Catch Up on the Best Books of 2014

Nov 22 2015 - 4:00pm

Now that the New Year is upon us, we thought it was about time to review the best books of 2014. Here are more than 200 reads we've included in our monthly book club [1] roundups (plus some additions). Steamy, sweet, and everything in between, these novels and memoirs run the gamut in genre and tone, but they all have relationships — familial, romantic, and erotic — at their hearts. Perfect for cozy Winter reading!


The Best YA Books of 2014 [2]

8 Female Authors Share Their Favorite Books of 2014 [3]

15 Books to Give Your Friends Going Through a Quarter-Life Crisis [4]

POPSUGAR Entertainment's Top Books of the Year [5]

The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests [6] by Sarah Waters is a historical fiction novel with intrigue and passion. Set in 1920s London, the story follows a widow and her "spinster daughter" as they take in a young couple as tenants.

Big Little Lies

From Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband’s Secret, comes Big Little Lies [7], a psychological thriller that follows three women and their complicated, dangerous relationships.


Lily King's historical-fiction novel Euphoria [8] follows "three young anthropologists of the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives." Intrigued yet?

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

Lena Dunham's highly anticipated [9] memoir, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned," [10] has finally arrived — and the collection of personal essays are sure to be just as funny, smart, and honest as the talented writer, actress, and general jill-of-all-trades.

We Were Liars

Stash E. Lockhart's We Were Liars [11] is a suspenseful island-set story of love, friendship, and family.

Yes Please

We'd expect nothing but hilarity from Amy Poehler [12]'s first book, Yes Please [13] — a collection of personal stories and advice on sex, love, friendship, parenthood, and more.


Landline [14] is the latest sweet, funny, and original modern love story from Rainbow Rowell, but this novel has a touch of time travel. A TV writer in a wavering marriage suddenly finds herself able to talk on the phone with her husband in the past, before he's proposed to her. What should she tell him? And how will it affect the present?

The Unexpected Waltz

Kim Wright's moving novel The Unexpected Waltz [15] focuses on "a middle-aged widow who finds her feet by embracing a new hobby: ballroom dancing."

Dangerously Bound

The first in her new "Dangerous" series, Eden Bradley's tale of love, BDSM, and New Orleans — Dangerously Bound [16] — is sure to satisfy Fifty Shades fans looking for an erotic fix.

Northanger Abbey

Crime writer Val McDermid reimagines Jane Austen's classic story of first love, friendship, and lost innocence in her new novel Northanger Abbey [17].

J.K. Rowling writes, "Val McDermid's brilliant re-working of Jane Austen's original shows that innocent, bookish girls in thrall to the supernatural have changed surprisingly little in two centuries. Witty and shrewd, full of romance and skulduggery — I loved it."

Beautiful You

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk has returned with the erotic thriller Beautiful You [18] — about a billionaire's quest for "erotically enabled world domination" through his line of sex toys so effective they have millions of women under their control.

The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age

Myra MacPherson's The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age [19] tells the true story of two sisters who threatened the patriarchy of 19th century America with their brazen attitudes in defense of women's equality. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ellen Goodman said this: "If the Scarlet Sisters hadn't existed, feminism would have had to invent them. Myra MacPherson writes the story of these fearless and path-breaking 19th-century radicals with her trademark energy and wit. This sisterhood is indeed powerful."

After We Collided

If you've ever fantasized about Harry Styles, then After We Collided [20], Anna Todd's follow-up to her first steamy fan-fiction novel [21] based on the One Direction heartthrob, is the November read you need.

Save the Date

Mary Kay Andrews's funny and romantic novel Save the Date [22] follows a cynical Savannah, GA, florist whose belief in love is tested when she gets hired for a wedding.

The Light and the Dark

In The Light and the Dark [23], acclaimed Russian author Mikhail Shishkin enchants with an imaginative tale of two young lovers — separated by both space and time — as they exchange letters to keep their romance alive.

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Anna Quindlen's novel Still Life With Bread Crumbs [24] tells the unlikely love story between a photographer reevaluating her life and the roofer she meets along the way.

The Science of Happily Ever After

Ty Tashiro, a relationship expert for Discovery's Fit & Health channel, explores how you can find love using scientific methods in The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest For Enduring Love [25].

Adrian and the Tree of Secrets

In the graphic novel Adrian and the Tree of Secrets [26], written by Hubert and illustrated by Marie Caillou, two boys try to come to terms with themselves and their feelings for each other while battling external pressure from friends, family, and school leaders.

Scared Scriptless

From The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney comes a rom-com novel about a TV-show script supervisor who might break her no-actors dating rule in Scared Scriptless [27].

The Scarlett Letters: The Making of the Film Gone With the Wind

John Wiley Jr. gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of the classic film Gone With the Wind through letters its author Marget Mitchell wrote from 1936 to 1949 in The Scarlett Letters: The Making of the Film Gone With the Wind [28]. Perfect for fans of the iconic book and the film.


Katherine Longshore's historical fiction Brazen [29] is described by the Los Angeles Times as "a more literary version of Gossip Girl [30] overlaid onto 16th-century England."

Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis

Alexis Coe's historical nonfiction Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis [31] tells the real — and tragic — story of 19-year-old murderess Alice Mitchell, who in 1892 killed the young woman she was engaged to when they were forced apart after their relationship was discovered. The book includes 100 illustrated love letters, maps, artifacts, historical documents, newspaper articles, courtroom proceedings, and intimate domestic scenes.

Erotic Stories

Rowan Pelling pulls together a collection of short stories on the sexual appetite in Erotic Stories [32]. As the description reads:

"The elegant depravity of an eighteenth-century French aristocrat, the dreamlike seductions of an Egyptian jinni in the form of a snake, the brutal anonymity of a highway truck-stop encounter — the stories in this richly varied collection reveal that the urge to articulate sexual desire is as inventive as it is timeless."

Small Blessings

Martha Woodroof's charming, funny novel Small Blessings [33] is about a small-town professor who discovers he has a 10-year-old son.

The Daring Ladies of Lowell

Based on the real 1833 murder of a mill girl and the following trial, Kate Alcott's historical novel The Daring Ladies of Lowell [34] follows a mill girl who's torn between supporting her friends and the mill owner's son, whom she loves.

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen [35] by Charlie Lovett is both a romance and a mystery, following two stories centered on the famed author. In one, an avid Jane Austen fan is in the midst of her own complicated love story while she may have uncovered a secret about the authorship of Pride and Prejudice. The other story follows Jane herself as she sparks a friendship with an elderly cleric.

The Here and Now

Ann Brashares, author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, returns with the romantic YA thriller The Here and Now [36] about a teenage girl who has to choose between saving the world and the love of her life.

The Truth About Alice

The Truth About Alice [37] by Jennifer Mathieu is a YA coming-of-age romance about the horrible realities of bullying in high school.


Emily Gould's witty and smart novel Friendship [38] is about two 30-year-old girlfriends in New York who are both at a crossroads in their lives. The New York Times describes the pair as "a Lucy and Ethel for an age after blogs."


Adam Pelzman's cross-cultural modern love story Troika [39] is described by Love and Treasure author Ayelet Waldman as "f*cking fantastic" as well as "poignant, painful, impeccably realized, and ultimately joyful."

