35+ of the Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2020

By Michele W.

More than 35 of the Most Anticipated Romance Books of the year. 2020 is gearing up to be a great year for book releases, especially within the Romance genre. I have compiled a list of some upcoming releases by month. Whether you are looking to be swept up by a Duke, ravished by a Rogue, or continue with the newest book in a favorite series, I have you covered. These books are mostly within the historical and contemporary romance categories. I tried to include diversity within authors and characters that are POC, LGBT, and inclusive. This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission from qualifying purchases; however all opinions I have expressed are my own.

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January 2020
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September 2020
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January 2020

You Were There Too
by Colleen Oakley

Release Date: January 7, 2020
Colleen Oakley is a new-to-me author but this book sounds super intriguing. Mia, who is married, keeps having dreams about a man she never met – until one day she meets him and it turns out he has been dreaming about her too!

Love Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered, #2)
by Tessa Bailey

Release Date: January 14, 2020
After reading and loving Fix Her Up last year, I can’t wait for the next book in Tessa Bailey’s Hot & Hammered series. This book follows a married couple working on their relationship in marriage bootcamp.

February 2020

The Kissing Game
by Marie Harte

Release Date: February 4, 2020
Rena works at a dive bar and Axel is a super tall regular at her bar. She is a romantic with a huge crush on him and Valentine’s Day might just be the perfect chance for him to make his move.

How The Lady Was Won (The Survivors Book 7)
by Shana Galen

Release Date: February 11, 2020
I love Shana Galen’s descriptive and luring writing style so I am definitely looking forward to her latest book. Lady Daphne is a perfect society lady whose husband, Colin, left for the army before they could give their marriage a chance. When he returns, Daphne finds herself in need of his help.

Chasing Cassandra
by Lisa Kleypas

Release Date: February 18, 2020
In one of my most anticipated books of the year, Cassandra Ravenel gets her chance at love with Tom Severin, a wealthy and powerful railway magnate. This is the 6th book in Kleypas’s beloved Ravenels series.

March 2020

Anna K: A Love Story
by Jenny Lee

Release Date: March 3, 2020
Leo Tolstoy’s classic, Anna Karenina, gets a modern retelling in this young adult novel about 17 year old Anna K. as she navigates life and love in Manhattan and Greenwich society and within her Korean-American family.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird: A Novel
by Josie Silver

Release Date: March 3, 2020
The new book by the author of One Day in December features Lydia, who loses her husband, Freddie, in a tragic accident. After some grieving, she gets the remarkable chance to start over with Freddie. But can she live in the past or start a new future?

One Night Stand-In (Boyfriend Material Book 3)
by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: March 4, 2020
Twenty-four hours with a clever, good looking, and charming EX boyfriend? Could it end in disaster or perhaps the chance to fall in love again?

Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club 2)
by Lyssa Kay Adams

Release Date: March 10, 2020
The much anticipated follow up to last year’s Bromance Book Club follows the boys in the book club as they help Mack put together a sting operation based on the romantic suspense novel they are reading. And maybe learn some tricks for winning Liv’s heart as well.

The Honey Don’t List
by Christina Lauren

Release Date: March 24, 2020
I will read anything that this amazing writing duo releases, but I am especially excited for this new book about assistants who are in charge of keeping a volatile relationship from exploding. The authors took to instagram to speak about the protagonist Carey’s struggles with Dystonia and how this is an especially personal issue for them.

Lord Holt Takes a Bride (The Mating Habits of Scoundrels Book 1)
by Vivienne Lorret

Release Date: March 31, 2020
An heiress and a Lord in debt find themselves entangled when her friends kidnap him. Now, the wickedly handsome Lord wants his revenge and the heiress is ready for an adventure. And what a beautiful cover!

An Heiress to Remember: The Gilded Age Girls Club #3
by Maya Rodale

Release Date: March 31, 2020
Beatrice returns to Manhattan and to her family’s bankrupt department store to try to turn their business around. Wes Dalton is a friend from her past who now owns the competing department store across the street. The two have a fierce rivalry but also a strong connection.

