Go on, admit it – you have never read a romance. You binge watched Bridgerton in under a week yet somehow have avoided reading a romance book. Maybe you think you won’t like it or maybe you’re afraid of what your neighbors or colleagues would say? If you have read this far then you’re definitely curious. Not sure where to start? Here is a list that includes something for everyone. Give it a try.
Alyssa Cole is a new star in this genre. Two of her series feature Civil war spies (Loyal League) and Reluctant Royals. Her latest is in a new direction - When No One is Watching: A Thriller. "In Cole's world, royalty and romance go hand in hand with compassion, open-heartedness, and intelligence, as well as a clear-eyed sense of real-world politics... grounded in reality, which makes the happily-ever-after all the more satisfying."-- Entertainment Weekly
In Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, the enemies-become-lovers trope gets a new twist, when the son of the American president first detests then falls for a British prince. “[An] escapist masterpiece... It's a truly glorious thing to live inside the world of this book and to imagine it becoming reality, too.” – Vogue. Her latest, One Last Stop, turns “quirky female characters, coming-of-age confusion, laugh-out-loud narration, and hilarious pop-cultural references into something totally its own... this time-slip rom-com is an absolute delight.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series involves secrets, lies and second-chance romance with Hate to Want You, Wrong to Need You and Hurts to Love You. She “blends emotional characters with passionate sensuality in some of the best examples of hot romance available."--Sarah MacLean. Her latest series, Modern Love, enters the tech/digital world, beginning with The Right Swipe. She “turns up the heat and finds the funny in modern dating. But it's not all steamy, as the characters have issues with trust and love, making them vulnerable both to each other and the public."-- Booklist
Also very popular is Jasmine Guillory’s Wedding Date series. “With sharp banter, a well-rounded cast of characters, and plenty of swoony scenes, Guillory defends her position as one of the most exciting rom-com writers out there.”—BuzzFeed. Her latest While We Were Dating comes in July.
Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters series begins with Get a Life, Chloe Brown, a witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who's tired of being "boring" and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her get a life. "Talia Hibbert is a rockstar! Her writing is smart, funny, and sexy, but most importantly, she'll make you fall in love with her sweetly imperfect characters, who are so real you'll wish you could give them all a hug." --Meg Cabot
If historicals are your thing, try Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke: A League of Extraordinary Women Novel , in which a fiercely independent vicar's daughter takes on a powerful duke in a love story that threatens to upend the British social order, and Martha Water’s To Have and to Hoax about an estranged husband and wife in Regency England feigning accidents and illness in an attempt to gain attention--and maybe just win each other back in the process.
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Becky Aderman, Librarian, Culture & AV Division