Contemporary romance is the most popular of the romantic genres, and is loosely described as romance taking place in a setting after WWII. There are many subgenres such as romantic comedy, erotic, and suspense though many titles can fit into multiple subgenres. Many contemporary romances make efforts to push against prejudiced attitudes and outdated romantic ideals while still appealing to readers' love of the genre. Characters represent various cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations and preferences. Many titles in the genre have moved beyond the boy-meets-girl dichotomy for a more inclusive representation of romantic relationships while still providing a happily-ever-after. This can be very empowering to some who are not used to seeing characters like themselves get to be main characters and receive a happy ending.
"I wonder if he thinks he married a girl with two personalities: vixen and wallflower." -Christina Lauren
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.
After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about each other.
A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They're polar opposites and the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighbouring beach houses. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job...But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn't hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn't hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.