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Blame it on the Duke

Historical Romances to Distract You

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I've been increasingly reading only romance and speculative fiction recently, as general fiction ceases to distract me from the news of the day. I prefer to read books that allow me to escape into another time or place. I've written before about Regency-inspired romances I've enjoyed and also about some highlights of our e-book romance collection, so here are some more romances I've read recently that are set in another time and/or place.

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Fall in Love with a Rogue or a Noble (or Both)

Historical romance is one of the largest and most popular romance subgenres. Check out one of these novels to get your fix of rogues, dukes, princes and the women who capture their hearts.   

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Love and Murder in the Shelves

Romance and Mystery Novels about Bookshops

Bibliophiles and the darling subset of 'cozy readers' love books and bookshops, so why not set some novels in one of their favorite venues, quaint independent bookshops? Cozy readers of romance and suspenseful mystery will find each book here just the ticket to go with that warm cup of tea on a rainy night.   How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

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Mansplaining

Well these certainly aged like avocados...

Books written by men who later found themselves in hot water about the very subject they claimed to be an expert on. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari 

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Hilariously Bad Books

Books that are so bad that they're goo—well, no. They're still pretty bad. But at least they're entertaining. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Lady Most Likely

E-Book Historical Romances

Regency Favorites

I've written before about my love for historical romances, particularly regencies. Regencies are romance novels set in England in the early 19th century, usually with upper class characters during the social season, but often are historical, with characters behaving according to more modern values. Here are some I've particularly enjoyed. While some of books in this genre delve into real historical issues, these ones are more fun than serious. All of these books are only in DCPL's e-book collection.  

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What to Read After Seeing "The Shape of Water"

Books for those who can't get enough of Guillermo del Toro's weird and atmospheric movies

Guillermo del Toro's movie The Shape of Water was released this past December, and people immediately began arguing as to whether it was a romance or a horror film. It definitely has elements of both, being about a mute janitress who realizes a disturbingly humanoid fish monster is being subjected to cruel experiments in the secret government facility where she works.

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Get in the Valentine's Mood with these Romantic Suspense Picks

Curl up with one of these romantic suspense books to celebrate Valentine's Day. Water Bound by Christine Feehan

Fifty Shades of Grey

Guilt and Pleasure

Twists on Familiar Classics

Whether it’s a guilty pleasure or a great work, a well-told story of romance sought, found or lost is a joy to read repeatedly and, for some exceptional fans, to be imitated. For the month of love, revisit some enduring page-turners and tales they inspired (check out the movies as well). Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (1892)

Bones and All

E-Book Only

Explore our digital collections

I love the feel of a thick novel in my hand, but I'm also deeply attached to my Kindle, especially for trips. Here are some great books that DCPL owns only in e-book format, but are still totally worth picking up.   Bones and All by Camille DeAngelis

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