2013 Top 5 Contemporary Reads

It’s that time of year again where we count down our top 5 books we’ve read this year. Some of these books were new this year and others have been out for a while. Either way these are the books we consider the top books we’ve read.


  1. As Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
  2. Hot Shot by Julie Garwood
  3. Perfect Fling by Carly Phillips
  4. All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey
  5. Wild Man by Kristen Ashley


  1. When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak
  2. Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak
  3. Take Me home For Christmas by Brenda Novak
  4. Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones


  1. Time Flies by Clare Cook
  2. Wrecked by Shiloh Walker
  3. Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker
  4. Love Irresistibly by Julie James
  5. Too Times as Hot by Cat Johnson


  1. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
  2. Come Undone by Jessica HawkinsJul
  3. Come Together by Jessica Hawkins
  4. Come Alive by Jessica Hawkins
  5. She’s the One by Erin Nicholas


  1. A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
  2. Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
  3. Liar, Liar Hearts on Fire by Jennifer Zane
  4. Burn by Linda Howard
  5. The Player by J.R. Ward

Now that we’ve told you our top 5 contemporary reads tell us yours.



  1. patoct

    So hard to choose; I have read a lot from your list that I really liked; so I will choose different ones that made my list:
    Deb Macomber – Rose Harbor in Bloom
    Nancy Thayer – A Nantucket Christmas
    Shannon Stacey – All He Ever Dreamed (love those Kowalskis)
    Toni Blake – Half Moon Hill
    Susan Mallery – Three Sisters

  2. marcyshuler

    I went to my goodreads page and these are the last six contemporary books that I gave 5 stars to:

    Married for Christmas by Noelle Adams
    Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
    The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
    Unbound by Cara McKenna
    The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins
    Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis

  3. Sharlene Wegner

    I have read some of yours, too & will pick different ones, like patoct.

    Laura Florand – The Chocolate Touch
    Kristan Higgins – The Best Man
    Juliana Stone – The Summer He Came Home
    Carolyn Brown – The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby
    Rachel Gibson – Run to You

    Many more!

  4. Jessica Hawkins

    Omg. I’m so honored! Thank you, Sarah for adding the whole series. I’m SO excited!!!

  5. gmapeony

    I love contemporaries; here are some of my favorites and I have read many from your list –
    Bella Andre – Come a Little Bit Closer
    Marie Force – Falling for Love
    Shannon Stacey – Exclusively Yours
    Shannon Stacey – All He Ever Needed
    Julie James – Irresistibly Yours


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