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Love Letters in Romance

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

We’re almost at the end of September, and out of the originally planned books on my TBR pile, I have finished five. There was one last-minute addition, specifically the arc of Late Bloomer. Since it’s Sapphic, I didn’t mind adding it in. Overall, I am happy with how I did with keeping the original list and not being overly distracted by other books. I already have a tentative list for next month, which, as one might expect, is full of horror novels. I’ve already met my Goodreads goal and have read roughly half of my (currently) purchased books, which means that now I can be just a little more chaotic with my reading.

Have you signed up for The Deep Dive yet? This literary publication features writing from Book Riot’s editorial staff, and is perfect for both casual and power readers alike. Now is the perfect time to join, since for all of September, brand-new free subscribers will be entered to win a copy of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler as well as five mystery books.

Click here to sign up at no cost and be entered to win.

Bookish Goods

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Subtle Pride Bookmark by FordandFern

It’s been a while since I shared a bookmark and this seemed perfect for the beginning of the end to this month. It’s a gorgeous and “if you know you know” way of showing off Bi-pride and, as an added bonus, a love of all the phases of the moon. Even though, just for the record, it’s never “just a phase.” $5

New Releases

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Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin and Marissa Stapley

Strangers and seatmates Maryam and Anna are flying to Toronto for the holidays for different reasons; the former for her sister’s wedding and the latter to meet her boyfriend’s family. When some unexpected turbulence leads to spilled secrets, an unexpected emergency landing, and being snowbound at a local inn, both women are suddenly at a crossroads in their love lives, wondering what the next step will be.

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Reunions and Ruses by Marie Landry

After all the knockbacks that her life has taken, Stella refuses to show up at her high school reunion solo and convinces LeLand, her brother’s best friend, to act as her fake boyfriend for the event. As the two prepare for that night, she begins to genuinely enjoy their time together, although the hurts of the past, including a failed marriage, are still very present. Will she throw caution to the wind and try to make this fake relationship a real one, or will they part ways after the reunion is done?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

Tomorrow is Love Notes Day! I am a huge fan of epistolary novels, regardless of genre. But there is something about that writing style in romances that just makes me heart so happy. In some situations, it is how the main characters meet and fall in love all before even seeing each other. In others, it is how they stoke the embers of their attraction.

Regardless of the specifics, though, these types of novels always bring a big smile to my face. And that is something I want to share with y’all so, without further delay, here are a few books that feature love letters as part of the love story.

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Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

As the drummer for the hit rock band Schoolboy Choir, many people may expect David to live the stereotypical life of a rock star and have groupies constantly hanging around. However, he is a one-woman man and only has eyes for Thea. Trouble there is that she is their publicist and she has a firm rule against dating musicians or clients, which is two strikes against him. She is also fresh off a heartbreak and has no desire to be another notch in his belt. David is more than prepared to prove to her that she is it for him and he wants no one else.

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Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros

Writer Abigail knows that she should be focusing on her latest manuscript. But the pressure is high, especially with all the accolades her first novel got, so instead of doing that, she spends most of her time on the Twitter account her publicist made for her. There she meets Mark, a professor who is on sabbatical. They quickly develop a friendship and Abigail finds herself inspired by Mark’s travel adventures to write more. But then a deception is revealed which puts their friendship and possibly romance at danger.

And that’s all I have for y’all today. I’ll be back in your inboxes on Thursday with a fresh newsletter. In the meantime, you can still find me over on Twitter (at least for the time being) under @PScribe801. Until then, happy reading and stay hydrated.

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Later In Life Romance Recs

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

I am feeling really pumped about how my Sapphic September is going! I recently finished Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date and was so happy to see the evolution of her character and how she got her HEA with Stevie. Oh, and as a fair warning, the TikTok I previously shared was not wrong about the spicy level. *fans self* I won’t say which chapters they were in, but I can say that it is not Chapter 32 (although that was an emotional one).

Have you signed up for The Deep Dive yet? This literary publication features writing from Book Riot’s Editorial Staff, and is perfect for both casual and power readers alike. And now is the perfect time to join, since for all of September, brand-new free subscribers will be entered to win a copy of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler as well as five mystery books. Click here to sign up at no cost and be entered to win.

