Best Recent Romance Reads

I love love! Plain and simple. I love Rom-Coms and I love Romance Novels and i have been able to get through my fair share of them over the last few weeks with us being in lockdown due to the dreaded C word!

I keep my goodreads regularly updated but thought it would be good to run down my top 5 Recent romance reads for you incase you are looking for some inspiration. There are four adult novels and one YA fiction so here goes:

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is usually my go to for romance novels and this did not disapoint! This was sassy and just pure fun! Hazel is such a firecracker and I love how the novel shows that she doesn’t change for love. For some reason this book reminds me of the Youtube TV series Single by 30. The novel focuses on Hazel and Josh who have know each other since college. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other.

The Friendzone by Abby Jimenez

The Friendzone was so much more than I expected it to be. I absolutely adored it, it made me laugh and it made me cry in equal measure. I sped through this book in one day and the chemistry between the pair was palpable. The novel focuses on Kristen who has recently left her last relationship and is planning to undergo life changing operation. She heads to her best friends wedding where she meets Josh, the best man! Josh is everything Kristen has ever wanted but she can’t give him what he needs – a family.

*please note the ending may be triggering for people who have infertility issues.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

This is the novel EVERYONE has been raving about and i can see why. I must admit it did take me a while to get into this book however once I got a good chunk of the way through i couldn’t put it down. The premise of the novel is that Tiffy needs a place to stay and Leon has put out an advert for someone to stay in his flat when he is out on shift work. The pair never meet (to begin with) but share a bed. The concept whilst bizarre is actually incredible cute and intriguing which is what made me keep reading.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

This is the one YA novel in the pack and it is a “retelling of Grease” but as a queer romance. I adore Queer romances at the best of times but there was something about this that captured my attention and the my heart. The story follows Ollie who falls for Will who he meets on his summer holiday. They are from different towns but Ollie has to move to his holiday vacation to look after his Aunt and her children. Ollie starts his first day of school only to realise that the boy he had fallen for was not only at this new school, but is a jock and….. not out!

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

I absolutely adored this book and there are no surprises to that because Christina Lauren are fast becoming my favourite writing duo.

I love a good enemies to lovers but find love the edition of lovers-enemies-lovers in this scenario! The story follows Carter and Evie two well respected agents in Hollywood working at different firms who start a relationship. However a few dates in their two companies merge and they end up fighting for the same job.

The tension between Carter and Evie is palpable and the hate I had for Brad was something else!

I also loved that it tackled the topic of sexism and inequality in the workplace, not many Rom-coms normally delve that deep.

What are your favourite romance novels and romance novel writers?

Let me know in the comments below.

Love and hugs



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