Summer is for romance and hitting Netflix on June 23rd is the much-anticipated adaptation of The Perfect Find by Tia Williams starring Gabrielle Union and Keith Powers. This witty romantic comedy captures the challenges and joys of finding oneself and embracing life’s unexpected turns. To keep you swooning until then, we’ve curated a fantastic list of romance novels that encapsulate everything we love about love.
Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey
After losing her job and drowning her sorrows in wine, Natalie Vos is ready to start a new business venture. But first, she needs access to her trust fund, which she can’t have unless she’s married. She’s desperate enough to propose to August Cates, a man she can’t stand. August owns a vineyard, but knows nothing about wine. He can’t get a loan from any bank to help his business, so entering this marriage of convenience with a woman he can’t stand doesn’t seem like the worst thing in the world…but neither of them took their undeniable attraction into account.
How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan
Stella Payne is a forty-two-year-old mother, investment analyst and divorcee. From the outside, Stella has it all except a partner and it’s been awhile since she was intimate with someone. Deciding to take a trip to Jamaica is the perfect way to break up the monotony and she soon sets her eyes on a handsome younger man who she doesn’t mind spending time with.
Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan
Before I Let Go is the true definition of second chance romance. Yasmen and Josiah Wade have been together forever. They have stayed by each other’s side through many ups and downs but this last earth shattering event may be more than they can handle.
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
Eva and Shane are both writers who both have unanswered questions from that week twenty years earlier when they were all each other had. As adults, they have learned to compartmentalize but there’s no hiding that they are each other’s muse and the hints they weave within their novels are intended for the other. Now face to face for the first time since those seven days in June, will they pick up where they left off?
All I’ve Wanted All I’ve Needed by A.E.Valdez
All I’ve Wanted All I’ve Needed is a slow burn romance that will tug at your heart strings. Harlow has just rejected her boyfriend’s proposal and is ready to embark on a new adventure that centers on her reconnecting with herself and falling in love with the person she is.
The Idea of You by Robinne Lee
Solène Marchand, is a thirty-nine-year-old divorcee and owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles. When Solène agreed to take her daughter to a boy band concert, she didn’t expect to catch the eyes of one of the members and begin a salacious relationship.
Happy Place by Emily Henry
Happy Place is an unputdownable fake dating, one bed trope following Harriet and Wyn who still haven’t told their friends about their breakup before attending their annual vacation in Maine.
Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola
An entertaining debut contemporary romance beautifully illustrating Black love in all of its forms. This captivating fake dating trope between Kiki Banjo and Malakai Korede will have you blushing, laughing out loud, and reminiscing about your college days as the two fight their feelings but cannot deny their spark.
Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner
Cassie Klein heads to an off campus bar to destress from a hectic senior year in college. Hooking up with a hot older woman wasn’t in her plans but she isn’t complaining. Unfortunately, reality hits Cassie hard the next morning when she learns that the hot woman from last night is actually her best friend’s mom.
A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria
Micelle Amato and Gabriel Aguilar have always been best friends. When the two find themselves back in the Bronx after a series of unexpected life events it seems like life is sending them a sign. But giving their love a chance would mean being vulnerable and worse – potentially one of them left broken hearted.
Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory
This fun, intoxicating romance novel set in Napa Valley begins with Margot Noble and Luke Williams having the perfect one-night stand. Margot is the CEO of her family’s wine business but wonders if she can be a fierce leader and implement change if her brother questions her every move. Meanwhile, Luke has just quit his well paying tech job in Silicon Valley with no back up plan.