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Feminist, poet, and The Nation columnist Katha Pollitt makes the case for supporting a woman's right to choose in her controversial book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights [40].

Publishers Weekly writes, "With wit and logic, Pollitt debunks the many myths surrounding abortion, and analyzes what abortion opponents really oppose: namely, women's growing sexual freedom and power."

Guy in Real Life

Guy in Real Life [41] is a geeky YA love story by Steve Brezenoff. As the summary says, "This is a story of the roles we all play — at school, at home, online, and with our friends — and the one person who might be able to show us who we are underneath it all."

The Sharp Hook of Love

Sherry Jones's historical romance The Sharp Hook of Love [42] is a retelling of the real-life 12th-century love story between "the original Romeo and Juliet," Héloïse d'Argenteuil and Pierre Abelard. The author includes real excerpts from their love letters in her passionate novel, like this line from Abelard to Heloise:

"While I sleep you never leave me, and after I wake I see you, as soon as I open my eyes, even before the light of day itself."

The Story of Fester Cat

"I always knew that the rest of my story is gonna be a good one. I don't know how I knew that, but I always did. Ungow! I am Fester the cat. Welcome to my book, everyone!"

So begins Paul Magrs's The Story of Fester Cat [43], a memoir about a friendly feline who arrived at Paul and Jeremy's home in need of shelter and love but who ended up giving as much back to his newfound humans as they gave to him.

Are You My Boyfriend?

C.B. Bryza takes a grown-up twist on the classic children's book Are You My Mother? in her funny and relatable picture book Are You My Boyfriend? [44]

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France

Nicholas Shakespeare shares the heartbreaking and inspiring story of his aunt's hidden past in his work of narrative nonfiction Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France [45].

The One & Only

Something Borrowed author Emily Giffin returns with her latest chick lit novel The One & Only [46] about a small-town football-loving Texan heroine whose life gets shaken up by an unexpected tragedy.

Sex After . . . : Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes

Iris Krasnow gets insight from real women in Sex After . . . : Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes [47]. Some of the topics include a loss of sex drive, getting intimate after cancer and other illnesses, coming out later in life, adultery, and dating again after divorce.

The Figures of Beauty

David Macfarlane's historical romance The Figures of Beauty [48] takes place around the world — from Paris to Italy to North America — and is described as "a sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, star-crossed lovers, and the choices that define our lives."

Chasers of the Light: Poems From the Typewriter Series

Tyler Knott Gregson's Chasers of the Light: Poems From the Typewriter Series [49] is a collection of insightful poetry and haikus as well as art, as the poems are typed onto found scraps of paper or created via blackout method.

Land of Love and Drowning

Tiphanie Yanique was influenced by her own Caribbean family history when writing the Virgin Islands-set historical fiction Land of Love and Drowning [50]. The family saga takes readers through "60 years of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, love affairs, curses, magical gifts, loyalties, births, deaths, and triumphs."

One Plus One

Described as "Cinderella meets Little Miss Sunshine," One Plus One [51] is Jojo Moyes's latest novel about a single mom who meets her geeky, millionaire Prince Charming on a family road trip.

Since You've Been Gone

In Morgan Matson's touching YA novel Since You've Been Gone [52], the play-it-safe heroine embarks on an adventurous Summer of firsts when her wild best friend disappears, leaving her 13 tasks to tackle in her absence.

Girl Online

In the digital age, growing up is a whole different (and sometimes more difficult) process than it used to be. Zoe Sugg's novel Girl Online [53] captures what it's like for Penny, alias GirlOnline, as she blogs about high school drama, family, friends, and the boy she is falling for.

After (The After Series)

With the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, it's not surprising that turning fan fiction into full novels is a trend others are interested in trying. In After (The After Series) [54], Anna Todd's One Direction fan-fic love stories play out in book form, starting with the tale of how Tessa met Hardin on her first day of college and what this meeting means for her boyfriend back home.

A Modern Marriage

Christy and Mark Kidd didn't know what they were getting into the night they first discovered the world of swinging but found within it certain elements that both challenged and strengthened their marriage. A Modern Marriage [55], a candid memoir by the couple, explores their initial skepticism about pushing the boundaries of monogamy and sheds light on the unique forms of modern love that work for different couples.

The New "I Do": Reshaping Marriage For Skeptics, Realists and Rebels

Therapist Susan Pease Gadoua and journalist Vicki Larson pair up to investigate the modern marriage in The New "I Do": Reshaping Marriage For Skeptics, Realists and Rebels [56].

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins's YA romance Isla and the Happily Ever After [57] is the third and final book in her Anna and the French Kiss series and follows a creative couple during their senior year in France.

Author Rainbow Rowell writes, "Stephanie Perkins's characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good."

Written in My Own Heart's Blood

Written in My Own Heart's Blood [58] is the highly anticipated eighth book of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander [59] series, a collection of historical romance novels about a 20th-century nurse who travels back in time to 18th-century Scotland.

Soy Sauce For Beginners

Kirstin Chen's "foodie love story" Soy Sauce For Beginners [60] follows a 30-year-old woman who leaves her marriage behind in San Francisco for her family home and soy sauce business in Singapore.

Love and Treasure

A former WWII American soldier gives his granddaughter a locket from his deathbed asking her to find the rightful owner in Ayelet Waldman's Love and Treasure [61]. This tragic love story is told from various perspectives as it follows the locket through its dark and passionate history.

When We Fall

Emily Liebert's novel When We Fall [62] follows a widowed single mother as she befriends a woman whose life only looks perfect on the outside. Described by Booklist as "an emotionally honest novel, full of nostalgia for old friendships, the struggle of reconciliation, and the everlasting power of female friendship."

Dreamer's Pool

In Juliet Marillier's Blackthorn and Grim series debut, Dreamer's Pool [63], magic, mythology, and folklore meet when a prince enlists the aid of a powerful healer to help him escape his impending marriage.

Night Diver

In Night Diver [64], by Elizabeth Lowell, a young woman returns to the Caribbean to save her family's diving and marine recovery business and ends up falling for the former British military diver investigating her family's suspicious past.


You by Caroline Kepnes [65] is a perverse suspense romance about obsession, sex, and secrets that will have Gone Girl fans intrigued. Read the first two chapters here [66].

The Matchmaker

Elin Hilderbrand's heartbreaking novel The Matchmaker [67] is about a Nantucket "woman setting out to find love for those closest to her — before it's too late."

The Art of Pin-Up

Dian Hanson's The Art of Pin-Up [68] (with contributors Sarahjane Blum and Louis Meisel) is here if you're looking for a sexy coffee-table book with vintage flair. Filled with gorgeous pinup art and photographs, it also features in-depth profiles on 10 popular artists.

How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky

Two astronomers discover they were raised from birth to be each other's soulmates in the magical realism novel How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky [69] by Lydia Netzer.

Queen of Hearts

"This is the story of a princess who became a villain." Colleen Oakes creates a fantastic, dark backstory for the Queen of Hearts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in her novel Queen of Hearts [70].

It's Not Me, It's You

In It's Not Me, It's You [71] by Mhairi McFarlane, Delia Ross initially blames herself for her failed engagement and confusing relationship, but in her quest to fix things, she starts to realize that she may be blaming the wrong person for her problems.

