Contemporary Romance

B+
Rainy Day Friends

You know, this is the first Jill Shalvis novel I’ve read. How did I manage to miss her before? I thoroughly enjoyed Rainy Day Friends, which takes on the idea of a bad previous marriage in a way I haven’t seen before. Lanie Jacobs’ husband died six months ago. Perhaps she should be distraug ...

C-
Crossing Promises

In Crossing Promises, the third book in Kimberly Kincaid’s Cross Creek series, the only thing more important to Owen Cross than his family is farming, and if he’s honest, the two are completely connected. His hatred of paperwork is about as intense as his love of those two, so he hires a local w ...

C-
Rescuing the Receiver

Rachel Goodman’s contemporary series about football, cute dogs and romance continues in Rescuing the Receiver, about the owner of a cash-strapped animal shelter and a disgraced wide receiver. Chris Lalonde, defensive lineman for the Denver Blizzards and just last season a SuperBowl champion, ha ...

A
Damaged Goods

STOP reading if you are new to the Ravenswood series.  There will be spoilers in this review. Talia Hibbert's A Girl Like Her was a unique and a refreshing change from typical contemporary romance.  While fans patiently wait for the second book in the series, the author pivots away from her p ...

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The Varlet and the Voyeur

I love a great sports romance and the Rugby series has been a reliably sexy, romantic and wholly satisfying treat for this fan. After the disappointment that was the third book, The Cad and the Co-ed, I’m pleased to say that normal service has been resumed and L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid have score ...

A
Melt for You

One of the pleasures of reviewing books for All About Romance is the opportunity to interact with readers. Recently, one of them recommended Melt for You by J.T. Geissinger.  I’m familiar with the author - I’ve read two of her earlier books, including the Slow Burn novel that precedes it.  I l ...

B
Real Kind of Love

What do you do when your well-meaning but overly intrusive family can’t stay out of your love life? Well, you invent a fake boyfriend of course! Then you have to find someone to play the part. That’s the theme in Sara Rider’s new romance Real Kind of Love, the first in her Books & Brews se ...

C-
Rogue Acts

People leading politically progressive lives under the administration of President Crosby (read: a not at all veiled Donald Trump) are the “rogues” of this lackluster anthology. Unfortunately, the tails wag the dogs of these stories, as the political agendas, themselves oversimplified, overwhelm ...

B-
The One You Can't Forget

School shooting survivor Rebecca Lindt has professional success as a divorce attorney, but personally, she’s lonely, and beginning to break down from trauma she hasn’t fully addressed. Meanwhile, chef Wes Garrett lost everything in a divorce in which Rebecca represented his ex-wife, and is now a ...

C
What Happens in Summer

Books with Hispanic heroines are rare, so I was excited that What Happens in Summer had a leading lady with Cuban heritage. Unfortunately, that heritage played no significant part in the story and the book itself was a very average romance. Connie Reyes has a plan for her life, a plan that doesn ...