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66 Best Romance Novels of All Time

66 Best Romance Novels of All Time

Romance novels offer readers passionate stories of fantasy, adventure, and of course, romance. Despite romance fiction often being dismissed as frivolous, these stories have resonated deeply for millions of devoted fans across decades, even centuries. Romance spans dazzlingly diverse settings and subgenres, from historical love stories to contemporary page-turners to sci-fi fantasies and beyond, capturing every shade of romantic experience.

While narrow “best romance novel” lists do exist, even the most ardent romance readers recognize countless beloved titles and talented authors worth celebrating. So rather than claiming to present any definitive ranking, this overview features especially popular romance novels across romance styles and eras. Of course, with romance fiction’s rich history and extensive catalog, favorites here merely scratch the surface of the expansive, vibrant world of romance reading.

From Pride and Prejudice to Outlander to recent hits like Beach Read and The Hating Game, the selected novels showcase romances spanning over 200 years of publishing history. Iconic stories mix seamlessly with modern hits still climbing the charts, highlighting romance’s remarkable staying power. Historical Regency picks like Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series and Sarah MacLean’s Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake nestle alongside fantasy phenomenon like Grace Draven’s Radiance and sports romance breakout Kulti by Mariana Zapata.

Contemporary chart-toppers range from uplifting romantic comedies like Meet Cute and The Kiss Quotient to emotional pulls like The Time Traveler’s Wife and tearjerker The Friend Zone. Cross-genre favorites like magical time-traveling Outlander and beauty and the beast inspired fantasy Radiance also earned spots through their immense crossover appeal.

With literally thousands of romance novels published annually across countless niches, the list below remains extensive but far from all-encompassing. So whether you get swept up by Regency romance like Lisa Kleypas’ Devil In Winter, adore fantasy fiction like Grace Draven’s Radiance, or crave emotional reads like Nicholas Sparks’ classics, use these picks as springboards to explore romance’s wondrously diverse catalogs.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

No list of popular romance novels is complete without the legendary Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. This witty enemies-to-lovers story follows the intelligent and independent Elizabeth Bennet as she interacts with the proud and arrogant Mr. Darcy. As misunderstandings between the two slowly give way to mutual attraction and respect, their story has become one of the most iconic romances of all time. With its unforgettable characters, sharp social commentary, and slow-burning romance, it’s no wonder Pride and Prejudice remains astonishly popular over 200 years later.

A perfect blend of history, adventure, and fantasy, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon has captured millions of readers since its 1991 debut. When WWII combat nurse Claire Randall accidentally travels back in time to 18th-century Scotland, she finds adventure, danger…and romance with the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser. Swept up in the Scottish Jacobite risings, Claire and Jamie’s attraction builds into a magical, transportive love story spanning centuries. With its rich historical detail, captivating storyline and steamy scenes, the Outlander series has spawned a wildly popular TV adaptation, captivating old and new fans alike.

Set against the drama of the American Civil War, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is an enduring classic of historical romance since its 1936 release. Fierce and determined heroine Scarlett O’Hara turns the world of charming Rhett Butler upside-down as war ravages her Georgia plantation home. Exploring themes of love, loss, survival and rebuilding, Gone with the Wind offers a sweeping, tumultuous romance that has stood the test of time through its compelling leads, atmospheric setting, and Mitchell’s vivid prose.

For diehard fans of romance novels, Nicholas Sparks is a household name. The Notebook, his massively successful 1996 tale of long-lost love, cemented him as a master of pull-at-your-heartstrings storytelling. After a whirlwind 1930s romance, young couple Noah and Allie face years of separation and missed connections before reuniting in their later years. Sparks poignantly captures the longing, passion, and devotion that defies decades and fading memories. Made even more iconic by its 2004 film adaptation starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, The Notebook remains one of the most beloved romantic books and movies.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights centers on the all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. As children, Catherine and Heathcliff were inseparable, roaming the moors of the isolated Wuthering Heights estate. This wild freedom is disrupted when Mr. Earnshaw dies and his son Hindley relegates Heathcliff to servant status out of bitterness and cronyism. After Catherine is injured during a visit, she convalesces for months at the refined Thrushcross Grange estate, developing more genteel tastes at odds with Heathcliff’s unrefinedness. Although Catherine returns to marry the highborn Edgar Linton, her ardent love for the now-wealthy Heathcliff remains.

Overhearing Catherine muse she intends to marry Edgar for status, Heathcliff disappears. When he returns years later, he sets an elaborate vengeance plot into motion, marrying Edgar’s sister and willing cruelty upon the next generation. A broken, haunted Catherine haunts the moors, claiming she is a ghost, until her early death. The vendetta between Heathcliff and Hindley ratchets into greater brutality, before finally Heathcliff gives himself over fully to be with Catherine’s lingering, ghostly presence. Their mythic love continues to poison the lives of the younger Earnshaws and Lintons even after death. The iconic Gothic tale leaves it ambiguous whether the lovers’ unrest may finally be calmed within the shared grave that ultimate unites them.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

In a dystopian future where society is divided into castes, 17-year-old America Singer is dissatisfied with her life as a Five destined to marry a childhood friend from her same caste. Although America has secretly loved Aspen for years, when all eligible teenage girls in Illéa are entered into a highly-publicized competition to win the heart of Prince Maxon and ascend to royalty, America decides to enter. She has little enthusiasm for the brutal competition between 35 girls and no intention of winning, only hoping to use The Selection to lend Aspen the money he needs to marry her.

But the glittering life of the palace dazzles America, and she finds herself unexpectedly charmed by the handsome Prince Maxon. As rebels attack more violently and the competition narrows, America is shocked to realize she is truly falling for Maxon and now wants the dream-like life with him she previously scorned. America isn’t sure how she’ll choose between her old love, Aspen and her budding romance with Prince Maxon. When Aspen shows back up at the palace, reminding America of their secret plans together, she becomes more confused than ever about what her heart truly longs for. As Prince Maxon prepares to trim the competition down to his chosen bride, will America realize her fairy tale ending may not be the one she imagined?

It’s 1986 in Omaha, Nebraska. Overweight, red-haired Eleanor is the new misfit girl at school, poorly dressed, with a chaotic home life. On her first day on the school bus, she has nowhere to sit except next to Park, a quiet half-Korean boy who resents sharing his sacred space with this odd girl.

As they continue sitting together each day, Park begins noticing and eventually admiring Eleanor’s fiery, uncompromisingly authentic personality behind her prickly exterior. Similarly, Eleanor finds Park’s intelligence, comic book obsession, and new wave cassette tapes intriguing instead of off-putting. Hesitantly, the two outcasts start sharing comics and music, slowly forging an intimate emotional connection neither expected. Away from the cruelty and turmoil of school and home, Eleanor and Park take solace in their growing affectionate friendship every day on the bus and in late-night conversations.

