Contemporary Romance

B-
Down With Love

In Down with Love, Charlie Love and Max Henderson are at two opposite ends of the wedding industry. Charlie is a wedding planner, and a damn good one, and Max is a divorce attorney, and a damn good one. They meet when Max’s brother hires Charlie for his wedding and they hate each other immediately ...

C
The Simple Wild

K.A. Tucker’s The Simple Wild is a perfectly nice contemporary romance about a city girl who flies to her Alaskan birthplace to visit her estranged and dying daddy – and falls in love with the pilot who gets her there. In the early nineties, Susan Fletcher is doing what she thinks is best for ...

B-
Make Me Crave

This is the second of Katee Robert’s books for the new Harlequin Dare line, and Make Me Crave is exactly the short, sexy, escapist fun you’d expect from a high(er)-heat Harlequin line. I doubt this book will be particularly memorable for anyone, but the island setting and low angst are a good wa ...

C-
One Match Fire

As a reviewer, I have all kinds of thoughts when I pick up a book for the first time. Sometimes I'm eager to see what an author I admire is doing next, or I'm curious about an author whose works I've never read. And then there are the plot descriptions that call me like catnip. One Match Fire defini ...

A
Tight Quarters

The Out of Uniform series has been a reliable favorite of mine since the first book, Off Base.  That book introduced me to the whole military sub-genre in queer romance, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I wasn’t wild about the last couple of books though, and thought the series was losing ste ...

B
Bishop

In this kickoff to a new series, Sawyer Bennett introduces us to the NHL’s newest expansion team, the Arizona Vengeance. Owned by a billionaire and coached by a legend, this team is poised to shake-up the league. One of the leaders of said team is co-captain Bishop Scott. Looking to blow off some ...

B+
Imprisoned by the Greek's Ring

There is a special skill in writing a Harlequin Presents novel. I’ve read enough bad ones to know when there is a diamond in the rough, and everything by Caitlin Crews is exactly that. So soapy it’ll slide off your Kindle, but never tipping into eye-rolling ridiculousness, and boasting grounded ...

A-
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

One of my favorite things about the Top 100 Romances reader poll is all of the suggestions that come in. When I first started reading romance it was my go-to place to find the most beloved books in the genre, and I continue to look forward to it as a chance to hear from our many readers about curren ...

D-
Forbidden Lovers

Kimberley Troutte begins the Plunder Cove trilogy, a collection of stories about the children of oil baron-slash-pirate R. W. Harper, with Forbidden Lovers, a story about high school sweethearts torn apart, amnesia and mistaken death. Wealthy Matt Harper and working-class Julia Espinoza fell in l ...

A-
Perfect Day

Sally Malcolm’s first published m/m romance is a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion (which regularly vies with Emma for first place in my ranking of Austen’s novels!)  set in a sleepy New York seaside town.  I admit I’m usually a bit wary of retellings of classic novels – ...