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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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Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze … Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved one. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting. The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love lives, hers is non-existent. But when unusual circumstances take Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get the happily ever after to her own Christmas love story? Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781912550548 •    Author: Hannah Pearl •    Publisher: Choc Lit  •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 288

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Sam Tipping always shunned the wealth into which she was born. Instead, she’s worked hard to set up The Crash Pad, a shelter for homeless young Londoners – but she’ll need a Christmas miracle to keep it running. Having grown up in foster care, Jamie Lawson has no time for heiresses. Until his job as a journalist requires him to befriend Sam in order to expose her city banker brother for financial irregularities. As he spends more time with Sam, Jamie realises she’s not the spoiled brat he assumed she’d be – in fact, she’s starting to melt the ice around his heart. But he'll need to betray Sam’s trust if he's ever to get his big career break... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800323339 • Author: Tracy Corbett • Publisher: Canelo Escape • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm

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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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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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Can running away be the solution? Paddy needs a rest. For years, her income as a model has been supporting her sisters but with their surprise inheritance she can hang up her heels and find a new direction. Ever the optimistic romantic, she finds herself in a little cottage perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Helping out in the family business seemed like the perfect solution, but it has left her isolated and floundering, surrounded by suspicious locals and curious seals. It's a world away from the catwalks of Paris and New York. And then she meets ex-soldier Hal, and is instantly smitten. Funny, considerate, and not to mention drop dead gorgeous, he's perfect in every way except one - he's engaged. But after a misunderstanding brings the two together in ways they couldn't have imagined, it seems like they might just change each other's lives forever. Will Paddy fall in love with more than just the glorious blue skies of Cornwall? Or are there storm clouds gathering ahead Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781800324626 •    Author: Elizabeth Hurley •    Publisher: Canelo Hera •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 352 •    Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 cm •    Second book in the Wiverton Sisters series

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Has the perfect man been there all along? Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. So when she's asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra's Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the chance to escape the festivities. Her best friend Dale Treharne jumps at the chance to be her plus-one, seeing it as a way to help Lucie get through the most miserable time of the year. In New York, as the snow begins to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800325845 • Author: Darcie Boleyn • Publisher: Canelo Escape • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm

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Where there’s always a second chance at first love… Zoe has spent her life facing battles: fighting her parents for independence, struggling with her feelings for local bad boy Finn and, after a car accident at eighteen, adjusting to the fact she would not walk again. She remained strong until the day Finn, the person she thought she could trust, broke her heart… Now a successful travel writer, Zoe is excited to review a new luxury hotel in the beautiful South Pacific – until she meets its owner… Finn was never good enough for Zoe. He knew it. Zoe’s family knew it. The village of Hawkes Cove made sure he knew it. Proven when he let her down in the worst way possible. Now a successful businessman, he thought his past was behind him, until a journalist turns up to review his new resort… As Finn shows Zoe the exotic wonders of the islands both face the fact their shared past might just be the beginning of a future. But only if Zoe can win the biggest battle of her life…facing up to her heart’s desire. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008375911 • Author: Georgia Toffolo • Publisher: Mills & Boon • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm

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Escape to Cornwall with this delightful summer romance... Ellie Truman's mum has been struggling to keep the family hotel in Cornwall afloat since Ellie's dad passed away. Ellie is determined to help her mum, even if that means moving back to the sleepy Cornish village of Port Medden she fled from broken-hearted a few years ago. Running the hotel isn't easy and Ellie is grateful for the help from charming guest, Reece Mitchell. Ellie feels herself falling for Reece but should she trust him and risk getting her heart broken again? And will their hard work be enough to save the hotel? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781786150714 • Author: Karen King • Publisher: Accent Press • Format: Paperback • Pages: 319 • Dimensions: 19.84 x 12.85 x 2.03 cm

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As a professional bridesmaid, Sophie is secretly hired by brides to be their right-hand woman, ensuring their big day goes off without a hitch. From wrangling rowdy hen dos to navigating last minute portaloo cancellations, there's no problem she can't solve. So when she's employed by an actual Marchioness to help plan the society wedding of the year, it should be a chance for Sophie to prove just how talented she is. Of course, it's not ideal that the bride, Cordelia, is rude, difficult and determined to make Sophie's life a nightmare. It's also a bit inconvenient when Sophie finds herself drawn to Cordelia's posh older brother, who is absolutely off limits. And when a rival society wedding is announced, things get even more complicated . . . Can Sophie pull off the biggest challenge of her career, follow her heart and maintain her reputation - all while keeping her true identity hidden? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529340877 • Author: Katy Birchall • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm

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Escape to Cornwall this summer... When Hattie is made redundant and evicted from her flat in one horrible week, she needs time to rethink. Her Uncle Albert left her and her father each half of Fisherman's Rest, his home in the Cornish town of Port Medden, so this seems the perfect place to escape to until she can figure things out. As Hattie stays in the cottage, clearing it out, tidying it up and getting it ready to sell, she starts to find her feet in Port Medden and making a new home here begins to feel right. If only her dad didn't need a quick sale and things weren't complicated by her unwelcoming neighbour Marcus . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472278715 • Author: Karen King • Publisher: Headline Accent • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 13.02 x 1.91 cm

