I took a chance on this book because it has a dog in it, and for the most part the chance paid off. It took a lot to make me laugh during the first days of Sacramento’s stay-at-home Covid-19 prevention policy, and while this book did the trick despite discussing a hefty amount of trauma, I need to stress some TW/CW for public hostage situations, death by gun, ableism, and domestic violence. Our story begins … Continue reading Butterfly Bayou by Lexi Blake
How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper is an Audible original production. This means that it’s an audiobook written exclusively for Audible. The audiobook is performed by Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis, and runs about six and a half hours at normal speed. I listen to most everything at 1.4-1.5x normal speed, so it took me less time. The plot is part paranormal romance and part mystery. Jillian Ramsay is an anthropologist who works for … Continue reading Audiobook: How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper
Jill Shalvis is my go-to feel good author for contemporaries. I was stoked to see she had a new series coming out (Lost and Found Sisters is the first book in the Wildstone series). I enjoyed the book, but strictly speaking, it’s not a romance novel. So I enjoyed what I got -but I didn’t get what I expected. While I can’t fault the book for being tagged as a romance at places like Goodreads, I … Continue reading Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
All you really need to do to get me to give a contemporary a shot is put some pointe shoes on the cover. Casey Alexander was a ballerina in New York, but after an injury ends her career, she goes home to her small hometown of Angel Falls, Alabama, to take over the local ballet school. Back in that hometown is her former best friend Melody, who is married to Casey’s former high school boyfriend Ben … Continue reading Angel Falls by Babette De Jongh
I barely recognize myself anymore. For years I’ve sneered at holiday romance and this year I’m devouring everything red, green, and glittered. Christmas has never been my favorite holiday, but in light of Dumpster Fire 2016 I’m grasping for anything happy and joyful –even if the holidays previously felt over commercialized and fake. I put up every holiday decoration I could find in the back corners of my basement. I racked up my MasterCard bill over-indulging … Continue reading Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins
A Mistletoe Affair is a sweet, well-written romance for the holidays. Perhaps in deference to the fact that we all have plenty of conflict during the holidays as it is, this novel is almost totally conflict free (at least between the hero and heroine). This makes for a pleasant but somewhat bland read. A Mistletoe Affair is part of a series of loosely connected, contemporary romances set in the fictional town of Wintersage, Massachusetts. Three … Continue reading A Mistletoe Affair by Farrah Rochon
My name is Elyse, and I’m a Nora Roberts virgin. Well, I was; I punched that v-card reading The Liar. I have to say losing my Nora virginity was more enjoyable and less awkward than losing my actual virginity. Also, like every old skool historical heroine, I feel like only Nora can give me what I want again. Witness my credit card bill, full of Nora one-click buys. The thing I loved about The Liar was that … Continue reading The Liar by Nora Roberts
The Wedding Vow by Cara Connelly is $1.99! This is a contemporary romance and is the second book in her Save the Date series. For those with a hankering for billionaire heroes, this book’s got ’em. This is also an enemies-to-lovers story. Readers loved the back and forth between the characters and the fact the book can be read as a standalone installment. However, the hero has a bit of a secret that not all readers liked. It has a 4.1-star rating on GR.
Anything but Sweet by Candis Terry is $1.99! This contemporary romance features a cowboy hero and a city slicker heroine, plus a plot that revolves around a makeover reality TV show taking place in a small town. A few readers found the stubborn cowboy a little too stubborn for their liking, though many lovers of small town romances enjoyed the blend of setting and sweet romance. It’s the first in the Sweet, Texas series and it has a 3.9-star rating on GR. If you’re in the mood to stock up, book two – Sweetest Mistake ( A | K | AB | Au ) – and book three – Something Sweeter ( A | K | AB | Au ) – are also on sale for $1.99! That’s three books for less than $6!