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What's love got to do with it? A whole lot if you ask these protagonists! This playlist features some of our favorite romance books here at Friendly City Books - we hope you love them too!

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The Ex Hex

A Novel

By Erin Sterling
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 7 hours 23 minutes

The Ex Hex

The Ex Hex is a laugh-out-loud rom-com. But remember vodka and magic don’t mix.”

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Red, White & Royal Blue

A Novel

By Casey McQuiston
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

If you enjoyed The House in the Cerulean Sea, then you’ll love Red, White & Royal Blue.

“This book is so much more than a captivating romance—it's a bubble bath, a warm hug, a delicious dessert, a catharsis full of feeling and hope and queer joy that still makes me cry and laugh even as I've reread it 10+ times! The audiobook is skillfully narrated, and de Ocampo does far better British and Texan accents than my brain could come up with on its own reading the book in print. Recommended for listeners no matter your gender identity or orientation, but this truly is chicken soup for the queer soul.”

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You Had Me at Hola

A Novel

By Alexis Daria
Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes

You Had Me at Hola

“I don’t have enough superlatives to do this book justice. Everything is spot on, from the chemistry between the main characters to the telenovela drama to the meddling but supportive cousins. I love all the Spanish, the backstage glimpses into the making of a TV show (especially the inclusion of the intimacy coordinator), and the way the telenovela tropes, like a secret child, are woven into the grounded romance. Now I just hope Michelle and Ava get their own books soon!”

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Bringing Down the Duke

A League of Extraordinary Women: Book #1

By Evie Dunmore
Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes

Bringing Down the Duke

“Read through this at the speed of the duke’s horse racing across the snowy landscape to catch up with Miss Archer! The sexual tension built to a satisfying climax, the feminist history was an engaging plot foundation, and I’m excited to read more about this new band of intriguing, extraordinary, non-traditional women.”

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Ties That Tether

By Jane Igharo
Narrated by: Nkeki Obi-Melekwe & Gary Tiedemann
Length: 9 hours 13 minutes

One of Betches' 7 Books by Black Authors You Need to Read This Summer

One of Elite Daily’s Books Featuring Interracial Relationships You Should Read In 2020

One of Marie Claire’s 2020 Books You Should Add to Your Reading List

When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her...
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One Day in December

A Novel

By Josie Silver
Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson & Charlie Anson
Length: 10 hours 26 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.”—Reese Witherspoon (A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick)

“The perfect book to get lost in . . . Josie Silver’s characters sneak their way into your heart and stay.”—Jill Santopolo, author of
The Light We Lost

Two people. Ten chances. One...
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The Bromance Book Club

Bromance Book Club: Book #1

By Lyssa Kay Adams
Narrated by: Andrew Eiden & Maxwell Caulfield
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

The Bromance Book Club

“In just a few short years, Gavin and Thea have gone from starry-eyed young lovers to married with twins. Gavin is at the top of his career in baseball, but Thea is feeling like she’s lost who she is—there is definitely trouble in paradise, and Thea wants out! But Gavin’s teammates invite him to join a book club that just might reignite that spark the couple once had. Can reading romance novels teach Gavin how to win back his wife? I absolutely love the concept of this novel. The writing was fun and light, yet maintained depth and value. I could relate to Thea as a wife and mother and still rooted for Gavin.”

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Heart Principle, The

By Helen Hoang
Length: 9 hours 30 minutes

If you enjoyed The Kiss Quotient, then you’ll love Heart Principle, The.

“You can always expect tenderness and honesty from Helen Hoang. Her characters’ struggles are often real struggles that people can relate to. The journey Anna goes through to love herself is just as, if not more, powerful than her love story with Quan. Featuring dual narration from Natalie Naudus and Brian Nishii, both of whom did a stellar job evoking the emotions of the characters. Beautiful, sad, and life-affirming. I can’t recommend this book enough!”

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A Hell's Belles Novel

By Sarah MacLean
Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes

New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with a blazingly sexy, unapologetically feminist new series, Hell’s Belles, beginning with a bold, bombshell of a heroine, able to dispose of a scoundrel—or seduce one—in a single night.

