The Best Romance Books of January

Posted by Cybil on January 2, 2020
Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people fall in love with books about falling in love. Every month our team takes a look at the new romance books and how early readers are responding to them. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites.

New in January: What would happen if you actually met the literal man of your dreams? And what if you found out he'd been dreaming of you, too? Colleen Oakley provides some reckless conjecture in You Were There Too. Meanwhile, we find unlikely romance in the realms of font design, meme wars, and professional hockey, and Tessa Bailey returns with her delightfully titled Hot & Hammered series.

Add what catches your fancy to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments.



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In the second installment of the Hot & Hammered series, a ten-year-old relationship is put to the test with one audacious idea: marriage boot camp. Can Rosie and Dominic survive a return to basic training? How about opening a restaurant at the same time? We shall see.

Read our interview with Bailey here.

Release date: January 14


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Mia Graydon has a picture-perfect life: nice house, loving husband, and plans for a family. She's also had a recurring dream, for years, of another man—her perfect man. So what happens when Mia actually meets this mysterious stranger? And what if he's been dreaming about her, too? Weirdsies.

Release date: January 7


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Lettering is the lost art of sophisticated penmanship (penpersonship?), and Brooklynite Meg Mackworth has managed to make a career out of it. But her knack for words and patterns means she can see more deeply than most—and read the writing on the wall. When Reid Sutherland tells Meg of his plans to marry, she knows the union will fail. A year later, Reid is back and wants to know what Meg knows.

Release date: January 28


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Debut author Emma Lord brings us the strange story of an epic Twitter meme war that leads to…well, what is it leading to? A romantic comedy about the ways we communicate now, Tweet Cute features the unlikely connection between two teenage online rivals in the Information Age.

Release date: January 21


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Romance blooms off the ice in the National Hockey League when an injured starter is paired up with the team captain's sister. The injured reserve list has never been such fun. An athletic fantasy from the author of A Lie for a Lie and, um, Pucked.

Release date: January 28


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The past can be a problem when you're fighting for love. Marjorie Steel and Bryce Simpson have finally declared their passion for each other, but the road is only getting rougher. Add in an ominous lawyer and twins with a secret—and the ride gets really bumpy. Perhaps some memories are better left buried.

Release date: January 28


Which new romance books are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments!


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message 1: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Allyn I’m looking forward to Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Bad Reputation Duet, both of which are releasing at the end of the month.


message 2: by Suz (last edited Jan 06, 2020 10:51AM) (new)

Suz Sweep With Me by Ilona Andrews and Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost are the two romance books releasing in January in which I am most interested.


message 3: by TMR (new)

TMR These books looks swooningly awesome.


message 4: by Rhianna (new)

Rhianna Gale I'm reading Love Lettering right now and it deserves be on this list 100%! So glad its here! Love Lettering


message 5: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Jobes Finding Elenore by P.W. Hazeldine should be on this list and should certainly be in the Romance Books of the year. This really is one of best love stories I have read in a very long time.


message 6: by Kirsty (new)

Kirsty Tunstall Anything writen by Christine Feehan, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole and Jennifer Estep are books im looking forward to reading. Such fantastic authors.Christine FeehanGena ShowalterKresley ColeJennifer Estep


message 7: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Jobes I agree. But honestly, Finding Elenore by P.W. Hazeldine is truly wonderful and romantic. You must read it, you will love it!


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