It’s no secret that we read our fair share of romance novels. Apparently, we’ve read (and loved) so many that we have enough for a second romance rec post! If you’d like to check out last year’s recommendation post you can do that here.
Red,White, Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (review)
What else can be said about this one that has not been said? We follow the first son and an English prince and their epic hate-to-love romance. It’s witty, nerdy, political, and adorable. This one made it onto BOTH of our top reads of 2019.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (review)
Another hate-to-love romance that was a ton of fun! The main character is an unlucky compared to her identical twin sister. However, her luck changes when everyone but her, and the best man, get food poisoning at her sister’s wedding reception. Since the honeymoon is non-refundable, the MC and the best man must take the bride and groom’s place on an all expense paid honeymoon trip to Hawaii. Unfortunately, they hate each other.
A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
This entire series is grand, but book two is Tree’s favorite! A woman who is just a little lost goes to live in a Scottish castle. Her mentor is a grumpy Scottish man who she does not like!! Alyssa Cole’s books are always diverse and a fun time.
Well Met by Jen De Luca (review)
Another woman who is a bit lost moves in with her sister (and her kid) to help around the house as her sister recovers after a car accident. She agrees to be a part of a Renaissance Faire so her niece can participate too. She suddenly finds herself at odds with the organizer (who looks really good in his leather pirate pants).
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center (review)
The MC, Cassie, is staring over at a tough, old school Boston firehouse where she can look after her ailing mother. As a women firefighter, she has an uphill battle ahead of her with her new set-in-their-ways team members. She must prove her place, or risk losing her fresh start. This book was enjoyable because it has a nice balance between romance and plot.
No Judgments by Meg Cabot
A massive hurricane is rushing towards Little Bridge Island, but newcomer Bree is not planning on evacuate. She ends up taking care of animals that have been left behind by those who left. Her boss’ nephew is being so helpful… This one isn’t too deep and is a lot of fun. We enjoyed it because we both love Meg Cabot and her humor.
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (review)
Tree is not typically a fan of historical romance, but this one was so much fun. We follow a woman who is one of the first women studying at Oxford and ends up having to convince a duke to support the suffrage movement. Tree loves a good political subplot and Pride & Prejudice vibes which are both in this one.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Khai’s mother sets out to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride, since he refuses to choose someone for himself. Enter Esme, a mixed-race girl from the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, recently brought to the United States to be Khai’s potential wife. Nothing goes as planned, and mishaps pile up. The characters and their chemistry really make this book. They’re all so heartfelt and warm.
Say You Still Love Me:
It’s two love stories in one. The beginning, 10 years ago at summer camp, and it’s rekindling in the present day. Piper Calloway is VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm. In a male-dominated work environment she is constantly having to prove her worth. As if she doesn’t have enough on her plate already, Kyle Miller, her old flame and first love, has shown up as the new security guard in her building. To add insult to injury, he doesn’t even remember her.
The Simple Wild:
Calla has not been to her birthplace of Alaska since her mom left her dad and took Calla to Toronto. Thanks to a nosy neighbor, Calla find out that her dad has cancer and decides to go visit. What follows is an emotional story of a woman trying to find a relationship with her dad before it’s too late, if only the annoying pilot who dropped her off did not keep showing up. This was one of Tree’s favorite reads of 2019 and she just reread parts of it in honor of the sequel, Wild at Heart, coming out February 18.
Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai (Out April 21st!) (review)
This book follows a former model widow who avoids the spotlight at all costs. She lives in a massive house and has a personal bodyguard. When she finds out her conversation with a random stranger has gone viral (#CafeBae) she panics. Her bodyguard suggests going to stay at his parent’s land in Northern California. Now if only her bodyguard wasn’t so attractive and they didn’t have to live in the same house.
Do you have any romance recommendations for us?
xoxo, Bree & Tree