What are the best contemporary western novels?

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    #1Blood Meridian

    Blood Meridian
    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy is a great book that tells about Texas-Mexico borderlands. The novel is set in the 1850s American West, and it is focuses on an adolescent known "The Kid".


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    Janice Mills
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I have a love-hate relationship with this book. It's not an easy, linear read. I personally like the format, but it's definitely not a beach read. However, the gore gets to be too much for me at times."
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    #2My Cowboy Heart (The Cowboys)

    My Cowboy Heart (The Cowboys)
    My Cowboy Heart is a romance novel by Z.A. Maxfield. It is the first book in the Cowboys series and it tells the story of two men, both emotionally damaged from their turbulent pasts,  as they find redemption in each other's arms.
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    Andrew James
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "The Western is a bit of a lost art in my mind. I think that westerns are beginning to grow in popularity again. Is this on par with the best John Wayne stuff? No, but still fun and entertaining. Standard plot."
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    #3The Whistling Season

    The Whistling Season
    The Whistling Season is an amazing novel written by Ivan Doig that tells the story about three kids who lost their mother. Its pages show us historical details and captivating characters.
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    Jacob Lane
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The Whistling Season is a great western novel . The novel was written beautifully and it will keep you engaged."
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    #4The Crossing (The Border Trilogy)

    The Crossing (The Border Trilogy)
    The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy is a wonderful novel for adults that tells the adventures of a kid crossing the border from Mexico. It's the second book in The Border Trilogy series.



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    Johnny White
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "If you are tired of trumps discreption of Mexican folks, give this a read. We are all just folks!"
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    #5Her Uniform Cowboy (Harland County)

    Her Uniform Cowboy (Harland County)
    Her Uniform Cowboy is the third book in the Harland County series written by Donna Michaels and Stacy D Holmes which centers on overweight designer Brandi Wyne and sheriff Kade Dalton who owns a ranch in the town of Texas. 




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    Alexander Wade
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "A read this book when i went on to vacation in the woods. Sad to say that i closed it off after the 3rd chapter, a bit boring to say the least."
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    #6Her Fated Cowboy (Harland County)

    Her Fated Cowboy (Harland County)
    Her Fated Cowboy is the first book in the  Harland County series written by Donna Michaels which centers on LAPD cop Jordan Masters and CEO of a software company Cole McCall dealing with the loss of their loved ones in tragic accidents.
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    Eduardo Rosas
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Her Fated Cowboy and the rest of the books in this series are not really westerns - they are more like romance novels. However, if you have a charitable interpretation of what constitutes a "western", this book might be what you are looking for. I am not really in the intended audience for this kind of book, but it looks to be somewhat above average for what it is, and there are a number of other stories in this series if you find it to be worthwhile."
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    #7Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove
    Lonesome Dove is the winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. Set in the American West during the late 19th century, it follows the story of retired Texas Rangers as they herd cattle from Texas to Montana.
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    Harry Peters
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is one of the best western novels I have ever read. It is a masterpiece. Every character feels so real and feels like they actually belong in the story. Everything they say or do matters. The plot has so many layers that you'll be able to read this book many times over the years without getting bored. If you haven't read Lonesome Dove I think you should pick up a copy immediately. "
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    #8Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy)

    Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy)
    Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy tells the story about two cowboys in the Texas-Mexico border. With amazing descriptions and astonishing dialogues, this is the third and last book in The Border Trilogy series.


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    Anthony Woods
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you are really into the west themed movies and books this is a very well done series of books. It tells the story of two cowboys and it will take your right into the wild west."
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    #9To Love a Cowboy

    To Love a Cowboy

    To Love a Cowboy is a romance novel by Rhianne Aile that tells the story of Patrick Lassiter and his abiding love for a younger man, Roan Bucklin. Little did he know that Roan harbored feelings for him, too.

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    Dennis Robertson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I didn't like it. I was expecting something action-packed, but instead, I got sappy love stories. I'm all for romance, but come on. Not in a western novel."
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    #10Blue Skies (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan)

    Blue Skies (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan)
    Blue Skies is a Western contemporary romance fiction and the fourth book in Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan series written by Catherine Anderson. It is first published in 2004 by Signet. 
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    Jordan Hoffman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    ""Blue Skies" took me right right back to my younger days and reminded me of where I grew up. This novel was not the best I've read, but it's worth your time. Oh the days of dreaming of western love. This book will transport you."
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    #11Midnight Ride (Midnight Cowboys)

    Midnight Ride (Midnight Cowboys)
    Midnight Ride is the first book in the Midnight Cowboys series written by Cat Johnson which centers on widowed rancher Janie Smithwick trying to pay her debts after her husband passed away but then she met 24-year-old rancher Tyler Jenkins. 
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    Lawrence Alvarado
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "More of a cowboy romance novel than a good western novel. I wouldn't recommend it to someone."
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    #12Baby Love (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan)

    Baby Love (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan)

    Baby Love is a Western contemporary romance fiction and the first book in Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan series written by Catherine Anderson. It is first published in 1999. 

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    Ethan McDonald
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If you like western novels, then baby love is for you. It's one of the best, if not the best contemporary westerns to come out in years."
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    #13Bright Eyes (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan)

    Bright Eyes (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan)

    Bright Eyes is a Western contemporary romance fiction and the fifth book in Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan series written by Catherine Anderson. It is first published in 2004 by Berkley Books. 

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    Laura Webb
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This had me hooked before I knew it! Nothing says "weekend on the couch with a good book" like a a cowboy love story. "
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    #14State of Wonder

    State of Wonder

    State of Wonder is a contemporary fiction written by Ann Patchett, listed as a New York Times bestselling author. With over 300 pages, this novel is published in 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers.

