Contemporary romance books are set in the author’s present day. But aside from that one common denominator, most contemporary books don’t share many resemblances. They span countless subgenres and tropes, which is part of what makes modern romances so fun.
From new releases to classic works that were contemporary to their time, these novels can be westerns, thrillers, rockstar romances, and many other subgenres. Often, they feature dynamics like enemies-to-lovers, fake relationships, second chances, and more. Readers of authors like Jasmine Guillory, Talia Hibbert, Christina Lauren, Alyssa Cole, and Lucy Parker will be very familiar with the joys of contemporary romance, and how the subgenre showcases modern love in all its diverse forms.
Planning your TBR for the coming year? A Love So True’s contemporary romance coverage recommends the books that belong on any romance reader’s shelf.
The Pulitzer Prize winner's novel is a celebration of love in all its wild, weird, and wonderful glory.
By Olivia Mason
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Jane Gloriana Villanueva's romance novel is now a real book — and we're giving it away!
The author’s debut romance book tells an interracial love story—something not commonplace in 1995.
By Sandra Kitt
These sexy and sweet novels are sure to make you weak in the knees.
"He was handsome, brave, and cut a fine figure on horseback. I was newly single and hot to trot. Literally."