New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction

Critical Essays
Author: Sarah S.G. Frantz,Eric Murphy Selinger
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786489677
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 275
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Despite the prejudices of critics, popular romance fiction remains a complex, dynamic genre. It consistently maintains the largest market share in the American publishing industry, even as it welcomes new subgenres like queer and BDSM romance. Digital publishing originated in erotic romance, and savvy online communities have exploded myths about the genre’s readership. Romance scholarship now reflects this diversity, transformed by interdisciplinary scrutiny, new critical approaches, and an unprecedented international dialogue between authors, scholars, and fans. These eighteen essays investigate individual romance novels, authors, and websites, rethink the genre’s history, and explore its interplay of convention and originality. By offering new twists in enduring debates, this collection inspires further inquiry into the emerging field of popular romance studies.

Harlequin Romantic Suspense August 2013 Bundle

Copper Lake Encounter\Colton by Blood\Last Chance Reunion\A Kiss to Die for
Author: Marilyn Pappano,Melissa Cutler,Linda Conrad,Gail Barrett
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1459254651
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Harlequin Romantic Suspense brings you four new titles for one great price, available now for a limited time only from August 1 to August 31! Looking for heart-racing romance and high-stakes suspense? This Harlequin Romantic Suspense bundle includes Copper Lake Encounter by Marilyn Pappano, Colton by Blood by Melissa Cutler, Last Chance Reunion (2-in-1) by Linda Conrad and A Kiss to Die For by Gail Barrett. Look for 4 new compelling stories every month from Harlequin Romantic Suspense!

Always on My Mind: The Sullivans

(Contemporary Romance)
Author: Bella Andre
Publisher: Oak Press, LLC
ISBN: 1938127366
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Over a million books sold in Bella Andre's New York Times bestselling series! Fall in love with The Sullivans...After a tragic loss three years ago, Grayson Tyler left his life in New York City behind and started over in the rolling hills of the California coast. He's convinced himself that all he'll ever need again is the blue sky, a thousand acres of pasture, and the crashing waves of the ocean. Until one day, Lori Sullivan barges into his life and promptly blows his emotionless and solitary world to shreds, driving him crazy as only a woman nicknamed "Naughty" can. But will Lori be able to convince him that it's safe to love her...and that forever isn't actually out of reach?Author's Note: While ALWAYS ON MY MIND can easily be read as a stand-alone story, you may enjoy it even more if you read the earlier Sullivan books:Book 1: THE LOOK OF LOVE (Chase)Book 2: FROM THIS MOMENT ON (Marcus)Book 3: CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE (Gabe)Book 4: I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU (Sophie)Book 5: IF YOU WERE MINE (Zach)Book 6: LET ME BE THE ONE (Ryan)Book 7: COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER (Smith)

Taking His Rage (Bad Boy Stepbrother Romance)

Author: Gwen Allen
Publisher: Gwen Allen
ISBN: 8827518592
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 1951

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Julie sacrifices her innocence to keep the peace in her new family, but the real price might be her heart. Julie never expected her mom's marriage to a wealthy man to turn her world upside down. Now Julie finds herself living in a mansion, attending dinner parties, and Vince, her new stepbrother, hates her. Vince is crude, mean and irresistible. Julie knows she should stay away from him, but she needs to keep his anger under control so he won't spoil her mom's brand new marriage to Vince's father. But what has Julie gotten herself into? Once she puts herself in his power, she'll never be the same. Can Julie find the good guy inside before it's too late? Ever since his mother's tragic death, Vince has been filled with anger at his father and at every woman who tried to take his mother's place. Now there is a new woman in his father's life. When she becomes his father's new wife, Vince is consumed with rage. And who has just become his favorite target? Julie seems sweet and innocent, but she won't stay that way for long if Vince has his way. She's too perfect and too tempting, and Vince needs a release. He'll have her. He'll use her, but if he isn't careful, he might just fall hard for her. Vince won't go down easy. He doesn't believe Julie is the good girl she pretends to be. Unlike his father, he won't be trapped by a gold digger no matter how innocent she might seem. But what will Vince do when he finds out that Julie is the real thing? Will he stay and protect her? Or will he run from her and leave her when she needs him the most?

Pregnancy Countdown (Mills & Boon American Romance)

Author: Linda Randall Wisdom
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 1474021514
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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Three... Years ago, Nora Summers and Mark Walker had been sweethearts, but circumstances had driven them apart. Nora wasn't ready to risk her heart again with a man as footloose and charming as Mark.

