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April 18, 2009

A Contemporary Binge

During the last six months, I’ve read heaps of contemporary romances. I seem to have burned out on paranormals and have become really picky about what I read in this genre.

And of course, my love of the contemporary genre fits in nicely with the books written by the authors below. These three ladies are all wonderful writers and you can’t go wrong reading one of their books.

Do you enjoy contemporary romances, and what is the title of your most recent read?


  1. J.K. Coi

    I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romances myself! It’s been a nice change for me as I’m usually a para fan. I’ve also seen a couple new historicals and they’ve caught my interest.

  2. Roberta Harwell

    I’m all over the place. One day I read a contemporary romance novel, the next is suspense, followed by a paranormal. The next book I have to read for a review is a historical. It’s been a while since I read a historical. I hope I don’t get bogged down with description and the language. Have a great day.

  3. Lucinda

    I like contemporary romance. I have a bunch of Harlequin Super Romances in my TBR pile and trying to catch up on them. Right now, I’m reading Hidden Legacy by Margaret Way.

  4. Karen Erickson

    I read mostly contemps. I just finished Lisa Kleypa’s Smooth Talking Stranger. And I love me some Jill Shalvis. Instant Attraction was GREAT.

  5. Shelley Munro

    JK – I have a few historicals by fairly new writers on my to-read pile. I hope to find time to read them in a couple of weeks when I go on holiday.

    Roberta – the setting and language in a historical can be a bit tricky. As you say, there’s nothing worse than getting bogged down and having to reread a paragraph because it was confusing.

    Lucinda – you’re targeting Super romance aren’t you? Two New Zealand girls write for this line. Abby Gaines and Karina Bliss. You can find their links on my links page (under extras) if you’re interested.

    Karen – I’ve been meaning to pick up Lisa Kleypas’ contemporary stories. You’re the second person I’ve heard mentioning her recently.

  6. Wylie

    My reading choices the last few weeks have been all over the place – and not limited to romance. I’m currently reading a Lisa Jackson. Before that was Lisa Kleypas’s Mine ’til Midnight, before that Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten, before that Harlan Coben’s Hold Tight, before that the Kama Sutra (non-picture version).
    Heh… can you tell I’m on a writing break?

  7. julia

    As a general thing, I don’t read contemporary. I don’t even watch contemporary romantic films. Things have to be historical/paranormal/fantasy driven for me to be interested. The big ‘unless’ is when a friend of mine writes one. Then I’m suddenly interested!

    Right now, I’m reading three things at once:
    Baby in Her Arms by Stella MacLean – she’s in my writers’ group and it’s her second Harlequin Super Romance. This is a contemporary with the twist that it features a mature couple with lots of flashbacks to their youth.
    Mischief Night by Cris Anson, part of an anthology called Tantalizing Treats which also features Masque of Desire by Amy Ruttan. Mischief Night is contemporary erotica.
    And I’m just finishing March by Geraldine Brooks, an historical American Civil War novel that looks at the characters from Little Women and follows the absent father.

    So two of the three books I’m reading are outside my normal genre. But I’m enjoying them, and I think it’s good to step outside the norm every once in awhile.

  8. N.J. Walters

    Hmmm….I’ve been doing a lot of paranormals and some historicals. Time to read some contemporary books.

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