Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Contemporary Romance. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. It Ends with Us: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

Instant New York Times Bestseller Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher: Atria (August 2, 2016)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1501110368
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.96 x 8.25 inches

                 

2. The Last Anniversary: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

From Liane Moriarty, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty , comes an unforgettable novel defined by her signature sharp wit, page-turning storyline, and lovable and eccentric characters. Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island—home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery. Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions. As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around—and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.

  • Author: Liane Moriarty
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st edition (April 2, 2010)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

3. The Good Daughters: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

“A story of choices and events so intimate I felt I was part of it. The novel is wrenching, the emotions radiant, and it will leave readers transformed” —Luanne Rice, author of The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners “Joyce Maynard has outdone herself in this beautifully written story you’ll find hard to put down and impossible to forget.” — Elizabeth Berg, author of The Last Time I Saw You   Bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Labor Day, Joyce Maynard now brings us The Good Daughters, a spellbinding novel about friendship, family secrets, and the strange, unexpected twists of fate that shape our lives. The story of two women born the same day in the same hospital, but raised in vastly different emotional environments, The Good Daughters is another high note in Maynard’s already distinguished writing career.

  • Author: Joyce Maynard
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (August 24, 2010)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

4. The Hope Chest


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

A grandmother’s loving bequest changes three lives forever in a heartwarming novel about finding love, hope, and family by New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown. An inheritance has reunited three estranged cousins. Their grandmother Lucy left Nessa, Flynn, and April her home nestled in the woods near Blossom, Texas, as well as a hope chest to be unlocked after they complete a special task. Together, they must hand-stitch a cherished quilt Lucy left unfinished. It meant everything to her. And now, to three people struggling with their own patchwork pasts… To Nessa, the house has always been an escape from her strict parents—a home away from home. Flynn has followed a profligate path into adulthood, never guessing it would lead him here. And the town of Blossom only stirs up a lifetime of disappointments for April. Lost and with nowhere to go, her last chance is helping fulfill Nanny Lucy’s final wish. Thread by healing thread, Nessa, Flynn, and April bond over the quilt and all it represents. As they discover the family they’ve been looking for in one another, they share more than memories. They share the hope of new beginnings.

  • Author: Carolyn Brown
  • Publisher: Montlake (June 22, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

5. Love Next Door (Lakeside Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting comes an evocative small-town romance about family loyalty, finding oneself, and falling in love. When Dillion Stitch left her hometown, she had no intention of going back. But when her brother gets into trouble, Dillion reluctantly agrees to return home to take her place at the family business. Being back in Pearl Lake after all these years feels familiar but also brings a few surprises. She’s quick to notice that someone new has shown up at the cottage next door. Dillion gets more than an eyeful when she goes to check out the newcomer and meets Donovan “Van” Firestone—her beloved neighbor’s grandson—in all his unclothed glory. Having gotten off to a rocky start, it’s not long before they begin bickering with each other all over town. All that back-and-forth inevitably sparks an undeniable attraction. But Dillion’s family has issues, Van’s family resents him, and neither Dillion nor Van feels truly at ease in the small town. For these Pearl Lake exiles, home isn’t just where the heart is—it’s where things get complicated.

  • Author: Helena Hunting
  • Publisher: Montlake (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 



6. The Heart of Devin Mackade (MacKade Brothers Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts continues the beloved MacKade Brothers series with Devin, the handsome and dependable sheriff! Since he was a young man, Devin MacKade has always known his destiny was to become sheriff of his small town, to serve and protect Antietam, Maryland. For a long while he thought his future would also include Cassie Connor—the woman he’s known, and certainly loved, forever. But when Cassie married the wrong man, Devin did the honorable thing and kept his feelings to himself. Twelve years later, Cassie’s divorced and Devin can finally follow his heart. The question is, can Cassie? Previously published.

