The Best Romance Books of the Year So Far

We chose the 10 best romance books of 2023. See the full list.

Falling in love with love has never been easier. Here are some of my favorite recent romance novels — including steamy historicals, cutting-edge contemporaries and paranormals packed with supernatural creatures. I’ll be updating this list all year, so check back for more recommendations.

I want a romance novel that revels in everyday lives.

We Could Be So Good, by Cat Sebastian

This midcentury queer historical about two New York reporters who meet at work and fall in love is a book where the small, everyday decisions — to feed a stray cat, to offer a friend a spare room, to bring home flowers with the groceries — loom large because they’re how we connect with others. The reader is welcomed into a pair of lives as they become one shared world.

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Give me a glorious Regency romp.

Forever Your Rogue, by Erin Langston

To avoid losing custody of her children, the widow Cora Dane needs to come up with an aristocratic fiancé, stat. Fortunately, her best friend’s brother is an earl’s heir. And so we meet Nathaniel Travers, the rake who reforms himself in one of the most utterly gorgeous character transformations historical romance has offered up in a long time.


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