Contemporary Romance

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Just Like This

This second book in Cole McCade’s series set at Albin Academy, a prestigious New England boarding school where wealthy parents send their (often) problematic sons in order to forget about them, is an antagonists-to-lovers story between the school’s football coach and its art teacher, a couple wh ...

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Until the World Stops

I’ve read a number of discussions over the past few months about how to address COVID-19 in the romance genre.  Do authors ignore it and write as if it hadn’t happened – effectively setting their books in a contemporary AU? Or do they incorporate it somehow?  It’s a tricky question – for ...

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You Had Me at Hola

You Had Me at Hola was released back in August, but I’ve been on hold for it at the library for a while. In the spirit that you may have been, too, or may have missed it in These Times, I’m here to follow up on the Pandora’s Box my colleagues Maggie and Caroline wrote when it was released. Ove ...

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Can't Help Falling

I loved the first full-length novel in Cara Bastone's Forever Yours series, Just a Heartbeat Away, which featured a widowed single dad and a teacher. In that story, secondary characters Serafine St. Romain and Tyler Leshuski were introduced as friends of the heroine and hero respectively, and seemed ...

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The Flip Side

The Flip Side, the début novel by James Bailey, had me flipping back and forth while thinking about this review. There are many great moments in the story, but there are also things that made me crazy. In the end though, I think most readers who enjoy light British rom-coms will enjoy The Flip Side ...

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Change Partners

According to the author’s website, Change Partners is summarized thusly: "At 48, accountant Patrick Sarkisian has almost given up on finding the love of his life. A ballroom competition was the last place he would have thought of looking. But 44-year-old Dmitri Vasko is out on the floor, and th ...

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A Princess for Christmas

I am a sucker for a royalty romance. Give me a fictional European principality with a single ruler/heir and I am grabbing my comfiest blanket and warmest cup of cocoa and just snuggling on up. Add when it's written by one of my absolute favorite authors? I waited for this one from the library and wa ...

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Written in the Stars

A loose reinterpretation of Pride and Prejudice – the characters are more archetypal than direct representations of Austen’s  –  Written in the Stars is a fun, light-weight and light-hearted romp through the worlds of two Seattle women who find love together in spite of themselves. Elle J ...

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Holiday Home Run

Looking for a fun, quick holiday read to get you in the mood for the upcoming winter months?  Priscilla Oliveras comes through with a sweet novella filled with charm and spirit, Holiday Home Run. Party planner Julia Fernández (Julia is a cousin to the three Fern ández sisters from Oliveras’ ...

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Sweetest in the Gale

Olivia Dade’s Marysburg series stars older teachers (all characters are forty-somethings) in workplace romances. This anthology contains three novellas: Sweetest in the Gale (in its first release), and reprints of Unraveled (originally from the anthology He’s Come Undone) and Cover Me (from the ...