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Get Spooky with These Paranormal Romance Books for Adults

It’s that time of year again when the leaves change color and we cuddle up with blankets and good reads. If you love reading about paranormal creatures or anything that falls under the spooky umbrella, then you’ll love this list of paranormal romance books for adults.

What are Paranormal Romance Books for Adults?

Paranormal romance books are a great way to get your fix of spooky stories without being too scared. These types of romance novels often have elements of paranormal or fantasy mixed into the story for an intriguing plot you won’t be able to put down. There’s always a focus on characters with superpowers, otherworldly beings, or a combination of the two. Witches, ghosts, faeries, and fallen angels are just some of the types of creatures that you can find in these books. As mentioned in an article by Smashbear, “while certain elements of a paranormal romance book are fantastical, the world they’re set in is not.”

Whether you’re looking for a light-hearted paranormal romance or something a little more sinister and spicy, there’s something on this list to suit your tastes.


Paranormal Romance Books for Adults - Darkness Unknown by Selina A. Fenech

1. Darkness Unknown

by Selina A. Fenech

Back in her hometown after her mother’s death, Everly has a plan to get in and out fast. Watching a monster kill Rylan, the boy who broke her heart, wasn’t part of that plan. Now, his body is missing and her dreams are where his soul is trapped. Will Everly be able to figure things out and save Rylan?

This urban fantasy from author Selina A. Fenech features a slow-burn romance mixed with a mystery as Everly tries to save the only man she has ever loved. There are plenty of vampires and shifters in this book and trilogy, and readers are raving about it. As described in one Amazon review, the book is “a fantastic tale that immediately transports the reader from the normal and mundane into a reality that twists and melts like a Dali painting.” Don’t wait to add this to your virtual library!

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Paranormal Romance Books for Adults - Lucifer's Daughter by Kel Carpenter

2. Lucifer’s Daughter

by Kel Carpenter

Tattoo artist Ruby Morningstar is a half-succubus demon who lives in Portland with her best friend, Moira, who is a banshee, and their pet raccoon. They believed that was who she is for all 23 years of her life, but her world turns upside down after a handsome stranger bails her out of jail. Suddenly Ruby learns that she’s the bringer of the apocalypse—not the Four Horsemen.

Written by USA Today bestselling author Kel Carpenter, Lucifer’s Daughter features the Four Horsemen. One of the hundreds of highly rated Amazon reviews says, “I would recommend giving this a try if you like strong female characters with some magic and action, and I’m not just talking about bedroom action.” If demons are your cup of tea when it comes to paranormal romances, Lucifer’s Daughter is a must-read!

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Paranormal Romance Books for Adults - Savage Mates by Allie Santos

3. Savage Mates

by Allie Santos

Liana is a werewolf who doesn’t have the ability to shift. Often overlooked, her pack doesn’t care for her—she’s an omega. But when she shifted, she got her true mates. Refusing their pity as they didn’t want her, Liana leaves for human society. When her mates seek her out, she refuses to submit to her three savage mates. Afterall, she has claws and she’s not afraid to use them.

Fans of possessive werewolves and rejected mates are sure to love Savage Mates. Between the steamy scenes and some tear-jerking scenes, this standalone book offers a new take on omegas. One rave review says that there are “so many amazing things about this book!”

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Paranormal Romance Books for Adults - Dragon's Kitty by Eve Langlais

4. Dragon’s Kitty

by Eve Langlais

Israfil isn’t exactly a people person, much less a cat person. Yet somehow, he acquires a feline after he’s released from his prison. But the cat ends up being nothing compared to Serafina, a treasure hunter who won’t even let a horseman of the apocalypse—and his cat—get in her way. As they search dangerous catacombs for an artifact, Serafina will have to keep an eye out for traps and her attraction to Israfil…

Eve Langlais is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Dragon’s Kitty is the latest book in her Dragon Point series. This fun paranormal romance features a dragon shifter and magic, and it’s an overall fun read; there are even some moments from the cat’s perspective! It’s no wonder why many of the Amazon reviews mention that they “love the adventure, the humor and of course the steamy bits!”

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Paranormal Romance Books for Adults - Lover Arisen by J.R. Ward

5. Lover Arisen

by J.R. Ward

Balthazar is s a thief who never expected his heart to be stolen by a human. While on the hunt for the Book of Spells, he has to fight his undeniable attraction to homicide detective Erika Saunders. Something otherworldly is happening in Caldwell, New York and Erika’s nightmares involve being hunted by shadows and a mysterious man. Will the thing bringing Balthazar and Erika together destroy the Brotherhood?

Lover Arisen is part of J.R. Ward’s New York Times bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. As mentioned in a rave review from the Philadelphia Inquirer, “it is the reemergence of an old enemy and the heartbreaking sacrifice of a longtime fan favorite that leaves you stunned and facing a torturous wait for answers in the next book. It’s another thrilling entry in the long-running series.”

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Paranormal Romance Books for Adults - Her Alien Angel by Michele Mills

6. Her Alien Angel

by Michele Mills

Evie has no idea why a winged and satanic-looking male left his baby outside her door. She’s the only female human on Salo for miles and she does her best to care for the baby. When something possessive quietly comes into her home, she finally sees the baby’s father. Her breath is caught when his white wings wrap around her. Evie’s fingers map his body at night, but he flies off every morning. When he eventually leaves for good, will the baby go with him?

With nearly 700 five-star reviews on Amazon, Her Alien Angel is a must-read if you’re looking to add a paranormal romance with angels to your TBR list. As one reviewer puts it, “A Hyrokkin with wings? Yes, please! This whole story just flowed like a magical dream.” Don’t wait to download the book readers describe as hot and impossible to put down!

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Laugh Out Loud With These Bonus Freebies!

Our selection of September bonus freebies has been handpicked by our editorial staff to put a smile on your face. Whether you’re looking for rom-coms or humorous heroes, we have you covered. Get ready to laugh with these free reads!

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Urban Fantasy

The Road to Farringale

By Charlotte E. English

Imagine modern Britain without magick. No fae enclaves. No flying chairs. Giddy gods, no unicorns. Who wants to live in that world? Meet the Society for Magickal Heritage. Our boss is a disembodied voice. Our headquarters is a sentient house. You could say we’ve a vested interest in keeping magick alive. Join Cordelia “Ves” Vesper and the enigmatic Society in the fight to save modern magick!

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Children’s

Miss Prince

By Alicia L. Wright

Lucinda would fight dragons to see her friends. And it looks like she’ll have to. Hired as a prince by an agency that “fixes” stories, she’s got a vampire overlord to dethrone. To help her, she’s got a witch who won’t use magic, a vampire who won’t terrorize the villagers, and two princesses best described as damsels who CAUSE distress.

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Sweet Romantic Comedy

Wrangled by Lilith

By Remi Carrington

After nearly 25 years as a trophy wife, my cheating ex dumped me for a younger woman. Now I’m starting over in a new place with a car, a piddly amount of money in the bank, and an exotic cat. Oh, and a ten-foot pole to keep between me and any man, even the good-looking, boot-wearing Texan who swoops in to help me.

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Cozy Mystery

Mango Cake and Murder

By Christy Murphy

When Mom convinces Christy to ditch her “lousy” job and help with the catering business, their fledgling partnership suffers a few setbacks. One of them can’t cook, they’re short a catering van, and the guest of honor at their first party is murdered. That would be bad enough, but then, Christy’s cousin, Celia, becomes the prime suspect.

