Not every story is a love story, but many of the best ones are. The classic will-they-won't-they dynamic is the engine that drives so many novels—not only beach reads and pulp fiction, but literary novels that play with our assumptions, longings and expectations. As a result, romance as a genre has never been in better shape, nor more untiringly excavated. Here we offer a selection of the best romance books of 2022, taking in new titles from some of our favourite and most successful authors, plus edgy debuts that take more experimental or subversive approaches to the universal experience of love, lust and loss.
This list is part of our best books of 2022 series
If you like your novels to end happily ever after, then do we have reading recommendations for you. Guest editor Katherine D. Morgan selects five of the best romance books of 2022, and offers a quick round-up of the love stories you should be looking forward to over the next few months.