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Contemporary Romance Starter Pack

Contemporary Romance Starter Pack

Where do you start in the world of contemporary romance? You start here! A+ options for all sorts of stories with diverse characters and diverse authors.

Playlist Tags: Meet Cute Romance Bookshop & Fizzery genre: Romance queer topic: romance contemporary romance culturally diverse characters mood: comforting mood: happy mood: cozy topic: lgbtq

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American Dreamer

Dreamers: Book #1

By Adriana Herrera
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

“A fresh and vital new voice in romance.”—Entertainment Weekly

From award-winning author Adriana Herrera comes a novel hailed as one of Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best Romance Novels of 2019 and a TODAY Show Hot Summer Read.

No one ever said big dreams come easy

For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds... Read more »

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Hate to Want You

Forbidden Hearts
Forbidden Hearts: Book #1

By Alisha Rai
Narrated by: Summer Morton & Jeremy York
Length: 9 hours 59 minutes

Alisha Rai, one of contemporary romance’s brightest stars, makes her Avon Books debut with the first novel in the sexy Forbidden Hearts series!

One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted...

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown

A Novel
The Brown Sisters: Book #1

By Talia Hibbert
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 10 hours 41 minutes

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“I am so here for this book! Chloe Brown is now one of my favorite heroines in a romance. It was incredibly refreshing to have a main character with a chronic illness. I have a chronic illness that is invisible as well and felt truly represented by this book. The love story and love interest Red was super swoon-worthy. These are complex characters and I loved Chloe's sisters - I can't wait for the next book in the series! Also - the audiobook for this is AMAZING! The narrator Adjoa Andoh is officially one of my favorite narrators now.”

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So Over You

Chicago Rebels: Book #2

By Kate Meader
Narrated by: Pippa Jayne
Length: 9 hours 33 minutes

Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father's failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader's sizzling Chicago Rebels series. In this second entry, middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the... Read more »

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Love Lettering

By Kate Clayborn
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes

Meg Mackworth's hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancée was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of... Read more »

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RAFE

A Buff Male Nanny
Loose Ends: Book #1

By Rebekah Weatherspoon
Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
Length: 6 hours 16 minutes

All Dr. Sloan Copeland needed was someone to watch her kids. What she found was the man of her dreams . . .

After a nasty divorce and a thousand mile move, Dr. Sloan Copeland and her twin daughters are finally getting the hang of their new life in Los Angeles. When their live-in nanny bails with no warning, Sloan is left scrambling to find a... Read more »

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Scoring with the Wrong Twin

WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends of Athletes): Book #1

By Naima Simone
Narrated by: C.J. Bloom
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

Shy, awkward Sophia Cruz has a hard time telling her vivacious identical twin “no.” But when her sister begs her to swap places for a modeling shoot, she caves … again. Then Zephirin Black walks onto the set. The brooding, aloof, and gorgeous tight end for the Washington Warriors. But she can keep it professional… She has to. Because the...

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It Happened One Summer

A Novel

By Tessa Bailey
Narrated by: Charlotte North
Length: 10 hours 48 minutes

It Happened One Summer

“This story opened its broad arms and admitted me into the recharging station that I needed so badly in 2021. It was cute. It was sweet. It was heart-wrenching. It was steamy. It was everything!”

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Whiteout

Survival Instincts

By Adriana Anders
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

Angel Smith is finally ready to leave Antarctica for a second chance at life. But on what was meant to be her final day, the remote-research station she's been calling home is attacked. Hunted and scared, she and irritatingly gorgeous glaciologist Ford Cooper barely make it out with their lives...only to realize that in a place this remote,...

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The Next Always

Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy: Book #1

By Nora Roberts
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces you to the Montgomery brothers—Beckett, Ryder, and Owen—as they bring an intimate bed-and-breakfast to life in their hometown.

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the...

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The Kiss Quotient

A Novel

By Helen Hoang
Narrated by: Carly Robins
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes

The Kiss Quotient

“I am going to cry. Happy tears. I don’t think I’ve ever related to a character in romance quite so much as I do to Stella. And that is important. Helen gives voice to those who have been counted out of the romance genre for so long, and in such a way that is relatable, informative, and swoon-worthy. I also really enjoyed the premise of flipping Pretty Woman on its head. I'll always take a fake dating trope, but something about this treatment really did it for me. I devoured it. Tropy in all the best ways, and real in all the rest, I truly hope The Kiss Quotient continues to gain readership and notoriety over years to come.”

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The Wedding Date

By Jasmine Guillory
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory—author of the Resse Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick The Proposal.

THE USA TODAY BESTSELLER
#5 LibraryReads Pick

“A swoony rom-com brimming...
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Red, White & Royal Blue

A Novel

By Casey McQuiston
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes

Red, White & Royal Blue

“Fresh, irreverent, and funny, Red, White & Royal Blue is a delight and a treasure. With subtle jabs, Casey McQuiston pokes fun at both the public face of the British monarchy as well as the back-door politicking that dominates the U.S. political scene. The story follows the self-centered Alex Claremont-Diaz (America’s First Son) and his interactions with British Prince Henry of Wales. As hostility increases between two political scions forced into a sham friendship, we see the framework of political destiny and duty begin to fray. Little by little, hostility turns to something else entirely. This is a story about happiness — and, more importantly, honesty — for those who live their lives in the public eye.”

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A Princess in Theory

Reluctant Royals

By Alyssa Cole
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 11 hours 26 minutes

A Princess in Theory

“Have you been fascinated by the news surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Then this is the book for you! I loved this modern romance series that focuses on strong, smart, and independent women who just happen to fall in love with royalty. I guarantee this series will make you smile while you swoon!”

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Something About You

FBI/US Attorney: Book #1

By Julie James
Narrated by: Karen White
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation—the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus... Read more »

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You Had Me at Hola

A Novel

By Alexis Daria
Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes

If you enjoyed The Proposal, then you’ll love You Had Me at Hola.

“Damn, this was cute. Definitely a mood-lifter, definitely a light read. Any fan of Jane the Virgin or One Day at a Time (or even an "I enjoyed an episode once" person) would devour this. Filled with representation, strong leading ladies, family drama, secrets, and pure sass, You Had Me at Hola has you entertained from the first page. Honestly, though this book includes some steamy romance, it wasn't the most exciting thing for me. I was really impressed with Daria's world building. She layered scenes of Carmen in Charge (the show Jasmine and Ashton are filming) in throughout and captures the families of both characters very well. Yes, there is sex but there is also a really sweet relationship blooming that involves multiple layers and I was honestly more in a "cute" mindset throughout that a "sexy" one. There was a lot of talk about being a Latinx actress in today's entertainment world and the difficulty with tokenism, racism, and stereotypes. Daria also touched on the multitudes within the Latinx community and how many different countries, languages, culture, and skin colors that covers. Of course, being a romance, there are always bad decisions and stupid people involved. Jasmine and Ashton, though super cute, are no exception. Just as much eyerolling happened on my face as grinning but in a romance, I guess I wouldn't have it any other way!”

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