Something strange has happened. My TBR (To Be Read) pile is down to a half dozen books.  Yes, I know. Shocking, isn’t it?  I’ve just finished reading Jane Porter’s She’s Gone Country, and thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, it stuck with me for several days.  (I love Jane’s writing — and I had the privilege of meeting her and talking with her over coffee back in 2007 after I’d just had to walk out of one of her workshops–which was also fantastic–to pitch my very first story and get my first request.)  I also just finished one of fellow TRW member Mary Sullivan’s Super Romances, A Cowboy’s Plan, and am about to dive into the next in that series, This Cowboy’s Son.

But that finishes off all the contemporaries in my pile, the rest are historicals or paranormals. So help me out. Read any good contemporaries lately?  I’m not big on inspirationals, but other than that I’m pretty open. Heat level — hey, I write hot, but your recommendations can be anything from closed door to blow the doors wide open and turn on the video cameras, it doesn’t matter to me.  Oh, and the one thing I am looking for is something from one of the bigger publishers that can be bought in print.

So tell me … read any good contemporaries lately that I shouldn’t miss?

Read a good Contemporary lately?
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12 thoughts on “Read a good Contemporary lately?

  • October 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Well, contemporary is where I write and most often read so I can give you a list!
    Erin McCarthy
    Lori Foster
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    Susan Andersen
    Lucy Monroe
    Julie James
    Meg Benjamin
    Kate Davies
    Susanna Carr


  • October 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I just finished Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis and it was very good

  • October 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I just read an amazing book, Master, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Master R. It is available from Amazon.

    Wow! It is part history, part education, and part a recounting of his life as the Master of an S&M Chateau that is recognized world wide. In any BDSM book you will run across some things that may be beyond your comfort level and I can almost guarantee you will in this book, but he is giving an account of what has happened, he isn't trying to recruit anyone.

    I found the section on personal freedom as it relates to sexuality to be very interesting.

    In contemporary erotic fiction, Sophie Oak has her second book in the Siren Series out. It's a great series!

  • October 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I know what you mean. I'm generally up to my eyebrows in fangs and fur. I did finish Lean Me On by Victoria Dahl in the not too distant past. It was hilarious and fresh.

  • October 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Erin – great list! I'm going through to see if those authors have had any books released that I haven't read yet and found a couple.

    Elise – I love Victoria Dahl's books — and read them as they each came out. Her Lean On Me is firmly on my keeper shelf. She's one of those authors I keep saying I want to be like 'when I grow up' 😉

    BPB – Jill Shalvis! thanks for the remidner, I need to go check out her list.

    Donna – thanks for the recommendations. I'll keep an eye out for them.

  • October 3, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Hey Leah,
    I just got done reading Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis and it is my favorite contemporary romance this year! It was everything I love in a romance 🙂 I highly recommend it.

  • October 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I enjoy Carolyn Brown's writing.

  • October 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Leah
    You must read the 3 by Louisa Edwards.

    Can't Stand The Heat
    On The Steamy Side
    Just One Taste

    So wonderful they are my treasures of 2010 (unexpectedly amazing). I have bookmarks all through them, her prose is just so funny, sexy, poignant.

  • October 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    and Erin's list too.

    And Erin, you are on my list. Just My Type is my type of book LOL.
    Love best friend's sister, brother, cousin etc.

  • October 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Contemporary authors I'd recommend are Juniper Bell and Cara McKenna. In particular, Training the Receptionist by Bell and Willing Victim by McKenna. Warning: besides being kinky, they both push the envelope. Training the Receptionist was the first erotic romance I've read that was laugh aloud FUNNY. Willing Victim is technically erotica and not erotic romance.

  • October 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I can second the Jill Shalvis recommendation. Simply Irresistible was wonderful, both sexy and funny.

  • October 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Thanks! Keep your recommendations coming but I just put in an order for:

    Jill Shalvis's Simply Irresistible, Carly Phillip's Kiss Me If You Can, and I'm reading Erin Nicholas's Just My Type (which I'm thoroughly enjoying and thanking the heavens that I hadn't started writing a book that is seriously close to the setting and premise. It would have been totally different but still, how can I compete with the incomparable Ms. Nicholas?)

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