Unmarriagable is a beautifully told, unputdownable retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan. Alys Binat is everything we all love about Lizzy Bennett: she’s strong, witty, and the ultimate heroine.
The Wedding Date
After Alexa and Drew get stuck in an elevator together, what’s supposed to be a fun, one-off wedding date seems to be turning into a long distance relationship. Alexa is me, she’s you, she’s every woman, and through every page I was rooting for her and falling in love (and lust) with Drew alongside her.
C. S. Pacat
Captive Prince, Prince’s Gambit, and Kings Rising is an epic romance combined with fantasy and is an absolutely thrilling ride. Damen and Prince Laurent are incredibly nuanced characters, and you’re going to love the slow burn of their romance and watching the sexual tension rise.
The Kiss Quotient
The Kiss Quotient is the romantic comedy I never knew I needed, and now one I can’t live without. Stella, who has Asperger’s, thinks she needs professional help to learn how to date, kiss, and everything that comes after. Enter Michael Phan, an Asian American escort, and the man Stella might just end up falling in love with. I was hooked from the very first page and could not get enough of Stella and Michael—strong, amazing and very relatable characters.
My So-Called Bollywood Life
This is the book I wish I had growing up. My So-Called Bollywood Life is an adorable young adult rom-com about Winnie Mehta, whose life seems to go off course once she finds out the guy she’s was supposed to be destined for—Bollywood romance style—is actually cheating on her. It’s a fantastic debut about finding yourself, true love, and your destiny.
Intercepted is a hugely entertaining sports romance about Marlee and the new hotshot NFL star Gavin who is chasing after her. The only problem is Marlee is jaded from her football superstar ex who liked to “score” with more than just her. Marlee is sassy and super likable, and this is one of those books that will keep you burning the midnight oil until you read the last page.
Next Year in Havana
The story alternates between that of then 19-year-old Elisa in 1958 Cuba and her granddaughter Marisol, who’s returning to spread Elisa’s ashes decades later. With two amazing women—and romances—front and center, it’s impossible not to love Next Year in Havana.
The Matchmaker's List
People of all ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, and interests fall in love every single day, but until recently it’s been hard—if not impossible—to find romance books that actually reflect the real word. I am so excited to see that this is changing, because to be honest, I’m a sucker for a good romance—and I’m an even bigger sucker for a diverse romance. Here are a few recently published romance books with diverse protagonists that I just couldn’t get enough of.
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