These Are the Summer’s Most Anticipated Romance Novels, According to Superfans
Romance enthusiasts have been swooning over these five new or forthcoming books. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with them, too.
If you’re looking for some new romance novels to read at the beach (or just at home) this summer, who better to recommend a few picks than fellow readers? To find out what books romance fans are most excited about right now, we turned to Goodreads, a social networking site that allows readers to discover, catalog, share, and discuss books with friends.
According to Goodreads’ data, these five highly anticipated books—the ones most frequently added to users’ “Want to Read” lists—will be everywhere this summer.
How to Walk Away, by Katherine Center
Some 27,000 Goodreads members added this witty, tender novel to their to-read lists by the time it came out in May. For 27-year-old Margaret, her life is headed in an exciting new direction. She just earned her MBA and has a great job offer on the table when she goes for a prop plane ride with her boyfriend, Chip, who plans to propose. But when she wakes up in a hospital bed, she must figure out what her life looks like now that everything has changed in an instant.
To buy: $16; amazon.com.
All Your Perfects, by Colleen Hoover
Fan-favorite author Colleen Hoover takes the second spot on this list with her new novel, which has garnered "Want to Read" status from 22,000 Goodreads members thus far, with more than a month still remaining before publication. All Your Perfects follows Quinn and Graham, a married couple who find themselves in a crossroads in their relationship, haunted by years of mistakes made in their marriage. This moving story of lasting love questions if their strong connection is enough to save their union.
To buy: $13; amazon.com.
Available July 17.
The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang
Hoang’s debut novel, which got months of buzz and more than 20,000 adds on Goodreads before it was published earlier this month, is a sweet, funny, and wholly original read that centers around Stella, a brilliant mathematician on the autism spectrum who hires a male escort named Michael to teach her about sex and dating. The Kiss Quotient is not only steamy and totally bingeable, but it also portrays autism in a real, sensitive way (Hoang herself was diagnosed as an adult).
To buy: $9; amazon.com.
Matchmaking for Beginners, by Maddie Dawson
20,000 Goodreads members saved this bubbly title before its release date last month. Marnie is ready for a normal life, and she’s expecting to get just that when she marries the man of her dreams. But when she meets Blix Holliday, her husband’s wacky great-aunt, Blix warns not to get too comfortable. Blix’s words seem to come true when Marie’s marriage very quickly falls apart. Blix, meanwhile, has passed away and bequeathed Marnie her home and some unanticipated responsibilities and projects. Marnie finds herself farther from a boring suburban existence than she could have ever imagined.
To buy: $11; amazon.com.
Wicked and the Wallflower, by Sarah MacLean
Wicked and the Wallflower is the first book in a new series from bestselling romance author Sarah MacLean, and 6,000 Goodreads members are anxiously waiting for its release next week on June 19. Lady Felicity Faircloth is searching for a husband, but she doesn’t just want a partner, she’s looking for true, passionate love. She soon meets Devil, a man constantly thirsting for power, who sees a marriage to Felicity as an opportunity to get revenge on an old enemy. But Devil will soon find that Felicity is more than a pretty face to be used for his own ends, and he’ll have to choose between his mission and his unexpected feelings for her.
To buy: $6; amazon.com.
Available June 19.