Contemporary Romance

C-
Border Heat/Pasion En La Frontera

Border Heat had the potential to be a good and quick read - until the subplots started fighting for attention. Unfortunately, the upshot is that the heroine's most important goals are forgotten in the middle of a subplot involving the hero's involvement Mexican politics. Texas nativ ...

C
Drive Me Wild

Drive Me Wild by Julie Ortolon is one of those books that's frustrating because it so obviously could have been better. There are moments of pure enjoyment in this novel, but its serious flaws kept me from giving it a higher grade. Brent Zartlich was the bad boy of Beason's Ferry ...

C-
Mirror Image

For most of its length, Mirror Image is a workmanlike if unspectacular romance, with a healthy dose of mystery. It features elements familiar to any reader of romantic suspense: an everyday person who looks nearly identical to a well-known celebrity, a bad guy who is stalking that celebrity and fi ...

B
Simply Irresistible

After two books in a row that were tough, slow slogs to get through, I found Simply Irresistible simply delightful. This book is a fast, light, often funny read that nevertheless got me emotionally involved with both the hero and heroine. When I put down the book, I was a pleased and satisfied reade ...

A-
Midnight Kisses

I'm giving a really good grade to a book about a scientist who decides to make the perfect man out of plastic. I know, I can hardly believe it myself. Josie Farrington is a biochemist for a toy company that makes lifelike dolls. She is the inventor of a substance that looks, feels, and responds to ...

A
Midnight Kisses

If you're lamenting the lack of sexy, funny, character-driven romances on the bookshelves these days, you absolutely will not want to miss reading Kimberly Raye's Midnight Kisses. Dr. Josephine Farrington is a brilliant scientist who has a fulfilling job in a doll factory but a ver ...

D+
Snow in September

Snow in September reminded me of one of Rachel Lee's Conard County novels - only more so. And that's not a compliment, even though, as a whole, I'm quite fond of those books. The Conard Country novels are very intense series romances; their intensity becomes too much when carried over into a full-le ...

D
Cappuccino in the Winter

The plot in Cappuccino in the Winter is fresh from the headlines: Hackers break into financial institutions with the potential to bring the planet to its knees. However, much of the freshness of the plot gets stuck in the clichéd characters and stop-and-go pace of much of the book. Alayna Alexa ...

C
Deception

Sometimes reviewing an average book can be difficult. The story isn't bad, just mediocre. You can't quite put your finger on what's not clicking. That's not the case with Deception. With this book, the problem jumps right out at you from the moment the heroine and hero meet. It's head-hopping. ...

C
Legacy

Legacy is a contemporary romance with some suspense thrown in. The "legacy" is an unusual will that forces the hero and heroine of the novel to live and work together for a year. The characters and plot are pleasant enough, but also a little banal. Although the plot picks up a little toward the end ...