Contemporaries to covet in May – and giveaway!

Ahh, May! When Spring finally arrives and so does a boatload of great romance!

You know the drill. Every month I tell you about the contemporary romance novels coming out that I’m most looking forward to. One person who leaves a comment will win a $10 gift certificate for herself AND for the contemporary romance author she mentions. Details are below, but first, here are the books that’re rocking my world this month.

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins

Somebody to LoveAfter her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon’s Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father’s wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she’s not thrilled…even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

Having to fend for herself for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist’s assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn’t the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn’t the only thing that needs a little TLC…

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My two cents

This is a bit of a cheat, because Somebody to Love actually came out at the end of April, but I swear that when I downloaded my advance review copy at NetGalley, it said it was coming out on May 1st.

Somebody to Love is one of the best romance novels I’ve ever read. You can read my review – or, even better, go buy the book because it’s absolutely perfect.

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Under Fire by Catherine Mann

Under FireA decorated hero, pararescueman Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, he and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake in the Bahamas. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, yet parted ways. Still, Liam has thought about Rachel every day—and night—since.

Now, after ignoring all his phone calls for six months, Rachel has turned up on base with a wild story about a high-ranking military traitor. She claims no one but Liam can help her—and she won’t trust anyone else.

With nothing but her word and the testimony of a discharged military cop to go on, Liam would be insane to risk his career—even his life—to help this woman who left him in the dust.

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My two cents

Back in December, I read the previous book in this series, Hot Zone, which made me an immediate Catherine Mann fan.

Under Fire continues the story of the brave pararescuemen who leap into danger to protect others, but it’s more than just an entertaining romantic suspense. This novel examines the difficuties in military relationships and the dangers that couples bravely face together.

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Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson

Rescue MeShe’s 33, unmarried, and stuffed into a Bubble Yum pink bridesmaid dress. And the whole town wants to fix her up with anyone with a dental plan…

Who’s going to rescue Sadie Hollowell now?

Everyone in Lovett, Texas knows Sadie has always been a ‘notional’ kind of gal. She got a notion to leave town asap , and never visit her daddy (bless his heart). Now, she’s back and got the notion to invite a good-looking, hard-muscled, total stranger to her cousin’s wedding. Better a stranger than some of the losers she’s dated.

Vince Haven got his muscles the hard way—as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. He’s staying in Lovett to visit his crazy aunt—the proprietor of the local Gas N Go. Before he can get the heck back out of the small town, his aunt makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Maybe he’ll stick around Lovett for a while. Maybe he’ll make a ‘go’ of the Gas N Go. Maybe he’ll rescue Sadie out of that pink dress!

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My two cents

I haven’t read Rescue Me yet, but I’ve been looking forward to Vince’s story since I read Any Man of Mine – which features his sister Autumn – last year.

I loooove me some Rachel Gibson. She’s one of the authors whose books made me want to write contemporary romance. And she’s got TWO books out this month! I only highlighted one here, but the other is an e-book short, Crazy On You, and I suggest you go check it out!

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Answer at least one of the questions in bold below. By “contemporary romance” I mean romance between human beings set in the present day. It can be romantic suspense, inspirational, erotic, category-length or whatever.

I’ll choose one winner on Tuesday May 15th. That person will get a $10 gift certificate to the online book retailer of their choice, AND I’ll send the same to the author they mention.

If the winner mentions more than one author, I’ll ask her to choose which one gets the gift certificate.

This is open internationally.

What contemporary romance novel(s) coming out in May are you looking forward to? Have you read anything by the authors I mentioned? Which of their books do you like best?

By Kat

Kat Latham writes sexy contemporary romance, including the London Legends rugby series. With degrees in English lit and human rights, she loves stories that reflect the depth, humor and emotion of real life. She's a California girl living in the Netherlands with her baby girl and British husband.


  1. Roxanne St. Claire has a contemporary coming out in May called Barefoot in the Sand. I really enjoyed her romantic suspense stories so I am looking forward to reading her contemporary story.

  2. I have read several of the above mentioned authors, but my favorite is Catherine Mann. I have a been a fan of her books since her first book “Grayson’s surrender” was released.

  3. I am most looking forward to Rachel Gibson and Roxanne St. Claire’s new books. They are both authors whose books always strike just the right chord with me. And I feel like it’s been a long time since I have had a new story from either one of them!

  4. i want to read :

    Somebody to Love – Kristan Higgins
    Karma – Carly Phillips
    Barefoot in the Sand – Roxanne St. Claire


  5. Yes, I have read probably all of Kristan Higgins and Rachel Gibson’s books.

    Look forward to reading:
    Somebody to Love
    Rescue Me
    Susan Mallery’s latest

  6. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Rachel Gibson and Kristin Higgins but, alas, I haven’t read either authors. I’m afraid I’m way behind on contemporary reading.

  7. I am looking forward Sunrise Point (Virgin River, book 19) by Robyn Carr.
    I haven’t read any author you mentioned, i only know a few author contemporary. So thanks for sharing, i loved to discevery a new author 🙂

  8. I am looking forward to the Catherine Mann release. I think I have read or have books in my TBR pile from every author mentioned 🙂

  9. I haven’t read a lot of contemporary authors, but I do love Kristan’s books. I have never read Roxanne St. Claire, Rachel Gibson, or Catherine Mann, so sounds like I am missing out on them.

  10. I’m really looking forward to Jill Shalvis’ “Lucky in Love.” I’m a fan of Catherine’s military romances.

    1. Oh my God! How did I miss that Lucky In Love is coming out this month?? I adore the Lucky Harbor series. Add this one to my list too. Thanks, Jane!

  11. Thank you for the shout-out and the tremendous review, Kat! I got quite choked up reading it. Really can’t thank you enough! And thanks for love, guys! Hope you like the new book!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kristan! And it’s only fair that my review choked you up, since your book made me bawl!

      Hope it’s selling out all over the place. 🙂

  12. Of course I want to read Rescue Me – Rachel Gibson, the synopsis makes me curious (33 year old single) 😀

    I’ve never read those authors, but wanna give it a try. Those names are familiar in my ears. 😉
    Another contemporary authors I like, are Lisa Kleypas, Debbie MacComber.

  13. I want to read Kristen Higgins book Somebody to Love. I have read a few of her book is the past and they were awesome! I can’t wait to read this one.

  14. Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis is the book coming out in May that I’m most interested in. I just love Jill’s books. They are so funny, but yet emotional also.

  15. I”m looking forward to Karma by Carly Phillips and Barefoot in the Sand by Roxanne St. Claire. I haven’t read anything by the authors you mentioned, but Catherine Mann’s book sounds good.

  16. I love Rachel Gibson’s books! I hope she’ll write more books in her icehockey series. They’re my favourites.
    And I can’t wait for Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis, of course. She has become so quickly one of my auto-buy-authors.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  17. I just started reading Rachel Gibson’s books and really enjoyed the few I’ve read. Therefore, I look forward to reading Rescue Me. I’m also looking forward to the reissue of Jessica Bird’s (aka: JR Ward) contemporary, The Player.

  18. So many wonderful contemporary releases this month! Just finished, Somebody To Love by Kristan Higgins. What a great book! Plan to read, About That Night by Julie James. Always a fun series.

  19. I’ve never read a book by Kristan Higgins, but I know she is wildly popular at my library – I need to add her to my Need-To-Read list. I am mostly looking forward to Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson. I’ve only read one of her romance novels, but it was good – great plot and unique characters.

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