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Romance is a beautiful and magical thing, and who can ever really get enough of it? From beautiful covers and interesting descriptions, these upcoming romance novels are sure to have us waiting in anticipation.
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (Jan 26, 2021)
Shay Goldstein has been working at her Seattle radio station for almost ten years and loves it although she doesn’t enjoy her new colleague Dominic Yun. When the struggling station needs something new on the air, Shay comes up with an idea which includes two exes delivering advice live on the air an idea that her boss green-lights right away, The Ex Talk. Now, being forced to co-host and act like exes with Dominic, the show grows in popularity and the two colleagues slowly start to fall for one another, but in an industry where truth is valued they feel guilty for deceiving their listeners.
A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen (Feb 2, 2021)
The only thing Liza and her mother can agree on is their mutual love for baking. So, when the annual junior baking competition comes around at their family bakery, Liza agrees to help her mom. However, there’s a catch: all of the competitors are Asian American men who were personally selected by her mother for Liza to date. Caught up in a bachelorette style bake-off, the only thing that makes it worse is the stoic, but hot, James Wong. Between trying to win her mother’s approval and fighting her feelings for James, Liza learns that there is no recipe for love.
Much Ado About You by Samantha Young (Feb 2, 2021)
Needing a change from her life in Chicago, Evangeline Starling plans a trip to an English village. Her trip also includes a temporary position at Much Ado Books, a bookstore that is right beneath her rental apartment. Not only does Evie begin to run the bookstore, but she is also swept up into the lives of the locals including Roane Robson, a flirtation, charismatic and attractive farmer. Evie tries to keep her distance from him knowing how holiday romances end in heartbreak, but even Evie cannot deny their connection.
Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins (Feb 9, 2021)
Garrett McCray has traveled to Wyoming from the east during the aftermath of the Civil War in order to interview Colton Lee for his Black newspaper back home. He believes Colton, a Black man practicing medicine, will be an interesting topic but he quickly changes his mind after he meets his sister, Spring. She fascinates him instantly and she’s unique, owning her own ranch and wears denim pants regularly instead of dresses. Spring isn’t looking for love but their attraction for each other grows and they must determine if their differences will divide or unite them.
Float Plan by Trish Doller (Mar 2, 2021)
After the loss of her fiance, Anna is full of grief until she remembers they were supposed to sail together. Impulsively, Anna decides to go to sea on their sailboat alone, but after a treacherous night, she realizes she can’t do it herself so she hires Keane, a sailor who is also struggling with his past and future. Slowly, romance begins to rise between the two and they learn that it’s never too late to chart a new course.
The Little French Bridal Shop by Jennifer Dupee (Mar 9, 2021)
Larisa Pearl has recently returned home to her small seaside town in Massachusetts to care for her aunt’s estate, but things in her life haven’t been going well. Larisa has lost her job, boyfriend and her mother’s health is declining. One day as Larisa passes The Little French Bridal Shop, a beautiful wedding gown catches her eye and before she knows it, she’s planning a wedding without a groom. The whole town now knows as does her teenage crush, Jack Merill. Lost in the web of her own lies, Larisa must face reality and be open to finding true love.
The Devil Wears Black by L.J. Shen (Mar 9, 2021)
From a perfect NYC apartment to a pediatrician boyfriend, everything seems to be going well for Maddie Goldbloom. That is, until her ex-boyfriend, Chase Black, comes back into her life with a crazy request. Even though Chase broke her heart, she accepts the role of playing his fiancée especially if she gets to see him squirm a little. What comes later is a series of events that leads Maddie to contemplate her life and the feelings she and Chase share.
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai (Mar 16, 2021)
Software engineer Daisy Patel has her life figured out and that does not include finding love or getting married — much to the dismay of her family members. To get her family off her back, Daisy asks her old childhood crush, Liam Murphy, to pose as her fiancé. Liam, who needs to be married in order to get his inheritance, agrees. However, after a series of fake dates sparks fly, but the duo soon realizes that their arrangement isn’t convenient for either of them.
Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez (Apr 6, 2021)
Vanessa lives her life to the fullest and takes every chance in life that she can get, especially since she doesn’t know if she shares the same fatal gene condition as her mother. She takes her millions of Youtube followers along on her ride of finding self-fulfillment around the globe until her half-sister leaves Vanessa in the custody of her infant daughter for the foreseeable future. Vanessa finds herself housebound and out of her element but things change when her attractive neighbor, Adrian Copeland, offers to help. Over time, her carefree ways and his need for structure start to clash but could they find a way to make their differences unite them?
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne (Apr 13, 2021)
Ruthie Midona is too enveloped in her job at a retirement Villa to enjoy the outside world, that is until Teddy Prescott, her polar opposite and her boss’s son reminds her of what it’s like to be young again. Teddy begins to work at the villa and slowly starts to fix it up and soon Ruthie learns that his father is only fixing it up to sell. This leaves Ruthie to wonder if Teddy’s attitude was all a façade.
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (May 11, 2021)
Ever since a fateful car share home from college, Alex and Poppy have been best friends, even though they are complete opposites. For the past decade, the two have spent every summer together going on memorable and exciting vacations all around the world. However, their friendship is ruined during their last trip and they have lost all contact. After Poppy realizes that she last felt happy during their vacations, Poppy convinces Alex to take one final trip two years after their falling out. The two must attempt to put their argument aside for a week, but tensions build, and their relationship is put at risk.
The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren (May 18, 2021)
Single mother and statistics genius Jess Davis has learned to not trust anyone besides numbers, especially after her daughter’s father left and her own parents haven’t been around. She isn’t keen on reentering the dating world until she hears about GeneticAlly, a DNA-based matchmaking company. When she finds that she has a 98% match with Dr. River Pena, the stuck-up founder of the company, she isn’t convinced until GeneticAlly convinces her to get to know him in exchange for money. As she reluctantly starts to spend more time with Dr. Pena, she starts to realize that there may be more to soulmates than she originally thought.
The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent (May 18, 2021)
Birdy made a mistake and ran away, the bigger problem is that she ran into her best friend, Heather’s life. The even bigger issue is that she hasn’t told heather and now Lizzy is working her summer job at a world-class wine-expert hotel. Can Birdy survive the summer and can she survive falling for a man who thinks she’s someone else?
Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick (May 25, 2021)
Carter Ogden has given up on love ever since his ex cheated on him, but he starts to have hope once he has a fateful encounter with the Crown Prince of England. The two meet at an event Carter’s boss organized and sparks instantly fly. He’s fantasized about the openly gay Prince Edgar but he never expected to have a shot with him in reality! Their relationship is all over the media and everyone has an opinion, including the Queen of England. Carter and Edgar must brave the royal uproar and fight for their chance at a happily ever after.
How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole (May 25, 2021)
For years, Makeda Hicks has heard her grandmother’s ramblings about her infamous summer fling with a prince from Ibarania and is definitely not looking forward to hearing about it again after she loses her job and is dumped by her girlfriend on the same day. To add to it all, Beznaria Chetchevaliere, an investigator from the World Federation of Monarchies, has traveled to convince Makeda to come back with her as Ibarania’s missing heir. Readers will love this queer Anastasia retelling filled with fake marriage, a loveable crew, and cabins with one bed.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (Jun 1, 2021)
August has recently moved to New York to prove to herself that fairy tale endings do not exist. For a while, her pessimistic worldview is proved right until she meets Jane, a breathtaking woman who offered August her red scarf to cover up the coffee stain on her shirt. As the days pass, August notices that she sees Jane in the same spot on the same subway every time and soon discovers that Jane is displaced from the 1970s with no memory of her past. August is determined to help Jane but soon finds that the feelings for her subway crush run even deeper than she originally thought.
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams (Jun 1, 2021)
Brooklynite, Eva Mercy is a single mom and a bestselling erotica writer and Shane Hall is an enigmatic and award-winning author who shows up in New York. Shane and Eva both meet at an event and their chemistry is so strong that it causes eyebrows to raise. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, they were two teenagers madly in love. Over the next seven days, Eva and Shane reconnect, but he broke her heart once before and she cannot trust him again. However, before he leaves again she has to get a few of her questions answered.
Neon Gods by Katee Robert (Jun 1, 2021)
Trapped in the suffocating and corrupt political environment of Olympus, Persephone Dimitriou is desperate to leave as soon as she can. When her mother forces an arranged marriage upon her to dangerous Zeus, Persephone escapes to the forbidden undercity and strikes a bargain with Hades. The two agree to arrange a fake relationship so they can get back at Zeus and Demeter, but they don’t predict falling for each other in the process.
Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev (Jul 6, 2021)
California’s first serious Indian gubernatorial candidate Yash Raje seems to have everything working out for him, especially by following his mantra: control your feelings and you can control the world. When his friend is injured during a hate-fueled incident at one of his rallies, Yash’s worldview is shattered and he starts to blackout in panic. In order to cover up his condition and get him back on the path of success, his family hires India Dashwood, a stress management coach. India strives to help Yash overcome his suppressed emotions but how long can the two attempts to ignore the romantic night they had together ten years ago?
While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory (Jul 13, 2021)
Ben Stephens has never had time to deal with a serious relationship, especially since he is already busy dealing with family drama and a huge ad campaign that he just landed with movie star Anna Gardiner. Anna is working hard to make a name for herself and is using this campaign as a distraction as she waits to hear back from a casting decision, but she didn’t expect Ben to be the distraction she needed. The two are instantly infatuated with each other but their feelings turn serious after a family emergency. Eventually, their infatuation is turned into something that is more suited for the cameras, but how long will they be satisfied with a fake relationship?
The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon (Aug 17, 2021)
With her rent due, bills piling up, and suffering personal training business, Taylor Powell needs a miracle. When Jamar Dixon, a former NFL player, asks her to be his secret personal trainer so he can make a big comeback, Taylor realizes that he may be her way to succeeding. Taylor lies that they are in a relationship, therefore bringing her company to the spotlight and revealing what Jamar is doing. The two must hold up their fake relationship, but soon reality and fiction start to blur.
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang (Aug 31, 2021)
After achieving career success due to an unexpected viral video of her playing the violin, Anna Sun experiences burnout due to various attempts to replicate the video. To add more to her stress, her boyfriend asked Anna if they could have an open relationship before he makes any serious decisions on their future. In order to get back at him, Anna decides to participate as well and to hook up with the most unacceptable men. Soon, she meets Quan Diep, who accepts her unconditionally. When tragedy strikes her family, Anna and Quan must fight for their chance at this new relationship.
The Shaadi Set Up by Lillie Vale (Sept 7, 2021)
Rita Chitniss lives the perfect life with her boyfriend and her furniture restoration career until her mother tries to set her back up with Milan Rao, her high school sweetheart that broke her heart. She agrees to help Milan flip a hard-to-sell house for his realty agency and signs the both of them up for a Desi matchmaking site to prove that she’s over him. When the site suggests that her perfect match is Milan instead of her current boyfriend, Rita attempts to busy herself with work to ignore the results, but how long can she ignore her past feelings when she and Milan are working in close proximity?
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun (Sep 7, 2021)
Dev Deshpande, a successful producer for the reality dating show Ever After, creates the dreamiest scripts for the most iconic love stories on the show and is a true believer in love. The show then casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as the star, even though he doesn’t believe in love and is only in it to improve his reputation. Dev works hard to get the emotionally closed-off and awkward star to connect with the contestants throughout the filming process but Charlie soon realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than anyone else on the show.
A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria (Sep 14, 2021)
Childhood friends Michelle Amato and Gabriel Aguilar haven’t seen each other after an awkward departure thirteen years ago. Michelle is currently running a freelance business as a graphic designer after burning out from corporate life and couldn’t be more confused when she is brought on to spearhead a marketing campaign for Gabriel’s newest location of his successful celebrity gym. The two attempt to work together while trying to ignore their resurfacing feelings for each other but will they be able to fix their past mistakes before Gabe decides to leave again?
On Location by Sarah Smith (Sept 21, 2021)
After spending years working her way up the ranks, Alia Dunn’s dream project of producing a TV series about Utah’s national parks in honor of her late apong is approved by her network executives. She’s excited until she finds out that she is working with Drew Irons, the guy who ghosted her after a first date she personally thought was wonderful. As their bickering and tension on set builds, they soon realize that they are falling for each other. When the host of the show jeopardizes her show, Alia and Drew must work together to save her project and fight for their relationship.