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Former Olympic gymnast Samantha Evans and her twin sister Sabrina have chosen very different directions in life, but they are still as close as sisters can be. So when Sabrina begs her twin to help out during her pregnancy, Sam leaves her big city life behind for the countryside. Sam thought she knew what to expect on her sister's ranch. But she wasn't expecting to find gorgeous but infuriating Jake Tanner - or have to deal with his teasing. Sam tries to keep her distance, something keeps pulling her back. Perhaps there's more to Jake than meets the eye . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780349427072 • Author: Nora Roberts • Publisher: Piatkus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 160 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm

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Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, but he still can’t put his past behind him. When Malie rescues Todd from the sea a spark ignites between them, and the two wounded souls find a common ground. But amidst the surf, sunsets and sizzling kisses, can Malie let go of her past and risk something she’d locked away forever… her heart? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008375881 • Author: Georgia Toffolo • Publisher: Mills & Boon • Format: Paperback • Pages: 368 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 cm

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What do you do when your fake engagement starts to feel too real… Aspiring clothes designer Victoria Scott spends her days working in a bar in Chelsea, and her evenings designing vintage clothes, dreaming of one day opening her own boutique. But these aspirations are under threat from the new department store opening at the end of her road. She needs a Christmas miracle, but one is not forthcoming. Oliver Russell’s Christmas is not looking very festive right now. His family’s new London department store opening is behind schedule, and on top of that his interfering, if well meaning, mother is pressing him to introduce his girlfriend to her. A girlfriend who does not exist. He needs a diversion. Something to keep his mother from interfering while he focuses on the business. When Oliver meets Victoria, he offers a proposition: pretend to be his girlfriend at the opening of his store and he will provide an opportunity for Victoria to showcase her designs. But what starts as a business arrangement soon becomes something more tempting, as the fake relationship starts to feel very real. But when secrets in Victoria’s past are exposed will Oliver walk away, or will they both follow their hearts and find what neither knew they were looking for… Sunday Times Top 20 Bestseller, Meet Me in London is the sparkling new and bestselling romance. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008375850 • Author: Georgia Toffolo • Publisher: Mills & Boon • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.2 cm

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Her destiny was certain but love had other plans... Lieutenant Kate Russell's post-war life was all mapped out. According to her upper class parents' wishes, she planned to marry a man with a pedigree like her own. But fate had other ideas in the form of Robert Campbell, a mere staff driver. Kate is irresistibly drawn to him and they decide to wed. Her family, initially outraged by the proposal, agree to accept their marriage but only if Robert climbs the ranks of the army. But when the Allied forces declare victory and Robert goes on to become a Major, Kate finds that she has another bitter war to fight. Trapped by the possessive demands of her aristocratic parents, she fights her own lonely battle to save her marriage and her reputation. Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781800323049 •    Author: Rosie Harris •    Publisher: Canelo •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 304 •    Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm

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Flowers have always made Fearne smile. She treasures the memories of her beloved grandmother's floristry and helping her to arrange beautiful blooms that brought such joy to their recipients. But ever since a family tragedy a year ago, Fearne has been searching for her own contentment. When a chance discovery inspires her to start a happiness wishlist, it seems that Fearne might just have found her answer... Sometimes the scariest path can be the most rewarding. So is Fearne ready to take the risk and step into the unknown? And what kind of happiness might she find if she does? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409186793 • Author: Cathy Bramley • Publisher: Orion • Format: Paperback • Pages: 480 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm

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Three isn’t always a magic number … There are three reasons Tess Fenton should be happy. One, her job at the Blue Olive deli is dull, but at least she gets to work with her best friend. Two, she lives in a cosy cottage in the pretty village of Halston. Three, she’s in love with her boyfriend, Blake. Isn’t she? Because, despite their history, Blake continues to be the puzzle piece in Tess’s life that doesn’t quite fit. And when she meets intriguing local artist Daniel Cavanagh, it soon becomes apparent that, for Tess, love isn’t as easy as one, two, three … Product Information: • ISBN: 9781781894583 • Author: Angela Barton • Publisher: Choc Lit Publishing • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320

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Alice thought her future was set in stone, until her past came knocking... Alice Butler starred in a successful US sitcom until tensions in the cast and crew caused the show to be cancelled. Now, five years later and working towards her dream job in art history, she's called back for a revival of the show.  It can only end in disaster, surely? Flown to a villa in Chianti to meet with the rest of the cast, Alice must decide where her future lies - with her boyfriend, David, who laps up the Hollywood company, or with the mysterious Matt, who shies away from public attention? Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781800322943 •    Author: T.A. Williams •    Publisher: Canelo Escape •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 304 •    Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm •    Second book in the Escape to Tuscany series

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