Contemporary Romance

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Bad Girl Reputation

Elle Kennedy is a prolific author with a wide variety of genres under her belt. I was an avid reader of her romantic suspenses from back in the day, hooked from the get-go with the Out of Uniform series about a group of sexy Navy SEALs. From there I moved on to another great batch of her romantic su ...

B-
Just Like Magic

I loved Sarah Hogle's 2021 release Twice Shy so I was excited to read her new romance, Just Like Magic. JLM is a holiday, fantasy romance that steals from the classic Christmas movie, Elf. It's a fun book although not without its flaws. Bettie is a social media influencer on Instagram who has hit ...

B+
Extra Credit

A standout read of my recent Sarina Bowen binge was the delightful novella Blonde Date, which used to be available by itself but is now only available in the Extra Credit anthology. Blonde Date Grade: A               Sensuality: Warm If you’ve kept up with The Ivy Years series, you ...

A-
The Rivals of Casper Road

Roan Parrish continues to produce incredibly beautiful, incredibly lovable romances, and this Harlequin Special Edition does everything that I love about the line - focus in on small-town romance and everyday relationships writ large with a lovely portrait of two men coming together and finding real ...

A
Do You Take This Man

It was the synopsis of Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams that prompted me to pick it up, as well as the author herself, of whom I’d heard good things but hadn’t yet had a chance to read. The set-up is quite a fun one – a female divorce lawyer who moonlights as a wedding officiant embarks ...

B+
Snowed In for Christmas

Snowed In for Christmas will be counted among my favorite holiday Hallmark-style comfort reads this year. It's a sweet story about a family coming together and mending fences, with a great ensemble cast and varied plotlines. The story centers around the Miller family - a picture-perfect (literall ...

A-
Lucy on the Wild Side

There’s no sophomore slump in sight for Kerry Rea in her refreshingly, intelligently funny romantic comedy Lucy on the Wild Side. Lucy Rourke is a junior primate keeper at an Ohio zoo. Known for her devotion to gorillas and her aversion to fundraising (as her friend points out, she’s attended ...

B
A Ghost in Shining Armor

While not listed as such, A Ghost in Shining Armor is the second story in a duology about two sisters who are separated at a young age and only learn about each other in adulthood. However, you don’t have to read the first book - And They Lived Happily Ever After - to enjoy this one. Before I g ...

B+
Drunk on Love

Jasmine Guillory has been called, “The Queen of the Modern Day Romance” (Vogue) and I would agree that she’s more than earned that title. Drunk on Love, her latest novel, takes us to Napa Valley, where a winery owner and her tech-savvy employee find amor amid the vines. Margot Noble and her ...

D+
The Make-Up Test

The Makeup Test has an unfortunate one-two punch under its belt: its unlikable characters do unlikable things. A lot. Howe’s breezy writing keeps the reader engaged, but with these characters that’s not necessarily a pleasant thing. Allison Avery is finally on her way. A freshwoman at Claymor ...