Best Romance Novels You Won’t Be Able To Put Down

Love is in the air and on the pages of these enticing romance titles. We put together a list of the best romance novels you won’t be able to put down. Get ready to swoon, laugh, and dive into our handpicked selection of books that cover an array of genres. From contemporary tales where love blossoms amidst busy modern life, to the fantastical adventures of romantasy, lose yourself in the intrigue of paranormal love stories, or bask in the warmth of small-town romance. If you aren’t a hopeless romantic, these books will make you believe in love all over again.

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1. The Bookbinder’s Guide to Love by Katherine Garbera – Contemporary Romance

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With a title like this, it’s hard for anyone who loves books to ignore this witty and witchy novel, The Bookbinder’s Guide to Love. As a foster child, Serafina Conte found solace in handcrafting journals and penning her desires within their pages. Her magical journals helped her manifest wonderful things in her life. However, Sera finds her life taking a twist when her mentor Ford Sitwell passes away, leaving her a box of antique books. Ford’s grandson, Wes, wants his grandfather’s books back, but Sera won’t simply hand them over. Instead, she strikes a deal. Wes works in her store for six weeks, and she shares memories of his grandfather, helping him find closure. Despite Wes’s initial grumpiness, they spark an unexpected romance, proving that the most captivating tales are the ones that lead us to unexpected places. 

2. House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas – Romantasy

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House of Flame and Shadow is the third instalment in Sarah J. Maas’s Crescent City series, and book lovers worldwide have already propelled it to the top of bestsellers lists. Maas’s work is spearheading the surge in popularity of the “romantasy” genre, which merges romance and fantasy. In this book, readers join the thrilling saga of Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar. Stranded in a new world, Bryce is determined to return home to Midgard to her family, friends and mate. Stranded and unsure of whom to trust, she relies on her wits to find her way home. Meanwhile, Hunt finds himself imprisoned in the Asteri’s dungeons, powerless to aid Bryce until he can break free from his captors’ control. You won’t want to miss out on this seductive and gripping new read!

3. Say You’ll Be Mine by Naina Kumar – Romantic Comedy

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In this charming and witty debut, Say You’ll Be Mine, we meet theatre teacher and budding playwright Meghna Raman. Her world is rocked when her secret crush and writing partner, Seth, announces his engagement and asks her to be his best man, which she reluctantly agrees to. In an effort to move forward, Meghna lets her parents set her up with engineer Karthik Murthy. Eager to avoid their families’ matchmaking, Karthik suggests a fake engagement, only to be unexpectedly captivated by Meghna. As they delve into their fake relationship, they uncover surprising bonds and genuine emotions. However, their growing connection is jeopardized by insecurities and family pressures. While the outcome may seem expected in this intricate story, their emotional journey is both heartwarming and gripping. 

4. Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend by Emma R. Alban – Victorian Queer Romance

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Swifties will likely smile at the title of Emma R. Alban’s debut queer Victorian romance, Don’t Want You Like a Best Friend. (The title is part of the lyrics in Taylor’s Swift’s song “Dress”.) Anxious debutante Beth and seasoned socialite Gwen conspire to flip the script on Victorian society by orchestrating a plan to set up their widowed parents. They are also hoping to avoid the inevitable pursuit of husbands themselves. But amidst their antics, they find themselves drawn to each other in unexpected ways. They discover that their matchmaking scheme has inadvertently led them to confront their own feelings for each other, blurring the lines between friendship and romance in the process.

5. Nightbane by Alex Aster – YA Dark Fantasy Romance

#BookTok phenomenon and award-winning author Alex Aster does not disappoint with her latest book, Nightbane. This masterfully written YA novel is a dark romance fantasy.  It is also the sequel to Lightlark, which is set to be a major motion picture. In this captivating and action-packed sequel, Isla Crown has triumphed over ancient curses that plagued the six realms for centuries. She has won the affection of two powerful rulers, but few know where her powers originated from. Now, struggling with the weight of her newfound responsibilities and a devastating betrayal, Isla seeks solace in Lightlark’s enticing distractions instead of embracing her duties as leader of two realms. With adversaries questioning her rise to power, tensions rising, secrets unravelling, and impending danger threatening Lightlark, Isla must navigate the dangerous waters of power and deception. Now Isla is torn between duty to her people and her heart’s desire.

