Contemporary Romance

B+
The Player and the Pixie

To his chagrin, Irish rugby player Sean Cassidy finds himself attracted to Lucy Fitzpatrick (sister of one of his teammates). He doesn’t know her well, but following a brief conversation at a team party and an awkward dinner date, he can’t stop thinking about her and decides to pursue her.  Luc ...

B+
Crazy Thing Called Love

Maddie Baumgarten married Billy Wilkins as a teenager, right as his hockey career took off. Their inability to find a healthy balance in their relationship led to divorce, with Billy turning into an angry violent enforcer and Maddie becoming Madelyn Cornish, the hollow and perfect morning anchor of ...

C-
Winner Takes All

Blake Carpenter was at the top of his game as a professional football player when trusting the wrong people led to it all crumbling around him. Now he’s moved back to his hometown to coach the high school football program and is none too happy about it. Annabelle Turner knows all about why Blake i ...

B+
Practice Makes Perfect

I’m a sucker for romances set on college campuses and this definitely fits the bill, with a college librarian as heroine and history professor as hero. At times laugh out loud funny, this was also always spot-on with insights into academia, while still featuring a sexy friends-to-lovers plot. I ca ...

A-
Practice Makes Perfect

Helen Lee is stuck in quite a quandary. She dreams nonstop of becoming a successful romance novelist, but she’s been repeatedly rejected by publishers because she cannot write a love scene convincingly; even though she has experience in the subject, she’s having a hard time translating that expe ...

A-
Sunset in Central Park

I loved Sleepless in Manhattan, the first in Sarah Morgan’s From Manhattan with Love series. In that book, it was clear Frankie Cole was going to be matched up with Matt Walker, the brother of the heroine, and I have been eager to read their story in Sunset in Central Park. I fully expected to enj ...

B-
Last Kiss of Summer

Last Kiss of Summer is the first book in Ms. Adair’s new Destiny Bay series, set in Washington State. This one focuses on the local, very famous pie shop and its new owner, Kennedy Sinclair. Trying to carve out a new life for herself after her previous one imploded, Kennedy attempts to change the ...

B
At Fairfield Orchard

I'll admit it.  I picked this book up almost entirely because of its setting.  I grew up in the rolling hills outside Charlottesville, Virginia, and it's still one of my favorite places. Thankfully, it's obvious in this book that the author did her research and she does get a lot of the details of ...

A
Homecoming

The last time readers of Ms. Stacey’s Boys of Fall series saw this hero and heroine, they were getting to know each other on the hood of a car. Sam Levitt left town shortly after, expecting to never see Jen Cooper again. But when a request from a trusted mentor beckons him back to Stewart Mills, N ...

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Twisted Up

Small town romances tend to have certain elements in common that appeal to their readers. Shops with cute names; seniors coffee or craft circles where the latest gossip is discussed; best friends who’ve known each other since kindergarten; fundraisers for a neighbor needing a hand; etc. Erin Nicho ...