Looking for most popular romance books? Here’s a list of most popular romance novels in 2022. Readers turn to romance more than any other genre when they need hope. The genre validates the notion that everyone, no matter who they are, can find not only love, but also a Happily Ever After. That sentiment, that promise, has been more vital than ever in the last several years.
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This year has served as a reminder to me that the personal is always political, and I’ve found myself gravitating toward romances with protagonists who are seeking healing, standing up for their communities, being courageous enough to fight for justice, and wanting to live genuinely.
- Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan
Josiah and Yasmen have suffered a heinous tragedy that has torn them apart; at the start of Ryan’s beautiful romance book “Before I Let Go,” they begin the road back to each other. Ryan has stated that she “writes for effect,” and this piece furthers that objective. How can you mend a relationship that was supposed to be unbreakable? Her compelling depiction of despair and bereavement, along with devastatingly honest talks about the stigma associated with mental illness in communities of colour, is a superb illustration of how, in the right hands, romance novels can perform revolutionary work.
- Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean
If Adelaide Frampton, the South Bank’s slyest pickpocket, were looking for love, it would not be with the stoic, upright Duke of Clayborn. When the two are thrust together on a whirlwind vacation across England, she is confronted with the horrible reality that Clayborn is not only devastatingly gorgeous, but also a very nice and respectable guy. This, of course, is the one thing Adelaide is unprepared to deal with. This explosive second book of the Hell’s Belles series maintains the MacLeanverse’s trademark blend of feminism, rip-roaring adventure, and romance.
- Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner
A smart and seductive rom-com about a college senior who accidently hooks up with her best friend’s mom from the critically acclaimed author of Something To Talk About. Cassie Klein isn’t searching for a hookup when she travels to an off-campus bar to escape her school’s Family Weekend—it simply happens. Buying a drink for a stranger develops into what should be a simple, unforgettable one-night stand. The next morning, though, her friend drags her along to meet her mother—the hot, older woman Cassie slept with.
Erin Bennett attended Family Weekend to spend time with her kid rather than having a one-night stand with a college senior. In her defence, she hadn’t realised Cassie was a student until they met. To make matters worse, Erin’s kid invites Cassie to breakfast the following morning. Despite Erin’s better judgment—how could sleeping with your daughter’s friend be anything but bad?—she and Cassie get along just as well during the day as they did last night.
What should have been a one-time fling suddenly becomes unavoidable, and Cassie and Erin are soon sneaking about. Worse, they begin to realise they have something real. But is being honest about their love worth the risk?
- American Royalty by Tracey Livesay
Danielle “Duchess” Nelson, a sexy, motivated rapper, is on the verge of striking a deal that will make her one of hip-wealthiest hop’s women. More significantly, it will give her authority over her life, which she has long desired. However, an incident involving a rising music artist has gone viral, putting her contract in peril unfairly. Concerned about her public image, she is advised to work on generating positive publicity… or else. Prince Jameson, a bright academic and reclusive royal, wants to live his life away from the spotlight, only leaving his ivory tower to attend weddings or funerals. But, with the Queen’s children embroiled in scandal after controversy and Parliament questioning the monarchy’s future, the Queen is desperate. In order to get favourable press, she assigns Jameson to organise a tribute concert in memory of her late husband. He seeks the guidance of a student because he is out of his depth and resentful at being called to serve. After all, what could be more fitting for a royal event than a musician called “Duchess”?
Too late, Jameson realises the American rapper is popular, seductive, and raunchy—not what the Queen desired, despite his own reaction. Dani understands this is the kind of exposure she needs to seal the deal, and it doesn’t hurt that the royal family is in charge. When they are thrown together, they succumb to the tremendous attraction that exists between them. But, as the spotlight shines brighter and outside forces try to intervene, will the Prince and Duchess be a fairy tale romance for the ages or a palatial disaster?
- All Drama, No Queen by Andaleeb Wajid
Farida’s parents died in an accident when she was twelve years old. And for years, she’s had to fight Reshma Phuppu, a distant relative planning to take over her parents’ Bangalore home. When the turmoil becomes too much for her, she flees to be with her best friend, Priya. Farida misses her family and has only vague memories of her distant cousin, Irshad. She’s had a crush on him since she was twelve, but they fell out after her parents died. Ajay, Priya’s boyfriend, discovers Irshad by chance nearly two decades later.
Irshad is now a doctor living in Mumbai. Farida is overjoyed to see him again, but she is heartbroken to learn that he is engaged to another lady. But as Irshad and Farida reunite and reminisce, it’s difficult to deny their strong affinity. As matters between Farida, Irshad, and his fiancée, Shagufta, become more complicated, Farida must find a way to deal with all of the drama in her life.