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Book Review Notepad by BxtchesReadToo

One of the other challenges I started this month was using a physical book journal to track my reading. I’ve tried this before and quickly realized I am one who needs a form to fill out for these. So, this writing pad is right up my alley with a quick way to review a book for later fleshing out. $10

New Releases

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Love of My Lives by Yamile Saied Méndez

Madi knows that she should be happy with the trajectory of her life. She has a satisfying career and a successful boyfriend who she thinks will propose any day now. He even has the same initials that came to her in a dream from her abuela years before. Still, she yearns for me. When she goes to Puerto Rico to spread her abuela’s ashes, she meets someone who has her questioning who her fated mate actually is as well as everything about her life back home.

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A Nobleman’s Guide to Seducing a Scoundrel by KJ Charles

When Rufus is suddenly made the Earl of Oxney, he finds himself the target of multiple people who are scheming to take the title and associated riches from him. One of these people is Luke, the son of a smuggling den, who also proves himself to be a very competent secretary. This lands the men in a partnership of sorts that soon develops into more as the attraction between them builds. But Luke did come to his role with ulterior motives, and when those come to light, it threatens any possible future the two men could have.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

Last week was a fairly busy weekend for me. On Saturday, a friend came in from out of town for an indie bookstore crawl. Then, on Sunday, I went out to lunch with a longtime friend and her fiancée, which was followed by a trip to Barnes & Noble.

Yes, my wallet cried.

The lunch with my friend and fiancée was really nice because I got to learn a bit more about the woman who is going to marry one of my closest friends. It also got me to thinking about how sweet a “later in life” romance can be. Just because I got married hella young doesn’t mean I don’t understand the idea of waiting. After all, marriage is work no matter how old or young you are when said knot is tied. You’re still going to grow and change as a person with your partner, regardless of whether you get married at 20 or 40. So you want to be sure of the partner that is selected.

That said, I decided to focus on some “later in life” romances today, meaning they feature a lead character who is age 40 or above.

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Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan

Mrs. Beatrice Martin is perfectly happy living her life the way she wants to, especially when it comes to righteously spiting her Terrible Nephew at every turn. When rooming house owner Miss Violet Beauchamps shows up demanding that Beatrice pay said Terrible Nephew’s back rent, she understandably refuses. However, the two decide to join forces to take him down and find themselves falling in love along the way.

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A Taste of Her Own Medicine by Tasha L. Harrison

After her divorce is finalized, Sonja finds herself in need of a job for the first time in years. She signs up for a class for entrepreneurs, hoping that establishing a business will help to provide for her and her children. What she wasn’t expecting was the attraction she would feel to the very handsome and very young instructor, Atlas. Neither can deny the attraction between them, but will they be able to overcome all the obstacles facing them? And is Sonja really ready to enter into another relationship again?

I’ve already had a wedding and, by extension, a wedding song, but I still took this quiz for funsies. And, real talk, the song I got is one of my faves.

Check out this interview with Meg Cabot about her latest witchy romance, Enchanted To Meet You.

And that is all I have for y’all today. I’ll be back in your inboxes on Monday and in the meantime you can still find me on the sinking ship that may be Twitter. Until then, happy readying and stay hydrated.

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It’s Time for Pirate Romances

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

As of this writing, I have successfully finished This Spells Disasters, which was the first book I had on my Sapphic September TBR pile. I know it’s just the one so far and we’re mid-month, but honestly, I’m pleased with my progress. It’s been a minute since I’ve actually had a dedicated one so keeping to it is victory in and of itself. While the goal was to focus on my physical books, there are a few digital ones thrown on as well. The current ebooks are The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics and an advanced copy of Late Bloomer.

Have you signed up for The Deep Dive yet? This literary publication features writing from Book Riot’s Editorial Staff, and is perfect for both casual and power readers alike. And now is the perfect time to join, since for all of September, brand-new free subscribers will be entered to win a copy of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler as well as five mystery books. Click here to sign up at no cost and be entered to win.

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Vintage Romance Book Cover Coaster by LovesweptDesigns

These coasters serve vintage clinch cover realness. $20+

New Releases

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The Key to Forever by Kelly Cain

While Tori is okay with following the footsteps of the happily single women in her adopted family, she is still curious about her birth mother and sets out to find her. She enlists the help of her childhood friend, Ethan, to help her with this task. Finally home after years of being a nomad with Veterinarians Without Borders, Ethan is looking forward to settling down and possibly getting Tori to look at him as more than a friend. However, as they work to solve the mystery of her past, they uncover things about his that could ruin their platonic friendship and completely remove any possibility of a romantic one.

