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Contemporary Romances You Have to Read

February 21, 2020
Shivani Annirood

It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day to sink into a cute, contemporary love story! Whether it’s cold outside and you need a good book to cuddle under your blanket or it’s deep in summer and you’re suntanning at the beach, these books are guaranteed to make you swoon all year round!

Contemporary Romances You Have to Read

1. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Get ready to dive heart-first into this swoony Beauty and the Beast retelling set at an elite boarding school! Princess Jaya Rao values family above all, so when the loathsome Emerson clan targets her little sister, she vows revenge, specifically by making His Lordship Grey Emerson fall in love with her and then breaking his heart. But what happens when they grow closer than Jaya ever intended? Or when an ancient curse that plagues Grey is linked to the ruby pendant around Jaya’s neck? Are the stars trying to keep them apart or pull them closer?

 

2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple—headstrong, driven, and determined to excel in her web development program—meets Rishi—a hopeless romantic—it’s not your typical meet-cute. Unless you count Dimple throwing her ice coffee on Rishi and running away as a meet-cute. While their parents want to arrange their marriage, Dimple just wants to focus on her program, so she calls the whole thing off. Yet, somehow, Dimple and Rishi keep finding their way back to each other in this adorable story about unexpected love. 

 

2. Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson

When Lane’s longtime crush becomes her step-brother, she needs a distraction, ASAP. So, she starts hanging out with Conner, her friend’s older brother and local bad boy. But what started as a casual friendship grows deeper, as they begin sharing their hopes, dreams, and ghosts of their pasts with each other. Can Lane untangle her feelings for both boys and face the truth of what she wants? 

 

3. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

When Penny and Sam first meet, it’s less a meet-cute and more an awkward encounter. Somehow, they exchange phone numbers and become each other’s “emergency contact”—a lifeline for each other as they endure life changes, overcome anxieties, and share secret dreams. A series of texts become the foundation of a deeply intimate and powerful relationship. 

 

4. Stay With Me  by Mila Gray

If you’re looking for a heartwrenching love story that gives you all the feels, then grab a box of tissues and dive into Mila Gray’s Stay With Me. When Didi starts her internship at a military hospital, she meets wounded marine Noel Walker. Walker tries to keep his distance, but their chemistry is undeniable. Sometimes love is difficult, messy, and complicated. 

 

5. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Jenn Bennet’s Starry Eyes gives me HEART eyes in this super cute love-to-hate-to-love story! Zorie and Lennon used to be best friends, but after last year’s homecoming dance, they became each other’s worst enemies. When a group camping trip goes south and the duo gets stranded together in the wilderness, they have nothing but time to revisit the past, reveal hidden feelings, and try to stay alive! 

 

6. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately is an absolute must-read if you love hate-to-love, small town love story with a touch of You’ve Got Mail. Classic movie buff Bailey has a huge crush on “Alex,” a witty film geek she only knows online. But when she moves to Alex’s town, she doesn’t tell him. Instead, she gets a job at the local museum and goes head-to-head with the hot security guard, Porter. But in a perfect twist of events, the annoying Porter is actually the charming Alex…Approximately

 

7. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

We love a love story with road trips, adventure, and desserts! When Lina visits Tuscany to spend the summer with a father she barely knows, she’s less than excited. All she wants to do is go home and enjoy the summer with her friends. Then, she discovers her mom’s old journal and gets swept away in a world of secrets, new romances, and hidden bakeries. It’s a summer of love, gelato, and a cute boy who joins her adventures. 

 

8. Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

In Jenna Evans Welch’s Love & Gelato, we got a love story in Tuscany. In Love & Luck, Addie’s adventures take us to Ireland! Addie is heartbroken, miserable, not enjoying Ireland at all. Then, she discovers a quirky guidebook titled Ireland for the Heartbroken and sets off on an exciting journey that takes her to fairy-tale forests, over breathtaking green hills, and into the arms of Rowan, the cute, Irish boy that makes us all swoon! 

 

Looking for more? Check out these non-contemporary books that contemporary fans will love!

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