Anticipated Romance Books of the First Half of 2022

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you an exciting post where I talk about my most anticipated romances of the first 6 months of 2022. One thing I noticed while putting together this post is that illustrated covers seem to be here to stay because every single one of these books has one. I don’t mind too much since I think they are cute and I think most of the covers of books on this list do a good job letting the reader know that it’s an adult book and not a YA book, which is my main problem with illustrated covers. Still, I wish there was some variety.

Without further ado, here are the romance books I can’t wait to read this year:

JANUARY

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka: second chance romances can be a hit or miss for me, but this seemed like the angsty, emotional type of second chance romance that I enjoy. I haven’t read anything by these authors before, but I have heard great things about their YA contemporaries so I have high expectations. (January 25)

D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins: it seems that 2022 will be full of sapphic romances and I’m here for all fo them. This one seems like it’s going to be chaotic and fun. I mean fake dating, a fake wedding and a reality show, what could possibly go wrong? I can’t wait to find out. (January 25)

FEBRUARY

Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur: I loved the first book in this series and I liked the second one, so I’m excited to read the last romance for this friend group. Another sapphic romance and it’s an ex-best friends to lovers story with a little of second chance romance thrown in there. I couldn’t be more excited. (February 1st)

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake: And the sapphic lovefest continues! As a fan of complicated family dynamics in books, I’m intrigued about where the storyline with the stepsister will go. Also, I’m excited to read a romance where one of the characters has a kid, I always like reading about that dynamic. (February 22nd)

MARCH

If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher: I really enjoyed Hubscher’s debut last year even if it made me cry inconsolably, so of course, I’m intrigued about her sophomore novel. Her first book was more women’s fiction than romance, and I think this will also be the case for this book, and I trust that I will enjoy it too. (March 8th)

Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy: I love that we are getting so many more romances with plus-size protagonists and I always enjoy a good story revolving around a life makeover, so I think I’ll love this. (March 22nd)

APRIL

The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa: I have read a few Mia Sosa books and I have enjoyed all of them, so I’m looking forward to her newest release. The heroine of this one crashes and ruins the wedding of a stranger and then ends up fake dating the groom, it seems like this book will be a wild ride. (April 5th)

To Marry and to Meddle by Martha Waters: I really enjoyed the first two companion novels in this series, so I can’t wait to keep reading about this group of friends. I’m hoping this will be as witty and funny as the previous installments and since it includes a marriage of convenience, which it’s a trope I love, I’m even more excited. (April 5th)

MAY

Book Lovers by Emily Henry: While I loved Beach Read, I thought People We Meet on Vacations was just ok, but I’m being cautiously optimistic and hoping I’ll love this. Since I really love books that are related to the publishing industry, a story about an agent and an editor falling in love seems like something up my alley. (May 3rd)

The Emma Project by Sonali Dev: this series walks the line between romance and women’s fiction and while the romances are not the strongest, they are still enjoyable and the whole plot about this wealthy Indian family that expands all the books in this series has me hooked. (May 17th)

JUNE

Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley: a reality star, a cupcake-baking football player and a fake relationship…I am in! that sounds exactly like the type of romance I enjoy. (June 21st)

Don’t Go Baking My Heart by N.G. Peltier: I really enjoyed N.G. Peltier’s debut and the first book in this series of companion novels, so I’m excited for the next story in this world. A lot of romances revolving around baking seem to be coming out and I’m loving all of them (June 21st)

What upcoming releases are you excited for? Are you looking forward to any of the books I mentioned?

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