Contemporary Romance

A
One Small Step

Those of you who follow my reviews are probably aware that I don’t frequently assign ‘A’ ratings. (In fact, Tessa Bailey’s Fix Her Up was the last romance that I deemed deserving of DIK status, and that review was published six months ago.) Jaded by past disappointments, my most fervent hope ...

A
Her Favorite Rival

What could be better than an Australian coworkers-to-lovers romance with a promotion rivalry, and family disappointed that their kid didn’t grow up to be a doctor? No, I’m not talking about The Hating Game - which I loved. Sarah Mayberry did a similar story three years earlier, and Her Favorite ...

A
Thrown Off the Ice

When Thrown Off the Ice first appeared in my GoodReads feed, the cover caught my eye, but I kept scrolling.  When it kept appearing, day after day, I finally clicked through and read the blurb.  It didn’t tell me much: Mike knew he was making a mistake when he let the rookie climb into bed with ...

A
Uncommon Passion

Uncommon Passion is one of my very favorite romances. I’ve read it again and again—it’s my favorite of Calhoun’s books and has been since it was first published in 2013. It’s a virgin/rake story and, like the best of that trope, is a testament to the redemptive power of love. Rachel Hil ...

D-
Coming Home for Christmas

A hugely improbable storyline crash-lands into some unlikable characters, over-the-top soapy plotting and illogical reactions in Coming Home for Christmas. Luke Hamilton’s wife Elizabeth has been living under an assumed name ever since she walked away from their shared life and into the mountai ...

B
A Tale of Two Christmas Letters

A Tale of Two Christmas Letters is a conventional, traditional, competent and entertaining romance about two co-workers who fall in love thanks to a twist of fate. Rehab nurse Bess Monroe has been working with handsome surgeon Jack McCabe for years; they’re good friends, and she is used to his ...

B+
Red Carpet Redemption

Aside from a weak third-act breakup, Red Carpet Redemption is a nice story about two people who have to get over themselves to find true love. Dane Stewart, playboy actor, is looking for an image change.  While watching a news report about bone marrow screenings, he hears the sad tale of six-yea ...

A-
Blitzed

Blitzed is the third book in the Playbook series, which focuses on the love lives of the Denver Mustangs football team. Written by a former NFL wife, these fun, flirty, sexy stories sing with authenticity and humor. You don’t have to read the first two books to enjoy this one but you definitely sh ...

C+
A Cowboy Like You

A Cowboy Like You has a really terrific hero and a somewhat shallow, self-possessed yet selfish, TSTL heroine.  Add in a romance that moves way too quickly to be credible and some nagging, unanswered questions and you have a romance that falls into the ‘just okay’ territory. Sheriff Danny Ol ...

B
Mixed Match

Mixed Match – part of a series about couples who meet in unusual circumstances – is a fun book with a worthwhile romance that will bring on tears for some, but doesn’t really rise to a higher level. After a messy divorce, restaurateur Sophia Kent is in the middle of moving to Portland from ...