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Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner

When an injury sidelines soccer star Grace, new teammate Phoebe takes her spot. This naturally leads to rivalry developing between them, as well as some romantic tension that they eventually get through. After some miscommunication leads to them being at odds with where their relationship stands, they then realize that they do not have to be rivals on the field and can work together for mutual victories. However, they still must decide where their relationship stands and if there is a future for them or if it was just a fling.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

Tomorrow is International Talk like a Pirate Day and in honor of that, I’m going to be recommending some pirate romance novels. I know that this was a huge trope in the early days of romance, and like a lot of old-school romances, they are not without their flaws and problematic tendencies.

But they are still fairly popular nowadays, and honestly, that isn’t something I see stopping any time soon. I tried to choose some that were written after the heyday of those earlier romances, and, as always, featured more underrepresented groups in romance. Enjoy!!

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Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins

Despite what his family thinks, Noah believes that it is possible to be happily settled in domestic bliss. However, he also knows that it is not for him and prefers to sail the high seas thinking no woman could tempt him to change his mind. Then his ship gets overtaken and stolen by Pilar, who is a fierce independent woman descended from a long line of pirates. After this encounter, he finds himself intrigued by her beauty and determined to track her and his ship down to try to convince her that they are meant for one another.

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The Princess’s Bride by K.T. Grant

Exiled princess Daisy yearns for a passionate love affair that matches the one she had with Chelsey, her servant, when she was 18 years old. After waiting so long for her return, she agrees to marry Lord Humphrey, even though her heart yearns for another. When the pirate C.W. Dread kidnaps her as part of a revenge plot against Humphrey, both are shocked to realize that the pirate is actually Chelsey, her long-lost lover. And time has not changed the depths of their feelings for one another.

If you were a fan of Love in the Time of Serial Killers, then you may enjoy some of these read-a-likes.

No one should be forced to make this choice.

And that’s all I have for y’all this Monday morning. I’ll be back on Thursday though and in the meantime you can find me floating around on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then happy reading and stay hydrated!

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Best Friend’s Sibling Romances

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

Well we’ve almost made it through another work week y’all and I am happy for the upcoming weekend. Last week my family and I were involved in a car accident that ended up totaling my car. We’re all fine for the most part since the side airbags did their job for my spouse and the Teenager. Now we’re just trying to adjust to being a one-car family for the moment until a new car is procured, which is as fun as it sounds like.

Have you signed up for The Deep Dive yet? This literary publication features writing from Book Riot’s Editorial Staff, and is perfect for both casual and power readers alike. And now is the perfect time to join, since for all of September, brand-new free subscribers will be entered to win a copy of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler as well as five mystery books. Click here to sign up at no cost and be entered to win.

Bookish Goods

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Smut Reader Candle by BriarWick

The temperatures are (hopefully) dropping which means it’s the perfect time for burning a candle and reading. And this one is perfect for curling up on your favorite chair or spot on the couch with the beverage of your choice. Prices are $6.50 for a 2-oz wax melt, $11.50 for a 4-oz metal tin candle, and $22.00 for an 8-oz glass jar candle.

New Releases

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Thank You for Sharing by Rachel Runya Katz

When childhood friends turned enemies Daniel and Liyah end up next to each other on a plane 14 years after their friendship ended, the brief reunion proves that time does not in fact heal all wounds. Soon after, they discover that his marketing firm has been hired by the museum she works at for an upcoming project that they now must work together on. The more time they spend together, the more they talk about what originally lead to their fall out and slowly begin to fall back into a comfortable friendship and, as time passes, into love.

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Her Lumberjack Bear Mate by Arizona Tape

When Ella’s latest client at a high-end furniture shop demands she personally pick out the wood for their next purchase, she reluctantly heads to the forest near Bearton to do so. There she employs the skill of Darcy, a local lumberjack, to help find the perfect tree. The two women are complete opposites which makes for some tension-filled meetings. But their encounters also leave them wondering if there is something else simmering under the surface that could be a contributing factor.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

One trope I don’t think I’ve ever recommended here is best friend’s sibling. And this isn’t for any specific reason other than it never occurred to me, likely because I don’t think I ever had a crush on any of my sibling’s friends. There was a 16-year age gap between my brother and me so by the time that I was the age to get crushes, he was out of the house. And my sister’s friends weren’t exactly my cup of tea romantic-wise. Fun guys to hang out with occasionally, but not my type.

I know that it is a huge trope in the romance world and while some of the books that I’ve recommended have had that trope, I’ve never specified it as one. Well that changes today and below you’ll find a couple of books that fit the bill for it.

