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best contemporary romance, summer’s end, kathleen gilles seidel Summer's End
w Paperbacks, 201Kathleen Gilles Seidel
William Morro1
Best Contemporary romance

To their respective families, Jack Wells and Amy Legend are outsiders. A free-spirited man-of-all-trades, Jack takes life as it comes—not at all like his supremely organized mother, the admiral’s widow, and his methodical lawyer sister. Amy, a professional athlete with exquisite taste and golden beauty, has a glamorous career a world apart from her bookish older siblings and college professor father. When Jack’s mother marries Amy’s widowed father, they invite all the children to spend the summer at the Legends’ retreat in northern Minnesota. They never imagine just how well Jack and Amy are going to get along—as affection unexpectedly flares into a burning attraction that threatens to damage already fragile familial bonds. More...

Five Stars
“...a perfect summer read...” – Maggie Boyd, All About Romance …full book review

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best contemporary romance, the welcome home garden club, lori wilde The Welcome Home Garden Club
(A Twilight, Texas Novel)

Lori Wilde
Avon, 2011
Best Contemporary romance

Traditional meaning of Pink and White Roses: I love you still and always will.

Caitlyn Marsh stopped believing in happily-ever-after when high-school sweetheart, Gideon Garza, left for Iraq. Now she raises her small son while her matchmaking gardening club members drive her crazy. Then Caitlyn's world turns upside-down when Gideon swaggers back to Twilight. Gideon had left town in the middle of night with threats ringing in his ears. A lot of things have changed since then. This bad boy-turned-Green Beret bears scars from the war, the timid girl he loved is an independent mother, and the father who refused to recognize his son in life has, in death, left him a vast cattle ranch.... More...

Five Hearts
“I enjoyed this story immensely...” – Shirley Lyons, The Romance Reader …full book review

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best contemporary romance, simply irresistable, jill shalvis Simply Irresistible
(A Lucky Harbor Novel)

Jill Shalvis
Forever, 2010
Best Contemporary romance novel, hot

Maddie Moore's whole life needs a makeover.

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. More...

Five Coffee Cups
“I adored this book.” – Kimberly, Coffee Time Romance & More …full book review

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best contemporary romance, too good to be true, kristan higgins Too Good To Be True
Kristan Higgins
HQN Books, 2010
Contemporary romance

When Grace Emerson's ex-fiance starts dating her younger sister, extreme measures are called for. To keep everyone from obsessing about her love life, Grace announces that she's seeing someone. Someone wonderful. Someone handsome. Someone completely made up. Who is this Mr. Right? Someone...exactly unlike her renegade neighbor Callahan O'Shea. Well, someone with his looks, maybe. His hot body. His knife-sharp sense of humor. His smarts and big heart. More...

2010 RITA Winner for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance

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best contemporary romance, smooth talking stranger, by lisa kleypas Smooth Talking Stranger
Lisa Kleypas
St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2010
Contemporary romance

Billionaire playboy, and all-around ladies’ man, Jake Travis has a reputation as big as the state of Texas. He drives too fast, lives too hard, and loves too many women to count. In her advice column, and her love life, Ella Varner is always practical. So when she’s left holding her reckless sister’s baby, she decides to ask Jake Travis to take a paternity test. Ella is instantly struck by Jake’s bold good looks and easy charm—but she’s not falling for his sweet talk. This big sexy tomcat needs to take responsibility for his actions, and Ella’s making him stick to his word. More...

Five Stars
“...zings straight to your heart...” – Xeranthemum, Long and Short Reviews …full book review

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best contemporary romance novel, crush on you, christie ridgway Crush on You
(Three Kisses)

Christie Ridgway
Berkley, 2010
Contemporary romance

The Baci sisters are on a mission to save the winery that's been in their family for generations-by transforming it into the perfect wedding destination. If only Alessandra Baci-affectionately known as the "Nun of Napa"-didn't need the help of tempting neighbor and business rival Penn Bennett. More...

