Contemporary Romance

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Blackmailed Bride

I wouldn’t usually review a book like Chris Stevenson’s Blackmailed Bride, because both the cover and the blurb are unappealing. But there’s a reason I bought this, and I’ll get to it at the end of my review. The plot begins when Ryan Barlow, a cover artist, stops near a church for a smok ...

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Kickin' It

It’s not often that an author is truly able to redeem a dislikable character. When I started Kickin’ It, I was immediately put off by the overly feisty heroine, Parker Speedman. But in the end, while I didn’t love the book overall, I was surprised to find that I’d come to like her. The st ...

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The Wedding Party

Any Jasmine Guillory novel is guaranteed to be a good time. The Wedding Party is another slice in that tradition; romantic, funny, sweet and easy to relate to, it’s a breezy read that will be like catnip for anyone who likes a good enemies-to-lovers story. No two ways about it - personal stylis ...

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Tangle

Adriana Locke’s cozy Tangle is a continuation of her Dogwood Lane series of small town romances.  And ‘cozy’ is the best way to describe it – though the hero will give the reader occasional pause. Haley Raynor is having a terrible morning. She might be on the cusp of losing her job to b ...

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Bridal Boot Camp

Y’all. This book made me angry. First of all, it’s maybe fifty pages long and ends at 86% of the way through the Kindle copy. Second of all… well, let’s return to the fifty pages. Roberta ‘Rob’ James runs a boot camp fitness class at the local gym for engaged folks looking to get in s ...

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American Fairytale

Camilo, or Milo, is a social worker with a heart of solid gold and a sass factor of eleven, while Tom is a billionaire funding a new project through Milo’s agency. Before that relationship is established, though, they happen to have an… er… intimate encounter at a fundraiser and neither can ge ...

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Too Hot to Handle

I’ve been hearing a lot of good buzz about Tessa Bailey lately, and when I dug into her backlist, I wasn’t disappointed. Too Hot to Handle is fast-paced, emotional, and blisteringly sexy. I highly recommend it. Chef Rita Clarkson has never been able to live up to her late mother, culinary leg ...

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The Unhoneymooners

There is a special sort of magic that happens in a Christina Lauren book when the pair are firing on all cylinders. The dialogue sparkles, the characters settle into themselves quickly, and hundreds of pages fly by while you are contentedly spending time in their world. I am deeply pleased to report ...

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Holding Out

The first story in Serena Bell's Returning Home series about wounded war veterans readjusting to life back home, Hold on Tight, made my best romances of 2014 list. Five years later, I'm happy to say that the author hasn't lost her touch when it comes to giving the reader an emotional, heartfelt and ...

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Love in the Afternoon

Confucious said that “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” In Love in the Afternoon author Karen Hawkins tries to deliver a short story full of quirky sweetness, but misses the mark just a hair by adding a touch too much of the quirky. Jake Klaine sees dead people. He’s been talking ...