A Baby Between Friends

Author: Kathie Denosky
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 0373732554
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
View: 1989

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"This edition published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A."--T.p. verso.

Es begann in einer Winternacht

Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: CORA Verlag
ISBN: 3733768493
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, hat den Ruf eines Frauenhelden - und doch ist er der Einzige, der die scheue Erbin Evangeline vor ihren geldgierigen Verwandten retten kann. Mutig macht sie dem in einer finanziellen Krise steckenden Viscount einen Heiratsantrag. Allerdings unter einer Bedingung: keine erotischen Annäherungen nach der Hochzeitsnacht! Denn niemals will Evangeline zu den Damen gehören, denen der charmante Lord das Herz gebrochen hat. Aber schon auf der winterlichen Reise zur Trauung in Gretna Green sprühen die Funken der Leidenschaft. Als sie einander in der eiskalten Kutsche wärmen, erwacht heißes Begehren ...

Romantic Goal Preoccupation

Scale Validation and Experimental Evidence of Its Effects on the Processing of Social Information
Author: Jennifer Lynne Yanowitz
Publisher: N.A
Page: 278
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Be with Me

Author: J. Lynn
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 3492967167
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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Du bist bereit, alles zu riskieren. Aber bist du auch bereit, alles zu verlieren? Teresa Hamilton wollte immer nur eines: Tänzerin werden. Doch als ihr großer Traum nach einer Verletzung plötzlich in weite Ferne rückt, ist es Zeit für Plan B: ein College-Abschluss. Kurz darauf trifft sie am Campus nicht nur ihren großen Bruder Cam, sondern auch dessen besten Freund Jase – der Teresa einst den unglaublichsten Kuss gegeben hat, den die Welt je gesehen hat. Danach hat er allerdings kein Wort mehr mit ihr gesprochen, und auch jetzt will er ganz offensichtlich nichts mit ihr zu tun haben. Nur warum brennt sich sein Blick dann noch immer so tief in ihr Herz? Von J. Lynn bzw. Jennifer L. Armentrout liegen in der „Wait for You“-Saga vor: Wait for You (Band 1: Avery & Cam) Trust in Me (Band 2: Avery & Cam) Be with Me (Band 3: Teresa & Jase) Stay with Me (Band 4: Calla & Jax) Fall with Me (Band 5: Roxy & Reece) Forever with You (Band 6: Stephanie & Nick) Fire in You ...

Gentlemen on the Prairie

Victorians in Pioneer Iowa
Author: Curtis Harnack
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 1587299682
Category: History
Page: 254
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In the 1880s, the well-connected young Englishman William B. Close and his three brothers, having bought thousands of acres of northwest Iowa prairie, conceived the idea of enticing sons of Britain’s upper classes to pursue the life of the landed gentry on these fertile acres. “Yesterday a wilderness, today an empire”: their bizarre experiment, which created a colony for people “of the better class” who were not in line to inherit land but whose fathers would set them up in farming, flourished in Le Mars, Iowa (and later in Pipestone, Minnesota), with over five hundred youths having a go at farming. In Gentlemen on the Prairie, Curtis Harnack tells the remarkable story of this quite unusual chapter in the settling of the Midwest. Many of these immigrants had no interest in American citizenship but enjoyed or endured the challenging adventure of remaining part of the empire while stranded on the plains. They didn’t mix socially with other Le Mars area residents but enjoyed such sports as horse racing, fox hunts, polo, and an annual derby followed by a glittering grand ball. Their pubs were named the House of Lords, the House of Commons, and Windsor Castle; the Prairie Club was a replica of a London gentlemen’s club, an opera house attracted traveling shows, and their principal hotel was Albion House. In St. George’s Episcopal Church, prayers were offered for the well-being of Queen Victoria. Problems soon surfaced, however, even for these well-heeled aristocrats. The chief problem was farm labor; there was no native population to exploit, and immigrant workers soon bought their own land. Although sisters might visit the colonists and sometimes marry one of them, appropriate female companionship was scarce. The climate was brutal in its extremes, and many colonists soon sold their acres at a profit and moved to countries affiliated with Britain. When the financial depression in the early 1890s lowered land values and made agriculture less profitable, the colony collapsed. Harnack skillfully draws upon the founder’s “Prairie Journal,” company ledgers, and other records to create an engaging, engrossing story of this quixotic pioneering experiment. f

