Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
I was charmed by Holmes’ debut and the relationship between Evvie, a recent widow who isn’t grieving quite as much as everyone thinks, and Dean, a baseball player struggling with a case of the yips. A thoughtful, sweet, and funny read.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Red, White & Royal Blue is the standard that I have held all other romances I read in 2019 to. After a potentially diplomatically damaging altercation Alex Claremont, the first son of the United States, must feign a friendship with his rival Prince Henry of England. A rare book that made me both laugh and cry, Alex and Henry are two characters I will not forget any time soon.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
After most of her sister’s wedding party is incapacitated by food poisoning, Olive takes her twin sister’s place on a luxury Hawaiian honeymoon. The only catch is she must share her vacation with Ethan, the best man and Olive’s archnemesis. A fun romantic comedy and perfect vacation read.
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover is consistently one of my favorite authors and her 2019 novel Regretting You is no exception. Hoover is known for her romances. And while Regretting You has two well developed love stories, it is also a bittersweet story of a mother and daughter struggling to recover from a devastating loss.
The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
A perfect combination of well-drawn romance, Gilded Age history and the supernatural. Both romance and paranormal readers will enjoy this ghost story.
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
Tessa Dare is one of my favorite writers of historical romance and the Wallflower Wager is another excellent entry in the Girl Meets Duke series. Features Dare’s trademarks of sharp dialogue, humor, and a strong female heroine.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Professional baseball player Gavin Scott tries to save his marriage by seeking help from a secret romance book club comprised entirely of men. A fun ode to the romance genre.
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The Flatshare has one of the most unique premises of any romance novel I’ve read. Tiffy and Leon share a flat, they even share a bed, but they have never met. An original plot and likeable characters made this book one of my favorites for 2019.
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
Alternating between 1991 and 2001, when Annika is unexpectedly reunited with her college boyfriend Jonathan, The Girl He Used to Know is a poignant and bittersweet second chance romance. As this book features a main character on the autism spectrum it will be of interest to fans of the Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test.
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Annie Cassidy searches for the perfect meet cute, and her Tom Hanks, in this delightful love letter to the romantic comedy genre. Waiting for Tom Hanks is like the book version of a Nora Ephron film.