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Steamy Contemporary Romance

Cheeky Royal

By Nana Malone

He never wanted the throne… He’s a cocky prince, she’s his sassy royal guard. And both of them are keeping secrets. Fall in love with this royal friends to lovers romance.

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LitRPG Adventure

Outpost

By Terry W. Ervin II

Glenn, a college sophomore, has a sociology paper that requires spending time with an unfamiliar group or culture. Luckily, two girls from his class have the same idea – attend the university’s game club to get reaction material for their papers. Moments after rolling up his character and beginning the adventure, Glenn, his two classmates, and three other players are drawn into the game, literally…

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French Travel

La Vie En Rose: Notes From Rural France

By Susie Kelly

Dreams are strange and unpredictable, and sometimes so is la vie en rose. A pick from some of the best bits of the popular travel author’s diaries reveal the minutiae of ex-pat day to day life in rural France. A must-read for Susie Kelly fans and anybody thinking of, or dreaming of, moving to France.

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Mystery

Skeletons in the Closet

By Jennifer L. Hart

Stay-at-home mom turned reluctant cleaning lady Maggie Phillips is up to her ears in grime and crime in this hilarious amateur sleuth mystery. First in the zany Misadventures of the Laundry Hag series by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Hart.

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Thriller

Reality Bites

By Nick Lennon-Barrett

Daniel North, a survivor of a gay pub bombing, wants to share his forgotten story with the world, but he’ll have to settle for millions of viewers. Complex Neighbours is the latest ratings smash from a billionaire media tycoon, Felix Moldoon. Think Big Brother meets the Hunger Games! Felix will do anything to ensure high viewing figures, even if that involves murder…

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Science Fiction

Time Burrito

By Aaron Frale

With great burrito comes great responsibility. Pete’s food truck at the University of New Mexico isn’t going well. Rumors fly around campus that the chupacabra is ground up with rat. Pete needs a change and it comes in the form of a physics experiment gone awry. After being sucked into the past, he stumbles across an ingredient for his burrito.

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Steamy Romantic Comedy

Almost Over It

By Kylie Gilmore

A hilarious frenemies to lovers romance! Jasmine Davis is furious when she discovers her new dance studio shares a building with her longtime enemy, bad boy Will Levi. What do you do when the one person you can’t live with is the one person you can’t live without?

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Paranormal

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic

By Meghan Ciana Doidge

Jade Godfrey. Dowser. Magical magpie. Baker of cupcakes. Maker of trinkets. Creator of chaos. Mix in an ancient vampire and vengeance-fueled werewolves, then sprinkle liberally with betrayal and black magic. The result? A wickedly fun read of magic and mayhem. Warning: may cause chocolate (and other) cravings.

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Children’s

Cocky Doodle Doo

By Kimberly Gordon & Reginald Fowl

Reginald Fowl is no ordinary chicken. He’s a Reading Rainbow Rooster, whose fondness for books, adventures, humans, and hens attracts attention- both wanted and unwanted. If you enjoy talking animal stories like Babe, Charlotte’s Web, and Stuart Little, you’ll love this zany barnyard comedy.

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6 Mental Health Books We Love

Mental health books comprise a genre rich with diverse voices, perspectives, and approaches. Books about mental health come in many forms, and there’s an abundance of great choices for everyone.

Types of Mental Health Books

Mental health books come in all forms. There are biographies, like Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, a compelling account of her experience with bipolar disorder. And similar books about living with specific diagnoses, like anxiety, depression, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia.

There are books about the history of mental illness and its treatments, like Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness by the sociologist Andrew Scull. You can even find books of poetry about mental health. The Carrying by Poet Laureate Ada Limón includes verses about the grief of infertility.

Some mental health titles fall into the self-improvement category, like Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.

How to Pick a Book About Mental Health

When picking a book about mental health, you will be presented with a plethora of options. These questions will help you identify which read is right for you:

1. What is my goal? Am I looking for tips on mental healthcare? Do I want to feel understood? Do I want to understand someone else? To understand the history of mental health and diagnoses?

2. Am I looking for a narrative story? Advice or instructions? A historical or medical account?

3. Consider who is writing the book—what expertise do they have?


Mental Health Books - Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? By Julie Smith, Ph.D.

1. Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

by Julie Smith, Ph.D.

In Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? The Tik-Tok famous clinical psychologist Julie Smith details how the mind, body, and emotions work together to influence every ounce of our lives. In short chapters, Smith unpacks her mental health toolbox and demonstrates how all the gadgets work.

Readers will walk away better at caring for their mental health and with techniques to manage anxiety, depression, and self-doubt. Plus, they’ll learn to cultivate resilience, motivation and inspiration, self-confidence, and forgiveness.

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Mental Health Books - Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle By Amelia Nagoski, Ph.D., and Emily Nagoski

2. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

by Amelia Nagoski, Ph.D., and Emily Nagoski

If you’re a working American, it’s very likely you’ve experienced burnout at some point. According to Deloitte, 77% of workers in the US have experienced burnout in their jobs, and those who are burned out say unmanageable stress negatively affects their work and their personal lives.

Burnout is specifically targeted at helping women minimize burnout and its effects, but everyone will get something from this book. Readers will learn how to “complete” the stress cycle, appreciate and love your body, and monitor your emotions to better use them for your benefit.

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Mental Health Books - The Body Keeps the Score By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

3. The Body Keeps the Score

by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a psychiatrist and clinical researcher with decades of experience working with patients who have experienced severe forms of trauma. The Body Keeps the Score is a powerful account of the far-reaching effect of trauma, both mental and physical, and how his patients have learned to heal.

This wonderfully readable and powerful mental health book comprises both narrative patient stories and histories of medical research and treatment.

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Mental Health Books - The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve By Rheeda Walker, Ph.D.

4. The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve

by Rheeda Walker, Ph.D.

Clinical psychologist Rheeda Walker pulls back the curtain to shine a light on the Black mental health crisis created by a system that is not designed to provide equal healthcare to all. Readers will learn how to identify the symptoms of mental illness, find psychological healing, foster community, and find the help they need. Walker also offers tools and strategies to mitigate stress and enrich emotional wellness.

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health is a must-read for every person of color and the allies that stand with them.

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Mental Health Books - Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health By Thomas Insel, M.D.

5. Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health

by Thomas Insel, M.D.

As a neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Thomas Insel has seen the inner machinery of the mental health system and knows first-hand why it’s failing so many people who desperately need care.

In Healing, Insel shifts the focus from the biological and chemical influences on mental health to how we can prevent and heal from the effects of mental illness. The book explores why the quality of mental healthcare varies so widely, why many practitioners lack accountability, and why we’ve become so resigned to treating symptoms rather than problems.

Insel lays out the brokenness of the mental health system and how it can be made right, with what he calls the three Ps: people, place, and purpose.

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Mental Health Books - How We Heal: Uncover Your Power and Set Yourself Free By Alexandra Elle

6. How We Heal: Uncover Your Power and Set Yourself Free

by Alexandra Elle

Everyone has a need to heal in some way. Whether it’s healing from an acute traumatic experience, the loss of a loved one, the dissolution of a relationship, or simply damaging beliefs about oneself. In How We Heal, Alexandra Elle presents a four-part framework for healing and offers practical advice readers can apply in their own lives, like journaling, meditation, and boundary-setting.

