Contemporary Romance

B-
Brown-Eyed Girl

It has been a long wait for Lisa Kleypas fans who have been anxious to read about Joe Travis and his story. As with any Kleypas book, Brown-Eyed Girl is well written, but it falls a little short in this reader’s opinion when compared to the other books in the Travis family series. I had to sit b ...

B
Four Nights to Forever

I think I - and most folks I know - have had at least a passing fantasy about hot guys in ski resorts. Four Nights to Forever pretty much brings that to life. Add in a mature, newly divorced heroine trying to figure out what she really does want in life, and you end up with story both steamy and po ...

C-
Just in Time

Do you hate small town romances where everyone knows everyone else and wants the hero and heroine to get together and gives them advice at every turn? Then avoid Just in Time like the plague. The small-town familiarity didn’t bother me too much, but I have other problems that keep me from recommen ...

C-
Just in Time (2013)

Do you hate small town romances where everyone knows everyone else and wants the hero and heroine to get together and gives them advice at every turn? Then avoid Just in Time like the plague. The small-town familiarity didn’t bother me too much, but I have other problems that keep me from recommen ...

A-
Rise

A few months ago I did a Pandora’s Box here with Dabney about Karina Bliss’ Rise. For me, it’s a clear DIK, while for Dabney it’s a B. I liked it so much – and have actually reread it since writing the Pandora’s Box – that I thought it deserved a full review and spot in the AAR reviews ...

B
Myth and Magic

I admit to being easily swayed by a pretty cover even as I know the truth of the old adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Yet the gothic vibe of the cover of this book sucked me in. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. I found a unique romantic suspense inside. Stone Wi ...

B
Blueprints

I was surprised to realize Blueprints is the first book I’ve read by the prolific Barbara Delinsky. We’ve both been around the romance community so long I would have expected us to meet long before now. Better late than never, right? Caroline MacAfee is the host of Gut It! a home renovation sh ...

C+
The Fairy Tale Bride

I'll admit it. I can be a little shallow when I'm picking my books. That was totally the case with The Fairy Tale Bride. I decided I liked the title, and next thing I knew, I had it loaded on my Kindle. So, how was it? Well, if you like small-town romance, you'll probably enjoy this at least a lit ...

B
Beautiful Criminal

Beautiful Criminal by Shady Grace is a short erotica story about a young man who crash lands his plane in the Canadian Rockies. I found myself wishing it had been longer as I would have enjoyed spending more time with these characters. Mima Etu lives a quiet life in the rugged Rockies. She hunts fo ...

B+
Two Week Turnaround

Sometimes a short, fun story is just the ticket. Geneva Lee's Two Week Turnaround has just the right amount of humor, angst, and sexiness to make for a perfect afternoon read. Given the source of the conflict between the leads, I felt like a little more making of amends was in order, but otherwise, ...