Contemporary Romance

A
What The Heart Knows

"Oh, man," I thought, when I read the cover of Kathleen Eagle's new book, "not another secret-baby story!" But saying Eagle has written a secret-baby book is like saying Margaret Mitchell wrote about the Civil War. What the Heart Knows is a finely crafted and moving tale of love, loss, and a c ...

F
Love Lessons

The best thing I can say about Love Lessons is that it isn't boring. It's jam-packed with trite dialogue, cliché characters, unrealistic settings and purple prose, but it retains a sort of campy charm that kept me reading until the last page - if only to see what situation the too-stupid-to-live he ...

D
Yesterday's Shadow

What started out as an average read floated away to darker waters because of an overabundance of editing problems, transparent plot twists, and tea - yes, tea. Lacey Summers has been asked by her beloved Uncle Henry to do some art research, specifically to delve into the origins of an obscure ...

F
One Summer Evening

What is a story without a good plot and good characters? Sometimes a terrific plot can make up for less than terrific characters, and vice versa. When elements of a plot make me uncomfortable and angry and characters creep me out, I know I'm in for an unpleasant read. Such was the case with Mary ...

C
Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk is an enjoyable enough contemporary romance featuring one of the nicest heroines I have encountered in a long time. However, some important issues are left unresolved at the end of the book. Author North, in this reviewer's humble opinion, did not take advantage of the New Orleans settin ...

C-
Pearl Beyond Price

This read began with a bang and ended with a whimper. I spent chapter after chapter on a down slope waiting for love to really happen and not just be talked and dreamed to death. Once the end was in sight, the last misunderstanding was quickly solved for our hero and heroine, but I was still shaking ...

B
Volcano

Ahhh, the lush setting of a tropical island - the rainforests, the views, the volcanos. St. Lucia has everything the intrepid romance adventurer could hope for. The wonderful thing about romance novels is they can transport you to exotic settings without the reader having to get down and dirty with ...

B-
Pig in a Park

While I didn't laugh out loud when reading Pig in a Park, I did have a broad grin plastered to my face from page one, and I don't say that about many books. The turns of phrase were hilarious and the plotting clever, both of which are very high on my list of preferences. Unfortunately, the romance h ...

D
Sand Pirates

Frans Vondel, Interpol agent, has been on the heels of international crime lord, Alexander Trumand, for years. Frans has been stationed on the tiny, eclectic island of Sava as the island's Burgomaster, a position that appears to be rather like the chief of police. However, there isn't much of a poli ...

C
Always Annie

Infertility is a pretty tough subject to write about in a romance. Always Annie is a book that handles the subject both well and not so well. I want to warn you ahead of time that there are going to be a few spoilers in this review - needful, just to explain the rating. Annie has been divorc ...