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Romance Book Recommendations 2020: Top 10 Romance Books To Read Right Now

Romance Book Recommendations 2020: Top 10 Romance Books To Read Right Now

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Whether you’re stuck in lockdown and escaping with a good book, or just generally want a new, gripping read… Here are my top romance book recommendations (created March 2020.) These are 10 of the top romance books to read right now. I’ll also be updating and expanding this list regularly so be sure to check back or subscribe below if this is also your book favourite genre!

My Top Romance Book Recommendations

1. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

I’m going to kick off my romance book recommendations list with The Flatshare, as it’s actually this months virtual book club book choice – so I’m currently in the middle of reading it as we speak! I’ll give you the lowdown on it once I’m finished, but I’m pleased to say… so far, so good!

the flatshare - romance books

About The Book:

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
They also share a bed
And yet they have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…”

‘Set to become the romcom of the year’Sunday Express

Grab it here, or listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial) with Audible.


2. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

I am a huge fan of Colleen Hoover, because you really connect with the characters and get so invested in the story line. You find yourself completely torn with who she should be with and what she should do. It’s brilliant! Without any spoilers, it has a great ending too – which isn’t corny or unrealistic. Highly recommend!

it ends with us - romance book

About The Book:

“Sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most…

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.”

Grab it here, or listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial) with Audible.

Other romance book recommendations from Colleen Hoover?


3. The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh

Next up it’s The Man Who Didn’t Call. I love this one because it’s so different, and relevant too. Like this could actually happening with how dating is today!

The Man Who Didn't Call

About The Book:

The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh is the perfect novel for anyone who’s ever waited for a phone call that didn’t come. 

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything. 

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn’t call. 

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other? 

The truth.

For fans of Jojo Moyes and Liane Moriarty, this is the love story of the year

Grab it here, or listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial) with Audible.


4. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Now here’s one that’s going to get you thinking! This book was also so good, it was then made into a movie. (Don’t you love it when you can read something, imagine all the characters, and then watch them come to life on a movie? Exciting!)

the sun is also a star - romance book

About The Book:

“Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”

Grab it here, or listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial) with Audible.


5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Now I’m guessing you’ve probably read this one already. It was absolutely raved about when it started getting awards. But, if you haven’t picked it up before… you’re in for a REAL treat! It was one of my favourite books for a long time, and Eleanor is the kind of character who just grows on you more and more as it goes on. Guaranteed winner with this book!

eleanor oliphant - romance book

About The Book:

“Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?”

Winner of Costa First Novel Award, a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and the Book of the Year

Grab it here, or listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial) with Audible.


6. Me Before Collection by Jojo Moyes

Time for our first romance series! This may be familiar because of the ‘Me Before You‘ movie. Here’s a reminder of it…

It will have you in tears, but it’s absolutely brilliant! Award-winning and for a reason. However, the film was actually inspired by the book and this is Jojo’s three part series…

me before you series - romance books
  1. Me Before You: click here to read more.
  2. Me After You: click here to read more.
  3. Still Me: click here to read more.

I’m currently working my way through the series. If you’d like to do the same, listening to it as an audio book (so nice in bed!), you can actually listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial with Audible. Click here for more details.


7. Beautiful Disaster Series by Jamie McGuire

Suffering from Fifty Shades withdrawal symptoms? Then I hear this one is pretty similar. But top reviews so worth a try! (I also personally think it’s a more enticing story-line, but see what you think…)

Beautiful Disaster - romance book

About The Book:

“Abby Abernathy doesn’t drink or swear and she works hard. Abby believes she has created enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college, her dreams of a new beginning are quickly challenged by the university’s walking one-night stand.

Bad Boy. Travis Maddox, handsome, built, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs – and wants – to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight club, and his days as the notorious college Lothario. A disaster waiting to happen…

Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain celibate for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Or the start of something beautiful?

Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. Or that this is the start of an obsessive, intense relationship that will lead them both into unimaginable territory…”

If you like this book, you can then go on to read Walking Disaster and A Beautiful Wedding.

Click here to grab the first in the series, or listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial) with Audible.


8. Mr Perfect by Linda Howard

Next up, it’s time for a romantic thriller to make it onto the list of my top romance book recommendations. And what better one to choose than Mr Perfect?

mr perfect - romance book

About The Book:

What would make the perfect man?

That’s the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted — or will just muscular do?

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As their conversation heats up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along e-mail lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered…

Turning to her neighbor, an unpredictable police detective, for help, Jaine must unmask a killer to save her friends — and herself. Now, knowing whom to trust and whom to love is a matter of survival — as the dream of Mr. Perfect becomes a chilling nightmare.”

Grab it here, or listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial) with Audible.


9. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Moving onto a book I’m reading after watching the movie – this one is going to have you in TEARS, but it really puts life into perspective. It will also give you such a great sense of appreciation whilst in lockdown (as it’s pretty relevant actually.) Here’s the trailer…

If you’ve watched that and think it’s good, you’re going to love the book even more. With this one, I also recommend listening to it as an audio, because of the story-line… You feel everything so much more that way. But it’s totally up to you.

About The Book:

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?”

This is loosely based on a true story. Grab the book here, or listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial) with Audible.

If you’re a sucker for a sad love story, I also highly recommend A Fault In Our Stars. Another absolute tear-jurker! Click here to find out more.


10. Tangled By Emma Chase

To finish off my top romance book recommendations (for now!), it’s Tangled by Emma Chase. I went for this book as it’s a little bit different – written from a males perspective. (This gives us the chance to tap into their mind for a change!)

Tangled by Emma Chase

About The Book:

“In New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase’s sizzling and hilarious debut novel, Drew Evans—gorgeous, arrogant, irreverent, and irresistibly charming—meets his match in new colleague Kate Brooks.

When rich, handsome, and arrogant meets beautiful, brilliant, and ambitious, things are bound to get tangled…

Drew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that’s not really true.

When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can’t live without.”

Grab it here, or listen to it for free (on a 30 day trial) with Audible.

This book is also part of a series. After this one there is: Twisted (Book No. 2), Tamed (Book No 3) and Tied (Book No 4).


So there we have it! 10 of my top romance book recommendations. I’ll be updating this list as I get through some more – expanding it to 20, then swapping and changing to create the ultimate list of my favourite romantic reads. Be sure to subscribe at the bottom of this page to be notified of these changes.

Hope you enjoy!

Love,
Ell_xx

Romance Book Recommendations

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