Contemporary Romance

C+
One Warm Winter

Let’s face it: bodyguard romances can swing toward creepiness if you write them the wrong way.  While the protectiveness between asset and protector can be swoonworthy, some authors can take the I-know-everything-about-you-and-my-job-is-to-stare-at-you-all-day part of the deal and make them creep ...

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Motion

Motion is part one of Penny Reid’s new series Laws of Physics and it is classic Penny Reid - smart, funny, and romantic with a little bit of mystery thrown in. Mona Da Vinci is a nineteen-year-old physics genius enjoying her structured life - meditation, yoga, journaling, dental checkups -  all w ...

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Hook Shot

Hook Shot, the last novel in the Hoops series, stars Kenan Ross and Lotus DuPree, secondary characters (and scene stealers) introduced in Long Shot.  Kenan is a veteran basketball player traded to August West’s losing NBA franchise team to help them win a championship.  Intensely private and kee ...

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The Austen Playbook

The Austen Playbook, the fourth in Lucy Parker’s London Celebrities series, is one of the most eagerly anticipated new releases of 2019 - and I’m here to tell you your patience will most definitely be rewarded when it comes out.  It’s got all Ms. Parker’s trademarks; the two principals are ...

B+
The Takeover Effect

The Takeover Effect is a big, fat, luscious chocolate truffle of a book.  It’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s heartbreaking, it’s romantic; it luxuriates in the playgrounds of the rich while giving us down-to-earth people to root for, and it’s grounded strongly in a central family that provides a ...

C
Down & DIrty

I started Rhenna Morgan's Men of Haven series late in the game, with book five, Stand and Deliver. I really liked it, and picked up a few of the previous titles as well as the next in the series, Down & Dirty. Each book is designed to be read as a standalone but there are glimpses of secondary c ...

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Cuff Me

Cuff Me is the third story in Lauren Layne’s New York’s Finest series, centered around a family of police officers. There are four brothers and one sister, two of whom (Luc and Anthony) featured in the first two stories in the series (Frisk Me and Steal Me) both of which I quite enjoyed, so I wa ...

B+
My Wicked Prince

He was my stepbrother. My Prince Charming. My fairytale gone totally wrong... My mother marrying the king was supposed to give my mom and me our happily ever after. But my life has never been a bedtime story and no prince with a fancy shoe is turning me into a Cinderella. I had big plans ...

B+
Meet Cute

If you’re a fan of Helena Hunting, you’re probably aware her books come with varying degrees of gravity. Her Inked Armor series is dark and angsty, while her Pucked series is hilarious and quirky. Meet Cute is a perfect combination of these two voices - a fun read overall, but it has its tragic ...

C+
Speak No Evil

I don’t know why, but this is the first novel by J.R. Gray I have read. I know Gray has quite a backlist, so I was ready to discover a new-to-me author. The premise sounded good. Speak No Evil is set in New Orleans where Weston is a hitman, for the ‘family business’, and has a handler calle ...