Top 10 Contemporary Romance Books on Goodreads

Posted by Hayley on February 6, 2017

Romance Week is brought to you by the latest book in Helen Hardt's Steel Brothers Saga, Burn.

Give your love life a dose of reality with the top contemporary romances on Goodreads. From business moguls to college dropouts, from athletes to artists, the unforgettable characters in these books are people you could meet in your everyday life. (Don't give us that look—it is possible.) How many of these modern love stories have you read?


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Bared to You
by Sylvia Day

Give in to obsession with Gideon and Eva. The bestselling Crossfire series ended last year, and this is the book that started it all.



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Hopeless
Colleen Hoover

From the back-to-back Goodreads Choice Award winner for Best Romance comes a bewitching tale of new love, old secrets, and hard truths.



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The Notebook
by Nicholas Sparks

Grab the tissues! Sparks has a gift for bittersweet tearjerkers (e.g., A Walk to Remember), but the love story of Allie and Noah is arguably his best.



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Fifty Shades of Grey
by E.L. James

Don't pretend—you know all about this one. Christian Grey will see you now, whether you're into reading about him or watching him on the big screen.



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Easy
Tammara Webber

After a hellish frat party, Jacqueline struggles with trust. But with her friends' encouragement, she gives the nice guy in her econ class a chance.



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The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion

Don has a problem: He doesn't know if he's capable of love. Enter Rosie, who dismantles all of his preconceived notions about himself and his future.



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Beautiful Disaster
Jamie McGuire

They don't call him a Walking One-Night Stand for nothing. Good thing Abby's not falling for that sort of guy anymore. Well, maybe.



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Him
by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Ryan's had a crush on Jamie for years, but one night ruined everything. As they prepare to face off on the hockey rink, Ryan hopes for a second chance.



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Thoughtless
S.C. Stephens

What's the best remedy for a broken heart? For Keira, it's a seemingly meaningless fling with local rockstar Kellan.



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Addicted
by Zane

Exploring the line between passion and addiction, Zoe fights to save her business, her marriage, and her life.




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message 1: by ☘ Lily (new)

☘ Lily ☘ Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"


Dude, I understand you. That book left a bad taste in my mouth.


message 2: by Nagisa (new)

Nagisa Furukawa Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"

hahaha... That bad huh? :D


message 3: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"


I totally agree with you Natali. I couldnt even finish it. Keira was not a likeable character at all.


message 4: by Nagisa (new)

Nagisa Furukawa Why don't I see Me Before You, After You by Jojo Moyes?
That's a good one.
And I'd very much like to add T. J. Klune's Wolfsong to the list. Or maybe all of Jay Bell's Something Like... series.

Now somebody please stop me, because I'm gonna list all the LGBT Romance's I've ever read! And trust me, that's a LONG list!


message 5: by Jayne (new)

Jayne Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"

It's one of my 4 DNFs in 3 years. Horrid book.


Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm† Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"


lol, I remember wanting to read that book like no tomorrow, but the reviews kept turning me off - even when I make to read it and throw caution to the winds, a damn review would turn me away. Now your comment has done the same lolol


message 7: by Marilú (new)

Marilú 4 and Thoughtless is a book I was planning to read some time but reading the comments I'm not sure I want to give it a try


message 8: by Katie (new)

Katie Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"


I was going to try to read it but i keep hearing bad things about it.


message 9: by Shannen (new)

Shannen Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"


I feel you! I truly hated that book.


message 10: by JennyWren (new)

JennyWren Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"


I remember when people were obsessed about this book. I'm to picky when it comes to contemporary romance especially NA. I have to look for all the triggers first :(


Amy J Romance Author & Reader Events I loved that series. One of my top faves of all time. A total angst fest. Kiera is young and dumb, by book two she matures and by book three she's evolved. Kellen Kyle is one if the best book boyfriends you'll read.

Some of these books have been out for a few years.


message 12: by June (new)

June Amy J Romance Author & Reader Events wrote: "I loved that series. One of my top faves of all time. A total angst fest. Kiera is young and dumb, by book two she matures and by book three she's evolved. Kellen Kyle is one if the best book boyfr..."


I agree, while Keira angered me in the beginning it was an excellent series that stayed with me for quite some time!

