Contemporary Romance

C+
Beautiful Crazy

Beautiful Crazy is the first in Kasey Lane's Rock ‘N’ Ink series featuring rockers and tattoo artists, and I found it to be an uneven read. The first part works too hard to feel current to the detriment of both characters and plot. Aside from numerous info dumps, I didn’t feel as if I knew mu ...

B-
A Sure Thing

Are you tired of romance series featuring large families? Then A Sure Thing probably isn’t for you. This is the first in Marie Harte’s The Donnigans series, featuring a large, dysfunctional Seattle family. While parts of the book felt familiar – a wounded Afghan vet back in the U.S., a large ...

C
So Good

So Good is the first in new-to-me author Darcy Burke’s new Love on the Vine series but in truth it’s a spin off from her long running Ribbon Ridge series. It stands on its own but I still had a sense while reading that I was missing important connections between characters and the town in which ...

A-
One Good Reason

This Harlequin SuperRomance from 2011 is one of those books that I did not put down while I was reading it - literally. I made dinner with one hand that evening as I was so engrossed in the story of Gabby and Jon, and shushed my husband whenever he attempted to interrupt me. Ms. Mayberry is one of m ...

B-
Someone Like You

I don’t read too many sports romances but I appreciate any story where a character must come back from either personal or professional defeat. In Someone Like You, footballer Pierce Harrison has to abandon the game he loves due to a tabloid scandal in the UK that tarnishes his image with his fans ...

A
To Love and to Cherish

I'm a sucker for wedding planning romances. Nora Robert's Bride Quartet is one of my absolute favorites and I've worn out my DVD of The Wedding Planner. I love both the organization and the magic of joy, so weddings are catnip for me. When I heard Ms. Layne was writing a series about a bespoke weddi ...

B
Make Me Stay

Rebecca Brooks starts off her Men of Gold Mountain romance series with this sexy tale of a retired Olympic skier and a businesswoman intent on convincing him to sell his land for further development of the ski resort where he lives and works. The tricky part comes when she meets him on the ski hill ...

B-
Going Deep

I’ve heard wonderful things about Anne Calhoun, so I was excited to read the fifth book in her Alpha Ops series, Going Deep, which is a bodyguard-protects-the-starlet romance. My expectations were high - possibly unrealistically so - because I found Going Deep to be enjoyable with appealing cha ...

B
Swept Away by the Seductive Stranger

Did you ever watch the pilot of Grey’s Anatomy and wish Meredith and McDreamy had met on a train instead of in a bar? Or perhaps wished they were Australian and named Felicity and Cal instead? If you answered ‘yes’, then I have excellent news, as Swept Away by the Seductive Stranger is just th ...

B+
Devil's Honor

Starting off the first book in a new series with a hot and steamy sex scene is a risk. You’re either going to entice readers to want to read more about the two characters in question, or turn them off with the blatant images presented. Ms. Crane seems to be doing her fair share of risk-taking thes ...