Contemporary romance

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The Road Trip

Narrated by Josh Dylan and Eleanor Tomlinson The Road Trip opens in the PoV of Dylan Abbott, just after he and close friend Marcus set off on a road trip to northern Scotland to attend a friend's wedding.  Dylan’s sort of listening to Marcus struggle to apologize (for what we don’t know - ye ...

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The Secret Bridesmaid

The Secret Bridesmaid is a delightful romantic jaunt through the life of an enterprising young professional who takes on a huge project, and bites off a little more than she can chew. Sophie Breeze has an unusual job, but it’s also a secret. Since managing her cousin’s wedding freak-out, Soph ...

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Just Last Night

The publisher’s blurb for Just Last Night is extremely vague in describing the contents of what is a captivating and heartfelt tale about grief and how we deal with the inevitable secrets that are revealed when a loved one dies. As per AAR policy, I have given an overview of the first third of the ...

C+
A Taste for Love

Like most Jane Austen adaptations (this one is a riff on Pride and Prejudice), A Taste For Love struggles to work some of the plot devices of the original into the modern world. While some aspects of this book are sweet, it’s ultimately underbaked. Liza Yang’s parents run Yin and Yang, a Taiw ...

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Marriage and Murder

When I finished Marriage and Murder, I just wanted to turn back to page one and start the rollercoaster ride all over! So darn good! This book should not be read as a stand-alone. It assumes you have read and are familiar with characters from The Winston Brothers series and the Knitting in the Ci ...

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Hot British Boyfriend

Hot British Boyfriend is a bubbly little book that will likely delight younger teens with its romance-centered focus and girlish gushing.  Older teens, however, will likely be bored by its simplistic themes. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Nichols has one social goal this summer – becoming Andy Keating ...

B+
Roommate

Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Stephen Dexter Sarina Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year and the co-authored (with Elle Kennedy) Him/Us are some of my favourite m/m stories and go-to re-listens, so when I saw that Teddy Hamilton was on board for Roommate, the first book in a new series that ...

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You Have a Match

You Have a Match is a young adult romance that follows a teenage girl discovering a secret older sister and opening herself up to love over the course of one summer. It’s a funny, dramatic and emotional read that covers a lot of ground, from found family and adoption to finding your path as a youn ...

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A Dazzle of Diamonds

What I love about Liz Johnson’s work is the way her flow of words brings you along so effortlessly that suddenly you’re halfway through the book and not quite sure how you got there – but you know you enjoyed every second of the journey.  A Dazzle of Diamonds is part of the author’s Georgia ...

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K-pop Confidential

One of the greatest gifts of These Times to me has been my discovery of how much I love K-Pop. Short for “Korean Pop Music”, it’s a behemoth industry that I am many years late to the party on, but ever so grateful to be here. The boyband BTS is the major name in this space and they made quite ...