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

June 12th at 6:30pm HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers #1) by Lisa Kleypas

Synopsis: Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands . . . no matter what it takes.

Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.

Annabelle is determined to resist Simon’s wicked propositions, but she can’t deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans—and it will take all of Annabelle’s courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.

  • Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Regency
  • Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Alpha-Hero, Marriage of Convenience
  • Spice Level: 🔥🔥🔥
  • Modifications: This book is considered Open Door. For Closed Door Modifications, skip or proceed with caution chapter 22.

July 10th 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

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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