Contemporary Romance

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He's Not My Boyfriend

After her cousin’s wedding, dedicated singleton Iris Chin becomes the target of family matchmaking. She prefers one-night stands, like the incredibly hot one she had with Alex Kwong. But when Iris’s engineering job lands her on a site where Alex is the construction supervisor, love ‘em and lea ...

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The Secret Ingredient

Family tradition, high octane baked goods, the world of competitive baking, small town living and pet pigs collide in Nancy Naigle’s The Secret Ingredient, a decently good and pleasantly readable homespun romance about an engaged couple torn apart by differing ambitions  But its deep commitment t ...

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The Last Snowfall

At twenty-nine, Nate Forrest’s snowboarding career is over; the next injury will likely leave him paralyzed. While visiting his childhood friend Pete in Forrest, West Virginia, both men are caught up in a late spring blizzard and take shelter with Dr. Lacey Berryman. Lacey came to West Virginia on ...

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The Standby Guy

A perfectly decent story about perfectly decent folks falling in love, The Standby Guy is a sweet romance with a fun, spicy kick, set among ordinary people who try to figure out who they are as they struggle against the rumor mill and their own misgivings. Photographer Katie Dixon and lawyer Cart ...

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The Good Ones

The Good Ones is blander than a bowl of oats.  It comes on like a perfectly decent contemporary cowboy romance, but too many tropes and too many info-dumps will leave the reader groaning and skimming. It’s short read that’s cursed to remain unmemorable in the sea of westerns just like it. Un ...

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Teach Me

One of the comforts of Romancelandia is that there is rarely anything new under the sun. Most books are exactly what they say on the tin and you know what you’re getting when you wade into the waters of that particular book. I don’t see this as a criticism, I see it as a strength. But it does ma ...

B+
Red, White & Royal Blue

Reviewing a book with this much hype and buzz pre-release almost makes me want to... not. There are already legions of fans to gush about how amazing Red, White, & Royal Blue is, and dissenting from that opinion always seems a little uncomfortable, but I must. While McQuiston’s début has a lo ...

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Fumbled

My first thought as I closed this book was “Dammit, why isn’t there more!” which should go a long way to explaining why this second book from Ms. Martin is a DIK from me. As far as I’m concerned, here are the criteria for you to buy this immediately. Do you like contemporary romance? Do you ...

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Reverb

In a world where there are very few romances featuring trans heroes and heroines, it’s nice to see such characters featuring in books published by a mainstream publishing house like Carina Press. When the representation is excellent – as is the case in Reverb, which is dashing, sparkly fun from ...

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Late Fall

Late Fall is a departure from Noelle Adams’ contemporary romance stories, in that it goes somewhere most romance novels shy away from – to the reality of what it’s like to be a senior citizen and fall in love. Ellie is in her early seventies and has just moved into an assisted living senior ...