Favorite reads in the romance genre from 2019

So often lists of best romances lack variety. I love that this features different historical periods, different cultures and races, at least one gay relationship, humorous and not. In other words, the field of romance is broadly defined here. Hallelujah.

15 of the Best Romance Books of 2019

By Melissa Flandreau•December 12, 2019•4 min read

If the end of the year is a time of reflection, then we’re more than happy to look back on all the phenomenal romances that came out in 2019 — and there were a lot of them! From historical romances to contemporary rom-coms and everything in between, here are some of our favorite reads of the year.

Book cover for Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Bringing Down the DukeEvie Dunmore

A plucky bluestocking winning over a duke may sound like your standard historical romance, but with its clever dialogue and focus on the suffragette movement, Dunmore’s debut is anything but typical. As independent as she is intelligent, Annabelle Archer earns a scholarship to the University of Oxford, becoming one of the first female students to attend the prestigious school. But her scholarship …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal BlueCasey McQuiston

This royal romance has it all: humor, charm, and the very memorable Great Turkey Calamity. When Alex Claremont-Diaz, the son of the US president, is caught fighting with Henry, the Prince of Wales, the two are forced to stage a truce in order to keep tensions between the countries low. But the fake friendship quickly turns into something more: a romance that could upset the international …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Bride TestHelen Hoang

Hoang’s follow-up to her debut, The Kiss Quotientis as memorable and refreshing as its predecessor. Although Khai Diep’s family understands that his autism means he processes emotions differently, Khai is convinced something’s wrong with him and has made a habit of avoiding relationships. Determined to help her son find love, Khai’s mother travels to Vietnam to find him a partner, and returns …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The UnhoneymoonersChristina Lauren

An enemies-to-lovers romance with sparkling banter and a heavy dose of humor, The Unhoneymooners is one of the year’s best rom-coms. When it comes down to it, Ami Torres is the lucky twin, and Olive, well, isn’t. But Olive’s grown used to being the unlucky one over the years, and she’s not surprised when her sister wins an expense-free wedding. The real downside? Olive has to spend the day with …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole

An Unconditional FreedomAlyssa Cole

Spies, assassination plots, high stakes — the third book in Cole’s The Loyal League series is an unforgettable and fast-paced read. When Daniel Cumberland becomes a member of the Loyal League, a group of Black spies fighting against the Confederacy, he’s soon paired with Janeta Sanchez, who’s joined the League as a double agent. What follows is an intricately plotted tale marked by hidden agendas …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Rebel by Beverly Jenkins

RebelBeverly Jenkins

When it comes to Beverly Jenkins, expectations are always high — and the first book in her Women Who Dare series more than delivers. Set in New Orleans after the Civil War, Rebel follows Valinda Lacy, who’s determined to help the city’s newly emancipated community thrive. A threat to her life soon leads her to Captain Drake LeVeq, an architect who shares her desire to help rebuild the city — but …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

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Book cover for Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Under CurrentsNora Roberts

A “Best of Romance” list without Nora Roberts never seems quite complete, and more than 200 books later, the bestselling author is still writing easy-to-devour novels. In Under Currents, she delivers romantic suspense with a vivid, small-town setting and layers of secrets for readers to uncover. For Zane Bigelow, returning to the town he grew up in means confronting painful memories from his …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

NightchaserAmanda Bouchet

With political intrigue and plenty of snarky back-and-forth between the two love interests, Nightchaser is an action-packed adventure that’s, well, out of this world. Bouchet’s newest series takes readers to space for a sci-fi romance starring the “Galaxy’s Most Wanted,” Captain Tess Bailey. Tess is on the run, and to keep her crew and herself safe, she turns to the mysterious Shade Ganavan. And …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe BrownTalia Hibbert

Chloe Brown is ready to rebel. After a near-death moment, Chloe makes a “Get a Life” list that includes, among other things, going camping and riding a motorcycle. To work her way through her to-dos, she turns to Redford “Red” Morgan, her sexy, tattooed artist of a neighbor. What follows is a heartwarming romantic comedy that doesn’t shy away from serious moments. Hibbert writes a chronically ill …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Fumbled by Alexa Martin

FumbledAlexa Martin

Secrets and sizzling chemistry abound in Martin’s fantastic sports romance. When she was 16 and pregnant, Poppy Patterson moved across the country to start a new life for herself, and years later, she’s proud of what she’s built. But when she crosses paths with her high school sweetheart, T.K. Moore, now a wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, Poppy’s world is thrown off its axis.View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

Sapphire FlamesIlona Andrews

Sapphire Flames takes place in the same fascinating world as Andrews’s Hidden Legacy series, where magic means everything. The intricate world-building creates a plot filled with intrigue, setting the stage for a romance that’s both original and action-packed. After her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina Baylor is forced to draw on the powers she’s always been hesitant to use. To …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Evvie Drake Starts OverLinda Holmes

Holmes’s heartfelt debut follows Eveleth Drake as she adjusts to life in her small Maine town after her husband’s death. Everything changes when Major League pitcher Dean Tenney arrives, seeking a quiet place after the “yips” derailed his baseball career. When a mutual friend connects the two, Evvie finds herself with a new housemate. And while the budding romance between Evvie and Dean is an …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Meet CuteHelena Hunting

On her first day of law school, Kailyn Flowers isn’t expecting to literally run into her teenage crush, former actor Daxton Hughes. But despite the slightly embarrassing meet-cute, Kailyn and Dax forge a friendship — at least until he betrays her. Years later, Dax is now the guardian of his 13-year-old sister — and when he comes to Kailyn for legal advice, the chemistry between them is as strong …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

Beard NecessitiesPenny Reid

The final book in the Winston Brothers series — which can be read as a standalone — has everything you could want in a romance novel: an Italian setting, a second chance at love, and a little bit of forced proximity to bring the two main characters together. Combine all that with Reid’s trademark humor and knack for writing sibling shenanigans, and you have a home-run novel. Starring the …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

Book cover for The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

The FlatshareBeth O’Leary

With detailed characters who feel real and a quirky sense of humor, The Flatshare is the sort of book you want to re-read as soon as you reach the last page. When Tiffy Moore answers an ad for a flatshare, she’s not sure what to expect from the night shift worker whose apartment she’s living in. And as far as Leon is concerned, the two of them don’t need to meet at all. But as they begin getting …Show More ›View Price…Save to List

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