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The Temporary Wife / A Promise of Spring

The Temporary Wife is one of those perfect romances, where the emphasis is on romance rather than a lot of extracurricular activity. And within the scope of the category-sized story, Balogh delivers a master class on how to write a Marriage of Convenience plot. Anthony Earheart, the Marquess of S ...

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The Last in Love

In The Last in Love, Abby is a widow who has just barely put her life back together. Justin is a volunteer firefighter who has the hots for her, but he’s five years younger and she is super skeeved out by that. Justin isn’t discouraged, and pursues her until she agrees to date him. Problem is, h ...

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The Dangerous Billionaire

The dedication at the beginning of Jackie Ashenden's new Tate Brothers series starter, The Dangerous Billionaire reads: To the person who picked this up and thought: "Billionaire Navy SEAL? HELL YEAH." You're my people. Personally, I love a good billionaire romance, and novels with military heroes ...

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Family Blessings

LaVyrle Spencer’s Family Blessings is an older woman/younger man romance, which is the reason I picked it up. There aren’t many romance heroines in their 40s, and I’d already read Ms. Spencer’s other May-December pairing, Years, so I looked forward to this story. Although it has its flaws, i ...

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Madly

Because my love affair with contemporary romance started with About Last Night, a novel linked to this one, I had a special place in my heart for Madly even before I started reading it.  While it features my favorite romantic trope - opposites falling in love - it's also a story of redemption and s ...

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Fast Connection

Fast Connection is a highly enjoyable and readable stand-alone, full-length romance novel, although Garrett and Kai from the first in this series – Strong Signal - do make a brief appearance. Dominic 'Nicky' Costigan returns to his parent's bagel deli in Staten Island, after a decade of serving ...

B+
Deep Dark

Laura Griffin’s Tracers series has provided me with reliable romantic suspense reads for several books now. I know I can count on a deftly-plotted mystery, a solid romance, and a thrilling conclusion with each book. Deep Dark is no exception. Laney Knox is employed by the Delphi Center, a crime ...

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For Real

I first read For Real as an uncorrected final proof over a year ago and reviewed it for an LGBTQ blog awarding it 4.5*/5*. There were a couple of aspects I was unsure about at the time, which stopped me awarding 5*. I have since read it twice more. Reading it this time for review, I realised how muc ...

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Listen to the Moon

In this, the third book in Rose Lerner’s series of books set in the fictional Sussex town of Lively St. Lemeston, the author has once again penned a thoroughly enjoyable and emotionally complex romance with nary a duke or debutante in sight. Our protagonists are a pair of servants, John Toogood, a ...

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Autumn Duchess: The Audiobook

Narrated by Alex Wyndham One of the things I really like about Autumn Duchess is the way in which Lucinda Brant has upended a number of different romantic tropes all in the one book. Firstly, her central couple are a bit older than usual – the heroine is (by my reckoning) forty-eight – and no ...