Maine

A
The Secret Ingredient

A fantastic, touching, charming romance with a sweet core, The Secret Ingredient is a handsome and homespun contemporary about life in small-town Maine. Adah Campbell and her nine-year-old son Peter have just moved to North Point, Maine.  Adah grew up in the Ozarks and Peter was born and raised ...

B
The Girl Next Door

Chelsea M. Cameron’s The Girl Next Door treats the reader to a small-town romance between lifelong acquaintances.  It’s a simple, sweet, low-conflict romance that’s perfectly adorable. Following a series of financial failures that resulted in her losing her business in Boston, Iris Turner ...

B+
The Shape of Night

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen takes a break from her popular Rizzoli and Isles mystery series with The Shape of Night, a standalone thriller about a girl, a house and a very alluring ghost. Nearly incapacitated by guilt, stagnated cookbook author Ava Collette takes a summer rental in a remote ...

B+
The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine (Anthology)

They say never judge a book by its cover, but the cover is why I picked out The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine. I love all things autumnal, and I can’t recall seeing another romance that focuses around Halloween. This collection of three novellas centers around Rose Cottage Bed and Breakfast and its ...

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Spellbound Falls

Even though in tone and setting this book starts like an ordinary contemporary romance, the “spell” in the title is no accident. In fact, the addition of fantasy into what could be considered a small town contemporary becomes absolutely charming the more one reads. Widow Olivia Baldwin and he ...

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Catch of the Day

Though I had actually read, and greatly enjoyed, Kristan Higgins before, it was my sister who handed me Catch of the Day. “I think you’ll really like this,” she said. “It’s kind of a romance between a woman and her dog.” While I’m not sure I’d entirely agree with that assessment, I l ...

A-
Charming the Highlander

Never heard of Janet Chapman? That’s about to change, right now. If her debut novel, Charming the Highlander, is any indication, her name is going to soar quickly to the top of the discerning reader’s list of must-buy authors. Charming the Highlander is set in contemporary northwestern Maine, ...

B
Homeport

I have resisted reading Nora Roberts' novels because I tend to read primarily historical romance. As both a contemporary novel and a something of a thriller, Homeport is not the kind of romance I would normally pick up. But any novel about winter in Maine seems appealing when it is already ninety de ...

B+
The Last Viking

The cover of The Last Viking is not for those who are squeamish about reading romance novels in public. It has the hero and heroine, Rolf and Meredith in a nekkid embrace while the surf washes over them and hides all the naughty bits. Since the story takes place in Maine, I can't help but wince at h ...

B-
Carried Away

Jill Barnett almost deserves an A for effort in Carried Away. Unfortunately, the execution of this unique melding of two complete love stories and varying points of view doesn't quite merit a five. Too bad, because this author is one of the best in the genre, writing books that are all at once funny ...