What are the best contemporary romance novels published in 2016?

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    #1Punk 57

    Punk 57
    Punk 57 is a young adult romance novel by Penelope Douglas. It tells the story of Misha and Ryen, who were pen pals for the better part of seven years. Everything was going great until they meet in person for the first time.
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    Douglas Hansen
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas is an amazing romantic novel. This one is unique in the sense that it takes the perspective of a love-hate relationship. It talks about how meeting others can be both great and detrimental to you and the others in your life. There is no book like this and you will not want to put it down!"
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    #2It Ends with Us

    It Ends with Us

    It Ends with Us is a contemporary fiction novel written by Colleen Hoover which centers on Lily who grew up in an abusive household and now she finds herself in an abusive relationship with Ryle. 

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    Brandon West
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Colleen Hoover is a best-selling author for a reason. She knows how to tell a story and weave all the plots into a world the reader gets lost in. Fantastic story and kept me reading well past my bedtime. "
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    #3The Goal (Off-Campus)

    The Goal (Off-Campus)

    The Goal is the fourth book in the contemporary romance series Off-Campus written by Elle Kennedy which follows the romance between college senior Sabrina James and John Tucker. 

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    Hannah Curtis
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Sabrina was not looking for a relationship with any man. She was going to law school and working two jobs to pay for it. She knew where she was going -- that is, until she met Tucker. The Goal is a wonderful contemporary romance with modern themes."
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    #4Cream of the Crop (The Hudson Valley)

    Cream of the Crop (The Hudson Valley)

    Cream of the Crop is the second book in the contemporary romance series Hudson Valley written by Alice Clayton which follows the romance between Manhattan’s It Girl Natalie Grayson and Oscar Mendoza, who owns the Bailey Falls Creamery.

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    Wayne Hopkins
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book really failed to live up to standards. The story didn't make much sense and I kept having so many questions that went unanswered. I was expecting better from this author but this book just didn't do it for me. "
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    #5The Hating Game

    The Hating Game

    The Hating Game is a standalone contemporary romance novel written by Sally Thorne which follows the love-hate relationship between Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman.

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    Brian Allen
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "One word, cliche. There really was no twist at all. I have totally read this book a thousand times, Sally Thorne you've got to be original! I have read so many romance novel which is why am so judgmental, but still the author gotta try harder though, I feel like the storyline is similar to most romance movies out there"
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    #6The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc.)

    The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc.)

    The Matchmaker's Replacement is the second book in the contemporary romance series Wingmen Inc. written by Rachel Van Dyken which the love-hate relationship between Lex and Gabi as they now have to work together. 

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    Carl Boyd
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "While I may not be a huge fan of romantic novels, being a computer tech major, I do feel a bit of a connection with the male character from this story. I think the plot is simple enough and it does seem to be one that's been told many times, and continues to work. This could be a different take on it, however."
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    #7The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk)

    The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk)
    The One Real Thing is the second book in the series Hart's Boardwalk written by Samantha Young which centers on Doctor Jessica Huntington meets the owner of a local bar Cooper Lawson while she delivers a set of old love letters in his town. 
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    James Freeman
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Dr. Jessica Huntington didn't know she was stuck in her own life. As the head doctor of the Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Facilty, she's seen everything. She chose this job over more prestigious jobs because she wanted to be a real doctor and help those in need with compassion, integrity, and equality. Her personal life is void. She has a friends with benefits relationship with a busy prestigious surgeon. Their relationship is anything but a real relationship. Their encounters are scheduled. There are no surprises. Jessica likes it that way. She doesn't want the commitment and involvement that comes with a true relationship."
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    #8For Better or Worse (Wedding Belles)

    For Better or Worse (Wedding Belles)

    For Better or Worse is the second book in the contemporary romance series The Wedding Belles written by Lauren Layne which follows the romance between Heather Fowler and Josh Tanner. 

