SPONSORED: “Great Reads” is a regular roundup of books that the Orange County Public Library System thinks you should peruse that month.
With Valentine’s Day snuggled in the middle, February itself feels like love. We spent January making goals to make us a better us to embrace others. This month, Orange County Library System celebrates love in various facets with our book selection. Don’t forget: getting library materials delivered to your door is just a few clicks away.
LOCKED IN TEMPTATION – THE PROTECTORS
BY BRENDA JACKSON
Joy and Stonewall are both in the protection business, Joy as a police detective and Stonewall as a private securities expert. For months their schedules have limited them to casual dates, filled with intimate conversation and heated flirtations. Just when they seem to find their rhythm, Joy is assigned to a career-making case. As stressors mount, her instincts send her retreating to old habits. Stonewalls response: an irresistible advance!
THIS LIFE I LIVE
BY RORY FEEK
This is Life I Live is the love story of Rory and Joey Feek, known for their country music, best-known for the way they loved one another. Rory shares raw accounts of their whirlwind courtship and marriage, their joys and heartbreaks. What the Feeks experienced together was far more than they could have imagined apart. Part “oh my,” part “tear-jerker,” all heart.
WHAT IF IT’S US
BY BECKY ALBERTALLI AND ADAM SILVERA
New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera combine their talents to bring a new romantic comedy. When Arthur is in New York for the summer he spots Ben, a cute Native New Yorker and follows him into the post office. When fate separates them after that short encounter, both
boys retrace that day in hopes of reuniting and they eventually meet again. After a series of failed first dates both begin to wonder if the universe is pushing them together or breaking them apart. The result is a charming page-turning romantic comedy.
INHERITANCE: A MEMOIR OF GENEALOGY, PATERNITY, AND LOVE
BY DANI SHAPIRO
Acclaimed novelist Dani Shapiro delivers a fascinating memoir of her quest to learn the truth about her own identity. In 2016, Shapiro learns that her father was not her biological father after undergoing a DNA test. Inheritance is about deception and family secrets that we keep in the name of love. With the support of her husband and son, she embarks on a journey to uncover the secrets her family kept from her and piece back together her true identity. Shapiro’s openness to share her painful story will captivate readers.
ONLY LOVE TODAY: REMINDERS TO BREATHE MORE, STRESS LESS, AND CHOOSE LOVE
BY RACHEL MACY STAFFORD
In her new book Only Love Today, admired blogger and author Rachel Macy Stafford wants you to know something important: You matter. Drawing from personal favorites from her much-read blog, as well as several new entries just for this collection, Stafford encourages readers to find time each and every day to acknowledge their thoughts and feelings in this tumultuous, forever-chaotic world. With a non-linear structure themed around all four seasons, this is a perfect read for anyone looking for a little self-love advice not just around Valentine’s Day, but for any time of the year.
THE KISSING BOOTH
BY BETH REEKLES
Read the YA hit novel that is the basis for the popular Netflix movie! Best friends Elle and Lee decide to set up a kissing booth at their high school’s annual carnival. At first, the booth is a success, but it ends up being more than Elle bargained for when a mix-up causes her to kiss Lee’s older brother, Noah. This sparks a chain of events that will have readers and fans of YA unable to stop turning pages! This first-ever novel from British author Beth Reekles is perfect for readers looking for a light yet exciting romantic romp!