BLOGMAS Day 21: Favourite Romance Novels of 2020

As the title suggests, I’m sharing my favourite 2020 romance releases with you all today for Blogmas. Not listed in any particular order, each and every one of these books touched my heart, and made me swoon at some point throughout the year.

Bossy Bastard by J L Perry: Bossy Bastard is one hell of an addictive, page-turning, feel-good, alpha-loving, romance that I’m still swooning over months later. I loved how feisty and strong Emma was and Ashton Barclay is the epitome of alpha bad-boy. This book made me laugh, it made me cry and it still has me reeling. I loved everything about this one.

Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine: Technically, Charlotte Pass has romantic elements, but I still absoutely loved this latest release from Lee Christine. Set in the Australian snow fields of Charlotte’s Pass, the narrative is a page turning, crime suspense novel that will leave you guessing right up to the end. The romance between Vanessa and Pierce felt authentic and honestly raw. It was brilliant.

Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid: The first book in the Solving for Pie Winston Brothers Spin-off series, Engagement and Espionage is the continuation of Jen and Cletus’ romance. As a much loved fan favourite couple, this book is everything I adore about Penny Reid’s writing and then some. Full of humour, whit, a dashing amount of chemistry, missed opportunities and crime galore, this book was a stand out romance for me. I loved being back with these characters and can’t wait to read the second book in 2021.

Dominik by Sawyer Bennett: I adore the Arizona Vengeance Ice Hockey series and while it’s true almost any of the 2020 releases in the series could have made this list, it’s Dominik that holds a special placein my heart. This book was everything – hot, sexy, complicated and just heartwarming, I didn’t want it to end.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune: This book wrecked me in the best way. While slow to start out, the narrative quickly whisked me away on the most unexpected journey, allowing me to fall head over heels in love with all of the characters over the course of the book. This book is a feel good MM romance about finding your heart and home in the most unexpected places. I listened to the audio book, and if you get the chance I highly recommend it.

Dear Santa by Kristen Granata: This book is everything you want a festive novella to be and then some. The cover is stunning, but the narrative is heartwarming and honest. The plot is typical of festive books but the characters are so unique and Granata’s writing so superb that you can’t help but fall in love with them. I raced through this one and will definitely be looking into more of Granata’s writing in 2021.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas: A trans story about magic, being true to yourself, family and first love … this book had it all. I listened to the audiobook around Halloween and it was the perfect atmospheric read; I was desperate to know what was happening and what the fate of these characters were. Thomas’ writing was beautiful, his characters unique and their story was everything.

Famine by Laura Thalassa: As the third book in the popular Four Horseman Series, Famine was a wild ride that left me on the edge of my seat and racing through the story. Ana and Famine were both very flawed characters that quickly found their way into my heart and made sure to stomp all over it at times. The pair have an insane amount of chemistry, but they butt heads and hold such opposing views that I wasn’t sure how Thalassa was going to pull it all together at one point. rest assured this book deserves everyone of it’s five stars, and I can’t wait to read the conclusion of the series in 2021 after that ending!

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson: This debut Sapphic novel was such a refreshing read and everything I wanted and love from Young Adult fiction. Full of charm, refreshing whit and sarcasm, this book holds nothing back as it break downs stereotypes, societal expectations, racism and homophobia. It puts young love and love for oneself to the test and this book certainly does not disappoint. You have to read this one!

So there you have it, there are my top nine romance novels released in 2020 that I adored this year. After Christmas I will be sharing my favourite romance reads that weren’t released in 2020, so keep your eyes peeled for that post coming soon. In the meantime, leave a comment below letting me know what your favourite 2020 romance releases were! 


2 thoughts on “BLOGMAS Day 21: Favourite Romance Novels of 2020

  1. Ally says:

    OMG Cerulean Sea wrecked me too! I was driving on the freeway with teas streaming down my face at parts. So glad you enjoyed it, I’ve always been aware of Klune but I think I need to check out his back catalogue. And ooo, I’ve wanted to read Cemetery Boys!

    • Jess says:

      I highly recommend the audiobook of Cemetery Boys; it’s very atmospheric and there is a mini interview with the author at the end. Trans characters, Latino culture, MM romance .. it made me mad at points during reading it due to the way people some people treat the trans character, but OMG the book is beautiful. It was one of those books I didn’t know where it was going, but I was totally along for the ride.

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