Contemporary Romance

C+
Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract is hot chocolate on a winter's night. Smooth and comforting, this is a story warmed with family love and loyalty, sweetened with healing that comes when old secrets are revealed and truth is accepted. However, as the tale unfolds, detail-conscious readers could be distracted by une ...

F
Save Your Heart For Me

You've heard the expression, "Oh, it was nothing!" Well, now it comes in book form. I do not get it. This book is the most nothing I have ever read. There is nothing to it. No story. No plot. No character development. Nothing. It's a mere 50,000 words (half the size of a series roma ...

A
First Kiss

Do you remember the girl in high school who was easy? We talked about her, we watched her, we ridiculed her, but we also envied her. She always had a date, was in demand, and seemed so free. She wasn't afraid to give guys what they wanted, nor was she afraid to take what she wanted. Have you ever wo ...

C-
Perfect Match

Perfect Match is an unusual romantic comedy by Hailey North, in which two men and two women seek love in New Orleans. The unusual thing is that for the first third of the book the reader is kept in suspense about how they'll pair off. I enjoyed that first third. The two men are b ...

F
Della

Della reads like an unedited, uncorrected first draft. There are spectacular missteps in nearly every aspect of the craft of writing. It's painful to read, and it's hard to imagine anything that could have made it better - there's just too much to fix. The plot, such as it is: Dell ...

D
Wishin' On A Star

Wishin' On A Star starts out with potential in its two lead characters. Heroine Shelby Russau is a lonely woman who has lost both her parents and her only brother, and believes herself to be alone in the world. Hero Raphael Blaize is a Grenadian man whose obsession with family in the abstract has le ...

B+
Deep in the Valley

This sweet-natured book has many good elements, but almost the last and the least of these is romance, despite what the back cover suggests. Deep in the Valley is a dryly humorous slice of contemporary small-town life, an intricate character sketch that incorporates dozens of well-drawn characters, ...

C-
Intrigue/Intriga

I don't know what I would have named this book had I been its author, but I would not have named it Intrigue. This book is about the ups and downs of a courtship between your average nice girl and nice guy. They go dancing. They go to dinner. They go to a pool hall. They meet on the street and in th ...

B+
Close Encounters

If you've seen or read any national news in the last year, you've probably heard of at least one incident where an African-American was injured or killed by white police officers, simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sadly, it happens all too frequently. Sandra Kitt centers ...

F
A Lifetime Loving You

Are you looking for a contemporary romance with strong, sympathetic characters and a positive, realistic attitude toward being in love? If so, don't even think of reading A Lifetime Loving You. On the other hand, if you're in the mood for a novel filled with bratty, immature characters and latent mi ...