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Contemporary Romance Books Stories

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. 

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First Love Blooms in An April Love Story

When their families move to the countryside, two feuding teens realize that life's biggest changes can lead to a change of heart.

Watch the Decadent First Trailer for Crazy Rich Asians

Constance Wu and Henry Golding star in the highly anticipated adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel. 

Hate Turns to White-Hot Passion in the Montana Wilderness

In Big Sky Country, Jill and Riordan can't decide what they desire more: to tear out each other's throats, or to rip off each other's clothes...

Chicken Soup for the Heartbroken Soul: 12 Books to Read After a Breakup

There's plenty of fish in the sea—and plenty of books to read.

Opposites Attract in The Harder They Fall

Will this pair give in to their irresistible connection? 

5 Simple Rules for Redeeming a Fictional Villain

Every villain is the hero of their own story. But making that story sympathetic can pose some challenges.

Passion, Secrets, and Lies Collide in Be Mine

What price is Sherry willing to pay to live out her wildest fantasies?

First Read: The Republic of Love, by Carol Shields

The Pulitzer Prize winner's novel is a celebration of love in all its wild, weird, and wonderful glory.

[CLOSED] Win Two Sports Romance Books by Rachel Van Dyken 

Enter for your chance to win two books in the Players Game series.

[CLOSED] Win a Copy of the Jane the Virgin Book Snow Falling

Jane Gloriana Villanueva's romance novel is now a real book — and we're giving it away!

Day 10: Contemporary Romance

Today's deals are a match made in heaven for contemporary romance lovers.

“It’s All About Love”: How Romance Author Sandra Kitt Found Her Story

The author’s debut romance book tells an interracial love story—something not commonplace in 1995.

13 YA Books for Fans of John Green

Sobbing like teenagers has never felt so good.

Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

This story of enemies-turned-lovers is a titillating touchdown.

15 Sizzling Romance Reads for Fans of Brenda Jackson

These sexy and sweet novels are sure to make you weak in the knees.

The Steamy Real-Life Relationship That Inspired Romance Novel Trail of Secrets

"He was handsome, brave, and cut a fine figure on horseback. I was newly single and hot to trot. Literally."