Best Ever Contemporary Romance Books

Vote for the all-time best contemporary romance novel.


**** a contemporary romance being a full length novel set in modern times that is almost entirely focused on the romance.

(i.e. it's NOT a romantic suspense, historical romance or a paranormal romance, etc!)

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message 1: by Eckhard (new)

Eckhard My novel "My Landlady the Lobotomist" would fit into that category. Plus it plays with the conventions of the great works of German romantic literature! I'd vote for my own novel on this one. My Landlady the Lobotomist. Curtis's would be the only other one on the list that even looks literary. And I don't think romance precludes literary merit.


message 2: by paul (new)

paul Don't read/like romance novels; voted strictly on the basis of what my patrons seem to like -- likewise on where they appeared on your list!


message 3: by Carol (last edited Oct 29, 2008 08:33PM) (new)

Carol I'm sure your book would be better suited to a superlative in another category. Romance these days (in American lit) usually connotes chicklit. How about most inventive reformation of romance in defiance of the banality of romance in American fiction?


message 4: by Paul (new)

Paul I haven't read a romance novel in years. Having said that, my favorite romance/history book of all time was and still is "Gone With The Wind". IMO,it is a must read of anyone who likes romance novels, and it takes place during a very interesting time period of American history - the Civil War.


message 5: by Cam (new)

Cam There are some books I think that aren't on the list and should be but it's a pretty good range I'd say.


message 6: by Nahid (new)

Nahid Rachlin Haven't read any of the books, sorry. Nahid Rachlin


message 7: by C. (new)

C. McKenzie I'm sort of out of the loop on romance books. Maybe I should try to read one of those, so I'll have something to say. Sorry. Ask me about biographies or historical fiction. Sci-fi as well.


message 8: by Angele (new)

Angele Lolita is a strange inclusion for this list--a serious anti-romance novel, a novel of "abnormal" sensual obsession and intrigue, once considered so shocking that it was banned. This is why I chose it.


message 9: by Anna (new)

Anna For the Roses is a really good book but its historical romance not contemporary.


message 10: by Mohammad (new)

Mohammad Khan.ch. dears,




Very nice books are my best friends and my soul as well. yours, khan.waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!peace to all.""


message 11: by Joseph (new)

Joseph "best EVER contemporary"? That seems like a big contradiction.


message 12: by Hazel (new)

Hazel Lolita? I don't think Nabokov would agree.


message 13: by Nisha (new)

Nisha I didn't read contemporary until I stumbled on Susan Elizabeth Phillip's books. She's currently my idol. There's just a lot of "Bestselling Authors" who can't write. By some god-forsaken reason, their editors let them publish it and the American public actually buys this. How embarrassing!


message 14: by Maree (new)

Maree Wow 12 Jennifer Crusie's. All time favorite!!!


message 15: by Fiona (new)

Fiona McGier My series of contemporary romances is called The Reyes Family Romances, dealing with the romances of the various members of a large Hispanic family. "Never Too Old For The Game Of Love", "Recipe For Love", and "Love By Design" are available now. My personal favorite, "Analysis of Love" will be published in February. I write about strong female characters who are not looking for love, but who can't resist a good-looking man who makes their toes curl. Sparks fly, and good sex leads to real romance. That's what I look for in contemporary romance.


message 16: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Coker The Ocean Between, would fit into this list. With strong characters and a story that lingers in your heart long after you finished the last page, it's a suggested read.


message 17: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I think Kingdom of Dreams is a historical.


message 18: by Ceci (new)

Ceci Hi!!! We careful that are a few books in this list that are historical instead of contemporary. I don't know how the process to erase a book from a list is so i'm letting you know! :)


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

Paul wrote: "I haven't read a romance novel in years. Having said that, my favorite romance/history book of all time was and still is "Gone With The Wind". IMO,it is a must read of anyone who like..."

Oh, I agree and didn't see it on this list, where is it? Most of the stuff here is drivel IMO.


message 20: by [deleted user] (new)

Angele wrote: "Lolita is a strange inclusion for this list--a serious anti-romance novel, a novel of "abnormal" sensual obsession and intrigue, once considered so shocking that it was banned. This is why I chose..."

You make me want to read it. I only saw the movie when I was 13.


message 21: by Miriam (new)

Miriam "Gone With The Wind". IMO,it is a must read of anyone who like..."

Oh, I agree and didn't see it on this list, where is it? Most of the stuff here is drivel IMO.


Gone With the Wind is not contemporary; it is set during the American Civil War.


