Contemporary Romance

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Chasing Christmas Eve

I have been reading Chasing Christmas Eve for four months. Literally, from May to September I tried to make myself care about reading this book, and I never managed it. I finally forced myself to get through it so I could write this review. And why did it take me that long to read less than 400 page ...

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The Love Experiment

When the Chicago Courier’s Jackson Haley, king of hard news, is ordered to help lifestyle reporter Derelie Honeywell recreate an 'intimacy experiment,' he’s not just unamused; he’s downright hostile. But farm girl Derelie can’t bear the thought of running back to her small town a failure, so ...

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Dream a Little Dream (#82 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on February 23, 1999 Dream A Little Dream is my very first Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Have I been living under a rock somewhere? In a manner of speaking, I guess I have, but it's pretty comfy under here, with no controversy to speak of. Which brings me wh ...

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The Final Score

Though the title of Jaci Burton’s new romance The Final Score might imply otherwise, it isn’t the final volume of her multi-sport contemporary romance Play by Play series. It is, however, a check-in of sorts for fans, with the couple getting their happy ever after being recent college graduates ...

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The Beauty of Us

In The Beauty of Us, the fourth installment of Ms. Proby’s series about a dynamic group of friends running Seduction, an intentionally romantic restaurant in Portland, Oregon, a stranger comes to town. A tall, beautiful, male stranger who quickly becomes part of heroine Riley Gibson’s everyday l ...

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That Thing You Do

Fake-dating-to-love trope alert! I know this is a favorite of some readers, so get that one-click finger ready as That Thing You Do is a delightful example of it. Greta is in absolutely no hurry to be in a relationship. She did that once, it ended painfully, and now she’s quite content to colle ...

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Rising Star

Country music tells stories from a real-world viewpoint where love and loss can go hand in hand. Being a fan of the genre, I hoped Rising Star would use its Music City setting to showcase a romance worthy of a Country ballad. Unfortunately the story is more like Pop music; enjoyable but with little ...

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The Real Thing

Melissa Foster kicks off her Sugar Lake series with The Real Thing,  a middling but spirited adventure in which in which a spunky baker and a famous actor must confront their shared past in order to find happiness. Willow Dalton – proprietor of Sweetie Pie’s Bakery, a bakeshop/catering busin ...

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Temporary

Temporary is the first collaboration between authors Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry and I enjoyed every bit of it.  The co-authors find a perfect balance of plot, romance and sex, and I read it from start to finish in one afternoon.  I liked the characters, their backstories, the plot twist that ...

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In His Hands

In this standalone novel from Adriana Anders, Abby craves the freedom she believes is just beyond the fence. Raised on a compound belonging to the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith, Abby has known no life outside the cult, but she is absolutely drawn to the strange man growing grapes right next door a ...