A DASH OF SALT AND PEPPER by Jackson NOTE: Meeting Online

Sunday, June 11, 6:00 pm

The Romance Book Group meets on the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m in online and is led by Darbi Bradley, who can be reached at andrea.m.bradley@gmail.com

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A Dash of Salt and Pepper (Paperback)


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One of Amazon's Best Romances of December 
A December LibraryReads Pick

Sometimes two cooks in the kitchen are better than one in this swoony romantic comedy from the author of I’m So (Not) Over You.

Xavier Reynolds is doing less than stellar. He just got dumped, was passed over for a prestigious fellowship, and to top it all off he's right back home in Harper's Cove, Maine (population: 9,000). The last thing he wants to do is to work as a prep chef in the kitchen of the hip new restaurant in town, The Wharf. Especially since the hot, single-father chef who owns it can’t delegate to save his life.
Logan O’Hare doesn’t understand Xavier or why every word out of his mouth is dipped in sarcasm. Unfortunately, he has no choice but to hire him—he needs more help in the kitchen and his tween daughter, Anne, can only mince so many onions. It might be a recipe for disaster, but Logan doesn’t have many options besides Xavier.
Stuck between a stove and a hot place, Logan and Xavier discover an unexpected connection. But when the heat between them threatens to top the Scoville scale, they’ll have to decide if they can make their relationship work or if life has seasoned them too differently.
Kosoko Jackson is a digital-media specialist, who lives in the New York Metro Area and spends too much time listening to Halsey and Taylor Swift.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593334461
ISBN-10: 0593334469
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: December 6th, 2022
Pages: 384
Language: English
“A Dash of Salt and Pepper serves up a fresh update on the small-town romance with a heaping side of swoon. Hilarious, nuanced and with dazzling voice, Kosoko Jackson’s writing leaves us eager for extra helpings.”—Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of The Roughest Draft

“Kosoko Jackson cooks up a saucy, sweet, sexy small town romance that made me laugh and swoon in equal measure. Not to be missed.”—Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Not Your Average Hot Guy

"A Dash of Salt and Pepper is laugh-out-loud hilarious, bursting with charm and heavy on swoons. Kosoko Jackson vividly captures the quirks of a small coastal town as Xavier and Logan cook their way to the sweetest of happily ever afters. Well-stocked with lovable side characters, I smiled at every single page."—Bridget Morrissey, author of A Thousand Miles

"Sizzling, hilarious, and oh-so-satisfying! A Dash of Salt and Pepper has all the best romance ingredients: a charming small-town setting, a savvy and relatable hero on the precipice of change, and a sexy, gruff love interest who’s good with his hands (and not just in the kitchen). Kosoko Jackson writes delectable rom-coms you can’t help but savor."—Timothy Janovsky, author of Never Been Kissed

"A wonderful small-town romance with a vibrant voice. You'll love spending time with Xavier and Logan in Harper's Cove."—Jackie Lau, author of Donut Fall in Love

"Jackson’s sexy grumpy/sunshine romantic comedy will grab readers from the first page. Highly recommended for all collections."—Library Journal

"Sparks fly in and out of the kitchen in this age-gap contemporary romance."—Kirkus Reviews

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Hibbert NOTE: Meeting Online

Sunday, May 14, 6:00 pm

The Romance Book Group meets on the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m in online and is led by Darbi Bradley, who can be reached at andrea.m.bradley@gmail.com

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January/February 2023 Kids Indie Next List

“Talia Hibbert never disappoints! Her signature wit and charm are on full display in her first foray into the Young Adult world. I couldn’t put this book down — not that I wanted to. I would follow Celine and Brad anywhere.”
— Libby Monaghan, Twice Told Tales, McPherson, KS

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud story about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors—and each other.

Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine.
Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumption—yet, she’s still not cool enough for the popular kids’ table. Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, that’s how Celine sees it.)

These days, there’s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she’s surprised to find Brad right beside her.

Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past. And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whole new kind of relationship?
TALIA HIBBERT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books in the English Midlands. She writes witty, diverse romances, including Get a Life, Chloe Brown; The Princess Trap; and A Girl Like Her, because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute is herdebut novel for teens. Talia’s interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593482353
ISBN-10: 0593482352
Publisher: Joy Revolution
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English
Praise for Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute:

★ “A zippy rom-com with strong characterization, bursting with Gen Z–approved verbal sparring and stolen kisses.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★ “Between the quippy, energetic snipes and entertainingly uncomfortable scenarios, Hibbert has built a cast of characters with real depth and heart, and readers will hope for their happy endings as they stumble their way toward joy.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“With dialogue that juggles both laugh-out-loud humor and pull-at-the-heartstrings vulnerability amid an outdoorsy premise, Hibbert attentively captures Celine’s feelings of abandonment and resentment, and Brad’s mental health struggles while striking a quintessential balance of romance and comedy in this lively romp.”—Publishers Weekly

A pure delight. This book is confirmation: no one does love stories like Talia Hibbert.”—LEAH JOHNSON, bestselling author of You Should See Me in a Crown and Rise to the Sun

“An effervescent, funny, tender, and joyous story.”—YAMILE SAIED MÉNDEZ, award-winning author of Furia and Twice a Quinceañera

“A razor-sharp, witty enemies-to-lovers rom-com. Readers will laugh out loud and swoon at the same time. Simply unputdownable.”—EMIKO JEAN, New York Times bestselling author of Tokyo Ever After

“Hibbert delivers yet another swoon-worthy romance filled with banter that made me grin like a fool from one page to the next. I dare you not to fall in love.”—JESSE Q. SUTANTO, bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties and Well, That Was Unexpected

“Don’t miss out on the laugh-out-loud childhood-friends-to-enemies-to-rivals-to-lovers romance that will warm your heart this winter!” —The Nerd Daily

“A great addition to any library’s YA shelves.”—School Library Journal

Side-splittingly hilarious.”—PopSugar

“An emotional and satisfying story that’s well-written and heartfelt, full of Hibbert’s trademark banter and heart. A joyful, escapist delight.” —Paste Magazine

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute will leave readers eager to discover what else Joy Revolution will publish.” —BookPage

“A cozy read.”—Cosmopolitan

Skillfully written romantic banter make this an engrossing rom-com.”—The Horn Book

ONLY BAD OPTIONS by Estep NOTE: Meeting Online

Sunday, April 9, 6:00 pm

The Romance Book Group meets on the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m in online and is led by Darbi Bradley, who can be reached at andrea.m.bradley@gmail.com

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Only Bad Options (Paperback)


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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep blasts off with an exciting new science-fiction fantasy adventure with a dash of Regency romance. This action-packed space opera features a mix of magic and technology, along with a soul mates and enemies-to-lovers story. Perfect for fans of Star Wars, Bridgerton, and Pride and Prejudice.


Few people know the name Vesper Quill. To most folks, I'm just a lowly lab rat who designs brewmakers and other household appliances in the research and development lab at the powerful Kent Corp. But when I point out a design flaw and a safety hazard in the new line of Kent Corp spaceships, everyone knows who I am-and wants to eliminate me.

I might be a seer with a photographic memory, but I don't see the trouble headed my way until it's too late. Suddenly, I'm surrounded by enemies and fighting for my life.

I don't think things can get any worse until I meet Kyrion Caldaren, an arrogant Regal lord who insists that we have a connection, one that could be the death of us both.


The name Kyrion Caldaren strikes fear in the hearts of people across the Archipelago Galaxy. As the leader of the Arrows, the Imperium's elite fighting force, I'm used to being a villain, as well as the personal assassin of Lord Callus Holloway. Even the wealthy Regals who live on the planet of Corios are afraid of me.

But everything changes when I meet Vesper Quill. I might be a powerful psion with telepathic, telekinetic, and other abilities, but Vesper sees far too many of my secrets.

Thanks to an arcane, unwanted quirk of psionic magic, the two of us are forced to work together to unravel a dangerous conspiracy and outwit the dangerous enemies who want to bend us to their will.

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer is the author of the Galactic Bonds, Section 47, Elemental Assassin, Crown of Shards, Gargoyle Queen, and other fantasy series. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and loves all things related to superheroes. For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, Amazon, BookBub, and Twitter. You can also sign up for her newsletter.
Product Details ISBN: 9781950076154
ISBN-10: 1950076156
Publisher: Jennifer Estep
Publication Date: September 20th, 2022
Pages: 398
Language: English