I never used to be a huge romance reader, at least not the fluffy rom-com style but I’ve definitely been reading more of this genre in the last couple of years.
Reading so much, I find the best way to keep it up is by keeping it varied.
I often switch genres every read!
Contemporary romance is a great way to break up heavier reads, and there are so many good ones out there now.
I’ve listened to many contemporary romances on audio as I find it a genre suited to the audiobook format.
If you haven’t tried an audiobook before, download the Libby app and sign in with your library account to borrow free audiobooks, there are so many available.
Here are those I’ve read physical copies of, and all are a little different from the next:
It’s Been A Pleasure, Noni Blake – Claire Christian: a self-discovery pleasure quest to Europe featuring a Viking as the love interest
The Friend Zone – Abby Jimenez: A classic friends to lovers trope which features great banter, fun characters and some heavier themes too.
If you like this one be sure to check out her second book, The Happy Ever After Playlist
One True Loves – Taylor Jenkins Reid: If you want tears stemming from your heart being broken and put back together, then this one’s for you.
It features a real Sophie’s choice and makes you consider what you would do in such an impossible situation.
The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren: This author duo produce hilarious romances and this is one I will always recommend to those wanting a light and fun read.
An enemy-to-lovers which dares you to laugh out loud.
One Day – David Nicholls: An older read but one I reflect on fondly.
This one shows love over time, checking in with the main characters on one day each year to give an insight to how their lives are playing out, sometimes separately, sometimes together.
There’s also a movie featuring Anne Hathaway, but promise me you’ll read the book first!
The Hating Game – Sally Thorne: This one is an office-enemy-to-lovers story, which will challenge you to not put it down!
Get A Life, Chloe Brown – Talia Hibbert: Hibbert is a renown true romance writer and this is her first in a line of more contemporary romance books.
Hibbert writes nicely diverse characters with a pinch of the steam from her previous work.
This list will well and truly get you started with the romance genre.
But if you want to try audiobooks (great for keeping you company during house chores!) then I highly recommend:
Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston: A look at what it would be like if America’s first son fell in love with Britain’s Prince!
A great LGBTQ story but definitely steamy, so perhaps not one to listen to with little ears around!
The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang: This one features a female autistic main character who seeks out an escort to get some dating and sexual experience!
You’ll fall in love with the main characters Stella and Michael and I’m sure, be looking to back it up with Hoang’s next one, The Bride Test.