Crazy To Leave You by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this was such a cute, heartwarming novel! There’s lovable Lauren, our MC who’s just about to get married when the groom, well, he ghosts her. The story follows Lauren as she navigates life after being left at the altar.

I really enjoyed the characters in this one. Lauren is adorable, and I kind of want to be friends with her. She’s got some family members that drive her up the wall, and I thought they created an interesting side-story dynamic!

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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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From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Bad to Cursed is the second book in the witchy romance series The Witches of Thistle Grove. I read and enjoyed the first book in this series, and I was excited to see the second one come out!

This story was just as good (if not a bit better) than book 1! I thought the situations were crazy and fun and made me unable to put the story down. I really love this secretly magical town and the families that live there.

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Something Wilder by Christina Lauren

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Christina Lauren is an author duo that I just continue to enjoy reading books by! Their most recent book to be released, Something Wilder is a fun, action-packed romance, and I really enjoyed it! This is the first book I have read by them that I would classify as a Romantic Suspense, and I thought they did a great job with it!

The story alternates between two perspectives. We have Lily Wilder, daughter of a famous treasure hunter, and now running “treasure hunting” tours in the Utah canyons. Then, there is Leo, heading to the canyons for a guy’s trips, and soon to find out he’s being led on this treasure hunt by someone from his past (Lily).

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Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Holy moly this story was an emotional roller coaster! Grap some tissues and settle in for quite the ride!

This story takes us through the past and the present day lives of Persephone and Sam. We follow their friendship as it turns to something more over many summers spent together. But then, it all ends. When they both visit the Bay again, under sad circumstances, they have a chance to repair what has been broken.

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The Unplanned Life of Josie Hale by Stephanie Eding

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, I just loved this adorable book! The characters are so fantastic, and they just steal the show!

Josie is a wonderful person, and she’s been crapped on a bit with life, but when she bumps into two friends from high school, her life takes on a new trajectory. Pregnant, getting divorced, and being nudged out of her parents’ house, an offer to move in with Ben and Kevin. These two goofballs make life so fun. I loved having them in the story. They are well-meaning, big hearted, and loving friends, and watching their relationship with Josie grow was wonderful.

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The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a fun mixture of romance, healing, moving forward, and…. murder! I loved how Andrews was able to weave all these things together to seamlessly create a beautiful story!

Hattie is a young widow and works with her father-in-law restoring old Savannah homes to their former glory. I really loved Hattie. She is grieving but is such a fun woman. Watching her heal and grow throughout this story felt like watching a good friend go through a transformation. The grief isn’t heavy, it’s been quite a few years since she lost her husband, so I still completely feel this is a beach read!

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The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a lovely story of self-love and growth, forgiveness, and moving on. I really enjoyed the characters and the story!

Freya has just been left, not quite at the altar, but in the broom closet. Regardless of the location, she’s got an entire wedding to unravel now. After taking some time to recover from the heartbreak, it’s closing in on the wedding season, and Freya’s friends have her back. They give her a challenge to complete at each wedding. The challenges are to help her get through the wedding and get over Matthew.

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Everything Must Go by Camille Pagán

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Camille Pagan writes such real stories. The characters are real, the situations are real. I just really recommend reading her works!

This was an emotional and moving story told through the voices of a mother and daughter. I really enjoyed these two perspectives as we learn the secrets that are separating the two.

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Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne Thayne

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a beautiful story! I was in love with this one from start to finish. It’s an emotional story that pulled at my heart strings and made me smile!

Cami, our main character, has just lost her sister. She moves back home to Cape Sanctuary to help her mother and sister handle the death of her sister. While she navigates the loss of her sister and the difficult decisions that come with handling an estate, she finds herself dealing with the complicated emotions of an old flame as well.

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The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

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

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a pretty good story surrounding the lives of three women who were all stood up on Valentine’s Day. Each woman is dating a guy that they like and enjoy spending time with, but when they are stood up, will they forgive him? What they don’t know is that they have each been stood up by the same guy!

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Accidentally Perfect by Marissa Clarke

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

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This small-town romance was the perfect thing for me! It’s got a slow-build romance between two people who have to learn to trust each other, and I enjoyed the journey!

When Lillian moves from busy, fast-paced NYC to her sister’s cottage after a disastrous situation at her job, she finds herself up against Caleb. They butt heads immediately, creating the enemies-to-lovers vibe that I so enjoy.

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