Contemporary Romance

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Crashing into Her

Eva Montgomery is a fitness instructor who gambles that a move to LA will shake up her life. But working at her best friend Tori’s studio means running into Tori’s cousin (and Eva’s one-night-stand) Anthony Castillo, who teaches when not doing stunt work in Hollywood. The big barriers between ...

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Kip's Monster

To misquote Renée Zellweger in the movie Jerry Maguire: You had me at custard creams! Harper Fox knows just how to set a scene, a time and a location with a few carefully chosen words. Rather than a storyteller, she is a story-weaver, plucking words like threads, from childhood, mixed with tee ...

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The Last

Tawna Fenske’s The Last opens with a great scene. Sarah Keating is celebrating her thirtieth birthday at home with a few of her closest friends, all of them in comfy pajamas. It’s the kind of party I could imagine clearly and wouldn’t have minded stepping into at all. Sarah is single while ...

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A New Leash on Love

Y’all, category romances are such a crapshoot, aren’t they? Even with the guidelines that Harlequin gives us for each of their particular imprints, the themes and styles vary widely. This can lead to incredible discoveries and excitement - I discovered Sarah Mayberry and Jill Shalvis in categori ...

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Breaking the Billionaire's Rules

I’m just going to be honest with you folks.  If you’re looking for a story that puts you through the wringer emotionally, this isn’t it.  Breaking the Billionaire’s Rules is a lighthearted, mostly average romantic comedy with a few laugh-out-loud moments, some hot and sexy scenes (not near ...

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I Owe You One

Fixie Farr has been fixing things her whole life - like crooked pictures on walls, vases out of place, and the like. It’s a borderline compulsion that lands her in all sorts of mischief and about which her family has no understanding or compassion. She’s been harboring a crush on a dude for an a ...

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Block Shot

Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Seraphina Valentine Kennedy Ryan was a new-to-me author when I picked up Long Shot, the first book in the Hoops series.  I loved it.  It devastated, surprised and delighted me in equal measure, and it was one of my favorite books in 2018.  I didn’t think the fo ...

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The Matchmaker's List

I was really looking forward to this book with its promise of cross-cultural highs and lows, an exploration of the immigrant experience, and a look at traditional arranged marriages in modern society. Unfortunately, it ultimately failed to live up to its pledge because the heroine quite sank the sto ...

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Blind Date Bet

It's been a while since I've read a romance based on a blind date so when I saw the synopsis for Nicole Flockton's Blind Date Bet, the first story in her Man's Best Friend series,  I was intrigued. It's about a widowed teacher whose dad sets her up on a blind date – and it's a bust. And yet, ther ...

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Good Riddance

Elinor Lipman follows up Then She Found me with a funny  new contemporary romance novel, Good Riddance. Wannabe confectioner and ex-teacher Daphne Maritch’s late mom, high school teacher June Maritch, had a way with her sharp tongue.  And her body wasn’t bad either.  In fact the Pickering ...