If you know me at all then it’s no great surprise that I am a huge lover of romance. Whether that’s young adult, new adult, adult, pure smut, super cute and fluffy, whatever! I love it. So I couldn’t possibly share some of my anticipated reads without giving you a whole post dedicated to which romance releases of 2021 I’m looking forward to!
Most of these books are published within the first six months of the year or so, and some dates may change depending on the global situation, so our TBRs may shift and grow throughout the year. But we can definitely get excited about them now!
Here are some romance releases of 2021 for you to look forward to.
Enemies to lovers // Adult // Contemporary
Henley, marketer and MBA student, barely has time for herself, but when she is shortlisted for her dream promotion it seems like her sacrifices have been worth it. But her nemesis, remote social media manager Graeme, is also up for the job. Though their email battles are epic, they’ve never actually met. When their boss tasks them both with creating a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galapagos, the pair must travel there… together. Neither of them are what the other expects, and Henley starts to wonder what the point of working yourself to exhaustion is if you never actually live. [January]
Own voices rep // Adult romance // Fat rep // Autism rep
If you’ve read my past posts or just follow me on social media in general then it wont come as a shock to you that Talia Hibbert is one of my fave romances authors, and the Brown sisters books are just *chef’s kiss*. The final instalment is published next year and I am beyond ready to read about the chaotic Eve Brown and her total opposite Jacob Wayne who likes everything just so. After an accident, Jacob has to begrudgingly accept Eve’s help in running his B&B… I WONDER WHAT THIS FORCED PROXIMITY WILL DO?! [March]
Adult romance // Contemporary // Second chance romance
The Flatshare, also by Beth O’Leary, was one of my favourite reads of 2019, so I have high hopes for this one. In this we follow Addie, as she and her sister embark on a road trip to Scotland for a friend’s wedding. Soon after setting off, their car is involved in a small accident with another, driven by Addie’s ex. Dylan and his best mate are also heading to the wedding and with a broken car, they end up sharing the journey with Addie. The car is then packed with not only people but luggage, secrets, history and the aftershocks of a traumatic break-up. [April]
Adult // Contemporary
Although I loved The Hating Game, I haven’t actually read any other of Sally Thorne’s books but when I read this short synopsis for this I was immediately hooked: an “unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women—under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager.” Yessss. [April]
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
Young adult // Sapphic // Hate to love // Fake dating
After Scottie loses to her ex girlfriend in their first game since they broke up, she then gets into a fender bender with the last person she wants to see: the beautiful but incredibly mean Irene. To each of their dismay, they are forced to carpool until Irene’s car is fixed. Their newfound relationship doesn’t get off to the best of starts, but when Scottie sees a way to get back at her toxic ex, Irene is forced to play along. Cue gay fake-dating, laugh out loud moments and the ups and downs of teen romance. [April]
Adult // Contemporary // Sex positive
I loved The Roommate, so I know I’m going to love this too. Naomi wants to try her hand at lecturing after the sex positive start up she co-founded becomes an international success, but despite her qualifications she struggles to get hired. Ethan, one of the city’s hottest bachelors and a rabbi, is struggling for funds and congregants and he just has three months to turn things around. He and Naomi join forces to host seminars on Modern Intimacy, seemingly solving both their problems. There’s just one thing they hadn’t planned for, and that’s their growing attraction to one another. [April]
Historical // Adult
Lady Templeton and the Marquess of Willingham are well known for their bickering. One evening, their argument turns into a wager: if Jeremy doesn’t marry within the year he owes Diana one hundred pounds. So, when just before a two week long house party Jeremy suggests a very different kind of proposal, Diana is shocked. Jeremy received some criticism from his previous lover and he knows Diana will be truthful, so they embark on a brief affair for Jeremy to improve his skills and so Diana can signal to other gentlemen she is interested in taking a lover after the death of her husband. But by focussing on winning will they lose their own hearts? [April]
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
LGBTQIAP+ // Time travel // New adult
I loved Red, White and Royal Blue. So much so that Casey McQuiston has become an auto buy author for me. In One Last Stop we follow cynical August who has recently moved to New York. On another uninspiring subway commute, August sees Jane for the first time, a beautiful and mysterious stranger. August’s glimpses of Jane soon become the best part of her day, until she realises that Jane is actually stuck in a timeloop from the 1970s and that she will need to call on everything she tried to leave in her past in order to save the girl lost in time. [May]