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8 Cozy Mystery Series To Curl Up With

One of the most enjoyable things that you can do when you have time to yourself is to curl up with a good book, and there are no better books to do so with than cozy mysteries! If you’re looking to add some lighthearted mysteries with a dose of sweetness to your TBR list, we have you covered. Here are the top 8 cozy mystery series that are perfect for curling up with.

How Are Cozy Mysteries Different From Mysteries?

Cozy mysteries are a lighter take on the typical crime mystery. They don’t have as much of the gore, or violence that a classic whodunit has. These books often take place in friendly small towns and feature amateur sleuths—and even animal sidekicks in some books! The lovable characters band together to solve crimes and catch the culprits. Plus, cozy mystery series tend to have titles full of puns!

As mentioned in a Publisher’s Weekly article, “the heart of why readers love cozies is they know what they are getting. They know they will have a sleuth who is pulled into the crime because that sleuth cares about other people, they know that the sleuth’s friends and family will help and hinder the investigation, they know that humor will abound, and they know that in the end, through all the twists and turns, the killer will be caught.”


Cozy Mystery Series - Daphne Jones Mysteries by Phillipa Nefri Clark

1. Daphne Jones Mysteries

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

The outback town of Little Bridges is the perfect location for the wedding Daphne Jones is set to officiate, but someone is determined to stop the union. When a member of the bridal party is found dead in a swimming pool, Daphne’s gut knows this was not an accident. A celebrant sleuth with a love of puzzles, Daphne has a number of suspects after learning of family feuds and missing money. She refuses to give up… unless the killer gets to her first.

This fun cozy mystery series features a traveling wedding officiant with a heart of gold in Australia. One five star review for Till Daph Do Us Part, the first book in the series, says, “there is much to love about this book. The author has an excellent writing style. The plot moves nicely. The characters are interesting and well-developed.” If you’re looking for a series filled with quirky characters, don’t wait to add this series to your virtual library!

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Cozy Mystery Series - A Bookish Cafe Mystery by Harper Lin

2. A Bookish Cafe Mystery

by Harper Lin

Bookseller Maggie Bell works in a charming Connecticut bookstore. When her boss passes away, his son, Joshua Whitfield, has plans to turn part of the bookstore into a vampire and silly romance book themed cafe. In the middle of the renovation, an electrician is killed. Joshua becomes the prime suspect and Maggie has to put aside their differences to help clear his name. But as her attraction to Joshua grows, will she be able to fall for this man who doesn’t even enjoy reading?

From a USA Today bestselling author comes a series that has it all: a bookstore setting, a cute black cat, and a dash of romance. A highly rated Amazon review says, “Harper Lin does a masterful job of weaving a story with plenty of murder suspects for the armchair sleuth consider… I definitely plan to enjoy more of this author’s books.” Start this series today!

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Cozy Mystery Series - A Raina Sun Mystery by Anne R. Tan

3. A Raina Sun Mystery

by Anne R. Tan

Raina Sun is a graduate student doing her best as bills roll in and her college adviser cons her, but her luck is running out. She ends up finding her advisor’s dead body, becomes the prime suspect, and then her ex reappears as the case’s lead detective. On top of that, Raina’s grandmother shows up at her tiny apartment with her own trouble in store. As she hones her sleuthing skills, Raina learns that when it comes to murder, there isn’t room for amateurs.

With eleven books in the series, you won’t be short on hilarious cozies that feature a Chinese-American protagonist and characters that feel very real. As one rave review puts it, “The twists and turns delivered repeatedly so that I didn’t have a moment to grow bored with this mystery. I will read it again and again, and I can’t wait to read more in this series.” The 11 books in this cozy series are perfect for any bookworm!

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Cozy Mystery Series - The Murder, Curlers Series by Arlene McFarlane

4. The Murder, Curlers Series

by Arlene McFarlane

Valentine Beaumont is a beautician who is struggling to revive her business after a perm gone wrong. After a socialite is strangled while waiting for her facial, Valentine knows she needs to start figuring out the clues. Despite warnings from a detective who is hard-headed and sexy, Valentine commits to clearing her name before another one of her clients is murdered.

If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries that have laugh-out-loud banter and a little bit of romance thrown in the mix, you won’t want to miss this series from USA Today bestselling author Arlene McFarlane! Highly rated reviews on Amazon describe Murder, Curlers, and Cream as delightful and humorous, and one review states, “If you’re looking for an entertaining escape – this book is for you.” Add this cozy mystery series to your TBR list today!

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Cozy Mystery Series - Moonstone Bay by Amanda M. Lee

5. Moonstone Bay

by Amanda M. Lee

Hadley Hunter lived a normal life up until a grandmother she never knew passes away and leaves her with a lighthouse on Moonstone Bay Island. Ready for adventure, she goes to check out the lighthouse and is intrigued by what she sees. But when she notices magical things happening and sees a body on the beach, it looks like the island has a killer and they’re stalking Hadley, Moonstone Bay’s newest witch.

Witchin’ USA is the first of ten books in the Moonstone Bay series. One rave review puts it perfectly: “This was so much fun to read, expertly written with a whole house full of drama, snark, sass, determination and a background setting that is drool worthy.” What more could you want in a fun and paranormal cozy mystery? Don’t wait to grab this series and add some magic to your virtual library!

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Cozy Mystery Series - Hamish Macbeth Mysteries by M. C. Beaton

6. Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

by M. C. Beaton

Lady Jane Winters is a widow with a gossip column. After joining a fishing class, Lady Jane wastes no time in using her sharp tongue to ruffle the feathers of the others in the class, including Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Hamish believed nobody would silence the widow—that is until her strangled body is found. Hamish may be in over his head as he works through a list of suspects. After all, knowledge is power and killers usually strike more than once…

Visit the Scotland Highlands in this cozy mystery series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and Queen of Crime, M. C. Beaton! Well-written and full of quirky characters in a beautiful setting, it’s no wonder why readers are hooked. With over 30 books in the series, you’ll never be short on intriguing mysteries. Download Death of a Gossip and get captivated by this cozy series.

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Cozy Mystery Series - Lady Hardcastle by T. E. Kinsey

7. Lady Hardcastle

by T. E. Kinsey

It’s 1908 and widow Lady Emily Hardcastle has moved from London to the country in the hopes of living a quiet life with her maid, Florence Armstrong. Once a body is discovered in the woods, Lady Hardcastle and Flo discover a web of intrigue, learning about resentment and rivalries. Surrounded by suspicion and uncertainty, only one thing is for sure: there is no quiet life in the country.

A Quiet Life in the Country is the first book in the Lady Hardcastle series. One highly rated review mentions that the “excellent use of humor combined with a well-written plot and erudite vocabulary” are what make the first book such an enjoyable read. If you’re looking for a witty cozy mystery that’s both relaxing and entertaining, you don’t want to miss this beloved series by T. E. Kinsey!

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Cozy Mystery Series - Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery by Danielle Collins

8. Florida Keys Bed & Breakfast Cozy Mystery

by Danielle Collins

Located in the Florida Keys is the bed and breakfast that Eva Stewart runs with her parrot. While Eva loves reading murder mystery books and hosting her book club, she unexpectedly ends up with an actual murder mystery on her hands when a body is found near the B&B. Using what she knows from her favorite books, will she be able to help crack the case?

