It’s only February, but 2019 is proving to be a HOT year for romance! Coming off a year of The Kiss Quotient, The Wedding Date and not one, but two Christina Lauren hits, the romance resurgence is real. If you’re looking for your next adorable (or steamy) read, look no further. Here’s a look at the most anticipated romance books of 2019.
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Hugo just got dumped – right before he was supposed to take a cross-country train trip with his girlfriend. Of course, the ticket is nonrefundable and nontransferable. So, what else can he do but try to find another “Margaret Campbell” to replace his ex? Mae and Hugo have no clue what’s in store for them – this one sounds adorable and hilarious!
Justin hires Emily to work in his lab on his olfactory research studying how smells work. What she doesn’t know is that he has competing scientists in the lab working to disprove her theories. As their relationship evolves, it’s only a matter of time before Emily finds out the truth. Can she reconcile the scientific facts with what she feels in her heart?
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
Another second chance romance and I’m here for it! College sweethearts Annika and Jonathan meet in chess club – and the rest is history. After a horrible accident, they won’t see each other for a decade. Will they be able to address what happened so long ago, or has time driven them apart forever? I loved this one so much!
You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Teen country stars? Check. The bad boy and the good girl? Check. First love? Check. If A Star is Born and Nashville had a baby, it would be this book. All the swoony rockstar vibes with the innocence of remembering the first time you fell in love. Do yourself a favor and add this one to your list now – it was five stars for me!
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
After an embarrassing meet-cute, Kailyn and Dax became fast friends during law school, but their growing friendship is halted by an awful betrayal. Now, nearly a decade later, Dax comes to Kailyn for help. As they reconnect and rekindle what might have been, Kailyn wonders if they can move forward, or if Dax is bound to repeat his past mistakes.
Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich
Relocating to New York City after a divorce, Zoey is ready for a fresh start. Working as a chef catering private parties and events, Zoey meets Tristan – insanely rich, insanely hot… and insanely awkward. Described as a “modern day My Fair Lady,” Zoey helps Tristan become a more confident version of himself. Along the way, Zoey begins to develop feelings… just as her ex comes back into the picture. This one sounds so juicy, put it on your list!
Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Intercepted was the first book in this series of football wives, and Fumbled continues that tradition. Poppy is a single mom trying to provide the best life for her son. TK is an NFL wide receiver who often wonders what could have been. When these former high school sweethearts run into each other, worlds collide and they can almost pick up where they left off… but will all of their secrets destroy their second chance at happiness?
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient was so hot that it broke the internet last year. The eagerly anticipated follow-up continues with the story of Khai and his search to find love, despite his reluctance to being in a relationship. Early reviews for this one are fabulous – if it’s anywhere close to as hot (and heartwarming) as The Kiss Quotient was, readers are in for a treat!
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This is an enemies-to-lovers romance that will give you all the feels! Alex and Henry can’t stand each other, which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, except Alex is the First Son of the United States, and Henry is the Prince of England. After a fight escalates and turns into an international scandal, PR parties on both sides turn immediately to damage control. What starts out as a fake friendship for the press turns into something so much deeper, and incredibly moving. You won’t want to miss this one – it’s been a favorite of mine this year.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
The Queens are back, this time with a hilarious enemies-to-lovers story that will warm your heart while simultaneously cracking you up. When Olive’s sister marries Ethan’s brother, these two can barely stand to be in the same room. However, the entire wedding party comes down with food poisoning… except for Olive and Ethan. They end up taking the 10-day honeymoon trip to Hawaii. I was laughing out loud several times reading this one – another cute romance from CLo!
Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke
Reunited as adults, childhood sweethearts are meant to be together – right? Justine is convinced that fate has brought her back together with Nick. Coincidentally, Nick is a big believer in astrology and reads his horoscope daily – from the magazine where Justine works. Justine starts to fabricate Nick’s horoscopes to make him fall in love with her – but she forgets that he’s not the only one reading her column. This one sounds adorable, and also so funny!
Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
Naomi Powell has managed to build a successful jewelry empire after a rough childhood. When she returns to the impressive address on Park Avenue where she grew up, she must face her childhood enemy, Oliver – his actions had severe consequences for her when she was younger. Can Naomi and Oliver overcome what happened so long ago, or will Naomi’s grudges squander any chance at happiness?
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Who didn’t love You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle?! Rom-com fan Annie is tired of being single, and looking for “The One” – however, she’ll need to accept that Hollywood’s notion of the perfect relationship might not be so perfect… can she let go of her unrealistic expectations to find happiness once and for all?
The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada with Holly Lorincz
Caleb Lewis is a young new Yankees’ star, but he’s definitely got a wild streak. Angel Lopez is trying to work her way through nursing school and support her son. After a chance encounter, they can’t help but notice that their chemistry is undeniable, but will that be enough?
