Awards: Best Romance Books of 2020

Whether you’re a hopeless romantic, a rom-com lover, a drama aficionado, or just looking for a spicy and fun read, these ten romance novels will not disappoint. Here are the best romance novels of 2020 as voted on by thousands of readers in our She Reads Awards.


The finalists for Best Romance Book of 2020 are:

BEACH READ by Emily Henry    

Augustus and January are polar opposite authors, but the one thing they have in common is they are struggling with writer’s block and sharing neighboring beach houses. To get out of their rut, they decide to switch writing styles, with January writing a deep literary fiction and Augustus writing a rom-com. After spending all summer together, they expect to end with bestselling books and no love.


500 miles from you  by Jenny Colgan

Lissa is a hardworking nurse suffering from PTSD. When her boss realizes she needs a break, he has her swap places with Cormack, a small-town nurse who needs to learn about life in a big city. Lisa and Cormack become close and feel a deep connection through emails, but they don’t know what will happen once they meet.      


One to Watch by Kate Stayman London

Bea Schumacher is a plus-size fashion blogger who is sick of the lack of body diversity in her favorite romance-reality show Main Squeeze. When Main Squeeze wants Bea to be their next star, Bea accepts under the condition that she won’t actually find love. However, Bea soon realizes this will be more difficult than she anticipated, and learns how to find herself vulnerable for a chance for happily-ever-after.


Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo    

Azere’s parents said she must marry a Nigerian man to preserve her heritage. Now living in Canada, Azere is torn between honoring her father’s dying wishes, of following her heart, and pursuing her budding romance with white-guy Rafael.


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert    

Dani Brown was focusing on work instead of love. All that changed when security guard and ex-rugby player Zafir Ansari rescued Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong and the video of the rescue does viral. Soon the two are trapped in a story of love, lust, and lies and must tackle with each other to get what they want. 


You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria       

Ashton Suaréz and Jasmine Lin Rodriguez are battling feigned romance with each other in order to restore their dying careers. Can they keep their behind the scenes romance a secret? Or will their careers be killed off, once and for all?


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren 

America’s favorite couple and home remodeling gurus Melissa and Rusty trip are on the verge of stardom with their book tour. However, their true love is all a facade. Carey Duncan and James McCann must follow along with the Tripps on their book tour in order to prevent the marriage from falling apart.  


The Boyfriend Project Farrah Rochon

Samiah Brooks lived a nice life, putting everyone else above herself. However, she received a reality check when the horrible truth about her catfishing boyfriend and his two other girlfriends goes viral online. The three women put themselves first and swear off dating, but the entrance of charming Daniel Collins to her life makes that vow difficult. 


The Trouble with Hating You Sajni Patel

Liya Thakkar is happily single, so it’s no surprise when she bails on the dinner party set up by her parents with the man they want her to marry. What is surprising, is when he shows up at her office to save her company. The two must battle their hatred and humiliation with each other as they slowly fall for each other, and release the bandages on the wounds of their painful pasts. 


The winner of the 2020 She Reads Award for Best Romance is:

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez 

Sloan Monroe’s not-so-good lost her fiancé, life is about to get back on track when she meets a troublesome puppy. When the puppy’s owner Jason calls Sloan, demanding his dog back, their conversations soon turn into a tumultuous and confusing love story. 


Click here to see the rest of the She Reads Best Books of 2020 Winners

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