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Adult & contemporary romance

See below for a selection of the latest books from Adult & contemporary romance category. Presented with a red border are the Adult & contemporary romance books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Adult & contemporary romance books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Color of Love

The Color of Love

Author: Deborah McAdory-Douglas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2021

Only for You

Only for You

Author: Barb Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/07/2021

Barb Curtis returns to Sapphire Springs with this heartwarming romance where a small-town bakery owner finds herself in a fake relationship with the man she's always pined after. Will a fake relationship between two friends lead to true love? After having his heart broken on national television, Tim Fraser knows only one way to stop the gossip about his love life-a new girlfriend. The problem is, he's done with romance forever. A fake relationship with his friend and Sapphire Spring's sweetest baker, Emily Holland, seems the perfect solution to getting rid of his newfound fame, but their fleeting fauxmance is stirring up the kinds of feelings Tim has sworn off for good. Emily has secretly lusted after Tim for years, but pretending her feelings are all for show never factored into her fantasy. Still, her decades-long crush makes it impossible to say no to Tim's proposal. But with each date, the lines between pretend and reality blur, giving Tim and Emily a tantalizing taste of life outside the friend zone . . . if they can find the courage to give real love a chance.

Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch

Second Chance at Sunflower Ranch

Author: Carolyn Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/07/2021

A retired Air Force pilot gets a second chance to capture the heart of the woman who got away and the daughter he never knew he had in this launch to a new series from the bestselling Queen of Cowboy Romance. With back-to-back deployments, retired Air Force pilot Jesse Ryan hasn't been home much since he enlisted twenty years ago. Now he's headed back to Honey Grove, Texas to help take care of his aging foster parents and run their ranch. But when he gets home, he finds his parents' home healthcare nurse is Addison Hall, his high school sweetheart and the woman he still regrets leaving behind. He's not at all surprised that their chemistry is still sparking, but Jesse is shocked to learn Addie gave birth to a little girl about nine months after he left -- his little girl. Addie was devastated when Jesse left all those years ago. But just like anyone voted most likely to succeed in her senior class, she got through it and is proud of the daughter she raised and of her own career, especially since it allows her to care for the Ryans, who always felt like a second family. But with Jesse back home again, can Addie risk opening her heart for a second chance at love and the family that her daughter has always deserved?

Father's Day

Father's Day

Author: Debbie Macomber Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/07/2021

The Summer Sisters

The Summer Sisters

Author: Sara Richardson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/07/2021

Fans of Lori Wilde, Jennifer Ryan, and Lori Foster won't be able to put down this heartwarming, multi-generational story about three sisters' search to reunite their family and the love they find along the way. The Buchanan sisters share everything -- even ownership of their beloved Juniper Inn. But their mother and Aunt Sassy won't even stay in the same state, and no one knows the story behind the sisters' decades-long feud. When youngest sister, Rose, plans the inn's grand re-opening for the same weekend as Sassy's 70th birthday's party, a family reunion seems unavoidable. Only Rose needs help from a certain handsome, if surly, hardware store owner to pull off an extravagant celebration. The sparks between them are undeniable, but Rose can't help suspecting he's hiding something from her . . . After a heartbreaking end to her marriage, Dahlia Buchanan and her kids have built a new life in Colorado. She's started flirting with the town doctor, but how does she know she's ready to open her heart again? When her youngest daughter cleverly maneuvers her to Juniper Springs on her estranged sister's birthday, Lillian Buchanan has no choice but to finally face her once-beloved sibling. But some wounds are just too deep to heal. And what will her daughters do when the family secrets she's tried so hard to hide come flooding into the open?