Your next murder mystery is waiting for you in this series written by bestselling author Danielle Collins! There are six books and the most recent one was published in March 2022. With over 1000 five star ratings on Amazon for the first book, this fast-paced cozy mystery is sure to hook you with its unexpected twists. Described as “engaging” and “realistic” by reviewers, you won’t want to skip this series.

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11 Beach Books Perfect to Read by the Water

As you pack your bags for your next trip to the beach, the one thing you cannot forget to pack is a great book, or three. Take your pick from this list of some of our favorite beach books.

What Makes A Good Beach Read?

The best beach reads are page turners. It’s the kind of book that makes you lose track of time. Maybe it’s because a love story is so captivating, a mystery so puzzling, or an adventure so exciting.

Books for the beach come in all forms, genres, and lengths. And though beach reads are typically lighter in subject matter, as you’ll see in this list, there are worthwhile beach reads from the world of mental health and true crime.

Our list includes both easy-reading novels and great nonfiction books that will keep you glued to the pages.


Beach Books - My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey

1. My Killer Vacation

by Tessa Bailey

A relaxing vacation on Cape Cod turns into a murder mystery when Taylor finds a body in the rental house she is supposed to share with her brother. When a handsome and dangerous bounty hunter shows up, Taylor, a true crime fanatic, insists on helping him track down the killer.

Romantic and suspenseful, My Killer Vacation is the perfect excuse to plant yourself on the beach all day. According to one Goodreads reviewer, “This was the light and funny read I needed… but make it spicy & murder mystery. I wanted a quick and captivating book and this hit the perfect spot.”

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Beach Books - World Travel: An Irreverent Guide By Anthony Bourdain with Laurie Woolever

2. World Travel: An Irreverent Guide

by Anthony Bourdain with Laurie Woolever

Maybe the nearest beach, or even the local pool, is as far as your summer travels will take you. The good news is, World Travel, a collection of writings and thoughts by the late chef and writer Anthony Bourdain, will take you just about anywhere in the world you want to go.

Part travel guide, part cultural reflection, this book is a good choice for the reader who likes short, snackable bits. The collection also features essays from Bourdain’s friends, family, and colleagues on food, travel, and personal exploration.

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Beach Books - French Exit By Patrick DeWitt

3. French Exit

by Patrick DeWitt

Patrick DeWitt’s short and delightful novel French Exit is for lovers of wit, sarcasm, and dark humor. When an aristocratic Upper East Side widow finds herself at the end of her rope socially and financially, she takes her childish adult son to Paris, the City of Light, in the hopes of starting over. But it turns out things aren’t so easy, and our main characters get caught up in the wry friction of Parisian high society.

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Beach Books - Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family By Robert Kolker

4. Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

by Robert Kolker

The history of the Galvin family is a page turner if there ever was one. Hidden Valley Road is the story of an American family rocked by a string of diagnoses—over a decade, six of the twelve Galvin children are diagnosed with schizophrenia.

This is the tragic yet completely enrapturing story of the family whose contributions to the science of mental health are unmatched, yet in many ways unauthorized.

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Beach Books - The Summer I Turned Pretty By Jenny Han

5. The Summer I Turned Pretty

by Jenny Han

Summers at Cousins Beach are always magical for Isabel “Belly” Conklin. Her world revolves around the small beach town and the friends there who have become like family, including Conrad and Jeremiah, two brothers Belly has known since childhood. But as they’ve grown, the relationships have changed. Could one of them be more than a friend? This YA romance novel is full of the genre’s favorite tropes and golden settings—and it just begs to be read.

You may know Jenny Han from her best-selling book and Netflix movie of the same name: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. And if you can’t get enough, you’re in luck! The Summer I Turned Pretty is the first book in Han’s summer trilogy, which includes It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer.

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Beach Books - The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm By Hilarie Burton Morgan

6. The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm

by Hilarie Burton Morgan

When the actress Hilarie Burton Morgan became pregnant with her first child, she and her partner, the actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, decided it was time to opt out of the glamorous life they had been leading between New York City and Los Angeles, and instead move to a working farm in rural Hudson Valley, New York. On Mischief Farm, the Morgans have raised a family, a bunch of animals, and plenty of hell.

Readers needn’t be familiar with the Morgans or their work to love this charming, tender, and often hilarious memoir that reflects on love, parenting, ambition, and what it means to fall in love with a community.

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Beach Books - Reason and Romance By Terrance Layhew

7. Reason and Romance

by Terrance Layhew

George Austen believes romance novels are beneath him. Ever concerned with being a “serious” author, a rival goads him into writing his own romance book. So George must begin at the beginning, by asking, is romance more than a genre?

A contemporary romance novel for readers who resist, or even frown upon, the contemporary romance novel, Reason and Romance will delight and charm.

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Beach Books - Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders By Kathryn Miles

8. Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders

by Kathryn Miles

In 1996, two women were murdered while backpacking in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Forest. Both were skilled and experienced outdoorswomen. Twenty years later, journalist Kathryn Miles tries to crack open the case that went cold long ago.

In her book, Miles eliminates previous suspects and identifies new ones, discovers potential cover-ups, and gains access to key witnesses and documents. The story is consuming and endlessly readable. True crime fans will love Miles’s earnest and thoughtful investigation of the crime and her reflection on the dangers that women face in the wilderness and in U.S. national parks, and why crime investigations fail so many women.

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Beach Books - Painting Time By Maylis de Kerangal

9. Painting Time

by Maylis de Kerangal

Painting Time is the story of Paula Karst, a blossoming artist on the verge of a great artistic breakthrough and mastery of craft. Yet in many ways Paula is lost—young, still living with her parents, and unsure of where her work will take her. This coming-of-age novel is a rich and atmospheric journey into the world of art and painting, and across Europe.

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Beach Books - On Rotation By Shirlene Obuobi

10. On Rotation

by Shirlene Obuobi

Angela “Angie” Appiah has everything she’s supposed to: medical school, a promising career, a successful boyfriend, and successful friends. When her world starts falling apart, Angie realizes these aren’t the things she wants, but the things she has been told she should want.

When she finds herself wanting Ricky Gutierrez, the kind of partner she never envisioned for herself, Angie has to recast herself in the story of her life—in a role that she chooses. Obuobi’s debut novel is funny, romantic, and deliciously readable from start to finish.

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Beach Books - Diner of Lost Souls By Graham Diamond and Hedy Campeas

11. Diner of Lost Souls

by Graham Diamond and Hedy Campeas

Cora Drakos is the owner of the Athena Diner—and a part-time sleuth. Her work takes her around the world, from New York to Athens and every dangerous corner in between. The latest mystery, though, has come dangerously close to home. Cora is on a mission to track down the person who brutally beat a homeless man near the diner, a would-be murderer who wanted the anonymous man dead.

This short indie title is a must-read for those who love an international mystery thriller.

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Go on a Quest with These Bonus Free eBooks!

Go on a Quest with These Bonus Free eBooks!

Our selection of August bonus freebies has been handpicked by our editorial staff to help you go on an adventure. Whether you’re looking for epic journeys or personal quests, we have you covered. Begin your next quest with these free reads!

