Contemporary Romance

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Flashed

Flashed is a delicious, slow-burning wish fulfillment slice of romance of the highest order. Beauty and the Beast with a skosh of Cinderella, it’s comfortable yet spicy, heartbreaking yet gladdening.  It will be a delicious bit of catnip for anyone who’s willing to be enchanted by its embrace. ...

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Well Met

Well Met, indeed, Jen DeLuca! Helping out while her sister recovers from a broken leg means that Emily does the driving, the shopping - and the volunteering, serving as a pub wench at the local Renaissance Faire run by the high school English teacher, Simon. But there’s more to this Faire than jus ...

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Three Part Harmony

Three Part Harmony is a ballad of completeness; the story of how three people escape the shallow stratification of their social groups to find true love.  It’s also a very nice ménage romance with a few quibbles that keep it from a flat-out A grade. Raleigh McKean is the son of a firebrand of ...

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Flashed

Zoey Castile draws on literary and film inspirations of Beauty and the Beast (and a dash o’ Cinderella) to retell the ‘tale as old as time’ as a steamy contemporary romance. Flashed (Happy Endings, #3) combines sweet romance with hot sex to portray a deeply emotional connection between a beaut ...

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The Reckless Oath We Made

Fans of deeply moving, intense stories of love and redemption won't want to miss The Reckless Oath We Made, the latest novel by author Bryn Greenwood. It's a dark and gritty love story centred around the unlikeliest of couples, and it packs an emotional punch that will linger with you long after you ...

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The Trouble with Cowboy Weddings

I’m just gonna say it right off the bat – your enjoyment of The Trouble with Cowboy Weddings will depend on how easily you can swallow a few of its’ more tortured marriage of convenience trope twists and its message of forgiveness-will-set-you-free. Gavin Tyler is a rancher whose brother ru ...

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Playing House

Short and sweet is the perfect description of Playing House. Charming and humorous, this novel will be a complete delight for contemporary romance fans. Oliver Huang is going through a serious slump. He’s lost his job, which means he can’t afford an apartment and is forced to live with his fa ...

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Sweet Heat

Sweet Heat combines family drama and heated romance beautifully.  A story of love between two plus-sized black characters filled with humor and drama, it’s wonderfully appealing. Marvin Carter is a wiz with a whisk and a spatula.  An exemplary baker, he spends his days toiling as a line cook ...

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Hold on Tight

Want a cute second chance romance where the hero and heroine loved the person they were with before long and hard – but are willing to try for love again?  Shelly Shepard Gray does a good job of successfully bringing a realistic working class blue collar romance to life in Hold on Tight. Jacks ...

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One Day to Fall

One Day to Fall is a cute, sweet contemporary romance that perfectly captures those first precious hours of meeting someone special. Sophia Roux is already tense and fractious when the accident occurs. An early morning visit to the hospital waiting room to sit for hours as her older sister Angela ...