Reviews - Contemporary

Polish to Perfection
Rachel W.
Jones

Classical pianist and perfectionist Ella Craig is on the verge of a breakdown. Returning home to San Francisco for the first time since the death of her beloved parents, she hopes to keep the true nature of her exhaustion from her loving, quirky family. The jig is up however, when she collapses at the end of a concert.

Lena Shapiro is a 39-year-old surgeon who has dedicated her life to achieving her academic and professional goals. She has a secure partnership in a thriving medical practice, but shaky experiences with romantic relationships. Then she’s asked to mentor 31-year-old surgical fellow Adam Sterling. He’s laid back. She’s tense. She’s from a working-class family.

Maddie and Connor met while on a cruise of Italy with some friends. Maddie thought Connor was suitable for a friend only, and never considered a romance with him. Fast forward to her going to London for work as a make-up artist on a movie set, and she is reunited with Connor. Except he has hopes to be more than just friends with Maddie, and has some serious plans to make it happen.

She accepted a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm in the hopes of landing a tech account, but Marin Collins’ plans are derailed when she finds herself assigned to go on the road with the Kings Quarters band. Reluctant rock star Brad Osterhauser would rather be coding computer games than writing Grammy-nominated songs.

LGBTQ:  Toby Griffiths may appear to have it all – talent, money, a brilliant mind and model good looks, but beneath the surface he suffers the lasting effects of abuse. By insisting on anonymity with lovers, he manages to keep his tempestuous past where it belongs, but a vacation fling in Bali changes everything.

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