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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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