Contemporary Romance

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A Princess in Theory

Alyssa Cole is such a talented writer. I have liked everything I have read by her so far, and A Princess in Theory is no exception. This is a fanciful story, a modern fairytale, in which the prince of a make-believe African kingdom finds his long-lost betrothed and proceeds to beguile, lose and win ...

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Brooklynaire

The blurb for Brooklynaire says ‘standalone’, and it is - technically. There’s nothing in this book that you won’t understand if you’ve not read any of Ms. Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series about this ragtag hockey team from Brooklyn. However, the central relationship has been building th ...

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Wanderlust

Narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant. I’ve enjoyed listening to several of Lauren Blakely’s light-hearted, sexy romances; they’re fun, easy listens, made moreso by the fact that they’re read by some of the best narrators in the business. Her latest story, Wanderlust, is set in Par ...

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Bet Me (#15 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on July 11, 2004 Jennifer Crusie's newest, Bet Me, is straight-up 100-proof women's fantasy. I think you're gonna love this one. Plump, plain, fashion-impaired Minerva Dobbs suffers one of the harshest fates of a single girl's life: she gets dumped by ...

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More to Love

Y’all, I hate secrets. I hate them in my life, I hate them in my fictional works, and I especially hate them when I’m supposed to believe in a happily ever after. Discretion, I am here for. Not everyone needs to know your business and should not. Privacy is wonderful. Secrecy, in serious relatio ...

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Do Over

Do Over is my favorite kind of second-chance romance. Jack, our hero, was once very dumb but not abusive or monstrous. Maddie, our heroine, had no time for his crap and got outta there, taking their kid with her. She’s been playing the single mom game for a while and Jack has been slowly cleaning ...

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Nobody's Baby But Mine (#18 on our Top 100 list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 30, 2006 As I began reading Nobody’s Baby But Mine for the third time to prepare for writing this review, I had such a smile on my face. I knew I was in for a delightful time because this book is delectable – absolutely delectable. This typ ...

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The Bastard's Bargain

I have been waiting for this book for ages, since before I even knew that Keira and Dmitri would feature in their own story. I am so happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed and there is still as much chemistry between the ‘gentleman murderer’ and the mob daughter as there was during their run- ...

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The Wedding Date

Based on early buzz, I had high hopes for The Wedding Date.  Unfortunately, although Ms. Guillory introduces two appealing principals, the story is predictable and flat, and her characters spend too much time in their own heads and physically separated (he lives in Los Angeles, she lives in Berkele ...

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It Had To Be You (#19 on our Top 100 list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May 1, 1997 Hands down, this is the best screwball comedy romance I’ve ever read. I’m not sure why I overlooked Susan Elizabeth Phillips for so long, but after I picked up this novel I had to glom everything she wrote immediately. Phoebe Somerv ...