After years of living as London’s brightest scandal, Lady Sesily Talbot has embraced the reputation and...

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Hana Khan Carries On

By Uzma Jalaluddin
Narrated by: Ulka Simone Mohanty
Length: 10 hours 14 minutes

One of Amazon's Best Romances of the Month!

For fans of "You’ve Got Mail," a young woman juggles pursuing her dream job in radio while helping her family compete with the new halal restaurant across the street, in this sparkling new rom-com by the author of Ayesha at Last

Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal... Read more »

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One Last Stop

By Casey McQuiston
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 12 hours 10 minutes

If you enjoyed Honey Girl, then you’ll love One Last Stop.

“McQuiston delivers a delightful sophomore novel that surprised me. Though similar to Red, White, and Royal Blue, One Last Stop adds a science fiction time loop element that makes it fun and different. I had major missing-Brooklyn-feels while listening to this! McQuiston perfectly captures the magic of Brooklyn and the MTA (both good and bad). They have a super strong cast of characters that celebrates found family and kindness. McQuiston redefines what a modern romance can be by combining genres and featuring a strong queer relationship.”

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The Love Hypothesis

By Ali Hazelwood
Narrated by: Callie Dalton
Length: 11 hours 8 minutes

If you enjoyed The Kiss Quotient, then you’ll love The Love Hypothesis.

“Ali Hazelwood's debut is a HIT! This book has it all. On the serious side, we've got valuable conversations of asexuality and a focus on women in STEM and the realities of the academic world. On the tropey side, we've got fake dating, a bit of the grump/sunshine dynamic, and a hilarious play on "there was only one bed"! This book has so many laugh out loud moments, often courtesy of Olive's best friend Ahn, that I cannot stop thinking about. There's really something for everyone in this story, and it's one I couldn't put down! If you are a fan of contemporary romances, or are just starting out in the genre, this is an absolute must-read!!!”

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The Dating Plan

By Sara Desai
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 11 hours 25 minutes

A Marie Claire Book Club Pick!

Even with a step-by-step plan, these fake fiancés might accidentally fall for each other in this hilarious, heartfelt
romantic comedy from the author of The Marriage Game.

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no... Read more »

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A Novel

By Olivia Dade
Narrated by: Isabelle Ruther
Length: 12 hours 48 minutes

Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own. 

Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. The world may know him as Aeneas, star of the biggest show on television, but...

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Well Met

By Jen DeLuca
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 9 hours 45 minutes

All's faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting... Read more »

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Playbook, The: Book #1

By Alexa Martin
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 9 hours 14 minutes

Series in development with Starz & G-Unit Films and Television by 50 Cent and La La Anthony

One of NPR's Best Books of 2018
An Amazon Best Romance of 2018 Pick

An iBooks “Best of September” Pick
A GoodReads Best of the Month pick for September

One of Booklist's Top 10 Romance Debuts for 2018 
One of BookBubs Best Fall Romances of 2018

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Battle Royal

A Novel

By Lucy Parker
Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes

“Lucy Parker writes deliciously fun enemies-to-lovers perfection!”  — Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author

Beloved author Lucy Parker pens a delicious new romantic comedy that is a battle of whisks and wits.


Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her ingenious,...

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Accidentally Engaged

By Farah Heron
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 11 hours 7 minutes

A delightful romantic comedy featuring a Muslim woman who fakes an engagement to the boy next door in the hopes of winning a couples cooking contest.

When it comes to bread, Reena Manji knows exactly what she's doing. She treats her sourdough starters like (somewhat unruly) children. But when it comes to Reena's actual family—and their constant... Read more »

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One to Watch

A Novel

By Kate Stayman-London
Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Real love . . . as seen on TV. A plus-size bachelorette brings a fresh look to a reality show in this razor-sharp, “divinely witty” (Entertainment Weekly) debut.

“Effortlessly fun and clever . . . I found the tension impeccable . . . and that made my reading experience incredibly propulsive. Read it in a day and a... Read more »

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The Royal We

By Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Narrated by: Christine Lakin
Length: 17 hours 54 minutes

"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next."

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself... Read more »

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