Adult // Fake dating
Single mum Jess is a data wizard who is happy to stay firmly out of the dating scene, having been let down by too many people. But after hearing about a new DNA matchmaking company she feels drawn to it – this data she can understand. That is, until she is matched with someone she already knows, and dislikes. The new company however has a proposition: get to know him and we’ll pay. Needing the money she can’t turn it down, no matter how skeptical she is. As their relationship develops, Jess starts to realise that there may be more to the soulmate science than she first thought. [May]
YA debut // LGBTQIAP+ // Trans rep
Instead of giving in to bigots and outdated school policies, Jeremy, who recently came out as a transgender boy, decides to make some noise and challenge his ex boyfriend for the title of Homecoming King. Lukas is trying to adapt to his new life after the death of his brother and the loss of his long term girlfriend. After realising Jeremy’s plot to steal his crown, Lukas decides to sabotage the campaign. But their scheming goes too far, and to save Homecoming the pair must face their hurt and the lingering feelings they cannot deny. [May]
YA graphic novel // LGBTQIAP+
I absolutely love this graphic novel series. There’s just something about the way that it’s super cute, fluffy and full of love but also deals with more serious topics so carefully and considerately. In this next instalment we see Charlie waging an internal battle, wanting to tell Nick that he loves him but not sure whether he feels the same. Meanwhile, Charlie’s mental health is getting worse and Nick is getting increasingly worried. [May]
Greek mythology retelling // Adult
Persephone has been biding her time until she can leave Olympus and start her degree. That was until her mother’s ambushes her with an engagement to Zeus, a man who has more than few dead ex-wives. She will do anything to escape that fate, even if that means making a devil’s bargain with Hades, a man who has spent his life in the shadows. The pair decide to make a deal: in exchange for his help Persephone agrees to be his for the summer. While this may seem simple enough, Persephone wonders how she’ll ever be able to leave him, and Hades finds himself willing to go to war in order to keep her. [June]
LGBTQIAP+ // YA contemporary
As the only openly gay kid in his small town, Jay can only dream of experiencing all of this own firsts, as his peers can’t stop talking about all of their hookups and relationships. So, he sets out to create his Gay Agenda – all of the romance experiences he hopes to one day achieve. Then, out of the blue, he and his family move to Seattle and he starts his serious year at a new school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community and Jay finally feels like he belongs. As Jay begins crossing stuff off his list he soon finds himself torn, as love doesn’t always go according to plan. [June]
Adult // Second chance romance
Paige Toon’s romances are a staple in my reading year, I look forward to them every summer! In her next release, fifteen year old Leah finds herself getting drawn closer to her new foster brother George who is struggling to come to terms with his circumstances. Theo, the new boy at school, finds his world colliding with Leah and George’s, and the three form a bond they believe to be unbreakable. But things doesn’t always go as planned, and half a lifetime later the trio are brought back together. Will they be able to heal the scars of their past? [June]
Adult // Childhood friends to lovers
Poppy and Alex have absolutely nothing in common, but somehow they are the best of friends. Being apart for most of the year, each summer they spend a week together on vacation… that was, until they ruined everything two years ago, and they haven’t spoke since. Realising that she hasn’t been truly happy since their last vacation, Poppy decides to convince Alex to take one more vacation together where they can make everything right, and he miraculously agrees. Now they just need to get around the elephant in their relationship: how they really feel. [July]
Diverse // OCD rep
Quan is nothing but a grumpy underachieving playboy to most, but once he becomes CEO of an up and coming business, women start looking at him like they never have before. Except for Anna, who likes him even less than a germy door handle. Or, that’s what she tells herself, refusing to admit to her secret crush, especially because of Quan and Anna’s sisters past relationship. With a plan to seduce Quan so he doesn’t ruin her sister’s engagement, Anna starts to break down his tough exterior and in turn dismantle her own protective shell. Both must face their own challenges and learn to forgive, in order to move forwards. [August]
Also special shout out to Slow Burn by Olivia Dade! We don’t have much info on this book yet, except that it’s the companion novel to Spoiler Alert which was released earlier this year. According to the internet this book is published in October 2021 so I’m including it on this list and manifesting it!
I hope you’ve found some new books to add to your TBR from this list of romance releases of 2021! There are so many fab books coming out next year and I’m already so excited for the new favourites I’m going to discover.