friends to lovers

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Like Lovers Do

I love a good vacation romance and Like Lovers Do features some of my favorite plot points, so this book sounded like it would be catnip for me. And it was. If you enjoy friends-to-lovers romances, this is a great one. Dr. Nicole (Nic) Allen is finishing up her residency at Johns Hopkins and soon ...

A-
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 ...

A
The Plus One Pact

An absolute delight from beginning to end, Portia MacIntosh’s British rom-com, The Plus One Pact, delivers a heartwarming romance that is sitcom-level funny. This sweet friends-to-lovers story with a chick lit vibe is narrated by twenty-nine-year-old Cara Brooks, an escape room designer and a s ...

B+
To Have It All

To Have it All is a charming friends-to-lovers romance in which a man in his late thirties suddenly finds himself having to make major life changes and revise his plans for the future in the wake of tragedy.  It’s a fairly quick read, coming in at a little over 200 pages, but the characters are w ...

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Charlie Sunshine

Maybe at a different time in my life, my slightly cynical self might have given Charlie Sunshine the side eye.  But this is April 2020, I’m spending entirely too much time cooped-up with my husband and two boys, and Lily Morton’s brand of sunshine is just what the doctor ordered.  Charlie Suns ...

B
Bingo Love

A bingo hall brought Mari McCray and Hazel Johnson together as young women in 1963. Prejudice and family ultimatums pushed the two apart, but forty years later, a bingo hall brings them back together. In the meantime, however, both Hazel and Mari have married and had families. Is it too late for a s ...

A
One Small Step

Those of you who follow my reviews are probably aware that I don’t frequently assign ‘A’ ratings. (In fact, Tessa Bailey’s Fix Her Up was the last romance that I deemed deserving of DIK status, and that review was published six months ago.) Jaded by past disappointments, my most fervent hope ...

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Twice Shy

When I reviewed Perfect Day, the first in Sally Malcolm’s series of m/m contemporary romances set in the fictional Long Island resort of New Milton, I called it “the sort of book you finish with a heartfelt sigh of satisfaction and a dreamy smile”.  Something about the author’s writing just ...

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The Flatshare

Clever, fresh, funny and fun, The Flatshare is one of the best romance novels of 2019.  I’m not quite sure how I missed it when it came out in May, but if you did, too... well, make time for this absolute gem of a book now. After a traumatic break-up with her on again, off again boyfriend Just ...

B+
Footsteps in the Dark

I had high hopes for this anthology when I saw two of the names attached to it (Dal Maclean and Josh Lanyon), and Footsteps in the Dark more than met my expectations, although in the end, all but one of my favorite stories were penned by new-to-me authors (yay!).  None of the eight stories are part ...