Contemporary Romance

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Seduced by the Soldier

Seduced by the Soldier is just fine. It’s fine in the way you’re fine at the end of the day when absolutely nothing of note happened. It’s fine in the way you’re fine when someone asks you in passing how you are and there’s nothing to report. However, since this is a review, I’ll be a li ...

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The Kingmaker

I'm quite picky when it comes to contemporary romances. The story has to contain something very special in order to catch my attention, and the loads of internet buzz surrounding the release of Kennedy Ryan's latest novel, The Kingmaker, counts as special in my book. So with great anticipation, I do ...

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Christmas from the Heart

Christmas from the Heart has a charming sense of humor, a do-right-in-spite-of-himself hero, an understandably - and yet totally annoyingly - pushy heroine who uses another man’s attention to get what she wants,  and painfully outdated gender roles masquerading as unquestioned, unexamined reality ...

C+
Win Big

I have a strange relationship with hockey romances. I love the idea of them – I like contact sports, and alpha males, and contemporary romance – but I’ve struggled to find any that really ring my bell. Kelly Jamieson’s Win Big, with its abysmal dialogue, hot sex, and a hero with the stranges ...

B+
Not the Girl You Marry

There’s an old saying that “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince/princess.” That has certainly been true for Hannah Mayfield and Jack Nolan from Not the Girl You Marry. For them, love is a battlefield, and they are battle scarred and combat fatigued and neither of them w ...

C+
One Christmas Eve

Shannon Stacey’s Cedar Street series continues along with this brisk novella, One Christmas Eve. Now that Zoe Randall’s divorce is over, done and in the can, she’s setting out to enjoy life for herself for once.  Back in her home town, she and her cousin Carly have opened a bookstore toget ...

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Must Love Coffee

Sarah Mayberry is an author well known to those who read contemporary romance. It's been a while since she's released anything new so when I saw that she had a romantic comedy novella coming out, I made sure to pick it up. She's good at evoking a lot of emotions in both her characters and her reader ...

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Autumn's Child

Autumn’s Child is a truly lovely second-chance romance featuring a warm cast of secondary characters and a lot of sharp-eyed longing. Mrs. Norton W. Ridge II - Eleanor – is a set-in-her-ways old woman of the genteel south, whose relatives mostly abhor her, aside from a niece who considers car ...

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Finn

Combining billionaire found families with tough navy SEALS with tough women hiding soft internal cores, Melody Anne’s Finn is a perfectly decent romance, but not a great one. Joseph Anderson is the kind of guy who looks out for his family.  A sophisticated grey-haired grandfather, he’s conte ...

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My Forever Plus-One

My Forever Plus-One has the right mix of modern, charming romance and journalistic flair – at first.  Then the last quarter of the book falls on its face as childish jealously is injected between the hero and heroine. Evelyn Rhodes – director on a Jerry Springer/Maury Povich-style talk show ...