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Noir Mystery

Shadow Stitcher

By Misha Handman 

Basil Stark isn’t the man he once was. A reformed pirate and private detective, he now lives in the corners of what was once the island of Neverland, its magic slowly fading into the new world of the 1950s. But when a missing-persons case turns into a murder investigation, Basil finds himself confronting unstitched shadows and dangerous espionage.

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Young Adult Fantasy

Embers

By Karen Ann Hopkins

Ember’s normal life ends abruptly when her parents are killed and she discovers she’s a descendant of angels. Still coping with her strange powers, Ember finds herself — and her heart — in the middle of a centuries-old war in this “compulsively readable” novel. -Kirkus Reviews

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Romantic Suspense

Spy

By Maggie Carpenter

James Bond meets Christian Grey. On the trail of an ancient artifact, British secret agent Oliver Barton is horrified to learn the woman he was forced to leave behind is working for the Russian mob boss carrying the priceless antiquity. Though she probably hasn’t forgiven him, he’s determined to extricate her and recover the precious relic.

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Urban Fantasy

Pick Your Teeth with my Bones

By Carrie Newberry

Kellan is a shape-shifting member of a secret society of Sankhains sworn to protect the Eternal Spring of Madison. When a stranger asks her for help in deciphering an ancient Sankhain document, Kellan, realizing there is a spy in the organization, vows to find and kill the traitor. For Kellan, failure is not an option.

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Time Travel Romance

The Dusky Club, June 1962

By Linda S. Rice

Meet arrogant and bossy James and Susan, an independent, stubborn, and impulsive girl from the future. When her magical necklace binds them together for life, their struggle to get along brings humor, suspense, drama, and many steamy moments. Book #1 of a 9-book series with an unforgettable story and characters will keep you entertained for hours.

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Epic Fantasy

The Song of the Sirin

By Nicholas Kotar

An evil omen clouds the sky. A song of power returns. Can one man’s quest save the world? To save his city from an army of monsters, Voran must cross into mythical realms filled with ancient and dangerous creatures to find an artifact of power that no one believes in anymore. But the question remains: is his world even worth saving?

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Arthurian Fantasy

The Seven Beasts of the Earth

By Matthew Honeybrook

Arthur, a recently orphaned teenage boy, fights against the Domain, a powerful fascistic nation that seeks to dominate the entire continent of Mainland. Driven out of his home by the Domain, Arthur ends up in Nessau, a beautiful city of inventors and art. But even in this distant city, the relentless hand of the Domain is moving, threatening Arthur’s newfound home and friends…

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Spy Thriller

The Control Center

By Brad Good

A chance meeting in Shanghai introduces Jack Gold to an Israeli man named Ari, who has a stunning proposition: Help Israel and the U.S. infiltrate China’s heavily guarded Control Center and address the nation with the truth they deserve to hear. Jack’s love for China, and the beautiful artist he meets one night, pushes him to the brink.

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Adventure Mystery

The Granite Key

By N. S. Wikarski

A myth-shattering confrontation between patriarchy and buried history in a treasure hunt that spans continents, centuries, and lost civilizations as a secret society and a ruthless fundamentalist cult race to find a cache of legendary artifacts. With the world hanging in the balance, only one faction can win. More importantly, only one can survive.

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Young Adult Fantasy

Unicorn Magic

By Roz Marshall

Who knew riding a unicorn would be so much fun? If Scottish teenager Corinne MacArthur had known more about the Feyland computer game, she might have found a different way to escape… But, with a majestic faerie King, a magical unicorn, and a handsome bard, who wouldn’t want to play?

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Dark Fantasy

Dwarven Steel & Dragon Fire: The Queen of Hamb

By Ivan Ertlov

The highly anticipated English edition of the European fantasy bestseller of 2020. Winning the German audience award for fantastic literature and endorsements from Terry-Pratchett-fanclubs throughout Europe, “Dwarven Steel & Dragon Fire” leads both protagonists and readers through a spectacular, vibrant and sometimes violent post-apocalyptic world.

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Dystopian Science Fiction

The Scarlet Clone

By Tris Logan

Scarlet Sinclair is a clone, an iteration of a Scarlet from the past. But who was that former Scarlet? With growing suspicions about the corporation that created her, how far will Scar go to find answers? She will need to risk the wrath of the powerful Duplicor, and place her life – and the lives of her friends – in danger.

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Science Fiction

Descendo

By Kartik Hegadekatti

The year is 2026 AD. The USSR is still alive. A large asteroid is fast hurtling towards earth. American Henry Geller intends to tame them both! Can he? Descendo is about Humanity’s love for dignity, preserving freedom and our way of life. It is about the quest to test the limits of patriotism and beyond. Descendo shows the risks real heroes take to keep mankind free from the shackles of slavery.

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Science Fiction

The Rosetta Man

By Claire McCague

When aliens finally make first contact, they abduct Estlin Hume from his home and take him across the globe to act as translator — too bad he has no idea what they’re saying! A hilarious sci-fi romp perfect for fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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Mystery

The Desiderata Stone

By Nick Aaron 

Rome is a place where the stones can speak, so when Daisy Hayes is told about the Desiderata Stone as an intern at the Vatican Museums in 1964, she can hear her blind doppelgänger in ancient Rome calling from a distant past. Her quest is based on scholarship, archaeology and detection. No magic nor tricks, only hard work, imagination, and love.

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Literary Fiction

The Robin Sings Alone

By Dan Nimak

A story of hope in the midst of despair. Thoughts of death in the midst of life. A story of reality in the midst of fiction. “Wonderfully written, with well drawn characters you relate to and easily imagine. The book takes us on a journey of hurt and hope.” -5 Star Amazon Review

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Escape Reality With These LGBTQ Fantasy Books

Fantasy novel devotees may already have a handful of LGBTQ titles on their shelves. The genre is full of great authors writing powerful stories with casts of characters that reflect the spectrum of human sexual orientation and gender identity. 

If you want an introduction to the fantasy realm, we recommend giving LGBTQ fantasy books a try.

What are LGBTQ Fantasy Books?

LGBTQ fantasy books are books that fall in the fantasy genre and feature characters—usually main characters—who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. For example, these stories might feature a queer romance, a community of trans celestials, or gay vampires. You might also hear these called queer fantasy books. Many fantasy books incorporate themes, tropes, and symbols from other genres as well, like romance, sci-fi, dystopian, supernatural, and horror.

Check out these eight LGBTQ fantasy titles you should add to your TBR list.


LGBT Fantasy Books - The Once and Future Queen by Adam P. Knave, Dj Kirkbride, and Nickolas Brokenshire

1. The Once and Future Queen

by Adam P. Knave and Dj Kirkbride, and illustrated by Nickolas Brokenshire

This graphic novel’s hero Rani Arturus, is a teenage chess prodigy who falls into an epic reimagination of the King Arthur legend and becomes a world-saving hero. The Once and Future Queen combines Camelot, alien invasion, romance, and mind games into an adventurous story full of multi-ethnic characters with diverse orientations.

The graphic novel has won a slew of awards, including the 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Nominee, and was named one of Comicon’s Most Progressive Comics of 2017.