"Immoral"? Maybe, but these things happen and it's real life.


message 13: by Salha (new)

Salha Do you guys really consider 50 Shades to be a romantic book?
I haven't read it nor will I ever read it, because that book is wrong is so many ways.


message 14: by Katie (new)

Katie Salha wrote: "Do you guys really consider 50 Shades to be a romantic book?
I haven't read it nor will I ever read it, because that book is wrong is so many ways."


@Salha Ive read its awful no plot. First one wasn't too bad but the rest were god awful.


message 15: by Tiana (new)

Tiana Le Salha wrote: "Do you guys really consider 50 Shades to be a romantic book?
I haven't read it nor will I ever read it, because that book is wrong is so many ways."


I heard the same and decided to read the book to see what the fuss was all about, and surprisingly, I fell in love with the book! Christian Grey was actually a pretty "cute" character, and I was hooked. I ended up reading the entire series in a week and a half!


message 16: by Camryn (new)

Camryn The Edge of Never serie Will forever be my nr 1<3 By J.A. Redmerski!!!!!!


message 17: by Landslide (new)

Landslide Only one: The Notebook.


message 18: by Cherry (last edited Feb 07, 2017 02:12AM) (new)

Cherry Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"


True! That was one awful book.


message 19: by Sorhija (new)

Sorhija That list is meeeeehhh or "Seriously?!"


message 20: by Rahul (new)

Rahul Venugopal 6 and yes thoughtless was a book that wasn't a good read at all. Too messy.


message 21: by Nagisa (new)

Nagisa Furukawa Salha wrote: "Do you guys really consider 50 Shades to be a romantic book?
I haven't read it nor will I ever read it, because that book is wrong is so many ways."


I haven't read the books either and I'm not gonna. I was actually shocked to see it here but well, maybe some consider it a Romance. To each their own I guess.


message 22: by Kamala (last edited Feb 07, 2017 03:59AM) (new)

Kamala Pertiwi Nagisa wrote: "Why don't I see Me Before You, After You by Jojo Moyes?"

Me Before You is good!!! I totally feel you there ^^

I'd like to add The Sweet Gum Tree By Katherine Allred. It's a very good book, made me cry.


message 23: by Vem (new)

Vem Night Marilú wrote: "4 and Thoughtless is a book I was planning to read some time but reading the comments I'm not sure I want to give it a try"

same here


message 24: by Katie (new)

Katie Tiana wrote: "Salha wrote: "Do you guys really consider 50 Shades to be a romantic book?
I haven't read it nor will I ever read it, because that book is wrong is so many ways."

I heard the same and decided to r..."


I thought Christian was an awful character way too controlling.


message 25: by Evelyn Swift (new)

Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books) I have 8/10 books listed but was only a fan of 6 of them. I have no desire to read The Notebook only because I have seen the movie already and the synopsis for Addicted doesn't seem interesting to me (not into cheating in romance novels)


message 26: by Lexie (new)

Lexie Respectfully disagreed with this list, Goodreads. Not only is a good portion of these horrifically written, they also glorify really, really toxic dynamics.

Not my idea of romance, I guess. But to each his own.


message 27: by Emma (new)

Emma Alderson murray Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"

I agree. I scan read Thoughtless and do not understand why it is so highly recommended. It goes against all my romantic princples. Glad I didn't force myself to read every word


message 28: by Cherry (new)

Cherry I'd like to add The Sweet Gum Tree By Katherine Allred...."

I agree. It was a unique read which touched my heart.


message 29: by Crystal (new)

Crystal how is fifty shades a romantic contemporary?? -___- this is so stupid


message 30: by Steph (new)

Steph Crystal wrote: "how is fifty shades a romantic contemporary?? -___- this is so stupid"

And yet it was the only contemporary listed that I had read. LOL. Stupid indeed!


message 31: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah Hello!

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is not a romance novel.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James is highly problematic.

Please research your recommendations!


message 32: by Gracie (new)

Gracie Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"


The worst!!


message 33: by Nina (new)

Nina Five. Only two weren't shelved. The others are still unread


message 34: by Javiera (new)

Javiera Duran nothig against this book but... i don´t know if i would consider fifty shades as a contemporary.
btw The rosie Project was the best


message 35: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana I have only read "Fifty Shades of Grey" so far :))


message 36: by Swapna (new)

Swapna Rajput I have read When Love remains so far :)


message 37: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Howard Steph wrote: "Crystal wrote: "how is fifty shades a romantic contemporary?? -___- this is so stupid"

And yet it was the only contemporary listed that I had read. LOL. Stupid indeed!"


