August 17 marks the first-ever Bookstore Romance Day, and we bet you’re planning to celebrate with a trip to your local indie to pick up some romance novels. To help you out, we’ve rounded up novels that combine our passion for romance with our love of bookstores. Check out these three love stories featuring booksellers.
Readers looking for a slow-burning historical romance will find a lot to love in Cat Sebastian’s A Duke in Disguise. Verity, a bisexual publisher and bookseller, requires the help of an artist for a book she’s working on. Enter Ash: Verity’s longtime friend who has adored her for longer than he can remember. Ash is more than happy to help Verity, especially after learning a secret about his past that he fears will ruin their friendship forever.
Fans of the romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice will find themselves falling hard and fast for this novel about an architect and a romance bookstore owner. Maisy hires Ryder to help turn her aunt’s Victorian home into the bookshop of her dreams. She’s determined to keep their relationship professional despite her growing attraction to him. As for Ryder, he didn’t believe he could love anyone again after his divorce, and letting Maisy out of his life once the bookstore is finished isn’t an option he wants to consider.
Gentleman Dominic Frey is sleeping with the enemy. As an official for the monarch, he should have reported bookseller Silas Mason for his radical pamphlets ages ago. But he can’t imagine ending their affair, at least not yet. When Silas is discovered and sentenced to death, Dominic must make a choice between duty and love. Historical romance fans won’t want to miss this heartstopping novel.