Bookstore Romance Day 2020 Staff Picks!

Enjoy these fresh Romance picks from Third Place Books Booksellers!



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Boyfriend Material (London Calling) By Alexis Hall Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728206141
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

The fake boyfriend trope is a classic in romantic fiction, and when it’s done as wonderfully as it is in “Boyfriend Material,” you can see why. There is nothing more satisfying than learning to love two very different characters despite their quirks and flaws, knowing all the while that they are meant to be together. And if the journey to happily ever after involves the dung beetle, ridiculous puns and  the craziest, most wonderful cast of supporting characters ever assembled, all the better. Luc and Oliver will steal your heart.

— From Deborah

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The Unhoneymooners By Christina Lauren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501128035
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2019

If you're looking for a romance you can root for, pick this one up. This book called my name because it had a Hallmark movie premise that sounded fun during a very unfun time in the world. Right off the bat, I was hooked by the two main characters being sworn enemies who had lots of snarky banter together (I'm a sucker for a classic hate to love situation). It's also set in Hawaii, a definite plus, where these two foes go on a fake honeymoon together to redeem a free trip where there are lots of couples-only activities where they maybe, possibly start to not hate each other as much. I recommend it if you want a funny, sexy, good time. 

— From Nicole

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The Rakess: Society of Sirens, Volume I By Scarlett Peckham Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062935618
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Avon - April 28th, 2020

Hands down, my new favorite historical romance of all time. What woman hasn't been disappointed, wronged, or hurt by men? Us cynics of love deserve a happily ever after, too!

Seraphina's memoirs are intended to enthrall her fellow ladies of society: her story is a call for equality of the sexes in late eighteenth-century England. She returns to her coastal home to focus on writing and instead discovers handsome Scottish architect Adam. THE RAKESS subverts all tropes to deliver a complex story of first heartbreaks, small-town gossip, and fiercely loyal friends.

— From Danielle

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Beach Read By Emily Henry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984806734
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

Two college rivals turned successful novelists who happen to have neighboring Michigan beach houses for the summer as they attempt to get over their debilitating writer's block--absolutely, YES.

This perfect enemies-to-lovers story will make you happily forget the fact that you might not be packing any real beach reads for a while because the book itself is its own coastal-town getaway.

— From Claire

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One to Watch: A Novel By Kate Stayman-London Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525510444
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - July 7th, 2020

A spectacular debut! Told in traditional prose, blog posts, group chats, news articles, and more, this novel features Bea, a fat fashion blogger turned reality dating show star. Stayman-London doesn't shy away from the multifaceted and sometimes ferociously unkind challenges that face Bea but aptly balances the trolling with characters who are deliciously genuine in both theory and practice. These very human characters also engage in plenty of flirty banter, and Bea herself is a treat: funny, fun, chic, and vulnerable. Read this page-turner for a quick and quippy dose of joy. 

— From Niki

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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250316776
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

This is not your great aunt’s romance novel; this is as if Queer Eye did a makeover on the 2016 Presidential Election and the result is tender, funny, suspenseful, political, and super hot. I haven't read a romance in decades, so I wasn't sure I'd finish this book, much less stay up until 1 am to do it. I expected to blush, but I didn't expect that I’d also laugh out loud, cry, and at the end, feel more hopeful than I have in months. Give it a try. This is the light summer read you’ve been looking for.

— From Dana