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    Samantha Kim
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "For Better or Worse, the second book in the series The Wedding Belles, is certainly a great example of a contemporary romance novel. It was published in 2016 making it the perfect solution to anyone looking for something of the like. A good read with a little push and pull from the main characters."
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    #9Challenge (Harris Brothers)

    Challenge (Harris Brothers)

    Challenge is a contemporary sports romance novel written by Amy Daws. It was first published in 2016 by Stars Hollow Publishing, and it is the first book in the Harris Brothers series.

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    William Peters
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I liked everything about this book. Romance-trials, humor-heart break, intrigue. Best recommended for women."
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    #10Signs of Attraction

    Signs of Attraction

    Signs of Attraction is a standalone contemporary romance novel written by Laura Brown which centers on the relationship of Carli and Reed that is about self-acceptance and letting go of the past.

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    Doris Vasquez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I enjoyed this book very much. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. Carli and Reed are both people I'd love to meet in real life. Carli has overcome physical challenges in amazing ways. Both Carli and Reed have hearing loss, but Carli's is less acute. She is able to make out some words, but she has been trying to pass as "normal" due to pressure from her parents, especially her father. Reed is mostly deaf, so he's the perfect one to teach Carli ASL (American Sign Language) and gently lead her into a world in which she can communicate. One of my favorite scenes is when Reed sets up Closed Captioning on her TV, and she realizes what she has been missing in her favorite movie at a certain moment when she couldn't really hear what the character was saying, and she wasn't able to lip read. Watching this couple fall in love and figure out how to be together was beautiful and sweet, and their motivations were always fully explained and made sense. I loved seeing Carli through Reed's eyes even when she was recovering from a serious concussion, because his view of her was so different from the way she saw herself. He saw strength; she kept seeing herself as broken. The emotions were real and wrenching, which made their happy ending feel even better. If you find yourself jaded and cynical, please read this! This book and others like it are the reasons I read romance. "
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    #11Curvy

    Curvy

    Curvy is a standalone adult erotica fiction novel written by Alexa Riley which follows the instant-love story of Flynn Long and Cali Carr who fall in love at first sight.

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    #12Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires)

    Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires)
    Tapping the Billionaire is the first book in the contemporary romance series Billionaire Bad Boys written by Max Monroe which follows the office romance between Georgia Cummings and Kline Brooks. 
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    Helen Stevens
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a juicy, guilty pleasure read. For women and men who love this genre, it's a great entertaining read. It's almost a parody on real life. I think anyone who's dated in the modern age can relate to the stories and hijinks written here. I love it."
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    #13Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds book series)

    Shiver (Unbreakable Bonds book series)

    Shiver is a fictional M/M contemporary romance book written by Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott. This fictional M/M contemporary romance book was published on October 27, 2015.

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    Tiffany Wong
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This was a great book, full of sex and mystery, but it is simply wrong for this category. It was published in 2015, not 2016, so it should be in "contemporary romance novels published in 2015" instead. I felt like it was more about sex than romance. Either way it was an incredibly intriguing journey and I loved the relationship between the main characters. Would recommend, but change the year in the category description!"
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    #14Bitter Legacy

    Bitter Legacy

    Bitter Legacy is a fictional M/M romance book written by Dal Maclean. This fictional M/M romance book was published on October 4, 2016 by Blind Eye Books.

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    Debra Guerrero
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book delves into a male-male romance and relationship. The trials and troubles they face alone and together. A book that reads easily and is enjoyable."
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    #15Tied Up in Knots (Marshals book series)

    Tied Up in Knots (Marshals book series)

    Tied Up in Knots (Marshals book series) is a fictional M/M contemporary romance book written by Mary Calmes. This fictional M/M contemporary romance book was published on September 16, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press.

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Summary

Best What are the best contemporary romance novels published in 2016
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Punk 57Books 44 Paid
2It Ends with UsBooks 42 Paid
3The Goal (Off-Campus)Books 38 Paid
4Cream of the Crop (The Hudson Valley)Books 37 Paid
5The Hating GameBooks 36 Paid
6The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc.)Books 32 Paid
7The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk)Books 31 Paid
8For Better or Worse (Wedding Belles)Books 29 Paid
9Challenge (Harris Brothers)Books 1 Paid
10Signs of AttractionBooks 0 Paid
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