Light some candles, unwrap a couple chocolates, slip into something silky, and get ready to turn up the heat with some of the best romance novels on shelves. With both old-standby classics (If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice , what are you waiting for?) and brand-new reads (don’t sleep on Isabel Allende’s latest), there’s a little something for everyone on our list (and don’t forget to browse our guide to the best books of 2020 too).
Whether you get all hot and bothered over historical romance that takes you back to fluttering hearts of yore, paranormal romance that proves you don’t need to have flesh and blood to heat things up, heartwarming tales that explore the tender side of love, and of course sexy stories you might not want to read on public transit, we’ve got books to make you blush. And if you don’t think you’re interested in romance, give this list a look anyway. The romance genre has a lot to offer beyond the bodice-rippers you may have seen hiding in your mom’s bedside table growing up. Alongside the love stories you’ve come to expect, many of our favorite romances also feature strong plotlines, diverse characters, LGBTQ+ love stories, and beautiful language that keeps us hooked in right through the final page.