Contemporary Romance

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Tangle

Adriana Locke’s cozy Tangle is a continuation of her Dogwood Lane series of small town romances.  And ‘cozy’ is the best way to describe it – though the hero will give the reader occasional pause. Haley Raynor is having a terrible morning. She might be on the cusp of losing her job to b ...

D
Bridal Boot Camp

Y’all. This book made me angry. First of all, it’s maybe fifty pages long and ends at 86% of the way through the Kindle copy. Second of all… well, let’s return to the fifty pages. Roberta ‘Rob’ James runs a boot camp fitness class at the local gym for engaged folks looking to get in s ...

B+
American Fairytale

Camilo, or Milo, is a social worker with a heart of solid gold and a sass factor of eleven, while Tom is a billionaire funding a new project through Milo’s agency. Before that relationship is established, though, they happen to have an… er… intimate encounter at a fundraiser and neither can ge ...

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Too Hot to Handle

I’ve been hearing a lot of good buzz about Tessa Bailey lately, and when I dug into her backlist, I wasn’t disappointed. Too Hot to Handle is fast-paced, emotional, and blisteringly sexy. I highly recommend it. Chef Rita Clarkson has never been able to live up to her late mother, culinary leg ...

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The Unhoneymooners

There is a special sort of magic that happens in a Christina Lauren book when the pair are firing on all cylinders. The dialogue sparkles, the characters settle into themselves quickly, and hundreds of pages fly by while you are contentedly spending time in their world. I am deeply pleased to report ...

A
Holding Out

The first story in Serena Bell's Returning Home series about wounded war veterans readjusting to life back home, Hold on Tight, made my best romances of 2014 list. Five years later, I'm happy to say that the author hasn't lost her touch when it comes to giving the reader an emotional, heartfelt and ...

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Love in the Afternoon

Confucious said that “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” In Love in the Afternoon author Karen Hawkins tries to deliver a short story full of quirky sweetness, but misses the mark just a hair by adding a touch too much of the quirky. Jake Klaine sees dead people. He’s been talking ...

B
Waiting for Tom Hanks

Waiting for Tom Hanks is cheesy, but it’s unabashedly so.  It wraps its arms around you and charms you with its tropes and tries to make you love it, almost in spite of any grumpy misgivings you might have about it when you part its covers.  It does have some nagging problems that means it doesn ...

B
Hot to the Touch

As a fan of Jaci Burton's contemporary romances, especially her Play by Play multi-sports series, I'm always happy to see her name on an upcoming new release. So when I saw that she was starting a new series featuring firefighters, I quickly added Hot to the Touch - the first in her Brotherhood by F ...

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The Perfect Date

The Perfect Date is the most frustrating reading experience I’ve had all year.  The heroine and her son are extremely engaging, but the hero is less than worthy of her most of the time, the plot is overly dramatic and the gobs of girl hate that spatter the novel and a number of poor editorial cho ...