Love and Other Foreign Words

If you're a fan of John Green and Rainbow Rowell, you need to check out Erin McCahan's coming-of-age love story Love and Other Foreign Words [72]. The smart, funny YA novel stars a 16-year-old girl who is trying to prevent her sister from marrying her unsuitable fiancé while balancing her own relationships to her best friend and boyfriend.

Shadow Spell

Nora Roberts's romantic suspense novel Shadow Spell [73] is the second book in The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy after Dark Witch [74]. Set in Ireland, it's a haunting story of family, home, and love.

A Wedding in Provence

Ellen Sussman's A Wedding in Provence [75] will give you a serious case of wanderlust. People describes it as a "luscious novel of love and longing . . . The narrative feels as light as a glass of Rosé at an outdoor cafe, but its insights carry the richness of a Burgundy."

The Secret Life of Violet Grant

A New England Summer sets the scene for Beatriz Williams's The Secret Life of Violet Grant [76], a historical romance about a scandalous love triangle and family secrets that's mysterious, passionate, and engrossing.

Chained by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires)

Chained by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires) [77] by Larissa Ione, the second paranormal romance in her Moonbound Clan Vampires series, is about a vampire clan leader who agrees to mate with a rival clan leader's beautiful daughter in order to have an ally against the humans. The only issue? He's in love with her identical twin sister.

Sleep in Peace Tonight

Sleep in Peace Tonight [78] is a historical fiction by James MacManus. Set in London during World War II, the story follows Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt's most trusted adviser, as he deals with his mission and falls into a dangerous affair. It's "a tale of courage, loyalty, and love, and the sacrifices one will make in the name of each."

A Circle of Wives

Alice LaPlante's psychological thriller A Circle of Wives [79] explores the mysteries of trust, love, and jealousy as it follows detectives solving the murder of a closeted polygamist whose three wives didn't know about each other. Juicy!

No In Between (Inside Out Series)

If you're looking for an erotic BDSM romance, you'll want to check out the San Francisco-set No In Between [80], the fourth book in the Inside Out series by Lisa Renee Jones.

A Long Time Gone

Karen White's A Long Time Gone [81] is about generations of women and family secrets. Moultrie News writes, "White . . . weaves together themes of Southern culture, the powerful bond of family, and the courage to rebuild in the face of destruction to create an incredibly moving story her dedicated fans are sure to embrace."

Anatomy of a Misfit

Anatomy of a Misfit [82], Andrea Portes's sad, funny, and romantic YA novel (based on actual events), is described as "Mean Girls [83] meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower." What's not to love about that?

The Professional

What happens when a bestselling paranormal, YA, and historical romance author takes on erotica? You get a steamy Fifty Shades of Grey meets the Russian mafia series about an affair between a young woman and the hit man protecting her. Kresley Cole returns with the first novel in the Game Maker [84] series, The Professional [85]. "Are you ready to play?"


Ally Condie's dystopian YA romance Atlantia [86] is a futuristic fairy tale that follows a young woman seeking answers and uncovering secrets in her underwater city of Atlantia.

Austenland author Shannon Hale writes, "Utterly captivating. A heroine unlike any I'd met before, a setting I'd never glimpsed, a story I'd never imagined. Atlantia is fresh, wild, and engrossing."

The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War

Jacqueline Winspear's historical fiction The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War [87] "paints a poignant picture of love and friendship strained by the pain of separation and the brutal chaos of battle."

The Garden of Letters

Set on the cliffs of Portofino, Italy, during World War II, Alyson Richman's historical fiction The Garden of Letters [88] follows a cello prodigy who bravely joins the resistance and finds shelter with a young doctor with his own painful past. It's a hopeful, suspenseful, and "epic intertwining story of first love, great tragedy, and spectacular bravery."

The Memory Garden

Mary Rickert's mystical novel The Memory Garden [89] is described by The Jane Austen Book Club author Karen Joy Fowler as "a potent brew of guilty secrets and tragic histories, but also of enduring friendship and love. Add a pinch of the botanical. Serve on a luminous night faintly reminiscent of a Midsummer Night's Eve. A totally charming, totally engaging story told by Rickert, a magus of the first order. Magic in every line."

Tempting Fate

In her novel Tempting Fate [90], author Jane Green follows a woman who seems to be in the perfect relationship but finds herself more and more emotionally invested in a friendship that threatens to unravel her marriage.

Bad Feminist: Essays

Here's a snippet from Roxane Gay's biting and funny collection of essays, titled Bad Feminist: Essays [91].

"Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink — all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I'm not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue."

Three Story House

Courtney Miller Santo's novel Three Story House [92] is told in three parts from the perspectives of three women — cousins — who are renovating a historic Memphis house together as they "discover that their spectacular failures in love, career, and family provide the foundation for their future happiness."

The Bookshop Book

Jen Campbell's nonfiction The Bookshop Book [93] "is a love letter to bookshops all around the world," featuring the history of books, interviews with authors about their favorites, and the stories of more than 300 unique and "weirdly wonderful" bookshops across six continents.

How the Scoundrel Seduces (The Duke's Men)

The historical romance How the Scoundrel Seduces [94] by Sabrina Jeffries is the third book in The Duke's Men series. The story follows an "investigator who sets out to find gypsies — and unexpectedly finds love."

Ugly Girls

Lindsay Hunter doesn't sugarcoat the tough lives of two best friends in Ugly Girls [95] — instead she gives a stark portrayal of Perry and Baby Girl's paths as they both fall victim to the tricks and traps of an online predator.

Lead Me Not

A. Meredith Walters's contemporary romance Lead Me Not [96] follows a conservative, rule-following college student as she finds herself tempted by a handsome stranger who introduces her to the underground club scene.

Seducing Lauren (Love Under the Big Sky)

Kristen Proby's erotic Western romance Seducing Lauren [97] is the second book in her Love Under the Big Sky series. "Life in Montana gets spicy when a woman and her divorce lawyer sign off the papers — and sign on to love."

Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

Rebecca Alexander (with Sascha Alper) inspires us all with her harrowing and heartbreaking memoir, Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found [98], about persevering as she's losing her sight and hearing.

Painted Horses

Malcolm Brooks's Western historical fiction novel Painted Horses [99] is set in 1950s Montana and is about a young archeologist who meets a former mustanger and war veteran when she arrives to work on a dam project.

A Perfect Life

A Perfect Life [100] is Danielle Steel's latest heartwarming novel about "a mother and daughter who face challenges, cope with celebrity, and overcome tragedy while maintaining the outward appearance of a perfect life."


Carol Cassella's novel Gemini [101] had me at its beautiful cover. Just kidding, sort of. What really drew me to this medical mystery meets love story was an endorsement from Where'd You Go Bernadette? author Maria Semple: "Once again, Carol Cassella has written a novel full of gorgeously rendered characters, fascinating medical detail, and tour de force plot twists. From its gripping first pages straight through to its stunning conclusion, Gemini is an unforgettable novel — a morality tale, a mystery, and a love story that will leave readers breathless."

Arts & Entertainments

Christopher Beha's satirical novel Arts & Entertainments [102] follows a 30-something man dealing with disappointments in his marriage and life who suddenly finds himself in a sex tape scandal.

The Miniaturist

Jessie Burton's novel The Miniaturist [103] is a mix of fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, and romance set in 17th century Amsterdam about a young new wife who hires a miniaturist artist to furnish a dollhouse-sized replica of her new home. Called "a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth."