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LGBT Fantasy Books - Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao

2. Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor

by Xiran Jay Zhao

When Zachary Ying sets out to explore his Chinese heritage, he uncovers an amazing discovery about his identity. Now a hero in the making, he must journey across China to fulfill his quest: Close the portal to the underworld before it blows open and destroys the mortal realm. Along the way, he must free himself from a Chinese emperor who has attached himself to Zack’s VR headset, rescue his mother from the demons who kidnapped her soul, and learn to harness his powers for good.

If you’re a fantasy reader, you may already know Zhao, who is the New York Times best-selling author of the Iron Widow series. Zachary Ying is written for middle-grade readers, but the action in this book is appealing to all.

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LGBT Fantasy Books - Forbidden Throne by Jennifer Laslie

3. Forbidden Throne

by Jennifer Laslie

As the heir apparent to her father’s throne, Rosalyn is prepared to wear the crown and find her king. But when she sees the dragon princess Helena, she realizes she doesn’t want to rule with a king, but with Helena by her side. Will Rosalyn be able to change the kingdom’s archaic beliefs about gender roles? Will Helena have her?

This short, magical romance is an easy yet exciting read from a prolific indie author who is known for writing bold female protagonists and crafting spicy romance plots.

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LGBT Fantasy Books - The Seep by Chana Porter

4. The Seep

by Chana Porter

The world has been invaded by a mysterious force that calls itself The Seep. The world as we know it is gone—new economic systems, new governments, and even new technologies shape our lives. Trina, a trans woman, and her wife Deeba live under the seemingly benevolent rule of The Seep. When Deeba decides to pursue a rebirth, Trina is left behind to fill the void, resist The Seep, and save others from its powers.

The Seep is a quick, dystopian read that casts human emotions in a world ruled by an emotionless being. Characters must relearn what it means to be human, what it means to be in relationship with each other.

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LGBT Fantasy Books - Prince of the Sorrows by Kellen Graves

5. Prince of the Sorrows

by Kellen Graves

This queer fantasy romance is pure Dark Academia. Traded away from his birth parents in exchange for their own good luck, Saffron has lived quietly in the high fey world of Morrígan Academy in Alfidel. Unless he can get a recommendation that protects his right to stay, Saffron risks being banished back to the human realm in which he was born, a cold, hateful one he has never really known.

Goodreads reviewers gush over Graves’s beautiful rendering of a fae love story that just begs to be read, one full of diverse characters, secret identities, changelings, lore, and slow-burning romance.

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LGBT Fantasy Books - This Wicked Fate by Kalynn Bayron

6. This Wicked Fate

by Kalynn Bayron

In This Wicked Fate, Briseis must defeat her enemies and win the remaining pieces of the deadly Absyrtus Heart, lest her mother die. To win this battle, Briseis must tap into her family’s ancient magic and embark on a journey that threatens her life at every turn.

Bayron is the best-selling author of Cinderella Is Dead and This Poison Heart, which is the prequel to This Wicked Fate. She’s known for writing boundary-busting, Black female characters who stop at nothing to conquer the darkness.

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LGBT Fantasy Books - Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

7. Little Thieves

by Margaret Owen

Vanja Schmidt is on a deadline to pay back her debt and break the curse on her life. Vanja’s mothers have demanded she repay them for taking care of her, so in order to spare her own life, Vanja decides to steal the life of another. This leads Vanja to a scrappy life of grifting, until she crosses the wrong deity, who curses her, adding to her growing list of problems. 

Little Thieves is a story filled with double lives, private detectives, thieves, and vendettas. Readers will enjoy the LGBTQ romance subplots in a queernorm world.

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LGBT Fantasy Books - Evensong's Heir by L.S. Baird

8. Evensong’s Heir

by L.S. Baird

Evensong’s Heir is the story of Willim, a prisoner in the Temple of Valnon, a place where young men yearn to be chosen as Songbirds, but even fewer dare to envy the title of Dove. Dedicated to his role as a Bird and concerned with little else, Willim is surprised to find the Temple on the brink of war and at the mercy of an ancient prophecy. The good news is, he’s been saved by the heroic swordsman Nicholas Grayson. Willim may be able to stop the impending destruction of the temple—as long as he can summon the power of the ancient Saint Alveron.

This indie LGBTQ fantasy novel is a tasteful romance in a richly painted story of music, ambition, and love, with plenty of world-building and history-building.

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Have Fun in the Sun with These Bonus Free eBooks!

Have Fun in the Sun with These Bonus Free eBooks!

Our selection of July bonus freebies has been handpicked by our editorial staff to help you make the ultimate summer reading list. Whether you’re looking for fresh reads with hot romances or a relaxing beach read, you’ll be sure to enjoy these books under the sun!

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Sweet Contemporary Romance

The Stationmaster’s Cottage

By Phillipa Nefri Clark

When Christie inherits an old cottage in a remote seaside town, the last things she expects is to discover lost love letters and a damaged painting. As she uncovers the truth of past family heartbreak, her own heart falls in love with her new home… and perhaps the one man who refuses to help her. A summer romance with an unforgettable ending.

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Literary Fiction

Fearless in Heels

By Kathy Piperno

Bring “Fearless in Heels” on vacation this summer or set aside time to read about Frankie’s journey from being a victim of domestic violence as a college student to warrior against it in the courtroom. Help Frankie break the silence about domestic violence!

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Steamy Contemporary Romance

The Billionaire’s Beach

By Maggie Carpenter

Billionaire Dean Guthrie has just chased a bikini-clad trespasser off his private beach, but as she runs into the water he spies a menacing fin. He manages to catch her attention, but as she makes it back to shore, she breathlessly explains why she’s really there. He abruptly realizes someone is meddling in his life. But who, and why?

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Historical Fiction

Journeys

By Jeanne Roland

Looking for a great escape, something really different? How about a romantic historical adventure about a girl in disguise in an all-male archers’ guild? Unrequited love. Lust. Angst. Humor. Gorgeous boy shenanigans, a hint of mystery, & longbow archery trials! Robin Hood meets Mulan and Princess Bride in this romp through 14th-century Belgium.
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Psychological Mystery

She Wore Mourning

By P.D. Workman

Declan’s death has been ruled an accident, but his grandmother thinks there is more to it. She fears Declan’s mother will not be able to find peace until Zachary can give them an answer once and for all. But as Zachary digs into the circumstances surrounding Declan’s death, he finds that all is not as it seems, and somebody doesn’t want him to find the truth.
Declan’s death has been ruled an accident, but his grandmother thinks there is more to it. She fears Declan’s mother will not be able to find peace until Zachary can give them an answer once and for all. But as Zachary digs into the circumstances surrounding Declan’s death, he finds that all is not as it seems, and somebody doesn’t want him to find the truth.

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Science Fiction

The Backworlds

By M. Pax

After the war with the Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the remaining planets. Competition is fierce, and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son. He tells his only boy their moon isn’t big enough for them both and gives Craze a ticket for the next transport leaving the space dock.
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Thriller

The After House

By Mary Roberts Rinehart

Medical school left Leslie with a diploma, a new dress suit, and an incipient case of typhoid fever. While convalescing, he hatches a plan to postpone embarking on a career as a surgeon by launching instead on an epic voyage of adventure, mystery, and romance on the high seas.

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Fantasy

Ocean’s Justice

By Demelza Carlton

William McGregor boarded the SS Trevessa in search of adventure, but he gets more than he bargained for when he saves the mysterious Maria from the sea. She can’t tell them her tragic tale, so the superstitious sailors make up their own stories – and some would sacrifice her to the waves to save themselves from the coming storm.

