As an avid romance reader, it can be easy to fall into the trap of reading the same famous authors and series repeatedly. But the romance novel world is vast and diverse, and plenty of phenomenal reads are waiting to be discovered. It can feel daunting to sift through titles so we’ve done the work for you. Here are the most underrated romance novels that will become your next addiction.
“The Wedding Date” by Jasmine Guillory
In this flirty debut novel, Drew Nichols is minus a plus one for his ex’s wedding, until Alexa Monroe agrees to go with him as his fake girlfriend. As their fun-filled night turns into something more, they face the challenges of a long-distance relationship and realize what they truly want in life. Can they bridge the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want?
Why you’ll love it:
There is a lot to love in this novel. From the interracial relationship to the smart, funny heroine to the fake-to-real relationship trope, there is something in this story for everyone!
“A Lady’s Code of Misconduct” by Meredith Duran
Meredith Duran is an accomplished historical romance author, but “A Lady’s Code of Misconduct” is a standout in her oeuvre. The book follows Jane Mason, a brilliant inventor who is blackmailed by a dashing nobleman, Crispin Burke, into helping him clear his family’s name. As Jane and Crispin work together to uncover a conspiracy, they fall in love and must confront the secrets and lies that threaten to tear them apart.
What makes it so lovable?:
“A Lady’s Code of Misconduct” is a gripping and emotional tale of betrayal, redemption, and love that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
“A Bollywood Affair” by Sonali Dev
Sonali Dev’s “A Bollywood Affair” is a delightful romantic comedy that explores the clash between tradition and modernity. The protagonist, Mili, is a young woman from a remote Indian village who was married off as a child to a man she has never met. When her husband’s brother, Samir, comes to the United States to annul the marriage, he finds himself drawn to Mili’s warmth, humor, and intelligence. But Mili’s past and cultural expectations threaten to keep them apart.
Why you need to read it:
“A Bollywood Affair” is a charming and witty story that celebrates the joy and complexity of Indian culture while delivering a satisfying romance.
“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne
“The Hating Game” is a workplace romance that is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming. The heroine, Lucy, is a competitive and organized assistant at a publishing company who hates her co-worker, Joshua, for his snarky attitude and impressive work ethic. But as they compete for the same promotion, Lucy and Joshua realize that their animosity masks a powerful attraction.
Why you won’t be able to put it down:
“The Hating Game” is a witty and sexy romantic comedy that will make you laugh, swoon, and root for the unlikely couple.