Shotgun Lovesongs

Nickolas Butler's novel Shotgun Lovesongs [104] tells the story of four childhood friends reuniting in their hometown for a wedding. Now they must navigate the complexities of adult friendships and the heartbreak, stress, and healing that come with it.

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

The third book in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay [105] follows up with the two girls in the first novel — one who left the man she married at 16 and now has a young son, the other who published a successful novel — as they struggle to make a way for themselves as women in the 1970s.

Accidents of Marriage

Randy Susan Meyers explores the darker side of marriage, family tragedy, and emotional abuse in the novel Accidents of Marriage [106]. Told from the perspectives of a husband, his wife, and their 14-year-old daughter, this story is about a spouse whose temper leads to a tragic accident.

Taking It All (The Surrender Trilogy)

Maya Banks is back with the third book in her erotic romance Surrender Trilogy, Taking It All [107]. "For a married couple taking steps to renew their marriage, the consequences of one single moment of inattention may come at a price the husband never expects . . ."

The Bridesmaids: True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty . . . and Terrible Dresses

Eimear Lynch's The Bridesmaids: True Tales of Love, Envy, Loyalty . . . and Terrible Dresses [108] is a collection of outlandish, memorable, and disastrous bridesmaid stories — perfect for anyone who's "always the bridesmaid."

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife

Cindy Chupack, a writer for Sex and the City [109] and Modern Family, writes of her own relationship ups and downs in this witty collection of essays about her two husbands — the first turned out to be gay — The Longest Date: Life as a Wife [110].


Catherine McKenzie's novel Hidden [111] explores the complexities of relationships through the eyes of a man who suddenly dies and the women who loved him.

The Heart Has Its Reasons

The Heart Has Its Reasons [112] by bestselling author María Dueñas is a heartfelt story of a woman's thrilling ride to self-discovery as she escapes difficulties in the present day by delving deep into the past history of an exiled Spanish writer.


Sway [113] by Kat Spears is a biting, tender YA romance about a high school senior who's asked by the popular jerk to win over a girl, but ends up falling for her (and befriending her brother with cerebral palsy) along the way. It's "a Cyrano de Bergerac story with a modern twist."

The Love Bunglers

Graphic novel The Love Bunglers [114] is a collection of comics by Jaime Hernandez about his Love and Rockets heroine, Maggie, as she deals with family history and finds love.

Girl on a Wire

Rival families, hatred spanning generations, and two young people caught in the middle. Gwenda Bond's Girl on a Wire [115] takes this familiar love story to new heights as the son and daughter of two circus families work together to solve a magical mystery that turns deadly.

The Vacationers

Marriage, infidelity, first times, babies, and breakups. Emma Straub's funny and tender novel The Vacationers [116] explores several relationships in their various stages of drama and distress as it follows an American family's two-week stay in Mallorca. It's the perfect lighthearted beach read.

The Appetites of Girls

The Appetites of Girls [117] is Pamela Moses's debut novel about four girls who meet at Brown University and how the complications of their own lives intersect with their friendship.

Zac & Mia

A.J. Betts's YA romance Zac & Mia [118] is told through the perspectives of two teen leukemia patients who — although they couldn't be more different in their tastes in music and beyond — forge an unlikely friendship after meeting in an Australian hospital.

Apple Tree Yard

In British journalist and novelist Louise Doughty's erotic thriller Apple Tree Yard [119], a married scientist gets involved in a dangerous affair that results in her and her lover being on trial for murder.

The Shadow Queen

Set in 17th century France, Sandra Gulland's historical novel The Shadow Queen [120] tells the true story of a woman who rose from poverty to become the mistress of Louis XIV.

Nantucket Sisters

Set on the beaches of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer's Nantucket Sisters [121] is about a friendship challenged by love.

Captivated by You

The fourth novel in the extremely sexy Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, Captivated by You [122], delves deeper into the complicated romance between Gideon Cross and Eva Hammel and explores the dark past that hangs over their relationship.

The Art of Arranging Flowers

Lynne Branard's heartfelt novel The Art of Arranging Flowers [123] is about a florist struggling to follow her heart's desires after the death of her sister. It's described as "a moving and eloquent novel about love, grief, renewal — and the powerful language of flowers."

Romance Is My Day Job

Harlequin romance novel editor Patience Bloom chronicles her real-life search for love in her sweet memoir, Romance Is My Day Job [124].

Life Drawing

Robin Black's Life Drawing [125] is about a married couple — an artist and a writer — who've moved to the country to get away from it all but are still wrestling with a betrayal in their past.

Further Out Than You Thought

Michaela Carter's Further Out Than You Thought [126] is an "erotically charged" novel that follows three 20-somethings during the 1992 LA riots. It's a "celebration of life and a haunting story of love, friendship, and one woman’s quest for redemption."

Honeymoon Hotel

Hester Browne's chick-lit romance Honeymoon Hotel [127] takes place at a charming old hotel in London where a wedding planner in the midst of planning a high-profile big day finds her career and her sanity threatened when the hotel owner's free-spirited son begins working with her.


Emily Kiebel's mystical YA novel Serenade [128] is a modern-day fairy tale about a girl who discovers she's a siren. When she saves a handsome sailor from his death at sea, she faces grave consequences.

Sweet Filthy Boy

From the authors of the Beautiful Bastard books — Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who go by the pseudonym Christina Lauren — comes the first in their new steamy Wild Seasons [129] series, Sweet Filthy Boy [130]. Ansel is a Vegas fling who whisks away college grad Mia to France for a hot Summer tryst. But what if this wild romantic entanglement becomes something more than a short-lived affair? You'll have to read the series to find out.

I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl

We interviewed Alexis Jones, founder of the I Am That Girl movement [131] and author of I Am That Girl: How to Speak Your Truth, Discover Your Purpose, and #bethatgirl [132], when the book was exclusively sold at Claire's, but this month is its wide release. Sure, stars like Kristen Bell [133] and Sophia Bush support the movement, but I was more impressed with Alexis's own words on female empowerment: "What I find is that when you give a girl something bigger than herself to fight for, her life is made better."

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

Courtney Maum's I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You [134] is described as "Where'd You Go, Bernadette meets Beautiful Ruins in this reverse love story set in Paris and London about a failed monogamist's attempts to answer the question: is it really possible to fall back in love?"

The Collector

Nora Roberts returns with her romantic suspense novel The Collector [135] about a professional house sitter who witnesses a murder.

The Sweet Spot

From Stephanie Evanovich, the author of Big Girl Panties, comes The Sweet Spot [136], a novel that give a backstory for a married couple in her earlier book. The sexy sports romance follows a pro baseball player and his independent girlfriend as their frisky pregame rituals get leaked to the tabloids and threaten their relationship.

Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest

As someone who has been to countless weddings, Jen Doll knows all the ins and outs of attending and taking part in someone else's big day . . . for better or worse. She's written about these experiences in her upcoming memoir, Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest [137], in which she shares some thoughtful (and funny) insights into dating, relationships, marriage, and friendship. Read our interview with the author here [138]!

Power Play

Danielle Steel is back with the romantic novel Power Play [139] about two successful CEOs dealing with family drama, the sacrifices of success, and the complications of relationships.


Paulo Coelho's fantasy novel Adultery [140] is about a successful 30-something wife and mother who is tempted by her high school ex-boyfriend, now a successful politician.

