Contemporary Romance

A-
Autumn's Child

Autumn’s Child is a truly lovely second-chance romance featuring a warm cast of secondary characters and a lot of sharp-eyed longing. Mrs. Norton W. Ridge II - Eleanor – is a set-in-her-ways old woman of the genteel south, whose relatives mostly abhor her, aside from a niece who considers car ...

C
Finn

Combining billionaire found families with tough navy SEALS with tough women hiding soft internal cores, Melody Anne’s Finn is a perfectly decent romance, but not a great one. Joseph Anderson is the kind of guy who looks out for his family.  A sophisticated grey-haired grandfather, he’s conte ...

C
My Forever Plus-One

My Forever Plus-One has the right mix of modern, charming romance and journalistic flair – at first.  Then the last quarter of the book falls on its face as childish jealously is injected between the hero and heroine. Evelyn Rhodes – director on a Jerry Springer/Maury Povich-style talk show ...

C-
Dirty Letters

Dirty Letters works as a good romance and a good character study, but had some annoying flaws that kept it far away from the higher grades.  Which is too bad, because I definitely think parts of it are worth a read, and the style of writing is excellent. With the encouragement of her psychiatris ...

B+
Beard Necessities

It’s hard to be objective when your heart’s involved, and Penny Reid definitely got my heart involved with her Winston Brothers series (not to mention my feet, which occasionally danced me across my bedroom floor when she wrote something so wonderful that I just had to get up and wriggle with al ...

B-
The Giving Heart

Something of a ‘warts and all’ reading experience, Toni Blake’s The Giving Heart challenged me as a reviewer. If you want a Christmas romance, and are willing to persevere through a baffling beginning and settle for a HFN over an HEA, than this may work for you. It - sort of - did for me. L ...

D+
Get A Life, Chloe Brown

Wealthy Chloe Brown has fibromyalgia. She also has a list of things she wants to experience (I’m so over ‘tick off items on a list’ as a plot device), and major abandonment issues related both to her diagnosis (a douche of a fiancé, rarely mentioned, who ditched her because of her illness) an ...

B-
Sweet Talker

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Sweet Talker is one of those good-but-kinda-flawed romances.  Imperfect though it may be, it’s still enjoyable enough to earn a light recommendation. Jetsetting entrepreneur Ethan Auprince has a good life.  A loving brother to single brothers Finn (hero of book one in the series) and Drew (he ...

D+
Wrapped in Red

The disclaimer to S.A. Clayton’s, Wrapped in Red, states that her debut erotic romance is full of “…some sexy times that lead these characters to fall instantly… hard and fast.” In the case of ‘insta-love’ novellas, I allow for a fair amount of suspended disbelief given the brevity of ...

D-
Cowboy Christmas Homecoming

What do you mean, it’s awfully early for a Christmas-centric romance novel? Sourcebooks says hah, and have a slice of moldy, bricklike fruitcake, partner - it’s time for Cowboy Christmas Homecoming! Zach Garrett is trying to move on with his life after leaving the army and a hitch in Afghanis ...