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Bibliofiles: Romance
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Love is hard to define — so how do you analyze a whole literary genre with rules built around the concept? Today, KCUR's "Bibliofiles" explain the themes, Love is hard to define — so how do you analyze a whole literary genre with rules built around the concept? Today, KCUR's "Bibliofiles" explain the themes, Show less
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Sizzle by Jennifer Crusie
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Emily Tate wants Richard Parker, the sexy number cruncher who's been hired to keep her in line and under budget. Richard Parker wants Emily Tate, the sexy...Show more Emily Tate wants Richard Parker, the sexy number cruncher who's been hired to keep her in line and under budget. Richard Parker wants Emily Tate, the sexy advertising executive who's running the ad campaign for a sensual new perfume called Sizzle. And sizzle is exactly what happens when Emily and Richard get together. Show less
A Soldier's Heart by Kathleen Korbel
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Over twenty years earlier, an unnamed nurse had struggled to pull Tony Riordan away from the brink of death. And now, Tony could see the confusion in Clai...Show more Over twenty years earlier, an unnamed nurse had struggled to pull Tony Riordan away from the brink of death. And now, Tony could see the confusion in Claire Henderson's eyes, could see her struggle with the same nightmare images that had haunted him for years. Claire Henderson had saved his life, and it was time to return the favor. Show less
The Mating Season (Kansas, Americana, #16) by Janet Dailey
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City sophisticate and country girl. Jonni was both. She'd never really given up her love for country living--but now she was a fashion model in New York....Show more City sophisticate and country girl. Jonni was both. She'd never really given up her love for country living--but now she was a fashion model in New York. Her fiance, Trevor, fitted in with her glamorous city life-style. Gabe Stockman, however, was decidedly different. And meeting him again at her parents' ranch in Kansas, Jonni was suddenly swept with doubt and uncertainty. It was a difficult choice: the elegant, well-mannered man she was engaged to, or the earthy, vital ranchman who felt Jonni belonged in the country--and in his arms. Show less
Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature by Janice A. Radway
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One of the first thoughtful examinations of the romance novel challenges popular (and often demeaning) myths about why romantic fiction, one of publishing...Show more One of the first thoughtful examinations of the romance novel challenges popular (and often demeaning) myths about why romantic fiction, one of publishing's most lucrative categories, captivates millions of women readers. Among those who have disparaged romance reading are feminists, literary critics, and theorists of mass culture. They claim that romances enforce the woman reader's dependence on men and acceptance of the repressive ideology purveyed by popular culture. Radway questions such claims, arguing that critical attention "must shift from the text itself, taken in isolation, to the complex social event of reading." She examines that event, from the complicated business of publishing and distribution to the individual reader's engagement with the text. Show less
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
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One night. No one will know. That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbid...Show more One night. No one will know. That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts-and the last names that made them enemies. Until the night she didn’t show up. Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want…so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed? Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence–and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families. Being together might be against all the rules…but being apart is impossible. Show less
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