Being separated from loved ones for most of this year has been hard on all of us. Whether missing hugs, dinner dates or cozy nights, romance was certainly thrown out the window for a lot of people. Fortunate for us, 2020 did not stop plenty of romance authors from releasing new books to comfort us all while being quarantined. If you’re missing the heart-skipping, steamy romances of reality here are the top eight books you can enjoy while being closed off to the world.
1. From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout
Ever since she could remember Poppy’s life has always consisted of being The Maiden, chosen from birth to usher in a new era. The solitary life of never being touched, spoken to or looked upon has isolated her and leaves a gaping hole in her own desires. With an entire kingdom resting on her Ascension Poppy feels the pressure now more than ever. Even though this requires her full attention and quite literally her life, Poppy’s traitorous heart won’t stop skipping with the nearness of Hawke, an intoxicating guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension. Hawke not only stirs forbidden desires within her but he challenges her like no one ever has and makes her question everything she believes in. When her certain destiny becomes entangled with unbridled desire and danger Poppy’s life as The maiden becomes blurred by right and wrong as she fights for her life and her heart.
2. Beach Read by Emily Henry
When one summer brings together a romance author who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut you can be sure the next three months will be full of surprises. Polar opposites Augustus Everett, an acclaimed author of literary fiction, and January Andrews, bestselling romance writer, find themselves living for the summer as neighbors in two separate beach houses. Struggling with finances and writers block they spend one blurred evening together and strike a deal that will break them out of their creative ruts. Switching roles they will write each others genres. While attending field trips and interviews could it be possible that their writing might not be only thing full of surprises as an unexpected romance blooms between them.
3. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Everyone has always been asked the question of where you see yourself in five years? For Manhattan lawyer Donnie Kohan she had the perfect answer during the most important interview of her career. Scoring a proposal from her boyfriend and having a successful interview Donnie goes to sleep content in knowing she is right on track. When she wakes up though is an entirely different reality. It is the same day December 15th but five years in the future. With a different apartment, ring on her hand and completely different man asleep beside her Donnie’s confused and shocking vision startles her. At the stroke of midnight, she wakes again back in her room and the current year of 2020. Beside herself and not one to believe in superstitious visions she pushes the experience from her mind. Until four and half years later she comes face to face with the same man from her vision. Filled with joy, heartbreak, friendship, the power of loyalty and an unpredictable destiny. In Five years will have you flipping through the pages.
4. Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Danika Brown is one woman who knows exactly what she wants and romance is certainly not it. Been there, done that Dani only focuses on her professional career and academic renown. With the stress and pressure of obtaining the life she wants Dani asks the universe to send a friend-with- benefits- someone who can take the career-driven tension away and knows their way around the bedroom. The universe certainly answers but not in the way she thought. Zafir Ansari, a brooding security guard and ex rugby player, makes a daring rescue during a fire drill gone wrong. As the video of her rescue goes viral Zaf begs Dani to go along with it to help his sports charity cause for children. Who could say no to that? Dani reluctantly agrees but as romance and desire blooms she soon realizes that Zaf has his own walls built around his heart but deep down is a sappy romantic. Suddenly, Dani finds herself wanting to bring the protective wall down around Zaf and maybe even her own heart. Has her plan backfired or is the universe hoping she will just take a hint.
5. The Happily Ever After Playlist by Abby Jiminez
Sloan Monroe’s life came to a crashing halt after loosing her fiancé two years ago, nothing has seemed to go her way. Stumbling into a trouble-making pup who’s eyes beg her to take him home flips her world upside down. After so much time she finally begins to feel herself until Tucker’s owner, Jason, reaches out. A musician on tour in Australia and with one request: he wants Tucker back. Sloan is not about to roll over and let him take Tucker away from her. As their texts turn flirty and soon turn into long phone calls Sloan can no longer deny the connection between them. Not wanting to endure another heartbreak Sloan has no way of telling what will happen when they meet in person. With Jason’s music on the rise and Sloan’s heart on the line will one pup bring together his owners for good?
6. A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore
Lady Lucie leads the Oxford suffragists and has finally scraped enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing house. Her plan to use it in a coup against Parliament is almost complete. An unpredictable snag in her plan leaves her fuming as an old nemesis, Lord Ballentine, stands between her and success. Lord Ballentine has no problem stepping aside under one condition- a night in Lady Lucie’s bed. The battle of their will and words flame a smoldering romance that if not careful Lord Ballentine’s silver tongue my trip on his own seductive snare. As Lucie fights against Lord Ballentine in the boardroom and the bedchamber she realizes that the poets speak the truth when they say: all is fair in love and war.
7. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
Carolina Santos is a successful top-tier wedding coordinator in D.C. building dream weddings for people and yet when it was her time to shine she was left at the alter. How ironic. Although she’s moved on from the disaster in her past Lina is finally offered a life changing opportunity that unfortunately comes with a major hitch. She has to work with the best (actually worst) man from her own failed wedding. Marketing expert Max Hartley is determined to expand his brand with a highly coveted hotel client. When he learns he’ll be collaborating with his brother’s whip-smart, stunning and completely off-limits ex-fiance he nearly doubles over with dread. Not only did he stand by his brother but was the one who encouraged him to jilt the bride, leaving Lina to positively loathe him. Ready to give Max a piece of her mind they struggle to work together in the coming weeks. Underneath all the animosity and wounding words Max and Lina discover that anger and hurt might not be the only reason that sparks fly between them when they’re together. Lina is not interested in falling in love, least of all with her ex-fiance’s brother and Max vowed to never play second best to his brother ever again.
8. The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel
Liya Thakkar is many things. A biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast and most of all a happily single woman. When a disaster dinner party at her parent’s house turns into a set-up for her and the man her parents want her to marry Liya flees. A week later the new lawyer hired to save her company turns out to be the deserted man from her parent’s house. Jay Shah is not thrilled to see Liya either after the humiliating dinner. With his arrogant and infuriating ways and Liya’s adamant independent thinking their witty office banter turns into late night calls. While their connection deepens Liya is sure he might be the one for her but is not sure on opening up about exposing both of their painful pasts. Unsure whether to keep running away or give love a fighting chance, Liya finds herself caught between the battle of her heart and her mind.