How can you not think Christian and Ana's story is not a great love story, you take a traumatized man who is dealing with his sexuality the only way he can to survive, and you have him reaching out to Ana. Their whole dynamic through Christian's healing and learning to trust in love is amazing. Have read the series 5 times and am getting ready to read again before I go see the 2nd movie. I think some people get hung up on the bdsm and that is just a small part of their story


message 38: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Cynthia wrote: "Steph wrote: "Crystal wrote: "how is fifty shades a romantic contemporary?? -___- this is so stupid"

And yet it was the only contemporary listed that I had read. LOL. Stupid indeed!"

How can you ..."
Im hung up about the author romanticizes an abusive relationship and says its okay and incorrectly portrays bdsm because if you are gnna include that in a book at least get it right -_-


message 39: by Katie (new)

Katie Cynthia wrote: "Steph wrote: "Crystal wrote: "how is fifty shades a romantic contemporary?? -___- this is so stupid"

And yet it was the only contemporary listed that I had read. LOL. Stupid indeed!"

How can you ..."


There is no plot. Its just sex. The first one was good the rest are awful.


message 40: by Katie (new)

Katie Crystal wrote: "Cynthia wrote: "Steph wrote: "Crystal wrote: "how is fifty shades a romantic contemporary?? -___- this is so stupid"

And yet it was the only contemporary listed that I had read. LOL. Stupid indeed..."


Agreed.


message 41: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Cain Katie wrote: "Salha wrote: "Do you guys really consider 50 Shades to be a romantic book?
I haven't read it nor will I ever read it, because that book is wrong is so many ways."

@Salha Ive read its awful no plot..."


Salha I wouldn't describe as anything less. I loved the Fifty Shades of Grey Series. It really is a great love story.


message 42: by Pam L (new)

Pam L Marilú wrote: "4 and Thoughtless is a book I was planning to read some time but reading the comments I'm not sure I want to give it a try"

Sorry, the series made the book. Yes a lot happened. Young love, stupid mistakes, but life. May not have been your life, but knew how unconventional it seemed, but actually knew people who lived and learned and grew from the mistakes they made. I had a friend notified me of the series and said you have to read this, who does it remind you of? Read with an open mind,sorry you didn't care for it, your opinion counts ,so does mine. Thanks for sharing, I see you aren't alone, but that's ok.


message 43: by AleJandra (new)

AleJandra 5 de 10.
Voy checar los otros 5.


message 44: by Saunders (new)

Saunders well shucks - you should NEVER judge a book by its cover. yes Keira was a pain the proverbial but before you make a judgement call read the book and then make the call. Everybody is different, with different reading tastes and we are not all the same age. So one person's cuppa tea is another person's poison. We have opinions don't we? we are entitled to them aren't we? but don't force your thoughts on someone else cause you don't like a specific novel. Let the reader decide for themselves. Me? I loved Thoughtless but it took me to the last story to make that call. 50 Shades - yes, I thought it was a romance and a love story - I have read all of the books on this list apart from one. I am off to read it.


message 45: by Nica (new)

Nica June wrote: "Amy J Romance Author & Reader Events wrote: "I loved that series. One of my top faves of all time. A total angst fest. Kiera is young and dumb, by book two she matures and by book three she's evolv..."

I agree!! Not one of my absolute favorites or anything but I liked it! I liked that it showed the main character doing something as horrible as cheating. The storyline's not all about perfection, it's realistic.


message 46: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Joe The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is my current favourite contempory romance. What better that rival-to-lover in an office setting?


message 47: by Lee (new)

Lee Mariana Zapata's books <3 <3 <3


message 48: by Anita (new)

Anita Creo que el concepto de romance contemporáneo esta bastante errado en esta lista...sobre todo el puesto uno de la lista....pero bueno gustos son gustos...


message 49: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah Lee wrote: "Mariana Zapata's books <3 <3 <3"

OMG I love each and every one!

Catherine wrote: "The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is my current favourite contempory romance. What better that rival-to-lover in an office setting?"

SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAME. So much love <3


message 50: by Mutiara (new)

Mutiara Mawarni Natali wrote: "5 books and "Thoughtless".... i have read this book, but it's terrible immoral book, i don't like it, at all!
I'm trying to forget that I have read it!"


same here


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