6. Raiders of the Lost Heart by Jo Segura – Action and Adventure Romance

In this LibraryReads Pick, Raiders of the Lost Heart, two rival archaeologists reluctantly join forces for a secret Aztec expedition. It can make or break their careers—and possibly their hearts. Dr. Socorro “Corrie” Mejía is an expert on the ancient warrior Chimalli. She is determined to lead an expedition into the Mexican jungle and find her ancestor’s remains. When she’s invited to join an all-expenses-paid dig, her plans are disrupted when she discovers she’ll be sharing the spotlight with her nemesis, Dr. Ford Matthews. As they navigate personal and professional rivalries amidst jungle dangers, lurking thieves, and artifact smugglers, they must set aside their differences and growing attraction to protect their discoveries, and each other, before chaos erupts.

7. Sex, Lies and Sensibility by Nikki Payne – Multicultural and Interracial Romance

Jane Austen fans, this one’s for you! Sex, Lies and Sensibility is a spicy and humorous retelling of Sense and Sensibility. Two sisters find themselves inheriting a rundown inn in the coastal Maine backwoods. If that wasn’t enough, one sister, Nora, learns she is her late father’s secret child. Now, she and her sister must renovate the inn before Labor Day or lose everything. However, they face challenges: Nora lacks renovation skills, can’t find another Black person for miles, and discovers a stranger has claimed their property. Enter Ennis “Bear” Freeman, a Native Abenaki eco-tour guide. Ennis expects the pampered city girls to leave, but is surprised by Nora’s determination. As she revives the inn, she sparks buried emotions in Bear. Their chemistry is undeniable, but Bear’s reluctance to share his mysterious past may threaten their budding romance and be the thing that sends Nora packing.

8. At First Spite: A Harlot’s Bay Novel – Small Town Romance, Body Positive, Contemporary

If you enjoy small-town, feel-good romances that are sweet and steamy, bestselling author Olivia Dade’s At First Spite is just the book for you! When Athena Greydon’s engagement ends abruptly, she moves into the Spite House she impulsively bought her ex-fiancé as a wedding gift. However, living in a ten-foot-wide house with her ex’s home attached to hers on one side proves to be quite the challenge. Especially with her ex’s older brother, Matthew—the very person who played a role in their separation—living on the other side of her. Determined to have some fun with the situation, Athena resorts to petty revenge, like playing loud erotic audiobooks with her windows open. Yet, maintaining resentment becomes challenging as Matthew shows her how supportive and sweet he can be, and it doesn’t help that he is kind of hot. Will Athena succumb to the unexpected allure of her neighbour?

9. Bride by Ali Hazelwood – Paranormal, Supernatural

Ali Hazelwood’s debut paranormal novel, Bride, is a witty romance that’ll grip readers into its passionate characters. Dive into a captivating world where a forbidden love between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf sparks a thrilling tale of passion and danger. Alliances are tested, trust is questioned, and love proves to be the ultimate power. Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is a Vampyre outcast. She is called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres. But doing so means navigating a treacherous path towards a marriage of convenience with Lowe Moreland, the Weres’ Alpha. He’s unpredictable and ruthless, yet shows justice and care towards his pack. As their worlds collide and secrets unravel, prepare to be enthralled by a romance that defies all odds, promising a journey you won’t forget.

10. Lore of the Wilds by Analeigh Sbrana – Romantasy

Lore of the Wilds draws readers into a magical Fae world with an enchanted library and two handsome Fae men, Asher and Finn. At the center of it all is a human named Lore who is about to intertwine all fates in a spectacular way. Lore’s village is ensnared in a forested prison. Despite her past attempts to escape Fae rule, Lore strikes a deal with a Fae lord. She leaves home to venture into an untouched enchanted library to catalogue what hasn’t been seen in a thousand years. It’s forbidden to Fae, but there’s a chance humans can breach the cursed doors. As Lore braves the treacherous world beyond her village, she finds herself entwined with both Asher and Finn. This enemies-to-lovers triangle leads to a tumultuous journey where survival and matters of the heart collide. 

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