Spells of Dusk and Dawn

Spells of Dusk and Dawn

Author: Niels Hammer Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2021

Having fought to extricate himself from a devastating relationship with a charming but fickle woman, and desperate to reach a state of serenity, William leaves her to live alone in an old dilapidated house by the sea and devote himself to music and astronomy; but his distraught state of mind induces him to seek temporary relief and he meets Dorothy, a carefree and vigorous women, to whom he, in spite of his resolution, feels strongly attached. Fearing his loss of independence he tries to quench a wild fire with a circumscribed fire and seduces a compassionate but unsuspecting women whom he hopes can shelter him till his infatuation has subsided; however, after a while he nevertheless more or less unconsciously gives her a good reason for leaving him, and he has then no option but to confront Dorothy. Too indecisive to run away he fights his inclination, while she, being susceptible to his repressed feelings, which she has inspired, becomes eager and frustrated enough to take the initiative. As his feelings for her become manifested in action he has to accept them and this ignites an increasing interanimation which suggests a shared consciousness. And yet, his longing for serenity and her longing for absolute love are apparently incompatible and this insoluble conflict forces him to leave her, but while running away he feels the double bond between them strengthen to a point where he is pulled back to her and together they reach a state of reciprocal acceptance; and yet he suddenly leaves her for the freedom of the jungle though expecting her to join him shortly and thus get the best of both worlds; so the anagnorisis leaves him in similar though not identical situation as that from which he tried to escape a year ago. Character determines fate and an all-consuming love is not easily reconciled with the an urge for the numinous.

You've Got My Number

You've Got My Number

Author: Angela Barton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2021

Three isn't always a magic number ... There are three reasons Tess Fenton should be happy. One, her job at the Blue Olive deli is dull, but at least she gets to work with her best friend. Two, she lives in a cosy cottage in the pretty village of Halston. Three, she's in love with her boyfriend, Blake. Isn't she? Because, despite their history, Blake continues to be the puzzle piece in Tess's life that doesn't quite fit. And when she meets intriguing local artist Daniel Cavanagh, it soon becomes apparent that, for Tess, love isn't as easy as one, two, three ...

Royal Rebels: A Convenient Marriage

Royal Rebels: A Convenient Marriage

Author: Ellie Darkins, Ally Blake, Rebecca Winters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2021

How To Catch A Bad Boy / Secrets Of A One Night Stand

How To Catch A Bad Boy / Secrets Of A One Night Stand

Author: Cat Schield, Naima Simone Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2021

Island Escapes: Tropical Trysts

Island Escapes: Tropical Trysts

Author: Sue MacKay, Marion Lennox, Jules Bennett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

Daring to Win Plastic surgeon Olivia Coates-Clark knew her affair with handsome Dr Zachary Wright couldn't last forever, so she ended it before she could get hurt. But when a chance encounter brings them back together, Zak can't let her walk away again. Alone with her in paradise, he'll prove once and for all that some rules are worth breaking... * When Nurse Hettie de Lacey saves orphaned Joni from drowning, she sets her heart on adopting him. But to keep him she needs Dr Max Lockhart. Max's life is in turmoil, but can he walk away when everything about Hettie and Joni compels him to stay? * An accident left Prince Lucas Silva with memory loss. Now he believes his loyal assistant, Kate Barton, is his bride-to-be. And she's under strict orders to keep up the pretence! Kate knows her happiness can't last, and palace rule mean she may soon be tossed to the side. But once Luc regains his memory, he starts willing to forget the rules!

Italian Playboys: Nights

Italian Playboys: Nights

Author: Jennifer Faye, Deborah Fletcher Mello, Caroline Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

New Beginnings, New Pleasures Lizzie Addler's dream of working in Italy comes true when she gets a job working for Italian chef Dante DeFiore. Dante hasn't got time to pander to Lizzie's dreams of culinary fame, but as Lizzie proves herself to be a spectacular addition to his kitchen-and to his life-Dante wonders...can he keep her forever? * A coveted teaching invitation gives Donovan Boudreaux the chance to meet his secret email pen pal-world-renowned author Gianna Martelli. But when he arrives in Tuscany, he discovers he's been deceived. His misgivings dwindle as Gianna introduces him to the hidden pleasures of Italy-and a passion that takes them both by surprise. * Leo Zaccharelli is a gorgeous TV chef, but to Amy Driver he's just her best friend. Yet when he saves her from a disastrous near miss down the aisle, Amy escapes to Tuscany with Leo and his adorable baby daughter, Ella. Can spending time with this beautiful little family with a tragic past opens Amy's eyes to the joys of being a mother...and a wife?