Contemporary Romance

B+
Concourse

It can be difficult to review a book that is part of a series for a number of reasons, one of which is to do with how one feels about the other books.  That’s especially true of Concourse.  Although I love the Five Boroughs series as a whole, it’s uneven; and while I enjoyed the writing, the f ...

A
Behind the Curtain

My introduction to Beth Kery was her erotic One Night of Passion series, originally started under her pen name Bethany Kane back in 2011.  I love that series, and it put her on my radar. Since then, however, the majority of her books have been released as serials which are not my cup of tea. Behind ...

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Pipe Dreams

Sarina Bowen’s Pipe Dreams is a thoughtful and emotional love story with the perfect blend of reality and fantasy to make it feel relatable while also still feeling like escapism, and I loved it. It has all the fun associated with a contemporary sports romance but also delves into some of the comp ...

B
Family Blessings

LaVyrle Spencer’s Family Blessings is an older woman/younger man romance, which is the reason I picked it up. There aren’t many romance heroines in their 40s, and I’d already read Ms. Spencer’s other May-December pairing, Years, so I looked forward to this story. Although it has its flaws, i ...

A
Baby, Come Back

I think M. O’Keefe has voodoo writing skills that give her the ability to hypnotize readers and transform reading into a virtual reality experience. I feel like I lived Baby, Come Back, and I had to remind myself after I finished that it didn’t really happen - comparable to when waking from a dr ...

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Muscling Through

Isn’t it nice when a book surprises you? I try not to judge books by their covers, but I mostly avoided reading Muscling Through because I hated the cover. After finishing it, I’ve decided it’s perfect for this gem of a novella. The model is both menacing and off-putting... when in reality, ...

B
The Hot Shot

Kristen Callihan’s sexy, swoony and supremely entertaining Game On series tops my list of terrific sports romances.  This fourth book, The Hot Shot fits neatly into the series, but it’s a bit different and the only one that I haven’t rated a DIK.  For starters, the principal character, Finn, ...

A
Artistic License

Elle Pierson also writes as Lucy Parker, whose Act Like It and Pretty Face I loved, so I eagerly picked up Artistic License, a sweet story that moves slowly in layers from a fraught health scare to a tender HEA. While this book is different from the irreverent, wittily sarcastic tone of her Lucy Par ...

D
Necessary Medicine

I have never come across M.K.York’s work before, but found out after reading this, her first novel that she has a background in a fan fiction and, as she seems to be a medical student, I’m presuming that background is in medical fan fiction. The publisher describes this novel as ‘an emotionall ...

D
Back to Your Love

In this second-chance romance, former lovers Imani and Xavier meet by chance at a wedding and pick up right where they left off. This begs questions about why they broke up in the first place, and what is different this time around. The answer to the first made me a combination of furious and annoye ...