Contemporary Romance

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Unbreak Me

Unbreak Me is a blistering romance; searing and brutal and yet tender and sweet.  There are moments of gentleness that will melt you – but much of the book is a bruising indictment of a legal system that allows rapists to go free, and the government structures that caused the levées to break dur ...

B+
Digging Deep

Digging Deep is the first book I’ve read by New Zealander Jay Hogan, and I have to say I was pretty impressed.  In it, the author takes a long, hard look at how living with a chronic illness impacts on every single aspect of life for the person who has it and those around them, while at the same ...

A
That Kind of Guy

When a romance hits that sweet spot between adorable, heartbreaking and steamy, you know what you’re reading is a treasure.  Talia Hibbert’s lovely and warm-hearted That Kind of Guy is a delight; romantic, tender, and a little heartbreaking, it features realistic and flawed people who carve a b ...

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a gem of a book! Abbi Waxman has brought us a delightful heroine in Nina Hill – she’s smart, sassy, quirky, and charming. I fell in love at first read with Nina and her bookish ways and swoonworthy book shelves. Nina Hill is the only child of a globetrotting p ...

B+
Heated Rivalry

Heated Rivalry is the second book in Rachel Reid’s Game Changers series set in the world of professional hockey. I haven’t read book one (Game Changer), but although characters from that book are mentioned in this one, it works perfectly well as a standalone.  Heated Rivalry is a kind-of-but-no ...

C+
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar

A few years ago, I came across a book called Furious Love about the marriage of actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. I never read it, but the title gave me the vocabulary to explain what my standard is for all romance (real and fictional): it needs to be furious. Which is why I was disappoint ...

A
Cowboy Charming

Cowboy Charming is a fitting capper to Dylann Crush’s stories about the extremely quirky town of Holiday, Texas.  At turns extremely funny and filled with rip-roaring action, there’s a loose-limbed feeling to the whole enterprise that’s extremely appealing. Preacher’s daughter Dixie King ...

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Ayesha at Last

Sometimes, an artist emerges to breathe fresh life into a classic and the reader is left agog with delight.  Granted, there have been so many retellings of Pride and Prejudice released over the last few years I can barely scrabble to the top of the hill of them to see ahead to the Sense and Sensibi ...

B+
Emma

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this fourth book in the Outback Brides of Wirralong series -  a series written by a group of Australian authors.  Emma, written by Kelly Hunter, features an opposites attract story as a daughter of the English aristocracy meets a cattle rancher from ...

B+
The View from Alameda island

The View from Alameda Island is a book title dear to my heart because I used to live near Mill Valley, which, in this story, is the location of Lauren Delaney’s home during her marriage. The community is a metaphor for Lauren’s stifling existence because up-market houses like hers are closed off ...