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Romance Subgenres : Something for Everyone!: Contemporary Romance

Romance is Present!

Contemporary Romance novels are set in the time period in which is was written.

You might think a romance set in 1860 that was written in 1860 would be a historical romance, but it's just a reeeeaallly old contemporary romance--strange, but true!

Most of the contemporary romances on our shelves aren't very old, and those on our New shelves are the most contemporary of all.

Contemporaries, like historicals, are all about the setting, so there are many opportunities for cross-genres, like contemporary paranormal romances or contemporary romantic suspense. Usually, though, romances are assumed to be contemporary unless they're labeled historical, so you may not fid them labeled this way.

Sometimes, though, all a reader wants is a simple modern romance that takes place in our own world, if not our own state:


Or even our own country:

Several authors, like Debbie Macomber, have set many of their romances in a single town or neighborhood, which allows for linked stories, plot arcs, and character cameos:

You can search our library catalog for contemporaries (see the side bar to the right), but you should also be able to easily browse our shelves for a contemporary novel that suits you!

How Do You Find What You Want Where You Want It?

One of the best things about the RiverShare online catalog is the Search Options feature: it helps you pinpoint exactly what you want, exactly where you want it!

Say you're in the mood to read a good comtemporary romance, and you'll be near our Eastern Avenue branch today.

No problem!

Go to our online catalog and click on  "Search" and "Keyword".

Underneath the search window, click on "Search Options"

In the Libraries window, scroll down and select "Davenport Eastern Avenue Branch".

In the Collections window, scroll down and select "Romance".

Click the Set Search Options button on the bottom left.

Type "contemporary" in the search window and click Go!