TOP TEN TUESDAY: Adult romances on my radar
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
I’ll be honest, I have no idea how to talk about adult books. I would call all of the books on this list contemporary romances, but I don’t actually know if they are: they might be chick lit, they might be romcoms. They might be called romances. They might just be contemporaries! So this is me, apologising in advance if this list is a MESS.
Adult contemporary romance is a genre that I want to read more from. Whenever a book is described as a romance, I automatically feel put off of reading it. I imagine tightly corseted women with prominent bosoms swooning against shirtless men with scary abs (aka the most stereotypical Mills & Boon cover EVER!) and those books don’t appeal to me.
However, I read a couple adult contemporary romances last year, picking one up based on the cover (Love Songs for Sceptics by Christina Pishiris) and one because of the author (All About Us by Tom Ellen) and I really enjoyed them both!
The ten books on this list are ones that I’ve either a) heard great things about or b) love the cover of, and they’re definitely adult contemporary romances that I’m going to prioritise picking up ASAP. As I said, I don’t really know how to talk about any of them, so I will be linking their Goodreads pages in the titles!
So, without further ado, here we go:
Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron
I only discovered Accidentally Engaged while writing this list, but THAT COVER. Oh wow, that is absolutely stunning.
This book features a Muslim girl whose family are desperate to get her married off, baking, and what seems like a romance with the boy-next-door! I don’t think I need any more information to be sold on this one.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
I first heard about The Bromance Book Club on Chelsea’s Booktube channel, and have heard a lot of people talking about it since.
Following a guy who decides to join a romance book club in the attempt to learn how to satisfy his wife, this sounds so wholesome and full-hearted. I also love the fact that it’s part of a series, so you’ll be able to follow the other guys at the book club if you like their characters!
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The Flatshare actually inspired me to write this list, because I managed to get a copy in our local book swap box yesterday!
I’ve heard mixed things about this book: that the romance is really sweet, but the logic behind the plot is tenuous at best. Hopefully I’ll be able to suspend my disbelief and really fall in love with these characters (and if not, I’ll keep an eye out for one of Beth O’Leary’s other novels in the future!).
The Flip Side by James Bailey
It took me half an hour of searching to find The Flip Side last night, because I really wanted to include it on this list.
Not only is that cover really memorable (in fact, the only thing that I could remember about the book – I’d thrown out the author’s name and the title!) but I love the concept. A guy proposes to his long-term girlfriend and she says no… So he decides to start making all of his decisions based on the flip of a coin. What a fun idea!
Aoife from Pretty Purple Polka Dots has read this and said it was a lot of fun, so I’m definitely going to trust her recommendation.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
The first book in the Brown sisters series, Get a Life, Chloe Brown features a chronically ill main character, which I think is brilliant. Chronically ill people deserve to be the stars of romance novels as well, but I haven’t heard of any other books like this one!
I’ve mostly seen people talking about Take a Hint, Dani Brown, the second book in the Brown sisters series, but if I’m going to read these I’ll definitely be starting with Chloe’s story.
Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon
Lily Menon is the adult romance pen name of Sandhya Menon, author of When Dimple Met Rishi. I absolutely loved her debut novel (even though I’m yet to pick up any of her other releases – the shame!) but I’m looking forward to reading her adult debut, too.
I’ve been lucky enough to be accepted to read a copy of Make Up Break Up via NetGalley, so it’s safe to say I will be reading this one really soon.
Following a girl who has an app called Make Up – destined to save failing relationships – and a guy who has an app called Break Up – making break ups as fast and to the point as possible – it’s going to be fun to see how this story unfolds.
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
The Right Swipe sounds quite similar to Make Up Break Up, in that it follows two rival app creators.
Rhiannon and Samson are supposed to be a one-time thing, until he turns up in the boardroom, partnered up with a business rival. Rhiannon has to decide whether to follow her heart, or her head.
This sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s also the first book in a series which makes me even more interested in it!
Ten Things My Cat Hates About You by Lottie Lucas
Another book I discovered while writing this list, Ten Things My Cat Hates About You sounds absolutely WILD.
Following a girl whose cat keeps chasing off her boyfriends, this sounds like it’s going to be equal parts frustrating and hilarious, and I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before!
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Hailey in Bookland absolutely loves Christina Lauren, so I probably first heard of this book on her channel.
After a newly married bride and groom are struck down with sickness before their honeymoon, a bridesmaid and the best man are invited to go in their place. The only problem? They both absolutely HATE each other. Awkward…
This sounds like it’s going to be an enemies-to-lovers story, and I really like that trope when it’s done well, so I think this could become a favourite.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
The last book on my list today is one that I can’t wait to read because it has one of the best covers I have ever seen.
A wedding planner gets ditched at the altar – ironic – but puts it behind her and continues making her wedding planning business successful. It’s all going well… Until she ends up working with the best man from her failed wedding!
This sounds like it’s going to be a comedy of errors, and I can’t wait to see what happens.
And those are the ten adult contemporary romances I can’t wait to pick up. If you’ve read any of these books and would recommend them, please let me know down in the comments! Make sure to also leave a link to your love freebie post: I can’t wait to see what other people have written.
Thanks for reading,