Emma Barry: Where to Start

I’ll update this post as I release new books, but here’s my backlist organized by theme, trope, and subgenre.

  • Chick Magnet: A grumpy-sunshine forced proximity romance about a backyard chicken keeping social media influencer and a small town veterinarian who are uneasy neighbors, then tentative friends, until their midnight confessions—about her gaslighting ex and his failing practice—blossom into something like love.
  • The One You Want: This is opposite-attract, playboy male main character, political romance, and workplace tropes. A contemporary romance about an idealist and a cynic who can’t stay away from each other during a budget negotiation.
  • The One You Need: This is friends to lovers, scandal, political romance, workplace tropes with an average looking/normal male main character. A contemporary romance about a money laundering scandal, and the fundraiser and independent journal who crack it open.
  • The One You Hate: This is enemies to lovers or campaign rivals during a presidential election romance tropes. It’s a contemporary romance about a steamy secret affair. This is a favorite with some readers.
  • The One You Crave: This anthology features contemporary romances about a political aide and a rock star (“Aspiring”); friends to lovers (“Kissing and Other Forms of Sedition”); journalist rivals (“The Fourth Estate”); second chance with a first crush (“Run”). These are political romances, many with workplace settings and one set in a small town.
  • Star Dust: It’s forced proximity (neighbors); astronaut male main character; divorced, single parent female main character; historical; and space race romance tropes. It’s like Pillow Talk, but with astronauts.
  • Earth Bound: It’s workplace, secret affair, and STEM protagonists tropes. It’s like Apollo 13, but with a major amount of steam. This is a reader favorite!
  • Round Midnight: It’s holiday (Christmas and New Year’s Eve), with love at first sight (A Midnight Clear) and best friend’s sibling (A Midnight Kiss) tropes. These are historical romances set in the late 1940s/early 1950s, and are another set of reader favorites.
  • A Midnight Feast: This is marriage in trouble, holiday (American Thanksgiving), and astronaut male main character tropes. This is historical and plays out between 1945 and 1965. This is angsty and rewarding.
  • Free Fall: This is a marriage of convenience/shotgun wedding/accidental pregnancy with an age gap, astronaut male main character, and plus size female main character tropes. This is a historical with a mid 1960s setting. It’s fizzy fun.
  • Appassionata: This is a second chance with a first crush/friends to lovers workplace romance with a concert pianist female main character and a piano technician male main character. It’s a contemporary romance set in the world of classical music.
  • Free: This is friends to lovers, workplace, and small town tropes. This is a contemporary romantic suspense that subverts motorcycle club romance tropes.

If you want something light and swoony, try Star Dust or The One You Want.

If you want angst (knowing it’ll all work out), try A Midnight Feast.

If you want a grumpy-sunshine pairing, try Chick Magnet or Free Fall.

If you want heroes who break the romance mold, try Appassionata and The One You Need.

If you’re looking for happily child-free couples, try Earth Bound and The One You Hate.

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