Contemporary Romance

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To Love and to Cherish

I'm a sucker for wedding planning romances. Nora Robert's Bride Quartet is one of my absolute favorites and I've worn out my DVD of The Wedding Planner. I love both the organization and the magic of joy, so weddings are catnip for me. When I heard Ms. Layne was writing a series about a bespoke weddi ...

B
Make Me Stay

Rebecca Brooks starts off her Men of Gold Mountain romance series with this sexy tale of a retired Olympic skier and a businesswoman intent on convincing him to sell his land for further development of the ski resort where he lives and works. The tricky part comes when she meets him on the ski hill ...

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Going Deep

I’ve heard wonderful things about Anne Calhoun, so I was excited to read the fifth book in her Alpha Ops series, Going Deep, which is a bodyguard-protects-the-starlet romance. My expectations were high - possibly unrealistically so - because I found Going Deep to be enjoyable with appealing cha ...

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Swept Away by the Seductive Stranger

Did you ever watch the pilot of Grey’s Anatomy and wish Meredith and McDreamy had met on a train instead of in a bar? Or perhaps wished they were Australian and named Felicity and Cal instead? If you answered ‘yes’, then I have excellent news, as Swept Away by the Seductive Stranger is just th ...

B+
Devil's Honor

Starting off the first book in a new series with a hot and steamy sex scene is a risk. You’re either going to entice readers to want to read more about the two characters in question, or turn them off with the blatant images presented. Ms. Crane seems to be doing her fair share of risk-taking thes ...

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Hard to Fall

Hard to Fall is the fourth book in Marquita Valentine's Take the Fall series which in itself is a spin-off of her Boys of the South series. I haven't read any of her previous books but this one is well set up as a standalone romance, so I expect the others are, too.  Unfortunately, the main male ch ...

C+
Getting Dirty With the CEO

Considering its title, I expected Getting Dirty with the CEO to be more of a category romance that used tropes like the Billionaire Playboy or the Office Romance; so I was surprised to discover it is a calm and realistic romance featuring two mature, relatable adult characters who embark on a straig ...

B+
A Wedding for Christmas

A Wedding for Christmas is the latest instalment in Ms. Wilde’s popular Twilight, Texas series. This book tells the tale of Katie Cheek and Ryder Southerland, both natives of the small town who have known each other all their lives. For Katie, there’s been an element of torture to their friendsh ...

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When Snowflakes Fall

Luke Grayson and Christie Harmon are united by an accident.  Luke’s son, Ethan, has slipped on some ice and hit his head while on a play date and Christie is the attending physician in the emergency room supervising his exam. A frightened Luke is instantly smitten with and comforted by Christie, ...

B
Mistletoe Games

This trio of Play-by-Play novellas involves three athletes spreading holiday cheer; a hockey player, a baseball player, and a professional surfer. On the whole, I’d absolutely recommend this anthology for anyone looking to get in the holiday (read: Christmas) spirit and wants a steamy read to help ...