Contemporary Romance

B-
Dreaming of You

Supermodel Lilly Lujan's vacation isn't going as well as she'd expected. First of all, she's staying at her manager Gerard's estate, which means being at his whim and having to deal with annoying male model Antoine; second, she's been having second thoughts about her career and the modeling contract ...

D
Words of the Pitcher

I have to give credit to Genesis Publishing for their Red Slipper line featuring Asian and Asian-American characters, and for being willing to tackle various flavors of interracial romance in general. And kudos to Kei Swanson for her portrayal of an Asian man as sexy and desirable - that's a first i ...

D
The Burning Point

Let me preface my remarks by saying that this is the most difficult review I've ever written. Mary Jo Putney is not only one of my favorite authors, but one whom I admire for the tough choices she makes in the material she addresses. Having said that, her first contemporary, The Burning Point is not ...

B+
Daughter of Ireland

Sure and it warms the cockles of my Irish-American heart to read a lovely romance set in the green hills of Eire. When the lass involved has a tongue and temper to match the fire of her hair, and the fella's got to scramble to keep his wits about him long enough to make her fall in love with him, we ...

N/A
The Burning Point

In The Burning Point, Mary Jo Putney's first contemporary romance, heroine Kate Corsi returns to her home in Baltimore when her father dies unexpectedly. Her father's unusual will decrees that she must live with her ex-husband Patrick Donovan for a year, or she and her brother will not receive their ...

B+
Against His Will

When I heard that the heroine of Against His Will was a dog psychologist, I was afraid she would be one of those ditzy new-age characters whom I do not like at all. This book is by Trish Jensen. Silly me to have worried. Jake Donnelly is an FBI agent. When his beloved Aunt Sophie dies she leaves ...

C+
Love Triumphs

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B-
Eclipse Bay

A phrase I often hear bandied about in conjunction with Jayne Ann Krentz (in all her guises) is "comfort read." It couldn't be more true in this case, with "lite" suspense and an interesting, albeit familiar, storyline. Eclipse Bay has its own version of the Montagues and the Capulets, but thankful ...

A
A Whole New Light

Sandra Brown’s series romances are my guilty pleasures. Despite contrived plots, too many virginal heroines to count and slightly outdated moral standards, they appeal to me on a gut-level. A Whole New Light, however, is in my opinion one of her best series romances. It is a light, sexy, feel-good ...

C+
Impossible Dreams

Impossible Dreams is a book that could easily have been a memorable read, had it only undergone some subplot and secondary character pruning. Written with subtle humor and stirring sensuality, and containing emotionally insecure characters, the story showed much promise. But sadly, it became bogged ...