Most Anticipated Summer 2021 Romance Novels

Turn the heat up in your reading life and add some romance novels to your bookshelves and check out our most anticipated romance novels of Summer 2021!

Just Last Night : A Novel Mhairi McFarlane

Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

International bestseller Mhairi McFarlane explores lifelong friendships, long-buried secrets, and unexpected love in a heartfelt, emotional new novel, perfect for fans of Evvie Drake Starts Over, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, or In Five Years.

Love in Lockdown  Chloe James

Love in Lockdown by Chloe James

A joyful love story set against the backdrop of lockdown – perfect for fans of The Flatshare.

It Had to Be You : A Novel Georgia Clark

It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark

The author of The Bucket List returns with a witty and heartfelt romantic comedy featuring a wedding planner, her unexpected business partner, and their coworkers in a series of linked love stories–perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Casey McQuiston.

Before I Saw You  Emily Houghton

Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton

For fans of Close Enough to Touch and Me Before You comes a poignant and moving novel about two patients who fall in love as they recover from traumatic injuries in the same hospital ward…all without seeing each other.

The Secret Bridesmaid : A Novel Katy Birchall

The Secret Bridesmaid by Katy Birchall

Matrimony meets mayhem in a modern British rom-com about a young woman charged with pulling off the biggest aristocratic wedding of the year–and the misadventures that ensue.

People We Meet on Vacation  Emily Henry

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

Happy Endings : A Novel Thien-Kim Lam

Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam

With her debut novel, Thien-Kim Lam serves up a sexy second-chance romance about exes with unfinished business. When working together reignites their passion, will these former flames sizzle or get burned all over again?

The Soulmate Equation  Christina Lauren

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

The New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners returns with a witty and effervescent novel about what happens when two people with everything on the line are thrown together by science–or is it fate? Perfect for fans of The Rosie Project and One Plus One.

Hang the Moon : A Novel Alexandria Bellefleur

Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur

In a delightful follow-up to Written in the Stars, Alexandria Bellefleur delivers another #ownvoices queer rom-com about a hopeless romantic who vows to show his childhood crush that romance isn’t dead by recreating iconic dates from his favorite films…

Talk Bookish to Me : A Novel Kate Bromley

Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely–and inconvenient–sources.

Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love–albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.

Heart and Seoul  Jen Frederick

Heart and Seoul by Jen Frederick

From USA Today bestselling author Jen Frederick comes a heart-wrenching yet hopeful romance that shows that the price of belonging is often steeper than expected.

Playing the Palace  Paul Rudnick

Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick

When a lonely American event planner starts dating the gay Prince of Wales, a royal uproar ensues: is it true love or the ultimate meme? Find out in this hilarious romantic comedy.

A Lowcountry Bride : A Novel Preslaysa Williams

A Lowcountry Bride by Preslaysa Williams

A heartwarming debut of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings set in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry.

Anne of Manhattan : A Novel Brina Starler

Anne of Manhattan by Brina Starler

L. M. Montgomery’s classic tale, Anne of Green Gables, gets a romantic, charming, and hilarious modern adaptation, set in New York City.

Seven Days in June  Tia Williams

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Seven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget and seven days to get it all back again . . . From the author of The Perfect Find, this is a witty, romantic, and sexy-as-hell new novel of two writers and their second chance at love.

Satisfaction Guaranteed  Karelia Stetz-Waters

Satisfaction Guaranteed by Karelia Stetz-Waters

For fans of Casey McQuiston and Abby Jimenez comes a bold, hilarious, and out-of-the-box novel about mixing business with battery-operated pleasure . . .

One Last Stop  Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

The Road Trip  Beth O’Leary

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

Two exes reach a new level of awkward when forced to take a road trip together in this endearing and humorous novel by the author of the international bestseller The Flatshare.

Love for Beginners : A Novel Jill Shalvis

Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis

What would you change if you had to start your life–and love life–over again?

When Emma Harris wakes up from a coma she learns that her fiancé and her BFF have fallen in love, she’s lost her job, and the life she knew is gone. Overwhelmed but grateful to be alive she starts over from scratch.

