• Best Contemporary Romance Novels

    Meant to Be by Melody Grace

    A gorgeously romantic feel-good beach read about a runaway bride searching for true love on Cape Cod…

    Poppy Somerville believes in happily-ever-after. It’s the reason her romance novels have won devoted readers all over the world – and why she’s broken off her engagement just weeks before the wedding instead of settling for less than true love. Escaping to her aunt’s beach cottage in Sweetbriar Cove, Poppy is looking for inspiration to end her writer’s block and finish her new book.


    Cooper Nicholson doesn’t believe in soul-mates. He thought he’d found his forever once, and the world proved him wrong, so when the cute brunette comes storming over and demands he keep the noise down, romance is the last thing on his mind. As they grow closer, will Cooper find a way to let go of the past and risk his heart again? And can Poppy find her happy ending – on and off the page?

    Melody Grace writes in her novel:


    “Sharing something real, revealing your heart . . . that always matters, whether it’s for a week or a year.” 

    Melody Grace, Meant to Be

  • Best Christian Romance Books

    Homecoming by Carolyne Aarsen

    Can a trip to the ranch give her a second chance with both love and family?

    Sheryl Kyle isn’t the trusting type. After all, her abusive late husband and her disapproving stepfather haven’t given her much reason to feel otherwise. But when a rugged rancher named Mark seeks her out she learns her stepfather is on his deathbed. And his dying wish is for her to return to Sweet Creek for one last chance to reconcile…


    Mark can’t help but be fascinated by Sheryl. Despite hearing the worst about her from her stepbrother, he’s drawn to the hauntingly beautiful woman. When his ranching partner suffers an injury at the worst possible time, he’s surprised and delighted that Sheryl agrees to work by his side. As Sheryl and Mark’s friendship deepens, she suppresses her growing feelings toward him. Can she forgive her family and herself before Mark too becomes a man of her past?

    In Carolyne Aarsen’s words about writing:


    I love how I can incorporate my own faith into the stories I write.
    Writing is both discovery and creating and with each book I do that. Discover and create.

    Carolyne Aarsen

  • Best Historical Romance Books

    When the Earl was Wicked by Stacy Reid

    Lady Verity Ayles will do whatever it takes to protect herself from a vile cur, no matter how scandalous or perilous it may be.

    And that means aligning with James Radcliffe, the Earl of Maschelly–a scoundrel who spends his days in sin and self-indulgence, and his nights in reckless pursuits. Clearly, a man any young lady of good sense and reputation should stay away from.


    James had clawed his way from poverty to the fringes of the ton using his wits and fists. His wicked reputation encourages ladies to approach him for clandestine affairs, never for anything as outrageous as Lady Verity’s request–to teach her how to fight. And in exchange, she will instruct him on all the refined manners a hulking, ruthless, fighting brute as himself needed to net a lady of quality.

    About Stacy Reid:


    I am an unapologetic romance lover. I read it. I write it. Enough said. Well..I also have a warrior way “Never give up on my dreams.”

    Stacy Read

  • Best Romantic Suspense Books

    Revenge by Lexi Blake

    Passion and danger collide in the third book of this contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings

    When Drew Lawless discovers a fatal flaw in his plan to avenge his parents’ deaths, he turns to the one woman he promised he wouldn’t touch. He offers her a deal, one that will bring her into his investigation, his life, and his bed. 

    Investigative reporter Shelby Gates never dreamed how twisted the case would become—or how fascinated she would be with Drew. As Drew’s feelings for Shelby grow, so does the danger. From the streets of Dallas to Austin’s high-tech business world, Drew and Shelby play a game begun twenty years before—a game they will win, or die trying.

  • Best Christian Romance Books

    The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

    Step into the Red Door Inn, a place of healing, forgiveness, and family 

    Marie Carrington is running from a host of bad memories. Broke and desperate, she’s hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season.

    Seth Sloane didn’t move three thousand miles to work on his uncle’s B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques. He came to help restore the old Victorian–and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they’ve got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island?

    Liz Johnson relates to her character Marie and states:

    Is God good even when my circumstances are not? Is he present when I don’t feel him there? Through a wild year of highs and lows, I discovered the answer to each of those questions is a resounding yes. God’s goodness is constant, and I need only turn to him.

    Liz Johnson

  • Best Christian Romance Books,  Best Romantic Suspense Books

    Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

    Legal suspense with a romantic twist

    In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

    Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation. He’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

    Awards received include: 


    CBA #1 Bestseller in Suspense
    FHL Reader’s Choice Award Winner 2018

    Rachel Dylan



  • Best Contemporary Romance Novels

    Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

    A moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship.

    Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife. 


    Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff…

    In Jill Shalvis’ words, in an excerpt from the book:


    Sometimes the best thing in life is finding that one person who knows all your mistakes and weaknesses and still thinks you’re completely amazing.

    Jill Shalvis

  • Best Contemporary Romance Novels

    Maid for Love by Marie Force

    She’s a single mom with no patience for a playboy until he proves he’s playing for keeps.


    The Gansett Island Series: Book 1 (Free)

    Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy.

    He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love. 

    With over 2,300 reviews on Amazon, this book, and this series, is a reader favorite. The Romance Reviews gives this contemporary romance Five Stars. 🙂 

  • Best Historical Romance Books

    Highland Vengeance by Keira Montclair

    An outlaw. A lass bent on vengeance. Together they are unstoppable.

    Maggie Ramsay has never forgotten Randall Baines, the English lord who tormented her beloved sister when they were children. After her sister is injured in a senseless accident, she decides to make Baines pay for what he did…only she gets more than she bargained for. 

    Will MacLerie is a notorious outlaw known as the Wild Falconer, hunted for a past he cannot acknowledge for fear of death. His life is devoted to honing his skills as a warrior and anonymously helping those in need, but when he meets Maggie Ramsay, he begins to yearn for something more.

    Author Keira Montclair says that this first book in the “Band of Cousins” series is Maggie’s story. In a quote from her blog,


    She’s found the most magnificent hero, and I think you’ll love him. 

    Keira Montclair

    Highland Vengeance rates 5 stars, with 100 reviews on Amazon. 🙂 



  • Best Contemporary Romance Novels

    Trails of Love by Melissa Foster

    In a recent interview at the Under the Covers Book Blog, Melissa Foster describes Trails of Love as:


    the ultimate feel-good romance.

    Melissa Foster

    When Graham Braden travels to Oak Falls, Virginia to attend the wedding of his buddy Reed Cross to Grace Montgomery, he sticks around to help with renovations to Reed’s new theater. The last thing he expects is to be asked to assess and possibly invest in Grace’s sister Morgyn’s business endeavor. Graham is a careful, keen businessman, and Morgyn is impulsive, disorganized, and more interested in the energy flow in her eclectic retail shop than in the accuracy of her records. While Graham isn’t ready to open his pockets to the sassy, sexy business owner, he may be ready to open his heart.