Contemporary Romance

B
Want Me, Cowboy

Friends-to-lovers alert, y’all, with a healthy dose of unrequited love! Poppy Sinclair has been in love with Isaiah Grayson since… well, forever… but has done a great job of keeping her feelings under wraps. He is her boss, after all. But then he gets this cockamaime idea to place a want ad fo ...

B-
SEAL's Honor

I can’t quite decide if SEAL's Honor wants to be a bog standard contemporary romance or a romantic suspense because it flirts with both. The result is enjoyable, but perhaps a touch forgettable. I’m eager to see where Ms. Crane goes with the series, because I think getting to know Blue’s compa ...

A
Dance All Night

I'm a sucker for hero in pursuit stories and Alexis Daria has pushed all the right buttons for me in her new novella, Dance All Night. It's part of the Dance Off series but takes place away from the show, with a holiday theme and two people who love dance who find themselves falling in love with eac ...

B-
Tap: A Love Story

Tracy Ewens adds a final chapter to her McNaughton Brothers series and another to her A Love Story series of contemporary romances set around Petaluma with Tap: A Love Story. Cade McNaughton of the Foghorn Brewery McNaughtons is footloose and fancy free.  Not quite a player, he’s nonetheless e ...

D+
Pretty Woman

I like rags-to-riches stories, so when I read that the heroine of Fern Michaels’ Pretty Woman is an unhappily married woman who wins the lottery, it sounded worth a look.  While I wouldn’t recommend this book, it does deserves props for what it does well. Rosie Bliss is fat. No two ways arou ...

B
Renewing Forever

Kelly Jensen continues her This Time Forever series about couples in their forties finding love and happiness with Renewing Forever, a beautifully written, reflective and somewhat wistful story about childhood friends whose lives went in very different directions, and who must work out if the forev ...

B+
A Christmas Proposition

Trope alerts: frenemies to lovers and marriage of convenience. Those two tick your boxes? Then, to be frank, you can skip my review and go to “buy now” because this one is a fabulous example of both tropes and how they can work together. Indifferent on them? Then let me try to convince you other ...

A
Between the Lines

I had mixed feelings about the New Milton book that precedes this one, Perfect Day, Ms. Malcolm’s take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  I liked it, but not as much as our reviewer did.  So it’s a bit ironic that reading Between the Lines, its loosely-linked follow-up, provided me with a perfect ...

A
I Hate You, I Love You

This one is great for fans of The Hating Game, or Dating You, Hating You. An enemies-to-lovers romance set in a college environment, I ate up I Hate You, I Love You with a big spoon and was delighted from beginning to end. Naomi Price is a beloved poetry professor with few complaints about her li ...

B+
Fireworks

For anyone not familiar with Sarina Bowen’s True North series, it’s is a series of connected stand-alones that take place in rural Vermont. To me, they’re grounded and gritty, not shying away from the some of the realities of life in the 21st century - unemployment due to mill closures, the op ...