All Fired Up by Dylan Newton

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I picked up How Sweet It Is without knowing anything about the author, and I absolutely devoured the book! Then, I saw she had a new book out, and I snagged it without even reading the synopsis. So, I was so surprised and delighted to find that this story follows the romance of two side characters from How Sweet It Is!

All Fired Up starts up with Imani, a book publicist coming to stay with her grandmother who is having a surgery and could use some help recovering. When her best friend is supposed to pick her up at the airport, she finds Zander instead…her one night, okay two night, stand and also her best friend’s brother in law.

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The League of Gentlewomen Witches by India Holton

Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a fun story! I loved that it made me laugh but had some great romance in it as well! I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, and while I enjoyed it, I liked this one even more!

I enjoyed the relationship between Alex and Charlotte. Alex is a pirate and Charlotte is a witch. Charlotte has quite the serious personality, and I loved how Alex interacted with her.

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Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Details that I loved about this book:
💕 There is a secret book nook…oh how I want one of these now!
💕 The main character works in publishing, and I’m learning recently that while I think it would be a fantastic job, it’s maybe not all the shiny glorious thing I think it would be.
💕 There’s an unknown editor element, and I think we all “know” who it is, but it’s fun that the main character doesn’t.
💕 I laughed. A lot.

Savannah is an editor for a publishing house but is secretly writing a romance novel as well. The publishing house she works for has just brought on the owner’s son as a new manager of the business, but the stance is still the same…fiction is not okay. They publish books of substance. So Savannah’s going to have to submit her romance novel to another publisher…secretly. When she’s challenged to fix her story, she’s got a limited amount of time to do it in. When a secret editor makes comments in her manuscript, a relationship starts using the book nook and the margins of her story.

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The Suite Spot by Trish Doller

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this story! From start to finish, this one pulled me in! I loved the characters and I connected with them immediately. They are the type of people that you want to get to know. You’ll want to sit down, drink a beer, and discuss a book with them!

When Rachel loses her job at a high-end resort, she knows she needs to find something fast. When she stumbles across a brewery manager position, she accepts and moves herself and her daughter from Florida to Kelleys Island. When she arrives at what is supposed to be her dream job, she discovers a half-completed renovation project, and a brewery and hotel that is not even close to being able to open. She meets the owner, Mason, and decides that she will stay, keep the job, and help get the hotel open.

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Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

Book Genre Block - "General Fiction" Person holding book
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a beautiful story! There’s some romance in this, but it’s really about a young woman trying to figure out what she wants her life’s path to be like. I really enjoyed watching her navigate the frustrations of a downsizing company and how she tries to solve for her pay cut.

The romance felt real to me. I liked the chemistry between the two characters, and I enjoyed the entire arc of their relationship.

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The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Okay…this one is full of steamy fabulous heat! These two characters had great chemistry that had me nodding my head and saying, “yes you should be together”! The business talk had me much less interested though…

The one night stand happened pretty fast, and led into what I thought would be the enemies part of the story. It didn’t feel like an enemies to lovers though. For me, it was really a lovers with an obstacle to overcome to be together, and that was fine. I was there for it!

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Hometown by Wendy Rich Stetson

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Hometown book cover of girl in wheat with amish buggy and black car in background
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an interesting mix of Amish and English living. I really enjoyed experiencing the Amish community through the eyes of Tessa as she returns to her small Pennsylvania hometown. It felt like such a lovely place to live!

Tessa was hoping to live low-profile for a little while until she moved to NYC, but as those plans fall through, she finds herself settling into town. Intrigued by the attractive and complex Amish man, Jonas, she finds herself in a somewhat non-traditional friendship with some steamy tension.

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench
People We Meet on Vacation book cover with palm trees and two people on
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book spoke to me. Like I am infatuated with this story. I need to own a physical copy now so that I can hug it every once in a while. It’s amazing.

This book is a friends to lovers trope, and I’m gonna be super honest here. I hate that trope. I have always been a firm believer that once you hit the friend zone, you can’t hit that romance space. I know that’s not true, but I’ve just never found a story where I’ve been convinced of the romance…UNTIL NOW.

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Eva and Eve: A Search for My Mother’s Lost Childhood and What a War Left Behind by Julie Metz

Book Genre "Memoir" with person writing with pen
Book Cover of "Eva and Eve" with an old
"Non Fiction" words carved into wood

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Julie Metz has written an absolutely stunning memoir that takes her family’s story and brings you into each heart-racing moment!

This story brings Julie’s personal impact from the War and her family’s harrowing experiences together. I really appreciated the opportunity to see how the war continued to change people’s lives long after it ended. Julie’s story opened my eyes and broke my heart a bit (she puts it back together though)!

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When We’re Thirty by Casey Dembowski

Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench
When We're Thirty Book Cover with bride and groom
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When We’re Thirty by Casey Dembowski is a fun rom-com that had me laughing, smiling, and just generally happy while reading! This is a debut work, and I was delighted with the quality of the story! I am excited to see what Dembowski writes next!

After college graduation, Hannah and Will created a marriage pact that when they were 30, if they were both unmarried, they would marry each other. Well, Hannah has turned thirty, and Will shows up to honor that promise after some pretty major work issues.

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Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel

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Book Cover "Musical Chairs" with illustrated legs and feet on chairs
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a wonderful story filled with fun, family, hilarious situations, and friends! We start this story with a plan for Bridget and her boyfriend Sterling to spend the summer in Connecticut. After a really crappy electronic breakup by Sterling 😠, Bridget is left alone in her summer home to nurse her broken heart. But then her twin children (now adults) come bringing their own problems, and Bridget gets roped into hosting a wedding for her father…and this story goes from one of heartbreak to one of utter chaos. It’s amazing!

The absolute craziness of the story made this so much fun. It just felt light and full of life. Like a busy family reunion where you can’t get a moment’s peace because everywhere you turn there’s someone. I really felt that busy-life-is-upended feeling. Poeppel has done a wonderful job of conveying the environment through her words!

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A Vineyard Valentine by Nina Bocci

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench

A Vineyard Valentine is a fun, light, quick listen that you’ll enjoy this Valentine’s day! I loved the character banter throughout this story!

Eloisa is a bit of a grump about Valentine’s day, but when she crosses paths with someone who could make her swoon, what will she do? I loved that Eloisa was bouncing between two worlds throughout the story. She’s running a party for Valentine’s enthusiasts as well as a separate one for Anti-Valentine’s people. I liked the rush that running these two events created, and how when she meets someone special, everything seems to slow down for her.

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