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Miriam wrote: ""Gone With The Wind". IMO,it is a must read of anyone who like..."

Oh, I agree and didn't see it on this list, where is it? Most of the stuff here is drivel IMO.

Gone With the Wind is not contemp..."


I added it as Pride and Prejudice is also here and not contemporary and also The Thorn Birds. So why not Gone with the Wind? At least it is really good and very romantic.
You will have to go way down the list to vote for it tho since it is now at the bottom. I guess some people are intimated by the length?


message 24: by ValHallaGirl (new)

ValHallaGirl Some of these aren't contemporary.


✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿ ^ sooo true. But thank you for the list guys.. i'm trying to read them, as they are recommended to be best ones. =)


message 26: by Ismail (new)

Ismail Sheikh Truly Madly Deeply by Faraaz Kazi


message 27: by M (new)

M Pride and Prejudice is a contemporary romance?


Michelle the Romance Witch theres quite of few on here that shouldnt be... paranormals and historicals alike


message 29: by Kuna (new)

Kuna Separate beds by LaVyrle Spencer and It had to be you by Susan Elizabeth Philips remain the all time favourites.


message 30: by Duchess Nicole (new)

Duchess Nicole I love this genre! To each his own. If you don't like it, don't comment (or vote). What's the point?

Great list! I'm trying to work my way around it one way or the other. I just started reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and was pleasantly surprised.


message 31: by Carol (new)

Carol Chan HOW CAN ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS NOT BE ON HERE?! sorry


message 32: by Goalmaster1089 (new)

Goalmaster1089 "Best Ever" has to be the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, hands down.:D


message 33: by Goalmaster1089 (new)

Goalmaster1089 I also love most anything by Lora Leigh.:D


message 34: by Julie (new)

Julie There are tons of historical romances listed here, isn't there some way to remove them?


message 35: by Hanae (new)

Hanae I'm on it.


message 36: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I'm a huge sucker for contemporary romance novels!


message 37: by Khate (new)

Khate hi..i need help..

i am looking for a specific book, and it was so stupid of me to forget the title and the name of the author, and i hope someone here could help me..

--the plot goes something like this: a man is searching for a mother for his somewhat unwanted child(someone he will not fall in love with) and his secretary seems to be the perfect candidate. they both agreed that the secretary will take care of the child and will stop from working. (the father is so unattached to the child because the child's birthmother(child is born from a one-night-stand incident) is so messed up and killed herself in an accident after revealing that she is not sure as to whether he is really the child's father or not)<--with this issue, the secretary/wife tries her best to soften the heart of the man towards the child..

..well, the ending: they fell inlove with each other, found out that the man is indeed the real father of the child/daughter..and that the man and the secretary are having a child of their own.


--sorry ,i'm not really good at this..but i hope someone here has read the book and would be able to help me find the tittle or the author.. :D


message 38: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Many of my favorite authors are represented here. Want a great contempo romantic series with memorable characters? Read Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, in order if possible. Outstanding!


message 39: by Akriti (new)

Akriti Anand Miriam wrote: "I think Kingdom of Dreams is a historical." it is...


message 40: by bookworm (new)

bookworm I am trying to figure out the name of a book hope someone can help. I first read this book in late 2006 early 2007 and don't think it was new then. It was about a married couple who has three young children and somehow one of them dies, The mom was a nurse at a hospital and something happens to her daughter and her husband can't get a hold of mom and brings daughter to the ER. It seems to me that it was an accident in the yard or house. The couple divorces. Later when the children are grown the couple reunites. The husband owns or runs a book store or a coffee shop. I don't remember the cover I think when the couple reunited it was during the Christmas season.


message 41: by Agatha (new)

Agatha Ruth Cardello "Maid for a Billionaire" is a great book or audio-book.


message 42: by Fem Escape (new)

Fem Escape Ok, why does like the entire first page of this book list have like 'contemporary' books that were written like 10 years ago? Where's the more modern stuff?!


message 43: by Judy (new)

Judy I liked Vivian Sinclair's recent book "Lost in Wyoming". It is a nice romance with a surprise ending.


message 44: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Carmel Evanovich doesn't belong on this list....


message 45: by Leanne (new)

Leanne Where are the rest of the Mackenzie books? They ALL deserve to be on this list! And how can this list not include at least one title by Lindsay McKenna? She is a groundbreaking author in so many ways in contemporary fiction (military fiction and strong female military role model officers) and she certainly should be on this list!!


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