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Marriage of Convenience.

Movies:

Purple Hearts (2022).

An aspiring musician agrees to a marriage of convenience with a soon-to-deploy Marine, but a tragedy soon turns their fake relationship all too real.”

TV Shows:

Доярка из Хацапетовки (2006).

Катя приехала в Москву из далекой Хацапетовки. Ее заветная мечта – поступить в пищевой институт и стать шеф-поваром видного ресторана. Но, к большому сожалению героини, стать студенткой ей не удается, и девушка остается совсем одна в большом городе. Конечно, провинциальную простушку сразу же обворовывают.

Однажды она встречает Диму Булычева – заядлого гуляку и выпивоху, которому умирающий дед отписал свои миллионы при одном условии: в течение месяца внук должен жениться, иначе деньги перейдут в Фонд природы. Встреча молодых людей оказывается поистине судьбоносной. Дима приводит Катю в ЗАГС… Никто, кроме молодоженов, не знает, что их брак – фиктивный.

По прошествии времени современной Золушке удается перевоспитать эгоистичного мужа, и он, конечно же, влюбляется в свою жену по-настоящему, наконец-то поняв, какой клад попал к нему в руки.”

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Vampires.

New Adult:

Ольга Громыко, Профессия: ведьма (2003).

Цикл про Вольху Редную #1.

Каждый здравомыслящий человек твердо знает: вампиров не бывает, вампиры очень любят человеческую кровь, вампиры боятся чеснока, осины и солнечного света. Интересно, а что думают на этот счет… сами вампиры? Ох они бы и порассказали, найдись достаточно беспристрастный и храбрый слушатель! Перед вами — подробный отчет на основе личных наблюдений, составленный неунывающей адепткой Старминской Школы Магов, Пифий и Травниц. Но не удалось ли вампирам ввести в заблуждение и ее?”

TV Shows:

Moonlight (2007).

An immortal vampire and private investigator struggles to exist after he was bitten 60 years ago by his vampire bride. He is also internally tormented as he falls in love with one he should not.”

Вампиры Средней Полосы (2021).

Смоленск — среднестатистический город средней полосы России. Но не совсем. Много веков тут живут вампиры, которые хоть и позволяют себе охотиться на людей, но всё же свято чтут договор, по которому за каждое убийство нужно отдать хранителям на казнь одного из своих. Когда в березовой роще под Смоленском находят обескровленных парней, их мирная жизнь оказывается под угрозой. Теперь местной вампирской ячейке общества под руководством самого старого вампира деда Славы, он же — Святослав Вернидубович, предстоит в кратчайшие сроки найти нарушителя спокойствия.”

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Inspirational.

Charlie Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (2019).

From British illustrator, artist, and author Charlie Mackesy comes a journey for all ages that explores life’s universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole.

“Kind,” said the boy.

Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book, following the tale of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love. The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with readers of all ages.” 

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Doctors.

TV Series:

Спросите Медсестру, (2021).

Валерия – талантливый врач-реаниматолог. Работа в престижной столичной клинике, планы дочери на поступление в ВУЗ, роман с главврачом – все это рушится, когда Валерия, спасая наркозависимую девочку от передозировки, идет на крайние меры и терпит неудачу. Отец девочки, влиятельный человек, Ревзин, лишает Валерию права практиковать в качестве врача и даже готов – око за око – навредить ее дочери. Валерия вынуждена уехать в Петрозаводск и устроиться в больницу обычной медсестрой, использовав свой диплом об окончании медучилища. Ее задача – неприметно работать, не выдавая своих врачебных навыков и не привлекая внимания, а цель – спасти дочь…”

Surgeons (2017).

Is it possible to search for answers to a death that occurred almost 30 years ago?

Zhuang Su is a successful cardiothoracic surgeon who has been practicing in the United States. He returns to work at a general hospital in China to find answers to a malpractice case that happened 29 years ago that resulted in the death of a patient. Zhuang Su’s mother, the nurse involved in the case, was forced to resign. After his sister went missing, his mother committed suicide. Fellow cardiothoracic surgeon Lu Chen Xi happens to be the daughter of the patient who died in the malpractice case. After she stands up to the hospital director, Yang Fan, she is demoted to the emergency department.

Can Chen Xi help Zhuang Su find out the truth to what happened nearly 30 years ago that changed both their families’ fortunes forever?”

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Missing.

Adult:

Dror Mishani, The Missing File (2011).

Avi Avraham #1.

Sixteen year old Ofer, who left his home in Holon one morning on his way to school, disappeared without leaving a trace. Police inspector Avraham Avraham, guilt-ridden and determined to find the missing boy, is gradually consumed by the frustrating investigation that takes over his life. It seems that the more he finds out about the boy and his life, the further he gets from the truth. And only one man, Ofer’s older neighbor and private teacher Ze’ev Avni, has something to tell him. But will the neighbor’s strange story save the investigation before it’s too late?”

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New York City.

Adult:

Karen SwanChristmas at Tiffany’s (2011).

Three cities. Three seasons. One chance to find the life that fits.

Cassie settled down too young, marrying her first serious boyfriend. Now, ten years later, she is betrayed and broken. With her marriage in tatters and no career or home of her own, she needs to work out where she belongs in the world and who she really is.

