Top 20 Romances of 2020

How was your reading in 2020? I think the perfect word to describe mine would be sporadic. There were days/weeks/months when I felt like I couldn’t read fast enough and then other times where my reading would just come to a halt.

I did read some amazing books this year though and thought I’d highlight my top 20 of 2020! I created a top 10 list of books I read that were released this year and a top 10 list of books that were released previously, but that I read and loved this year!

Did we read any of the same books in 2020? I can’t wait to go back and re-read some of these new favorites 💕


Top 10 books published in 2020

A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Mila Vane

  • Barbaric romance/fantasy that gave me all the GOT vibes
  • Enemies-to-lovers romance that was sizzling from the very first time Maddek and Yvenne met
  • Suspenseful fantasy romance that will leave you wanting more!

A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting

  • Grumpy hero with a heart of gold
  • Enemies-to-lovers romance with hilarious shenanigans from Stevie and Bishop
  • Slow, slow burn with sexual tension that had the pages burning up
  • If you like audiobooks – this one was amazing!

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

  • Engaged couple not so in love with each other anymore
  • Funny, beautiful and honest writing by Sarah Hogle
  • Tackles the difficulties that we all face when in a relationship.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

  • Enemies-to-lovers/second chance romance
  • Cutesy cover, but underneath a story about self-reflection, healing and forgiveness

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

  • The cutest meet-cute involving an adorable doggie!
  • Friends to lovers romance that had me equal parts grinning and sobbing
  • Listen to the audiobook if you get the chance – amazing!

Not My Romeo by Ilsa Madden-Mills

  • The funniest meet-cute!
  • Witty banter and chemistry that kept me hooked from the beginning
  • Reminded me of old school Suzan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP) books with great secondary characters!

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

  • The premise alone had this book as one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and I was not disappointed.
  • A pleasure professional and an uptight socialite become roommates – so much witty banter.
  • Equal parts funny & sexy!
  • The chemistry between Josh and Clara was 🔥 but also they were so so sweet to one another and I loved it.

Don’t Hex and Drive by Juliette Cross

  • Opposites attract between a conduit & a vampire in this fantasy romance
  • Suspenseful romance filled with super sexy times!
  • Loved Devraj’s backstory – especially since I connected with his South Asian/Indian character.

The Devil of Downtown by Joanna Shupe

  • Jack Mulligan and Justine “do-gooder” were so absolutely perfect for one another
  • The chemistry and sexy times were hot hot hot
  • Lots of angst in this romance and I was rooting for Jack and Justine throughout the entire book!
  • Loved that this historical romance was set in America!

Little Lies by Helena Hunting

  • A continuation of the Pucked series with the newest generation
  • Classified as New Adult, but the writing by Helena was perfect as always
  • Lots of angst and sexual tension in this second chance romance.
  • Filled with hilarious scenes, but also scenes that were touching and so sweet.
  • A must read if you loved Pucked/All In series!

Top 10 books not published in 2020

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

  • I held off on reading this series for so long because I didn’t think it was for me. Ha!
  • I read ACOTAR so quickly and could not wait to find out what happened in ACOMAF.
  • This book was everything I ever imagined this series could be.
  • Rhys…swoon – need I say more??

Shortcake by Lucy Watson

  • Enemies to lovers + forced proximity!
  • Chemistry between Emmy and Ben was so sexy
  • Love how Lucy Watson also touched on topics like panic attacks and anxiety, but in a way that made us love these characters even more!

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

  • So many friends recommended Lord of Scoundrels to me and I don’t know why I waited so long to pick it up!
  • Jess is so feisty and Dain was just…A LOT 😂
  • This book had me laughing out loud so much, but also swooning over these two!

Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

  • Grumpy meets sunshine
  • So many funny laugh out loud moments!
  • Sizzling chemistry and wonderful banter between Gabriel and Penny!
  • Loved how these characters were so complex and saw one another’s vulnerabilities.

Him/Us by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

  • I cannot believe I waited to long to read about Wesmie!
  • I loved loved loved this book and it was my first M/M!
  • Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy did such a wonderful job of giving me all the feels in this duet.
  • Highly recommend the audiobook of both Him and Us as well as the rest of the books in the WAGs series!

Rules of Engagement by JT Geissinger

  • Mason needs a wife so his football organization will get off his back.
  • Maddie is a matchmaker and decides to help Mason.
  • Hilarity ensues and sparks fly!
  • Loved this hilarious slow burn rom-com with lots of heart!

Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

  • Paranormal romance between a werewolf and a witch.
  • Hilarious. laugh out loud internal dialogue between Mateo and his werewolf Alpha
  • Slow burn that was super super sexy
  • Loved Evie’s relationship with her sisters!

Getaway Girl by Tessa Bailey

  • Friends to lovers romance with so much heart and heat
  • Adored Elijah and Addison and their chemistry was evident from the beginning of their relationship.
  • Elijah – the cinnamon roll, dirty talking hero…swoon!

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

  • Opposites attract romance between a nobleman & a commoner
  • Romance that puts women’s rights front and center – Annabelle is a suffragist after all
  • Loved the relationship between Annabelle and Sebastian – the push and pull made it feel so real!
  • The friendships between the suffragists was so great! Can’t wait to read more about them.

The Billionaire’s Wakeup Call Girl by Annika Martin

  • Hilarious and sexy – I loved the first in this amazing series!
  • The inner monologues of Lizzie and Theo were equally parts amusing and funny
  • Super sexy phone calls between these two had me rooting for them to finally see each other for who they really were
  • Grumpy + sunshine = my favorite type of romance.
  • Listen to the audio if you get a chance!

4 thoughts on “Top 20 Romances of 2020

  1. I just found your site through the feature that Ezrah did on her site. And I love your place. I am always on the lookout for other romance bloggers.

    I love seeing all of your favorites from 2020!!! And so many great books that you grabbed up too. I adore the fantasy that Milla Vane writes, her heroes are delicious. Juliette Cross is fantastic as well. I still need to read Hex and Drive.

    Hope your year of 2021 is a successful one of reading!!

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    1. Ezrah is so sweet! Thank you for your kind words 💖 I had a really fun time with this post! Hopefully you get a chance to read Hex and Drive soon!!

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  2. I’ve read quite a few books on here, have heard of even more, and need to read a couple more :D. 2020 was a great reading month, not so much for me when it came to romances, but overall I read some amazing books this year. I can only hope 2021 will be equally good or even better.

    ~ Corina | TheBrownEyedBookworm.com

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    1. I am already so excited about books releasing in 2021! Overall, I had a great reading year – definitely reading and listening to more books than I thought I was going to!

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