Amaryllis, by Jayne Castle

amaryllisTitle: Amaryllis

Author: Castle, Jayne (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance, futuristic romance

Bibliographic: Pocket Books, 336 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, , ISBNs 9780671569037, 9780671021436, 9781574901399, 9781451624014

Publication Date: October 1, 1996

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Futuristic, character-driven, fast-paced, steamy

Why I picked it up: This book was required reading for my readers’ advisory class. I would not have picked it up otherwise.

S.I.A.S.: Lucas Trent and Amaryllis Lark both have mysteries to solve, not least of which is why they are so drawn to each other.

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Nobody’s Baby But Mine, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

nobodysbabybutmineTitle:  Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Author: Phillips, Susan Elizabeth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance

Bibliographic: William Morrow Paperbacks, 400 pages, Paperback List Price $12.99, Mass Market Paperback $7.99, Audiobook List Price $35.93, ISBNs 9780380782345, 9780060894702, 9780062004666, 9780062107008, 9780783881973, 9780061793219, 9780066212203, 9780749937775

Publication Date: February 1, 1997

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Funny, steamy, engaging

Why I picked it up: A podcast I listen to said it was really funny.

S.I.A.S.: Physicist Jane Darlington desperately wants to have a baby, but doesn’t want it to be brilliant like her, so she sets out to find a stupid man.

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The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane, by Elizabeth Boyle

tvwldtlTitle: The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane

Author: Boyle, Elizabeth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance, historical romance

Bibliographic: Avon, 384 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, Audiobook List Price $23.61, Audiobook CD List Price $39.99, ISBNs 9780062283818, 9781410489234, 9780062283825

Publication Date: October 28, 2014

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Regency romance, fast-faced, engaging, steamy, amusing

Why I picked it up: I’ve had a copy lying around for quite awhile, and I don’t really remember how I got it. I figured it was time to read it and get it out of my apartment.

S.I.A.S.: Louisa was only following her cat into Viscount Wakefield’s home, but she can’t seem to leave.

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The Memory Weaver, by Jane Kirkpatrick

memoryweaverTitle: The Memory Weaver

Author: Kirkpatrick, Jane (Author’s Website)

Genre: Christian Fiction, Western, Historical Fiction

Bibliographic: Revell, 352 pages, Paperback List Price $14.99, Audiobook List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9780800722326, 9781628997576, 9781441228208

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, Pacific Northwest fiction, atmospheric, homespun, descriptive, engaging

Why I picked it up:  Westerns and Christian fiction are my least favorite genres, so I thought I’d try to hit both boxes at once and get it over with.

S.I.A.S.: As a child, Eliza Spalding Warren survived a horrific event; her husband wants to return.

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Plain Perfect, by Beth Wiseman

plainperfectTitle: Plain Perfect

Author: Wiseman, Beth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Christian romance

Bibliographic: Thomas Nelson, 350 pages, Paperback List Price $14.99, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, Audiobook List Price $19.59, Audiobook CD List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9781595546302, 9780718030964, 9781410418487, 9781418569082

Publication Date: September 9, 2008

Rating: ★★★☆☆ /♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Chaste, engaging

Why I picked it up: I have never read any Christian romance before, and the library used book sale had this for a dollar.

S.I.A.S.: Lillian Miller visits her Amish grandparents to get back to the simple life, but her feelings about Samuel Stolzfus are anything but simple.

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Taking the Heat, by Victoria Dahl

takingtheheatTitle: Taking the Heat

Author: Dahl, Victoria (Author’s Website)

Genre: Contemporary romance

Bibliographic: HQN Books, 379 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, Audiobook List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9780373779703, 9781460384022

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Racy humor, steamy, banter-filled, engaging

Why I picked it up: The sexy librarian stereotype really gets on my nerves sometimes, so it was nice to see a sexy male librarian.

S.I.A.S.: Gabe is only in town for a year, but his romance with Veronica may be more serious than he planned.

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A Rogue by Any Other Name, by Sarah MacLean

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Title: A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels

Author: MacLean, Sarah (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance, Regency Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance

Bibliographic: Avon Romance, 400 pages, Hardcover/Large Print $30.99 List Price, Mass Market Paperback $7.99 List Price, Ebook $7.99 List Price, Audiobook $24.99 List Price, ISBNs 9780062065384, 9781410449474 , 9780062068521

Publication Date: February 28, 2012

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Steamy, engaging

Why I picked it up: I used to belong to a surprise book subscription box, and this came in a shipment whose theme was reading outside of your comfort zone. It was my first romance novel, and it got me absolutely hooked.

S.I.A.S.:  Is the love of his childhood friend enough to save the tortured Maruqess of Bourne?

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