Contemporary Romance

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Love Walks In

I worry about too cute-meets as they often lead to over-the-top storylines. So when our hero first spots the heroine – or more accurately gets a view of her sexy backside as she’s breaking into his office through a window – I didn’t hold out much hope. Fortunately, while there is a rather co ...

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Take Me Home Tonight

Books that create a balance between the familiar and the surprising often rocket to the top of my recommendation list. If a story makes me feel like I have my footing in its world, but also keeps me rapidly turning pages - that book has my allegiance. Take Me Home Tonight is that sort of book and I ...

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The Trouble With Scotland

I love good contemporary romances set in the UK, so this fifth in the author’s Kilts and Quilts series seemed a natural choice. I was also excited to discover a new-to-me author, but by the time I was a few chapters in I knew I would not be reading any more of this series. And if not reading for r ...

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Suddenly in Love

For most of my romance reading life I never encountered a rock star as hero. Suddenly, they seem to be featured in every other romance I read. I’ve truly loved some of these rock star heroes, but that wasn’t the case when I initially encountered the hero of Suddenly in Love. Instead, I found him ...

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Getting it Back

Russian figure skater Mikhail Zaikov (“Misha”) had his back surgery done at the University of Delaware, where he met and dated his trainer, Amy Shepherd. Then Misha left Amy, and Amy abandoned her dream of training skaters professionally. When his back injury flares up again, Misha calls Amy for ...

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Her Best Worst Mistake

It’s always a bit of a scramble for me to find a contemporary romance for this prompt, because I don’t read them very often and don’t own many. And I like to choose my challenge books from books I already have, as buying something new rather defeats the object of the exercise! Fortunately, I f ...

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A Prize Beyond Jewels

Lately, my tastes have tended toward historicals, gothics, and romantic suspense. So, for contemporary month, I challenged myself to find a contemporary in my Wall o’ Books that was a romance rather than a mystery. At some point, I’d been fascinated by the fact that Carole Mortimer had published ...

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Hold Your Breath

I had to laugh at the cover of this book: A bare chested man holding a gun walking through freezing cold lake in a snowy landscape. What could make more sense than running around in the cold chasing villains without your clothes on? Too many stunts like that and the bad guys won’t have to shoot yo ...

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Falling for Autumn

I love contemporary romances set in big cities, so this second in Ms. Green’s Bare Sophistication series featuring three sisters who own a high end Chicago lingerie boutique seemed perfect. Unfortunately, a great setting can’t make up for an unlikable heroine. Nor can it make up for such stylist ...

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Rock Redemption

In this third entry in the author’s Rock Kiss series, Ms. Singh returns to the rock band Schoolboy Choir, featuring Noah St. John, a seriously troubled member of the band, and actress Kit Devigny. I recently gave a DIK to the second book in the series, Rock Hard. It’s a credit to Ms. Singh that ...