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TBR Thursday – Contemporary

Hello and welcome to another ‘TBR Thursday’.

In case you’re wondering ‘TBR Thursday’ is a feature where I pick five books from my TBR to share with you. They’re generally books that I feel are lesser known (have fewer ratings on Goodreads and/or I rarely see mentioned) and it’s basically an excuse to bring some more attention to these seemingly underrated books.

If anyone wants to join in you’re more than welcome to do so. I have a list of the year’s topics here. And would love the excuse to learn more about the books that you feel deserve some more appreciation. Feel free to link back to me, comment on this post or contact me via the contact page of my blog if you do join in and want me to link to your post here.

For the next four months I’m going to focus on four different genres that I want to read more of. So starting this series off is: Contemporary. I used to read this a lot then mostly stopped and I honestly don’t know why. I absolutely adore some books within the genre so I seriously need to start picking them up more frequently again. Here are five lesser known ones that I’d love to get read this year.

A Kiss In The Dark by Cat Clarke

When Alex meets Kate the attraction is instant.

Alex is funny, good-looking, and a little shy – everything that Kate wants in a boyfriend.

Alex can’t help falling for Kate, who is pretty, charming and maybe just a little naive…

But one of them is hiding an unbelievable secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives…


Cat Clarke has written some truly amazing books and they never fail to grip me. They’re twisty, compelling and can paint a pretty vivid picture of the awful things that people are capable of doing to one another. They also tend to tear at my emotions and make me feel on various individual’s behalves. So, as I’ve loved her other books, of course I want to read this one. I’m also pretty curious about the secret; how it’ll ruin their lives and what will happen when it comes out. This is definitely one I plan to pick up as soon as possible.

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.


Because apparently I like reading contemporary novels that are going to put me through an emotional ringer? I don’t know; I like reading about obsessive love and seeing how it can affect people. Charming, dangerous, controlling individuals can be fascinating to read about in some ways. Plus I’m hoping that in this case Grace will break free and find herself. Hopefully. And yeah I’ll admit I’m also a sucker for a pretty cover.

All Of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . .


This book sounds like it’ll have a lot of drama in it and I personally love drama. So that alone made me want to pick it up instantly. Then I realized it was written in a pretty usual style and I was unsure about reading it. I definitely still want to though. I want to see what secrets everybody’s hiding and how things fall apart. Plus it’s about an author; what reader doesn’t love books that feature those?

The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon

Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a musician seems to be spiralling down the drain.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…


Paige Toon is an author who I’ve wanted to read something by for a long time. A lot of her books are on my TBR actually but this is the one that always immediately springs to mind. Three very different girls connected by Angus, the guy they fell in love with. How do the stories intertwine? What brings them together, if anything? I’m really looking forward to this one and think it has the potential to be pretty beautiful to be honest. Fingers crossed anyway.

High School Queens by Zachary Ryan

They all thought they did a masterful job of keeping their secrets close to their chest. These stupid fools thought they were the high court of this kingdom, but they had no clue who was really pulling the strings. You might wonder to yourself, who would be that heartless to make them backstab their friends, expose other’s secrets, and lose their morals? You don’t need to know who I am, but you better remember my name, The Marked Queen.

Danielle, Andrew, Delilah, Aman, and Jasmine all are now faced with a mysterious villain whose one goal is to ruin each of their lives. They must protect their secrets at all cost, or they’ll be the next victim on Marked Day. They know what’s at stake, and they’ll stop at nothing to continue being: the rich spoiled girl, the normal teenager, the girl who isn’t banging the principal, the straight vlogger, and the girl who isn’t her dad’s punching bag. What happens when The Marked Queen changes up the game just in time for prom? Will each of our favorite puppets survive? Or are they willing to backstab each other just to keep up their personas? The only thing lost at this prom wasn’t going to be their virginity.


This book blurb immediately gave me Pretty Little Liars vibes and I love that. I love the mixture of secrets, drama, scandal and blackmail that seems to be promised here. I adore the idea of ‘The Marked Queen’ and can’t wait to see her pulling each of these girl’s strings. I’m sorry but I just love scandalous books featuring a lot of drama and surely everyone can agree that this blurb promises A LOT of that?

Have you read any of the books that I’ve mentioned here today? Do you have any overlooked books on your TBR? Do you have any contemporary book recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you.


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