Contemporary Romance

C
The Last in Love

In The Last in Love, Abby is a widow who has just barely put her life back together. Justin is a volunteer firefighter who has the hots for her, but he’s five years younger and she is super skeeved out by that. Justin isn’t discouraged, and pursues her until she agrees to date him. Problem is, h ...

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Forbidden Promises

I recently fell into an unusually long reading slump where I could not make myself read anything. I was starting to feel not like myself after months passed without sitting down to truly read a book. I managed to limp through one I enjoyed, but it took weeks. Finally, just when I was starting to thi ...

B+
The Dangerous Billionaire

The dedication at the beginning of Jackie Ashenden's new Tate Brothers series starter, The Dangerous Billionaire reads: To the person who picked this up and thought: "Billionaire Navy SEAL? HELL YEAH." You're my people. Personally, I love a good billionaire romance, and novels with military heroes ...

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Deep Waters

DIKlassic Review originally published on September 1, 1998   Okay, I admit it ... my introduction to Ms. Krentz was less than auspicious. I read Gift of Fire and Gift of Gold, and to be honest, I wasn't crazy about either one. Still, something brought me back to Jayne Ann and I've not been ...

B+
Emergency Attraction

Samanthe Beck is an author who first came to my attention with her McCade Brothers series, part of the Brazen line of erotic romances from Entangled Publishing. Not only did she turn me onto other authors writing for this imprint (Brazen books are still a favorite to this day), she quickly became an ...

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Black Tie Optional

It’s no secret that the Marriage of Convenience is my favourite trope when it comes to historical romance.  But it’s a plotline that is less easy to pull off in a contemporary, so I was keen to read Black Tie Optional  - the first in Ann Marie Walker’s Wild Wedding series – to see whether ...

B
Summer Stock

Vanessa North’s Summer Stock is a heart-warming late spring /summer read. I must admit I had to look up the meaning of the title but it seems to be what in the UK we call a ‘Summer Season’, where a theatre puts together a company of actors to mount a couple of plays over the summer. And as hap ...

B-
This Time Around

Stories about couples getting a second chance at love are one of my favorite tropes.  I like a sweet, funny romance, too. However, sometimes we can get a little too much of a good thing. This Time Around has all the marks of a favorite for me, but the dosage on sweetness and kookiness is just a tad ...

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Dating-ish

I have a disorder that could be plaguing other romance readers - instant-gratification-itis. I’ve become so conditioned to expect instant-lust, instant-love, and almost-instant-sex in my romance novels that I forgot how enjoyable delayed gratification can be. I get a little fidgety and uncomfortab ...

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Ride Rough

I have mixed feelings about Ride Rough, the second story in Laura Kaye’s motorcycle club series Raven Riders.  I’ve read and enjoyed books by this author before, but this one didn’t quite ‘click’ with me – which I’m hoping is just a one off.  Ride Rough is a sexy second-chance romanc ...