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Even though I’m personally more down to earth, I still think everyone could use a little romance in their life. It makes things fun, fresh and exciting. But you don’t need a significant other to make all of your romantic fantasies come true. Adding romance to your life can be as easy as preparing a bath, lighting some candles, and picking up a good book.
IDK about you, but sometimes I find myself smiling or laughing and even feeling butterflies in my stomach because of something I read. And nothing makes me feel like crazy more than a love story. So, if you’re looking to briefly escape reality and get into the passionate affairs of another person or character, here are the best romance novels of 2021.
The people we meet on vacation, by Emily Henry
Alex and Poppy are completely different people, but somehow, after sharing a care home years ago in college, they’ve become best friends. They’ve since graduated, and the wild child Poppy decided to live in New York City, while Alex returned to their small hometown. Yet each summer they take a week’s vacation together. But something has changed since their last trip two years ago, and they haven’t spoken to each other since.
Now Poppy is determined to make things right. She is able to convince Alex to go on one more vacation together, and now they have a week to face the one big truth about their seemingly perfect relationship.
Seven days in June, by Tia Williams
Eva Mercy, single mother and successful erotic writer, unexpectedly meets award-winning novelist Shane Hall at a literary event. They pretend they don’t know each other, but 15 years earlier they were two teenagers madly in love and their chemistry is still undeniable. They clearly still have each other in mind, as they have secretly written each other in their books over the years. With this fateful reunion, they reconnect, but Eva is still worried after Shane breaks her heart and leaves with unanswered questions.
The ex speaks, by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Shay Goldstein loves her job as a producer at her Seattle public radio station. She has been working there for 10 years and cannot imagine working elsewhere. But recently, her new know-it-all, freshly graduated colleague Dominic Yun rubbed her badly. But her boss leaves her with no choice but to work with him as a co-host on a project she featured, “The Ex Talk”. They have to pretend to be two exes giving relationship counseling live, on the air.
The soul mate equation, by Christina Lauren
Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but she’s always been skeptical of challenging herself with dating. That was until she met GeneticAlly, a new DNA-based matchmaking company. She’s convinced that DNA and numbers will be a reliable way to find her perfect match, until she meets the man she’s supposed to be 98% compatible with: the founder of the company, the Dr River PeÃ±a. Jess already knows Dr PeÃ±a and knows that the stuck and stubborn man is absoutely not the one for her. But then the company makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Accidentally engaged, by Farah Heron
Reena Manji’s parents are constantly interfering with her life and trying to find her a good potential Muslim husband. But for now, the baker has nothing but bread in mind. That is, until his parents introduced him to Nadim, a handsome kid with a British accent who lives just across the hall. But she refuses to give in to his charms. Instead, she offers that they pretend to be engaged to enter a couple’s cooking contest, with a hefty prize that she refuses to let slip.
Delicious girl, by Morgan Rogers
Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate her hard-earned doctorate in astronomy. And while she’s a tight girl who doesn’t go wild, this trip is an exception. And in the end, she finds herself married to a woman whose name she doesn’t even know. When she returns home to Portland, she reels under the weight of her family’s expectations and plans for her future. She decides to escape and spend a summer in New York with the woman she barely knows.
Dial A for aunts, by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Meddelin Chan accidentally kills her blind date and she’s in hot water. Her prying mother decides to get involved and also calls her even more prying aunts to help them get rid of the body. But that already difficult task becomes chaotically impossible when the body is shipped in a cake cooler to a billionaire wedding – which their family wedding business is working on – at a coastal California resort. Things get even more complicated when Meddy goes to the event and unexpectedly meets his great love in college.
The girl with the stars in her eyes, by Xio Axelrod
Growing up, Toni Bennette thought her guitar was her only friend and companion, until Sebastian Quick came into her life, and he promised they would both come out of their small town together. But when he was 18, he left it in the dust. Now Toni is older and wiser, and looking to fend for herself on the Philadelphia independent scene. Her friend suggests that she try a promising band and Toni finds that she is a perfect match for the Lilly. Then she discovers that there is a catch: Seb is now the manager of the group.
The Dating Game Book, by Farrah Rochon
Taylor Powell is an awesome personal trainer, but although she is passionate about her job, she can’t seem to get her bills under control. Then she finds an opportunity to work with former footballer Jamar Dixon, who wants to bounce back in the NFL. But he doesn’t want anyone to find out about his plans, so they need to keep training to a minimum. Things take a turn when they are “unmasked” as a couple, and now they both have to play with this masquerade, completely overturning their game plan.
The devil wears black, by LJ Shen
Maddie Goldbloom has always had a plan to make sure her life is perfect, from her fashion career to her pediatrician boyfriend. But her plans had nothing about her ex, Chase Black, knocking on her door asking for a shockingly huge request. He wants her to pretend to be his fiancÃ©e. She immediately says no, but he manages to convince her, saying that he only wants to make his father’s last wish come true. But while it’s fun to see the man who broke her heart squirm as she follows the deed, things aren’t so entertaining when they’re both forced to face reality.
The queer principles of Kit Webb, by Chat Sebastian
Kit Webb left his life as a criminal behind and is now honestly making a living as a cafe owner. But then, a handsome and arrogant aristocrat named Percy waltzes into his shop, asking for help finding a book that once belonged to his mother, but is heavily guarded by his own father. Kit refuses to take the job but agrees to give the young man a master class in flight. Soon Percy discovers that theft isn’t the only crime he’s willing to commit with Kit.
Act your age, Eve Brown, by Talia Hibbert
Eve Brown is a hot mess who just wants to get her life back on track. She decides to apply for an open chef position at Jacob Wayne’s bed and breakfast. But the interview goes horribly and he tells her there was no way he would hire her. To make matters worse, she accidentally bumps into him with his car and Jacob ends up with a broken arm. Now Eve is trying to make up for what she has done by helping the understaffed B&B. In no time, she has already infiltrated her workplace and even her guest room. Jacob is supposed to hate it … but suddenly he doesn’t. And Eve can’t deny that there’s something brewing between them too.
yes I love you, by Roni Loren
Hollyn Tate is the woman behind famed Miz Poppy, the critic whose vibrant comments light up New Orleans nightlife. In real life, Hollyn is an anxious woman who hides behind an online identity and refuses to reveal herself. But then her boss demands that she tell everyone the truth or she could lose her job. She then calls on the charming Jasper Deares, actor and improvisation star, who offers her private lessons to help her overcome her fears. She is hesitant at first but begins to get used to the improv and acting exercises, so much so that she begins to wonder if she is acting with Jasper or if her feelings are becoming real.
Incense and sensitivity, by Sonali Dev
Yash Raje is confident, successful and is now the first candidate for the post of American Indian governor of California. But he’s shaken when a hate crime at a rally seriously injures a good friend. Now he cannot bear the thought of returning to the election campaign. Her family then turned to India Dashwood, her sister’s friend and California’s best stress management coach. But while India has easily helped some of the top performers in the state, Yash is a tough guy, especially with his history.
Rosaline Palmer takes the cake, by Alexis Hall
Baker Rosaline Palmer is on the verge of financial ruin. She struggles to stay afloat as she raises her daughter, AmÃ©lie. Then she lands a spot in the best baking competition in the country and finally has the chance to turn things around. But it’s not just kitchen disasters that keep her from winning the cash prize. The heating is on while the ovens are on, and two men try to knock her off her feet.
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