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Love and Romance: Then and Now

Authors Vanessa Riley (Island Queen), Piper Huguley (Sweet Tea), and Marcella Bell (The Wildest Ride) discuss the sustained importance of the contemporary and historical romance novel in their books set in the 1800s Caribbean, the American South and Texas. In Island Queen, a freed slave rises to entrepreneurial heights and power, while juggling the competing attentions of men in her life. A high-powered attorney returns to her southern small town and meets and meets an unexpected love interest in Sweet Tea. And in The Wildest Ride, an undefeated rodeo champ is challenged by a worthy opponent, but their relationship might end up being an even wilder ride than the rodeo itself. Moderated by Sarah MacLean (Bombshell).

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