Modern Romance Books

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Calling all you romantics out there - we have all the best modern romance books to make you swoon here at The Works. If you've ripped through the classics but still love a good love story, you'll love these contemporary romance books. Browse the collection below to find your next fictional crush.

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Sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most... Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his "no dating" rule, she can't help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781471156267 • Author: Colleen Hoover • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK • Format: Paperback • Pages: 376 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.3 x 2.4 cm

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Leena is too young to feel stuck. Eileen is too old to start over. It's time for The Switch... After blowing a big presentation at work, Leena takes a two-month sabbatical and escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She'd like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn't offer many eligible gentlemen . . . A life swap seems the perfect solution. But with a rabble of unruly OAPs to contend with, as well as the distractingly handsome local schoolteacher, Leena learns that switching lives isn't straightforward. In London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, and with the online dating scene. But is her perfect match nearer to home than she first thought? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787475021 • Author: Beth O'Leary • Publisher: Quercus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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How far would you go to be with the one you love at Christmas? The Isle of Skye is a magical place, especially at Christmas, and there's no place Zac Fallon would rather be. But whilst Zac has everything he needs on Skye, there's still something missing - and that something is a somebody called Ivy McFarlane. Ivy used to work with Zac but then spread her wings and moved to Glastonbury. He's missed her ever since. Now it's almost Christmas and Zac realises that the Ivy shaped hole in his life is too big to bear. So starts his festive mission to the mainland - but will he be back in time to spend Christmas in Skye? And, more importantly, will Ivy be with him? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781781894521 • Author: Kirsty Ferry • Publisher: Choc Lit • Format: Paperback • Pages: 224

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The perfect set for fans of Giovanna Fletcher’s work. Titles in this collection: • Billy and Me • Always With Love • You’re the One That I Want • Dream a Little Dream • Some Kind of Wonderful Billy and Me Sophie May has a secret. One that she's successfully kept for years. It's meant that she's had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop. But then Sophie unexpectedly meets the gorgeous Billy Buskin - a famous actor with ambitions to make it to the top.  After years of shying away from attention, can Sophie handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? How much is she prepared to give up along the way? And is their love strong enough to keep them together against the odds Always With Love Sophie's got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of. But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she's totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy's controlling mother. When Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there's more than just miles between them. Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . . You’re the One That I Want Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had. And that's the problem. Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself. But if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? Maddy has a choice to make, but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it . . . Dream a Little Dream Sarah is doing just fine. Sure, she's been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. Yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it's really okay. She's happy (ish). So it's not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted. Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams . . . do they? Some Kind of Wonderful When the love of your life says you're not The One . . . what next? After celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks Lizzy and Ian are about to get engaged. Including Lizzy. That is, until a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future. Lizzy is heartbroken - but through the tears, she sees an opportunity . . .To find out what she's been missing while playing Ian's 'better half'….To rediscover the girl she was before….And, in the meantime, to have a little fun . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241553886 • Author: Giovanna Fletcher • Publisher: Penguin • Format: Box Set

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Residential-home caterer Connie has had one online-dating disaster too many. Hurt in the past and with her son to consider, now she's feeling hesitant. Then one of Connie's residents sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market - with the promise she'll take a mini-bus full of pensioners along with her... Amongst the twinkling lights and smell of warm gingerbread in the old market square, Connie heads off on her date with a checklist of potential partner must-haves. Baker Henrich ticks all the boxes, but when Connie meets Henrich's rival William, she starts to wonder if ticking boxes is the answer. Will Connie's wish for love this Christmas come true, and if so - with who? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780552179058 • Author: Jo Thomas • Publisher: Corgi • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm

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Will love bloom this winter? Freya Fuller is living her dream, working as a live-in gardener on a beautiful Suffolk estate. But when the owner dies, Freya finds herself forced out of her job and her home with nowhere to go. However, with luck on her side, she’s soon moving to Nightingale Square and helping to create a beautiful winter garden that will be open to the public in time for Christmas. There’s a warm welcome from all in Nightingale Square, except from local artist Finn. No matter how hard the pair try, they just can’t get along, and working together to bring the winter garden to life quickly becomes a struggle for them both. Will Freya and Finn be able to put their differences aside in time for Christmas? Or will the arrival of a face from Freya’s past send them all spiralling? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781398510975 • Author: Heidi Swain • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK • Format: Paperback • Pages: 464 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.75 cm

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Everyone is getting into the festive spirit on Castle Street - snow is falling, fairy lights are glistening and Christmas shopping is underway. But for Tara Porter, owner of thriving cafe, The Chocolate Pot, this is the most difficult time of the year. From the outside, Tara is a successful businesswoman and pillar of the community. Behind closed doors, she is lonely. With a lifetime of secrets weighing on her shoulders, she has retreated from all friends, family and romance, and shut her real self away from the world. Afterall, if you don't let them in, they can't hurt you. She's learnt that the hard way. But as the weight of her past becomes heavier and an unexpected new neighbour moves onto the street - threatening the future of her cafe - Tara begins to realise that maybe it's time to finally let people back in and confront her history. It could just change her life forever... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781802802139 • Author: Jessica Redland • Publisher: Boldwood Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 342 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.98 cm

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It's Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne - a time for family, friends and feasting. Polly Waterford loves running the Little Beach Street Bakery. She's at her happiest when she's creating delicious treats and the festive season always inspires her to bake and knead something extra special for the village residents. In fact, the only thing she loves more than her bakery is curling up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. She's determined that this Christmas is going to be their best one yet, but life doesn't always work out as planned... Product Information: ISBN: 9780751564778 Author: Jenny Colgan Publisher: Little Brown Format: Paperback Pages: 362 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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Christmas is approaching but the mood on Peppercorn Street is anything but jolly.  Claire is convinced her stalker ex will catch up with her and her young daughter, and Luke is finding that living with his estranged teenage daughter brings its own problems.  When a road accident brings them together, Luke impulsively offers them shelter in his home.  Will this Christmas give them the best present of all: a new family? Or will Claire's ex again cause trouble? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780749024734 • Author: Anna Jacobs • Publisher: Allison & Busby • Format: Paperback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 13.34 x 2.54 cm

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Imogen Tolliman never knew her mother. And when an accident robs Immi of her father too, she goes to live with her grandfather, Tollie, in his picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage by the Aysbury marina. Tollie is the star of the Santa Ahoy Special each Christmas – a festive boat ride along the canal that enthralls both children and adults alike. And as Immi grows up, she starts to appreciate the magical community she is lucky enough to live in. When Immi meets Gray Adams, she instantly realises he’s someone special. And as their relationship gets serious, they start to plan for the Christmas to beat all Christmases. But as the day approaches, and the romantic snow showers turn into blizzards, their dream of a Christmas to remember, looks set to be one they’ll never forget - for all the wrong reasons. Can they salvage the festivities, or will old secrets that are finally uncovered turn Immi’s life upside down forever? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781802802122 • Author: Lucy Coleman • Publisher: Boldwood Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 334 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.93 cm

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The honeymoon of a lifetime . . . with her sworn enemy. Olive is always unlucky; her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. While she’s about to marry her dream man, Olive is forced to play nice with her nemesis: the best man, Ethan. Yet Olive’s luck may be on the turn . . . When the entire wedding - except for Olive and Ethan - gets food poisoning, there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs. Putting their mutual hatred aside, Olive and Ethan head for paradise. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him spirals out of control. Forced to play loving newlyweds, she and Ethan find themselves in closer proximity than they ever expected. Soon, Olive finds that maybe she doesn’t mind pretending. In fact, she’s beginning to feel kind of . . . lucky. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780349417592 • Author: Christina Lauren • Publisher: Piatkus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 3.4 cm

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Can the magic of Christmas and the community of Thorndale bring two lost souls together in love? Olivia doesn't have time for Christmas or for romance - she's got a demanding career and has been burned before when it comes to love. This year, she's spending the festive season in her dad's old house, packing it up now that he's moved out. Her dad failed to mention she wouldn't be spending her time there alone... The last thing Olivia expects is for her surprise guest to be the very man who literally ran from her after an evening of mutual flirtation. But Tom has nowhere else to go and Olivia is determined to forget the disappointment she felt at his abandonment and instead help him find his way again. As heavy snow keeps them inside the cottage, will their enforced confinement spark romance once again - or will it push them further apart? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800325470 • Author: Suzanne Snow • Publisher: Canelo Escape • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm

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Come and spend a picture perfect romantic Christmas at White Cliff Bay. Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself… Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance. As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George. But is it too late? Will George win someone else’s heart or can Libby act like the heroine in one of her stories and reach for her own love under the mistletoe this Christmas? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780751581416 • Author: Holly Martin • Publisher: Sphere • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.6 cm

