Melanie C. Duncan

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Girl Gone Viral

Rai follows up The Right Swipe with a sweet and spicy romance that delves into some deep issues of mental health for both main characters (severe anxiety and PTSD), as well as the effects of social media on people’s lives. Essential for public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 10/14/19.]
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The Land Beneath Us

Sundin completes the “Sunrise at Normandy” trilogy (The Sea Before Us; The Sky Above Us) with the tale of the final Paxton brother, digging deep into why bad things to happen to good people against the backdrop of World War II and the biblical parable of the prodigal son and forgiveness. Libraries with the first two books will want to purchase.

Best Romance 2019

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American Love Story

Herrera returns to her “Dreamers” series with a sexy romance that explores stereotypes and racial injustice. While this stands alone, characters from American Dreamer and American Fairytale make appearances, so libraries owning these first two books in the series will want to purchase. Recommended for all libraries.

Synapse

James (Every Wicked Man) delivers a thought-provoking look at the definitions of humanity, belief, and faith in this timely near-future sf thriller.
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Slow Dating the Detective

Brown’s third entry in her “Cowboys & Angels” series (after Secretly Dating the Lionman) works well as a stand-alone, but fans of the series will enjoy revisiting characters from the first books. Recommended for libraries that own the series.

The Right Swipe

Best-selling author Rai (“Forbidden Hearts” series) taps into the modern dating-app scene with hilarious, horrifying, and relatable results, blending contemporary social issues, such as sexual harassment in the workplace and CTE brain injuries in sports, into the story. For all libraries.
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A Perfect Silhouette

Miller (coauthor with Tracie Peterson of the mill town–set series “Bells of Lowell” and “Lights of Lowell”) has written a well-researched novel, which falls flat on some potential areas of conflict between Mellie and the other young women from different backgrounds, and with Morgan’s mother, who suddenly changes personality. Still, Miller skillfully weaves Bible verses and Sunday church visits into the narrative, and fans will be eagerly awaiting her newest, so purchase where demand is high
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The Rogue King

Owen’s “Inferno Rising” series launch crosses over with her “Fire’s Edge” series (The Boss), featuring dragons and their difficulties in finding mates. Edgy and intense, this romance will appeal to fans of paranormals from Cynthia Eden and Donna Grant. Recommended for all libraries.

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