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267: Love is in the Air 2024 - Our Latest Romance Recs

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Are you looking for romance recommendations to read this February? We've got some new recommendations for you as we return with our annual Love Is in the Air episode. We'll share about our picks for this year's edition, including Kacen Callender’s Stars in Your Eyes ( | and Jacqueline Firkins’s The Predictable Heartbreaks of Imogen Finch ( |

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Bookish Check-in

Ashley - Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You ( |

Jen - Nathan Hill’s Wellness ( |

Our Romance Recommendations

Ashley - Kacen Callender’s Stars in Your Eyes ( |

Jen - Jacqueline Firkins’s The Predictable Heartbreaks of Imogen Finch ( |

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Fredrik Backman's Us Against You Book Cover

Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You  ( |

From the Publisher: "A community is only as great as the sum of its choices, and when tragedy visited Beartown, the town lost its way.

"Beartown's hockey club is on the cusp of being terminated and it falls to general manager Peter, to try to save the beloved team.

"As Peter and his wife Mira find themselves drifting apart, a local politician known for expediency rather than convictions offers him a lifeline: the new owners of the factory will step in as sponsor - if Peter can guarantee that 'The Group' is ousted from the club. 'The Group' is a gang of men known both as shady businessmen and protectors. Not to mention die-hard hockey supporters. To go against 'The Group' would be suicide . . ."

Nathan Hill’s Wellness Book Cover

Nathan Hill’s Wellness ( |

From the Publisher:

"When Jack and Elizabeth meet as college students in the gritty '90s Chicago art scene, the two quickly join forces and hold on tight, each eager to claim a place in the thriving underground scene with an appreciative kindred spirit. Fast-forward twenty years to suburban married life, and alongside the challenges of parenting, they encounter the often-baffling pursuits of health and happiness from polyamorous would-be suitors to home-renovation hysteria. 

"For the first time, Jack and Elizabeth struggle to recognize each other, and the no-longer-youthful dreamers are forced to face their demons, from unfulfilled career ambitions to childhood memories of their own dysfunctional families. In the process, Jack and Elizabeth must undertake separate, personal excavations, or risk losing the best thing in their lives: each other."

Kacen Callender’s Stars in Your Eyes Book Cover

Kacen Callender’s Stars in Your Eyes ( |

From the Publisher:

"Logan Gray is Hollywood's bad boy—a talented but troubled actor who the public loves to hate. Mattie Cole is an up‑and‑coming golden boy, adored by all but plagued by insecurities.

"When Logan and Mattie are cast as leads in a new romantic film, Logan claims that Matt has 'zero talent,' sending the film’s publicity into a nosedive. To create positive buzz, the two are persuaded into a fake‑dating scheme—but as the two actors get to know their new characters, real feelings start to develop. 

"As public scrutiny intensifies and old wounds resurface, the two must fight for their relationship and their love."

Jacqueline Firkins’s The Predictable Heartbreaks of Imogen Finch Book Cover

Jacqueline Firkins’s The Predictable Heartbreaks of Imogen Finch ( |

From the Publisher:

"Imogen Finch has just been through her seventeenth breakup. She saw it coming, so she's not as crushed as she might be, but with all seventeen of her exes leaving her for other partners, she's come to believe a prediction her well-intentioned and possibly clairvoyant mother made over twenty years ago: that Imogen would never come first at anything or to anyone. Is her love life failing due to a magical curse? Insufficient effort? Poor timing or personality mismatches? Everyone has opinions on the matter.

"Imogen's ready to give up altogether. But when Eliot Swift, her secret high school crush, returns to their small coastal town after a decade of nomadic travels, Imogen has new motivation to try again. Eliot's full of encouragement. He suggests that her curse is not only imagined, it's easily breakable. All they need is one win--any win--and she can believe in love, and in herself again.

"From trivia games to swimming races to corn-shucking contests, the pair sets out to snag Imogen her first first. But when victory proves more elusive than Eliot anticipated, and when his deep-seeded wanderlust compels him to depart for far away places, Imogen fears she's destined to remain in second place forever. Fortunately for them both, sometimes magic lingers in the most unexpected places. And love is far from predictable."


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