So begins a year-long trial as Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London. Exchanging grouse moor and mousy hair for low-carb diets and high-end highlights, Cassie tries on each city for size as she attempts to track down the life she was supposed to have been leading, and with it, the man who was supposed to love her all along.”

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London.

Adult:

Karen SwanChristmas at Tiffany’s (2011).

Three cities. Three seasons. One chance to find the life that fits.

Cassie settled down too young, marrying her first serious boyfriend. Now, ten years later, she is betrayed and broken. With her marriage in tatters and no career or home of her own, she needs to work out where she belongs in the world and who she really is.

So begins a year-long trial as Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with each of her best friends in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris and London. Exchanging grouse moor and mousy hair for low-carb diets and high-end highlights, Cassie tries on each city for size as she attempts to track down the life she was supposed to have been leading, and with it, the man who was supposed to love her all along.”

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Superheroes.

Picture Books:

Brian Biggs, My Hero (2022).

Awesome Girl heroically saves her daddy from danger in this adorable and funny book, perfect for Father’s Day and beyond.

Quicker than lightning, stronger than steel, disguised as an ordinary kid, Awesome Girl is here to save the day! That is, until her dad says it’s time to come in for a bath. Abigail is tired of her dad not believing in her true superhero powers . . . until she finally gets the chance to show him what she can do by saving him from the tentacles of a supervillain.”

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Eugenics.

Middle-Grade:

Shannon Messenger, Keeper of the Lost Cities (2012).

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.” There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.”

Adult:

Ilona Andrews, Burn For Me (2014)

Hidden Legacy #1.

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.”

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Enemies-to-Lovers.

Adult:

Татьяна Устинова, Седьмое Небо (2009).

Лидия Шевелева, корреспондент газеты “Время, вперед!” и не подозревала, что стала пешкой в большой игре, когда получила из анонимного источника потрясающие материалы. Это был компромат на главу юридической службы холдинга олигарха Тимофея Кольцова – Егора Шубина. С ведома своего начальства она написала убойную статью о подлом воре с внешностью английского лорда Шубине. И уничтожила его. Кольцов выставил Егора на улицу и дал неделю на разбор ситуации… Иначе смерть. Но судьба любит шутить, и она столкнула врагов Шевелеву и Шубина вновь, причем Лидия помогла Егору в схватке с бандой подонков, чуть не убивших его младшего брата. Эта встреча поломала планы постановщика игры – Лидии стало ясно, что Егор не мог двурушничать. Понимая, что их хотят уничтожить, Лидия и Егор объединяются, чтобы вычислить общего врага…”

Sally Thorne, The Hating Game (2016).

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.”

Ilona Andrews, Burn For Me (2014)

Hidden Legacy #1.

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.”

Ольга Громыко, Верные Враги (2010).

Это – сказка, рассказанная зимней ночью. Веселое и грустное повествование о вражде и дружбе, магии и смекалке, благородстве и предательстве, любви и ненависти, между которыми один шаг по глубокому снегу. Это – кусочек белорской истории, не попавший в летописи, но воспетый в легендах. А что в ней ложь и что правда – пусть останется на совести автора…” 

Ilona Andrews, Fated Blades (2021).

Kinsmen #3.

An uneasy alliance between warring families gets heated in this otherworldly novella from bestselling author Ilona Andrews.

At first glance, the planet Rada seems like a lush paradise. But the ruling families, all boasting genetically enhanced abilities, are in constant competition for power―and none more so than the Adlers and the Baenas. For generations, the powerful families have pushed and pulled each other in a dance for dominance.

Until a catastrophic betrayal from within changes everything.

Now, deadly, disciplined, and solitary leaders Ramona Adler and Matias Baena must put aside their enmity and work together in secret to prevent sinister forces from exploiting universe-altering technology. Expecting to suffer through their uneasy alliance, Ramona and Matias instead discover that they understand each other as no one in their families can―and that their combined skills may eclipse the risks of their forbidden alliance.

As the two warriors risk their lives to save their families, they must decide whether to resist or embrace the passion simmering between them. For now, the dance between their families continues―but just one misstep could spell the end of them both.”

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Feud.

Adult:

Ilona Andrews, Fated Blades (2021).

Kinsmen #3.

An uneasy alliance between warring families gets heated in this otherworldly novella from bestselling author Ilona Andrews.

At first glance, the planet Rada seems like a lush paradise. But the ruling families, all boasting genetically enhanced abilities, are in constant competition for power―and none more so than the Adlers and the Baenas. For generations, the powerful families have pushed and pulled each other in a dance for dominance.

Until a catastrophic betrayal from within changes everything.

Now, deadly, disciplined, and solitary leaders Ramona Adler and Matias Baena must put aside their enmity and work together in secret to prevent sinister forces from exploiting universe-altering technology. Expecting to suffer through their uneasy alliance, Ramona and Matias instead discover that they understand each other as no one in their families can―and that their combined skills may eclipse the risks of their forbidden alliance.

As the two warriors risk their lives to save their families, they must decide whether to resist or embrace the passion simmering between them. For now, the dance between their families continues―but just one misstep could spell the end of them both.”