- If It’s Not Love by Syed Arshad
You step out on an evening to hear the whispers of a refreshing breeze, to soothe the bruises of a long day. But the clouds don’t oblige and a heavy downpour drenches your hopes, seeping into your clothes. Perhaps a cup of hot Ginger tea then would calm your shivering fingers, but your nearest tea stall has its doors shut tight. A few steps further, you might come across an unfamiliar light flickering with smoke rising from teapots. And someone would be there, with a similar yearning for this mellow waft. Though chancing upon them is perhaps merely a coincidence, what follows after that is an instant spark of feelings undiscovered.
This is what their story feels like, of Aarav and Ada, who keep denying the sweet tickles of fate. “It’s not love” they say, with bittersweet smiles on their faces.
Aarav Khanna has a mostly sorted life when you look at him from far away. A fashion designer from NIFT, currently working at a call center, an attractive persona, a girlfriend, and a close friend from work. What more does a person need to be contented in life? And then he comes across Ada Maciel, a mechanical engineering student, whose suppressed laugh is enough to make Aarav suddenly realise that a bigger picture seems complete until you come across a missing piece. The story then unfolds with nourishing starved feelings and new ones budding in each other’s presence. Confusion, uncertainties, several ups and downs, Aarav’s girlfriend Shayna, and a vow to meet Ada after 25 years riddle the story.
- Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev
Yash Raje, California’s first serious Indian gubernatorial contender, has always known what he wants and how to exploit his advantage to obtain it. His success can be attributed to a simple mantra: manage your feelings, and you can control the world. When a hate-fueled event at a protest seriously injures his friend, Yash’s carefree existence appears to be a fiction, and his control an illusion. When he tries to rejoin the campaign path, he blacks out from fear.
Desperate to keep Yash’s condition from becoming public, his family turns to the one person they can rely on: his sister’s best friend, India Dashwood, California’s leading stress management expert. India, who was raised by a family of yoga teachers, has been assisting San Francisco’s high-achieving overachievers for a decade without even changing her breath. But this man is unlike any other, with his unlimited desire, simmering anger, and unwavering trust in his political beliefs. Yash has spent his entire life suppressing everything in order to succeed. Including their one amazing night ten years ago—a too fleeting, too dazzling passion that, if reignited, would jeopardise the life he’s built for himself. Exposing the secrets may be the only way to save him, but it may also shatter the dream he has gladly given up.
- Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
Will the princess be able to save the beast?
Nothing is more important to Princess Jaya Rao than her family. Nothing will stop Jaya from achieving her retribution as the heinous Emerson clan escalates their centuries-old feud to threaten Jaya’s little sister. Then Jaya learns she’ll be attending the same posh boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She knows exactly what she has to do: make Grey fall in love with her while breaking his heart. Grey’s moody manner and lupine blue eyes, much to Jaya’s chagrin, have pulled her in. There’s no way she and her sworn adversary could find their happily ever after…right?
His Majesty Grey Emerson is a misogynist. Grey is doomed once he reaches the age of eighteen, thanks to an old curse enacted by a Rao matriarch. He’s lived a solitary lifestyle in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy—until Jaya Rao explodes into his life, but he can’t shake the suspicion that she’s hiding something. Something to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant she wears around her neck… Jaya and Grey wrestle with themes of love, loyalty, and if it’s possible to craft your own happy ending while the stars conspire to keep them apart.
- The One You Cannot Have by Preeti Shenoy
How long does it take for a damaged heart to heal? Can you ever forget your one ideal relationship? Anjali knows exactly who she wants: Aman. Aman, too, knows who he wants: Shruti. Shruti and Aman were formerly best friends. Their love was one that would last forever and ever. Then, unexpectedly, Shruti left Aman. A saddened Aman fled to Europe in the hopes of forgetting Shruti and healing. Shruti got married to Rishabh. Aman has returned to India in search of a new beginning. He is, however, plagued by memories of his love. Can he ever get out of it? His intellect advises him to move on, to fall in love with Anjali, but his heart refuses to listen.
Shrutis shadow looms enormous no matter what he does. Can any of them have a happily-ever-after? A heartfelt modern-day romance about unrequited love, difficult relationships, and moving on when you realise there will always be the one you can’t have.
- The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Vikrant Khanna
Can true love bring someone back to life? Akshara is distraught by her mother’s death and spends the most of her time alone at the nearby park. A young man named Harry approaches her one day as she is sobbing excessively. They become friends, and Harry tells her a story about a young woman and her dead boyfriend’s miracle reunion to help soothe some of her anguish. The story gives Akshara hope that she may be able to meet her deceased mother again.
But she quickly understands that Harry isn’t who he appears to be. Even the characters in his story are doubtful, if not unbelievable. So, what is he concealing? And why is that? Is there any truth in his story? In this darkly gripping romance mystery, Akshara is confronted with a reality that will cause her to doubt not only Harry but even herself.
These books are alluring, have a new way of looking at love, friendship, and witty characters. You can not miss these amazingly written stories of such intriguing characters. There are many elements that would rope you in with the first line and you won’t even know when did it end.
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