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Being Hospitable by Meka James

When Kiki let her best friend’s sister, Charley, stay with her, she was expecting her solitude to be only slightly disrupted. What she wasn’t expecting was that Charley had become such a flirt and that she would be tempted to respond in kind. For her part, Charley is determined to get Kiki to see her as a sexy grown woman and puts all her energy into showing her how good they could be together.

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Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

Despite what the older women in her family think, Honoria is under no illusions about the lack of her musical talent. However, she also knows the only way out of the family quartet is to get married which she is determined to do. And, due to a promise that Marcus made to her brother, who is his best friend, he finds himself joining her in this endeavor. This is all made even more difficult by the very true if unspoken fact that the two are slowly falling in love with one another.

If you’re looking for more Black romance, this list is perfect for you.

You could also try these second-chance romances.

Baking romances!!!

And that’s all I have for y’all today. I’ll be back in your inboxes on Monday with another romance round-up and in the meantime you can still find me over on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then happy reading and stay hydrated.

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And Of Course, There’s Just One Bed

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

Happy Monday! I know we missed the last one due to Labor Day, and I am over the moon to be back to starting my work week off with y’all again! If you had the holiday off, I hope it wasn’t too hard getting back to the five-day work week again. I know that last week was very challenging for me after my four-day weekend, so here’s hoping this week is easier!

Have you signed up for The Deep Dive yet? This literary publication features writing from Book Riot’s Editorial Staff, and is perfect for both casual and power readers alike. And now is the perfect time to join, since for all of September, brand-new free subscribers will be entered to win a copy of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, as well as five mystery books. Click here to sign up at no cost and be entered to win.

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Pumpkin Latte Book Sleeve by bookbarngalore

It’s the most wonderous time of the year for all PSL lovers!! If you fall into that camp, then this book sleeve is perfect for you. Not only will it protect your books, but it will showcase your love all year long! Prices start at $28

New Releases

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Witch of Wild Things by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

After losing her job, Sage Flores has little choice but to return to the home she left following the death of her youngest sister, Sky. Then, when she takes back her job at Cranberry Rose Company farm, she is tasked with Tennessee Reyes, the high school crush who broke her heart. While he is still as charming as ever, between the heartbreak of the past, the tumultuous relationship with her aunt and middle sister, and the drama in her best friend’s marriage, Sage is determined to resist the temptation. But magic is all around her — not just in her family bloodlines — and it is determined to bring these two together.

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This Spells Disaster by Tori Anne Martin

When Morgan drunkenly offers to act as her crush Rory’s fake girlfriend, she never expects the fellow witch to take her up on the offer. Soon after they start, Rory appears to start becoming genuinely interested, which thrills Morgan until she realizes she may have accidentally given Rory a love potion instead of a calming one. While she is determined to still help the other woman out, she starts working to counteract the spell by showing how incompatible they actually are. However, this doesn’t seem to change anything, which leaves Morgan to wonder if it is the spell of herself that has left Rory bewitched.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

Today is Make Your Bed Day! Which…isn’t a really exciting holiday if you think about it. I’m sure that most of us likely associate this task with something our parents would yell at us in the morning while growing up. It’s just more interesting that there is a day that is dedicated to it.

However, it did get me to thinking of the “just one bed” trope, which I know is a Romancelandia favorite, so I went ahead and gathered a book or two that fit it to recommend it to y’all. Enjoy!

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That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert

When author Rae needs a date to serve as a buffer between her and her ex at an upcoming writer’s convention, she turns to her new friend Zach. He agrees, thinking it will be no big deal. When they arrive at the hotel and find that their room only has one bed, both are forced to reconcile with the fact that they have very real feelings for one another.

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Mrs. Mix-Up by Candace Harper

Fellow librarians Sofiya Anderson and Molly Andersen have been fighting their mutual attraction for six months. So far, it seems to be a battle they are victorious over. At least until their regional conference, when a typo results in them being signed up as a married couple, meaning one room…and one bed. Will they be able to resist temptation, or will the close quarters prove to be too much?

As this is in my currently reading pile, I am really looking forward to said scene.

Yes, Colin, it is the spicy one. ^_^

And that’s all for today, friends. I’ll be back in your inboxes on Thursday, and in the meantime, I am still over on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then, happy reading, and stay hydrated!

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Celebrity Fake Dating Romances

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

It’s good to be back here with y’all! If you had Monday off, I hope that it was enjoyable. This year, I took a much-needed four-day weekend. In addition to getting some reading done, I got a color refresh on my hair and went out to dinner for a friend’s 40th birthday party.

