27 New Romances That Readers Love

Posted by Sharon on April 20, 2020
Are you worried you've missed your perfect match? Your perfect romance novel match, that is. Don't worry; we're here for you. We've got ice cream, sappy songs, and—of course—a long list of recently released love stories for you to check out.

Below you'll find the romance books published since the beginning of the year that were most beloved in the genre (as measured by Want to Read adds and an average reader rating above 3.5 stars). They include blockbuster "what if?" tales like In Five Years and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, a winning sports romance, and a sprinkling of historical fiction, including new releases from favorite flames Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn.

Don't forget to add any titles you're interested in to your Want to Read shelf. And tell us what other recent romance you're loving in the comments!

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Which new romances are you enjoying? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Dana Al-Basha (new)

Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا I love romantic stories... good list.


färbe mich rot We love it when Goodreads cannot even put one queer romance written by a queer person in a list 27 books long.


message 3: by Sana (new)

Sana färbe mich rot wrote: "We love it when Goodreads cannot even put one queer romance written by a queer person in a list 27 books long."

For real, they could have at least added Something to Talk about


message 4: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine D So not a single queer novel??


message 5: by TMR (new)

TMR Excellent collection.


message 6: by Carole (new)

Carole Just finished 'You D


message 7: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Ho How about Last Tang Standing? set in Singapore, well reviewed, beloved by early ARC readers!


message 8: by Sarah Barton (new)

Sarah Barton Everything I've read from J.R. Ward I have loved and read over and over again I am currently reading the black dagger brotherhood series for the 3rd or 4th time!!!!


message 9: by Kashaya (new)

Kashaya King Which is the best book on the list?


message 10: by Thais (new)

Thais I'm pretty sure there are Queer romances coming out, Goodreads!


message 11: by Meg (new)

Meg Really? Nothing queer? Come on Goodreads, be better.


message 12: by Jay (new)

Jay Not a single LGBT story? No great shock, but pretty tiresome. Glad to see it's not all lily white, at least. :/


Rozzberry🍓 You need to add Only When It's Us by Chloe Liese. It’s one of the best NA/college romances I’ve ever read. It deserves so much more attention & then some.


message 14: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez Please add The Notebook The Notebook (The Notebook, #1) by Nicholas Sparks by Nicholas Sparks and Dear John by Nicholas Sparks Dear John also by him. All the Eternity Springs novels by Emily March plus Where the Heart Is Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts by Billie Letts. And last but not least Wyoming Special Delivery Wyoming Special Delivery by Melissa Senate by Melissa Senate. I have just reviewed the ARC of this and I was on the blog tour for In Five Years by Rebecca Serle In Five Years recently too. Thanks for adding that plus I haven't read the Suzanne Enoch title here- I like her books though.


message 15: by MariaStella ☆ (new)

MariaStella ☆ M. 'Love in marriage' has always intrigued me ... 😉


message 16: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Katherine wrote: "Please add The NotebookThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1) by Nicholas Sparks by Nicholas Sparks and Dear John by Nicholas SparksDear John also by him. All the Eternity Springs novels by Emily March..."

This is just new romances, so the Nicholas Sparks and Emily March books don't count for this one. Also I'd argue that Nicholas Sparks doesn't write "romance", but love stories


message 17: by Victoria (new)

Victoria I loved One Day in December!


message 18: by Iúdín (new)

Iúdín There are some suggestions here I'll read... But why are they all m/f? That's so narrow. Include gay books, or fix the title of the article....


message 19: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Add white female/ POC male pairings please


message 20: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa Below you'll find the romance books published since the beginning of the year that were most beloved in the genre (as measured by Want to Read adds and an average reader rating above 3.5 stars).

Yeah, right.

Just a quick search and look at this

The Midnight Lie
1,799 ratings, 3,99* published March 3

The House in the Cerulean Sea
2,646 rating, 4,60* published March 17

Flavor of the Month
147 ratings, 3, 87* published April 17


message 21: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Make it queer, cowards.


message 22: by ;3 (new)

;3 goodreads said fuck the gays!


Gabrielle Hansford Good night 🌙


message 24: by Sharon (new)

Sharon No POC, no LGBT ... disappointing.


message 25: by AGMaynard (new)

AGMaynard I’m looking forward to Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall.


message 26: by amanda (new)

amanda s. thank you so much for the list! definitely look forward to read them!


message 27: by Azumah (new)

Azumah Mary oh, are these books really nice


message 28: by Azumah (new)

Azumah Mary Sharon wrote: "No POC, no LGBT ... disappointing."

so u have read all these books


message 29: by Azumah (new)

Azumah Mary I cant inmagine how nice these books are


message 30: by Azumah (new)

Azumah Mary And pls can anyone tell me how to start reading my books


message 31: by bucky (new)

bucky love how whitewashed and straight this list is, goodreads lmao


message 32: by Nothing but (new)

Nothing but Sexy Books Blog I hate all the silly cartoon/illustrated covers. That seems to be all Goodreads is interested in promoting these days. Women are not children. We do not need our romance books dressed up as cartoons for us to enjoy them.


message 33: by Nothing but (new)

Nothing but Sexy Books Blog Anna wrote: "Below you'll find the romance books published since the beginning of the year that were most beloved in the genre (as measured by Want to Read adds and an average reader rating above 3.5 stars).

Y..."

I think they meant to say "These are the books whose publishers paid us to put the books on our list."


Psychowellnesscenter "Come Back For Me". I can really relate to it. Nice collection.


message 35: by Chayong (new)

Chayong I'm so happy there are so many rom-coms on this list! I'm excited to get acquainted with new authors. :-)


message 36: by Bill (new)

Bill Chamberlain Given the non-LGBT nature of this list and the hate rhetoric that caused them to take down all the posts for the Pride month books, I'm beginning to wonder about this site. Thought it would be safe and welcoming to all readers. One always wants to think better of people who read. Sad.


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