Contemporary Romance

B
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 ...

B
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 ...

D
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 ...

A
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 ...

B+
Mayday

Mayday is a blast from the past - the good kind, not the kind that makes you regret ever parting a book’s covers.  While it isn’t as strong as Dade’s more recent works, it’s a likable little novel that reminded me of Parks and Recreation. Helen Murphy is a librarian with a solid friendsh ...

C
Love in a Small Town

Zoe York is an author I know I can rely on to do a great job giving readers a well-balanced and written small town romance, but Love in a Small Town – the first volume of her Pine Harbour series set in a small, rural Canadian town – isn’t quite her best outing thanks to a weak conflict and an ...

A
American Christmas

Anyone who loves Adriana Herrera’s Dreamers series will have fun taking in this brief holiday visit with Ari and Yin, a secondary couple who appear as background characters in multiple volumes of the series.  Warm, fuzzy, heartwarming and sweet down to the bone, it’s a perfectly fluffy holiday ...