On Why I Love the Contemporary Romance Genre

March 23, 2020 20 Comments

We, all of us readers, have something about our reading habit that feeds it. Maybe it’s that we’re a mood reader, or perhaps it’s a connection to a certain type of character. Sometimes it might be a more visual draw (*raises hand*) like a cover attraction. Then there’s those of us who are continuously attracted to the allure of a certain genre. This is me. My most favorite genre is the contemporary genre, and since it is my favorite, any day seems a good day to share reasons why I love contemporary romance fiction.

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To be honest, I don’t think I can say the book that first introduced me to the genre, and perhaps not even the author, but one who I did read frequently, and with enthusiasm, is Lori Wick. She wrote novels like Sophie’s Heart and The Princess. Then there was a time where I felt as though I “fell” away from reading. I cannot say when it was or the why of it, but it did happen. Then I read a novel by Becky Wade, actually one of the very first I ever reviewed, titled My Stubborn Heart, and my love of contemporary fiction (re)sparked, and I’ve been one ever since.

When you find something that you like as well as a genre, an author or maybe more of a stylistic type of story, one of the things we best enjoy is talking about all them. At least I know I do. This is why it seemed a perfect day to discuss some reasons why I love the contemporary romance genre – or even just a solid contemporary novel. Let’s do this thing.

Why I Love Contemporary Romance Fiction

1: Character Voices

I think the characters in this genre seem to be people that I can “connect” with more. It’s not always that I understand everything they go through, but there’s something about them that resonates. Perhaps it’s just the “understanding” of the world they live in, whereas there’s no way I could relate to someone living through WWI or any other time period.

2: Favorite Creators

More than any other genre, I find favorite authors among the contemporary.  Some favorites include Hester Browne, Carla Laureano, Hillary Manton Lodge, Dani Pettrey, Katherine Reay, Melissa Tagg, Becky Wade, Kasie West and so many others!

3: Playful or Romantic Cover Design  

We all know I’m a self-proclaimed “cover snob,” and I kinda’ love it. I’m all about a good cover design. This genre produces some of my most favorites, and oftentimes they have a kind of whimsical vibe going for them too, which I adore.

4: Range of Genre

For me, this genre also encompasses a varied array of story “types.” Meaning, contemporary can be a mystery/suspense, of course, a good romance, a story that’s more character focused, and though it’s not my jam, I do even see fantasies as contemporaries. It’s. The. Best.

5: Swoony Romance

I mean, this is kind of a given, but come on, I have to give it a shout-out!


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  • Davida Chazan March 24, 2020 at 2:47 AM

    I’m not into romance in general, but I get why you like it!

    Davida Chazan recently posted: TCL’s Top Ten Tuesday for March 24, 2020.
    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:21 PM

      It’s definitely a happy place genre for me. :)

  • Lydia March 24, 2020 at 8:08 AM

    Yes, the contemporary romance genre does have some gorgeous covers!

    My TTT .

    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:21 PM

      Indeed it does. They’re so cheerful. :) Thanks so much for the visit, Lydia.

  • Dini @ dinipandareads March 24, 2020 at 8:44 AM

    All the swooning is definitely a big factor in what I love about contemporary romance! I love a connection that is full of chemistry and fire too. But what I especially love, and what I actually wrote my post on today, are super fun families and hilarious friends that make the romance stories even better! They always add so much to my enjoyment of a book ?

    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:22 PM

      Aww! That’s a really fun topic, Dini. I love solid supporting characters too, but don’t like when the story is just as much about a second story as it is what the synopsis tells us. So glad you stopped by – thanks!

  • Dedra @ A Book Wanderer March 24, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    I love so many genres, but contemporary romance is definitely high up at the top. It’s what I turn to when I need a guaranteed positive outcome. I have several coming up on my tbr and I’m anxious to get through my current arc so I can get to them! ;) Great post!

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    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:27 PM

      YES! It’s always a “happy place” genre for me. :) Hope you enjoy those on your TBR. Thanks for the visit, Dedra.

  • Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse March 24, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    The range of the genre is one of the reasons I also love reading contemporary romance.

    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:29 PM

      YES! Great range which makes it more interesting. :)

  • Lauren March 24, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    I love this post! I feel like contemporary books are often pushed to the side because many people can’t get past the use of tropes!

    Here’s my TTT: https://laurenbodiford123.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/paranormal-recommendations-vampire-and-werewolves/

    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:33 PM

      Good point, Lauren. There are definitely some tropes that I don’t like, but I guess I overcome them (or most!). ;) Thanks for the visit.

  • Poinsettia March 24, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Nice list! Contemporary isn’t a genre I read a lot, but I’ve recently been trying to branch out and read a bit more! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:34 PM

      Cool. Hope you find some good ones!! :)

  • Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight March 24, 2020 at 9:11 PM

    This is so true honestly, and one of the reasons that I ONLY used to read contemporary! (Which is ironic, since now it’s probably one of my lesser read genres hah.) But you are so right about it- it is SO many different things under one umbrella! Ironically, I felt like it was often TOO similar to reality but apparently now, that would be untrue ?

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    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:35 PM

      I think I like contemporary (for many reasons) primarily because I CAN relate to the situations. Not everything, obviously, but just the world, what people have to go through, and all that, I appreciate it more than paranormal or fantasy or whatever other genres there are. For some reason I just cannot get into them! ;) Thanks so much for the visit, Shannon.

  • Lindsi March 25, 2020 at 9:06 AM

    I’ve only started reading contemporary romance in the last few years! I was ALL YA for awhile, then I hit a fantasy kick, and now I read a little bit of everything. I like to think I’ve grown as a reader. ;)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ?

    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:36 PM

      That’s cool, Lindsi! It’s fun to read and enjoy multiple genres. :) Appreciate your visit.

  • Greg March 28, 2020 at 12:16 AM

    I really love the cover trends lately in contemporaries- some of those books are just so amazing to LOOK at, right? Not to mention, like you said, there can be such a wide range of wonderful stories told. I don’t read as many contemps as I’d like to but I’ve really come to enjoy them since I started blogging.

    • Rissi JC April 13, 2020 at 12:44 PM

      SAME! They’re so whimsical and just fun – plus they make the shelf pretty, too. :D Thanks so much for the visit, Greg.

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