At ALA Midwinter, the Reading List Council announced the 2018 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprising eight different fiction genres for adult readers. An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole (Kensington, 2017) was selected as the winner of the Romance category.
In An Extraordinary Union, Elle Burns, a free black woman, voluntarily leaves the North to work in the Confederacy as a slave and a spy. When she uncovers a possible plot she also encounters Malcolm, a white Union spy. Their intense attraction places their lives in danger in this tale of forbidden love.
Below, check out the shortlisted titles for the Romance category, as well as read-alike titles for An Extraordinary Union.
The Sumage Solution: San Andreas Shifters #1
by G.L. Carriger
Bestselling author Gail Carriger, writing as G. L. Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.
Wild at Whiskey Creek: A Hellcat Canyon Novel
by Julie Anne Long
Glory Greenleaf wants to get out of Hellcat Canyon and she has a Texas-sized talent and the ambition (and attitude) to match, but only two people have ever believed in her: her brother, who’s in jail, and his best friend . . . who put him there.
Sheriff Eli Barlow has secretly been in love with Glory since he was twelve years old, and when a betrayal threatens Glory’s big break, Eli will risk everything to make it right . . . because the best way to love the girl from Whiskey Creek might mean setting her free forever.
The Lawrence Browne Affair
by Cat Sebastian
Challenging each other at every turn, two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember.