Contemporary Romance

C-
Dirty Letters

Dirty Letters works as a good romance and a good character study, but had some annoying flaws that kept it far away from the higher grades.  Which is too bad, because I definitely think parts of it are worth a read, and the style of writing is excellent. With the encouragement of her psychiatris ...

B+
Beard Necessities

It’s hard to be objective when your heart’s involved, and Penny Reid definitely got my heart involved with her Winston Brothers series (not to mention my feet, which occasionally danced me across my bedroom floor when she wrote something so wonderful that I just had to get up and wriggle with al ...

B-
The Giving Heart

Something of a ‘warts and all’ reading experience, Toni Blake’s The Giving Heart challenged me as a reviewer. If you want a Christmas romance, and are willing to persevere through a baffling beginning and settle for a HFN over an HEA, than this may work for you. It - sort of - did for me. L ...

D+
Get A Life, Chloe Brown

Wealthy Chloe Brown has fibromyalgia. She also has a list of things she wants to experience (I’m so over ‘tick off items on a list’ as a plot device), and major abandonment issues related both to her diagnosis (a douche of a fiancé, rarely mentioned, who ditched her because of her illness) an ...

B-
Sweet Talker

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Sweet Talker is one of those good-but-kinda-flawed romances.  Imperfect though it may be, it’s still enjoyable enough to earn a light recommendation. Jetsetting entrepreneur Ethan Auprince has a good life.  A loving brother to single brothers Finn (hero of book one in the series) and Drew (he ...

D+
Wrapped in Red

The disclaimer to S.A. Clayton’s, Wrapped in Red, states that her debut erotic romance is full of “…some sexy times that lead these characters to fall instantly… hard and fast.” In the case of ‘insta-love’ novellas, I allow for a fair amount of suspended disbelief given the brevity of ...

D-
Cowboy Christmas Homecoming

What do you mean, it’s awfully early for a Christmas-centric romance novel? Sourcebooks says hah, and have a slice of moldy, bricklike fruitcake, partner - it’s time for Cowboy Christmas Homecoming! Zach Garrett is trying to move on with his life after leaving the army and a hitch in Afghanis ...

B+
The Bromance Book Club

The Bromance Book Club is great fun - a sweet, easy read spiced with some hilarious scenes. This is the first book in a series featuring a group of Nashville alpha males determined to save their relationships through an outrageous plan - reading romance novels to better understand their wives. Ga ...

B
Two Nights in Paris

I discovered author Delaney Diamond last year with Do Over from her Brooks Family series, a delightful romance between a billionaire heiress and a police officer that garnered Desert Isle Keeper status. While Two Nights in Paris doesn't rise to that level, it's another enjoyable look at the wealthy ...

B
Faker

Hiding one’s true self hinders the intimacy from which love grows. Début author Sarah Smith finely illustrates this truth in her sexy enemies-to-lovers romance, Faker. Smith’s complex protagonists, heartwarming revelations, and steamy desire make for an enjoyable read. However, the saccharine l ...