Contemporary Romance

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Friends and Lovers

They said it couldn't be done in a romance novel. Then they said that if someone did write it, no one would read it; it wouldn't be commercial. Who are they? Both readers and writers who posted to romance listservs on the internet saying that a heroine couldn't have an abortion in a romance novel an ...

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Milk in My Coffee

Signet lists Eric Jerome Dickey's book on its spine as fiction but I think that may be because the writer is an African American male and no one expects such a person to be writing romance novels. However, this novel meets every test for the romance genre ever concocted. Dickey writes about emotions ...

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The Day We Met

Maggy O'Brien's life seems far from the stuff of romantic fantasy when we first meet her in Barbara Bretton's The Day We Met. She's the divorced and harried mother of two, coping with the news that her ex-husband is about to remarry, and hoping not to get caught in her pajamas as she drives her daug ...

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Sleepless in Montana

Warning: If you are looking for a story similar to Sleepless in Seattle, this book will not deliver that lighthearted and funny feeling. I grinned when I read the setting of this story because Sweet Grass County is adjacent to the county I live in, and Big Timber, Montana does exist. I've been ...

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Head Over Heels

There are some books that are very hard for me to grade. Some elements of the plot hold zero appeal to me and turn me off, but I know other readers will love them. This is one of those books. One of the things that you should love to read about if you want to read Head Over Heels is kids. Unfortunat ...

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Jewels of the Sun

It is always a delight to read a new novel by Nora Roberts, but seemingly she may be on the brink of writing the best novels of her career. The deep, rich characterizations in Jewels of the Sun drive the plot and give life to the Irish backdrop. Roberts easily holds her reign as the queen of modern ...

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Prince Charming

Josephine Evans and Cole Dumanski, the protagonists of Prince Charming, hated one another on sight. She thought that he was a crude, loudmouthed chauvinist. He thought that she was a prissy snob. I heartily agreed with both of them. Cole is a Mississippi River towboat captain who desperately nee ...

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Inseparable

I enjoy reading and I always begin a book with anticipation and one thought in my mind: "This is going to be a good story." With Inseparable, that thought did not last through the prologue. After I read where Mike Greywolf's father and grandparents are murdered in a torrent of blood, gore and overwr ...

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Between Friends

Sandra Kitt is excellent in writing about the races in all of the varied forms we experience them today. Her heroine, Dallas Oliver, is biracial with a beautiful white best girl friend, Valerie. Now in their early thirties, they have been bound together since they were in grade school. Dallas is a j ...

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Romeo and Julia

Romeo & Julia is the antithesis of the “sweet savage romance,” which is why I enjoyed it as much as I did. There’s not a lot of ugly, melodramatic conflict. There’s no overwhelming “I hate you, but I lust after you anyway” passion. Instead, there’s a hero who’s quite a bit younger th ...