Contemporary Romance

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His Secret Son

I was so excited about this book you guys, so excited. I was expecting a fun, if cheesy, trope-romp - we have a secret baby AND a military hero. I also appreciated that both the heroine and hero are people of color. Awesome, I am all for it. But it was all smacked down in the prologue, and just got ...

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Mr. Perfect (#44 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 10, 2000 What does it take to finish a book in one sitting? First, you need the time. Second, you need a book you just cannot put down. Last Saturday, I discovered I had both. Linda Howard's foray into big-time romantic comedy has paid off, and ...

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The British Knight

There’s absolutely nothing not to love about Louise Bay’s The British Knight. It’s wickedly sexy, heartwarming and highly entertaining with charming characters and an interesting peek into the British legal system, and I couldn’t put it down. American Violet King lives in the moment and i ...

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Roomies

Holland has had a crush on Subway Station Musician for … let’s say a while. When he prevents her being shoved onto the tracks one night and saves her life, she pays him back by getting him an audition with her uncle, a Broadway bigwig. Subway Station Musician - whose name is Calvin - stuns said ...

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So Over You

Kate Meader has been a reliable source of sexy contemporary romances, having written about chefs, firefighters, and now hockey players taking center ice. The Chicago Rebels series, all standalone romances but with a continuing background story arc, details a struggling NHL franchise and their make-o ...

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Dating by Numbers

In Jennifer Lohmann’s charming Dating by Numbers, Marsie Penny is frustrated. Her life is going really well, but she can’t seem to find true love. As numbers have never betrayed her before, she decides to create an algorithm that will  help her to find her match. Her colleague, Jason, thinks sh ...

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Infamous

Though romances starring rock star heroes or heroines aren't usually on my list of favorites, I may have to make an exception after reading this latest romance by Jenny Holiday. On the strength of my enjoyment of previous stories of hers, in particular the 49th Floor series of romantic comedies, I e ...

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Bad Princess

“He’s a lumberjack and a computer programmer?” “Well, it’s hard to make a living as a lumberjack.” – the royal sisters of Estau The two sisters who head up the novella Bad Princess are both aware of and yet participatory in the ridiculous yet heartfelt curveballs the narrative thro ...

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The Royal We

A fictional spin on the courtship of Kate Middleton and Prince William, The Royal We doesn’t shy away from the uncomfortable aspects of royal life and has more details and heft than your typical pauper-meets-prince romance. The supporting cast (his brother, her sister) truly shines. However, the l ...

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The Big Bad Billionaire

I heard there was a new Jackie Ashenden book out in November, and as a newer fan of hers, I jumped at the chance to review it.  I haven’t read the earlier books in the series, and though I’m curious about those stories after reading this one, The Big, Bad Billionaire works perfectly fine as a s ...