We’re now a few days into Sapphic September and Bisexual Visibility Month. While there will be a few other books thrown into the mix, my personal challenge this month is to focus primarily on Sapphic romances. As of right now, I have a total of 14 books on the pile. I know it’s very ambitious so I will be sure to keep y’all updated on that process.

Have you signed up for The Deep Dive yet? This literary publication features writing from Book Riot’s Editorial Staff, and is perfect for both casual and power readers alike. And now is the perfect time to join, since for all of September, brand-new free subscribers will be entered to win a copy of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler as well as five mystery books. Click here to sign up for free and be entered to win.

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Book Lover Fall Tote by RomanceBookLoverGift

Even though Fall doesn’t officially start until the Equinox on the 23rd, I think most people were ready to embrace the season change when the calendar flipped over to the 1st. This tote gives off all the autumnal vibes and is perfect to take on a book buying spree. $18

New Releases

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The Art of Desire by Stacey Abrams*

After one too many love affairs gone awry, Alex has sworn off men. Instead she sets her focus on her writing skills and maid of honor duties for her friend’s upcoming wedding. Phillip is trying to acclimate back to civilian life after spending three years in a terrorist organization. As a friend of the groom, he is tasked with picking up Alex at the airport. However the shadows of his past decide to return for him, putting them both in danger while they try to outrun his enemies and fight a growing attraction to one another.

*previously released under Abrams’ pen name, Selena Montgomery

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Fake Around and Find Out by Mia Heintzelman

When Gemma goes to her ex’s house for closure, she is shocked to discover that he already has a new love interest. In an attempt to make him jealous, she kisses Logan, her ex’s neighbor who is a book cover model. He also happens to be her high school crush back in town for his sister’s wedding. When the kiss goes viral and leads to unexpected and unwanted attention, the two agree to fake-date. But the chemistry between them is all too real and the lines between fake and real quickly begin to blur.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

The two books I’m starting my planned TBR with are This Spells Disaster and Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date, both of which also involve the fake dating trope. It occurred to me that it had been a while since I had recommended this trope, something that I intend to change today. Both of my recs happen to be celebrity romances as well; so if that is also one of your preferred tropes too, you’re doubly in luck!

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Act Like You Mean It by Shae Sanders

August is on the right track to being the next big star in Hollywood. One thing that would help tip him over is having an appealing romantic partner. That is where socialite Xandra comes in, who is more than happy to take on the role of fake girlfriend. After all, it is a role she has played before. However, as the two continue on with the charade, real feelings begin to blossom leaving them to wonder if they’ve both stopped pretending to have real feelings for one another.

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Purposefully Accidental by G. Benson

After an accident lands iconic lesbian actress Wren in the ER, she is shocked to discover that her old camp mate Madison is her doctor. However, the reunion is not a welcome one for the doctor, since she has less than warm feelings towards Wren for very valid reasons. When Madison turns up again as a medical consult for Wren’s latest project, the media naturally assumes they’re together and it snowballs into a fake dating situation. While there is obvious attraction between them, Madison has trouble letting go of the past, which could destroy a possible chance at an HEA for the two women.

I enjoyed this article about how fanfic-to-romance has taken the world by storm.

Pick a dish, get a romance trope.

Speaking of tropes, here are some options for opposites attract fans.

And that’s all for this week. We’ll be back to two sends next week though so you can expect me to show up in your inbox on Monday. In the meantime, you can still find me floating around on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then happy reading and stay hydrated!

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Tank Tops and Paranormal Recommendations

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

I had an amazing time last Friday listening to authors Mazey Eddings and Abigail Owen chat at the Lark & Owl. We were lucky enough to have Mazey stop by on her tour promoting her first YA novel, Tilly in Technicolor, and it was awesome to hear the writing process from two names in the romance genre. Plus I got to chat with her a bit and get my copy of the aforementioned book signed. Super excited to start reading it!

Before we get into the rest of the newsletter, please note that there will not be a newsletter on Monday due to Labor Day.

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Dark Romance Reader Tank by AmiWritesStuff

As I mentioned last time, we will still have summer weather in my neck of the woods for a bit longer. If you’re in the same position, then there is still time to rock this tank to show your love of romances with a bit more of an edge to them. $20

New Releases

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I Love to Hate You by W.S. Greer

When Maya and Kendrick met in college, it was animosity at first sight. So, naturally, their sexual chemistry was off the charts. When their respective careers result in them working together on a project years later, neither of those factors have changed. Then when they each begin to face their own challenges, they find themselves becoming a sort of comforting haven for one another and are left wondering if they are meant to be more than rivals.

