Contemporary Romance

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Unmarriageable

Soniah Kamal knows how to write sympathetic, beautifully thought-out romances.  Unmarriageable, her modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, is a lovely read, but it clings so closely to its Austenian roots, that there is no room for the author to fully put her own stamp on the novel, or to make an ...

B+
Rough Terrain

Off Base, the first in the Out of Uniform series, was my first military romance.  Although I didn’t love that story, I liked the writing and the premise of the series, and decided to stay with it.  I’m so glad I did.  Over the course of seven wonderfully disparate books, the series has been r ...

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The Accidental Beauty Queen

Charlotte Gorman is a bonafide bookworm, complete with a standing TBR and a job as a librarian. Her twin, Ginny, however, is a committed member of the pageant circuit and has one final shot to get the crown she’s been aiming for. When a freak allergic reaction threatens to derail that goal, Ginny ...

A
Merrily Ever After

In this absolutely charming holiday novella from Jenny Holiday, Jay and Elise are looking forward to their first Christmas together as a married couple. The joy is paused, however, when Elise finds out she’s pregnant - against all of their plans and previously stated desires - and the turmoil is n ...

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Sleepover

What if your insanely hot, super satisfying one-night-stand moved in next door to you? Let me add one more layer - what if your children became automatic best friends? This is exactly the situation that Elle and Sawyer find each other in in Serena Bell’s The Sleepover and is it delightful. The ...

B
The Best of Us

Robyn Carr adds a new volume to her Sullivan’s Crossing series with The Best of Us. Cool-under-pressure Doctor Leigh Culver is yearning for spring after a long winter of flu cases.  She has strong relationships with all of her patients and friends in town, but when she moved from Chicago to Ti ...

B+
Chasing Forever

Chasing Forever is the third and final book in Kelly Jensen’s loosely-linked This Time Forever trilogy of novels in which the protagonists are all older (late thirties – fifty) men who find true love and happy ever afters.  As soon as I learned this book would feature Brian Kenway, whom I met a ...

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My Favorite Half-Night Stand

For anyone tangled up in the world of modern dating, with its proliferation of apps, matches, and potential creeps, My Favorite Half-Night Stand should be an amusing and enjoyable book. Christina Lauren manages to create a story that is a little bit friends-to-lovers, a little bit mistaken identity, ...

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The One You Fight For

Roni Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away series brings romance into a decidedly unromantic story – the lives of a group of friends who survived a Columbine-like high school shooting.  Considering the nature of the subject matter, this is unlikely to be a romance for everyone, and definitely won’t b ...

B
Mistletoe Marriage

Jessica Hart’s Mistletoe Marriage is a charming, well-written and absorbing friends-to-lovers story set in the weeks before Christmas featuring a couple of engaging principals and a bit – not too much  – angst. I lapped it up in a couple of sittings one afternoon and came away from it with ...