At my college library, we are switching our paperback collection to a book swap. Someone can take one of our paperback books as long as they leave another paperback in its place. No fees are associated with this collection, which means people may return the item or items at any time. Honestly, I am SUPER excited about it. I think it will be a big hit with our population.
Switching all these titles to a new system means I am combing through so many awesome books! I decided to list books I would take home with me right now if my husband would allow me. I haven’t read any of these titles, but they happened to catch my eye as I worked on the collection.
This book could go either way for me. I love stories with siblings, particularly twins (guess it’s the Sweet Valley High in me). However, I’m not sure if I will love the romance between the MC and her love interest if he thinks of her as her sister.
Atlanta police detective Aggie Jade is still recovering from the raid that took the life of her partner and former boyfriend — and nearly killed her and her beloved K-9. She’s not ready to hit the streets again, but she’s desperate to hunt down the cop killers who shattered her world. That’s when she asks her identical twin sister to trade places with her….
Lizzie Jade is as flashy and fiery as Aggie is quiet and conservative — and the high-rolling Vegas gambler loves a challenge: turning in her stiletto heels for a badge is the perfect role for Aggie’s “wild card” sister. But the gutsy charade gets complicated when sexy investigative reporter Nathan Hawke senses something bold and new about “Aggie,” who no longer shies away from his flirtations. As Lizzie and Nathan join forces to uncover a web of lies and corruption, Lizzie finds herself giving in to his charms. But how can she confess that she’s not who he thinks she is? And how can she let herself fall in love when she and her twin might have to run for their lives?
This book caught my eye because it has a beautiful cover. Mix some romance with magical-realism into the novel, and it may just be a summer read of mine. Synopsis below:
Bestselling novelist Luanne Rice has inspired the devotion of readers everywhere with her “rare combination of realism and romance.”(The New York Times Book Review) Now she presents her most magical novel to date, an entrancing story of love at first sight, the true meaning of family, and angels right here on earth.
May Taylor works as a wedding planner, passing on the timeless traditions of her grandmother and mother. The Taylor women have always believed in the presence of magic in everyday life–especially the simple magic of true love and family. Yet May’s own faith in true love was shattered when she was abandoned by the father of her child. Still, she finds joy in raising her daughter Kylie, a very special five-year-old who sees and hears things that others cannot. . .
Martin Cartier is a professional hockey player and sports legend. His father, a champion, taught him to play to win–at all costs. Now Martin’s success veils a core of heartache, rage, and isolation. Yet Kylie glimpses the transcendent role Martin will play in May’s life and her own–unless his past tears their blossoming love apart. Then only Kylie will see the way home–and only May will be able to lead them there, if she can believe in magic once more.
What caught my eye? The alluded to friendship in the synopsis between the hero and heroine. I’m a sucker for such stories considering my own epic romance between my husband and I (ask me sometime). Check out the synopsis:
Violet Knowlton is betrothed to the sensible, if tedious, Sir Godfrey Maitland. When Godfrey escorts her to a fencing demonstration, she looks forward to the adventurous diversion, but everything changes when she realizes the swordsman displaying his skill-and dashing good looks- is none other than her childhood friend Kit.
Soon the flames of their forbidden past ignite into a passion neither can refuse. Although Violet has been promised to another, Kit remains her first and only love. He vows he will possess her, no matter what stands in his way…
Did you think our trade paperback collection wouldn’t have a Robert’s book or two? While I vaguely remember when this series released, I actually do not remember reading it. I might have to give it a try while I wait for her new trilogy. Synopsis below:
Every seven years, there comes a week in July when the locals do unspeakable things–and then don’t seem to remember them. The collective madness has made itself known beyond the town borders and has given Hawkins Hollow the reputation of a village possessed. This modern-day legend draws reporter and author Quinn Black to Hawkins Hollow with the hope of making the eerie happening the subject of her new book. It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins, descendent of the town founders, has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods twenty-one years ago, the signs have never been this strong before. Cal will need the help of his best friends, Fox and Gage, but surprisingly he must rely on Quinn as well. She too, can see the evil that the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town–and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, Cal and Quinn will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a growing desire. They will form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by fate, passion, and the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness…
For whatever reason, I kept returning to this book. The cover is cute, if not all that eye catching. The synopsis seems interesting, if not all that original. And yet out of all the titles on the shelve, I keep reaching for this one. I’m going to assume my instinct knows something I do not know and give it a try! Here is the synopsis:
Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home. Left flat broke by her ex-boyfriend, she is desperate to earn some fast money. When the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket’s hottest restaurant, is the only one to offer her a job, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business…and they share an instant attraction. But there is a mystery about their situation: what is it about Fiona, the Blue Bistro’s chef, that captures Thatcher’s attention again and again? And why does such a successful restaurant seem to be in its final season before closing its doors for good? Despite her uncertainty, Adrienne must decide whether to open her heart for the first time, or move on, as she always does.
Infused with intimate Nantucket detail and filled with the warmth of passion and the breeze of doubt, The Blue Bistro is perfect summer reading.