Librarians Cindy & Faith Share Their Top Romances of 2020

Cindy and Faith love romance! With the way 2020 has been, romance novels have been a great escape! Here is a list for the top 10 romances that they read in 2020! Check out to see what you might have missed this year! This list is in no particular order.

1. The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

After Layla’s life falls apart due to a viral video, Layla moves back home to start her own business. She plans to use the office space above her parent’s restaurant only find out they already rented it to Sam Meheta. Layla’s father has a perfect solution, the two share the space. While both start off disliking the other sparks fly between the two creating a wonderful romance. 2020 has been great year for diversity in romance. This is a wonderful new author offering a new kind of love story!


2. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Linus Baker lives a quiet life with his cat and his records. His job as a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth is where he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. Out of nowhere, Linus is offered a promotion that requires him to travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Also there is the children’s caretaker charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus. As Linus gets closer with the children and with Arthur he discover something he didn’t know was missing from his life, love. This is an LGBTQ+ Fantasy Romance. It is not a typical romance as a majority of the book is spent on Linus’ relationship with the children, but the romance excels in this book. You can’t help falling in love with the story and characters. Such a wonderful happy read!


3. Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

Olivia Monroe has moved back to LA to start her own law firm. She has no plans for romance, but one night she meets someone and sparks fly. Turns out that someone is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powel. Max hasn’t felt a connection with someone as much as he has with Olivia and he is determined to make it work. This novel explores that complications of dating a politician, making for a fun and interesting read. Jasmine Guillory is such an amazing author! This is book five in her Wedding Date Series, but it is not necessary to read them all to understand what is going on in this book. However, I would recommend reading them all! Jasmine Guillory has a way of adding twist to everyday romantic tropes to make them feel new again.

  1. The Wedding Date
  2. The Proposal
  3. The Wedding Party
  4. Royal Holiday
  5. Party of Two


4. No Offense by Meg Cabot

A broken engagement convinces Molly Montgomery to take her dream job as Little Bridge Island Public Library’s head of children’s services. She hopes this job with be lead to no chaos, but that isn’t about to happen. Molly stumbles upon an abandoned baby in the library bathroom. This puts her in the way of the sheriff, John Hartwell. Sparks fly and love blooms between these two. Such a cute love story plus a little mystery thrown in. This is the second of Meg Cabot’s new series Little Bridge Island. This is not one you have to read in order, but I enjoyed the first one as much as this one so I recommend checking it out!

  1. No Judgments
  2. No Offense


5. In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Maelyn Jones had a terrible Christmas. She kissed the wrong guy, she is still at her dead end job, and the cabin where she spent all of her Christmas’ with her family and friends is being sold! She makes just one wish and suddenly she is back at December 21. She keeps going back again and again, trying to have the perfect Christmas, but along the way she learns perfect is not what she needs. This Groundhog’s Day mixed with Christmas is such a fun and ridiculous read perfect for the Holiday season.


6. Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Luc’s life was getting under control until his rock star father decided to make a big career comeback and now the paparazzi are trying to get a shot of Luc. Unfortunately they catch him at a bad moment. The bad press is affecting his job so he decides he is going to get a respectable fake boyfriend. He decides to fake date Oliver who is a barristers and an ethical vegan. The perfect fake boyfriend until Luc starts to have some very real feelings for Oliver. I loved this book. The romance was so sweet. I squeed.


7. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

Jasmine is getting her big break on a major streaming service. She will be acting along with a major telenovela star named Ashton. Her grandmother loves watching all of Ashton’s shows. As they work together they both start to feel a real attraction but they do not want to end up in the press since Jasmine just got out of a relationship with a rock star and Ashton has a secret son who he has been protecting from the press.  This book is like two romances in one because you also get the plot of the series they are working on. Love it!


8. The Girl’s Trip Series by Tracey Livesay

This series stars a group of friends who are professionals in business or doctors and every year the make sure to have a girl’s trip together they are best friends. The first one came out late 2019 and stars Carla the big city manager who is coming to town to shut down the factory that is not working to its full potential but the mayor of the town is not going to let his home fail that easily. I feel like they are similar to Hallmark movies but with a little more steam. These are sweet romances that will make the pages turn.

  1. Sweet Talkin’ Lover
  2. Like Lovers Do


9. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Jasmine is a wedding planner and she is excited to get an interview to be the official wedding planner of a major hotel but she when she get t the interview she find she will have to work with a marketing the which is run by her  ex-fiancée and his brother. She is luckily paired with the brother but she still hates him after she believes he was the one who talk his brother into not going through with the wedding. This is a fun book filled with hilarious classic romcom moment sure to give you the giggles. A real winner.


10. Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas

I recommend starting at book one in this series but they can be read in any order. Cassandra Ravenel is pursued but cold but wealthy business man Tom Servin. Cassandra is not going to be caught as easily as Servin believes. Cassandra wants to marry for love and Servin does not believe he is capable of love.   This is a great series if you just watched the Bridgertons on Netlfix. Full of steam and historical drama.

  1. Cold-Hearted Rake
  2. Marrying Winterborne
  3. Devil in Spring
  4. Hello Stranger
  5. Devil’s Daughter
  6. Chasing Cassandra
  7. Devil in Disguise (2021)

~ Cindy

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