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.
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.