Contemporary Romance

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Loathe to Love You

When I grabbed a copy of Ali Hazlewood’s Loathe to Love You, I didn’t realize it was three connected novellas rather than one full-length novel. But since I’m a fan of novellas, that wasn’t an issue for me. Some readers may think that novellas are less bang for your buck, but the reality is ...

B+
Begin Again

Begin Again is a wonderful coming of age YA story that follows Andie Rose, as she starts over at her dream school. It’s great fun to watch her build new friendships and discover more about herself as she takes on new challenges. I also love the good-natured humor that runs throughout the story as ...

B+
Georgie, All Along

I don’t read much m/f romance these days, but I’m always up for one of Kate Clayborn’s because they’re so thoughtful and tender and honest. She writes complex, well-drawn characters who are dealing with relatable, real-life problems, and while not ‘flashy’ or full of drama, her books non ...

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Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute

In Talia Hibbert’s Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute, we get a relatable, friends-to-enemies-back-to-friends-to-maybe-more young adult story that, while well written, somewhat missed the mark for me. Granted, I had high expectations given the buzz Hibbert has received for her contemporary romanc ...

C
Exes and O's

In Amy Lea’s Exes and O’s, Tara Chen is a romance book influencer when she isn’t a NICU nurse. When she interviews her grandmother about Grandma’s own trope-style second-chance romance, Tara becomes enamored of the idea of dating her own list of exes. Surely one of them could be her romantic ...

C+
A Guide to Being Just Friends

Emotional constipation is the name of the game for the latest part of Sophie Sullivan’s Jansen Brothers series. It arrives in the form of A Guide to Being Just Friends, in which two people try to go the When-Harry-Met-Sally route with their romance, only to trip over their own feelings. While Sull ...

D
Misfit

If you were a fan of the Gossip Girl television show, then I imagine Elle Kennedy’s Misfit might be a big hit for you. I was not a fan of Gossip Girl. I am not a fan of this book. Remington “RJ” Shaw is the quintessential too-cool-for-school loaner hacker dude. Life with a single mother alw ...

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Shelf Life

I really enjoyed Kelly Jensen’s Sundays With Oliver, book one in her Hearts and Crafts series. Like her This Time Forever series, Hearts and Crafts features older characters (well, in their forties) finding love, and she does it very well, creating characters and situations that feel very realisti ...

C
Said No One Ever

Said No One Ever is a quick, fun, if unmemorable romp about a woman discovering herself and coming into her own on a Montana ranch. It’s a decent read but not a particularly inspiring one, but sometimes breezy does the job. Nursing school dropout and recent broken-up Ellie Reed is headed to Mon ...

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Lunar Love

Rich and tender in the best of ways, Lunar Love wraps an enemies-to-lovers story around a tale of family devotion and love. An appealing narrative voice and a relatable look into what it means to be biracial add on to an already great book. Matchmaker Olivia Huang-Christenson is stepping into the l ...