It happens every year: as we move into the spring, the pace of romance publishing accelerates. This year, increasingly, we’ve got some wonderful lessons to look forward to. Trends include books set in the book world and romance novels with a political element – which I like to think of as books. West Wing The popularity of fake dating as a trope shows no signs of slowing down, and neither is the element of Hollywood glamor.
But there is plenty of waiting to see if you are in the midst of an enemy lover, second chance romance, Regency England or a secret crush. If British comics are your thing, look no further than Beth O’Leary, a seasoned writer, and Lex Cruutcher, the first novelist. There is a book for fans of Abby Jimenez Your idea Those who aspire for more age-appropriate romance. And there are lots of great LGBTQ + representatives here, too Romantic agendaWhose main character is asexual.
At the bookstore I work at, we’re constantly expanding our romance section, and it’s fun to see people carefully choosing their next lessons from brightly colored thorns. I can’t resist asking them if they need my help, which is really an excuse to shake hands with them about all these wonderful books. But since I can’t sell books to all of you, here are some of my recommendations for this month.
The Wedding Crusher by Mia Sosa (April 5)
What do you do when you’re helping to plan a wedding, but it quickly becomes clear that the groom is making the biggest mistake of his life? You must crush it. Only sometimes you end up dating fake with the groom and get into a fight.
Not sari, sari by Sonia Singh (April 5)
Manny is a successful businesswoman, the CEO of a company that helps people break their hearts. Meanwhile, she has a heartbreak of her own to fight with, though she’s not romantic: she’s grieving for her parents and realizing with them that she doesn’t know as much about her South Asian heritage as she would like. Enter Sammy, who promised to fix this …
Lex Cruutcher’s Fame (April 5)
Set in Regency England, where a book lover and lonely Georgiana meets the irresistible naughty Francis, the book is set up like this. Bridgeton Meet Gossip Girl, With Jane Austen’s Dash. Sounds pretty irresistible!
Full Me Once by Ashley Winstead (April 5)
This is a second chance romance between a former high school sweetheart with a bitter break in their history – and they are now forced to work together as Lee runs a company that sells electric cars and Ben works as a policy expert focusing on energy issues. Rosie Danan called it “a slow burst of tears” and “a romance for anyone who feels too messy to love”.
Romantic Agenda by Claire Kane (April 12)
Joy never told her best friend Malcolm that she was in love with him. But now that she’s invited him to the weekend, it might be her last chance … since she’s fallen for someone named Summer. Meanwhile, Fox, who likes Joy, makes the fourth side of Love Square. Love Square a thing? They should.
Funny You Should Ask Alyssa Susman (April 12)
Ten years ago, up-and-coming journalist Chani interviewed up-and-coming actor Gabe. His piece has gone viral, forging a solid career and helping him launch as the next James Bond. But what really happened that night? And what will happen now when they finally meet again?
Smart Book by Amanda Pennington (April 14)
Melania is waiting. She has a plan: she’s going to follow old-fashioned advice about finding a man. And she’s going to get a boyfriend out of it… or, at least, a good story to write.
Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (April 19)
Romance fans in the age gap! This is for you. This is for you too if you like the sophisticated, career-minded woman Hallmark movie who meets a small-town guy and is annoyed by her live by unexpected chemistry.
Chris Ripper’s Book Boyfriend (April 26)
Ah, the secret crush. We’ve all been There. And some of us put it in our novels – which is exactly what he did when he secretly wrote about his love for his best friend art. But will this plan persuade him to work?
Love, Hate and Clickbet by Liz Boery (April 26)
If, like me, you are a West Wing Fans and always looking for a book with those vibes, press the pre-order button Love, hate and clickbite! There is fake dating in this romance between a political consultant and a data analyst And Lovers are the enemy of the trope, so there is something for everyone.
Why not create a branch in a different trope this month when you create your TBR list? There is so much good here. I’m not a historical fiction reader, but I’m definitely tempted to give up Fame How are you?
Need more recommendations? You will fall in love to add 8 romance novels in 2022 and 24 black romance novels to your TBR in 2022.