Contemporary Romance

B
Interborough

Interborough is the fourth in Santino Hassell’s Five Boroughs series and is definitely not a standalone. It re-visits an established pair, Raymond and David, eighteen months on from previous novels in the series. Raymond Rodriguez is now working two jobs and going to college. He still lives wit ...

B+
Suddenly Dating

Julia London’s Suddenly Dating would have us believe that a divorcing couple could unknowingly lend their lake house out for the summer to different people without realizing they had double booked the house until it was too late for the strangers to make alternative living arrangements, thus forci ...

B-
Christmas in Paris

Ahh... it's Christmas romance time again.  I have a real soft spot for holiday romances, and Christmas in Paris is a modern-day fairytale. Its best moments are achingly romantic and I would have loved sinking into this book if only the story were constructed a little more solidly. American Isabe ...

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 ...