May's Hottest Romance Reads

Posted by Sharon on May 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 May: Two women find unexpected romance in the glare of the Hollywood spotlight. Rival book authors spend a strange summer swapping lives. And a notorious Harlem skirt-chaser meets his match—and learns to knit. Also: A blind date gets serious in a hurry, a villainous duke tries to thwart true love, and veteran scribe Nora Roberts returns with a California fable.

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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The latest from the prolific Nora Roberts follows Caitlyn Sullivan, daughter of Hollywood royalty, whose life has been a tilt-a-whirl of weirdness. Abducted as a child, Caitlyn proved to be a resourceful survivor, and Hideaway tracks her journey from Big Sur to Ireland and back to California. The book promises two stories—one of love and one of vengeance. Double secret bonus trivia: Roberts has published more than 200(!) novels.

Release date: May 26


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Book authors, it turns out, fall in love just like anyone else: Two writers move into next-door summer beach houses—he writes heavy literature, she writes light romance. But they’re both in the same metaphorical boat, beached on that rocky shoal called writer’s block. Then the brainstorm rolls in: What if they switch their book projects for the summer? That couldn’t possibly work. Could it?

Release date: May 19


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Jo and Emma are in a weird predicament. Jo’s a big-time Hollywood showrunner and Emma’s a lowly assistant. Scandal threatens to erupt when they’re caught “flirting” on the red carpet. But they weren’t even flirting! Nevertheless, the paparazzi start following them around, looking for a scoop. Then it occurs to Emma: Maybe a little actual flirting wouldn’t hurt anyone. Girls, as you may be aware, just want to have fun.

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Release date: May 26


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When their adoptive mother dies, four brothers in Harlem find themselves in possession of a beloved community knitting store. Jesse wants to keep the shop running, but he’s outvoted. He confides in childhood friend Kerry, who offers to help with the knitty-gritty of running a fabric enterprise. Can Kerry and Jesse find a way forward, for business and pleasure?

Release date: May 19


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The latest chapter in Eloisa James’ The Wildes of Lindow Castle series follows Miss Viola Astley in the anxious days before her London debut. Viola is thrilled to meet a handsome and quiet vicar, but the arrangement is foiled by the Duke of Wynter, who will stop at nothing to marry Viola himself. Double secret bonus trivia: Author Eloisa James is also a university professor and renowned Shakespeare scholar.

Release date: May 12


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Author of the Dream Man and Rock Chick series, Kristen Ashley is back with a new heroine: Evie, super-nerdy, hyperintelligent, and determined to make it in the world. A temporary gig as a dancer leads to unexpected romance when Evie meets Daniel "Mag" Magnusson, a good-looking guy with issues. Evie is nothing if not resourceful, and she hopes to find the love beneath Mag’s pain and funny-guy distraction techniques.

Release date: May 26


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Liya Thakkar, happy single woman, is being set up. Her parents' latest dinner party is a bald excuse to bring her together with the man they want her to marry. Liya squeezes out of that one, but imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office. Jay Shah is a lawyer, he’s handsome, he’s smart, and he’s got something to hide. Well, as it happens, Liya does, too.

Release date: May 12


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Hockey goalie Ryan Kingston always plays by the rules, both on and off the ice. But when he meets Queenie on the worst night of his life, he throws caution to the wind for a one-night stand with this intriguing stranger. The only catch? Six weeks later, he runs into Queenie again. Turns out, she's the daughter of his team's general manager. The general manager with a no-dating-the-players rule. Game on.

Release date: May 12


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

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message 1: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Ooh very interested in Beach Read!


message 2: by Freda (new)

Freda Mans-Labianca Added The Trouble With Hating You, sounds so sweet!!


message 3: by Punkrock (new)

Punkrock How to read these books?whether gets a link or not .
I don't understand it ,please explain me.


message 4: by Euodias (new)

Euodias Beach Read sounds so cute!


message 5: by Izzy (new)

Izzy Punkrock wrote: "How to read these books?whether gets a link or not .
I don't understand it ,please explain me."


Punkrock,
Goodreads is a site that allows you to track books you have read. This site serves as a virtual bookshelf, not a book store.


message 6: by Jill (new)

Jill Extremely interested in Real Men Knit and Beach Read!!!!


message 7: by Ron dismore (new)

Ron dismore It's a good app


message 8: by Elisa (new)

Elisa Hadly I want to read Real Men Knit cuz... I knit, slightly ashamed to say. And Dream Maker. Sounds interesting


message 9: by maegan (new)

maegan Beach Read sounds cute. I think I'll read it this month ^^


message 10: by Norma (new)

Norma Smith Good books to check out this summer.


message 11: by Carole (new)

Carole Thompson Real Men Knit sounds interesting. I do knit.


message 12: by Merle (new)

Merle Camellia wrote: "I want to read Real Men Knit cuz... I knit, slightly ashamed to say. And Dream Maker. Sounds interesting"
Don't be ashamed! Knitting is relaxing and productive!


message 13: by Adriana (last edited May 07, 2020 03:16PM) (new)

Adriana Camellia wrote: "I want to read Real Men Knit cuz... I knit, slightly ashamed to say. And Dream Maker. Sounds interesting"

If you like YA Boys Don't Knit is good.


message 14: by Joy (new)

 Joy I think Beach Reads sounds so cute!!!


message 15: by Glenda (new)

Glenda Nelms The trouble with hating you by Sajni Patel sounds like a good enemies to lovers book.


message 16: by Elisa (new)

Elisa Hadly @merle Thank youuu!!!


message 17: by Elisa (new)

Elisa Hadly @adriana thanks for the recommendation!


Psychowellnesscenter Romance and betrayal is fun to read


Kate Grand {A Grand Romance} I loved Beach Read. I read it as an Advance Readers Copy. It's *not* "cute". It's about getting over grief, betrayal, writer's block and also involves a side investigation into a suicide cult. It's a GREAT BOOK. It's got beautiful prose, a delicious romance, wonderful characters, real problems, interesting ideas but it is not "cute". I highly recommend it. Beach Read Have a great summer!


Kate Grand {A Grand Romance} And Beautifully Cruel by J.T. Geissinger blew me away. I have not yet recovered. It's so amazing. If I was Oprah I would throw you all a copy.


Paula Marie Martin Paula Marie 😇Love 💘you


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