Red, White, and Beaus: Love Stories in Our Nation’s Capital

Red, White, and Beaus: Love Stories in Our Nation’s Capital

DC-set romances

Looking for a spring fling? Allow us to recommend Tif Marcelo’s latest: The Key to Happily Ever After. This novel follows three Filipino sisters after they inherit their parents’ wedding planning business. The de la Rosa sisters soon find themselves occupied by brides, grooms, wardrobe malfunctions, and more. But could their own happily ever afters be right around the corner? The book is set in Washington, DC and to celebrate its release Marcelo put together a list of her favorite DC-set romances.

Our nation’s capital is synonymous with politics, and in literature, it is synonymous with nonfiction, political thrillers, and military books. But behind the area’s history and what could be seen as a serious backdrop are the picturesque settings of love stories. From the Tidal Basin’s swath of cherry blossoms to the cobblestone of preserved main streets, romantic spaces abound! The following list is just a sampling of books set in the DC area that are sure to make your heart go pitter-patter.

Devil’s Deal by Michele Arris

In the first book in the Tarnished Billionaires series, ambitious interior designer Bailey Walters is assigned to a project that could launch her career. She did not expect that the home’s owner, her boss’s ex CEO billionaire Lucas Marx, would be the attractive man she turned down while moonlighting at a café. When sparks fly on the job, she risks losing both love and a chance at the life she seeks.

Love Will Always Remember by Tracey Livesay

In this third book of the Shades of Love series, Leighton Clarke suffers amnesia, in which her only real familiarity is her strong connection with her fiancé Jonathan Moran. Except Jonathan isn’t really her fiancé, but her future brother-in-law, tasked with standing in his place. When true feelings arise and Leighton starts to regain her memory, will their shared experience overcome this deception? Or will love always remember the truth?

Lovestruck Librarian series by Olivia Dade

Set in a fictional DC suburb in Nice County, Maryland, this contemporary romance series about librarians and their love stories in and out of the stacks features pithy banter and laugh out loud moments. Consisting of five full-length novels and one novella, each story follows a librarian of Battlefield Library, a hub of activity, as she meets and interacts with library patrons and the future love of her life.

The First Rule of Hook-Ups by Nina Crespo

In this first book in the Breakup Bash series, Alexa attends Club Escapade’s Breakup Bash, a party to jumpstart moving on from one relationship to another after being left at the altar six months ago. It was her second trip to Club Escapade, with the first being her bachelorette party. She doesn’t expect to see Rafe, a handsome dancer, again. When they embark on a no-strings relationship, can they adhere to the rules they set, or will their differences come between them and their happily ever after?

Love in a Carry-On Bag by Sadeqa Johnson

Erica Shaw splits her life between her growing publishing career in NYC and her relationship with her boyfriend Warren in DC. Though difficult and precarious at times, she’s committed to making it work. However, long-distance relationships are not without their own struggles. As external familial, romantic, and work pressures mount, Erica learns that her relationships are spread as thin as her schedule, and she must choose what of her life she must keep and where she belongs.

Deadly Obsession by April Hunt

In the first book in the Steele Ops series, Zoey Wright, who was sickly as a child, is ready to live her best life with her new role as a CSI agent. When her childhood crush Knox Steele reappears as part of a security firm working her newest stalker case, Zoe tries to keep it professional. But when this forced proximity heats things up between the two and Zoe’s own life is put on the line, she must determine if her heart and her career is worth fighting for.

The Suits Undone series by Mia Sosa

This three-book series focuses on three CEOs and the strong women who both challenge and excite them. Each story sparkles with romantic heat, strong friendship, and familial relationships, as well as the high stakes of DC corporate drama. In the first book, Unbuttoning the CEO, Ethan Hill is sentenced to community service in Graciela Ramirez’s non-profit community program. He keeps his identity secret, but as sparks fly, the two must reconcile their identities and philosophies to achieve their HEA.

Tif Marcelo believes in and writes about heart-eyes romance, the strength of families, and the endurance of friendship. A craft enthusiast and food-lover, Tif is a veteran Army Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration, and is inspired daily by her own military hero and four children.


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