Contemporary Romance

B+
The Takeover Effect

The Takeover Effect is a big, fat, luscious chocolate truffle of a book.  It’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s heartbreaking, it’s romantic; it luxuriates in the playgrounds of the rich while giving us down-to-earth people to root for, and it’s grounded strongly in a central family that provides a ...

C
Down & DIrty

I started Rhenna Morgan's Men of Haven series late in the game, with book five, Stand and Deliver. I really liked it, and picked up a few of the previous titles as well as the next in the series, Down & Dirty. Each book is designed to be read as a standalone but there are glimpses of secondary c ...

A
Cuff Me

Cuff Me is the third story in Lauren Layne’s New York’s Finest series, centered around a family of police officers. There are four brothers and one sister, two of whom (Luc and Anthony) featured in the first two stories in the series (Frisk Me and Steal Me) both of which I quite enjoyed, so I wa ...

B+
My Wicked Prince

He was my stepbrother. My Prince Charming. My fairytale gone totally wrong... My mother marrying the king was supposed to give my mom and me our happily ever after. But my life has never been a bedtime story and no prince with a fancy shoe is turning me into a Cinderella. I had big plans ...

B+
Meet Cute

If you’re a fan of Helena Hunting, you’re probably aware her books come with varying degrees of gravity. Her Inked Armor series is dark and angsty, while her Pucked series is hilarious and quirky. Meet Cute is a perfect combination of these two voices - a fun read overall, but it has its tragic ...

C+
Speak No Evil

I don’t know why, but this is the first novel by J.R. Gray I have read. I know Gray has quite a backlist, so I was ready to discover a new-to-me author. The premise sounded good. Speak No Evil is set in New Orleans where Weston is a hitman, for the ‘family business’, and has a handler calle ...

B
I Want You Back

With I Want You Back, Lorelei James opens up a brand-new series set around Snow Village, a high-rise apartment complex that hosts multiple winter sports athletes.  This first novel is about a hockey player trying to regain the trust of his daughter and his ex-girlfriend – two people who alternate ...

B-
Arctic Sun

Sometimes, if I’m familiar with an author, I can overlook flaws in a story - especially if/when the author is trying something new; I’ll round up and qualify the recommendation to AAR readers with the reasons why.  But that familiarity can be a problem when I can’t quite decide if the problem ...

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Best Friends, Secret Lovers

Do you like friends-to-lovers stories? What about forced proximity romances? Is your life complete when both of those tropes combine? ME TOO. Good news for us, Jessica Lemmon’s Best Friends, Secret Lovers is here to deliver. Sabrina and Flynn have been best friends since college, along with pal ...

A
Gimme Some Sugar

“Nice Southern girls did not make money baking penis cakes” Some romance novels are just nice times spent with pleasant people you want to see succeed in life.  Gimme Some Sugar fits that bill beautifully. Six months after the death of her husband Wayne, Lucy Bowman Garten is trying to star ...