Contemporary romance is my happy place. What can I say?! Here are some of the best, rounding out the year.
When I was asked to compile a list of the best romance novels ofmy first response after accepting was to completely freak out. How could I have taken on such a monumental task? I would have to craft a list that would appease everyone, with books that every reader would enjoy!
J ournalism is a good career for the perpetually anxious. I have a number of techniques for dealing with the frittering restlessness that follows. Watching four seasons of a television show in a week.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. With rave reviews from The New YorkerNPRSlateand more, this novel bursts from the seams with social insight, wit, and intelligence. Meanwhile, Andrew, Elizabeth, and Zoe may finally have to face the secrets they never acknowledged in college, but that will challenge the status quo in all of their relationships. The emotional chaos that follows is reflective of real life romances and families—but this book still feels like an escape.
Falling in love with a romance novel is about way more than the starring couple or even the leading wooer. The fact that each of the well-rounded protagonists of these ten new novels feels like someone with whom you might enjoy a coffee date — or book club! Stella Lane believes in math.
Nothing feels as good as spending a few hours curled up with a book you just can't put down. That goes double—no, make that triple—for romance novels. Before you know it, you're devouring page after page, hungry for the next stolen glance, witty banter, and steamy caress.
Imogen loves history and discovering the past. While in England, she meets witty, handsome Thorn. The problem is, to make that happen, he needs to shut down the ongoing castle volunteer project because it threatens to expose a giant family secret.
Pure, pure pleasure. Think of this like speed dating. And there are some authors, books, and series that are just more fun when you have more familiarity with the tropes, which are legion. I hope that fans will provide some suggestions in the comments!
Every romance novel is a kind of fantasy, whether it features an impossibly wealthy duke or a cute guy who knows how to talk about his feelings. Every romance has a happy ending, after all. Make your main characters too good or too perfect, and obstacles to their happy ending seem far-fetched.
Grad student Naledi Smith assumes the incessant emails she keeps getting claiming she's betrothed to an African prince are nothing but a scam. So, when Prince Thabiso tracks down his should-be bride and she mistakes him for an everyday Joe, he uses the opportunity to get to know her as himself, not a prince. Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are work rivals who hate each other.