As their once grudging bus arrangement turns to hand-holding and tentative first kisses, Eleanor and Park fall passionately in love. Their powerful bond weathering neighborhood racism, family poverty, and instability seems an unlikely teenage romance destined to fail. Yet Eleanor and Park cling fiercely to the shelter they’ve created in each other, willing to bravely fight any obstacles for a chance at an epic but fragile love.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean has a habit of falling hard and fast for boys, then abruptly dropping them once the fantasy fades and reality sets in. Instead of admitting her feelings directly, Lara Jean secretly writes a love letter to each crush, seals it, and hides it in her closet. She’s written farewell love letters to five different crushes.

Lara Jean’s tidy system of burying her emotions falls apart when the letters are mysteriously mailed out to their addressees—including her older sister’s ex-boyfriend Josh, who lives just across the street. Josh admitting he still likes Lara Jean sets off repercussions at both school and home.

Hoping to divert attention from Josh, Lara volunteers to fake a romance with Peter, one of her past classroom crushes. As they spend more time together keeping up appearances as a couple and even sharing a kiss, genuine sparks slowly ignite between Lara Jean and Peter. Just as their pretend fling is turning into more, another mailed love letter from Lara Jean’s past resurfaces to complicate matters, making her question her newly awakened feelings for Peter. As the consequences of her love letters spiral beyond her control, Lara Jean wonders if she may wind up finally with her first real boyfriend after all.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Macy is a driven medical resident who’s always avoided her complex emotions following her mother’s death and her first love Elliot abruptly ending their intense relationship years ago. When Macy unexpectedly runs into Elliot at a coffee shop and learns he’s recently divorced, long-buried memories come flooding back.

The narrative flashes back to Macy and Elliot’s unlikely connection as teens. Bookish wallflower Macy finds acceptance and kinship with the boy next door, Elliot, bonding over word games played by the hour in his backyard sanctuary away from their dysfunctional families. In each other, they find the parental love they lack at home. Their playful friendship slowly evolves into a soulful romance rooted in mutual understanding of one another’s vulnerabilities.

In the present day, Elliot attempts to revive their lost intimacy, insisting he wants to rediscover the girl who knew and loved him most deeply. Still emotionally guarded, Macy resists despite their undeniable magnetism. When a medical crisis lands Elliot in Macy’s hospital, she wrestles with her buried feelings for her first love while dating a man who provides safety but not passion. Forced again to confront how profoundly Elliot has impacted her, Macy realizes opening herself to romantic risks may be the only way to heal her past and reclaim lasting joy.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

College freshman Abby Abernathy moves across the country for a fresh start, determined to hide her dark and traumatic past. As she settles into college life with her vivacious roommate America, she attracts attention from tattooed, dangerous-looking Travis Maddox. Though warned he’s trouble, Abby feels a powerful draw to Travis she can’t ignore.

Abby makes Travis a bet – if she wins, he remains abstinent for a month, but if she loses, she moves into his apartment. Over cards and push-up contests, their rivalry escalates into charged attraction. As the bet intensifies and Travis injects his way more into Abby’s life, her efforts to keep him at arm’s distance crumble. When a late-night dare results in her accompanying Travis to a clandestine underground fighting ring, Abby is pulled deeper into his volatile world of passion and impulsivity.

As their magnetic connection intensifies, Abby wrestles between falling under Travis’ thrilling but unpredictable spell or preserving the stable future she’s carefully planned. Just as an intoxicating romance blooms and Travis’s violent past resurfaces, tragedy strikes with shattering consequences. When Abby finds the life she’s built again in jeopardy, she’s forced to make an impossible choice – between sanity and safety or the exhilarating man who both terrifies and captivates her heart.

In 1958 Beaufort, North Carolina, popular high school senior Landon Carter looks back on his fateful last year, when the small coastal town was simpler and an unexpected romance forever altered the coarse of his life. Landon and his friends rule his small town high school, but when a prank goes wrong and nearly kills a student, Landon is forced into community service and must tutor students. Among those students is Jamie Sullivan, the quiet, Bible carrying daughter of the town minister.

Landon would never voluntarily talk to her, until he’s forced to ask Jamie to the homecoming dance as part of a dare from his friends. At first embarrassed to be seen with the conservative minister’s daughter dressed unfashionably, Landon surprises himself by genuinely enjoying Jamie’s company as they continue seeing each other. In getting to know Jamie’s passion and spirit beneath her modest exterior, Landon falls unexpectedly in love with her goodness and faith. Revealing she has terminal leukemia, Jamie shares her private dreams with Landon and chooses to live fully in the finite time she has. Their love transforms Landon as Jamie’s steadfast courage teaches him lasting lessons about hope, sacrifice and embracing the wonder of each fleeting moment before it’s gone forever. Through the tragedy of loss, Landon is forever changed by the girl who came into his life when he least expected, but most needed, to understand the miraculous power of love.

In a small Irish town, Connell is a popular high school soccer star while Marianne is an aloof, intimidating loner. Their classmates have no inkling of the secret connection between them – Connell’s mother cleans house for Marianne’s upper-class family. When alone together walking home from school or lying in bed, Connell and Marianne are magnetically drawn to each other in charged intimacy. But fearing damage to his social status and wanting to protect introverted Marianne from scrutiny, Connell insists on keeping their blossoming relationship hidden.

When Connell follows Marianne to Trinity College Dublin a year later, their roles appear to reverse on the surface as Marianne embraces lavish popularity in her new glamorous social circle. Connell remains socially sidelined at college despite Marianne’s efforts to fold Connell into her world. As Marianne spirals into a series of callous and detached relationships with manipulative men, Connell pursues more positive connections with gentle, caring women who nevertheless fail to ignite the combative, unsettled passion he shares only with Marianne. Over the next three years at college, Marianne and Connell drift together and painfully apart, struggling to balance magnetic emotional intimacy against deceptive social appearances, clinging to a profound soulmate-like bond neither can release themselves from.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

In 1714 France, headstrong village girl Addie LaRue yearns for freedom from the constraints of her small life and controlling parents. When she prays to the gods for her independence on the night before an arranged marriage, she makes a desperate bargain with the darkness to live forever in return for being forgotten by the world. Addie gets her wish as she remains ageless for three centuries, cursed to wander alone with no relationships since no one remembers her, including her family. She learns to survive by outrunning bill collectors, slipping out of apartments, and cultivating no attachments, leaving no trace.

After centuries existing as a phantom with no impact on the world, a chance encounter with a man in a tucked-away bookstore stuns Addie by him recognizing her once she introduces herself twice. Addie finally reveals the truth of her eternal curse to the man named Henry in return for his promise not to research her past. A profound love kindles between them with Henry cherishing Addie as more than a fleeting presence for the first time in 300 years. Yet their happiness comes under threat by a dangerous foe who would force Addie back into the shadows of obscurity from whence she came unless she finds the resolve to fight against her curse for the miraculous chance of being remembered by another soul.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year old Simon Spier seems like a normal high school junior, but he actually has a huge secret – he’s gay and anonymously corresponding online with another closeted classmate named Blue. Simon feels he isn’t ready to be open about his sexuality. When gossipy class clown Martin accidentally glimpses flirtatious emails between Jacques (Simon’s pen name) and Blue on Simon’s laptop, he uses the explosive information to blackmail Simon into helping Martin romance Abby, a friend Simon once hooked up with.

