Bookstore Romance Day 2022

Hey, have you heard?

Bookstore Romance Day is a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction — its books, readers, and writers — and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community. 

WORD in particular loves a good romance. So much that last year, we marked Bookstore Romance Day with a collaborative love story Flock Together with each staffer contributing to a narrative beat of a traditional romance. We had so much fun that this year, we're bringing you more staff-written romances. 

We collected typical romance tropes (plot devices that commonly occur in romance novels) and randomly assigned each staffer a trope to use for their romance. They received two weeks and were given a 1000-word limit to write their swoony best. 

Did they succeed? Check them out yourself!

 

TROPE: Forced Proximity

"Two characters find themselves stuck together in a confined space."

Of Caches and Catches

By Poppy Pines (aka Alyson I.)

 

TROPE: Fake Dating

"The central couple begins a fake relationship and ends up falling in love for real."

Personal Growth

By Amanda Toronto (aka Amanda T.)

 

TROPE: Bodyguard Romance

"Two individuals who are absolutely not supposed to get involved (because one’s safety is on the line) end up falling for one another. Has elements of Forbidden Romance."

The Vulnerable Bodyguard

By Lance Avarice (aka Davi M.)

 

TROPE: Dating On a Dare

"Two individuals, who might not otherwise date, end up entangled romantically, when one of them loses a bet to the other."

Bree Miller is in a Pickle

By Holly Day (aka Holly D.)

 

TROPE: Forbidden Romance

"A romantic relationship between two individuals that is highly discouraged, often by a third party"

Love In Analog Time

By Kyle Lawrence (aka Jasper A.)

 

TROPE: Marriage of Convenience

"Two individuals decide to marry, often out of financial or some sort of strategic necessity."

The Calculus of Your Affection

By Evelyn Early (aka Mindy C.)

 

TROPE: Big City, Small Town

"This trope centers around a character who, for whatever reason, relocates from a big city to a small town. Hijinks and romance ensue."

Touching Me in Metuchen

By Hercules Thrust (aka Steven W.)

 

 

WORD loves romance. We are home to a thriving Romance Book Club & are lucky enough to have some amazing local romance authors to boot! Below, you'll find some of our favorite romance titles. 

Island Time: A Novel By Georgia Clark Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781668001240
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - June 14th, 2022

“A delicious escape.” —People

Love is in the salty sea air in this smart and steamy ensemble romantic comedy set in a tropical paradise, from the author of the “sparkly and entertaining” (Oprah Daily) It Had to Be You.


Circling Back to You: A Novel By Julie Tieu Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063069848
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Avon - July 12th, 2022

Julie Tieu, an exciting new and diverse voice in contemporary romance, returns with a hilarious and sexy new novel about colleagues who decide to take their relationship outside the office.


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A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting: A Novel By Sophie Irwin Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593491348
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 12th, 2022

“Bridgerton fans will swoon over this entertaining romp through Britain’s Regency-era high society.”
People


The Bridges of Madison County By Robert James Waller Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9781455554287
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 28th, 2014

Fall in love with one of the bestselling novels of all time -- the legendary love story that became a beloved film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.


Seven Days in June By Tia Williams Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538719091
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 7th, 2022

The instant New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon book club pick is "a heady combination of book love and between-the-sheets love.” (Ruth Ware)

“Tia Williams’s book is a smart, sexy testament to Black joy, to the well of strength from which women draw, and to tragic romances that mature into second chances. I absolutely love


Flying Solo: A Novel By Linda Holmes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525619277
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Ballantine Books - June 14th, 2022

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A woman returns to her small Maine hometown, uncovering family secrets that take her on a journey of self-discovery and new love, in this warm and charming novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over.


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One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels (Rules of Scoundrels #2) By Sarah MacLean Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062068538
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Avon - January 29th, 2013

Lady Philippa Marbury is . . . odd


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The Ex Talk By Rachel Lynn Solomon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593200124
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Berkley - January 26th, 2021

An Instant Indie Bestseller

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon's sparkling romantic comedy debut.

 


The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels (Dangerous Damsels #1) By India Holton Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593200162
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Berkley - June 15th, 2021

A New York Times Notable Book of 2021

“The kind of book for which the word “rollicking” was invented.”—New York Times Book Review

A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance.


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Second First Impressions: A Novel By Sally Thorne Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062912855
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 13th, 2021

Second First Impressions is the warmest, coziest, sweetest book of the year, an absolutely perfect blend of humor and heart. I want to live inside Sally Thorne’s brain.” —Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling of Beach Read