The Hottest Romances of July

Posted by Sharon on July 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 July: A royal couple emerges from self-imposed exile in The Heir Affair. A romantic-comedy screenplay blurs the line between art and life in Not Like the Movies. And a plus-size fashion blogger resists love on reality TV. Also: kindergarten teachers, fake romances, and one extremely fateful red balloon.

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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Plus-size fashion blogger Bea Schumacher has been cast in the hot dating reality show Main Squeeze. As an advocate for shaking up sexist beauty paradigms, Bea sees the show as an opportunity to subvert harmful anti-fat attitudes. What follows is a tangle of media-age weirdness and maybe, just maybe, a chance to find real love in an artificial made-for-TV situation.

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This heartfelt new romance from Katherine Center (How to Walk Away) follows elementary school librarian Samantha Casey who has, we can all agree, the best job in the world. But the new boss is going to be a problem. Incoming principal Duncan Carpenter is no longer the empathetic teacher she once loved. Now he’s an anxious administrator turning her beloved school upside down for the sake of “security.” Maybe love can solve the crisis. Can’t hurt to try.


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Book two in the Royal We series finds Rebecca “Bex” Porter and her husband, Prince Nicholas, in self-imposed exile after a scandalous secret ruins their fairy-tale wedding. The besieged couple has three problems: the public, the press, and the Queen—not necessarily in that order. A sudden crisis might reveal a new opportunity, but only if Bex can navigate the emotional wreckage she and Nick left behind.


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From Winston Brothers author Penny Reid comes a new spin-off series in the cozy mystery vein. Coming chronologically after Beard Science, this new book follows Cletus and Jenn as they attempt to solve a murder most fowl. That’s right, there’s a chicken killer on the loose and these two lovebirds take on an undercover mission to figure out the whodunit.


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Luc O’Donnell is kind of accidentally famous, and it’s a drag. His dad is a rock star, the paparazzi are nosing around, and Luc needs to find a nice, normal boyfriend. Oliver Blackwell fits the bill. He’s vegetarian, professional, and oh-so-proper. So Luc and Oliver set up a fake romance that, in the manner of every fake romance in the history of humankind, gets complicated.


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Chloe Sanderson has a busy schedule. Her father is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving has become a second full-time job. Meanwhile, Chloe’s best friend, Annie, is glitzing it up. She just wrote a big-screen romantic comedy about to premiere in cinemas—remember those? Strange thing is, the movie is kinda-sorta based on Chloe’s vibe with her boss. If art can imitate life, can we maybe get the life part going again?


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Only the inimitable Colleen Hoover could kick up such buzz with just a cover and publication date. Luckily for her fans, the author let us know that her newest book will be about Beyah and Samson, summer neighbors with an undeniable vibe. Unfortunately, the one thing they don’t have in common is money. Beyah has none, Samson has tons. To Beyah’s mind, that means keeping things very casual—in ten weeks, they’ll each be moving on to opposite ends of the continent. Summer flings, though, they sure have a habit of going where they will...


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Recommended for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Evvie Drake Starts Over, this new novel from Lia Louis starts with a poetic moment. Teenager Emmie Blue launches a red balloon into the air with her name and email address attached, plus a secret from which she desperately wants to be free. Now it’s 14 years later, that balloon has led to a valued friendship, and she hopes that friendship is about to bloom into something else. Moral: Watch it with those balloons.


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

Check out more recent articles, including:
July’s Most Anticipated New Releases
Talia Hibbert’s Favorite ‘Opposites Attract’ Romances
Fall in Love with These June Romances

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message 1: by TMR (new)

TMR So excited!


message 2: by Arushi (new)

Arushi Gupta In case you missed it !


message 3: by Bookworman (new)

Bookworman I cannot wait to read Katherine Center's new book!!!


message 4: by Pristine (new)

Pristine I can't wait to read The Peasant's Dream releasing July 7!


message 5: by annob (last edited Jul 03, 2020 11:17AM) (new)

annob So happy to see Alexis Hall featured! He's written several of my absolute favourite romances, and I very much look forward to 'Boyfriend Material'.


message 6: by Yuuri (new)

Yuuri O I want to read these selections


message 7: by John (new)

John John


message 8: by WeiLe (new)

WeiLe annob wrote: "So happy to see Alexis Hall featured! He's written several of my absolute favourite romances, and I very much look forward to 'Boyfriend Material'."

which Alexis Hall's book would you recommend?


message 9: by annob (new)

annob WeiLe wrote: "... which Alexis Hall's book would you recommend"

Oh, depends on what topics/themes you like to read. But if I had to pick my favourites, it would be from his contemporary romances; Glitterland and For Real.


message 10: by Becca da (new)

Becca da Romance Queen I’m super excited for this month’s romance books!


message 11: by Angie (new)

Angie Penny Reid and Cletus. Always Cletus. He owns me.


message 12: by AGMaynard (new)

AGMaynard WeiLe wrote: "annob wrote: "So happy to see Alexis Hall featured! He's written several of my absolute favourite romances, and I very much look forward to 'Boyfriend Material'."

which Alexis Hall's book would yo..."


1. Pansies
1A For Real
3 Looking for Group
4 Glitterland—might strike some as too painful


message 13: by Chad (new)

Chad Loomis This will likely be the most timely book you may ever read. Love in the Time of Corona.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089QWMYBC/...


message 14: by CJ (new)

CJ Loomis Sounds like a suspense thriller George, who’s the author? Is there any romance in it? Is it HEA?


message 15: by Suz (new)

Suz Bookworman wrote: "I cannot wait to read Katherine Center's new book!!!"

just finished it. loved it. enjoy!


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