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    Jesse Young
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "State of Wonder is an excellent adventure story set in the Amazon rainforest. The cover art instantly grabs the reader and sucks them into an engaging story."
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    #15Shopgirl

    Shopgirl

    Shopgirl is a romance fiction novel written by Steve Martin which is about Mirabelle Buttersfield selling expensive evening gloves nobody ever buys at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.  

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    Nicholas Dixon
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I found myself to be bored with this book, in addition to subjects that i am not normally interested it, I found the character to be hard to like and bland. Had trouble finishing it and would not be interesting in similar books in the future."
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    #16An Object of Beauty

    An Object of Beauty

    An Object of Beauty is a contemporary novel written by Steve Martin which centers on Lacey Yeager who dreams to take the NYC art world by storm in the future.

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    Thomas Reyes
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I love to read contemporary western novels. My friend recommended An Object of Beauty to me. It's by Steve Martin and centers on Lacey Yeager, who wants to take over the New York City art world. It's a story full of triumph and failure that is incredibly riveting. I've been reading it for hours at night and I love it. Strongly recommended."
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    #17Taft

    Taft

    Taft is a contemporary novel written by Ann Patchett which centers on former jazz musician John Nickel who starts to reconstruct the life of a man he never met after his son was taken away from him and he hired Fay as his waitress in his bar. 

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    Walter Lewis
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Taft is a great western novel. I felt like I was in a saloon reading this masterpiece."
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    #18The Magician's Assistant

    The Magician's Assistant

    The Magician's Assistant is a contemporary novel written by Ann Patchett which follows the life of Sabine as she sets on adventure from Los Angeles to Nebraska to discover the secrets of his late magician husband. 

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    #19Run

    Run

    Run is an adult fiction written by Ann Patchett which follows the story of Tip and Teddy Doyle raised by their father and former mayor of Boston Bernard Doyle after they got involve in a life-threatening accident.

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    Xiang Yang
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "a new york times best seller run is one of the finest western novels money can buy"
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    #20Beneath This Ink

    Beneath This Ink

    Beneath This Ink is the second in the Beneath series written by Meghan March. This contemporary romance fiction was originally published in 2015. This book is about an inked man who is trying to win back the woman she once had.

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    Debra Simpson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I’ve always known she was too good for me, but that never stopped me from wanting her. And then I finally had her for one night. A night I don’t remember. I figured I’d blown my shot. But now she’s walked back into my life, and this time, I have the upper hand. I want my second chance. Will she be able to see the man beneath this ink?"
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    #21My Sister Jodie

    My Sister Jodie
    My Sister Jodie is a children's book written by Jacqueline Wilson. Originally published in 2008 by Doubleday UK, My Sister Jodie focuses the adventures of the sisters Pearl and Jodie.
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    #22Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain)

    Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain)

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    Keith Wells
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book throws a little bit of mystery into the romance genre. The characters are typical of the genre the men seem to have some bipolar disorder switching from being sweet to being from another time all together. Seems like the female version of Sons of Anarchy."
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    #23Vanguard

    Vanguard

    Vanguard is a fictional adult contemporary romance novel written by C.J. Markusfeld. This fictional adult contemporary romance novel was published on July 17, 2015.

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    Benjamin Wallace
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Vanguard in short is a love story between to stubborn people. It wasn't my least favorite book but it wasn't my favorite book either."
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    #24The Middle of Somewhere

    The Middle of Somewhere

    The Middle of Somewhere is a contemporary fiction novel written by Sonja Yoerg. This book was originally published in 2015. It narrates the story of a widow as she hikes into the wilderness.

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    Cheryl Bryant
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The story described in this book is very unique, you will read every page of this book being surprised on the situations and the characters described on it, and i am sure you will love this story as i do, and you will remember it for a long time."
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    #25Phantom Waltz (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan)

    Phantom Waltz (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan)

    Phantom Waltz is a Western contemporary romance fiction and the second book in Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan series written by Catherine Anderson.

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    Andrea Pena
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I am not the biggest fans of Westerns, but this novel is the exception of my distaste for the genre. It combines elements of romance and fiction which make it an enjoyable experience for anyone. "
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    #26Defensive Heart

    Defensive Heart
    Defensive Heart by Dorothy F. Shaw is contemporary romance novel that tells a story of a young successful artist Jimmy Donnelly who falls in love with an older woman, Sonja Martin, a lawyer and a mother.
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    Zeng He
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I really liked Jimmy. He was a strong hero who knew what he wanted and worked his way into Sonja's heart (and bed). He was sweet and caring and not just for Sonja but for her daughter as well. He was dedicated to Sonja and fought for her even as she denied him"
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    #27Consent to the Cowboy

    Consent to the Cowboy

    Consent to the Cowboy is a western fictional erotic romance book written by Abby Wood. This erotic romance book by Wood was published on June 2010 by Carina Press.

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    Tammy Chapman
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The summary says it all. Very erotic and fun read."

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Best What are the best contemporary western novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Blood MeridianBooks 18 Paid
2My Cowboy Heart (The Cowboys)Books 15 Paid
3The Whistling SeasonBooks 13 Paid
4The Crossing (The Border Trilogy)Books 12 Paid
5Her Uniform Cowboy (Harland County)Books 12 Paid
6Her Fated Cowboy (Harland County)Books 10 Paid
7Lonesome DoveBooks 8 Paid
8Cities of the Plain (The Border Trilogy)Books 5 Paid
9To Love a CowboyBooks 2 Paid
10Blue Skies (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan)Books 1 Paid
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