Ich, Eleanor Oliphant

Author: Gail Honeyman
ISBN: 3732539695
Category: Fiction
Page: 525
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Wie Eleanor Oliphant die Liebe suchte und sich selbst dabei fand Eleanor Oliphant ist anders als andere Menschen. Eine Pizza bestellen, mit Freunden einen schönen Tag verbringen, einfach so in den Pub gehen? Für Eleanor undenkbar! Und das macht ihr Leben auf Dauer unerträglich einsam. Erst als sie sich verliebt, wagt sie sich zaghaft aus ihrem Schneckenhaus - und lernt dabei nicht nur die Welt, sondern auch sich selbst noch einmal neu kennen. Mit ihrem Debüt "Ich, Eleanor Oliphant" ist Gail Honeyman ein anrührender Roman mit einer unvergesslichen Hauptfigur gelungen. Ihre erfrischend schräge Sicht auf die Dinge zeigt uns, was im Leben wirklich zählt. Liebe. Hoffung. Ehrlichkeit. Und vor allen Dingen die Freundschaft. "Absolut mitreißend." Jojo Moyes

Rough Ride

A True Brothers MC Novel
Author: Gillian Archer
Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 1101969547
Category: Fiction
Page: 268
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Hang on tight. When it comes to love, this loyal soldier plays rough. “The sexy, alluring bad boys of the True Brothers MC will make your mouth water.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin Amber: Two years ago I would’ve made a play for a guy like “Bam” in a heartbeat. That was before my father died in a puddle of blood in the middle of a parking lot, before I swore off his fellow bikers and their stupid “business.” But I still need answers about what happened to my dad, which is why I’m poking around at a nightclub owned by the Russian mafia. And that’s where I run into Bam, who carries me out of the club in his ridiculously strong arms like I was True Brothers property. Bam: Motorcycle club princess Amber Bennett is the last person I’d expect to see at a club like Howl. She’s flirting with some dangerous people, and it’s my duty to step in and protect her before she gets in over her head. Like I don’t have enough on my mind without cleaning up Amber’s drama. Besides, she’s the definition of off-limits. If only she weren’t so f***ing hot. And determined to take care of everything herself. And oddly vulnerable. Because when we cross the line, I’m forced to choose between my true family—or my true feelings. Look for all of Gillian Archer’s smoldering True Brothers MC romances: RUTHLESS | REBELLIOUS | RESILIENT | ROUGH RIDE And don’t miss RELUCTANTLY ROYAL, “an entertaining, sexy, opposites-attract romance” (Harlequin Junkie). This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title. “[Gillian] Archer’s expert characterization [adds] spice. She throws in a well-timed surprise and an emotionally satisfying ending that will leave readers wanting more. It’s easy to cheer for these tough characters and their tender hearts”—Publishers Weekly

Herzklopfen auf Französisch

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: cbj Verlag
ISBN: 3641074037
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 448
View: 7334

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Ein Jahr in Paris? Die 17-jährige Anna könnte sich Besseres vorstellen, als in einem Land zur Schule zu gehen, dessen Sprache sie nicht spricht. Und dafür muss sie auch noch ihren Schwarm in Atlanta zurücklassen. Doch schon bald lernt die angehende Filmkritikerin das französische Leben zu schätzen: echter Kaffee, wunderschöne Gebäude und Kinos wohin man schaut! Vor allem der attraktive Étienne führt Anna durch das schöne Paris – und wird zu ihrem besten Freund. Doch als ihre Freundschaft immer enger wird, sind beide verunsichert – und das nicht nur, weil Étienne eine Freundin hat ...

Fremder in einer fremden Welt

Meisterwerke der Science Fiction - Roman
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641032733
Category: Fiction
Page: 656
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Der Mann vom Mars Die erste Mars-Expedition ist auf dem roten Planeten abgestürzt, und erst zwanzig Jahre später erreichen erstmals wieder Menschen den Nachbarplaneten. Sie finden Michael Valentine Smith, einen jungen Mann, der als Kind die Katastrophe überlebt hat und von Marsianern erzogen wurde, und nehmen ihn mit zur Erde. Die Heimatwelt seiner Eltern ist für ihn eine fremde, unverständliche Welt, und er verwendet seine mentalen Kräfte dazu, sie zu verändern. Damit wird er für die einen zum Messias, und für die anderen zu einem Feind, den man mit allen Mitteln bekämpfen muss ...

