Contemporary Romance

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Boyfriend Lessons

Caitlyn Lattimore, the heroine of Sophia Singh Sasson’s Boyfriend Lessons, is rich and gorgeous but socially awkward. She asks a friend of a friend, Dev Malik, to give her the lessons of the title to help her learn to date - but clearly, the two of them are going to fall in love. This book suffers ...

C+
Blame it on the Brontës

Blame it on the Brontës has fun with its lighthearted small-town byplay, but it’s not a particularly substantial book.  For a fun, quick summer read it does the job - just don’t expect a lot of out of it. San Francisco-based Assistant Professor of English Athena Murphy is the world’s fore ...

B+
Something Wilder

Something Wilder is another solid entry in Christina Lauren's string of stand-alone romances, and the perfect adventure story to kick off your summer. All the treasure hunting antics can occasionally get in the way of focusing on the central couple, but this works well in the context of the story. ...

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Set on You

Sassy, warmhearted and sensual, Set on You is a really lovely book about physical fitness and true love coming in all shapes and sizes. Scott Ritchie is instantly the most annoying man that Crystal Chen has ever met; the cocky firefighter keeps stealing her favorite squat rack.  Crystal, a perso ...

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The Stand-In

Début novels can be a bit of a gamble, but I’m glad to report that Lily Chu’s The Stand-In is a risk worth taking. Gracie Reed is the biracial daughter of a white Canadian man and a Chinese mother now struggling with dementia. First, her boss sexually harasses and then fires her. Next, a pap ...

C
Going Public

Going Public is a story about a personal assistant who worships his kind but distant boss and the boss who slowly falls for him. It’s not a dynamic that’ll work for everyone, and sometimes it didn’t work for me here.  Overall, the book is just a little dry, especially due to its strong focus ...

B
Fool Me Once

Are you a fan of The Hating Game-style enemies to lovers shenanigans? Fool Me Once combines politics with lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance, creating quite a zesty if flawed story. Communications director Lee Stone – known as 'Stoner' to her friends for her party-hearty ways -  just ran face ...

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Everything for You

Everything for You – book five in Chloe Liese’s Bergman Brothers series – is the first entry in that series to feature a same sex couple and is also the author’s first m/m romance. As I haven’t read anything by Ms. Liese before, I decided to rectify that by picking it up for review.  It ...

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A Match Made in Lipa

Carla de Guzman’s A Match Made in Lipa is the sequel to Sweet On You and features another shopkeeper on the street called the Laneways, but you don’t have to have read Sweet On You to enjoy this one. And oh, how you will enjoy this one! Anton Santillan (Santi) and Kira Luz grew up together in ...

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Dating Dr. Dil

Dating Dr. Dil was something I definitely didn’t expect it to be – goofy.  Example: the hero nicknames his penis “Charlie” and never tells the heroine, so the reader is forever subjected to scenes of internal monologue featuring Charlie jumping in delight in his pants at the sight of her.  ...