7 books we’re lov­ing now

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Ro­mance

Sa­vor You by Kris­ten Proby “Af­ter a ho-hum week, I wanted to add some spice to my life,” says Lau­ren Gat­combe, FIRST se­nior as­so­ciate editor. “So when I saw that this book com­bined my love of ro­man­tic come­dies and the Food Net­work, I knew it was for me.” Mia Palazzo has put ro­mance on the back burner for the past 10 years as she fo­cused on her culi­nary ca­reer. And all her hard work has paid off now that her restau­rant is about to be fea­tured on a com­pe­ti­tion show. But when her com­peti­tor walks into her kitchen and it’s her ex-hus­band, Cam­den Sawyer, she is stunned. Will they be able to go head-to-head and ig­nore their past or will old flames be rekin­dled? “The chem­istry be­tween these two was off the charts,” raves Lau­ren. “And by the end, I was in­spired to cook up some magic in my own kitchen!” (Wil­liam Mor­row, 2018; Pa­per­back $16, Kin­dle $5, Nook $5)

His­tor­i­cal fic­tion

Cyrus, Prince of Per­sia by Alexan­der Jovy “Af­ter a work day full of con­stant emails, calls and texts…my fa­vorite way to re­lax is to es­cape into an­other world,” says Alexan­dra Pol­lock, FIRST se­nior editor. “And this en­thralling read trans­ported me to a dif­fer­ent time and place!” In the an­cient Per­sian em­pire of Me­dia, ruth­less King Astyages has done ev­ery­thing he can to pre­serve his rule, in­clud­ing rid­ding the king­dom of the surest threat to his throne: his grand­son, Cyrus. But when the fierce 25-year-old war­rior comes into town years later, a bat­tle en­sues that will change the shape of his­tory as the world knows it. “This was such a fas­ci­nat­ing telling of the life of Cyrus the Great. Plus, I loved how the story blended ac­tion and ro­mance,” says Alexan­dra. “I fin­ished it feel­ing recharged—and like I had just re­turned from an ad­ven­ture.” (Blue Spar­row, 2018; Hard­cover $25, Kin­dle $10, Nook $10)

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