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At nearly ninety, retired nature writer Hattie Bloom prefers the company of birds to people, but when a fall lands her in a nursing home she struggles to cope with the loss of independence and privacy. From the confines of her 'room with a view' - of the car park! - she dreams of escape. Fellow 'inmate', the gregarious, would-be comedian Walter Clements also plans on returning home as soon as he is fit and able to take charge of his mobility scooter. When Hattie and Walter officially meet at The Night Owls, a clandestine club run by Sister Bronwyn and her dog, Queenie, they seem at odds. But when Sister Bronwyn is dismissed over her unconventional approach to aged care, they must join forces - and very slowly, an unlikely, unexpected friendship begins to grow. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529349320 • Author: Joanna Nell • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm

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Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She's just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack. Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday - running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks - is non-refundable. Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart. But there's one problem - six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who's also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks... As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from - and why he's hiding out in Clove Lore. Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800325173 • Author: Kiley Dunbar • Publisher: Canelo Hera • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm

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Love comes when you least expect it... Tressa Buckland likes her quiet life in Port Lowdy, with its cobbled streets and colourful terraced houses overlooking the sea. Her job at the local paper allows her to pursue her art in her free time, with no one but her tabby cat Ginger Pickles to mind her in Mermaid Terrace. But then the owner of the paper is called away on an emergency, and it's up to Tressa to run the paper for six months. Her first task: find a new part-time journalist. Dan Byrne is the angriest man in Ireland – or so the readers of his very successful column, 'Dan takes on the world', think. But after a story goes south and he loses his job in Dublin, Dan has no choice but to start afresh. When an opportunity comes up in sleepy Cornwall, Dan and his Golden Retriever Ritchie set off for a new adventure. For Tressa, Dan's arrival to Port Lowdy changes everything. Tressa tries not to look too deeply at her own life, but Dan sees a story to uncover in absolutely everyone – even her. The two of them couldn't be more different... yet, if they can find a way to work together, they may just breathe new life and joy into this sleepy seaside village. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800246027 • Author: Kate Forster • Publisher: Aria • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 x cm

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It’s been a year since Lottie’s fiancé walked out, leaving her heartbroken. But things start to look up when she lands her dream job at a beautiful Lake District estate, with a handsome groundskeeper for a neighbour. So when Lottie is asked to organise a last minute Christmas wedding at Firholme, she can’t wait to get started. Until she meets the couple, and discovers that Connor, the man who broke her heart, is the groom-to-be. As snow falls on the hills, can Lottie put aside her past to organise the perfect winter wedding? And will there be any festive magic left to bring Lottie the perfect Christmas she deserves? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008371609 • Author: Phillipa Ashley • Publisher: Avon • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.54 cm

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Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely - and inconvenient - places Kara Sullivan is definitely not avoiding her deadline. After all, it's the week of her best friend's wedding and she's the maid of honour, so she's got lots of responsibilities. She's a bestselling romance novelist with seven novels under her belt, so she's a pro. Looming deadlines don't scare her, and neither does writer's block, which she most certainly does not have. She's just eager to support Cristina as she ties the knot. Right? Right. But then who should show up at the rehearsal dinner but Kara's college ex-boyfriend, Ryan? Turns out he's one of the groom's childhood friends, and he's in the wedding party, too. Considering neither Kara nor Ryan were prepared to see each other ever again, it's decidedly a meet-NOT-cute. However, when Kara sits down to write again the next day, her writer's block is suddenly gone. Are muses real? And is Kara's muse . . . Ryan? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781838775650 • Author: Kate Bromley • Publisher: Zaffre • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm

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Can their marriage be mended in time for Christmas? Lottie has always been thrifty. As a mother of three, it's even more important that she stretches the household budget as far as possible. Luckily, Lottie's penchant for taking broken items and upcycling them has worked wonders for living on a shoestring. Henry can't face telling Lottie he's been made redundant. Instead, he pretends to go to work as usual while frantically job hunting. The race is on to find another role before Lottie discovers he's another useless item for her collection - one that is beyond repair. Christmas is a time for giving, but will Lottie give Henry another chance if she learns about his lies? And can Henry give Lottie and their kids the life he so desperately wants them to have? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800323148 • Author: Lilac Mills • Publisher: Canelo Escape • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm

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