This is another request from our Submit Your Rec League post and it comes from Anne:
Characters who compete in local competitions like the neighborhood garden award or a county fair baking competition. Bonus points for a rivalry with a dastardly neighbor that both main characters love to annoy.
This one was a little tricky for us, so any and all recommendations are welcome!
Tara: The leads join a weekly cornhole game in Beautiful Dreamer by Melissa Brayden, but that’s just one scene.
Sarah: My brain is exhausted so I’m extra bad at this today: the farmer’s market Harlequin?
YES Nicole Helm – I’m foggy bc brain:tired but I think they’re competing in one of the books. (GO ME)
Shana: Is that All I Have? That was the first book I thought of too, but I couldn’t remember if there was a competitive element.
There’s definitely at least a rivalry between their two farmstands, and that book is super cute!
Sarah: Hey, wait, do you think the Talisman’s Hie counts as a neighborhood competition? 😛
Shana: Do sports romances count? Roller Girl by Vanessa North has two women competing on the same roller derby team.
Or there’s that Cathy Yardley book where the heroine is entering a GoT cosplay contest.
Oh! That Adrianna Herrera book!
Sarah: Oh that might work! Oh, the other Yardley book, the first one, has a coding competition but that isn’t quite the same as baking/gardening/neighborhood competition.
The cooking show one?
(Amanda please note how hard we are trying here. GO US)
Shana: This is SO hard!
Sarah: It seems like such a perfect idea for a romance, too: sort of a cozy competition romance
Shana: Oh, the coding competition is a good call, that was a much bigger part of the plot
Mangos and Mistletoe, that’s the Herrera book. F/f about a baking competition.
Level Up is the Yardley book about two coders working together, it’s like a cooperative board game in book form.
Amanda: I appreciate all of your brain power!
Shana: Now I’m hungry for baked goods, and I blame you, Amanda.
Amanda: I’ll shoulder that blame!
Which romances would you recommend? Let us know below!