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Top 20 Romances I’ve Read This Year (So Far)

With the year [ almost ] halfway over, I thought I’d share some of the great books I’ve read this year! Considering I’ve already read over 300 books I figure I’ve read way more than enough to write up one of these lists, especially for this blog’s focus: Romance. 

I’ve been reading a TON of romance this year. In fact, according to my reading tracker over 50% of my reading has been romance or paranormal romance. So, this list was difficult to narrow down. Seriously! When first going through my books I had almost 10 top romances JUST FROM JANUARY!! Which is why this top ten list is now a Top 20 list. 
…don’t judge me too harshly. 

Before I share my list, I want to clarify that these aren’t all new books, just ones I’ve read between the beginning of January and the middle of June.

*Books in no particular order*

Idol (VIP, #1)The Hook Up (Game On, #1)The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)Vicious (Sinners of Saint, #1)Intercepted (Playbook, #1)

  • VIP series by Kristen Callihan
    Rockstars coming back from a dark place and their manager! I can’t forgetting Scotty! This is a series I’ll want to re-read. 
  • Game On series by Kristen Callihan
    After VIP I knew I needed more by this author and tried The Hook Up which was better than I expected. Next thing I knew I had run out of books in the series to read. I’m now a fan of this author.
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy
    Then I needed more sports romance and went with this one and fell in LOVE. While not all the books in the series lived up to my adoration of this one, most of them are worth the read. 
  • Vicious by L.J. Shen
    I doubt I’ll ever be able to say vicious without thinking of this book or giving a little sigh at the end. I didn’t think I’d be a fan of dark romances, but apparently I’m a fan of specific ones and when I fall, I fall hard. I’ll need to re-read this one eventually. 
  • Intercepted by Alexa Martin
    This one is fun, sweet, real, and has some great female relationships. 

Let's Get TextualMade for You (Love and Family, #2)The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2)Long Shot (Hoops, #1)The Doctor's Secret (Copper Point Medical #1)

  • Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter
    While I totally recommend the whole series, the first one is the BEST. I adore the characters and everything about it. Funny, sweet, charming– UGH I LOVE IT. I need more nerdy characters in my life. 
  • Made For You by Anyta Sunday
    This is an age gap m/m romance that had me smiling the entire time. It is sweet and funny with a lot of positive messages. 
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
    How to describe my feelings for this one… I flew through it. Time had no meaning. The characters had me hooked and I had to know how they’d end up together. I’m so happy with everything about it. 
  • Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
    I’m not sure why I have yet to read more of this series… I’m shocked I haven’t. Look, this one is a bit dark there is some physical, verbal, and sexual abuse, so please be careful going into it, but wow this book is worth the read. 
  • The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan
    I love this book so much, I keep checking release dates for the second one– which is out except not on Overdrive until next week *internally screaming*. This m/m romance is sweet, fun, and has an external conflict which is the type I prefer. Just… wow… I want to read this one again already. 

Red, White & Royal BlueA Girl Like Her (Ravenswood, #1)Written (The Librarian's Coven #1)Eidolon (Wraith Kings, #2)Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)

  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
    I’m not the only one charmed by Alex and Henry, so I won’t continue gushing here. Just know this one will probably make my end of the year lists as well. 
  • A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert
    Honestly, if you haven’t read anything by Talia Hibbert, you really need to go pick up one of her books. She’s charming and her books are fantastic. Thanks so much to Destiny for recommending her books to me. 
  • The Librarian’s Coven series by Kathryn Moon
    This is a reverse harem that charmed me. The relationships here are so sweet and loving– it isn’t just 3 guys loving 1 gal, they all love each other.
  • Eidolon by Grace Draven
    While not as great as Radiance, the first book, it is still magnificent and lovely. I’m throwing this one on the list because more people need to read Radiance and I’m hoping the next book in this series will come out at the end of this year. 🤞🏻
  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
    Is calling this one a romance a stretch??? I don’t care, the romance here is gripping, dark, and I can’t get enough. This series is amazing and one I do need to re-read. Another shout out to the great Destiny for telling me about this series ❤

Gypsy's Blood (All The Pretty Monsters, #1)Meet CuteWolfsong (Green Creek, #1)Faking Ms. Right (Dirty Martini Running Club #1)A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals, #2)

  • All the Pretty Monsters series by Kristy Cunning 
    While the plot is soooo confusing at times I can’t help but love this author’s stories. This reverse harem series has one more book left and I check once a week to see if it has come out yet. I’m so impatient for the next installment. 
  • Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
    Cute with funny moments — yes this is seeming like a trend for books I favor. 
  • Wolfsong by TJ Klune
    Talk about an atmospheric read– or even loving a book from page one. This one had me in tears so, so quickly. I loved every minute of it. I have yet to read on with the series because I’m so worried I won’t like it as much since I’ve now put it on a high pedestal. UGHHHHH THIS BOOK IS SO PRECIOUS!
  • Faking Ms. Right by Claire Kingsley 
    The way to my heart is humor and this book has it in spades– along with main characters who aren’t obsessed with their counterpart’s looks from the get-go. Their relationship, the build-up, everything felt so natural.
  • A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
    Gosh this book. I didn’t think I’d like it because I wasn’t a fan of Portia from book 1, but she won me over. I ended this book wanting more– the best feeling! I’m ready to devour more of this series when I get the chance. 

And I still have so, so many romances on my TBR , ones on hold at the library, and on Kindle Unlimited. 
Here are some I’m hoping to read soon:

I am always open for suggestions though! So please throw your romance recommendations at me! 😄

12 thoughts on “Top 20 Romances I’ve Read This Year (So Far)

  1. This is a great list! I also loved Idol, Vicious, The Bride Test, and The Captive Prince. I haven’t read The Off Campus series yet but I’m planning to start that series this year. The Red White, and Blue is on my next month’s TBR list.
    Some of my favorites are Soul In Darkness By Wendy Higgins, The Wish Collector By Mia Sheridan, The Chronicles Of Kaya series By Charlotte McConaghy, Land Of The Beautiful Dead by R.Lee. Smith, Everything Under the Sun By Jessica Redmerski, and Split by J.B. Salsbury

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