Readers Are Ready to Fall for These June Romances

Posted by Sharon on June 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 June: Two wary exes share a ride across the U.K. in Beth O'Leary’s The Road Trip. A modern-day Persephone finds a devilish new lover in Katee Robert’s Neon Gods. And Victorian ladies get rather unladylike in India Holton’s The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels. Plus: drama in Belize, time travel in New York, and unexpected love in the publishing industry. Nothing wrong with that!  
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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Tough and cynical August is a 23-year-old New Yorker with a job she doesn’t like. Now she has another problem. Her current subway crush—a gorgeous punk rock girl with a very cool leather jacket—turns out to be a time traveler displaced from 1970s Brooklyn. Author Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop reveals what happens when one woman’s love life gets really weird.

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The new romantic comedy from Beth O'Leary (The Flatshare) poses an interesting premise: After an ill-timed fender bender, exes Dylan and Addie are forced to carpool together on a long ride across England and Scotland. What’s more, they have to share the same tiny Mini Cooper with three other passengers—her sister, his best friend, and some random guy from Facebook. Can the exes rekindle their love under such conditions? It should be fun finding out.

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Gracie Cooper has just inherited her father’s midtown Manhattan champagne shop. The money situation is not looking good. Sebastian Andrews, incredibly uppity but also incredibly handsome, is proposing a corporate buyout. Meanwhile, Gracie is finding solace with her anonymous online dating app partner. She’s beginning to suspect that something odd is happening. New York problems! Lauren Layne’s latest is being billed as a cross between Love Is Blind and You’ve Got Mail.

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Winner of this month's unofficial Best Book Title Award, Romance Division, The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels follows the adventures of Victorian lady and secret thief Cecilia Bassingwaite. Cecilia has a new admirer, it seems—dashing rogue Ned Lightbourne. Ned genuinely adores Cecilia. Unfortunately, he’s also in the employ of nefarious crime lord Captain Morvath, who wants Cecilia dead. When Morvath threatens the Wisteria Society crime sorority, he finds the ladies aren’t ladylike at all.

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Set up as a modern retelling of Greek myth, the new book from Katee Robert (The Marriage Contract) follows Persephone Dimitriou as she flees the city of Olympus and a forced engagement to alpha powerbroker Zeus. In the forbidden underworld, Persephone proposes an infernal bargain with Hades, which they consummate in the traditional fashion. The sex, as you might imagine, is hot.

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Bestselling erotica author Eva Mercy had a teenage fling years ago with the boy who would grow into award-winning literary icon Shane Hall. When the two meet up again at a publishing industry event, memories surface, pleasantries are exchanged, and inhibitions crumble. Tia Williams’ new romance chronicles the subsequent seven nights of a steamy Brooklyn summer.

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Flight attendant Ava Greene has one trip left before she quits for good and starts the next chapter of her life. Too bad Fate, prankster that she is, has other plans. Ava is soon stranded at a luxury resort in Belize for a weekend layover with her nemesis, cocky-but-handsome ex-pilot Jack Stone. Well, Caribbean breezes and rum punch are famous for improving moods. Bonus trivia: Debut author Lacie Waldon knows whereof she writes—she’s a flight attendant based out of Washington, D.C.

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As jobs go, working in a vintage toy store isn’t all that bad. But Teddy Phillips longs for something more. On a whim, she decides to write to the host of the local children’s show, Everett St. James, who seems like a happy and grounded sort of fellow. And he is. But Everett’s lonely, too. The old pen pal routine has been bringing people together since the beginning of pens. It’s worth a shot, right?

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

Check out more recent articles, including:
Casey McQuiston Welcomes Readers Aboard New Time-Slip Romance
The 2021 Pride Reading List: 75 New Books to Read Now
It's Time for Summer Reading on Goodreads!

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message 1: by Will (new)

Will Pride month with only one same-sex couple romance book on featured :(

message 2: by Heather (new)

Heather Nicol There's a whole list of books for prude month!

message 3: by Heather (new)

Heather Nicol Pride*

message 4: by 如意 (new)

如意 Added The Road Trip & To Sir, with Love to my TBR! (❁´◡`❁) I've always kind of dismissed chick-lit, but after trying a few this year I find they're really nice to read compared to most of my more serious and heavy books I usually read.

message 5: by TMR (new)

TMR I love this collection.

message 6: by Devss (new)

Devss Can't wait to read these books!

message 7: by Gustavo (new)

Gustavo Heather wrote: "There's a whole list of books for prude month!"


message 8: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa Gustavo wrote: "Heather wrote: "There's a whole list of books for prude month!"


Here it is

message 9: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa I'm waiting for Subtle Blood to be released later this month

Subtle Blood (The Will Darling Adventures, #3) by K.J. Charles

message 10: by Fereshte (new)

Fereshte @Chris I was wondering the same

message 11: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Heather wrote: "Pride*"

ha ha

Jimin'sRamenNoodles (Jinlo) UHHH HELLO ROMANCE?!??!
Bias!!! She's a debut author that is gaining ratings pretty quickly, because Korean Popculture (K-pop) is taking off pretty quickly all around the world. People seem to really love this K-pop book in particular! A MUST READ for a culturally diverse romance this year.
Bias by Lucy Gold

message 13: by April (new)

April Chris wrote: "Pride month with only one same-sex couple romance book on featured :("

I couldn't find even one.

message 14: by Prisca (new)

Prisca Chris wrote: "Pride month with only one same-sex couple romance book on featured :("

One Last Stop is f/f!

message 15: by Emily (new)

Emily Can’t wait to read neon gods and pretty much every other book here! the wisteria society of lady scoundrels sounds like a really fun story 👌🏻

message 16: by AnnE (new)

AnnE Great collection of summer reads!

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