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb : A Novel Cat Sebastian

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian

Critically acclaimed author Cat Sebastian makes her trade paperback debut in a stunning historical romance about a reluctantly reformed highwayman and the aristocrat who threatens to steal his heart.

Pack Up the Moon  Kristan Higgins

Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins

Every month, a letter. That’s what Lauren decides to leave her husband when she finds out she’s dying. Each month, she gives Josh a letter containing a task to help him face this first year without her, leading him on a heartrending, beautiful, often humorous journey to find happiness again.

At First Sight  Hannah Sunderland

At First Sight by Hannah Sunderland

Nell and Charlie feel a spark when they meet by chance in a cafe. But they don’t trade numbers, or surnames, so there’s no way they’ll meet again. But the next day, Nell’s phone rings at work. Somehow, impossibly, Charlie is on the other end. And he needs her help. Nell is about to save a life, fall in love … and risk everything for a perfect stranger.

The Layover  Lacie Waldon

The Layover by Lacie Waldon

An unexpected tropical layover with her nemesis turns a flight attendant’s life upside down in this witty, breezy debut romantic comedy about life–and love–30,000 feet above the ground.

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels  India Holton

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance.

Very Sincerely Yours  Kerry Winfrey

Very Sincerely Yours by Kerry Winfrey

A charming and heartwarming new romantic comedy by the acclaimed author of Waiting for Tom Hanks, Kerry Winfrey.

Teddy Phillips never thought she would still be spending every day surrounded by toys at almost thirty years old. But working at a vintage toy store is pretty much all she has going on in her life after being unceremoniously dumped by her longtime boyfriend.

Love Scenes  Bridget Morrissey

Love Scenes by Bridget Morrissey

Acting like she’s in love with her handsome nightmare of a co-star–in a movie directed and produced by her complicated Hollywood royalty family–is Sloane’s job. But what happens when the lines between script and reality get blurred?

To Sir, with Love  Lauren Layne

To Sir, with Love by Lauren Layne

Love Is Blind meets You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy following two thirty-somethings who meet on a blind dating app–only to realize that their online chemistry is nothing compared to their offline rivalry.

Outrageous  Minerva Spencer

Outrageous by Minerva Spencer

In this historical romance, tropes are turned upside down when it’s the heroine who kidnaps an earl and threatens to have her way with him! Full of wit and humor, Outrageous celebrates women who always dare to break the mold and go after their desires…

Incense and Sensibility : A Novel Sonali Dev

Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev

The author of Recipe for Persuasion adds an Indian American twist to Jane Austen’s classic Sense and Sensibility in this delightful retelling that is a feast for the senses.

The View Was Exhausting  Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta

The View Was Exhausting is a funny, wickedly observant modern love story set against the backdrop of exotic locales and the realities of being a woman of color in a world run by men.

Too Good to Be Real : A Novel Melonie Johnson

Too Good to Be Real by Melonie Johnson

While her friends wish for meet cutes worthy of their favorite rom-coms, Julia is ready to give up on love. Swiping right has replaced getting swept off your feet and good old-fashioned romance has become, well, old-fashioned.

Out of Character  Annabeth Albert

Out of Character by Annabeth Albert

It’s friends-to-enemies-to-friends-to-lovers in this LGBTQIA+ Romance for fans of Red, White & Royal Blue and The Pros of Cons.

Jasper Quigley is tired of being everyone’s favorite sidekick. He wants to become the hero of his own life, but that’s not going to happen if he agrees to help out his former best friend turned king of the jocks, Milo Lionetti. High school was miserable enough, thanks, and Jasper has no interest in dredging up painful memories of his old secret crush.

What If You & Me  Roni Loren

What If You & Me by Roni Loren

Some would call Andi Lockley a little paranoid, but she just calls herself prepared. After getting way too close to a deadly man as a teen, she’s spent the last few years channeling her anxiety into writing horror novels and producing a true crime podcast. Things are looking up…if only her grumpy new neighbor would stop stomping around at all hours of the night.

