Best Contemporary Romance Novels
Times have changed, and with the time, romance books have changed too. We’re not into lousy cliche stories like we once were. This change has given authors inspiration to write more dramatically and create modern “alternative” relationships and events that will blow our minds. Now there’s a ton of books at the tips of our fingers from everyone from the typical YA reader to a more mature adult. If you need proof, head over and check out what people are saying about the best modern romance novels on Goodreads after this article!
Nowadays, typical contemporary romance authors allow their imagination to flow and create masterpieces that are intense, unbelievable and sometimes terrifying but also hard to ignore. And impossible to forget. So, if you’re a fan of contemporary romance novels, this is the list of popular books to get you into your next read!
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Sweet, sappy and romantic, this book will break your heart. It’ll also bring back your faith in love. There are some great quotes to remember in this novel. If you watched the movie inspired by the book, you probably know that you can expect a love story like no other. Nicholas Sparks is a genius when it comes to romance novels and he has proven his talent in this book. His books are regarded as some of the best contemporary romance books on the market today.
The Notebook is an incredibly romantic read. Although it has a sweet beginning, the story will teach you that everything can turn from a triumph into a tragedy fast. However, true love always wins in the end.
There isn’t a love story that will capture your heart more than this one. In fact, it’s not a story. It’s an experience you will never forget, a celebration of true love, like the one no one believes to exist. It will make you question if love can really be timeless the way it’s represented in the book.
Allie Nelson and Noah Calhoun meet on a rollercoaster but she’s skeptical about him because he approaches her in the strangest way, practically forcing her to go out with him. She considers him as someone who’s out of her league until she falls in love with him. Once they see what true love tastes like, they spend the best day of their lives in coastal North Carolina, together.
Unfortunately, luck won’t follow their innocent relationship for too long. Allie’s parents don’t want Noah for their daughter because he’s poor. They dream of marrying their daughter for someone wealthy. So they decide to move out of town to split the couple up. Allie has no choice but to leave with her parents.
Devastated, Noah joins the Army. After WW2, he comes back to the place where they fell in love for the first time and relives the whole thing. There was this house they both planned to make their own after getting married, which never happened. Triggered by the painful memories and angry that they never got a chance to experience their love to the fullest, he revamps the house as she imagined it to be.
After the house was renovated, the paper picked up the story. Allie reads his story just before her wedding day with a wealthy lawyer that was approved by her parents. She decides to visit the place after so many years. He invites her over for a drink and they avoid talking about what happened to them a long time ago until they both crack and you start crying at the end of the book because it’s just too much to handle. This book leaves you with no choice than to co-exist with the characters. Once you get your hands on this masterpiece, you won’t be able to let go. Seriously!
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
We all know good girls fall for bad boys. It’s like an unwritten rule that no one can understand, nevertheless explain why.
This book contains incredibly intense scenes that will capture your attention. You’ll also notice it has a considerable amount of cussing in it. Not for the weak of heart!
With Beautiful Disaster, you won’t be able to stop reading until the very end. Even if you hate the cussing, you’ll find yourself flipping to the next page automatically.
Beautiful disaster is about a good innocent girl named Abby Abernathy and she’s completely drawn to a bad boy. Abby doesn’t drink. She hates swearing and wears a lot of cardigans. Now, I know what you’re thinking. This sounds familiar. A Walk to Remember started this way. It’s the same ‘good girl, bad boy’ concept.
That said, you will be surprised to find out that it’s not. This is a different story that’s just as good as A Walk to Remember. Or maybe even better.
While Abby is nice girl, she has a pretty dark past. She wants to forget it and move on. This is why she starts at college in first place where she meets mister bad boy Travis Maddox. Her fresh start is soon derailed by a one night stand with Travis. He’s just the type of guy she’s attracted to. Covered in tattoos, lean, irresistible. He’s also the type she knows to avoid.
Travis is the charming womanizer that can win over whoever he wants. Except for Abby. She’s pretty good at resisting his charm and avoiding him. He tricks her into playing his game. If he loses a bet, he has to remain abstinent for one month. And if she loses, she has to move in with Travis and live with him for a month. They both have no idea that they’re soul mates who tricked each other into falling in love that will last a lifetime.
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Something borrowed is one of the best chick-lit books you will ever read.
It’s about Rachel and Darcy, two girlfriends in love with the same guy. The only difference is that he’s engaged with Darcy but can’t stop thinking about Rachel. You will want to hate the main character because she isn’t only hooking up with an engaged man, but he’s her best friend’s fiance. However, the author did a great job creating Rachel’s character as someone impossible to hate. You will find yourself cheering for her instead of Darcy.
Quick and intense but also touching - Something Borrowed is a great leisure read. Even though you’re against cheating, you won’t be able to help yourself cheering for their affair. It will make you feel guilty. It will make you smile but also relate to the main character. Overall, it’s definitely a must when it comes to modern romance novels.
