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The Best Romance Books of 2024 (So Far)

From the heart-fluttering highs of first love to the bittersweet tang of love lost and found again.

Last Updated on March 14, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

List of the Best 2024 Romance Books

Get swept away with this year’s selection of best romance books — so far! From the heart-fluttering highs of first love to the bittersweet tang of love lost and found again, these selections redefine what it means to fall in love between the pages of a book. So whether you’re a die-hard romance fan or a casual reader looking for an escape into a world that ends happily ever after, these best romance books of 2024 are sure to captivate your heart and keep you turning pages long into the night.

P.S. I will be updating this list throughout the year as I continue to read more books.

The Best Romance Books of 2024 (So Far)

  1. Say You’ll Be Mine by Naina Kumar
  2. The Takeover by Cara Tanamachi
  3. Hedging Your Bets by Jayne Denker
  4. Red String Theory by Lauren Kung Jessen
  5. A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams
  6. The Catch by Amy Lea
  7. The Last Days of Lilah Goodluck by Kylie Scott
  8. The Spy and I by Tiana Smith
  9. When Grumpy Met Sunshine by Charlotte Stein
  10. How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly
  11. Trouble by Lex Croucher
  12. This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan
  13. In a Not So Perfect World by Neely Tubati-Alexander
  14. Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle
  15. Flirty Little Secret by Jessica Lepe
  16. The Duchess by Sophie Jordan
  17. Old Flames and New Fortunes by Sarah Hogle
  18. The Rule Book by Sarah Adams
  19. Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun
  20. Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez
  21. The Prospects by KT Hoffman
  22. Funny Story by Emily Henry
  23. Truly, Madly, Deeply by Alexandria Bellefleur
  24. Happy Medium by Sarah Adler
  25. Effie Olsen’s Summer Special by Rochelle Bilow
  26. Love You, Mean It by Jilly Gagnon
Say You'll Be Mine by Naina Kumar

Say You’ll Be Mine by Naina Kumar

A teacher and an engineer team up to survive an ex’s wedding by faking an engagement to escape family pressure. As they navigate this pretend relationship, unexpected feelings emerge. Say You’ll Be Mine offers a charming blend of romance and cultural exploration.

You can get a copy of Say You’ll Be Mine by Naina Kumar Amazon or Bookshop.

The Takeover by Cara Tanamachi

The Takeover by Cara Tanamachi

When Nami wishes for her soulmate, she unexpectedly gets her high school nemesis, Jae Lee, instead. Their rivalry takes an unexpected turn as they face off in both business and matters of the heart.

You can get a copy of The Takeover by Cara Tanamachi on Amazon or Bookshop.

Hedging Your Bets by Jayne Denker

Hedging Your Bets by Jayne Denker

In this enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy by Jayne Denker, small-town neighbors Gillian and Noah find themselves at odds while competing in a gardening contest. Despite their differences, sparks fly as they discover they may be perfect for each other.

You can get a copy of Hedging Your Bets by Jayne Denker on Amazon.

Red String Theory by Lauren Kung Jessen

Red String Theory by Lauren Kung Jessen

In this charming rom-com about two star-crossed lovers, Rooney Gao, an artist who believes in the red string of fate, meets Jack Liu, a skeptic. After a magical date, they face the challenge of convincing Jack to believe in fate.

You can get a copy of Red String Theory by Lauren Kung Jessen on Amazon or Bookshop.

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams

Ricki Wilde, a unique artist in a prestigious Atlanta family, seeks a new life in Harlem, leaving behind wealth for a flower shop dream. Amidst the Harlem Renaissance ambiance, a mysterious encounter sets her on a romantic journey in modern New York. “A Love Song for Ricki Wilde” intertwines passion and opportunity in a captivating tale of love and artistry.

You can get a copy of A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams on Amazon or Bookshop.

P.S. A Love Song for Ricki Wilde is one of the best romance books in The 2024 Winter Reading Guide and The 2024 Winter Reading Minimalist List.

The Catch by Amy Lea

The Catch by Amy Lea

Boston fashion influencer Melanie Karlsen heads to a Canadian fishing village to rescue her brand. Mistaken for the local fisherman’s fiancée, she agrees to a fake engagement to help solve a family feud. As they spend time together, real feelings emerge. Will Mel choose city life or a wild love adventure?

You can get a copy of The Catch by Amy Lea on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Last Days of Lilah Goodluck by Kylie Scott

The Last Days of Lilah Goodluck by Kylie Scott

When Lilah Goodluck saves Good Witch Willow’s life, she receives five unexpected predictions, including winning lotto numbers and a dire warning. As the predictions start coming true, Lilah finds herself entangled with Alistair Lennox, the British king’s illegitimate son. Despite their growing connection, she fights against the idea of being his soulmate to defy the final prediction. Amidst paparazzi and royal disapproval, their relationship blossoms, but time is running out.

You can get a copy of The Last Days of Lilah Goodluck by Kylie Scott on Amazon.

The Spy and I by Tiana Smith

The Spy and I by Tiana Smith

Dove Barkley, a cyber security analyst mistaken for a super-spy, gets pulled into a risky government mission. Partnered with Mendez, doubts arise about his identity. With trained assassins on her tail, Dove races against time to save her sister and prevent a national disaster.

You can get a copy of The Spy and I by Tiana Smith on Amazon or Bookshop.

When Grumpy Met Sunshine by Charlotte Stein

When Grumpy Met Sunshine by Charlotte Stein

Grumpy ex-footballer Alfie Harding, who despises sharing about himself, teams up with cheerful ghostwriter Mabel Willicker to write his memoir. Their banter leads to a fake romance, but their chemistry feels undeniably real. Can they figure out if it’s all just for show or the start of their fairy tale ending?

You can get a copy of When Grumpy Met Sunshine by Charlotte Stein on Amazon or Bookshop.

How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly

How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly

When a sassy junior joins the basketball team at East Nashville High, Coach Julie Parker faces a new challenge. Unexpectedly, the teen’s foster parent, Elle Cochrane, a former WNBA star, steps in as assistant coach. Despite Elle’s past injury and Julie’s insecurities, sparks fly as they navigate dating and coaching together. Will they remain on the sidelines or take a shot at love?

You can get a copy of How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly on Amazon or Bookshop.

Trouble by Lex Croucher

Trouble by Lex Croucher

In a Regency-era romantic comedy with a feminist and queer twist, Emily, a deceptive governess, navigates a tangled web of lies at Fairmont House. As she grapples with family drama, unexpected connections, and unraveling deception, Emily must confront her mistakes before it’s too late.

You can get a copy of Trouble by Lex Croucher on Amazon or Bookshop.

This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan

This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan

Soledad Barnes, a meticulous planner, and domestic goddess finds her carefully crafted life shattered by betrayal. Left to provide for her daughters, she rediscovers herself amidst the ruins. When an unexpected man appears, she faces a dilemma of trust and self-discovery. Will she repeat past mistakes or embrace a new beginning?

You can get a copy of This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan on Amazon or Bookshop.

In a Not So Perfect World by Neely Tubati-Alexander

In a Not So Perfect World by Neely Tubati-Alexander

The author of “Love Buzz” presents a Caribbean adventure where Sloane, a video game designer, faces a dilemma when asked to pose as a fake girlfriend. Amidst sparks with Charlie, she must balance career ambitions and emotions. Can she navigate love, career, and unexpected twists?

You can get a copy of In a Not So Perfect World by Neely Tubati-Alexander on Amazon or Bookshop.

P.S. In a Not So Perfect World is one of the best romance books in The Ultimate 2024 Spring Reading Guide and The 2024 Spring Reading Minimalist List: Best Books to Read.

Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle

Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle

From the bestselling author of “In Five Years” and “One Italian Summer” comes “Expiration Dates,” a captivating love story. Daphne receives slips of paper predicting the duration of her relationships until a mysterious man named Jake enters her life. As their story unfolds, Daphne grapples with the truth behind the predictions, leading to a poignant exploration of love and commitment. Rebecca Serle’s novel delves into the complexities of relationships and self-discovery, making it a must-read for romance enthusiasts.

You can get a copy of Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle on Amazon or Bookshop.

Flirty Little Secret by Jessica Lepe

Flirty Little Secret by Jessica Lepe

School counselor Lucy Galindo, known as @TheMissGuidedCounselor online, and history teacher Aldrich Fletcher find solace in their virtual personas as they navigate personal challenges. When they discover each other’s true identities, they must confront their secrets and decide if they can trust one another beyond the online world.

You can get a copy of Flirty Little Secret by Jessica Lepe on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Duchess by Sophie Jordan

The Duchess by Sophie Jordan

The thrilling second book in Sophie Jordan’s series, “The Scandalous Ladies of London,” follows Valencia, the Dowager Duchess of Dedham. After her husband’s death, she enjoys newfound freedom until the arrival of the new Duke of Dedham, Rhain. To secure her place in London society, Valencia strikes a deal with Rhain to help his sisters in exchange for financial support. As they spend more time together, Valencia is torn between her vow against marriage and her growing attraction to Rhain, leading to a romantic dilemma.

