Contemporary Romance TBR

Since about mid-2019, adult contemporary romance has been the genre I’ve been craving the most. I absolutely fly through most books in this genre, yet I find myself unsuccessfully attempting to take my time reading them because I want to enjoy them as long as possible. Everyone knows I love binge-reading series, but I’ve been trying not to binge-read the books in the series so I know I always have a book to look forward to.

Since I’ve been practically adding more contemporary romances to my TBR whenever I’m scrolling through Goodreads, today I’ll be sharing which adult & new adult contemporary romances I plan on reading (hopefully soon). I’ve divided this TBR by released books and 2020 releases still to come.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca – I’ve decided that on my next bookstore trip (or whenever I get a Barnes & Noble coupon) I’ll be buying Jen DeLuca. I’ve heard so many great things about this ren-faire inspired romance from many contemporary-loving bloggers. There will be also be two more books set in the Well Met world, Well Played (September 29) and Well Matched (2021).

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher – Not the Girl You Marry has received some mixed reviews, but I read its synopsis while strolling through the romance section in the bookstore and still added it to my TBR. I haven’t read a book set in the city in a while, and I love how the female protagonist, Hannah, is an event planner.

Roomies by Christina Lauren – I could probably dedicate a whole TBR to Christina Lauren books (actually, that’s not a bad future post idea…). Roomies received a ton of love and attention when it first came out in 2017, and I think it’s time for me to see what the hype is about.

Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec & Andi Arndt – What the main character does in Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words honestly sounds like something I would do. After being fired from her job as a kindergarten teacher, Heidi starts a podcast reading the steamy scenes from romance novels and finds way more success than she could have imagined.

Undercover Bromance (The Bromance Book Club #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams – Undercover Bromance is a prime example of a book I want to have my hands on NOW, but also want to save because I love The Bromance Book Club world so much. This installment seems to mix in the sports world from the first book with cooking/restaurant life.

Wild at Heart (The Simple Wild #2) by K.A. Tucker – I think K.A. Tucker’s The Simple Wild series more so falls into new adult than adult contemporary romance. I really loved The Simple Wild last year, a romance taking place in Alaska as Calla decides to get to know her estranged father better. I was pleasantly surprised when a sequel was announced. I’m hoping my library will add this one to their collection, if not, I think the e-book will soon be in my future.

The Play (Briar U #3) by Elle Kennedy – The Play is currently the last installment in the Briar U series, the spin-off to Elle Kennedy’s Off Campus series. I say ‘currently’ in hopes that Elle Kennedy will write more Briar U books! Without being too spoilerly, The Play follows one of the most complicated male perspectives in the Off Campus/Briar U world and a new female perspective, Demi.

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren – I swear walking through the romance section at the bookstore changes you. I’ve seen Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard everywhere, but I never actually looked into what the series was about. I haven’t read too many workplace romances – the only one that comes to mind is Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game. Given how much I enjoy Christina Lauren’s newer releases, I think it’s time I gave this writing duo’s more backlist titles a try.

The Best Worst Man by Mia Sosa – The Best Worst Man speaks to two of my personal interests: marketing and weddings (PSA that everyone needs to watch TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress America). The synopsis, a hate to love romance that begins at a wedding, sort’ve reminds me of Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners, but with its own spin, as a wedding planner and marketing expert must work together on a dream project.

2020 Upcoming Releases:

Grow Up Pose by Sonya Lalli | Release Date: March 24

The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren | Release Date: March 24

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle | Release Date: April 7

Beach Read by Emily Henry | Release Date: May 19

The Marriage Game by Sara Desai | Release Date: June 9

A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee | Release Date: July 14

Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlay | Release Date: July 21

Heart & Seoul by Jen Frederick | Release Date: August 11

Eight Days to Elsewhere by KC Dyer | Release Date: August 11

Snapped (Playbook #4) by Alexa Martin | Release Date: October 20

Crazy Stupid Bromance (Bromance Book Club #3) by Lyssa Kay Adams |Release Date: October 27


Have you read any of the above books? What are you favorite adult contemporary romances? Do you have any other recommendations for me? Share in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Contemporary Romance TBR

  1. I haven’t had the chance to read any of these books yet! I’ve been looking to add to my TBR pile so I am so happy I came across this blog. MY MOST favorite adult contemporary romance of 2020 has been “Break and Enter” from the Callahan Security Series by Lori Matthews ( I would definitely put this book in the contemporary romantic suspense/thriller category but it is so much more than that! The characters are so well developed and it is funny and exciting and definitely kept me hooked from start to finish. Our leading lady – Alex- is an Asset Repossession Specialist Extraordinaire, she “steals” from people who have something from her clients that rightfully belong to them (for example her very wealthy ex has kept a painting that she loves and he is her new target!) She has many disguises and identities that she uses for every job…until Mitch. Mitch is getting his private security company off the ground with his brothers. His path collides with Alex on multiple occasions and so their “star-crossed” love story evolves. IT’S SO GOOD! I really hope you will check it out. Happy Reading everyone

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  2. Hi! Adult contemporary romances are my favorite genre! I’m currently reading “Not the Girl You Marry” and I can’t tell if I’m going to like it or not. We’ll see! Otherwise, lots of good ideas from your post here for me to add to my Goodreads and library lists! Thanks! 🙂

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    • I’m so glad I could help to your TBR! I have Not the Girl You Marry on my bedside, debating when I’ll pick it up. Thanks for reading!


  3. Roomies and The Bromance Book Club are soo good. I actually haven’t gotten around to reading Undercover Bromance but it’s on my list! And since you’ve published this post back in March and I’m two months two late; I recently read You Deserve Each Other and it’s so good it ruined every romance trope i’ve ever come across. Have you read it yet??

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    • I haven’t 😦 but it’s definitely a priority for me to read once my library reopens… or I I might just have to buy a copy at this point! Since then, I’ve read Roomies and Undercover Bromance and really enjoyed them!

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