Romance Reading Recommendations

Celebrate love all month long with these reading recommendations curated by your romance-loving librarians. From rom-coms to paranormal romance to romantic suspense, there’s a perfect happily-ever-after out there for everyone. All titles are linked to our catalog, but feel free to stop by the Adult Reference Desk for help finding a book on this list. Many titles are available both digitally and in print. 


Contemporary Romance 


Wreck the Halls by Tessa Bailey 

Stepping out of her comfort zone with her former best friend Beat Dawkins to convince their mothers to perform one last concert on Christmas Eve, Melody Gallard discovers an old scandal that threatens to wreck everything—the reunion, their relationships with their mothers, and their newfound love. 

A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Caña  

Kamilah, a Puerto Rican chef, and Liam, an Irish American whiskey distiller, are blackmailed by their grandfathers into getting married or risk losing the building that houses both of their businesses.  


At First Spite by Olivia Dade  

Athena Greydon’s fiancé, Johnny Vine, has broken off their engagement days before the wedding, leaving Athena nowhere to live—nowhere except the house that she bought him as a wedding gift. Unfortunately, Johnny’s brother, Matthew, who told Johnny to ditch her, lives directly next door.  


Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory  

After accidentally and unknowingly having a one-night stand with her new employee, Luke Williams, the night before his first day, stressed out Napa Valley winery owner Margot Nobel struggles to ignore their mutual attraction and keep things purely professional.  


Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood  

Secretly offering her services as a fake girlfriend, theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway engages in an all-out war of scholarly sabotage when Jack Smith, the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career, stands between her and her dream job at MIT.  


Set on You by Amy Lea  

Curvy fitness influencer Crystal Chen and well-muscled firefighter Scott Ritchie go head-to-head for gym domination until, through a series of encounters, they discover a mutual attraction. But when a photo of them goes viral, savage internet trolls put their newfound relationship to the test in this series launch.  


A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee  

Aubrey Choi's bakery business is thriving, until a scathing review from a famous food critic jeopardizes all her hard work. When critic Landon Kim learns that his review was unfairly based on a misunderstanding, he offers Aubrey a spot as a guest star on a cooking show.  


The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis  

In the fourth book in the Sunrise Cove series, Harper Shaw is excited to open a bakery and make a fresh start, and it's just icing on the cake that the building she rents is right next to the bar owned by her sexy and surly landlord, Brodie Campbell.  


Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon  

Snubbed at a book signing for the memoir she actually wrote, ghostwriter Chandler Cohen connects with the charming Finn Walsh for an awkward hookup that she would prefer to forget, but the two are forced back together when Finn turns out to be her next ghostwriting client.  


Cleat Cute by Meryl Wilsner  

In this steamy opposites-attract soccer romance, rookie Phoebe Matthews joins the U.S. Women’s National Team in New Orleans to fill in for injured veteran player Grace Henderson, and sparks fly as the women challenge each other both on and off the pitch.   



Historical Romance 


The Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen by K.J. Charles  

On the Kentish moors of the early 19th century, smuggling boss Joss Doomsday and Sir Gareth Inglis commence a tumultuous but tender affair while dodging a rival smuggling gang’s hunt for money owed to them by Gareth’s late father and navigating a handful of troublesome relatives on both sides.   


Ana María and the Fox by Liana De la Rosa  

Seeking refuge in London from the French occupation of Mexico, Mexican heiress Ana María enjoys both her first taste of freedom away from her domineering father and the scorching looks she begins receiving from a member of Parliament, Gideon Fox.  


An Island Princess Starts a Scandal by Adriana Herrera  

Enjoying one last summer of freedom before being trapped in a loveless marriage, Manuela accepts an invitation to show her paintings in Paris in 1889 and meets Cora, Duchess of Sundridge, a ruthless businesswoman who makes Manuela a deal.  


To Catch a Raven by Beverly Jenkins  

When the Declaration of Independence is stolen by a former Confederate official, fearless grifter Raven Moreaux is forced by the government to go undercover to recover it. She finds both her life and her heart on the line when she falls for Braxton Steel, her undercover partner posing as her husband.  


The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan 

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after a night of drunken revelry is a woman being auctioned off in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife. 


Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas  

Falling for a dashing stranger, beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, is horrified to discover that he is the bully responsible for her late husband’s boarding-school misery. Now a self-reformed rake, West Ravenel is not the boy he once was. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?  


