Contemporary Romance

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Renewing Forever

Kelly Jensen continues her This Time Forever series about couples in their forties finding love and happiness with Renewing Forever, a beautifully written, reflective and somewhat wistful story about childhood friends whose lives went in very different directions, and who must work out if the forev ...

B+
A Christmas Proposition

Trope alerts: frenemies to lovers and marriage of convenience. Those two tick your boxes? Then, to be frank, you can skip my review and go to “buy now” because this one is a fabulous example of both tropes and how they can work together. Indifferent on them? Then let me try to convince you other ...

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Between the Lines

I had mixed feelings about the New Milton book that precedes this one, Perfect Day, Ms. Malcolm’s take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  I liked it, but not as much as our reviewer did.  So it’s a bit ironic that reading Between the Lines, its loosely-linked follow-up, provided me with a perfect ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...