Religious Contemporary Romantic Suspense Series

Do you enjoy a good modern-day romance with a slightly religious bent and spine-tingling suspense? Here is a list of religious romantic suspense series that you may enjoy in the TBP collection. They include characters from a variety of different professions, from FBI and CIA agents to search and rescue personnel. We even have a series with Coast Guardsmen. We’ve listed the first book in the series to get you started.

ALOHA REEF SERIES
DISTANT ECHOES by Colleen Coble (DB 112281, LB 10300)
AUTUMN RAIN SERIES
EYES OF A STRANGER by Rachel Ann Nunes (BRC 01551)
BAYOU SERIES
BAYOU JUSTICE by Robin Carroll (LB 10952)
COASTAL GUARDIANS SERIES
KILLING TIDE by Dani Pettrey (DB 110360)
DANGER NEVER SLEEPS SERIES
COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason (DB 103904)
FAITH & FORTUNE SERIES
TROUBLE WITH LOVE by Toni Shiloh (DB 105488)
FALSELY ACCUSED SERIES
DANGEROUS IMPOSTER by Virginia Smith (DBC 03655)
FBI: HOUSTON SERIES
FIREWALL by DiAnn Mills (DB 79598)
GLOBAL SEARCH AND RESCUE SERIES
WAY OF THE BRAVE by Susan May Warren (DB 98178)
GRACE MEDICAL SERIES
TRAUMA PLAN by Candace Calvert (DB 75514, LB 07720)
HAGGERTY MYSTERIES SERIES
HEARTS IN HIDING by Betsy Brannon Green (BRC 01553)
HIDEAWAY SERIES
HIDEAWAY by Hannah Alexander (DB 60288)
LONESTAR SERIES
LONESTAR SANCTUARY by Colleen Coble (DB 101576)
LOVE INSPIRED SUSPENSE SERIES
MURDER AT EAGLE SUMMIT by Virginia Smith (DBC 03653)
NEWPOINTE 911 SERIES
PRIVATE JUSTICE by Terri Blackstock (DB 93217, LB 11039)
NORTHERN INTRIGUE SERIES
WINTER’S SECRET by Lyn Cote (LB 10260)
O’MALLEY FAMILY SERIES
NEGOTIATOR by Dee Henderson (DB 78062, BR 13052)
RIVER DANCE SERIES
KILLING FROST by Hannah Alexander (DB 69016)
SEASONS OF INTRIGUE SERIES
ALWAYS IN SEPTEMBER by Doris Elaine Fell (DBC 15998, LB 11373)
TREASURES OF THE HEART SERIES
KISS OF ADVENTURE by Catherine Palmer (DBC 06070)
TRIPLE THREAT SERIES
POINT OF DANGER by Irene Hannon (DB 113309)
WAVES OF FREEDOM SERIES
THROUGH WATERS DEEP by Sarah Sundin (DB 89106)

Shapeshifting Romance

How often do we simply want our significant other to change? Well, in these paranormal romances, at least one of the characters does change… literally.

Here is a list of paranormal romance series featuring werewolves and other shapeshifters that you may enjoy in the TBP collection. We’ve listed the first book in the series to get you started.

Alpha and Omega Series
CRY WOLF by Patricia Briggs (DB 81317)
Bliss Wars Series
SAVAGE CITY by L. Penelope (DB 112038)
Green Creek Series
WOLFSONG by T. J. Klune (DB 108754)
Honey Badger Chronicles Series
HOT AND BADGERED by Shelly Laurenston (DB 100476)
Jane Yellowrock Series
JANE YELLOWROCK. BOOKS 1-4 by Faith Hunter (DB 84589)
Lair of the Wolven Series
CLAIMED by J. R. Ward (DB 104563)
Legend of All Wolves Series
LAST WOLF by Maria Vale (DB 93651)
Leopard People Series
AWAKENING by Christine Feehan (DB 82056)
Naked Werewolf Series
NAKED WEREWOLF. BOOKS 1-3 by Molly Harper (DB 99973)
Phoenix Pack Series
PHOENIX PACK. BOOKS 1-3 by Suzanne Wright (DB 94908)
Psy-Changeling Series
PSY-CHANGELING SERIES. BOOKS 1-4 by Nalini Singh (DB 83601)
Shifters Series
STRAY by Rachel Vincent (DB 110023)

Romantic Comedies

Sometimes we just want a little bit of laughter with our love—because, let’s face it, sometimes when things go wrong (as they invariably do with romance), all you can do is laugh at the absurdity of it all.