The Language of Silence

Peggy Webb's historical fiction The Language of Silence [141] tells the story of a woman who joins the circus to escape her dark past. "Following in the footsteps of her tiger-taming grandmother, a woman flees her abusive husband to join the circus in this masterful, heartfelt work of women's fiction."


Us [142] is a novel by David Nicholls — author of One Day — about a man attempting to salvage his marriage and bond with his teenage son during a monthlong European vacation.

Me Before You author Jojo Moyes writes, "I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After."

Oh, the Places You'll Eff Up: A Parody for Your Twenties

Written by Joshua Miller and Patrick Casey and illustrated by Gemma Correll, Oh, the Places You'll Eff Up: A Parody for Your Twenties [143] is a spoof of Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go!, perfect for your friends going through a quarter-life crisis.


Colleen McCullough's epic coming-of-age romance novel Bittersweet [144] follows two sets of twin nurses in 1920s and '30s Australia.

Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth (The Diaries)

It all began with Flowers in the Attic, a dark romance that spurred a twisted (and very juicy) five-book series. V.C. Andrews's newest release,Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth (The Diaries) [145], is the follow-up fans have been waiting for. When Kristin Masterwood finds Christopher Dollanganger’s diary from the time when he was locked in an attic with his sister and other siblings, the tale of forbidden love she reads about excites dangerous passions of her own.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Jill Lepore's nonfiction The Secret History of Wonder Woman [146] tells the fascinating history of the iconic superheroine and how it relates to 10th-century feminism. This includes the story behind Wonder Woman's S&M subtext . . .

Secrets of the Lighthouse

Set on the coast of Ireland, Secrets of the Lighthouse [147] by Santa Montefiore is a "hauntingly romantic novel" about two women — the ghost of a lighthouse and the woman who is falling in love with the widower.

Night Blindness

Set in the midst of a New England Summer, Susan Strecker's romantic novel Night Blindness [148] follows a woman who returns to her hometown for the first time in more than a decade after she and her high school sweetheart were in a horrific accident. It's a story of family complexities, the passion of first love, and how we handle the secrets of our past.

The Hurricane Sisters

Set on the Southern coast, Dorothea Benton Frank's witty, charming novel The Hurricane Sisters [149] is about three generations of women dealing with family drama, expectations, friendship, and the general complexities of their relationships.

First Love

James Patterson incorporates some of his own life story in the romantic novel he wrote with Emily Raymond, First Love [150], about best friends who find love on a cross-country road trip.

I'll Give You the Sun

A girl and her gay twin brother deal with "first love, family, loss, and betrayal" in Jandy Nelson's poignant novel I'll Give You the Sun [151]. Fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell will want to check this one out.

The Prince Who Loved Me (The Oxenburg Princes)

Historical romance meets fairy-tale fantasy in The Prince Who Loved Me [152], the first book in The Oxenburg Princes by Karen Hawkins. In this Scottish twist on the classic Cinderella story, "a handsome, rakish prince who doesn't believe in true love meets a stubborn lass who will settle for nothing less."

The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Michelle Hodkin's The Retribution of Mara Dyer [153] is a shocking conclusion to Mara's dark and mysterious story, where "loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide."

Out Nov. 6


An art historian returns home to high society Charleston, SC, and runs into her first love at a wedding in Margaret Bradham Thornton's novel Charleston [154].

The Quick

Lauren Owen's seductive Victorian London-set novel The Quick [155] is a historical mystery mixed with a fantastic paranormal edge. Perfect for fans of Anne Rice, The Historian, and The Night Circus.

The End of Innocence

Based on the true story of a "mysterious and controversial" World War I memorial at Harvard University, Allegra Jordan's historical romance The End of Innocence [156] follows two students — on opposing sides — who fall in love on the brink of WWI.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Set in 1943, The Narrow Road to the Deep North [157] by Richard Flanagan is a historical fiction novel about "the impossibility of love."

"In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier."

Season of the Dragonflies

The novel Season of the Dragonflies [158] by Sarah Creech is a story about sisters and love with a touch of magic. It follows the women of a family who create perfumes with mystical powers in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Midnight Witch

A young witch in Edwardian England must choose between her love of an outsider and loyalty to her coven and family in Paula Brackston's paranormal love story The Midnight Witch [159]. The Guardian writes, "If the Brontë sisters had penned magical realism, this would have been the result."

The Wind Is Not a River

Brian Payton's historical novel The Wind Is Not a River [160] tells the love story of a journalist trapped in the Alaskan wilderness amid the Japanese invasion of World War II and his wife who won't give up hope that he's still alive.

True Tales of Lust and Love

Anna David's True Tales of Lust and Love [161] is a collection of funny, tender, and insightful essays about sex, dating, and relationships.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Francine Prose was inspired by a Brassai photograph of cross-dressing athlete, race-car driver, and Nazi collaborator Violette Morris when she wrote her dark historical novel Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 [162].

The Book of Strange New Things

Michael Faber's sci-fi fantasy The Book of Strange New Things [163] is described by novelist and Game of Thrones cocreator David Benioff as "a story of faith that will mesmerize believers and non-believers alike, a story of love in the face of the Apocalypse, a story of humanity set in an alien world . . . desperately beautiful, sad, and unforgettable."

The Perfectionists

"You don't have to be good to be perfect" is the tagline for YA thriller The Perfectionists [164] by Pretty Little Liars [165] author Sara Shepard. Five girls have all been wronged by the same guy and joke about how they'd murder him — hypothetically, that is. But then he's found dead in the exact way they planned, and they are framed for a murder they didn't commit.

Texts From Jane Eyre

Classic literary characters are plucked from the past and given a smartphone and a 21st century backdrop in Mallory Ortberg's Texts From Jane Eyre [166]. The book is a collection of hilarious text conversations that the author imagines the likes of Scarlett O'Hara, Jane Eyre, Jay Gatsby, and more would have if they were rewritten in our modern digital age.

How to Build a Girl

In her debut novel, How to Build a Girl [167], Caitlin Moran — described by Marie Claire as "the UK's answer to Tina Fey [168], Chelsea Handler [169], and Lena Dunham all rolled into one" — writes a humorous yet touching coming-of-age tale about a teenage girl in 1990 working as a music reviewer, living promiscuously, and recklessly attempting to reinvent herself. "Imagine The Bell Jar written by Rizzo from Grease."

Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story

Asa Akira opens up about her life as a stripper, sex dungeon dominatrix, and porn star in her memoir Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story [170]. Tampa author Alissa Nutting writes, "Akira is the Galileo of women's sexuality, shifting our culture from the 'Dark Ages' of slut-shaming into an enlightened celebration of female desire. Hot, hilarious, and engrossing, this book is a path toward greater freedom for us all: read it and evolve."

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Karen Abbott's Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War [171] follows the little-known true story of four courageous women — a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow — who worked as spies during the Civil War.

I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After

Mandy Hale, blogger and author of The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass, returns with her advice-filled memoir I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After [172]. With a dash of humor, Mandy shares true tales from her life of love lost and found and how she found her own version of "happily ever after."

Say What You Will

Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will [173] is described as "John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park," so naturally it must be a cry-your-eyes-out story of young love. This novel is about two teens, a girl with cerebral palsy and a boy with OCD, who forge an unlikely friendship that becomes something more.

