Contemporary Romance

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The Firefighter's Thanksgiving Wish

In 2019, my romance reviews frequently ranked as either ‘hot’ or ‘burning’ on AAR’s sensuality scale. I’ve decided to shake things up in 2020 by reading more novels on the ‘closed-lip kisses’ end of the sexy spectrum. Book seven in Anna J. Stewart’s small-town romance series Butter ...

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Powder & Pavlova

I read and enjoyed a couple of books by Jay Hogan last year, so I was more than happy to jump into Powder & Pavlova, the first book in her Southern Lights series of m/m romances set in and around Queenstown, New Zealand.  This is a May/December story featuring a pair of engaging and well-rounde ...

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Love Her or Lose Her

I loved Fix Her Up, book one in the Hot and Hammered series.  That was a pleasant surprise since my relationship with Tessa Bailey is hit or (mostly) miss.  I never know how I’m going to feel at the end of one of her novels.  But Fix Her Up was great.  Reader, it featured a children's party pl ...

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Mermaid Inn

Jenny Holiday takes her funny, sparky contemporary romance voice into Matchmaker Bay in her new book Mermaid Inn. Librarian Eve 'Don’t-Call-Her-Evie' Abbot has been named the owner of her grandmother’s beloved Mermaid Inn.  She plans on getting it repaired and turning it right around so she ...

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Her Homecoming Wish

Her Homecoming Wish is a beautiful surprise of a novel, a small-town romance with a sense of humor drawn exquisitely from life. Mackenzie (Mack) Wallace is living in flux.  Having left her marriage, cheating husband and home in the snooty town of Glenfadden, Connecticut, she’s returned to her ...

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Headliners

In Headliners, the fifth book in her London Celebrity series, author Lucy Parker shifts her focus from London’s Theatreland to the world of television, to bring readers a wonderfully sharp, funny, sexy and grown-up romance between a pair of rival TV presenters who profess to hate each other’s gu ...

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My Great Ex-Scape

Shortly after finishing My Great Ex-Scape, I texted a friend that I had “escaped” the latest book I’d been reading. That’s really all you need to know about this one. Nonetheless. . . Rosie Jones, through a series of events, is dragged from the mundanity of her life in Manchester when she e ...

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Stay With Me Forever

Stay With Me Forever is the sixth book is Farrah Rochon’s Bayou Dreams series, but it stands very well on its own. Characters from previous books make cameos, but the primary story is very self-contained. I am a sucker for second chance stories, and I adored Paxton and Sawyer. Paxton Jones and ...

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Tough Guy

Tough Guy is book three in Rachel Reid’s Game Changers series, set in the world of professional hockey. While I wasn’t as utterly caught up in the romance here as I was in the previous book (Heated Rivalry – which made my Best of 2019 list), I nonetheless enjoyed the novel, and appreciated the ...

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Love Her or Lose Her

Love Her or Lose Her is the second book in Tessa Bailey’s Hot & Hammered series.  A love story about a marriage on the rocks and about growing into who you were always meant to be, this novel is fun, sweet, intense and heartwarming. It stands very well on its own; Georgie and Travis from Fix ...