“ and it’s a pleasure to read.” – Bunny Callahan, RT Book Reviews …full book review

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best contemporary romance, paranormal romance, ghost, jennifer crusie Maybe This Time
Jennifer Crusie
St. Martin’s Press, 2010
Contemporary/paranormal romance

Andie Miller is ready to move on in life. She wants to marry her fiancé and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, he asks one final favor of her before they go their separate ways forever. A very distant cousin of his has died and left North as the guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already, and things are getting worse. He needs a very special person to take care of the situation and he knows Andie can handle anything. More...

Five Stars
Romance Reader at Heart

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Instant Temptation, Jill Shalvis, best contemporary romance novel Instant Temptation
Jill Shalvis
Brava, 2010
Contemporary romance, R hot

To Harley, the landscape around Wishful, California, is exhilarating, untamed, and more than a little dangerous. The same could be said for T.J. Wilder, who's invited himself along on her trek to study a rare coyote. Harley's career is riding on this trip, and she doesn't need a stubborn, incredibly sexy distraction. But T.J. is a professional guide who knows when to stay back and when to provide invaluable expertise - just like he's done since they were in high school. More...

“I can’t express how much this book affected me....” – Poppy, Long and Short Reviews …full book review

Available at AmazonInstant Temptation, Jill Shalvis, best contemporary romance novel
best contemporary romance, Something About You Something About You
Julie James
Berkley, 2010
Contemporary romance

Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. Senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation-the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. More...

“...amusing repartees and hilarious, argumentative characters.” – Danielle, Coffee Time Romance & More …full book review

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best contemporary romance, on the steamy side On the Steamy Side
(Recipe for Love)

Louisa Edwards
St. Martin’s Paperbacks, 2010
Contemporary romance

When Lilah Jane Tunkle fled her dull life in Virginia for the bright lights of New York City, she didn’t expect to wind up a nanny to a gorgeous celebrity chef’s ten-year-old son. Working for the delectable Devon Sparks is a sure-fire recipe for disaster, especially after Lilah gets a tantalizing taste of his perfectly seasoned kisses … More...

“…a delight from cover to cover.” – Paula, A Romance Review …full book review

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best contemporary romance, a turn in the road, debbie macomber A Turn in the Road
Debbie Macomber
Mira, 2011
Best Contemporary romance

In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth.

. . . They have their maps and their directions—but even the best-planned journey can take you to a turn in the road. Or lead you to an unexpected encounter—like the day Bethanne meets a man named Max who really is a hero on a Harley. That's when Bethanne's decision becomes a lot harder. Because Grant wants her back, but now there's Max…. More...

“ book of this delightful series!” – Grace, Reader’s Roundtable/Manic Readers …full book review

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best contemporary romance, call me mrs. miracle, debbie macomber Call Me Mrs. Miracle
Debbie Macomber
Mira, 2010
Best Contemporary romance novel

This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley's, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than…Jake Finley, the owner's son.

For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means just one thing to him—and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat. Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly's widowed brother is in the army and won't be home for Christmas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley's, the one gift he desperately wants. If she can figure out how to afford it… More...

“...a perfect holiday romance.” – Susan Barton, Romance Reader at Heart …full book review

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best contemporary romance novel, how to bake a perfect life, barbara o’neal How to Bake a Perfect Life
Barbara O’Neal
Bantam, 2010
Contemporary fiction, with romantic elements

In a novel as warm and embracing as a family kitchen, Barbara O’Neal explores the poignant, sometimes complex relationships between mothers and daughters—and the healing magic of homemade bread.

Professional baker Ramona Gallagher is a master of an art that has sustained her through the most turbulent times, including a baby at fifteen and an endless family feud. But now Ramona’s bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She’s one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmother’s rambling Victorian and everything she’s worked so hard to build. More...

“A Perfect 10” – Robin Lee, Romance Reviews Today …full book review

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best contemporary romance, a silken thread, brenda jackson A Silken Thread
Brenda Jackson
Kimani, 2011
Best Contemporary romance novel
African American romance, hot

For Erica Sanders, finding a soul mate was the easy part. Brian Lawson is the man she wants, and everyone agrees they're the ideal couple. Almost everyone. The one exception is Erica's mother, Karen, who prefers her daughter marry another man. Karen even hires a private detective to investigate Brian, but the truth he uncovers is the last thing she expected—a devastating betrayal that rips both families apart. More...

