New contemporary romance books you will enjoy tremendously

Written by Silke, updated 08 Jun 2021

Hunkering down but trying to not let anxiety rule is difficult for me. But putting together some of the best contemporary romance books of the past few months has been a blast. I hope you enjoy this list for what it is: an invitation to block out the news for a bit in order to get lost in the fantasy of some great romances.

And let me tell you, we have round up a few real gems spanning a wide variety of genres:

From dark mafia romance books to a sweet friends-to-lovers story. There are couples in the first throes of passion, re-united lovers and even one married couple. If you are in the mood for some office romance to get away of the reality of endless zoom calls, check out 'Inappropriate' further down below. And if you want some pure sizzling hot escapism, why not take a look at 'My Maddie'.

  • #1 Cannon - Samantha Whiskey

    Cannon - Samantha Whiskey

    contemporary sports athletes virgin heroine alpha male

    Sports and fake marriage romance

    I’m the fastest and most feared skater in the NHL. With a temper like mine, I can’t afford to make mistakes. But one insane night in Vegas, and I wake up married to the biggest mistake of all: Persephone VanDoren—the head of our team’s charitable foundation. Sure, the petite blonde is sweet enough to give the entire state of South Carolina a toothache, but I’ve never been one for the debutantes. She’s everything I’ve fought against my whole life—wealthy, perfect, gorgeous, and her sharp little tongue presses every single one of my buttons. Our fights are almost as electric as our chemistry and there is no denying the tension sizzling between us... more

  • #2 Trouble After Dark - Marie Force

    Trouble After Dark - Marie Force


    Two people have to overcome their dark pasts to move forward together into their future

    Deacon Taylor stepped up for a friend and got himself thrown in jail, and when he’s given a choice of felony charges or leaving town with his police chief brother Blaine, he chooses the latter, consigning himself to a summer under his annoying older brother’s supervision.

    Julia Lawry used the last of her resources to come to Gansett for her sister Katie’s wedding and has no idea how she’s going to get back to Texas to clean up the mess she left behind... more

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  • #3 Insatiable - Helen Hardt

    Insatiable - Helen Hardt

    contemporary suspense mystery erotic romance

    Suspenseful romance featuring a married couple

    Marjorie Steel and Bryce Simpson have finally declared their love for each other, but their chance for happiness is once again yanked out from under them. As Marjorie is forced to confront her demons and find an inner strength to save herself and another, Bryce rushes to solve the puzzles his dead father left behind.
    An ominous lawyer, twins with a secret, and a premature birth present new obstacles as the two lovers scramble to escape the conundrum and leave their families in peace, all while their desire for each other becomes more and more insatiable... more

  • #4 Power Play - Toni Aleo

    Power Play - Toni Aleo

    sports new adult contemporary athletes

    New adult sports romance

    Posey Adler is coming home. After a devastating journey for what she mistakenly thought was true love, she is saying to hell with men and love forever. As the Nashville Assassins’s new assistant coach for special teams, Posey is ready to focus on her job and have the attention on her for a change. She’s been haunted by her place in her sister’s shadow, but this is her chance to shine and force her family to take notice. But in order to make a name for herself, she’s going to have to go toe-to-toe with her team’s leading power play scorer.

    Boon Hoenes lives for special teams. The power play is his favorite thing about the game... more

  • #5 Resurrection - Siobhan Davis

    Resurrection - Siobhan Davis

    suspense contemporary new adult enemies to lovers dark romance

    Dark enemies to lovers reverse harem mafia romance

    Everything changed the night my dad died. The night I met Saint, Galen, Caz, and Theo. Those manipulative a-holes set out to ruin me after our hot night together, but they didn’t realize you can’t destroy something that’s already broken. And it only works if the victim cares. Which I don’t. Because I’ve been in hell for years, and nothing penetrates the steel walls I’ve erected.

    Until The Sainthood decides I belong to them and cracks appear in my veneer. Their cruel games, harsh words, and rough touch awakens something inside me, and now, I’m in trouble... more

  • #6 Angry God - L.J. Shen

    Angry God - L.J. Shen

    young adult new adult contemporary alpha male dark romance

    Vengeful hero meets his match in a heroine who fights back

    They call him an angry god. To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince. His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.

    All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me. Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me. I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school. But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.. more

  • #7 Inappropriate - Vi Keeland

    Inappropriate - Vi Keeland

    billionaire contemporary alpha male friends to lovers funny

    Sexy and full of witty banter

    Terminated for inappropriate behavior. I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands. I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba. All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friends—a private video made on my private time. Or so I thought…

    Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices. I didn’t think he’d actually respond. I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk... more

  • #8 Just One Year - Penelope Ward

    Just One Year - Penelope Ward

    new adult contemporary enemies to lovers friends to lovers college

    Enemies to friends to lovers college romance

    The beginning of my sophomore year in college was off to a rough start. On the first day of orientation, I had an altercation with an infuriating British dude in a campus bathroom. I got home later that night and realized that the foreign student we were expecting to rent a room in my parents’ house was allergic to our cat. So, the spare room went to someone else: Caleb—the British guy from the men’s room.
    And so it began…my love-hate story with Caleb Yates... more

  • #9 My Maddie - Tillie Cole

    My Maddie - Tillie Cole

    new adult contemporary abuse alpha male tortured hero

    Steamy tortured bad boy mc romance

    Not even love can conquer the demons of our pasts...⁣ ⁣ Flame and Maddie have found solace and safety in one another’s arms, two fractured souls beginning to heal. But no matter how strong their love grows, it can never completely vanquish the demons of their pasts. These demons are dormant, not defeated.⁣ ⁣ Now a new enemy threatens the Hangmen, and a new revelation threatens the peace Maddie and Flame hold so dear. Flame is fighting a multitude of wars – against the club’s new foe, against the horrors of his past, and against his fears – but the fire in his blood may be the only victor... more

  • #10 The Fight for Forever - Meghan March

    The Fight for Forever - Meghan March

    contemporary alpha male suspense mafia erotic romance

    Conclusion to the Legend Trilogy, for those who love alpha males

    You can only keep what you can protect. That’s all I’ve ever known. It’s the way I’ve lived my life. Now, everything I never knew I needed is at risk, and I’m not letting anyone take it from me. I won’t let anyone take her from me. They say love is a battlefield, so I’m ready for war.

    This time, it’s the fight for forever... more

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