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    10 Emotional Contemporary Romances To Curl Up With This Fall

    We love nothing more than curling up with an incredible book and having a good cry - and we've compiled a list of some of our favorite reads from this year so far that will be perfect to curl up with this fall!

    1. SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renee Carlino

    When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.


    Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.


    That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.


    The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?


    Add SWEAR ON THIS LIFE to your TBR list!

    2. THE LIE by Karina Halle

    The Lie is a standalone, second-chance romance and hit #3 on the New York Times Bestsellers list!

    Their love led to a lie
    Their truth led to the end

    Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident and his job from his subsequent downward spiral, he's finally moving forward, getting a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and a new life in the city. Slowly, but surely, he's pushing past the guilt and putting his tragic past behind him.

    Until he sees her.

    Natasha Trudeau once loved a man so much she thought she'd die without him. But their love was wrong, doomed from the start, and when their world crashed around them, Natasha was nearly buried in the rubble. It took years of moving on to forget him, and now that she's in London, she's ready to start again.

    Until she sees him.

    Because some loves are too dangerous to ever indulge.
    And some loves are far too powerful to ignore.
    Their love just might be the life and the death of them.

    Add THE LIE to your TBR list!

    3. EMINENT LOVE by Leddy Harper

    Life doesn’t always start with once upon a time.

    Love doesn’t always end with happily ever after.

    After spending five years with the love of my life, I did nothing to stop her from walking away. She had her reasons to leave. I had my reasons to stay. But a year later, the realization of loss hits me, and I’ll stop at nothing to fix it. I leave everything behind to drive across the country to win her back, and I refuse to accept anything other than fulfilling old promises.

    But the only certainty in life is: nothing is as expected.

    The most valuable lessons don’t often revolve around a fairytale ending—frequently, they come from hurt and healing. They come from the kind of personal growth love offers. The mending of your heart, your soul, and your life. And every once in a while, you find the greatest gifts in the packages you never expected to open.

    Add EMINENT LOVE to your TBR list!

    4. SO MUCH MORE by Kim Holden

    Love is strange. It comes out of nowhere. There’s no logic to it. It’s not methodical. It’s not scientific. It’s pure emotion and passion. And emotion and passion can be dangerous because they fuel love…and hate.

    I’m now a reluctant connoisseur of both—an expert through immersion. I know them intimately.

    When I fell in love with Miranda, it was swift and blind. She was the person I’d elevated to mythical status in my head, in my dreams.

    Here’s the thing about dreams, they’re smoke.

    They’re spun as thoughts until they become something we think we want. Something we think we need.

    That was Miranda. She was smoke.

    I thought I wanted her. I thought I needed her.

    Over time reality crept in and slowly dissected and disemboweled my dreams like a predator, leaving behind a rotting carcass.

    Reality can be a fierce bitch.

    So can Miranda.


    And I can be a fool...

    who believes in dreams.


    And people.

    And love.

    Add SO MUCH MORE to your TBR list!

    5. IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

    Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

    Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.


    As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.


    Add IT ENDS WITH US to your TBR list!

    6. WAIT by A.L. Jackson

    She is his strength and he is her weakness. And this time he won’t let her go.

    Edie Evans is gorgeous.

    Sexy.

    Kind.

    She’s also the definition of off-limits.

    But that didn’t stop me from sneaking into her room to comfort her at night.

    But guys like me? We destroy everything, so it should have been no surprise when I destroyed us, too.

    The night I sent her running, I thought I’d never see her again.

    Until I saw her standing like a vision in the crowd.

    Austin Stone is dangerous.

    Alluring.

    Tempting.

    He broke my heart and I refused to give him the chance to do it again.

    It’s been years since I’ve seen him, and now I can’t do anything but stare at the gorgeous, tattooed man playing onstage. I should run. I know I should. But like a fool, I run straight back to him.

    Our desire is overpowering.
    Our need unrelenting.

    She is my hope.
    He is my weakness.
    We should have known a passion this intense would burn us right into the ground.

    Add WAIT to your TBR list!

    7. SAY YOU'LL STAY by Corinne Michaels

    One word.

    Stay.

    It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

    That was seventeen years ago.

    I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

    Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

    This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .

    Add SAY YOU'LL STAY to your TBR list!

    8. FULL TILT by Emma Scott

    "I would love you forever, if I only had the chance..."

    Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge--impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch...

    Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he's vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

    Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

    Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.

    Add FULL TILT to your TBR list!

    9. ONE DAY SOON by A. Meredith Walters

    He found me in blood and tears.

    I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

    We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.

    We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

    We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

    He ran away.

    I tried to move on.

    Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

    Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

    And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

    Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.

    And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

    For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

    Add ONE DAY SOON to your TBR list!

    10. YOURS by Jasinda Wilder

    When my husband Oliver died, my life ended. My purpose, my passion, my everything bled out with him on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway.

    Ollie was an organ donor. His eyes, his brain, his lungs, his heart…parts of my Ollie went out and saved lives.

    Then His heart, beating in another man’s chest, found its way back to me, and I found myself faced with an impossible choice: hold on to the pain and beauty of the past and the memory of the man I loved, or reach for a bold new

    future, knowing each heartbeat will be a reminder of all I’ve lost.

    •••

    I wasn’t supposed to live past thirty.

    My grandfather died at forty-five. Heart failure.

    My father died at thirty-five. Heart failure.

    The doctors told me my whole life that I wouldn’t see my thirty-first birthday. My heart was going to give out. It was just a matter of time: a rare blood type and an unusually large heart meant essentially zero chance of a transplant.

    I proved them all wrong…by dying on my thirty-first birthday.

    And then I woke up, alive, with another man’s heart inside my chest, and his widow on my conscience.

    I spent my whole life preparing for death, and now I have to learn how to live. Only, as I soon discovered, living is the easy part.

    Loving, and allowing myself to be loved…well, that’s a whole lot harder.

    Add YOURS to your TBR list!

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