Women’s fiction brings love, laughs

A college graduate goes to live in Nantucket for a year thanks to a friend of the family’s will in “True Love” by Jude Deveraux.

Alix is looking forward to a year of solitude to work on her architectural design portfolio so she can send out resumes for a job. Though she only visited the island once as a child, her mother somehow got an older lady to bequeath the house to Alix for a year. Little does Alix know that the new owner of the house who is waiting in the guest house for her to vacate, is none other than the famous architect, Jared Montgomery.

Alix not only worships his work, but has a crush on him, and their first meeting doesn’t go well as he believes she is nothing but a young student looking for some pointers. But as Jared gets to know Alix, he finds her work intriguing, as well as the lady herself. But what Alix doesn’t know is Jared knows both of her parents – who won’t be happy with Jared’s love them and leave them attitude toward women. Through in a ghost, some complicated family history and a colorful cast of friends, and there is plenty of complications. Will Alix and Jared find romance or a strictly professional relationship?

This is a great story of both romance and a career-driven woman, who finds both with the same handsome man. Their romance is thoroughly enjoyable.

“True Love” is published by Ballantine Books. It is $27 and 448 pages long.

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A single-father cowboy meets a bartender and sparks fly in Kat Murray’s “Bucking the Rules.”

Trace is a cowboy whose one-night stand turned into full-time single-fatherhood. Managing his son and helping his family run their ranch doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for romance, but he can’t help being intrigued by the new bar owner in town – Jo. Though she isn’t used to small town life, Jo is still making an impression on the community – and on Trace. So when he finally gets a chance to convince her to let down her guard for a bit of romance, he’s fine to play by her rules of no relationship. Until he really starts to like her and want more. But Jo’s made it clear she’s not looking for love, can Trace convince her that she is?

Sexy cowboys and strong heroines are in Murray’s books and this one is no exception – both Trace and Jo are compelling characters whose romance readers will enjoy.

“Bucking the Rules” is published by Kensington. It is $9.95 and 304 pages long.

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New York Times bestselling author Stephanie McAfee’s Ace is back again and back home in “Down and Out in Bugtussle.”

After a failed attempt at owning her own gallery and a failed relationship ending in a breakup with her fiance, Ace returns to her Gramma Jones’ house in her hometown, Bugtussle, and with her two best friends, Lilly and Chloe, and tries to get her school teacher job back. Problem is, someone else already has her job and isn’t giving it up, so Ace must make do with being a subsitute teacher.

While Ace tries to be a good employee and work with the outrageous other subsitute, Stacey Dewberry, who turns out to be a good friend, she wants to find a way to get her old job back. Meanwhile, Lilly and Chloe keep trying to set her up on blind dates that don’t end well, and Ace is trying to help them navigate their own relationshp troubles.

Though Ace doesn’t have her own life together, can she help her friends? Can she sort out the pieces of her life? And can she finally find happiness here?

Ace is a flawed but relatable heroine, in fact her flaws make her even more so.

She’s funny, she’s kind, she’s the best friend you want, even if her life is kind of a mess. And that’s what makes her story so readable.

“Down and Out in Bugtussle” is published byNew American Library. It is $15 and 344 pages long.