The Best Romance Books of March

Posted by Sharon on March 1, 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 sorts through the new romance books and sees how early readers are responding. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites.
 
New in March: A fake social media romance goes off the rails in Mhairi McFarlane’s new romance, If I Never Met You. Vampires and assassins need love, too, in The Sinner, the latest installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. And temporal twists upset the time-space continuum in a pair of new stories–Rebecca Serle’s In Five Years and Josie Silver’s The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. Also: Nashville sous chefs and home-remodeling celebrities.
 
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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Anyone who has applied for a career-oriented job will be familiar with the question: Where do you see yourself in five years? In this twisty new title from Rebecca Serle, a Manhattan lawyer confronts the question in a remarkably direct fashion. Fans of temporal-twist stories should enjoy the space-time hijinks. Think Groundhog Day but with more romantic drama.

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Release date: March 3


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Author Josie Silver, author of One Day in December, specializes in heart-tuggers with intriguing plotlines. Her newest is no exception. Lydia Bird, recently widowed, is astounded to find out that she may have a second chance at happiness. Thanks to forces she can’t understand, events of the past few months have been reversed. She’s no longer widowed. But can she really live these two parallel lives at once? Which one is real? Which one is right? Which way is up?

Release date: March 3


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Carey and James are coworkers with a problem. As assistants to a couple of famous home-remodeling celebrities, they have very bright futures. The catch? Their married bosses can’t stand each other, so Carey and James have to work overtime just to keep the operation afloat. What happens when romance blooms among the assistants? Author duo Christina Lauren has a light touch with these things and finds new things to do with the old romantic comedy template.

Release date: March 24


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What happens when a social media fauxmance suddenly becomes a little too heated? That’s the question in this twisty new story from Mhairi McFarlane (You Had Me at Hello). Officemates Jamie and Laurie are both in need of a fake relationship, for reasons too weird to get into. The plan works great, too, until it starts working a little too well. With the preplanned end date approaching, the pretend lovers have to decide how real they want to get.

Release date: March 24


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This second installation in the Bromance Book Club series finds our heroine Liv Papandreas in her dream job as sous chef at a famous Nashville restaurant. But when Liz confronts her creepy boss over harassment, she’s kicked to the curb. To restore justice, she enlists the help of the bromance book club, who’ve gleaned some good ideas from the current suspense novel in rotation. The fix is in. The sting is on. Who’ll get burned?

Release date: March 10


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The Black Dagger Brotherhood series continues with The Sinner, which mixes dark erotica and supernatural adventure into a new kind of escapist fiction. The mercenary warrior Syn is back on the scene–shirtless, probably–and in a strange kind of trouble as he encounters the newly turned half-vampire Jo Early. Meanwhile, Butch O’Neal is back as the Dhestroyer. The Prophecy is turning toward its inexorable conclusion. It’s getting hot in here. Who will survive?

Release date: March 24


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Sara (new)

Sara Highly recommend Undercover Bromance. It was even better than the first one in the series.


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Sara wrote: "Highly recommend Undercover Bromance. It was even better than the first one in the series."

oh my goodness really? so excited!!! loved the first book <333


message 3: by Samantha (new)

Samantha No historical romance?


message 4: by Amber J (new)

Amber J I'm adding ALL of these except for two that I already had on my to-read list. :)


message 5: by Afoxamongstars (new)

Afoxamongstars Sara wrote: "Highly recommend Undercover Bromance. It was even better than the first one in the series."
Yey, it makes my heart happy to hear that! Can't wait to read it!:)


message 6: by Pandora (new)

Pandora Watch Goodreads do yet another list of best romance books and "accidentally" "forgetting" "without meaning to" that queer people are, in fact, a thing that exist in this world we inhabit.


message 7: by Sonja (new)

Sonja I’m on hold for the first Bromance Bookclub book and If I Never Met You sounds good too! I did read one new book from this year: Enemies by Tijan (excellent!). And I’m looking forward to reading In A Field Of Blue by Gemma Liviero this month, which released in Feb.


message 8: by Tzipora (new)

Tzipora Pandora wrote: "Watch Goodreads do yet another list of best romance books and "accidentally" "forgetting" "without meaning to" that queer people are, in fact, a thing that exist in this world we inhabit."