Bombshell by Sarah MacLean 

No stranger to scandal, Lady Sesily Talbot embraces her bad reputation and continues luring men from Mayfair ballrooms for late night escapades but finds herself pining for the one person she can’t have—her brother’s best friend, American tavern owner Caleb Calhoun. 


We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian  

In New York City in the late 1950s, reporter Nick Russo finds himself inexplicably smitten with Andy Fleming, the scatterbrained son of the newspaper’s owner. Nick mentors Andy while he spends a year working in the newsroom before taking over the paper, and over time, the two develop an unlikely friendship with the possibility of something more.  



Paranormal Romance 


The Only Purple House in Town by Ann Aguirre   

While renting a room in psychic vampire Iris Collins’s house, hawk shifter Eli Reese becomes enchanted by the misfit magical boarders and even more so by Iris, his first crush from long ago, and wonders if he’s finally found a person and a place to call “home.”  


A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong  

As a young girl, Bronwyn Dale could pass through a time slip in her great-aunt’s house, where she’d visit William Thorne, a boy her own age born two centuries earlier. Twenty years later, Bronwyn inherits the house, and when she returns, William is waiting. As their friendship rekindles and sparks into something more, Bronwyn must deal with ghosts in the present version of the house.  


Enchanted to Meet You by Meg Cabot  

In this series launch, cottage witch Jessica Gold has found happiness in many parts of her life, like her enduring friendships and her shop, Enchantments, located in a small New England town. She just hasn’t been as lucky when it comes to love, until a tall, leather-clad, handsome man shows up in her shop telling her she’s the Chosen One and her hometown is on the verge of an apocalyptic magical event.  


A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley  

Mariel Spark is a witch, albeit a lousy one. One day while trying to summon a bag of flour during baking, Mariel mixes up her words and instead summons the demon Ozroth the Ruthless. Now she has a demon in her kitchen, and he won’t leave until she gives him her soul in this paranormal romantic comedy.  


Bride by Ali Hazelwood  

In Hazelwood’s first foray into paranormal romance, Misery Lark, daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, must leave her life of anonymity among the humans and uphold a historic alliance with the Weres by marrying their Alpha, Lowe Moreland.  


The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna  

Breaking all the rules, Mika Moon travels to the mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic, but as she grows close to them, she must decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family, and new love, that she didn’t know she was looking for.  



Romantic Suspense  


The Blonde Identity by Ally Carter  

In Carter’s adult debut, a woman who has lost her memory wakes up on a street in Paris, bruised and concussed, when sexy spy Jake Sawyer mistakes her for her twin sister, Alex, the rogue CIA operative he’s been hunting all over the world.   


To Have and to Heist by Sara Desai  

When her best friend is accused of stealing a multimillion-dollar diamond necklace, Simi Chopra transforms a ragtag group of strangers into an elite heist crew with the help of a mysterious man to clear her friend’s name and collect the substantial reward.  


Calamity by Constance Fay  

Temperance Reed, captain of a ragtag mercenary ship, is presented with an offer she can’t refuse from the ruthless head of an intergalactic noble family. The only catch? To get the reward, she’ll have to team up with his son Arcadio Escajeda, an upsettingly competent and attractive man with his own agenda.  


The Ultimate Betrayal by Kat Martin 

When her father is implicated in the theft of millions in chemical weapons from a government depot, investigative journalist Jessie Kegan risks her life to prove her father’s innocence and expose the true culprits with the help of her bodyguard Brandon Garrett. 


Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai  

Mira is trying to settle her late aunt’s affairs with the help of lawyer Naveen, when they unexpectedly find themselves in a mad dash through Las Vegas, putting both their lives in danger while following clues to untangle the mess her family left behind. 


Identity by Nora Roberts  

After her roommate is killed at the first party they throw at their Baltimore-area apartment, Morgan Albright learns that she was the intended victim of the assailant. Despite leaving town and trying to build a new life with a new man, Miles Jameson, Morgan realizes the killer isn’t done with her yet.  


Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts  

The victims of a mass shooting, including Simone Knox and Reed Quartermaine, are moving on with their lives when they’re stunned to discover a killer is targeting survivors. As heroes of the attack, Reed and Simone are prime targets, and now that they’ve found each other, the stakes are higher than ever.