Contemporary Romance

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I Hate You, I Love You

This one is great for fans of The Hating Game, or Dating You, Hating You. An enemies-to-lovers romance set in a college environment, I ate up I Hate You, I Love You with a big spoon and was delighted from beginning to end. Naomi Price is a beloved poetry professor with few complaints about her li ...

B+
Fireworks

For anyone not familiar with Sarina Bowen’s True North series, it’s is a series of connected stand-alones that take place in rural Vermont. To me, they’re grounded and gritty, not shying away from the some of the realities of life in the 21st century - unemployment due to mill closures, the op ...

C
The Bull Rider's Return

The Bull Rider’s Return, the final volume of Joan Kilby’s Starr Brothers of Montana series, features a down-on-her-luck waitress and the bull rider with who turns her life around. Reno native Kelly Reid has one focus in her life – her six-year-old son, Ricky, who has a congenital heart defe ...

B
King's Price

In this series kickoff from Jackie Ashenden, Leon King is setting out to take his family business from mob-focused to legitimate. The way to do that, however, is not exactly legitimate. He needs to marry Thomas Hamilton’s daughter for plot reasons and so he blackmails the fellow into offering said ...

B
Decoy Date

Mira Lyn Kelly has written a fun and engaging romantic comedy series in The Wedding Date, with a group of bachelors starting out as best men for their friends and ending up finding their own perfect match by the end of each story. Book one, May the Best Man Win got a spot in my ‘best reads of 2016 ...

F
Fight or Flight

Maybe it’s appropriate to give a book called Fight or Flight an F. Although in this case, F is for Failure to be worth reading, Full of terrible tropes we should let die, and Frightfully hard to read. The book tricked me with the cutesy, cartoon cover and then delivered a story that was anything b ...

C
Up in Flames

Up in Flames uses the classic trope of a hunky fireman falling for his sister's best friend, with a charity auction and a puppy thrown into the mix to keep things interesting. It's the second in the Flirting with Fire series and is easy to jump into, though unfortunately I didn't fall for the charac ...

C+
You Had Me at Cowboy

Jennie Marts continues her Cowboys of Creedence series, about the James brothers of Colorado, with You Had me at Cowboy, the story of middle brother Mason’s romance. Tessa Kane, reporter at large for Colorado In-Depth magazine, is looking for her next big scoop when she’s stood up by her date ...

D
Be Mine

Wow, this book was a hot pile of nothing except tropes and angst. I know, tell you how I really feel, eh? I am iffy on NA to begin with, I admit. It’s not my go-to category because I have limited patience for some of the hallmarks of it - problems that can be solved by communicating clearly, ...

A
Love Around the Corner

The Shop Around the Corner is one of my favourite films.  Set around Christmas time, it tells the story of two co-workers who don’t get on and bicker all the time in spite of the attraction that sparks between them – and which they ignore. He thinks she’s stuck-up, she thinks he’s crass and ...