Rachel is the ultimate good girl. A hard-working lawyer at a big Manhattan law firm and a maid of honor to Darcy, her best friend.
She’s always played life by the rules. Even since grade school, Rachel has quietly admired her friend and considered herself the ugly duck in their friendship.
Rachel’s life suddenly changes on her thirtieth birthday. Rachel admits to Darcy’s fiance how she feels about him. Shocked but thrilled, he admits that he felt the same about her for a long time. As the wedding of her best friend and her crush draws near, Rachel feels pressured in thinking she has to choose between her conscience and her heart.
In the process, she comes to the realization that sometimes you have to risk everything you have to get everything you’ve ever wanted. If you’re a woman who’s been a part of a complex love-hate friendship, this is the book for you. It will make you question your life values and expand your vision at the same time.
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
No other writer can touch your heart like Nicholas Sparks can he’s great at constantly bringing wonderful new contemporary reads to life that are well received by the fans.
Mixing both the fragility and strength of our deepest feelings, he was able to create this remarkable and touching story. Sparks has become the leading author of contemporary love stories and it’s not unusual to have him on a list like this one (or even this list!)
A walk to remember is an unforgettable story that will definitely make you cry at the very end, even though you loved the book. It’s a romance that will make you want to believe in true love again. If you hesitated about this book because of how popular it is, give it a chance and be prepared to experience an incredible journey through the pages of another masterpiece written by Nicholas Sparks.
A Walk to Remember doesn’t follow the usual cliche concept that’s so common in the bad boy trope. In this story, Landon the bad boy falls for the nerdy Jamie, a girl that almost everyone makes fun of. Even Landon!
One day, Landon is given a project that he cannot finish on his own, so he asks Jamie for help. He doesn’t want to be seen with her in public and asks her to stay quiet about their new ‘friendship’. She agrees under one condition.
He’s forbidden to fall in love with her. Landon finds the challenge easy because he would never fall for a girl like her. At least he thinks so at first.
She’s always wearing cardigans and has perfectly brushed hair, and he’s the attractive guy that makes women swoon. Unbeknownst to Landon, Jamie keeps a secret that will ruin the pure love that’s taking place in their lives.
You won’t be able to hold the tears at the end of this book. You will definitely regret not giving it a chance sooner if you were one of the people in the “it’s a cliche book” group!
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
The first book of the trilogy that conquered the world, 50 Shades of Grey can be found on almost every top 10 modern romance novels list out there. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, don’t hesitate to read this best selling contemporary romance book.
It’s one of the best modern steamy (and hottest) romance books of all times, despite the hate comments it gets. The typical reader find themselves in one of two positions at the end of the book: read the first book in the series, or re-read the first book!
The heroine of the story, Ana will make you fall in love with a down-to-earth personality, even knowing that she’s dating one of the most attractive and wealthy men on earth.
If you’re into alpha males, this one is for you. Get some rest before you get into this book because you won’t be able to sleep until you finish it. A complex love story that’s out of the ordinary but still romantic. It will teach you how to control your inner demons if you want to keep someone you love by your side. And let’s not forget how massive the romance genre has become since the release of this hot trilogy!
If you haven’t heard of it yet, this book is about the romance between Anastasia Steele, a literature student who interviews a young wealthy and good-looking entrepreneur Christian Grey.
Anastasia finds him incredibly attractive but assumes she’s out of his league. Nonetheless, she still finds a way to get his attention. His enigmatic reserve is driving her crazy, especially after they start dating under a contract.
She desperately wants to learn about his past, but he’s too scared to trust her. He also doesn’t want to lose her. He invites her into his perfect world that’s actually far from perfect and reveals a dark secret. This is just the beginning, there’s more yet to come that will shock Anastasia.
In fact, she won’t be able to handle his secrets and endure the pressure caused by her own cravings. She’ll give up on him and leave him broken. Just like he did to many girls before. If you want to learn more about their story that captivated the entire world, especially the women’s world, read the book and decide if she made the right choice.
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Auden never fit in the crowd. She always felt like the weird one, especially after her parents divorce. It broke her heart, so she decided to shut out the outside world and study a lot.
Because of her introverted nature, deep down inside she always felt like she was missing out on life. She realized there’s got to be something more. She wasn’t born to suffer, pay bills and die. She felt like she was born for more.
She decides to build a new life from scratch and reinvent herself. Moving to her father’s home opens up a new world for her. She’s having the time of her life and gets to know herself better. Suddenly, she meets Eli. He’s an attractive boy with captivating eyes that she cannot look away from. Will she finally be able to fill up the hole in her heart? Or continue searching for her real self and the purpose of her existence?
To read something by Sarah Dessen is like you walked into an air-conditioned room after a hot day in the sun. Or like drinking something ice-cold after a long, harsh day at work. Meaning, it’s a comfort to read her work.
