JR Ward Books: MUST Read Contemporary Romances

We absolutely love JR Ward books! JR Ward has an undeniable talent when it comes to romance. While she is most acclaimed for her spicy paranormal series “Black Dagger Brotherhood” and “Fallen Angels” her other series and standalone books are just as enticing and as sexy. Here are our top contemporary picks to get you hooked on her unique brand of writing.

JR Ward Books: Moorehouse Legacy

jr ward books: the rebel

The Rebel (Book One)

Writing as Jessica Bird (previously published as Beauty And The Black Sheep)

Entrepreneur Nate Walker does whatever it takes to carve out his place in life. After rejecting his family’s legacy and loosing a gold-digging financé in the process, it’s just him, his chef knives and his trusty car on the road to developing a five-star restaurant. Until the car breaks down in the Adirondacks, leading him to White Caps Inn Frankie Moorhouse.

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The Player (Book Two)

Writing as Jessica Bird (previously published as His Comfort And Joy)

Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett’s middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C., inside talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn’t come home to play politics. Or to play at all. A tragedy has brought him back to face everything he thought he left behind. Including the most unlikely of women.

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The Renegade (Book Three)

Writing as Jessica Bird (previously published as From the First)

It’s bad enough that Alex Moorehouse has always yearned for his best friend’s wife, Cassandra Cutler. When a boating accident makes her a widow, the grief—and the guilt—threaten to sink him. But his self-imposed reclusiveness is about to be destroyed by the arrival of the last person in the world he ever wants to lay eyes on again. As Alex and Cassandra reluctantly work together to rebuild his family’s bed-and-breakfast, and his anguished heart in the process, will their growing bond be strong enough to survive both of their secrets?

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The Rogue (Book Four)

Writing as Jessica Bird (previously published as A Man In A Million)

Michael ‘Spike’ Moriarty has had a thing for Madeline Maguire ever since she first walked up to him as if she wasn’t the most gorgeous woman on the planet and asked to see his tattoos. But he knows that the attraction can only go one way. He could never be the man for her. And yet Madeline knows that Spike is someone she should stay away from, but he’s the only man who has caught her eye time and time again.

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JR Ward Books: Standalone

The Billionaire

Writing as Jessica Bird (previously published as The Billionaire Next Door)

Deal-maker Sean O’Banyon eats Wall Street financiers for lunch. So why is he losing sleepover a sweet-faced nurse in old jeans and a too-big T-shirt? Maybe it’s those warm green eyes. Or the way she blushes when he gets personal. There’s no denying that they have serious chemistry. But sooner or later Lizzie will learn his deep, dark secrets.

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An Unforgettable Lady

Grace Hall is a society beauty surrounded by glamour, privilege and wealth. But her fortune has only made her a target. One by one, Manhattan’s most influential women are being murdered, and Grace is on the hit list. She demands the best bodyguards. John Smith is a hard-heathed security specialist, who is as dedicated as he is deadly. He doesn’t want to move into Grace’s luxury penthouse, but saying no to her is something he can’t seem to do.

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An Irresistible Bachelor

For struggling art conservationist Callie Burke, the chance to restore a world-famous painting is a once in a lifetime opportunity. One that no one in their right mind would turn down, however Callie has reservations about working with the painting’s owner. Jack Walker is a practical man who runs his life, empire and fortune effortlessly. Yet from the moment he met Callie, he wanted her with all the intensity of a first crush.

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Heart Of Gold

Writing as Jessica Bird

Archaeologist Carter Wessex is drawn to Farrell Mountain to solve a centuries old mystery and find a fortune in hidden gold. One thing stands in her way: Nick Farrell, a sexy, but notorious corporate raider with no patience for trespassers on his land. After an explosive introduction, Carter abandons the project but with Nick in hot pursuit. Though wary of his change of heart, Carter is swept up into the mystery and the arms of a man she swore she’d never fall for.

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Leaping Hearts

Writing as Jessica Bird

Everyone thinks that A.J. Sutherland is crazy to buy a rogue stallion that no rider or trainer has been able to tame. But if anyone can make something out of that hell-raiser, it’s her. She can’t do it alone, so she goes after the great Devlin McCloud, an equestrian legend with a bad leg and an even worse attitude. Before Devlin knows it, he’s got a wild stallion in his empty stable and a hot headed, gorgeous rider sleeping on his couch.

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jr ward books: consumed


Anne was fearless and loved the trill of fighting fires, but one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever. She must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self. So she finds a career as an arson investigator as a pale substitute for the life she left behind. She doesn’t believe she can ever feel the same passion again until a string of suspicious fires. Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman and teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction and as Anne narrows in, the aronist begins to target her.

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JR Ward Books: Bourbon Kings

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The Bourbon Kings (Book One)

The Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world for generations. Their wealth has afforded them privilege and prestige, as well as the hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty of fortune. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly. For the head gardener, Lizzy King, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing she intended and their bitter breakup only proved that her instincts were right.

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The Angel’s Share (Book Two)

When the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder, no one is above suspicion. Even the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The Bradford family is the top of high society, just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. The bad blood between Edward and his father is known far and wide and he is aware he could be named a suspect. So he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile the family’s financial future lies in the hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.

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Devil’s Cut (Book Three)

Lane Baldwine was supposed to stay a playboy in his older brother’s shadow. But now he’s the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that his brother is covering up the real murderer, Lane and his true love go on the trail of a killer. Only to discover a devastating secret.

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