Romance Readers' Most Anticipated Books for May

Posted by Sharon on May 1, 2021
Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people love 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: A British wedding planner pursues a posh bachelor in Katy Birchall’s The Secret Bridesmaid. A data nerd finds love in Christina Lauren’s The Soulmate Equation. And an old urban legend gets a new queer twist in Alyssa Cole’s How to Find a Princess. Also look for indie rockers, lust in Seattle, and a new romantic suspense thriller from Nora Roberts.
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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It’s been two years since best friends Poppy and Alex have spoken. Every summer since college, the two have taken a week’s vacation together. But Something Weird happened last time. Poppy hasn’t really been happy since, so she rolls the dice and asks Alex to take one last vacation together. He’s agreed. Now what happens? Emily Henry (Beach Read) has the answers.

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Jess Davis has faith in numbers and data. A single mom with a messy family history, she’s just not interested in the random world of relationships. But maybe some data crunching can do the trick? Christina Lauren (The Unhoneymooners) returns with a new romance concerning the efficacy of DNA-based matchmaking—recommended for fans of The Rosie Project and One Plus One. Bonus trivia: Christina Lauren is two people.

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The latest from Nora Roberts follows the relationship between a mother and daughter through trauma, celebrity…and murder. Adrian Rizzo has built an empire on yoga and fitness videos, echoing her mother’s exercise brand a generation earlier. Just as Adrian finds love with her childhood crush, a series of anonymous death threats forces mother and daughter to confront the violence in their past. That got dark quickly.

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Musician and author Xio Axelrod is back with another romance set in the world of professional music making. Antonia “Toni B” Bennett is making a name for herself in Philly’s indie rock scene, and soon she’s trying out for the hottest new band in the country. Showbiz, however, is famously crafty. It turns out that the man who can change her future is also an important figure from her past.

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Georgia Clark (The Bucket List) uses an ensemble-style format of linked stories for It Had to Be You, which centers on Brooklyn’s popular wedding planning business called In Love. Co-owners Liv and Savannah headline a cast of characters who take the rom-com to new places, with lots of laughs, lots of love, lots of interesting combinations. The book is recommended for fans of Christina Lauren, Casey McQuiston, and Love Actually.

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This second installment in author Alexandria Bellefleur’s Written in the Stars series features hot nerd Brendon Lowell and his pursuit of childhood crush Annie, his sister’s best friend. To win her over, Brendon plans a series of dates based on classic romantic comedy films. In Seattle, no less. He’s into it. She’s not. Until she is. Then everyone ends up sleepless.

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A queer retelling of the Anastasia legend, Alyssa Cole’s latest concerns Makeda Hicks, who may very well be the long-lost heir to a line of royals in the nation of Ibarania. When sexy investigator Beznaria Chetchevaliere shows up, the two women undertake a transatlantic voyage with all sorts of complications. For one thing, Makeda has no interest in being a princess. For another, there’s only one bed in the ship’s cabin.

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Professional bridesmaid Sophie Breeze has a weird job. For a hefty fee, she poses as the perfect bridesmaid at high-society British weddings while working behind the scenes to make sure the event is a success. When she’s hired to bridesmaid for posh diva Cordelia, the gig comes with an unexpected benefit. The bride’s older brother is very hot, very rich, and surprisingly eligible.

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

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message 1: by Maria (new)

Maria Extremely excited for "People We Meet On Vacation" 😍

message 2: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Can't wait for the new Christina Lauren book. Loved Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. Also loved My Favourite Half-Night Stand.

message 3: by MundiNova (new)

MundiNova Maria wrote: "Extremely excited for "People We Meet On Vacation" 😍"

Completely agree!! I loved Beach Read.

message 4: by Sasha (new)

Sasha been waiting for people we meet on vacation since last year, im so excited

message 5: by TMR (new)

TMR Christina Lauren, here I come!

message 6: by Bookish Swan (new)

Bookish Swan People we meet on vacation is a true winner! Absolutely loved the book

message 7: by Flor (new)

Flor Machado I definitely want to read The Secret Bridesmaid.

message 8: by Antagonist (new)

Antagonist Can't wait to read a few of these!

message 9: by nitya (new)

nitya How to Find a Princess and The Soulmate Equation :D

message 10: by Tracie (new)

Tracie Gutknecht The Heart Principle is the one I've been waiting for.

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