“...first-class page-turner.” – Jacqui McGugins, RT Book Reviews …full book review

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best contemporary romance, historical romance novel, time-travel, out of time, pauline baird jones Out of Time
Pauline Baird Jones
L & L Dreamspell, 2010
Contemporary, historical, time-travel romance

What happens when a twenty-first century woman on a mission to change the past meets a thoroughly 1940's man trying to stay alive in the hellish skies over war-torn Europe? Melanie "Mel" Morton is an adventure reporter, who lost her grandfather in World War II. Enter Jack Hamilton, sexy octogenarian, genius/scientist and former WWII bomber pilot. What he tells Mel sends her on the craziest adventure yet-straight into the past. More...

... simply blew my mind...” – Xeranthemum, Long and Short Reviews …full book review

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best contemporary romance, sugar creek, toni blake Sugar Creek
(A Destiny Novel)

Toni Blake
Avon, 2010
Contemporary romance

Welcome to Destiny, Ohio—where two families have been at odds as long as anyone in town can remember.

Rachel Farris returned to her childhood home with one mission in mind: get Mike Romo out of her family's apple orchard business and out of their lives. But hard-nosed and totally hot Mike, who happens to be the law in Destiny, is convinced the Farris clan stole the land from his family fifty years ago and he's not backing down. More...

“...this is one hot read!” – Danielle, Coffee Time Romance & More …full book review

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chick lit romance, twenties girl Twenties Girl
Sophie Kinsella
Dial Press Trade Paperback, 2010
Chick Lit

Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they?

When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie—a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance—mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it. More...

“...pure fun!” – Kay James, Romance Reader at Heart …full book review

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best contemporary fiction, chick lit The Icing on the Cupcake
Jennifer Ross
Ballantine Books, 2010
Women’s fiction/Chick lit

In this delectable novel—complete with recipes—Jennifer Ross frosts a sweet story of a young woman fulfilling her dreams, one delicious cupcake at a time.

In Ansley Waller’s world of Southern belles and gentlemen, getting a diamond ring isn’t just important—it’s the ultimate goal. So when her fiancé, Parish, unceremoniously kicks her to the curb and cancels their upcoming wedding, Ansley is so ashamed that she decides to leave Dallas and make a fresh start. In a surprise move, she heads to New York City to live with her recently widowed grandmother, Vivian, whom she’s never met. In turn, Vivian gives Ansley a no-nonsense ultimatum: Rather than wallow in misery, either get a job or go home. More...

“...a fabulous story...” – Kay James, Romance Reader at Heart …full book review

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best contemporary romance A Piece of My Heart
Kemberlee Shortland
Highland Press, 2010
Contemporary romance

Kate hadn't been just the girl next door. She'd been Mick's life, and he hers. When an unforeseen force drives them apart they're left with wounds that refuse to heal. Now, ten years on, Mick's father's will should have been straightforward, except his addendum was like ice water in Mick's face. It's essential Mick and Kate work together to save his family's farm. He doesn't count on his new manager being accused of murder… More...

“... a stunning read....” – Cherokee, Coffe Time Romance & More …full book review

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best contemporary romance novel, chick-lit romance book Mounting Desire
Nina Killham
Bloomsbury USA, 2006
Contemporary romance/Chick-lit

Jack Carter, born-again virgin and bestselling romance author, has a problem, and her name is Molly. Foisted upon him by his sister, Molly has just been fired from her high-paying management position for sexually harassing her male assistant. She’s also been evicted from her apartment, and has landed—for just a few weeks, she promises—in Jack’s Georgetown town house. Worse yet, she decides to take advantage of her new environment and try her hand at writing romances herself, using the pseudonym Molly Desire. More...

“…heartwarming and very funny love story...” – Mrs. Giggles Reviews …full book review

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best contemporary romance novels Scandal Sheet
Gemma Halliday
Making It, 2009
Contemporary romance

Gossip columnist Tina is stopped in her tracks when she learns one of the celebrities she's reported on wants her dead. Teamed with an oversized bodyguard, a bubbly blonde, and an alcoholic obituary writer, Tina sets off to find out which juicy piece of Hollywood gossip is worth killing over.

