Contemporary Romance

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Love Like Ours

Melissa Foster continues her Sugar Lake series of contemporary romances with Love Like Ours, the story of a  teacher and the student she falls for. Professor Talia Dalton, sister of Willow Dalton from book one, The Real Thing, and Bridgette Dalton from book two, Only for You, is happily calm and ...

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All Beautiful Things

Those readers who are active on Twitter may have seen Nicki Salcedo's response to Suzanne Brockmann's speech at RWA. If you haven't, it's worth a read. I found it infuriating and eye-opening all at once. But then, as I read through Salcedo's description of her debut novel, All Beautiful Things, I kn ...

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Intercepted

Marlee Harper has spent a good chunk of her life being the perfect football girlfriend. From lasagna meals for his teammates to always being there to cheer him on, she’s been her NFL-star’s number one fan. She’s confident that after over a decade of being together – aside from a few breaks ...

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The Shape of You

Crafter Spencer Thompson and lawyer Marti Thomas are preparing for their nuptials.  All registered and ready to go, Marti signs Spencer up to attend a Be Your Best Bride physical fitness class, run by Kara Laughlin.  It promises to get the person who takes it in shape in seven weeks of cardio, yog ...

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Hot & Heavy

I was intrigued by Hot & Heavy because of the yoga teacher heroine. A veteran of many a meat-market yoga class, I thought perhaps these were my people - falling in love (or something else) in downward dog. The description is somewhat misleading, though. The book really isn't about yoga, and the ...

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Undue Influence

Undue Influence is a lovely and romantic second-chance love story featuring two likeable - loveable - principal characters, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.  As a contemporary romance, it’s good.  But as a queer twist on Persuasion… it’s average.  Yes, all the significant characters and moment ...

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Going Down Easy

Erin Nichols’ Boys of the Big Easy series opens with Going Down Easy, a decently written and complex story about the struggle to balance romance, work and parental love. Tavern co-owner Gabe Traham and architectural consultant Addison Sloan have been friends-with-benefits forever.  In fact, th ...

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Untouchable

What happens when a bad boy becomes a man? Nate Davis didn’t plan on returning to his hateful hometown. But then, he didn’t plan on being widowed in his twenties, or on his mother getting sick, either. Turns out, life doesn’t give a f$*k about plans. Hannah Kabbah thought her career in ...

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

In It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, author Kylie Scott tells the story of a May/December romance that begins when the heroine is just sixteen and she gets a crush on one of her father’s co-workers who is fifteen years her senior. Waiting for her father to finish up on a job site, Adele is ...

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Bad Reputation

Angst ahoy in Bad Reputation, the latest installment in Stefanie London’s Bad Bachelors series, which revolves around a dating app that rates - you guessed it - bachelors. This book is about Wes Evans, the son of Broadway royalty who is just trying to get his first solo-produced show off the groun ...