Contemporary Romance

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Best Laid Plans

I enjoyed the previous book in this series, and was pleased when I learned that big-hearted, slightly awkward Charlie Matheson would be getting a story.  Better Than People was warm and lovely, with a well-developed romance and well-rounded characters, and I’d hoped for more of the same here - bu ...

B
Acting Up

Acting Up is a good, old-fashioned friends-to-lovers romance about two people falling in love after years of friendship and work partnership, against the appealing backdrop of a theater production. Cath is a stage manager, and while she can manage the heck out of cast and crew, her relationships ...

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Love at First

Kate Clayborn’s Love at First is one of those books that you immediately feel has wrapped you up in a warm hug, and in which the characters and their story creep gradually and unobtrusively under your skin and wind around your heartstrings.  Ms. Clayborn is one of my few go-to contemporary romanc ...

B
First Comes Like

First Comes Like is the story of two people finding love on the internet, albeit differently than either of them intended. It is a sweet, funny book with winning characters and a decidedly unconventional love story. Jia Ahmed is a YouTuber and beauty influencer who started out making videos in he ...

B
Unforgotten

The first book in Garrett Leigh’s Forgiven duology tells the story of Luke Daley and Mia Amour, teenaged sweethearts whose youthful romance hit the skids after Luke took off without a word and joined the Navy in order to provide for his family following the death of his father.  Luke left behind ...

C
Happy Singles Day

Happy Singles Day is a contemporary romance that follows a woman content with her single-ness on a vacation away from her busy work life, to a quiet island where she meets an unexpectedly hot bed and breakfast owner. Paige Parker is a professional organizer with an immaculate desk, a thriving bus ...

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The Ex Talk

The Ex Talk is a contemporary romance about a woman on the brink of thirty, trying to figure out how to fulfil her career aspirations without killing one of her unfairly hot coworkers or being way too dishonest. It’s an amazing rivals-to-lovers romance, with some serious depth and intense emotiona ...

B+
Ties That Tether

Ties That Tether was a delight of a book. This is one of those romances where the conflict is all too real, the lead characters have to grow and work toward that happily ever after, and the reader will want to root for them all the way. A chance meeting between Azere, a Nigerian-Canadian woman, ...

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Shipped

Angie Hockman’s Shipped is a diverting novel that suffers from an unfortunate case of whiplash as it hops between genres without warning. Henley Rose Evans works in marketing for a small-scale international cruising company, Seaquest Adventures. She fills her days with work, MBA classes, and a ...

B
Her Kind of Cowboy

If you're interested in a bout of contemporary romance escapism, Her Kind of Cowboy certainly fits the bill. This is the second book in Dylann Crush's Tying the Knot in Texas series, and it involves a large wedding, penguins, and hot Texas weather. Three things that are pretty distant from my life r ...