Romances that won't make you blush.
Belasco, Sonia     
Speak of me as I am
Damon and Melanie, two teenagers who have lost loved ones, meet and help each other grieve, but as their friendship deepens into romance, things get complicated fast.

De La Cruz, Melissa     
Alex & Eliza
Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country's founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters -- Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters, though she'd rather be aiding the colonists' cause than dressing up for some silly ball. Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington's right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can't believe his luck -- as an orphan, and a bastard one at that -- to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

Dessen, Sarah     
Once and for all
Louna's years working at her mother's wedding planning business--as well as the tragic end of her first love--have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna's mind and give her a second chance at love.

Dietrich, Cale     
The love interest
In a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies, the stakes are high for two agents, Caden and Dylan, whose mission to compete for a girl destined for great power becomes complicated when Caden finds himself falling in love with his competition. Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. They have to be at the top of their game-- because whoever the girl doesn't choose will die. But things become complicated when Caden finds himself falling in love with Dylan.

George, McKelle     
Speak easy, speak love
After she gets kicked out of boarding school, Beatrice goes to her uncle's estate on Long Island. It's a rundown old mansion, where Beatrice's cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement. As Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy, they are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends -- Prince, John, Benedick and Maggie -- might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

Hedlund, Jody     
For love and honor
Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

Kaplan, A. E.     
Grendel's guide to love and war
When a local bully upsets the senior community by throwing wild parties, an effort that is complicated by Aaron's PTSD and Tom's unrequited feelings for the bully's sister, misfit Tom and his friend Ed take matters into their own hands.

Kincaid, S. J.     
The Diabolic
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator's daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would give her life for Sidonia-- and take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia's father is participating in a rebellion, he summons her to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Nemesis must become Sidonia to save her. It's a nest of vipers-- and Nemesis finds within herself a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans.

Maclean, Heather     
Toward a secret sky
Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she's never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that's now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she'll continue her parents' fight or stay behind to save her friends. With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she's not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn't as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.

Ormsbee, Katie     
Tash hearts Tolstoy
Natasha "Tash" Zelenka creates a web series, "Unhappy Families," a modern adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Tash gets forty-thousand new subscribers, and the series is nominated for a Golden Tuba award. She begins a cyber-flirtation with fellow award nominee Thom Causer, but needs to figure out how to tell him that she's a romantic asexual. What would Tolstoy do?

Petroff, Shani     
My new crush gave to me
Eager for a date to the holiday season "Lover's Ball," school newspaper editor Charlie rigs the school's Secret Santa exchange to woo the boy of her dreams.

Rice, Luanne     
The Beautiful lost
Ever since her mother left, Maia has struggled with depression, which has only gotten worse since her father remarried; so Maia decides run away to Canada to find her mother, together with Billy, a boy who now lives in a group home and has his own family tragedy -- but when they finally arrive in Tadoussac, Quebec, Maia discovers that even her mother has been keeping secrets.

Silverman, Laura     
Girl out of water
When her aunt gets into a car accident, Anise is forced to leave her friends and surfing behind to spend the summer in Nebraska to help care for her cousins. In doing so, she forms familial bonds and new friendships that challenge her feelings of abandonment by her mother. When Lincoln, a one-armed skater, dares her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard, Anise isn't one to shy away from a challenge.

Summers, Lindsey     
It's bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town's end-of-summer fair. It's even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he's just left for football camp ... with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there's more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There's more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she's always wanted to be. Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley---one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past?

Sutherland, Krystal     
A Semi-definitive list of worst nightmares
According to the legend of a curse, Esther Solar's family is destined to die from their fears. Esther avoids pretty much everything: elevators, small spaces and crowds; haircuts, spiders, dolls. She even keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares. Then Jonah Smallwood swindles her out of her phone, money, a fruit roll-up -- and her list of fears. He sets a challenge: to break the curse, they will face one terrifying fear at a time. Including one not on the list: love.

Winfrey, Kerry     
Love and other alien experiences
Agoraphobic high school junior Mallory's life centers on an online forum about aliens and going to school by computer until a prank lands her on the Homecoming court.

  December 2017