Looking for contemporary romance? You’re in the right place. Here are my top picks for April.
The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci
After selling her famous bakery back in New York, Parker Adams visits Hope Lake, Pennsylvania, to figure out her next steps. And soon she’s wondering why she ever loved city life in the first place. Between the Golden Girls—the senior women who hold court—and Nick Arthur, her equally infuriating and charming former flame, Parker finds a community eager to help her get her mojo back.
But even though Hope Lake gives her the fresh start she’s been looking for, Parker discovers that it’s not so easy to start over again with Nick. Their chemistry is undeniable, but since Nick is a freshly taken man, Parker is determined to keep things platonic. With a recipe for disaster looming, Parker must cook up a new scheme, figuring out how to keep everything she’s come to love before she loses it all.
As a reader, we experience Parker’s journey of re-self discovery, Parker Phase 2. After selling her bakery she moves to Hope Island to find her baking mojo again. What ensues is not exactly that but rather the “Golden Girls” (my favorite senior citizens of the series) help inspire other aspects of her life. The hero takes a back burner in this novel (and I’m super ok with that) but the friendships and the strong bond between the residents of Hope Island prove this to be a novel full of girl power.
Cutie and the Beast by ME Carter
Living with her mother seemed like a good idea at the time. But Elliott Donovan’s living arrangements are not working for her anymore. Desperate to get back on her financial feet after a divorce and out from under her mother’s thumb, Elliott takes a job in the child care center at Weight Expectations, a local gym.
It has everything she needs – family friendly hours, more pay than she expected, and a super cute trainer who just happens to have part of his house for rent.
Abel DiSoto was living the good life until his wife walked out taking half of the family income with her. The blow to his ego was bad enough, but after a fire at the gym scattered Abel’s clients, and consequently his commissions, he’s stuck figuring out how to make ends meet, too. Renting out the master suite of his house to his new co-worker seems like an easy solution. They’re both mature adults, they both have eight-year-old daughters, and their work schedules coordinate so they can lend each other a helping hand to ease the burden of single parenthood.
The only downside? Living like a blended family when you’re not actually a family can present some challenges.
Welcome back to Weight Expectations, where the unexpected is likely to happen.
I love a good single mom romance and this is a double whammy with a single mom AND dad. This was such a fun rom com to take you right out of your quarantine blues. Elliot didn’t think living in close quarters with her uber cute, younger, co worker would cause any sort of romantic feelings to emerge. But, when they do, it’s SWOONY, Abel is a go-getter and he didn’t hold anything back when trying to entice Elliot to live a little. Trying to navigate a blended but not blended family is difficult and I love the realistic but fun approach Carter accomplishes. Abel and Elliot are a fun, really enjoyable read.
Girl Gone Viralby Alisha Rai
OMG! Wouldn’t it be adorable if he’s her soulmate???
I don’t see any wedding rings
Breaking: #CafeBae and #CuteCafeGirl went to the bathroom AT THE SAME TIME!!!
One minute, Katrina King’s enjoying an innocent conversation with a random guy at a coffee shop; the next, a stranger has live-tweeted the entire encounter with a romantic meet-cute spin and #CafeBae has the world swooning. Going viral isn’t easy for anyone, but Katrina has painstakingly built a private world for herself, far from her traumatic past. Besides, everyone has it all wrong…that #CafeBae bro? He isn’t the man she’s hungry for.
He’s got a to die for.
With the internet on the hunt for the identity of #CuteCafeGirl, Jas Singh, bodyguard and possessor of the most beautiful eyebrows Katrina’s ever seen, offers his family’s farm as a refuge. Alone with her unrequited crush feels like a recipe for hopeless longing, but Katrina craves the escape. She’s resigned to being just friends with Jas–until they share a single electrifying kiss. Now she can’t help but wonder if her crush may not be so unrequited after all…
I really enjoyed the premise of one, the hard consequences of going viral and two a bodyguard romance. Katrina has straddled the line of privacy in this too insta world. Can’t you enjoy a conversation without it being worldwide?! Alisha Rai is known for her modern plots and slow burn of a romance, Jas and Katrina slowly build up a trust that is the backbone of any good relationship. This author also asks hard hitting questions about what love is but also delivers a fun rom com.
What are you reading this week?