The best romance books curated by experts of romance novels. So whether you're looking for your first romance book or you're an avid fan, these are the book recommendations for you.
In this section, some of the most successful romance authors writing today recommend their own favourite books. (We'd have loved to include our Jane Austen interviews here, as one of the pioneers of the genre, but she's been relegated to the English Literature section of the site).
Romance is by far the best-selling genre in the world and it's no surprise. While tales of murdering one's landlady and trying to live with the subsequent guilt may touch on universal themes, trying to find someone to love and spend our lives with is a lot more immediate for most of us.
Sophie Kinsella (real name: Madeleine Wickham) is one of the masters of the genre and her own books are well worth reading. New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James is Mary Bly in real life, a tenured professor in English literature at Fordham University. You'll find their curated recommendations below.
Romance is one of the most widely read and commercially successful genres, a literary haven for those seeking a happy ending. Here, the book blogger and self-confessed romantic fiction addict Natasha Tomic chooses her top five romantic novels of 2021, and explains why it's the perfect escapist genre.
The Best Romantic Comedy Books: The 2021 Romantic Novelists’ Association Shortlist, recommended by Celia Anderson
There’s nothing more comforting than a good rom com: they promise warmth, cosiness and a glimpse of another lifestyle, whether that be stringing up fairy lights in a traditional department store or setting up home on a remote island. Here, Celia Anderson of the Romantic Novelists’ Association talks us through their 2021 shortlist of the best romantic comedy books.
The Bride Test
by Helen Hoang and Emily Woo Zeller (narrator)
Get a Life, Chloe Brown
by Talia Hibbert and Adjoa Andoh (narrator)
by Alexis Hall & Joe Jameson (narrator)
by Elizabeth Kingston & Nicholas Boulton (narrator)
by Kate Clayborn & Nicol Zanzarella (narrator)
With Valentine’s Day only days away, it’s time to get in the mood for love—and what better way than listening to an audiobook about two people who at first don’t get along but then fall madly in love? Emily Connelly, assistant editor of AudioFile magazine, recommends her favourite romance audiobooks.
The best romance books of 2020 (so far) as recommended by Frannie Cassano, winner of the 2018 RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year award. After nearly two decades as a librarian, she remains an avid reader of romance and picks out her favourite ‘comfort reads’ from across the genre.
Romance: it’s one of the bestselling and most widely-read genres, with thousands of books published each year. But where to start? And which books are at the cutting edge of the genre? We turned to Frannie Strober Cassano, the Romance Writers of America’s 2018 Librarian of the Year, for her choice of the best new romances published in the past 12 months.
From Jane Austen to James Baldwin, the best love stories in literature recommended by Jenny Davidson, novelist, historian and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
Bestselling romantic novelist Eloisa James says romance novels are all pretty feminist: even historical heroines (who couldn’t hold a job) are forthright, strong women
The bestselling author of the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella, chooses her own favourite books from the Chick Lit genre. Have a romp with these angst-ridden women searching for the perfect man (and the perfect pair of high-heels).