“...a laugh out loud book…” – Theresa, A Romance Review …full book review

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best contemporary romance novels The Clergy Affair
Jennifer Johnson
The Wild Rose Press, 2009
Contemporary romance

Reverend Deborah Reynolds wasn't expecting to fall for--or over--Sam Perry, one of the groomsmen at the wedding she was officiating. But when Sam answered her door early the next morning and greeted the biggest gossip in town, Deborah found herself in hot water with her congregation. She never imagined soon after she would be flying cross country with Sam and broadening her horizons by visiting a nudist beach, learning the paths of ants, and falling in love. More...

Top Read
WRDF Reviews
“… I was laughing my head off.” – E. Horizon, WRDF Reviews …full book review

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best contemporary romance novel All The Right Reasons
Sandy James
BookStrand, 2009
Contemporary romance

Can love heal all wounds? Lucas Mitchell returned from Iraq a bitter, changed man, wracked with guilt over his friend's death. He buys an old mansion and deals with his injuries and grief by restoring his new home and rehabilitating retired racehorses. Joy Kovacs falls in love with Lucas at first sight. Descended from gypsies who are still influenced by the lingering effects of the Holocaust, her family follows the traditional ways. A husband has already been selected for her, and her father insists she work at their ethnic restaurant. More...

“ emotional story...” – Matilda, Coffee Time Romance & More …full book review

Available at AmazonAll the Right Reasons, best contemporary romance novel
best contemporary romance book A Coventry Wedding
Becky Cochrane
Zebra, 2009
Contemporary romance

Jandy Taylor's grandfather always teased her about not being able to finish anything. So perhaps it's not a shock that a few days before her wedding to soap star Hudson Blake, Jandy postpones the ceremony and hitches a ride to Coventry, Texas, with a stranger named Sam, a dog named Sue, and an overwhelming desire to escape - if only for a few days... More...

“ ... an amusing read…” – Val, Manic Readers …full book review

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Tails of Love, best contemporary romance novel Tails of Love
Lori Foster and additional authors
Berkley, 2009
Contemporary (anthology) romance

Ten all-new stories that celebrate our animal friends, by bestselling and award-winning authors.

From Seeing Eye dogs to the cat who cuddles in your lap, animals are there for us in more ways than we can count. Helping us get through the day with a wag of the tail and a tilt of the head, they let us know that someone is on our side-no matter what. They also have an amazing ability to break down barriers between people; bringing families and loved ones closer, and giving strangers an excuse to strike up a conversation. In Tails of Love, each writer draws from her own unique perspective on our loyal friends-exploring the many mysterious ways they bring love into our lives.

Recommended Read
“... a true delight.” – Debbie, CK2S Kwips and Kritiques …full book review

Available at AmazonTails of Love, best contemporary romance novel
Turning Thirty-Twelve, best contemporary romance novel Turning Thirty-Twelve
Sandy James
BookStrand Publishing, 2009
Contemporary romance

Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined. When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won't be "blind." He's the father of one of her students. More...

Best Book
Long and Short Reviews

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There’s Only Been You, contemporary romance There's Only Been You
Donna Marie Rogers
Wild Rose Press, 2008
Contemporary romance

Malicious lies, drugs and a videotape are the reasons young lovers Sara Jamison and Mike Andrews have spent the last eight years apart, each believing the other betrayed them. Sara has no clue where Mike's been all these years, but she knows where she's been busy raising their son. More...

“ A well-thought-out story...” – Sweet Pea, Long and Short Reviews …full review

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Going Too Far
Jennifer Echols
MTV, 2009
Contemporary, young adult

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back. More...

“...a powerful read...” – Matilda, Coffee Time Romance …full review

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Bunco Babes Tell All
Maria Geraci
Berkley Trade, 2009

Woman cannot live by Bunco alone

Meet the Bunco Babes of Whispering Bay. Every Thursday night they roll dice, drink frozen margaritas, and catch up on all the gossip in their small north Florida town. Kitty Burke is the only Bunco Babe who is still single—which is okay—but she’s thirty-five and may need to face the fact that her image of Mr. Right is all wrong.