Lisette's List

Susan Vreeland's historical romance Lisette's List [174] is a love story set in 1937 Provence. It's described as "a woman’s awakening in the south of Vichy France — to the power of art, to the beauty of provincial life, and to love in the midst of war."


Set in a small Texan town in the 1950s, Cynthia Bond's Ruby [175] is a historical-fiction novel about a man struggling to choose between his family and the girl he's loved since he was a child.

In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age

Anyone who saw the groundbreaking Catfish film and subsequent MTV show is sure to be intrigued by
Nev Schulman's nonfiction book In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age [176]. James Franco [177] writes, "Nev's book begins as a fun journey into the world of lying on the Internet, but it extrapolates into the larger phenomenon of avatars — everybody has one on social networks."

Cress (Lunar Chronicles)

Marissa Meyer's latest sci-fi fairy tale Cress [178] takes on the classic story of Rapunzel and is the third in the Lunar Chronicles series.

The Actress

Amy Sohn's modern love story The Actress [179] follows an aspiring actress who has a whirlwind romance with one of Hollywood's biggest stars despite the rumors that he's gay. It's "a romantic, literary page-turner about Hollywood fame, the treachery of love, and the pleasures and pains of female ambition."

The Intern

A young woman juggles a competitive internship at a fashion magazine, a crush on her cousin's roommate, and the demands from her intimidating boss as she learns the ins and outs of the magazine industry in Gabrielle Tozer's YA novel The Intern [180]. It's not all glitz and glamour!

The Divorce Papers

The Divorce Papers [181] by Susan Rieger is a romantic comedy about a female lawyer handling her first divorce case — and a messy, disasterous one at that. Fans of Where'd You Go, Bernadette? will recognize the format, as it's also told through personal correspondence, office memos, emails, articles, and legal papers.

Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers)

Daniel Jones, editor of the New York Times' "Modern Love" column, looks into the mysteries of love in Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers) [182].

A Thousand Pieces of You

Set in an epic new dimension, sci-fi YA novel A Thousand Pieces of You [183] by Claudia Gray is the first book in a trilogy about a girl who seeks revenge for her father's murder — but must jump through multiple dimensions to find the killer.

The Last Camellia

Sarah Jio's mysterious, romantic historical novel The Last Camellia [184] begins in pre-World War II England and follows the dangerous love story of an American botanist.

Tamed (The Tangled Series)

"Stop me if you've heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways. It's a good story. But it's not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful." Tamed [185] is the third contemporary romance novel in Emma Chase's hot and heavy Tangled series.

Science . . . For Her!

Megan Amram, a writer for Parks and Recreation and one of Forbes's "30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment," calls out modern media and its ridiculous campaigns for and about women. Science . . . For Her! [186] offers a well-informed female perspective on women's magazines and online media.

That Part Was True

That Part Was True [187] by Deborah McKinlay tells the story of an author in an unhappy relationship and a woman dealing with family drama who find themselves helping each other through letters.

Dirty Rowdy Thing

Harlow and Finn's personalities may clash, but that doesn't stop some pretty steamy hookups from happening between the two — in fact, it makes them even sexier. In Dirty Rowdy Thing [188], Christina Lauren's second installment of the Wild Series [189], what starts as a booty call quickly turns into more than either party bargained for.

The Steady Running of the Hour

Justin Go's The Steady Running of the Hour [190] gets a recommendation from The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls' author Anton DiSclafani:

"Justin Go has written an astonishingly vast, meticulously plotted, and beautifully told novel. In elegant, haunting prose he tells a wartime story that is at once violent and lovely, hopeful and despairing. I won't soon forget Go's passionate, star-crossed lovers and their deeply moving story, set against the riveting, utterly realistic backdrop of the Great War."


Rupert Thomson's novel Secrecy [191] is a sexy, mysterious historical fiction set in late 17th century Florence about a fugitive sculptor commissioned to create a life-size replica of the grand duke's estranged wife.

Goodreads explains Secrecy [192] as "a love story, a murder mystery, a portrait of a famous city in an age of austerity, an exercise in concealment and revelation, but above all it is a trapdoor narrative, one story dropping unexpectedly into another, the ground always slippery, uncertain."

Veil of Time

Claire R. McDougall's historical fiction Veil of Time [193] is a time-traveling love story about a woman caught between modern-day and ancient Scotland.

Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling

Lara S. Ormiston's twist on the Jane Austen classic Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling [194] begins by wondering: what if Elizabeth had chosen to accept Mr. Darcy's original proposal?

After I Do

A married couple on the brink of divorce decides to take a "year off" their marriage in Taylor Jenkins Reid's inspiring, thought-provoking, and emotional novel about love, After I Do [195].

Sisters of Treason

If you love historic royal fiction (with a dash of romance) you'll want to pick up Elizabeth Fremantle's Sisters of Treason [196], about two sisters reeling after the execution of their teenage sister, having been on the throne for just days.

That Summer

According to Goodreads [197], Lauren Willig's London-set novel That Summer [198] "takes readers on an un-put-downable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman’s search for the truth about her past — and herself."

The Lemon Grove

Helen Walsh's steamy novel The Lemon Grove [199] is about sex and obsession on a Summer vacation to Spain.

Off Course

In her 1981-set novel Off Course [200], Michelle Huneven tells the story of a young woman who moves into a cabin in the Sierras to write her dissertation but "discovers that love is the great distraction, and impossible love the greatest distraction of all."

Open Road Summer

Emery Lord's Open Road Summer [201] is a YA novel about a young woman who joins her country-star best friend on tour to heal her broken heart but finds love along the way.

I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain

From the model we loved to hate, Courtney Robertson, is her fittingly titled memoir I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain [202]. Courtney won Ben Flajnik's heart in his season of The Bachelor [203], but their engagement was short-lived — and now she's back with juicy details from her experience as "one of the most controversial contestants" to ever be on the reality show.

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me

Julie Anne Peters's Lies My Girlfriend Told Me [204] is a modern YA "queer lit" love story about a girl who discovers her dead girlfriend was secretly dating someone else at the same time.

Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

Best friends Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale write about their true tales of post-collegiate excitement, disappointment, love, and heartache in their epistolary memoir Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults [205]. Perfect for anyone who has been through or is currently going through a quarter-life crisis.

The Chase

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg team up for The Chase [206], a sexy thriller about a con artist and an FBI agent who go undercover together.

Losing It: How We Popped Our Cherry Over the Last 80 Years

Inspired by her blog The Virginity Project [207], author and journalist Kate Monro shares people's stories of their first time having sex in her funny and smart Losing It: How We Popped Our Cherry Over the Last 80 Years [208].

If Our Love Were a Book . . . This Is How It Would Look

If Our Love Were a Book . . . This Is How It Would Look [209] by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar is filled with sweet poems and cute illustrations and would make the perfect Valentine's Day gift for a loved one.

Missing Reels

In Farran Smith Nehme's debut novel, Missing Reels [210], a woman goes on a grand mission to find the missing reels of a long-lost silent film she believes her neighbor may have starred in.

Publishers Weekly says that Nehme "snares the reader with dry wit, portraits of film stars of the past, and dynamic, unconventional protagonists."

When the World Was Young

Elizabeth Gaffney's post-WWII historical romance When the World Was Young [211] follows a rebellious young woman in Brooklyn.

