Coco's Picks

Stars in Your Eyes, by Kacen Callender

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781538726037
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Published: Forever - October 10th, 2023

Stars in Your Eyes stuns you to silence before wrenching your heart out. Be ready for Mattie and Logan. I did not prepare, and I'll never be the same.

The love story of Mattie and Logan, how they hurt and heal, is heartbreaking and inspiring. It shows us that it's not our fault if we feel broken. We are not the ones in the wrong; we, too, can recover and be loved.


Raiders of the Lost Heart, by Jo Segura

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780593547465
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Published: Berkley - December 5th, 2023

Who knew that the one-tent trope could be so fun!? Corrie Mejia and Ford Matthews' adventures begin deep in the Mexican jungle, searching to unearth the remains of an ancient legend.

Corrie doesn't do relationships. Being in a couple isn't conducive to her archaeologist professor lifestyle. Enter Ford, her arch nemesis, who leads the dig she has built her entire career on. As the two academics search deep into the jungle, things become increasingly muddled as their deep-seated rivalry washes away, and all that's left is the years of pent-up passion that sizzles between them.

This book is hot! Corrie takes the lead, while Ford willingly follows, and we love him all the more for it. You will get swept away in Corrie and Ford's story and the search for the Aztec legends. Jo Segura blows open the genre with a new type of academic adventure, and she leaves us begging for more -- this is one you won't want to miss!


Better Hate Than Never, by Chloe Liese

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ISBN: 9780593441527
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Published: Berkley - October 10th, 2023

The Wilmot sisters are back, and now it's Kat's turn!

Neurodivergent (ADHD) Kat journeys home after years away working as a photojournalist. Life has caught up with her; injured and broke, she's ready to swap locales with her sis, who needs an escape. Settling in, she runs into childhood family friend Christopher, who is inflexible, successful and dreamy as ever.

I'm a sucker for any Shakespeare retelling, but give a character like Kat claws and I'm all in -- poor Christopher has no idea what's coming.

I love the inclusion of Christopher's migraine condition. As a migraine sufferer myself, I am thrilled to see Chloe Liese portray folks who suffer chronic conditions in addition to neurodivergent characters.

Like Two Wrongs Make A Right (if you haven't read that one, check it out now!), Liese portrays people struggling with chronic problems in intimate ways that aren't pretty or glamorous and typically get glossed over in romance. Kat and Christopher's story is one that I'm going to read and reread for years to come.

 


A Fragile Enchantment, by Allison Saft

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ISBN: 9781250892836
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Published: Wednesday Books - January 2nd, 2024

A Fragile Enchantment will wrap you in spun sugar and leave you breathless as it weaves its way into your heart. Allison Saft has created something mesmerizing: soft and wistful; we worry the story may blow away with the breeze. It is quietly moving, a beauty to behold --  as fragile things often are.

Niamh, an enchanted seamstress, arrives at the castle of Avaland eager to create a wardrobe for the impending Royal wedding. She wasn't expecting, however, to become embroiled in a long-standing class conflict or attracted to the surly and soon-to-be-married prince, Kit.

If you like Bridgerton, this is for you: there is a game of Pall Mall (pink and black mallets included), an anonymous gossip rag, glitzy balls, and character tension that builds with each page. The Regency-inspired period and Irish folklore blend into a romantic drama where you can hear Taylor Swift instrumentals playing, all with a hint of magic -- it's that endearing.


Starling House, by Alix E. Harrow

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$28.99
ISBN: 9781250799050
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Published: Tor Books - October 3rd, 2023

Starling House is the only haunted house story you'll ever need, friends. Alix Harrow has honed her craft to a knife's point: shredding us with a love story mangled with monstrous revenge. The story is hungry and layered, reflecting harsh truths about Eden's past, so we can't look away but dig our toes even deeper into the mud-coated river banks polluted with coal ash.

The town of Eden is broken, founded on an industry that has stripped it bare. Still, Opal clings to it like a roach, scavenging for the crumbs of any good left. The stories that fascinate us as children are the ones that never leave. Ones of fantastical worlds where the beasts have claws and of sentient houses that know who comes and goes. Starling House beckons the wide-eyed, half-starved, who will steal and maim for a chance to belong.

Harrow's is a story of belonging. Like any good ghost story, the past and present tangle like mist so the ghosts can reckon with the living. You will hold your breath until your face turns blue, waiting for the tension to drop. But remember, spirits have a long time and a very long memory.


Plot Twist (Hollywood #2), by Erin La Rosa

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ISBN: 9781335458117
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Published: Canary Street Press - November 14th, 2023

Full of tractor kinks, a trip to the Ripped Bodice, and a fish named Rain Boots -- how could you go wrong with Plot Twist?

Plot Twist follows Sophie, a struggling romance author, as she reconnects with her past exes to seek inspiration for her looming deadline. Cue Dash, a struggling sober ex-actor who would love to live out his days peacefully making pots. He's also her neighbor and BFF's brother. While the tropes seem familiar, Erin La Rosa's deep dive into Dash's struggle with sobriety sparks a flame in Sophie and Dash's story that I haven't felt before in romance.

Plot Twist's deep exploration into the struggles of sobriety is as real as it gets for a rom-com. Dash's experience is so moving that we wonder if this is really his story? Sophie is stellar, but Dash is so compelling we read on for his sober journey. We need more sobriety stories in romance and this one is absolutely riveting.


Calamity (Uncharted Hearts #1), by Constance Fay

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ISBN: 9781250330413
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Published: Bramble - November 14th, 2023

You want it? A lush, deeply satisfying space adventure that has it all: a found-family of misfits, a protagonist with a killer voice, steamy romance founded on mutual respect, banter to die for, and so much more that it seeps into your bones? Get ready for a star-crossed love story pulled from the streets of Verona that will make you bark with laughter and swell with warmth. You'll root for Temperance and her crew along with the rest of us and wonder where the heck Constance Fay has been all these years. Calamity is finally here and it has so been worth the wait.