Contemporary romance

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Hard Stick

Y’all, I wish I could tell you what I thought of this book, but I’m still not really sure. What I do know is this. It’s not – despite a cover that screams otherwise – a hockey romance, which is a serious bummer. As far as I could work it out, it’s some sort of romantic suspense caper tha ...

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My Roommate's Girl

I know a lot of romance readers steer clear of NA books.  I get it, I do.  It’s difficult to achieve the right balance writing about college kids maturing into adulthood - and not a lot of writers are able to do it well.  One writer who does successfully navigate this transitional time period i ...

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When Dimple Met Rishi

Adorable book alert! If you need something cute, funny, and romantic to read this summer that will also introduce you to a new, diverse voice in fiction, I have to wholeheartedly recommend When Dimple Met Rishi. Honestly, I have been trying to nudge everyone I know into reading it for the last week. ...

B+
Perfect Kind of Trouble

The first book in Chelsea Fine’s Finding Fate trilogy, Best Kind of Broken, was nearly a DIK. So when I finally found the time to jump into the second installment, Perfect Kind of Trouble, I had very high expectations. To be sure, I thoroughly enjoyed Daren and Kayla’s story and can easily recom ...

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Lickety Split

They say you can’t go home again. I don’t know how true that is really, but as you get older, I think how you see home, and how you see other’s actions, changes pretty drastically. In Lickety Split we get to see that return to home, and a view of the people you knew through different eyes. Esp ...

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Love Story

It’s rare to get a standalone book by Lauren Layne, so if you’ve been reading praise of her books but haven’t been in the mood for a multi-book commitment, Love Story, a second chance/enemies-to-lovers tale might be just the place to dive into her oeuvre. Lucy Hawkins has her life all mappe ...

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Undeclared

I picked the first book in the Burnham College series, Undecided, as one of my favorite books in 2016, and guess what?  Ms. Keyes has followed it up with another winner!  Undeclared is funny, sexy, awkward, addictive, and frustrating... just like its principal character Kellan McVey.  This time M ...

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The Final Rose

Every so often I find an f/f romance that really resonates with me. The Final Rose by Eliza Lentzski is that book. It’s got a great premise, a relatable heroine, and a familiar romance hook. The setting is a reality dating show like The Bachelor—only two of the contestants fall for each other. S ...

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The Rule Maker

Overwritten, unfunny, and implausible, The Rule Maker is everything that leads me to stay away from the New Adult sub-genre. A twenty-four year old new-hire Manic Pixie Dream Girl designer (Zoey) given sole responsibility for making over an entire ski resort? A trust-fund baby (Ryder) who refuses to ...

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Everything for Her

Alexa Riley ramps up the passion and intensity in her first full-length novel Everything For Her.  A man’s singular pursuit of his perfect woman is romantic escapism at its best and I was quickly swept up in the emotional fervor of the story.  Written with a wink to the fantastic but grounded in ...