24 best romance novels

collage of romance novels in the review of the best romance novels 2023


All unforgettable love stories start with the same basic ingredients: two people and an undeniable connection. The best romance novels turn these simple foundations into breathtaking stories—and maybe make you fall a little in love yourself.

Romance as a genre is more nuanced than it’s given credit for, and it’s not as far removed from literature with a capital L as snobbish readers like to think. (Prolific and acclaimed novelists have also written some of the most legendary romance novels of all time—see: Jane Austen.) Just like the most romantic movies, romance novels can rely on tropes: the grumpy male lead with a heart of gold, the serendipitous meet-cute, 99.99% guaranteed happy ending, and so on. But what sets the best romance novels apart from the good ones is the way they update and reinvent those trademark features, usually in a more inclusive way.

From fresh new books by Ashley Poston and Akwaeke Emezi, to time-honored classics like Pride and Prejudice, there is no shame in falling head over heels in love with a good love story. Read on for 24 of the best romance novels that are so captivating you’ll feel like you’ve been carried away with the couple in the lead roles.

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You made a fool of death with your beauty: a novel


Complete novels (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)


Honey and spice: a novel


Atria books

In five years: a novel


Avon books

Get a Life, Chloe Brown: a novel


The Song of Achilles: a novel


A very secret society of irregular witches


Red, White, and Royal Blue: A Novel


The Flatshare: A Novel


One true love: a novel


The descent of the duke


Bloomsbury Publishing

A Court of Thorns and Roses (1) (2015)

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