Take Steve. Very sexy—but on paper, with three failed marriages and a shady career, maybe not great husband material. And yes, his ring tone is “Freebird.” Fellow Babes Shea and Pilar definitely vote thumbs down. But maybe there’s more to Steve than meets the eye. More...

Five Stars
Fallen Angel Reviews

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Just the Sexiest Man Alive
Julie James
Berkley, 2008

“Chicagoan Taylor is driven to succeed, and her track record in defending corporate clients against sexual-harassment lawsuits is unsurpassed. On loan to her firm’s Los Angeles office, she reluctantly agrees to coach big-name actor and sexy heartthrob Jason Andrews for his upcoming role as a lawyer. His attitude irks her, while her insistence on maintaining a professional distance intrigues him.” – Lynne Welch, Booklist. More at Amazon…

“... thoroughly charming escapist fantasy.” – Mary Benn, The Romance Reader …full review

* Note: This book now averages 4 ½ stars on Amazon, but several reviewers loved it, so we're posting it. See review from Mrs. Giggles
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it from Amazon Temptation Ridge
(Virgin River, Book 6)

Robyn Carr
Mira, 2009

At twenty-five, after five years as her mother's caregiver, it's time for Shelby to experience freedom and adventure. Time for travel, college and romance. But when she visits Virgin River, she runs into Luke Riordan, decidedly not whom she has in mind.

A handsome Blackhawk pilot, Luke exited the army after twenty years, four wars and having been shot out of the sky three times. At thirty-eight he's tough and jaded. His major was in one-night stands, with a minor in commitment avoidance. More…

Five Stars
A Romance Review
Paradise Valley (Virgin River, Book 7)
Robyn Carr
Mira, 2009

Marine corporal Rick Sudder is home early from Iraq—his tour ended abruptly on the battlefield. The carefree boy is gone, replaced by a man who believes his future is as bleak as his mirror image. But can the passion and commitment of a young woman who has never given up on him mend his broken body and shattered heart? More…

Five Stars
A Romance Review
Mucho Caliente!
Francesca Prescott
Bookstrand Publishing, 2008

MUCHO CALIENTE! Does Gemma dare wish upon a Latino superstar? Thirty-seven year old Gemma hadn't reckoned on being seated next to Latino heartthrob Emilio Caliente on the flight to Ibiza. She's bravely dismissed her cheating husband's generous divorce settlement, opting instead for a creatively satisfying, financially independent, bohemian lifestyle on a Spanish island in the sun. Falling in love with a pop music superstar eight years her junior was definitely not part of her plan. More...

LASR Best Book
"...laugh out loud hilarious read ..." -- Violet, Long and Short Reviews …full review
When Valentines Collide
Adrianne Byrd
Kimani, 2007
Kimani Romance

Second chance for romance
When it came to revitalizing relationships, Dr. Chante Valentine and Dr. Michael Valentine knew all the right moves -- except when it came to mending their own volatile vows. Since divorce would jeopardize their respective careers, the love gurus reluctantly agreed to a two-week "sex-therapy" retreat. More...

Talk of the Town
Karen Hawkins
Pocket Books, 2008

Newly divorced Roxie Treymayne is dying to find out. After years of being the perfect Southern lady, all she ended up with was a cheating husband. So she goes bombshell blond, gets a provocatively placed tattoo, and prepares to live it up as a Bad Girl. But then her mother falls ill...and Roxie is forced to return to Glory, North Carolina.

He'd Love to Know.
Once the town bad boy, Nick Sheppard is now Glory's highly respected sheriff. When the hot blonde he stops for speeding turns out to be formerly prim Homecoming Queen Roxanne Treymayne, Nick doesn't quite know where to look -- though he'd like a much closer one at the tattoo peeking from her shorts. More...

  Romeo, Romeo
Robin Kaye
Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2008

Nick Romeo is every woman's fantasy - tall, dark, handsome, rich, really good in bed, AND he loves to cook and clean ... He says he wants an independent woman, but when he meets Rosalie, all he wants to do is take care of her. Before too long, he's cleaned up her apartment, stocked her refrigerator, and adopted her dog ... So what's the problem? Just a little matter of mistaken identity, corporate theft, a hidden past in juvenile detention and one big nosy Italian family too close for comfort ...   More...

