The end of the year is upon us, and with that, for many people, comes the stress of the holidays. The best way to relieve that stress is with a good book. Below is a list of swoon-worthy romances you need to read before the end of the year, with books full of romance, will they/won’t they, travel, secret relationships, friends to lovers, and so much more! Romance books are full of tropes people either love to love or love to hate, and the best part is getting to read all the romance to find the best of the best.
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Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
Delilah Green, who is quite happy with her life in New York, far away from her hometown of Bright Falls, is called back to her old life when her sister asks her to photograph her wedding. While there, she meets Claire and wonders if her life with a different woman every night back in New York is really what matters. Will this clash of Delilah, who lives a life of surprise, and Claire, who prefers life with no surprises, collide? Or will sparks fly?
The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
Hannah and Jack have a professional relationship, with her being the bodyguard to his superstar actor self. But things change when Jack is needed home after getting word that his mother is sick. In an attempt to shield his family from knowing of his stalker (his corgi-living ex) and his bodyguard, he and Hannah decide to fake a relationship. What could go wrong?
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
Alexis and Daniel are the definitions of opposites. He’s a casual guy, a carpenter, and 10 years younger than her, and she is a city girl, sophisticated, a doctor, and comes from wealthy parents. After a fling, they realize they have more chemistry than that of a one-night stand, but can Alexis bring Daniel into her life? Can their worlds collide for the better?
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Nora is a literary agent who eats, breaths, and sleeps the bookish life, but she is not one of those dreamy bookish girls. She would do anything for her clients and her sister, Libby, which is why she agrees to go on a sisters’ getaway to Sunshine Falls. Rather than having the “small town transformation,” Nora keeps running into Charlie, an editor she’s met in the past and does not get along with. What story will form when they’re continuously thrown together?
A Cosmic Kind of Love by Samantha Young
Hallie is an event planner working on a wedding project and comes across video files from the bride’s ex-boyfriend. She finds out he’s an astronaut on the International Space Station and starts sending emails and videos to his NASA address. But what will happen when those emails are forwarded from NASA to the former astronaut?
The American Roommate Experiment (The Spanish Love Deception, #2) by Elena Armas
Rosie is a newly unemployed writer trying to work on her romance novel. When problems arise in her apartment, she stays at her best friend’s apartment, not knowing her friend lent her apartment to her cousin, Lucas — who Rosie has been secretly stalking on Instagram. After letting Rosie stay with him, Lucas then helps provide inspiration for her writing. But will she meet her writing deadline — and will anything happen between her and Lucas?
Hook, Line, And Sinker (It Happened One Summer, #2) by Tessa Bailey
Hannah and Fox have been friends for a long time, and while Fox is a major flirt, Hannah seems immune to his charms. While this had always been the case in the past, now that Hannah is in town and trying to catch the eye of her colleague, she and Fox spend more time together, and her feelings start to change. Can Hannah show Fox he’s worth more than how he portrays himself?
The Simple Wild (Wild, #1) by K. A. Tucker
Calla has been a city girl since her mother separated from her father and fled the Alaskan wild. Now her sick father has reached out to get to know her, and Calla makes her way up to Alaska. While there, she meets Jonah, a native Alaskan and charter pilot. He thinks Calla will not make it in the wild, and she is ready to call his bluff. Will she get used to living in the wild? And what will happen if she and Jonah get closer to one another?
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Reminiscent of The Holiday, this is the story of Eileen and Leena, grandmother and granddaughter, who decide to swap places for two months after Eileen is newly single but not finding love in her small town, and Leena blows a presentation at work and is forced to take a sabbatical. Will they each find love in their new locations? Or was their love closer to home than they initially thought?
Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan
Nora is a romance channel screenwriter who knows all about love – until her husband leaves her and their two kids. Fortunately, that starts the script of Nora’s best screenplay, which is then turned into a movie casting the one and only Sexiest Man Alive, Leo Vance. Once filming wraps, Leo shows up on her doorstep and offers her a thousand dollars a day to stay. Will all the complications of love turn Nora’s real life into a real romance?
The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient, #3) by Helen Hoang
Anna Sun was shot into stardom when a YouTube video went viral, and after trying to keep up the momentum of that fame, she burned out. Problems arise when her long-term boyfriend decides he wants an open relationship, and Anna decides to go along. Only now, she’s met Quan, and their relationship might be more than just a one-night stand.
Written in the Stars (Written in the Stars, #1) by Alexandria Bellefleur
Opposites attract in this queer romcom featuring Darcy, who is done with blind dates, and Elle, an astrologer who dreams of finding her soul mate. When a lie leads to Darcy and Elle spending the holidays together, they go along with it and help each other navigate their holiday obligations.
Reading a good romance is the best way to warm up a cold winter night. Of course, you could also throw a little hygge into your reading to enhance your experience even more! But now I’d like to hear what romances you’ll read before the end of the year.
Have you read any of these swoon-worthy romances? What romances are you ending your year with? Let me know in the comments. I love getting book recommendations!
2 thoughts on “12 Swoon-Worthy Romances You Need to Read Before the End of the Year”
As someone who loves her romance, I’m so sad to admit that I’ve only read one of these (The Simple Wild) but I absolutely adored these two and they are one of my favourite OTPs! 😍 I’ve got all save one of these on my TBR but I’ve heard great things about all of them and I can’t wait to check out the ones already on my list. Great post!
Thank you so much!