Adult Summer Reading Challenge: Contemporary Romance

By Selby G.

Set in the here and now, contemporary romance novels deal not only with love but also current social issues. Single motherhood, military members with PTSD and illness feature heavily in these works. Contemporary romance can run the gambit from chaste kisses between potential partners in an idyllic small town to drinking too much in Vegas and waking up to find out you married a tattooed rocker the night before. There is a contemporary romance novel out there to fit any taste. Here are a few to get you started:

Bet Me in the Library catalogBig Sky Secrets in the Library catalogNatural Born Charmer in the Library catalogIn Too Deep in the Library catalog

Jennifer Crusie writes upbeat stories with curvatious female leads and a good amount of wit and sarcasm. Bet Me is one of her best but if you like things on the lighthearted and funny side then all of her books are good.

For a strong dose of sexy cowboys, try Linda Lael Miller. Less adventure and more emotional conflict, Miller’s books are the gold standard by which all other contemporary cowboy romances are judged. Try one of the Big Sky series for a genuine romantic love story.

Want something a little more lively? Try Jayne Anne Krentz or Susan Elisabeth Phillips. Krentz’s work usually has a sultry paranormal twist while Phillips leans towards quirky. Both are sexy fun reads.

Ready to take the challenge? Download or print this PDF and check off as you read: Romance Genres Checklist

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