26 of the Hottest Romances of 2019

Posted by Hayley on January 2, 2019
Want to get swept off your feet this year? We've got you covered, whether you're into sweet rom-coms in the city or sultry affairs in the Scottish Highlands.

It's not easy finding true book love…so we did the hard work for you. To create our list of romance must-reads, we focused on what Goodreads members can't wait to get their hands on. How do we measure that anticipation? By taking a look at how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves.

Which of these tempting books will you be checking out? Tell us what catches your eye in the comments!


Standalone tales of modern love

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Release: January 15

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Release: July 30



Romantic trips back in time

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Returning favorites to fall for

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Paranormal romances with serious bite

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Brand-new series about finding "the one"

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Release: February 12

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Which romance books are you excited to read this year? Share them with us in the comments!

Check out the complete coverage of Romance Week:
The Beginner's Guide to Reading Romance
Legendary Literary Couples Live on in Countless Retellings
The Secret Lives of Romance Authors

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message 1: by Jennie (last edited Jan 02, 2019 09:59AM) (new)

Jennie I cannot wait to read Helen Hoang's next book, The Bride Test


message 2: by Jacinda (new)

Jacinda Literature Babe Can you make a list of the upcoming 2019 lgbtq2 romance and historical novels?


message 3: by Siobhan (new)

Siobhan Why is Hello Stranger on this list? It was great, but came out in February 2018.


message 4: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany I cannot wait for 99 Percent Mine! Sally Thorne brought the heat with The Hating Game. I hope she keeps on sizzling.


message 5: by Karen (new)

Karen The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros. All those feels.


message 6: by McGee Magoo (new)

McGee Magoo BEARD NECESSITIES CAN'T HIT MY KINDLE SOON ENOUGH! I looove Billy Winston. <3


message 7: by Ang (new)

Ang Wow I can't wait for some of these books!


message 8: by Shauna (new)

Shauna GOODREADS!!! Once again, how can you, in good conscience, add "RATE THIS BOOK" on books not even released. Of all things on your site, this is one of my pet peeves. Seriously. Remove that option from books yet to be rated.


message 9: by Connie Wilhoit (new)

Connie Wilhoit Penelope Reid’s Beard Necessities! can’t wait - Billy Winston and his story- there are no words to describe the anticipation!


message 10: by Zfghi (new)

Zfghi Shauna wrote: "GOODREADS!!! Once again, how can you, in good conscience, add "RATE THIS BOOK" on books not even released. Of all things on your site, this is one of my pet peeves. Seriously. Remove that option fr..."

I totally agree. I don’t trust the ratings on Goodreads for this reason. Often when I look at the description of a new book coming out and see this it makes me frustrated


message 11: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Fosca Stahl Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen and How to Date a Douchebag: The Lying Hours by Sara Ney


message 12: by Sondra (last edited Jan 04, 2019 01:27PM) (new)

Sondra Wayman None of these interest me. I am waiting for Kathleen Brooks "Sunken Shadows" and "Forever Notorious." Denise Grover Swank's new book coming out from the Rose and NK series..."Dirty Money"


message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan How about JD Robb's newest, due in late Feb? This should be on the list!


message 14: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Chappell Where is Nora Roberts' latest contemporary, Under Currents, due out in July? Or either of the new In Death books, Connections (February) and Vendetta (September)? Why aren't they on the list?


The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears Seriously, where the hell is Alyssa Cole's A Prince on Paper??? Her Reluctant Royals series is amazing. Come on Goodreads, you need to do WAY better in regards to your lists.


message 16: by IM (new)

IM Lieveld I'm intrigued by Motion and The Risk :)


message 17: by Chloe (new)

Chloe The Bride Test by Helen Hoang sounds amazing! Can’t wait to read!


message 18: by Bree (new)

Bree Hill Fingers crossed for The Wedding Party!


message 19: by Juli (new)

Juli Shauna wrote: "GOODREADS!!! Once again, how can you, in good conscience, add "RATE THIS BOOK" on books not even released. Of all things on your site, this is one of my pet peeves. Seriously. Remove that option fr..."

This is a place for people with ARCs to rate the book. But I agree it's tempting for anyone to just skew the rating.


CJ - It's only a Paper Moon Shauna wrote: "GOODREADS!!! Once again, how can you, in good conscience, add "RATE THIS BOOK" on books not even released. Of all things on your site, this is one of my pet peeves. Seriously. Remove that option fr..."

People often get ARC's that publishers ask them to review before the publication date to drum up publicity.


message 21: by Julie (new)

Julie Can't wait for Sarina Bowen's Overnight Sensation!!!


message 22: by Connie (new)

Connie Barretta Hidden in Sunlight!


message 23: by P (new)

P Vinod I owe you one catches my eye first-because going by the title if someone shows you love and sees you as close and likes you-feel such feelings should be reciprocated with more than what they have shown a it's a stony individual who thinks otherwise it's just going by the title-a hunch-a shot in the dark.


message 24: by Maria (new)

Maria Zfghi wrote: "Shauna wrote: "GOODREADS!!! Once again, how can you, in good conscience, add "RATE THIS BOOK" on books not even released. Of all things on your site, this is one of my pet peeves. Seriously. Remove..."

