Contemporary Romance

B+
Full Package

Lauren Blakely’s Full Package is a sexy, fun friends-to-lovers romance that provided a reading break I had no idea I needed. Its characters are normal and their relationship evolves in a fairly uncomplicated manner without a lot of the chaos and angst that have been present in some of my most rece ...

B-
Aly's House

When, in an Author’s Note,  an author apologizes for a reprint of an older book, especially when it’s a romance and she’s moved away from writing romances, you have to wonder if the book will hold up to the author’s current writing skills. And Aly’s House does. It’s well-written with go ...

D
Snowed In

When a romance is titled Snowed In, I picture cold weather and warm relations between main characters.  What I didn’t expect was such a frigid bitch of a heroine.  I know, I know, in the spirit of the season I should be more forgiving of a character’s flaws and try to see the goodness within t ...

A-
Getting Inside

Serena Bell's Returning Home series, about military veterans and their adjustment to life at home again after deployment is a favorite of mine, and book 3, To Have and To Hold, made my best reads of 2016 list for its thoughtful and emotional look at how a brain injury could impact a relationship. No ...

A-
Hard Hitter

Hockey season is in full swing and while I don’t watch a lot of games, as a Canadian it’s required viewing at least at some point during the year (or at any rate, someone in your family will have a game on TV while you’re sitting and reading on the couch).  As sports romances go, ones with ho ...

C-
Molly's Mr. Wrong

I love romances set on college campuses, so Molly's Mr. Wrong seemed like a natural fit, as it features a heroine who is a college instructor. The early sections, in which we learn about the heroine’s and hero’s pasts are interesting, but I had major problems with the romance as the heroine give ...

A-
On Broken Wings

I am embarrassed to admit that I avoid books featuring widows. If I see "lost the love of her life” implied or written in the book’s description, I immediately pass on it and search for something with an exclusively happy plot. But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and read Chanel Cleeton ...

C+
One Life to Lose

I’m going to start by saying that I have a lot of admiration for what Kris Ripper has done with the Queers of La Vista series. Human beings hate change, they fear what they see as abnormal or different. In these novels the author presents stories about normal, everyday people who also represent so ...

B+
A Spiced Apple Winter

I love autumn. The delicious scent of freshly fallen leaves, the bite of a cool wind, and the sight of mountains almost caught on fire with the bright colors of their trees—there is no season I relish more. So, naturally, I jumped at the chance to review a book called A Spiced Apple Winter. With a ...

B+
Devil's Mark

If you’d told me six months ago that I would read motorcycle club romances, I would have called you a lunatic. I assumed these stories would not be relatable and – for lack of a better word – icky. But after reading Maria Rose’s review of Megan Crane’s Devil’s Honor, I decided to give th ...