Contemporary Romance

F
A Love Like Mine

When holding a manuscript instead of a book, it is not difficult to imagine how much work an author puts into writing anything of any size. Even knowing that, I had only a teeny bit of guilt over the rating. Remember the 80’s folks, where romances mostly lingered on like a nasty aftertaste, due to ...

F
Heart's Desire

It's still early yet, but Heart's Desire already has my vote for worst read of the year. The lead characters behave abominably toward each other, the heroine's introduction to the hero made me laugh out loud, and the author threw in so many catastrophes, it seemed like a parody of the worst soap ope ...

B+
Forever After

Catherine Anderson has written an exciting contemporary novel in Forever After. I must warn you that it is not for the squeamish. There is violence in the book, along with strong language and descriptions of the emotional and sexual abuse of Meredith, the heroine, that were almost painful to read. O ...

F
All That Glitters

In all fairness to Linda Howard, this book was written in 1982. In all fairness to the reader, this book stinks. I love Linda Howard, but apparently she wrote this before she "got good." Jessica Stanton is a 23-year-old widowed virgin (that's right) who owns stock in Greek billionaire playboy N ...

B
Letting Loose

Well, let me introduce you to Sue Civil-Brown, better known as Rachel Lee. Rachel Lee is a particular favorite of mine, and has been for several months since I discovered her writing in An Officer And A Gentleman. While I still have four more books from the Conard County Series to read and I'm takin ...

A
Jackson Rule

Having finally discovered Sharon Sala, I picked this book up out of my library earlier this week, and thought I'd give it a try. Well, I didn't put Jackson Rule down until I had finished it. It grabbed me, first paragraph, and I was off and running. Jackson Rule has spent almost half of his l ...

B+
Montana

I have an admitted weakness for Western romances. They can be historical or contemporary, but as long as they have a ranch, a couple hundred head of cattle, and a hero who rides the range, I am willing to give the book a chance. This book was definitely worth the chance. Set in modern-day Swe ...

B
Simply Irresistible

My brain is full of factoids. That makes me a great Jeopardy player but it's kind of frustrating because sometimes I can't remember where I read a certain thing. Anyway, I read somewhere that editors of romance novels think readers don't like books about athletes. Well editors, this reader loves the ...

C+
No Ordinary Man

Suzanne Simmons surely had it right when she created Mitchell Storm - he's no ordinary man. But then again, Victoria Storm is no ordinary woman. Neither is her friend, Alice Fraser, and his right hand man, the MacClumpha, a giant Scots who Torey first spies as he moons her society guests for assumin ...

C
Sharp Edges

We expect a lot of JAK. As a talented writer, she is expected to maintain a certain standard by her devoted fans, and I suppose we tend to be a bit critical when we don't think she is writing her best. Sharp Edges is not a book that is up to JAK's best, at least in my mind, for many reasons. ...