  • Author: Nora Roberts
  • Publisher: Silhouette Special Releases; Reissue edition (March 15, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Parenting & Relationships

                 

7. The Boss(hole): An Enemies To Lovers Romance


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

There are a few things you absolutely don’t do in Adrian Terranova’s world. You don’t question him. You don’t challenge him. You don’t call him by his first name. You definitely don’t contradict him in front of his entire staff. Unless you’re me, apparently. I’d love to say I stood up to the bosshole from hell and walked away unscathed, but that’d be a lie. First he got me fired from the job I couldn’t afford to lose. Then he made sure the only position in the city I could get was working as his personal assistant. He runs his office with iron buns and icy glares. Every day is cloudy with a chance of grumpy. Every moment is a test he expects me to fail, but I’ll happily disappoint him. They say he’s impossible to please? That he never smiles? Well, I don’t run from challenges. I run into them. And then I make them attend office glitter parties with hot dogs. Sometimes I also get scared on company flights and crash face first in my boss’ lap during turbulence. Or there was the time I wound up half-naked in his hotel room… But I know one thing for certain. No matter how many times I have to look at his obnoxiously attractive, insufferably arrogant rear end, I won’t break. I won’t even bend. Adrian: I won’t break her, but she’s absolutely going to bend. Over my desk, I think. Or maybe the couch in reception?

  • Author: Penelope Bloom
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

8. The Grumpy Player Next Door (Copper Valley Fireballs Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

I, Tillie Jean Rock, am not in love with my brother’s teammate. Sure, he might have those biceps and that “I am the grouchiest of grouchy bears” smolder, and he might shovel snow off his driveway next door wearing nothing but boxer shorts and rubber boots, and he might be running a side business feeding all the stray goats in town, but studliness is only skin-deep. And I might flirt with him every chance I get, but I swear it’s only to annoy my brother. And him. Because Max Cole? Under all of those glorious muscles and chiseled cheekbones and searing glares beats the heart of a heartless devil. I could no sooner fall in love with a guy who treats me like a kid, and judges me at every opportunity, and sets an army of garden gnomes loose on my yard, than I could fall in love with my grandfather’s pet parrot. But I can definitely annoy him. I can one hundred percent get on board with annoying him. That’s what you do when you don’t like your neighbor, right? But you know what they say about love and hate… It’s a very thin line. Especially when the real reason I’m not in love with Max Cole—that he’s incapable of love—might not be true at all. The Grumpy Player Next door is a fun-filled enemies-to-lovers romcom featuring a ray of sunshine on a mission, an athlete who’s only grouchy around her, and an epic prank gone wrong. It stands alone and comes complete with small-town shenanigans, a goat who’s not nearly as wise as his name suggests, and proof that sometimes, love is the best kind of vengeance.

  • Author: Pippa Grant
  • Publisher: Bang Laugh Love LLC (July 8, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

9. Crash: A Dirty Angels MC/Blood Fury MC Crossover (Dirty Angels MC Series Book 13)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

Is the risk worth the reward? It was a time to gather with the allies to witness the wedding of a president and his ol’ lady in front of the three powerful clubs that rule western Pennsylvania. The Bloody Fury MC. The Dark Knights MC. And of course, Crash’s own club, the Dirty Angels MC. Three tight-knit brotherhoods celebrating a weekend blow-out full of women, partying and more. For Crash, it may end up being so much more. She’s the property of another club. Property he can’t resist touching. But taking what he wants means risking a crack in the alliance, one he doesn’t want to be responsible for. Creating an issue he doesn’t need to cause for his MC. For his president. But Crash has never been one to blindly follow the rules. Especially when it comes to someone so tempting. In the end, she ends up being a risk he can’t stop from taking. To hell with the consequences. Note: While this book can be read as a standalone, it’s a crossover between the Dirty Angels MC series and the Blood Fury MC series. It’s best read after the complete DAMC series and before Blood & Bones: Ozzy (Blood Fury MC, book 9). As always, this book has no cheating, no cliffhanger and has an HEA.

  • Author: Jeanne St. James
  • Publisher: Double-J Romance, Inc. (July 31, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

10. Layla


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Contemporary Romance - August 2021

A Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love. When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences. Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.

  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher: Montlake (December 8, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction