Contemporary romance

B+
You Should Smile More

One part 9 to 5, one part romantic comedy, You Should Smile More is a funny, delightful romp about sweet revenge and even sweeter friendship. Cat-loving Vanessa Blair is tired of being judged both for her outward appearance and her presumptive demeanor. Yes, the book’s titular phrase is often s ...

B+
Mr. Perfect on Paper

Jean Meltzer offers up another funny, sweet, poignant story with wonderful protagonists in her new novel Mr. Perfect on Paper. Dara Robinowitz comes from a long line of shadchaniyot (Jewish matchmakers) and has built an extremely successful company by combining her love of coding with the family ...

C
Dream On

Shortly after taking the bar exam, Cassidy – Cass - Walker is involved in a car accident that leaves her with two lingering challenges: she has trouble remembering details - “tasks, appointments, reminders, names”- but she can’t forget one big one - that her boyfriend was Devin Bloom. It’s ...

B
Some of It Was Real

Some of It Was Real tells a beautiful story about a psychic who’s not entirely sure she’s really a psychic and the investigative journalist who assumes she’s a fraud and dedicates himself to exposing her.  The book straddles the border between Women’s Fiction and Romance, taking a deep dive ...

C+
Corinne

Corinne starts out strongly, with brilliantly-observed and realistic portraits of its teen characters as they struggle to walk a fine line between being worldly and being godly.  But when we flash forward, the characters lose the plot and the book loses its delicate balance.  Morrow’s writing co ...

A
Part of Your World

Narrated by Julia Whelan and Zachary Webber Strong word of mouth about the author and their new audiobook led me to request Part of Your World from NetGalley last week.  Abby Jimenez is a new-to-me author and lately, I’ve been a bit leery about veering away from old favorites, but I’m happy ...

B
The No-Show

The No-Show didn’t quite jibe for me.  While Beth O’Leary normally can do no wrong in my eyes, this is the lowest grade I’ve given any of her books, and that’s for one reason – she expects us to feel sympathy for Joseph, the central guy here.  Naturally, she weaves a mature narrative out ...

A
The No-Show

First, a bit of backstory.  Months ago, I optimistically requested The No-Show on Netgalley.  I was thrilled (and surprised) when I received a notification that my request was accepted.  To be honest, I requested The No-Show because it was an O’Leary book, and not because of anything I knew abo ...

B
In Search of a Prince

The plot of In Search of a Prince is a twist on the classic story of Cinderella. In this case, a young woman discovers she is heiress to a royal throne in a faraway country, travels there to explore her options, and falls in love. The country is a West African island nation, and In Search of a Princ ...

B
Seoulmates

Seoulmates is the conclusion to the story begun in Heart and Seoul. I strongly recommend reading the books in order, since events in this volume build upon what happened in the first novel. When Hara travelled to Seoul, it was with the sole intent of finding her birth mother. As a Korean adoptee, ...