Calling all romance lovers—TPL’s Lonely Hearts Book Club is just for you! Every month we’ll read a different romance book geared toward a specific romance genre/trope. Come prepared to share all of your favorite (or least favorite) juicy details! 

This book club is for 18+ only and will be meeting on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm throughout 2024. To pick up a physical copy of your book, please visit the main desk. The first 5 books will be featured on our website, so make sure to visit our page for any closed door modifications/”spice” levels. We look forward to seeing you there!

2024 Schedule

March 13th at 6:30pm ♡ ONE BED

The Wisteria Society for Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

Synopsis: A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance.

Cecilia Bassingwaite is the ideal Victorian lady. She’s also a thief. Like the other members of the Wisteria Society crime sorority, she flies around England drinking tea, blackmailing friends, and acquiring treasure by interesting means. Sure, she has a dark and traumatic past and an overbearing aunt, but all things considered, it’s a pleasant existence. Until the men show up.

Ned Lightbourne is a sometimes assassin who is smitten with Cecilia from the moment they meet. Unfortunately, that happens to be while he’s under direct orders to kill her. His employer, Captain Morvath, who possesses a gothic abbey bristling with cannons and an unbridled hate for the world, intends to rid England of all its presumptuous women, starting with the Wisteria Society. Ned has plans of his own. But both men have made one grave mistake. Never underestimate a woman.

When Morvath imperils the Wisteria Society, Cecilia is forced to team up with her handsome would-be assassin to save the women who raised her–hopefully proving, once and for all, that she’s as much of a scoundrel as the rest of them.

  • Genres: Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Humor
  • Tropes: One-Bed, Enemies to Lovers, Mistaken Identity, Fake Dating
  • Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥
  • Modifications: This book is considered Open Door. For Closed Door Modifications, skip or proceed with caution chapter 20.

April 10th at 6:30pm FAKE DATING

The Boyfriend Candidate by Ashley Winstead

Synopsis: As a shy school librarian, Alexis Stone is comfortable keeping out of the spotlight. But when she’s dumped for being too meek-in bed!-she decides she needs to change. And what better way to kick-start her new more adventurous life than with her first one-night stand?

Enter Logan, the gorgeous, foul-mouthed stranger she meets at a hotel bar. Audacious and filterless, Logan is Alexis’s opposite-and boy, do opposites attract! Just as she’s about to fulfill her hookup wish, the hotel catches fire in a freak lightning storm. In their rush to escape, Logan is discovered carrying her into the street, where people are waiting with cameras. Cameras Logan promptly-and shockingly-flees.

Alexis is bewildered until suddenly pictures of her and Logan escaping the fire are all over the internet. Turns out Logan is none other than Logan Arthur, the hotshot candidate challenging the Texas governor’s seat. The salacious scandal is poised to sink his career-and jeopardize Alexis’s job-until a solution is he and Alexis could pretend to be in a relationship until election day…in two months. What could possibly go wrong?

  • Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick-Lit, Rom-Com
  • Tropes: Fake-Dating, Enemies to Lovers, GrumpyxSunshine, Insta-Lust, Slow-Burn, Politics 
  • Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥
  • Modifications: This book is considered Open Door. For Closed Door Modifications, skip or proceed with caution chapters 42, 44

May 8th at 6:30pm ROMANTASY

The Dark King by Gina L. Maxwell

Synopsis: For Bryn Meara, a free trip to the exclusive and ultra-luxe Nightfall hotel and casino in Vegas should’ve been the perfect way to escape the debris of her crumbling career. But waking up from a martini-and-lust-fueled night to find herself married to Caiden Verran, the reclusive billionaire who owns the hotel and most of the city, isn’t the jackpot one would think. It seems her dark and sexy new husband is actual royalty—the fae king of the Night Court—and there’s an entire world beneath the veil of Vegas.

Whether light or shadow, the fae are a far cry from fairy tales, and now they’ve made Bryn a pawn in their dark games for power. And Caiden is the most dangerous of all—an intoxicating cocktail of sin and raw, insatiable hunger. She should run. But every night of passion pulls Bryn deeper into his strange and sinister world, until she’s no longer certain she wants to leave…even if she could.

  • Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
  • Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Fated Mates, Forced Proximity, Marriage of Convenience
  • Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Modifications: This book is considered Explicit Open Door. For Closed Door Modifications, skip or proceed with caution chapters 12, 15, 16, 22, 32

June 12th at 6:30pm GRUMPY X SUNSHINE

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Synopsis: Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart. 

  • Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick-Lit, Rom-Com
  • Tropes: GrumpyxSunshine, He-Falls-First, Summer Romance, Small-Town Romance, Dual POV
  • Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Modifications: This book is considered Explicit Open Door. For Closed Door Modifications, skip or proceed with caution chapters 16, 18, end of 21, end of 26

July 10th at 6:30pm MYTHOLOGY

Neon Gods by Katee Roberts

Synopsis: Society darling Persephone Dimitriou plans to flee the ultra-modern city of Olympus and start over far from the backstabbing politics of the Thirteen Houses. But all that’s ripped away when her mother ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, the dangerous power behind their glittering city’s dark facade.

With no options left, Persephone flees to the forbidden undercity and makes a devil’s bargain with a man she once believed a myth… a man who awakens her to a world she never knew existed.

Hades has spent his life in the shadows, and he has no intention of stepping into the light. But when he finds that Persephone can offer a little slice of the revenge he’s spent years craving, it’s all the excuse he needs to help her—for a price. Yet every breathless night spent tangled together has given Hades a taste for Persephone, and he’ll go to war with Olympus itself to keep her close…

A modern retelling of Hades and Persephone that’s as sinful as it is sweet.

  • Genres: Romance, Retellings, Greek Mythology, Contemporary Fantasy
  • Tropes: GrumpyxSunshine, Fake Dating, Forbidden Romance, Dual POV, Forced Proximity
  • Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Modifications: This book is considered Explicit & Plentiful. Read at your own risk. 

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