Contemporary romance

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Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

Bethany Turner’s début, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, is the story of two colleagues who fall in love and have to deal with the consequences when that love dents their principles. What begins as a light-hearted, funny, and touching faith-based colleagues-to-lovers romance becomes unfortunately bogged d ...

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Rule Breaker

Narrated by Joel Leslie Rule Breaker, the first book in Lily Morton’s aptly named Mixed Messages series, is terrific.  Opposites attract when an emotionally closed-off lawyer falls for his long-suffering assistant, and despite its sometimes heavy subject matter and slightly taboo relationship, R ...

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Dirty English

As a fervent anglophile and Janeite, I was ALL in to read Ilsa Madden-Mills’s Pride & Prejudice-inspired steamy New Adult romance, Dirty English the first in her British Bad Boys series. I was instantly hooked by the epigraph - “You have bewitched me, body and soul.” Reading Mr. Darcy ...

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Block Shot

Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Seraphina Valentine Kennedy Ryan was a new-to-me author when I picked up Long Shot, the first book in the Hoops series.  I loved it.  It devastated, surprised and delighted me in equal measure, and it was one of my favorite books in 2018.  I didn’t think the fo ...

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Playing the Dutiful Wife (Manga Edition)

Sometimes you get a D read that is so absolutely crackerpants that ultimately, it brings almost as much joy into your life as a DIK. Playing the Dutiful Wife is that D read. Meg Hamilton is flying from Oz to LA to work for her parent’s real estate company, and her business class seatmate is Bra ...

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Now That You Mention It

Are you a fan of books where women find themselves to be stronger than they ever imagined? What about if we throw in family situations that force them out of their comfort zone? Or have them confronting the past they’ve been running from? What if the happily-ever-after is grounded in reality rathe ...

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Drumline

I love drumlines. LOVE them! So when I read the blurb about Drumline by Stacy Kestwick, I snatched it up. The prospect of getting a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of a college drumline, plus the bonus of a love story between two drummers teased that I’d found a keeper. While this book wasn ...

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Coming Up for Air

This was a tough one to grade. I loved Miranda Kenneally’s first book, Crossing Jordan, and ever since then, I’ve wanted to love her subsequent titles. I keep giving them a try, and they keep falling short of the mark. So while Coming Up for Air isn’t a bad book, it isn’t great either. It ju ...

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Having Her

There are books I read once and there are books I read again and again. Having Her is one of the latter. I read it for the first time two months ago and, since then, have read it again... and again. It's sexy, unexpected, romantic, smart, and, in places, achingly sad. The novel meets my criteria for ...

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Cross Check

The first book I ever read by Kelly Jamieson, Shut Out, didn’t sit very well with me. I’m happy to say that the second book in the series, Cross Check: A Bayard Hockey Novel, is an improvement, but there are still some aspects that simply grated on me. Ella Verran has made some bad choices in ...