Belle Cora

Set in 19th century New York and San Francisco, Phillip Margulies's historical fiction Belle Cora [212] tells the tragic, scandalous, and passionate story of a powerful madam and the love she never forgot.

The Silent Sister

What do you do when you find out that the sister you thought committed suicide has actually been alive all along? In Diane Chamberlain's The Silent Sister [213], Riley MacPherson makes this startling discovery and must work to uncover the truth behind the real reason her sister disappeared.

The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress

Ariel Lawhon's novel The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress [214] takes a real unsolved mystery of Old New York — Justice Joseph Crater's disappearance in 1930 — and explores it through the three most important women in the judge's life.


In her future-set suspense novel, Archetype [215], author M.D. Waters follows a woman who wakes with no memory of her past life but has dreams that contradict what her husband is telling her and point to her love of another man.

River Road

A forensic genealogist and her former crush, an ex-cop, reunite after more than a decade amongst dangerous circumstances in the romantic thriller River Road [216] by Jayne Ann Krentz.

The Untold

Set in the Australian outback, Courtney Collins's historical fiction The Untold [217] follows a female horse thief being chased by both her lover and the law. Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert writes, "This extraordinary novel — propelled by the dark, rich talents of a truly brilliant writer — dazzles, staggers, and amazes."

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage

Molly Wizenberg writes about how opening a restaurant with her husband affected her young marriage in her honest, humorous, and endearing memoir Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage [218].

Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love

C. David Heymann's biography Joe and Marilyn: Legends in Love [219] tells the true story of the rocky relationship between baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits

Four unmarried French women — Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas — share their frank and funny life advice in How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits [220], a collection of stories.

The Girls From Corona del Mar

The Girls From Corona del Mar [221] by Rufi Thorpe is a novel about the endurance of female friendship and the complications that arise as you grow up, change, and face hardships.


Anna Hope's novel Wake [222] follows three women dealing with the ramifications of World War I and how it's affected the men in their lives.

The Accidental Marriage

Roger B. Thomas's contemporary fiction The Accidental Marriage [223] follows two close friends as they encounter issues in their relationships with their partners. Through breakups and even a new baby, the two begin to realize that though their love lives with other people fell apart, they are still left with each other — which may be exactly what they need.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Jenny Han's touching story of young love and growing up, To All the Boys I've Loved Before [224], follows a teenage girl whose secret love letters are mailed out to their unwitting recipients.

All Days Are Night

When a car crash shatters her world, Gillian, now widowed and disfigured by injuries, has to put her life back together and turn her tragedy into something positive. Peter Stamm's All Days Are Night [225] is a novel about self-discovery and "finding reason to go on when all meaning has been stripped from your life."

Five Days Left

You'll want to read Julie Lawson Timmer's heartrending love story with a box of tissues. Five Days Left [226] follows two people discovering they have fatal illnesses. "Sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go."

I Always Loved You

Set in Paris, Robin Oliveira's historical novel I Always Loved You [227] takes on the complicated and mysterious relationship between real-life friends and painters Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas.


Radhika Sanghani's funny YA novel Virgin [228] is about a 21-year-old woman trying to lose her V card. "Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw, meet your wisecracking, vagina obsessed match."

Jane Austen's Erotic Advice

Sarah Raff explores the relationship between Jane Austen and her niece Fanny Knight, as well as the seductive nature of Jane's novels in Jane Austen's Erotic Advice [229].

The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating

Carole Radziwill's novel The Widow's Guide to Sex & Dating [230] is a smart rom-com about a woman dealing with the unexpected loss of her husband and her search for passionate love.

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark)

Kresley Cole's paranormal romance Dark Skye [231] is the 15th novel in her Immortals After Dark series. It's "a sultry tale of a mighty warrior scarred inside and out and the beguiling sorceress with the power to heal him — or vanquish him forever."

Screwdrivered (Cocktail Book 3)

Screwdrivered [232] is the third erotically charged romantic comedy in Alice Clayton's Cocktail series. This novel follows a software engineer who's a closeted romance-novel junkie as she travels across the country to a new home she inherited and finds herself caught between a librarian and a cowboy.

No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife

Angie Ricketts's memoir, No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife [233], honestly charts her experience as a military wife. She spoke to NPR about it [234]:

"After the first really wretched, wretched deployment, each one after that you become a little more removed — a little more numb to the feelings. That kind of blackens your soul. We joke about that. Army wives say, 'Channel the black soul, honey.'"

Blood Magick (Cousins O'Dwyer)

Set in Ireland, paranormal romance Blood Magick [235] is the third and final novel in the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy by Nora Roberts. It's the perfect supernatural story for Halloween [236] reading.

Everything Leads to You

After writing books on teen suicide and a coming-of-age road trip, YA author Nina LaCour is tackling a new topic in her latest novel, Everything Leads to You [237]: when two girls fall in love working in the Hollywood film business. Check out our interview with the author here [238]!

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion

In The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion [239], Meghan Daum — author of My Misspent Youth — delivers an equally smart collection of personal insights that dissect our culture and generation with wisdom and humor.

Tied (Tangled)

In Emma Chase's sexy romance Tied (Tangled) [240], a couple tries to survive all that comes along with prewedding festivities (think Vegas) while still making it to the altar in one piece.

He Texted: The Ultimate Guide to Decoding Guys

Learn how to decipher all those mysterious texts guys send in He Texted: The Ultimate Guide to Decoding Guys [241] by HeTexted.com founders Lisa Winning and Carrie Henderson McDermott. "It's He's Just Not That Into You for the digital age and What to Expect When You're Expecting . . . a second date — all in one invaluable package!"

Mermaids in Paradise

Mermaids, mercenaries, kidnappers, and a tropical island set the stage for Mermaids in Paradise [242] by Lydia Millet, a comical novel about the adventures of two newlyweds with a deeper message at the heart of it.

The Raven Cycle #3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue [243] is the third book in Maggie Stiefvater's YA paranormal romance series The Raven Cycle. Booklist writes, "Richly written and filled with figurative language . . . this story of secrets and dreams, of brothers and of all-too-real magic is an absolute marvel of imagination and an irresistible invitation to wonder."


A mysterious man and a beautiful woman stranded on a desert island together? Sounds like the perfect recipe for a steamy romance. J.S. Cooper's Illusion [244] follows the story of two marooned lovers discovering secrets about each other that may ruin the fragile relationship they've built.

I Belong to You

If you could explore the innermost thoughts of a person, what would you find? According to Lisa Renee Jones and her Inside Out series, you would find a whole lot of dark, dangerous, and supersexy thoughts. I Belong to You [245] is the latest addition to the author's string of romantic novels that follow Sara McMillan as she discovers and reads journals left in a storage unit.

Fan Art

Sarah Tregay's Fan Art [246] (illustrated by Melissa DeJesus) is "a sweet contemporary romance about a boy who falls in love with his best friend, and the girls who help them get together."

The Sea Garden

"Romance, suspense, and World War II mystery are woven together in the three artfully linked novellas" that make up Deborah Lawrenson's The Sea Garden [247].

The King's Curse (Cousins' War)

The King's Curse [248] is the final novel in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series that inspired the Starz miniseries The White Queen. The historical romance follows lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole as King Henry VIII rises to power in Tudor England.

