Contemporary Romance

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Holiday by Candlelight

Holiday romances tend to be a strictly Christmas affair, so when I saw Holiday by Candlelight, I was intrigued. There aren’t many Hanukkah romances out there, but I’ve read a couple good ones. One side of my family is Jewish so I tend to keep an eye out for books that represent that side of my w ...

C-
All Fired Up

I have a confession to make. A large percentage of why I chose to read this book is because the heroine has my name. There aren’t a lot of Charlottes anywhere in literature, and the prospect of seeing a Charlotte in a romance novel, hopefully having a rollicking good time, was a real draw. Sadly, ...

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Love Lettering

I put off writing a review for Love Lettering because I have so many mixed feelings about the book. I love the art of hand lettering and calligraphy, but I sometimes found the minute focus on the process and different styles (which I obsessed over while reading the text!) distracted my attention fro ...

B
Second-Chance Sweet Shop

Second Chance Sweet Shop is a very pleasant romance about a patisserie owner who falls in love with a single-father dentist six years her junior. Unfortunately there are a few hiccups that keep it from reaching DIK status. Having recently divorced an abusive country star, Sasha Manning has finall ...

B+
Hard Chrome

I've read a few of Vanessa North's romances before, my favorite being The Lonely Drop, an LGBTQ friends-to-lovers novella written for a photo prompt in a Goodreads readers' group. It put the author on my radar, and this latest story solidifies that spot. Hard Chrome is the first in her small town Am ...

C-
Getting Dirty

Getting Dirty falls into the trap a lot of the books in Harlequin’s Dare line fall into, in that it wants to be daring and naughty but falls afoul of typical romance conventions.  And the conventions it shows us aren’t that great, either. Private dick Ash has been assigned to uncover the sec ...

C+
Would Like to Meet

Does anyone ever fall in love like they do in the movies? Evie Summers has bet her job that they do. If Evie can’t convince her agency’s top screenwriter to write a rom-com, then her agency will lose a big contract and Evie will lose her job. She decides to launch herself into a campaign to find ...

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Kiss and Cry

There’s just something about ice skating stories. Calinda Valerio and Ramirez Diaz-Tan met a decade earlier, when they were both regulars at the same Manila rink, she for figure skating, he for hockey. Calinda was twenty, but her parents demanded she not date, lest dating, or marriage, or pregn ...

B+
Squared Away

I've enjoyed all the books in Annabeth Albert's Out of Uniform series, and although I  wasn't wild about the book before this one Wheels Up, book five, Squared Away is one of my favourites, a beautifully told story of love – romantic and familial – trust, and acceptance, featuring a gorgeous sl ...

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The Christmas Deal

Usually, when I’m choosing a book to read for the TBR Challenge, I pick one I already own that’s at least a year old.  I can’t remember if that’s a stipulation of the challenge or if it’s one I’ve imposed on myself – after all, the point is to read something from my ever-expanding TBR ...