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Books Set in Colorado

Our journey through the 50 states continues with a stop in Colorado!

Book Club Pick – Colorado

That Thing You Brew by Kerry Evelyn

That Thing You Do by Kerry Evelyn book cover

What is That Thing You Brew about?

๐™’๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™›๐™–๐™ซ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™˜๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™š ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ฅ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™™, ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ ๐™š๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฎ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™™๐™จ ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ช๐™˜๐™ ๐™ฎ ๐™‹๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™—๐™š๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™šโ€ฆ

Every Denver Edge fan thinks they know the secret behind my goal-scoring streak. The truth is, itโ€™s not the pre-game toffee coffee from the Bevvie Bar that brings me luckโ€”itโ€™s Penny, the shy harp-playing barista who makes it for me.

But my winning streak is threatened when I learn that the coffee shop may be closing and I could lose her forever. On top of that, Iโ€™m hit with the news that if I donโ€™t get married, Iโ€™ll lose my inheritance.

Can my favorite barista whip up an inheritance-saving recipe before time runs out?

Time isnโ€™t on my side. With the deadline looming, Iโ€™ll have to skate fast to earn her affection, and if I mess up, I could lose everythingโ€”my inheritance, my career, and most of all, my heart.

Kerry Evelyn on Literary Escapes Podcast

Want to know more about Kerry and her books? Listen to this conversation on the Literary Escapes Podcast!

coming 5/23

More Sweet Reads Set in Colorado

Enjoy this additional selection of books set in Colorado, spanning cozy mystery, sweet romance, and historical fiction. Perfect for easy reading, these delightful tales promise happy, hopeful endings.

Which one will you choose for a literary escape to Colorado?

Baggage Claim by Juliana Smith

Baggage Claim by Juliana Smith book cover

Genre: Holiday Romance

Olive Moore has been avoiding her hometown for three years now. But a phone call with her mom has her agreeing to spend the holidays back home with her family, she lets it slip she will be bringing a boyfriend with her. The only problem with that is she has no boyfriend. That is until she meets a handsomeโ€”albeit annoyingโ€”stranger on the plane who makes her an offer she canโ€™t refuse.

Finn Beckett has always had good luck, as demonstrated by the gorgeous blonde heโ€™s seated next to on a flight to Aspen. One drink too many leads to Olive spilling her problems in his lap, and he feels compelled to help. So he makes her an offer: heโ€™ll pretend to be her boyfriend to keep her family off her back and make this the best Christmas ever.

Olive and Finn spend the next two weeks going on spirit-filled Christmas dates with her family. Their ruse is working perfectly, but Finn canโ€™t help but notice Olive is holding something back. Something that could ruin everything.

Their relationship may have taken off smoothly, but with all this turbulence, will they ever make it to baggage claim?

How to Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn

How to Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn book cover

Genre: Cozy Mystery

To help save her familyโ€™s floundering Colorado bookstore, Starlit Bookshop, newly minted Ph.D. Emma Starrs agrees to plan a mystery-themed dinner party for her wealthy, well-connected high school classmate Tabitha Baxter. Itโ€™s a delightful evening of cocktails and conjecture until Tabithaโ€™s husband, Tipโ€”hosting the affair in the guise of Edgar Allan Poeโ€™s detective C. Auguste Dupinโ€”winds up murdered.

In a heartbeat, Emma and her aunt Nora, a famous mystery writer, become suspects. Emma is sure the partyโ€™s over for Starlit events, until celebrated author Calliope Nightfall, whose gothic sensibilities are intrigued by the circumstances, implores the bookseller to create a Poe-themed launch event for her latest tome. Throwing a bash to die for while searching for additional clues is already enough to drive Emma stark raven mad, but another shocking crime soon reveals that Silvercrest has not yet reached the final chapter of the puzzling case.

Someone in this charming artistic community has murder on the mind, and if Emma cannot outwit the killer, she and her beloved aunt will land behind bars, to walk free nevermore.

Little Souls by Sandra Dallas

Little Souls by Sandra Dallas book cover

Genre: Historical fiction

Colorado, 1918. World War I is raging overseas, but itโ€™s the home front battling for survival. With the Spanish Flu rampant, Denverโ€™s schools are converted into hospitals, churches and funeral homes are closed, and nightly horse-drawn wagons collect corpses left in the street. Sisters Helen and Lutie have moved to Denver from Ohio after their parentsโ€™ death.