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Paranormal Suspense

Until I Die Again

By Tina Wainscott

Chris Copestakes’s young life ends in a second filled with twisting metal, shattering glass, and her own terrified cry. Against all odds, she wakes up in a hospital and discovers she’s been given a second chance. But there’s a catch. A big one. She’s been returned to earth in the body of beautiful Hallie DiBarto, the soon-to-be-ex wife of a wealthy resort owner.

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LGBTQ+ Mystery

Blood Stained Tea

By Amy Tasukada

2017 Rainbow Award honorable mention winner! Nao hides from his violent past in the Japanese mob by opening a teahouse in Japan’s cultural center, Kyoto. His past comes flooding back when he discovers a gravely injured man with a tattooed chest, a bloody knife, and a Korean business card…

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Historical Romance

Falling for a Rake

By Eve Pendle

Hot and angsty, this romance will take you from green Devon fields to the red benches of the House of Lords in London.

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Cozy Mystery

Murder Over Easy

By Rosie A. Point

When Sunny Charles arrives in small-town Parfait, Florida, the last thing she expects is a note from her aunt instructing her to take control of the famous Sunny Side Up Café. After going through a vicious divorce, losing her entire life savings, and, oh yeah, having the Russian mob on her tail, Sunny’s willing to give it a shot, even if it means trying her hand at cooking.

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Literary Fiction

The Lighthouse

By Jessie Newton

After the death of a childhood loved one, 5 best friends reunite in the small coastal town of Five Island Cove. One doesn’t expect to find love with a high school crush. Another isn’t prepared to find the strength she needs to take control of her life. And none of them are ready for the secrets they’ll uncover at the lighthouse…

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Young Adult

Packet Trade

By Darusha Wehm

Devi Jones is a year away from graduating with a Computer Science degree and it’s internship time. But usually the ship part isn’t quite so literal. She gets hired by Really Remote Desktop, a cloud data storage company that keeps their servers in odd places, like the bilge of a hundred-foot sailboat.

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Read Together With These Favorite Read Along Books for Kids

Books are one of the best ways to teach kids about the world. They can be used for educational purposes, to help with their reading skills, or just to give them a story to enjoy. Reading will open your child’s mind to all that they can learn about the world around them.

The Benefits Of Read Along Books for Kids

Books are an important part of a child’s development. Through reading books, children are able to understand new words and phrases, increase their vocabulary, and develop imagination through reading. Reading also has many other benefits like improving attention span, comprehension skills, and confidence.

Read along books provide a good opportunity for parents to model reading. Kids might feel frustrated when they need help sounding out words on paper, or they may be fearful of making mistakes. Books with read along stories solve these problems by giving you the opportunity to read aloud while also providing audio narration. Kids are more likely to read themselves if they see you enjoying it too. After all, kids learn by example! Here are some of our favorite read along books for kids.


Wiggly the Worm by Arnie Lightning

1. Wiggly the Worm

by Arnie Lightning

Follow Wiggly Worm and his best friends, Snarky Snail, Rattle Snake, and Munch Mosquito, as they live their lives in the backyard garden. When they decide to explore the world outside of the backyard, where will their adventures take them?

This book includes five fun short stories, “just for fun” activities, and so much more! Let best-selling children’s book author Arnie Lightning guide you and your children through a comfortable and entertaining environment in which you’ll learn plenty of valuable lessons along the way.

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My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things by DK

2. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things

by DK

Part of DK’s My Very Important Encyclopedias Series, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is full of many interesting facts about the world, people, animals, plants, and so much more! The book serves as an introduction to what the world is and what it encompasses.

Written in a storybook format with exciting graphic novel elements, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is a collection of fun facts ranging from the galaxy to dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, and beyond. You may find yourself learning new things alongside your child, and soon they’ll be reading this engaging book all on their own!

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A House for a Mouse by Lisette Starr & Gustyawan

3. A House for a Mouse

by Lisette Starr & Gustyawan

This is a story for younger children about friendship, kindness, and generosity. A boy hears a noise under his bed and fears that there may be a monster coming out of the dark. Instead, the sound has been caused by an inquisitive mouse looking for somewhere warm to sleep in the night- not some horrible creature at all! This book combines brilliant illustrations with rhyming text to make a perfect bedtime story. This book also serves as the perfect guide for children just starting on their reading journey.

A House for a Mouse is part of a greater series called Red Beetle Books. These books are designed to teach children important life lessons in the form of fun and exciting stories that each have a moral woven throughout. These books will help children develop their emotional intelligence while also introducing and instilling in them a love of books and reading.

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I Am Enough by Grace Byers & Keturah A. Bobo

4. I Am Enough

by Grace Byers & Keturah A. Bobo

The perfect gift to all, this gorgeous, lyrical book celebrates loving who you are, respecting others around you, and being kind to one another. “The title and picture alone will do wonders for little girls that resemble this picture. While the message and pictures can and will appeal to many different faces…the message will resonate and empower young girls who are learning to embrace their individuality and celebrate who they are as they are!”

Grace Bryers, a well-known actress and activist, drew inspiration from her childhood for I Am Enough. The bullying she experienced while growing up led to the creation of this beautifully poetic ode to the empowerment of young girls. She also has a follow-up book titled I Believe I Can, meant to celebrate boys and girls as they strive to reach their highest potential.

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Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by James Dean & Kimberly Dean

6. Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes

by James Dean & Kimberly Dean

Can Pete and his friends find the missing cupcakes? In this edition of the Pete the Cat series, Pete and his friends are baking cupcakes for a party where Pete is planning to perform with his band. But, as it gets closer to the start of the party, they discover that some of the cupcakes are missing. Can Pete and his friends find out who took the cupcakes before it’s time for him to perform?

With over 50 Pete The Cat books to choose from, this fun and engaging series is perfect for children in their reading journey, featuring a lesson in every fun adventure! Kimberly and James Dean are the married duo behind the book series. Both are long-time writers and authors, with James being the original creator and illustrator of the character while Kimberly began collaborating with James and helped to publish the first book in the series. 

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen

5. Pax

by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen

A heartfelt and adventurous story about the friendship between a boy and his fox. This story, written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen, will surely make the whole family fall in love with reading. 

Pax was very young when his family was killed and he was rescued by a boy named Peter. Years later, Peter has to move to his grandfather’s house and has to leave Pax behind. But after only one night in his new home, Peter is determined to find Pax and bring him back with him. Will Peter and Pax find their way back to each other in a country ravaged by war?

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Fall in Love With a Cowboy in These Western Romance Books

Western romance novels are perfect for readers who like a little grit with their love stories. Set in the Wild West and filled with rugged cowboys, these books feature tough men and women coming together to build new lives—and new love—in a dangerous world. Whether you’re looking for historical western romance books or stories set in modern times, this list has something for everyone.

What Are Western Romance Books?

Usually set in the 19th century, western romance books take place in a time when horses were the primary mode of transportation, and life was simple and centered on family and community. Although there is no set definition for western romance books, some common characteristics of the genre include cowboys, ranches, western settlers, and revenge. If books set in modern times are more up your alley, there are plenty of contemporary western romances as well. While they don’t have the historical aspect, the same charming cowboys, ranches, and scenery will capture your attention.