April 2020

Kind of Famous (Flirting with Fame Book 3)
by Mary Ann Marlowe

Release Date: April 7, 2020

Layla manages a fan site for her favorite band. When she lands a dream gig at a music magazine, she finds herself working closely with the guys she always admired. When she discovers a chemistry with the sweet drummer, she needs to prove her attraction is genuine without her super fan status becoming exposed.

You Deserve Each Other
by Sarah Hogle

Release Date: April 7, 2020

This book sounds so funny and cute: an engaged couple who loses interest in each other are at a stalemate to call off the wedding because neither wants to be stuck with the non-refundable bill. So as they each try to sabotage each other, they begin to realize that the more comfortable they get with each other, the better they get to know each other, and they may be a good match for each other after all.

The Happy Ever After Playlist
by Abby Jimenez

Release Date: April 14, 2020

The next book from The Friend Zone author Abby Jimenez, The Happy Ever After Playlist follows Sloan, who adopts a dog while trying to put her life back together. However the dog’s owner, who was out of the country touring with his band , gets back in touch with her and wants his dog back. Sloan isn’t ready to give the dog away, but can’t deny the connection she feels with the dog’s owner.

Not That Kind of Guy
by Andie J. Christopher

Release Date: April 14, 2020
Bridget is a state attorney who is so busy with her job to pay much attention to her dating life. When she needs a date for the wedding, she finds her attentions drawn to the cute legal intern. The two end up in Vegas together, where anything can happen.

Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love #2)
by Alisha Rai

Release Date: April 21, 2020
In a follow up to The Right Swipe, a meet-cute at a coffee shop goes viral and the usually low-profile Katrina finds herself insta-famous. When her bodyguard whisks her away for her privacy and protection, Katrina re-evaluates her instincts for love. I love a bodyguard trope and really enjoyed the first book in this series.

The Virgin and the Rogue
by Sophie Jordan

April 28, 2020
Charlotte is under the weather and takes a healing tonic that causes behavior she is not used to. Kingston is looking to go into hiding from society and his rakish ways. The two end up secluded together in the remote estate and share a fiery kiss. And what a sexy cover!

The Rakess (Society of Sirens Volume 1)
by Scarlett Peckham

Release Date: April 28, 2020
This book apparently takes some tropes and turns them on their heads. Seraphina loves life’s indulgences and Adam is a widower who is raising children and trying to stay out of trouble. When the two act on their temptations, they may each get more than they anticipated.

May 2020

Siri, Who Am I?
by Sam Tschida

Release Date: May 5, 2020
Billed as a modern Memento, Mia wakes up with no recollection of who she is or how she ended up in an LA hospital. Using her social media posts and uber receipts, she tries to put the pieces of her life back together.

More Than Maybe: A Novel
by Erin Hahn

Release Date: May 12, 2020
Vada is an ambitious music journalist and Luke is a low-key podcast host with a music obsession. She wasn’t planning on falling for him, but he definitely piques her interest. Could there be something between them?

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Hunger Games Novel
by Suzanne Collins

Release Date: May 19, 2020
Ten years after the last Hunger Games book was released comes a new novel about a dystopian world where teens fight to the death. This book takes place 64 years in the past, beginning on the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games. I’m excited to revisit Panem and this wild world.

Something To Talk About
by Meryl Wilsner

Release Date: May 26, 2019
Emma, a Hollywood powerhouse, and her assistant Jo share a moment on the red carpet and suddenly the tabloids are declaring them a couple. Gossip swirls and they realize that there may actually be some truth to the rumors.

June 2020

A Dark and Stormy Knight (Victorian Rebels #7)
by Kerrigan Byrne

Release Date: June 2, 2020
I love this author and this series, so this book will be a one-click buy for sure. Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector, a merciless veteran, vows not to give into temptation. But when he crosses paths with Prudence, who is seeking one night of thrills and passion, they realize there is a spark that cannot be put out.

The Switch: A Novel
by Beth O’Leary

Release Date: June 9, 2020
I enjoyed The Flatshare, Beth O’Leary’s last book that was full of fully developed characters, descriptive locations, and a great premise. In her newest release, Leena switches flats with her grandmother, Eileen. Leena can relax in the country while Eileen looks for a second chance at love in London.