Helen, a nurse, and Lutie, a carefree advertising designer at Neusteterโ€™s department store, share a small, neat house and each finds a local beau โ€“ for Helen a doctor, for Lutie a young student who soon enlists. They make a modest income from a rental apartment in the basement. When their tenant dies from the flu, the sisters are thrust into caring for the womanโ€™s small daughter, Dorothy.

Soon after, Lutie comes home from work and discovers a dead man on their kitchen floor and Helen standing above the body, an icepick in hand. She has no doubt Helen killed the manโ€”Dorothyโ€™s fatherโ€”in self-defense, but she knows that will be hard to prove. They decide to leave the body in the street, hoping to disguise it as a victim of the flu.

Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel

Trouble in Loveland by Jennifer Peel book cover

Genre: Sweet Romance

At seventeen, Charlee Jensen packed her bags and left her beloved hometown of Loveland, swearing she would never have anything to do with the men that left her heartbroken: her father, the man who taught her heroes can fall; and Ryan Carter, her much older neighbor and teenage crush.

Now eight years later, Charlee has two degrees she never wanted and no job prospects, forcing her to swallow her pride and come home to work for her father’s accounting firmโ€”the same firm where newly divorced Ryan Carter is now a partner.

But trouble starts to stir when Ryan realizes the girl next door is all grown up and completely smitten with his adorable three-year-old. Ryan finds it hard to resist his beautiful, yet annoyingly charming neighbor and coworker, but is torn between his feelings and trying to keep the peace with his ex-wife, the mother of his child. It’s a recipe for trouble. Will Charlee and Ryan find the formula for success?

Some Cowboys Are Off Limits by Natalie Dean

Some Cowboys Are Off-Limits by Natalie Dean book cover

Genre: Sweet Romance

Elijah Keagan had one unbreakable rule growing up: donโ€™t date his sisterโ€™s best friend. So he never acted on his secret crush. Besides, Elijah has every reason to mistrust Scarlett. She was a big part of his sisterโ€™s path to self-destruction and she isnโ€™t to be trusted.

Scarlett left Copper Creek in a blaze of dreams and never looked back. After the death of her mother, sheโ€™s back in Copper Creek and determined to stay. Itโ€™s time to settle down, find a husband and start a family.

Problem is, no one believes her.

When Scarlettโ€™s dad hurts his hand and canโ€™t work on their farm, Elijah volunteers to help them. That way, he can keep a close eye on Scarlett. Itโ€™ll be hard work, but Scarlett will leave soon anyway, right?

Elijah vows to keep Scarlett away from his sister and to not believe her lies this time. But what will he do when that lingering crush starts turning into something stronger?

Always With Me by Barbara Freethy

Always With Me by Barbara Freethy book cover

Genre: Sweet Romance

After her third broken engagement, Gianna Campbell comes home to help with the family business and to heal her heart, only to realize that she has become the town jokeโ€”dubbed the runaway fiancรฉe. If that wasn’t bad enough, who should show up in town but her former crush Zach Barrington, a man who has other reasons to hate her.

Zach returns to Whisper Lake not only for a job opportunity but also for a chance at personal redemption. The last person he wants to see is Gianna, who once got him kicked out of the only place that made him feel whole. But when an accident sends her into the lake, their first face-to-face meeting in years leaves them both breathless.

And suddenly the past feels a lot closerโ€ฆ

Zach and Gianna back away as fast as they come together, both wary of more danger to their damaged hearts. But their search for a truth leads them to surprising secrets, life-changing revelations, heartbreaking emotion, and the chance for a love more powerful than they ever imagined. Can they trust each other the second time around?

Tequila by Dr. Rebecca Sharp

Tequila by Dr Rebecca Sharp book cover

Genre: Romance (open door + a bit spicy!)

A pilot, a park ranger, and a bottle of tequila sit down at a bar.

One shot. One kiss. One night together on top of the Rockies changed everythingโ€ฆ until morning rolled around.

Six years later, Shay Covington returns to Colorado. Famous. The best fighter pilot in the Air Force. Infamous. Pulled from her command and fleeing her shadow of shame. When torrential rains strand her in town, the mountain man who rescues her is none other than Logan Daniels – the Park Ranger she disappeared on after one night.

Shock. Logan never thought heโ€™d see his tequila girl again. Betrayal. She hadnโ€™t even given him her real name. Unfortunately, with highways closed and hotels full, he has only one choice: to bring Shay home with him.

But this time, fate decides to give them more than a single night.

By morning, theyโ€™re trapped by one of the worst floods Estes Park has ever seen. Shay and Logan join the rescue effort, but as the water rages and danger rises, so does the attraction between them.

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