As Martin threatens to out Simon, Simon turns to his loyal friends Abby, Nick and Leah for support. But Simon holds back on revealing his emails with Blue, even as his once easy rapport with his pals frays from keeping parts of himself hidden. At the same time, Simon’s digital flirtation with the sensitive, mysterious Blue deepens into intimacy and yearning. As Simon’s blackmail ordeal escalates, he wonders if Blue himself could be one of his close friends in disguise. Caught between maintaining his privacy and owning his identity, Simon realizes that being truly seen by people who matter most means embracing honesty and self-acceptance about the parts of himself he fears revealing.

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Practical Jamaican immigrant Natasha Kingsley has one day left with her undocumented family in New York City before they are deported, dashing her dreams of becoming a data analyst. Hopeless romantic Daniel Bae is the model son of strict Korean parents, who wants to pursue his passion for poetry despite their demands he become a doctor. When Natasha and Daniel’s paths fatefully cross for mere minutes on a crowded New York street, neither expects the undeniable connection that ignites between the cynic and the dreamer.

Daniel instantly believes gorgeous Natasha is his destiny, but she brushes him off, focused only on fruitless last bids with immigration services to save her family. Yet circumstances conspire to bring the two together throughout the day. Natasha slowly lowers her defenses with Daniel as he vows to convince her love is real before her family leaves the U.S. forever that midnight. As feelings between them rapidly crescendo, Natasha begins to hope Daniel could be the epic love she thought impossible for a girl like her. But even in a magical city where anything seems probable, will the universe deem 12 sparkling hours ample time for an all-encompassing love to alter two destinies forever?

In a near-future New York City, a service named Death-Cast alerts people on the morning they will die. Death-Cast contacts both Mateo Torrez, an isolated gay teen, and Rufus Emeterio, an edgy street kid fostered after his parents’ death, informing them this is their last day alive. Mateo is hesitant to impose his company on a stranger before his death, while bold Rufus believes final connections matter on your End Day. When an app called Last Friend matches Mateo and Rufus for their remaining hours, they both reluctantly agree to meet and share an adventure.

As Mateo and Rufus traverse a hauntingly vibrant New York living like there’s no tomorrow, their initial awkwardness blossoms into intimate friendship then romantic affection. Trading stories and dreaming aloud, they discover kindred spirits behind their lonely exteriors. Embracing joy and shedding regrets during their bittersweet day-long date, Mateo and Rufus teach one another life and loss. When their marathon adventure culminates in a Red Sun dance party, Mateo and Rufus vow amid the revelry to exit the world as they found each other—not solo, but together, hand-in-hand.

Seventeen-year-old Mia Hall seems to have it all – a tightknit family she adores, a gorgeous and devoted rock musician boyfriend, and a promising future at Juilliard for her extraordinary cello talent. But in an instant, tragedy upends her charmed life. While on a snowy road trip with her family, their car collides head-on with an approaching vehicle on a dangerous stretch of Oregon highway. Mia regains consciousness following the crash to find her body grievously injured and her beloved family killed.

Mia has an agonizing decision to make, as she remains in a coma – should she fight to pull through from catastrophic injuries that have an uncertain prognosis? Or let go of her battered body to follow her family peacefully into the afterlife? Over long dreamlike hours hovering between life and death as her estranged but loving grandparents maintain vigil and her best friend and boyfriend rush to her side, Mia reflects on memories of her past both luminous and painful. Transporting the reader into her drifting consciousness through vivid flashbacks, Mia contemplates all she still has to live for against the welcoming promise of being reunited with her tragically lost loved ones in the great beyond.

Theodore Finch is fascinated with death and constantly conjures elaborate ways he could kill himself, while Violet Markey finds herself emotionally numb in the aftermath of her beloved sister’s recent demise. When Finch unexpectedly intervenes as Violet plans to leap off their Indiana high school’s bell tower, the two fragile teens gradually connect over a statewide extracurricular project exploring natural wonders.

At first Finch simply provides an escape from Violet’s suffocating grief and isolation. But his irreverent charm, spontaneity, and simmering emotional intensity soon capture Violet’s imagination and heart as her zest for life ignites again. In turn, popular Violet offers Finch sincere companionship without judgement or pity as she comes to glimpse the warm, creative soul lurking beneath his disaffected rebel facade. Though coming from vastly different backgrounds, Finch and Violet recognize emotional scars and hopes in each other no one else understands.

But just as Violet tentatively begins embracing the joys and perils of the world again instead of hiding, Finch’s lifelong struggle with depression and strained family ties threaten to overtake him. As Violet blossoms while Finch unravels, she desperately attempts to return the favor he granted and pull him back from the edge of losing all hope.

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Angry at the world, John Tyree dropped out of high school and enlisted in the army, leaving behind a trail of rebellion without plans for the future. While on leave at his father’s North Carolina beach cottage, John meets college student Savannah Curtis on a chance encounter and unexpectedly falls in love for the first time. As an odd couple with seemingly little in common, Savannah and John nonetheless forge an intimate romantic connection rooted in candid vulnerability around their mutual hopelessness with life and strained family ties.

John yearns to build an enduring future with Savannah, but his Special Forces commitment necessitates prolonged, painful separation. Although Savannah promises to await his homecoming, the attack on 9/11 compels John to re-enlist indefinitely. Loneliness and long-distance strain take their toll, as communication with the patient but heartbroken Savannah dwindles then ceases. Some years later upon finally returning stateside, John is bereft to learn Savannah married amid his absence. Forced to confront how war has exacted an irrevocable toll on their fate, the still smitten John wonders if Savannah nonetheless remains the one who got away – and if he shall recover from the burn of a beautiful love defeated not by feelings but the cruelty of circumstance.

Lincoln O’Neill’s internet security job involves a dreary routine of monitoring emails between chatty newspaper co-workers Beth and Jennifer to enforce no inappropriate personal use of company servers. But Lincoln gets unwillingly sucked into their intimate conversations about disastrous dates, irritating bosses and beloved families. He tells himself he’s an invisible outsider peeking through a narrow window at two lively, lovely women bonding over life’s daily ups and downs.

Shy IT loner Lincoln increasingly obsesses over the vivacious Beth in particular as he guiltily skims years of her innermost hopes and fears disclosed to trusted BFF Jennifer. When the paper announces layoffs, conscientious rule-follower Lincoln must expose Beth and Jennifer’s policy violations. But protecting their jobs means relinquishing this addictive insider view into the life of a spirited woman he tragically loves from an impossible distance without ever meeting in the flesh.