Best Book
from Long and Short Reviews
"... a light hearted romance..." -- Magnolia, Long and Short Reviews ...full review  
Evan's Castle
Tracy Fabre Publishing, 2008

Rachel Kane, after leaving home and family to flee the aftermath of a bad relationship, ends up working closely with brilliant scientist, Evan Callahan. He seems at first to be very much like the man she left behind-an aloof loner with no real use for her-but as she gets to know him, she finds he is warm and engaging, and much too attractive for her equilibrium. But is that real? Or has she just left one loner for another? To complicate matters, she's also the victim of vandalism that is both disturbing. and escalating. More... 

" of those exceptional books..." -- Hollie, Coffee Time Romance ...full review
Tender Secrets
Ann Christopher
Kimani Press, 2008
Contemporary (African American)

Investigative reporter Viveca Jackson vowed she'd destroy the wealthy Warner family. After all, the powerful clan was responsible for her father's unfortunate accident and her family's ruin. But when the feisty journalist embarked on her quest for payback, she didn't count on arrogant Andrew Warner's devastating charm, or the passion that flared between them. More...

Five Stars
A Romance Review
Just One of the Guys
Kristan Higgins
HQN Books, 2008

Being one of the guys isn't all it's cracked up to be…

So when journalist Chastity O'Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it's time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1—she's five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2—she's cursed with four alpha male older brothers. While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there's only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she's never quite gotten over.  More...

Starred Review
Publishers Weekly
Pleasure to the Max!
Cami Dalton
Harlequin Blaze, 2008
Contemporary, R Hot

Cassie Parker's globe-trotting great-aunt has sent her a Gypsy "lover's box." All she has to do is write down her most erotic fantasy, tuck it inside the box and presto!...Treasure hunter Max Stone isn't amused. His latest treasure has been swiped and he's followed it to a dusty little antiquities shop in the States. Surely one woman can't stand in the way of his retrieving the priceless lover's box?  More...

"... intense chemistry..." -- Ansley Cooper, Romance Junkies ...full review  
A Lover's Regret: The Ramseys (2nd Book in Series)
AlTonya Washington
iUniverse, 2008
Contemporary (African American)

Yohan Ramsey and Melina Dan battle private demons and simmering passions, when their paths cross following an eight-year separation. The murder of eighteen year old Sera Black has haunted Yohan’s family for decades. What really happened the night she died? Melina knows and it’s wreaked chaos in her life ever since. Forced to leave her home and the man she loved, she’s now faced with horrors from the past and the darkly seductive Yohan Ramsey back in her life.  More...

If you like this book, you might be interested in the other books in the Ramsey series:

A Lover's Dream (The Ramseys, 1st Book)
A Lover's Worth (The Ramseys, 3rd Book) 

This is How it Happened (Not a Love Story)
 Jo Barrett
Avon, 2008

He lied, he cheated. He destroyed her life. How difficult could killing him be? Madeline Piatro devoted four years of her life to her boyfriend Carlton—and, in return, got romance, flowers, and the best sex she'd ever had. But then he dumped her—by e-mail, no less! ... Now Maddy's on a mission. She wants revenge and she wants her career back.  More...

", funny read." -- Shelley Mosley, Booklist …full review
Letters to a Secret Lover
Toni Blake
Avon, 2008

The last thing she needs right now is a man. . . Lindsey Brooks had it all—an awesome job doling out advice to the lovelorn, a fabulous high-rise apartment, and a to-die-for fiancé. But then she got dumped—wearing nothing but a "Kiss the Cook" apron—and desperate to escape, she retreats to a tiny Montana town to reclaim a family treasure. She never dreamed anyone would try to stop her—or that he'd be sexy as sin.  More...

"...made me laugh out loud,..." -- Kate Garrabrant, Romance Reviews Today ...full review
Tall Tales and Wedding Veils
Jane Graves
Grand Central, 2008
Contemporary, PG-13

Accountant Heather Montgomery is a planner. So never in her wildest dreams did she think she'd run into sexy charmer Tony McCaffrey in Vegas, play lady luck, and celebrate his jackpot with a champagne-soaked night. And she certainly never expected to wake up the next morning married! How could this good girl pick a man whose fridge is empty and whose apartment is a disaster zone, yet still drives her so crazy with lust she can't see straight? More...

