Contemporary Romance

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The Love Coupon

Ainslie Paton's The Love Experiment was last year's surprise hit. Reading the high praise for it, I was looking forward to reading The Love Coupon. However, for multiple reasons, large and small, I have to say that this book was a disappointment. The hyperbolic writing style, with multiple ...

B+
Luck of the Draw

Before I begin this review let me remind you how I felt about the first book in the Chance of a Lifetime series, Beginner’s Luck:  IT BLEW ME AWAY.  I loved everything about it (especially its leading man), including the premise that sets up the trilogy - three close friends enjoy a boozy night ...

B
Smooth Talking Cowboy

Maisey Yates is known for cowboys, and so this title may lead readers to believe this is another installment of the Copper Ridge series. Instead, Ms. Yates moves the action to Gold Valley, Oregon and introduces us to a new cast of characters. First up? Olivia Logan and Luke Hollister. Olivia made ap ...

B+
Pretending He's Mine

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa was one of my favorite reads in 2017, so it was pretty much guaranteed that I’d want to pick up the next book in the Love on Cue series. The characters in Pretending He’s Mine were introduced in that first book and there was already a hint of a little ‘something-s ...

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Disturbing His Peace

Prior to reading Disturbing His Peace, I had never read a police romance; and after devouring this one, I cannot believe I have missed out on such a glorious sub-genre. I tend to shy away from alpha-male romance heroes, so cop romances usually fall into the ‘way too manly’ category for me, but T ...

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Suddenly You

I don’t read many category romances—I like longer stories. Sarah Mayberry’s, however, are the outstanding exception to that rule. I’ve read twenty of her novels. Suddenly You is my favorite. It’s funny, sexy, feminist, and wonderfully real. Harry is a nice guy who likes to take it all e ...

B+
Sinner

But for the first time, I feel the power of praying words alongside someone else, the power of praying words so familiar and ancient they come from some hitherto unknown part of my mind. The part of my mind that isn’t consumed with accounting and finance, the part that isn’t even rational or ent ...

B+
Forget You

Nina Crespo’s Kingman Brothers series opens with Forget You, the story of a woman crushing hard on her amnesiac boss. Sophie Jordan has been high-powered businessman Nic ‘King’ Kingman’s perfect executive assistant ever since Nic swiped her from his brother Aiden’s staff. She knows whic ...

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Forever Home

I love dogs, dear reader.  Love them almost as much as I love the country.   But Allyson Charles’ Forever Home, set in and around the titular no-kill animal shelter, and which charts the love story of an animal-loving guy and an animal-hating girl, had me yearning to buy a one-floor walk up.  ...

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A Girl Like Her

Don’t you just love the simple pleasure of opening a book you know very little about and finding treasure within its pages?  Me, too.  When I read the blurb for A Girl Like Her, I was wary.  The heroine is alternately described as rude, awkward, and, according to everyone in town, bad news; als ...