Thursday, October 15, 2009

Looking for Contemporary Recommendations

Usually, I read Paranormal or Historical Romance (Love me some vamps, weres, and highlanders!), but recently I read Julie James' Practice Makes Perfect and loved it.

I'm looking for Contemporary Romance suggestions, I just want to dip my toe in and see if I like it. The only limitation is that for whatever reason I can't bring myself to read any Cowboy stories.

Does anyone have any author or title suggestions?


  1. Victoria Dahl has some great ones. I am reading talk me down, I can't stop laughing! I am normally a para rom and urban fantasy girl myself but Dahl is very good. Her Heroines are like the best friend type lol.

  2. I just read Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas. Have you read that one? I really liked it and am going to look for more of her books as soon as I can get to the library.

    I adore Christine Feehan, Karen Marie Moning and others like them, but this was a nice change of pace and I enjoyed it.

  3. I've got a couple review up for contemporary romances that I would suggest!

    How to Tame a Modern Rogue

    How to Score

    I haven't review BUT really enjoyed Walking in Circles Before Laying Down & The Cinderella Rules

  4. Look no further than Lisa Kleypas's 'Travis' trilogy. Kleypas is normally a regency romance author, and the 'Travis' books are her first contemporary - and they are so, so good! I loved all 3 books, especially Sugar Daddy'. Seriously, check them out!

    Someone recommended Robyn Carr's 'Virgin River' series to me as a filler for Diana Gabaldon's 'Outlander' series. I thought that was a really weird recommendation, but this person told me it's not the time-travel angle that the books have in common, but rather the small-town community thing. 'Virgin River' is set in a small mountainside town (like 'The Ridge') and it is apparently very addictive.

  5. Like you, I don't read much straight contemporary but I did love Toni Blake's TEMPT ME TONIGHT.

    Anything by Megan Hart.

    If you like your plots super steamy, Joey W. Hill has written some amazing contemps for Ellora's Cave.

    I'll post another vouch for Lisa Kleypas too.

    Then there's the amzing Lora Leigh. From her I recommend WILD CARD and her NAUTI BOYS series.

    Sophie Renwick has a super spicy contemp called HOT IN HERE.

    Shiloh Walker's FRAGILE was super good too if you like a wounded heroine and the hero that makes her life all better.

    I have reviews posted on my blog for all these if you want more info.

    ;) VFG

  6. Thank you all so much - I've written them all down for my next trip to the bookstore!

  7. 1. Lisa Kleypas' Contemporaries, for sure. I've even reviewed them, although my review for Sugar Daddy was an ultra short mini review. All three are excellent reads.

    2. Megan Hart. Her Spice books are fantastic... but quite unique. She has carved a genre niche all her own.

    3. Kristan Higgins. Not too heavy and not very steamy, but oh so sweet, and with nice doses of humor.

    4. Elisabeth Naughton has a romantic suspense series that I've really enjoyed. Stolen Fury and Stolen Heat were both very good. The third novel comes out in January, I think.

    Can't wait to see what you try! :)