First Love, Take Two by Sajni Patel (Sept 21, 2021)
Preeti Patel has no time to worry about a relationship when she is too busy being stressed over her residency and dealing with her overly traditional family. She’s depending on the new place she found to work out for her and it seems perfect until she realizes that her roommate is her ex, who she never truly got over. Preeti finds it hard to cover up her regrowing feelings for Daniel but the two soon realize that they have a second chance at love and must fight to keep it this time.
Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis (Sept 28, 2021)
In the span of eight, cold hours, Noelle Butterby and Sam Attwood spend time together and form a strong connection. The two strangers find themselves stranded in a car after a blizzard blocks off all of the roadways and Sam offers Noelle help. Eight hours pass, the roads are cleared, and the two say goodbye believing that they’ll never see each other again. Soon after, they keep bumping into each other in random places at random times. Soon Noelle and Sam realize that there may be no such thing as a coincidence and that they should follow fate’s direction.
The Wish by Nicholas Sparks (Sept 28, 2021)
In 1996, sixteen-year-old Maggie Dawes moves away from everyone and everything she knows to live with an aunt she barely knows in Ocracoke, North Carolina. All seems lost until she meets Bryce Trickett, who introduces her to the beauty of the small beach town and to her love of photography. Twenty-three years later, she is a renowned travel photographer and spends her time shooting at remote locations and running her gallery in New York. When she is stuck home during Christmas and is left to face a new, terrifying diagnosis on her own, she employs an assistant and finds herself growing close to him.
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling (Sept 28, 2021)
Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones set a hex on the man who broke her heart, fully believing that it wouldn’t cause much trouble especially since she only had an orchard hayride scented candle with her. But when Rhys Penhallow returns to Graves Glen for a quick trip and disaster strikes everywhere he turns, Vivienne realizes her hex was more problematic than she originally thought. Soon, the hex overtakes the town with multiple cursed occasions and Vivienne and Rhys must work together to save their town.
All The Feels by Olivia Dade (Oct 26, 2021)
Former ER therapist Lauren Clegg has been tasked with keeping impulsive and problematic star Alexander Woodroe in line after a bar fight further threatens his reputation. Alexander used to be a heartthrob on a popular show, but after the showrunners wrecked his character, he wrecked his reputation. The two must attempt to keep their relationship professional, but when another scandal involving Alex costs Lauren her job, Alex must prove to Lauren that he will do anything to keep her.
Heard It in a Love Song by Tracey Garvis Graves (Nov 2, 2021)
Layla Hilding is trying to recover from her ten-year marriage divorce and to deal with loneliness, especially since the memories of her glory days of being a lead singer while being married is taunting her. She currently teaches music at an elementary school where Josh, a single father who is currently recovering from the end of his twenty-year marriage, talks to Layla every morning before school as he drops his daughter off. The two form a bond, but being overly cautious about their past heartbreak and confusion of the current dating world, they decide to start as friends.
The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu (Nov 2, 2021)
Jasmine Tran has returned home with no boyfriend or job prospects to help her family with their donut shop, longing to eventually get out of the daily grind that comes with making donuts. But when rent starts to rise and her family’s shop is at risk, her family starts to depend on her more than ever. When her college crush Alex Lai comes into town, she and her family think that he is the perfect boy for her until a disastrous family dinner takes place. With both of their parents against the relationship, the donut shop in danger, and a past love in town, Jasmine must find a way to satisfy her parents and her dreams.
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams (Nov 2, 2021)
Britta Colby has been tasked with writing an article about her experience with a new body-positive fitness app and realizes that this assignment might be the one to prove that she can work full-time. Wes Lawson is the CEO of the FitMe app and has decided to coach again, and Britta ends up being his first client. The two click instantly and look forward to seeing each other every day, but their relationship may threaten their professional credibility. They know they should probably part ways, but they can’t help their growing connection running side by side.
Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens (Nov 9, 2021)
Laura has traveled to the Channel Islands to write an article about her parents’ epic romance that sparked and grew there. When she spills her bag in front of a super attractive man, she starts to believe she isn’t off on a good start until she realizes she picked up a bag that isn’t hers. Laura is convinced that the bag belongs to the attractive guy she bumped into and she decides to go on a big hunt for the mystery bag owner to start a love story similar to her parents. As she and her surly cab driver Ted struggle to find the owner, she realizes that she may need to rethink her whole outlook and make a path for herself.