13 Highly Anticipated Romances of 2020

by Dahlia Adler

These titles go from January to June 2020.

Headliners by Lucy Parker (January 28)

The ever-popular London Celebrities series gets its fifth installment with this tale of rival TV presenters forced to host a live morning show together. As in every great enemies-to-lovers story, the two can’t stand each other to start with. But when they’re forced to work together to figure out who’s trying to sabotage them, whole different kinds of sparks start flying…

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (February 4)

Want even more enemies-to-lovers? Sosa’s got you covered with this rom com about a wedding planner forced to work with the best man who ruined her own wedding. Max isn’t exactly looking forward to working with his brother’s ex either, but if he wants to make a name for himself at work, he knows Carolina is the best choice to impress a client. So what if she wants him dead?

A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon (February 25)

Weatherspoon’s been publishing fabulous diverse romance for years, and now she’s tackling sexy new territory in her Cowboys of California series, featuring Stetson-wearing studs like you’ve never seen them before.  

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren (March 24)

Is there any writing team out there more dependably delightful than Christina Lauren? In the bestselling duo’s newest, Carey and James are both struggling with the fact that working for home reno gurus the Tripps isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The pair may be superstars to the public, but behind the scenes, they can’t stand each other. It all comes to a head when they have to head out on a book tour, and force Carey and James to join them. Both have their reasons for agreeing, and maybe the journey won’t be so bad if they can find something else to enjoy about it…

American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera (March 30)

The fourth book in Herrera’s Dreamers series is also its first m/f, pairing Yankees physical therapist Juan Pablo Campos with Detective Priscilla Gutierrez, the childhood love of his life. When the two get stuck on a private jet together that lands them alone in the Dominican Republic for a week of sunny bliss, it forces them to confront the feelings between them and what kind of future together there could be.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle (April 7)

Naomi and Nicholas are engaged and Over It; they both want out, but neither one wants to be the one to pull the trigger and be forced to foot the bill for their nonrefundable wedding. What results is a game of chicken, with both of them finally acting like themselves around the other, hoping someone will be forced to finally call it quits. But when it turns out they actually like who they are together when they let their respective guards down, that’s an entirely different story. 

A Taste of Sage by Yaffa F. Santos (April 22)

There is no faster way to send a book to the top of my to-read list than to give it a culinary theme. That’s exactly what’s going on here in Santos’s debut, a rom-com that promises to mesh The Hating Game with Sweetbitter to make the perfect concoction. Dominican chef Lumi takes a huge chance when she opens a fusion restaurant in the Inwood neighborhood of NYC, and when her risk fails to pay off, she’s forced to become a sous chef in a far less inspiring French restaurant…that happens to have a chef who’s too talented and sexy for his own good.  

Ghosting by Tash Skilton (May 26)

What do you get when two great YA authors (Sarvenaz Tash and Sarah Skilton, writing under a pen name) team up for their first adult romance? A delightful rom com about a pair of dating profile ghostwriters who have no idea they’re working out of the same café…or that they’re the ones anonymously falling for each other online…

Beach Read by Emily Henry (May 19)

Take two authors of very different genres, put them in neighboring beach houses, give them both writers’ block, and watch them rescue each other with a deal: he’ll give writing romance—her genre—a shot, while she’ll try to fix her block by picking up his literary stylings. They even agree to take each other on research trips. What they don’t count on is writing their very own happy ending. 

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (May 26)

When Jo and Emma are caught by the paparazzi in what looks like an adorably romantic moment, it threatens to ruin both women’s careers, especially as rumors continue to spread. But when they realize that maybe the gossip has a little bit of truth to it, they have to decide whether the life they’ve been trying to stop living in the spotlight is worth bringing to light if it means having each other for real. 

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole (May 26)

Cole’s newest royal series stars Shanti, the newly crowned queen of Njaza, and Sanyu, the king she’s just married who wed strictly for subject-pleasing purposes. Shanti has always wanted to be queen, but despite the fact that she knows what’s best for the kingdom, both she and Sanya are frustrated to find that no one will listen to the queen they consider to be an outsider. Meanwhile, Sanyu is falling for this woman who’s his wife in name only. Can he fix his kingdom, make them listen to their new queen, and romance her into the real thing? 

Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert (June 2)

Conrad and Alden don’t have much in common, except for the fact that they’re both tremendous fanboys. Oh, and they’re stuck together on a road trip to the biggest fan convention either one has ever seen. And they each need to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament, When the road trip has the effect of bringing the rival fans together, it stuns them both, but neither one will let anything get in the way of victory, even if it means giving up the greatest prize neither of them could’ve imagined. 

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (June 23)

Get a Life, Chloe Brown was one of my absolute favorite romances of 2019, and of all of its sparkling secondary characters, Chloe’s sister Dani was the one I was dying to get to next. Enter the book of my dreams, which stars Dani looking for a friend-with-benefits and ending up with the exact opposite: a fauxmance of epic proportions, born of a heroic meet cute and her savior’s pleading request to play along and help his sports charity. But with him dreaming of romance and her strictly lusting after his bod, is there any way for them to get on the same page? 

Photo Credit: Maggie Hall

Dahlia Adler is an Editor of mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQ Reads by night, and an author of Young Adult and New Adult books at every spare moment in between. Her novels include the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, the Radleigh University trilogy, and the upcoming Cool for the Summer (Wednesday Books, 2021); she is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart and That Way Madness Lies (Flatiron Books, 2021); and her short stories can be found in the anthologies The Radical ElementAll OutHis Hideous Heart, and It’s a Whole Spiel. Dahlia lives in New York with her husband, son, and an obscene amount of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.

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