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Weekly musing: contemporary romance

11 January 2018

The contemporary subgenre is wide-ranging, with many subgroups. Some, such as romantic comedy, have been around forever, but a lot of new subgroups have developed over the past few years—for example, new adult, rock romance, MC and rural romances. We will look at the range of subgroups over the next couple of weeks.

Depending on the category; the tropes and common elements vary. Out of the contemporaries that I gravitate towards; I’ve found that ‘Friends to lovers’, ‘Second chance at love’ and ‘Fake engagement’ are popular tropes. Heroines and heroes will be in their early 30s. However if I remember correctly Flirting With Disaster by Victoria Dahl is a refreshing book where the hero is 42 and the heroine is 36. Can you think of contemporary romances with more ‘mature’ characters?

The hero will usually be a CEO/billionaire or tradie, heroines are always independant and successful but their jobs are never restricted; futher promoting to women that we can be anything that we want to be. What elements and tropes do you love and/or hate in a contemporary romance?

I’ve found that the ‘heat’ level of contemporaries has changed over the past decade. A lot of books that used to be classified as ‘erotic romance’ have found their way into this category. What are your thoughts on the heat levels in contemporaries? What level do you prefer to read?

My favourite authors (in no particular order) are: Jennifer Bernard, Julie James, Sarah Mayberry and Victoria Dahl.

My top 10 must reads in contemporary (again in no particular order):

  • The Look of Love by Bella Andre (San Franscisco Sullivans #1)
  • Shelter Me by Catherine Mann (Second Chance Ranch #1)
  • Beach House No. 9 by Christine Ridgway (Beach House No. 9 #1)
  • Royally Screwed by Emma Chase (Royally #1)
  • Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy (Fast Track #1)
  • The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel #1)
  • Sworn to Protect by Jo Davis (Sugarland Blue #1)
  • Trial by Fire by Jo Davis (Firefighters of Station 5 #1)
  • Something About You by Julie James (FBI/US Attorney #1)
  • Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl (Jackson #1)

Who are your favorite authors and must-read books in the contemporary romance genre?

My top 5 favourite contemporary romance covers:


Happy reading!

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  1. 13 January 2018 10:14 am

    I’m an author with 17 books published and all of them feature mature heroes and heroines – some even in their 60s. Most are in their 50s and all of my books sell well.
    I think mature readers can easily relate when the characters are similar ages to themselves.

  2. 11 January 2018 11:24 am

    Thesecare really good thoughts let me see how I go answering I am not on the computer only my tablet

    As for troupes I really enjoy them all but one of my favourites is Cinderella 😀
    I know I have read some wirh older heroes and heroines but can’t think of the titles at the moment but I do like them
    I am pretty ok with heat levels

    I will get vvack with lists soon 😀

    I look forward to everyone elses thoughts

    Have Fun

    • 14 January 2018 2:42 pm

      I know asking for book recommendations will end up with me having a bigger TBR pile but hopefully it will also introduce me to new authors!

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