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!


Fake Relationship Romances

Are you a fan of romances with fake relationships? These romances are some of my favorites! It’s so much fun reading about a couple who try to pretend like their relationship isn’t real. They are usually so attracted to one another and yet try so hard to fight their attraction! I love the delicious build up and how the lines of their relationship start to blur between what is real and fake. I’m a sucker for this trope!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Travis Ford and Georgie Castle come to an understanding – they pretend to date so that a) Travis Ford doesn’t come across as a player or “two bats” as he’s often called and he can maybe land a gig as a commentator b) the town starts treating Georgie as an adult and not the “youngest Castle sister.” What could possibly go wrong??

I loved this fake relationship between Travis and Georgie so much! It was sweet, sexy and oh so romantic!

Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne

Audrey and Tate have been best friends since they were little. They’re always there for each other – hassling one another about everything including their latest flings. Audrey doesn’t ever plan on marrying – especially after a married man completely fooled her into falling for him. Marriage is completely off the table…that is until Clarke tells his mom Audrey and him are engaged!

I love a fake relationship trope so much and LL did such a good job with not only a fake relationship but friends to lovers as well. Clarke and Audrey are under the assumption that they’ll stay friends while being fake engaged, but as lines start to blur – it becomes harder to maintain a distance and not truly act like an engaged couple in love!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Americal royalty and British royalty clash in Red, White & Royal Blue. Alex and Henry haven’t always been on the best of terms. They tolerate each other at events when Alex’s mom – Madam President and Prince Henry’s family are present. Doesn’t mean they like one another. When snafu over a toppled wedding cake lands both Alex and Henry in hot water, they must pretend to be friends.

What starts off as a fake friendship, slowly morphs into something more. I adored this swoony romance so much. I loved not only Henry and Alex as a couple, but also the world that they lived in and all of the struggles that both of them go through respectively.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Stella isn’t a fan of dating or kissing or anything that comes after that. She’d rather try to figure out her mathematical equations. She decides to hire professional escort Michael to help her with her situation.

What starts off as a “professional” relationship, slowly starts to turn into something more. Both Michael and Stella were such likable characters. Michael because of his depth of love for his family and the great lengths he goes to keep them happy. I loved being inside of Stella’s head and her heart. Her vulnerabilities were so relatable, but I loved watching her blossom as the book progressed. The love story between Michael and Stella was definitely unconventional but so so sweet and of course steamy!

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

This is perhaps one of my favorite Christina Lauren books! The Unhoneymooners kept me laughing throughout so much of the book and I could not put this book down until I had finished it.

Olive and Ethan’s siblings – Ami and Dane happen to be getting married. What no one anticipated is that the entire wedding party would get food poisoning. Except, of course Olive and Ethan. They decide to take the place of Dane and Ami so that they could enjoy the honeymoon that has already been paid for. Only one teeny, tiny problem – they have to pretend to be on their honeymoon too!

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

I’ve re-read The Deal so many times since first reading it last year! A fake relationship and a sports romance all in one – my favorite! Garrett Graham is failing his ethics course and to continue being on the hockey team he needs to bring his grades up.

Hannah Wells has a big crush on the school football quarterback but doesn’t know how to get him to notice her. When Garrett proposes a trade – he’ll get her noticed by the quarterback if she helps him with his ethics class – they make a deal!

What starts off as a fake relationship/helping each other out turns sizzling pretty quick! I love everything about this book – definitely a favorite fake relationship romance!

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

I listened to the audiobook of Boyfriend Material and could not stop laughing! The dialogue in this book was hilarious – reminded me of Gilmore Girls with the amount of pop culture references that were thrown in!

Luc is in need of a fake boyfriend. He’s just a tiny bit famous – being that his mom and dad are famous rockstars and he can’t really go out without getting recognized. After a recent pic paints him in an unfavorable light, Luc’s work has recently informed him that he needs to get his act together or risk of getting fired. This is where Luc meets Oliver. Where Luc is a bit spontaneous, Oliver is the exact opposite. But both are in need of a fake boyfriend and so their fake relationship begins.

I love a great fake relationship trope and Oliver and Luc were so damn cute together! These two clearly have feelings for one another and yet they are also vulnerable and their relationship felt real. They had some miscommunication, moments when they weren’t their best and also times when they were there to support one another no matter what – I enjoyed this book so much!

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Dani Brown doesn’t do emotional relationships. She’s been burned in the past and doesn’t want a repeat performance. Dani is also a practicing witch and asks the universe to send her the perfect no-string-attached partner. Zafir Ansari and Dani work at the same place and Zaf has kind of had a crush on Dani for some time now. When Zaf ends up rescuing Dani from a stalled elevator (super cute scene), they go viral with the hashtag #DrRugbae!

I absolutely love a fake relationship trope and Dani and Zaf are faking it for the cameras constantly pointed at them – but how long does the faking last? I love a strong heroine and Dani Brown was amazing! She was so sure of herself – from her sexuality (bi-sexual) to her work on intersectionality in feminist literature.

And Zaf…swoon! Zaf was so perfect. Not only was he a rugby player, but he also teaches kids on how to work through their anxiety. He has dealt with loss and anxiety over the years and there’s no one better to teach young athletes on how to manage that. Take a Hint, Dani Brown was such a great fake relationship romance (with a romance reading hero) and I loved every page!