Popular Contemporary Romance Webnovels

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for some nice contemporary romance, with dashing, falling-head-over-heels heroes, modern Cinderella stories, love triangles, betrayals, and the inevitable happy end. In this post, I have aggregated some of the most popular contemporary romance stories on Webnovel.

The 99th Divorce

“In her previous lifetime, they had been married for five years. He meant everything to her, but she was thrown away like an old shoe.

After her rebirth, she gave him a divorce contract preemptively—

‘Divorce after one year, the terms of the contract are as follows: husband and wife shall not share a room or bed. Intimacy forbidden?’

he raised his eyebrow.

Who knew that after she got drunk one day, leaning on the headboard, he would rest his deep-set eyes on her. ‘You broke the contract, Mrs. Li.'”

This is a contemporary romance tale with a backdrop of reincarnation. With the male and female lead going through ups and downs in their relationship, this is not a saccharine-sweet read and features quite a bit of face-slapping.

Ongoing at over 1,500 chapters and with 15 new chapters each week, this rollercoaster romance ride will keep you reading late into the night.

Full Marks Hidden Marriage: Pick Up a Son, Get a Free Husband


“After five years, Ning Xi returned to the place that had pushed her away — home. With a sister who turned her parents against her and made her childhood sweetheart betray her, the odds seemed low.

However, five years abroad had changed her, and she came home to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming an actress. Despite her evil sister still out to get her, tables will be turned.

One day, after falling into one of her sister’s schemes, she saves an adorable kid and finds herself staying at his house to help him come out of his shell. Slowly, his father, Lu Tingxiao, begins falling for her. This was before they realize how their lives had been intertwined all this while without their knowledge.”

The premise of this sweet romance novel is just adorable. I love romance plots in which the male and female leads connect through a child of one of them. With plenty of emotional moments that harp on the reader’s heartstrings, as well as comedy elements to make this a lighter read, it is no wonder that this popular story has nearly 400 million views on Webnovel. Complete at over 2,000 chapters, this is classic soap opera in book form.

The Beautiful Wife of the Whirlwind Marriage


“Wealthy, powerful, and handsome, Gu Jingze is the envy of every guy and the dream of every girl. His life is perfect… except that he has one tiny secret that keeps him from getting close to any woman—apparent impotency.

That is, until he wakes up in bed with a total stranger one day. The next thing he knows, he is forced to marry this stranger, a feisty and boisterous woman by the name of Lin Che.

Lin Che is an average girl whose only aim is to become a successful actress. Ostracized by her family and forced to become independent, she cooks up a scheme to attain her goal. But her plan fails and she ends up marrying this cold and seemingly heartless Gu Jingze. Not only that, but she must also now find her place in high society, where jealous women and devious plots lay abound – all while juggling her new career.

Two strangers under one roof: From the outset, they agree to stay out of each other’s lives, but he somehow always manages to appear during her moments of crisis. Slowly and unwittingly, Lin Che begins to find it difficult to imagine a future without him. Will their relationship grow, or is their marriage destined to remain just a contract?”

There are two undeniable facts regarding romance novels: one, they are all based on tropes that had been rehashed time and time again; and two, if these tropes are well-written, we never tire of reading them. The premise of two strangers pushed into marriage by a stroke of fate, then realizing they are actually the perfect match and cannot live without one another, has been told and retold, yet it doesn’t grow old.

This explains why The Beautiful Wife, currently just over 1,000 chapters, is rapidly gaining in popularity on Webnovel – and I predict that if the current consistent update rate keeps up, its rank will only continue to climb.

Perfect Secret Love: The Bad New Wife is a Little Sweet


“’How perverted is Si Ye Han’s taste? He still wants me like this?’ Waking up, she looked at her reflection in the mirror: explosive wig, tattoos, and demon-like makeup. Any normal person’s eyes would burn if they looked at her for more than a second.

Before her rebirth, she was in love with a different guy, so all she wanted to do was escape from Si Ye Han and hated him to his core after being locked up by him.

After her rebirth, she looked differently at him, thinking that maybe he changed for the better.

In the past, her mind was muddled. She let go of a stunning husband, was hurt by a scumbag and backstabb,er and most of all, was brainwashed by her most trusted friend. In the end, she was utterly alone.

In her current lifetime, there are evil people scheming and eagerly waiting for her downfall. Sorry, but this girl won’t fall for the same tricks twice!”

This is another great read from the author of Full Marks Hidden Marriage. If you find the idea of a male MC who is a hot-tempered, wealthy, and powerful mafia lord appealing, this might just be your cup of tea. I also like the premise of the female MC reincarnating with some important insight from her previous life that helps her make better decisions in this one. In time, the girl has the opportunity to look past the guy’s tough exterior and see the sweet, love-craving, slightly awkward personality. No wonder this novel is so popular, with nearly 2,300 chapters and counting, and over a 100 million views.