My Top 5 . . . Contemporary Romances

August 27, 2009 at 5:00 am 11 comments

It’s been a crazy week, but I’ve really been looking forward to writing this post! Up until about a year ago, I hadn’t read contemporary romance in years. I mean, YEARS. However, 2 of the books listed below really turned me back on to it. I love the freshness and relate-ability of contemporary romance, and there are so many great authors out there!


Sugar Daddy by Lisa KleypasSugar Daddy (Travis family series, bo0k 1) by Lisa Kleypas

This was one of those books that brought me back to reading contemporaries. I hadn’t really wanted to pick it up, based soley on the title. However, after falling in love with Kleypas’ historicals, I had to give this one a try.

Boy was I glad I did! This was one of the best books I read last year. I was completely sucked in to Liberty’s story of her adolescence and young adulthood, growing up poor, in a rural Texas town. Her childhood romance with Hardy is so poignant, and her positive attitude amid hardship make her one of my all time favorite heroines.

If I were to recommend 1 contemporary romance, this would be the one, hands down.

Read more about Sugar Daddy in my posts: Best Reads of 2008 (part 1-The Romance edition) and October 2008 Best Reads.

  • Lisa Kleypas’ site
  • Excerpt on author’s site. (Scroll down linked page.)


Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa KleypasBlue-Eyed Devil (Travis family series, book 2) by Lisa Kleypas

Of course, after loving Sugar Daddy so much, I had to get my hands on this one! And, I loved it almost as much as Sugar Daddy (which will always be first with me!)

In a lot of ways, B-ED is a deeper, more serious novel, dealing with domestic violence. Haven is such a survivor, and boy does this book really tug at the heart strings. I loved seeing how her family really pulled together to support her, and the hero in this one was so well written!

I actually listened to both these books in audio format, BTW, and I thought they were both excellent.

  • Lisa Kleypas’ site.
  • Excerpt on author’s site. (Scroll down linked page.)


Natural Born CharmerNatural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Just thinking about this book makes me smile.

NBC gives a whole new meaning to “meet cute” when football player Dean Robillard picks up sharp-tounged Blue Bailey, when she is stranded on the side of a rural road wearing a beaver costume.

I love Blue’s prickliness, and how she doesn’t let Dean charm the pants off of her. While SEP’s dialogue is snappy and there are lots of laugh out loud moments, NBC does have plenty of substance to sink my teeth into.

I LOVE the SEP audiobook productions, and the late Anna Fields captures Blue beautifully.

Read more about Natural Born Charmer in my posts: Just finished reading . . . and Current Reads.

  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ site.
  • Excerpt on author’s site. (Scroll down linked page.)
  • Browse InsideNatural Born Charmer.


Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthyFlat-Out Sexy (Fast Track series, book 1) by Erin McCarthy

This was the second book that really made me take another harder look at contemps. I’d been hearing great things about it, but didn’t have too many expectations. However, it was such a satisfying, thoroughly enjoyable book!

I loved stock car racer Elec’s intense, single-minded pursuit of the slightly older Tamara, who is raising her 2 kids alone after losing her race car driver husband in a crash during a race.

Their chemistry together just burns up the pages. The conflicts they are dealing with — Tamara’s issues with being older than Elec, and not wanting to get involved with another driver, are pretty straight forward. In the end, though, it’s just such a well done book, that it was a natural for my Top 5.

Read more about Flat-Out Sexy in my post: November’s (2008) Best Reads.

  • Erin McCarthy’s site.
  • Excerpt on author’s site. (Scroll down linked page.)


Just One of the Guys by Kristan HigginsJust One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

This is another book that had me laughing out loud while I was reading. Chastity, like Sugar Daddy‘s Liberty, is one of those heroines I’d want to be friends with. She’s down to earth, a little klutzy, and has a little bit of growing up to do.

I found myself rooting for her as she negotiates her way through disastrous dates, parental squabbles, and overbearing older brothers.

The book isn’t flawless, but I was more than willing to overlook that since it was just so much damn fun to read.


It was really hard for me to leave a few books off this list, so I’m going to fudge a little, but including a couple of honorable mentions:

What are your top 5 contemporary romances?


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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tracy  |  August 27, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Fabulous list! I’ve read and loved all of those except the Higgins which I have on my ereader but haven’t gotten to yet. Soon! Sometimes the contemporary romances just hit the spot.

  • 2. Lori  |  August 27, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Oooh, great list!

  • 3. Renee  |  August 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Tracy: Thanks! All of Kristan Higgins’ books are really fun reads, but Just One of the Guys is my favorite.

    Lori: Thanks! :-)

  • 4. Maija P.  |  August 28, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I’ve liked those two novels by Kleypas, so I just might have to check Phillips, McCarthy and Higgins too :) Thanks for this list!

  • 5. Hilcia  |  August 28, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Great list there, Renee! I loved the Kleypas books! I’ve read all except for Flat Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy. I loooove my Contemporaries… somehow they always hit the spot. :)

  • 6. Mandi  |  August 28, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Nice list..I rarely read contemp but I am going to keep this in mind for when I need a rec :)

  • 7. Shaymless Aymless  |  August 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Oh goodie! I packed both the Kleypas books in my car for the move. *going through book withdrawal even though I packed 4 bags of books to go with me in the car for the big drive*

  • 8. nath  |  August 28, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    LOL, out of your top 5, there’s 3 books I haven’t read :) It’s sad for a contemporary lover like me :D but then, I completely agree with you on the two last books. … and I loved Just One of the Guys! It was just sooo cute!!

  • 9. Renee  |  August 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Maija P: I just finished another Phillips–Ain’t She Sweet?, and she is truly one of my favorite contemporary writers.
    Hope you get a chance to try them all! :-)

    Hilcia: F-OS was really great! I love it when a hero is unafraid to show his intense feelings for the heroine, and that is Elec all the way!

    Mandi: Hope you get around to giving one of these a try! :-)

    Aymless: Oh, both Kleypas books are such wonderful, emotional reads! I really hope you get a chance to get to them.

    nath: I remember I kept waking up my husband, because I was up almost all night reading it, and couldn’t stop laughing at some of the scenes. I was just looking at Kristan Higgins’ site, and it says her next one, The Next Best Thing will be out in February. I can’t wait! :-D

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