Despite the fact that they know their work email is monitored, Jennifer and Beth continue to exchange details about their personal lives online. Lincoln’s job as internet security officer has him reading these emails, among others. He starts to fall for Beth, but how can he act on his feelings without exposing his secret?
The Matchmaker's List
According to Raina Anand’s Indian-immigrant community, being on the verge of 30 without a husband on lock is a horror. So, she allows her beloved grandmother to commence a parade of suitors. Disastrous blind dates and hilarious encounters are set against the backdrop of Raina’s unshakable independence and the support of her tight-knit community.
The Wedding Party
Maddie and Theo, best friends to blushing bride Alexa, despise each other. But both will do anything to make Alexa’s big day perfect—even obligatory wedding commitments that put them in close quarters. When they become bridal-party-members-with-benefits, they start to wonder if the spark will last after “I do.”
I've Got Your Number
Poppy and Sam are thrown together under ridiculous circumstances: Poppy loses her engagement ring and has her phone stolen during a fire drill. When she finds Sam’s phone in a trash can, she decides to keep it. As one might expect, Sam’s initially unimpressed with Poppy as she uses his phone to nose into his life. Both are in for quite the surprise!
When Katie Met Cassidy
When Katie arrives at a high-stakes legal meeting three days after a devastating breakup, there’s something about Cassidy that Katie can’t ignore. Cassidy dresses in men’s suits and takes no prisoners in her role as a legal advisor. As an attorney, Katie has been trained to emphasize her femininity. Their burgeoning affair will delight fans of rom-coms where opposites not only attract, they combust.
Romance Is My Day Job
This memoir reads like fiction. Patience has been obsessed with romance novels since her teen years and is now an adult, editing books for Harlequin. Why isn’t her love life more like that of her favorite books? A storybook romance is literally thousands of miles away… is it worth the real-life risk?
Fight or Flight
As if going to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash delays Ava Breevort’s flight back home. Then, an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, steals a first-class seat out from under her. Over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. But what happens after a flightmare hookup?
I Take You
In the words of bestselling author Gary Shteyngart, “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I Take You is the funniest book I’ve read all year. I drank four bottles of chardonnay by myself because I couldn’t get to a book club fast enough.” Enough said.
Pair a spunky protagonist with a quirky set of obstacles and a seemingly unlikely love interest, and voila, you’ve got a modern love story. These are great reads for a little escape—they’re fun, light, and feature characters who feel like friends. If you adore snappy romances, you’re sure to enjoy these real, sometimes ridiculous, and always romantic takes on love.
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