This month for Tag Thursday, I’ve gone a bit left of field and created my very own tag. I saw a Historical Romance Reader Tag, created by Jess at Peace Love Books. When I did a little digging, there didn’t seem to be any for contemporary readers.
So, I made one. Should you take this tag, please do let me know. I would love to see your answers.
What’s the first contemporary romance you remember reading?
When I was 12, I snuck away with my Mam’s copy of Always the Bridesmaid by Sarah Webb. It’s about Amy, who finds herself bridesmaid in two weddings but longs for her own walk up the aisle. It was the first time I read a sex scene, and the first time I heard about condoms.
What’s the last contemporary romance you read?
I finished Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutano and absolutely adored it. The hijinks of these four Aunties is such gripping reading, and I can’t wait for the sequel. It comes out in March, and I have a copy from Netgalley ready to go.
Who are your favourite contemporary romance authors?
I will buy anything Lindsey Kelk writes. I’ve loved everything she’s written thus far, and her books always make it to my most anticipated lists for the year.
Isabelle Broom is another big love for me. Her books mean I can travel across the world from the comfort and safety of my couch.
Who are your favourite underrated contemporary romance authors?
More people need to read Lynsey James. She’s been writing for about 10 years, and is currently working on her ninth book. Her most recent release, The Single Dad’s Handbook, is by far her best to date.
I also love Portia MacIntosh and am personally offended more people haven’t read her books. Stuck on You is one of my favourite Christmas contemporaries.
What book do you recommend to a contemporary romance beginner?
For lovers of something a little steamy I always go for The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. It’s a steamy enemies to lovers book with a hint of “there was only one bed” thrown in.
If steam isn’t your thing, I usually recommend a Lindsey Kelk book. I always go for the I Heart series, but her most recent book On a Night Like This also won’t steer you wrong.
What are your favourite and least favourite contemporary romance tropes?
One of my favourite tropes of all time is forced proximity, up to and including “there was only one bed”. I first discovered it in American Royals by Katharine McGee, and it was love at first sight.
I don’t love secod chance romances at all. I feel often, if there’s a reason they split in the first place there’s not much that change down the line to magically bring them back together.
What are your favourite contemporary romance settings?
I love books set in small, cosy towns. If they’re set in a café, where either the heroine or the love interest are the owner of said café, even better.
What was your favourite contemporary romance you read last year?
Even though I didn’t adore the ending (it has another of my not so favourite tropes at the ending) I really liked Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. The banter between Josh and Hazel was lovely, and it was so nice to see a teacher as one of the main characters.
What are your top three all time favourite contemporary romance reads?
What are your most anticipated contemporary romance releases this year?
Mhairi McFarlane’s Mad About You and The No Show by Beth O Leary are both out in April. They’re just two of the romance reads I’m excited about this year.
Tag some contemporary romance lovers to take this tag.
I would love to see thoughts from