As Jennifer moves away, Beth reckons aloud with feeling stuck far from the carefree artist’s life she pictured for herself. Racked with guilt from violating Beth’s privacy but unable to quit her siren call, Lincoln debates if he dare reveal himself to prove Beth isn’t as alone as she imagines before their spellbinding risky connection disappears into the ethernet forever.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Seeking his “Great Perhaps” moment, disaffected teen Miles Halter leaves Florida for Alabama’s Culver Creek boarding school. Miles yearns to shake up his loner routine of memorizing famous last words and immerse among eccentrics. He soon lands in thick with his larger-than-life, prank-loving roommate Chip, dubbed “The Colonel,” along with the self-nicknamed “Takumi.” But Miles is most magnetized by clever, reckless, sexy, and enigmatic Alaska Young, who resides just down the hall.

Alaska ushers Miles into her thrilling world of smoking, drinking, defiance of authority and late-night wanderlust escapes. Living in Alaska’s incandescent light emboldens Miles to come out of his shell and confess his crush on her in a moment of connection. But just when it seems something deeper could spark between Alaska and newcomer Miles, cryptic hints about emotional troubles lurking beneath Alaska’s bold front emerge.

When tragedy suddenly strikes their tight-knit group’s ringleader Alaska, Miles and his friends are left reeling in the shattering aftermath. Obsessing over Alaska’s memory, Miles attempts to piece together what intricacies of her troubled psyche he missed and if unearthing buried clues from the fateful night can help explain the unfathomable loss of the unpredictable girl who dazzled then disappeared from his life in a confounding instant.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Seventeen-year-old Veronica Miller, known as Ronnie, has lived in New York City her whole life until her parents’ divorce three years ago. Still angry at her father Steve for leaving, Ronnie refuses to visit him where he now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina. Hoping time in Wilmington will help repair their damaged relationship, Ronnie’s mother Kris sends her to spend the summer with Steve.

In Wilmington, Ronnie finds her father living a quiet life as a piano teacher and working on a large mosaic piece for a new church. Stubborn as ever, Ronnie wants only to return home and avoids interacting with her father. But she begins to soften as she spends time with her new friend Jonah and observes her father’s dedication to his art. As the summer progresses, Ronnie slowly allows her father back into her life and finds herself connecting with Will, Jonah’s musical brother. However, old wounds and differences between Ronnie and her father remain just below the surface.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Set in the prosperous years following World War I, The Great Gatsby follows the mysterious Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Moving next door to the opulent parties that Gatsby throws every weekend, Nick Carraway is drawn into the captivating world of the elusive man who calls himself Gatsby. As the summer progresses, more of Gatsby’s mysterious past is revealed through his former love Daisy, whom he still deeply loves, and Gatsby’s questionable business partner Wolfsheim.

It’s revealed that years ago, before going off to war, Gatsby had a romance with Daisy who has since married the aristocratic Tom Buchanan. Gatsby’s incredible wealth all stems from his criminal endeavors and elaborate schemes to one day win Daisy back. As Gatsby’s extravagant parties continue and the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy rekindles, tensions rise, ultimately leading to tragedy at the novel’s climax. The dysfunctional relationships between the novel’s wealthy, troubled characters have become a quintessential representation of the disarray sometime known as the American Dream.

In 1931, Jacob Jankowski drops out of veterinary school just short of earning his degree when his parents die in an accident. Feeling lost and alone, he jumps onto a passing train and discovers it belongs to the struggling Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth circus. Jacob is given a job caring for the animals by the circus owner, August.

Jacob clashes with Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star and wife of the volatile animal trainer August. But Jacob shows a special skill for communicating with the elephant Rosie, who many believe is untrainable. As Jacob spends more time with Marlena, the two develop deep feelings for one another despite the danger of their forbidden relationship.

Life in the circus grows more perilous as the country enters the Great Depression. August’s abusive behavior worsens as he feels his control over the circus and Marlena slipping away. Jacob must find a way to save Rosie from August’s violent punishments while also protecting his love for Marlena in a world where even feelings are a rare luxury.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

A frothy, feel-good contemporary romance, Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie charms readers with its unlikely-but-ideal romantic leads: confident risk assessor Minerva Dobbs and messy, chaotic Cal Morrisey. When Min overhears Cal betting his friends he can get her to fall in love with him, the relationship odds stack against them – but a funny, sharp battle of wits gives way to undeniable attraction. In addition to the glowing chemistry between its leads, Bet Me shines with snappy writing, supporting characters you wish were your friends, and a message about self-acceptance and embracing what makes you unique.

The ultimate star-crossed romance, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger serves up fantasy, drama and sweep-you-off-your-feet love story. Afflicted by a genetic disorder, Henry DeTamble travels unpredictably through time while his beloved wife Clare awaits his returns in the present day. Exploring devotion and the sacrifices we make for love, Henry and Clare’s relationship transcends time as they meet out of order, clinging to each other through life’s joys and hardest moments. With rich emotional depth and captivating magical elements, The Time Traveler’s Wife earned a following of passionate fans after its 2003 release.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer is one of the popular romance novels about opposites attracting. Wild child socialite Piper Bellinger is cut off by her stepfather after one too many tabloid scandals. He sends her to run her late father’s dive bar in a small Washington town to learn responsibility. Big, bearded local Brendan immediately clashes with glamorous fish-out-of-water Piper. Confident she’ll prove herself and return to her real life within a week, Piper is determined to show the grumpy, judgmental Brendan she’s more than a pretty face. But quirky charms of the close-knit town start softening Piper, and she keeps running into Brendan, realizing they have undeniable chemistry beneath their differences. As Piper reconnects with a past she lost sight of in the fast lane, she starts to feel unexpectedly at home. Her feelings grow for Brendan despite knowing he regularly sails away for weeks. Piper wonders if her cold, paparazzi-filled life is what will really make her happy. But Brendan and this heartwarming small town full of memories have already started changing her heart. Blending humor, emotion, and steamy romance, It Happened One Summer shows love can flourish when you least expect it.

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Every Summer After is one of the best romance novels about reconnecting with lost love. A decade ago, Persephone Fraser made a huge mistake that cost her the love of her life. She fled her idyllic childhood lakeside town, leaving behind her summers with Sam Florek. Their friendship had blossomed into an all-consuming love filled with warm days on the water and cozy nights reading together. Now ten years later, Percy returns home for Sam’s mother’s funeral and their connection is as undeniable as ever. But Percy is still punishing herself for past decisions and afraid to confront the pain between them. Sam never stopped loving Percy, but regaining what they lost will take honesty and forgiveness. Told over the course of their six year relationship and one fateful weekend reunion, Every Summer After is a sweeping and nostalgic second-chance romance. Can Percy and Sam move past the hurt to rediscover the friendship and passion that marked them forever? This poignant love story spanning past and present reminds us that some bonds can endure anything, if we give them the chance.

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin “Q” Jacobsen has been next door neighbors and friends with Margo Roth Spiegelman for most of their lives, but he has secretly loved her from afar. When Margo shows up at Quentin’s window one night dressed as a ninja, she recruits him for a night of mischievous revenge. However, the next morning Margo has mysteriously disappeared.