Rescued by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders)

Jake Ryder
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
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The Ryders are a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series. Rescued by Love is a USA Today Bestseller "You can always rely on Melissa Foster to deliver a story that's fresh, emotional and entertaining. Make sure you have all night, because once you start you won't want to stop reading. Every book's a winner!" New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak "Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely In RESCUED BY LOVE... Addison Dahl is excited to return to Elpitha Island for her best friend Gabriella's wedding. A weekend of sun and fun is just what she needs before setting out on her newest adventure roughing it in the wilderness. Addison is tough, she's independent, and she doesn't do feelings toward men. But lately her friend and Gabriella's brother-in-law sinfully sexy and ornery-as-hell Jake Ryder has been the star of her late-night fantasies, and she can't get him out of her mind. It doesn't help that the chemistry between them is scorching hot. With any luck, a few days in the wilderness will snap that craziness out of her head. As a top search and rescue professional, Jake Ryder spends his days saving those in need and his nights in the arms of willing women who offer nothing more than a few hours of sexual enjoyment. But there's only one woman he wants, and he's spent the last several months trying to get beautiful, smart, and sassy Addison to give him one sinful night. He's sure one night will lead to more. The night of the wedding the heat between Jake and Addy ignites, and they're powerless to resist their explosive passion. Wild kisses, sensual touches, and heartfelt conversations brings them closer together, and when the weekend ends, Jake is determined to keep Addy close and make her his. But Addy has other plans... READY FOR MORE RYDERS? Seized by Love (Blue) Claimed by Love (Duke) Chased by Love (Trish) Rescued by Love (Jake) Swept Into Love (Gage) The RYDERS are part of the LOVE IN BLOOM big family romance collection. Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series. Read the complete LOVE IN BLOOM series: SNOW SISTERS Sisters in Love Sisters in Bloom Sisters in White THE BRADENS (at Weston, CO) Lovers at Heart (Treat & Max) Destined for Love (Rex & Jade) Friendship on Fire (Josh & Riley) Sea of Love (Dane & Lacy) Bursting with Love (Savannah & Jack) Hearts at Play (Hugh & Bree) THE BRADENS (at Trusty, CO) Taken by Love (Luke) Fated for Love (Wes) Romancing My Love (Pierce) Flirting with Love (Ross) Dreaming of Love (Emily) Crashing into Love (Jake) THE BRADENS (at Peaceful Harbor) Healed by Love (Nate) Surrender My Love (Cole) Crushing on Love (Shannon) River of Love (Sam) Whisper of Love (Tempest) Thrill of Love (Ty) BRADEN WORLD NOVELLAS Promise My Love (Rex & Jade's Wedding Novella) Daring Her Love (1001 Dark Nights) THE REMINGTONS Game of Love (Dex) Stroke of Love (Sage) Flames of Love (Siena) Slope of Love (Rush) Read, Write, Love (Kurt) SEASIDE SUMMERS Seaside Dreams (Bella) Seaside Hearts (Jenna) Seaside Sunsets (Jamie) Seaside Secrets (Amy) Seaside Nights (Sky) Seaside Embrace (Hunter) Seaside Lovers (Grayson) Seaside Whispers (Matt) AUTHOR BIO Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance--perfect beach reads--with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Melissa enjoys chatting with readers and book clubs. Send her an email invitation to your next event! Foster's love stories are perfect steamy romance beach reads for fans of Susan Mallery, Linda Lael Miller, Brenda Novak, Debbie Macomber, Jill Shalvis, Maisy Yates, and other big-family, small-town romance fans. The characters are romantic and loyal, some are billionaires, others are blue collar, and you're always guaranteed a happily ever after.


