working-class contemp

B
Sweet Heat

Sweet Heat combines family drama and heated romance beautifully.  A story of love between two plus-sized black characters filled with humor and drama, it’s wonderfully appealing. Marvin Carter is a wiz with a whisk and a spatula.  An exemplary baker, he spends his days toiling as a line cook ...

B+
Hold on Tight

Want a cute second chance romance where the hero and heroine loved the person they were with before long and hard – but are willing to try for love again?  Shelly Shepard Gray does a good job of successfully bringing a realistic working class blue collar romance to life in Hold on Tight. Jacks ...

A-
Lock Nut

Lock Nut is the fifth book in this wonderful series about plumber Tom Paretski and now fiancé, private investigator, Phil Morrison. Tom has a slightly quirky paranormal ability which enables him to find things, which often leads them into trouble. However, that is not overly utilised in this episod ...

A
Suddenly You

I don’t read many category romances—I like longer stories. Sarah Mayberry’s, however, are the outstanding exception to that rule. I’ve read twenty of her novels. Suddenly You is my favorite. It’s funny, sexy, feminist, and wonderfully real. Harry is a nice guy who likes to take it all e ...

A+
One Christmas Knight

A DIKlassic originally published on February 7, 1998 Happy holidays to all! We all dream at one time or another of that handsome knight riding in on a white charger and rescuing us, but did you know that there really are modern day knights out there, just ready to rescue that damsel in distress? ...

B
Family Blessings

LaVyrle Spencer’s Family Blessings is an older woman/younger man romance, which is the reason I picked it up. There aren’t many romance heroines in their 40s, and I’d already read Ms. Spencer’s other May-December pairing, Years, so I looked forward to this story. Although it has its flaws, i ...

A
Artistic License

Elle Pierson also writes as Lucy Parker, whose Act Like It and Pretty Face I loved, so I eagerly picked up Artistic License, a sweet story that moves slowly in layers from a fraught health scare to a tender HEA. While this book is different from the irreverent, wittily sarcastic tone of her Lucy Par ...

B-
Size Matters

Leah Martin is a successful baker who also happens to be plus-sized. Sam Cooper has a weakness for both her body and the desserts she makes and in a bumbling attempt to help her defend herself against her sharp-tongued mother, tells said mother that he and Leah are engaged. The problem is that they ...

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What I Thought Was True

After I DIK’d My Life Next Door by this author, I immediately went after her other books. Happily, What I Thought Was True possesses much of what I enjoyed reading that book, including a strong setting, likeable protagonists, and an intense story without teen drama. In some ways, like its respectf ...

C-
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 ...