want to solve this mystery.

4-The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston

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A ten year wedding and portrait photographer, Ashley Elston knows how to capture a picture. But that’s not all! Elston is also a certified landscape horticulturist, meaning she must have as much fun in her gardens as she does with her titles.


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When his mother shows up at his elite New Orleans boarding school, Owen Foster learns that his privileged life has been funded by stolen money. Now his father has skipped town, millions have been stolen from their once loyal employees’ retirement accounts, and Owen and his mother must deal with the fallout.

Returning back to Lake Cane, Owen is despised by all for his father’s crimes, including a mysterious person out for revenge. Now Owen has a thrilling mystery to contend with, lest he and his mother vanish without a trace.

With a cryptic note from his father, a man named Gus, who offers Owen refuge and seems to know Owen better than he knows himself. The truth is hidden under layers of questions that don’t get answers until the book rockets to the end. On November 13th we’ll get an answer to this universal question: if our past was written by someone else, how can we write a better future?



3-My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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A Nigerian-UK novelist and writer, Oyinkan Braithwaite came out with her debut novel, and it’s something that you NEED to know about!


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Ayoola is the favorite child, the beautiful one, and her third boyfriend in a row is dead. How could Korede not be bitter? At least she’s practical, knows how to clean blood, her trunk is big enough for a body, and she’s able to keep her sister from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend.

But Korede gets none of the credit, none of the love from her sister.

Now Korede is in love love with a doctor, but the doctor has eyes for Ayoola. It’s a love triangle where one of the participants is a black widow.

Full of deadpan wit, this crime novel is as hilarious and it is horrifying. A mesmerizing debut, it’s frighteningly fun, the finest example of modern noir. It hits shelves November 20th, so don’t miss out on this newest hit!


2-Home Truths by Tina Seskis

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Even though she spent twenty years in marketing before diving in to a career as a writer, Tina Seskis has written novels that have been published in eighteen languages in over sixty countries, teaching us that while the words may change, murder is universal.


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When Eleanor walks into a London police station to report a stalker, Officer Alex is convinced he can protect her from anything and anyone. The sun seems to be shining as they settle into their life together, but the sun doesn’t shine on everyone.

Two hundred miles away, Christie receives a clairvoyant’s warning: ‘Never trust your husband . . .’ and now she can’t help but wonder if Paul is as faithful as he seems.

Ten years after the stalker and Christie receives her warning, both couples are still together, but doubts and resentments have bubbled to the surface, and all four of them question the decisions they’ve made.

Everyone carries secrets, and these four people have brought their secrets into their marriages. Some small, some not so small, but all of them pile up to a dangerous point. This December 1st will bring all four of these people colliding together.


1-Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

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His debut thriller, The Girl in the Ice, was a publishing phenomenon that garnered more than three million readers, and his newest novel, set for a December 1st release, shows that Bryndza is back.


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When she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer, Kate Marshal was in the limelight with an even brighter future ahead of her, but the lights turned dark when her career ended in scandal thanks to the shocking circumstances surrounding the cannibal murder case.

Fifteen years later, Kate carries the demons of the past on her shoulders. Now a lecturer at a small coastal English university, she learns of a copycat killer. Where everyone else sees absolute horror, Kate sees redemption.

Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate goes to catch this new monster. After all, Kate was the original killer’s intended fifth victim…and his successor means to finish the job.

With a masterful level of craft, Bryndza is at the top of his game with edge-of-your-seat suspense, riveting characters, and everything else that makes you remember why you love the crime and thriller genre.




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