Contemporary Romance

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Second First Impressions

Second First Impressions is the latest contemporary romance from Sally Thorne, this time following a young professional who needs to focus on more than work. Ruthie Midona is only twenty-five, and is already living like the elderly folks she caters to at her job with Providence Retirement. She li ...

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Second First Impressions

Sigh. My first (reading) impression of this book was that it was worse than the last Sally Thorne book, 99% Mine, a book I gave a C grade to only because I so liked the best friend that I couldn't bring myself to give it a D. Thus, after reading about 25% of Second First Impressions, I put it dow ...

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The Intimacy Experiment

Rosie Danan does it again with her beautiful The Intimacy Experiment, which is about spirituality, sex and true love in equal measures. Ex-porn-star turned sex educator Naomi Grant – AKA Hanna Sturm – wants to expand her highly-regarded start-up website, Shameless, into the realm of public le ...

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Crushing on You

Ever since I finished Crushing On You, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. Romance generally doesn’t challenge me to read a messy heroine who behaves badly, so I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on Crushing’s troubled heroine, Anna Tang. Anna, an aspiring music journalist, meet ...

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Deep River Promise

Sometimes I feel a bit like a damaged romance heroine when I open a book by a new-to-me author. You know the trope - she's been hurt by love before, and is wary of trying again. But eventually the hero hits the right notes with her, so she cautiously starts to trust and eventually love him. Reading ...

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When a Cowboy Loves a Woman

PTSD and a slow-burning romance collide in When a Cowboy Loves a Woman, the lovely and gently-moving story of two people who lost their previous partners in traumatic way falling in love with someone brand new. Elle Brooks is a mainstay of the Heaven Can Wait Horse Rescue team, and after the too- ...

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Undercover

Undercover is new-to-me author Eliot Grayson’s entry in the Vino and Veritas series set in small town Vermont.  It’s light-hearted, and readable, and it’s got a bit of a romantic suspense vibe going on, but in the end it didn’t quite seem sure what sort of story it wanted to be.  The suspe ...

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A Flighty Fake Boyfriend

Don’t be fooled by the cute cover model and the word “flighty” in the title; Z.A. Maxfield’s A Flighty Fake Boyfriend IS a fun fake relationship story, but it has surprising depth, two strongly characterised leads and packs quite the emotional punch in places, too.  Age-gap and fake relatio ...

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Featherbed

Friends, I’ll be honest, I didn’t love the first book in the True North series, Bittersweet, and decided the series wasn’t for me.  But when I learned the author was creating the World of True North - inviting other contemporary romance authors to borrow the setting for their own standalone n ...

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Heartscape

Earlier this year, I reviewed Sarina Bowen’s Roommate, which was the starting point for the new multi-authored True North World series, which comprises four mini-series of books set within the world created by Ms. Bowen in her True North stories.  The Vino and Veritas novels are LGBTQ+ romances ...