Contemporary Romance

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Silver Belles: An Over-40 Holiday Anthology

Romance is glutted with the innocent ingénues, so in Silver Belles, it was refreshing to read about people with more years under their belts. Many of the protagonists in these stories have children but are now empty nesters, and so are at the perfect moment in their lives for a happy-for-now joyful ...

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The Oddest Little Gingerbread Shop

In an effort to get into the holiday spirit I went in search of some holiday romances, and came across The Oddest Little Gingerbread Shop. After all, as a fan of all things ginger, a story about a gingerbread shop has to be wonderful, right? This short romance delivered in terms of holiday story, al ...

B+
Completely Yours

Completely Yours is the story of two recluses, one physical and one emotional, who meet at a comic book convention and find their happily ever after through an online role playing game, ala World of Warcraft. It’s also a shockingly real story of how family and friendships form in our society, what ...

B
Soft Barracuda

Many years ago, Abi Bishop was a fellow AAR reviewer whose voice I particularly liked. Turns out, she has since become a novelist whose voice I like even more. Soft Barracuda, her début novel, is a contemporary romance that mixes the exotic - a Trinidad setting - with a likeable hero and heroine an ...

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Beard Science

Penny Reid’s Beard Science is awkwardly and wonderfully odd, and no carefully selected combination of adjectives can adequately communicate the mind-bending deliciousness of this thoroughly enjoyable book. The author's creativity beats to its own drum, and she's successfully written something diff ...

B
Glass Tidings

I have to say that I am not a great fan of Holiday romances, as they are usually full of ridiculous coincidences and enough sweetness to induce a diabetic coma. But in this lovely, well written Christmas romance, Amy Jo Cousins keeps the story and the characters the right side of realism and cynicis ...

B
Sweet Southern Bad Boy

In Michelle Summers’ Sweet Southern Bad Boy, Vance Kerner is suffering from a bad case of  writer’s block. The block is not helped by the fact that he’s currently babysitting his two nephews and young niece - who put the ‘ram’ in ‘rambunctious’ - while his brother is deployed and his ...

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David, Renewed

In David, Renewed, Diana Copland has delivered a classic, well-crafted romance in which not only the main characters are appealing, but the supporting crew are wonderful as well. David Snyder is a rising star in a corporate decorating firm. Having walked out of a five-year relationship with good rea ...

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This Is Our Song

In this fourth installment of Samantha Chase’s Shaughnessy Brothers series, rock star Riley Shaughnessy finally gets his story, which I’ve been waiting for ever since I read the first book, Love Walks In. It was obvious he was troubled, and here, we find out what’s wrong. If you love hot rocke ...

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Snowbound at Christmas

Snowbound at Christmas is a three-story anthology of sweet contemporary romances, all tied into the idea of a white Christmas and former sweethearts. Each novella is part of an existing series from each author, but they are all pretty easy to read as standalones, so no homework is necessary. I love ...