Hot Stuff: The summer’s 8 best romance novels are thrilling, fun, and resonant romps

By Maureen Lee Lenker August 30, 2022 at 03:00 PM EDT

Summer 2022 brought a veritable smorgasbord of scintillating romance choices, from unique historicals to engrossing contemporary rom-coms. [check your library first!]

  • For the Love of the Bard, by Jessica Martin
  • Always Be My Duchess, by Amalie Howard
  • The Accidental Pinup, by Danielle Jackson
  • The Hookup Plan, by Farrah Rochon


Eleven people are responsible for 60% of book bans. “Each of these people brought 10 or more challenges against books in their school district; one man filed 92 challenges. Together, these serial filers constituted 6 percent of all book challengers — but were responsible for 60 percent of all filings,” wrote Hannah Natanson.

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Mark your calendars: The next Banned Books Week will be October 1 – 7, 2023!For more information, go to the American Library Association’s site HERE. Look for ALA’s Top Challenged Books of 2022 list in April 2023!

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