Contemporary Romance

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Wild at Whiskey Creek

Wild at Whiskey Creek offers a twist on the friends-to-lovers theme, with the long-standing friendship between the hero and heroine having recently fallen apart. Unfortunately, however, I found the book difficult to get into, and put it down multiple times. Neither the hero nor heroine captured my i ...

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Size Matters

Leah Martin is a successful baker who also happens to be plus-sized. Sam Cooper has a weakness for both her body and the desserts she makes and in a bumbling attempt to help her defend herself against her sharp-tongued mother, tells said mother that he and Leah are engaged. The problem is that they ...

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Miracle on 5th Avenue

In the latest installment of Ms. Morgan’s From Manhattan With Love series, hopeless romantic Eva Jordan finds herself quite taken with best-selling crime author and recluse Lucas Blade. The victims of a slight matchmaking scheme on behalf of Lucas’ grandmother, the two could not seem more opposi ...

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Double Trouble

A DIKlassic review originally published on November 29, 2001 There's definitely something about Mary, Aunt Mary that is. Aunt Mary is the Internet advice columnist who is known as Maralys O'Reilly in real life. She may be my favorite heroine of any book I've read this year. With Maralys as narrator, ...

B
Wrong for Me

Jackie Ashenden might be the only author who could persuade me to read a book about a convicted murderer who seeks revenge on the woman he loves but blames for his eight year incarceration. She has the  ability to write very dark and unsettling storylines and make them palatable, optimistic and e ...

B
Welcome Home for Christmas

Just as I like to indulge in a few sugary Christmas cookies during the holidays, I also like to read a few comforting Christmas romances. While there’s nothing particularly earthshattering about Welcome Home for Christmas, it served up just the comfort I craved within a sweet holiday story. All ...

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Lover's Lane

A DIKlassic Review review originally published on July 7, 2003 Jill Marie Landis' first contemporary novel is awesome. Her publisher is marketing the book as women's fiction, but the story of Carly Nolan and Jake Montgomery is a great romance. The back-story for Lover's Lane is this: Carly Nolan ha ...

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The Christmas Tree

Holiday romances are starting to fill my Kindle and I’m noticing that more and more frequently, they are written using accelerated timelines between meet-cute and conclusion. The Christmas Tree is no exception, as our hero and heroine do the enemies-to-lovers-to-engagement journey in the span of a ...

C
Claiming His Christmas Consequence

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Harlequin Presents line has long been something of a guilty pleasure for me. Yes, the heroes often go beyond alpha into overbearing jerk territory, and the melodrama is often off the charts. However, there's an escapist quality to reading about life amo ...

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Tapping the Billionaire

Until Max Monroe's Tapping the Billionaire, I had never been asked to read elsewhere because my reading was disturbing someone. Huh? I cry silently, laugh internally and rarely even alter my stoic facial expression when I read. I am NOT a demonstrative reader – until now. I honestly could not cont ...