There’s something hopeful about happily ever afters, second chances at romance and finding your soulmate. If you’re looking for a heavy dose of love this year, we recommend you pick up these 10 sweet and swoon-worthy romance reads.
Anna K: A Love Story by Jenny Lee
Seventeen-year-old Anna K makes being a teenager look easy. Avoiding the average pitfalls most teens experience, Anna finds herself cruising through life… and then she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky. Total opposites, Anna and Count are quick to fall for one another. But when troubles arise, their relationship is majorly tested, leaving Anna to consider if she truly wants to be with someone that she has to give up so much of her life for. A retelling of the classic Anna Karenina, this novel is perfect for fans of Gossip Girl.
Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory
After moving to LA to start her own law firm, Olivia Monroe meets Max Powell. Hesitant at first due to the fact that Max is a politician, all of that changes as she gets to know him better. Soon the two are going on secret dates and wearing disguises to not draw attention to themselves in public. But when they come clean about their relationship, Olivia is suddenly an open target as people dig up things from her past and criticize her career. It’ll be up to her to decide if her relationship with Max is worth all of the backlash.
That’s Not a Thing by Jacqueline Friedland
Meredith Altman’s engagement to Wesley Latner ended less than spectacularly and now that she’s engaged to Aaron Rapp, she’s determined to make things work. But all of her plans are thrown out the window when she runs into Wesley again and her past feelings come rushing back. Learning he’s struggling with an ALS diagnosis, she begins to spend more time with him. As the two grow close once again, Meredith finds out what kind of man Aaron really is, forcing her to rethink what she wants in a partner and who she wants to be.
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
When Samiah Brooks finds out her boyfriend has been catfishing her and secretly dating two other women via Twitter, she makes a pact with the other girls to swear off of men and focus on themselves. Now with plenty of time to work on the app she’s always dreamed of, she begins to put herself and her needs first. But then she meets Daniel Collins at work and with his charm and sex appeal, Samiah begins to question whether or not he’s the man worth breaking her pact for.
Perfect Distraction by Allison Ashley
Having sworn off men while she completes her oncology pharmacy residency, Lauren Taylor doesn’t let herself think twice about a recent run-in she had with an impossibly handsome man at a coffee shop. But when she runs into him again in the cancer center where she works and he is a patient, they agree to be friends and nothing more. As they get to know one another and change each other’s lives in unexpected ways, they’ll have a hard time ignoring the chemistry between them.
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
Everyone dreams of having a relationship like design duo Melissa and Rusty Tripp. Unbeknownst to everyone is that their marriage is struggling—big time. It’ll be up to their assistants Carey and James to keep them cordial during their book tour. With plenty of ups and downs along the way, the week-long adventure will lead Carey and James to make big decisions about their futures and contemplate what kind of relationship they could have once they return to their everyday lives.
Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay
Having just lost her job and left broke due to the collapse of the Silicon Valley-based company she worked for, Alyssa Harrison is headed back to the place she worked so hard to escape: her hometown. Arriving in Winsome, Illinois, it’s not long before she meets Jeremy Mitchell, a single father whose small business is failing. Asking for Alyssa’s help to keep the business afloat, it’s not long before they start contemplating the potential for romance. But with outside factors complicating their relationship, they’ll have to decide if love is in the cards for them after all.
Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev
All Ashna Raje wants is for her restaurant to succeed and for her mother to believe in her dream. But when her restaurant begins to falter, she signs up for a celebrity cooking show to boost publicity and hopefully save the future of her business. Then she learns she’ll be paired with her ex-lover and soccer star Rico Silva. With sparks flying between the two and audiences everywhere cheering on a romance between them, they begin to wonder if a second chance at love is just what they need.
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
When Liv Papandreas is fired from her job at Nashville’s most popular restaurant and is blackballed from the restaurant scene, she knows she must do something to bring down the horrible man who fired her. But in order to expose him for all of his wrongdoings, Liv will have to team up with nightclub entrepreneur Braden Mack. Together with Mack’s Bromance Book Club, the two unlikely lovers make a plan to take down one celebrity chef and find sparks between them in the process.
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
When Laurie’s boyfriend of more than 10 years ends things out of nowhere, she’s crushed. Now having to work in the same office as the man who broke her heart, it’s not long before she finds out his new girlfriend is pregnant. Determined to get back at him, she plots a fake romance with her hot colleague Jamie Carter. While Jamie doesn’t believe in love, he’s willing to fake a relationship to win over his boss. With the news of their new relationship swirling around the office, it’s not long before Laurie begins to catch feelings for the man she’s pretending to date.