We have all your favorite romantic tropes: enemies to lovers, opposites attract, holiday romance, workplace romance, small town romance, and so many different types of characters. Some protagonists are overcoming previous traumas, others have physical limitations, and a few are neurodivergent. Some of these books are spicy and some are faith-based with no sex, violence, or profanity. But ALL of them are meant to be humorous. 

Series

BOO SERIES
BOO by Rene Gutteridge (DBC 13587)
BOYFRIEND PROJECT SERIES
BOYFRIEND PROJECT by Farrah Rochon (DB 99855)
BROMANCE BOOK CLUB SERIES
BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams (DB 97443)
BROWN SISTERS SERIES
GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN by Talia Hibbert (DB 97496, BR 23327)
DNADUO SERIES
SOULMATE EXPERIMENT by Christina Lauren (DB 103621)
FRIEND ZONE SERIES
FRIEND ZONE by Abby Jimenez (DB 95597, BR 23039)
KISS QUOTIENT SERIES
KISS QUOTIENT by Helen Hoang (DB 91563, BR 23569)
MODERN LOVE SERIES
RIGHT SWIPE by Alisha Rai (DB 96121)
ONLY IN GOODING SERIES
FANCY PANTS by Cathy Marie Hake (DB 89624)
RAJES SERIES
PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND OTHER FLAVORS by Sonali Dev (DB 95480)
SWEET MESS SERIES
SWEET MESS by Jaci Lee (DB 101027)
TOUBLE WITH HATING YOU SERIES
TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU by Sajni Patel (DBC 26468)
WEDDING DATE SERIES
WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guillory (DB 90130, BR 22416)
WELL MET SERIES
WELL MET by Jen DeLuca (DB 96644)

Stand Alone Novels

BET ON IT by Jodie Slaughter (DB 109571)
BODYGUARD by Katherine Center (DB 109304, BR 24488)
BOOK LOVERS by Emily Henry (DB 107926, BR 24476, LB 13928)
MERRY LITTLE MEET CUTE by Julie Murphy (DB 110541)
OOPS I’VE FALLEN by Max Monroe (DB 110060)
NO SHOW by Beth O’Leary (DB 107812)
ROMANTIC COMEDY by Curtis Sittenfeld (DB 113860, BR 24945, LB 14285)
TRES CITAS CON CARTER by Beth O’Leary (DB 114175)
YOU HAD ME AT HOLA by Alexis Daria (DB 100232)

Ghouls for Love: Halloween Romance

Looking for romance with a spooky twist? Are you a die-hard romance reader but want to flirt with a little fear? Taste a little terror? Give some of these titles a stab. They run the gamut from historical to contemporary romance and some are sweet while others are a tad racy. All of them are to die for.

DEAD ROMANTICS by Ashley Poston (DB 108912)

“Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead. When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father. For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it. Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is. Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.” Provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

EX HEX by Erin Sterling (DB 105193)

Small-town witch Vivi Jones had her heart broken when she was nineteen, and impulsively cast a curse on her ex, Rhys Penhallow. It wasn’t supposed to work. And it doesn’t—until Rhys comes back to town. The two will have to work together to lift the curse. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

LEAGUE OF GENTLEWOMEN WITCHES: DANGEROUS DAMSELS, BOOK 2 by India Holton (DB 107171)

When the long-lost amulet of Black Beryl is discovered, it is up to Miss Charlotte Pettifer, as future leader of the League of Gentlewomen Witches, to make sure the powerful talisman does not fall into the wrong hands. Therefore, it is most unfortunate when she crosses paths with pirate Alex O’Riley. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

NAKED WEREWOLF. BOOKS 1-3 by Molly Harper (DB 99973)

Three romances, written between 2011 and 2014, about a secret community of werewolves in Grundy, Alaska. Includes How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf, and How to Run with a Naked Werewolf. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2013.

