Brighten your day with some ro­mance

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At this dreary sea­son in the year, brighten up a rainy day with some fresh, sparkling per­spec­tives on ro­mance. All three of th­ese con­tem­po­rary nov­els ex­plore what hap­pens when a young, busy work­ing woman fi­nally meets some­one spe­cial – al­though in each story, the po­ten­tial of The Man is cer­tainly not clear at first glance.

In The Pro­posal, Nikole meets Car­los af­ter she turns down a very pub­lic pro­posal from her short-term boyfriend, and they be­gin a sexy flir­ta­tion – but is that all it is?

This novel has snappy di­a­logue, wit, and is quite high on the spicy scale. It’s the sec­ond novel by Guil­lory (her first is

The Wed­ding Date), and in both books, the main char­ac­ter is a de­ter­mined and suc­cess­ful woman who en­joys her re­la­tion­ships.

A Princess in The­ory in­tro­duces a new se­ries by Alyssa Cole, Reluc­tant Roy­als (book two, A Duke By De­fault is also in the li­brary now). Naledi, an Amer­i­can grad stu­dent, gets a se­ries of spam emails claim­ing she is the true soul­mate of Prince Thabiso of the African coun­try of Th­esolo – deleted, of course. Shortly af­ter, she meets and im­me­di­ately clicks with her new neigh­bour Ja­mal. But is Ja­mal who he says he is? He doesn’t seem fa­mil­iar with the ba­sics of life, like cook­ing or tak­ing the sub­way.

This is a clever story fea­tur­ing a hero­ine who is a suc­cess­ful, smart sci­en­tist. It sets up the next book in the se­ries well, and pro­vides lots of laughs, sus­pense, and a slightly el­e­vated spicy rat­ing.

Aye­sha At Last is in­spired by Pride & Prej­u­dice and is set in Scar­bor­ough amongst the Mus­lim com­mu­nity. Its spicy rat­ing is quite low, and the ro­man­tic tan­gle comes more from com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions and the main char­ac­ters’ mis­taken as­sump­tions about one an­other.

Aye­sha meets Khalid at their mosque when she is vol­un­teered once again to take her flighty cousin Hafsa’s place on a com­mit­tee, and thus is mis­taken for Hafsa. But it’s this very cousin who Khalid’s mother is try­ing to set him up with, lead­ing to con­fu­sion all around. Drama, a large cast, and a sea­son­ing of hu­mour re­sult in an en­ter­tain­ing Cana­dian read.

If you are in the mood to warm up with a good ro­mance, any of th­ese might do. Or ask us for more sug­ges­tions, any time!

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