Contemporary Romance

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Illegal Contact

Illegal Contact marks Mr. Hassell’s first foray into sports romance, and it’s a truly engaging and compelling read.  In it, an intimidating, world famous athlete, benched for bad behavior off the field, more than meets his match when he hires a personal assistant who doesn’t care who he is or ...

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Her Fake Engagement

Gigi Garrett’s novella Her Fake Engagement plays with the enemies-to-lovers trope, built on the principle that opposites often attract. Lottie, our heroine, has rules for everything so that she can control her perfectly ordered real estate empire. When out on her (faux) bachelorette party (more on ...

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Montana Heat: Escape to You

There’s something so compelling about an escape story, don’t you think? The joy as someone held captive is returned to the world and reunited with their family gets me every time. That was the big draw of Escape to You when I picked it up for review, but unfortunately, while I enjoyed the drama ...

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Maybe I Do

Maybe I Do is a strong start to Nicole McLaughlin’s new Whiskey and Weddings series, and in it, we meet Charlotte and Dean. They've both been in relationships which ended badly and publicly and are therefore wary of becoming romantically involved again. Their friendship and chemistry eventually le ...

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The Betting Vow

K.M. Jackson’s The Betting Vow is the third standalone story in the Unconventional Brides series.  The series takes a lighthearted and humorous view of the institution of marriage and all the trappings that go along with the ‘perfect’ wedding. This story veers into marriage of convenience ter ...

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Need You Now

In the first of Emma Douglas’ new Cloud Bay series, set on a small island off the coast of California, Caleb White has decided to retire from professional tennis. He doesn’t really have a plan for what’s next, so he ends up at CloudFest, a famous musical festival, at the behest of a friend. Th ...

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Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap

Julie Anne Long knocks another homer out of the park with Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap, the third volume in her delightful series of Hellcat Canyon novels. Ever since Avalon Harwood can remember, she’s had a crush on her childhood friend and confidant, Mac Coltrane.  They more or less grew ...

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Disorderly Conduct

What happens when a no-strings relationship forms strings? That’s essentially the premise of Disorderly Conduct, the first in a new series from Tessa Bailey. Charlie and Ever (and yes, I did read it as Eve most of the time because Ever as a name gave me a twitch) agree to a causal relationship ful ...

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Love in a Sandstorm

Pine Harbour, Ontario is the fictional setting for a small town contemporary romance series by indie author Zoe York. Some romances in this kind of setting veer into stereotypical territory – think gossipy neighbors, the coffee crowd at the local diner, high school sweethearts, etc.. This author h ...

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Irresistible You

Kate Meader steps into the world of contemporary sports romance with the heartfelt, sexy, entertaining, and refreshingly different Irresistible You, the first book in her Chicago Rebels series. You will not find the often-characterized hockey playboy in this engaging love story, but rather a mature ...