Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Reviews: Donovan Brothers Brewery by Victoria Dahl

Posted September 4, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Reviews: Donovan Brothers Brewery by Victoria Dahl

This was a quick and entertaining romance, but not a favorite by a long shot. The characters’ problems and actions made me cranky—the female lead lies to everyone and flips out when she’s called on it. Like, sure her reasons for doing so make sense, psychologically, but they created a lot of family/romantic drama that could so easily have been avoided, by *gasp* COMMUNICATION. Ah well. It was a fun […]

Book Review: Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl

Posted May 9, 2015 // 2 Comments
Book Review: Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl

This was absolutely the best of Victoria Dahl’s three Tumble Creek novels! The plot was well-constructed, the characters were nuanced (but not frustrating), and the chemistry was very…sizzly. Lead Me On was just an all-around solid romance from every angle. Initially, this seems to be a case of opposites attracting. Prim Jane is a secretary for a prominent architect, and Chase is covered in tattoos and blows things up for […]

Book Review: Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl

Posted May 9, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl

The second novel in the Tumble Creek series, Start Me Up, was a fun, breezy novel that I had a good time with. There were a few moments of gender essentialism and “not like other girls” that gave me pause, but overall, I find Victoria Dahl’s romances to be pretty good. So far, my experiences with her have all been successful, and that’s a good sign. Start Me Up is […]

Book Review: Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl

Posted May 5, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl

I found Talk Me Down to be a solid and enjoyable contemporary romance, if not one that was really anything special. I enjoyed both characters and their chemistry, and thought the plot—with its small dash of mystery—was well-conceived. I can certainly see myself reading another Victoria Dahl novel in the future. So, the characters here are Molly and Ben. They grew up as kids together in the small town of […]

Book Review: The Hero by Robyn Carr

Posted April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Hero by Robyn Carr

This being my second low-rated read from Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series, I do believe I’m going to call it quits. There are some things to enjoy about these books, but there’s far more to be frustrated with, and though I didn’t outright hate The Hero, I really didn’t like it, either. The big problem is that Carr, like so many other authors of contemporary romance, suffuses her stories with […]

Book Review: The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Posted April 12, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

To describe The Newcomer as a disappointment is possibly the biggest understatement of 2015 (thus far). The first book in Carr’s Thunder Point series, The Wanderer, was easily my favorite contemporary romance of all time. I was pumped for this sequel, ready for more small-town antics and a down-to-earth homey vibe and some fun, yet understated, romance. That is not at all what happened in this book. Not even close. […]

Book Review: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

Posted April 12, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

I am absolutely kicking myself for not picking up The Wanderer sooner! I adore small-town romances, and while I haven’t read a ton of them, Robyn Carr brings something new and surprising to the mix that had me absolutely in love with this book from the beginning. It wasn’t what I expected at all, and I couldn’t be more pleased. For one thing, this book is 100% focused on the […]

Book Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Posted April 6, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis’s Still the One is neither the best nor the worst of her ongoing Animal Magnetism series thus far, rather ending up quite nicely in the center of the pack. The romance between Darcy and AJ wasn’t my absolute favorite—especially in the first half—but I warmed up to it over time and, in the end, found this to be a satisfying romance novel altogether. What I really liked about […]

Book Review: Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

Posted March 16, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

Honestly, Welcome to Temptation is exactly the kind of romance I hate, and it’s only saving grace was the hilarious banter in the beginning and the fact that I stayed up until 4 AM to finish it. Otherwise, I finished this book with a big “NOPE” and wanted to throw my ereader against the wall. I have liked Jennifer Crusie’s work in the past, but I do not at all […]

Book Review: Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

Posted March 14, 2015 // 2 Comments
Book Review: Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

In the interest of full disclosure, I pretty much only read this book because it advertised a dog. As anyone who knows me well is aware: romance novels with cute animals (particularly puppies) are one of my greatest weaknesses. So, in that regard, I’m happy to say that Fred, the depressive basset hound in Anyone But You, is basically the best. Also, I really enjoy the younger man/older woman trope, […]

Book Review: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Posted February 18, 2015 // 1 Comment
Book Review: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

So, let’s be honest. This sort of doesn’t seem like much of a “Renae book”. Attractive man-dude makes a bet that he can take home a random woman and have sex with her? Ew, gross. Not my sort of romance at all. Too…condescending and douchey on the part of the male love interest. Not okay. Except…that’s not really what happens in Bet Me. First, the love interest, Cal, is very […]

Book Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted February 15, 2015 // 0 Comments
Book Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

After being sort of bamboozled into reading Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight against my better judgment (this was prior to my discovery of the many joys of genre romance), I decided that this author would be a good one to go for when in search of lighter reads that were cute and fluffy but not wholly vapid. And that is exactly what I found This is […]