May Contemporary Romance Recommendations

 Guest Post by Risbee of Flutters and Flails

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Trying to decide which contemporary romance novels to snag next?

With so many yummy selections to choose from, sometimes it’s nice to hear recommendations from fellow readers. Today we’ve invited Risbee, chief book blogger of Flutters and Flails, as a guest to the Café. Here are three sizzling hot contemporary romance selections that she highly-recommends.

Plus One – Brighton Walsh

Plus One_Brighton WalshBrighton Walsh is one of my favorite people, so when I learned that she had Plus One coming out in May, I jumped on the chance to pre-order.  When I saw it on Netgalley, I decided that I didn’t want to wait and requested it – I mean really, those of you that know me, did you really think that I was going to be that patient?  Please. 

From the moment I turned on my Kindle until the very last word, I couldn’t put it down. I am a sucker for a “friends becoming more” story and Plus One does not disappoint.  The banter, the flirty-ness, the UNF, the sexy times…they were exactly what I look for in a story.  Olivia is smart and sassy with a backbone and Ian…sweet lord, he is delish!  Ms. Walsh weaves their story in a way that is fluid and entertaining and an extremely enjoyable read.

Do yourself a favor and add this one to your to-read list today.  You won’t regret it. 

Along Came Trouble – Ruthie Knox

AlongCameTroubleRuthieKnoxI love a heroine with a backbone.  Nothing makes me roll my eyes more than a spineless girl who gives up her individuality for the love of a boy.  Ugh.   It was like Ms. Knox read my mind when creating Ellen Callahan.  I loved her. 

Caleb Clark has recently returned from serving his country in Iraq.  Back in his hometown, surrounded by his family and readjusting to civilian life, he is determined to keep his fledgling security firm afloat.  A new contract that involves keeping Ellen, her son and her neighbor (who also happens to be the ex-girlfriend of Ellen’s brother) safe is how he’s going to get it done. 

Ellen is all about living her life the way she wants and on her own terms, so when her famous brother steps on her toes by trying to protect her from the paparazzi and other inevitable hazards of his rock star life…let’s just say that she wasn’t happy, nor was she going to allow it to happen.  Although determined to keep tight control on her house and life, Ellen can’t help her attraction to Caleb, so she decides to allow it on her own terms.  And that is when things become fun.    

Knox writes a story full of romance and wit that had me both laughing and swooning and cemented her status as one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.

Private Practice –Samanthe Beck

PrivatePracticeSamantheBeckThis book surprised me a little bit.  Yes it has the familiar romance composition of bad boy and good girl, but there was something a bit more.

Tyler Longfoot was the “bad boy” back when Ellie Swan was in high school, the love ‘em and leave ‘em type with a different girl on his arm every other day.  Ellie was the bookworm smart girl determined to make something of herself.  When she returns to her hometown she decides Tyler is the perfect person to help her revamp her image and become the sex kitten she is convinced she needs to be. 

Things aren’t always what they seem though, and Ellie’s desperation to disprove her high school reputation blinds her to the fact that maybe Tyler has done a little changing of his own.

It isn’t a big secret that I love a bad boy, but there is a difference between being a “bad boy” and being an ass.  Can I say that here?  Anyway, as the story develops, we see that Tyler has many different layers and definitely knows the difference.  Sure he still has a mischievous side, but there is also a side that is warm and giving, hidden though it may be by his past.  I found myself pulling for him throughout the story and wanting him to…nope, no spoilers here.

Private Practice is a quick and entertaining read that left me wanting to read more by Samanthe Beck.      

Risbee is a 29 and holding mother of 2 who reads to escape real life. A reader of any and all genres, her favorite books are the ones that take her on an emotional roller coaster. Muppet arm flails, fetal rocking in the corner, floaty pink heart swoons…you get the picture. She started her blog as a way to keep track of her favorites and because her husband made fun of her for wanting to make a spreadsheet of her overwhelming to-read list. When not reading, she is obsessed with UNC basketball, the beach and knitting pretty things for her friends.

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May Contemporary Romance Recommendations — 5 Comments

  1. Risbee –

    Thanks so much for the recommendations. I read Along Came Trouble by Ruthie Knox last weekend and loved it. Can’t wait to read the others!

    Thanks for being at CRC today!

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