Today Tonight Tomorrow
By Rachel Lynn Solomon

Release Date: June 16, 2020
This young adult novel is about two overachieving enemies who are forced to spend a day together and realize that instead of being nemeses, they might actually be the perfect match for each other.

The Heir Affair (Royal We #2)
By Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan

Release Date: June 16, 2020
Shortly after the real Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, I devoured the first book in this series. I never anticipated a sequel, but five years later I am super excited for the follow up to The Royal We. Bex and Prince Nicholas are married and now have to deal with the scrutiny and pressures that being newly royal and heir to the throne entail.

Party of Two (The Wedding Date #5)
by Jasmine Guillory

Release Date: June 23, 2020
The latest in Jasmine Guillory’s Wedding Date (check out my review of The Wedding Party) series features lawyer Olivia who falls for senator Max. They try to keep their relationship secret but when word gets out to the public, they face major scrutiny. Is their relationship strong enough to handle it? I love this adorable series and can’t wait for this next installment!

Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters Book 2)
by Talia Hibbert

Release Date: June 23, 2020
After a video of Zaf rescuing Dani from a fire goes viral, the two agree to fake a relationship to appease the internet masses. Zaf thinks it will help boost attention to his sports charity for kids, and Dani thinks she can seduce Zaf and have some fun with him. However, both are in for more than they expected.

Crushing It
by Lorelei Parker

Release Date: June 30, 2020
Sierra attends a local bar’s journal slam where she reads old journal entries about her college crush as a way to break her fear of public speaking. However, she is humiliated when that crush is also at the bar and flattered by her pronouncements. Things are further complicated when Sierra evaluates her feelings for the cute bar owner and needs to decide where her heart lies.

Daring and The Duke (The Bareknuckle Bastards #3)
by Sarah MacLean

Release Date: June 30, 2020
I love Sarah MacLean and her Bareknuckle Bastards series has been one of my favorites. Devil from Wicked and the Wallflower is one of my favorite heroes and Hattie from Brazen and the Beast is one of my favorite heroines. So my anticipation for Daring and the Duke is high! Ewan has spent his life pining for the love that he thought was gone forever. Grace has been hiding in plain sigh in London’s darkest corner. Will the pair find reconciliation.. or revenge?

July 2020

Boyfriend Material
by Alexis Hall

Release Date: June 30, 2020
Luc is the famous adult child of a rockstars. In an effort to clean up his image from his father’s hard partying reputation, he seeks a normal and stable relationship. In Oliver, Luc sees perfect boyfriend material. The two agree to go to a big event together and enter into a fake relationship, but as they go through the actions of a fake relationship, they start to develop real feelings.

Not Like the Movies (Waiting for Tom Hanks #2)
by Kerry Winfrey

Release Date: July 7, 2020
Chloe’s best friend wrote a movie about Chloe and her cute but serious boss. As word about the movie gets out across the country, Chloe is constantly reading about what a perfect man her boss is. She considers herself optimistic, but her real life can’t be like the movies. Unless maybe in this case it can be.

August 2020

The Bride Bet (Girl Meets Duke #4)
by Tessa Dare

Release Date: August 25, 2020
In August, we get the fourth installment of Tessa Dare’s wonderful Girl Meets Duke series. Read my reviews for The Duchess Deal and The Wallflower Wager here. In the latest book, Nicola and the Duke wanted nothing to do with each other; and that is why they got engaged.

When a Rogue Meets His Match (Greycourt #2)
by Elizabeth Hoyt

Release Date: August 4, 2020
Elizabeth Hoyt is a one-click buy for me and I can’t wait to read the second book in her Greycourt series.

September 2020

A Rogue of One’s Own (A League of Extraordinary Woman #2)
By Evie Dunmore

Release Date: September 1, 2020
I adored the first book in this series, Bringing Down the Duke, so I am highly anticipating this next one. Lucie, a suffragette, butts heads with her old nemesis, Tristan. As he stands to block everything she has worked for, Lucie thinks she can bargain with and outwit the charming seducer.