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Driving Her Wild by Mariah Ankenman*

Even though Bex is attracted to her best friend’s younger sister, she is determined to keep to the unspoken rule of not sleeping with her. What Bex doesn’t know is that Josie has also been carrying a torch for her all these years and is determined to show the older woman that she is all grown up now. And when an accident leaves them stranded in a hotel room for the night, it seems that the Fates are pushing the two together.

*This title was previously released as part of the HEA Collective’s November 2022 release

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I ended up having multiple bookstore-related trips last weekend. I know; I know; it’s a hardship. But it is one I will endure with grace and dignity.

Seriously though, apart from the author chat mentioned in the intro, I went to the Grand Re-Opening of The Book Burrow last Saturday. Yes, they were able to find their own brick-and-mortar location and no longer have to share their space! It was very awesome to see the staff there back in their bookish environment. I’m so happy for this new chapter for The Book Burrow family.

Naturally, I walked away with a few books and today I’m recommending books by those authors. As it so happens, both are also supernatural/paranormal. Enjoy!

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Janine: His True Alpha by Chencia C. Higgins

When wolf shifter Janine is matched with a mate with whom she has no love connection, she decides to leave the obligations of the pack she grew up with and move to West Texas. While she intends to be an independent woman, she soon finds herself drawn to Langston’s pack. Due to his father’s unexpected passing, Langston becomes alpha of the pack which is almost more pressure than he can handle. When Janine shows up, the instant attraction just further complicates things. But neither can ignore their draw and the possibility they may be fated mates.

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Prince’s Tide by M.L. Eaden

Due to having famous parents, Royce grew up in the public eye. That is largely part of why he prefers life on a boat, away from cameras and the limelight. When a mistake lands him in the gulf, he is rescued by merman Troller. While Troller is fascinated by the human, he knows that he needs to keep his people’s existence a secret and quickly flees. One year later, it is Troller who needs Royce to rescue him and seeks out the other man. The two begin to build a life together but when the secret that caused Troller to seek Royce out comes to light, will the love they’ve built be strong enough to last?

If you love small-town romance vibes, check this list out.

Pick from these rom-com love tropes to get the one that will lead to your soulmate.

If you’re inspired to read a rom-com after taking that test, then this list has some options to consider.

As a reminder, there will not be a newsletter Monday so it will be one week before you hear from me again. In the meantime I can be found over on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then happy reading and stay hydrated.

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Second Chance and Roommate Romance

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

It’s the final week of August y’all, which means that, in theory, the dog days of summer will soon be behind us. In reality, for some people, including myself, there will be no crisp, brisk fall air. At best, it will hopefully just drop below triple digits. Oh well. I can still read about places where there is an actual fall.

One of the many services that Book Riot offers is the New Release Index. Since 2017, this service has worked to keep readers up to date with all the latest book releases. Most would agree that keeping up with a TBR pile is a Sisyphean task for most book dragons and velocireaders, but hey, there’s never any harm in trying. Subscribe today to start giving it your best shot!

Bookish Goods

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Avid Reader Bookend by HomeAnds

This is simple yet powerful and would be a perfect addition to any bookshelf. It’s both functional, cute, and minimalist, which makes it an all around winner for me. Plus it helps to balance out the non-minimalist approach I take towards books themselves, or at least that is what I’m going to tell myself. $23

New Releases

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Love on the Byline by Xio Axelrod

Blake is a journalist whose work has recently consisted of following celebrities and writing about their escapades. Ollie is the best friend and executive assistant to the up-and-coming star who is the subject of Blake’s upcoming article, which will hopefully move her from the rag mags. Another thing they have in common is that they were college sweethearts who both felt the other one got away. Despite this setup at a second chance, both are determined to stay professional, which proves to be exceedingly difficult the more time they spend together.

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My Roommate is a Vampire by Jenna Levine

Days away from being evicted, Cassie has no other option than to move into the seemingly-too-good-to-be-true room for rent she sees online. At first, things with Frederick seem normal enough; they’re on opposite schedules, so they very rarely see each other. However, when Cassie opens the fridge one day and sees a large amount of blood bags in there, she realizes that there is much more to her handsome roommate than she initially thought and is left trying to figure out how to deal with being attracted to the vampire she now lives with.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I’m still on a bit of a myth kick after reading Clytemnestra y’all, ’cause I enjoyed it that much. Now, it’s not a romance by any stretch of the imagination, especially if you’re well versed on how her story ends. But it’s still a good, powerful read and one I highly recommend for anyone out there wanting to channel their inner bad ass. Because Clytemnestra is certainly that. And I love the power that comes with the title of a book being named after one of the main characters.

