Contemporary Romance

D+
Snow in September

Snow in September reminded me of one of Rachel Lee's Conard County novels - only more so. And that's not a compliment, even though, as a whole, I'm quite fond of those books. The Conard Country novels are very intense series romances; their intensity becomes too much when carried over into a full-le ...

D
Cappuccino in the Winter

The plot in Cappuccino in the Winter is fresh from the headlines: Hackers break into financial institutions with the potential to bring the planet to its knees. However, much of the freshness of the plot gets stuck in the clichéd characters and stop-and-go pace of much of the book. Alayna Alexa ...

C
Deception

Sometimes reviewing an average book can be difficult. The story isn't bad, just mediocre. You can't quite put your finger on what's not clicking. That's not the case with Deception. With this book, the problem jumps right out at you from the moment the heroine and hero meet. It's head-hopping. ...

C
Legacy

Legacy is a contemporary romance with some suspense thrown in. The "legacy" is an unusual will that forces the hero and heroine of the novel to live and work together for a year. The characters and plot are pleasant enough, but also a little banal. Although the plot picks up a little toward the end ...

B
Almost Home

Almost Home is a slower-paced romantic tale about two outsiders who find love and acceptance in each other's arms. It's a good choice for those of you needing a break from the non-stop adventure and/or mystery-filled reads so commonly found in the romance aisle. Katherine Whitfi ...

B
Wish You Were Here

Christie Ridgway is a wonderful new discovery for me. In fact, I liked Wish You Were Here so much, I've glommed two of her previous novels (and I've already read one and liked it). Wish You Were Here is a sweet romance that can be funny, touching and frustrating all within a few pages. Yeager Gat ...

B
Sea Siren/La Sirena

The lure of the mermaid has haunted fishermen through the ages, and even though the heroine of Sea Siren is flesh and blood like the rest of us mortals, her story, and that of the man she loves, is nevertheless a pleasure to read. A mermaid sits perched in the distance, waving to pa ...

B+
The Trouble With Joe

My used bookstore has a table where they sell older series romances for $.10 each. I have bought quite a few from that table. I've purchased my share of duds and bought a few that were just so-so, but for only $.10 each, I figure I can take a chance. Recently, I bought The Trouble With Joe by Emilie ...

B
First Lady

This is the type of story I would be afraid to pick up if it didn't have the name Susan Elizabeth Phillips on the cover, because there aren't many authors out there that could get me to suspend my disbelief long enough to read a romance about the First Lady. For one thing, those of us who were born ...

D
The Cowboy

A combination of "everything but the kitchen sink" plotting and unlikable characters sunk this book. After reading a continuing series of misfortunes and calamities, this reviewer was exhausted by the end of the story. Both the Creed's and the Blackthorne's are Texas rancher families. The Creed ra ...