In 2020, I read more romance than I think I ever have in previous years; the promise of an HEA (happily ever after) was something that was much-needed last year for me and for many readers who found ourselves turning to the romance genre. As I’ve been thinking about my reading going into 2021, I’ve been thinking a lot about what romance books I’m interested in picking up and focusing on this year, particularly since I discovered so many great new-to-me books and authors in 2020. To help myself keep track of all the awesome-sounding romance books on my radar to pick up this year, I figured I’d go ahead and organize them for myself here. It’s a mixture of 2021 releases and backlist titles, because as I discover more new-to-me romance authors I generally also start looking into their backlists.
Romance authors I can’t wait to read more from:
Mhairi McFarlane (I loved If I Never Met You)
Lucy Parker (after I read The Austen Playbook, I want to read all of the books in her London Celebrities series)
Tessa Dare (tied for my most-read author of 2020!)
Evie Dunmore (Bringing Down the Duke was the first historical romance I really liked, and got me on board with the subgenre)
Previously read and loved romance authors who have new books coming out in 2021:
Alisha Rai (Modern Love and Forbidden Hearts series), Sally Thorne (The Hating Game), Casey McQuiston (Red, White, and Royal Blue), Emily Henry (Beach Read), Talia Hibbert (Take a Hint, Dani Brown), Juliette Cross (Wolf Gone Wild)
Historical romance authors I really want to get into in 2021:
I’ve heard really good things about Courtney Milan, Sarah MacLean, and Stacy Reid.
Backlist romance reads I’m intrigued by:
2021 releases from new-to-me authors:
What romance reads are on your TBR for 2021?