But what and where should the early readers who receive ARC (Advance Reader Copies) review the books?


message 25: by Me Like Reading (new)

Me Like Reading I can’t wait to envision Jason Momoa as Murhder while reading ‘The Savior’ by J.R. Ward and I’m also anticipating what happens between an empath and a wolf in ‘Wolf Rain’ as part of the Psy/Changeling Trinity series by Nalini Singh.


message 26: by Lydia (new)

Lydia Parnell Highlander Ever After!! Can't believe it is actually coming out.


message 27: by Mona (new)

Mona Where's Susan Elizabeth Philipp's new book?


message 28: by Siddhi (new)

Siddhi Nigam Meet Cute by Helena hunting and The risk by Elle Kennedy! 💙 Meet Cute by Helena Hunting The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy


message 29: by Magali (new)

Magali KILL SWITCH by Penelope Douglas ??!! Can't believe this highly anticipated book releasing February 11 did not make your list...


message 30: by Nightic (new)

Nightic Zfghi wrote: "Shauna wrote: "GOODREADS!!! Once again, how can you, in good conscience, add "RATE THIS BOOK" on books not even released. Of all things on your site, this is one of my pet peeves. Seriously. Remove..."

yes please! remove that option. it doesnt make any sense to have it there??


message 31: by Juli (new)

Juli Nightic wrote: "Zfghi wrote: "Shauna wrote: "GOODREADS!!! Once again, how can you, in good conscience, add "RATE THIS BOOK" on books not even released. Of all things on your site, this is one of my pet peeves. Ser..."

It does though! Ther are lots of book reviewers who receive advanced reading copies and THEY WILL RATE and REVIEW the book prior to publication.


message 32: by Nightic (new)

Nightic Juli wrote: "Nightic wrote: "Zfghi wrote: "Shauna wrote: "GOODREADS!!! Once again, how can you, in good conscience, add "RATE THIS BOOK" on books not even released. Of all things on your site, this is one of my..."

but in that case wouldnt it be possible to give these people some kind of code they can use to post their review? cause as it is now, many people who -have not- received an early copy still rate the book..


message 33: by Juli (new)

Juli Nightic wrote: "Juli wrote: "Nightic wrote: "Zfghi wrote: "Shauna wrote: "GOODREADS!!! Once again, how can you, in good conscience, add "RATE THIS BOOK" on books not even released. Of all things on your site, this..."

I agree that should be the way it is BUT Goodreads is basically a volunteer run platform, so that is easier said than done.


message 34: by Anita (new)

Anita Stone Still waiting, patiently, for Diana Gabaldons Go Tell the Bees.
Just let me know when thats published and I'll be a happy women !!


message 35: by Janet (new)

Janet Murdoch I can't wait for the new Lisa Kleypas with West Ravenel's story. He has been in all the other books in this series and his dialogue is so well written and funny that I know this book will be one of my favourites! It's so awesome in her books that she writes new series with the children of previous series - so you get to find out what has happened in the character's lives. Kleypas is one of my favourite authors and I have all her books.


message 36: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Yanofsky I am also waiting for the newest Kathleen Brooks book in the Forever series but also Marie Force's Fatal Reckoning in March, 2019. Also for a good laugh I love Julia Kent's Shopping series. There are also so many others but too many to reference here


message 37: by Kait (new)

Kait Blind Side by Josh Lanyon, and of course, If I Ever by SE Jakes


message 38: by Namuganga (new)

Namuganga The saviour j.r..ward


message 39: by Scott (new)

Scott Foxie wrote: "Can you make a list of the upcoming 2019 lgbtq2 romance and historical novels?"

Yes please!


message 40: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Me Like Reading wrote: "I can’t wait to envision Jason Momoa as Murhder while reading ‘The Savior’ by J.R. Ward and I’m also anticipating what happens between an empath and a wolf in ‘Wolf Rain’ as part of the Psy/Changel..."

You and me both! Great minds think alike.


message 41: by Sally (new)

Sally Mona wrote: "Where's Susan Elizabeth Philipp's new book?"

Good question! SEP's romances are worth waiting for.


message 42: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Jennie wrote: "I cannot wait to read Helen Hoang's next book, The Bride Test"

Me 2.


message 43: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Crampton Can't wait for Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh! All her books are brilliant! The hype is real!!


veni vidi amavi Beard with Me and Beard Necessities!! Can't wait for these books.


message 45: by Seantheaussie (new)

Seantheaussie The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker, if it is a romcom.

Helen Hoang's next book, The Bride Test.

The library hasn't gotten me 99 Percent Mine yet.


message 46: by maggieandteddy (new)

maggieandteddy Shannon Gorilla McGee Winston wrote: "BEARD NECESSITIES CAN'T HIT MY KINDLE SOON ENOUGH! I looove Billy Winston. <3"

Hey Shan! Soon. But not soon enough.


message 47: by Fizza (new)

Fizza 99 percent mine was a pleasant read :D


message 48: by Ann (new)

Ann Danielle Steel?


message 49: by Elisabetta (new)

Elisabetta I'm waiting for Kristan Higgins ' last novel, life and other incoveniences. I've got I owe you one, but I'm reading something else right now.
Also, always waiting for more romance books by Italian Author Anna Premoli !!


message 50: by Teshai (new)

Teshai cannot wait for Ward, Singh and Kenyon, deep into these series, double digit deep..lol


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