Contemporary Romance

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Spring Forward

Homespun, warm fluffiness is always a good option when January’s snows roll in.  Catherine Anderson’s latest, Spring Forward, in the ongoing story about life and love in Mystic Creek proves a delicious option when all you want is a cup of hot tea and a big fluffy sweater with your romance.  By ...

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The Art of Running in Heels

Romance, hockey, and a long running, successful series of novels by the talented Rachel Gibson.  It should be a magical trifecta of my most favorite things.  But it isn’t.   From its ridiculous set-up, to its slightly dull and predictable conclusion, The Art of Running in Heels is just ‘meh ...

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Beautiful Lawman

Sophie Jordan adds a spicy, character-driven chapter to her Devil’s Rock series with Beautiful Lawman, the story of a stripper from the wrong side of the tracks and the law abiding hero determined to protect her. Piper Walsh is just trying to keep her nose clean.  Child of a notorious family f ...

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Citywide

I’m a big fan of Santino Hassell’s Five Boroughs series, so when he released a free m/m/m short (entitled Third Rail) I, of course, had to read it. There was so much chemistry between Chris, Jace, and Aiden that I whipped through that story and was ready to read their happily ever after. The ...

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Beginner's Luck

The premise of Kate Clayborn’s  Chance of a Lifetime series is simple:  three close friends (Ekaterina, Zoe, and Greer) impulsively buy a lottery ticket and win.  The purchase is a mostly vague memory - they’d all had a bit too much to drink, and no one is quite sure whose idea it was the buy ...

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At the Heart of it

Kate Geary is a reality television producer taking an advice-book-suggested break at a bed and breakfast outside of Ashland, Oregon in order to attend their famous theatre festival.  The locale tends to draw a colorful and more senior clientele, which is why bookish, handsome (and most importantly ...

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Acting on Impulse

In my quest to read more new to me authors this year, with an emphasis on diverse/own voices, I found a real winner in Mia Sosa's Acting on Impulse, the first story in her Love on Cue series. I usually stay clear of the 'rich Hollywood movie star falls for ordinary citizen' type of story but the syn ...

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The Art of Running in Heels

Sometimes fans have to wait a long time for an eagerly awaited sequel. The Art of Running in Heels, the seventh book in the Chinooks Hockey Team series, has been anticipated by many for almost twenty years. When I found out that we were finally getting the story for the precocious Lexie Kowalsky, th ...

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Blue-Eyed Devil (#31 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on May  6, 2008 It’s rare that I purchase a new release hardback and even rarer if I am at the bookstore looking to buy it on the day of its release. But after the pure delight I experienced while reading Sugar Daddy, Lisa Kleypas’s first foray into ...

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Once a Charmer

Sharla Lovelace’s series about the small town of Charmed, Texas continues along prettily with Once A Charmer, a fine story about lifelong friends who become much more. Allie Greene and Sebastian “Bash” Anderson have been best friends since they were very young and – aside from a drunken k ...