It Happened One Summer : A Novel Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who’s cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town… where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong.

The Rehearsals  Annette Christie

The Rehearsals by Annette Christie

Fans of Josie Silver and Rebecca Serle will delight in this romantic debut novel―that has a Groundhog Day twist―about a couple who call off their wedding after a disastrous rehearsal dinner, only to wake up the next morning trapped in a time loop. Together.

While We Were Dating  Jasmine Guillory

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory

Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.

Isn't It Bromantic?  Lyssa Kay Adams

Isn't It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams

With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad wrote one.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Heartbreak for Hire : A Novel Sonia Hartl

Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl

A smart, sexy, and witty romantic comedy–perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne–about a twentysomething who lives out every woman’s fantasy: getting paid to give men who do us wrong a taste of their own medicine. But when a previous target unexpectedly shows up at her office, she’s forced to rethink her life as a professional heartbreaker.

The Man Ban  Nicola Marsh

The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh

When you swear off men for the foreseeable future, that means no dating. Hookups don’t count, right?

Harper Ryland has been on a self-imposed man ban for the last twelve months, after a particularly horrible breakup. Instead, she’s focusing on the one thing she can control: her career as an up-and-coming food stylist. Harper’s latest gig is her best friend’s wedding, and she receives glowing praise throughout the night. When the Best Man, Manny Gomes, belittles her hard work, she wants to stab him with skewers from the buffet table, but she can think of something much better: to lead him on the entire wedding and then humiliate him in sweet revenge.

So We Meet Again : A Novel Suzanne Park

So We Meet Again by Suzanne Park

A young Korean American woman’s journey to finding a new career and new love means learning to embrace the awkward and unexpected–exploring familial expectations, finding your voice, and unimaginably falling for your childhood rival.

The Dating Dare : A Novel Jayci Lee

The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

With witty characters and heartrending romance, Jayci Lee, author of A Sweet Mess, returns with The Dating Dare–where two people might just find out how hard it is to resist falling in love with the right person.

The Mismatch : A Novel Sara Jafari

The Mismatch by Sara Jafari

For a young woman who just wants to get her first kiss out of the way, a rugby player seems like the perfect mismatch. But a kiss is never just a kiss. . . .

Now that Soraya Nazari has graduated from university, she thinks it’s time she get some of the life experience that she feels she’s still lacking, partly due to her upbringing–and Magnus Evans seems like the perfect way to get it.

I Kissed a Girl  Jennet Alexander

I Kissed a Girl by Jennet Alexander

Can an up-and-coming horror actress and the makeup artist for her newest creature feature turn on-set chemistry into the romance of a lifetime?

Lilah Silver’s a young actress who dreams of climbing out of B-list stardom. She’s been cast as the lead in what could be her breakout performance…but if she wants to prove herself to everyone who ever doubted her, she’s going to need major help along the way.

Miss Lattimore's Letter  Suzanne Allain

Miss Lattimore's Letter by Suzanne Allain

The woman who never made a match of her own is making matches for everyone else in this hilarious Regency era comedy of manners.

Wait For It  Jenn McKinlay

Wait For It by Jenn McKinlay

A woman looking for a new lease on life moves to Arizona where she rents a guest house on a gorgeous property with a mysterious owner—a man who teaches her about resilience, courage, and ultimately true love, in this funny, bighearted novel about hope and healing from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay.

Battle Royal : A Novel Lucy Parker

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

Beloved author Lucy Parker pens a delicious new romantic comedy that is a battle of whisks and wits.

The Dating Playbook  Farrah Rochon

The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this delightful romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project!

The Paris Connection  Lorraine Brown

The Paris Connection by Lorraine Brown

In this witty and heartfelt debut love story for fans of Josie Silver’s One Day in December, a woman stranded in Paris for the day discovers that the wrong road can sometimes lead us in the right direction.

Are you looking forward to any of these books?

What romance novels are you looking forward to in 2021?  What books would you add to the list?

Comments (1)

  • saraweather

    I really enjoy this list and am researching which ones are at my library to checkout.


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