As a romance reader, though, I do love a happily ever after in my books. Hell, I’ll even take a happily for now every once in awhile. When we get those two thoughts combined, we get today’s recommendations, which are books that are both named after a main character and reference Greek mythology. As an added bonus, both books are part of a duology about twin brothers and are written by two different authors.

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Ares by Asia Monique

Ares is the co-owner of a nightclub in Houston, Texas along with his twin brother Eros, who has a reputation for being unapproachable. Nyx is an astronomer who can see the layers beneath his stoic façade. When the two cross paths, it seems destined in the stars that they will end up together.

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Eros by Stephanie Nicole Norris

When Amara enters the club Eros owns with his twin brother, his attention is immediately drawn to her despite her being there with her fiancé. Amara is also attracted to him, but for the sake of her mother, must follow through with her engagement. When he gets wind of this, he is determined to help get her out of this lifelong commitment and possibly give them a chance to see what options are out there for them.

I enjoyed this list of some of the awesome things you can find in libraries…outside of books of course.

Just because it’s a bad idea doesn’t mean it isn’t the perfect set-up for a romance novel.

No lies detected.

And that is all I have for y’all today. I’ll be back in your inboxes on Thursday with a fresh newsletter full of recommendations, new releases, and other fun stuff. You can still find me over on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then happy reading and stay hydrated.

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Romance Readers Assemble

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

Y’all, the Masquerade Ball for Bookstore Romance Day was a blast! I went with one of my romance reading besties. In addition to mingling with other readers, snagging a picture at their photo booth, and seeing the reveal of the store’s ‘New Adult’ section, we both did a few rounds of Speed Dating With a Book where she walked away with The Curse of Saints and I paired with I Kissed a Girl. All in all, it was a success, and I hope that they make this an annual thing.

One of the many services that Book Riot offers is the New Release Index. Since 2017, this service has worked to keep readers up to date with all the latest book releases. Most would agree that keeping up with a TBR pile is a Sisyphean task for most book dragons and velocireaders, but hey, there’s never any harm in trying. Subscribe today to start giving it your best shot!

Bookish Goods

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Audiobook Reader Tarot Card by lylajuneco

I know I just shared another tarot-inspired good but, like the actual decks themselves, you can never have too many of these! This is perfect for my audiophiles out there. $3

New Releases

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One Summer of Love/Snowbound Second Chance by Reese Ryan

You get two wonderful romances in one volume with this one! In the first one, the story centers around Delaney and Nolan. She’s a temp worker for the summer, there to help his family’s vineyard become a success, and he is trying to ignore the beauty both because she’s temporary and an employee. In the second one, the focus is on Evvy and Sebastian, who find themselves snowed in together at the Magnolia Inn, which makes it that much more difficult to ignore the attraction simmering between them.

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Not Just Gal Pals by Elizabeth Luly

After almost being canceled, accidental influencer Jenny decides to return home to Sapphire Springs for a bit until it all blows over. There, she runs into schoolmate Blake, who is now the town’s doctor. Blake has also harbored a long-time crush on Jenny. When they two are thrown together to help plan another friend’s bachelorette party, the sparks fly. But both women are all too aware that Jenny’s stay there is just a temporary one.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

I’m one of the few people in my inner bookish circle that regularly reads romance. So it goes without saying that is one of the reasons that I had such a good time this last weekend mingling with other like-minded readers. I love also reading romance novels about people who share the same love, hence the theme for today’s recommendations.

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Blind Date With a Book Boyfriend by Lucy Eden

After flying to California from New York for a job interview, Jordyn has a couple of hours to kill. So, she decides to head to The Bookstore to pick up a few books and meets lovable cinnamon roll Mike as well. He offers to show her around Culver City, an offer she takes him up on. While she finds him to be irresistible on multiple levels, she also knows that meet-ups like this only happen in romance novels…right?

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Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson

Savannah works for a publishing company that considers the romance genre to be beneath them and the caliber of books they publish. So when she drops her own romance manuscript in a staff meeting, she quickly hides it in a secret place. When she goes to retrieve it later she is shocked and miffed when she notices notes about her work in the margins. But when the feedback matches that of the editor she hopes to publish her novel, she finds herself engaging with her mystery beta reader and slowly falling in love along the way.

