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Book Recs for #My5WordRomanceNovel Tweets

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Jessica Tripler

Staff Writer

Jessica Tripler is an academic who lives in Maine. Follow her on Twitter @jessicatripler.

Jessica Tripler

Staff Writer

Jessica Tripler is an academic who lives in Maine. Follow her on Twitter @jessicatripler.

Did you see the Twitter hashtag: #My5WordRomanceNovel? It was like a less poignant but much funnier game of “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.”

As a die-hard lover of romance fiction, I’m pretty sure there’s an actual romance novel for most #My5WordRomanceNovel tweets. So if you’re intrigued after five words, here are some suggestions for more:

Book suggestions: Sylvester by Georgette Heyer; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen; By Arrangement by Madeline Hunter

Book suggestions: Carolyn Crane’s Behind the Mask and Elizabeth Kingston The King’s Man. Two ferocious heroines with heroes to match.

Book suggestions: Victoria Dahl’s Taking the Heat (male librarian…not too common in romance) and Karina Bliss’s What the Librarian Did.

Suggestions: Robin Alexander, Next Time and Bridget Essex’s A Knight to Remember (f/f with a librarian and a warrior woman from another world)

Suggestions: Jessica Scott’s Break My Fall and Kathryn Albright’s Familiar Stranger in Clear Springs

Suggestions: For friends-to-lovers stories, try Santino Hassell’s Sunset Park (m/m contemporary), Elle Kennedy’s The Deal (New Adult) and Farrah Rochon’s Passion’s Song.

Suggestions: Miranda Keneally’s Stealing Parker (Christian YA romance, with a softball player heroine) and Jennifer Bernard’s Caught By You

Suggestions: Shelly Bell’s Black Listed and J. A. Rock’s Pain Slut.

Suggestions: Almost A Gentleman by Pam Rosenthal, L. H. Cosway’s Painted Faces (hero is a drag performer), and Anna Cowan’s Untamed (for an effeminate cross-dressing duke and a masculine heroine). And let us not forget the great Georgette Heyer’s The Masqueraders.

Suggestions: Ok, basically any romance novel could fit this bill, but if we interpret this as protagonists who are struggling with mental health challenges, Megan Chance’s The Portrait (an artist hero with bipolar disorder) andΒ Water Bound by Christine Feehan (an unusual portrayal of an autistic heroine paired with an amnesiac hero) are good bets.

Suggestions: Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me and Anyone But You, and of course, J. D. Robb’s In Death series. Happy child-free couples. With cats.

An unused condom? If a condom shows up in a romance novel, it’s going to serve a purpose. I’ve got nothing for this one!