Contemporary Romance

B+
The Chai Factor

Given it’s set in the multicultural city of Toronto, it's no surprise that Farah Heron's début, The Chai Factor, delves into some serious issues such as racism and cultural and gender equality. Yet even so the author maintains some nice comedic flair and tells a sweet opposites attract romance ma ...

B-
28 Dates

Caitlyn and Jonas have been friends with benefits for a couple of years now, but Jonas has fallen hard for Caitlyn and wants more. Caitlyn, however, is relationship adverse and thinks their arrangement is perfect. She has no intention of ever committing to anyone and wants things to just stay as the ...

A
Fix Her Up

Do NOT judge Tessa Bailey’s superbly steamy rom-com Fix Her Up by its cover image of a cartoon couple demurely kissing. I wouldn’t normally read a novel that gives off a cutesy vibe, but, given Bailey’s reputation as a prolific bestselling romance author, and the sexy series title (Hot and Ham ...

C
Unexpected

Kelly Rimmer’s Unexpected is a warm, charming book - but is dotted with little, tiny details that pick at the fabric of its entrancingly-woven spell, leaving the reader to ask questions and frown at the small stuff in spite of its larger good points. Roommates Abby Herbert and Marcus Ross have ...

C-
Under the Table

Stephanie Evanovich’s Under the Table, a gender-reversed modernization of My Fair Lady, produces mainly mixed results and never manages to become anything unique, especially funny or breathtaking before reaching its infuriating conclusion. After years of living and working in Ohio, Zoey Sulliva ...

B+
Arctic Wild

Arctic Wild, book two in Annabeth Albert’s Frozen Hearts series, is a gently moving, slow-burn romance between two very different men who find themselves re-evaluating their lives following an almost fatal accident.  There are places where perhaps the pacing could have been a little faster and th ...

A
Grip

Friends, let’s keep it real.  We’ve all fallen in love with a fictional character in a romance novel, and most of us can quickly call to mind our favorites.  You’re doing it right now aren’t you?  Lately, my book boyfriends share a common denominator:  they’re all written by the fabulo ...

B+
Dear Aaron

If you’re a fan of Mariana Zapata, by definition you must be a fan of slow-burn romances. It’s the style used in every one of her books that I’ve read, and it is utilized in Dear Aaron. While this is not my favorite of her novels, it’s a good story and a must-read for any Zapata fans. The ...

B
Gideon

I love a great redemption story.  And if anyone needs redeeming, it’s Gideon Ramsay, a hard-partying, famous actor who is deeply in the closet.  He’s besties with Silas (Risk Taker and Oz), and Niall (his brother Milo’s partner) - with whom he also used to have sex.  Confused?  Don’t be ...

A
A Prince on Paper

Whenever I read a romance by Alyssa Cole I think 'okay, this one is my favorite!' - and then she writes another book. That's been my experience with The Reluctant Royals series, novellas included, and her most recent addition about two people used to hiding their innermost selves is a delightful, em ...