What makes romances with journalist lead character so juicy?
For one, journalists can fit any genre, from historical to contemporary to paranormal. For two, there’s built-in conflict, as getting the story usually conflicts with getting the girl/guy.
Sometimes the stakes are about saving lives, sometimes it’s about saving careers, but it’s always about uncovering the truth, especially the truth about each other’s most intimate selves.
Still not sure? Here’s a list to get you started.
Trust Me On This Jennifer Crusie
In her forward, Crusie calls this “the only classic screwball comedy I’ve ever written,” and she’s right, of course. Reporter Dennie needs to interview an elusive subject to save her career, while Alex is a government agent working to find a grafter and suspect Dennie is working for him. Fun ensues, naturally.
Love Between the Lines by Kate Rothwell
Full disclosure: I beta read this book and loved it. Why? Because it’s set in a time period, the Victorian, that I love, and because it features a female journalist trying to make her way in a profession stacked against. Investigative reporter Lizzie Drury has a drive to dig deep into stories, which is why Sir Gideon Langham hires her. He falls for her but a murder investigation imperils them both.
Huddle with Me Tonight by Farrah Rochon
It’s still a struggle for female journalists to be taken seriously in our time, especially in the sports world. So when Paige Turner writes a scathing review of the memoir of football player Torrian Smallwood, it brings the two into conflict, and then so much closer than that.
Note of Scandal by Nicky Penttila
Another historical journalist, but this time the hero in London in 1815. A desperate composer, the Honorable Olivia Delancey, wants recognition for her music and to get her teacher the help he needs to recover from wounds in the war. To that end, she tricks William Marsh into printing a false story in his newspaper. Naturally, they fall for each other anyway.
The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
Two of my favorite things in historicals: suffragettes and reporters. Frederica “Free” Marshall has her own newspaper that advocates for women’s rights. Edward Clark’s family wants to ruin her and to use him to do it. He follows those orders until he falls for her and…well….the truth must out.
A Killing Touch by Nikki Duncan
Reporter Lana Quinn is on the trail of a killer whose touch causes a deadly allergic reaction but few believer her. She needs the help of her friend, FBI Agent Aiden Burgess. He doesn’t trust that she cares for anything beyond the story but he can’t resist helping. Of course, they must learn to trust each other before the killer gets to them.
Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare
The author herself is a former investigative journalist and she brings that experience to this romance, in which hard-hitting investigative reporter Sophie Alton is taken hostage by a convicted (but, naturally, not guilty) murderer desperate to use whatever means he can to save his sister and her baby. Yes, that’s a lot to overcome in a romance. But they do.
This time, it’s the hero who’s the journalist. Ford Dixon is an investigate journalist searching for the man who got his sister pregnant and then disappeared. Victoria Slade, a divorce attorney, takes Ford’s sister’s case, but wants to avoid any involvement with Ford, especially since her job has left her completely cynical about marriage. James, an attorney, knows the law, adding depth to this romance.
Private Politics by Emma Barry
Set in contemporary DC, among the world of sex and politics. Socialite Alyse Philips isn’t the airhead she seems, and uses her family name to raise money for charities. Yet her best asset, the name that opens doors to the corridors of power, is about to be ruined via a money laundering scandal. Enter political blogger Liam Nussbaum to help her uncover the truth. Bonus points for recognizing a blogger as a serious journalist.
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