Contemporary Romance

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Sleepless in Montana

Warning: If you are looking for a story similar to Sleepless in Seattle, this book will not deliver that lighthearted and funny feeling. I grinned when I read the setting of this story because Sweet Grass County is adjacent to the county I live in, and Big Timber, Montana does exist. I've been ...

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Head Over Heels

There are some books that are very hard for me to grade. Some elements of the plot hold zero appeal to me and turn me off, but I know other readers will love them. This is one of those books. One of the things that you should love to read about if you want to read Head Over Heels is kids. Unfortunat ...

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Jewels of the Sun

It is always a delight to read a new novel by Nora Roberts, but seemingly she may be on the brink of writing the best novels of her career. The deep, rich characterizations in Jewels of the Sun drive the plot and give life to the Irish backdrop. Roberts easily holds her reign as the queen of modern ...

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Prince Charming

Josephine Evans and Cole Dumanski, the protagonists of Prince Charming, hated one another on sight. She thought that he was a crude, loudmouthed chauvinist. He thought that she was a prissy snob. I heartily agreed with both of them. Cole is a Mississippi River towboat captain who desperately nee ...

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Inseparable

I enjoy reading and I always begin a book with anticipation and one thought in my mind: "This is going to be a good story." With Inseparable, that thought did not last through the prologue. After I read where Mike Greywolf's father and grandparents are murdered in a torrent of blood, gore and overwr ...

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Between Friends

Sandra Kitt is excellent in writing about the races in all of the varied forms we experience them today. Her heroine, Dallas Oliver, is biracial. She and her white best friend, Valerie, are now in their early thirties and have been bound together since they were in grade school. Dallas is a journali ...

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Romeo and Julia

Romeo & Julia is the antithesis of the “sweet savage romance,” which is why I enjoyed it as much as I did. There’s not a lot of ugly, melodramatic conflict. There’s no overwhelming “I hate you, but I lust after you anyway” passion. Instead, there’s a hero who’s quite a bit younge ...

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Skin Deep

You know you have read a good book when, three days after finishing it, your head is still spinning with questions and ideas that the book has raised. In addition to making me really think about issues of color lines (both outside and within the African-American community), Skin Deep makes it pleas ...

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Second Chance

When I was a girl, my grandmother used to give me paint-by-number kits for Christmas. I'd follow all the instructions and when I was finished I could see that what I'd accomplished was obviously a picture of something, but I never fooled myself into thinking I was Leonardo da Vinci. Reading Second C ...

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When Venus Fell

When Venus Fell is one of the best books I've read all year. Venus Arinelli, former child prodigy and concert pianist, now plays in dives all around the country, lives in an RV and avoids the government. She also protects her fragile sister Ella. Venus distrusts the government because her fat ...