PAYBACK’S A WITCH by Lana Harper (DB 105199)

Emmy Harlow is a witch. Her power is limited because of her self-imposed exile from her magical hometown after her breakup with Gareth Blackmoore. On her first night home in years, Emmy runs into the intriguing Talia Avramov, who is another, more recent ex of Gareth. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

SOME GIRLS BITE: CHCAGOLAND VAMPIRES, BOOK 1 by Chloe Neill (DB 104541)

Merit, a graduate student in Chicago, is unexpectedly attacked by vampires. After being turned by a master vampire, she has to learn to fit into the society of vampires. As if understanding her new powers and limitations wasn’t enough of a challenge, Merit also fears that someone is trying to take her out. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2009.

SOULLESS; CHANGELESS; BLAMELESS by Gail Carriger (DB 81166)

First three books in a romantic steampunk series. In Soulless, Alexia Tarabotti accidentally kills a vampire, and Lord Maccon—a werewolf—investigates. In Changeless, Alexia’s new husband disappears in Scotland. In Blameless, a scandal forces Alexia from her home, and vampires want her dead. Descriptions of sex and some violence. 2014.

TROUBLE THE SAINTS by Alaya Dawn Johnson (DB 100117)

In Jazz Age New York, Phyllis, an African American woman passing as white, uses her supernatural knife skills in the service of a Russian mob boss. Phyllis once believed her kills served justice, but that changes when she reconnects with her policeman ex-boyfriend. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

UNDEAD SERIES. BOOKS 1-5 by Mary Janice Davidson (DB 85448)

First five books, written between 2004 and 2006, in a series about Betsy Taylor, shopping enthusiast and vampire queen. Includes Undead and Unwed, Undead and Unemployed, Undead and Unappreciated, Undead and Unreturnable, and Undead and Unpopular. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– AGAINST THE TIDE by Elizabeth Camden, DB 77493

Do you enjoy Christian Historical fiction with a romantic twist? You might enjoy AGAINST THE TIDE by Elizabeth Camden. Winner of both the RITA Award for romantic fiction and the Christy Award for Christian fiction, this suspenseful and atmospheric novel follows immigrant and translator, Lydia as she struggles with her beliefs and the persistent problems caused by her tumultuous childhood. She also wrestles with her growing attraction to Lieutenant Banebridge, “Bane”, a man with a difficult past of his own.

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NLS Annotation: Boston, 1891. Lydia Pallas works as a translator for the Navy Yard. When Lieutenant Alexander Banebridge requires Lydia’s skills for a case, she becomes his assistant. As Lydia is drawn deeper into Bane’s mission to end the opium trade, a relationship develops between them. RITA Award, Christy Award. 2012.

Set in Boston during the last decade of the 19th century, Ms. Camden describes the role that the legal opium trade played at this time in the United States. It was a fascinating backdrop against which to set Lydia and Bane’s story.

If you already read this book or simply enjoy gentle historical romances with an independent female lead in an urban setting, you might try the RITA Award winner for 2016, TIFFANY GIRL by Deeanne Gist, DB 83138.

February 2017 TBP Book Club Title Announced!

Texas Talking Book patrons: please join us on Tuesday February 7th at 7 pm (Central Time) for our book club discussion of ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes.

Our book club meetings are hosted via toll free conference call, so all you need is a telephone to participate. To RSVP call the Talking Book Program at: 1-800-252-9605 or email us at: tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov. Please indicate if you would like us to mail you the digital cartridge or if you prefer to download it from BARD.

NLS Annotation:
Working-class English girl Louisa “Lou” Clark is hired as an aide to wealthy Will Traynor, a former mogul who has been paralyzed since a road accident. Lou tries to keep the embittered Will engaged with the world, while Will encourages Lou to expand her horizons. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012.