Contemporary Romance

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Pinot and Pineapple Lumps

Pinot and Pineapple Lumps, the fourth book in Jay Hogan’s Southern Lights series, is a deeply emotional story about dealing with loss, healing from trauma, and fighting to be what and who you are, and for what you want. One of the protagonists is Kurt Sharpe, brother of Ethan from Powder and Pavol ...

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The Dating Plan

The Dating Plan is Sara Desai's follow-up to last year’s The Marriage Game, and like its predecessor, it’s an enjoyable – if predictable – rom-com, this time a second-chance romance/fake-relationship story.  But - also like its predecessor - it falls into some storytelling traps and incorpo ...

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Served Hot

I was a bit pushed for reading time this month (too many new releases to review!) and I was actively looking for a fairly short read to fulfill this month’s prompt, so I was pleased when I came across Served Hot on my Kindle. I’m a big fan of Annabeth Albert’s books, but I’m still playing ...

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Faking It

Friends, I tried with this one. I TRIED. I tried so hard that my husband started referring to Faking It as ‘that book’. I read other reviews that were glowing and I could not figure out what was wrong with me, because this one is just a big fat fecking NOPE from this reviewer. The premise was ...

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Accidentally Engaged

Let’s be honest - we don’t really pick up romance novels looking for an unpredictable, genre-bending read. We enjoy the happy endings and the journey that gets us to them. As a long-time fan, I can say that there is an amazing, awe inspiring amount of creativity that can happen within that equat ...

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The Boy Next Door

I didn’t realise until I took a close look that Annabelle Costa’s The Boy Next Door was first published in 2012.  But then again, I have not read much contemporary romance until the last year or so, and started picking it up because so much historical romance (my first love) has not made me ver ...

B+
Love at Last Series Box Set

This spicy box set contains three novellas by author Adriana Anders, and with wounded heroes, virgin heroes, and excellent sex scenes, they’re  well worth a read. Loving the Secret Billionaire Grade: B City Council candidate and preschool teacher Veronica Cruz is fighting an uphill battl ...

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Let's Go Out

Let’s Go Out is the sequel to Let’s Connect and, as with that story, was originally written in instalments that were sent out with the author’s newsletter.  In it we met sweet, quirky Robin and Dan – a just-turned-fifty divorcé having trouble moving on with his life – who met each other ...

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Best Laid Plans

I enjoyed the previous book in this series, and was pleased when I learned that big-hearted, slightly awkward Charlie Matheson would be getting a story.  Better Than People was warm and lovely, with a well-developed romance and well-rounded characters, and I’d hoped for more of the same here - bu ...

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Acting Up

Acting Up is a good, old-fashioned friends-to-lovers romance about two people falling in love after years of friendship and work partnership, against the appealing backdrop of a theater production. Cath is a stage manager, and while she can manage the heck out of cast and crew, her relationships ...