ROYALS NEXT DOOR, by Halle NOTE: Meeting Online

Romance
Sunday, July 10, 6:00 pm

The Romance Book Group ususally meets online the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. The book group is led by Darbi Bradley. For info to join, Darbi can be reached at andrea.m.bradley@gmail.com

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One of PopSugar's Top Summer Reads of 2021!

An ordinary summer goes royally awry when a prince and princess move next door, bringing their handsome bodyguard with them, from New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle.

Piper Evans: elementary school teacher by day--avid romance reader and anonymous podcaster by night. She has a quiet, reclusive life, taking care of her mother, who lives with mental illness, avoiding her regrettable ex, who bartends in town, and trying to make inroads in the tight-knit island community that still sees her, five years in, as an outsider.
And she's happy with how things are--really--until British royals rent the property next to hers and their brooding bodyguard decides she's a security threat. Piper quickly realizes that one person's fairy tale is an ordinary woman's nightmare as a media frenzy takes over the island and each run-in with Harrison Cole is hotter and more confusing than the last. But beneath Harrison's no-nonsense exterior lies a soft heart, one that could tempt a woman who's sworn off attachments into believing in white knights.

But when Piper finds herself smack in the middle of a royal scandal that rocks the island she'll need more than Harrison's strong arms to shield her--she'll have to do a little rescuing herself. With careers, hearts, and friendships on the line, Piper and Harrison will have to decide what they're willing to give up for a chance at their own happily ever after.
Karina Halle is a screenwriter, former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of over sixty novels all across the romance genre. She lives with her musician husband and their adopted pit bull on an island off the coast of British Columbia, where the trees are tall, the ocean is wild, and the ideas for her future books never stop flowing.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593334195
ISBN-10: 0593334191
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: August 31st, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English
“Karina Halle always charms.”—Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author

"Prepare to fall hard for The Royals Next Door."—PopSugar

"A romantic delight!"—Woman's World

"A romance brimming with tension and fun, while putting mental health and trauma recovery at its center."—Library Journal

WITCHMARK, by Polk NOTE: Meeting Online

Romance
Sunday, June 12, 6:00 pm

The Romance Book Group ususally meets online the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. The book group is led by Darbi Bradley. For info to join, Darbi can be reached at andrea.m.bradley@gmail.com

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Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle #1) (Paperback)

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Other Books in Series

This is book number 1 in the The Kingston Cycle series.

July 2018 Indie Next List


“Magic, adventure, dastardly plots, otherworldly creatures, conspiracies, romance, bicycle chases—all of this and more awaits readers in this dazzling debut. Half fantasy, half steampunk, the enchanting world of Aeland is a place where anything can happen—and does. With dry wit, Polk draws you into the mind of Miles, a doctor who must keep his magical abilities secret as he tries to unravel the mystery of why so many of Aeland’s soldiers are returning from war traumatized and murderous. Complicating his search for answers are his high-society sister, a possibly murdered newspaper reporter, and an irresistible but dubious being from a realm beyond the living. Witchmark is magically engaging from the first sentence to the last and will have you turning pages long after you should have gone to bed.”
— Holly Roberts via Marya Johnston, Out West Books, Grand Junction, CO

WINNER of the 2019 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and a finalist for the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and the Lammy Award!

One of the 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time, according to Time Magazine

One of the best books of 2018, according to NPR, Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Review, BookPage, and the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog.

C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance. The New York Times calls it “thoroughly charming and deftly paced... an accomplished and enjoyable debut.”

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family's interest or to be committed to a witches' asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans' hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

C. L. Polk is the author of the World Fantasy Award winning novel Witchmark, the first novel of the Kingston Cycle. After leaving high school early, they have worked as a film extra, sold vegetables on the street, and identified exotic insect species for a vast collection of lepidoptera before settling down to write silver fork fantasy novels. Polk lives near the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta, in a tiny apartment with too many books and a yarn stash that could last a decade. They ride a green bicycle with a basket on the front. They spend too much time on twitter (@clpolk).
Product Details ISBN: 9781250162687
ISBN-10: 1250162688
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: June 19th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: The Kingston Cycle

"Thoroughly charming and deftly paced." —The New York Times

"Invigoratingly original, crisply and subtly and wittily written." —Anthony Rapp

"C.L. Polk's Witchmark is a delightfully compulsive read. With an intriguing alternate world of magic and modernity and the costs of both, and an endearing protagonist in Dr. Miles Singer — more, please!" —Carrie Vaughn

"Enthralling, fast-paced, and romantic, Witchmark unveils a fascinating world. Polk writes with assured ease. I can't wait for her next book!" —Elizabeth Hoyt

“This book has it all: alternate history Edwardian world, magic system world-building, murder mystery, family drama, examination of class systems — did I mention magic? — and a sweet male/male romance.” —Alyssa Cole

"A crackler, with layers like a nesting doll and just as delightful to discover. Witchmark is a can't-miss debut that will enchant readers." —Booklist Starred Review