It will give you something to think about at night, just like her other books. Sarah Dessen is one of the youngest, most talented writers today and has had some of her works turned into movies.
This is one of her many masterpieces that will become your favorite love story. She has the ability to make you feel like you actually know the characters personally. She's made it so easy for you to identify with the characters, and once you finish this book, you will get upset that it’s over.
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
If you’ve been avoiding this book - stop. Pick it up. Read it. Be happy! Seriously, you’ll love it.
This book follows around four childhood friends - Mackensie, Parker, Laurel and Emmaline. Together they run a wedding-planning business and do well for themselves. Things get interesting when someone enters the scene that puts everything at risk.
As you read, you will find yourself wanting to know more about each character’s personality. In fact, everything Nora Roberts writes will leave you turning page after page craving more. Her simple writing style can really draw you in. And Happy ever after is definitely not an exception. You will enjoy it till the very end!
Parker Brown is the public face of a wedding planning firm that can bring a bride’s dreams to life. However, she’s not very good at fulfilling her own dreams. She’s at this point in life where she doesn’t know what she wants exactly. She feels lost and has had better days.
Malcolm is a mechanic who’s passionate about finding out how things work. Parker is no exception for him, especially with her long legs. However, as Parker’s brothers friend, he knows that pushing minor flirtation into something bigger is a serious overstep that could ruin their friendship, especially if it doesn’t work out.
Parker took a step back from dating but she feels attracted to Mal too. His sizzling kisses keep her addicted to him. And she feels like she’s falling in love with her brother’s best friend. She decides to get back in the game and risk everything for this guy. Is he really worth it? Guess you’ll have to read this engaging novel to find out.
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Carlos Fuentes likes his adventurous life. He’s not into settling like his brother, Alex but prefers living on the edge. He wants to carve his own path, just like his older brother did but without his help, without the help of anyone.
Unfortunately, he hooks up with some dangerous people, a Mexican gang that’s not easy to break. And soon, he finds himself trapped and set up by a dope peddler.
When his brother arranges for him to live with his ex-professor and his family in order to keep him from going to prison, Carlos feels lost. He’s even more confused by his strong feelings for Kiara, the professor’s daughter. She’s not his type. Yet, he’s falling for her.
He soon realizes that it’s not looks what determine if you’re going to fall in love with someone but the heart.
This is an interesting read because it’s not just romantic, but also funny. You will absolutely love the funny scenes, the dialog and the pranks throughout the novel. This book is a page turner that will leave you sad in the end. You will feel upset because it ended up so quickly and you weren’t ready. Almost every book written by Simone will make your stomach do flip-flops, and this is no exception. If you’re intrigued, don’t hesitate to read it today!
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
You will read this book in one sitting because Sophie is such a hilarious and engaging writer. If you’re a fan of her, this will be your next favorite book! It’s not your typical romance novel but it will definitely leave an impression.
You will find yourself creating your own end to this book because of what’s happening on the last page. It’s a quick read and you will find it super cute and funny because of the many hilarious situations.
Poppy Wyatt is about to marry the perfect man, Magnus Tavish. She’s living the time of her life and never felt happier until one afternoon her perfect wedding plan starts to fall apart. She lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire and her phone got stolen.
As she moves around the lobby, she notices a phone in the trash can. She gives the number to the hotel staff, so they can contact her if they find her ring. Perfect.
Well, it’s not what the owner of the phone thinks. He doesn’t agree with Poppy reading his private messages and invading his privacy. There’s a turn of events when Sam, the owner of the phone from the trash can, and Poppy start emailing and messaging each other. As she prepares her wedding, and secretly contacting Sam, she will encounter the biggest surprise of her entire life.
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Macy has her summer planned out and it involves sitting at the library information desk. That’s it - and exactly like she wants it. She’s one of those girls who spends her evenings studying while using her free time to help her mother with her things.
Working for her mother on her new business, she found herself in the presence of Wes - who’s the complete opposite of her. Artistic soul, tattoos, and unpredictable character. He doesn’t fit her lifestyle at all. But why does she feel so good when he’s around? So, beaming and cheerful?
Macy isn’t really the introvert that she appears to be. She has a guard for a reason - her father’s death. It changed her life and Wes manages to make her let down the guard and reveal her pain.
She’s clearly broken but denies it entirely. Nevertheless, she opens up to this man, allowing him to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and glue them back together with love like she never experienced before.
If you’re into Sarah Dessen books, expect nothing less than one more masterpiece if you decide to give this novel a shot. A quiet, deep story that you will absolutely adore from the very beginning to the very end. This book has everything a reader of romance novels can ask for. An emotional, heart-warming experience that will make you relate with each one of the characters. The characters in this book feel so real. It’s one of those cliche stories we never forget.
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