Preach! How about we add our fave queer romances in the comments? I finally read Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg and can’t stop raving about it. Hoping to read the sequel, Pages for Her soon. Not just a romance (and I loved it for having so much else going on as well, including the rad space theme and the sweet romance) but one of my fave February reads was The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper . And darn, it’s not out until May but I am anticipating and excited for Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner


message 9: by Cassie (new)

Cassie Sonja wrote: "I’m on hold for the first Bromance Bookclub book and If I Never Met You sounds good too! I did read one new book from this year: Enemies by Tijan (excellent!). And I’m looking forward to reading In..."

If I Never Met You does sound good. Can't wait to read it.


message 10: by Pandora (last edited Mar 01, 2020 07:01PM) (new)

Pandora Tzipora wrote: "Pandora wrote: "Watch Goodreads do yet another list of best romance books..."

Preach! How about we add our fave queer romances in the comments?..."


You know what? I'm even going to stick to romances, to be released in March, and with great responses from early readers (say... above 4 stars on average? Which, mind you, is a standard not all of the books listed above meet). A few even have more ratings than one or two in that list. Now go ahead and tell me why they were left out.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales (March 3rd)
The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie, #1) by Marie Rutkoski The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (March 3rd)
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune (March 17th)
Look by Zan Romanoff Look by Zan Romanoff (March 31st)
Music from Another World by Robin Talley Music from Another World by Robin Talley (March 31st)
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari ( March 17th)
The Electric Heir (Feverwake #2) by Victoria Lee The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee (March 17th)
Work-Love Balance (Out & About, #1) by Allison Temple Work-Love Balance by Allison Temple (March 9th)
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Big Bad Wolf, #4) by Charlie Adhara Wolf in Sheep's Clothing by Charlie Adhara (March 2nd)
To the Moon and Back by Melissa Brayden To the Moon and Back by Melissa Brayden (March 10th)
Perfect Timing by Dena Blake Perfect Timing by Dena Blake (March 10th)


message 11: by Tzipora (new)

Tzipora Pandora wrote: "Tzipora wrote: "Pandora wrote: "Watch Goodreads do yet another list of best romance books..."

Preach! How about we add our fave queer romances in the comments?..."

You know what? I'm even going t..."


Thank you! I should’ve put a bit more effort in on mine. I read and reviewed Music From Another World and was going to list it. Didn’t even realize it came out this month but going to be sure and bump that review. Had my eye on Look but hadn’t even realized it was a queer read. Too many arcs and early reads, I was aware of a few others but didn’t even know they weren’t out just yet. I hope others appreciate your list because I have such a hard time finding queer women stories. I end up reading a lot of gay male lit. But I’m geeked by your list so thank you!

Also, not a romance at all though it looks at how women’s stories are told and how much relationships between women are often ignored and overlooked and is a book I’ve been reading slowly and excitedly, feeling so dang seen. Saw the author on her book tour and it is a book I want to put into every queer readers hands. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir


message 12: by Cassie (new)

Cassie Pandora wrote: "Tzipora wrote: "Pandora wrote: "Watch Goodreads do yet another list of best romance books..."

Preach! How about we add our fave queer romances in the comments?..."

You know what? I'm even going t..."



Perfect Timing sounds pretty interesting. Really digging the cover though.


message 13: by Celest (new)

Celest Not a big fan of current day based romances, unless it's something that really catches my eye or feels timeless, so probably won't be reading any of the listed books.


message 14: by Amy "the book-bat" (last edited Mar 01, 2020 11:26PM) (new)

Amy "the book-bat" Pandora wrote: "Watch Goodreads do yet another list of best romance books and "accidentally" "forgetting" "without meaning to" that queer people are, in fact, a thing that exist in this world we inhabit."

Do they not understand that some of us "CIS" readers also like an occasional "Queer" romance? Thank you for posting your list. Some of those sound really good. The way I see it, love is love and good writing is good writing, so why segregate it?

It is really irresponsible to "forget" an entire segment of the population by ignoring them in these lists. Even adding one or two to the list would be a step in the right direction.


message 15: by Yogi (new)

Yogi Rogers I am looking forward with drooling anticipation to J.R. Wards The Sinner. It's the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

For March I have already read Christine Feehans new GhostWalker book Lethal Game which was excellent And susan Stoker's Defending Zara which was also excellent.


The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears As usual, Goodreads fails the #ownvoices when it comes to romances written by and about BIPoC.

Readers really should stop looking to you or your algorithm for recommendations.


message 17: by MK (new)

MK I got an arc of The Honey-Don't List and I loved it.


Psychowellnesscenter Romance and issues. Love to read all this


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