The 20-Something Guide to Getting It Together

Author and HelloGiggles [249] blogger Mary Traina helps out young women going through a quarter-life crisis with The 20-Something Guide to Getting It Together [250].

The Forever Girl

Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, returns with The Forever Girl [251] about a young woman who can't let go of her first love and her mother struggling to stay in her marriage.

The Young Elites

Marie Lu's first novel following her successful Legend series is a more supernatural take on YA dystopia. The Young Elites [252] follows a group of people who have developed special abilities after surviving a nationwide plague. They form a secret society in order to protect themselves against a corrupt government, and two members in the group find more than just friendship. But can they trust each other?

Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book

As kids, we learned a lot from our Little Golden Books, and now Diane Muldrow has put together her own adult version of a childhood classic with Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book [253].

Out Dec. 23

The Boston Girl

In Anita Diamant's historical fiction The Boston Girl [254], a young Jewish woman tells her story of friendship, family, feminism, and the quest for love while growing up in Boston in the early 1900s.

Out Dec. 9

Soppy: A Love Story

Sometimes the most significant moments in a relationship are the small ones, made meaningful because of who you're with. Soppy: A Love Story [255] is Philippa Rice's collection of illustrations and comics based on real experiences she shares with her boyfriend that all couples can relate to.

Out Dec 2.


The trial of the century is happening in Rosewood, and the four Liars are at the center of the action — and accused of murder. In Vicious [256], Sara Shepard's 16th novel in the Pretty Little Liars [257] series, fans will find out the fates of Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna in the aftermath of Alison DiLaurentis's death.

Out Dec. 2

Dangerous Alliance

The second installment of the Pure Sin series follows the beautiful and angry Bell on her path to revenge against the family of the man she is trying to seduce. But is he an ally or an enemy? Dangerous Alliance [258] by Kyra Davis is a sexy novel full of passion, mystery, and a deep web of lies built by all sides.

Out Dec. 30

The Rosie Effect

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back, and this time with a baby on the way. Graeme Simsion follows up his bestseller The Rosie Project [259] with The Rosie Effect [260], another sweet, smart, and laugh-out-loud-funny love story.

Out Dec. 30

Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction

In Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction [261], zoologist Jules Howard explores the how and why of sex on Earth by looking at animal interactions.

Publisher's Weekly says that the "infectious optimism" of Howard's "fascination with an Earth full beings doing exactly what they need to to go on gives the reader a comforting sense that, in the grand scheme of things, everything is right with the world."

Out Dec. 2


Fans of the Hunger Games series will love Boundary [262], the second installment in Heather Terrell's Books of Eva series about a girl living in a war-torn world and betrothed to a one man as she falls for another.

Out Dec. 9

The Life Intended

The Life Intended [263] is about a widowed woman finding love for the second time. Kristin Harmel "weaves a heart-wrenching tale that asks: what does it take to move forward in life without forgetting the past?"

Out Dec. 30

Both of Me

When Elias and Clara's identical carry-on bags are switched during their flight, the two learn things about each other they never expected. In Jonathan Friesen's Both of Me [264], Clara discovers that Elias suffers from dissociative personality identity disorder, and she finds herself tangled up in both of his lives while she fights to keep the real Elias — the one she is falling in love with — from disappearing again.

Out Dec. 23

After We Fell

If you've ever fantasized about Harry Styles, then After We Fell [265], Anna Todd's third installment in her steamy fan-fiction novels based on the One Direction heartthrob, is the December read you need.

Out Dec. 30

Date Night In: More Than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship

Determined not to let your long-term relationship deteriorate or fall into a rut? Read Ashley Rodriquez's Date Night In: More Than 120 Recipes to Nourish Your Relationship [266], a must-have cookbook for couples.

Out Dec. 23

Just the Tips

Just the Tips [267] is a sexual guide from Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. The book is a "collection of tips, tricks, moves, advice, suggestions, stories, and confessions, how-tos, dos, don'ts, and do-agains-but-slower-this-times from the unmissable letters column of Sex Criminals."

Out Dec. 16


To protect herself and avenge her husband's death, a woman must track down his killer before he finds her. Karen Robards's Hush [268] is a romantic suspense novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

Out Dec. 30

Princess of Thorns

Grimm's Fairy Tales meets A Game of Thrones in Stacey Jay's Princess of Thorns [269], a YA romance and adventure novel that follows Sleeping Beauty's daughter as she fights to reclaim her throne.

Out Dec. 9

Marriage Illustrated With Crappy Pictures

When the honeymoon phase ends, marriage can become a little less about the romance and more about the everyday experience of a real relationship — which can be just as sweet. Amber Dusick's Marriage Illustrated With Crappy Pictures [270] is a hilariously honest look into the daily lives of married couples.

Out Dec. 30

Once Upon a Time

We've grown up hearing tales of glass slippers, evil queens, and magic spells, but where did they come from? Marina Warner's Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale [271] explores these famous stories, their origins, and their modern film, literature, and stage adaptations.

Out Dec. 15


Suspicion [272] by Alexandra Monir is a dark and suspenseful YA novel about a young girl's quest to discover the truth behind the fire that killed her whole family.

Booklist calls it "intensely dramatic, fast-paced, and twisty . . . the combination of paranormal elements with a star-crossed romance between almost-royals should keep readers rapt."

Out Dec. 9

Saving Grace

Jane Green's novel Saving Grace [273] tells the story of a couple's unraveling marriage as one husband's rage and infidelity threatens to ruin his wife's life and sanity. Grace must find a way to save herself and escape before it's too late.

Out Dec. 30

Vanessa and Her Sister

Priya Parmar's novel Vanessa and Her Sister [274] is a historical fiction set in prewar London in the early 1900s. As Vanessa falls in love, her sister spirals out of control from loneliness and jealousy, and Vanessa is forced to choose between her own happiness and her family's.

Out Dec. 30

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story

In Josh Sundquist's We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story [275], a perpetually single guy tracks down his past girlfriends to try and figure out exactly what went wrong in each relationship.

Out Dec. 23


A brilliant surgeon saves the life of a dying girl by replacing her heart with a clockwork substitute, but his efforts come at a cost. In Lisa Mantchev's Ticker [276], the girl with the clockwork heart must find a balance between friends, romance, and family ties before her time runs out.

Out Dec. 1


In Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Sustenance [277], a vampire in post-World War II Europe must protect his American friends fleeing persecution, and the mysterious appearance of his lover threatens to complicate things further.

Out Dec. 2

Mai Tai'd Up

The third installment in Alice Clayton's "Cocktail" series, Mai Tai'd Up [278] follows a newcomer in a seaside community, who immediately catches the eye of the town veterinarian. Neither wants to be tied down, but tied up? Now that's another story.

Out Dec. 2

Silver Deceptions

In Sabrina Jeffries's Silver Deceptions [279], London's latest actress on the scene, known as the "Silver Swan," is seeking fame in order to get revenge on the father who abandoned her family years before, and she must place her faith in a very desirable but untrustworthy suitor to help her in her quest.

Out Dec. 30


In Ripped [280] by Katy Evans, a heartbroken girl is forced to be around her bad-boy rocker ex-boyfriend, and the fire between them is reignited, despite how much she tries to fight it. Check out some sexy excerpts [281] from the novel to hold you over until it comes out.

Out Dec. 9

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