Contemporary Romance

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Under Her Skin

Uma Crane is on the run from an abusive relationship.  Once upon a time she was a wedding photographer in Northern Virginia, in love with a blue-eyed prosecutor named Joey, who charmed her with his Frank Sinatra-like demeanor.  They were so into one another that each had the other’s name tattooe ...

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Bride by Royal Decree

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just want a really good Harlequin Presents read. I want the tropes to be laid on thick, I want to laugh at the outrageousness of most of it, and I want to lose myself in a world of pure imagination. When I don’t want that itch scratched, HPs are annoying a ...

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Fury on Fire

Fury on Fire is the third story in Sophie Jordan's Devil's Rock series in which each of the heroes has spent time as inmates in a maximum security prison for assorted crimes (all with explanations that make them still acceptable as hero material). The first two stories, All Chained Up and Hell Break ...

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A Crown of Bitter Orange

The first Laura Florand book that I read was The Chocolate Kiss, the second story in her Amour et Chocolat series. I loved it, and since then I’ve been a pretty dedicated fan, so any new book by her is a cause for celebration. The author has now moved from the world of haute cuisine to the world o ...

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The Perils of Paulie

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world in Katie MacAlister’s latest romantic comedy The Perils of Paulie.  It’s also a lot of over the top characters, awkward situations and clichéd humor that never quite zings as much as the author probably believes it does. The Russian mob is out to get Paulin ...

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Royal Scandal

Okay, petals, let me get this out of the way immediately; Royal Scandal requires a level of suspension of belief usually reserved for fantasy novels. I’m convinced anyone’s ability to enjoy it is based on how much you buy into the main conceit, and ultimately, it’s frothy and far-fetched, alth ...

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Accidentally on Purpose

Ms. Shalvis recently posted on her Facebook page that Accidentally on Purpose is her 101st published work. That's quite a feat and worthy of celebration! She's captured the minds and hearts of romance readers over a number of years, and can always be counted on to provide a happy ending for her char ...

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The Impossible Boy

I was not expecting to find a DIK queer romance so early in 2017, but Anna Martin has achieved that status with The Impossible Boy. Stan, a young gender-fluid fashion journalist and blogger from Russia via New York and Milan, is beautiful, and …proudly wears his blond hair long, his high heels sky ...

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Rock Chick Reawakening

The recently released novella is a prologue to the Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley, but can easily be read as a standalone. Daisy is a pretty, sassy, ever-optimistic woman à la Dolly Parton, but a recent disastrous episode has left Daisy shattered and in despair. Enter Marcus Sloane, king of s ...

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Wait for It

Wait for It was a bit of a surprise; I had expected a light, breezy read but it turned out to be so much better. Diana “Buttercup” Casillas doesn’t need a boyfriend or a husband. She has two adorable nephews, a giant dog to care of, a new house and a decent job. Or so she thinks, till she meet ...