Category «Contemporary Romance»

Early Review: On Broken Wings by Chanel Cleeton

On Broken Wings was the culmination of events that happened in the first book, along with a love carried over the entire trilogy. I figure if you’re reading this review then you probably read the synopsis, so I don’t feel like it’s a spoiler for me to say this is the story of a widow learning to find love again. That’s a plot full of landmines, for sure.

New Release Review: A Sure Thing by Marie Harte

A Sure Thing was just…OK. Although I really liked the cocky hero and his family, the heroine left me cold with all her psychobabble. In general, I don’t have objections to main characters from particular professions but I think “therapist MC” will become a no-no for me.

Early Review: Hooked by Brenda Rothert

The best thing about Hooked is the cover.

The premise was great but it just fizzled. The pacing was off, the characterization was weak, love scenes were meh and both conflicts were undeveloped and solved WAY to easily. There wasn’t anything exciting about this book with the exception of Jake, who was as hot as they come. But a hot hero does not a romance make.

Early Review: Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams

I enjoyed “Trophy Wife” a lot more than I thought I would.

Neither the title nor the cover inspired much confidence that this would be up my alley but I like heroines who take charge of their lives and work for what they want. And that was Alison to a T. The description makes her sound brash but she’s really very brave. She divorces her husband, leaving the luxury she’s known all her life because she wants to find herself and stop being the kind of woman who depends on her husband for everything.

Early Review: Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

I’m totally anti-Holidays. Not because I’m against the sentiment behind them, but because of how commercial they are in the U.S. (I’ve never put up a tree in my life.) That means that I seldom read Holiday romances but “Miracle on 5th Avenue” called out to me because it’s set in NYC. Even with the Holiday theme, I enjoyed it more than I thought.

Review: Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

This book deals with grief over the death of an immediate family member, so if that’s not your cuppa, you’re probably better off staying away for the time being. That being said, I thought the subject of Oakley’s brother, Lucas, was handled with sensitivity and realism. The book is basically a series of letters to Oakley, written to her by Lucas (now deceased). Oakley uses them to help her grieve over his death as well as taking his advice and wishes for her to heart.

Review: In Her Defense by Julianna Keyes

I picked “In Her Defense” from the library without reading the first book in the series. (This was a conscious decision as the hero of the first book is an ex-con which is a real stretch for me.) Reading some reviews, I found out that Caitlin, the heroine here, was actually the villain of the first book. Not having read it, I didn’t know the extent of her villainy, but I was curious how Ms. Keyes would redeem her.

Soon enough I found out that Caitlin’s reputation was well deserved. She’s aggressive, cutthroat, ambitious, impatient, confident and simply the best at her job. The best part? Ms. Keyes didn’t make any excuses to justify or explain Caitlin’s personality. There wasn’t any kind of trauma in her life, that’s just the way she was. And I just loved that characterization. Why is it that women cannot be ball-busters in romance without some sort of ordeal involving their mommys or past boyfriends?

New Release Review: The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

“The Sexy One” was Ms. Blakely’s attempt to do a more romantic book instead of her usual, uproarious, slightly dirty stories told from the guy’s POV. The whole “I can’t date the nanny” conflict could have been resolved with an honest conversation: “I like you, you like me. What should we do about it?” Instead, these two hem and haw throughout most of the book: “dating the nanny is a cliche!” (who cares), “it’s a forbidden relationship!” (it isn’t – they are both adults), “my life is too complicated!” (it really isn’t).

Release Day Review: The Romantics by Leah Konen

The Romantics by Lean Konen Genre: YA Romance Publication Date: November 1st, 2016 Publisher: Amulet Books Synopsis from Goodreads: Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ …

Review: Barely Breathing by Pamela Clare

“Barely Breathing” is the first book in Pamela Clare’s new “Colorado High Country” series. It was a good solid story but it was missing the usual excitement that I’m used to from Ms. Clare books. There was a bit of action but it was a definite secondary plot that came in too late.

Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

“The Hating Game” is a hilarious mix of romance and chick-lit. And you’ll ask…what’s the difference? Isn’t there always some sort of love interest in chick-lit? Well, yes, but I feel that in chick-lit, everything is about the female character. In The Hating Game, the story is really about both of them, even though it’s told in first person from Lucy’s POV. And then there’s the sexy love scene, who puts it squarely in the romance category (there’s just one but it’s a SCORCHER!) *fans self*

Release Day Review: Friendly Fire by Cari Z

Friendly Fire by Cari Z Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense Publication Date: October 17th, 2016 Publisher: Riptide Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Elliot McKenzie is the king of reinvention. Five years after losing his job and his lover and almost going to prison, his self-help program, Charmed Life, is more successful than he’d ever dreamed. He thinks he’s put …

Badass Hidden Gem: Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone

Horrible cover notwithstanding, “Fallen from Grace” is one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read in a long time. With a topic like this, you expect the book to be somewhat sordid but nothing farther from the truth. The story was romantic, tender and real enough that I was able to understand the circumstances of a person in the life. How the author was able to balance a real love story and a background of prostitution, rape and abuse is beyond me but she did a great job at it

New Release Review: Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz Book #1 in Men at Work Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 20th, 2016 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Synopsis from Goodreads: Trick…or wicked treat! It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance …

New Release Review: Well Hung by Lauren Blakely

“Well Hung” is without a doubt, Lauren Blakely’s best book to date. It was sexy, it was funny, it was romantic and finally, finally! There was a conflict. It wasn’t anything angsty – Ms. Blakely doesn’t write angst – or silly, or earth-shattering, but it MADE SENSE FOR THE CHARACTER.

Review: Breakaway by Avon Gale

Breakaway by Avon Gale Book #1 in Scoring Chances Genre: LGBTQIA/Sports Contemporary Romance Publication Date: November 27th 2015 Audiobook provided by Dreamspinner Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor …

Release Day Review: Dinner at Jack’s by Rick R. Reed

Dinner at Jack’s by Rick R. Reed Genre: M/M Romance Publication Date: October 3rd, 2016 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Personal chef Beau St. Clair, recently divorced from his cheating husband, returns to the small Ohio River town where he grew up to lick his wounds. Jack Rogers lives with his mother, Maisie, in that same small …

Review: Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Stuck-up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: Apr 9, 2016 Audiobook Narrated by: Joe Arden & Maxine Mitchell It started out like any other morning on the train. Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle. He was barking at someone on his phone like he …

Early Review: Can’t Hide From Me by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Can’t Hide From Me by Cordelia Kingsbridge Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense Publication Date: October 3rd, 2016 Publisher: Riptide Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Charles Hunter’s team is on a mission to extract an unidentified ATF agent from an undercover job gone wrong. All they’ve got to go on is the rendezvous location—until Charles recognizes the ex he hasn’t seen …

New Release Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen Book #1 in Brooklyn Bruisers Genre: Sports/Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 6th, 2016 ARC provided by Berkley and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold… Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two …