New Jersey

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Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance

Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance is a simple, sweet novel about two teenagers who share a passion for dance and manage to fall in love while tackling their worst insecurities.  Teenagers will love it and adults who enjoy sweet romances will likely be swept away by it too. Radha dreams of bec ...

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The Husband Hour

Jamie Brenner's The Husband Hour is one of those lovely novels that straddles the line between women's fiction and contemporary romance. Our heroine is a woman trying desperately to find herself after her husband's tragic death. Her journey to self-discovery is pretty tricky, but she ends up learnin ...

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One Summer Night

In this story of friends-to-lovers with a Montague and Capulet sort of background, Maggie and Owen reconnect at a wedding after having drifted apart for several years. Both are children of powerful businessmen, but while Owen’s family has thrived, the fortunes of Maggie’s family have dwindled af ...

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Palisades Park

Here’s an unexpected, unheralded treat of a novel, set in the fondly remembered but long-closed Palisades Park in New Jersey. Focused on the Stopka family, who run a French fry stand in the park’s busy, colorful environment, our protagonist is seven-year old Antoinette, who insists on going b ...

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Hard to Hold

Hard to Hold is the story of professional soccer player Logan Hart, a surprise baby named Cinnamon, and an even bigger surprise of a nanny named Isabella Bennett. The start of a new series for Katie Rose, Hard to Play, which is tangentially connected to her previous Bad Boys of Baseball one, this bo ...

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Worked Up

Red Hook, New Jersey native Duke Crawford is an average, everyday Joe, and a grumpy gus to boot. He loves his sports, sleep, grilling red meat in his backyard and looking at hot women while avoiding committing to them. He spends his days working as a mechanic at a factory and at night all he wants i ...

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Thrown Down

I’m a big fan of hot contemporary romance series and looked forward to the Made in New Jersey books by Tessa Bailey. I very much enjoyed another book I read of Ms. Bailey’s - Chase Me. That story featured relatable characters with great chemistry, sharp, witty dialogue, and steamy sex scenes. My ...

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A Little Light Magic

Joy Nash is one of those treasures I discovered while reviewing for AAR. Although she usually favors the paranormal when writing her romances, her first contemporary has only the slightest whiff of the mystical. It is basically, much to my delight, thoroughly character-driven and features genuine le ...

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If Wishing Made It So

If Wishing Made it So is a light and funny second chance at love story. It's a textbook example of a pleasant summer read - nothing out of the ordinary, but good for several hours of fun. Hildy Caldwell was the smartest girl in high school and was voted the one most likely to succeed. However, ci ...

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Eleven On Top

Eleven on Top is silly, but since it's a Stephanie Plum mystery, silly is mandatory, so readers who want a non-silly mystery should pick up a P.D. James novel instead. Me - I like Stephanie and the gang, and I was in the mood for silliness. I found myself laughing a lot at this one. Even a kick ...