Contemporary Romance

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The Last in Love

In The Last in Love, Abby is a widow who has just barely put her life back together. Justin is a volunteer firefighter who has the hots for her, but he’s five years younger and she is super skeeved out by that. Justin isn’t discouraged, and pursues her until she agrees to date him. Problem is, h ...

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Forbidden Promises

I recently fell into an unusually long reading slump where I could not make myself read anything. I was starting to feel not like myself after months passed without sitting down to truly read a book. I managed to limp through one I enjoyed, but it took weeks. Finally, just when I was starting to thi ...

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The Dangerous Billionaire

The dedication at the beginning of Jackie Ashenden's new Tate Brothers series starter, The Dangerous Billionaire reads: To the person who picked this up and thought: "Billionaire Navy SEAL? HELL YEAH." You're my people. Personally, I love a good billionaire romance, and novels with military heroes ...

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Emergency Attraction

Samanthe Beck is an author who first came to my attention with her McCade Brothers series, part of the Brazen line of erotic romances from Entangled Publishing. Not only did she turn me onto other authors writing for this imprint (Brazen books are still a favorite to this day), she quickly became an ...

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Black Tie Optional

It’s no secret that the Marriage of Convenience is my favourite trope when it comes to historical romance.  But it’s a plotline that is less easy to pull off in a contemporary, so I was keen to read Black Tie Optional  - the first in Ann Marie Walker’s Wild Wedding series – to see whether ...

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Summer Stock

Vanessa North’s Summer Stock is a heart-warming late spring /summer read. I must admit I had to look up the meaning of the title but it seems to be what in the UK we call a ‘Summer Season’, where a theatre puts together a company of actors to mount a couple of plays over the summer. And as hap ...

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This Time Around

Stories about couples getting a second chance at love are one of my favorite tropes.  I like a sweet, funny romance, too. However, sometimes we can get a little too much of a good thing. This Time Around has all the marks of a favorite for me, but the dosage on sweetness and kookiness is just a tad ...

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Dating-ish

I have a disorder that could be plaguing other romance readers - instant-gratification-itis. I’ve become so conditioned to expect instant-lust, instant-love, and almost-instant-sex in my romance novels that I forgot how enjoyable delayed gratification can be. I get a little fidgety and uncomfortab ...

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The Bohemian and the Businessman

You don’t often see a marriage of convenience plotline brought into the 21st Century.  Katy Regnery does her best to translate this old-timey idea into a modern format in The Bohemian and the Businessman with somewhat mixed results. Pricilla Story, second youngest daughter of an esteemed Phila ...

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The VIP Doubles Down

Nancy Herkess creates perhaps her darkest hero in The VIP Doubles Down.  Each of the men brought to life in the Wager of Hearts series has demons they have to battle, but Gavin Miller is perhaps the only one who has been losing the war. Gavin is a popular suspense author fighting the world’s w ...