We love romance at WORD, and if you've ever been in our Greenpoint store during one of our romance book club's meetings, then you know we're not alone. If you're not able to make it to their meetings (held on the first Saturday of the month at 2:45 PM in our Brooklyn store), or are just looking for some steamy reads in between, here's a list of recommendations from some of our longtime group members. We can't predict which one will be your favorite, but we do know one thing: there will always be a happy ending.
This laugh-out-loud western is filled with Texas charm, the cutest five-year-old you’ll ever meet, three holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!—and a romance that will make you believe in fairy tales. Or, at the very least, make you want a big bad cowboy of your own. —Madeline
Have you seen Magic Mike? No? You should fix that, but first read Zoey Castile's Stripped, which is like a book version of Magic Mike, only with more romance and less "wah wah, it sucks so much that my boyfriend is a stripper." It begins with a meet-cute over laundry and ends with our heroine finding herself and ~true love~ while hanging out with the boys of Mayhem City, an all-male revue led by a guy named Ricky who is just begging to have Matthew McConaughey play him in a film adaptation. —Eliza
One of my favorites! Wrongly convicted (and obvs quite handsome) movie star breaks out of jail, kidnaps small town teacher to drive him to a cabin in the woods(!!!). Judith McNaught is the queen of heart-squeezing, emotional, almost-doesn't-work-but-thank-goodness-HEA-phew! romance. —Courtney
If you like a strong female lead, murder mysteries, surprising facts about historical medicine, and the joy of seeing characters change and grow into each other...you'll love this book! The heroine is a sharp-shooting fixer who's hired to rescue the hero from hanging, and she does so with style & grace. Hilarity and (perhaps not quiiiiite enough) sex ensue as the two go on the lam together, roaming through all aspects of London society. —Hannah
The first in the Brooklyn Bruisers series that explores team as found family, how two people once in love can find each other again, and hot hockey men with emotional depth. The heroine is a sexual assault survivor and the aftermath of that experience is beautifully handled. Bonus for kickass female friendship! —Sarah
For the historical lover who wants to break out of the Regency! Two spies duke it out in Western China and Victorian England with sword fights (sometimes in petticoats), dual timelines, a desert roadtrip, cross-dressing misunderstandings and an extraordinarily badass heroine who defies gender norms and a sexy man ready to cook her breakfast. —Maddie