Contemporary Romance

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Fourteen Summers

Quinn Anderson’s sunlight-warm story is a strong and well-written novel about moving from your late teens into the confusing mess of your twenties, all set up against the backdrop of family angst and self-discovery. Aiden and Max Kingsman have been inseparable from birth – quite literally.  ...

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Dirty Bastard

In Jessica Clare’s Dirty Bastard, Knox Price has met his match. Used to being fawned over for his money, Knox is used to lying about his identity as one of the famed Price brothers. So, when he meets Lexi Brandon who gives zero craps about the size of his bank account but a lot of craps about the ...

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Hot Asset

When I read that Hot Asset was going to be about a stockbroker and the SEC officer investigating him, my antenna pricked up. Interesting, I thought. What are those dynamics going to be? Is this going to be another case of a professional lady who is perfect in her professional life and a total mess i ...

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Hooked on You

In the finale to Kate Meader’s excellent Chicago Rebels series, Violet Vasquez finally gets her happily ever after. For anyone who has read the previous books, that may just be all I need to say. This woman so vivacious she leaps off the page, with all of her scars, jaded bits, and hidden away hop ...

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Waking Up Married

Mira Lyn Kelly’s Waking Up Married  is one of the titles in Harlequin’s short-lived Kiss line (which is published as Mills & Boon Modern Tempted in the UK).  I’ve read a couple of the author’s more recent titles and enjoyed them – funny, sexy and sweet, they’re written with a secur ...

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Wanna Bet?

I recently reviewed A Girl Like Her by Ms. Hibbert and raved about it.  Since finishing it, I’ve read almost everything else she has written, and readers looking for a fresh take on familiar tropes will find much to love in her back catalog.  In Wanna Bet?, she takes on the familiar ‘love ‘e ...

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First Time at Firelight Falls

If you’re a fan of slow-burn romances, I suggest you jump into First Time at Firelight Falls. I can’t think of the last time an author pulled this trope off so well - or the last time I was able to read so much meaning into just a few lines of dialogue. This book took me on an unexpected, but th ...

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Do Over

The cover and synopsis of Delaney Diamond's latest contemporary romance Do Over were what drew me to it; the execution of the plot and the sexy results are what will make me take a look at her extensive backlist. Ms. Diamond's Brooks Family series is about an extremely wealthy African American exten ...

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Claim Me Cowboy

Joshua Grayson has a plan. His father placed an advertisement in the paper to get him a bride, but Joshua has a better idea - and placed a counter one. If he can get a woman to apply who is the antithesis of who his father would want, his father will have to back off of this wife-kids-happily-ever-a ...

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Unforgiven

I'm not sure why I decided to re-read Unforgiven. I'd read it years ago and thought it was good but not great. This go-round, it impressed the hell out of me. It resonated in a way contemporary romance rarely does with me. Adam Collins and Marissa Brooks grew up in the small town of Walker’s Fo ...