Unsure of Margo’s whereabouts or mindstate, Quentin is determined to find her. He begins to piece together clues Margo left behind that were meant for only him to understand. This leads Quentin and his friends on a road trip out of their hometown, following a series of bizarre clues. As they get closer to finding Margo, Quentin starts to realize the enigmatic girl he thought he knew may have been just a character.

Quentin struggles to reconcile the Margo he loves with the flaws and deceptions he uncovers. His search forces him to re-evaluate what is real versus just an elaborate facade, ultimately learning that the line between paper and truth is not so clear.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hazel Lancaster is a 16-year-old cancer patient who attends a weekly Cancer Kid Support Group. She is resigned to accepting her terminal prognosis until a charming fellow cancer patient named Augustus Waters suddenly enters her life. Augustus is in remission but lost a limb to his malignant tumor.

Augustus shows an immediate interest in Hazel and slowly draws her out of her shell. They bond over their shared love of a unique novel about cancer. As their relationship blossoms into something deeper, Augustus takes Hazel on spontaneous adventures outside of her normal routine. However, Hazel’s health begins to deteriorate and reality sets in that their time together may be limited.

Augustus convinces Hazel to venture with him to Amsterdam to meet their favorite author. Along the way and during their trip, Hazel and Augustus fall deeply in love. But Hazel’s illness threatens to overshadow their newfound love and happiness. They must find the courage to live for the moments they have left together. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of the most compelling romance novels ever written.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

Mika Moon is one of the few witches left in Britain, with parents who passed away when she was young. Due to laws against practicing magic, Mika lives alone and keeps her witch abilities hidden. The only place she can discuss magic freely is online through a anonymous video blog.

One day, Mika receives a mysterious message from Nowhere House asking her to come train three young orphan witches, Poppy, Iris and Edie, in secret. Against her better judgment, Mika’s curiosity gets the best of her and she travels to the remote estate. There, she meets the eccentric inhabitants including retired actor Lord Jasper, caretakers Mr. and Mrs. Stroud, and grumpy librarian Jamie who is protective of the children.

As Mika begins instructing the girls and getting to know the quirky residents, she starts to feel like she’s found a place and people she belongs with. But danger lurks outside Nowhere House’s walls that threatens their safe haven and secret. When crisis strikes, Mika will risk using forbidden magic to protect her newfound family and the home she never expected to find.

Stella Grant has cystic fibrosis and lives in constant fear of acquiring an infection that could damage her lungs and remove her from the transplant list. She meticulously follows the rule of staying six feet away from all other CF patients. Will Newman also has CF and is counting down the days until his 18th birthday when he can finally leave the hospital that has been his prison.

When Stella and Will meet, there is an instant attraction and connection between them. However, they know a relationship is impossible as they must stay at least five feet apart at all times. Defying the rules to get closer to each other could have deadly consequences for their health. As their feelings intensify, Stella and Will have to find creative ways to interact from a distance. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to keep separated. A choice must be made between following the rules that could save their lives, or pursuing the love that might be worth the risk.

Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew meet for the first time on the night of their college graduation in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 15, 1988. Despite coming from very different backgrounds, they connect during the celebration. However, as their futures pull them in opposing directions the next day, they must reluctantly part ways.

The novel follows Emma and Dexter’s relationship over 20 years as the story returns to check in with them on July 15th of each year. Through career ups and downs, romances and heartbreaks with others, they remain connected but largely out of sync. As birthdays and landmarks are marked without each sharing them together, their lives continue to intersect only once annually on this intriguing plot device of “one day.”

Readers witness their friendship and feelings for one another evolve dramatically over the two decades. But perhaps their timing will never fully align to make a life-long commitment despite the deep bond they share. This romance novel explores the complexity and unpredictability of relationships and life choices over the long term.

Holly and Gerry Kennedy were high school sweethearts who married young and spent the next 10 years in a loving, playful relationship. But Gerry is diagnosed with a terminal illness and passes away, leaving Holly completely devastated. On the anniversary of his death, Holly discovers the first letter of many that Gerry had secretly written for her before he died, each enclosing money and directions for her to explore new experiences.

Through Gerry’s letters and funny instructions, Holly is coaxed from her grief and isolation. With encouragement from her quirky family and friends, she begins to fulfill Gerry’s wishes and push past her fears. As more letters are revealed over time, Gerry’s lasting love helps Holly heal and grow into her own person again. She starts to open herself up to love once more. The letters are Gerry’s final love letters to remind Holly how to live fully and embrace the beauty of life, even in the face of death. They allow Gerry’s spirit to live on in Holly’s heart as she learns to say goodbye.

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Love on the Brain is a romance book for fans of steamy nerd heroines and broody heroes. Brilliant neuroscientist Bee Königswasser lives by the motto “What would Marie Curie do?” So when NASA offers her a lead position on a neuroengineering project, Bee accepts without hesitation, despite having to work with archenemy Levi Ward. In grad school, brooding Levi made it clear he resented outshining Bee. But now Levi seems different, backing Bee’s ideas and watching her intensely with his piercing eyes. As workplace sabotage threatens her project, Levi becomes an unlikely ally. Yet Levi has broken Bee’s trust before, so she treads cautiously despite their undeniable attraction. When the moment arrives to act on her feelings or play it safe, Bee asks: What will Marie Curie do? She decides to boldly risk her heart. Blending passion, humor, and science, Love on the Brain is a fizzy workplace enemies-to-lovers romance. Can this brainy couple overcome past hurt, rivalry, and ethical dilemmas to trust their hearts and build a future together?

The Fine Print by Lauren Asher

The Fine Print is a romance novel about a billionaire falling for his defiant employee. Ruthless billionaire Rowan Kane needs to renovate his family’s struggling theme park Dreamland. He hires brilliant Zahra after she daringly criticizes the park while drunk. Rowan is attracted to fierce, principled Zahra but tries keeping things professional and distant. However, one kiss ignites an undeniable passion. Craving intimacy but afraid of attachment, Rowan secretly starts texting Zahra pretending to be someone else. The deception backfires when Zahra discovers the truth and calls out Rowan for using his money and power to control people. Though Zahra is drawn to Rowan too, his emotional walls and manipulative behavior are unacceptable. Rowan must prove he can be vulnerable, or he risks losing Zahra and his last chance at love forever. Can these strong-willed cynics overcome their pain, open up, and build trust? Or will the deceptions and power imbalance between them ruin their shot at happiness? The Fine Print is an emotional enemies-to-lovers romance between a calculating billionaire and the one woman who dares defy him.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

When Bella Swan moves to the small town of Forks, Washington, she meets the mysterious and attractive Edward Cullen. Their instant connection soon develops into an intense romance, but Edward harbors a dark secret – he is a vampire. Though he has rejected drinking human blood, Edward struggles to control his innate thirst for Bella’s blood. Yet Edward’s vampire family and supernatural abilities also make Bella feel special and seen, two feelings she craves.

As Bella and Edward’s passionate romance deepens, she starts uncovering the complex realities of the hidden vampire world that Edward occupies. When a rival vampire clan threatens Bella’s life, Edward must protect her despite the risk of revealing his true identity. Against his better judgment, Edward finds himself irrevocably drawn to Bella in a way that goes beyond her blood.

Will Edward’s vampire nature end up destroying Bella just as their love is beginning? Or will they find a way to be together despite the dangers of his world? Stephenie Meyer blends fantasy, romance and adventure in her novel “Twilight” as a human girl and vampire boy navigate impossible love. Their electrifying connection defies not only nature, but destiny itself.

Olive is unlucky in everything, unlike her twin sister Ami who leads a charmed life. When Ami’s destination wedding guests all get food poisoning, Olive and best man Ethan are the only ones spared. To Olive’s horror, they win the non-refundable Hawaiian honeymoon trip that the bride and groom can no longer go on. Olive and Ethan reluctantly agree to put aside their mutual hatred and pretend to be newlyweds for a free vacation. But Olive’s white lie to her future boss in Hawaii grows bigger when he assumes she’s married. Stuck keeping up the act with Ethan, at first the ruse is a nightmare. But to Olive’s surprise, romantic Hawaii starts to work its magic. The more time Olive spends with charming Ethan, the more she wonders if her bad luck is finally changing. But is falling for Ethan too good to be true? The Unhoneymooners is a delightful enemies-to-lovers romance novel where two unlucky people discover love can bloom in the most unexpected places, if you’re willing to take a chance.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Struggling magazine writer Monique Grant is shocked when aging, reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo selects her to write her biography. Flung into Evelyn’s lavish world, Monique listens raptly as the actress recounts her glamorous yet turbulent life. From her ambitious early days to her decision to leave fame behind, Evelyn unravels her extraordinary story along with the truth about her seven husbands. As Evelyn opens up about her unapologetic quest for success, her deep friendship with another starlet, and her once-in-a-lifetime love affair forbidden by studio bosses, Monique finds herself growing attached to this legendary woman. But towards the end of Evelyn’s story, it becomes clear her life intertwines with Monique’s own in startling ways. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a riveting tale of the sacrifices and heartache behind a spotlight-soaked life. Evelyn’s story shows how rigid social mores denied love and fulfillment for many during Hollywood’s golden age. Through revealing her long-hidden past, Evelyn aims to pass on hard-won life lessons to Monique, who realizes they are more connected than she knew. This unforgettable romance novel illuminates how the bonds between women can transcend time and circumstance.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark is stuck in a rut, working at a local cafe in her small English village and dating an aimless boy from her childhood. When the cafe closes, Louisa desperately needs to find a new job. She takes a position as caregiver to Will Traynor, a former successful businessman who was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after a tragic accident two years prior. Will’s bitterness, sarcasm and dark moods initially put Louisa off, but she refuses to be intimidated by the challenging personality of her new boss.

As their rapport develops, Louisa glimpses a sensitivity beneath Will’s prickly exterior and the two develop a surprising connection. Louisa brings lightness to Will’s gloomy world in the form of outings, shared jokes and offbeat adventures. Yet when Louisa learns Will has shocking plans to end his own life after six months in her care, she makes it her mission to demonstrate to him that his life remains worthwhile. As Will’s deadline approaches, they both struggle with what they want from the time he has left and the feelings they’ve developed during Louisa’s watch. Ultimately, Louisa must ask herself how far she will go to save Will from himself as the inevitable day arrives when she is scheduled to lose the man who has become far more to her than just an employer. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is one of the most compelling romance novels written in recent times.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

When college student Anastasia Steele interviews young billionaire Christian Grey, she finds him brilliant yet intimidating. Inexperienced Ana is surprised to realize she desires this reserved man. Though initially resistant, Christian admits he wants Ana too, but on his own terms. Christian reveals his singular erotic preferences for control and BDSM to the innocent Ana. While shocked, she is also intrigued, leading to an affair that is both daring and passionately physical. As they embark on a relationship, Ana discovers Christian’s troubled past haunts him. Though successful, handsome, and appearing perfect on the outside, Christian is tormented internally by the need to dominate and control. As Ana explores her own awakened dark desires, she learns more of Christian’s secrets and hidden life. Their emotional and sexual relationship leads Ana down an erotic path that both excites and unsettles her. As they test each other’s limits, Ana must decide how far she will go to please Christian and what this darker side of love means for her. Erotic and evocative, Fifty Shades of Grey is one of the most steamy romance novel and explores power dynamics, taboo passions, and one woman’s introduction to BDSM romance.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop is a romance book blending magic and heart. Cynical August doesn’t believe in fairy tales or love stories. She expects nothing exciting from her life in New York City beyond her boring commute. Then she meets the gorgeous, mysterious punk rocker Jane on the subway. Jane is charming and bold, with a swoopy haircut and a leather jacket. She becomes the highlight of August’s day. But when August discovers Jane is literally displaced in time from the 1970s, everything changes. Now August must reexamine her cynical views to help Jane. Using resources she previously scorned, like belief in magic and her own romantic past, August is determined to save the extraordinary woman she’s falling for. To find a way back home, Jane must trust this unlikely new ally in her life. Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a big-hearted, romantic time-travel fantasy where love’s possibilities are endless. August and Jane’s touching story shows that holding onto hope and opening up to connections can make the impossible possible. This is a magical novel proving fairytale romance can happen – even on a New York subway.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue is a best romance story blending love, politics, and royalty. Alex Claremont-Diaz, First Son of the United States, seems to have it all – looks, wit, and a spotless reputation. While posing for a photo op gone wrong with his rival Prince Henry at a royal wedding, Alex sparks an international incident. To save face during his mother’s reelection campaign, Alex and Henry must pretend to be friends. But their staged bromance soon leads to a secret romance as their real feelings start to show. With the world watching, they know a relationship between a Royal and White House member could upend both their nations. Yet their powerful connection grows into an undeniable love that’s worth fighting for. Alex and Henry must decide what they’ll sacrifice for each other and how history will remember them. Red, White & Royal Blue is an endearing romance between star-crossed lovers. This smart and funny romance novel shows the transformative power of opening your heart to love, no matter how impossible it seems.

Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

Icebreaker is one of the best romance books for fans of opposites attracting on the ice. Fiercely driven figure skater Anastasia Allen has devoted her life to making Team USA. Hockey team captain Nathan Hawkins is likewise laser-focused on his sport and keeping his team competitive. When the two rival Maple Hills teams end up sharing the same rink due to a misunderstanding, tensions flare. But then Ana’s skating partner gets injured in the ensuing chaos, threatening her Olympic dreams. To help resolve the situation he caused, loyal Nate shockingly laces up figure skates and becomes Ana’s new – if reluctant – partner. The pair’s oil-and-water dynamic churns up sparks on and off the ice. Though Ana claims she doesn’t like arrogant hockey players, she can’t deny the magnetic attraction between them. As training intensifies for their make-or-break competition, they forge an undeniable bond despite their different worlds. On their journey from bitter rivals to tentative partners to something more, Ana and Nate discover opposite forces can complement each other beautifully when love is in play.

Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Fans of Regency-era romance simply must read Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, the third novel in her beloved Wallflowers series. When shy wallflower Evie needs a husband to save her from destitution, she shocks high society by accepting a proposal from England’s most dangerous rake, Sebastian. What unfolds is a heated battle of wits and attraction, with dangerous secrets gradually giving way to trust, steamy passion, and deeply felt love. One of historical romance star Kleypas’ most popular novels, Devil in Winter delivers a gruff alpha hero, refreshing consent themes, and a pairing so perfectly matched, readers can’t help but swoon.

Twisted Love by Ana Huang

Twisted Love is one of the best romance books exploring an unexpected connection between opposites. Alex Volkov seems to have it all – wealth, success, devilish good looks. But behind his ruthless exterior lies tragedy and a dangerous past. He keeps the world at a distance, until he’s forced to look after his best friend’s sunny younger sister Ava. Free-spirited Ava sees through Alex’s icy facade unlike anyone else. Her innate warmth and optimism awaken feelings in him long frozen. An undeniable attraction grows between them, even though a relationship is forbidden. Alex starts to envision a new future with Ava. But their newfound happiness unearths shocking revelations about their pasts. With so many forces trying to tear them apart, can their love survive? Full of warmth, wit, and simmering passion, Twisted Love is a contemporary romance that proves even the coldest of hearts can melt for the right person. Exploring the transformative power of love with emotionally compelling characters, this is one of the best romance novels from Ana Huang’s popular Twisted series.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Sarah Hogle’s witty You Deserve Each Other puts a clever spin on romantic comedy conventions. Engaged couple Naomi and Nicholas may be awash in pre-wedding stress, but they’re struggling most with the total apathy invading their once passionate relationship. Insignature rom-com fashion, a series of misunderstandings and nearly disastrous events finally force Naomi and Nicholas to remember what made them fall in love…if they can stop bickering long enough. With razor-sharp banter between flawed but sympathetic leads, You Deserve Each Other is a snappy 2020 release destined to be a modern romance classic novel.

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Fourth Wing is one of the best romance books blending action, intrigue, and steamy forbidden love. Though meant for a quiet life among books, 20-year-old Violet Sorrengail is ordered by her ruthless mother to train as an elite dragon rider instead. But with few dragons bonding to cadets, competition is fierce and violent. Violet’s small size makes her an instant target, especially to Xaden Riorson, the academy’s powerful and merciless top rider. Yet as war looms, Violet discovers leadership’s disturbing secrets and realizes failure means certain death. When Violet manages to bond with a dragon, she gains advantages but also earns vicious enemies. An undeniable attraction grows between Violet and Xaden despite their rivalry. They must keep their forbidden feelings secret or risk ruin. Soon Violet is drawn into a perilous world of shifting alliances and lethal deceptions. With lives on the line, she’ll need all her cunning to survive and expose the truth. Blending rich fantasy, pulse-pounding action, and passionate romance, Fourth Wing is an exhilarating read for fans of romance novels.

Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

Things We Never Got Over is one of the best romance novels for fans of grumpy heroes and quirky heroines. Bearded barber Knox prefers his simple, solitary life in rural Virginia. So he’s less than thrilled when a runaway bride named Naomi appears needing help. She was rushing to rescue her estranged twin sister Tina, only to have Tina selfishly steal her car and money before abandoning her own daughter with Naomi. Now caring for her 11-year-old niece, Naomi is stuck in Knox’s quirky small town with no resources. Though commitment-phobic Knox hates complications, he grudgingly agrees to help the unpredictable Naomi and her niece get back on their feet. But Naomi keeps finding trouble, and Knox finds himself getting more involved than he’d like. An undeniable attraction grows despite their differences. Knox enjoys his orderly life, while Naomi thrives on chaos. As they reluctantly work together to create a stable life for Naomi’s niece, Knox and Naomi just might discover opposites attract in this hilarious and heartwarming romance that proves true love is worth the risks.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne has won swarms of fans with its hilarious office romantic comedy premise. Lucy and Joshua could not be more different: she’s sweet and unassuming while he’s cold and brusque. But when their publishing houses merge, these office rivals find themselves battling for the same promotion…and fighting undeniable attraction. Crammed with deliciously witty banter and palpable chemistry inspired by Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant’s classic onscreen sparring, The Hating Game is full of laughter, fun trope subversions, and a tension-filled slow burn romance that leaves readers swooning.

It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover

As one of the best romance novels exploring love after heartbreak, It Starts with Us continues Lily and Atlas’s emotional story. After finally settling into a civil coparenting relationship with her ex-husband Ryle, Lily unexpectedly runs into her first love Atlas again. With time now on their side, Atlas asks Lily on a date and she joyfully accepts. But Lily knows Ryle will hate Atlas being back in their lives. As Lily and Atlas rekindle their passion, the book switches between their perspectives. Atlas’s mysterious past is further revealed, explaining his earlier reluctance to commit. But Lily embraces this second chance at true love despite her jealous ex-husband. She must navigate co-parenting with Ryle while pursuing happiness with Atlas. Full of the poignant emotion and drama that makes Colleen Hoover one of the most beloved romance authors, It Starts with Us proves no one delivers an emotional love story like her. As Lily follows her heart’s desire despite the obstacles, this book shows that with trust and communication, some loves are worth fighting for.

Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

Period romance lovers will surely recognize beloved historical author Julia Quinn and her bingeable Bridgerton novel series. Set amid the competitive marriage markets and glamorous balls of Regency high society, the multi-book Bridgerton saga follows the noble Bridgerton siblings as they navigate scandals, gossip, and steamy assignations on their quests to find true love. Quinn’s sharp writing combines Signature Regency escapism with modern sensibilities, crafting heroines who take charge of their own stories and heroes who appreciate witty, independent partners. It’s no wonder Shonda Rhimes adapted Quinn’s Regency world for Netflix’s smash hit series. Start with book one, The Duke and I, for the origins of fan favorite couple Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset.

Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

Reminders of Him is one of the best romance books about second chances. After spending five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns home hoping to reconnect with her now four-year-old daughter. But Kenna burned bridges when she left, and those close to her daughter – including her own parents – refuse to forgive the past. The only one who doesn’t completely reject Kenna is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner who knew her before prison. An undeniable attraction draws them together, and Ledger becomes an important source of comfort and support as Kenna struggles to prove herself as a mother. Their secret romance blossoms, giving Kenna hope for the future. But with so many people against her, pursuing a relationship with Ledger could ruin the fragile trust Kenna is trying to rebuild. Kenna must find a way to make amends for the wounds of her past in order to move forward. As one of the best romance novels exploring loss, grief, and the transformative power of second chances, Reminders of Him is a poignant story of reconciliation and a new beginning emerging from pain.

Again The Magic by Lisa Kleypas

Another delightful historical novel by romance superstar Lisa Kleypas, Again the Magic follows hot-tempered Lady Aline Marsden as she clashes with American businessman McKenna. Banished to her family’s run-down estate after a scandal, Aline wants nothing to do with McKenna when he arrives to modernize her home…but his steadfast confidence wears down her resistance. Friends-to-lovers tension mounts amid home renovations, daring McKenna to break through Aline’s protective walls to win her wary heart. Brimming with steamy sensuality and characters that lift off the page, Again the Magic displays Kleypas’ talent blending humor, heat, and emotional punch.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Love at first sight transforms into second-chance romance magic within Josie Silver’s festive debut novel One Day in December. On a winter bus ride, Laurie glimpses a charming stranger through the window and they share a moment of connection that lingers for years when he vanishes into the night. Fate eventually reunites Laurie with mystery man Jack years later, but their timing has always proven disastrously off. Silver captivates with multiple twists and tension-filled near misses before the emotional payoff loyal readers root for.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

For a steamy and smart contemporary romance story that takes you away, look no further than Beach Read by Emily Henry. Romance writer January reluctantly agrees to swap genres with literary fiction author Augustus in a summer writing challenge that pushes them both out of their comfort zones…in more ways than one. Their mutual attraction blooms as barriers break down through writing bonding sessions, long beach days, and cozy nights. With its sun-soaked setting, engaging characters, and reflections on how our pasts shape us, Beach Read is a glorious escape with emotional depth.

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

When it comes to the best of historical romance novels, Loretta Chase always delivers – and Lord of Scoundrels exceeds even her stellar reputation. After cruel Marquess Sebastian Ballister brings refined Jessica Trent to tears, she vows revenge and aims to give him a dose of humility by outsmarting him at his own manipulative games. But the cool, cunning Jessica is more than Sebastian’s match, leading to explosive verbal sparring and dangerous attraction. With its feminist heroine turning power dynamics upside-down and a tortured hero you can’t help rooting for, Lord of Scoundrels serves up delicious enemies-to-lovers tension on the path to hard-won happily ever after.

It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas strikes romance gold again in fan favorite historical novel It Happened One Autumn. When ambitious entrepreneur Marcus meets shy wallflower Lillian on a business trip, he’s intrigued by her intelligence and poise – such a contrast from the flashy debutantes angling for his attention. As Marcus and Lillian team up against conniving saboteurs, friendship blossoms into romance marked by quiet affection, steamy moments and hard-won trust. Another winsome wallflower heroine and consent-focused partnership make this story pure catnip for historical romance devotees.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

For another sparkling contemporary romance novel from Emily Henry, don’t miss People We Meet on Vacation. Childhood friends Alex and Poppy have perfected their annual ritual of wildly fun summer vacations together…until tensions boil over during one disastrous trip two years ago. When Poppy invites Alex on one more vacation chance to reconnect, old hurts and decade-spanning attraction bubble to the surface during their adventures away. Heartfelt and humorous, People We Meet on Vacation explores how misunderstandings and poor timing can derail even the closest bonds…and whether risks reveal rewards worth chasing in life and love.

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean kicks romance up a delightful notch in historical novel Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. Resisting her controlling family’s matchmaking demands, level-headed Lady Calpurnia Hartwell creates a list of dates and deeds a proper lady would never do. Rope in rakish rogue Gabriel St. John, who agrees to aid Callie in discreetly indulging her every risqué whim. Gabriel and Callie strike ideal opposites-attract chemistry as she checks wanton exploits off her list, while Gabriel discovers his mysterious wallflower companion has vibrant secrets beneath her decorous surface.

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Dreaming of You delivers another emotionally compelling historical romance novel from fan favorite Kleypas. Shy novelist Sara Fielding leads a quiet writing life until brash Derek Craven, an intimidating new gentleman in her social circle, takes an interest in her works – and in her. Owning a successful gambling establishment, Derek’s harsh early years left scars on his ability to trust and accept love, even as he pursues the proper Sara. As she gently breaks through his emotional armor, they discover passion perfect for lovers who’ve only dreamed of meeting someone who understands them so completely.

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Darling debut Written in the Stars from Alexandria Bellefleur bursts with representation, laughter and astronomical chemistry. No-nonsense Elle must pretend bubbly free spirit Darcy is her fiancée at her uptight brother’s wedding…but their fake engagement spirals into dizzying attraction. Their opposites-attract dynamic sparks hilarity and heat as true intimacy unravels their hidden romantic sides. With astrology themes adding quirky charm in romance novel, Written in the Stars captures the intoxication of liking someone who gradually becomes your whole world.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient introduced powerhouse author Helen Hoang with a spectacular 2018 debut embracing authentic autistic representation. Independent math whiz Stella tasks hot male escort Michael with giving her dating lessons to combat her romantic inexperience. But their professional agreement soon gets delightfully complicated as bonding over numbers gives way to intense chemistry neither expected. For a sex-positive love story teaching layers don’t define us, The Kiss Quotient delivers endearing leads and electric attraction.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

If you like your contemporary romance on the steamier side, Alice Clayton’s novel Wallbanger is sure to satisfy – and make you howl with laughter. When new neighbor “Wallbanger” keeps interior designer Caroline up all night banging noise through their apartment wall (along with his parade of girlfriends), she’s infuriated…and supremely curious. But lone wolf Simon remains immune to Caroline’s charms even as their window views provoke hilarious reactions. Until attraction boils over in this delightful, irreverent rom-com about breaking down barriers between two commitment-shy neighbors.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Prepare for tears, cheers, and everything between reading Abby Jimenez’s emotional rollercoaster romance novel ‘The Friend Zone’. Hopeless romantic Kristen would be perfect for her best friend and business partner Josh…if he didn’t already have long-term girlfriend. Torn up watching him plan his future with someone else, Kristen tries setting Josh free while guarding her heart. But fate intervenes when Kristen lands in the hospital and long-buried truths rise to the surface. Funny, heart-wrenching, and full of surprises right until its satisfying end, The Friend Zone tugs at your heartstrings from start to finish.

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Charmingly hilarious and packed with movie buff references, Meet Cute is beautiful romance novel that delivers all the laugh out loud rom-com moments Hunting handles so well. When struggling actress Kailyn crosses paths with Daxton, a former teen TV heartthrob whose star has long faded, their instant chemistry catches them both off guard. External obstacles and internal hang-ups threaten a possible real connection until they get out of their own way long enough to try. With its playful tone and leads who feel like your funniest friends, Meet Cute hits all the right notes for an uplifting escape read.

Other widely beloved historical romance authors to explore include Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Eloisa James, and Lorraine Heath. Contemporary romance stars like Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Shalvis, Lauren Layne and Christina Lauren craft their novels with stories brimming with humor and steamy moments. For paranormal and fantasy romance, don’t miss powerhouse authors like Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost, and Meljean Brook.

Happy reading romance lovers! Lose yourself for a few hours—or a few days!—escaping into a romantic story that speaks to your heart. Fall for dashing dukes, wild werewolves, grumpy athletes, billionaire CEOs, sassy heroines, or even a kilted Highlander warrior traveling through time. However you prefer your romance novel, revel in fiction’s uniquely transporting magic.

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