"Polk's stellar debut... blends taut mystery, exciting political intrigue, and inventive fantasy... Polk is a writer to watch." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"The world of this new series feel rich and familiar, yet wholly unique. The atmosphere is perfect for this tale of dangerous magic, lost souls and lonely hearts." —RT Book Reviews

"The subtle ways Polk builds her characters, reveals the systems under which they live and unwinds a complicated, twisting plot with both personal and political implications are testaments to her skill as a storyteller." —Shelf Awareness

"This book has romance, mystery, witch battles, and bicycle chases." —Elizabeth Bear

"Glowing with expertly handled magic, in a deeply-layered alternate world, Polk's Witchmark is a serious mystery and a steaming romance. I'm enchanted." —Fran Wilde

"Witchmark is a brilliant read, full of atmosphere and thrills, likable characters, and more than a bit of romance. It is a remarkable debut!" —Los Angeles Public Library

"If you need a fun queer period adventure romance, you'll want to add this to your TBR pile." —Aliette de Bodard

"Witchmark is an exciting, accomplished and wonderfully written debut. C.L. Polk has created a world which, while recognisable, is nonetheless wholly original — the perfect setting for a fast-paced, complex and wonderfully characterised story." —Foz Meadows



DONUT FALL IN LOVE, by Lau NOTE: Meeting Online

Romance
Sunday, May 8, 6:00 pm

The Romance Book Group ususally meets online the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. The book group is led by Darbi Bradley. For info to join, Darbi can be reached at andrea.m.bradley@gmail.com

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"[Lau's] trope-forward contemporaries are as sugary and irresistible as the desserts her characters create."—New York Times Book Review

A baker provides the sweetest escape for an actor in this charming romantic comedy.


Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After years of constant work and the sudden death of his mother, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, he struggles with his loss and doesn't know how to talk to his dad—who now trolls him on Twitter instead of meeting him for dim sum.
 
Innovative baker Lindsay McLeod meets Ryan when he knocks over two dozen specialty donuts at her bakery. Their relationship is off to a messy start, but there’s no denying their immediate attraction. When Ryan signs up for a celebrity episode of Baking Fail, he asks Lindsay to teach him how to bake and she agrees.

As Lindsay and Ryan spend time together, bonding over grief and bubble tea, it starts to feel like they’re cooking up something sweeter than cupcakes in the kitchen.
Jackie Lau decided she wanted to be a writer when she was in grade two, sometime between penning “The Heart That Got Lost” and “The Land of Shapes.” She later studied engineering and worked as a geophysicist before turning to writing romance novels. She is now the author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

Jackie lives in Toronto with her husband, and despite living in Canada her whole life, she hates winter. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gelato, gourmet donuts, cooking, hiking, and reading on the balcony when it’s raining.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593334300
ISBN-10: 0593334302
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: October 26th, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English
"The book is a perfect example of how realistic personal stakes — say, your disappointed dad starting a dry but hilarious Twitter account to roast you in public — can feel world-shiftingly large in the right hands."New York Times Book Review

"Anyone who loves baking and rom-coms will breeze through this flavorful read.”USA Today

“Jackie Lau’s Donut Fall in Love has the perfect proportions of emotion, heat, family ties, and romance to make one absolutely delicious treat.”Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author

“Jackie Lau’s Donut Fall in Love is a quintessential comfort read, full of good, well-intentioned people attempting to navigate complicated family relationships, careers, friendships, and grief. This sexy, thoughtful story will also leave you very (VERY) hungry for donuts, so prepare your baked goods supply accordingly before reading.”—Olivia Dade, national bestselling author of Spoiler Alert

"Full of delicious food, relatable emotions, and a satisfying happily-ever-after, Donut Fall in Love is a real treat."—Vivian Arend, New York Times bestselling author

"You’ll be rooting for Ryan and Lindsay. Their romance is like the best donut: a sweet, light confection wrapped around a rich, complex center."—Jenny Holiday, USA Today bestselling author

"As sweet as buttercream and as hot as fresh donuts from the fryer, Donut Fall in Love will fill up hungry readers looking for books with decadent cakes, mouth-watering donuts, charming movie stars, talented bakers, and most of all, satisfying happily ever afters. A fun, entertaining rom-com!"—Farah Heron, author of Accidentally Engaged

“Jackie Lau delivers a delectable love story with the perfect blend of humor and emotional depth...The heat between Ryan and Lindsay doesn't stay in the kitchen and Lau's use of baking fails as the catalyst for relationship success is *chef's kiss*!”—Denise Williams, author of The Fastest Way to Fall

"Donut Fall in Love is sweet, fun and utterly delicious. Ryan and Lindsay are well-developed loveable characters and their chemistry leaps off the page from the moment they meet. With a fantastic bakery setting and a warm family element, I loved every moment of this story!"—Sara Desai, author of The Dating Plan

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