Contemporary Romance

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Wild Horse Springs

There hasn’t been a single Jodi Thomas book that I’ve picked up and been disappointed with. Her quiet storytelling really speaks to me. While this book has some gripping action, overall, it’s a gentle tale of three intertwining strands. Dan Brigman is the sheriff of Crossroads, Texas, a man ...

D+
Dirty Money

Over the top, outlandish and exaggerated heroes are trendy right now in Contemporary Romance, and they can be a fun break from reality and thoroughly entertaining. Jessica Clare’s heroes have always been a bit larger-than-life, but she went balls to the wall with hero Boone Price in Dirty Money. ...

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Driven to Distraction

It’s hard to resist trying a series called Lovestruck Librarians. Constance Chen, queen of the Bookmobile, constantly squabbles with Sam Wolcott from the IT department because as her best friend’s brother, she considers him off-limits, and their fighting is the only thing keeping them out of eac ...

B+
Big Shot

Authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde have teamed up again to co-author a new series - Book Boyfriend. Their first team effort was the wildly successful Dirty Sexy series that was based on three sexy brothers who (surprise!) have lots of dirty sex. There’s a lot more to their stories – of cours ...

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The Unsung Hero

a DIKlassic review originally published on June 13, 2000 For years I've been searching for the perfect romance novel. The one I can give to my husband and say, "Here, read this and then tell me romance novels are fluff." What I'm searching for could well be the Holy Grail of all romance novels, be ...

B+
Off Base

Annabeth Albert is an author who first came to my attention with her Portland Heat series, centered around small shop owners of assorted varieties, and her #gaymer series which features a video game company. The last #gaymers book, Connection Error, featured a Navy SEAL (Ryan) and this new series Ou ...

B+
Back Check

In Back Check, Tanner and Katelyn get their second chance at love. College sweethearts on a path to the altar, Tanner’s rising NHL star status derailed their plans. Now that Katelyn has been hired as the wedding planner for a pal’s wedding, Tanner is forced to confront the girl who broke his hea ...

B+
Full Package

Lauren Blakely’s Full Package is a sexy, fun friends-to-lovers romance that provided a reading break I had no idea I needed. Its characters are normal and their relationship evolves in a fairly uncomplicated manner without a lot of the chaos and angst that have been present in some of my most rece ...

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Aly's House

When, in an Author’s Note,  an author apologizes for a reprint of an older book, especially when it’s a romance and she’s moved away from writing romances, you have to wonder if the book will hold up to the author’s current writing skills. And Aly’s House does. It’s well-written with go ...

D
Snowed In

When a romance is titled Snowed In, I picture cold weather and warm relations between main characters.  What I didn’t expect was such a frigid bitch of a heroine.  I know, I know, in the spirit of the season I should be more forgiving of a character’s flaws and try to see the goodness within t ...