Contemporary Romance

B-
Undue Influence

Undue Influence is a lovely and romantic second-chance love story featuring two likeable - loveable - principal characters, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.  As a contemporary romance, it’s good.  But as a queer twist on Persuasion… it’s average.  Yes, all the significant characters and moment ...

B-
Going Down Easy

Erin Nichols’ Boys of the Big Easy series opens with Going Down Easy, a decently written and complex story about the struggle to balance romance, work and parental love. Tavern co-owner Gabe Traham and architectural consultant Addison Sloan have been friends-with-benefits forever.  In fact, th ...

B-
Untouchable

What happens when a bad boy becomes a man? Nate Davis didn’t plan on returning to his hateful hometown. But then, he didn’t plan on being widowed in his twenties, or on his mother getting sick, either. Turns out, life doesn’t give a f$*k about plans. Hannah Kabbah thought her career in ...

B-
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

In It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, author Kylie Scott tells the story of a May/December romance that begins when the heroine is just sixteen and she gets a crush on one of her father’s co-workers who is fifteen years her senior. Waiting for her father to finish up on a job site, Adele is ...

C
Bad Reputation

Angst ahoy in Bad Reputation, the latest installment in Stefanie London’s Bad Bachelors series, which revolves around a dating app that rates - you guessed it - bachelors. This book is about Wes Evans, the son of Broadway royalty who is just trying to get his first solo-produced show off the groun ...

C-
All the Way

Kristen Proby opens up a new contemporary romance series set in New York, featuring a troupe of dysfunctional siblings with All the Way, a romance between an actress and a lawyer. Finn Cavanaugh is a highly successful lawyer with a lot on his plate.  He owns a law firm with his brother Quinn and ...

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 ...