Tomorrow is the first Stuff your Earbuds Day! This is similar to Stuff Your Ereader, which happens roughly four times a year. If this takes off, which I am fairly confident it will, hopefully the audiobook version will as well. You can click on this video to know what site to check tomorrow for a list of books. Bear in mind it will not be active until tomorrow so be sure to set a reminder to check. I know I will be.

SteamyLitCon also happened last weekend. Be sure to check out their TikTok page to get an idea of how it went.

Here some of the romance novels that were on reader’s wish lists so far this year.

NGL…I was surprised by tge accuracy of this fun soulmate quiz.

And that is all I have for y’all today. I’ll be back in your inboxes on Monday and in the meantime you can still find me on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then happy reading and stay hydrated.

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Get Your Myth On!

Greetings and salutations! Welcome, or welcome back, to the Kissing Books newsletter. I’m PN Hinton, here to give you the rundown on the world of romance, including new releases, recommendations, and other entertaining ways to pass your time.

I have been quite the busy bee the last couple of weeks. And that is not going to change anytime soon. This week I’m going to two events at the Lark & Owl. One is for the discussion of Clytemnestra, and the other is for a Mazey Eddings event, celebrating her YA debut Tilly in Technicolor. My book club meets this Saturday and the one after that is when one of my best friends is having her birthday dinner. It’s a lot of going into the out, especially for someone who, while ultimately an ambivert, has strong leanings towards the introverted part. So, there will need to be some kind of downtime in the future.

One of the many services that Book Riot offers is the New Release Index. Since 2017, this service has worked to keep readers up to date with all the latest book releases. Most would agree that keeping up with a TBR pile is a Sisyphean task for most book dragons and velocireaders, but hey, there’s never any harm in trying. Subscribe today to start giving it your best shot!

Bookish Goods

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Romance Reader Tarot Card Shirt by AlquimiaStoreDesign

This shirt combines my love of Tarot and whimsy. The art is gorgeous, the vibes are vibing the perfect way, and it looks so comfy. Perfect for a weekend-long read-a-thon for sure, and perfect for all of us in Romancelandia. Prices start at $21

New Releases

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So Much Love to Give by Pamela Campbell

Parker is one of her firm’s top architects, a fact she feels goes vastly unnoticed by head partner Sam. When Josiah is hired by Sam over another architect Parker felt was more qualified, she is enraged at this slight. However, she remains professional towards Josiah, if a little cool. Despite coming in under such means, Josiah is drawn to Parker and even she is unable to deny the attraction between the two of them.

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In Charm’s Way by Lana Harper*

Six months later, Delilah is still grappling with the effects of the spell that Nina Blackmoore placed on her. In an act of desperation, she casts a blood spell in the hopes of fully restoring her memory. While this does help her fully recover her memory and powers, it also has the side effect of making Delilah a monster magnet. When the charismatic half-fae/half-human monster hunter Catriona shows up, Delilah has little choice but to accept her help. As the two work to discover what happened with the spell, an undeniable attraction blooms between them. But when all sorts of secrets are revealed, will they be able to stand together?
*Read and LOVED by yours truly

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

As mentioned earlier, one of the books I’m currently reading is about Clytemnestra, who I feel is one of the more maligned figures in Greek mythology. Her story is fairly tragic and she’s painted as a villain for the murder of her husband Agamemnon, even if many argue he deserved it, which, to be completely transparent on my stance, he did.

That said, it did put me in the mood for some happier spins on myths — something that is prevalent in the romance world. While most of these retellings are around the Hades and Persephone myth, they are not the only option out there. While I do enjoy that one as well, I wanted to focus on others as well for today’s theme.

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Love in Color by Bolu Babalola

While she may be better known for Honey & Spice, this was Bolu’s debut book and features retellings of romantic myths from all around the world. While there are a few Greek myths retold here, you’ll also find tales from West Africa and the Middle East. And it’s a short story collection, which can sometimes be a nice change of pace.

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A Scent of Greek by Tina Folsom

After Dionysus unceremoniously dumps Ariadne, Hera decides to teach him a lesson by robbing him of his memory. When a heartbroken Ariadne finds him later after being beaten, she decides to take advantage of his memory loss by telling him they’re engaged. The longer the charade goes on, though, the more seemingly real feelings develop, leaving Ariadne to wonder what will happen when his memories come back?

I want to go to the there.

Check out this quick chat with Emily Henry.

I’m stoked for this release.

Don’t forget to check out the Romance for Maui auction. There is still time left to bid on some awesome items.

And that’s all I have for y’all today. I’ll be back in your inboxes on Thursday with more romance related news and other fun bits. In the meantime can still find me on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then happy reading and stay hydrated.