Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about the best romance books that I have read in 2020 so far. This list was so hard to make because I have read 40+ romance books this year and I have loved so many of them that choosing my favorites felt impossible. So much so that even when I was finishing this post, I made a last minute change! But after thinking about it a lot, here are my picks in no particular order:
–The main characters in this book have a frenemies to lovers, slow burn, angsty and emotional romance. The pranks, the bickering, the fighting, the trust, how caring they were, made their relationship fascinating.
–The heroine is a soccer player and it was cool seeing the woman being a talented and dedicated athlete
–This book is so emotional since both of the main characters are dealing with difficult situations. The heroine’s mom is gravely ill and the hero is dealing with the lasting consequences of an illness that left him with a disability and that changed his life completely. For me, both of those storylines were handled very well and gave so much depth to the story.
–This book has amazing secondary characters and I can’t wait to read book 2, which comes out next month (August 4th, 2020)!
–This is a hate to love, slow-burn romance with so much banter. The main character Liya doesn’t make the best first impression not to the love interest Jay and not to the reader, but after a while, it’s easy to see beyond that first impression to how amazing she is.
–Jay is so patient and kind and Liya is so strong, smart, and independent. They are both Indo-American.
–The female friendship in this book is incredible and Jay’s family is kind, understanding and non-judgemental.
–This book elicits all kinds of emotions, some characters are easy to hate, there are gossiping, cruel people that are so frustrating, Jay is swoon-worthy and Liya’s past awakens so much sympathy. This book gives all the feels.
–This book deals with darker topics like sexual assault, domestic violence and death of a loved one. I think it handles them really well, but it was very hard to read at some points.
–This is a marriage of convenience story, the main characters who don’t know each other have to get married to get the inheritance of an old lady playing matchmaker.
–The hero is a bisexual fat Scotsman and the heroine is a bisexual Black woman. They are both adorable. Xeni has a tendency of blurting out everything she likes about Mason when he’s around her and Mason does magic, cooks, plays the bagpipes and a 100 other instruments, and it’s so understanding and caring with Xeni.
–The main characters are instantly attracted to each other, they have so much chemistry and they are open with each other about what they like sex-wise. There were some very steamy scenes!
–The best part about this book is how the main characters opened up to each other and they were vulnerable with each other in a way that was very sweet to read about.
–This book has a black, autistic main character and the representation is #ownvoices for both of those things. Ruth is an amazing protagonist, she is geeky, loving, funny and anxious.
–The best part of this book is getting to see Ruth go through a lot of character development to learn how to confront her fears and stand up for herself.
–The hero is sweet, kind and very swoony. He cooks for the heroine all the time and takes a sincere interest in the things she cares about.
–The chemistry between the main characters is off the charts and the sex scenes in this book are so steamy. This book is very sex positive and there are discussions about consent.
-This book deals with an abusive relationship in Ruth’s past and it addresses the guilt that a lot of abuse victims feel.
–This is a friends to lovers story that is very emotional and angsty. There’s forced proximity since Jasmine has to move in with Rahul for a while and that changes their relationship.
–Jasmine is a plus-sized, queer, Black woman, and Rahul is a brown man who has a Muslim father and a Hindu mother.
–Jasmine is dealing with trauma that has made her try to block off her feelings and not get attached to anyone.
–Rahul has been pinning for the heroine for years and there’s so much yearning and angst because of it. He cares deeply for her and once things start to change between them, he decides to show her that they can be good together.
–This book deals with topics that may be triggering like alcohol dependency, parental neglect, death of a parent, and severe anxiety.