Contemporary Romance

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Passion's Song

I always think of Farrah Rochon’s books as being romances about grownups. Her heroes and heroines are together human beings who have reached a good place in their lives and are ready to share that spot with someone special. They may hit some speed bumps on the road to their HEA but they are able t ...

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Stars of Fortune

I love romances set on Greek Islands, and when I learned this first book in the author’s Guardians trilogy is set on Corfu, I downloaded it immediately. Unfortunately, after the initial chapters, the book felt as if it could have been set anywhere near the sea and didn’t live up to my expectatio ...

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Everything I Left Unsaid/The Truth About Him

The story begins with Annie, a young woman on the run from her abusive husband, moving into an RV at a trailer park, far away from her former home in Oklahoma. As she is beginning to settle in to her new home, the ring of a cellphone draws her attention. On impulse, she answers and begins talking wi ...

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Rock Redemption

I’ve read my fair share of novels with tortured heroes and heroines. Sometimes it seems there’s nothing more romantic than a hero with a tragic backstory. Unfortunately, if those stories are well written—as Rock Redemption is—then they’re guaranteed to put you through the wringer (which Ro ...

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Carolina Dreaming

I was excited to see Virginia Kantra’s latest Dare Island romance on the review list. I’ve read and enjoyed the previous entries and was intrigued by this heroine in the earlier books. While not perfect, I found the hero and heroine strong, interesting characters, and enjoyed this entry as well. ...

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The Story Guy

Everybody and their dog went into raptures over this story on Twitter and the setup was just quirky enough that it caught my eye. Having read it, I can now say that this story indeed merits all that buzz. There’s a lot of meaty stuff in here that one could discuss, even though one of the plot poin ...

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Act Like It

I read a number of good contemporary romances in 2015, but never expected to discover one so late in the year, and by a debut author at that! But with this witty, contemporary romance set in the London theatre scene, Ms. Parker is a welcome addition to the contemporary romance. Lainie Graham, the ...

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The Harder You Fall

There’s a balance to contemporaries that I look for, that perfect mesh of sweet romance and actual plot movement. I’ve been staying away from this particular subgenre for a while because I have such a hard time finding it. I was hopeful with The Harder You Fall, and it almost worked. The first 3 ...

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Anything For You

Kristan Higgins has been one of my favorite contemporary authors for quite a while now. I’ve enjoyed most of the books in her Blue Heron series—as someone who hails from a small town in the northeast, the setting feels very familiar. This latest book was, for me, one of the best in the series. I ...

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Walk Through Fire

Kristen Ashley’s books are like alpha crack for me. I get that feminism in her characters is not this author’s strong suit, but nevertheless something pulls me in and keeps me reading. This latest book is part of her Chaos series, that features members of the motorcycle club…known as Chaos. ...