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Bookstore Romance Day Bookstores Recommend

These titles have all been recommended by independent bookstores who were profiled on the Bookstore Romance Day social media accounts in the weeks leading up to Bookstore Romance Day 2019.

Playlist Tags: genre: Romance bookstore-created audience: romance readers topic: best of 2019 season: bookstore romance day

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Wicked and the Wallflower

The Bareknuckle Bastards Book I

By Sarah MacLean
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 12 hours 39 minutes

When Wicked Comes Calling . . .

When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.

The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain . . .

Bastard son of a duke and... Read more »

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By Christina Lauren
Narrated by: Deacon Lee & Kyle Mason
Length: 9 hours 19 minutes

“This book is epic.” —Cosmopolitan
“A hopeful and moving love story.” —Publishers Weekly

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this “sensitive and complex” (BCCB) coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other... Read more »

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A Promise of Fire

Kingmaker Chronicles: Book #1

By Amanda Bouchet
Narrated by: Mia Barron
Length: 14 hours 45 minutes

The perfect page-turning romance debut for fans of Game of Thrones Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have... Read more »

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The Playbook: 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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The Lunar Chronicles: Book #2

By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 11 hours 19 minutes

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

For Marissa Meyer's second installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, she imagines Little Red Riding Hood set in the distant future. And yes, there is a big, bad Wolf.

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's... Read more »

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The Lunar Chronicles: Book #4

By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 23 hours 29 minutes

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood... Read more »

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Blacktop Cowboys: Book #1

By Lorelei James
Narrated by: Scarlet Chase
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

Lainie Capshaw has been servicing injured cowboys long enough to know that a charming Western drawl combined with a fine physical form doesn't mean you should fall for a man. As a sports therapist, she travels the rodeo circuits patching up riders—and fending off their sweet-talking, swaggering advances.

So no one is more surprised than Lainie... Read more »

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Meet Cute

By Helena Hunting
Narrated by: Holly Warren & Teddy Hamilton
Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

The New York Times bestselling author of Pucked and The Good Luck Charm delivers a Hollywood happily-ever-after where a famous heartthrob falls for his ultimate fangirl.
"As charming as its title, but it's also so much more... Fans of Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Date and Helen Hoang's The Kiss Quotient will love Meet Cute." --The... Read more »

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Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
The Lunar Chronicles: Book #1

By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 10 hours 2 minutes

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator—set in a Star Wars kind of world—Marissa Meyer's Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar... Read more »

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Of Blood and Bone

Chronicles of The One: Book #2

By Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 13 hours 42 minutes

Of Blood and Bone

“The time has come for an awakening, and it will not come without pain. The world has been brought down by a virus and it awaits redemption, which only the One can deliver. Fallon Swift is nearly 13 and will soon enter into a time of challenge like none other. She must learn to fight, to gain wisdom, and to understand her future. Will she become the woman she is meant to be before the world outside her farm closes in around her? Of Blood and Bone is both entertaining and insightful, so make yourself cozy, grab a cup of tea, and brace yourself for a good ride.”

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Sorcery of Thorns

By Margaret Rogerson
Narrated by: Emily Ellet
Length: 14 hours 20 minutes

Sorcery of Thorns

“Amazing! I wonderful fantasy I loved every bit of. The narrator brought this story to life, and I was hypnotized the entire time. This story has some of my favorite elements in it. A strong, smart heroine? Check. A charming hero with demons and a chip on his shoulder? Check. An evil threatening the safety of the world? Check. Elizabeth is such an interesting character, she is determined and clever and she has approximately no quit in her. Despite all of the things that stand in her way, she never says die. When she is forced to choose between the person she has always been, and sacrificing all she knows about herself to help save a clueless, thankless world, she becomes someone new. Part of this is because of Nathaniel. He embodies everything she has learned to avoid and fear. But the world she lives in is bigger than the fears she has been taught. Nathaniel is mysterious and tortured. Elizabeth is everything he doesn't want to need, and he rebels against that. Their partnership progresses naturally, slowly and arduously as they wrestle with what is happening. By the end of the book they have complete confidence in each other and I reveled in every stage of their relationship. Give me the slow burn partnership that neither wants, but works so well. I'll love it every time. Margaret Rogerson is amazing and this book HAD me from the very beginning.”

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The Lunar Chronicles: Book #3

By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 15 hours 40 minutes

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on... Read more »

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Cowboy Rebel

Includes a bonus short story
Longhorn Canyon: Book #4

By Carolyn Brown
Narrated by: Chelsea Hatfield
Length: 8 hours 38 minutes

The next heartwarming romance in this USA Today bestselling series proves it's tough to resist a sexy cowboy with a Texas drawl and heart of gold!
A WILD COWBOY WITH A BIG HEART Ever since losing his best friend in a motorcycle accident, Taggart Baker wants to make every moment count. No dare is too dangerous, no adventure too crazy for this... Read more »

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The Kiss Quotient

A Novel

By Helen Hoang
Narrated by: Carly Robins
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes

The Kiss Quotient

“I am going to cry. Happy tears. I don’t think I’ve ever related to a character in romance quite so much as I do to Stella. And that is important. Helen gives voice to those who have been counted out of the romance genre for so long, and in such a way that is relatable, informative, and swoon-worthy. I also really enjoyed the premise of flipping Pretty Woman on its head. I'll always take a fake dating trope, but something about this treatment really did it for me. I devoured it. Tropy in all the best ways, and real in all the rest, I truly hope The Kiss Quotient continues to gain readership and notoriety over years to come.”

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A Duke by Default

Reluctant Royals

By Alyssa Cole
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 12 hours 25 minutes

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and-most importantly-herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she's capable of. And it turns out that she excels at aggravating her gruff silver-fox boss...when... Read more »

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Hate to Want You

Forbidden Hearts
Forbidden Hearts: Book #1

By Alisha Rai
Narrated by: Summer Morton & Jeremy York
Length: 9 hours 59 minutes

Alisha Rai, one of contemporary romance’s brightest stars, makes her Avon Books debut with the first novel in the sexy Forbidden Hearts series!

One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted... Read more »

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The Unhoneymooners

By Christina Lauren & Deacon Lee
Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
Length: 9 hours 7 minutes

The Unhoneymooners

“This is a delightful rom-com story with an enemies-to-lovers plotline and the requisite off-the-wall situation that forces the bickering lead characters into close quarters. With its Maui resort setting, charismatic characters, swoon-worthy romance, and sense of humor, this story pulled me in and took me along for a thoroughly enjoyable escape.”

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Year One

Chronicles of The One: Book #1

By Nora Roberts
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 12 hours 20 minutes


A stunning novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread... Read more »

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Can't Help Myself

Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist

By Meredith Goldstein
Narrated by: Meredith Goldstein
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

A disarmingly honest memoir about giving advice when you're not sure what you're doing yourself, by the woman behind The Boston Globe's Love Letters column.

Every day, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein takes on the relationship problems of thousands of dedicated readers. They look to her for wisdom on all matters of the heart- how... Read more »

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The Good Ones

Happily Ever After

By Jenn McKinlay
Narrated by: Tara Sands
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect...not to mention tall and sexy. He's everything a hero should be, and Lord knows Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise's romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can't help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true. Ryder is drawn... Read more »

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