Can’t Get Enough of . . . Small Town Romances?

Posted January 16, 2015 by Jennifer in Can't Get Enough of | | 12 Comments

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Can’t Get Enough of . . .  is a new monthly feature here at The Book Nympho where we give you lists of books that are similar either by topic, genre, character types, etc. You can find new posts mid-month on Friday.


I read/listened to quit a few contemporary romances in 2014 and some of my favorites were set in small towns. I grew up in a very small town and it’s fun to experience these romances in a setting I’m familiar with.  Small towns have gossip, where everyone knows everybody and their business and that can lead to some fun and frustrating times for our couples. In this month’s post I’m going to list some of my favorite small town romances.


Animal Magnetism series by Jill Shalvis

Rumor Has ItThis series is set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho.

If you’re an animal lover and enjoy reading sweet small town romances with a side of sexy then you should check out the Animal Magnetism series. This series is set in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho

Reading Order:

  1. Animal Magnetism – Review
  2. Animal Attraction – Review
  3. Rescue My Heart – Review
  4. Rumor Has It – Review
  5. Then Came You – Review
  6. Still the One – April 7, 2015

Sexual content: Sweet with some heat. Sex on page but not overly graphic.


Kowalski Family by Shannon Stacey

Falling for Max

This series is set in the small towns of Whitford, Maine & Concord, New Hampshire.

Want family connections with your small town romance? Then the Kowalski is what you want. This family is fun, crazy and full of hot guys. This love camping, ATVs and great outdoors. It was fun seeing them all get their HEA. Even a few of their friends got into the act with the last two books.

Reading Order:

  1. Exclusively Yours – Review
  2. Undeniably Yours – Review
  3. Yours to Keep – Review
  4. All He Ever Needed – Review
  5. All He Ever Desired – Review
  6. All He Ever Dreamed – Review
  7. Love a Little Sideways – Review
  8. Taken With You – Review
  9. Falling for Max – Review

Sexual content: Sweet with some heat. Sex on page but not overly graphic.


Bluebonnet series by Jessica Clare


This series is set in the small town of Bluebonnet, Texas.

Love small town romances but wish they were hotter? Then you’ll want to reach for the Bluebonnet series. It has all the fun and sweet times that other small town romances has but with a high heat level! Look for my reviews for each book coming in February. 

Reading Order:

  1. The Girl’s Guide to (Man) Hunting
  2. The Billionaire of Bluebonnet (novella)
  3. The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male
  4. Legend of Jane (Hot Summer Nights anthology)
  5. The Expert’s Guide to Driving a Man Wild
  6. The Virgin’s Guide to Misbehaving
  7. The Bad Boy of Bluebonnet (novella)

Sexual content: Hot and often. Detailed and graphic sex scenes.


Do you want heat or sweet with your small town romances?

What’s some small town romances you can’t get enough of?


Next month Jonetta Can’t Get Enough of . . . Military Romances


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12 responses to “Can’t Get Enough of . . . Small Town Romances?

  1. I too come from a small town. I love small town romances because I get that cozy warm small town feeling without actually having to experience the back hand side of the gossip. 😉 Thanks for this list! I haven’t read any of them.

    Robyn Carr and Kristan Higgins do great sweet small town romances too.

  2. Lea

    Small town romances are my favorite!
    I am planning to start the Animal Magnetism series here pretty soon. I have the first three. (I got all of the Lucky Harbor series but haven’t started them yet.)
    I LOVE the Kowalski’s too – I hae read several and plan to finish them up here in the next few months.
    Others I like are Life in Icicle Falls by Sheila Roberts, Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber (which was just okay), Thunder Point by Robyn Carr and Ocean Breeze by Sherryl Woods.

  3. I enjoy small town romances as well! Karen Rock has written some great small town romances! I own the first Lucky Harbor book by Jill Shavis and have heard of her animal magnetism series as well. Thanks for the recommendations!

  4. Also fan of small town stories. Don’t forget Sherryl Woods Chesapeake Shores series. Reading the latest, Dogwood Hill now. Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series is an all-time fav. Whiskey Creek, Fools Gold, Lucky Harbor all solid series. I’ve read Jill and Shannon’s series above for sure. Jessica’s sounds familiar, but I would have to double check.

  5. Samantha F.

    so thrilled to find this blog. Small towns are my new obsession, and Lucky Harbour an addiction, can’t wait to read your take 🙂

    • Hi Samantha! I’m glad you found the blog. I’ll review some of the earlier LH books when I read them. Jonetta has reviewed some of the later books in the series. You can find them on the review archives under Reviews by Series if you want to check her thoughts out on them.

  6. Nikki H

    I haven’t read Jessica Clare, but I have her on my TBR, and I’ll be checking her out. The others mentioned are great! I would add Virginia Kantra, Susan Mallery, Emily March, Robyn Carr, Sarah Morgan, Marie Force, and Katie Lane. And Kristen Ashley has a couple of great series set in small towns. I feel like a connoisseur of small town romance. I think that’s pretty much all I’ve read the last couple of years.

  7. I am such a sucker for small town romances. Some of my favorites:
    1. Virgin River by Robyn Carr
    2. Thunder Point by Robyn Carr
    3. Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak
    4. Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis

    And, they all bring heat:)