Bwwm Interracial Romance: Love Off the Battlefield: African American Contemporary Navy Seal Military Romantic Fiction
Author: Mary Stone Ashford
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539106852
Page: 92
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Download for FREE with Kindle Unlimited This is a 10,000 word EROTIC stand-alone story with an HEA, so no cliff-hangers! Caden Mitchell has lived a life of near-isolation, his only solace his devotion to the military and his stead as a commander in the Navy Seals. When his best friend, Jonathan, is killed, his commanding officer demands that he seek psychoanalysis before he be recommissioned back into the military. He's disgusted with the idea, but his love for active duty wins out, and eventually he sets up and appointment to see the psychiatrist. The woman whom he sees is Dr. Everly Thomas, a young but distinguished psychiatrist who specializes with patients suffering from PTSD. Beverly herself had been a military brat growing up, and had a brother whom she was very close with die in active duty. At first, Caden and Beverly's similar personalities clash, but eventually, they forge a bond that is stronger than any either of them have known. Everly becomes the key to unlocking Caden's grief, and helping him finally recover after Jonathan's death. But that isn't the only bond they form... ---------------------------------------------------------- EXCERPT FROM BOOK Caden and Everly gazed at each other for several seconds. As if suddenly charged with magnetic impulses, their faces began to pull toward one another until they were connected at the tips of their noses. From there, their mouths slowly moved together, and the circuit was formed. They begin to kiss, earnestly and bashfully at first, each feeling out the movements of the other's mouth, Caden marveling at how Everly's lips felt on his-almost electric-and then, the kisses began to transform into something more intimate. Without warning, Everly pulled away. "I don't usually do this," she said, slowly and perhaps slightly ashamed. "I cannot believe I'm doing this, in fact. This violates just about every principle in the patient-doctor handbook." Caden looked at her with a little smirk on his face. "Hey," he said, "You started it." "Now that is not true!" Everly said, and slapped him playfully. "It was a mutual decision. I just..." Caden searched her face, looking for clues as to what she was going to say next. "I just...As soon as you walked in here-actually, even as soon as you interrupted session with the other patient, I just, I don't know, felt this immense attraction to you." Everly paused and looked at Caden. Caden noted that this was the most vulnerable she'd been since they'd met, less than an hour prior. He nodded. "I felt the same," he said. "As soon as I saw you when I barged in early, I thought to myself, 'Jesus, this is the most beautiful-no, the most powerful woman I've ever seen," he responded. "That's so sweet of you," Everly said, looking down bashfully. "But Jesus, this doesn't change the illegality of whatever the hell we're doing right now." She looked up into Caden's face, perhaps hoping that he'd affirm her reservations, and tell her they had to stop-but, as Caden saw when he looked even deeper into her eyes, she was hoping that he'd say they should throw caution to the wind. And Caden wasn't a man to exercise caution. "Fuck it," he said. "It's both of our jobs to contribute to the betterment of mankind. We lose pieces of ourselves in the process. It's only natural we'd wanna combine those pieces with each other." Where the hell was that coming from? Caden marveled at what he was saying-he was sounding downright poetic. That definitely wasn't like him, but then again, he'd never felt the way he felt right now before. And Everly was obviously impressed, and by God, it looked like she wanted him just as much as he wanted her. "Let's get out of here," AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is a 10,000 words stand-alone story with an HEA, so no cliff-hangers! Story contains mature themes and language, and is intended for 18+ readers only.

Winters – Ein heißer Einsatz

Author: Cristin Harber
Publisher: NLA Digital LLC
ISBN: 1942236204
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Der erste Band der erfolgreichen Titan-Serie von US-Bestseller-Autorin Cristin Harber jetzt auf Deutsch! Militärpsychologin Mia Kensington setzt ihr Leben aufs Spiel, damit eine Geheimdienstakte nicht in falsche Hände gerät. Doch bevor sie sich versieht, wird sie von einem aufdringlichen Actionhelden quer durchs Land geschleppt. Aber sie braucht keinen Retter in der Not und kann ganz besonders auf diesen schroffen, gut aussehenden und kaltblütigen Agenten mit Alpha-Männchen-Komplex und einer Vorliebe für Waffen verzichten. Colby Winters, Elite-Agent des privaten Sicherheits- und Militärunternehmens Titan, ist auf einer Geheimmission mit nur einem Ziel: Eine Akte, die äußerst wichtig für die nationale Sicherheit ist, in Gewahrsam zu nehmen. Eigentlich eine einfache Operation. Aber jetzt muss sein Überlebensmotto »mit allen erforderlichen Mitteln« heißen, als er mit einer atemberaubenden Frau, die er einfach nicht sich selbst überlassen will, die Klingen kreuzt. Um Mias Sicherheit zu gewährleisten, bringt Colby sie bei sich zu Hause unter. Dafür muss er ihr sein Geheimnis offenbaren: Er ist der Adoptivvater eines kleinen verwaisten Mädchens. Bald ist auch hier Gefahr im Anmarsch und Mia landet in den Händen eines sadistischen Kartellbosses mit einer Vorliebe für ungewöhnliche Foltermethoden. In einem Wettlauf mit der Zeit und um die ganze Welt scheut Colby weder Explosionen noch Kugelhagel, um die Frau zu retten, ohne die er nicht mehr leben kann.