You can get a copy of The Duchess by Sophie Jordan on Amazon or Bookshop.

Old Flames and New Fortunes by Sarah Hogle

Old Flames and New Fortunes by Sarah Hogle

A floral witch in Moonville, Ohio, uses the language of flowers to help others find love but must confront her past when she fake-dates her colleague to attend a wedding. As she rekindles a connection with her high school sweetheart, Romina faces a tough choice between love and livelihood.

You can get a copy of Old Flames and New Fortunes by Sarah Hogle on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Rule Book by Sarah Adams

The Rule Book by Sarah Adams

College exes reunite years later in this enemies-to-lovers, second-chance romance novel by the bestselling author of “Practice Makes Perfect.” Nora Mackenzie, now a sports agent, faces her hot NFL ex-boyfriend Derek Pender as her first client. What starts as a revenge plan turns into a wild journey when they wake up married after a night in Vegas. Will this unexpected turn save their careers or ignite a new romance?

You can get a copy of The Rule Book by Sarah Adams on Amazon or Bookshop.

Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun

Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun

Childhood best friends, Logan and Rosemary, are reunited to fulfill their former teacher’s last wish – a cross-country road trip. In their thirties, stuck in routines, they embark on an adventure from Washington state to coastal Maine, rediscovering themselves and maybe each other along the way.

You can get a copy of Here We Go Again by Alison Cochrun on Amazon or Bookshop.

Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

A summer novel by the bestselling author of “Yours Truly” tells the story of Justin and Emma, who date to break their curses but end up finding unexpected love while navigating family responsibilities.

You can get a copy of Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez on Amazon or Bookshop.

The Prospects by KT Hoffman

The Prospects by KT Hoffman

Gene, the first openly trans player in professional baseball, faces a new challenge when his former teammate Luis Estrada joins his minor league team. Despite their rocky start, they rediscover a connection that goes beyond the field, sparking a new desire in Gene. As their chemistry grows, Gene must navigate between his comfortable minor league life and the major league dreams Luis inspires. This debut romance explores the power of desire and the courage to reach for something more.

You can get a copy of The Prospects by KT Hoffman on Amazon or Bookshop.

Funny Story by Emily Henry

Funny Story by Emily Henry

A sparkling novel by Emily Henry follows Daphne in Waning Bay, Michigan, who befriends her ex-fiancé’s new fiancée’s ex, Miles. Their quirky friendship leads to a plan involving misleading photos, but could it also lead to unexpected love?

You can get a copy of Funny Story by Emily Henry on Amazon or Bookshop.

Truly, Madly, Deeply by Alexandria Bellefleur

Truly, Madly, Deeply by Alexandria Bellefleur

A romance novelist and a divorce lawyer cohost a dating advice podcast in “Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Alexandria Bellefleur. Truly and Colin’s initial bickering turns into a deep connection as they navigate love together, discovering shared queerness and genuine affection. But as their attraction grows, Truly wonders if Colin’s feelings are genuine.

You can get a copy of Truly, Madly, Deeply by Alexandria Bellefleur on Amazon or Bookshop.

Happy Medium by Sarah Adler

Happy Medium by Sarah Adler

A con woman must convince a skeptical farmer of his property’s ghost to save them all in this charming novel. With a mix of humor, romance, and the supernatural, Gretchen navigates a con that turns into a chance for honesty and love.

You can get a copy of Happy Medium by Sarah Adler on Amazon or Bookshop.

Effie Olsen's Summer Special by Rochelle Bilow

Effie Olsen’s Summer Special by Rochelle Bilow

Childhood friends reunite on a Maine island for a summer, igniting old flames and new opportunities. Effie, a chef seeking redemption, reconnects with Ernie, her former best friend. As they navigate secrets at the restaurant, love and dreams intertwine in the coastal setting, offering a chance at a sweet ending.

You can get a copy of Effie Olsen’s Summer Special by Rochelle Bilow on Amazon or Bookshop.

Love You, Mean It by Jilly Gagnon

Love You, Mean It by Jilly Gagnon

Ellie Greco finds herself in a predicament when a local landlord’s plan threatens her family deli. To save her business, she pretends to be engaged to Theo, the landlord’s son. As they navigate the fake engagement, unexpected challenges arise, including Theo’s ex-fiancée’s return. Ellie must choose between friendship, family legacy, and an unexpected romance.

You can get a copy of Love You, Mean It by Jilly Gagnon on Amazon or Bookshop.

What do you think about this list of best romance books of 2024 so far?

What do you think about this list of best romance books? Have you read any of them? What books would you add to this list? Let’s talk all about the best romance books in the comments below.

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