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
HGTV fans, rejoice! Georgette’s (Georgie) family owns a home restoration company, but it’s not really her passion. She doesn’t quite fit in and is working to change her image. Travis was a hot pro-baseball player – now he flips houses and is also her brother’s best friend. They decide to pretend to date, each gaining something needed from the fake partnership. Along the way, they realize they’ve stopped pretending and started caring about each other. I love a “fake relationship” story, so I’m eagerly anticipating this one!
Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe
Maddie is a writer and owns a bookstore, so I think we’d be BFFs in real life. She also curates a book club that is full of attractive men (score!). When an anonymous blogger slams her new book (and also claims she knows nothing about passion), she is determined to prove him wrong. Her pursuit for passion sounds hilarious and sexy, and I’m excited to see where this story goes.
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Dating app creator Rhiannon Hunter is ghosted after a steamy night with former pro-athlete Samson Lima. When he returns months later, wanting a second chance, she finds out he’s now working for a competitor. Will Rhiannon be able to overlook their rocky past at the chance for a brighter future?
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Kristen is unable to have children. While planning her best friend’s wedding, she meets Josh, the best man who seems perfect for her. The hang-up? He wants a big family. As the two spend more time together, they can’t fight their connection, but Kristen is determined he should be with someone else. This one seems to have a more serious feel as it deals with the heartbreaking topic of infertility, but I’m rooting for Kristen and Josh!
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
The Wedding Date and The Proposal were instant hits with romance fans, and this follow-up novel sounds like it’ll be no different. Alexa and Drew are finally getting married but members of their wedding party, Maddie and Theo, can’t stand each other. There’s no denying their attraction and chemistry though – if you love an angsty enemies-to-lovers romance, be sure to check this one out.
How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
Fed up with awful online dating experiences, computer tech extraordinaire Mel decides to design her own dating app. It’s an instant hit, but Alex, her sort-of boyfriend, has no idea. If she tells him the truth, it could change everything. As someone who has suffered through a bad online date (or two), I can relate!
Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
The Simple Wild was one of my favorite books of 2018, so I’m eagerly awaiting this book. Piper is living a cushy life working for her father as a top executive at his company. Out of the blue, she runs into her first love, Kyle, who just happens to be the new security guard at her father’s company. Kyle broke her heart, but Piper isn’t opposed to a reunion. I love second-chance romances so this one is a must-read.
Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein
I loved Playing with Matches, Orenstein’s debut last year. After accidentally posting a fake engagement picture, Eliza has to find a fake fiancé ASAP. (Another fake relationship story – yay!) Blake is a fellow entrepreneur and at first, is a great faux fiancé – but is Eliza starting to get feelings for someone else? The lies continue to pile up as Eliza tries to balance it all – I can’t wait to see how this one will play out.
The Last Post by Renée Carlino
Cameron and Laya are the perfect couple – until Cameron dies. Devastated, Laya begins posting sweet messages to his Facebook page, remembering the time they had together. Micah, a coworker of Cameron’s sees the messages and begins to respond to Laya through anonymous gestures. Can Micah help Laya move forward and give her a second chance at happiness? Get your tissues ready – Renée always makes me ugly cry and I have a feeling this one will be no different!
Sidelined by Suzanne Baltsar
Connor is furious to find out he wasn’t chosen as head coach of his town’s high school football team, instead being given the title of assistant coach. What makes it even worse is that he lost out to a woman – Charlotte Gibb. Convinced that she only got the job because her father is a famous college coach, Connor refuses to play nice. Of course, their chemistry is off the charts… but will they ever be able to get along? Sports and sexual tension – what’s not to like?
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Another enemies-to-lovers romance. When Emily heads home for the summer to help her sister, she immediately finds herself butting heads with one of the local teachers during the town festival. Sparks fly in more ways than one, but by the end of summer, Emily is rethinking her future plans and wondering if home really is where the heart is.
Husband Material by Emily Belden
Charlotte is 29 and recently widowed. Slowly but surely, she builds a new life for herself and works on moving forward. Five years later, a surprise package is delivered that has her rethinking everything. Add her husband’s best friend to the picture and things just got a lot more complicated. Where do I sign up to read this one?!
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Another one from CLo this year – how lucky can we get?! This is a second chance romance, unlike anything they’ve written before. Falling in love as young adults, Sam and Tate are inseparable after meeting on vacation. When Sam betrays Tate’s deepest secret, she’s not sure she’ll ever forgive him. When he reappears in her life 10 years later, can they simply pick up where they left off? I’m so intrigued – this sounds different from their previous books… it definitely has a more mature adult feel, so I can’t wait for this one!
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