I love romance novels! They are super fun for me and I can usually read them in just about one sitting because I get so drawn in and invested in the couple. Also, I definitely get sucked into reading anything with a cute illustrated cover…I love the style of them!
FIX HER UP BY TESSA BAILEY
Georgie is never taken seriously because of her profession as a clown and pro baseball player Travis needs to fix his less than savory image, so they decide to fake a relationship in order for others to take them seriously.
Tropes: fake dating, brother’s best friend
I definitely had a few issues with this book, but overall, it was a great time! I’m a sucker for fake dating and the sex scenes in this book were quite…memorable (in a good way).
GIRL MEETS DUKE SERIES BY TESSA DARE
The Duchess Deal: The Duke of Ashbury needs a wife and an heir, so when seamstress Emma bursts into his house in a wedding dress, he decides that she’ll do.
Tropes: marriage of convenience, scarred hero
The Governess Game: After losing her job, Alexandra takes her only option: becoming a governess for the wards of infamous rake Chase Reynaud.
Tropes: rake, secret heart of gold, workplace romance
The Wallflower Wager: Penelope is a spinster with a whole host of animals in her home, and in order for Gabriel, Duke of Ruin, to sell the house next door, he must help her find new homes for the animals.
Tropes: opposites attract, gruff/bad boy
*all of these have couples with class differences*
This series is honestly just a great time. They kind of follow a formula, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. They are historical romance, but they definitely feel more modern in their ideas. I highly recommend the audiobooks as well!
WELL MET BY JEN DELUCA
Emily and Simon can’t seem to get along in real life, but their alter egos at the Renaissance Faire, Emma the bar wench and Captain Blackthorne, can’t seem to stay away from each other.
Tropes: rivals to lovers, fake dating
I absolutely loved the tension of the characters real life issues with each other and the chemistry between their faire roles. This was overall just such a fun book!
MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID
After moving back to LA, Hannah is at a bar with her friends when she has a choice to make: stay with her friends or go with Ethan, her high school boyfriend. This book follows both paths Hannah’s life could take.
Tropes: second chance romance
I know that a lot of people didn’t like this book, but I really enjoyed it! The two timelines can be a little confusing at points, but overall, I think the message was really powerful and I really enjoyed the romance in this book.
JOSH & HAZEL’S GUIDE TO NOT DATING BY CHRISTINA LAUREN
College acquaintances Josh and Hazel have recently reconnected and have started setting each other up on dates, though each date is a bigger and bigger disaster.
Tropes: friends to lovers
I normally don’t like friends to lovers, but the set up of this book was just so good! I had some issues with the ending, but I loved the rest of the book so much that I don’t really care. This is definitely one of my all-time favorites!
THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTINA LAUREN
After being the only people to leave their siblings’ disastrous, food-poisoning filled wedding unscathed, Olive and Ethan have to pretend to be newlyweds in order to go on the non-refundable, non-transferable honeymoon that the actual newlyweds aren’t able to make.
Tropes: fake relationship, rivals to lovers
This was such a fun book! It’s set mostly in Hawaii and it just had so many things about it that I enjoyed.
RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE BY CASEY MCQUISTON
First Son of the United States Alex gets into a sticky situation with Henry, the Prince of Wales, and the two have to pretend to be friends.
Tropes: rivals to lovers
This book definitely went further beyond the romance than most romance novels I read, because both Henry and Alex’s friends and family, as well as the political situation in the world is still very memorable to me. The romance was great as well, of course!
THE FLATSHARE BY BETH O’LEARY
Leon needs to earn extra money to help his wrongly-accused brother in jail, so he needs a roommate, but his flat only has one bed, so it has to be someone who is only there while he is on his overnight shift. Tiffy is looking for somewhere to stay to get away from her terrible ex-boyfriend, so she takes a chance on Leon’s strange offer.
Tropes: bed sharing (lol)
This book still warms my heart when I think about it. I absolutely love the romance, but I also love how it dealt with the other things going on in the characters lives.
THE HATING GAME BY SALLY THORNE
Lucy and Josh have been rivals the entire time they’ve been working together, and when a big promotion is coming for only one of them, their relationship evolves.
Tropes: rivals to lovers
I reread this book recently and it was still so good! This is one of the first adult romances I read, so it will always have a special place in my heart.
As I was writing this, I realized that this is one of the least diverse list I’ve ever made. In general, I think I do an alright job at reading diversely, but adult romance is really where my biggest problem is. I’m actively trying to do better, but I need to focus a lot more on this genre, especially since it is one of my favorites.
I also realized that a lot of these have a quirky woman and a stoic/closed off man as a couple. I don’t know if that is indicative of what I like or of what becomes popular in mainstream romance, but I would like to read more that is different from that.
What are your favorite romance novels?