Western romance books can share similar character types and tropes as many other romance subgenres (think friends to lovers, second chances, love triangles, and more!), but it’s the cowboys themselves that make this romance subgenre stand out from the rest. These romance novels feature rugged and mysterious love interests and often involve elements of danger, suspense, and brooding heroes. The combination of adventure with a hint of danger, as well as the raw masculinity combined with chivalrous manners, make Western romance books impossible to resist!


Western Romance Books - Redeeming the Prodigal by Jodi Basye

1. Redeeming the Prodigal

by Jodi Basye

Stuck with the choices of starvation and prostitution, Jo Bradford has run away from her family. After an intense outlaw attack leaves her with a scar, she’s cast out of her only sanctuary. Gideon Cross left Jo when he decided to search for his father, but his intention is to find her. Word gets around that she is missing and Gideon grieves the loss of his love. Years later, he starts a family with another woman. But fate brings Jo and Gideon together again and they must decide if their past is too much for them to conquer.

Starting off the Cross Family Saga is Redeeming the Prodigal. This book is set in the Rocky Mountains and is sure to take you on an emotional ride. Five-star reviews on Amazon describe this inspirational western romance as “a sweet story of redemption” and “beautifully written.” If you’re a fan of clean romances about redemption, don’t wait to add this eBook to your virtual library!

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Western Romance Books - How to Rope a Wild Cowboy by Anya Summers

2. How To Rope A Wild Cowboy

by Anya Summers

Emmett Benson is an unapologetic bachelor who has his life made—he loves his horse, his friends, and prefers wrangling cattle over interacting with other people. After falling off a troublemaking thoroughbred, Emmet sees Dr. Grace O’Neal, the new doctor in town, and immediately knows that she’s too prim to consider submission. But Emmett gives Grace a bargain after an unexpected house call: he’ll be a good patient in return for one kiss. What he doesn’t anticipate is Grace agreeing.

This series starter is the perfect contemporary western romance for fans of steamy rom-coms. One rave review warns readers to “grab a cold drink and lock yourself away—this book is scorching hot!” The book has elements of dominance and submission between characters with great chemistry. After reading How To Rope A Wild Cowboy, you can enjoy the rest of Anya Summers’ seven-book series!

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Western Romance Books - Pioneer Dream by Ramona Flightner

3. Pioneer Dream

by Ramona Flightner

Kevin O’Rourke might not believe in ghosts or love at first sight, but his world is forever changed once he meets Aileen O’Keefe on a steamboat trip. Aileen can’t hide her attraction to him, yet she has a big secret—one that will keep them separated. However, after the steamboat trip, Kevin learns that ghosts do exist and true love is worth making sacrifices for. Will Kevin be able to convince Aileen to put her trust in their love?

Explore a Montana frontier town in this book by Romona Flightner! This first in series book follows one of the O’Rourke siblings as they find their happily ever after. One of the 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon puts it best: “If you enjoy good stories about life in the early west, filled with a healthy dose of romance, I heartily recommend this book, and I believe you’ll be just as hooked as I am with the series.”

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Western Romance Books - Running From Forever by Cat Cahill

4. Running From Forever

by Cat Cahill

Thomas Drexel is wanted for crimes he didn’t commit and hopes to pass for a handyman at the new Crest Stone Hotel. But things don’t go according to plan when a waitress discovers who he is. Caroline Beauchamp finds safety at the Crest Stone after escaping an arranged marriage back in Boston. Drawn to Thomas, she’s determined to help prove his innocence. Although Thomas’ instinct isn’t to trust women who come from money, there’s more to Caroline than he thought and the two must face their pasts in order to save their future together.

This clean historical romance is the second of six books in the Gilbert Girls series. Set in 1800s Colorado, this fast-paced love story is sure to warm your heart and provide you with hope as Thomas and Caroline navigate their unexpected attraction. Don’t hesitate to read the book that readers are calling “a delightful read with a few surprises!”

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Western Romance Books - Colin's Quest by Shirleen Davies

5. Colin’s Quest

by Shirleen Davies

Searching for adventure and a little bit of danger while heading west on a wagon train, finding love wasn’t on Colin MacLaren’s list of expectations. Colin also didn’t expect for the girl, Sarah, to come from an enemy’s family. Her dad refuses the marriage and the two are forced apart. Five years later, nothing can stop Colin from finding Sarah. But reuniting is just the beginning—together, the two must stand up to Sarah’s father.

Colin’s Quest is the start of the 10-book MacLarens of Boundary Mountain Historical Western Romance series. You’ll be sure to swoon over Colin’s promise to Sarah and this introduction to the big MacLaren family. Set in a wagon train and a California Ranch, readers are “in for an amazing ride through adventures often fueled by honor,” as stated in one of the countless rave reviews on Amazon.

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Western Romance Books - Montana Sanctuary by Josie Jade and Janie Crouch

6. Montana Sanctuary

by Josie Jade & Janie Crouch

Resting Warrior Ranch is owned by Lucas Everett and his former Navy SEAL brothers. Their Montana range provides healing freedom and they help soothe emotional scars. When Evelyn Taylor shows up at their door, they learn that she’s fighting a different type of war. Evelyn’s nightmares show up in Montana and she has the urge to run, but Lucas won’t let that happen; he has protected his country and now he’ll protect her.

This contemporary western is “the embodiment of what a romance novel should be,” according to a five-star review. Not only does this first book in the Resting Warrior Ranch trilogy have a protective nature between the main characters, but there are twists and turns as Evelyn and Lucas gain each other’s trust. Overall, Montana Sanctuary will keep readers enthralled from start to finish.

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Western Romance Books - Fool Hearts by Emmy Sanders

7. Fool Hearts

by Emmy Sanders

Wyatt was crushing on Easton at age 16 and he’s still pining after him at 34. But Wyatt knows that his best friend won’t see him in the same way. He wants someone who will love him back, but he can’t find that if he’s still hung up on Easton. When Wyatt leaves the ranch, a piece of Easton is missing. When Easton finds Wyatt on his knees in the barn, Easton finds himself wanting and wondering. Are the two willing to risk their friendship? 

Fool Hearts has everything you could want in a western romance: a small town setting, unrequited love, pining, and the classic friends-to-lovers trope. This story that covers decades is the first book in the Plum Valley Cowboys series, but it can be enjoyed as a standalone. One reviewer says, “this was definitely a really touching book with really strong characters. Loved it!” And you’ll love it, too, as you read this slow build romance.

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Western Romance Books - Adobe Palace by Joyce Brandon

8. Adobe Palace

by Joyce Brandon

Samantha Forrester moved in with the Kincaid family after her parents died at sea, and Lance Kincaid acted as her protector when they were both young and Samantha first arrived. When Lance marries another woman, Samantha marries his friend in an attempt to forget him. But he was not Lance and Samantha becomes a heartsick single mother when her husband died. As the charming Steve Sheridan enters Samantha’s life, she has a chance to change everything. However, life doesn’t always go as planned…

Take a journey back to the late 1800s in this book set in the Arizona Territory! As one five-star Amazon review says, Adobe Palace is “a great, well-written book with outstanding characters. This book had everything. The characters were believable and endearing.” Sit back, relax, and enjoy a story that is almost as wild as the land it takes place on.

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