No matter your relationship status, there is something special about curling up with a good romance novel. From historical to contemporary, passionate to heart-wrenching, there are so many amazing romance books out there that it can be hard to choose.
Here is a look at the top 15 Romance Books that you should read in 2023.
1. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This fun and romantic novel follow the story of Rachel Chu, an American professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young, only to discover that he comes from an incredibly wealthy family. As Rachel navigates Nick’s family’s expectations and disapproval of their relationship, she also discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. This book has been made into a romantic comedy film starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding and has been praised for its entertaining plot and diverse cast.
2. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
This romantic comedy follows the story of Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, two rival executives at a publishing house who are forced to work together on a major project. As they attempt to outwit each other, they slowly start to realize that they might actually have more in common than they thought. This novel quickly became a bestseller and has been praised for its witty dialogue and engaging characters.
3. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
This sweet and heartfelt romance follows Stella, an autistic woman who lacks confidence in her ability to date and have relationships. In an attempt to gain some experience, she hires a male escort, Michael, to help teach her about intimacy. As their arrangement progresses, the two of them start to realize that there might be more to their relationship than just a business transaction.
4. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The sequel to The Kiss Quotient follows the story of Khai Diep, an autistic man who is struggling to find love. His mother then arranges for him to meet a potential bride, Esme, who comes to America from Vietnam. As they get to know each other, they start to discover that they might be able to find a connection that goes beyond just a cultural exchange.
5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This romantic novel follows the story of Lou Clark, a young woman who takes a job caring for Will Traynor, a wealthy man who is paralyzed from the waist down. As Lou helps Will to adjust to his new life, the two of them start to develop a strong connection that neither of them expected. This novel quickly became a bestseller and was later adapted into a romantic drama starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.
6. After You by Jojo Moyes
The sequel to Me Before You follows Lou as she struggles to move on with her life after Will’s death. She eventually meets Sam, a paramedic with a difficult past, and the two of them slowly start to form a connection. This novel has been praised for its honest portrayal of grief and the power of love.
7. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This young adult romance follows the story of Lara Jean Covey, a teenage girl who has a habit of writing love letters to all of her crushes. When the letters are mysteriously sent out, Lara Jean must deal with the consequences of her actions and learns some valuable lessons about love and relationships. This novel was later adapted into a romantic comedy starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.
8. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
The sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara Jean as she starts a new relationship with John Ambrose, one of the recipients of the letters. As their relationship progresses, Lara Jean must decide which boy she truly wants to be with. This novel was also adapted into a romantic comedy and starred Lana Condor and Jordan Fisher.
9. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This romantic comedy follows Olive and Ethan, two strangers who find themselves in an unlikely situation when they are both invited to a destination wedding. After they discover that they are the only two guests without a plus one, they agree to pretend to be a couple in order to avoid being alone. As they get to know each other, they start to realize that they might have more in common than they thought.
10. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
This romantic novel follows Alexa and Drew, two strangers who meet at a friend’s wedding. When Alexa finds herself in need of a date for another wedding, she asks Drew to accompany her, and the two of them start a sweet and unexpected romance. This novel was later adapted into a romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
11. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This heartfelt and humorous novel follows Don Tillman, a genetics professor who is determined to find a wife. When he meets Rosie, an eccentric and free-spirited woman, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that leads him to unexpected places. This book has been praised for its unique characters and engaging plot.
12. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This captivating novel follows Monique Grant, a journalist who is assigned to write a profile on Evelyn Hugo, a legendary actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood. As Monique interviews Evelyn, she discovers the secrets of her seven marriages and the choices she made in order to protect her career. This novel has been praised for its heartfelt and honest portrayal of love and relationships.
13. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This heartbreaking novel follows Hazel and Augustus, two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group and quickly fall in love. As they explore their relationship, they must also deal with the harsh reality of their illnesses and the uncertainty of their future. This novel has been adapted into a romantic drama starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
14. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This fantasy romance follows Feyre, a human who is forced to live in the faerie lands after killing a faerie. As she navigates her new life, she discovers a dangerous secret that could destroy the world she knows. This novel has been praised for its captivating characters and thrilling plot.
15. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This young adult novel follows the story of Eleanor and Park, two teenage outcasts who find an unlikely connection through their shared love of music. As their relationship progresses, they must figure out how to make it work in a world that doesn’t understand their love. This novel has been praised for its honest portrayal of young love.
These are just a few of the many amazing romance books with trailers that you should read in 2023. Whether you’re looking for a lighthearted comedy or a sweeping epic romance, there is something for everyone. So, go ahead and dive into a good book – you won’t regret it!
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