Contemporary Romance for Newbies

I’m doing this post as part of the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge I signed up for at the beginning of the year. The objective is to highlight books/authors that people could start with if they’re interested in giving contemporary romance a try. Contemporary romance is probably my all-time favorite genre, no matter the age category. Something about the swoony romance, the fantastic male characters that I want to make my book boyfriends, the way I squeal with happiness at the cute parts, etc. just makes me love love (at least in books). So without further ado, here are some of my top author choices (along with book recommendations) for contemporary romance for young adult and adult age categories:


Young Adult


This Lullaby Lock and Key Just Listen

Sarah Dessen

 The Start of Me and You Open Road Summer

Emery Lord

Anna and the French Kiss Lola and the Boy Next Door Isla and the Happily Ever After

Stephanie Perkins

To All the Boys I've Loved Before P.S. I Still Love You

Jenny Han

Fangirl Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Since You've Been Gone

Rainbow Rowell / Becky Albertalli / Morgan Matson




A Walk In The Park Don't Want to Miss a Thing To the Moon and Back Rumour Has It Staying at Daisy's

Jill Mansell

Chasing Perfect Almost Perfect Finding Perfect

Susan Mallery

Deep Dish Hissy Fit

Mary Kay Andrews

Match Me If You Can Natural Born Charmer What I Did for Love Call Me Irresistible The Great Escape

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Queen of Babble Queen of Babble in the Big City Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

Meg Cabot

Remember Me Twenties Girl

Sophie Kinsella

Cross My Heart Lucky Charm The Bachelor Hot Stuff Serendipity

Carly Phillips

How to Bake a Perfect Life The Lost Recipe for Happiness

Barbara O’Neal

Tell Me Lies Crazy For You Bet Me Anyone But You Welcome to Temptation

Jennifer Crusie


Have you read any of these authors? If so, which books? Any author recommendations for me?

2 thoughts to “Contemporary Romance for Newbies”

    1. Thanks! I’ve been recommended Jill Shavis before, I just haven’t read her yet. So many books, so little time. I think I have a Netgalley eARC for K.A. Tucker, so I’ll have to check that one out! Emery Lord and Jill Mansell are fantastic! Enjoy!

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