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!)

1 Bet Me
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2 Can You Keep a Secret?
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 182,204 ratings
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3 The Notebook (The Notebook,...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 818,711 ratings
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4 Match Me If You Can (Chicag...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 23,098 ratings
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5 It Had to Be You (Chicago S...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 29,999 ratings
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6 Nobody's Baby But Mine (Chi...
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7 Kiss an Angel
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 19,805 ratings
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8 Natural Born Charmer (Chica...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 17,634 ratings
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9 Smooth Talking Stranger (Tr...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 20,926 ratings
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10 Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2)
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 17,454 ratings
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11 Just the Sexiest Man Alive
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 24,831 ratings
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12 This Heart of Mine (Chicago...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 15,015 ratings
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13 Paradise (Second Opportunit...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 17,322 ratings
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14 Sugar Daddy (Travises, #1)
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 21,686 ratings
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15 Something About You (FBI/US...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 33,683 ratings
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16 Beautiful Disaster (Beautif...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 245,087 ratings
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17 Something Borrowed (Darcy &...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 301,608 ratings
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18 Practice Makes Perfect
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 15,667 ratings
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19 Welcome to Temptation (Demp...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 22,192 ratings
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20 A Walk to Remember
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 349,517 ratings
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21 Dream a Little Dream (Chica...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 17,007 ratings
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22 Heaven, Texas (Chicago Star...
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23 See Jane Score (Chinooks Ho...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 14,814 ratings
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24 Ain't She Sweet
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25 The Undomestic Goddess
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 136,017 ratings
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26 Perfect (Second Opportuniti...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 13,421 ratings
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27 Remember Me?
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 123,698 ratings
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28 Dear John
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 289,228 ratings
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29 Vision in White (Bride Quar...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 76,110 ratings
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30 P.S. I Love You
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 181,084 ratings
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31 The Time Traveler's Wife
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 879,383 ratings
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32 Perfect Chemistry (Perfect ...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 127,423 ratings
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33 A Lot like Love (FBI/US Att...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 16,643 ratings
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34 Mr. Perfect
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35 The Last Song
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 286,851 ratings
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36 Anyone But You
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 14,084 ratings
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37 Manhunting
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 10,023 ratings
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38 Faking It (Dempseys #2)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 11,735 ratings
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39 Simply Irresistible (Chinoo...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 13,047 ratings
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40 Bridget Jones's Diary (Brid...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 512,769 ratings
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41 Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 32,847 ratings
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42 The Truth About Forever
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 128,778 ratings
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43 Anna and the French Kiss (A...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 110,564 ratings
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44 Just Listen
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 141,172 ratings
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45 After the Night
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 11,203 ratings
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46 Lady Be Good (Wynette, Texa...
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47 Confessions of a Shopaholic...
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 389,785 ratings
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48 Truly Madly Yours (Truly, I...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 7,880 ratings
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49 What I Did for Love (Wynett...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 10,462 ratings
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50 Agnes and the Hitman
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 12,340 ratings
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51 Nobody's Hero (Rescue Me Sa...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 8,009 ratings
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52 Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 852,813 ratings
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53 Nobody's Perfect (Rescue Me...
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 6,325 ratings
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54 Somebody's Angel (Rescue Me...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 2,169 ratings
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55 Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay S...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 36,395 ratings
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56 Virgin River (Virgin River,...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 11,948 ratings
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57 Crazy For You
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 12,042 ratings
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58 Masters at Arms (Rescue Me ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 11,021 ratings
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59 Savor the Moment (Bride Qua...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 30,537 ratings
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60 Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty S...
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61 Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghe...
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62 Born in Fire (Born In Trilo...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 42,112 ratings
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63 Dance Upon the Air (Three S...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 39,464 ratings
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64 Simply Irresistible (Lucky ...
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65 Just One of the Guys
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66 Masters at Arms & Nobody's ...
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67 Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty ...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 405,253 ratings
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68 Not Another Bad Date (Write...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 7,105 ratings
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69 Breathing Room
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 7,244 ratings
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70 Message in a Bottle
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71 Mackenzie's Mountain (Macke...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 8,228 ratings
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72 Flat-Out Sexy (Fast Track, #1)
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73 Too Good to Be True
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 11,191 ratings
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74 The Choice
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 77,787 ratings
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75 Rising Tides (Chesapeake Ba...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 18,679 ratings
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76 Chesapeake Blue (Chesapeake...
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77 The Wedding
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 97,536 ratings
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78 To Live and Love In L.A.
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79 Inner Harbor (Chesapeake Ba...
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80 Nobody's Angel (Rescue Me S...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 7,985 ratings
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81 Call Me Irresistible (Wynet...
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82 Sex, Lies, and Online Datin...
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83 Fast Women
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 9,512 ratings
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84 He Loves Lucy
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 5,940 ratings
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85 Along for the Ride
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 109,287 ratings
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86 The Trouble With Valentine'...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 7,685 ratings
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87 Love Story (Love Story, #1)
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 31,430 ratings
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88 Happy Ever After (Bride Qua...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 31,238 ratings
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89 Tell Me Lies
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 9,169 ratings
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90 Tangled Up In You (Writer F...
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91 Charlie All Night
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 7,173 ratings
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92 Getting Rid of Bradley
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 9,298 ratings
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93 Shelter Mountain (Virgin Ri...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 9,550 ratings
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93 A Bend in the Road
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 89,499 ratings
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95 Talk Me Down (Tumble Creek,...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 7,390 ratings
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96 The Law of Attraction (Lawy...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 4,594 ratings
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97 The Bachelor (Chandler Brot...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 5,317 ratings
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98 I'm In No Mood For Love  (W...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 6,205 ratings
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99 I've Got Your Number
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 86,944 ratings
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100 Whispering Rock (Virgin Riv...
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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 Tamela (new)

Tamela Quijas My novel, Dante's Lady, would fit in this category! It's recently been nominated on the P&E polls in the romance genre.


message 6: 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 7: by Nahid (new)

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


message 8: 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 9: 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 10: by Anna (new)

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


message 11: 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 12: by Joseph (new)

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


message 13: by Hazel (new)

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


message 14: 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 15: by Maree (new)

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


message 16: 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 17: 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 18: by Miriam (new)

Miriam I think Kingdom of Dreams is a historical.


message 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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 25: 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 27: by Ismail (new)

Ismail Sheikh Truly Madly Deeply by Faraaz Kazi


message 28: 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 30: 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 31: 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 32: by Carol (new)

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


message 33: by Goalmaster1089 (new)

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


message 34: by Goalmaster1089 (new)

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


message 35: by Julie (new)

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


message 36: by Hanae (new)

Hanae I'm on it.


message 37: by Jessica (new)

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


message 38: 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 39: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Blackburn 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 40: by Akriti (new)

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


message 41: 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 42: by Agatha (new)

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


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