"...funny and fast paced ..." -- Ellen Micheletti, All About Romance …full review 
The Ten Best Days of My Life
Adena Halpern
Penguin/Plume 2008
Contemporary/Women's Fiction

A heavenly novel about what truly matters in feIn this hilarious and heartwarming first novel, twentynine- year-old Alexandra Dorenfield suddenly finds herself in heaven after an unfortunate encounter with a Mini Cooper. The seventh-and highest-level of heaven to be exact. More...

"... I loved it." -- Terri, Night Owl Romance …full review 
Shaken and Stirred
Kathleen O'Reilly
Harlequin Blaze, 2008
Contemporary, R

As a student and part-time bartender in Manhattan, Tessa Hart has found that a succession of roomies and cramped apartments are necessary evils in her life. Until she's out on the street and Gabe O'Sullivan, her mentor, boss and certified babe-magnet, steps in. Any other woman would die to share his apartment... More...

Five Stars
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Sex, Straight Up
Kathleen O'Reilly
Harlequin Blaze, 2008
Contemporary, R

Meeting a handsome loner on a deserted beach in the Hamptons was like being hit by lightning…. Abruptly, though, Catherine's forty-eight hours of fun are at an end when her family's exclusive auction house is hit by a very public scandal. She's ready to step in and save the day, but she's hoping Daniel, her hot Irish hunk, will lend a hand. More...

"Go find this book." -- Sarah, Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, …full review 
A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action
LuAnn McLane
Signet Eclipse, 2008 Contemporary, R

Macy’s chance for love is slipping from her fingers. College football coach Luke Carter has a penchant for hot-bodied babes, not curvy hairdressers like Macy. And some big-time schools may be luring him away. Then a country singing star’s hair emergency turns into a big break for Macy. More...

Five Stars
The Romance Reader
A Little Ray of Sunshine
Lani Diane Rich
NAL, 2008
Contemporary/Women's Fiction

Emmy James is not the kind of girl who attracts angels. In fact, after she sent her life into a nosedive six years ago, she's tried to attract as little as possible -attention, people, or responsibility. She skips from town to town in an Airstream trailer, working odd jobs and keeping to herself until a sudden whim lets her know it's time to move again. More...

Five Stars
The Romance Reader
The One I Want
Nancy Warren
Brava, 2008
Contemporary, R

"London party girl Chloe Flynt is the grandmaster of dumping fiancés and boyfriends leaving them with their pride in tact….Matthew is a wonderful hunk of beef but it is Chloe's antics as she ropes in her man that makes Nancy Warren's tale enjoyable." --Harriet Klausner, Amazon's #1 Reviewer ...full review

"...a light, fun, contemporary romance." -- LinnieGayl Kimmel, All About Romance …full review  
Between the Sheets
Robin Wells
Forever, 2008

How do you have a life when everyone in America thinks you gave the president-elect a fatal heart attack during an illicit sex romp? Emma Jamison never thought she'd have to answer that question, but here she is, smack dab in the middle of a political scandal that would make Monica Lewinsky blush. Trouble is, nobody believes that Emma wasn't the call-girl who killed the president-to-be... More...

"...hilarious, sweet romantic book ...." -- Melinda, Night Owl Romance …full review 
Renegade's Rose
Karen Wiesner
Whiskey Creek, 2008
Contemporary, R

"Award-winning author Karen Wiesner is a master at her craft. As the Incognito Series unfolds, I am drawn deeper and deeper into the lives of the men and women of the Network. Hunter and Tanyas story is more than just a covert operation. It is the love story of two damaged souls that find each other." -- Harriet Klausner, Amazon #1 Top Reviewer ...full review

"...sure fire pleaser for all those adrenaline lovers..." -- Xeranthemum, The Long and the Short of It …full review 
Bachelor Bid
Stephanie-Anne Street
The Wild Rose Press, 2007

City slicker Benedict Laverton finds he has top billing at a country town's charity bachelor ball. To escape the ordeal, he persuades one of the organizers, single mother Rosy Scott, into bidding for him with his own money. That's fine, except Rosy experiences an acute adrenaline rush and doubles her bid to win the prize. When she goes to the stage to claim her man, Rosy not only has to face Benedict's stunned disbelief that she's spent a cool $10,000 of his money, but she has to kiss him too - and properly! After their spectacular kiss, Rosy's adamant that anything more to do with Benedict would only end in tears, but Benedict has other ideas.  More...

