childhood friends to lovers

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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 ...

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How to Start a Scandal

How to Start a Scandal is the second book in Madeline Martin’s The London School for Ladies series. I have not read the previous one, but I'll definitely be checking it out after reading this one. Seth Sinclair, Earl of Dalton, returns from war a broken man suffering from PTSD. He has recentl ...

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Queen Move

As a reviewer who drops in on Twitter, Goodreads, and the lot, I’ve grown accustomed to taking rave reviews for books with a grain of salt. When I saw the buzz Queen Move was getting, I hoped it would be good, but I didn’t count on it. Well, guess what? It’s as good as everyone says. It mig ...

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Two Rogues Make a Right

The third Sedgwick brother, Will, has his story told in Two Rogues Make a Right (and look at that lovely cover!), the latest instalment in Cat Sebastian’s Seducing the Sedgwicks series.  It’s a charming, funny, friends-to-lovers romance that had me sighing happily, melting inwardly and thinking ...

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American Sweethearts

Looking for a damn good, wonderfully steamy, thoughtfully constructed romance?  Look no further – here comes Adriana Herrera with her terrific American Sweethearts. Priscilla – Pris - Gutierrez and her best friend since childhood and on and off boyfriend Juan Pablo – J - Campos had always ...

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Maid of Honor

Paula Marshall’s Harlequin Historicals backlist has become my new go-to for historicals with unusual settings. In Maid of Honor, it’s 1558, Queen Elizabeth is on the verge of coronation and Penelope Jermaine and Oliver Woodville are fresh arrivals at court, as maid of honor to the Queen and gent ...

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Fourteen Summers

Quinn Anderson’s sunlight-warm story is a strong and well-written novel about moving from your late teens into the confusing mess of your twenties, all set up against the backdrop of family angst and self-discovery. Aiden and Max Kingsman have been inseparable from birth – quite literally.  ...

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Once a Charmer

Sharla Lovelace’s series about the small town of Charmed, Texas continues along prettily with Once A Charmer, a fine story about lifelong friends who become much more. Allie Greene and Sebastian “Bash” Anderson have been best friends since they were very young and – aside from a drunken k ...

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Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap

Julie Anne Long knocks another homer out of the park with Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap, the third volume in her delightful series of Hellcat Canyon novels. Ever since Avalon Harwood can remember, she’s had a crush on her childhood friend and confidant, Mac Coltrane.  They more or less grew ...

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Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap

As I looked back over my notes so as to be able to write this review, two words kept popping out: relatable and refreshing. Relatable because the characters are just that and refreshing because that’s how this book felt. In Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap, the third installment in her Hellcat Cany ...