Recap: Pop-Up Romance Book Recommendations (Librarian work)

I am a public Adult Services librarian, and like most libraries, our programs have been converted to virtual platforms.

On Friday, I went live on my library’s instagram to share some romance recommendations that are accessible through our digital collections (hoopla & Overdrive). There were so many romance novels I could have hyped up, but it was important to me to feature selections that were not only diverse for different tastes, but are accessible from home for library cardholders.

Below are the books that I recommended, which I presented by theme, and some of the key points that I highlighted for each selection.

Small-Town Romances

Fool’s Gold Series by Susan Mallery
♡Impressive “world-building” of fictional small town in California (
♡Quintessential small-town romance–each new couple contributes to the growth of the Fool’s Gold Community
♡Leads to “Happily Inc.” spin-off series (newest book comes out in September 2020)

Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid
♡Southern romances set in fictional “Green Valley, TN”
♡Diverse female protagonists
♡Excellent audiobook narrators (particularly Chris Brinkley)

Enemies to Lovers Stories

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
♡Fun and sexy office romance
♡Great for older YA romance readers who want to transition to adult romances
♡Lucy’s voice is very accessible for younger adult readers

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
♡A wedding planner who was jilted at the altar must team up with her ex-fiance’s brother to put on a presentation for a wedding director position
♡Features a Brazilian American character

Romance Stories featuring POC

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
♡Stars a black woman (former foster kid) pursuing a career in a STEM-related field
♡An African Prince seeks his missing betrothed in NY
♡Fictional African country of Thesolo is inspired by actual country called “Lesotho” and breaks the “third world country” stereotype

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
♡Own voices story featuring a female character on the Autism spectrum and biracial (half-Vietnamese/half-white) male character
♡Explores important themes in human relationships including intimacy and consent
♡Protagonists Stella and Lane come from very different socioeconomic backgrounds, lead very different lives, and balance one another’s insecurities

The Right Swipe & Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
The Right Swipe features a black female app creator and a Samoan former football player
Girl Gone Viral features a half Thai-American/half white character with a panic disorder and a Punjabi-American bodyguard with PTSD
♡Social media inspired stories which are accessible to younger adult romance readers

Romances Stories with Baseball Players

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
♡Baseball player (with a stutter) is on the verge of losing his wife to divorce after learning that she has been faking it in the bedroom for almost as long as they’ve been together
♡Laugh-out-loud hilarious–particularly the dialogue between male members of the romance book club
♡Excerpts of a fictional historical novel are dispersed throughout, offering insight into main characters’ marriage troubles

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
♡A 23-year-old birthday clown and her older brother’s best friend, a now-retired baseball pitcher, strike up a friendship that turns into a fake-dating arrangement
♡Extremely steamy–be wary of listening to the audiobook while you’re at work!

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
♡A recent widow takes in a baseball player escaping the media as her tenant
♡Simple love story set in a quaint town in Maine without the predictable small-town quirks (nosy neighbors and elderly matchmakers)
♡Two people with real problems fall in love without any coercion

Do you have any romance books that you loved and borrowed through your library? Did you read any of my recommendations? I would love to hear from you.

xo jasmine

Instagram | Goodreads | 2020 Reading Goal: 55/100

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