The Countess of Suburbia
Gabrina Garza
Amber Quill Press, 2007

Screw Cinderella! Miranda Gilbert is convinced that she will never be queen of the neighborhood, but who cares? It's time for the average girl to have some fun. But first she needs to say goodbye to her cheating husband, and what better way than a billboard? The modern girl's magic wand!

Her stunt makes her a suburban demi-celeb, but the glamour quickly fades, and Miranda decides that her work and twin four-year-olds are her calling in life. Resigned to the mundane, the last thing she wants is another relationship. Or so she thinks until a chance meeting with a British-born photographer makes her reconsider celibacy.  More...

The Future Widows' Club
Rhonda Nelson
Harlequin Signature Select, 2005

Jolie Marshall’s husband Chris is definitely no good. He conned Jolie into an "I do"--and her mother out of her life’s savings! Now Jolie is sticking out the marriage--with a little help from the Future Widows’ Club--while she gathers evidence to send him to prison....Then Chris is murdered--and Jolie’s the prime suspect. And her alibi, a meeting of the FWC, isn’t likely to convince anybody of her innocence.  More...

"...a page-turning delight..." -- Susan Mitchell, Romantic Times ...full review  
Divorced, Desperate and Delicious
Christie Craig
Dorchester, 2007

Ever since photographer Lacy Maguire caught her ex playing Pin the Secretary to the Elevator Wall, she's been content with her dog Fabio, her three cats, and a vow of chastity. But all that changes when the reindeer-antlered Fabio drags in a very desperate, on-the-run detective who decides to take refuge in her house... More...

"...hilarious, sexy...!" -- Rachael, Night Owl Romance …full review 
Everything but a Groom
Holly Jacobs
Avalon, 2007

Every Hungarian grandma knows that words have power. Nana Salo never meant the words she said in anger to become a family curse, but that's just what happened….Vancy doesn't believe in the Salo Family Wedding Curse, but when her groom ditches her and the press is hot on her heels, she's not quite so sure anymore. More...

"... sweet tale of true love." -- Maria Hatton, Booklist …full review 
To School a Cowboy
Susan Shay
The Wild Rose Press, 2007
Contemporary Western

When Boone Dalton invites Julia Seymour to start a day camp on his ranch near Carson, OK, it's so he can keep his daughter close to home. Little does he know how much the beautiful teacher will change his life . . . until the day Julia steals his daughter. More...

"... riveting and touching ..." -- Diana Coyle, Night Owl Romance …full review 
Welcome to Redemption
Donna Marie Rogers,
Stacey Joy Netzel
The Wild Rose Press, 2007
Contemporary, PG

Second chances don't always come easy, but in the small town of Redemption, if you're willing to try, anything is possible. From a single mother struggling to make it on her own, to an EMT drowning in the guilt of his past...four couples, eight journeys, one place they all call home. More...

Five Stars
Romantic Times
All God's Creatures
Carolyn McSparren
BelleBooks, 2004
Contemporary/Women's Fiction

"I just finished the last sentence of this excellent book, and just had to write about how good it is! …. I savored every word, laughed and cried. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves all of God's creatures." -- Heidi L. Marshall "A Librarian" …full review

Five Stars
CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
The Nick of Time
San Culberson
Dafina, 2006
Contemporary (African-American)

Attorney Fiona Daniels admits it: she married "Mr. Wrong." Newly divorced, she's determined not to make the same mistake twice. To celebrate her newfound freedom, she throws a divorce party where she announces to her best friends and her sister that she's a DFL (divorcee for life)....Fiona may talk the talk, but can she walk the walk? At the very same party she meets chef and restaurateur Nicholas "Nick" Nathaniel, a maple syrup man who's so sweet Fiona can't resist a taste... More...

Five Stars
Romantic Times


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